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GN short-changes Iqaluit in contaminated land swap – Nunatsiaq Online

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 201893 Views

February 12, 2018

“They’ve already used the land they want us to swap with. The airport is built on it”

A portion of land near Sylvia Grinnell Park that the Government of Nunavut wants to transfer to the City of Iqaluit is contaminated, an environmental assessment has revealed.

The 19.3-hectare parcel is part of a land-swap agreed upon between the municipality and the territorial government in a 2014 memorandum of understanding, when the GN needed city lands on which to build the new Iqaluit International Airport.

But a study shows that one of 13 surveyed land parcels at the site offered to the city are contaminated beyond an acceptable limit, Jesse Ajayi, a senior planner for Northern Futures Planning, said Feb. 8 at a meeting of the city’s planning and development committee of the whole.

Other parcels at the site are contaminated slightly more than is permissible, though those contaminants do not affect current use of the site, Ajayi said.

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