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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:18 pm

Canadian company seeks Greenland oil

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Oil deposits worth about $4 billion are thought to be lying in two marine areas off the coast of Nuuk, says the Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten.

A Canadian oil company, EnCana, plans to start drilling by 2008. This will be the first time since 2000 that there has been drilling for oil in or near...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:18 pm

No unity at climate change meeting in Greenland

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Global warming is a clear and present threat to nature and human communities in the Arctic, Greenland’s premier Hans Enoksen told ministers from the United States, India, China, and 22 other countries, who met last week in Ilulissat.

“Climate change is a ‘hot’ issue in Greenland,” Enoksen said....

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:17 pm

Suicide crusader tired but happy

"I see people who have lost their sons and daughters and fathers and mothers"

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SARA MINOGUE

They wake up every morning at seven, start paddling at nine, and don’t finish until six in the evening. It’s a hard life, but half-way into a six-week kayaking tour of Nunavik, Ainalik Qavavauk is happy he came.

Qavavauk, 32, is one of six kayakers traveling from Kuujjuaraapik to...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:14 pm

Healing the sick and trading for furs

Medical historian documents unique role of St.Luke's Hospital

JANE GEORGE

For more than 30 years, St. Luke’s Hospital in Pangnirtung was a centre of health care for the Eastern Arctic.

Until it closed in 1972, the hospital was also a centre of trade in the Cumberland Sound. Healthy Inuit arrived at the hospital from camps to trade skins, country foods and handicrafts,...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:14 pm

Boost price for polar bear hunt, researcher urges

Southern sportsmen don't pay enough, academic says

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JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut’s polar bear hunt is a multi-million dollar industry, but most of the spoils never reach Inuit hands, and when they do, those earnings vary substantially from community to community, a recent study suggests.

Dr. George Wenzel from McGill University examined the economic...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:13 pm

Accused teacher asks for stay of charges

Delay of 18 months "a fact we have to accept," Crown says

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JOHN THOMPSON

A teacher accused of sexual assault, and whose life has been frozen for a year and a half by delays in his trial, has applied to have the charge he faces stayed.

David Wiseman was charged with sexual assault against a student in April 2004, while he was employed as a teacher at the...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:12 pm

Inuit language conference an English-only event

Dialects pose barrier to common understanding by delegates

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When delegates to an international youth conference on Inuit languages met in Iqaluit last week, they were unable to conduct any of their working sessions in their native tongue or dialects.

Instead, the group of about 20 youth and elders at the Inuit Circumpolar Youth Council’s first symposium...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:12 pm

National housing minister makes Nunavut wait

"We've lost a year already. I don't want to see any more time lost"

JIM BELL

He didn’t say yes, and he didn’t say no.

That means Joe Fontana, the federal housing minister, will make the people of Nunavut wait a little longer before he gives a clear answer to a $1.9 billion Inuit-specific housing proposal submitted nearly a year ago by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:11 pm

Resolution Island cleanup near complete

From environmental meltdown to make-work project

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JOHN THOMPSON

Iqaluit residents upset by unearthed oil drums discovered during construction in Lower Base should take a trip about 300 kilometres southeast.

Contaminants unearthed in Nunavut’s capital are nothing compared to what’s found further offshore.

Visit Resolution Island and you’ll find...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:10 pm

Blind swimmer takes home gold

Urban Inuk born a water baby

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JOHN THOMPSON

Nervous anticipation filled Jenna Kayakjuak as she stood by the pool’s edge at the Canada Summer Games in Regina.

As she remembers it, she just wanted the race, a 100-metre butterfly event, over and done with. Before diving into the water, she pulled her swimming goggles, painted...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:10 pm

Nunavut’s tuberculosis cases climb to 33

"We always have a high rate. It's a disease of poverty"

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SARA MINOGUE

Tuberculosis is more common in third-world countries than in wealthy Canada, but in Nunavut, health officials have counted 33 cases of the disease just three-quarters of the way into the year.

That means that 2005 could still top the year 2000, when 48 cases were reported in the...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:09 pm

It’s a good bowhead hunt for Repulse Bays

Hunters get whale in less than four hours

JIM BELL

A crew of hunters led by Marcel Mapsalak of Repulse Bay caught a 54-foot bowhead whale last week, and their community was still celebrating at press-time this week.

This was the fifth legal bowhead hunt in Nunavut since the signing of the Nunavut land claims agreement in 1993.

Nunavut Tunngavik...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:08 pm

Land claim goes into history books

Filmmakers bring recent history to Nunavut classrooms

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SARA MINOGUE

When the Nunavut land claims agreement came into force on April 1, 1999, Stacey Aglok was a high school student in Kugluktuk.

“That’s old enough to at least have some basic understanding of what was going on, but I don’t even remember that day,” says Aglok, now 23.

It wasn’t until...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 12:08 pm

Business declares war over power rates

"A veil of secrecy and silence"

JIM BELL

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce launched a full-blown campaign this week aimed at pressing Energy Minister Ed Picco to delay a second power rate application requested this past May by the Qulliq Energy Corp. on behalf of the Nunavut Power Corp.

The business group says the public needs more time to...

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Nunavut August 26, 2005 - 11:40 am

Our land of coldest winters and least sun

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You may have already known it, but now Environment Canada can confirm: Nunavut has the toughest weather in Canada.

The national weather office released a study this past Wednesday based on 30 years of data from 150 weather stations around the country.

Nunavut ranked number one in 22 of 70 weather...

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Iqaluit August 26, 2005 - 11:39 am

$8,000 worth of booze seized at Iqaluit home

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Police seized large amounts of booze and cash from an Iqaluit home, after several months of investigation and use of a search warrant.

Maurice Lachance, 57, faces one count of unlawfully selling liquor. He first appears in court in Iqaluit on Oct. 14.

Police estimate the total worth of the beer,...

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Iqaluit August 26, 2005 - 11:39 am

Iqaluit this week

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Iqaluit Square Community Workshop
Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., come out and get involved in the construction of the new Iqaluit Square outside of the elders’ centre. On Saturday there will be hands-on training on dry stone walling by two stone masons, and you get to...

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Nunavut August 19, 2005 - 12:06 pm

Traditional seal skinning caught on tape

Rules, terminology, butchering methods become teaching materials for KSB

JANE GEORGE

“What is the name and location of the little bone in the body of the seal that guarantees that your children will be born beautiful if you swallow it straight down without chewing on it? What are the differences between the eye of the seal and the human eye?”

These are just a few of the questions...

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Nunavut August 19, 2005 - 12:05 pm

City to squeeze more space out of old cemetery

New site won't be ready for at least one year

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Iqaluit city council voted this week to make room this summer for as many as 24 new grave sites at the community’s old cemetery, buying more time to properly prepare a new cemetery site in the West 40.

They plan to create roughly eight to 16 new grave sites by removing a storage shed at the...

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Nunavut August 19, 2005 - 12:04 pm

Nunavut studies plans for caribou, muskox industry

Meat from harvest could be marketed around the world

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Fifty-five people in Coral Harbour, who participate in Canada’s only commercial caribou hunt, harvested 3,800 animals whose meat was sold around the world last year.

Now the Government of Nunavut is getting ready to see if other caribou herds can be hunted commercially.

Last Thursday, the GN...

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