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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 3:12 pm

Iqaluit is future home of Nunavut heritage centre

Construction costs for ambitious museum could top $55 million

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Iqaluit is the future location for a Nunavut Heritage Centre to store and display Inuit artifacts discovered in the eastern Arctic, but now stored in museums outside the territory, the Government of Nunavut announced last week.

Louis Tapardjuk, Nunavut’s culture minister, said Iqaluit is the most...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 3:11 pm

GN should centralize accounting jobs, AG says

Blistering report says GN has “history of breaking the rules”

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The Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, took aim at the Government of Nunavut’s most untouchable sacred cow, its decentralized administration, in a blistering report on Nunavut’s financial system that recommends the “recentralization” of financial management jobs.

Fraser said in her report,...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 3:09 pm

Rankin to get $5.5 million trades school

GN says renovations of old college mechanic shop due for completion in 2009

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RANKIN INLET — A humble garage on the edge of Rankin Inlet is to undergo an estimated $5.5 million makeover that will turn it into a shiny new trades school by 2009.
“It needs a complete retrofit,” said Pamela Hine, the Government of Nunavut’s deputy minister of education, as she surveyed the...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 3:01 pm

GN gives fuel-tax break to mining companies

No sign of Kelowna promises in new Nunavut budget

JIM BELL

To entice more job-creating investment from outside the territory, the Government of Nunavut will provide fuel tax rebates to mining companies and other businesses starting April 1.
The move is one of only a few highlights contained in Nunavut’s business-friendly budget for the 2006-07 fiscal

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 2:57 pm

Kuujjuaq jury delivers guilty verdict in brutal sexual assault

Seven years, and possible dangerous offender status, for Sammy Shennungnuk

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — A Kuujjuaq man with a history of violent and sexual offences is heading back to prison again, after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault last week.

On Feb. 15, Quebec Superior Court judge Jacques Viens sentenced Sammy Shennungnuk, 44, to seven years, minus a credit of 16 months for...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 2:54 pm

NEU survey: Staff rent scheme a “bad decision”

Nine out of 10 predict mass flight from the GN

JIM BELL

It’s a good thing for the Government of Nunavut that its workers don’t get to vote on its policies, because if that were the case, its hated staff housing policy would be sitting in a trash can.

A short survey that the Nunavut Employees Union conducted last December among GN workers shows that...

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Around the Arctic February 24, 2006 - 2:04 pm

Slicing up the continental shelf

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Norway’s minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, met his Danish counterpart, Per Stig Møller, in Copenhagen, Denmark this week to sign an agreement that spells out how the two countries plan to share the polar continental shelf ocean area between Norway’s...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 2:03 pm

Congrats and concerns for search and rescue efforts

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Arviat MLA David Alagalak stood up to congratulate the people of Arviat for their recent search and rescue parties, which included members of his family.

The search and rescue parties finally found two people from Arviat, Moses Kinniksi, 25, and Lillian Otuk, 21, who died in a blizzard last week...

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Iqaluit February 24, 2006 - 2:03 pm

Family clinic expected to ease burden on hospital

“It’s an important step for taking public health care closer to home”

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Iqaluit residents can now visit a family doctor inside the public health centre.

The new clinic is meant to reduce the number of patients clogging the Baffin Regional Hospital’s emergency room with complaints of headaches, common colds and other non-life threatening illnesses and injuries.

“It’s...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 2:02 pm

GN housing: are there vacant units or not?

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Does the GN have vacant staff housing units in Iqaluit?

That’s what Iqaluit Centre MLA Hunter Tootoo tried to find out in the legislature this week, asking where the 26 new hires for the hospital would be housed, how many vacant staff units there are in Iqaluit, and how long the GN’s waiting list...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 2:01 pm

Aglukkaq questioned on boarding home, escorts and foreign nurses

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Mold found last month at the Lena Pedersen Boarding Home in Yellowknife, which serves patients from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region, is being dealt with, health minister Leona Aglukkaq told legislators.

The boarding home is being inspected regularly, she said.

The contract for the home has two years...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 2:00 pm

Worries for child care, homeless programs

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Education Minister Ed Picco, who is also responsible for child care in Nunavut, said the Government of Nunavut is concerned that the new Conservative government in Ottawa may decide to change its child care policies, and move away from the former government’s plan to subsidize child...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 2:00 pm

Polar bear worries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Polar bears and their future in a world threatened by global warming came up during the first day of the current sitting of the Nunavut legislature.

Quttiktuq MLA Levi Barnabas told the assembly that he is concerned about a possible U.S. import ban on polar bear trophies.

“If the U.S. government...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 1:59 pm

Curley rapped for “unparliamentary” language

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The MLA for Rankin Inlet-North, Tagak Curley, violated the legislative assembly’s rules twice this past Dec. 1, during a heated exchange in committee of the whole over the timing of the assembly’s mid-term leadership review.

In a ruling issued this past Tuesday, the Speaker’s office found that...

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Nunavik February 24, 2006 - 1:57 pm

Nunavik’s 41 top athletes prepare for AWG

Fans must pay $3,500 each for seats on chartered plane to Alaska

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Last December, more than 160 young athletes competed in regional trials for a place on Team Nunavik-Québec at the Arctic Winter Games.

Next week, the final slate of the region’s top 41 athletes, along with their coaches and team staff, will gather in Kuujjuaq to prep themselves mentally...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 1:57 pm

Nunavut’s athletes aim for sportsmanship honours

“I think it’s the best award that you can get at the Games”

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JOHN THOMPSON

Watching the Olympics has become homework for Rebecca Rowan, a Grade 9 student from Cambridge Bay who will compete as a relay speed skater at the Arctic Winter Games next month.

She’s one of 211 athletes across Nunavut who are preparing to leave for the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska...

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Nunavik February 24, 2006 - 1:56 pm

Three accused in Bourget murder choose jury trials

Preliminary inquiry moves first-degree murder charge ahead for one

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Kuujjuaq may see three separate jury trials this year, lasting up to six weeks each, if all three young men charged with first-degree murder in connection with Claude Bourget’s death last Feb. in Kuujjuaq plead not guilty, and request a trial by jury.

Bobby “Teelu” Snowball Jr., 22,...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 1:55 pm

Good riddance to gun registry, NTI says

Land claims organization keeps lawsuit on hold until details clear

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SARA MINOGUE

The new Conservative government’s decision to scrap the gun registry has given the president of Nunavut’s land claims organization “new hope” that firearms officials will stop “harassing” Inuit beneficiaries who were supposed to be protected by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

“I’m...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 1:54 pm

DEAs clamor for more control over decisions

“At some point, local governing bodies had a lot more power”

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SARA MINOGUE

The Minister of Education said it himself: the role of the District Education Authority is one of the most “misunderstood and worrisome” jobs in a community — even more so because the roles and responsibilities for many DEA members are not all that clear.

Education Minister Ed Picco...

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Nunavut February 24, 2006 - 1:53 pm

Wellness centre gets credit as Cambay crime drops

“I just wish that this could be replicated throughout Nunavut”

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SARA MINOGUE

A well-run wellness centre is starting to have an impact on the crime rate in Cambridge Bay.

“The number of charges on the Cambridge Bay docket has dropped from 200 almost a year ago to less than 75 in the most recent circuit,” said resident legal aid lawyer Peter Harte, who...

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