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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:47 pm

Teachers vote down three-year wage deal

Iqaluit teacher calls rejection a vote of non-confidence in the union.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Nunavut’s teachers have rejected a tentative three-year collective agreement worked out between the Federation of Nunavut Teachers (FNT) and the territorial government.

Sixty-eight per cent of teachers who cast ballots rejected the deal, which included an 8.5-per-cent...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:46 pm

Lawyer: Ed Horne should enjoy basic human rights

Writ of habeas corpus filed as preliminary hearing into 72 charges of sexual assault begins.

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SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT — Edward Horne’s lawyer, James Bryden, says the jail conditions in which his client is living for the duration of his preliminary inquiry in Iqaluit are intolerable.

“You try getting some sleep in the RCMP cells in Iqaluit on a Friday night. People throw up in there. People...

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Nunavut January 28, 2000 - 1:45 pm

Business confused by new Article 24 policy

Members of the Baffin region's business community say they don't have enough information to judge the Nunavut government's new contracting policy.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — When the territorial government and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. released a report recently on a new contracting that conforms to Article 24 of the Nunavut land claims agreement, they expected to get feed-back from Nunavut business owners and managers.

But more than one...

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Nunavut January 28, 2000 - 1:44 pm

Iqaluit lawyer will appeal law society decision

Iqaluit lawyer Anne Crawford says a decision this month by the Law Society of the Northwest Territories may limit free speech on the part of lawyers.

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IQALUIT — Iqaluit lawyer Anne Crawford will appeal a recent decision by the Law Society of the Northwest Territories that reprimands her for speaking to the media on behalf of a client.

In a decision issued January 5, the law society reprimanded Crawford and ordered her to pay $2,000 in legal...

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Nunavut January 28, 2000 - 1:42 pm

Acting CEO appointed to Baffin board

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IQALUIT — Health Minister Ed Picco has found a replacement for Jarvis Hoult, the former CEO of the Baffin Regional Health and Social Services Board, who is leaving to take a position in Oman.

Rosemary Cooper, the board’s interim trustee, announced last week that Dr. Keith Best, the CEO of the...

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Nunavut January 28, 2000 - 1:42 pm

MLAs, Iqaluit town councillors hold private chit-chat on budget

Iqaluit's three MLAs held a behind-closed-doors meeting this week with Iqaluit town council to talk to each other about money for future infrastructure projects in Iqaluit.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Iqaluit’s town councillors and three MLAs held a secret meeting this week to talk about cash for future infrastructure projects.

The meeting, which took place during a special Iqaluit Town Council meeting, was held behind closed doors at the request of Iqaluit West MLA...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:41 pm

Break-in blitz hits Iqaluit

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IQALUIT — Thieves hit a number of Iqaluit businesses this week, breaking into buildings, stealing items and causing damage.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 23, people smashed through a window in the Baffin Gas Bar and stole a variety of items, including the store’s cash register.

Between the...

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Nunavut January 28, 2000 - 1:40 pm

Inquest called into death of psychiatric patient

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SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT — The chief coroner of the Northwest Territories will hold an inquest into the apparent suicide death of a Kugluktuk man ata Yellowknife hospital.

“The coroner in the case felt an inquest would be appropriate,” said Percy Kinney, the NWT’s chief coroner.

Alf Ivarluk, 30, of...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:39 pm

Fire in new office building quickly snuffed out

Iqaluit firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out in a crawl space underneath a new Nunavut government office building that's still under construction in Iqaluit.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — A fire temporarily halted construction on a new 2,475-square-meter Nunavut government office building in Iqaluit this week.

A small fire broke out in a crawl space below an elevator control room while a plumber soldered heating pipes, said Neville Wheaton, Iqaluit’s...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:38 pm

Joamie students learn from Iqaluit elders

Grade 4 and 5 students from Iqaluit's Joamie School are nterviewing elders about traditional ways.

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SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT — Just a day before Igloolik elders were honoured for their work in preserving traditional knowledge, Grade 4 and 5 students at Iqaluit’s Joamie school embarked on a traditional knowledge project of their own.

“Each student selected an area — maybe weapons or tools or...

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Nunavik January 28, 2000 - 1:37 pm

Iqaluit artist Ruben Komangapik is in Salluit to help Nunavik artists develop jewelry-making skills.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — A group of Nunavik artists will be picking up new skills from Nunavut as the Kativik School Board’s first course in jewelry production gets underway this week in Salluit.

Pins, rings and pendants from ivory, baleen or bone are popular in Nunavut, but few pieces are made in Nunavik.

KSB...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:36 pm

Booze can boss calls in sick

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SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT — Iqaluit booze can boss Joe Morneau was unable to make it to his Jan. 26 summary trial on charges that of selling liquor without a licence.

Morneau’s lawyer, Euan MacKay, told the court that his client was ill and had to go to the hospital.

“He’s had bypass surgery before...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:35 pm

Music society wants volunteers

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IQALUIT — The Iqaluit Music Society is looking for performers of all ages and skills to get involved in their Inuktitut and English production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The society is inviting Iqaluit residents to attend an orientation...

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Nunavut January 28, 2000 - 1:33 pm

A secure place for Inuit women in distress

Half of the clients at the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal are Inuit — but their staff get little help from organizations in Nunavut and Nunavik.

JANE GEORGE

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — It’s a nondescript, unidentified brick building at a busy downtown intersection, but many Inuit women in distress know that the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal is a warm and secure place to spend the night.

“Montreal can be very lonely and cold,” said Thelma Nelson, the...

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Nunavut January 28, 2000 - 1:26 pm

Igloolik students seek help to pay for Ottawa trip

A group of students at Attagutaluk High School have taken on a daunting task: raising $23,698.96 for a trip to Ottawa.

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SEAN McKIBBON

IGLOOLIK — Their sign was written in hopeful-looking multi-colored block letters, but its message was daunting:

“THIS IS THE MONEY WE RAISED $6,301.04. WE STILL NEED $23,698.96 FOR OUR TRIP TO OTTAWA.”

A group of Grade 10 students at Attagutaluk High School in Igloolik are trying...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:25 pm

Family of 13 gets house in Apex thanks to QC

Jacoposee Tiglik's family were able to move into an Iqaluit housing authority unit last week.

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SEAN McKIBBON

IQALUIT — A family of 13 people from Pangnirtung have a house in Apex to live in instead of a shack, thanks in part to a helping hand from Qikiqtaaluk Corporation.


Iqaluit Housing Association manager Susan Spring told Nunatsiaq News that QC helped Jacoposee Tiglik and his family...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:23 pm

Snowmobile safety a concern for Iqaluit residents

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SARAH MANIAPIK

IQALUIT — Some Iqaluit residents no longer feel safe walking the streets of Iqaluit because of the erratic driving habits of some snowmobile owners.

“There’s times I have been hit in the elbow by a mirror or by a skidoo passing me,” says Iqaluit resident Barry Cornthwaite, who says...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2000 - 1:21 pm

Iqaluit residents, consultants swap garbage ideas

Open burning at dump must stop, Iqaluit residents say

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Iqaluit residents got their first look last week at some of the technologies that may eventually bring an end to the open burning of garbage at the Iqaluit dump.
At the Parish Hall, a group of about 25 Iqaluit residents met with the consultants charged with drafting a...

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Nunavut January 27, 2000 - 2:14 pm

Uvagut decision next week

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IQALUIT — The Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board is expected to make a decision on the controversial Uvagut Bar liquor licence application next week.

Board members are scheduled to meet in camera next week to discuss the application. A decision is expected to follow the meeting.

The board hosted a...

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-none- January 21, 2000 - 2:39 pm

My Little Corner of Canada: The John Paul Conspiracy

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JOHN AMAGOALIK

“Ring, ring.”

“Good morning. CSIS. Yapping Dog speaking.”

“Good morning Yapping Dog. This is Sherlock Scmerlock reporting from Iqaluit. I… I think I’ve uncovered…”

“What’s the pass sentence?”

“Pass sentence?”

“You know, you have to give me the pass sentence before I can listen...

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