Nunavut Arctic College safety questioned following fire, on-campus standoff

March 5, 2012

A Nunavut MLA is questioning the safety of Nunavut Arctic College students and their families following 2 recent life-threating incidents. A fire at an off-campus housing complex left 80 people homeless and 2 dead, while one man has been arrested after firing a high-powered rifle at an on-campus residence, leading to a standoff with police. The MLA says students and their relatives should be assured of a certain level of security. The minister responsible for the college says tenants do go through an orientation, and drugs and alcohol are prohibited. There is also communal firearm storage available in at least one of the properties in Iqaluit. Still, a lot of the onus falls upon the individual, the minister says. "Most of these people are adults," he says. "It's up to them to be responsible for living in Arctic College's residences, too." The institution is committed to reviewing its security procedures, the minister says. CBC