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-none- June 27, 1997 - 9:00 am

Health boards must be accountable

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Excellent editorial in your last (June 20) edition:Health board fails communities.

I hope this editorial will awaken people to what can happen and will happen when board members are not kept informed or not encouraged to take part in discussions, decisions and open line shows on health issues with...

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Iqaluit June 27, 1997 - 8:59 am

NCC may have to hire from the South: Curley

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

The company building the residential and office buildings for the Nunavut government may have to go outside the territory to find skilled labor.

“That’s a preoccupation of our training co-ordinator,” said Nunavut Construction Corporation president Tagak Curley.

Curley said he’s...

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Iqaluit June 27, 1997 - 8:57 am

Social health a priority for Nunavut’s oldest community

In transition: Igloolik mayor Aime Panimera says residents embrace the opportunity that infrastructure development will bring, but are aware that change can't come without some risk

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Igloolik residents pride themselves on their ability to adapt readily to change. They’ll need to rely heavily on that ability as this community of 1,175 residents braces for an influx of 250 people over the next two years.

“It’s going to be quite a difference,” said Mayor Aime...

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Iqaluit June 27, 1997 - 8:57 am

Legal aid worker accused of selling hash

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DWANE WILKIN

Police have charged a legal aid worker from Iqaluit with drug trafficking after intercepting a shipment of hashish they believe was destined for sale in Igloolik.

Police say they were led to the shipment by an Igloolik man who RCMP in Igloolik had previously charged with simple...

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Iqaluit June 27, 1997 - 8:50 am

Greenland offers to store old nuclear weapons

A U.S. Air Force base, 200 kilometres from Grise Fiord, is suggested as possible location for scrapped nuclear warheads

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DWANE WILKIN

Greenland’s prime minister is reported to have offered his territory as a disposal site for dismantled Russian and U.S. nuclear warheads.

According to Reuters news agency, a Danish newspaper quoted Lars Emil Johansen last week as supporting a proposal to establish a secure storage...

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Iqaluit June 27, 1997 - 8:50 am

Union: First Air expansion could mean job loss

For everyone but flight attendants, First Air is a non-union shop. By taking over NWT Air, that could all change.

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DWANE WILKIN

NWT Air workers can expect layoffs if the airline’s new owner decides to merge operations with First Air, a union spokesman said this week.

“If there’s amalgamation, definitely there’ll be a loss of jobs,” Roy Findley, secretary-treasurer for the Teamsters Local 362,...

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-none- June 27, 1997 - 8:48 am

Run your own airline, prof says

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DWANE WILKIN

If northerners really want more choice when it comes to airline service, they should consider actively soliciting competitors.

That’s the advice of Phillip Cyrenne, a professor of economics at the University of Manitoba, who specializes in competition and regulatory policy.

Cyrenne...

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Iqaluit June 27, 1997 - 8:42 am

First Air completes buy-out of NWT Air

Purchase seals airline's bid to extend control of air service across the Arctic

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

First Air has further expanded its northern empire by acquiring troubled NWT Air from Air Canada.

With 180 employees and revenues of roughly $50 million, NWT Air operates a number of passenger and cargo routes in the western Arctic, including direct flights from Rankin Inlet to...

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Iqaluit June 27, 1997 - 8:40 am

Iqalungmiut left out of Iqaluit council’s capital plans

Bureaucrats from the Town of Iqaluit and the federal government have all but decided where Iqaluit's new Nunavut buildings will be located ­ but only now will Iqalungmiut get a chance to see what's been decided for them.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

It’s Friday afternoon.

The downtown area of Iqaluit is congested with vehicles and pedestrians, as people leave work, go to the bank, pick up children from daycare, and stop at a restaurant for dinner.

The dust swirls around broken pavement as scores of people, unassisted by...

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Iqaluit June 20, 1997 - 8:38 am

Law grad Okalik never lost sight of dream

Pangnirtung native returns to Nunavut this summer as one of the first Inuk lawyers in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Paul Okalik was a teenager when his older brother committed suicide to avoid returning to jail.

“It had a devastating impact on me and it still does today,” says Okalik, 33, who earlier this month graduated from the University of Ottawa with a law degree.

When he returns to the...

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Iqaluit June 20, 1997 - 8:37 am

Nosebot maggots make appearance in Baffin caribou

Don't let looks decieve, though; they're not bad for you.

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LYNN PEPLINSKI

Pauloosie Kilabuk, a renewable resources officer in Iqaluit, had an unpleasant surprise recently while butchering a caribou.

“I was removing the tongue when I saw them there” said Kilabuk, who dropped the beast’s head and backed away in mild horror at the sight of the caribou’s...

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Iqaluit June 20, 1997 - 8:34 am

RCMP conducts mystery snoop into GNWT

Nobody's saying anything about a six-month RCMP commercial crime squad investigation involving the GNWT.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Loose lips could jeopardise a six-month old police probe into mysterious allegations of criminal activity within the GNWT.

So it may be a while before the people of the Northwest Territories find out why their government is the subject of an RCMP investigation.

Commercial crime...

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Iqaluit June 20, 1997 - 8:32 am

UNW fights for fired dental therapists

Union's support of disaffected hamlets puts pressure on the GNWT.

JIM BELL

Union of Northern Workers officials say they’ll do everything they can to fight for four dental therapists who have been dumped from their jobs by the Keewatin Regional Health Board.

“The dental therapists are of concern to us and we think the decision made by the Keewatin Regional Health board...

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Iqaluit June 20, 1997 - 8:32 am

Leaders ponder how to fund Nunavut

The three parties to the Nunavut accord have begun the work of figuring out how to create a formula financing agreement for the Nunavut territory.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Northern political leaders don’t want Ottawa to simply split its current level of funding between the western territory and Nunavut after division.

Nunavut Interim Commissioner Jack Anawak, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc (NTI) and territorial government representatives met Monday and...

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Iqaluit June 20, 1997 - 8:31 am

Former Iqaluit mayor to stand trial on sex assault charge

Bryan Pearson pleads not guilty

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

Iqaluit businessman Bryan Pearson pleaded not guilty in court this week to a single charge of sexual assault.

Pearson is accused of committing the offence in Iqaluit 14 years ago, at a time when he was still highly active in municipal politics.

In entering his plea, Pearson elected...

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-none- June 20, 1997 - 8:25 am

Highlights of interim commissioner’s instructions

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As interim commissioner, Jack Anawak must:

Hire sufficient headquarters staff for the Nunavut government prior to April 1, 1999, in order to be ready for division;
Develop a comprehensive employment plan to build upon this staff, following start-up;
Limit the cost of running his own office to $10...

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Iqaluit June 20, 1997 - 8:23 am

Jack’s marching orders for the road to Nunavut

Ottawa's instructions to interim commissioner Jack Anawak are contained in a seven-page letter from the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Lines of communication between interim commissioner Jack Anawak and the people of Nunavut must be wide open at all times.

That’s one of the key commandments contained in the letter of instruction that the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND)...

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-none- June 13, 1997 - 2:47 pm

My Little Corner of Canada: Yzerman’s Cup

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JOHN AMAGOALIK

Most great hockey players win the Stanley cup at least once in their career. Legends like Howe, Orr, Hull, Lafleur, Richard, Lemieux, Gretzky, Robinson, etc., could not be denied their name on Lord Stanley’s Cup.

A smaller number of great hockey players never do get their names on...

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Iqaluit June 13, 1997 - 2:45 pm

Solvent abuse in Arctic Bay ends in explosion

Girls suffer burns after snorting propane

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Three young girls suffered severe burns to their hands and faces when propane they were sniffing from a barbecue tank exploded last Saturday.

The Arctic Bay youngsters, aged 9 to 11, were treated at the local health care centre for first, second and third degree burns. The...

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Iqaluit June 13, 1997 - 2:44 pm

Anawak to seek separate funding deal for Nunavut

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Nunavut’s interim commissioner has begun hiring staff to help negotiate a raft of new intergovenmental agreements, including a separate funding deal with Ottawa.

“What we don’t particularly care to see is the funding for the government of the Northwest Territories split in half...

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