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Around the Arctic April 28, 2006 - 9:43 pm

Norway whaling despite international pressure

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Norway’s whaling season is underway, and another international protest has been launched in the hopes of stopping it, reports Aftenposten.

The season officially started April 1, but most whalers don’t begin the hunt until early May. Around 30 boats will participate in this...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2006 - 9:42 pm

Greenland sends condolences to Nunavut

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The Greenland Parliament has sent its condolences to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, following the death of speaker Jobie Nutarak.

“Having learned about the tragic death of the Honourable Jobie Nutarak, [speaker] of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, I wish to condole...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2006 - 9:42 pm

Greenland looking for a new image

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This week, Greenland plans to launch a new logo in London, which will replace the widely-used black, red and white logo featuring a large sun.

“The aim of international branding is to ensure positive associations and expectations to Greenland abroad when the word ‘Greenland’...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2006 - 9:41 pm

Debate on colonialism sparks comment in Nuuk

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“How good Danes do we Greenlanders have to become, before we are acceptable? It is time that we take the responsibility for our own history and our own lives as a people, if we are to reach mental independence.”

These comments came from social anthropologist Aviâja Egede...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2006 - 9:41 pm

UArctic okay until 2009

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Finland’s ministry of education has confirmed that it will continue supporting the International Secretariat of the University of the Arctic until 2009.

“Long-term security on core funding makes it easier for us to plan our activities,” said Outi Snellman, UArctic’s deputy...

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Climate Change April 28, 2006 - 9:40 pm

Scientists, youth urge Harper to work on climate change

But government may link up with U.S. on environmental cleanup

JANE GEORGE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is under pressure to say how Canada plans to tackle climate change.

That’s because his government has already started slashing the Liberals’ climate change programs — and many worry how these will be replaced.

“Deal with climate change” was the message, which a group...

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Climate Change April 28, 2006 - 9:39 pm

Will the summer of 2006 be the hottest ever?

Solar tracker says warm air growing in atmosphere

JANE GEORGE

This past winter may have been warm, with many places in Nunavut breaking long-standing temperature records, but the summer of 2006 will be the “King of Heat,” according to Wayne Davidson, a long-time observer of the sun in Resolute Bay.

”The summer should be warmer than last year, and last year...

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Nunavik April 28, 2006 - 9:38 pm

Crime rises every year in Nunavik

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Recent figures on crime in Nunavik show increases in:

  * Assaults: from 443 in 2001 to 614 in 2005;
  * Aggravated assaults: from 31 in 2001 to 51 in 2005;
  * Sexual assaults: from 117 in 2001 to 163 in 2005;
  * Aggravated sexual assaults: from two in 2001 to seven in 2005;
  * Murder...

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Nunavik April 28, 2006 - 9:37 pm

One weekend, three communities

Acts of violence a drain on police

JANE GEORGE

In three Nunavik communities, over a recent weekend, three different scenarios played themselves out.

In one community, tranquility. In another, the concerns of parents. And in a third, numerous anonymous calls to the Kativik Regional Police Force show Nunavimmiut want social peace even if they...

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Nunavik April 28, 2006 - 9:36 pm

Uranium deposit found near Nunavik park

But provincial government won’t likely open area for development

JANE GEORGE

Some Nunavimmiut would prefer to get the scads of jobs, royalty payments and other mining benefits, rather than low-key ecotourism in a provincial park.

But Kangiqsualujjuaq, the community nearest the site of Nunavik’s second proposed provincial park, probably won’t have that choice, because...

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Iqaluit April 28, 2006 - 9:34 pm

Inuit teachers deserve bonuses

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Just as Iqaluit’s schools are working to get more Inuktitut in the classroom, the number of teachers in the Nunavut school system is going down, said Katherine Trumper at an IDEA meeting this past Monday.

Inuit teachers who are leaving the school system – either for higher paying jobs, or to...

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Iqaluit April 28, 2006 - 9:33 pm

Breakfast program feeds minds

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Every day, between 54 and 63 students, or 25 per cent of all students, take advantage of the free breakfast program at Aqsarniit Middle School.

Aqsarniit was the first Iqaluit school to complete a report on how it uses funding from the Canadian Auto Workers union to provide a healthy breakfast,...

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Iqaluit April 28, 2006 - 9:32 pm

Cultural school needs a home

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The Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth has issued a call to communities who want to see the proposed cultural school, Piqqusilirivvik, in their community.

CLEY mailed out a request for letters of interest to district education authorities and others on April 12.

“The department...

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Iqaluit April 28, 2006 - 9:31 pm

Earth Day giveaway rallies environmentalists

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Qulliq Energy Corporation gave away three energy-efficient washers and dryers during Earth Day last Saturday.

Contestants had to guess how many barrels of fuel are burned to power Iqaluit each day. Those who correctly guessed between 160 and 190 barrels were entered in a raffle draw.

The winners...

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Iqaluit April 28, 2006 - 8:14 pm

Donations needed to build Habit for Humanity home

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Iqaluit residents may now donate to their local Habitat for Humanity chapter at the checkout counter of North Mart.

The charity is raising money to build a house in Iqaluit, to be given to a family otherwise unable to afford their own home.

Residents can donate to the campaign, called “Let’s...

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Climate Change April 28, 2006 - 8:12 pm

Scientists, youth urge Harper to work on climate change

But government may link up with U.S. on environmental cleanup

JANE GEORGE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is under pressure to say how Canada plans to tackle climate change.

That’s because his government has already started slashing the Liberals’ climate change programs — and many worry how these will be replaced.

“Deal with climate change” was the message, which a group...

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Climate Change April 28, 2006 - 8:11 pm

Will the summer of 2006 be the hottest ever?

Solar tracker says warm air growing in atmosphere

JANE GEORGE

This past winter may have been warm, with many places in Nunavut breaking long-standing temperature records, but the summer of 2006 will be the “King of Heat,” according to Wayne Davidson, a long-time observer of the sun in Resolute Bay.

”The summer should be warmer than last year, and last year...

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Nunavut April 28, 2006 - 8:10 pm

Country food makes for healthier teeth

Dentist gives tips for oral hygiene month

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SARA MINOGUE

“If I could get one message to people in Nunavut, it’s country food,” says Dr. Maura Nelson, a dentist who worked in Nunavut for three and a half years.

“Country food doesn’t damage your teeth, and it helps to clean your teeth because it’s tough and chewy – except for the sugary...

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Nunavut April 28, 2006 - 8:09 pm

Snowmobile tragedy claims speaker of the house

Jobie Nutarak “had won the respect of his peers”

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SARA MINOGUE

Nunavut lost a long-serving political figure when Jobie Nutarak died in a snowmobiling accident on April 22.

Nutarak, 58, was on a hunting trip about 400 km from Pond Inlet town when the accident occurred.

He was the third in a train of three snowmobiles traveling over rough...

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Nunavut April 28, 2006 - 8:09 pm

Bear gives Jean “extraordinary experience”

Governor General tastes muktuk and pronounces it “just delicious,” with a hint of almond

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JOHN THOMPSON

Canada’s Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, had her real introduction to the North once a blizzard delayed her flight from Cape Dorset to Iqaluit last Friday.

It turns out that extra day led to her most lasting memory from her week-long visit to Nunavut.

“The day ended with an...

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