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Iqaluit January 25, 2002 - 9:29 pm

Borrowing vote delayed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

City Council will wait several more weeks before it votes on the best route to take to borrow the millions of dollars it needs to pay for basic infrastructure.

Council was expected to vote on the matter at either its Jan. 22 or Feb. 12 meeting. The vote may be delayed several more weeks until city...

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Iqaluit January 25, 2002 - 9:29 pm

City to hold public meetings about changes to Liquor Act

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit city council’s Niksiit committee wants to take a serious look at the Nunavut Liquor Act.

The committee, responsible for reviewing social issues in Iqaluit, will hold public consultations in the city.

The Nunavut Liquor Board has already toured communities in the territory, gathered...

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Iqaluit January 25, 2002 - 9:28 pm

Court wraps up a dozen booze and drug trials

Biggest drug bust of 2001 scheduled for May

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

A series of drug and alcohol busts from 2000 and 2001 were cleared from the docket in the Nunavut Court of Justice this week.

A pale Helene Pelletier, 45, was fined $1,500 on Jan. 22 and placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to three counts of selling liquor...

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Iqaluit January 25, 2002 - 9:27 pm

Postal employee delivered more than mail, court rules

Woman pleads guilty of drug charge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

A Nunavut judge ruled this week that a Canada Post employee delivered more than mail while she was working in the postal outlet in Iqaluit.

Louise Turcotte, 47, was given a six-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty to mailing 400 grams of marijuana to Pangnirtung...

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Iqaluit January 25, 2002 - 9:27 pm

City closes doors to Arnaitok Arena

Not enough activity to support two facilities

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Mayor John Matthews said the city’s Arnaitok Arena will close this spring after a recreational master plan showed there isn’t enough activity to support two arenas in Iqaluit.

A new arena complex housing the city’s recreation offices was completed this fall on the road to Apex, near...

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Iqaluit January 25, 2002 - 9:26 pm

City asks residents to open homes to AWG visitors

Not enough room in Iqaluit hotels

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Iqaluit’s hotels may be booked solid for the 2002 Arctic Winter Games, but it doesn’t mean potential visitors will be left with no place to stay.

Instead, visitors can bunk with Iqaluit families as part of a home-stay program. The city is asking any residents who have extra room in...

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-none- January 25, 2002 - 9:25 pm

Pond Inlet cadets in perfect step

Drill team wins territorial competition

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ELIZABETH MILLS

The members of Pond Inlet’s 3058 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps were in perfect step two weeks ago at the 2001 northern region cadet drill in Fort Simpson, NWT.

The Pond Inlet team beat out troops from Whitehorse and Yellowknife in the territorial finals to take home the drill...

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Nunavik January 25, 2002 - 9:22 pm

Nunavik to get $12 million for new affordable housing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Low-cost housing in Nunavik will get a boost, thanks to a commitment of $12 million for affordable housing in the region.

Private individuals, companies or co-operatives must commit 15 per cent of the cost of construction. The federal government has agreed to pay 55 per cent, and the provincial...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:22 pm

New drug counselling certificate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The University of Moncton will be offering a certificate in drug addiction counselling in Quebec City to First Nations and Inuit. It will require 450 hours of courses over a total of 15 weeks.

Students must have First Nations or Inuit status or be employed in a First Nations or Inuit community to...

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Nunavik January 25, 2002 - 9:19 pm

Inukjuak mayor back at work

Emerges from suspension to greet Quebec officials

JANE GEORGE

INUKJUAK — Shaomik Inukpuk, the mayor of Inukjuak, surfaced to greet a group of visiting officials from Québec City last week. It was the first the community had seen of its mayor in weeks.

Inukjuak was left virtually mayor-less just before Christmas, when municipal council suspended Inukpuk for...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:17 pm

See museum’s “Annuraaq” online

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

You don’t have to go to London, England, to see the British Museum’s exhibit of Inuit clothing. A tour of the exhibit is on the Internet at http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/annuraaq/index.html.

The exhibition, whose name means “a piece of clothing,” focuses on clothing made by the people of...

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Nunavik January 25, 2002 - 9:17 pm

Quebec minister promises new funding to fight poverty

Delegates deeply affected by Inukjuak mission

JANE GEORGE

INUKJUAK — Nicole Léger, Quebec’s minister responsible for the elimination of poverty, was in Inukjuak for just a few hours last Thursday, but she was deeply affected by the trip.

During a public consultation on poverty in the community, Léger listened intently as Inukjuamiut told her about life...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:16 pm

Animal advocate seeks preservation strategy for Nunavut

WWF president says Nunavut has potential to be conservation pioneer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

The head of Canada’s World Wildlife Fund wants a wildlife management plan for the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary approved by March.

The Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary overlaps the border of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and covers a piece of land about the size of Nova Scotia. It is...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:15 pm

Resolute Bay mayor calls for fiscal responsibility

Businessman who won by a single vote settles into his mayoralty duties

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

The Dec. 10 municipal election was a squeaker of a vote for Resolute Bay businessman Aziz Kheraj, who beat incumbent George Eckalook by just one ballot.

There are about 126 eligible voters in Resolute Bay, which has a population of 250. About 85 per cent of them showed up at the...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:14 pm

Retraction and apology

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On page one of its Jan. 11, 2001 edition, Nunatsiaq News published an article headlined “QC boss quits over Baffin hospital deal,” which contains untrue and defamatory statements concerning the Nunavut Construction Corporation and the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation.

The purpose of the article was to...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:14 pm

Kugluktuk HTA spins dreams of musk ox mill

Luxurious yarn commands a price 30 times greater than sheep’s wool

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

The Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Association has completed a feasibility study and business plan to begin operating a mill to spin the under fur of musk oxen into yarn.

The yarn, which commands a price 30 times greater than sheep’s wool, is used to make expensive garments that are...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:13 pm

Wood fossil a glimpse of Northern Canada’s forested past

Laval researcher sees branch in the snow on Bylot Island

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Another remnant of Nunavut’s warmer past, of a time when forests covered the Far North, has been uncovered on Bylot Island near Pond Inlet.

Some two million years ago, birch and spruce trees flourished on what is now a barren plateau, located not far from a valley filled with towering...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:12 pm

Revised Act would give Inuktitut prominence in Nunavut

Language commissioner submits tough talk on Languages Act

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Nunavut’s language commissioner has a vision for a better, bolder Official Languages Act, the law that sets out language rights for the territory.

Eva Aariak wants the Act revamped so that Inuktitut, the language spoken by a majority of Nunavut residents, has the same status that...

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Nunavut January 25, 2002 - 9:11 pm

Language commissioner proposes Inuktitut protection bill

New law would call for sweeping changes to make Inuit language more prominent

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Nunavut’s language commissioner is calling for a new Inuktitut language law that would require all business and road signs, utility bills and medicine prescriptions to be written in Inuktitut in addition to any other languages.

The law would also guarantee Inuit students the right...

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Around the Arctic January 25, 2002 - 12:48 pm

ICC president appoints goodwill ambassador

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Aqqaluk Lynge, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, has appointed a former member of Danish parliament, Ellen Kristensen of Greenland to serve as a goodwill ambassador for ICC.

Kristensen will represent ICC’s interests in the Danish government and lobby various political parties in...

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