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Iqaluit November 29, 2002 - 4:31 pm

Why some people can roll their tongues

Canadian Museum of Nature teaches kids a little bit about life

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

A group of Grade 7 students at Aqsarniit School stick their tongues out at a woman standing at the front of the classroom.

Dahlia Tanasoiou, a senior educator with the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, is used to it. She’s asked them to try and roll their tongues. It’s a hereditary...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2002 - 4:30 pm

More dog debate expected

Council extends the leash on unruly issue

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

The hotly debated issue of where dog-team owners can keep their animals is going to be debated once more.

Councillors voted this week to send the four-year-old issue back to the planning committee for review.

The move comes just one month after city council finally outlined which...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2002 - 4:29 pm

Passengers want transit system to keep rolling

Residents sign petition in shaky script while bouncing along in bus

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Regular passengers of Iqaluit’s colourful bus want the city to put the public transportation system back on the streets.

The four-week test run ended on Nov. 18.

In its review of the test, city council plans to look at the popularity of the service and determine how much it would...

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Nunavik November 29, 2002 - 4:26 pm

Aupaluk springs surprise election

Mayor and councillor resign unexpectedly

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Aupaluk residents took a surprise trip to the polls this past Wednesday after the community’s mayor and one of six municipal councillors resigned this month.

According to councillor Mary Saluarsiak, David Angutinguak unexpectedly offered a verbal resignation Nov. 1.

Saluarsiak, who...

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Nunavik November 29, 2002 - 4:26 pm

Election results show support for legal action, KSB says

Two prominent Makivik supporters defeated

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

The Kativik School Board says the results of last week’s commissioner election show that Nunavimmiut support the board’s legal action against Makivik Corporation.

Six of the seven school board commissioners seeking another term won re-election in the Nov. 20 vote, while two nominees,...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:25 pm

Iqaluit man to serve assault conviction on weekends

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Norman Mark was sentenced to 90 days in jail for assaulting a woman who was attempting to stop a fight between Mark and an elder. Mark will serve his sentence on weekends.

Emily Ashoona was at an Iqaluit residence on Feb. 10 when Mark lunged for his father-in-law after an evening of...

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Nunavik November 29, 2002 - 4:25 pm

Truck driver killed on Raglan mine road

18-wheeler overturns during routine delivery

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

A Quebecois truck driver died this past Sunday after his 18-wheel haulage truck overturned during a routine delivery on the Raglan mine road.

The accident happened at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 24. Denys Marcoux, 51, a driver with five years’ experience working for Katinniq Transport and...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:24 pm

Defence challenges dangerous offender application

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Defence lawyer Euan Mackay is fighting the Crown’s application to have Mosesee Nowdluk deemed a dangerous offender.

A jury convicted Nowdluk, 37, of arson on Oct. 17 and he awaits sentencing. However, Mackay is appealing the jury’s verdict.

A dangerous offender can be held in jail...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:24 pm

17-year-old may be tried as an adult

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A judge will decide if the 17-year-old boy accused in the beating death of Davidee Nowdlak will be tried as an adult.

The decision will be based on a predisposition report scheduled for release on Dec. 18. A final decision is scheduled to be made on Jan. 24, 2003.

Nowdlak died from injuries...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:24 pm

BCC inmate gets extra time for prison assault

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jimmy Partridge, 36, was found guilty of assaulting Jeremy Kuuk, 30, after an unusual trial in Iqaluit on Nov. 20. He was sentenced to five days in jail.

Partridge insisted on representing himself. He cross-examined the complainant and testified in his own defence.

Kuuk, who was an inmate at...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:23 pm

GN creates fisheries fund

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The department of sustainable development will provide emerging fisheries in Nunavut with $350,000, Olayuk Akesuk, the minister of sustainable development said this week.

The Fisheries Development and Diversification Fund will provide a maximum of $50,000 per project over the life of the...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:23 pm

Paperwork before progress

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The department of human resources is preparing job descriptions for all GN positions as part of its goal to increase Inuit employment, Peter Kilabuk, the minister of human resources said this week.

Part of the work involves removing “artificially inflated requirements in education and experience,”...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:23 pm

Nattaq committed to trial

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Simon Nattaq, 57, was committed this week to stand trial for a sexual assault alleged to have occurred in February 2001.

After hearing from the complainant and ordering the trial, Justice Robert Kilpatrick questioned why the charge was proceeding by indictment rather than summary conviction....

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:22 pm

Bill proposes increase to minimum wage

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The minimum wage in Nunavut may be increased to $8.50 an hour if Bill 21, an act to amend the Labour Standards Act is passed.

The bill received first and second reading in the House last Friday, and is now before the Ajauqtiit committee.

The current act sets the minimum wage at between $6 and $7...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:22 pm

NAC joins University of the Arctic

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Arctic College has joined the University of the Arctic, a network of programs from about 20 institutions available to students across the circumpolar world via the Internet.

Though NAC joined in June, Education Minister Peter Kilabuk made the announcement last week.

“As the university...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:22 pm

The cost of community involvement

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last month’s sitting of the legislature in Pangnirtung cost the government $14,000 more than it would have cost to hold the session in Iqaluit.

Finance Minister Kelvin Ng tabled the incremental costs in the legislature this week.

The department of the executive and intergovernmental affairs paid...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:21 pm

No Inuktitut tax forms

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Representatives from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, formerly Revenue Canada, were in Iqaluit last week, though not for the purpose of translating the federal income tax forms into Inuktitut, as Iqaluit East MLA Ed Picco mistakenly pointed out in the House.

Picco introduced Geoff Moffat and...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:21 pm

Premier to release DM salaries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Paul Okalik committed to making public the salaries of GN senior staff in response to a request by Uqqummiut MLA David Iqaqrialu.

Iqaqrialu was responding to the release of documents last month showing the indemnities paid to MLAs and cabinet ministers.

The information was published in...

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:21 pm

GN gets free bandwidth

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The GN has secured access to 15 Megahertz of C-band Internet bandwidth from Industry Canada, Olayuk Akesuk, the minister of sustainable development, announced in the House last week.

The free bandwidth will be available for up to 15 years and will be used primarily by students and health

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Nunavut November 29, 2002 - 4:20 pm

How many hamlets carry a deficit?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavummiut may soon know how many hamlets are carrying deficits after Baker Lake MLA Glenn McLean pressed Manitok Thompson, minister of community government and transportation, to release the information.

“There are quite a few hamlets that are in a deficit situation in the territory,” Thompson...

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