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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:37 am

Hay River MLA will investigate corruption

JIM BELL

IQALUIT Hay River MLA Jane Groenewegen says her constituents have asked her to conduct an investigation into widespread rumours of corruption within the upper ranks of the territorial government.

“They are concerned about the many rumours that have been going around about this government,”...

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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:37 am

My Little Corner of Canada

A message to the premiers

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Congratulations to the premiers for attempting to deal with Canada’s unity problems by putting together the Calgary Declaration. The Declaration certainly has not mobilized Canadians to get behind the effort to recognize Quebec’s “unique” character, but it is better than nothing.

The main problem...

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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:36 am

Three parties pondering unified justice system

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Officials working within the northern justice system favor a single unified court for Nunavut, but the signatories to the Nunavut political accord have yet to endorse the idea.

Justice officials recommended combining the Nunavut territorial and supreme...

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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:34 am

Bathurst Inlet: site of a deep-sea Kitikmeot port?

A group of mining companies wants to build a port near Bathurst Inlet to transport minerals from proposed mines at Izok Lake and George Lake.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT A study conducted by the Canadian Hydrographic Service has revived interest in building a deep-sea port in the Kitikmeot region.

Kit Resources Ltd.  formerly known as Arauco Resources and several other mining companies, along with the GNWT, raised $900,000...

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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:27 am

New firm with new plan buys Izok Lake

A Toronto-based firm called Kit Resources has a new plan to develop the Kitikmeot's Izok Lake site.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Kit Resources Ltd. of Toronto has announced its intention to develop a zinc and copper mine at Izok Lake the same property in the west Kitikmeot that Metall Mining Corporation shelved and walked away from four years ago.

The company has signed a letter of...

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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:26 am

Ken MacRury is new CEO of Baffin health board

The Baffin's former regional director is the new chief executive officer of the health board.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The new chief executive officer for the Baffin health board has been given two instructions get the planning for a new regional hospital back on track and complete a review of southern specialist services before the end of the year.

Dennis Patterson, the...

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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:26 am

Isuma not giving up in fight for production dollars

Igloolik's independent television production company isn't giving up in its fight for public tendering of aboriginal televsion work.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT An Igloolik-based independent production company may be getting the brush-off, but its owners aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.

Instead, Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc’s owners are digging in their heels.

Last month the company asked the...

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-none- November 28, 1997 - 10:24 am

Nunavik pastor charged with sex crimes against a minor

The leader of Ivujivik's evangelical congregation, the Full Gospel Church, faces trial next January in connection with incidents dating back ten years

JANE GEORGE

PUVIRNITUQ Another religious leader in Nunavik has been charged with sexual offences involving a child.

Lucassie Kanarjuak, 51, was arraigned in Quebec Court Nov. 13 on three separate sex charges sexual interference, incitement to sexual touching and sexual assault.

Kanarjuak is a pastor with...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 12:53 pm

Delay the Keewatin resupply plan

JIM BELL

For a large number of Keewatin residents, perhaps most of them, the government of the Northwest Territories has lost its legitimacy.

Since the 1995 territorial election, no region in the NWT has had more direct experience with the current government’s arrogance and dishonesty.

Because of this,...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 12:50 pm

A theology of irresponsibility?

An open letter to Bishop Chris Williams:

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I congratulate Nunatsiaq News for its courage in helping to break the taboo about sexual abuse against children. It seems that you, Bishop, were looking to defend yourself in yourrecent letter to Nunatsiaq Newsin which you said Nunatsiaq News is irresponsible. (Oct. 31, p. 8)

It is always the way...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 12:49 pm

My Little Corner of Canada

A phone call from Santa

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JOHN AMAGOALIK

Ring, ring.

“Hello.”

“Hello, is this the little corner?”

“Yes. Good to hear from you Santa. I know your voice anywhere. How are you?”

“Jolly good, thank you. I understand you are having your first little blizzard in Iqaluit.”

“It’s not much of a blizzard but it’s building up...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 12:48 pm

Duncan Pryde an appreciation

The legendary Inuktitut linguist and chronicler of Arctic life, Duncan Pryde, died last weekend.

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KENN HARPER
Special to Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT A northern legend has died. Duncan Pryde, an old Arctic hand and long-time northerner, died on November 15 on the Isle of Wight off the coast of England. He was 60 years old.

Duncan was born in Scotland and raised in orphanages. He went to sea at 15....

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 12:47 pm

Global warming poses big threats to Canada’s Arctic

Ottawa officials are trying to put the best possible spin on an inexorable environmental phenomenon that threatens to turn the Arctic upside down.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The good news is that sailing through the Northwest Passage will finally be a cinch.

The bad news?

Well, global warming will probably drive muskoxen, polar bears and Peary caribou into extinction.

And other species including humans will face declining food...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 12:44 pm

Baffin beneficiaries go to the polls Dec. 8

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LEEVEDE ATAGOYUK
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Inuit beneficiaries of the Inuit land claim in the Baffin region will go to the polls Dec. 8 to elect four community directors and a new secretary-treasurer for the Qikiqtaani Inuit Association.

Eleven people are running for the secretary-treasurer’s job...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 10:59 am

Baffin health board CEO takes leave from job

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

The Baffin health board’s chair was expected to make an announcement this week in response to rumors that his chief executive officer has been fired.

Dennis Patterson said that he’s reviewed Pat Kermeen’s performance, but in an interview Wednesday, wouldn’t say...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 10:58 am

Arlooktoo delays Keewatin resupply decision

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IQALUIT The NWT’s public works minister, Goo Arlooktoo, issued a statement this week saying he won’t announce a decision on the fate of his government’s Keewatin marine resupply proposal until Nov. 28.

Hostile Keewatin residents in Baker Lake, Arviat and Rankin Inlet urged Arlooktoo to delay the...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 10:58 am

First Air hikes rates for cargo, air fares

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IQALUIT Northern Canada’s biggest airline has just announced that it plans to hit its customers with passenger fare and cargo rate increases.

In a news release issued Nov. 18, First Air said pasenger fares will go up by 6 per cent next year 3 per cent on Jan. 1 and by another 3 per cent on March...

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-none- November 21, 1997 - 10:43 am

Nunavut settles in for national postal strike

Private courier companies and First Air expect to benefit. Regular mail serice within Eastern Arctic won't be affected, since postal workers here belong to different union.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Couriers and cargo handlers forecast increased sales this week as striking postal workers brought mail service across the country to a halt.

Corey Stewart, owner of Iqaluit’s Arctic Express, said demand for courier services had already risen by about 15 per...

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-none- November 14, 1997 - 1:22 pm

Patterson keeps his cards close to his vest

The new chair of the Baffin health board wants to meet with the rest of the board before he says anything about how he plans to tackle the job.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT The new chair of Baffin’s regional health board isn’t ready yet to say just what he thinks about recent board decisions.

After only a week on the job, Dennis Patterson told a boardroom of journalists Monday that he has no “hard and fast opinions” on...

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-none- November 14, 1997 - 1:20 pm

Iqaluit man gets life sentence for murder

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT Joanasie Korgak, 24, was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday for the murder of his 17-year-old cousin two years ago.

The Iqaluit man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Anuawalkooloo Davidee in July, 1995.

In delivering...

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