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Around the Arctic July 29, 2005 - 3:29 pm

New Circumpolar Artists Association

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Drum dancers, throat singers, mask-dancers and other artists in the Arctic have a new on-line network.

The new web site wants to offer artists from the circumpolar region a chance to have a kind of “homepage” for their art and skills, according to Mads Lumholdt, a half-Danish, half-Greenlandic...

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Nunavik July 29, 2005 - 3:28 pm

Bear ban bad for business

Fussy Europeans could be tougher sell

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JOHN THOMPSON

A possible decision by the United States to ban polar bear trophies could be a serious blow to Nunavut outfitters for the upcoming hunting season, suggests the territory’s tourism bureau.

Some outfitters have suggested that American hunters could simply be substituted for Europeans...

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Nunavik July 29, 2005 - 3:27 pm

Maiden cruise gets hung up on Koksoak River

Ship stranded for two days after getting stuck on sand bar

JANE GEORGE

The Koksoak River in Kuujjuaq gave passengers on the first cruise organized by Makivik-owned Cruise North Expeditions a more exciting journey than they bargained for.

Known as a tricky river to navigate, the Koksoak is riddled with sandbars, whose locations change from year to year.

On the...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:26 pm

Dion urged to create bowhead sanctuary

Clyde River seen as great eco-tourism site

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When he visits Nunavut next week, federal environment minister Stéphane Dion may make a move towards declaring Isabella Bay a bowhead whale sanctuary.

That’s what Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the members of Clyde River’s Igaliqtuuq Steering Committee and Naluaqtaliq...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:26 pm

Nunavut keeps its cool as world swelters

Scientists observe shift in Arctic Ocean's effect on weather

JANE GEORGE

The summer of 2005 is looking like the world’s hottest in history.

That’s what Wayne Davidson, an Environment Canada weather station operator in Resolute Bay and keen follower of the sun, also predicted several months ago, and his prediction was right on target.

“It is easy to state that 2005...

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Iqaluit July 29, 2005 - 3:25 pm

Blooming time

Flowers flourish at Iqaluit's sewage lagoon

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JOHN THOMPSON

Iqaluit possesses a wide range of habitats, from flat sandy shores to craggy outcrops, that make it an ideal home for a variety of Arctic plants.

But the Nunavut capital’s growing population size could be another reason why plants flourish near the city.

“Want to see a lot of lush,...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:24 pm

Lower Base workers continue to toil in oil

"It's like cod fishing. You come home, you stink. So you have a shower."

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JOHN THOMPSON

Utilidor installation has resumed, but residents’ concerns remain in the Lower Base area of Iqaluit, where work was halted because of soil contaminated with petroleum.

The installation of sewage and water mains by Tower Arctic was brought to a halt by a Workers Compensation Board...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:24 pm

Mars project puts greenhouse on Devon Island

Crater dwellers endure excess of bad weather, mud and spaghetti

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut’s own wannabe Mars explorers are back on Devon Island, poking around the Haughton Crater in space suits and souped-up ATVs.

And if you want to see why gardening in Nunavut is like gardening on Mars, you won’t want to miss descriptions and photos of the greenhouses they’re building on Devon...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:22 pm

GN grants money to Qikiqtarjuaq fishermen

Nattivak will test feasibility of inshore fishery close to home

JIM BELL

Members of Qikiqtarjuaq’s Nattivak Hunters and Trappers Association are getting ready to add another boat to their growing fleet of small fishing vessels.

This time, it’s a 30-foot vessel called the Gaski, which they’ll use to conduct a test turbot fishery, near their community, in the inshore...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:21 pm

Canada told to keep hands off Hans Island

"It's time that the case is taken to one or another forum for international settlement"

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NUUK, GREENLAND - Greenland’s home rule government is up in arms over last week’s visit to Hans Island by Bill Graham, Canada’s defence minister, and wants the United Nations to intervene.

Hans Island is a barren lump of rock located between northern Ellesmere Island and Greenland, which is...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:20 pm

GN allows more time to critique Qulliq

Input deadline extended for proposed power surcharge

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JOHN THOMPSON

Energy Minister Ed Picco has bowed to pressure from the Iqaluit business lobby to allow more time for public submissions on the latest application to raise power rates.

The Qulliq Energy Corporation has asked the Utility Rates Review Council for permission to charge an extra...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:18 pm

Nunavut leads with single mothers

Baby stats paint troubling picture

JANE GEORGE

Young, single and pregnant: Nunavut babies are more likely to have unmarried teens as mothers than anywhere else in the country.

In 2003, of the 758 births in Nunavut, 522 were to single, never-married mothers.

About 35 of these babies were born to girls under 15, and 150 to teenagers aged 15 to...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:18 pm

Former MLA’s conflict of interest allegation fizzles out

Hunter Tootoo: vehemently denies allegation

JIM BELL

Kelvin Ng, the former Nunavut MLA and finance minister, said this week that he’s unlikely to pursue a conflict-of-interest action that he started last month against Hunter Tootoo, the MLA for Iqaluit Centre, saying it’s not possible for him to submit his concerns in the form required by Nunavut’s......

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:17 pm

GN gives stranded patient the brush-off

"They don't want to help Inuit"

JANE GEORGE

The Government of Nunavut has told Palluq Manning, a homeless diabetic suffering from kidney failure, that since he is no longer a Nunavut resident, he should apply to the Ontario government for help.

Manning, 37, is now stranded in Ottawa because he requires dialysis treatment, a service that is...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 3:17 pm

Feds back off on Peary caribou listing

"It's good news for us, to get fully acknowledged."

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JOHN THOMPSON

The federal government, acknowledging it didn’t follow the process spelled out in the Nunavut land claims agreement, has reversed its decision to declare Peary caribou an endangered species.

Nunavut’s land claims negotiator hailed the reversal, but the author of a report suggesting...

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Iqaluit July 29, 2005 - 2:14 pm

Iqaluit this week

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Computer Science Camp For Kids
August 1 - 5, for kids aged 9 to 12. For details call 979-7280 or visit the Nunavut Research Institute, building 959.

August 15 - 19, Joamie School. Featuring drum dancing, throat singing, fiddle, guitar, band, choir, handbells, songs and games. For information, call...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 2:09 pm

Sapphires worth big money

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After studying rock samples from its Beluga Property near Kimmirut, True North Gems of Vancouver has found that digging for sapphires could be worth big money.

Geologist and gemologist Warren Boyd noted that the Blue Sapphires found at the deposit are especially valuable. These naturally blue...

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Nunavut July 29, 2005 - 2:09 pm

Gay couple plans marriage in Yellowknife

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Now that same-sex marriage is officially legal in Canada, two Yellowknife men have applied for a marriage licence, CBC Yellowknife reported on Tuesday.

Jason Perrino and Colin Snow filed a lawsuit against the GNWT in May, alleging that refusing them a licence was a violation of their Charter...

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Around the Arctic July 22, 2005 - 3:16 pm

Greenland’s union makes unilingual computer deal

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new computer instruction book in Greenlandic - which SIK paid for - comes with the computers.

“Our unilingual members in SIK are just as clever as other people,” said SIK chairman Per Berthelsen. “Our members are not stupid, just because they cannot speak Danish.”

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Around the Arctic July 22, 2005 - 3:15 pm

High gas prices hit Norway hard

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Gas prices in northern Norway are now more than $2 a litre.

“This is even more expensive than at home,” German tourist Tobias Humle told newspaper VG. “We hadn’t expected that it would be like this in a country that produces as much oil as Norway.”

The high prices at the pump are due to the taxes...

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