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Arviat Elders’ Home kitchen shut down

By Stewart Burnett  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Department of Health has shut down the kitchen facility at the Arviat Elders home due to inadequate results following a routine inspection by an environmental health officer. “The current condition of the kitchen no longer meets the standards required for food preparation for a residential care facility,” stated a Government of Nunavut news release Wednesday, Aug. 31. An inspection was completed February this year and Nunavut Housing Corporation, the building owner, was notified of the deficiencies. On Aug. 26, the environmental health officer completed a follow-up inspection that found continued deficiencies. Chris Puglia, manager of communications with the Department of Health, stated in an email that the inspection report included no evidence of staff washing their hands at time of inspection. “Liquid

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