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Around the Arctic August 30, 2002 - 1:19 pm

Researchers, hunter track same goose — but hunter gets him first

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A light-bellied Brent goose that was part of a migratory tracking project by Britain’s Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the National Geographic Society was shot by a hunter on Bathurst Island last month.

Scientists had been tracking the goose, named Kerry, by satellite for four months as he...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:19 pm

Iqalungmiut to go to the polls

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Iqaluit residents will go to the polls Nov. 4 to elect two new city councillors.

The city is holding a by-election to fill two empty seats on council. One seat has been unfilled since December 2001, after councillor Mathew Spence moved to Yellowknife. Then, on Aug. 12, councillor Simon Nattaq...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:18 pm

Red Arrows fly by

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Bright-red airplanes flew through the sky Tuesday afternoon in Iqlauit, thrilling those who looked up to watch them.

The Birtish Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, did a formation fly-by before landing at Iqaluit’s airport on the way to Toronto for an air show.

The Red Arrows, 11...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:18 pm

The price of hooking up

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Homeowners in Iqaluit’s Lower Base neighbourhood learned this week exactly how much money they’ll have to chip in to connect their homes to water and sewer lines.

The neighbourhood is on trucked water and sewer, but the city wants the households to hook up to the utilidor pipes that were installed...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:17 pm

HTA members vote in favour of rights-assignment

Non-Inuit in Iqaluit eligible to assume harvesting rights

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

Members of the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association (HTA) voted 11 to 6 in favour of allowing Inuit to transfer harvesting rights to non-Inuit spouses.

The rights-assignment decision was effective immediately following the vote on Aug. 27.

Hunting rights may be transferred to a...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:16 pm

City planning cracks down on beach shack

Iqaluit resident forced to stop work on boat storage area

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DENISE RIDEOUT

The city’s lands department put the brakes to a plan by an Iqaluit boat owner to build a large shack on the beach.

This week, the lands department delivered a “stop-work order” to John Hess, an Iqaluit resident who had moved a trailer down to the beach, near the Coast Guard...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:15 pm

Fire marshal issues code red

GN inspector predicts dire consequences unless city creates enforcement position

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

The City of Iqaluit is heading for legal trouble unless it hires a building inspector, fire marshal Gerald Pickett says.

Pickett knows of at least a half dozen commercial buildings with built-in residential suites along the West 40 Road and the industrial park that do not meet...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:14 pm

Developer blasts council — again

Jomanic-Can president says developers are treated like criminals in Iqaluit

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DENISE RIDEOUT

A local developer, enraged by the reaction to his request for a building permit, is accusing Iqaluit city council of opposing any new development in Iqaluit.

George D’Aoust, president of Jomanic-Can Inc., said he’s frustrated that he and other developers have to jump through hoops...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2002 - 1:13 pm

City fast-tracks new housing subdivision

Project will be pushed through in less than a year instead of the usual two

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DENISE RIDEOUT

The city’s lands department is fast-tracking the planning and construction of a new subdivision that will contain as many as 65 housing units.

It generally takes city staff and engineers a couple of years to build a new subdivision. But, eager to ease the city’s housing crunch, the...

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Iqaluit August 23, 2002 - 1:08 pm

From the archives

Iqaluit museum displays historic works by Cape Dorset artists

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MIRIAM HILL

Cramped in a small back room in Iqaluit’s Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Brian Lunger sorts through a collection of Cape Dorset prints recently released from the Cape Dorset archives.

“This one is a stencil,” Lunger explains, gesturing to the print in front of him. “The Dorset...

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Iqaluit August 23, 2002 - 1:07 pm

City reconsiders privatizing garbage pick-up

New plan is to find out if private contractors can pick up commercial trash for less

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DENISE RIDEOUT

The City of Iqaluit is doing some comparison shopping, checking out the costs of delivering municipal services and seeing if it’s cheaper to contract some of that work out to private businesses.

On Aug. 20, city councillors, city administrators and municipal workers met with three...

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Iqaluit August 23, 2002 - 1:07 pm

Iqaluit turns to private firms for infrastructure support

City wants help with construction and operating costs for major projects

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DENISE RIDEOUT

The city is turning to private companies to find out if they can help out with the building and operating costs of Iqaluit’s long list of capital projects, estimated to cost up to $72 million over five years.

On Aug. 20, city administrators, councillors and municipal workers met...

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Iqaluit August 23, 2002 - 1:06 pm

City planning hampers development, Iqaluit councillor says

"I see nothing wrong with asking the city to be responsive to what’s going on" Chris Wilson says

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

The City of Iqaluit is going to keep running up against development hurdles unless it comes up with a plan for how the city should look, a city councillor says.

“We’ve got a situation where homes in the city cost $300,000-plus,” said councillor Chris Wilson in an interview this...

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Iqaluit August 23, 2002 - 1:05 pm

Council approves development — with one condition

Construction of seven duplexes on the Road to Nowhere requires consent of neighbours

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

An Iqaluit developer is considering pulling out of the city after council effectively rejected a proposal for affordable housing.

At a special meeting on Monday, council approved Jomanic-Can Inc.’s request to build seven duplexes in the Road to Nowhere subdivision.

But it made...

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-none- August 23, 2002 - 12:10 pm

Nunani: Feathered friend, feather foe (Part two)

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RACHEL QITSUALIK

Most Inuit know the story of the raven and the owl. In this tale, the birds begin as companions. The story is set in those oldest of days when animals (and humans) could shape-shift at will, and animals used the same tools as man.

The owl and raven were said to be completely...

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Around the Arctic August 16, 2002 - 1:00 pm

World keeps warming

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British weather experts say the first six months of 2002 have been the second warmest ever, and average worldwide temperatures this year could be highest on record.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body that advises governments on climatic change, blames the data on global warming...

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Around the Arctic August 16, 2002 - 1:00 pm

Whale hunt in limbo

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Alaskan Eskimo whalers are disappointed that Japan is still blocking their bowhead hunt.
At a meeting of the International Whaling Commission last May, Japan voted to prevent the commission’s approval of a five-year continuation of the Alaskan bowhead hunt. Japanese delegates charged it was...

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Iqaluit August 16, 2002 - 12:59 pm

Fire displaces family

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Iqaluit city councillor and volunteer firefighter Chris Wilson wants the city to form an emergency relief fund after a family of four lost their belongings in a fire on Aug. 12.

The blaze damaged an Iqaluit housing authority residence and also affected neighbouring units.

On July 28, five people...

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Around the Arctic August 16, 2002 - 12:59 pm

Virus kills seals

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Half the seal population of Western Europe is expected to die from a virus attacking the mammals between southern Sweden and the Dutch coast.

About 20,000 seals are at risk from an epidemic similar to one 14 years ago, Swedish researchers say.

About 2,500 dead seals have been found in waters...

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Iqaluit August 16, 2002 - 12:58 pm

City councillor resigns after five years of service

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Simon Nattaq has resigned from city council effective Aug. 12. Deputy mayor Kirt Ejesiak read a letter announcing Nattaq’s departure during a city council meeting on Aug. 13. Nattaq was not present.

“Under the circumstances, he believes this is the right thing to do,” Ejesiak said.

A warrant for...

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