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Nunavik May 27, 2005 - 10:32 am

Nunavik bingos, bars, restaurants could go smoke-free Jan. 1

Quebec clamps down on smoking

JANE GEORGE

Clouds of smoke in bars and restaurants: this will all end when a tougher Quebec law prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and almost every public place in Quebec after January 2006.

And as of Sept. 1, 2006, smoking will be prohibited on the grounds of all primary and secondary schools.

Quebec’s...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:30 am

What’s in the report?

Coalition concerned that river diversion will increase freshwater flow to Hudson Bay and James Bay

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The “Conformity Assessment” makes several detailed recommendations for changes to Hydro-Quebec’s environmental impact statement, such as including more information on the cumulative impacts of the La Grande project of the 1970s.

Since that project’s construction, ice break-up has been occurring...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:30 am

Adventure tourism proves fatal for two bears

Organizers of Polar Race negotiating compensation for animal killed in self-defence

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SARA MINOGUE

Nunavut’s department of environment is not particularly alarmed about two polar bears killed by adventure tourists trekking to the magnetic North pole this spring.

“There’s only so much you can do,” said Steve Pinksen, director of policy planning and legislation for the...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:29 am

UN forum pushes for indigenous rights declaration

Poverty cited as major obstacle

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

As the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues continued its fourth session in New York City this week, participants highlighted the disastrous effects of poverty, continuing conflicts and lack of access to education, and stressed the need to complete the...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:28 am

Hydro-Quebec understated project’s impact on Sanikiluaq, group says

Coalition concerned that river diversion will increase freshwater flow to Hudson Bay and James Bay

JANE GEORGE

Hydro-Québec’s newest hydroelectric project will have a bigger impact than its Environmental Impact Statement says it will, according to a working group consisting of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the Nunavut government and the Hamlet of Sanikiluaq.

The working group’s...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:28 am

Nunavut hopes new subsidies will help teen parents

Many of our young people are getting pregnant, age 14 and up"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

The government of Nunavut is handing out new subsidies to cover the rising costs of daycare for teenage parents willing to stay in school.

The program is called Young Parents Stay Learning, an initiative started with little fanfare in this year’s territorial budget.

Ed Picco,...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:27 am

Picco accuses Ottawa of sidelining Nunavut child care needs

"We need extra help for the extra cost of delivering programs"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut’s minister of education is ready to give up on talks that he hoped would give the northern territories special status in a $5-billion national child care program.

Ed Picco has accused the federal government of sidelining the territory’s need for more child care dollars...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:26 am

Author defends endangered designation for Peary caribou

"I believe I did a very good job of including traditional knowledge"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Inuit traditional knowledge was collected in a “fair and balanced way” for the report used to recommend Peary caribou be treated as an endangered species, according to its author.

Lee Harding, a Vancouver-based consultant, said in an interview this week that he was unaware of...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:26 am

GN takes over loan, subsidy programs in Kivalliq

"I hope this will mean that funds will flow faster"

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Kivalliq hamlets and budding entrepreneurs should expect their search for loans and training programs to be easier now that the government of Nunavut has taken over the administration of subsidy programs in the region.

The GN’s department of economic development and...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:25 am

NTI threatens lawsuit over caribou decision

Feds accused of ignoring procedures in land claims agreement

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is threatening legal action to shut down the federal government’s move towards deeming Peary caribou to be an endangered species.

Leaders of Nunavut’s land claim organization said they were shocked by the federal environment minister’s announcement last...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:24 am

Four-day flight freeze at Iqaluit airport

Instrument breakdown and heavy fog stop traffic

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SARA MINOGUE

This past Friday, Iqaluit airport manager John Graham was supposed to be in Halifax, but his flight was among about 30 that were rerouted or delayed thanks to a breakdown of the airport’s landing equipment and a low fog that, at times, reduced visibility to several metres.

“This is...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:24 am

Nunavut’s own floor-crosser sympathizes with Belinda Stronach

"Nunavut needed to happen at all costs, and this was the cost for me personally"

JIM BELL

When Peter Ittinuar watched Belinda Stronach abandon the Conservative party last week to join Paul Martin’s ruling Liberals, he felt like saying “welcome to the club, Belinda.”

That’s because Ittinuar knows what it’s like to be called a traitor.

“It’s incredible how much hostility you get… People...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:23 am

Former youth worker gets three years for sex with minors

Kimmirut man violated court order and beat common-law wife

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GREG YOUNGER-LEWIS

A Kimmirut man under house arrest for having sex with two underage girls and beating up his wife was recently sent to prison after a panel of territorial judges withdrew his conditional sentence.

Josephie Gordon Pudlat, 25, was sentenced to three years in prison by the Nunavut...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 10:22 am

Two girls for every boy at GN

Inuit women surge ahead in education, government jobs

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SARA MINOGUE

Visitors to the second floor of Iqaluit’s Trigram building will notice two things when they enter the Government of Nunavut’s human resources department.

First, the huge windows that fill the room with light, and second, that almost everyone in the office is female, including the...

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Around the Arctic May 27, 2005 - 9:49 am

Reindeer overrunning Greenland

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS

Reindeer populations in western Greenland have grown beyond healthy levels, say wildlife biologists who are recommending unlimited hunting this year.

Reindeer hunting season in Greenland begins on August 1, and officials have approved an open season on the animals in hopes...

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Around the Arctic May 27, 2005 - 9:48 am

Arctic Leaders urge action climate change

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS

A group of Arctic leaders were in Denmark this week to urge the Danish people to keep up their good work on fighting climate change.

“We thank Denmark and the other European Union countries for taking such a strong lead on climate change action,” said Chief Gary Harrison of...

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Around the Arctic May 27, 2005 - 9:48 am

Art icebreaker in Iceland

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS

Fifty of the most progressive Nordic and Baltic visual and performance artists will be in Iceland next week to promote interaction between the performing and visual arts. The event called “break the ICE” is arranged by NordScen, the Nordic Centre for the Performing Arts, and...

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Iqaluit May 27, 2005 - 9:43 am

Three youth charged with setting Apex house on fire

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Police have arrested three youth for lighting a fire that gutted an uninhabited house in Apex earlier this month.

Firefighters arrived at house 3072 on May 13 evening to find fire shooting out the windows, and a plume of smoke rising so high that it could be seen from the far end of Iqaluit.

Leo...

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Iqaluit May 27, 2005 - 9:42 am

Iqaluit this week

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High school art show
Tonight, 5 p.m., Inuksuk High School. Come out and support the work of local artists and musicians. Refreshments will be available.

Shelter open house
Saturday, May 28, 1 - 3 p.m., House #778. The Salvation Army is holding an open house at the proposed new homeless shelter,...

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Nunavut May 27, 2005 - 9:39 am

U.S. climber dies near Clyde River

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A twenty-four year old U.S. rock climber died last Friday in the Stewart Valley about 330 kilometres north of Clyde River.

Four other team members, including the man’s cousin, reported the accident by satellite phone.

Drew Wilson left Louisville, Ky. for the expedition in late April with three...

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