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Iqaluit December 19, 2003 - 2:14 pm

Iqaluit loses senior administrator

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City hall’s struggle to keep qualified officials took a hit earlier this month when staff learned the director of lands and planning was moving South.

After two years with the city, Chrystal Fuller told administration that she had accepted a more junior position in her hometown of Kings, Nova...

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Iqaluit December 19, 2003 - 2:13 pm

One arson suspect arrested, more sought

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police are looking for more suspects in the Nakasuk School fire in Iqaluit, although they recently arrested and charged one teen with arson.

Investigators confirmed that considering the teen could not have lifted a couch onto the back steps of the school and set it ablaze by himself, they expected...

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Iqaluit December 19, 2003 - 2:13 pm

Iqaluit plans asset sale as budget balloons

Staff housing, garage on block as council seeks to cover $700,000 shortfall

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Thanks to an expected property tax increase, Iqaluit city council has more than enough to pay for this year’s $16.6-million budget to run the city.

But council doesn’t have enough for building and buying what it wants for the coming year.

Council plans to make up for an...

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Iqaluit December 19, 2003 - 2:12 pm

Gordon advocates for an Iqaluit “youth councillor”

Official response ranges from enthusiasm to non-committal

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

A message to youth: Iqaluit council wants you to take a seat at the table.

Or at least, one influential councillor does.

Annie Gordon, the city’s deputy mayor, says the idea is long overdue. In a recent interview, she promised that in the new year she would torque up her...

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Iqaluit December 19, 2003 - 2:11 pm

Leave crummy pavement alone, council urged

Engineer recommends spending road funds to upgrade water, sewage

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

When it comes to paving these days, the city’s engineer has a lot of news on his hands.

“The good news is it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be,” Brad Sokach told council shortly after he received a review of the city’s road surface quality.

“The bad news is, it...

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Iqaluit December 19, 2003 - 2:11 pm

Teens make quitting cool

“I didn’t want to get a hole in my throat and mouth”

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

It began with a 15-year-old girl, a regular at Iqaluit’s Makkuttukkuvik youth centre at the Arctic Winter Games arena. She had been a smoker for five years — since she was 10 years old. And she had finally had enough.

But she needed help.

So she spoke to Amy Elgersma, the city’s...

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Nunavik December 19, 2003 - 2:10 pm

Man in custody over violent death in Inukjuak

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police had a 20-year-old man in custody following the discovery of a beaten and bloody body of a man in an Inukjuak residence on Tuesday.

Police said individuals delivering frozen shrimp — which are furnished free-of-charge by Makivik Corp. to each Nunavik home before Christmas — discovered the...

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Nunavik December 19, 2003 - 2:10 pm

Fire closes school in Kuujjuaraapik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police in Kuujjuaraapik said dark smoke was pouring out of the windows of Asimautaq School and a few flames were visible as firefighters tried to battle a fire in the local school on Wednesday morning.

“Everyone’s going flat out,” said Brian Jones, chief of the Kativik Regional Police Force, who...

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Nunavik December 19, 2003 - 2:09 pm

Nunavik waits for judge’s decision

Makivik Corp., Kativik School Board face off in Montreal

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After weeks of arguing in court, two of Nunavik’s main political and administrative players will have to wait to find out if the region’s negotiations on a new form of government will be stalled.

On Dec. 17, a Quebec superior court judge told lawyers for Makivik Corp. and the Kativik School Board...

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Nunavik December 19, 2003 - 2:07 pm

At southern festivities, there’s no taste like home

Country foods on the menu at holiday celebrations in Montreal and Ottawa

JANE GEORGE

Nearly 1,000 Inuit in Montreal and Ottawa savoured a taste of the North at Christmas parties organized by the Association of Montreal Inuit and Tungasuvinngat Inuit last Saturday night.

“It was a great party,” Morgan Hare, TI’s executive director, said of the Ottawa bash that drew 500 to St....

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Nunavik December 19, 2003 - 2:07 pm

Police forces pair up to end fugitive’s flight

Freewheeling “snowball” gathered multiple charges in the North

JANE GEORGE

The saying “you can run, but you can’t hide” proved its truth once again last week as a fugitive on the lam in Kuujjuaq was nabbed by police and brought back to Ontario.

“Nunavik is no place to hide,” said KRPF chief Brian Jones. “We’re trying to coordinate our efforts so these guys can face...

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Nunavut December 19, 2003 - 2:06 pm

Deadbeat NPC customers won’t see electricity cut off

“It’s very bad timing to do this during Christmas”

JANE GEORGE

The more than 400 residents and businesses in Iqaluit who received disconnection notices from the Nunavut Power Corp. last week will not see their electrical power cut off.

“It is against the law to cut off the power when you get into the months of November, December, January and February,” said...

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Nunavut December 19, 2003 - 2:03 pm

Who’s in — and out — as election looms

At least three MLAs decide to stay out of race

JIM BELL

With its, darkened offices, and its morgue-like silence broken only by the ringing of unanswered phones, Nunavut’s legislative building is not a happening place at this time of year.

Most cabinet ministers and MLAs flew out of Iqaluit as fast they could after the sixth session of the legislative...

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Nunavut December 19, 2003 - 2:00 pm

Unions ready to raise issues, endorse candidates in election

“Candidates are welcome to contact us to say why they deserve our support”

JIM BELL

Union activists are getting ready to wade into February’s general election in Nunavut, to encourage debate on social justice and human rights issues, and to support candidates whose views they favour.

“The power that an individual has in casting their vote is really very significant, and we...

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Nunavut December 19, 2003 - 1:59 pm

Too many inmates and suicides, too few graduates

Okalik weighs his achievements — and his challenges

JIM BELL

As the curtain closes upon the year, and also upon Nunavut’s first elected government, Premier Paul Okalik said he’s ready and willing to lead the territory’s next administration.

“There is much that remains to be done, so I would love to continue what I started,” Okalik said in a year-end...

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Nunavut December 19, 2003 - 1:59 pm

Video visits help cure hospital homesickness

Northern Health goes the distance to make patients feel at home

JANE GEORGE

Even though they were in Edmonton, this week Darlene Quqshuun and Warren Rudolf personally introduced friends and family back home in Gjoa Haven to their newborn twin sons, Byron and Bailey.

This special holiday meeting was made possible due to tele-health equipment in Edmonton and Gjoa Haven, and...

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Nunavut December 19, 2003 - 1:58 pm

Out with the old minister, in with the new

Andy Mitchell “open and supportive of Nunavut,” premier says

JANE GEORGE

Premier Paul Okalik received an early Christmas present this week, with the appointment of a new minister of Indian and Northern Affairs.

On Friday, Prime Minister Paul Martin named Andy Mitchell, a small-town member of Parliament from central Ontario, to head the prickly federal...

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Around the Arctic December 19, 2003 - 1:30 pm

Killer whale star dies

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Keiko, the killer whale who starred in the 1993 film Free Willy, died last Friday from pneumonia in Taknes Bay, Norway.

His death came as a surprise to his handlers.

“He’d been in excellent health, so it was kind of a shock,” said Dave Phillips, of the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation.

Keiko, which...

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Around the Arctic December 19, 2003 - 1:30 pm

Bootleggers lose snowmobiles

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Alaska State Troopers seized two snowmobiles used by three women who brought more than a dozen bottles of whisky into the dry Northwest Borough village of Kiana.

Alaskan state law allows for the seizure of vehicles used to transport illegal drugs and alcohol. In 2003, troopers have seized a plane,...

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Around the Arctic December 19, 2003 - 1:29 pm

Route mapped for Siberian pipeline

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

British Petroleum is finalizing plans for a 5,000 km gas pipeline from Siberia that could pass through North Korea to Asian markets.

The pipeline to China and South Korea will run from the giant Kovykta gas field near Lake Baikal in south-central Siberia, but it is unclear just how the pipeline...

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