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-none- July 26, 2002 - 3:46 pm

Botulism suspected in Alaska

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Five villagers from southwest Alaska are in hospital after eating whale blubber poisoned by botulism toxin. Alaskan health officials say 14 people were exposed to botulism, a deadly illness that impairs the nervous system and can lead to death if not treated.

Two people from Kwigillingok, a Yup’ik...

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Around the Arctic July 26, 2002 - 3:45 pm

Residents of Alaskan village want to flee erosion

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The residents of village of Shishmaref, Alaska, population 600, held a referendum last week, in which they voted to move away from their community’s eroding site and escape the violent storms from the Chukchi Sea, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Shishmaref is on a sandy barrier island on...

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Around the Arctic July 26, 2002 - 3:45 pm

Alaskan glaciers melting faster than ever

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Alaska’s glaciers have been melting faster than ever, according to a team of glaciologists, who have been using airborne lasers to measure the melt in 67 glaciers over 10 years.

Between 1999 and 2001, the team re-measured 28 glaciers and found that they were melting even faster than during...

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Iqaluit July 26, 2002 - 3:44 pm

Homerun-bound slo-pitch players head south

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 16-member slo-pitch softball team will fly to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on July 31 to compete in a national tournament.

The team held a duck drop and dinner-dance to raise money for the trip.

This is the first time Nunavut has competed in a slo-pitch tournament at the national level.

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Iqaluit July 26, 2002 - 3:43 pm

Fish study begins

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Zoologist Terry Dick has begun a study of char in the Sylvia Grinnell River. The University of Manitoba scientist is scheduled to finish his investigation in September.

He’ll be expected to file a progress report with the Nunavut Research Institute and the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association...

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Iqaluit July 26, 2002 - 3:41 pm

Gush and flush

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The city approved $236,378 in funding this week for the supply and installation of the Healthy Homes Water System.

The system is designed to treat sewage and recycle effluent to produce water for use in toilets and washing machines.

Ten people in Iqaluit and Apex have volunteered to test the...

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Iqaluit July 26, 2002 - 3:40 pm

City votes to buy garbage crusher

Compactor would reduce trash to barrel-sized parcels to be buried underground, and end open burning

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

What Iqaluit environmentalist Paul Crowley tried to do using the law, city council will do with a $125,000 compactor.

City council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday to purchase a trash compactor to crush solid waste so it can be stored underground.

The three-year,...

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Iqaluit July 26, 2002 - 3:40 pm

Iqaluit street name project approved

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s street naming bylaw passed third and final reading on July 23.

About a dozen changes were made to the final 73-name list. Several residents complained last month about simplistic (kamik, ulu) and disrespectful (explorers, igunaq) names.

In place of explorers, names of flowers will line...

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-none- July 26, 2002 - 1:40 pm

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

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In 1824, the HMS Griper, under Captain G.F. Lyon, anchored off Cape Pembroke. The Cape was part of Coats Island, which is situated in the northernmost portion of Hudson Bay.

According to Lyon, the Griper was soon approached by a man riding a vessel composed of three inflated sealskins, held...

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Around the Arctic July 19, 2002 - 2:39 pm

Massive hydro project stirs controversy in Iceland

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The New York Times reported this week that a massive hydroelectric project planned by Iceland’s state-owned power company is creating a major political controversy in the small circumpolar nation.

The $3-billion Karahnjukar hydro project is expected to create 2,000 construction jobs and between...

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Around the Arctic July 19, 2002 - 2:39 pm

Greenland gold mine may start next year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Toronto-based mining company, Crew Development, said this week that it may start production next year on Greenland’s first gold mine.

Crew said in a company statement that it believes the Nalunaq deposit, discovered in 1993, has potential well beyond what is reflected in its current...

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Around the Arctic July 19, 2002 - 2:39 pm

Grizzly threat in the Yukon

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Associated Press reported this week that a 30-mile stretch of the Firth River that was closed to paddlers last week because of the threat of grizzly bears has been reopened.

The section was opened Monday, Ron Larsen, chief park warden in Ivvavik National Park, told AP.

The Firth River begins...

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Iqaluit July 19, 2002 - 2:38 pm

Pair charged in connection with local break-ins

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Steven Illingayuk, 32, and Roony Iqalukjuaq, 26, have been charged in connection with several Iqaluit break-ins.

Illingayuk is charged with four counts of break and enter. He was remanded into custody on July 10 and was expected to appear in court on July 16.

Iqalukujuaq was arrested and released...

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Iqaluit July 19, 2002 - 2:37 pm

Council approves funding for wellness projects

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit city council has approved funding for several community wellness projects.

The money comes from the City of Iqaluit’s Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities funds.

About $47,000 of the money will go toward a “single mothers’ retreat.” Under this program, Iqaluit resident...

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Iqaluit July 19, 2002 - 2:37 pm

Umpire clinic at the new arena

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Softball Nunavut and the City of Iqaluit’s recreation department are hosting an umpire clinic next weekend.

The two-day training session is free, and available to everyone over the age of 14.

Instruction will involve classroom and practical work. Sessions will be held at the new arena.

Classes...

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Iqaluit July 19, 2002 - 2:36 pm

Boaters saved using Inuktitut radio

Year-old Coast Guard service reached hunter, who spotted canoe

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

An Inuktitut-language emergency service provided by the Coast Guard in Nunavut may have saved the lives of three missing boaters this week.

On Monday morning, Coast Guard officials learned that a canoe and its three passengers were about 12 hours overdue. Family members of the...

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Iqaluit July 19, 2002 - 2:36 pm

Taxi driver charged with possession of cocaine

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Yanick Levesque, an Iqaluit taxi driver, was arrested on July 15 and charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Levesque, 29, originally of Quebec, was stopped by police while in his taxi. Police found cocaine with an approximate street value of $6,000.

During a show cause...

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Iqaluit July 19, 2002 - 2:35 pm

Capital city’s first bilingual preschool to open this fall

Teachers studying early childhood courses to prepare for first day of school

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Sitting on a colourful rug in a room full of building blocks, stuffed toys and colouring books, Geela Tagak plays with her two-year-old daughter Alannah, all the while telling her how to play the game.

Her instructions to Allanah are all in Inuktitut.

Come this fall, Tagak’s...

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Nunavut July 19, 2002 - 2:31 pm

Nunavut’s ratio of men to women the highest in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s population is the youngest in Canada, according to data from the 2001 census released by Statistics Canada this week.

As of May 15, 2001, Nunavut’s median age was 22.1 years, compared with the national average of 37.6. (Median age is the point where exactly half the population is older...

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Nunavut July 19, 2002 - 2:30 pm

Igloolik and Hall Beach hunters finalize details for bowhead hunt

Excitement is so high community members might camp out with hunters at Kangiq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA ARNATSIAQ

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board has given Igloolik and Hall Beach approval to proceed with this year’s bowhead hunt, the organization said Wednesday.

Now that the two communities have approval, they can begin finalizing plans for the hunt, including setting a date. Plans for...

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