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Around the Arctic March 28, 2003 - 11:15 pm

Greenland cancels Ice Golf Championship

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Due to warm weather conditions in northern Greenland, organizers were forced to cancel the fifth Drambuie World Ice Golf Championship match, scheduled to take place March 28 to 30 in Uummanaq.

Unusually warm weather over the past month created ice conditions too thin for the golf course.

In...

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Around the Arctic March 28, 2003 - 11:15 pm

Rush construction at Alaska’s NMD site

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The silos at Fort Greely, Alaska, that will house America’s new missile defense system should be finished by Sept. 30, 2004.

Six silo sites have already been excavated, fitted with a liner and capped for the winter. Additional sites will be excavated this summer, when another missile field is...

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Around the Arctic March 28, 2003 - 11:14 pm

Greenlandic musician gets promotional boost

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Atlantic Music Studio, a Danish-Greenlandic company that produces alternative CDs and music DVDs, has decided to sink $1 million Danish krøner (around $250,000) to promote an unknown Greenlandic singer on the international music scene.

The singer is Angu Motzfeldt, whose sonorous style has been...

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Around the Arctic March 28, 2003 - 11:14 pm

Finns travel to Magnetic North Pole

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An 11-member expedition from the Airborne Ranger Club of Finland is currently travelling on skis to the Magnetic North Pole. The party set out on March 10 from Resolute Bay.

The 950-kilometre trip is expected to take around 47 days. The team should be back in Resolute by May 1. The Airborne Ranger...

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Iqaluit March 28, 2003 - 11:13 pm

How the walrus got his tusk back

Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre gets a facelift

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MIRIAM HILL

By June, the Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre in Iqaluit will have an entirely new look.

Heather Gosselin, manager of parks, conservation areas and tourism for the department of sustainable development, said people who haven’t been into the visitor centre since Christmas will notice a huge...

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Iqaluit March 28, 2003 - 11:13 pm

Drawing from the past

Museum displays one-of-a-kind images by Cape Dorset artists.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Brian Lunger carefully slides a drawing by Cape Dorset artist Pitseolak Ashoona out of its protective plastic cover. Created in 1966, the scene shows a group of hunters descending on a large bird with orange feathers and tongue. Ashoona, the eldest of three generations of artists, created very...

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Iqaluit March 28, 2003 - 11:12 pm

City wants a solution to growing waste disposal problems

Council to raise the issue at upcoming NAM conference

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

In preparation for the upcoming Nunavut Association of Municipalities annual general meeting, Iqaluit city council has outlined three resolutions it will bring to the table April 26 to 29 in Cambridge Bay.

Waste disposal will be the focus of two resolutions, and a third request...

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Iqaluit March 28, 2003 - 11:12 pm

Big money riding on Snow Challenge 2003

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CHARLOTTE PETRIE

The race is full, the purse is fat.

Forty snowmobilers are revving up for Snow Challenge 2003, which takes to the ice March 29 at 10 a.m.

Organizers have raised close to $20,000 in prize money, a purse four times larger than previous years. Traditionally held during Toonik Tyme,...

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Iqaluit March 28, 2003 - 11:11 pm

Mayor launches attack on “power drinking”

Committee to provide education about the harmful effects of alcohol binges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CHARLOTTE PETRIE

Iqaluit Mayor John Matthews has resurrected a committee on alcohol abuse that died in the late 1980s. The Mayor’s Committee on Alcohol will work toward putting an end to “power drinking,” which often leads to accidents and violence, Matthews said at a March 21 press...

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Iqaluit March 28, 2003 - 11:10 pm

New chief in Iqaluit’s CAO chair

Big job lies ahead for Ian Fremantle

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

CHARLOTTE PETRIE

The city’s newest chief administrative officer hails from the land of Robbie Burns, has something in common with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and shares a few facial characteristics with Tom Selleck.

Sporting a Selleck-style mustache, eyebrows and the 1980s sex symbol’s infamous...

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Nunavik March 28, 2003 - 11:09 pm

Quebec offers $17.6 million in home-building subsidies

Aspiring homeowners await details

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ODILE NELSON

Nunavik’s homeowner hopefuls are anxiously awaiting details of a municipal affordable housing agreement after the Quebec government officially announced $17.6 million for regional housing March 21.

The province issued an official decree last Friday saying it will give close to $20...

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Nunavik March 28, 2003 - 11:08 pm

Charlie Watt Jr. triumphant in Ivakkak race

Wins Inuit-style dogsled challenge by five-minute margin

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Charlie Watt Jr. proved third time’s a charm when he overtook Peter Kiatainaq and won the Ivakkak crown this past Monday.

Watt has competed in the yearly Inuit-style dogsled race since Makivik Corp. began the event in 2001.

Two years ago, Watt placed third behind winner Tamusi...

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Nunavik March 28, 2003 - 11:08 pm

Dogged determination

Racer hopes to beat seventh-place finish next year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ODILE NELSON

Quaqtaq’s Harry Okpik may have crossed the Ivakkak finish line in seventh place but that hasn’t stopped streams of praise from coming his way.

Okpik, 49, lost his left leg in a 1976 hunting accident when he was only 22 years old. Yet despite the disability, he has raced in Ivakkak...

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Nunavut March 28, 2003 - 11:07 pm

Ng to serve as lead minister in GN, NEU negotiations

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Finance Minister Kelvin Ng will be the lead minister in negotiations between the GN and the Nunavut Employees Union.

The collective agreement between the two parties expires March 31.

Peter Kilabuk, the minister of human resources, said last Wednesday that the chairman of the Financial Management...

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Nunavut March 28, 2003 - 11:07 pm

Assembly to sit in Baker Lake in June

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The spring sitting of the legislative assembly, to be held in Baker Lake, will take place from June 2 to 6.

MLAs announced the decision on Monday. It will be the fourth time the assembly has held a sitting outside Iqaluit. Baker Lake is the fourth-largest community in Nunavut.

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Nunavut March 28, 2003 - 11:06 pm

MLA proposes creation of suicide task force

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Amittuq MLA Enoki Irqittuq made a motion on Monday directing the Nunavut government to create a task force on suicide prevention and community healing.

Members of the task force would examine the issue of suicide in Nunavut and make recommendations for real action.

It would be established no...

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Nunavut March 28, 2003 - 11:06 pm

Kattuk waffles on heating fuel issue

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Peter Kattuk, the minister of public works and services, committed Friday to direct his department to test the supply of heating fuel in all communities in the Baffin and Kivalliq regions.

Cape Dorset was the first community to report problems with the fuel. Repulse Bay soon followed. However all...

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Nunavut March 28, 2003 - 11:06 pm

Too much politicking, not enough fun

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Wally Picco, the 14-year-old son of Health Minister Ed Picco, is the Government of Nunavut’s new “minister of fun.”

On Tuesday, the young Picco was conducting business standing atop the beige wooden desk in the office vacated by former minister Jack Anawak.

A sign on a bookshelf in the office...

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Nunavut March 28, 2003 - 11:05 pm

CLEY moves forward on IQ

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Olayuk Akesuk, the minister responsible for the department of culture, language, elders and youth, announced the creation of a new structure within government this week, one branch of which will be the long-awaited elders council.

The katimajiit, a group of elders from outside government, will be...

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Nunavut March 28, 2003 - 11:05 pm

Picco opposes standardized testing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ed Picco, the MLA for Iqaluit East and the minister of health and social services, weighed in on the standardized testing issue during a member’s statement this week.

“This type of testing serves no purpose,” he said. “I support the department of education’s position on testing and agree with many...

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