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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:33 pm

Stuart Kennedy quits city council

"With all due respect, I don't think I can stay as part of this council"

JIM BELL

Saying he can’t the get the support of his fellow councillors for his concerns about the performance of the city’s CAO and the continued operation of a spa business on Tundra Ridge, Coun. Stuart Kennedy announced this past Tuesday that he’ll quit his seat on Iqaluit City Council as of March...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:33 pm

Jobs top priority for new languages commissioner

"Being a unilingual Inuit should be an honour"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut’s new languages commissioner has set his sights on making it easier for Inuit to get jobs - even if they only speak Inuktitut.

Johnny Kusugak outlined his push for increased Inuit employment during an interview with Nunatsiaq News shortly after moving to Iqaluit from...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:32 pm

NWT MLAs want auditor general to probe WCB

"I think it can benefit Nunavut workers as well"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

A northern politician wants workers injured in Nunavut to tell the country’s auditor general about their difficulties in dealing with the territory’s workers compensation board.

Bill Braden, an MLA in the Northwest Territories legislature, said making claims for workplace...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:31 pm

U.S. activists turn up heat on seal hunt

Local officials fear effect of campaign on Nunavut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

A U.S. animal rights group is pressing the federal government to shut down a commercial seal hunt that Inuit consider vital to selling their own seal skins.

The Humane Society of the U.S. is leading a campaign to ban the east coast hunt of harp seals, using some of the same...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:30 pm

Feds cool on GST relief for Inuit

Northerners pay as much in tax alone for sheet of plywood as southerners pay to buy it

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The federal government will keep charging Inuit for GST, despite a plea for tax relief from their national lobby group in Ottawa.

Jose Kusugak, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, called on the federal government last week to abolish the goods and services tax for

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:29 pm

Government cutbacks threaten community internet access

"If you have CAP sites closing, where are these people going to go?"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavummiut will lose their access to free computers and Internet services by next year unless they protest government cutbacks, says the territory’s main organizer for the program.

The federal government is ready to pull the plug on their popular Community Access Program, or...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:28 pm

Three Pond youths nabbed for crime spree

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RCMP arrested three teenagers in Pond Inlet on a long list of charges that arise from a three-month investigation into break-ins around the community.

The youth, ages 13 to 16, are accused of breaking into a government office, two schools, and the elders’ centre.

Police say the youth broke into...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:27 pm

Ottawa helps broaden the band

"We can certainly use the equipment and training"

JIM BELL

The not-for-profit group that’s building Nunavut’s territory-wide broadband Internet service got a much-appreciated financial boost last week, when the federal government gave them $466,027.

Lorraine Thomas, the secretary-treasurer of the Nunavut Broadband Development Corp., said the money is to...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:26 pm

Healthy eating starts with healthy grocery stores

New project aims to make cheap, healthy foods available to Nunavummiut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - It’s no good telling people to eat healthy foods unless they know what foods are healthy, and can afford them.

That’s why Dr. Joel Gittelsohn from the John Hopkins School for Public Health launched a program he calls Healthy Stores. Last Friday, he arrived from...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:25 pm

Northern strategy could trigger change for the North

DIAND minister: "We're directed by policy that needs to be changed"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - The minister of the department of Indian and Northern Affairs had a hard time generating interest in the northern strategy during a visit to Yellowknife, Cambridge Bay and Iqaluit last week. Business and political leaders lined up to talk to him about more pressing...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:25 pm

Toned-down Snow Challenge starts Saturday

"People wanted to kill this race and they did."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

The annual Iqaluit to Kimmirut snowmobile race takes place this Saturday, but it won’t be the extravaganza that Iqalungmiut - and TSN subscribers around the country - saw last year.

“If there was a way to say this nicely I would,” says race director Tom Bragard. “People wanted to...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 2:24 pm

Feds propose mediator for stalled claim talks

Paul Okalik: "I'm more than willing to move that way"

JIM BELL

The federal government is proposing mediation to resolve a bitter, four-year dispute with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. over a new implementation contract for the Nunavut land claims agreement.

Until that dispute is resolved, Inuit land claim beneficiaries in Nunavut will have no way of knowing whether...

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Iqaluit March 25, 2005 - 1:58 pm

Iqaluit this week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Housing fundraiser

Saturday, March 26, Northmart. 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Purchase a nail to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing in Iqaluit. For information, phone 979-7810.

Inuktitut hockey book launch

Saturday, March 26, 1-5 p.m., Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. Silvia Pecota...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 1:55 pm

Fishing money for training

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government will spend $3.2 million over the next three years to train Nunavummmiut for work in the fisheries.

The project should train 180 individuals, and create jobs for 50 to 80 Inuit.

The project was proposed by the Nunavut Fisheries Training Consortium, which is made up of...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 1:54 pm

Labradormiut rebuild heritage from ashes

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A fire in Nain, Labrador on March 8 burned several offices to the ground.

The Torngâsok Cultural Centre, operated by the Labrador Inuit Association, lost all of their archives and files, including reference books, reports, articles and documents on the history, language and cultlure of Labrador...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 1:54 pm

Conditional sentence for Cambay sex offender

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Cambridge Bay man in his late sixties was given an 18-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty on three counts of sexual assault.

Rudolf Mingilgak, who is 67 or 68, was charged when four young girls complained to RCMP last October.

The four girls were lying on a bed watching TV...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 1:53 pm

Cambay housing petition goes nowhere

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A petition for more public housing in Cambridge Bay has had little effect on the Government of Nunavut.

The petition asks the GN to “put their money where their mouth is and actually allocate funding in the 2005-06 budget,” said Vicki Aitoak, the manager of the Cambrige Bay Housing...

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Nunavut March 25, 2005 - 1:53 pm

Environment department gets a haircut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s regular MLAs defeated a second budget item this week, trimming $150,000 from the department of environment.

Tagak Curley, MLA for Rankin Inlet North, pushed for the cut to the department’s travel budget. He suggested the money would be better spent on the disaster compensation fund for...

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Iqaluit March 18, 2005 - 2:22 pm

Waste site apartments languish in legal limbo

Who should enforce GN health regulations?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ARTHUR JOHNSON

Several apartments built on and around an old waste disposal site at the end of Federal Road exist in a legal limbo, with habitation prohibited because of Nunavut health department regulations, an Iqaluit council committee learned this week.

The issue arose because the city was...

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Nunavik March 18, 2005 - 2:22 pm

Nunavik’s new MP struggles to find his way

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In his attempts to get to know the region he now represents in Ottawa, Yvan Lévesque, Nunavik’s member of Parliament, has been having a tough time emerging from the shadow of Guy St-Julien, the region’s former Liberal Party MP.

His problems are due to his lack of familiarity with the region and...

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