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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:59 pm

Editorial

"Pilot project" needs closer scrutiny

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The government of the Northwest Territories has devised what might turn out to be a promising new way of negotiating community empowerment agreements with Nunavut municipalities.

To try out the idea, the GNWT’s municipal affairs department is getting ready to carry out something called the...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:58 pm

Commentary

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I know where my ancestors’ footprints belong

A survivor of Chesterfield Inlet’s Turquetil Hall residence reacts to Jane Stewart’s statement of reconciliation.

SIMEONIE KUNNUK
Special to Nunatsiaq News

OTTAWA—Today is February 16, 1998. It has been a over a month since the apology by the minister...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:58 pm

My Little Corner of Canada

The Olympics

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JOHN AMAGOALIK

So far, it has been pretty hard to get too excited or involved with the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The reason for that is that they are so far away and there is such a big time difference. If one wants to watch events as they happen, one has to stay up all night.

The controversy...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:57 pm

TVNC lobbies CRTC for southern aboriginal channel

If Canada's broadcast regulator accepts the idea, southern Canadians may one day get a chance to watch northern aboriginal programming.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ¬ Television Northern Canada wants to reach its goal, to “share the unique character of aboriginal culture with all Canadians,” by broadcasting into every Canadian home subscribing to cable.

In order to do that, the nationally-licensed network will ask the...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:56 pm

Transport Canada clips Air Nunavut’s wings

Baffin-based airline doesn't meet maintenance standards

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ¬ Transport Canada grounded all Air Nunavut flights this week after safety inspectors found flaws in the company’s maintenance program.

Inspectors with Transport Canada’s civil aviation, maintenance and manufacturing branch detected the problems during an...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:56 pm

Work on Baffin hospital could start next fall

Plans to build a new Baffin hospital in Iqaluit are accelerating rapidly.

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ¬ A site for a new Baffin hospital will be selected within the month, contracting methods are being finalized, and financial negotiations with the federal government are wrapping up.

That means that those people building the new Baffin hospital are hoping...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:55 pm

RCMP: few answers on why snowplow driver was killed

Aiyow Qavavauq's family and friends are mourning his sudden death last weekend under the metal belts of a Caterpillar D-6.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ¬ Police in Nanisivik can’t explain why a snowplow driver killed on the job last weekend decided to leave his cab for a dark and deadly walk toward a co-worker’s moving tractor.

Family and friends of Aiyow Qavavauq, 53, mourned his death this week as the RCMP...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:54 pm

The note-writer revealed: High Arctic MLA Levi Barnabas

High Arctic MLA Levi Barnabas has admitted to having written a controversial anonymous note to Hay River MLA Jane Groenewegen.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT ¬ High Arctic MLA Levi Barnabas has fessed up.

He says he, and not Deputy Premier Goo Arlooktoo, is the author of a controversial note recently sent to Hay River MLA Jane Groenewegen.

Groenewegen, who along with other MLAs had been aggressively interrogating Premier Don Morin and other...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:54 pm

Nunavut DM announcement delayed

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IQALUIT—Nunavummiut are still waiting for official word on who the first deputy ministers of Nunavut will be.

Interim Commissioner Jack Anawaksaid last weekthat he would announce the names of Nunavut’s 10 deputy ministers and clerk of the legislative assembly Wednesday.

But contract negotiations...

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-none- February 20, 1998 - 4:53 pm

MLA makes conflict of interest complaint against Don Morin

Hay River MLA Jane Groenewegen is alleging that Premier Don Morin has violated the conflict of interest provisions of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act.

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JIM BELL
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT ¬ Hay River MLA Jane Groenewegen has picked up the gauntlet.

On Feb. 16, she filed a formal conflict of interest complaint against Premier Don Morin, alleging that Morin has violated the spirit and intent of Section 67 of the Legislative Assembly and Executive...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:52 pm

Editorial

The proper role of MLAs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Don Morin may well be enraged at the barrage of questions that MLAs have been firing at him and other cabinet ministers over a lease that the GNWT has signed with the owners of the Lahm Ridge Towers office building in Yellowknife.

He may also be enraged at what he calls “speculation and...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:51 pm

For the Record

The Lahm Ridge Tower affair: public debate or smear campaign?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week, Premier Don Morin challenged MLAs to either make a formal conflict of interest complaint against him, or to drop their incessant questions about a lucractive GNWT lease awarded to two of his close associates.

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Statement by Premier Don Morin, Wednesday, February...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:51 pm

My Little Corner of Canada

Bits and pieces

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JOHN AMAGOALIK
Who’s Happy

Ross Rebagliati of British Columbia won the first ever gold medal for Olympic snowboarding at Nagano, Japan. People who make and sell snowboards in Canada must be grinning from ear to ear. At press-time, Rebagliati had tested postive for traces of marijuana in his system...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:50 pm

Manitobans eye Nunavut for business growth

A delegation of political and business leaders from Manitoba arrives in Iqaluit next week looking to tap into Nunavut's economy.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT—They’re calling it a trade mission, but the delegation of Manitoban business leaders travelling to Nunavut next week anticipates more fact-finding than deal-making.

Altogether, some 18 representatives are due to arrive in Iqaluit next Tuesday accompanied by two...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:50 pm

GNWT commits help to the KRHB

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IQALUIT—Keewatin residents might soon see some stability in health care delivery within their region.

The GNWT health department and the Keewatin Regional Health and Social Services board signed a letter of intent last week outlining what help the department is committed to giving the board.

The...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:48 pm

It’s official: Baffin board to use Ottawa

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ANNETTE BOURGEOIS
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT—Baffin health board members have voted to negotiate a five-year contract for southern medical services with a groups of Ottawa-based physicians.

The Baffin Regional Health and Social Services board made that decision during a teleconference...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:48 pm

Antoine: Lahm Ridge lease was part of YK office plan

Public Works Minister Jim Antoine says the controversial Lahm Ridge deal is part of a larger plan tabled last week in the legislative assembly.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT—Bureaucrats in the GNWT’s Department of Public Works and Services expected to negotiate a long-term lease for the Lahm Ridge Tower in Yellowknife five months before the building changed hands.

Last fall, the Yellowknife office building , along with a lucrative...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:47 pm

Keewatin ponders multi-million dollar regional transfer

Is the Keewatin getting a new regional government? If so, is it in line with the Footprints model for Nunavut? These and many other questions remain unanswered as the GNWT gets set to carry out a community empowerment plan they're calling "the Keewatin pilot project."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT—Keewatin mayors and the Kivalliq Inuit Association will meet next week with GNWT officials to flesh out the details of a major proposal to transfer responsibility for many GNWT functions to the region’s municipal governments.

Still very much at the conceptual...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:46 pm

Anawak to confirm DM jobs next week

It looks as if nine of Nunavut's newly-hired deputy ministers will be either NWT or Nunavut residents. But only three of the eleven departmental bosses will be Inuit.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JIM BELL
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT—Next Wednesday, Interim Commissioner Jack Anawak will confirm the names of the11 people he’s hired to run the Nunavut government’s bureaucracy.

Anawak said the 11 people have already been “pretty well” hired. But he said his office wants to complete negotiations...

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-none- February 13, 1998 - 4:43 pm

In the spirit of Rasmussen: dog-team tour unites Inuit

Two Greenlandic dog-team trekkers are building bridges between Canadian and Greenlandic Inuit.

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JANE GEORGE
Nunatsiaq News

MONTREAL—Two Greenlanders are invoking the spirit of Knud Rasmussen as they tour through Nunavik and Nunavut by dog team in a gesture of Inuit solidarity.

Ono Fleischer, 49, and Mathias Ingemann, 36, left Kuujjuaq on January 10.

They’re using 28 Greenlandic dogs to...

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