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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 4:01 pm

How Hill “forgot” Iqaluit sewage disaster

Past catches up to man behind city's $7-million debacle

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Iqaluit’s worst-ever infrastructure boondoggle has come back to haunt the man who was paid millions of dollars to build a sewage plant in Iqaluit that has never worked.

Trevor Hill, former president of the Vancouver-based company that designed and built Iqaluit’s non-functional...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 4:01 pm

Ellesmere Island’s ice shelf broken into pieces

Changes may mark rapid global warming

JANE GEORGE

Disturbing changes are altering the extreme northern coast of Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island, breaking up ancient ice formations and putting at risk microscopic life forms that dwell on the ice.

Two years ago, when biologist Derek Mueller flew over the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf by helicopter, he was shocked...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 4:00 pm

New courthouse, hospital will change Iqaluit traffic flow

Ring Road will get busier than ever

JANE GEORGE

When they’re finished, Iqaluit’s new courthouse building and the new Qikiqtani Regional Hospital - both now under construction- will radically change the look and flow of traffic along Iqaluit’s main road.

And Toonik-Tymers will have to find another place to build their snowhouses during Iqaluit’s...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:59 pm

Nunavik’s season of booze, dope and bullets

Police face "a very rough summer" at hands of drunks with firearms

JANE GEORGE

This summer has been marked by an increasing number of drug and booze seizures in Nunavik, as well as incidents involving firearms, which threaten the peace and often the lives of Nunavik’s police officers.

Last Friday evening in Tasijuaq, there was another violent incident against...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:58 pm

Fisheries officers blasted over narwhal case

Judge says officials employed "deliberate misuse of regulatory power"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Federal fisheries officers had no legal right to call three accused poachers in Taloyoak and demand they hand over their narwhal tusks, a Nunavut court judged has ruled.

Justice Robert Kilpatrick recently dealt a huge blow to the Crown’s case against three hunters from the...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:58 pm

Two boys 10, burned while sniffing gas

"Children are floating through the streets like throw-away garbage."

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The boys were huffing cooking-stove gas with four other boys in a wooden storage crate on July 17, when the explosion occurred.

Four boys, ages 10 to 13, had met in the afternoon in the box, known as a gathering place where teens and adults often inhale the deadly fumes for a...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:57 pm

NASA scientist leads Mars crew to Devon

Funding delays don't stop researchers

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SARA MINOGUE

Funding hold-ups and high winds have complicated this year’s field season, but the leader of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island says scientific research this summer is going ahead as planned.

Last week, Dr. Pascal Lee outlined his plans for the eighth field season of Mars...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:57 pm

Ayalik to appeal no-racism decision

"It was not a hard decision to make"

JIM BELL

Robert Ayalik, a former Nunavut government employee from Kugluktuk, is attempting to appeal a decision issued by a Nunavut Fair Practices officer last month that found Ayalik was not a victim of racial discrimination.

“It wasn’t a hard decision to make,” Ayalik said of his appeal, which he filed...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:56 pm

Mock Mars spacemen camp on Devon Island

Crews logs detail the hardships of pretending to be in outer space

JANE GEORGE

Would you like to take a spin in the MARS-1 Humvee, short for “High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle” or HMMVV?

If you’re a researcher with Mars on your mind, you might end up driving the sturdy, 8,800-pound refurbished rover around the NASA Haughton-Mars Project camp on Devon Island.

If...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:54 pm

The future of Nunavut’s fishery?

BFC boat visits Iqaluit "I'm not afraid of being homesick or seasick."

JIM BELL

Davidee Nuqingaq of Qikiqtarjuaq will work at a good job this summer, thanks to the Baffin Fisheries Coalition’s plan to take greater control of the offshore fishery in waters adjacent to Nunavut - especially the rich turbot grounds of northern Davis Strait.

Nuqingaq, and at least 11 other Inuit...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:53 pm

Small places don’t need big banks

In a town of 650, Eagle River Credit Union in Labrador shares $2 million in profits over 20 years

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut can replace the out-going Bank of Montreal by tapping into the territory’s spirit of independence, say proponents pushing for a Nunavut credit union.

Bank customers, politicians and bureaucrats have been busy searching for solutions to the future closing of Nunavut’s...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 3:52 pm

Nunavut sees early fuel price hike

Eight-cent rise now avoids 13-cent jump in November

JIM BELL

Nunavut residents will pay eight cents a litre more for all fuel products as of this Sunday, avoiding a 13-cent increase in November, when Nunavummiut will start consuming fuels bought at this year’s high prices and delivered by this summer’s tankers.

“The government has decided to spread it out...

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Nunavik July 30, 2004 - 11:05 am

KRG signs deal wireless broadband deal

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Kativik Regional Government and Inukshuk Internet Inc. announced last week that Inukshuk will set up a broadband wireless access network for Nunavik.

Joe Lance, director of KRG’s administration department, said wireless technology will allow users to roam in all villages in Nunavik and...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 10:48 am

Lows continue in Baker Lake

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Three times this month, Baker Lake has recorded a record low temperature. Last Thursday’s record low took over 50 years to break, according to Environment Canada.

The previous record low of .9 C. for Baker Lake on that date was set in 1946, the year observations started in the community. A new...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 10:48 am

Encourage drinking in moderation, says NAHO report

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A report from the National Aboriginal Health Organization says safe-drinking education is necessary and singles out excessive booze consumption or binge drinking rather than alcoholism as the cause of social problems in northern communities.

“It is the quantity in binge drinking that results in...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 10:47 am

Summer of booze and assaults in Kugluktuk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

During the first three weeks of July, the Kugluktuk RCMP dealt with 100 calls and more than 50 drunken residents.

Several serious assaults were linked to boozy arguments that turned violent. Last week, a frightened youth called police, saying her mother was being beaten up by her father.

The RCMP...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 10:47 am

Dial-up internet for Grise Fiord

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Residents of Grise Fiord, Nunavut’s most northerly community, now have access to dial-up Internet service.

The service is provided by Northwestel’s Sympatico dial-up service and will cost residential customers $24.95 per month for 100 hours of use.

According to a news release from Northwestel,...

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Nunavut July 30, 2004 - 10:46 am

Kiviaq goes to court

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Kiviaq, the pugnacious Inuk lawer, activist, and municipal politician once known as David Ward, has finally take his longstanding crusade for Inuit rights to the Federal Court of Canada.

Earlier this month, Kiviaq filed a statement of claim before the federal court, alleging that Canada is failing...

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Nunavut July 23, 2004 - 3:51 pm

ATV, ice accident heroes get awards

Keeping cool during crises makes leaders out of ordinary people

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut Commissioner Peter Irniq handed out awards for bravery and volunteerism to Nunavummiut from Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove last week, recognizing their efforts above and beyond the call of duty.

In Whale Cove, all those who helped John Adjuk survive a potentially fatal all-terrain vehicle...

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Nunavut July 23, 2004 - 3:50 pm

Encourage women to be equals in fishery: report

HTOs need to improve "abysmally low" participation rate of women

JANE GEORGE

Hunters and trappers organizations have been singled out by a new research project for their “old boys” atmosphere that contributes to a marked absence of women in decision-making roles in Nunavut’s fisheries.

The project’s preliminary recommendations suggest that ways be found to get women and...

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