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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 1:39 pm

Arctic a “reservoir of resources” for the South

JANE GEORGE

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - The Arctic region is an economic powerhouse, but little of that stays in the region, says the Arctic Human Development Report, released in Reykjavik on Sunday.

The planet’s circumpolar region produces $230 billion, mainly in the form of natural resources. That’s an amount...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 1:36 pm

How much does it cost to get rid of an MLA?

Assembly paid $258,609 to ex-MLAs last year

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In the last legislative assembly, MLAs voted to pay what they call a “transitional allowance” to MLAs who quit the assembly or are defeated in an election.

The purpose of these payments is to help former MLAs ease their way back into the workforce. Each retiring member is entitled to six weeks pay...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 1:36 pm

Arctic report a dense snapshot of Northern life

Jargon-filled document a "road map" for politicians, officials and the curious

JANE GEORGE

AKUREYRI, Iceland - If you read the Arctic Human Development Report, a new, sweeping look at the state of Arctic people and societies, you won’t find many surprises.

That’s because the AHDR is based on existing information and research.

“A lot of what’s in the AHDR is not big news, except for the...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 1:34 pm

U.S. objections mold Arctic Council policy

"More than many expected, but less than we hoped": ICC president

JANE GEORGE

REYKJAVIK - The unveiling of a hotly-disputed policy document on climate change at a one-day meeting between top ministers of the Arctic Council this past Wednesday was, in the end, hardly an emotional event.

Under its own rules, the Arctic Council must make decisions by consensus. To achieve...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 1:21 pm

Premier’s office played role in disputed firing

"I don't know the name. I've never heard of him."

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS


Premier Paul Okalik’s staff had direct contact with the bureaucrats who used unfounded rumours to fire a government worker in Panniqtuuq, newly-released GN documents reveal.

The government of Nunavut is currently embroiled in a labour dispute with Harbir Boparai, a casual...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:42 am

A new plan for sinking arena

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The City of Iqaluit has come up with a new approach to fix the Arctic Winter Games arena, which is sinking into the tundra.

At a council meeting on Tuesday, David St. Louis, the city’s director of recreation, presented a plan to remove the part of the floor that has sunk and replace it temporarily...

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Iqaluit November 26, 2004 - 8:39 am

Around Iqalui

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Toonik Tyme Fundraising Bingo
Tonight, doors open at 6 p.m., Arctic Winter Games Arena. Come for the $300 games, stay for the $5,000 jackpot!

Coffee house

Saturday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., Inuksuk High School. The Iqaluit Music Society presents an evening with Alyssa D’Argencourt, Jamal Shirley and...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:26 am

“Iqaluit cowboy” faces dangerous offender label

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A Nunavut court judge will hear closing arguments next year about whether to label the man known as the “Iqaluit cowboy” as a dangerous offender.

Mosesee Nowdluk faces up to seven years in prison after being charged with assault, break-and-enter, and other offenses, including assault with a...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:26 am

Throne speech avoids drugs, booze

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nanulik MLA Patterk Netser was “very disappointed” to see no reference to drug and alcohol abuse in last Tuesday’s Throne Speech.

“We are know what drugs and alcohol are doing to our families and our communities,” Netser told the legislative assembly. “This week it was revealed that 90 per cent of...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:25 am

Recreational facilities badly needed

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Recreational facilities make healthy communities, and can improve health and justice, Quttiktuq MLA Levi Barnabas told the legislative assembly last Wednesday.

“The Throne Speech made no mention of the importance of recreational facilities in providing alternatives to minor criminal activity:...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:25 am

Akesuk apologizes

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“I apologize to the people of Nunavut and to the members of the legislature for not reporting what I was supposed to report to the integrity commissioner,” South Baffin MLA Olayuk Akesuk told the legislative assembly last Friday.

In June, Nunavut’s Integrity Commissioner, Robert Stanbury, found...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:24 am

Fishing in Qikiqtarjuaq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Paul Okalik pledge in the legislative assembly last Wednesday to give fishermen in Qikiqtarjuaq “support wherever we can.”

The premier was responding to questions posed by Uqqummiut MLA James Arreak, who wanted to know what progress had been made on the Nattivak Hunters and Trappers...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:23 am

Kitikmeot needs crisis shelters

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Cambridge Bay has the only women’s shelter in the Kitikmeot, and it is not enough to help victims of violence “break the cycle of abuse,” Cambridge Bay MLA Keith Peterson told the legislative assembly last Thursday.

The Alison McAteer House in Yellowknife used to take victims from the region, but...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:23 am

Childcare in Cambridge Bay

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A charity auction held Oct. 23 raised $30,000 for the Cambridge Bay Childcare Society.

“We hear almost every week (that) some Nunavut communities don’t have daycare facilities or they have been closed down due to lack of funding,” Cambridge Bay MLA Keith Peterson told the legislative assembly last...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:22 am

Explosive detectors could slow air travel

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The government of the Northwest Territories has announced plans to install explosives detectors in the Yellowknife airport.

That means Nunavummiut passing through the Yellowknife airport will not only have to pass through a second set of security, but will also have to accompany their baggage as...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:21 am

Nunavummiut to be consulted on nuclear waste

"We do not want to see the dumping of nuclear waste in Nunavut:" Akesuk

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SARA MINOGUE


Nuclear power has been produced in Canada since 1964, and so has nuclear waste. A nuclear industry association is now visiting Canadians in 30 communities to find out what ordinary citizens want to do with it.

The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is coordinating four community sessions in...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:21 am

130 summer student jobs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Department of Human Resources held a workshop on Oct. 20 to discuss expanding the summer student employment program.

This summer, 130 students were hired out of 592 applicants, Minister Louis Tapardjuk reported to the legislative assembly last Thursday.

Costs for the program “far exceeded”...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:19 am

Controversial salon will stay open

Iqaluit council belatedly approves home-based business on Tundra Ridge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

Angry citizens and supportive neighbors packed the seats at City Hall on Tuesday night to air their opinions on a salon, tanning and massage business that’s causing controversy on Tundra Ridge.

Carol Collin has been operating Carol Satin Care Studio out of House 2628 on Nanuq Drive...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:18 am

Elders pitch in to help crime victims

"We're working on the outside of the justice system"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS


Victims of crime in Iqaluit are finding new justice from an old source - local elders.

Iqaluit elders have banded together with volunteer lawyers and justice workers in the newly renamed Iqaluit Restorative Justice Society, which held a series of public events last week.

The...

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Nunavut November 26, 2004 - 8:17 am

GN deficit gets worse despite extra cash from Ottawa

"We are faced with significant pressures on our government's budget"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut government’s operating deficit will get worse this year, despite the extra cash it will receive from the federal government, Finance Minister Leona Aglukkaq said in her mid-year fiscal update last week.

The GN now needs $51.2 million more than finance officials projected last May, when...

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