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Around the Arctic June 25, 2004 - 4:33 pm

Seal hunting to draw tourists in Norway

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Norway’s parliament, the Storting, has approved a proposal to make seal hunting a tourist attraction.

The resolution allows foreigners to take part in the hunt. Applicants will have to qualify, and need certified guides.

“We fear that this will become an exclusive hunt just for those with fat...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2004 - 4:32 pm

Deep-sea cores hold ice secrets

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A team of scientists is heading to the Arctic to extract cores from sediments deep below the sea bed.

The team, called the Arctic Coring Expedition, will use three icebreakers as it tries to take cores from the Lomonosov Ridge between Siberia and Greenland.

The Lomonosov Ridge, 1,500 km long,...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2004 - 4:32 pm

Finns replace Russian prostitutes in Finnish Lapland

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Students and men are now working in northern Finland’s sex trade, reports the Helsingin Sanomat.

Cross-border prostitution from the Russian city of Murmansk has dropped over the past two years, but a recent report on the sex trade in Finnish Lapland says prostitution involving students and males...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2004 - 4:32 pm

Where there’s smokes, there’s heat

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Norway’s smoking ban in restaurants and bars has led to increasing numbers of smokers heading outside to puff away, so a cigarette company is giving away outdoor heating lamps to keep them warm.

Tiedemann’s Tobacco Co. is giving the lamps free to Oslo bars that can’t allow their patrons to smoke...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2004 - 4:31 pm

Going with the floe

Scientists track Arctic weather with ice buoys

JANE GEORGE

Hitching a ride across the frozen Arctic Ocean on an ice pan isn’t travel in the fast lane, but for ice buoys the slow pace is fine.

Resembling white chimney pipes stuck into the ice, these buoys, which are equipped with their own power supply as well as sophisticated recording and transmitting...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 4:27 pm

Students with learning disabilities lose out

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Students with learning disabilities will get less help next year now that education officials have approved cuts to classroom assistants.

The Iqaluit District Education Authority accepted the 10 per cent cut to classroom support services “with reservation and disappointment” at their meeting on...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 4:26 pm

Smith questions council colleagues’ payments

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the Iqaluit District Education Authority failed to explain why their compensation jumped $4,000 last year.

Kathy Smith, an out-going member of the Iqaluit District Education Authority, challenged a $4,000 increase in compensation for members in 2003-04 spending.

“There was no reason...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 4:25 pm

Iqaluit Education Authority seeks new member

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Faced with only two applicants for the empty seat on its board, the Iqaluit Education Authority will wait until the fall to see if other parents apply for the position.

The IDEA, an elected body dealing with school matters in Iqaluit, will adjourn for the summer until its next meeting on Sept.

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:10 pm

Ottawa Inuit quartet heads for Norway

Performance a career breakthrough for Siqiniup Qilauta

JANE GEORGE

The Ottawa-based Inuit group Siqiniup Qilauta will perform traditional Inuit songs and games next week at Norway’s Forde International Folk Festival.

This performance in front of an international audience is an exciting career breakthrough for the group’s four young singers and drummers who, until...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:08 pm

Pangnirtung awaits army exercise

Army, Navy and Air Force prepare to test military skills in the North

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SARA MINOGUE

The Canadian Forces is mounting a major military exercise that will see soldiers, helicopters and planes buzzing around the hamlet of Pangnirtung this summer.

Colonel Norris Pettis of Yellowknife, the Commander of the Canadian Forces Northern Area, says that “Narwahl 04” will...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:07 pm

Four standard bearers take on St-Julien

Liberal incumbent appears unbeatable with First Nations, Inuit support

JANE GEORGE

Four federal parties are challenging the Liberals’ hold in the federal riding of Nunavik-Eeyou, even if the Liberal incumbent Guy St-Julien looks unbeatable due to his strong support among First Nations and Inuit voters.

The Conservative Party, the NDP and the Green Party are hoping to do well in...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:07 pm

Mattel Canada creates Inuk Barbie doll

Young fashion student honours her Inuk grandmother

JANE GEORGE

Next year Barbie plans to model an Inuit-art inspired design by Christy Marcus, 20, a second-year fashion student at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Marcus won the Mattel Canada competition “What will Barbie wear in 2005?” The contest challenged students to create an original design based on “their...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:06 pm

Nunavut coroner seeks answers in vehicle deaths

Public inquiry probing deadly municipal road accidents expected in the fall

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut’s coroner plans to launch an inquest into fatal accidents involving municipal vehicles over the past four years.

A six-member jury will sift through testimony and evidence this fall in Iqaluit to pinpoint how four people died in separate accidents, where hamlet and city...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:04 pm

GN workers get fatter pay cheques July 2

Northern allowance payments jump by as much as $4,000

JIM BELL

Government of Nunavut employees will get bigger pay cheques on July 2, their next pay day, after a new wage deal between the GN and the Nunavut Employees Union was signed last week.

The collective agreement, ratified early last week by union members in a Nunavut-wide vote, covers the period...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:04 pm

True-blue sapphires inspire Baffin treasure hunt

Gemstone test project creates jobs in Kimmirut and Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Thanks to the work of two Inuit prospectors three years ago, a firm called True North Gems, of Vancouver, announced this week that they’ve started a small project aimed at test-digging for sapphires near Kimmirut.

Seemeega Aqpik and Nowdlak Aqpik of Kimmirut discovered the rare gems in...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:04 pm

MLAs go scapegoat-hunting over NPC mess

Ed Picco gets singled out as politicians seek someone to blame

JIM BELL

Members of the legislative assembly’s standing committee on government operations went on an old-fashioned scapegoat hunt this past Monday afternoon, and with the company’s former bosses no longer around to blame, they ended up with former Energy Minister Ed Picco’s political hide as a trophy.

In...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:01 pm

Nunavut helps Greenland celebrate home rule

Festivities marked by royal visit, fireworks and a day in the park

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

NUUK - Queen Margrethe of Denmark and her husband, Prince Henrik, were greeted by 27 cannon volleys as they disembarked from their yacht to celebrate the 25th anniversary of home rule in Greenland this past Monday.

Members of Nunavut’s political elite were among a group of 320...

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Nunavut June 25, 2004 - 1:00 pm

Auditor general: GN must plan for high-cost fuel

"Huge financial losses could be a reality"

JIM BELL

The auditor general of Canada, Sheila Fraser, warned Nunavut MLAs last week that “huge financial losses could be a reality” if the Government of Nunavut does not soon prepare for the impact of escalating world oil prices.

Fraser made the comment in her opening remarks to the legislative assembly’s...

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Around the Arctic June 18, 2004 - 4:33 pm

Muskoxen stranded on tiny island

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When the sea ice receded from the coast of Nunivak Island in Alaska, it left 11 muskoxen trapped on a small islet offshore, doomed to die of starvation or thirst.

Alaska state biologists told the Anchorage Daily News their budget is too slim to try to rescue the animals

Nunivak’s muskox...

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Nunavut June 18, 2004 - 4:29 pm

Iqaluit education authority seeks replacement

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Iqaluit district education authority needs a new member, after Kathy Smith resigned from the IDEA at their June 1 meeting, citing personal and business commitments.

Anyone interested in applying for the replacement position should call the IDEA Office Manager at 979-5314.

The final IDEA...

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