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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:47 am

Iqaluit prepares recycling, garbage separation programs

Iqaluit's solid waste management committee is moving quickly to limit open burning at Town dump.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — With only three months to go before open-burning will be limited at the Iqaluit dump, Iqaluit Town Council is hoping residents will jump on the garbage-separation and recycling bandwagon.

When Iqaluit was granted its water licence in January, one of the strict...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:46 am

Jordin Tootoo poised to become NHL draft-pick

The fiesty winger's performance in CHL Top Prospects Game at the Calgary Saddledome may help his chances at the NHL's summer draft.

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AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — Junior hockey star Jordin Tootoo may be small, but all over Nunavut people are looking up to him.

That’s because he plays so big.

“I definitely play above my size and I think that’s because I have a big heart,” Tootoo said.

“My work ethic really helps me...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:45 am

Inukjuak centre uses art as therapy for the mentally ill

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL — All too often, the mentally ill have enormous trouble talking about their suffering. But using art as therapy ó that is, talking about their pain through art ó can sometimes help.

This is exactly what clients at Inukjuak’s Tasiurvik Reintegration Centre, Nunavik’s only facility for the...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:44 am

Have press, will travel

Montreal man tours Baffin to inspire Inuit in the printmaking art.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Paul Machnik wants one simple thing from the Inuit artists with whom he works: “I want to hear from them what is the truth.”

In search of that truth, Machnik is on a mission.

He aims to bring the art of printmaking to places in Nunavut where it’s never been known. With his etching press...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:43 am

Enfin un livre sur le Nunavik rempli d’images et de poésie!

Deux médecins publient un livre fort intéressant à regarder et à lire.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Les livres publiés aujourd’hui en français sur le Nunavik ne sont pas nombreuxÖenfin, il n’en existe presqu’ aucun, à l’exception de quelques études académiques.

Pour ce fait, la parution récente de Nunavik: Carnets de l’Ungava sera accueillie avec plaisir par le nombre croissant de...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:43 am

Safe carving? GN will study lung health of Inuit carvers

The territorial government wants to know if carving dust is harmful to artists.

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DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT ó An Iqaluit carver sitting outside on a plastic crate presses a power tool against a piece of stone. A small cloud of dust rises as he carves. He’s strategically placed himself so the dust blows away from his face.

Safety is of little concern to him, he says, as he tries...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:42 am

Chevrette’s European tour provokes controversy

Quebec's native affairs minister, dissident native leaders exchange accusations during European tour.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — The Quebec provincial government recently spent about $1 million on a grand European tour for its minister of native affairs, a select group of aboriginal leaders and about half-a-dozen provincial officials.

Whether this trip was a waste of taxpayers’ money or a sound investment all...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:41 am

Global warming scenario provides grim look at future

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MONTREAL — Flooded coastlines, freakish weather, loss of life, forced migrations, species extinction and more deadly diseases — these are all in store for the planet in the future, according to a grim 1,000-page risk-assessment on the impacts of climate change.

On Monday, the United Nations Panel...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:40 am

Nunavik housing officials not yet ready to hike rents

Nunavik social housing tenants, who pay a maximum of only $340 month in rent, won't see any increases yet.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — It looks as if social housing tenants in Nunavik won’t see their rents increase when their leases come up for renewal on July 1.

To raise rents on July 1, the Société d’habitation du Québec and the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau, its regional branch, must agree on how to put these...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:39 am

The gift of the child: Inupiat school thrives on love

The Inupiat Inuit of Kotzebue, Alaska have opened their own independent pre-school that immerses children in their aboriginal language.

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OAKLEY COCHRAN
The Arctic Sounder

KOTZEBUE, ALASKA — “Those kids,” sighed pre-school teacher Taiyaaq Ida Biesemeier as she entered the small kitchen of Nikaitchuat Ilisagvait for a short break.

“I love them.”

Piqpaksriliq Iyaalugruagnik, the Inupiat value meaning “Love for children,” is the...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:39 am

Fund will help Nunavut hunters fuel up this spring

GN, NTI to offer one-time gas subsidy to Nunavut harvesters.

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AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — Nunavut hunters who’ve been hit hard by high fuel costs may soon get help gassing up.

Last week, the Nunavut government and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. announced a joint project to subsidize the cost of gasoline for hunters and trappers who qualify for the program.

The subsidy...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:38 am

Health department launches anti-suicide campaign

Nunavut Health Minister Ed Picco this week unveiled a multi-media suicide prevention campaign aimed at helping Nunavummiut help each other.

JIM BELL

IQALUIT ó Flanked by cardboard mock-ups of two colourful newspaper advertisements, Health Minister Ed Picco this week announced his department’s latest public-information campaign to reduce suicide in Nunavut.

Picco said his department has produced posters, radio announcements, television...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:37 am

Iqaluit cab costs could climb next week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — The Town of Iqaluit is having second thoughts about its demand that cabbies improve their service before receiving a hike in taxi fares.

Iqaluit cab patrons could thus begin handing over $4.50 per trip as soon as next week.

Taxi cab drivers in Nunavut’s capital have been...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:36 am

Nunavut RCMP on quest for new Iqaluit cop shop

Iqaluit Town offices could be razed, replaced by police headquarters.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — The Nunavut RCMP is hunting for a site for its new headquarters, and the land underlying Iqaluit’s fire department, arena and municipal office has caught its eye.

In a recent letter to the Iqaluit town council, the RCMP indicated it’s been searching for an ideal location...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:35 am

Non-insured benefits not a problem in Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — In Nunavik, no one’s losing sleep over the cost of health services for Nunavimmiut and who’s going to pay the bills.

That’s because, despite annual deficits at the regional health board, health care in Nunavik isn’t the region’s financial headache. It’s Quebec’s.

In fact, at Nunavik’s...

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-none- February 23, 2001 - 11:34 am

Picco says he’ll press Ottawa for more NIHB money

Health minister says Nunavut isn't getting its fair share of aboriginal health funds from Ottawa.

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Health Minister Ed Picco says the federal government is short-changing Nunavut through its main aboriginal health funding program, the NIHB, and that he wants Ottawa to fix the problem. Health Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits Program provides medical goods and services to all Inuit...

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-none- February 16, 2001 - 12:48 pm

Arctic research could solve southern smog

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — A chemical reaction that takes place every spring in the High Arctic as the sun rises above the horizon may point the way to reducing air pollution, reported a recent issue of the journal Science.

Last spring an international group of scientists went to Alert to study the chemical...

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-none- February 16, 2001 - 12:47 pm

The Arctic, from A to Z

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — A British publishing house, Fitzroy Dearborn, plans to bring out a two-volume encyclopedia on the Arctic in the spring of 2003.

This encyclopedia will have over 1,200 entries, including a who’s-who of Arctic figures ranging from Sami leader Pekka Aikio to ICC vice-president Sheila...

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-none- February 16, 2001 - 12:47 pm

Making tax time less taxing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Tax-time is coming, but before you start tearing your hair out, take heart: the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency will be opening an office in Iqaluit this year to help Nunavummuit get answers to questions about their income taxes.

The office, slated to open the week of March 19, will...

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-none- February 16, 2001 - 12:46 pm

Workers opt for joint WCB

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — After consulting employers in Nunavut, the GN has decided to continue with a joint Nunavut-Northwest Territories workers’ compensation board.

In December stakeholders and businesses were surveyed to determine whether Nunavut should create its own workers’ compensation board. The results...

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