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March 30, 2001 Gun licensing coming along Nunatsiaq News IQALUIT — The Canadian Firearms Cen

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IQALUIT — The Canadian Firearms Centre has finished issuing temporary firearms permits.

According to Chantale Breton, a spokesperson for the centre, Nunavummiut who applied for a gun licence by Jan. 1 — and were determined to be eligible — should have received their temporary licences by now.

The...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:38 pm

Group to address firearms issues

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IQALUIT — Nunavik’s senator in Ottawa wants to organize an Inuit working group to address concerns about the federal firearms law.

In collaboration with the Canadian Firearms Centre, Senator Charlie Watt is asking Inuit organizations around the North to participate in the group.

Under the...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:37 pm

Iqaluit cabbies get fare hike

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IQALUIT — Iqaluit residents are now paying a little more to take taxis.

Last week, the Iqaluit Town council agreed to allow cab companies to raise their fares to $4.50.

The decision is music to the ears of cab drivers, who were at odds with the town council for several months about hiking their...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:34 pm

Dene games debut in Nunavut

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IQALUIT — Nunavut’s Dene population may be small, but the territory still wants to field a Dene Games team for the 2002 Arctic Winter Games.

This weekend at Nakasuk school in Iqaluit there will be a Dene Games development workshop. The event will be the first step in organizing Nunavut’s...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:32 pm

Missing men found

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IQALUIT — Two mine workers who went missing in a bli ard last week were found safe with only minor injuries.

Kevin White and Jim Graham disappeared March 19 south of Kugluktuk.

Search-and-rescue members from the community found the men near the Coppermine River March 22. One of the men, White,...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:29 pm

Elders weigh in on climate change

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IQALUIT — Nunavut elders are meeting in Cambridge Bay to discuss whether climate change is affecting the Arctic.

Organized by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the meeting began yesterday and wraps up tomorrow. It brings together respected elders from 20 Nunavut communities, as well as officials from NTI,...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:27 pm

Greenland pooh-poohs poaching claim

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IQALUIT — Do poachers from Greenland pose a threat to national security in the High Arctic?

That’s what secret Canadian military documents seem to suggest.

According to a story last week in the Globe and Mail newspaper, the documents reveal the concerns of Col. Pierre LeBlanc, the former...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:25 pm

Makivik delagates gather for AGM

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IQALUIT — Nunavik’s largest and most politically-charged event, the annual general meeting of Makivik Corporation, starts Monday in Kuujjuaraapik.

Delegates from every community and organization in Nunavik will be able knock heads with political emissaries from the federal and...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:23 pm

“If I were premier of Nunavut…”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

We asked our readers to tell us what they think the Nunavut government ought to do — and they’ve responded. Here are the first of what we hope will be many contributions to this new section of Nunatsiaq News.

What would you do if you were premier of Nunavut?

Send your contributions to: Nunatsiaq...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:21 pm

Bankrupt boards, gambling and jails

Here’s a sample of what Nunavut MLAs have been talking about over the past 10 days.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — After meeting for most of the last month, the territory’s lawmakers are in the home-stretch of their grueling spring budget session.

Here’s an overview of whatministers and MLAs have been talking about over the past week:

GN hand-out boards go belly-up

MLAs want to know what happened...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:18 pm

René Lavallée fait partager sa passion pour les cerfs-volants

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — René Lavallée vous invite à faire voler des cerfs-volants durant le Toonik Tyme.

Depuis deux ans, M. Lavallée partage sa passion pour les cerfs-volants avec ses concitoyens d’Iqaluit durant le festival de Toonik Tyme. Il consacre son temps et son énergie bénévolement à présenter aux gens...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:16 pm

Iqaluit gets crazy about kites

Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme will feature a kite festival next month.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — René Lavallée wants you to go fly a kite.

For the past two years, Lavallée has been sharing his passion for kites with his fellow Iqaluit residents, by giving his time and energy during Toonik Tyme to introduce the basics of kite-flying.

Lavallée, who works for Nav Canada, has spent all...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:14 pm

Makivik candidates make their case

Eight Nunavimmiut vie for VP, three for corporate secretary job in April 6 vote.

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IQALUIT — With the Makivik Corporation’s elections set for April 6, candidates for the birthright organization’s executive are out selling their ideas and talents to beneficiaries.

“Of all the elections I’ve seen this is the first time I’ve seen so much campaigning,” said Makivik President Pita...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:09 pm

Beer sales could cut Kuujjuaq violence, mayor says

Town thinks relaxing beer restrictions would reduce flow of hard liquor.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — A killing in Kuujjuaq last week is prompting municipal officials to suggest over-the-counter beer sales in the community.

The solution to Kuujuaq’s violence, they say, is more beer and less hard liquor.

The slaying last week is the second alcohol-related fatality in the community since...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 3:04 pm

Racism a reality in the Arctic, Inuit say

Conference calls on aboriginals to speak out about bias and bigotry.

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DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — At a conference on racism last weekend in Iqaluit, Inuit said they have suffered some of the cruelest acts of prejudice: their children were forced into federal schools and their dog teams were slaughtered.

“We are living with the pain our parents, our brothers, and our...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 2:56 pm

Humble janitor Maggie Gordon is lauded

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DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — Whether she’s waxing the gym floor or baking bannock for the teachers, Maggie Gordon does it with dedication.

Gordon, a longtime Iqaluit resident, has been working at Joamie Ilinniarvik since the first day the school opened its doors in 1989.

Before that, she worked at...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 2:52 pm

College students slam law school’s special perks

Cash-strapped nursing hopefuls accuse GN of showing favouritism toward law students.

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AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — Nunavut’s much-ballyhooed law school is catching flak a full six months before it even opens.

The Akitsiraq Law School, which hopes to enroll about 15 Inuit in its four-year bachelor of laws program, is being challenged on its plan to provide its future students with what...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 2:47 pm

Iqaluit becomes a city on April 19

Nunavut’s rough-edged capital is rushing head-long into an unknown urban future.

JANE GEORGE

IQALUIT — Two years after Nunavut’s creation, Iqaluit is poised to become the eastern Arctic’s first “city.”

On April 19, Iqaluit will officially become a city, amid much fanfare and soon-to-be-announced celebrations.

Iqaluit doesn’t yet have the $200 million tax base usually required for city...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 2:42 pm

Power to the people: Nunavut Power Corp. starts up

Hoping for a bright future, Nunavut’s new energy utility powers up April 1.

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AARON SPITZER

IQALUIT — Nunavut Power Corporation is flipping the “on” switch this weekend — but Nunavummiut shouldn’t see a flicker.

That’s just how Rick Blennerhasset wants it.

According to Blennerhasset, Nunavut Power’s president, when his corporation takes responsibility for providing heat...

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-none- March 30, 2001 - 2:33 pm

Strike looms as Town-union wage talks fall apart

Barring a miracle, a municipal strike in Iqaluit appears inevitable.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

IQALUIT — The gulf between the Town of Iqaluit and the employees’ union is still too wide — their negotiations adjourned last week after less than a day of conciliation talks.

“We’re still miles, miles and miles apart,” said Rick Butler, the town’s chief administrative...

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