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Iqaluit October 31, 2003 - 5:12 pm

Craft fair a “disaster waiting to happen”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut Fire Marshall Gerald Pickett had harsh words for members of the IDEA after visiting Inuksuk High School last week in relation to a fire in the upstairs boys’ washroom.

He said he cannot allow the school to host the annual Christmas craft fair because the event has simply grown too big for...

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Iqaluit October 31, 2003 - 5:12 pm

Students tussle for bus seats

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Students travelling to Nakasuk School by bus are fighting for space during each of four daily trips - forcing about 10 students to sit on the floor at any one time because there aren’t enough seats, Principal Michael Luedicke told members of the Iqaluit District Education Authority on Monday.

Last...

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Iqaluit October 31, 2003 - 5:11 pm

Iqaluit schools prepare again for standardized tests

Department to follow "made in Nunavut" strategy

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

Iqaluit schools are preparing to embark on the next step toward standardized testing - this time with full cooperation, and under the direction of the department of education.

But now it’s the Iqaluit District Education Authority that’s hesitating.

Over the next several weeks,...

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Iqaluit October 31, 2003 - 5:10 pm

Social activist comes armed with tradition

Inuk councillor seeks cures for city's malaise

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Annie Gordon wants to use old laws to do Iqaluit politics in a new way.

The results could be revolutionary - and expensive.

Gordon, who harvested more votes than any other candidate in the Oct. 20 municipal elections, wants city council to step outside its normal boundaries of...

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Iqaluit October 31, 2003 - 5:09 pm

Public works truck demolished in accident

"I didn't even have time to honk to let him know I was coming"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

One minute, Newk Sagiaktok was driving a brand-new city pickup truck back to the municipal auto shop after a nice, comforting coffee break.

The next minute, the 52-year-old mechanic was in a ditch along Federal Road, crawling through broken glass and diesel fuel, screaming from...

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Iqaluit October 31, 2003 - 5:08 pm

Appeal board calls for off-site parking plan

Developer gets the go-ahead for commercial office project

JANE GEORGE

Decaying buildings with plenty of parking space may be what the future holds for the Iqaluit city core unless its small, strange-shaped lots and insatiable need for parking spaces don’t block redevelopment.

That’s the message brought last week by developers and their supporters to a special...

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Nunavik October 31, 2003 - 5:07 pm

Maktaaq lowers heart disease deaths

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Beluga whale skin is loaded with a chemical that seems to slow the production of harmful cholesterol.

And, according to findings from a Laval University study released this week at a conference in Toronto, this may be why the death rate from heart disease in Salluit is 50 per cent lower than in...

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Nunavik October 31, 2003 - 5:07 pm

Man released after cop threatened with gun

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On the night of Oct. 14 in Ivujivik, two constables with the Kativik Regional Police Force received a call regarding a suicide threat from a man carrying a gun.

At the police station, while officers were speaking to the individuals who had reported the threat, the man showed up. Police say he...

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Nunavik October 31, 2003 - 5:06 pm

POV men back in court

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Travelling court met in Puvirnituq this week to review evidence against two young Puvirnituq men accused of causing the death of another man and to select a jury for their trial.

In the early hours of Oct. 11, 2001, in Puvirnituq, police believe two men pursued another man and beat him with a...

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Nunavik October 31, 2003 - 5:02 pm

Candidates in Kuujjuaq municipal election target hunting, security issues

Nunavimmiut head to the polls Nov. 5

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Two young political rivals are going toe-to-toe in the upcoming municipal elections in Kuujjuaq, with promises to fix traffic problems, curb crime rates, and improve garbage disposal.

Nunavik’s largest community and the rest of the region head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote for...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:56 pm

Cambridge Bay hostel up for a new role

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The GN’s 2004-05 capital budget includes $500,000 to revamp and renovate the student hostel in Cambridge Bay into a patient residence.

“That is the plan that we have in place. We believe that it will be suitable and we will be able to facilitate that,” said health and social services minister Ed...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:56 pm

Netser urges outside meat plant study

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Patterk Netser, the new MLA for Nanulik, wants the GN to fund an independent feasibility study on a meat processing plant in Coral Harbour.

The GN commissioned its own study last year, but Netser said he wouldn’t trust a study commissioned by the GN.

“We all know that when the government hires a...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:55 pm

Handbook for Nunavut foster parents

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The GN’s department of health and social services has produced a handbook on the roles and expectations of foster parents in Nunavut, including what is required from them under the Child and Family Services Act.

“The handbook explains what is expected of the foster parent and describes the duties...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:54 pm

Picco blames NWT for broken windmill

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One of two windmills in Kugluktuk has broken down, said Donald Havioyak, MLA for the community. He asked Ed Picco, the minister of energy, this week, whether it will be fixed.

The windmill was installed by the Northwest Territories government, Picco said, and is the wrong type of machinery for the...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:54 pm

Pangnirtung road for turbot fishing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Four times during the fall in Pangnirtung, ships come into the community to unload turbot that’s then processed in the local fish plant. This creates employment before the hunters can go out on the ice and fish for turbot themselves.

“I am proud to hear that people in the fisheries plant will be...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:53 pm

Lone female inmate serves time outside

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

There is only one female inmate serving time outside Nunavut, Premier Paul Okalik, the minister of justice, told the House this week, in response to a question from Rebekah Williams, MLA for Quttiktuq.

Nunavut does not have a facility for women prisoners.

There are 20 male inmates serving time...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:52 pm

MLAs shouldn’t neglect hard issues

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The MLA for Rankin Inlet North, Jack Anawak, said his fellow MLAs need to pay more attention to the prevalence of violence, sexual abuse and incest in Nunavut.

“Perhaps the reason why the abusers become abusive is the vicious cycle and the drugs that are used to hide their true feelings. I think...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:52 pm

RCMP should keep fur hats

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

“I rise today to express my concern on the recent news that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is looking at replacing the classic RCMP muskrat hats because of pressure from extremist groups in the South,” said Nattilik MLA Uriash Puqiqnak.

“Trading fur was, at one time, the only source of income...

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:51 pm

When will the GN speak Inuktitut?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Amittuq MLA Enoki Irqittuq, who is more comfortable speaking Inuktitut than English, grilled Premier Paul Okalik on when Inuktitut will be the working language of the Government of Nunavut. The Bathurst Mandate promised that would happen by 2020.

“This year is 2003 and the years are passing us by....

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Nunavut October 31, 2003 - 4:49 pm

New online access to GN jobs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The GN’s department of human resources has a new way to promote job openings. Since Oct. 1, the GN has been advertising for senior and hard-to-fill positions on an online recruitment service, at http://www.monster.ca.

“This type of advertising reaches a much broader audience, across Canada and is...

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