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Around the Arctic May 31, 2002 - 11:27 pm

Sámi records show boys are tough on their mothers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sámi birth and death records show that Sámi mothers’ life spans are 34 weeks shorter for each son they give birth to.

This figure came from a study of information that Finnish churches recorded between 1640 and 1870.

Researchers found the total number of children a Sámi mother gave birth to and...

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Around the Arctic May 31, 2002 - 11:26 pm

Alaska and Chukotka draw closer

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With only a few kilometers separating Alaska’s Little Diomede Island from Russia’s Big Diomede Island, one dialect of the Inuit language, Siberian Yup’ik, still thrives in both Alaska and Chukotka.

Now, fueled by a mutual desire for modernization and economic progress, the Christian Science...

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Around the Arctic May 31, 2002 - 11:26 pm

Puffins die off in large numbers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As many as 130,000 puffins, 15 per cent of the population, may have died this past winter In Norway.

A normal winter casualty rate would be five per cent.

The high number of deaths is most likely due to a lack of food. An explanation researchers offered earlier was that the birds could have come...

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Around the Arctic May 31, 2002 - 11:26 pm

Winters, volcanic eruptions to burst Arctic ozone layer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Researchers say a seasonal “ozone hole” could likely form over the North Pole within 30 years.

This hole could allow harmful rays from the sun to affect populated regions in the circumpolar world.

“If a period of high volcanic activity coincides with a series of cold Arctic winters, then a...

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Iqaluit May 31, 2002 - 11:25 pm

Council votes to approve bridge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

At its May 28 meeting, city council gave the go-ahead to the department of sustainable development to build a bridge across Sylvia Grinnell River.

The bridge is part of the master plan to expand Sylvia Grinnell Park, located just west of town.

The bridge will only be wide enough for pedestrians....

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Iqaluit May 31, 2002 - 11:25 pm

Council fired up for smoking bylaw consultations

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City council is gearing up for discussions about introducing a no-smoking bylaw to Iqaluit.

On June 11, council will meet with business owners to get their input on how to craft a new law that could possibly prohibit or limit smoking in Iqaluit’s stores and restaurants.

Then on Aug. 13, the city...

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Iqaluit May 31, 2002 - 11:25 pm

Council fired up for smoking bylaw consultations

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

City council is gearing up for discussions about introducing a no-smoking bylaw to Iqaluit.

On June 11, council will meet with business owners to get their input on how to craft a new law that could possibly prohibit or limit smoking in Iqaluit’s stores and restaurants.

Then on Aug. 13, the city...

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Iqaluit May 31, 2002 - 11:25 pm

Justice committee members resign

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Almost all the members of Iqaluit council’s adult justice committee have stepped down. Three of the four residents who sit on the committee resigned this week.

The justice committee works on restorative justice and prevention programs in Iqaluit.

Members have struggled in the past year and a half...

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Iqaluit May 31, 2002 - 11:24 pm

ATV bylaw faces challenge

Hunters should not be required to wear helmets, Nattaq says

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DENISE RIDEOUT

Iqaluit’s proposed law to crack down on reckless ATV drivers is stuck in what one city councillor calls a “northern challenge.”

The ATV bylaw is aimed at increasing public safety, but some city councillors worry it’s forgetting that Iqaluit is a northern town where snowmobiles are...

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Iqaluit May 31, 2002 - 11:23 pm

Taxi drivers oppose public transit

Suggest improving roads, buying vouchers, instead of spending money on new bus System

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

The debate about whether to introduce a public transportation system in Iqaluit has longtime residents eager for a cheaper way of getting around town and local taxi drivers worried about losing customers.

At a public meeting on May 27, elders, residents and taxi drivers told the...

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Iqaluit May 31, 2002 - 11:23 pm

Kuujjuaq street names mirror history and geography

Secretary-treasurer doesn’t recall any complaints

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — For more than 15 years, Kuujjuaq streets have had what Iqaluit streets still lack: names.

Choosing street names was a relatively stress-free process, recalls Ian Robertson, long-time secretary-treasurer of Kuujjuaq.

“We sent out a road map to everyone,” Robertson said. “The names were...

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Nunavik May 31, 2002 - 11:20 pm

Nunavik police nab booze and drugs bound for POV

Kativik Regional Police Force wants to break the market for illegal alcohol and drugs in Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — The Kativik Regional Police Force made life a bit harder for Nunavik’s bootleggers and drug dealers last week, as it stepped in to seize shipments of booze and drugs sent by air freight and by mail to Puvirnituq.

The loot included 30 10-ounce bottles of booze, six 62-ounce bottles, 600...

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Nunavik May 31, 2002 - 11:19 pm

Former crown prosecutor kicked out of town

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Following a night of boozing and violence, police arrested Louis Christian-Boisvert, a former crown prosecutor in Kuujjuaq, in connection with a violent domestic dispute and disorderly conduct.

Boisvert, who had left Kuujjuaq several months ago following a Skidoo accident in which he broke both...

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Nunavik May 31, 2002 - 11:18 pm

Two men wounded in camp melee

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An argument at a multi-family camp outside Kuujjuaq last week turned violent after a booze fueled dispute between brothers.

The brother of one of two male victims is accused of shooting them with a Remington 12-gauge rifle, leaving 10 shots in the stomach of one victim and a single shot in the...

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Nunavut May 31, 2002 - 11:18 pm

U.N. Indigenous Forum winds up

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The United Nations Permanent Forum, the new advisory body on indigenous issues, ended its inaugural session in New York City on May 24.

“We must never give up our fight for equality and justice,” said the Forum’s chairman, Ole Henrik Magga.

Over the course of its first two-week session, members...

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Nunavik May 31, 2002 - 11:18 pm

Only seven communities to receive new housing

Dividing Nunavik’s allocation of 60 new units among 14 communities leaves many hungry for more

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — The task of satisfying Nunavik’s hunger for social housing is as impossible as feeding a starving family with a scrap of meat.

But this week, the Kativik Regional Government council had to make do with what it has when councillors determined how the 60 two-bedroom units allocated to...

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Nunavut May 31, 2002 - 11:18 pm

Akesuk owes more than $10,000 in back rent

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sustainable Development Minister Olayuk Akesuk and his wife Lao owe more than $10,000 in back rent to the municipality of Cape Dorset, disclosure statements from the Government of Nunavut show.

The statements filed last month by all MLAs contain a range of information, with some members declaring...

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Nunavut May 31, 2002 - 11:17 pm

Respected Iqaluit hunter, community leader dies

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit resident Josie Papatsie passed away on May 25 of natural causes. He was 72.

The longtime Iqaluit resident worked closely with the Amorok Hunters and Trappers Association, Iqaluit district education authority, Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik and the Iqaluit housing authority.

Papatsie often...

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Nunavut May 31, 2002 - 11:17 pm

More prints added to art fraud investigation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit RCMP are in the process of correlating the 200 prints seized this month in an art fraud investigation with the artists believed to have created the works.

Const. Alex Lyon confiscated 200 prints from Iqaluit art dealer Ray Lovell. The prints are believed to have been stolen from Nunavut...

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Nunavut May 31, 2002 - 11:16 pm

Jury still out on Nunavut’s third judge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut should have it’s third judge within six months, after a three-year wait.

The Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs (CFJA) screened 26 possible candidates earlier this year when Anne McLellan was the federal justice minister, according to Suzanne Labbe, judicial appointments secretary...

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