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Iqaluit January 27, 2006 - 3:03 pm

Alcohol, cheating wives blamed for spousal abuse

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit city council’s meeting this past Tuesday evening dragged on for three hours and still ended with unfinished agenda, in part because of a prolonged debate over spousal violence and crime in the city.

Councilors heard that the number of prisoners held at RCMP detachment has risen steadily...

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Iqaluit January 27, 2006 - 3:03 pm

BBS gets the boot

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Baffin Building Systems is being given a big boot by the City of Iqaluit, and a hefty bill to pay for spilled oil.

Council passed a motion on Tuesday evening that orders BBS to close its asphalt plant and move it out of the North 40 by July 1, 2006.

The city plans to bill the company for the cost...

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Iqaluit January 27, 2006 - 3:02 pm

City hikes commercial garbage fees

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The City of Iqaluit decided to increase garbage collection fees for businesses and government by 50 per cent, at a meeting this past Tuesday.

The new rates will better reflect the cost of picking up garbage and maintaining the landfill, said Mark Hall, the city’s director of public works. The...

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Iqaluit January 27, 2006 - 3:02 pm

Shelter funds boosted

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Iqaluit’s homeless shelter will receive a $60,000 boost in federal funding managed by the city, to help pay for repairs to its new location.

That brings the city’s total contribution to $315,000. The money actually comes from two different federal programs, and will help pay off work done to bring...

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Iqaluit January 27, 2006 - 3:01 pm

No deal on Iqaluit pool

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s city council put off a decision to renew their lease on the community’s aging swimming pool, at a council meeting this past Tuesday.

That’s because they want to hear in person from the general manager of Nunastar, the owner of the building which houses the pool, about why their rent...

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Iqaluit January 27, 2006 - 3:00 pm

Iqaluit this week

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Family Literacy Day on Friday
Celebrate Family Literacy Day today from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Iqaluit Library, featuring the new NFB book and video “Let’s all read together.” Activities and prizes for kids. Contact the library at 979-5400 for more information.

Coffee house on Saturday
Saturday,...

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-none- January 27, 2006 - 2:30 pm

Atuuilik: Dog bites can severely injure children

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Every week several dog bites are reported to staff at Health and Social Services in communities in Nunavut. Usually the victim of the bite is a child, and frequently it involves a small child, under five years of age.

Some biting incidents result in injuries that are severe. Even minor injuries...

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Nunavut January 27, 2006 - 12:36 pm

Iqaluit council scratches for savings

Desperate measures may include tapping building reserve fund

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit councillors and city staff discussed how to trim fat from their draft budget during a committee of a whole meeting on Jan. 20.

The recommendations could shave expenses by $200,000. That’s about one-third of the $620,000 shortfall currently expected, which would be paid by ratepayers...

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Nunavut January 27, 2006 - 12:35 pm

Prisoner-rights group re-opens

“We’re brand new. We’re starting off like we’re a new baby”

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JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut’s John Howard Society is back at work.

The prisoner-rights group fell out with the City of Iqaluit during the fall of 2004 and later lost its bingo licence, which was being administered by the city at the time.

But in October 2005, the organization received a new bingo...

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Nunavut January 27, 2006 - 12:35 pm

CamBay seeks donations for hall rebuild

Get your name engraved on the heart of a community

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JOHN THOMPSON

Workers are putting the final touches to Cambridge Bay’s rebuilt community hall this week.

Now the hamlet needs help to pay off the hefty bill.

Chris King, the hamlet’s economic development officer, says response so far has been slow for their call for donations. The hamlet has...

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Nunavut January 27, 2006 - 12:34 pm

ICC wants Greenland to drop seal-skin import restriction

GN-led delegation heads to Greenland this week

JIM BELL

Saying that Arctic governments and Inuit organizations “must stand together” to confront the anti-sealing movement, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference urged the Greenland home rule government this week to halt its restrictions on Canadian sealskins.

“The way that this case was handled by the...

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Nunavut January 27, 2006 - 12:33 pm

Council ponders closure of sinking arena

“It’s a white elephant. We’re just paying money into it.”

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JOHN THOMPSON

Iqaluit’s AWG arena could be mothballed this spring if Iqaluit city councillors follow through on discussions last week.

Or the building could switch purposes and turn into spill-over office space for Iqaluit city hall, a storage space for old papers, and a new parking garage for...

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Nunavut January 27, 2006 - 12:32 pm

Draft law would remove accused wife beaters

Conference mulls proposals to curb domestic violence

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Police in Nunavut could be given the authority to remove accused spousal abusers from their own homes until their charges are dealt with in court.

That’s the intent of draft legislation presented to participants at a symposium held in Iqaluit last week on violence against...

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Nunavut January 27, 2006 - 12:31 pm

For Nancy, the fourth time’s a charm

“I can only handle this honour with great care”

JIM BELL

After an exhausting winter battle, Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell of Arviat will for a fourth time represent the people of Nunavut in the House of Commons, this time as a member of the official opposition.

“It is an honour. I can only handle this honour with great care,” Karetak-Lindell said, her...

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Iqaluit January 20, 2006 - 3:04 pm

Iqaluit this week

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Coffee house this weekend
Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 :30 p.m., Inuksuk High School. The Iqaluit Music Society presents a coffee house. For info, call Jennifer Wakegijig at 979-8832 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)...

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Iqaluit January 20, 2006 - 3:04 pm

GN isn’t pulling weight: City

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut isn’t paying its fair share for search and rescue, building inspections and emergency dispatch services, according to City of Iqaluit councilors.

“All these services are outside, basically, our jurisdiction,” said deputy mayor Glenn Williams, during budget discussions...

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Nunavut January 20, 2006 - 12:27 pm

Jan. 23: Decision day for Nunavut

Here's who's running and why they want your vote

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David Aglukark: Conservative Party of Canada
The 62-year-old Arviat resident is best-known outside his community for his work as a negotiator with the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut, and later with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Drawing upon that experience, he says that, if elected, he can help fix the...

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Nunavut January 20, 2006 - 12:26 pm

Caouette vows to push for separate Nunavik riding

But Liberal contender hasn't visited area during election campaign

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavik should have its own electoral riding, according to the Liberal candidate for the region.

That’s a popular dream shared by many Nunavimmiut - although it may be difficult to turn into political reality, given the region’s small population of about 10,000.

Still, Armand...

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Nunavik January 20, 2006 - 12:23 pm

Bloc MP’s Nunavik travels still make waves

"Wherever I go, people ask me if I know where I am"

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik’s member of Parliament, Yvon Lévesque of the Bloc Québécois, said he has a much better idea of the huge Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou riding than when he was first elected in June of 2004.

That’s good, because Nunavimmiut won’t forget how, on his first solo trip to the region, their new...

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Nunavut January 20, 2006 - 12:21 pm

Academic prescribes turbines to cool global warming

Scheme would cost every European a whopping $500

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A researcher at the University of Alberta has come up an odd scheme to reduce the effects of global warming - one that involves 8,100 barges equipped with wind turbines pumping water to produce more Arctic ice.

Dr. Peter Flynn, who holds the Poole Chair in Management for Engineers, suggested the...

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