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Around the Arctic February 22, 2002 - 11:22 pm

Whales chased off

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuvialuit want to explore the possibilities of creating a permanent sanctuary for whales in the Beaufort Sea. They want this area to be protected because they’re concerned that marine radar surveys from Alaska are chasing beluga, narwhals and bowhead whales away from the shores and summer feeding...

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Around the Arctic February 22, 2002 - 11:22 pm

Alaska to change subsistence hunting requirements

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles proposed a constitutional amendment last week that would create a rural subsistence priority system, giving secondary priority to qualified urban Alaskans.

In times of shortage, priority for hunting and fishing would be given to rural residents who live closest to the...

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Around the Arctic February 22, 2002 - 11:21 pm

U.S. to study global warming in the Arctic

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Last week in Anchorage, Alaska, scientists unveiled a $35-million plan to study Arctic warming and its potential global effects. In the next five years, scientists will look at the recent climate changes that have affected the land, sea and air in the Far North.

The U.S. National Oceanic and...

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Around the Arctic February 22, 2002 - 11:21 pm

Greenland politicians to visit the U.S. and Russia

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The impact of the U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-ballistic Missile treaty and its plans for the National Missile Defense system will top the agenda when the Danish government’s foreign affairs committee travels to Washington in March and visits Moscow the following month.

Two members from...

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Around the Arctic February 22, 2002 - 11:20 pm

Norway increases quota for minke whales

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Norway has set this year’s quota for its minke whale hunt at 674. The number represents an increase over last year’s allowable catch of 552 animals — and it’s the highest quota since 1999’s quota of 753.

“The future for sustainable whaling looks bright. We are pleased that the negative trend of...

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Iqaluit February 22, 2002 - 11:19 pm

Businessman asks city council for permission to extend hours

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Bylaw change would allow pinball wizards to play all night

An Iqaluit businessman wants to extend the hours of his pool-hall-and-pinball-type arcade.

Andrew Riendeau, owner of the Arcade, is looking to keep his small business open later on the weekends.

Right now, under the City of Iqaluit’s...

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Iqaluit February 22, 2002 - 11:18 pm

Save old Arnaitok arena, residents plea

MLA will go to mayor to preserve old arena

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

The biggest message delivered to Iqaluit East MLA Ed Picco at his constituency meeting this week came from the smallest person in attendance.

Eight-year-old Paulusi Davidee begged Picco to save Iqaluit’s Arnaitok arena, the city’s oldest — and it seems dearest — arena. It’s slated...

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Nunavik February 22, 2002 - 11:17 pm

Quaqtaq man declared long-term offender

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

During last week’s court session in Kuujjuaq, judge Daniel Bédard declared Lucassie Kokkinerk, 33, a long-term offender.

Kokkinerk is the first person on the Ungava Bay coast to be declared a long-term offender.

Bédard sentenced Kokkinerk to 26 months in jail for sexual assault with penetration...

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Nunavik February 22, 2002 - 11:17 pm

Art from Inukjuak on display in Montreal

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Artwork by clients at Inukjuak’s Tasiurvik Reintegration Centre — Nunavik’s regional centre for the mentally ill — is on display in downtown Montreal for the second year in a row.

The works are part of a special art exhibition, which mixes work from well-known artists with those who have turned to...

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Nunavik February 22, 2002 - 11:16 pm

Kuujjuaq’s Junior May wins Ivakkak 2002

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The 10 teams participating in Nunavik’s 2002 Ivakkak dog team race along the Ungava Bay pulled into the community of Quaqtaq this week.

Junior May of Kuujjuaq, who chalked up good times early in the race, came in first, with a total time of 30 hours, 32 minutes.

Close behind was Charlie Watt Jr.,...

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Nunavik February 22, 2002 - 11:15 pm

Deal gives KRG responsibility for new Nunavik parks

Quebec to set aside land for two or three new provincial parks

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — If everything goes smoothly, two or even three provincial parks could be created in Nunavik by 2004.

Nunavimmiut can expect to play a large part in developing and managing these and any other new parks in the region.

By the end of March, the province of Quebec is expected to sign a...

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Nunavik February 22, 2002 - 11:15 pm

Quebec poverty strategy moving slowly

Provincial cabinet shuffle delays progress

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Pita Aatami, president of Makivik Corporation, would like to see immediate action from Quebec to offset the high cost of living in Nunavik.

Makivik’s suggestions include transportation subsidies to reduce the cost of goods needed for traditional activities, as well as tax exemptions for...

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Nunavut February 22, 2002 - 11:14 pm

Domestic disputes settled

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two separate cases of domestic violence were before Justice Robert Kilpatrick in Nunavut Court of Justice on Feb. 20.

Andy Anaija Jr., 21, of Tuloyoak was sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting his common-law spouse three times in the past six months.

The woman...

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Nunavik February 22, 2002 - 11:14 pm

Fire destroys Puvirnituq garage

Community loses up to 11 essential vehicles

JANE GEORGE

MONTREAL — Municipal services in Puvirnituq ground to a halt on Valentine’s Day, after an early morning fire in the community’s municipal garage destroyed or severely damaged 11 essential vehicles.

Three sewage trucks, two dump trucks, two support vehicles, plus a grader, bulldozer, school bus —...

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Nunavut February 22, 2002 - 11:13 pm

Nunavut MLAs reconvene in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut MLAs reconvened the fifth session of the Nunavut legislative assembly in Iqaluit Feb. 20.

The assembly will sit until no later than March 7.

MLAs are expected to give first reading to a long-awaited bill that would amend the Education Act inherited from the Northwest Territories. Those...

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Nunavut February 22, 2002 - 11:13 pm

Inmate found guilty of sexually assaulting BCC employee

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jimmy Partridge, 36, awaits sentencing after Justice Robert Kilpatrick found him guilty on Feb. 20 of sexually assaulting a Baffin Correctional Centre guard.

Partridge grabbed the guard’s buttock before leaving the facility’s smoke room on March 22, 2001. He was in custody awaiting trail on...

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Nunavut February 22, 2002 - 11:12 pm

Sexual assault trial stirs emotions

Witness testifies she saw man standing with pants unzipped over young girl

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

An emotional two-day sexual assault trial involving a two-year-old girl began Feb. 18 before Justice Robert Kilpatrick in Nunavut Court of Justice.

The accused, Charlie Taqtaq, 38, faces one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference dating back to Aug. 13,

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Nunavut February 22, 2002 - 11:11 pm

Last-minute cash saves shelter from closure

GN provides extra funds to Cambridge Bay facility just hours before decision to shut it down

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Cambridge Bay’s crisis shelter got a windfall of cash this week — just hours before the hamlet was to make the decision to shut down the facility for lack of funds.

The community’s crisis shelter has been running a $15,000 deficit since January, and Mayor Keith Peterson had until...

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Nunavut February 22, 2002 - 11:11 pm

Teen pleads guilty to creating bogus $100 bills

Rankin Inlet youth and four friends also sentenced in connection with string of break and enters

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

A 17-year-old male who created $1,200 in counterfeit bills last year was placed on probation for 18 months last week after pleading guilty to one count of counterfeiting and four counts of break and enter.

The Rankin Inlet teen, now 18, scanned a $100 bill and made 12 photocopies...

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Nunavut February 22, 2002 - 11:10 pm

Rebuilding QIA

Board members discuss structure, finances in Qikiqtarjuaq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

After months of turmoil and staffing issues, members of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association board of directors say the organization is getting back on track.

At the beginning of a four-day board meeting in Qikiqtarjuaq this week, acting QIA president Thomasie Alikatuktuk said the...

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