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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:32 am

My Little Corner of Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

by JOHN AMAGOALIK

A pause to remember

The autumn of each year is a busy time for everyone. School has started. People are back at work after the summer holidays. The World Series is played. The Grey Cup is up for grabs. The hockey and basketball seasons is starting. There is Hallowe’en and...

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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:31 am

Patterson to be interim chair of Baffin health board

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Health Minister Kelvin Ng announced the appointment of Dennis Patterson as interim chair of the Baffin health board by the end of this week.

The position was left vacant last month when Ann Hanson stepped down amid a barrage of controversy about recent...

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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:23 am

Jose Kusugak: put Nunavut’s interests first

NTI's president urged delegates at this week's NTI general meeting in Igloolik to put regional differences aside as they consider a new system for funding Nunavut's three regional Inuit associations.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IGLOOLIK Nunavut Tunngavik President Jose Kusugak set the stage for the introduction of a new NTI funding formula by appealing to delegates at this year’s annual general meeting to place Nunavut’s interests ahead of their regional differences.

It would take a...

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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:22 am

Iqaluit is Canada’s common-law capital

Statistics Canada's 1996 census shows that common-law couples and single parent families now outnumber married couples in Iqaluit.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Iqaluit is the country’s capital of common-law unions, in a territory where wedding bells toll less frequently than in any other jurisdiction of Canada.

That’s the portrait that emerges from figures contained in Statistics Canada’s 1996 census, which includes...

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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:22 am

Pearson acquitted of 1983 sex charge

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Iqaluit businessman Bryan Pearson was acquitted Wednesday of a sexual assault charge.

“It’s been the most devastating six months of my life,” Pearson said after the judgement.

In an Iqaluit courtroom Wednesday morning, territorial court Judge Yves Lagace...

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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:20 am

The cabinet review: what was said

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Cabinet ministers are too secretive and must be more forthcoming to the legislative assembly and the public at large.

That was the message MLAs sent to cabinet ministers during a two-day review of their performance last week.

“Charges asking and...

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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:20 am

MLAs disappointed by cabinet review

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Two days of grilling cabinet ministers on their performances during the past two years didn’t accomplish what many MLAs had set out to do.

“We really needed a week,” said Kivallivik MLA Kevin O’Brien.

The formal review got off to a tense start last...

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-none- October 31, 1997 - 9:14 am

Nunavut Trust survives Monday’s market crash

Inuit land claim money invested by the Nunavut Trust is safe, despite Monday's dramatic stock market crash.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IGLOOLIK Stock exchange tremors that touched off a selling spree on financial markets from Asia to North America put the investment strategy of Nunavut’s Inuit birthright corporation to its first real test this week.

While markets south of the treeline fluctuated from...

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-none- October 24, 1997 - 9:58 am

For the Record

Time to invest in our future: Commissioner

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Northwest Territories Commissioner Helen Maksagak recently outlined the territorial government�s Agenda for Change as she opened the fifth session of the 13th legislative assembly with the address.

It is my pleasure today to open the fifth session of the 13th Assembly of the Northwest

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-none- October 24, 1997 - 9:57 am

Quebec ponders study of Nunavik road link

Will the people of Nunavik get a road to Kuujjuaq?

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ Imagine a convoy of trucks laden with cheap, fresh produce steaming up the road from Montreal to Kuujjuaq in the middle of winter.

Then, picture rows of warehouses, a busy airport and deep-sea port in Kuujjuaq, the new staging point for goods in the Eastern Arctic.

Today, however, this...

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-none- October 24, 1997 - 9:55 am

Southern managers bleeding IBC dry?

As the quality of native broadcasting slips to an all-time low, a bold new plan to take over TV production emerges in Igloolik

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Two former Inuit Broadcasting Corporation producers say they can improve Inuktitut programming and create 300 jobs in northern communities by taking over the operation’s southern management.

Zacharias Kunuk and Paul Apak presented a proposal last week to...

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-none- October 24, 1997 - 9:54 am

New child protection law puts onus on families, communities

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News
IQALUIT Family members of children in abusive situations now have more say over their relatives’ lives.

The Child and Family Services Act, the bill passed in the legislative assembly last week which replaces the old Child and Welfare Act, gives more power to...

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-none- October 24, 1997 - 9:51 am

Jimmy “Flash” Kilabuk is Iqaluit’s new mayor

Veteran town councillor will now sit in the mayor's chair

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LEEVEDE ATAGOYUK
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Iqaluit voters have brought in a new mayor Jimmy “Flash” Kilabuk.

Also, six new councillors were elected in what many are calling an important transition period for Iqaluit, as the community gets ready to officially become Nunavut’s capital in 1999.

“The...

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-none- October 24, 1997 - 9:50 am

Kivalliq Inuit Association wants Ottawa to stop KRHB

The Kivalliq Inuit Association says the Keewatin Regional Health Board acted illegally when it decided to offer it's physicans' services in the Keewatin.

JIM BELL

IQALUIT The Kivalliq Inuit Association says that the Keewatin Regional Health Board does not have the legal authority to offer physican’s services in the Keeewatin region.

And they also say that NWT Health Minister Kelvin Ng does not have the legal authority to delegate that function to the

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-none- October 24, 1997 - 9:49 am

Little-known immigrant fund pulls in $35 million for GNWT

MLAs have been asking many questions, but getting few answers from Finance Minister John Todd about the GNWT's Aurora immigrant investor fund.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The GNWT’s first Aurora Fund is now worth $35 million, thanks to wealthy immigrants to Canada who have placed or made deposits on investments in the fund over the past year.

Demand from investors remains so high that a second fund, Aurora II, was set up last...

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-none- October 17, 1997 - 10:33 am

GNWT will keep closer tabs on health boards

Two of Nunavut's three health boards made major changes without considering how they affect patients, a team of GNWT bureaucrats say.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Senior health board staff in Nunavut failed to plan adequately for changes in the delivery of medical services.

That’s one message contained in a bureacratic review of the Baffin and Keewatin health boards tabled in the legislative assembly last week by Health...

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-none- October 17, 1997 - 10:32 am

Health board resignation catches Ng by surprise

Deputy premier Goo Arlooktoo wants health board members to "do the right thing" when it comes to deciding how to finance construction of new regional hospital.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The resignation of the chair of the Baffin health board last week won’t delay the process of building a new regional hospital.

“Our commitment is there to try to bring it on line in as timely a fashion as possible,” said GNWT Health Minister Kelvin...

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-none- October 17, 1997 - 10:31 am

A wake-up call for Ottawa:the GNWT’s division plans

The government of the Northwest Territories has calculated that Ottawa might have to pay as much as $135.7 million in extra division transition costs between now and the year 2001.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The impending birth of Nunavut could cost $135.7 million more than its expectant parents in Ottawa first estimated.

That’s an estimate contained in a detailed transition plan for the creation of Nunavut unveiled this week by the government of the...

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-none- October 17, 1997 - 10:30 am

Why the commissioner said no

JIM BELL

Many Keewatin residents are surely disappointed that Commissioner Helen Maksagak finally said no to Kivallivik MLA Kevin O’Brien’s request for a public inquiry into the Keewatin Regional Health Board’s recent activities.

They shouldn’t, however, be surprised that Maksagak felt compelled to make...

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-none- October 17, 1997 - 10:27 am

My Little Corner of Canada

The hockey season opens

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The 1997-98 hockey season opened with the Vancouver Canucks playing the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Tokyo, Japan. The tickets for one of those two games were going for about $250 each. The way things are going in terms of salaries for hockey players, it won’t be long before ticket prices reach that...

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