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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:58 pm

Northwest Passage more congested than ever

Cambay radio man coordinates six boats in one summer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

At 3 a.m. on a chilly August day, hundreds of Arctic Bay residents rushed to the beach or launched their boats to watch two Norwegians navigate a final loop around the bay in their 13-metre yacht before leaving the spot where they had overwintered while trapped in ice, and heading...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:57 pm

Clean wastewater streams out of Raglan’s Mine Three

“If it wasn’t so cold, it would be fun to swim in”

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik’s Raglan nickel mine is using a thrifty new process to reduce its amount of waste and, at the same time, retrieve marketable metals.

The processing plant is the first of its kind in the world, said Mike Bratty from Bioteq Environmental Technologies, a B.C.-based company that developed the...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:56 pm

Wireless telecommunications: how the KRG did it

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First, the Kativik Regional Government received $1.8 million each from Canada and Quebec, and $1 million from the $1 billion Sanarrutik agreement on social and economic development in Nunavik.

This was enough money to get the system going inside KRG offices throughout Nunavik in 2003, using...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:56 pm

Nunavik lures Nunavut IT specialist

Goo Arnaquq likes challenge, loves benefits

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Some might find it strange that a resident of Pangnirtung would leave a good Government of Nunavut job and move to northern Quebec to work for the much smaller Kativik Regional Government.

But not Goo Arnaquq.

The KRG recently lured Arnaquq away from the GN to work as an information...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:55 pm

Justice system offers confusion, delays

JANE GEORGE

The justice system provided its share of action, boredom and mishaps in a Kuujjuaq courtroom last week, including:

  * The worst: the presence of an accused rapist and his victim in the same courtroom;
  * No court worker for the Ungava Bay;
  * No victims’ advocate present;
  * A court...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:55 pm

Sexual assault on elder spurs Nunavik mayors to action

“It’s my responsibility to make sure my community is a safe and a solid place”

JANE GEORGE

Two Nunavik mayors are asking the Quebec justice system to make sure those accused or found guilty of serious offenses stay in jail.

That was the message which Juusipi Annahatak, the mayor of Kangirsuk, and Andy Moorhouse, the mayor of Inukjuak, delivered last week to Suzanne Ricard, the Crown...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:54 pm

A day in the life of a Nunavik courtroom

“I am tired of men raping me. I am not a piece of meat”

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — The cast of Nunavik’s harshest reality show, the traveling court, crammed into an airless courtroom in Kuujjuaq last week to mark the start of a new court season, filled with conjugal violence, child abuse, assaults, impaired driving, drug dealing and judicial absurdity.

Offenders in...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:53 pm

Heroes among Canadian Rangers

Bravery medal holders bid farewell to Adrienne Clarkson

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FRANCINE HUOT

Nine Canadian Rangers and two Junior Canadian Rangers traveled to Ottawa to bid farewell to Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on Sept. 21.

Among them were two Rangers who had previously been awarded the medal of bravery by Clarkson.

Sgt. Levi Palituq of Clyde River received his...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:52 pm

BBDC solves technical glitch, but still needs more cash

“It’s been fixed. It’s solved. It’s really not an issue”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

A glitch in the Baffin Business Development Corporation’s accounting software short-changed about a dozen clients during the 2003 and 2004 fiscal years, delegates heard at the BBDC’s annual general meeting in Iqaluit last Sunday.

The calculations were out by a few hundred dollars...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:52 pm

Toboggan sun solves 400-year-old mystery

Resolute weatherman adds High Arctic phenomenon to scientific journal

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

In 1597, the ill-fated Dutch explorer Willem Barents and his crew watched the spectacle of the planet Jupiter sliding across the central mountain range of Novaya Zemlya. It was a strange sight, given that Jupiter should have been well below the horizon.

The phenomenon helped fool...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:51 pm

Inuit want in on International Polar Year

“They will be coming to our own backyards and conducting this research, and we expect to be involved”

JANE GEORGE

Canadian Arctic researchers now know they’ll have $150 million to spend over six years, in conjunction with the International Polar Year, which kicks off in 2007 and ends in 2008.

“It is all new money. No re-announcements here,” said David Hik, executive director of the Canadian International...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:48 pm

Nunavut’s rocks start to pay off

Annual value of exploration approaches $200 million

JIM BELL

Nunavut’s richest natural resource industry is now moving from adolescence to adulthood, as mining companies slowly progress from exploration to production.

A coalition of government and quasi-government organizations organized a seven-day series of promotional events last week to tell the people...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:47 pm

House call turns into nightmare for deaf Iqaluit man

Complaint alleges that RCMP officers used excessive force

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

A deaf man has launched a formal complaint against two Iqaluit RCMP constables for using “excessive force” during what should have been a routine house call.

Laban Awa, 32, was upstairs in his home at White Row with his one-year-old son when RCMP officers Duane Flynn and Viral...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:46 pm

Staffing shortages could delay Education Act

Public consultations on new legislation underway

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

A staffing shortage may delay the new Education Act that Education Minister Ed Picco had hoped to present to the Legislative Assembly by February 2006.

Manitok Thompson has been working on public consultations for the bill, largely on her own, since late 2004 when she joined the...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:46 pm

Iqaluit seaport gets closer to reality

“Let’s get it done. It’s tangible. It could happen”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

The City of Iqaluit has developed a proposal to build a deepwater seaport by October 2009.

The proposed plan would cost $49 million — far cheaper than earlier anticipated.

Council heard about the plan, prepared by Aarluk Consulting, Gartner Lee Ltd. and port planner Captain Chris...

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Nunavut September 30, 2005 - 12:45 pm

One out of two Nunavummiut go hungry

“Listening to the local radio, there is a constant number of callers who want to borrow money for food”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

If you asked 10 people in Nunavut whether they or someone in their household had gone without enough to eat in the past year because of a lack of money, five would say yes.

That means seven times as many people in Nunavut, per capita, have suffered from hunger than in Canada as a...

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Around the Arctic September 30, 2005 - 12:10 pm

Cell phones, people neck-and-neck in Iceland

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Believe it or not: There are only 40 fewer cell phones in use in Iceland then there are Icelanders.

A report from the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland says there are 293,537 cell phones in use. According to Statistics Iceland, there were 293,577 Icelanders...

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Around the Arctic September 30, 2005 - 12:10 pm

Environment ministers preparing for climate talks

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Environment ministers from more than 30 countries met in Ottawa last weekend to prepare for the new round of negotiations on climate change scheduled for Montreal in November.

“It’s about trying to come to some agreement among countries that have voiced support for...

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Around the Arctic September 30, 2005 - 12:09 pm

Tax the fat, Scandinavians say

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Officials from Greenland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden recently discussed the pros and cons of a “weight tax” in their countries at a seminar organised by the Nordic Council’s Welfare and Citizens´ Committees.

This tax would compensate for the fact that...

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Around the Arctic September 30, 2005 - 12:08 pm

Country foods bound to U.S. from Greenland

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

The export of reindeer, musk ox and other Greenlandic food to the United States may soon become a reality, if the U.S.-Greenland-Denmark joint committee gets its way.

Regular air service between Greenland, the U.S. and Canada is the first step towards this trade,...

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