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Iqaluit January 29, 2001 - 1:40 pm

Caribou workshop slated for Kuujjuaq

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The 9th North American Caribou Workshop will take place April 23-27 in Kuujjuaq.

“The scientific program we are proposing will enable us to take stock of our knowledge of caribou herd management, as well as the relationship between man and beast,” said Yves Savard-Désilets, chairman of the...

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Iqaluit January 29, 2001 - 1:38 pm

Syncopated evenings raise $300 for homeless shelter

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Two performances by one of Canada’s leading ja performers last week raised $300 for Iqaluit’s Oqota Homeless Shelter.

Montreal drummer Bernard Primeau and his ja ensemble visited Nunavut’s capital Jan. 15 and 16, giving two evening shows at the Astro Theatre and an afternoon concert for Iqaluit...

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Iqaluit January 29, 2001 - 1:32 pm

Crime rates skyrocketed in Nunavut’s capital last year

Crimes like spousal assaults, break-and-enters, robberies, and car-theft increased dramatically from 1999 to 2000.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

VALERIE G. CONNELL

Incidents of crime in Iqaluit jumped at an alarming rate in the year 2000, with crime rates in some categories rising by as much as 100 per cent.

“Comparing one year to another is usually not representative of a significant trend. However, any sharp increases or decreases...

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Iqaluit January 29, 2001 - 1:28 pm

Teaching Inukitut is a tough, uphill battle in Iqaluit

For Joamie School’s dedicated Inuktitut teachers, it’s a struggle to get many Inuit students to understand even simple instructions in Inuktitut.

JANE GEORGE

While educators met behind closed doors this week in Iqaluit to discuss Inuit language and culture in the schools, out on the front lines a handful of devoted teachers at Joamie were continuing their brave stand against the all-powerful English language.

Iqaluit’s Joamie School has 272 students —...

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Iqaluit January 29, 2001 - 1:22 pm

Nunavut’s head-counters are counting on Nunavummiut

Surveyors from Nunavummit Kiglisiniartiit, the Nunavut bureau of statistics, may be coming to your home soon as part of a community-by-community survey.

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DENISE RIDEOUT

Nunavummiut can expect surveyors to come knocking on their doors next month, as surveyors working for the Nunavut bureau of statistics, or Nunavummit Kiglisiniartiit, conduct the territory’s first survey.

The bureau is gearing up for a door-to-door survey in all 26 communities to...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:43 pm

Fermented beaver causes botulism outbreak

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A delicacy among the Yupik Inuit in Alaska has caused 13 people to fall ill with botulism, reports the Anchorage Daily News. While the fermented, or so-called “stinky,” foods are usually made from fish heads, eggs or seal and walrus flippers, the Yupik also ferment beaver.

A meal of fermented...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:42 pm

United Nations Panel sees more climate change ahead

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is projecting even more intense climate changes during the next century. These are expected to hit the Northern Hemisphere particularly hard.

Panel members from 99 nations met this week in Shanghai, China where they released a 1000-page report on...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:42 pm

Ice shelves melting at higher rate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Satellite images released this week showed signs of accelerated ice melting on the huge ice shelves surrounding the southern polar continent of Antarctica.

Warmer summer temperatures are thought to be causing their icy surface to melt. The weight of this water then carves deep cracks in the...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:41 pm

Dioxin TCDD on list of cancer-causing agents

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A type of dioxin, called TCDD, once used in pesticides and herbicides, has made it on to a U.S. government list of known carcinogens.

Dioxins are also a byproduct of uncontrolled residential waste burning, which is still a common practice at Iqaluit’s municipal dump.

Some dioxins are extremely...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:39 pm

Two charged in death of Kuujjuaq man

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On Tuesday night in Kuujjuaq Johnny Angnatuk, 40, a municipal sewage truck driver, died at the Montreal General Hospital.

According to the Surêté du Québec’s major crime squad, Angnatuk was assaulted by two men in his home Sunday night.

A dispute over alcohol apparently sparked the fatal...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:35 pm

GN developing mental health centre in Iqaluit

Nunavut’s health department is now preparing the old Qimmavik women’s shelter for use as a mental health centre.

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VALERIE G. CONNELL

The Nunavut government plans to have its newest health initiative, a mental health facility in Iqaluit, up and running over the next few weeks.

The mental health centre’s programs will be phased-in over time, beginning with a day program. A residential program and community...

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-none- January 26, 2001 - 1:33 pm

Nunavik’s offshore claim almost a done deal

The Makivik Corporation’s six-year-old offshore claim may be close to a resolution.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — For years the Makivik Corporation has been negotiating with the federal government to settle Nunavik’s offshore claim — and it’s now getting very close to reaching an agreement.

But the resulting deal may not be to everyone’s satisfaction in Nunavik.

Makivik’s president Pita Aatami...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:31 pm

Nunavut’s newest MLA prepares for her new job

Quttiktuq MLA Rebecca Williams says she’s well-placed to bridge the gap between government and people in the communities.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

VALERIE G. CONNELL

Finding a balance between government and people is a priority for Rebecca Williams, as she prepares to take on her job as MLA for Quttiktuq.

Williams will be sworn in at the Nunavut legislative building in Iqaluit Jan. 30.

Williams said her background in federal and...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:27 pm

NSDC intervenes in custom adoption court case

A grandmother is seeking financial support from a birth father in a court case involving a custom-adopted child.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

VALERIE G. CONNELL

The Nunavut Social Development Council plans to seek intervenor status in a court case in an effort to protect the practice of Inuit custom adoption in Nunavut.

The case involves a custom adoption. The adoptive mother, the child’s grandmother, is seeking some financial support...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:26 pm

Court issues arrest-warrant for former booze can boss

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DENISE RIDEOUT

There’s a warrant out for the arrest of Joseph Morneau, former operator of the booze can in Iqaluit.

The warrant was issued after Morneau failed to show up for a trial in Iqaluit on Jan. 22.

Morneau faces seven counts of violating Nunavut’s Liquor Act. He’s accused of illegally...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:25 pm

Canadian forces want bigger role for Nunavut’s rangers

A report done by the Canadian Forces’ northern area headquarters says Nunavut’s rangers should be used more to protect Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

AARON SPITZER

Nunavut’s Rangers are ranging farther to protect Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.

A report released last month by the Canadian Forces Northern Area headquarters in Yellowknife recommends that Rangers conduct regular exercises in the High Arctic to assert Canada’s ownership of...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:24 pm

Les funerailles du Pere Lorson avaient lieu cette semaine à Rankin Inlet

Apres 51 ans au service des gens du Nunavut, le frère missionnaire Georges Lorson de la communauté des Oblats est mort.

JANE GEORGE

La communauté catholique de Rankin Inlet faisait ses adieux au Père Georges Lorson cette semaine.

Le Père Lorson avait 78 ans lors de son décès le 19 decembre à la résidence de la mission, à Rankin Inlet.

“Les gens vivent ça très durement,” de dire Mgr l’Evêque Reynald Rouleau, du diocèse de...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:23 pm

Father Lorson receives funeral this week in Rankin Inlet

After 51 years of service to the people of Nunavut, Oblate missionary Father Georges Lorson has passed away.

JANE GEORGE

The Roman Catholic community in Rankin Inlet was to have held funeral services this week for Father Georges Lorson.

Fr. Lorson was 78 years old when he passed away of natural causes on Dec. 19 at his mission residence.

“Everyone is deeply affected by his passing,” said Bishop Reynald Rouleau of...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:21 pm

Negotiators try to stave off GN strike in last minute talks

Union and government negotiators sat down in Iqaluit this week with a mediator in an attempt to stave off a territorial government employees strike that could happen as early as March.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Officials with both the Nunavut Employees Union and the Nunavut government were tight-lipped about the progress of last-ditch contract talks in Iqaluit this week.

Both sides met on Jan. 20 with a mediator in an attempt to prevent a looming strike by almost 1,300 Nunavut government...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2001 - 1:20 pm

Did territorial governments squander Ottawa’s money?

JANE GEORGE

Here’s a story with a moral.

Territorial politicians and bureaucrats wrangled for years over how to spend a multi-million-dollar gift from Ottawa.

Now they’ve lost it and will end up spending much more.

Back in 1988, within the agreement that devolved health care from the federal government to...

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