Girls aged 2 7 among four dead discovered by Iqaluit RCMP

first_img(Photo: Sylvain Degrasse, 44, with his daughter Alexandra Degrasse, in 2005)By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT– A two-year-old girl and her seven-year-old sister were among the four bodies discovered by the RCMP in Iqaluit Tuesday.RCMP confirmed the girls’ parents were also found dead.RCMP said they found the father, Sylvain Degrasse, 44, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot blast to the face in a cemetery.They later found his common-law partner Vivian Sula Enuaraq, 29, and their two children Alexandra Degrasse, 7, and Aliyah Degrasse, 2, in the family’s home.RCMP said they are treating the deaths as a homicide investigation, but are not searching for suspects.“The circumstances surrounding the discovery of four bodies…remains under investigation,” said RMCP in a statement.Iqaluit residents are reeling after RCMP discovered four bodies Tuesday, triggering the cancellation of classes at the local elementary school, according to the city’s mayor.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said residents were “shaken” by the discovery of the bodies.“This has really shaken our community,” said Redfern, in a statement. “We need to come together and help each other pull through this.People living near the cemetery reported an unoccupied truck at in the early afternoon which was eventually shut off by a local resident at about 3 p.m.Redfern said the news of the deaths left residents in “shock” and disbelief.Redfern said she would be seeking to get crisis intervention to deal with the trauma that has impacted many people.“Many people, including family and friends of the victims, emergency responders and community members need immediate counselling,” said Redfern. “At the same time this territory must work together to end the root causes of our problems.”kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

Lost Franklin Expedition ship discovered in Nunavut

first_img(Image of Franklin Expedition ship discovered by Parks Canada. Photo/Handout)APTN National News OTTAWA–Researchers have found one of two ships lost in the 19th Century during the doomed Franklin Expedition, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday.Harper said the ship’s existence was confirmed Sunday by a Parks Canada using a remote underwater vehicle in the Victoria Strait near King William Island, Nunavut.“For more than a century this has been a great Canadian story, a mystery,” said Harper. “It has been the subject of scientists and historians, writers and singers.”It’s unclear whether the discovered ship is the HMS Erebus or the HMS Terror which became trapped in ice in 1846 searching for the Northwest Passage through the Arctic.The ships were last spotted by Inuit hunters before eventually vanishing.Harper has made the search for the Franklin Expedition ship a personal quest.Parks Canada has lead six searches for the ships since 2008.Most of what is currently known about the ill-fated expedition comes from a note left in a cairn on King William Island. The message stated that the ships became trapped in ice for over a year. Sir John Franklin, who led the expedition, died on June 11, 1847. About 23 crew members also died in a similar way. The remaining crew tried to find a way to safety on foot, but eventually succumbed and were consumed by the elements.news@aptn.calast_img read more