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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 4:09 pm

Ng: No surplus funds to spend on Nunavut’s housing shortage

The Nunavut government will likely produce a one-time windfall budget surplus of $30-$40 million this year, most of which will go towards covering the government's health care deficit.

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SEAN McKIBBON

RANKIN INLET — Nunavut Finance Minister Kelvin Ng told the Legislative Assembly this week that an estimated $20 million health care deficit will be the prime target of any surplus funds the government manages to save through unspent employee salary and benefit money created by the...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:32 pm

NTI pledges help for residential school survivors

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. has pledged $120,000 to find ways of helping Inuit beneficiaries abused at government-run residential schools.

NTI’s board recently announced plans to set up a steering committee to decide how NTI should help survivors and how the money should be...

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Iqaluit February 25, 2000 - 3:31 pm

Middle school kids show off science knowledge

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SARAH MANIAPIK

IQALUIT — Students at Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit held their first science fair last week.

Students and teachers put a lot of hard work into their presentations, and created 77 entries from students working either alone or in pairs.

Students were eager to have people come...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:31 pm

Pangnirtung students plan trip to Scotland

Pangnirtung's graduating Grade 12 class wants to visit Peterhead, Scotland this year to reinforce ties between the people of Pangnirtung and the former Scottish whaling port.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

PANGNIRTUNG — A photograph of Inuit dancing on a pier at Peterhead, Scotland represents Pangnirtung’s Scottish heritage.

Now, a group of Pangnirtung students hope it also foreshadows a piece of their future.

Twelve high school students are raising funds to go to Peterhead and...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:30 pm

KIA nomination polls close

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IQALUIT — Kitikmeot residents will go to the polls to elect a new vice-president, secretary treasurer on March 13.

Nominations closed for the three positions on the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s board of directors. The incumbent vice president is Joe Allen Evyagotailak. He is running for another...

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Nunavik February 25, 2000 - 3:30 pm

Makivik elects new board members

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Last week, members of the Makivik Corporation living in five Nunavik communities chose new directors for their birthright organization’s board. In Akulivik, 115 of 223 eligible voters turned out to elect Peter Matte. Matte, who received 37 votes, won by one vote over Eli Allaluk.

In...

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Nunavik February 25, 2000 - 3:29 pm

New Kangirsuk municipal building falling apart

JANE GEORGE

KANGIRSUK — The Quebec government is spending millions of dollars to bring municipal infrastructure in Nunavik up to scratch.

But residents of Kangirsuk may also pay a heavy price for this progress.

Their glitzy new $700,000 municipal building is already cracking into pieces after only two years,...

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Iqaluit February 25, 2000 - 3:28 pm

Sweet Celtic music in Iqaluit this week

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — The sounds of Ireland, played in a Newfoundland style, will be heard in Canada’s Arctic this weekend.

A trio of Newfoundland-based Celtic performers will perform at three different venues in Iqaluit this week.

Fergus O’Byrne, Jim Payne and Colin Carrigan play and...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:28 pm

Former Gjoa teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

A former Gjoa Haven teacher has been sentenced to only one year in jail after pleading guilty to six counts of sexual assault. One victim was only eight years old when he molested her.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — A former Gjoa Haven teacher was sentenced to one year in jail last week after pleading guilty to six sex-related charges.

The charges relate to incidents that took place during his employment as a classroom assistant at the hamlet’s Kekertak Ilihakvik School.

Abraham...

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Nunavik February 25, 2000 - 3:27 pm

Three men charged in Kuujjuaq drug seizure

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KUUJJUAQ — Drug trafficking may still be a serious problem in Nunavik, but some accused drug dealers are beginning to surface in front of the courts.

Three men have finally been charged with possession and trafficking in connection with a drug seizure at Kuujjuaq’s airport on Canada Day,...

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Nunavik February 25, 2000 - 3:26 pm

Nunavik cops claim success in anti-drug activities

JANE GEORGE

KANGIRSUK — Nunavik’s cops say they’re starting to make some progress in keeping narcotics out of circulation in Nunavik.

So far this year, they’ve netted three kilos of drugs and more than $10,000 in cash.

Last week in Kangirsuk, police chief Brian Jones told delegates to the Kativik Regional...

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Nunavik February 25, 2000 - 3:25 pm

Avalanche report to be released next week

Coroner Jacques Bérubé says that his report into last year's deadly New Year's Eve avalanche in Kangiqsualujjuaq will likely be released to the public in March, after it's translated into English and Inuttitut.

JANE GEORGE

KANGIRSUK — The Quebec coroner’s report into the nine deaths caused by last year’s disastrous New Year’s Eve avalanche in Kangiqsualujjuaq should be officially deposited next week in Quebec City, some six months later than originally promised.

“You’re better to do the job well, and not botch it,”...

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Nunavik February 25, 2000 - 3:25 pm

Quebec court won’t spend the night in Salluit

Numerous groups and individuals in Nunavik are upset over the Quebec travelling court's expensive decision not to spend the night in Salluit after flying there for court sessions

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — The people of Salluit, lawyers, police, corrections workers, regional authorities and politicians are all up in arms over the Nunavik traveling court’s decision not to spend the night in Salluit anymore.

The traveling court includes Salluit in its circuit of Ungava Bay communities four...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:24 pm

Get ready for a strike, NEU tells its members

They're not in a legal strike position yet — but officials with the Nunavut Employees Union say they're getting ready for one nonetheless.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Officials with Nunavut’s largest union say they’re preparing their members for a possible strike after Nunavut government negotiators reportedly rejected its demand for a new form of vacation travel assistance.

The Nunavut Employees Union still doesn’t have a strike...

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Iqaluit February 25, 2000 - 3:23 pm

DIAND lawyer: water board should stay the course

A lawyer for DIAND says it would be inappropriate for the Nunavut Water Board to "meet"with the Town of Iqaluit.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Indian Affairs officials want the Nunavut Water Board to ignore a letter from the Town of Iqaluit responding to a new water licence recently imposed by the water board.

Earlier this month the municipality issued an official response to the water board’s decision to...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:23 pm

Teachers, GN strike new deal

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IQALUIT — The Federation of Nunavut Teachers and the territorial government have struck another tentative wage deal.

The new tentative collective agreement includes a 9 per cent wage increase over a three-year period.

Beefed up northern allowances are also included in the tentative collective...

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Iqaluit February 25, 2000 - 3:22 pm

We need time, money, Iqaluit tells NWB

Officials with the Town of Iqaluit say they can't meet the requirements of their new water licence — unless they get more money and more time.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE

IQALUIT — Officials at the Town of Iqaluit say they need more money, more time, and more information to meet conditions that the Nunavut Water Board has imposed upon them in a recent one-year water licence.

In a letter sent to the Nunavut Water Board last week, the Town of...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:20 pm

Nunavut’s four-legged polar bear steps forward

The Nunavut government has replaced the GNWT's three-legged polar bear with an anatomically correct four-legged bear, in a new logo that is now being stuck on top of territorial government stationery everywhere.

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MICHAELA RODRIGUE & SEAN McKIBBON

RANKIN INLET — A polar bear moving forward but looking back at the North Star has been chosen to symbolize the Nunavut government.

The logo, which is now being used on government signs, forms, letterhead and other visual media, was unveiled last week at the...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:19 pm

February 25, 2000

GN investigates bloodworm solution

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IQALUIT — Health Minister Ed Picco told the legislative assembly this week that his department and the Department of Community Government are working on solving Gjoa Haven’s drinking water problems.

Blood worms or midge fly larvae have shown up in the hamlet’s drinking water.

Picco said the...

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Nunavut February 25, 2000 - 3:19 pm

Picco tables Ikuma power report

The Ikuma group is recommending that the Nunavut Power Corporation be run as a Crown corporation.

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SEAN MCKIBBONS

RANKIN INLET — Nunavut’s minister responsible for the power corporation, Ed Picco, tabled the full version of the Ikuma report for discussion in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly’s committee of the whole this week.

The 121-page report details the options available for providing...

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