National Newswatch

Nunavut MP Aglukkaq silent as Franklin fracas claims Pulitizer prize winning journalist from Toronto Star

Jul 10 2015 — Kent Driscoll — Canada’s MP for Nunavut and Minister of Environment is remaining silent after accusations surfaced that the federal government meddled in the story around how two lost ships in the Franklin expedition were discovered. On Monday, Toronto Star photojournalist, and Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paul Watson quit, stating that it was because the paper wouldn’t let […]

Defrocked Arctic priest says he’s sorry

Jan 22 2015 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - A courtroom swelled with weeping, cries and 35 years of bottled-up grief Thursday as a defrocked priest who abused dozens of Inuit children told a judge about to sentence him that he's sorry for his crimes and won't commit any more."I can only take responsibility for what I have done," said Eric […]

Crown wants 25 years for former Arctic priest

Jan 21 2015 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - Prosecutors have asked an Arctic court to sentence a defrocked priest convicted of sexually abusing dozens of Inuit children to 25 years in prison."(Eric Dejaeger) appears to have no insight into why he offended and he didn't stop until he got caught," said head Crown prosecutor Doug Curliss.But defence lawyer Malcolm Kempt […]

Sex-abuse victim says wood smell triggers memories

Jan 19 2015 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - There's a smell that brings it all back.One whiff, and once again he's a little boy being raped by a priest in a dank furnace room at the Catholic mission in Igloolik, Nunavut."Whenever I smell moldy wood, it takes me back to that place," the man told a court in Iqaluit on […]

Sex abuse trial for Arctic priest winds down

May 28 2014 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - The trial of a former Roman Catholic priest charged with 68 counts of sex abuse against Inuit children more than 30 years ago is wrapping up in Nunavut after weeks of lurid testimony and high emotion.Crown prosecutor Doug Curliss summed up his case against Eric Dejaeger on Tuesday, the day after defence […]

Judge won’t hear former priest’s previous crimes

Mar 18 2014 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - A northern judge says he won't consider the previous convictions of a former priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children.Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled Tuesday that he wouldn't allow eight convictions against Eric Dejaeger to stand as evidence in his current trial on 68 counts of abusing dozens of Inuit children more than […]

Earlier crimes may count in priest abuse case

Mar 17 2014 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - A northern judge is deciding whether to consider the previous convictions of a former priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children.Eric Dejaeger, a former Oblate priest, is facing 68 counts of abuse against dozens of children from his time as a missionary in Igloolik, Nunavut, between 1978 and 1982. The allegations range […]

Sex abuse trial of priest to wrap up in March

Jan 23 2014 — Kent Driscoll, — IQALUIT, Nunavut - Witnesses have finished their testimony in the trial of a former priest accused of sex assaults against dozens of Inuit children in a remote Arctic community.The case of Eric Dejaeger is to wrap up the week of March 17, when lawyers are to argue final legal motions and make closing statements.Dejaeger, who […]

Former Arctic priest under cross-examination

Jan 22 2014 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - A Crown prosecutor is trying to discredit the testimony of a former priest who denies sexually abusing dozens of Inuit children while posted in a remote Arctic community.Eric Dejaeger took the witness stand for a second day Wednesday in a courtroom in Iqaluit, Nunavut.He has pleaded guilty to eight counts, but denies […]

Accused former priest denies sex accusations

Jan 21 2014 — Kent Driscoll — IQALUIT, Nunavut - A former priest accused of sexually abusing dozens of Inuit children in a remote Arctic community took the witness stand Tuesday and denied all charges against him.Eric Dejaeger pleaded guilty to eight counts when his trial began in November, but on Tuesday he said he committed none of the remaining 68 assaults […]