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Around the Arctic April 26, 2002 - 10:10 pm

Norway’s plants and animals at risk

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Half of the plant and animal species in Norway are in danger due to global warming, according to World Wildlife Fund report on the impact of climate change.

The WWF report “Habitats at risk” looks at the effects of global warming on plant and animal life in 113 regions around the world.

More than...

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Around the Arctic April 26, 2002 - 10:09 pm

U.S. Senate kills ANWR drilling

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Last week the U.S. Senate killed legislation that would have opened up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. president George W. Bush wanted to open the refuge to oil development, but environmentalists fought the move, saying development would harm the caribou, musk oxen and other...

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Around the Arctic April 26, 2002 - 10:09 pm

Global warming firmed up

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Climatologists have firmed up their predictions of how much warmer the climate will be over the next 20 to 30 years.

New research by two teams of scientists using different climate models predicts the global mean temperature will be between 0.3 C and 1.3 C warmer by 2020-2030 than in...

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Around the Arctic April 26, 2002 - 10:08 pm

Translate comics, suggests Sámi linguist

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Nils Øyvind Helander, a Sámi language researcher, says public money would be better spent on the translation of Donald Duck comics than official documents, comments which have created a furor among Norwegian Sámi.

There are 80,000 Sámi in Norway, many of whom learn Sámi as a second language.

“We...

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Iqaluit April 26, 2002 - 10:08 pm

Paving the way

City considers a walking trail system

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DENISE RIDEOUT

Iqaluit is one step closer to getting walking trails throughout the city.

The trails are part of a beautification plan for Iqaluit.

At this week’s city council meeting, the trails’ designer unveiled a map of the possible routes.

In the downtown core, trails would cater to people...

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Around the Arctic April 26, 2002 - 10:08 pm

SAS drops Greenland route

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Next April Greenlandair will become the only airline to offer regular jet service between Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen, Denmark.

SAS has decided to stop flying the route between Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen, a route the airline has flown since 1954.

As of April 2, 2003, Greenlandair will be the...

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Iqaluit April 26, 2002 - 10:07 pm

Street-naming project hits road bumps

Residents want more women’s names and fewer qallunaat explorers

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DENISE RIDEOUT

Iqaluit’s city council is making progress on putting names on the city’s nameless streets.

It has already gathered dozens of name suggestions from Iqaluit residents, it’s sent the Inuktitut syllabics to Nunavut’s language commissioner to ensure they’re correct, and they’ve just...

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Nunavut April 26, 2002 - 10:06 pm

Guts and glory

Seal dissection in Pond Inlet a lesson in anatomy and nutrition

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

A group of students from Guelph, Ontario, gasped as Kelly Akpaleeapik sliced through a seal and revealed its fatty underbelly. A couple more incisions by the Grade 10 Pond Inlet student and the animal’s stomach gases filled the classroom.

“Those of you who are hungry are going to...

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Nunavut April 26, 2002 - 10:06 pm

Chefs behind bars

The inmates who work in the kitchen at Baffin Correctional Centre are not only contributing to society, they are learning skills to help themselves get ahead after release

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MIRIAM HILL

The door clicks behind Ray Lovell as he moves from the lobby of the Baffin Correctional Centre into a hallway leading to the facility’s cafeteria. He stands in front of the next set of locked doors and waits for a guard in the control room to buzz him through.

Lovell is the food...

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Nunavut April 26, 2002 - 10:03 pm

Bible Study

A team of translators have finished the first draft of a new Bible in the Inuit language

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MIRIAM HILL

The first draft of an Inuktitut-language Bible has been completed after 23 years of collaboration between the Canadian Bible Society and the Diocese of the Arctic of the Anglican Church of Canada.

The draft translation, finished in December, will eventually give Inuktitut speakers an...

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 10:02 pm

Injury Prevention Workshop in Kuujjuaq

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Representatives from across the Inuvialuit region, Nunavut, Nunavik and Labrador were in Kuujjuaq this week to discuss ways of bringing down the rate of injuries in their communities.

The workshop was organized by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which conducted a region-to-region survey on the nature...

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 10:01 pm

FCNQ holds annual meeting

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Two weeks ago the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec held its 36th annual general meeting in Salluit.

At the gathering, Paulusie Kasudluak from Inukjuak was re-elected as president of the board of directors.

The executive committee also includes as members, vice-presidents Mark U....

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 10:01 pm

SILA stations to study climate change in northern Quebec

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Quebec is giving $1,247,117 $ to Laval’s northern studies centre, le Centre d’études nordiques, for a new network of six so-called “SILA” stations that will keep track of changes in the environment and weather in northern Quebec.

This summer four stations will be set up and two more will follow in...

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 10:00 pm

Police investigate death of Kuujjuaq man

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The body of David Kooktook, 47, of Kujjuaq, has been sent to Montreal for an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

Early on the morning of Sunday, April 14, the Kativik Regional Police in Kuujjuaq received a call saying there was a body in an apartment. They found Kooktook when they arrived...

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 10:00 pm

A “Solidarity Accord” in the works?

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The Kativik School Board and Makivik Corporation have struck a new working group that will try to resolve the differences arising from the “Amiqqaalauta — Let us share” report on self-government.

Last December, the KSB filed a court action designed to stop negotiations from proceeding, based on...

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 9:59 pm

Melting permafrost: future danger to Nunavik

Another sign of global warming — melting permafrost

JANE GEORGE

Three years ago, much to the alarm of local residents, several houses located in Salluit’s new “suburb” started to slide.

Since then, all 20 houses have been relocated to new places, on more stable land within the community.

Taking the cue from this incident, Quebec has been making plans to move...

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 9:59 pm

Fate of Salluit tank farm still uncertain

Local leaders don’t like Quebec’s plan for moving Salluit’s tank farm

JANE GEORGE

The fate of Salluit’s tank farm is still up in the air because there’s no agreement over where it should be moved, or even if the move is needed to protect it against avalanches.

A year ago, high-level bureaucrats from Quebec City flew to Salluit, where they met with local and regional authorities...

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Nunavik April 26, 2002 - 9:58 pm

Une infirmière inuk prétend que les règlements du Québec sont discriminatoires

Shirley White dit qu’on la traite comme une infirmière de deuxième classe parce qu’elle ne parle pas français

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Au Nunavik, Shirley White est aussi précieuse qu’un diamant: c’est une Inuk et elle est infirmière certifiée.

Mais madame White est fatiguée d’être traitée d’infirmière de deuxième classe au Québec et ce, à l’hôpital Tulattavik de Kuujjuaq, qui pis est.

“Est-ce que je suis un morceau...

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Nunavut April 26, 2002 - 9:58 pm

Water testing a hit-and-miss affair in Nunavik

Depending on where you are, Nunavik’s water can make you very sick

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Don’t assume that the water flowing from Nunavik’s taps is clean: it could harbour bacteria that can give you anything from headaches to nausea, diarrhea, and even liver failure or death.

During the recent annual general of Makivik Corporation in Tasiujaq, visitors to the community were...

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Nunavut April 26, 2002 - 9:57 pm

Death threats lead to jail time

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A drunk man who threatened to harm his brother and then turned on the police was sentenced to four months plus a day in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of uttering threats.

The court heard how Morgan Arnakallak, 39, got drunk on home-brew and threatened to shoot his brother on March 10,...

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