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Iqaluit December 20, 2002 - 2:58 pm

Higher taxes, service fees in 2003 Iqaluit budget

City to spend $11.3 million on infrastructure next year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

The City of Iqaluit will spend $11.3 million in 2003 to pave more streets, upgrade water and sewer services and put up new recreation facilities, but Iqaluit homeowners will help foot the bill by paying higher property taxes and water and sewer fees.

City council passed Iqaluit’s...

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Iqaluit December 20, 2002 - 2:57 pm

Iqaluit, GN, sign five-year, $31-million deal

Ratepayers to vote next year on borrowing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

The Nunavut government is giving the City of Iqaluit a $31-million helping hand so that it can become the city it has always wanted to be.

Since Iqaluit became Nunavut’s capital city in 1999, it’s been asking the GN to give it the kind of funding dollars it needs to be a “real...

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Nunavik December 20, 2002 - 2:53 pm

Inuktitut on rise in Nunavik

Region is strongest area for any aboriginal language in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Nunavik is Canada’s strongest regional bastion of any aboriginal language, according to the latest 2001 census report released by Statistics Canada last week.

The report on Canadian language, mobility and migration trends found the number of Nunavimmiut who declared Inuktitut as...

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Nunavik December 20, 2002 - 2:53 pm

Leaders push for Nunavik riding

Say presentations fell on deaf ears

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Nunavik’s Inuit leaders demanded a House of Commons seat for Nunavimmiut at the final public hearings on Quebec’s proposed 2004 federal election boundaries held Dec. 16 and 17 in Montreal.

Quebec’s Federal Electoral Boundaries commission, a three-member panel appointed by Elections...

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Nunavut December 20, 2002 - 2:52 pm

Iqalungmiut pitch in to rescue food bank

More than 200 Iqaluit families will have food to eat this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of Iqaluit’s warm-hearted residents

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

With its cupboards bare, it looked like it was going to be difficult for the Nunavut food bank to feed families during the Christmas season.

But Iqaluit residents stepped up to offer a helping hand and donated $1,000, and cart-fulls and boxes of groceries.

On Dec. 13, volunteers...

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Nunavut December 20, 2002 - 2:51 pm

Finding their place

Pond Inlet elders consulted about Inuktitut place names

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Earlier this month, workers with the Inuit Heritage Trust unfurled six maps on the table in the visitors’ centre in Pond Inlet.

An assembled group of elders sat down with heritage manager Lynn Peplinski and Brandy Karetak, an intern learning Geographic Information Systems, to discuss...

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Nunavut December 20, 2002 - 2:51 pm

Ending the abuse: GN mounts anti-violence campaign

Three-poster series promoting prevention of violence against women unveiled in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Ed Picco, the minister of health and social services, remembers a time when he was working as an adult educator and a woman once came to his class with two black eyes.

She said she fell while loading a qamutik. Picco said he knew that wasn’t true — she was pushed.

“It’s unacceptable...

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Nunavut December 20, 2002 - 2:50 pm

Political warfare breaks out in Resolute Bay

Hamlet councillor pursuing conflict-of-interest allegations against mayor in court next month

JIM BELL

A Resolute Bay hamlet councillor, Wayne Davidson, says he’s going to petition the Nunavut Court of Justice next month in support of conflict-of-interest allegations he’s making against Aziz Kheraj, the mayor of Resolute Bay.

Davidson is alleging that by housing Resolute Bay’s new senior...

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Nunavut December 20, 2002 - 2:50 pm

Iqaluit man charged with first degree murder in teen’s death

Police grateful for community’s co-operation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ivan Kilabuk Joamie, 24, of Iqaluit, has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of 13-year-old Jennifer Naglingniq.

Joamie’s first court appearance was scheduled yesterday at 9:30 a.m. in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Staff-Sergeant Mike Jeffrey said police...

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Nunavut December 20, 2002 - 2:49 pm

Youth, elders share the joy of Christmas

A time for the generations

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Anyone peering through the windows of Iqaluit’s elders’ centre last Thursday afternoon would have been pleasantly shocked.

About 30 elders stand in the middle of the room, each with a balloon tied to his or her ankle. All of a sudden, the gentle group of men and women start...

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-none- December 20, 2002 - 2:26 pm

Nunani: Shape-shifter (Part two)

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RACHEL QITSUALIK

The Utku angakoq (shaman) tried to ignore the numerous eyes upon him, as onlookers waited for his response to the Netsilik angakoq’s transformation. He frowned, rubbing his hands together as his enemy paced before him, the great bear edging ever closer.

Suddenly, he stamped the...

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-none- December 20, 2002 - 2:18 pm

GN must watch Iqaluit like a hawk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It was reassuring to hear Manitok Thompson, the minister of community government, tell the public this week that her department will closely monitor the $31 million that the GN will give the City of Iqaluit over the next five years.

Within Iqaluit’s municipal government, there is a long history of...

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Around the Arctic December 13, 2002 - 2:49 pm

Alaskans wonder: where’s winter?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many Alaskans are wondering if the earth is tilting differently on its axis this year.

That’s because the first signs of winter haven’t appeared in most places, even though the calendar shows it’s well into December.

As of last week, snow had yet to fall on Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. In...

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Around the Arctic December 13, 2002 - 2:49 pm

NASA study: year-round Arctic sea ice may vanish

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The great-grandchildren of today’s Nunavummiut may end up living in a radically different natural environment than the one we know today.

A new study published in October by researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration predicts the unthinkable: that year-round Arctic sea-ice...

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Iqaluit December 13, 2002 - 2:48 pm

NCC woos Iqaluit with public-private development scheme

Inuit company proposes privatized subdivision

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

A construction company is looking to break new ground by working with the City of Iqaluit to build a new housing and commercial area in the city.

If the plan is approved by city council, it would be the first time that a private company was involved in building and selling lots in...

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Iqaluit December 13, 2002 - 2:48 pm

Iqalungmiut want smoking ban in restaurants

Fewer people favour smoking ban in bars

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DENISE RIDEOUT

Iqaluit residents who were surveyed for their views on smoking being banned in public places are eager to see restaurants and coffee shops smoke-free, but half of them still want to be able to light up in bars.

The results of the survey, conducted by the City of Iqaluit and the...

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Nunavik December 13, 2002 - 2:47 pm

Nunavik groups worry as species at risk act looms

No recovery plan, no beluga hunting

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Nunavimmiut officials voiced strong concerns last week that the federal government’s upcoming Species at Risk Act will bring an abrupt end to traditional beluga harvests in the Ungava Bay and Eastern Hudson Bay areas.

The latest draft of Canada’s endangered species act, which now...

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Nunavut December 13, 2002 - 2:46 pm

Search for Kugluktuk man ends sadly

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The search for Charlie Hokanak of Kugluktuk ended on Dec. 5 when the 58-year-old hunter was found dead about 118 kilometres from Kugluktuk.

The apparent cause of death was exposure.

Hokanak, a Canadian Ranger and a hamlet employee, was last seen on Nov. 23 when he separated from a group of...

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Nunavik December 13, 2002 - 2:46 pm

POV celebrates new co-op superstore

Building houses store, post office, hair salon

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Only seven months after a May blaze burned the town’s old store to a cinder, Puvirnituq unveiled Nunavik’s first co-op superstore this week in a ceremony honouring the town’s community spirit and co-operative tradition.

More than 300 people gathered to watch Anglican Bishop Andrew...

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Nunavut December 13, 2002 - 2:45 pm

Teenage gunman runs amok in Iqaluit

Legion closed, taxis parked

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Iqaluit felt like a city under siege for a few hours last Saturday night, when a distraught teenage boy roamed Iqaluit firing random shots with a rifle.

Police ordered taxi drivers to stay off the road and temporarily prevented people from leaving the Royal Canadian Legion as they...

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