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Nunavut January 31, 1997 - 12:44 pm

Feds unloading toxic real estate?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Abandoned military buildings in the Northwest Territories known to contain old PCB-laden paint have been put up for auction by the Department of National Defence.

In so doing, the defence department may be in breach of federal environmental regulations for the safe storage and...

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Nunavut January 31, 1997 - 12:43 pm

What’s in the 1997/98 budget?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Here are the highlights from the GNWT’s $1.15 billion dollar budget, unveiled this week in Yellowknife:

For the first time in four years, the finance minister is projecting that the government’s books will go from the red to black with a projected surplus of $8.9 million.
About 80 per cent of the...

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Nunavut January 31, 1997 - 12:41 pm

Todd predicts $8.9 million budget surplus, more cuts

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TODD PHILLIPS

Finance Minister John Todd delivered what he called the toughest budget in the history of the Northwest Territories this week.

The budget outlines how the government plans to chop another $100 million in spending this year, lay off hundreds more employees, and by the end of the next...

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-none- January 31, 1997 - 8:51 am

My Little Corner of Canada: The Beatles Generation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

by John Amagoalik

The baby boomers who were in their teens and early twenties during the 1960s are now in their forties and fifties. The generation that produced the Beatles is now entering grandparenthood. The generation that had long hair, bell bottoms, and psychedelic drugs is now a generation...

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-none- January 31, 1997 - 8:47 am

MLAs demand more fairness in budget cuts

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TODD PHILLIPS

John Todd took off his coat, gazed across the assembly floor and scolded MLAs for focusing on cuts in their ridings and missing the big picture.

Most averted his eyes and scribbled notes while the NWT’s finance minister began the job of selling his budget to MLAs during committee...

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Nunavut January 31, 1997 - 8:42 am

Private money sought to build Iqaluit hospital

Is privatized health care coming to Baffin?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TODD PHILLIPS

The territorial government is trying to reach a deal with private-sector investors to build and own a new hospital in Iqaluit.

Ottawa agreed in 1987 to pay the GNWT $30 million for a new hospital in the Baffin region.

GNWT spent Iqaluit hospital money

But GNWT finance department...

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Nunavut January 31, 1997 - 8:41 am

Consultant: Iqaluit airport firefighters not needed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TODD PHILLIPS

Costly emergency response services aren’t needed at Iqaluit’s airport says a consultant’s report prepared for the GNWT’s transportation department.

The 37-page report, prepared by Avery, Cooper Consulting, says Transport Canada no longer requires the service, and that the government...

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Nunavut January 31, 1997 - 8:40 am

Rankin residents threaten blockade

Some Rankin Inlet residents say they will commit acts of civil disobedience to counter efforts to evict families in mid-winter.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TODD PHILLIPS

Jack Anawak says he would have been arrested before allowing police to evict a fourth Rankin Inlet family from their home last week.

“I was prepared to get arrested,” Anawak said. “I was prepared to take some drastic action but fortunately we did not have to get to that...

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Nunavut January 31, 1997 - 8:33 am

QIA demands Nanisivik Mine probe

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS & DWANE WILKIN


Claims of unsafe environmental practices at the Nanisivik Mine have prompted the Qikiqtani Inuit Association to ask for a full review of its operation.

The QIA wants the NWT minister of resources, wildlife and economic development, Stephen Kakwi, to conduct a...

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-none- January 24, 1997 - 12:37 pm

My Little Corner of Canada: IC!

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

by John Amagoalik

Ring. Riing.

Good morning. GNWT. How may I help you?

Good morning. My name is Ima Goalie. I’m a reporter from the Toronto Mop and Pail. I’m doing a story on Nunavut and I was wondering who I should talk to.

You should call the NIC.

The NIC. Will they be able to tell me about...

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Nunavut January 24, 1997 - 12:35 pm

Lean times ahead for treatment centres

GNWT closes Delta House in Inuvik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

The closing of Delta House in Inuvik may not have directly affected the treatment centre in Iqaluit, but it foreshadows difficulties to come.

“Their closing will not affect us,” said Dorthe Kunuk, the executive director of the Inuusiqsiurvik Treatment Centre in Iqaluit. “We’ll...

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Nunavut January 24, 1997 - 12:30 pm

NWT languages commissioner visits Nunavut

Aboriginal languages are disappearing, language watchdog says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Use your language or lose your culture.

That’s the message NWT Languages Commissioner Judi Tutcho brought to schools in Igloolik, Iqaluit and Apex last week.

“Young people are learning to speak English and they’re not using their own language,” she told a group of sixth graders...

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-none- January 24, 1997 - 12:27 pm

Igloolik residents celebrate language and sunshine

JANE GEORGE

The sun is back in Igloolik ­ and Igloolik residents have honoured it with the kind of welcome usually associated with New Year’s Eve.

Almost all of the community turned out for the “Qaggiq” at Attagutaaluk School last week.

Igloolik’s oldest resident, 91-year old Rosie Iqallijuk, lit the flame...

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Nunavut January 24, 1997 - 10:49 am

MLAs back to work in legislative assembly

Department merger plan is dead, Picco says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TODD PHILLIPS


Premier Don Morin called for unity and teamwork Monday as MLAs returned to Yellowknife for what is shaping up to be a lively legislative assembly session.

Morin, hobbled by a broken knee, delivered a brief sessional address in which he stated the government’s priorities during its...

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Nunavut January 24, 1997 - 10:46 am

New firm sinks $28.5 million into Kitikmeot gold

Will the people of the Kitikmeot soon see another proposal to open a mine and build a road through their region?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Prospects for more mine and road development in the Kitikmeot region are quickly, if quietly, resurfacing.

A Toronto-based mining company has asked to meet next week with the Kitikmeot Corporation about plans to develop six gold properties 70 kilometres south of Bathhurst Inlet.

The...

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Nunavut January 24, 1997 - 10:43 am

Shippers warn coast guard cuts could endanger Arctic sea-lift

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Sea-lift service in northern communities will deteriorate if the Coast Guard retires yet another icebreaker from Arctic waters, private shippers warned this week.

The Coast Guard has proposed to eliminate its lone icebreaker in the western Arctic as part of an overall cost-cutting...

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-none- January 17, 1997 - 10:28 am

My Little Corner of Canada: A good blizzard

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

by John Amagoalik

A winter is not complete until you have had at least one good blizzard. Some howling winds, zero visibility, and lots of drifting snow are required to confirm an Arctic winter.

Blizzards not only cover a lot of garbage but they seemed to purify the air as well. Standing outside...

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Nunavut January 17, 1997 - 10:23 am

New access to information legislation goes into effect

Public's right to know enshrined in law?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

People frustrated by efforts to extract information from the government of the Northwest Territories may soon find some relief.

The Northwest Territories’ first access to information and privacy law went into effect Jan.1. The Territorial government is expected to soon pick the first...

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Nunavut January 17, 1997 - 10:17 am

Inuit youth speak through the N-Files

Inuit youth have come up with a new way of communicating what they think about how Nunavut should be built ­ the N-Files. Attention teachers, students and others who want simple info about Nunavut!

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Young people in Nunavut finally have a voice in the development of the new territory.

Youth from the three regions of Nunavut are expressing their opinions through a project called “N-Files Project 136.”

Easy to understand info

The N-Files give young people easy-to-understand...

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Nunavut January 17, 1997 - 10:15 am

Interim commissioner must first accept job terms, Kusugak says

Nunavut Tunngavik President Jose Kusugak says he can't confirm that Nunatsiaq MP Jack Anawak will become the interim commissioner of Nunavut.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

TODD PHILLIPS

NTI President Jose Kusugak says he can’t confirm that Nunatsiaq MP Jack Anawak is about to be named interim commissioner of Nunavut.

“I don’t think that’s a question that I can entertain,” Kusugak said this week.

Kusugak said he’s talked with Indian Affairs Minister Ron Irwin about...

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