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Around the Arctic January 31, 2003 - 11:42 am

Iceland’s Thule beer uses Vikings for promo

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Icelandic ad agency, “Gott fólk,” is touting Iceland’s Thule beer with a television ad campaign, called “Best in the World.”

The most successful of its 11 commercials is called “Beautiful Women” (or “Íslensk fegurd”). In it, two men discuss the many pageants that Icelandic beauty queens have...

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2003 - 11:41 am

China to build research station on Svalbard Islands

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

China’s first Arctic Research Station will be located in Longyearbyen, capital of Norway’s Svalbard Islands.

The “People’s Daily” says China will build the first scientific survey station this summer near the North Pole, so that its scientists can be stationed there year-round, conducting in-depth...

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2003 - 11:41 am

Cold winter kills in Moscow

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Interfax news agency reports that more than 200 people were injured this Tuesday because of slippery conditions in Moscow. One pedestrian was hurt by a fallen icicle. He was hospitalized. Another seven people were taken to hospital for exposure to the cold.

The death toll for this winter...

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2003 - 11:41 am

To Greenland in a raft?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Halifax Daily News reports a team of British adventurers plan to leave Halifax, Nova Scotia, this summer in an attempt to cross the North Atlantic via the Arctic Circle in an open inflatable boat.

The five-man crew hopes to start the 6,600-kilometre crossing in late July. There will be no...

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2003 - 11:40 am

Supiaq Inuit usher in 2003 with a big bash

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Pacific Alaskan Inuit sure know how to start off the new year in style, with their rousing Nuu’ikutaq (Supiaq for “new year program”), a traditional New Year’s celebration that runs from the Russian Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7 to Epiphany, which begins Jan. 18.

But the big “Night of Nuu’ikutaq”...

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2003 - 11:40 am

Alaska sees less ice than before

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Open water off Alaska’s Seward Peninsula is reflecting warmer-than-average temperatures at a time of year when ice and snow should be keeping things cool.

Scientists from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre recently confirmed there has been less ice on northern Alaskan waters than at any...

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Iqaluit January 31, 2003 - 11:39 am

New gear for firefighters

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s firefighters are getting 12 new self-contained breathing apparatus units and a rapid intervention kit.

Fire Chief Cory Chegwyn said the crew’s current air cylinders have reached the end of their service life and need replacement. The 26 air cylinders and 12 face pieces will cost about...

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Iqaluit January 31, 2003 - 11:39 am

Labour to dissect Nunavut rights bill

Union officials to hold public discussions in Iqaluit

JIM BELL

Iqaluit residents will get a chance to talk about Nunavut’s human rights bill, the future of medicare and workplace literacy starting Feb. 3 during four public events organized by the Northern Territories Federation of Labour.

The longest event is a day-and-half-long dissection of Nunavut’s...

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Around the Arctic January 31, 2003 - 11:39 am

Qaanaaq won’t help hunters anymore

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The municipality of Qaanaaq in north Greenland told local hunters this month that it intends to stop giving them any more money.

Qaanaaq’s hunters have been faced with hard times on the land, which they say is due to climate change. The municipality had been helping them out.

But on Jan. 8,...

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Iqaluit January 31, 2003 - 11:38 am

Smoking bylaw gets first reading

Ban would target restaurants and coffee shops, but not bars

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Iqaluit’s smoking bylaw, which bans smoking from public places frequented by minors, received first reading at this week’s city council meeting.

The capital city doesn’t have a smoking bylaw in its books, other than one that makes it illegal to smoke in municipal buildings and taxis....

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Iqaluit January 31, 2003 - 11:37 am

Hammering it out

Shy but dedicated carpentry students build a better future for all women

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

The hammering in the carpentry shop of Inuksuk High School halts as a student cries out in pain. The young woman drops her hammer and studies the point of contact between tool and flesh.

“It was my middle finger,” she says, boldly displaying the symbolic body part.

The injured...

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Iqaluit January 31, 2003 - 11:36 am

Youth crime increased by 60 per cent in 2002

RCMP officer calls trend "very disturbing"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Youth-related crime in Iqaluit took a jump in 2002, with almost 100 more incidents than in 2001.

Staff Sgt. Ed North presented the statistics to city council this week as part of the detachment’s monthly report.

In December, there were 25 youth-related occurrences, compared with 11...

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Iqaluit January 31, 2003 - 11:36 am

Blue Dome feeling the blues

Future of popular QIA youth centre in the hands of board members after seven successful but bumpy months

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Raurri Qajaaq Ellsworth admits the blue dome youth centre has had its problems. But like a teen growing into maturity, he says the youth centre will learn from its mistakes.

Ellsworth should know. He was once a teen with attitude, he says. But the Qikiqtani Inuit Association youth...

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Iqaluit January 31, 2003 - 11:34 am

City Council brings back the bus

Successful test run proves Iqaluit has a viable market for public transportation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Iqaluit is getting the bus back on the road — and it could happen as early as next month.

Council agreed to bring back the service during this week’s city council session, after Dillon Consulting presented its final report on the October trial run.

Ericka Chemko is thrilled with the...

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Nunavik January 31, 2003 - 11:32 am

One new member elected to Tourism Association board

Annanack beats incumbent by one vote

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

David Annanack is the only new face on the Nunavik Tourism Association’s board of directors, after members returned six incumbents to the board’s seven elected positions at the organization’s annual general meeting last week.

The association’s board consists of nine members. Makivik...

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Nunavik January 31, 2003 - 11:31 am

Leaf Bay ready to claim highest tides

Too close to call, DFO says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Nunavik is set to claim the title of world’s highest tide from the Bay of Fundy — even though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans insists the race is too close to declare an official winner.

The Nunavik Tourism Association said it would issue a press release this week confirming a...

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Nunavik January 31, 2003 - 11:30 am

Two men drown in Inukjuak

Snowmobile crashes through thin ice

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Two young Inukjuak men died last Thursday night after their snowmobile plunged through a weak patch of ice on the village’s river.

Josie Napartuk and Peter Eyaituk, both 19, had set out around 8 p.m. to pick up some take-out from the local arena. When they had not returned by 11...

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Nunavut January 31, 2003 - 11:29 am

Baffin Regional Youth Council prepares for AGM

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The executive committee of the Baffin Regional Youth Council met in Iqaluit from January 21-24 to prepare for the organization’s annual general meeting in Cape Dorset in April.

During the AGM, delegates will elect a new president, vice-president, and member-at-large representative.

They will also...

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Nunavik January 31, 2003 - 11:29 am

Framework agreement possible for Valentine’s Day

Nunavik self-government proposal proceeds through federal bureaucracy

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Quebec’s National Assembly could ratify the framework agreement for Nunavik self-government by as early as Feb. 14, Nunavik’s lead negotiator for self-government said this week.

Minnie Grey, head delegate for the Nunavik Party, which represents Makivik Corporation, the Nunavik Health...

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Nunavut January 31, 2003 - 11:28 am

GN tests for trichinosis infection in walrus tongues

Repulse Bay animals used in pilot project

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

After a significant outbreak of trichinosis in Repulse Bay, Nunavut’s department of health is establishing a program to test walrus meat for the parasite that causes the disease.

John Raven, an environmental health officer based in Rankin Inlet, said after 16 people contracted the...

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