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Around the Arctic March 31, 2006 - 10:43 pm

Warmer Arctic summers, higher sea level by 2100

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

Ice sheets that flow across both the Arctic and Antarctic may melt more quickly than expected by 2100, causing sea levels to rise significantly, according to two studies released last week.

The studies, led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric...

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Around the Arctic March 31, 2006 - 10:43 pm

NASA plane measures sea ice snow

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SIKU CIRCUMPOLAR NEWS SERVICE

A radar-equipped NASA plane flew over the Arctic last week to measure snow on top of sea ice, because any reduction in snow cover could spell disaster for marine mammals and also speed up global warming.

Polar bears raise their young in snow dens sitting atop sea...

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Iqaluit March 31, 2006 - 10:25 pm

New Plateau lots up for grabs

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Forty-seven new lots in the City of Iqaluit’s Plateau subdivision go up for grabs during a ballot draw on April 6.

All but one of the new lots is zoned for residential use. City officials expect these new lots will sell out, based on how quickly residents snapped up lots from the first phase of...

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Iqaluit March 31, 2006 - 10:24 pm

For IDEA, Inuktitut as important as French

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Now that Nakasuk School is getting close to choosing a bilingual language of instruction model, the Iqaluit District Education Authority is thinking more and more about Inuktitut language issues in schools.

But at the same time, the IDEA is also working to create French immersion programming in...

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Iqaluit March 31, 2006 - 10:23 pm

Iqaluit this week

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Get help with income tax
Volunteers are ready to help people fill out their 2005 tax forms. Clinics will be held at the public library on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This service is for simple tax returns only. If you have rental income...

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Nunavik March 31, 2006 - 8:53 am

Mushers head overland in sixth annual Nunavik dog team race

15 teams, 180 dogs, race for Ivakkak 2006 title

JANE GEORGE

They’re off!

On Monday, 180 dogs in 15 teams headed from Puvirnituq on a 525-kilometer journey overland to Kangirsuk — the course of this year’s Ivakkak dog team race in Nunavik.

Nunavik mushers, from 17 to 64 years old, will drive dog teams over some of the roughest terrain in the region....

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Nunavik March 31, 2006 - 8:52 am

What to do when the Earth begins to shake

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Falling objects pose the greatest danger during a major earthquake, says Natural Resources Canada’s earthquake web site at http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca.

In Canada, no house has ever collapsed during an earthquake. However, many types of objects may fall and cause damage or injuries.

Here...

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Nunavik March 31, 2006 - 8:52 am

Aatami, Tulugak face-off again in bid for Makivik presidency

Nunavimmiut vote Friday, April 7

JANE GEORGE

Next Friday, April 7, beneficiaries of Makivik Corporation will choose a new president for their land claims organization.

About 4,800 Nunavimmiut are eligible to cast ballots for either Pita Aatami, the current president of Makivik, or Harry Tulugak, a Nunavik government negotiator.

This is the...

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Nunavik March 31, 2006 - 8:51 am

Puvirnituq earthquake a sign of things to come

Global warming means more earth tremors in polar regions

JANE GEORGE

Puvirnituq residents were terrified by a small earthquake that struck their community last Wednesday at about 5 p.m., creating an explosive noise that sent people running outside their homes.

There were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

Four or five quakes of similar intensity strike...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:50 am

Contamination at new dump could haunt city

Residents worried about city dumping waste on contaminated land

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JOHN THOMPSON

The City of Iqaluit plans to build its new dump this year on a site that’s believed to be contaminated, likely by waste buried by the U.S. military during the 1950s.

It’s a plan that could come back to haunt the city in years to come, warned Robert Eno, the Government of Nunavut’s...

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Iqaluit March 31, 2006 - 8:49 am

Five rivers under study for Iqaluit hydro dam

Apex River, Grinnell not being considered

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

The Qulliq Energy Corp.’s plans for a hydroelectric dam near Iqaluit will move forward this summer with field studies aimed at gathering more detailed information from five potential sites.

Those studies will gauge the flow of water in the five rivers, all within 100 kilometres of...

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Iqaluit March 31, 2006 - 8:48 am

No help for struggling students in Iqaluit schools

62 per cent of tenth graders below grade level

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SARA MINOGUE

Thirteen per cent of Iqaluit children show up at kindergarten without the basic skills that five-year-olds are expected to learn before formal education begins.

In Grade 1, 22 per cent of students are found to be below the level of skills they should have by Grade 1. In Grade 2, that...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:47 am

Mining symposium starts today in Cambay

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

More than 225 delegates flooded into Cambridge Bay this week, for the ninth annual Nunavut Mining Symposium, which starts today and runs until Sunday, April 2.

The event includes a trade show as well as workshops on exploration, government and industry uranium initiatives, and government mining...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:47 am

Canadians in Greenland

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A delegation of Canadian officials was in Greenland for five days this week in an attempt to improve relations between the two countries, according to political observers in Greenland.

The delegation was headed by Canada’s ambassador to Denmark, Fredericka Gregory. Jack Anawak, Canada’s ambassador...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:46 am

Kugaaruk murder still a mystery

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RCMP are respecting the family’s wishes not to release the name of the five-year-old girl found dead in a shed in Kugaaruk on March 10.

Police continue to investigate the case, which they say is a homicide. By March 24, they had interviewed over 100 Kugaaruk residents.

An autopsy has been...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:46 am

Nunavut’s population still growing

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Except for Alberta, Nunavut’s population grew faster than in any province or territory during the last three months of 2005, Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday.

By January 1, 2006, Nunavut’s population was 30,245, up from 30,133 on October 1 last year.

That’s an increase of 0.37 per cent, beat...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:45 am

New VP at Qikiqtaaluk Corp.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Qikiqtaaluk Corp. has hired Lynn Kilabuk of Iqaluit as its new vice president. Kilabuk will start work this April and take on full duties in September.

Kilabuk has previously worked as a finance officer for both Kakivak Association and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. Right now, works as a finance...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:45 am

Okalik speaks out at EU gathering in Brussels

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s premier, Paul Okalik, spoke out about the impact of global warming in Nunavut at a meeting of European Union officials in Brussels, Belgium earlier this week.

He called on the European Union, Canada and other Arctic countries to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gases...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:44 am

Wanted: Northern women writers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A group of women authors and reporters in Yellowknife are calling for contributions to a new book featuring the work of northern female writers, photographers and artists.

The theme of the book is “love, strength and diversity through adversity,” which will also serve as the anthology’s title. The...

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Nunavut March 31, 2006 - 8:43 am

Two succeed, four give up on Pole treks

Iqaluit father-daughter team among groups still pressing north

JANE GEORGE

As the days get longer and warmer, affecting ice conditions even around the North Pole, the race to the top of the world grows more extreme, with some trekkers already at their goal, some still en route, and several now warming their toes back home after being airlifted off the ice.

Norwegian...

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