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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 5:26 pm

Iqaluit house fire heroes earn medals of bravery

“I was just doing my job”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

Two Nunavut RCMP members who rescued a couple from a burning house in Iqaluit nearly three years ago will receive Medals of Bravery, the country’s second-highest award for courage, from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

“I didn’t expect this at all. I was just doing my job,” Const....

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 5:26 pm

Actor headlines at suicide conference

“I need to know you are safe,” Tom Jackson tells delegates

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SARA MINOGUE

Caregivers, counsellors and volunteers from across Nunavut met in Iqaluit last weekend to talk about their role in suicide prevention.

“Let’s face it, there are not a lot of people lining up to work in suicide,” Dave Masecar, president of the Canadian Association for Suicide...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 5:25 pm

Nunavut film crew aims to record every Nunavut elder

Producer hopes project will give youth life survival skills

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

A team of Nunavut film producers are embarking on an ambitious mission to put the legends and stories of every elder in the territory on video.

A camera crew has already recorded the advice and stories of all the elders in Pond Inlet for archives being assembled by Inuit...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 5:24 pm

Court gag protects name of accused molester

Kimmirut man accused of assaulting 13 children can’t be named in the media

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The Nunavut Court of Justice has put a gag order on publishing or broadcasting the name of an accused child molester from Kimmirut.

The 39-year-old man made his first court appearance on April 28 in Iqaluit, on charges of sexually assaulting 13 children in the early 1980s.

The...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 5:23 pm

Okalik: Devolution deal by next election

New INAC minister pledges action on devolution, Bathurst Inlet road-port project

JIM BELL

Premier Paul Okalik told reporters this past Friday that he wants to finish negotiating a devolution deal with Ottawa before Nunavut’s next territorial election.

Okalik made the remarks after half a day of meetings in Iqaluit with the new minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Andy...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 5:23 pm

Court gag protects name of accused molester

Kimmirut man accused of assaulting 13 children can’t be named in the media

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The Nunavut Court of Justice has put a gag order on publishing or broadcasting the name of an accused child molester from Kimmirut.

The 39-year-old man made his first court appearance on April 28 in Iqaluit, on charges of sexually assaulting 13 children in the early 1980s.

The...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 5:22 pm

Smokers, take it outside

Nunavut’s tough new regulations take effect May 1

JANE GEORGE

Nunavummiut will have to head outdoors on May 1 if they want to smoke anywhere but a private residence as new, tough, anti-smoking regulations from the Worker’s Compensation Board come into effect across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

The Environmental Tobacco Smoke Work Site Regulations,...

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Around the Arctic April 30, 2004 - 4:34 pm

BMD untested, says audit

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

A U.S. congressional audit of the ballistic missile system says the system is largely unproven because of a lack of “realistic“ testing.

A report by the General Accounting Office says the eight flight intercepts attempted so far have been “repetitive and scripted”...

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Iqaluit April 30, 2004 - 4:33 pm

Iqaluit square becomes a circle?

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Council has started shaping the design of a new public gathering place to be located in front of the Elders’ Qammak.

Councillors, gathered at the April 27 meeting of the engineering and planning committee, favoured building a large circular drum surrounded by rocks and vegetation taken from the...

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Iqaluit April 30, 2004 - 4:33 pm

New cemetery gets council’s approval

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Faced with a nearly full cemetery, Iqaluit council is poised to approve the construction of new burial grounds in the West 40 industrial area.

Brad Sokach, Iqaluit’s director of engineering and planning, recently told council that the formerly approved site on the Road to Nowhere is too expensive...

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Iqaluit April 30, 2004 - 4:32 pm

Council gives final nod to interest cut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit council cut the city’s interest rate on unpaid property taxes by almost half without a word of the resistance that came with related motions in the past.

Under the interest rate approved at the April 27 meeting, residents who default on their municipal tax payments will now face a compound...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 4:18 pm

Murder charge laid in death of Rankin woman

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A Rankin Inlet man faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 22-year-old Leanne Irkotee, who died at the Rankin Inlet health centre last Friday morning.

“She was a really sweet person and not a threat to anyone, always kind and always decent and always trying her best....

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 4:18 pm

Second fire in Kugluktuk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last Friday, responding to a new fire in the remaining portion of the burned out Catholic church in Kugluktuk, police made a grisly discovery — the charred remains of a human being.

After firefighters brought the fire under control, the area was cordoned off and an investigation begun under the...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 4:17 pm

Volunteers recognized

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Louis Tapardjuk, Nunavut’s minister of culture, language, elders and youth, last week recognized exceptional volunteers at a reception in Iqaluit.

This year’s group award went to the planning committee for the the 2003 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Conference in Iqaluit. This...

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Nunavut April 30, 2004 - 4:16 pm

Vet clinic

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Rotary Club of Iqaluit is offering a spring veterinary clinic for pet owners, which will be held from May 27 to 31 at the Iqaluit Research Centre.

Those interested in booking appointments should call 975-1859 or 979-6407, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. any evening and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, on...

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Iqaluit April 23, 2004 - 5:21 pm

Mayor pushes for lower levy on late taxes

Tax arrears total on the decline

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik said city council should cut Iqaluit’s interest rate on unpaid property tax, despite an increase in the number of homeowners and businesses not paying their taxes.

Sheutiapik is backing a plan to cut the municipality’s controversial interest rate of 22...

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Nunavut April 23, 2004 - 5:20 pm

Toonik Tyme starts with a bang

Elisapee Davidee is honorary Toonik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Some 300 people gathered at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit this past Monday to witness opening ceremonies for Toonik Tyme 2004 and to view a fashion show.

Singer/songwriter Paul Irksuk traveled all the way from Arviat to belt out a few numbers, along with five family members who backed him up on...

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Nunavut April 23, 2004 - 5:19 pm

Kangiqsujuaq copes with fall-out from armed standoff

SWAT team flies in to subdue suspect high on booze, drugs

JANE GEORGE

Life in the Nunavik community of Kangiqsujuaq was in turmoil last week as a SWAT team confronted an armed man in a tense stand-off — and now, its leaders want to make sure a similar incident never happens again.

For 30 hours, the 475 residents of Kangiqsjuaq — a quiet village located 10 km from...

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Iqaluit April 23, 2004 - 5:19 pm

City offers up incentives to keep staff and Iqaluit safe

Municipal workers look forward to plane tickets, cash every three months

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

In an effort to boost the municipality’s safety record, Iqaluit has kicked off a competition aimed at inspiring employees to show up for work and avoid getting into accidents.

Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik hopes the new contest will instill pride in the municipality’s 110 workers,...

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Nunavut April 23, 2004 - 5:18 pm

Board orders Inuulitsivik to fix safety problems

Health staff complain about assaults by patients

JANE GEORGE

The Inuulitsivik health and social services board in Puvirnituq is working against a legally-enforced, 99-day deadline for fixing employee safety problems at its hospital, seven community health clinics, and rehabilitation centre.

Quebec’s workers’ health and safety board, La Commission de la......

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