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Around the Arctic October 28, 2005 - 4:36 pm

Women strike in Iceland

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Icelandic workplaces were paralysed at 2:08 p.m. on Monday when the women of the country went on strike in protest at the lack of wage parity between men and women. They stopped at that moment because 64.15 per cent of the work day was over — and if they were men and earning the same pay for the...

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Nunavik October 28, 2005 - 4:34 pm

Minnesota imports help teachers revive pure sled dogs

When you get angry at mixed breeds “they get mad at you,” musher says

JANE GEORGE

Two teachers at Kangiqsualujjuaq’s Ulluriaq School are trying to re-establish the pure Inuit sled dog breed through a project called Qimmiit Utirtut: the dogs are back!

Last week, the project took off as Daniel Annanack and Mark Brazeau welcomed three new purebred Inuit sled dog puppies from a...

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Nunavik October 28, 2005 - 4:34 pm

Health director already responding to bad news

Suicide, violence and poverty are top priority for Nunavik health board

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik is dealing with its public health challenges, despite sobering news from the Qanuippitaa health survey’s preliminary results, said Dr. Serge Déry, the region’s director of public health.

Déry said there has been a marked “deterioration” in the mental health of Nunavimmiut and certain...

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Nunavik October 28, 2005 - 4:33 pm

Nunavimmiut fare poorly in health survey

Suicide the number one cause of death in Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

The preliminary results of the 2004 Qanuippitaa health survey show some positive improvements in the state of Nunavik residents’ health since 1992.

But the survey’s findings also point to several disturbing increases in the levels of abuse, violence, substance use and suicide, which are affecting...

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Iqaluit October 28, 2005 - 4:32 pm

Snowfall puts Road to Nowhere homes at risk

Insurance companies put onus on owners, homeowner tells council

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JOHN THOMPSON

Snowmachines might rocket off her roof, or neighbourhood children could tumble from the eaves and crack their heads.

Those are some concerns of insurance companies who refuse to do further business with Doreen Barrieau, a homeowner who lives on the Road to Nowhere in...

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Iqaluit October 28, 2005 - 4:31 pm

Break-in bandit caught, police say

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JOHN THOMPSON

Iqaluit RCMP arrested a young man they’re blaming for the rash of break-ins that swept town over the last month and a half.

Police pinned 17 counts of break-and-entry on Arnaitok Nuvaqiq, 19, after discovering him inside Arctic Ventures around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 19.

Nuvaqiq had...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:30 pm

Emergency contraceptives now more available

“Morning-after” pill a last resort for women

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SARA MINOGUE

Women in Nunavut have new levels of access to emergency contraceptives, commonly known as the “morning after” pill.

If taken within 72 hours after sex, emergency contraceptives can cut the risk of pregnancy by as much as 89 per cent.

Health Canada announced that women across the...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:28 pm

Professional hunters provide food for Greenlanders

“It is very convenient if you can buy whale meat or muktuk or reindeer meat in nice packages”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In Nunavut, the sale of fresh caribou, fish, whale and walrus happens largely out of sight if it happens at all, but in Greenland, country food is widely available: in outdoor markets where Inuit hunters sell their produce directly, or in the freezer aisle of the grocery store.

“In each town, you...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:26 pm

Sales brisk at Iqaluit country foods store

“I don’t have a hunter... I crave for country food and I will go and buy it when it is available”

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SARA MINOGUE

On a Friday morning at Iqaluit Enterprises, six customers enter in the span of 10 minutes to peruse two large freezers full of Arctic char, muktuk, shrimp and prawns.

It’s not always this busy, says owner Jim Currie, but Friday is a payday, and this week, there are several meetings...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:24 pm

QIA surplus fills development funds vacuum

QC businesses making profits

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s source of economic development funding has dried up, at least for now.

Every year the Nunavut Trust doles out cash to Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., which in turn hands money down to the three regional Inuit organizations.

But the agreement to continue...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:23 pm

New US. ambassador takes charm tour into Nunavut

“I think that’s what friends do. Friends sit down and talk”

JIM BELL

David Wilkins, the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, took his nation-wide goodwill tour into Nunavut last week, bestowing a gift on Arctic College and playing up the need for Canada and the U.S. to talk to each other about the issues that divide them.

“I think that’s what friends do. Friends sit down...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:22 pm

QIA leader denounces RCMP dog report

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JOHN THOMPSON

There is no evidence of an RCMP plot to systematically kill Inuit sled dogs from the 1950s to 1970s, according to an interim report drafted by police and recently presented to a House of Commons standing committee.

The 25-page report acknowledges that RCMP did shoot sled dogs during...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:22 pm

Pond mourns dead teen

Prayers assist in retrieving body from frozen lake

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

A 17-year-old boy from Pond Inlet died after he fell through the ice last week.

Dan George Kippomee and his older brother were busy setting two family fish nets in a lake, 12 miles south of town during the early afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The day grew dark, the brothers became...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:21 pm

Food mail contract up for grabs

Today’s decision could reshape flight paths in the North

JANE GEORGE

When the winning bid on the $200-million, five-year food mail contract is announced today, only one of the North’s two major airlines — First Air or Canadian North — will be happy.

Under the food mail program, the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs gives Canada Post a subsidy to...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:20 pm

Power corporation gets lean and mean

QEC slashes spending, reduces annual loss

JIM BELL

It’s not every day that a business feels good about announcing a loss.

But that’s exactly how the Qulliq Energy Corp.’s officials feel this week, after their latest numbers showed that in its last fiscal year, dramatic spending cuts narrowed the gap betweeen sales and operating costs, cutting the...

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Nunavut October 28, 2005 - 4:19 pm

Urban Inuit seek voice at Ottawa gathering

“I think it’s been an urgent situation for a long time”

JIM BELL

Canada’s growing population of urban Inuit, tired of watching governments and land claims organizations ignore them, took a big step this week towards achieving a measure of justice and fairness.

Inuit from seven Canadian cities met at an Ottawa hotel on Wednesday and Thursday for a conference...

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Nunavik October 28, 2005 - 3:43 pm

TNI shuts TV studio in Kuujjuaq

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Taqramiut Nipingat Inc.’s television production studio in Kuujjuaq is officially closed, according to a news release from TNI.

TNI says the studio had to shut down due “to a lack of staff, which resulted in a lack of productions.” TNI’s radio production centre in Kuujjuaq continues its regular...

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Nunavik October 28, 2005 - 3:43 pm

Hydro plant to pave way for mining development

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As diesel power generation for Kuujjuaq is becoming increasingly expensive, a proposed northerly extension of the Hydro-Québec grid from the LG4 dam, some 600 kiolmetres to the south, is in the planning stages.

Last month, engineers from Hydro-Québec were in the community to advance the project,...

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Iqaluit October 28, 2005 - 3:34 pm

Looking for clues

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Iqaluit RCMP is asking the public for tips to help find out who broke into the Tittaq office products on Oct. 18.

At around 3:05 a.m. an alarm alerted police to the business. Police found that a break-and-enter had occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Iqaluit RCMP at...

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Iqaluit October 28, 2005 - 3:34 pm

Iqaluit approves new cop shop

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit city council approved the development of a new RCMP headquarters during a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The two-story building will be located on Federal Road, across from the Government of Nunavut building, and serve as a new headquarters for the “V” Division and as a new Iqaluit...

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