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Nunavik November 28, 2003 - 1:14 pm

New book celebrates Nunavik’s beauty

Photographer demonstrates close relationship to region

JANE GEORGE

Finally, there’s a book on Nunavik that does justice to the beauty of the region.

The recently published Nunavik - Québec arctique is a large, beautifully illustrated book, with more than 100 pages of photographs by Heiko Wittenborn, an introduction by Makivik Corp.‘s communications officer, Lisa...

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Nunavik November 28, 2003 - 1:13 pm

Murdochs honored at FCNQ gathering

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In recognition of their “exceptional contribution” to the cooperative movement in Nunavik, Peter and Lucille Murdoch are to receive the 2003 “Ordre du mérite coopératif québécois” from the Quebec’s cooperative council, le Conseil de la coopération du Québec, tonight.

The Murdochs have been...

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Nunavut November 28, 2003 - 1:09 pm

Security group trains for Arctic ship disaster

Polar satellite will provide much-needed backup

JANE GEORGE

Think about this scenario:

The Coast Guard says a cruise ship, the MS Bremen, carrying 260 passengers and crew, is in difficulty somewhere in Canada’s Arctic waters, with no power. The captain says his ship is in trouble and all but a few crew members have been ordered to abandon ship. He’s...

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Nunavik November 28, 2003 - 1:09 pm

Nunavik’s wish list

Mayors map out their next two years in office

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Fresh from victory at the polls, many of Nunavik’s mayors are set to build up their communities in body and spirit.

In a series of interviews with Nunatsiaq News, most mayors from the region’s 14 communities laid out their plans for the coming term. (Michael Gordon’s plans as...

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Nunavut November 28, 2003 - 1:08 pm

Arvaluk faces jail-time for beating former girlfriend

Defence asks for conditional sentence

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The fate of former Nanulik MLA James Arvaluk hangs in the balance until the new year.

Arvaluk, Nunavut’s first education minister and a key activist in the formation of the territory, faces a potential year behind bars for beating his live-in girlfriend more than three years...

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Nunavut November 28, 2003 - 1:07 pm

Skyrocketing insurance batters tourism operators

Nunavut tourism operators, government agencies fear lawsuits

JIM BELL

Nunavut’s small tourism operators face liability insurance rates that have jumped by as much as 500 per cent over the past year - and there’s no easy solution in sight.

“It hasn’t been pleasant. There is not a lot of good news on the horizon, and I don’t have any magic solutions either,” said...

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Nunavut November 28, 2003 - 1:06 pm

Nunavut-wide broadband in one year?

Development Corp. hopes to bring broadband everywhere in one year

JIM BELL

The Nunavut Broadband Development Corp. believes that every resident of Nunavut could have affordable access to broadband Internet by the fall of next year.

“By the time we have our annual general meeting next fall, we hope to be in every community,” said Lorraine Thomas, the corporation’s project...

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Nunavut November 28, 2003 - 1:05 pm

Neglected tourism industry seeks new lease on life

"We sank and sank and sank. There were no ads. There was nothing"

JIM BELL

Nunavut’s starving, neglected tourism industry is like a hockey team that’s finished in last place for the past 10 seasons - it has nowhere to go but up.

Nunavut Tourism, Nunavut’s travel industry association, held its annual general meeting in Iqaluit last weekend, continuing the long, slow...

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Nunavut November 28, 2003 - 1:05 pm

Talking helps healing after residential school

AHF commits $23.4 million to Inuit projects so far

JANE GEORGE

Angus Cockney says being encouraged to take up competitive skiing by a keen coach kept him going through an otherwise traumatic period as a young student at the Grolier Residential School in Inuvik.

Cockney, who is now a director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, told the 20 or so people who...

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Around the Arctic November 21, 2003 - 6:27 pm

Hue and cry over humpback kill

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, a lobby group for protection of whales, dolphins and their environment, is upset over the news that a juvenile humpback whale was fatally injured in Greenland last month.

The group says this is the not the first killing of humpbacks by Greenlanders this...

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Around the Arctic November 21, 2003 - 6:26 pm

Polar vortex may alter climate

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Above the North Pole is a massive maelstrom of air, a “polar vortex” that scientists have shown is speeding up and may explain some of the dramatic changes now being observed in the Arctic environment.

The counterclockwise swirl of winds have been speeding up, and, as the vortex has gained speed...

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Around the Arctic November 21, 2003 - 6:26 pm

Inuvialuit exhibition opens at Ottawa museum

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

An exhibition called Across Time and Tundra: The Inuvialuit of the Canadian Arctic opened two weeks ago at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. It’s the largest ever presented on the history and culture of Inuvialuit and chronicles their successes and...

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Around the Arctic November 21, 2003 - 6:25 pm

Senate kills tougher animal cruelty bill

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week the senate voted to send a bill that would toughen up animal-cruelty legislation back to committee. This move effectively kills Bill C-10B because it could not come back in time for another vote before the House of Commons adjourned.

Under the bill, those convicted of animal cruelty...

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Around the Arctic November 21, 2003 - 6:25 pm

Bystanders halt axe-wielder in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

On Nov. 16, the RCMP in Iqaluit responded to a complaint of a man walking in the 200-block area with an axe.

In a news release, the RCMP detachment extended a thank-you to three people who helped apprehend the man, especially Charlie Papatsie, Claude Aube and Lodie Ipeelie, all of Iqaluit.

Eetulu...

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Iqaluit November 21, 2003 - 1:03 pm

Iqaluit seeks consent to reduce tax arrears charges

"Why are you charging loan-sharking interest rates?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Iqaluit’s city administrators may already have a priority wish for the next territorial government - help put the city’s property tax issues to bed.

A meeting between administrators and Iqaluit East MLA Ed Picco earlier this month suggests council may soon ask the legislative...

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Nunavut November 21, 2003 - 1:03 pm

FDEA to remain in receivership

"I don't want us to have a third year with a deficit"

JANE GEORGE

The Francophone District Education Authority, le conseil scolaire francophone d’Iqaluit, will remain in receivership until Nunavut government officials receive audited statements and are satisfied they know how the board racked up its deficit in the first place.

That’s what the newly elected FDEA...

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Nunavut November 21, 2003 - 1:02 pm

Exceeding turbot quota won’t harm fishery: Kovic

But conservation still top priority in northern waters

JANE GEORGE

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board isn’t worried that Nunavut is exceeding the recommended quota for turbot in the mostnortherly section of Davis Strait.

Ben Kovic, the NWMB’s chair, said conservation is still a top priority for his board, even though Nunavut’s quota exceeds the level...

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Nunavut November 21, 2003 - 1:01 pm

NTI expands social agenda, passes new budget

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Delegates passed a long list of resolutions at Nunavut Tunngavik’s annual general meeting, held Nov. 3-7 in Sanikiluaq.

NTI’s board now has the authority to study the idea of building a treatment centre in Nunavut, implement the organization’s 2004-05 budget, carry out a 10-year financial plan,...

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Nunavut November 21, 2003 - 1:00 pm

Top gun has loads of experience

Sanikiluaq marksman joined Rangers in 1947

JANE GEORGE

A Canadian Ranger from Sanikiluaq is not only one of the best marksmen among Baffin Rangers - he’s also one of the longest-serving Rangers in Canada.

While in Iqaluit last weekend for a shooting competition, Johnny Tookalook described how in 1947 he received a rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition and an...

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Nunavut November 21, 2003 - 12:59 pm

NTI joins land claim coalition

Inuit, First Nations frustrated by pace of implementation

JIM BELL

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is building a united front with aboriginal land claim groups across Canada to press Ottawa for a new way of implementing comprehensive land claim deals.

NTI and five other aboriginal organizations who have signed, or are about to sign modern land claim agreements issued the...

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