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Iqaluit July 25, 1997 - 11:07 am

In transition: Cambridge Bay hoping for economic boom

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

As the tundra bursts with life under the summer sun, so, too, does the entrepreneurial spirit along the streets of Cambridge Bay.

Already a bustling community, Cambridge Bay is experiencing a mini-boom as it prepares to house a department of the decentralized Nunavut government,...

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Iqaluit July 25, 1997 - 11:06 am

Hit by runaway tire, Iqaluit baby dies

The body of a five-month-old Iqaluit child who was killed Monday evening by a tire that spun off a flatbed trailer has been sent south for an autopsy.

JIM BELL

The body of a five-month-old Iqaluit baby killed Monday evening by a runaway tire has been sent south for an autopsy, police said this week.

But RCMP in Iqaluit aren’t saying whether or not they’re contemplating criminal charges in the death of the child.

“There’s an investigation, and it’s still...

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Iqaluit July 25, 1997 - 11:05 am

Coroner recommends changes to cell procedures

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Only RCMP members should be allowed to open cells holding prisoners.

That’s one of four recommendations following a coroner’s inquest into the double suicide of two Igloolik men who escaped police custody last year.

Igloolik RCMP arrested Malakai Attagutalukutuk, 26, and David...

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Iqaluit July 25, 1997 - 11:03 am

Steger calls a halt to mushy Arctic trek

Surrounded by fog and thin blue ice, an exhausted Will Steger has decided that he won't walk from the North Pole to Canada this year.

JIM BELL

Veteran Arctic explorer Will Steger has decided that it’s now too dangerous for him to continue his bid for what appeared to be the world’s first ice-hopping championship.

Steger, well-know to many Nunavut residents for his 1986 dog-team expedition to the North Pole, had been attempting to walk...

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Iqaluit July 25, 1997 - 10:03 am

Boundaries commission offers three choices

Although Nunavut leaders say they want a legislature of 20-22 members, the Nunavut Electoral Boundaries Commission is suggesting a 17-member assembly ­ one of three options in a report they released last week.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

The commission set up to recommend electoral districts for Nunavut has gone outside its mandate to suggest that there be only 17 members elected to Nunavut’s first legislative assembly.

The Nunavut Electoral Boundaries Commission favors a 17-seat assembly with one member elected...

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Iqaluit July 25, 1997 - 10:02 am

QC may invest in new Baffin hospital

The president of Baffin's Qikiqtaaluk Corporation says his organization isn't opposed to the use of pirvate money to finance a new Baffin hospital ­ and that QC may be an investor in the new facility.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

The president of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation isn’t opposed to private funding being used to construct a new hospital for the Baffin region.

“What we’re worried about is privatization of health care,” Jerry Ell said.

In fact, at a Baffin leaders’ summit in Pangnirtung earlier this...

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Iqaluit July 25, 1997 - 10:01 am

Business as usual, KRHB chair says

Though the hamlet of Rankin Inlet wants her to resign and the Union of Northern Workers wants a public inquiry into the organization she heads, the chair of the Keewatin Regional Health Board, Elizabeth Palfrey, is still conducting business as usual.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

For Elizabeth Palfrey, the beleaguered chair of the Keewatin Regional Health Board, leaving her job is the last thing on her mind.

That’s in spite of the fact that she and her fellow board members are now beset by a variety of angry critics inside and outside of the Keewatin region.

The Union of...

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Nunavik July 18, 1997 - 2:14 pm

Nungak returned to helm of Makivik

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DWANE WILKIN

Nunavik beneficiaries have given Makivik president Zebedee Nungak an overwhelming mandate to lead them into the 21st century.

The favorite heading into last week’s three-way race for the presidency did not disappoint odds makers, taking 79 percent of the Nunavik-wide vote. The...

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-none- July 18, 1997 - 9:49 am

Broughton mayor miffed by DEW Line clean-up delay

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Broughton Island residents living near an abandoned U.S. military installation are disappointed that clean-up at the site can’t begin sooner than planned.

Broughton Island Mayor Lootie Toomasie told Baffin MLAs and other regional leaders at a meeting in Pangnirtung last weekend that it could take...

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-none- July 18, 1997 - 9:49 am

Communities must set job plan priorities

The GNWT is urging hamlets and community groups to put together viable make-work projects in order to tap into millions of dollars worth of economic development funds

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Baffin mayors sat baffled last weekend as a government bureaucrat spouted phrases such as “community economic development,” and “visions for a social, economic and environmental game plan.”

It’s terminology these leaders will have to get used to if they expect to help their...

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-none- July 18, 1997 - 9:47 am

Makivik pitches First Air to Nunavut

Airline sends emissaries to Baffin leaders' summit to solicit support and investment

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

Makivik Corporation has sweetened an offer to share its airline empire with Nunavut beneficiaries, but most Baffin Inuit leaders are still cool to the idea.

Makivik Corp. first offered Nunavut beneficiaries the chance to buy into First Air when it purchased the company in 1991....

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Iqaluit July 18, 1997 - 9:46 am

GNWT rearranges spending on language services

The GNWT will spend part of its $1.7 million language services budget for this year on a certification board for interpreter-translators.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN


Aboriginal language translators and interpreters who work for the GNWT in the future will likely have to be government certified.

But as layoff notices went out to GNWT interpreter-translators last week, Languages Commissioner Judi Tutcho wondered publicly how standards for...

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Iqaluit July 18, 1997 - 9:45 am

Union leader Evoy dies suddenly

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Labor leader and social activist Jim Evoy died in Yellowknife this week of a massive heart attack. He was 52.

Evoy, president of the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour at the time of his death, earned a reputation among northeners for his fiesty and outspoken support of working peoples’...

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Iqaluit July 18, 1997 - 9:45 am

NTI wins fisheries court battle against Ottawa

NTI has successfully defended the Inuit right to be given special consideration in the allocation of turbot quotas in Davis Strait.

JIM BELL

Nunavut Inuit emerged victorious this week in a court battle over Davis Strait turbot quotas that began May 6.

The ruling, announced July 14 in Vancouver by federal court justice Douglas Campbell, means that officials with Ottawa’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans must genuinely listen to the...

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Iqaluit July 18, 1997 - 9:44 am

Arctic residents say farewell to the humble name-giver

Like his bibilical namesake, Abraham Okpik's legacy will last for as long as the descendants of the Inuit give life and names to their children.

JIM BELL

The name of the man who named a generation is now written among those who stand at heaven’s door.

Abraham Okpik, 68, better known as “Abe” to his countless friends and relatives, died in Iqaluit July 10 after a lengthy illness.

About 500 mourners bid farewell to Okpik July 15 at a funeral service...

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-none- July 18, 1997 - 9:43 am

Baffin leaders ponder the future

Baffin leaders talked for many hours last weekend about the creation of Nunavut, and passed a motion saying they're opposed to a GNWT-backed plan to build a new Baffin hospital with private money.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ANNETTE BOURGEOIS

As tourists gazed at the breathtaking view of the mountains around Pangnirtung, Baffin leaders plugged away at business, hour after hour, inside Pangnirtung’s hamlet office last weekend

In marathon meetings, Baffin mayors, MLAs and Inuit organization leaders hashed out concerns...

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Iqaluit July 11, 1997 - 9:40 am

World beats a path to Rankin school’s website

What do Canada's foreign affairs minister, the head of the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency have in common? They're all fans of theIgalaaq computer access centre.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN


Most visits to theLeo Ussak Schooloccur on the internet, while some encounters with the world are plainly better in person.

Just ask a group of pupils who travelled to Toronto to showcase their computer centre and Internet website.

The students discovered that their computer...

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Iqaluit July 11, 1997 - 9:38 am

Overhauled Nunavut park service to add 20 jobs

Plans are underway to create a Nunavut Parks Unit, responsible for managing three new national parks.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

LEEVEDE ATAGOYUK

Summer’s here and the Auyuittuq National Park Reserve near Pangnirtung is in full operation.

Boasting a pristine landscape of mountain peaks and tundra valley, Auyuittuq Park is a favorite destination for a growing number of hikers, mountain climbers, eco-tourists and...

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Iqaluit July 11, 1997 - 9:37 am

It’s ship-time in the Arctic again

As the life-giving sun shines down on the Arctic for nearly 24 hours a day, Nunavut residents are turning their minds to a traditional summer event ­ the annual sealift.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN

A barge-load of fuel delivered to Rankin Inlet last weekend signalled the start of the 1997 summer sealift in the Keewatin.

While south Baffin communities expect their first dry-goods shipments to arrive within 10 days, stubborn ice in the western Arctic threatens to delay the...

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-none- July 11, 1997 - 9:37 am

Tourist guide to new territory launched on Nunavut Day

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

John Amagoalik celebrated Nunavut Day in the nation’s capital by helping to launcha comprehensive guide to Canada’s new territory.

About 200 people, including several members of Parliament, gathered at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa on Wednesday to mark the occasion. They were treated to Inuit...

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