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Iqaluit June 28, 2002 - 5:36 pm

Smokers, non-smokers turn out to support bylaw

Meeting participants support smoking ban, but concerned about enforcement

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA ARNATSIAQ

Smokers and non-smokers alike turned out at a public meeting on June 20 to support a proposed bylaw to ban smoking in public buildings in Iqaluit.

No communities in Nunavut have bylaws to ban smoking, and Iqaluit wants to set a precedent for the rest of the territory.

Participants...

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Iqaluit June 28, 2002 - 5:35 pm

Council approves three-day beer garden

No cause for concern after last weekend's event

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

After last weekend’s beer garden went off without any glitches, the Iqaluit baseball association has been given the green light to host another beer event during their annual Canada Day weekend tournament.

The association had originally asked for a liquor permit allowing the beer...

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Iqaluit June 28, 2002 - 5:34 pm

Boat owner confused by Iqaluit HTA boat-ban

Says Article 21 of the land claim guarantees public access on navigable rivers

JIM BELL

An Iqaluit resident who runs boat tours on the Sylvia Grinnell River for two or three weeks every summer says he’s mystified about why the Iqaluit hunters and trappers organization is attempting to ban boat traffic from the river.

Last week, the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association voted to ban...

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Iqaluit June 28, 2002 - 5:33 pm

Council gives Arnaitok arena a one-year reprieve

City looks for corporate sponsors to keep rink open

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DENISE RIDEOUT

Hockey players will be able to shoot slap shots at the net at Iqaluit’s Arnaitok Ipeelie arena for at least another year.

After listening to emotional pleas from hockey players, coaches, skaters and longtime Iqaluit residents during a public meeting on Monday, Iqaluit city council...

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Nunavik June 28, 2002 - 5:29 pm

DFO gives hunters one-time payout

Hunters oppose cut in beluga quotas but will comply, Nunavik HTA says

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MIRIAM HILL

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is offering $50,000 to hunters in Nunavik to help organize this year’s beluga hunt after slashing annual quotas last week.

Last Friday, DFO announced that harvest quotas would be cut to 15 whales per community to protect the dwindling beluga...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:28 pm

WWF blasts Canada for backsliding on POPs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The World Wildlife Fund blasted Canada earlier this month for what it says is a hypocritical approach to last year’s international treaty that bans the use and manufacturing of POPs, or persistent organic pollutants such as PCB and DDT.

The WWF says that although Canada was a leader in persuading...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:27 pm

Housing Corp. freezes social rents

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Kelvin Ng, the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, has frozen public housing rents at current levels to prepare for a new rent scale that the government wants to introduce Jan. 1, 2003.

A GN news release says that while some rents may be reduced over the next six months, no...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:27 pm

Welfare recipients can earn more money

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Education Minister Peter Kilabuk announced this week that income support recipients will be allowed to earn slightly larger amounts of money before the government claws earned income back from their welfare payments.

As of July 1, families on income support may earn up to $400 a month without...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:26 pm

Filming the changing Arctic landscape

Five documentaries to depict the impact of global warming on the North

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

A coffee shop inside a southern-style hotel seems a strange place for two filmmakers to be talking about their environmentally themed Arctic projects, but as workmen paint over patched walls and a coffee grinder whirrs in the background, Caroline Underwood and Carlos Ferrand seem to...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:24 pm

Nunavut needs stronger liquor laws: RCMP officer

Panel of MLAs reviews Liquor Act to cut down on liquor-related crime, get tough on bootleggers

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

Nunavut needs stronger legislation to curb liquor-related crimes, the head of Iqaluit’s RCMP detachment told a committee of MLAs reviewing the Nunavut Liquor Act this week.

Of the 2,000 offenders detained each year in the capital, “probably 80 per cent or higher are because of...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:23 pm

GN pays up, pumps out bad gasoline

NTCL in negotiations with government to determine "extent" of its involvement

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

PATRICIA D’SOUZA

The first of the Nunavut government’s payouts to snowmobile owners in the Baffin and Kivalliq regions for damage caused by bad gasoline were to be issued today, Finance Minister Kelvin Ng said.

The GN’s compensation package, announced last Thursday, will pay hunters 75 per cent...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:23 pm

Horne abuse victims get money for therapy

Individual compensation still to be negotiated

JIM BELL

Sixteen Nunavut men who were victimized by Edward Horne in the 1970s and 1980s have begun a treatment program in Yellowknife, thanks to a $3.2-million commitment from the governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

That money, negotiated in response to a lawsuit launched by the former...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:22 pm

Aboriginal groups say yes to Voisey’s deal

Massive mine near Nain will now go forward

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Labrador’s two aboriginal peoples have endorsed impact and benefit agreements with Inco Ltd. and the government of Newfoundland on Inco’s proposal to build a $470-million mine and mill at Voisey’s Bay near Nain.

This removes the last legal obstacles to development of the site, which Inco bought...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:21 pm

Iqaluit council struggles to build a bigger city

Participants in public meeting to craft a vision for growth fear town has grown too urban

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Longtime Iqaluit residents spewed out harsh words at a public meeting last week about the jumbled way the city has grown while building developers blasted council for trying to impede their plans for more apartment complexes and office buildings.

About 70 people, including...

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Nunavut June 28, 2002 - 5:18 pm

Iqaluit rejects apartment building proposal

"Nunavut Suites" too boxy and big for capital city

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Iqaluit city council rejected a building developer’s plans to construct an apartment building in the downtown area because it didn’t like the proposed shape, size and look of the building.

Councillors voted six to one against the 48-unit building during Tuesday’s session.

“This is...

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-none- June 28, 2002 - 4:04 pm

Nunani: In the bones of the world (Part five)

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The story that I have related over the past four articles is actually a fusion of two Inuit folktales, told in various forms all over the Arctic. These tales number among the many Inuit traditional stories featuring the Tunit - a strange, ancient people today represented within the framework of a...

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-none- June 28, 2002 - 4:04 pm

Nunani: In the bones of the world (Part five)

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The story that I have related over the past four articles is actually a fusion of two Inuit folktales, told in various forms all over the Arctic. These tales number among the many Inuit traditional stories featuring the Tunit - a strange, ancient people today represented within the framework of a...

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Around the Arctic June 21, 2002 - 5:18 pm

NMD to bring money to Alaska

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Alaska’s economy will be $400 million richer over the next year and a half due to the construction of national missile defense sites.

Work started on the NMD site at Fort Greely this week. It will house five silos, a revamped radar system, satellite communications and a new command center. A...

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Iqaluit June 21, 2002 - 5:17 pm

Intrepid Iqaluit dart throwers hit the bulls-eye

Team dominates national championship

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Iqaluit’s outstanding performance at the fifth annual Elks and Royal Purple National Dart championship in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, is still causing a buzz in the basement clubhouse.

“We were on a roll,” said an understandably proud Alden Williams who placed third in the men’s...

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Around the Arctic June 21, 2002 - 5:17 pm

Alaska’s Cook Inlet mini-hunt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Native hunters in Alaska are limited this summer to killing two beluga whales in Cook Inlet near Anchorage.

One beluga will be allocated to hunters from Tyonek, a Dena’ina community on Cook Inlet’s west coast. The other is reserved for the Alaska Native Marine Mammal Hunters’ Committee.

The...

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