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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:21 pm

Editorial

The GNWT's last budget

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Last week, Finance Minister John Todd got up to present another milestone along the long road to Nunavut.

He bequeathed upon NWT residents the last budget that a united Northwest Territories government will get to manage.

It turned out to be Todd’s best budget yet. This time, he’s found a little...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:20 pm

My Little Corner of Canada

A Hunting Lesson

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by JOHN AMAGOALIK

“Where are you guys going?” My older brother wanted to know as my cousin George and I lashed down the qamutik.

“We’re going seal hunting,” I answered him as I tied the final knot.

“Which way are you headed?” he asked.

“That way,” I said, pointing west.

“I might see you out...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:19 pm

More public-private partnerships coming

Business leaders look forward to new opportunities building and leasing back government building projects.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ­ Northern business leaders are pleased with the GNWT’s plan to invite private businesses to invest in public building projects.

The move toward public-private partnerships, dubbed as “P-3s,” was evident in the 1998-99 budget handed down last week in...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:19 pm

The budget at a glance

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IQALUIT - Here are some highlights of the GNWT’s 1998/99 budget:

  * The size of the government’s surplus at the end of the fiscal year 1996-97 was larger than forecast, standing at $12 million. The GNWT predicts the same for 1997-98.

  * Estimated surplus for 1998-99: $2.4 million.

  *...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:18 pm

Ng: No GNWT family planning program this year

Contrary to a report aired January 16 on CBC North, the GNWT has no plans to launch a family planning campaign this year.

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IQALUIT ­ Health Minister Kelvin Ng is less than pleased with CBC North.

That’s because CBC’s Yellowknife radio station reported several times on January 16 that the GNWT’s 1998-99 budget will “include funds for a family planning campaign.”

The problem, Ng says, is that no such funds exist.

“The...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:18 pm

Picco: Todd’s budget good for Nunavut residents

Iqaluit MLA Ed Picco, the man who regularly challenges Finance Minister John Todd in the legislative assembly, has high praise for much of Todd's 1998-99 budget.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT - Generally speaking, Finance Minister John Todd’s last budget for the united Northwest Territories will be good for Nunavut, Iqaluit MLA Ed Picco predicted this week.

Picco lauded the finance department’s plan to increase funding for a territorial food-basket...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:17 pm

Arlooktoo shrugs off calls for Ng’s resignation

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IQALUIT ­ Deputy Premier Goo Arlooktoo says there’s no reason for Health Minister Kelvin Ng to resign his portfolio.

Responding to questions in the legislative assembly last week from Mackenzie Delta MLA David Krutko, Arlooktoo said the cabinet has full confidence in Ng and his...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:17 pm

Iqaluit teachers buy text-books with own money

Baffin MLAs Ed Picco and Tommy Enuaraq said in the legislative assembly last week that the region's teachers don't have enough money to do their jobs. Some teachers are even buying text books with their own money.

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IQALUIT ­ The Baffin’s school system may be slowly asphyxiating ­ due to a shortage of money to buy text books and pay teachers.

Iqaluit MLA Ed Picco and Baffin Central MLA Tommy Enuaraq raised that issue in the legislative assembly last week in a series of members’ statements and questions.

But...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:16 pm

Ng fends off barrage of criticism on health care

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ­ Health Minister Kelvin Ng continues to fend off criticism in the legislative assembly that there’s a breakdown in health care delivery across the NWT.

Kivallivik MLA Kevin O’Brien again confronted Ng with questions about health care delivery in his...

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-none- January 30, 1998 - 5:15 pm

Baffin board to start talks on Ottawa medical service

A special review committee says Ottawa is a better choice than Montreal for the Baffin's medical services. After negotiators work out the financial details, it'll be a done deal.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ­ It’s definite ­ almost.

The Baffin health board has decided it will send patients to Ottawa for specialist services, but only if it’s affordable.

Last fall the board decided to move its specialist services from Montreal to Ottawa, but NWT Health...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:14 pm

My Little Corner of Canada

Say it with feeling

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by JOHN AMAGOALIK

The partial apology and statement of reconciliation from Jane Stewart, Minister of Indian Affairs is the sort of statement I have been expecting for the past 30 years. I have been wondering why it has taken so long for something as simple as this.

For many Aboriginal people, the...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:14 pm

Editorial

For the sake of honour

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When you screw up, you pay the price.

That’s a stern rule, to be sure. But it’s supposed to be. Willingness to accept the personal consequences of our actions is how we demonstrate willingness to accept personal responsibility for them.

That’s how the oft-used and oft-abused catchphrase...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:13 pm

Canada’s first lady of Inuit art helped start co-op movement

Alma Houston, a pioneer in the world of art promotion, will be fondly remembered by her friends in the North.

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JEANNE L. PATTISON
Special to Nunatsiaq News

TORONTO - The Inuit of Cape Dorset called her Arnakotak, or “tall woman” and in the decades Alma Houston devoted to Canada’s northern artists, her stature always fit her reputation.

Though she made the acquaintance of prime ministers, diplomats and the...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:12 pm

The statement of reconciliation: thoughts and impressions

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ZEBEDEE NUNGAK
Nunatsiaq News

One feature of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 that impressed a young Eskimo boy in school amongst Qallunaat children in the 1960’s in “White Man’s Land” suburbia was the large signature at the bottom signed George R.

He must have written the document himself; he must...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:11 pm

Quebec’s rare lake seals at risk, scientist warns

A quirk of natural history cut these animals off from the sea thousands of years ago; now human development threatens their fragile habitat.

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JANE GEORGE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT - They’ve been called the seals that came out of the sea.

As glaciers retreated across what is now northern Quebec 8,000 years ago, scientists suspect the harbor seals were gradually cut off from the ocean and trapped in newly-formed lakes.

Today, between 100...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:10 pm

New federal language money welcomed

Though Inuktitut is Canada's healthiest aboriginal language, there are many who worry if it will survive, and in what form it will survive.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT - Canada’s national aboriginal groups can expect renewed support this year from the federal government to preserve and protect native languages.

“New moneys were identified,” Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart said last week during her visit to Iqaluit, “and...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:09 pm

More time needed to hire new Keewatin nurses

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

RANKIN INLET - Though the plight of nurses in the Keewatin region has now attracted the attention NWT Health Minister Kelvin Ng, Keewatin health board staff can expect the crisis situation to continue for several more weeks.

“Many of them function in a state of...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:09 pm

Housing sector to get help from GNWT

Finance Minister John Todd loosens purse strings, announces incentive program for new home buyers in 1998/99 budget.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT - The infusion of $40-50 million into a new home-ownership program should alleviate the immediate demand for housing in the North, Finance Minister John Todd said during his budget speech Thursday.

Todd expects the new Accelerated Home Ownership Program,...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:08 pm

Keewatin patients fear the worst

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

RANKIN INLET - Two days before her due date, Naanasee Onalik was told the baby she had planned to give birth to in her home community would have to be born in Yellowknife.

She was given four hours to pack and get to the airport for a late afternoon flight.

“It...

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-none- January 23, 1998 - 5:07 pm

Health care in the Keewatin: like a wound left untreated

After the resignation of Keewatin health board chair Elizabeth Palfrey, and the firing of its CEO, Jim Egan, the GNWT is now scrambling to restore many basic health services in the region.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

RANKIN INLET - Like a wound left untreated, the continuous mismanagement of the Keewatin’s health care system has now made it impossible for medical staff to provide many basic services to residents.

But NWT Health Minister Kelvin Ng didn’t apologize for that...

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