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Iqaluit February 28, 2003 - 6:48 pm

Iqaluit anti-smoking bylaw squeaks through

Councillors divided on toughness of bylaw

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CHARLOTTE PETRIE

After the smoke finally settled at Iqaluit city council this week, councillors put aside their differences and passed a bylaw outlawing smoking in most public areas.

With the exception of bars, or places restricted to people over the age of 18, smoking will be illegal in any...

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Iqaluit February 28, 2003 - 6:48 pm

City to tout Iqaluit as cold-weather test centre

Helicopter engineers praise Iqaluit’s cold climate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CHARLOTTE PETRIE

After hearing the high-praises of Denis Hamel, a flight-test engineer and team leader of a group recently in Iqaluit to perform cold-weather testing on helicopters, Iqaluit city council wants to capitalize on the idea by offering the same services to other companies.

Deputy Mayor...

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Iqaluit February 28, 2003 - 6:46 pm

City defends lower base hook-up plans

Lower base homeowners will soon vote on a plan to subsidize their utilidor hook-up costs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CHARLOTTE PETRIE

Lower base property owners met for the last time earlier this week to iron out the final details of a muncipal proposal to connect them to water and sewer mains.

Property owners in the lower base area must vote by March 14 to either accept the city’s plan, or continue to have...

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Iqaluit February 28, 2003 - 6:46 pm

Iqaluit suffers second sewage spill

Federal officials probe impact on Koojesse Inlet

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

The city and its residents weren’t so lucky this time.

In what was the city’s second sewage spill in two weeks, 24,000 litres of raw sewage were released into Koojesse Inlet when a power outage caused pumps to shut down at lift station number one near the library on Feb. 19, Rick...

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Nunavik February 28, 2003 - 6:44 pm

Provincial election in April?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Speculation over a Quebec provincial election call heated up this week.

A spokesperson for Premier Bernard Landry’s said Tuesday that Landry asked his staff to be ready for an election call as early as March 12.

If the call is in the second week of March, then the election would be held April

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Nunavik February 28, 2003 - 6:44 pm

Former Kangirsuk official charged with sexual assault

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Marc Carrier, the one-time secretary treasurer for Kangirsuk, stands accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Suzanne Ricard, the Crown prosecutor for Ungava Bay, said the charge stems from an incident alleged to have occurred on Nov. 8, 2002.

To protect the identity of the underage victim, she...

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Nunavik February 28, 2003 - 6:43 pm

Kangirsuk takes home Ungava Bay hockey gold

Tournament marked by great play, good behaviour

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

KUUJJUAQ — Hockey took center stage at the Ungava Bay Tournament in Kangirsuk this Feb. 21 to 25 thanks to brilliant plays on and off the ice.

Brian Jones, chief of the Kativik Regional Police Force, credited a pre-tournament seizure of Kangirsuk-bound contraband alcohol with...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:42 pm

Igloolik man charged in connection with co-op heist

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Armand Ulayuruluk, 21, faces charges of robbery with a firearm, illegal use of a firearm, and wearing a disguise with intent in connection with an armed robbery alleged to have occurred in Igloolik last year.

Ulayuruluk was released on an undertaking and must remain in Igloolik until a court...

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Nunavik February 28, 2003 - 6:42 pm

Kuujjuaq officially opens cultural centre

More than 200 turn out to bless regional building

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Politicians and candy drops officially opened the Katittavik Town Hall this Tuesday in Kuujjuaq — four months after the building’s completion.

Though all the principal work on the $8.5-million structure was finished by October 2002, an ideal time for an official opening only occurred...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:41 pm

Gjoa Haven AGM cost $300,000

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Travel and accommodation for delegates attending the NTI annual general meeting in Gjoa Haven in November 2002 cost the organization more than $300,000.

About a third of that money went to pay for honoraria, according to a statement of distributions and revenues released by NTI this week.

The...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:41 pm

NTI to begin review of Attuqtuarvik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

During a board meeting in Cape Dorset this week, John Lamb, the CEO of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., discussed the organization’s progress in completing a review of Attuqtuarvik Corp.

Attuqtuarvik is the investment arm of NTI, and was created to grant loans to Inuit businesses unable to get loans from...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:41 pm

Iqaluit city councillor not guilty of sexual assault

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Simon Nattaq, 57, was acquitted of sexual assault in Iqaluit last week.

“He’s glad this is over and his reputation is intact. It’s been a long haul. He holds no ill will and is glad the judge accepted what he said is true,” said Greg Nearing, Nattaq’s lawyer.

A female complainant alleged that...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:40 pm

Singer’s art graces phone book cover

Tanya Tagaq Gillis is a woman of many talents

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

Tanya Tagaq Gillis will soon have a presence in homes and offices all across Nunavut.

Cambridge Bay’s most famous musical talent is also an accomplished visual artist, and one of her works now graces Northwestel’s latest telephone book.

“Health,” an oil painting measuring 41 cm x 51...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:40 pm

Executive to approve disclosure forms

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

NTI has introduced a conflict of interest policy and will require all directors to publicly disclose assets and liabilities worth more than $10,000 and any business in which they, or those living with them, have ownership.

The forms distributed to the NTI executive members this week are similar to...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:39 pm

Baffin’s Inuit teachers discuss ways of teaching in Inuktitut

Group draw timeline of education to discover "where things started to go wrong"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

PATRICIA D’SOUZA

Twenty-six Inuit teachers from across the Baffin region met in Iqaluit this week to talk about how to carry out the Government of Nunavut’s language of instruction report.

The report, called Aajiiqatigiingniq, was tabled in the legislative assembly last fall and presents several...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:38 pm

Drunken, armed altercations puts Iqaluit on edge

Brawling men face assault and firearm charges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

A man was stabbed and another maimed after an alcohol-fueled dispute in Iqaluit on Feb. 22. Both men face a host of charges, including firearms violations.

Iqaluit RCMP said a 23-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach during an argument at house 115 just before 7 a.m. last...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:38 pm

Greenland marchers protest land-return deal

Agreement doesn’t provide for U.S. clean-up of site near Thule

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

NUUK, Greenland — Last Thursday, angry protesters were out on the streets of downtown Nuuk to protest a new deal between Denmark and the United States on the return of land once used by the U.S. military that’s believed to be contaminated.

The 200 demonstrators, led...

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Nunavut February 28, 2003 - 6:37 pm

Shots fired at Nanook school

A dangerous prank? Or bad aim?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KIRSTEN MURPHY

Iqaluit RCMP are searching for a lone gunman after eight shots were fired at Nanook school in Apex earlier this week.

A janitor found a bullet fragment inside the school’s empty gymnasium around 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. No one was injured.

The shots were fired from outside the...

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-none- February 28, 2003 - 5:41 pm

Nunani: Inukshuk for sale (Part two)

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RACHEL QITSUALIK

I was disturbed by the opinion expressed by my southern consultant friend.

“Let me get this straight,” I said. “You’re saying I shouldn’t charge for naming a company in Inuktitut, because ‘knowledge should be free.’ But you’re also saying you yourself would charge if you named it...

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Nunavut February 21, 2003 - 6:36 pm

Minister evicts Iqaluit housing board

Roof caves in after attempted firing of housing manager

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CHARLOTTE PETRIE

The government of Nunavut has replaced the board that runs the Iqaluit Housing Authority, after board members refused to reverse a decision to fire Susan Spring, the Housing Authority’s manager.

Kelvin Ng, the minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corp., has already...

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