CANADA Canada - Benjamin Palluq, 42, Iqaluit NU, March 2014

Discussion in '2010's Missing' started by Montjoy, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Montjoy

    Montjoy Inactive

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    I'm not sure if this will help at all, as I'm sure that most of Iqaluit knows Ben, but he is missing.

    Benjamin (Ben) Palluq is someone who frequents high traffic areas of Iqaluit, such as the post office, hotels, airport, and Northmart. While many may see him as someone who panhandles, he is not aggressive and comes across as a pretty kind and vulnerable person. I would imagine that he is classified as an at-risk missing person.

    I last saw him at the airport in Iqaluit in mid-February during a layover, and he was dressed relatively well, and I was assuming that he was flying somewhere, perhaps (and this is an assumption) for medical. I have encountered him many times at the airport, the hotel I stay for work, and at the Northmart.

    The last time I spoke with him he told me that he wasn't working and was staying with some friends. My assumption is that he is what we would call effectively homeless in Nunavut, as it is pretty much impossible to live in the rough, so people usually find a place to sleep at night, as the community knows that nobody can live without shelter.

    From what I've heard, there are some feet on the ground looking for Ben, and the RCMP wants to ensure his safety, but on the off-chance that there is someone who has seen him or perhaps is housing him, I thought I'd put this out there.

    Here are some links regarding Ben, who should pose no threat to anyone attempting to contact him, IMO:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/iqaluit-residents-help-search-for-benjamin-palluq-1.2586777

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/North/ID/2444913477/

    http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stori...rcmp_broaden_search_for_missing_homeless_man/

    I have never known anyone to suggest he is confrontational or violent. It is possible that he has taken a flight to another community in Nunavut, or perhaps even Ottawa. Either way, please contact your local RCMP if you have seen him, and on a personal note (IMO), while waiting for the RCMP to respond, please offer him food or water if you are so obliged.
     
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  3. Montjoy

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    I wanted to add -- if you have any information on Ben, the phone number for the RCMP detachment in Iqaluit is 867-979-0123. I trust that you can call them collect if you have any information.

    Should you be in any other Nunavut community (and perhaps a visitor, unaware of this), you can call the local detachment at the local code, with 0123 for the final 4 digits.
     
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    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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  6. KateB

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    Posting this older article as I believe Ben is the missing man mentioned in the Jan '15 post.

    4/02/2014 - Search for homeless man a wake-up call for Iqaluit
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/search-for-homeless-man-a-wake-up-call-for-iqaluit-1.2594489
    12/30/2014 - Iqaluit in 2014
    http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stori...r_of_the_dumpcano_opened_with_a_weather_bomb/
    1/23/2015 - Iqaluit advocate calls for permanent housing for the homeless
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north...-permanent-housing-for-the-homeless-1.2928989
    I was hopeful the past tense "had been missing" in the year end review post meant he was no longer missing but I cannot find anything else to support that so I think it is simply a typo.
    Ben went missing one year ago this month.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. sillybilly

    sillybilly WS Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Just a couple of old articles on Ben from before he went missing:

    Iqaluit man still smiling after tough times
    http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2004-08/aug30_04ben.html

    Ben Palluq familiar to all in Iqaluit
    http://www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/2006-11/nov13_06bp.html


    from:
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...31/cap80702_03.html+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

     
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    I simply cannot fathom that there could be homeless people in Iqaluit. Surely every person needs suitable shelter in such an inhospitable climate. I'm sad for Ben.
     
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    I'm on a work trip in Iqaluit right now, and nobody has heard anything. Very sad. He's missed.
     
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    The snow would have come and gone from Iqaluit since Ben disappeared, and it is not a huge community (approx. 7000), so how could he so totally disappear, or have succumbed to medical distress or misadventure without being found.

    I do hope he's had an opportunity to simply relocate (wrt the reference to possibly Ottawa). There is a possible relative (JP from Ottawa) who was in Iqaluit in October 2011 enroute to his father's funeral in Igloolik, NU. If JP returned to Ottawa, it is possible Ben is a relative and may have tried to hook up with JP there.

    Locatefamily has a list of the surname in Canada (22 in Canada with only 4 being in the Ottawa area including Orleans and Vanier):

    http://www.locatefamily.com/P/PAL/PALLUQ-1.html

    canada411 has only 9 listings in Canada, all of them in Nunavut
     

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