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Around the Arctic April 25, 2003 - 8:32 pm

Alaskan whalebones find home in England

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Two bowhead whalebones from Barrow, Alaska, have been installed as an arch at the seaport of Whitby, on the northeast coast of England. The town wanted a new whalebone arch to replace one that had stood as a landmark commemorating its whaling history, dating back to...

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Around the Arctic April 25, 2003 - 8:31 pm

UArctic gets more Canadian dollars

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Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham announced in Yellowknife on Sunday that Canada will give an additional $250,000 to the development of the University of the Arctic. So far, Canada’s total contribution to UArctic is $700,000.

“By continuing to support the...

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Iqaluit April 25, 2003 - 8:31 pm

Instructors show their work at museum

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An exhibition of works by four Iqaluit art instructors will open at the Nunatta Sunakutangiit Museum on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Beth Biggs, a jewelry instructor at Arctic College in Iqaluit will be displaying metalwork, including jewelry and sculpture.

Richard Skrobecki, also of Iqaluit, will display...

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Around the Arctic April 25, 2003 - 8:31 pm

Global warming could keep eastern Arctic cool

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Within the next 100 years, global warming may melt much of the ice sheet over Greenland. But this meltwater may eventually insulate the island and the eastern Arctic from further climate change, the journal Nature reports.

The model predicts that Greenland could be...

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Iqaluit April 25, 2003 - 8:30 pm

Traffic troubles at hospital intersection

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In response to concerns about traffic congestion at the hospital intersection during rush hour, the city’s engineering department advised council to wait for a report that would have to be prepared if plans for a new hospital go ahead.

City manager Steve Burden said in a memo to council that it...

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Iqaluit April 25, 2003 - 8:30 pm

Council approves new buildings

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City council agreed to allow the Nunavut Construction Corporation to demolish the J&G Garage and use the lot to construct three mixed-use commercial and residential buildings.

The proposal includes 124 residential units and would be phased in over several construction seasons, with the first...

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Iqaluit April 25, 2003 - 8:30 pm

Stay tuned for more

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Qaggiq Theatre is putting together the first in an anticipated series of Inuit legend plays under the direction of Leah Shaw of CBC Iqaluit.

Shaw will be acting as a volunteer artistic director, adapting her own radio drama about mythic figure Nuliajuk to the stage.

“It’s a fantastic story and an...

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Iqaluit April 25, 2003 - 8:28 pm

Lack of water hampers Iqaluit firefighters

Tundra Valley house gutted

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

A fire at house 2485 in Tundra Valley on April 17 was compromised by an inadequate water supply system, said Leo Tobin, the city’s deputy fire chief.

About 20 firefighters relied on five rotating water tankers, which needed regular refilling.
Ideally, water for fighting fires...

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Iqaluit April 25, 2003 - 8:28 pm

IDEA recruits parents in fight for standardized testing

Letter sent home with students this week

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

The Iqaluit District Education Authority is pressing on with its fight to implement standardized, or “assessment,” testing in Iqaluit schools, this time with an information campaign aimed at parents.

By April 25, Iqaluit schoolchildren will have brought home a five-page letter...

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-none- April 25, 2003 - 8:25 pm

Provincial ballot discriminates, Salluit resident says

No Inuttitut syllabics creates low voter turnout in Nunavik

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ODILE NELSON

A Salluit man is accusing Quebec’s electoral system of discriminating against Nunavimmiut because provincial election ballots are not printed in Inuttitut.

In an interview with Nunatsiaq News this week, Noel Koperqualuk, 52, said the April 14 provincial election forced many of...

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Nunavik April 25, 2003 - 8:24 pm

New program to improve public housing system

Subsidies meant to tempt Nunavimmiut into home-ownership

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ODILE NELSON

Nunavik’s housing bureau hopes the affordable housing agreement signed by Quebec and the regional government last month will alleviate Nunavik’s continuing public housing crisis, but warns it will not be a quick-fix.

Watson Fournier, general director of the Kativik Municipal Housing...

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Nunavut April 25, 2003 - 8:23 pm

Iqaluit woman gets three years for killing lover

"No justification," judge says

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

Jeannie Manning, 44, was sentenced to three years in jail this week for killing her former lover, Davidee Adla, then 44, on Sept. 1, 2001, in Iqaluit.

An audibly distraught Manning, formerly of Cape Dorset, collapsed and wailed after hearing Justice Paul Chrumka’s sentence at a...

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Nunavut April 25, 2003 - 8:22 pm

Funding glitch threatens Inuit studies program

Two-for-one deal can't work with departure of seasoned instructor

JIM BELL

Administrators at Nunavut Arctic College are scrambling this week to fix a financial glitch that threatens to put the college’s popular Inuit studies program into a coma for at least a year.

Since 1996, the college has run the two-year Inuit studies program with the same staff and budget used for...

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Nunavut April 25, 2003 - 8:22 pm

Toronto doctor held in isolation in SARS scare

Flu-like symptoms may be an early indication of deadly illness

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

A Toronto physician who arrived in Iqaluit on Sunday was in self-imposed quarantine at press-time this week because he believed he may have been exposed to the deadly SARS virus.

The physician, believed to be a psychiatrist, began to feel “vaguely unwell,” the day after he...

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-none- April 25, 2003 - 11:01 am

Nunani: The likeness of a big person (Part three)

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RACHEL QITSUALIK

To the hunter’s surprise, the giants did not kill him. Instead, the great inukpasugjuit gathered around him, wondering aloud what to do.

The hunter could hear giant children giggling to their enormous parents about how “cute” he was, how fun it would be to keep him. This seemed...

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Iqaluit April 18, 2003 - 8:21 pm

Customers blow smoke rings around bylaw

Many continue to light up despite new regulation

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

Tobacco users relaxed in their favourite coffee shops, blowing smoke rings at the city of Iqaluit’s tough new anti-smoking bylaw as it went into effect this past Tuesday.

Nunavut’s capital city is the first community in the Canadian Arctic to pass such a bylaw, which restricts...

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Iqaluit April 18, 2003 - 8:21 pm

Theatre group shines spotlight on emotional healing

Performance to coincide with suicide workshop

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

It’s curtains up for a new Iqaluit theatre company in mid-May when it presents a pilot projects aimed at raising awareness of Inuit culture and social issues affecting youth.

The Qaggiq Theatre Company is an up-and-coming, local, non-profit performing arts organization initiated...

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Nunavik April 18, 2003 - 8:16 pm

Kuujjuaq wins Toonik Tyme hockey tournament

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Kuujjuaq took the gold away from hometown favourites the Iqaluit Senators in the annual Toonik Tyme hockey tournament Aug. 13.

Both Kuujjuaq and the Iqaluit Senators entered the gold-medal game undefeated in the 10-team round robin tournament.

But, despite a last minute push by the Iqaluit...

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Nunavik April 18, 2003 - 8:15 pm

No federal seat for Nunavik

St-Julien vows to make one final shot

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ODILE NELSON

The Quebec federal electoral boundary commission all but shut Nunavimmiut out of the House of Commons in the next national election after its final report refused to create a new federal riding for Nunavik.

The commission first proposed electoral changes to Quebec’s 75 ridings in...

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Nunavik April 18, 2003 - 8:14 pm

Honeymoon over for Nunavik and PQ

Quebec Liberals' win ends nine-year relationship

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ODILE NELSON

Nunavik went to bed with Bernard Landry and woke up with Jean Charest this past Tuesday as the Parti Libéral du Québec won a resounding majority in the April 14 provincial election.

Charest’s PLQ seized 76 of the province’s 125 seats and more than 60 per cent of the popular vote in...

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