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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:08 pm

Police pooch moves north to fight Nunavut crime

German shepherd can attack wrongdoers - or charm school kids

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Bart is a walking, sniffing, furry contradiction.

During playtime, the purebred German shepherd will run circles around anyone wearing sealskin and whine for a chew.

But when it’s time to work, this seven-year-old veteran of the RCMP will track a suspect and attack on command,...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:07 pm

Fair practices tribunal hears racism beef

Kugluktuk man alleges discriminatory treatment

JIM BELL

A Kugluktuk man who alleges that Nunavut government officials pushed him into quitting his government job for complaining about racial issues took his complaint to a fair practices tribunal in Iqaluit this week.

Robert Ayalik, who once worked as a “Nunavut workforce specialist” in the department...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:06 pm

Nunavut gains suicide prevention super-group

"We're recognizing that suicide is the community's responsibility"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

After what one participant called a “visionary” weekend of work, Nunavut has an umbrella organization to coordinate suicide prevention programs.

Representatives from churches, government, police and Inuit associations merged forces this past weekend, during a meeting in Iqaluit...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:06 pm

NTI’s Towtongie faces three challengers

New conduct rules remove much of incumbent's advantage

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

Cathy Towtongie, the incumbent president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., will face three challengers for leadership of the organization, including, as expected, her colleague Paul Kaludjak, who has taken a leave of absence from his position as vice-president of finance to campaign for...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:05 pm

Represented by Speaker, Arviat desires stronger voice

O'Brien faces five rivals in his bid for re-election

JANE GEORGE

Arviat’s aspiring MLAs say their growing and needy community of 1,800 people wants a stronger voice in Iqaluit.

Incumbent MLA Kevin O’Brien, who is also Speaker of the Nunavut legislature, faces five rivals in the Feb. 16 election - David Alagalak, Peter Alareak, Peter Two Aulatjut, Jay Saint and...

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-none- January 30, 2004 - 2:05 pm

Beating death baffles family, police

"He never had problems with people. And people never had problems with him"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Last time Noodloo Korgak saw her brother alive, he was happier than she’d ever seen him.

It was no family secret that Pee Korgak lived a hardscrabble life in Iqaluit, scrounging for work, and prone to drinking aerosol cleaners and hairspray to get high with homeless...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:04 pm

A colourful man of the people

"It's about coming up with good solutions and lobbying for them"

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PATRICIA D’SOUZA

In a photo displayed prominently in his office at the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Keith Peterson sports a bright red and blue Spiderman shirt and a toothy grin as he stands beside Jean Chrétien, clad in a drab grey suit.

Peterson was actually wearing a suit himself when he met...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:03 pm

Jury picked for man accused in RCMP murder

Salomonie Jaw on trial for Cape Dorset shooting in 2001

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

CAPE DORSET - Salomonie Jaw remained quiet and composed this week in Cape Dorset’s community hall as old neighbours answered questions to determine their fitness to serve on a jury for Jaw’s trial in the murder of an RCMP officer.

Sitting at a table with his lawyer and a legal...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:03 pm

Local issues crucial in Hudson Bay campaign

Some residents regard Kattuk's cabinet duties as a conflict

JANE GEORGE

Local issues will count when Sanikiluaq residents decide who will represent the Hudson Bay riding on Feb. 16.

So incumbent MLA Peter Kattuk is campaigning hard and emphasizing his experience.

In a telephone interview from his home in Sanikiluaq, Kattuk said he’s confident that he has broad...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:02 pm

Three rescued after avalanche kills companion

Survivors shaken but unhurt after Cumberland Sound ordeal

JANE GEORGE

In the early hours of Sunday morning, two avalanches tumbled down a slope along Cumberland Sound, claiming the life of a Pangnirtung man and leaving his three fishing companions shaken, but alive.

Around 10:30 a.m., officials from Pangnirtung called Nunavut’s Emergency Services in Iqaluit to...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 2:01 pm

Iqaluit Centre voters concerned about core issues

After easy win in 1999, Tootoo now faces crowd of five challengers

JIM BELL

Housing, jobs, daycare, health and education - these are the kinds of bread-and-butter issues that candidates in Iqaluit’s smallest constituency are hearing about from the voters of Iqaluit Centre.

The incumbent, Hunter Tootoo, took the seat easily in 1999 with 54 per cent of the vote. This time...

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2004 - 1:22 pm

Residents of disappearing island want a new home

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Residents on Shishmaref, a settlement on a narrow island eroding into Alaska’s Chukchi Sea recently picked the site where they want to make their future home. On Jan. 13, more than 100 of Shishmaref’s 590 residents voted unanimously to move to a site called Tin Creek.

The community has been losing...

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2004 - 1:22 pm

Abandoned Inupiat island to be studied

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Oregon State University anthropologists are launching a four-year study of King Island and its former inhabitants, located in the Bering Sea not far from Nome, Alaska.

Researchers plan to record the oral history of former villagers as well as train Inupiat youth to collect vegetation and wildlife...

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2004 - 1:22 pm

Thule whale hunters left mark on High Arctic

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

University of Toronto geology professor Marianne Douglas and colleagues at three other Canadian universities have discovered evidence of an ancient ecological disruption preserved in the sediments of a lake on Somerset Island in Nunavut’s High Arctic.

Microscopic examination of algae in the lake...

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Around the Arctic January 30, 2004 - 1:21 pm

China’s Arctic station nears completion

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Construction is nearing completion on China’s first Arctic research station, which will begin operation in March, according the State Oceanic Administration in Beijing.

The station is located at 78.55 degrees North and 11.56 degrees East on Norway’s Svalbard

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Iqaluit January 30, 2004 - 1:20 pm

Police set trap after bomb threats at schools

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The third bomb threat in two weeks at an Iqaluit school has prompted police to set phone traps for would-be pranksters.

RCMP decided to rewire the phone lines at all Iqaluit schools to trace incoming phone calls after Nakasuk School staff received a bomb threat from an anonymous caller on Jan.

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Iqaluit January 30, 2004 - 1:19 pm

Soup kitchen and food bank no longer homeless

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Soup kitchen and food bank workers have found a new place to serve hot meals and provide food to Iqaluit residents in need.

The soup kitchen opened to a long line of hungry lunch-seekers on Jan. 26 when free meals were served up at House 1047, next door to First Steps Daycare, near the...

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Nunavut January 30, 2004 - 1:15 pm

Everybody loves Raymond

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Raymond Ningeocheak, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.‘s longtime second vice-president, will face three opponents for the seat in the organization’s March 16 election.

Stanley Anablak, the mayor of Kugluktuk, and Hezikiah Oshutapik, the mayor of Pangnirtung, are both seeking the NTI wildlife post, though...

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Iqaluit January 23, 2004 - 1:57 pm

Assault, property crime up in Iqaluit in 2003

Police say repeat offenders may be driving stats

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Although crime rates are rising in Iqaluit, police don’t need extra resources, for now, says a senior RCMP officer.

Recently released statistics on criminal activity in Iqaluit, including assaults, break-ins, and theft, show police responded to a sizeable increase in calls in...

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Iqaluit January 23, 2004 - 1:56 pm

Public works director asks residents to police drivers

Newcomer Mark Hall waiting for complaints, compliments at 975-1877

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Got a problem with municipal vehicle drivers?

Mark Hall says to call him.

As the City of Iqaluit’s new director of public works, Hall said he’s been given a mandate to improve public safety, including the conduct of city drivers.

In efforts to clean up the department’s track...

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