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Iqaluit April 29, 2005 - 1:05 pm

Toonik Tyme draws visitors from near and far

Premier, mayor and other dignitaries wield clubs in sea ice golf tourney

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Marsha came all the way to Iqaluit from Chicago just for Toonik Tyme - her second visit to the city during its annual spring festival. She didn’t regret a minute of her stay.

“It’s been fantastic. Everyone’s been so warm,” said the friendly tourist who participated in all Toonik Tyme events,...

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Iqaluit April 29, 2005 - 1:04 pm

Iqaluit DEA tackles dropout rates

"You only need to look at the streets in Iqaluit to see how many kids are slipping through the cracks"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Iqaluit’s school representatives are mobilizing an unprecedented campaign to deal with their most violent, troublesome and unsuccessful students, in efforts to stem the community’s drastic dropout rate.

The Iqaluit District Education Authority members will survey teachers and...

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Iqaluit April 29, 2005 - 1:04 pm

Homeowners vs. city hall: the latest chapter

City, homeowners to host information meeting May 19

JIM BELL

Members of Iqaluit’s homeowners’ association, Namminiq Angirraliit Iqalunni, hauled their heavy artillery to Iqaluit city hall this past Tuesday and fired a barrage of complaints at city councillors on taxation, communications, and numerous other gripes.

In response, city officials and city...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:03 pm

Boarding worth $50 for patients, but $75 for GN employees

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit Centre MLA Hunter Tootoo wanted health minister Levinia Brown to explain why GN employees receive $75 towards their board in private homes when on duty travel, although when a patient travels the same billet receives only $50 under the Non-Ininsured Health Benefits plan.

“Why is this...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:03 pm

GN top employees reap bonus money

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A document tabled in response to a written question from Cambridge Bay MLA Keith Peterson on March 8 shows 150 employees of the Public Service and Crown Agencies in Nunavut received handsome performance bonuses in 2003-2004.

These performance bonuses are sums of money paid in addition to salaries...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:02 pm

More teachers on the way

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Education minister Ed Picco said his department is preparing to announce a boost in the numbers of teachers in Nunavut.

Picco said Cambridge Bay can expect to have five new positions, which will include a counselor for the high school.

“This is indeed great news,” said Keith Peterson, the...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:02 pm

More time for Wildlife Act?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

James Arreak, MLA for Uqqumiut, is worried two months of consultation won’t be enough for a public review Nunavut’s new wildlife act.

The act is set to go into effect on July 9.

“I can tell you two months is going to be too short,” he said.

Nanulik MLA Patterk Netser also said the Government of...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:02 pm

Ilisaqsivik out of luck

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Ilisaqsivik family resource wellness centre in Clyde River will not receive any core funding from the territorial department of health and social services, says a document tabled by health minister Levina Brown in the legislature this past Tuesday.

“There are no resources available for core...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:01 pm

Same sex marriage “not acceptable”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Tagak Curley, the MLA for Rankin Inlet North, told his fellow legislators in the Nunavut assembly that many of his constituents don’t want to see same sex marriage legalized and that more than 100 signed a petition to that effect.

Curley said the traditional marriage is between “a man and a...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:01 pm

Coral Harbour snowed in

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The road to Coral Harbour’s airport usually takes about 20 minutes to drive - this year the drive takes much longer due to the large amount of snowfall.

Recently, a medical evacuation was delayed by two hours until the road could be cleared. That’s the story Patterk Netser, MLA for Nanulik,...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 1:00 pm

Private art collection becomes public treasure

Quebec fine arts museum acquires 2,635 pieces from collector Raymond Brousseau

JANE GEORGE

A exceptional collection of Inuit art has a new permanent home in Quebec City.

Last week, Quebec’s fine arts museum, le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec announced that it has acquired the entire Inuit art collection of Raymond Brousseau.

The mayor of Quebec City, Jean-Paul L’Allier, said...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:59 pm

Rangers get enhanced status in new defence policy

Northern communities could see benefits as emphasis shifts to home turf

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The North is heading for a military “transformation” that will put more satellites and planes in the air, and more Canadian Rangers on the ground, according to the region’s top commander.

Col. Normand Couturier, the head of Canadian Forces Northern Area, has been beaming with...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:57 pm

New books bring Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun to classrooms

Local artists, authors collaborate to put stories on the page

JANE GEORGE

“Hamungarmat… or “What time is it, when…?” is the question that a new book helps young Nunavut children to answer -in both Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun.

The book asks kids to choose what words to say when they wake up, go to school, eat lunch, play, eat supper or go to sleep. At the same time, the...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:56 pm

Alaska prepares to lead Inuit Circumpolar Conference

After months of decline, Alaskan Inuit are gaining momentum before the 2006 general assembly

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

Last year was a rocky one for the Alaska office of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. By July 2004 the board of directors hadn’t made a decision in 12 months, the budget had been cut in half, and members were proving unresponsive to rescheduled meetings.

Now, the president of ICC...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:55 pm

Nunavut’s new commissioner

"I promise to do this task to the best of my ability"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Wearing a simple black skirt and a red tunic adorned on the right with an elaborate corsage, and on the left by her recently received Order of Canada medal, Iqaluit’s Ann Meekitjuk Hanson took her oath of office last week from Justice Beverly Browne to become Nunavut’s third commissioner.

“By...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:54 pm

Stars come out to highlight Arctic warming

Activists use "politics of influence" to shape opinion

JANE GEORGE

Enough of scientists and their predictions of the climate change: they haven’t yet managed to convince the United States to get serious about Arctic warming.

That’s why the Inuit Circumpolar Conference is embracing another strategy to change government policy, one based on an alliance between...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:53 pm

RCMP to interview retired officers on sled dog killings

"It won't just be our opinion of something that did or didn't happen"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The RCMP has launched a fact-finding mission on the killing of Inuit sled dogs, based on what former police officers witnessed in the Arctic decades ago.

In the coming months, a police officer will travel throughout the North to interview more than 10 retired colleagues about...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:52 pm

NTI seeks southern lending power for local businesses

$163 million in expansion costs too rich for local banks to handle

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Inuit leaders are courting southern investors to provide more than $160 million that Inuit businesses need to fill their appetite for growth.

A recently released survey shows that up to one-third of Inuit-owned firms are looking for a combined $163 million in capital to take on...

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Nunavut April 29, 2005 - 12:51 pm

Kitikmeot: Nunavut’s forgotten region

"I think we need to pull a Quebec, threaten separation..."

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SARA MINOGUE

Terry McCallum, the mayor of Cambridge Bay, had to laugh this past January when the Government of Nunavut announced the opening of a new liquor warehouse in Rankin Inlet, and again when Premier Paul Okalik and Finance Minister Leona Aglukkaq repeated the news to his hamlet council...

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Around the Arctic April 29, 2005 - 11:21 am

Kotzebue reopens local jail

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Northwest Alaska’s only regional jail is open again after Kotzebue won a promise from the Alaska Department of Corrections for more money for its operations.

Kotzebue closed its 14-bed facility in July 2003, saying it would no longer subsidize its operations. This move forced Alaska State Troopers...

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