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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 6:08 pm

NTI to hire Inuktitut speaking bosses

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Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is seeking a new chief operating officer to replace Richard Paton, who will be leaving NTI in mid-February, and a new chief executive officer to replace John Lamb, whose contract expires on July 31.

A news release from NTI said Paul Kaludjak, the president of NTI, plans to...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 6:08 pm

RCMP zap man in Coral

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RCMP members used a taser stun gun to break up a drunken brawl last week in the dry community of Coral Harbour.

Officers responded to a complaint about a fight last Friday night. They arrested two men and used the taser on one of them.

Noah Kadlak was charged with assault and resisting arrest....

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 6:06 pm

Relocated Labrador Inuit get delayed apology

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The Nunatsiavut land claim was signed without a hitch in Nain, Labrador on Saturday, after weather delayed flights for Friday’s planned ceremony.

Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams used the occasion to make a formal apology to two relocated Inuit communities, Canadian Press reported.

In the...

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Nunavik January 28, 2005 - 10:33 am

Remembering the slaughter

“I would have been able to pass on my culture if the dog teams still existed”

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — After last week’s screening of the Echo of the Last Howl, a film on the killing of Inuit sled dogs during the 1950s and ‘60s, many questions remain about who killed these dogs and why.

But the film clearly shows how the “burning pyramids of dogs” on the ice left an enduring legacy of...

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Nunavik January 28, 2005 - 10:33 am

Bloc Québécois makes friends in Nunavik

Duceppe offers support for dog slaughter compensation

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — In its push to win an apology and compensation from the federal and provincial governments, Makivik Corporation wants to draw attention to the slaughter of Inuit sled dogs in the 1950s and ‘60s.

And Makivik is receiving the strongest support from an unlikely ally: the fiercely...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2005 - 10:32 am

Homeowners’ group vows to change city hall decision-making

Property tax increase a rallying point for disgruntled residents

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Disgruntled homeowners in Iqaluit won’t fine-tune their plan on how to sway city councillors on issues such as taxation, for at least another month.

But they’re already sending a warning to council that city hall will have to change the way they make decisions.

“Our priority...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2005 - 10:31 am

Death inquiry hears evidence of faulty city vehicles

Truck had illegal “home-made” brake pedal, mechanic testifies

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Two drivers employed by the City of Iqaluit were operating vehicles with equipment malfunctions when they hit and killed pedestrians in separate incidents, an inquiry has heard.

And a third civic employee was operating heavy equipment with a design flaw that prevented him from...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:30 am

Qikiqtarjuaq hunters make deal for their own trawler

“We’re not fighting the BFC but we want to succeed ourselves”

JIM BELL

The Nattivak Hunters and Trappers Association took another step towards building a community-based fishery in Qikiqtarjuaq last week, when they announced a deal with an undisclosed Canadian firm that will give them a groundfish licence and a controlling interest in their own factory-freezer...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:30 am

Where housing is concerned, even old news is good news

Nunavut politicians give Godfrey’s recycled message a good-natured reception

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SARA MINOGUE

About 30 good-natured politicians clapped politely for visiting Infrastructure Secretary of State John Godfrey last Thursday, even though the “announcement” he delivered was old news.

Twenty-five minutes of podium speeches revealed only that the Canada-Nunavut Strategic...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:29 am

Environmental scrutiny of Meadowbank mine begins

Cumberland files draft environmental impact statement

JIM BELL

The Kivalliq region’s Meadowbank gold mine project entered a new stage this month, when Cumberland Resources Ltd. of Vancouver declared that their draft environmental impact statement, or “EIS,” is now in the hands of the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

For residents of Baker Lake and other Kivalliq...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:29 am

Baker Lake residents welcome mine, job opportunities

Mine could mean $3 million in wages for hamlet

JIM BELL

The Meadowbank gold mine project already appears to enjoy wide support among residents of Baker Lake, where the unemployment rate stands at around 26 per cent.

At a public information session held there in 2003, a member of the community’s hamlet council urged residents to “forget about the fish...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:27 am

Money short for new homeless shelter in Rankin Inlet

Government offers building, but no funding, to house 30 homeless people

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Rankin Inlet residents are struggling to find the cash to transform an abandoned building into the community’s first homeless shelter.

Mary Irkootee, a substance abuse counsellor in Rankin Inlet, has scrounged for months to find ways of financing the project.

Irkootee gained...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:27 am

GN prepares to fight for federal Inuktitut funding

“If we’re going to meet our legal obligations, we’re going to need more money from the feds”

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SARA MINOGUE

Its been five years since the creation of the territory that was supposed to bring government closer to the Inuit of the Eastern Arctic, but many people still do not have access to government services in their mother tongue.

The Government of Nunavut is preparing a battle plan for...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:27 am

Arctic Anglicans seek conservative staffers only

Synod could make “essential beliefs” a condition of employment

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SARA MINOGUE

Anglican ministers should read up on traditional values if they want to work in Nunavut — especially if church leaders agree to a motion that would require future employees affirm those values before signing on with the Diocese of the Arctic.

At a meeting last September, executive...

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Nunavut January 28, 2005 - 10:26 am

GN repatriates liquor

Iqaluit may order from Rankin, Rankin from Iqaluit

JIM BELL

All Nunavut residents, as long as they live where alcohol is legal, may now buy liquor from within Nunavut, thanks to a new liquor distribution centre that opened for business in Rankin Inlet on Jan. 28.

This means that Iqaluit residents may now order liquor — without an import permit — from...

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Nunavik January 28, 2005 - 9:45 am

Illegal market thrives during liquor strike

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Quebec’s provincially-owned liquor sales corporation, the Société des alcohols du Québec, has been on strike for weeks, reducing the flow of booze into Nunavik.

But grocery stores in southern Quebec and bootleggers have been picking up the slack, while drug dealers continue to bring marijuana and...

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Nunavut January 21, 2005 - 6:14 pm

Amchitka workers to get compensation

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS

Hundreds of survivors of nuclear weapons tests will soon receive checks from the U.S. government under a new program to compensate those exposed to radiation or other toxic substances in the U.S., says the Anchorage Daily News.

Amchitka, a small island near the tip of the...

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Nunavut January 21, 2005 - 6:14 pm

Wisintainer leaves John Howard

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jay Wisintainer has stepped down as vice president of the John Howard Society of Nunavut, saying he believes his involvement with the society has been the root cause of its troubles with city hall.

Wisintainer will continue to volunteer and work part-time for the society as his services are...

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Nunavut January 21, 2005 - 6:13 pm

Pedestrian death inquest begins next week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Grieving families, accident witnesses, and Iqaluit city administration will meet in the Iqaluit courthouse next week as part of a coroner’s inquest into several deaths of pedestrians over the past five years.

Tim Neily, Nunavut’s chief coroner, will oversee the jury inquiring into how three...

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Nunavut January 21, 2005 - 6:10 pm

Jeffrey trial delayed again

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nunavut court judge has again delayed the murder trial of a 23-year-old man accused of murdering a teenager in Iqaluit.

Police found the body of Jennifer Naglingniq in her home more than two years ago, in December 2002.

Mark King Jeffrey faces first-degree murder charges in the 13-year-old...

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