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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:43 am

Officials scold Baffin teacher for speaking out

Baffin teachers say they can't speak openly about problems in the school system — one teacher says she was reprimanded for talking to the media.

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SEAN MCKIBBON
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A Grade 1 teacher at Iqaluit’s Nakasuk School says she was able to talk safely on CBC radio about problems within the Baffin school system only because she’s leaving Nunavut at the end of the school year.

Lorraine McCormack spoke on CBC radio May 5 about the...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:41 am

Iqaluit town council cleaning up taxi bylaw

Iqaluit Town Council wants prospective taxi drivers to complete a criminal record check before they're given taxi permits.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Iqaluit’s taxi drivers may soon have to prove their innocence before stepping behind the wheel.

Iqaluit town bylaw officers have drafted a new taxi bylaw that would clamp down on criminal cab drivers.

If approved, the draft bylaw would force all cab...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:41 am

Town will borrow $4 million for new subdivision

After this summer, Iqaluit's Road to Nowhere will become the Road to Somewhere. That's where the muncipality will develop its newest subdivision.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — The Town of Iqaluit is set to borrow up to $5 million from the Nunavut government to build an 82-lot subdivision.

Town officials are negotiating a debenture with Nunavut’s Department of Community Government Housing and Transportation.

The agreement...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:40 am

ITC hires lawyer to challenge U.S. marine mammal law

The Inuit Tapirisat of Canada is launching a campaign to overturn a U.S. ban on sealskin imports from Canada.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Canadian Inuit want Ottawa to step up pressure on U.S. lawmakers to lift a two-decade-old ban on marine mammal products that they say threatens to destroy their way of life.

The Inuit Tapirisat of Canada has hired a Washington, D.C. lawyer to help build its...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:39 am

Inuit opera backers sing the blues this week

For Canadian government officials, and opera called Inuk isn't Inuk enough for Canadians.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Inuit may never see an opera called Inuk, because there’s no money for its Canadian tour.

Promoters of this Canadian-written opera about an Inuit boy’s quest for the sun has already lined up funding to pay for a tour through Europe.

But last week they learned the Canada Council won’t...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:38 am

Labrador Inuit initial AIP with Ottawa, Newfoundland

They call their land "Nunatsiavut." Last week, Labrador Inuit came a little closer to a deal on land claims and self-government that will bring that land under their control again.

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JULIE GREEN
Nunatsiaq News

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY — Labrador Inuit are one step closer to getting a deal on land claims and self government.

Negotiators for the Labrador Inuit Association, along with the federal and Newfoundland governments initialled an agreement-in-principle in St. John’s on...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:36 am

Cree ask court to defend traditional rights on James Bay islands

The James Bay Cree are worried about losing aboriginal rights to islands in Hudson Bay and James Bay.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — The James Bay Cree are going to court to assert an offshore claim to around 100 islands off the coastline of Quebec in James Bay and Hudson Bay that lie within the Nunavut’s legal borders.

Once under the jurisdiction of the Northwest Territories, the islands became part of Nunavut on...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:36 am

Faulty ILS brings chaos to Iqaluit air travel

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SEAN MCKIBBON
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Iqaluit airport was brought to a near stand-still last weekend after an instrument that helps aircraft land in bad weather malfunctioned.

Ironically Nav Canada’s instrument landing system or “ILS” probably broke because of bad weather, said one Nav Canada...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:21 am

Communities use radar satellite to gauge ice breakup

In 1997, breakaway ice trapped some Pond Inlet high school students and sparked a massive search and rescue effort. Environment Canada wants to make sure that never happens again.

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SEAN MCKIBBON
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Environment Canada and three communities in Nunavut will use satellite imagery to predict the safety of ice every spring.

The government selected Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Pangnirtung for a three-year pilot project that will use radar images from the...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:18 am

Man pleads guilty to assaulting hospital staff

A homeless man from Qikiqtarjuaq has pleaded guilty to assaulting two hospital staff members. Another man accused of attacking a hospital staff member is waiting for a court appearance.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A man accused of assaulting a nurse and a doctor at the Baffin Regional Hospital has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault.

Jimmy Audlakiak of Qikiqtarjuaq entered the pleas before an Iqaluit justice of the peace last week.

Audlakiak assaulted...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:17 am

Iqaluit and territorial government disagree on capital funding

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A fight is brewing between the government of Nunavut and the Town of Iqaluit over capital spending in Iqaluit.

The Town is waiting to hear how much money it will receive from the Nunavut government to pay for capital projects. Iqaluit wants to use this...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:17 am

Supreme Court judgement aims to keep aboriginals out of jail

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — With too many aboriginal people in Canada’s prisons, judges are being encouraged to look at alternatives before they sentence aboriginal offenders to jail sentences.

Indians and Inuit comprise only three per cent of Canada’s population, but 15 per cent of the inmates in Canadian jails...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:16 am

Roald Amundsen’s bust turning heads in Gjoa Haven

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Norwegian adventurer Roald Amundsen left Gjoa Haven in 1905 on his way to fame and glory as captain of the first known ship to ply the Northwest Passage.

His 1996 return, in the form of a larger-than-life bronze statue, is still turning...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:15 am

Iqaluit Town Council says yes to PCB incinerator project

A consortium of Inuit development corporations called Pan Arctic Inuit Logistics will form a joint venture with a company called Cintec-Tredi Inc. to build a PCB incinerator in Iqaluit, if they win a contract from DND.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A proposal to bring a PCB incinerator to Iqaluit has cleared a potential stumbling block and may be one step closer to fruition.

Iqaluit’s development, works and public safety committee was set to recommend that Town Council rescind its support in...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:12 am

Nunavut Trust scores record-high investment gains

How should NTI spend an $11 million surplus from the Nunavut Trust? Some say it should be used to pay down NTI's debt, while others says it should be divided up among individual beneficiaries.

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Nunavut Trust has returned record-high investment earnings for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31 and will distribute $31.6 million to Nunavut Tunngavik Inc..

That leaves the Tunngavik with an $11-million surplus, which board members, who plan to meet June 7,...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:11 am

Winnipeg Crown: no basis for charges against Allooloo

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — A Crown prosecutor in Winnipeg has cleared Cst. Colin Allooloo of any criminal wrongdoing in the alleged assault of a prisoner in his custody.

Crown lawyers, using an internal RCMP report, concluded that there is no basis for criminal charges to be laid...

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-none- May 14, 1999 - 8:02 am

Nunavut MLAs get back to work this week

Commissioner Helen Maksagak's first speech from the throne contained very little that we don't know already. MLAs will meet in Baker Lake next month to figure out the government's priorities.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Nunavut Commissioner Helen Maksagak gave her blessing to bold law reform, affirmative action and government protection for Inuit culture as she opened the first full session of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

“It is quite clear that if Inuit...

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-none- May 07, 1999 - 9:19 am

Cherchez l’erreur

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chronique de Louis McComber

Est-ce un inuksuk ou une croix? Est-ce une croix de pierre? L’autre matin, je me suis réveillé au son de la voix de Meeka Kilabuk qui discutait du nouveau drapeau du Nunavut à CBC North. «On savait très bien que l’Inuksuk avait l’air d’une croix, il me semble qu’elle...

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-none- May 07, 1999 - 9:18 am

The real naked truth

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In reaction to the article (The naked.truth about NU) which appeared in the Nunatsiaq News (April 30, 1999), I would like to say this:

I, as a francophone feel more offended by what Ms Stanton implies in the article than by two letters of our common alphabet: NU.

Throughout out country’s rich...

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-none- May 07, 1999 - 9:05 am

Kakivak will give divisional board $1 million this year

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DWANE WILKIN
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — The Kakivak Association will spend a quarter of its budget this year to provide more Inuit cultural education and support staff in public schools.

The training arm of the Qikiqtaani Inuit Association has agreed to put up $1 million to hire 10 new classroom...

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