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Around the Arctic May 30, 2003 - 11:17 pm

Greenlandic teen goes to sea

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Greenland’s shipping company, the Arctic Umiaq Line, is helping a Greenlandic teen live a better life, the company’s on-board magazine Kisaq reports.

Esajas, the young man in question, had been taken in by Nuuk’s Matu project, which runs a program to help the children of troubled parents get back...

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2003 - 11:15 pm

Japan says yes to Norwegian whale trade

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

During an official visit by Norway’s Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik to Japan this week, Japan said it would resume importing whale products from Norway.

Japan last imported whale meat from Norway in 1988.

Norway started exporting whale products to Iceland last...

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2003 - 11:15 pm

Over the ice cap with a dog team in Ilulissat

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Tourists will be able to fly directly onto Greenland’s huge ice cap and travel by dog team this summer, as tour operators try to met tourists’ expectation of what they want to do in Greenland.

“When foreigners think about coming to Greenland, the first thing they...

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Iqaluit May 30, 2003 - 11:13 pm

City signs on with self-insurance program

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Iqaluit became the latest municipality to join the “made-in-Nunavut” insurance program Namix last week when it signed on the dotted line.

Although Ian Fremantle, the city’s CAO, has many reservations about the program, the city was forced to sign up or it would have been without insurance...

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2003 - 11:13 pm

Russian smoke darkens Alaskan skies

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Alaskans experienced brownish skies during the day and spectacular red sunsets in the evening last week because of smoke jet-streaming across the Bering Sea from fires in Siberia and elsewhere in Russia.

The thick, high-altitude haze covered most of Alaska because...

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Iqaluit May 30, 2003 - 11:12 pm

Iqaluit co-op elects board of directors

Group holds first official general meeting

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

The first directors of the proposed Iqaluit co-op were elected at the organization’s founding meeting May 22.

Seven members were chosen to replace the co-op’s interim board and continue with the final details for the city’s new store, expected to open by September 2004.

Mary...

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Iqaluit May 30, 2003 - 11:12 pm

Hanson gets transit contract

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City Council voted this week to award R.L. Hanson Construction a five-year contract to provide transit services for the city.

Hanson Construction will provide the service at a rate of $62.50 an hour for a total of $128,875 per year. Any revenue above and beyond the cost of operation will go to...

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Iqaluit May 30, 2003 - 11:11 pm

Business community drills energy minister on NPC rate increase

Call for a more transparent process of management

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce held an emergency meeting last Friday to discuss the impending Nunavut Power Corp. fuel rider rate increase with members of the business community and Ed Picco, the minister responsible for energy.

Picco put to rest suggestions of a 10-cent fuel...

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Iqaluit May 30, 2003 - 11:10 pm

New ground for museum, new opportunity for HTA

Plans for HTA building move ahead

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

A second survey of the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum’s property has revealed more room for land negotiations between museum board directors and the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association.

Quliruaq Inc., the business arm of the HTA, has been in talks with the museum’s board of...

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Iqaluit May 30, 2003 - 11:10 pm

Chamber of Commerce takes a beating over council motion

Proposal for new business commission defeated

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CHARLOTTE PETRIE

Iqaluit city council defeated a motion to establish a one-window community economic development agency, during its regular meeting May 27.

The concept, put forward by the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, involved the grouping of several business organizations into one agency acting...

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Nunavik May 30, 2003 - 11:08 pm

Mother held in daughter’s stabbing

Alcohol involved in domestic violence incident

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The Kativik Regional Police Force arrested a Kuujjuaq woman on May 16 in connection with the stabbing of her 23-year-old daughter.

The woman faces two charges in relation to the incident: assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Cpl. George Okpik, the KRPF’s information and...

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Nunavik May 30, 2003 - 11:07 pm

FCNQ studies the possibility of a regional credit union

Services would include interest-bearing accounts, RRSPs and home-ownership loans

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ODILE NELSON

KANGIRSUALUJJUAQ - Nunavik’s co-op federation is forging ahead with its dream of bringing full banking services to the region’s 14 communities.

Though the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec’s idea of offering a credit union in Nunavik is not new, it has only recently taken...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:06 pm

Kitikmeot teacher honoured

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The Nunavut Sivuniksavut program has awarded this year’s Nunavut Sivuniksavut Award for Excellence in Education to Millie Kuliktana of Kugluktuk for her life-long dedication to Inuinnaqtun.

Kuliktana has worked as an elementary and high school teacher in Kugluktuk, and as a school principal in...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:06 pm

Saturday is World No Tobacco Day

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The Nunavut government is urging Nunavummiut to participate in World No Tobacco Day, on Saturday, May 31.

In an event called the “Nunavut Quit Smoking Challenge,” the GN is asking participants to sign up at their local health centre. The region with most participants, per capita, will be declared...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:05 pm

Picco slams federal health form

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Ed Picco, Nunavut’s health minister, says he’s not happy with a federal government plan that will force Inuit to share private information before they can be eligible for aboriginal-only health benefits under the NIHB.

The NIHB, or non-insured health benefits program pays the cost of things that...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:04 pm

GN wants exemption from meat import ban

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The Government of Nunavut is calling on Canada’s trading partners to make an exception for Nunavut’s country food products.

Most of Canada’s international trading partners, including the U.S. and Europe, have imposed a ban on the importation of all Canadian ruminant products and by-products, after...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:04 pm

Toddler dies in Hall Beach house fire

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An 18-month-old girl has died following a serious house fire in Hall Beach last Sunday.

Emergency officials are investigating the incident.

Claren Aula died as a result of her injuries from the fire, said Const. Jonathan Saxby.

“The incident is currently under investigation by the Hall Beach...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:04 pm

Iqaluit beating victim in serious condition

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An Iqaluit man is in serious condition at the Ottawa Civic Hospital after suffering head wounds during a drunken brawl in Iqaluit last Saturday.

Dale Pearce, 50, was in the neuro observation unit at the Ottawa hospital at press-time on Wednesday.

Emergency officials discovered him unconscious at...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:03 pm

Watching from the sidelines

Outgoing ITK president says politics is in his blood

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

One of the most recognized faces in Inuit politics is taking the summer to fish, spend time with his grandchildren and ponder his future.

Jose Kusugak, 53, who is credited with modernizing the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) since winning the three-year presidential term in 2000, is...

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Nunavut May 30, 2003 - 11:02 pm

Two vie for leadership of Inuit lobby group

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KIRSTEN MURPHY

Pitseolak Pfeifer and Robert Watt have announced their bids to become the next president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). The election is scheduled for June 12 at ITK’s annual general meeting in Puvirnituq. The president’s position is a three-year term.

Outgoing president Jose...

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