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-none- December 23, 1999 - 12:41 pm

Phone call with Santa

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN AMAGOALIK

“Ring, ring.”

“Hello, Santa here.”

“Hello Santa, this is the Little Corner for our annual conversation.”

“Well hello Little Corner, nice to hear from you. I’ve noticed that you have been absent from the pages of Nunatsiaq News the past few weeks. Having writer’s block are...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 12:40 pm

Nativity Scene

RACHEL ATTITUQ QITSUALIK

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I love to gaze at nativity scenes at this time of year. There are all varieties, all shapes and sizes, from minuscule ones that you can place on your shelf to life-size replicas all afire with splendour and radiance. Some are clay with painted faces, others white porcelain, trimmed with gold. There...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 11:58 am

The Gift of Christmas

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The word “Christmas” brings back fond boyhood memories of being with family, going to midnight mass and the joyful expectation of opening presents under the tree when we got home. If one word could be used to describe Christmas, it would be “gifts.” We feel joy when someone we love accepts our...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:08 am

Nunavut is prepared for the Y2K bug

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — A special team of Nunavut government workers will be on guard 24 hours a day from Dec. 28 - Jan. 4 should a major disaster or even a minor mishap mark beginning of the new millennium.

The potential effects of the computer glitch known as the “Y2K” bug should become apparent at midnight...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:07 am

Iqaluit Xmas hamper campaign cheers the needy

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — Almost two years after the death of Iqaluit resident and philanthropist Fred Coman, Iqaluit’s annual Christmas hamper hand-out will continue.

On Dec. 23, RCMP officers bearing 175 turkey-filled hampers will try to deliver some holiday cheer to families...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:07 am

Holiday events across Nunavut

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Iqaluit

Iqaluit residents will have a long list of opportunities to celebrate the season and ring in the new year.

Games and dancing at the Abe Okpik Hall in Apex:

* Dec. 23-25: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. * Dec. 26: no games * Dec. 27-30: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. * Dec. 31: 8 p.m. until morning * Jan. 1: 7 p.m.-1

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:06 am

NEU contract talks: Little chance for VTA reinstatement

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE
Nunatsiaq News

IQALUIT — The first round of contract talks between the Nunavut government and its workers has failed to show any promise of reinstated vacation travel assistance or a pay hike for employees, the president of the union representing Nunavut government workers

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:05 am

NTI report: government dragging heels on implementation

A report done by Nunavut Tunngavik says governments aren't doing everything they can to properly implement the land claims agreement.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE


IQALUIT — More than five years after their land claim agreement was signed, Nunavut Inuit still face some of Canada’s worst socio-economic conditions, aren’t landing enough jobs with government, and aren’t enjoying their harvesting rights to the fullest.

This is according to a...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:04 am

Father Gilles Dion: Forty-five Christmases in Nunavik

This Christmas Eve, Father Gilles Dion will preside over his forty-fifth midnight mass in Nunavik.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — Christmas this year will unfold much as it has in the past for Father Gilles Dion, Kangiqsujuaq’s long-time resident priest.

On Christmas Eve, Father Dion will say mass at midnight, then on Christmas Day he will preside over more religious services for his small Catholic...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:03 am

Nunavik expects no problems with Y2K

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — In Nunavik, local and regional authorities in Nunavik aren’t anticipating any problems related to the Y2K bug.

“We’re much, much better prepared, regionally and locally, than last year,” said Luc Harvey, the Kativik Regional Government’s coordinator of emergency measures in Nunavik’s 14...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 10:02 am

Tax cuts unlikely in Town of Iqaluit’s next budget

Though the value of taxable property in Iqaluit now sits at around $129 million this year, it's unlikely that the municipality will be able to provide ratepayers with any tax relief in its budget next year.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MICHAELA RODRIGUE


IQALUIT — This summer’s building boom in Nunavut’s capital is bolstering the municipality’s balance sheet.

The value of private property in Iqaluit now sits at about $129 million plus another $41.5 million in government properties this, according to preliminary budget...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 9:48 am

NTI election plagued with logistical problems

Eligible Inuit land claim beneficiaries were prevented from voting in NTI's executive election last week when they found that their names were missing from voters' lists.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON


IQALUIT— The Dec. 13 NTI executive election was plagued with problems, preventing some eligible beneficiaries from voting, say two of the presidential candidates.

Election organizers in Pond Inlet ran out of ballots, some beneficiaries were not able to vote in NTI election because...

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-none- December 23, 1999 - 9:47 am

Christmas a lonely time for Inuit prisoners

Christmas can be lonely time for prisoners at southern penitentiaries and territorial correctional centres.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — For Inuit prison inmates living far away from family and friends in penitentiaries and correctional centres, just getting through Christmas is tough.

“There’s not one person who wants to be here,” said Guy Leblanc, the deputy warden at Yellowkife Correctional Centre. “Some inmates take...

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Nunavut December 23, 1999 - 9:44 am

Board issues stringent one-year water licence to Iqaluit

The Nunavut Water Board is imposing a strict one-year water licence on the Town of Iqaluit, and is ordering the Town to monitor contamination from the open burning of garbage.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — The Nunavut Water Board has clamped down on the Town of Iqaluit by issuing the municipality a one-year license that’s full of limitations on water use and waste management in Iqaluit.

The license’s conditions are far more stringent than those sought within the Town’s application for a...

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-none- December 17, 1999 - 12:43 pm

A reality check for NTI

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Tungavik’s outgoing president, Jose Kusgak, went into this year’s presidential election with all the advantages of an incumbent to run with: a decent record of competence and stability, numerous opportunities to meet beneficiaries face-to-face in the course of performing his duties over the...

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-none- December 17, 1999 - 12:42 pm

Hag: Part Two of Two

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RACHEL ATTITUQ QITSUALIK

Are old women really all that scary?

Possibly.

Well, the simple reality is that the old possess power. Whether the young want to admit it or not, an older mind holds more facts. And when the mind acquires a new fact, it isn’t merely added to a sum. It is combined with...

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-none- December 17, 1999 - 12:34 pm

Support Jonah Amitnaaq’s spelling bee for literacy

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Literacy is often a great quality that a lot of young people have, though many of our youth have difficulty reading and writing at their desired level.

They need that extra practice, and it is up to us to give them that extra push. Being literate means broadening horizons, building a wide range of...

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-none- December 17, 1999 - 10:31 am

Accused in child sexual assaults aquitted in Kuujjuaq

Two Kuujjuaq men will go free after Crown prosecutors failed to produce enough evidence to prove that they committed violent sexual assaults against young children in Kuujjuaq.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — Last week two Kuujjuaq men were acquitted on sexual assault charges involving very young girls, after the Crown couldn’t find witnesses and other evidence to sustain the charges.

Silas Angnatuk, 29, was aquitted on charges of sexual assault on a six-year old girl because there was a...

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-none- December 17, 1999 - 10:31 am

Sexual assault charge dropped after 54-month delay

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — The case of a Kangiqsualujjuaq man accused of committing a brutal sexual assault have been stayed, after a judge ruled that various delays prevented the man from being tried within a reasonable time.

Kenny Angnatuk, 51, was charged with sexual assault and “with threats to use a weapon in...

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-none- December 17, 1999 - 10:30 am

Nunavut endorses Canada-wide pollution rules

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SEAN McKIBBON


IQALUIT — Nunavut has endorsed a new set of Canada-wide air pollution rules, but the Nunavut government’s fledgling Department of Sustainable Development can’t say yet whether it has the tools it needs to enforce those standards.

“We’re just getting started,” said Catherine...

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