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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:36 am

Nunavik health board signs deal with McGill

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Nunavik may pick up many medical specialists who used to work in the Baffin region thanks to a three-year deal between the regional health board and McGill University.

The Baffin Regional Board of Health and Social Services recently decided not to renew its own contract with the McGill...

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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:36 am

My Little Corner of Canada

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by JOHN AMAGOALIK

Rodents leaving a sinking ship

There was a time when working for the GNWT was actually a desirable and worthwhile thing to do. It was when it was led by reasonably good people who were honourable and who had good intentions. But in recent times, it is very difficult to use the...

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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:34 am

Eegeesiak ousts Sillett as president of ITC

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The new president of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada paid tribute this week to departing president Mary Sillett by vowing to continue chipping away at ITC’s debt.

Okalik Eeegesiak, assistant executive-director with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., was elected to a...

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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:33 am

Avoid red tape disease, DIAND minister says

Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister Jane Stewart said Nunavut planners shouldn't drive exploration companies away with excessive regulation and red tape.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jane Stewart has told territorial bureaucrats to waste no time creating simple regulations to guide Nunavut’s natural resource development.

During her brief trip to Iqaluit last week, where she signed over millions of...

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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:33 am

It’s official: Baffin board switches from Montreal to Ottawa

As expected, members of the Baffin Regional Health and Social Services Board this week voted to move southern specialist services from Montreal to Ottawa.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The Baffin Regional Health and Social Services Board voted Wednesday morning to move their southern specialist services from Montreal to Ottawa.

The board had been looking at transferring southern specialist services from Montreal-based McGill University...

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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:32 am

Nunavut’s MP schools her colleagues on Nunavut

Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Nunavut's newly-elected MP, says informing Canada's 300 MPs about Nunavut is a full-time job.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT She’s been on Parliament Hill for only two short months.

But Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Nunavut’s new Liberal MP, is finding that educating her colleagues about Nunavut and the people who live here is already a full-time job.

“I have to give very basic...

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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:30 am

Baffin board says no to private money

The Baffin Regional Health and Social Services Board has rejected an offer from the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation to build and lease back a replacement hospital in Iqaluit.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Baffin residents could have a new hospital by 1999.

But the Baffin Regional Health and Social Services Board has rejected an offer from the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation to build one, citing fears about the privatization of health care.

Board members, who met...

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-none- September 26, 1997 - 9:28 am

Ottawa says no way to Keewatin dental deal

Health Canada officials say they won't honour fee-for service billings submitted by dentists working for Kiguti Dental Services in the Keewatin.

JIM BELL

IQALUIT An official with the federal Department of Health and Welfare has told the government of the Northwest Territories that Ottawa will not pay extra dental service costs created by a new contract between the Keewatin Regional Health Board and Kiguti Dental Services.

In a July 17 letter, Dr....

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 10:06 am

There’s only one new territory

JIM BELL

The time is fast approaching when residents of the western Northwest Territories will be obliged to recognize a difficult and unfortunate reality:

On April 1, 1999, one not two new territories will emerge out of what we now call the Northwest Territories.

Yes, we’ve all seen the well-known line...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:56 am

My Little Corner of Canada

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by JOHN AMAGOALIK

The Crushing Cost of Living

The high cost of living in Canada’s Arctic is getting ridiculous. For a long time, we have reluctantly accepted food prices that are easily two to three times higher than in southern Canada. The cost of housing continues to go through the roof. The...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:55 am

Fresh start for ITC, as delegates gather in Inuvik

Mary Sillett and Okalik Eegeesiak are candidates for the leadership of Canada's national Inuit organization.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Mary Sillett will present a leaner, more efficient national Inuit organization to board members at ITC’s annual general in Inuvik this weekend.

As incumbent president of the Inuit Taprirsat of Canada, the sounder financial outlook will surely strengthen...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:54 am

It’s back to the courtroom for NTI, DFO

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Nunavut Tunngavik and the federal fisheries minister are still at loggerheads on turbot quotas in Davis Strait.

So, they’re heading to court again.

NTI filed an application with the federal court Monday challenging fisheries minister David Anderson’s...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:51 am

Make room for aboriginals: ITC’s Sillett

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT Any revival of national unity talks must make equal room for aboriginal Canadians, Indian and Inuit leaders said this week.

Following a meeting of premiers in Calgary aimed at averting another sovereignty referendum in Quebec, ITC president Mary Sillett joined the Assembly of First...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:51 am

Invites are out for big Nunavut bash

Though it may not be clear who's organizing Nunavut's 1999 celebrations, an Iqaluit business group has already gone ahead to invite Jean Chretien and Romeo Leblanc.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Invitations are in the mail for the April 1, 1999, Nunavut celebration.

Colleen Dupuis, the exective director of the Iqaluit Trade and Promotion Office (ITAPO), said invitations have been sent to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Governor General Romeo...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:50 am

Ottawa to deliver Nunavut funding deals

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister Jane Stewart was expected to punctuate her visit to Nunavut this week by handing over $44 million in federal funding for training and infrastructure development.

Under an agreement with the territorial...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:47 am

Jack Anawak: Nunavut’s government-maker gets to work

Nunavut's interim commissioner has now set out on a mission to create a people-friendly Nunavut government.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The people of Nunavut must feel comfortable with their new government.

And what level of comfort residents are able to achieve is how Jack Anawak will measure his success as interim commissioner.

“We want a user-friendly system where people aren’t going...

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-none- September 19, 1997 - 9:45 am

KRHB hires Med-Emerg to seek new doctors

The Keewatin Regional Health Board has hired Med-Emerg International to recruit top-dollar doctors for the Kivalliq region with salaries ranging from $170,000-$203,000 a year, plus numerous perks and benefits.

JIM BELL

IQALUIT If you’ve got an M.D. and a family practioner’s certificate, an Ontario-based company called Med-Emerg International has a lucrative job for you in Rankin Inlet.

Med-Emerg International is best known for a $500,000 sole-source contract that the GNWT handed out to them in 1996 for a...

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-none- September 12, 1997 - 10:26 am

My Little Corner of Canada

September

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Banks of grey
Rolling in from the horizon,
Screams of red and yellow
From the nearby hills,
The sea is dark
And chilling to the bone.
The fish has gone upstream
The bull is fat.
Berries are bursting with juice.
Far off hills are covered
With an early blanket of white.
The grey in Okalik’s coat is...

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-none- September 12, 1997 - 10:24 am

NWT’s digital network late, but still on track

First 21 communities will be wired by the new year, as planned, Ardicom chief Ken Todd says

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Ardicom Digital Communications Ltd. is ready to put its concept for the NWT’s information highway to the test.

The consortium formed by Arctic Cooperatives Ltd., the Northern Aboriginal Services Company (NASCO) and Northwestel is currently awaiting delivery of...

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-none- September 12, 1997 - 10:21 am

Forum hears earful of complaints from students

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LEEVEDE ATAGOYUK
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Members of the GNWT’s student financial assistance panel heard an earful of complaints from students at Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunatta campus in Iqaluit last week.

The five panel members are Chairperson Louise Vertes, Ruby Jumbo, Jason Lepine, Judy...

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