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Iqaluit September 27, 2002 - 12:55 pm

City cracks down on delinquent taxpayers

Municipality hires law firm to reclaim some of the $1.3 million owed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

The City of Iqaluit is using territorial legislation to reclaim some of the $1.3 million it is owed in back taxes.

The city hired lawyer Charles Thompson, of the Yellowknife firm Peterson, Stang and Malakoe, to sell Sikkiniq Latrielle’s home in Apex.

Legislation passed in 1997...

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Iqaluit September 27, 2002 - 12:55 pm

Four-way, two-way — which way to go?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Traffic congestion at the intersection in front of the hospital has some city councillors calling for the four-way stop to be replaced by a two-way stop.

The councillors say traffic would flow better if yield or caution signs were posted there.

For months, councillor Lynda Gunn...

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Iqaluit September 27, 2002 - 12:54 pm

Pilots weren’t aware of snow on runway, report finds

Transportation Safety Board says slush led plane to skid off runway in 2000

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Two years ago, two First Air pilots maneuvering a jet through high crosswinds and light snow headed toward runway 35 at the Iqaluit airport. The pilots were told the runway was wet. It wasn’t — it was slushy and snow-covered.

That day, Sept. 22, 2000, Iqaluit was experiencing its...

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Nunavik September 27, 2002 - 12:52 pm

DFO funds scientific beluga hunt in James Bay

Money is in addition to $50,000 promised after quotas were slashed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is offering $50,000 toward a scientific hunt in James Bay.

Michel Tremblay, a DFO advisor for the aboriginal fishery in the Quebec region, said this money is in addition to the $50,000 announced in June to help Nunavik hunters organize a hunt after their...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:51 pm

Avataq families launch lawsuit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The families of three Avataq crew members who died when the boat sank on Aug. 26, 2000, are suing the Northern Transportation Company Ltd., the government of Nunavut, the estate of Louis Pilakapsi and 12 other parties for lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral costs and other damages.

The...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:51 pm

Help for financial hopefuls

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Finance Minister Kelvin Ng has announced a financial-management training program to help land claims beneficiaries enhance their financial management, leadership and specialized financial skills.

The financial internship program, announced in the 2002 budget, is geared toward people interested in...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:51 pm

Escaped inmate back in jail

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Moseesee Nakashook is back in jail after escaping from the Baffin Correctional Centre Sept. 18.

Nakashook fled the medium-security facility after digging a hole under the chain link fence while fellow prisoners distracted a guard, a source told Nunatsiaq News.

Nakashook was in remand awaiting...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:50 pm

Gas prices go up next week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut government is pumping up the price of gas next week.

As of Oct. 1, people throughout the territory can expect to pay anywhere from 76.7¢ to 91.4¢ per litre of gas. In Resolute Bay, for example, gas will be 85.7¢ and in Chesterfield Inlet it will be 89.7¢.

That’s a lot more than...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:50 pm

ICC receives award

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations has awarded the Inuit Circumpolar Conference Canada the inaugural Global Award for the Environment, 2002.

WANGO is an international organization for non-governmental organizations dedicated to world peace and global well-being.

With about...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:49 pm

Northern Property to pay $37.1 million for 26 Iqaluit buildings

Real estate trust acquires new Iqaluit assets, and a major new shareholder

JIM BELL

Nunavut’s biggest private landlord is about to get even bigger.

Northern Property Real Estate Investment Trust struck a tentative deal last week to pay $37.1 million for all rental properties in Iqaluit owned by Northern Futures Ltd. and Jomanic-Can Inc.

Northern Futures and Jomanic-Can, both...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:49 pm

Iqaluit man reflects on life after dog slaughter

Social problems plague Inuit because change in lifestyle was too abrupt, he says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA ARNATSIAQ

Long-time Iqaluit resident Asunaa Kilabuk says the federal government is telling lies when it says they killed dogs in the 1950s and ’60s because the dogs were sick. His father’s dogs were not sick when they were slaughtered, he says.

In the mid-1950s, when his family lived in the...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:48 pm

Richards’ inquest jury makes 16 recommendations

Jury urges better internal policies for suspended employees

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Why Nakasuk School principal Hal Richards, 52, ended his life with a .308 Winchester rifle on June 8 or 9, 2001, while suspended with pay from his job may never be known.

What is known, after a three-day inquest in Iqaluit last week, is that 16 recommendations made by a six-person...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:48 pm

Course trains guides for park tours

"To just go for a walk isn’t something a lot of local people do"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

A backpacking guide course offered by Nunavut Tourism and the Kakivak Association is a first step in helping tourism benefit local communities, the tourism development coordinator for the Baffin region says.

“Nunavut Tourism is trying to develop more products that can be sold to...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:47 pm

Stats reveal wide housing gap between Inuit, non-Inuit

Survey numbers show non-Inuit enjoy better housing conditions than Inuit

JIM BELL

Inuit residents of Nunavut are more than twice as likely as non-Inuit to be unhappy with the quality of their housing, Nunavut’s bureau of statistics says.

Jack Hicks, the director of Nunavut’s evaluation and statistics division, presented this information at the opening of a bureaucratic...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:47 pm

Okalik presses PM for action on Nunavut

Says Chrétien knows more about Nunavut than entire federal cabinet

JIM BELL

Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik made an attempt this week to persuade Jean Chrétien that he should take action on four of Nunavut’s outstanding issues in his final year as prime minister of Canada.

Okalik made his case in a half-hour meeting this past Tuesday, during a trip to Ottawa.

Nunavut’s...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:46 pm

Okalik shares own tale with world addictions forum

"My optimism is personal," Nunavut premier says

JIM BELL

Paul Okalik brought his own inspiring tale of addiction and recovery to the opening in Montreal this week of the first worldwide forum on drugs and dependencies.

Nunavut’s premier opened the week-long international gathering, which attracted more than 3,000 delegates from about 50 countries to...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:46 pm

RCMP investigates Pond Inlet shooting

Officers involved in shooting reassigned to Iqaluit during investigations

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Two RCMP officers have been assigned to desk duties for the duration of an internal investigation into the shooting death of Naytanie Atadjuat in Pond Inlet, said Cpl. Jean-Marc Nadeau of the RCMP’s V division.

Atadjuat, 26, was shot by an RCMP officer on Sept. 11 after he stabbed...

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Nunavut September 27, 2002 - 12:43 pm

Inuktitut literacy: Iqaluit students flunk simple test

More than 60 per cent considered illiterate or semi-literate in Inuktitut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

PATRICIA D’SOUZA

More than 60 per cent of students at Iqaluit’s Inuksuk High School who completed a basic Inuktitut literacy test this past spring couldn’t answer simple questions based on a short Inuktitut reading exercise.

The test was administered in April by 16 second-year students from the...

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Iqaluit September 20, 2002 - 12:44 pm

Little lots on the tundra

Residents, developers examine proposed subdivision

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

A small group of residents and developers gathered at city hall this week to check out plans for a new subdivision.

On Sept. 16, Chrystal Fuller, the city’s director of lands and planning, unveiled detailed maps of the proposed subdivision, which would extend from the Road to...

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Iqaluit September 20, 2002 - 12:43 pm

Council approves report on liquor law changes

Not an accurate picture of Iqalungmiut’s views, councillor says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Iqaluit city council has put its rubber stamp of approval on a report outlining residents’ opinions on proposed changes to liquor laws in Nunavut.

Last week’s approval comes almost three months after Mayor John Matthews presented the report to a committee of MLAs reviewing the...

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