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COVID-19 Department of Environment Services update

16 November 2020

COVID-19 GN Update - November 20, 2020

Department of Environment Services

All territorial parks are closed until further notice.
 

Department of Environment Services update - November 16, 2020

Ongoing Services:

The department will continue to respond to problem wildlife and spills. All spills are to be reported to the Nunavut Spill Line at 867-920-8130, 24 hours a day: https://www.gov.nu.ca/environment/documents/spill-response   

Polar bear monitors will continue to patrol communities with active polar bear populations (esp. Arviat and Whale Cove), with instructions to have no in-person contact with general public and to follow the protocols outlined by the Chief Public Health Officer.

Closed/Cancelled/Suspended Services

All wildlife offices and parks offices in Nunavut are closed to the public until further notice. For wildlife response 24 hours a day, please call:

(* number forwards to regional office)

 


Department of Environment Services update - November 13, 2020

Ongoing Services:

The Department of Environment continues to provide services Nunavut-wide as usual, following recommended public health measures.

The department will continue to respond to problem wildlife and spills. All spills are to be reported to the Nunavut Spill Line at 867-920-8130, 24 hours a day: https://www.gov.nu.ca/environment/documents/spill-response

Polar bear monitors will continue to patrol communities with active polar bear populations (esp. Arviat and Whale Cove), with instructions to have no in-person contact with general public and to follow the protocols outlined by the Chief Public Health Officer.

Closed/Cancelled/Suspended Services

All wildlife offices and parks offices in the Kivalliq region are closed to the public until further notice. For wildlife response 24 hours a day, please call:
• Arviat: 867-857-6944
• Baker Lake: 867-793-1692
• Chesterfield Inlet: 867-222-0330
• Coral Harbour: 867-222-0058
• Naujaat: 867-222-1437
• Rankin Inlet: 867-645-6447
• Whale Cove: 867-341-0388


Department of Environment Services update - November 11, 2020

The Department of Environment continues to provide services Nunavut-wide as usual, following recommended public health measures.

The Rankin Inlet wildlife office and parks office are closed to the public until further notice. The department will continue to respond to problem wildlife and spills.
• For wildlife response in Rankin Inlet, call 867-645-6447, 24 hours a day.
• All spills are to be reported to the Nunavut Spill Line at 867-920-8130, 24 hours a day: https://www.gov.nu.ca/environment/documents/spill-response


Department of Environment Services update - November 6, 2020

The Department of Environment continues to provide services Nunavut-wide as usual, following recommended public health measures. The department will continue to respond to problem wildlife and spills.

• For wildlife response in Sanikiluaq, call 867-222-0167, 24 hours a day.
• All spills are to be reported to the Nunavut Spill Line at 867-920-8130, 24 hours a day: https://www.gov.nu.ca/environment/documents/spill-response


Department of Environment Services update - May 28, 2020

Territorial parks in Nunavut will reopen on June 1, 2020. All park buildings will remain closed, and the parks will be available for outdoor activities only. The Nunavut limits on outdoor gatherings of more than 25 people will apply in territorial parks as well.


Department of Environment Services update - April 30, 2020

The department has suspended the purchasing of pelts due to the confirmed case of COVID-19 in Pond Inlet. The Department of Environment will continue to purchase pelts in other communities.


Department of Environment Services update - April 3, 2020

The GN maintains its critical spill response capacity. The public is reminded that all spills are to be reported to the Nunavut Spill Line at 867-920-8130, 24 hours a day:
https://www.gov.nu.ca/environment/documents/spill-response

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • A training workshop on Environmental Protection Officer Emergency Spill planned for April 2020 is now postponed.

Department of Environment Services update - April 2, 2020

New (fiscal) year contracts will be prepared to maintain our operational capacity and/or address 2020-21 Business Plan priorities.

The Environmental Protection division is working with federal, territorial and provincial counterparts to document reductions in emissions due to pandemic responses.

Department staff are working from home and program delivery is ongoing.

Department of Environment Services update - April 1, 2020

The Environmental Protection division is working with federal, territorial and provincial counterparts to document reductions in emissions due to pandemic responses.


Department of Environment Services update - March 31, 2020

Closed/Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • New research permits will not be granted due to the closure of HTOs and travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

Department of Environment Services update - March 30, 2020

The community harvest support contribution agreements have all been processed and payments are issued.

Closed/Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • All planned wildlife research projects have been put on hold, and the associated air charters have been cancelled. All biologists are working from home and are focusing on analysing previously collected data and finalizing outstanding research reports.

Department of Environment Services update - March 27, 2020

The community harvest support contribution agreements have all been processed and payments are being issued. 

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • All Territorial Parks are closed: this includes the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park in Iqaluit, and the Katannilik Territorial Park between Kimmirut and Iqaluit.
  • Out of territory consultant travel into Nunavut has been cancelled, including travel previously meant to support the Nunavut Impact Review Board's Baffinland Phase 2 proposal Technical Meeting (Iqaluit), and Kugluktuk air quality monitoring station equipment calibrations.

Department of Environment Services update - March 26, 2020

As of March 26, community harvest support contributions for 21 communities have been processed, and payment will be made on March 27. Those recipients with email transfer capacity will receive the payments immediately. The remainder will have a cheque mailed to them, which will cause some delay in them receiving the funds.


Department of Environment Services update - March 24, 2020

  • The Contribution Agreements for Community Harvester support program were sent out on March 23. 

Department of Environment Services update - March 23, 2020

  • The department has finalized the Contribution Agreements for the one-time $25,000 per Community Harvester support program. These will be sent out today.

Department of Environment Services update - March 19, 2020

The department is considering possible ways to continue services while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols.

Essential services like problem wildlife response and spill response continue as normal.

Unless otherwise stated, remaining departmental services are expected to operate as usual. Updates are provided daily.

Closed/Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • Due to school and day-care closures, the following wildlife offices are closed:
    • Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Sanikiluaq, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Nauyaat, Kugaaruk, Taloyoak.
  • In these communities, HTO’s are being informed of how to contact the department in the event or an urgent situation such as a spill or problem wildlife incident.