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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:34 pm

Kugluktuk water line freezes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — The Hamlet of Kugluktuk has been forced to drill a water hole at the mouth of the Coppermine River because a water line that linked the municipality’s water plant with a location further up the river has frozen up.

Local Nunavut public works officials would not comment on why the...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:33 pm

Nunavik rangers honoured in Montreal

The Canadian Rangers who rushed to Kangiqsualujjuaq's aid after the community's January 1 avalanche were honoured last weekend in Montreal.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Last Saturday at the Farnham military base near Montreal, Major General Maurice Baril, chief of the defense staff and head of the Canadian Forces, honoured the second Canadian Rangers patrol group for their selfless dedication and professionalism in the aftermath of Kangiqsualujjuaq’s...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:32 pm

QIA candidate wants action on deficits

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE


IQALUIT — A contender for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s presidency says he wants to reduce the organization’s deficit.

“I’m running because of the debits they have. I would like to shrink it,” said Johnny Kopak, a QIA presidential candidate from Igloolik.

“The deficit,...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:31 pm

Federal mandarins hold talk-fest in Iqaluit this week

Federal bureaucrats met in Iqaluit's parish hall this week to talk about creating what they call a sustainable development strategy for the North.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE


IQALUIT — The federal government says it wants its departments to work together to help create environmentally healthy, economically viable communities in the North.

This week, representatives from federal departments met in Iqaluit to prepare a federal government “sustainable...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:30 pm

Engineer sent to save Clyde’s sinking school

School declared safe, but some decide to keep children home anyway.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON


IQALUIT— Some students at the elementary school in Clyde River have been pulled out of classes by parents worried for the safety of their children — their place of study is sinking into the ground.

“Over the weekend the school further deteriorated,” said Charlie Banfield, the...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:29 pm

AWG societies meet in Nuuk to plan 2002 games

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE


IQALUIT — The 2002 Arctic Winter Games may be more than two years away, but for the committee charged with putting on the show, the starting pistol has already been fired.

Iqaluit’s host society has already begun planning and preparation work for the games it will co-host with...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:28 pm

George Hickes: Manitoba’s first Inuk speaker

The new speaker of Manitoba's legislature is an Inuk from a well-known Kivalliq family.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — The newly-elected speaker of Manitoba’s legislature, George Hickes, has already racked up a string of “firsts” during his nine years in provincial politics.

“I was the first Inuk ever elected to a provincial legislative assembly,” Hickes told Nunatsiaq News. “And I am the first [to be]...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:27 pm

Public meeting on Uvagut application Dec. 2 in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE


IQALUIT — A battle over booze in Iqaluit is expected to come to a head next week at a public meeting sponsored by Nunavut’s Liquor Licensing Board to hear the views of Iqaluit residents on the fate of a proposed cocktail lounge licence.

The meeting, to be held Dec. 2 at...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:26 pm

Hunters’ organizations will review assignment of rights

Iqaluit's hunters and trappers organization wants to make sure that Inuit hunting rights aren't given away to the wrong people.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL — The increasingly common practice of allowing Inuit land claim beneficiaries to assign their hunting rights to non-Inuit is raising concern among Nunavut’s hunters and trappers organizations.

According to section 5.7 of the Nunavut land claim, which deals with the assignment of Inuit...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:25 pm

ICC split over Marine Mammal Protection Act

Unlike Canadian Inuit, Alaskan Inuit oppose changes to the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — After last week’s Arctic Council meeting in Washington, D.C., the Inuit Circumpolar Conference’s executive council sat down to tackle international issues of its own, including the trade in marine mammal products and humanitarian aid to Chukotka.

In Washington, D.C., ICC held a one-day...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:20 pm

Arctic Council sets up Arctic climate change project

The 150 delegates at last week's Arctic Council gathering in Washington, D.C. avoided controversial subjects such as the Marine Mammals Protection Act, but they did agree on action to study climate change in the Arctic.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Predictably, no momentous decisions, actions or progress surfaced during last week’s meeting of the Arctic Council in Washington, D.C.

But a study of changing weather patterns in the Arctic did receive the council’s enthusiastic support.

According to US chairman Ray Arnaudo, the recent...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:19 pm

Inspector: First Air bungling threatened passenger safety

Airline pleads guilty to five charges, hires dangerous goods specialist and pays $105,000 fine.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON


IQALUIT — The lives of passengers on board a First Air flight from Yellowknife to Taloyoak were put in serious danger by the improper handling of dangerous cargo by First Air employees, an inspector with Transport Canada has told Nunatsiaq News.

The placement of six propane tanks...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:15 pm

Okalik, Doer to do more studies on road, power link

With an estimated cost of at least a billion dollars, a road and a hydroelectric power link from Manitoba to Nunavut won't come cheap.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik says the Nunavut and Manitoba governments are now ready to do more research on the idea of building a Nunavut-Manitoba road and hydroelectric power link.

“More studies will have to be done,” Okalik said after a series of weekend meetings with Manitoba’s...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:14 pm

Tenant damage costs housing authority big bucks

Violent, destructive incidents within social housing are more common now, Iqaluit housing manager says.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON


IQALUIT— Damage to Iqaluit social housing units by the tenants who live in them is costing the local housing authority more money than ever before.

As of Oct. 31, the authority had total assessments of $835,716.83 owing to it.

That’s up $205,339.19 from the amounts owed to the...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:12 pm

Family of 13 living in particle-board shack on Apex beach

Jacoposee Tiglik and his large family may soon get a chance at a decent house.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON


IQALUIT — Thirteen people from Pangnirtung who are living in a shack in Apex may soon have a shot at getting social housing.
Last week, Iqaluit’s housing authority waived the residency requirements that barred Jacoposee Tiglik and his family from getting onto Iqaluit’s social...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 1:11 pm

Picco: Nunavut will create its own power corporation

On April 1, 2001, the Northwest Territories Power Corporation will lose its biggest customer — Nunavut.

JIM BELL

IQALUIT — The government of Nunavut will create an independent Nunavut Power Corporation by April 1, 2001, the minister responsible for NTPC, Ed Picco, announced this week.

“I think it’s a good news story,” Picco said. “I think it gives us the opportunity to move forward as a government to create...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 8:40 am

Sparrow

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RACHEL ATTITUQ QITSUALIK

Sometimes I still worry about her. Whether she’d gotten enough food to eat, a place to stay and warm clothes to wear on any particular that day. She was, as I came to think of her, “My Bag Lady.”

She worked the corner of Laurier Ave and Elgin Street in Ottawa. I would...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 8:34 am

The traditional way of hunting

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I am writing this letter concerning the hunter who wanted to hunt a polar bear with a harpoon. It is unfair that he was not allowed to hunt because of safety reasons. How would we define safety? Is it to ensure that no one gets hurt, is it playing by the book, or is safety more about using common...

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-none- November 26, 1999 - 8:32 am

Old boys’ club influence prevails in taxi business

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On behalf of the drivers and owners of Baffin Cabs, I would like to extend my apologies for the cessation of our ride-five times-the-sixth-ride-is-free policy.

I would like to explain that it is not of our own volition that this policy in no longer in effect.

It is due to an envious complaint on...

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-none- November 19, 1999 - 2:17 pm

Nunavut ADM pleads guilty in struggle over phone

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Victor Tootoo pled guilty last week to struggling for a telephone with his girlfriend, Sandra Kilabuk.

“It was a very technical, very minimal assault. And it was of course preceeded by a very clear assault by the complainant on him. Which is extremely provoking and mitigating upon...

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