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Iqaluit May 26, 2006 - 5:37 pm

Building sale to end Illitiit saga

Volunteer society will sell youth cottage to pay debt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Iqaluit’s Illitiit Society plans to sell its building, once used as a “youth cottage” for troubled teenagers, to pay off the organization’s whopping debts.

Illitiit once ran the Oqota homeless shelter, as well as the youth cottage. But the youth cottage project dragged Illitiit deep...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2006 - 5:36 pm

Iqalummuit: Dump your beater while you can

City council poised to ban vehicles from landfill

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

You may see far more rusting cars, trucks and snowmobiles in the front yards and driveways of Nunavut’s capital, unless a dispute between Iqaluit’s city council and the Government of Nunavut is resolved soon.

Iqaluit’s city council appears prepared to ban the disposal of vehicles in...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2006 - 5:35 pm

Iqaluit cop pleads guilty to assault on wife

“You of all people should know wives are not punching bags”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

An Iqaluit RCMP officer pleaded guilty in court last Wednesday to assaulting his common-law wife.

Const. Michael Salomonie, 28, received a conditional discharge with one year of probation. That means if he meets the terms of his probation, which includes a curfew and anger...

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Climate Change May 26, 2006 - 5:34 pm

Pole trekkers measure snow and ice

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Arctic trekkers Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larsen are collaborating with scientists from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre, including Walt Meier, by taking snow and ice measurements on their way to the North Pole.

The two are on the first-ever summer crossing to the pole as part of...

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Climate Change May 26, 2006 - 5:33 pm

Polar bears under scrutiny by U.S. agency

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency is looking at polar bears under two separate review processes.

And the two reviews use very different criteria, under two different laws.

Sport hunts are currently being evaluated under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act.

“Under the MMPA, to approve polar...

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Climate Change May 26, 2006 - 5:33 pm

Welcome to the final meltdown

New research: Summer sea ice will vanish in 10 years

JANE GEORGE

Within 10 years, the Arctic Ocean may be ice-free all summer, according to an American researcher who says the ice is melting at a faster rate than all previous studies have estimated.

“If it melts at the rate it has been over the past five to 10 years, it will take 10 years to melt it all,”...

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Climate Change May 26, 2006 - 5:32 pm

Global warming won’t hurt polar bears, GN says

They’re “intelligent and quick to adapt to new circumstances”

JANE GEORGE

Climate change is not pushing polar bears to the brink of extinction and polar bears and people will adapt to a warmer Arctic, says a wildlife director with the Government of Nunavut.

“No evidence exists that suggests that both bears and the conservation systems that regulate them will not adapt...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 5:31 pm

Igloolik man dies in cabin fire

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A dead man was discovered in a burned-out cabin 36 kilometres outside Igloolik, near Mogg Bay, during the afternoon of May 18, 2006.

This Wednesday, autopsy results confirmed the man was Peter Kadlutsiak, 37. The badly burned man’s teeth had to be used to identify him.

Tim Hinds, Nunavut’s chief...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 5:30 pm

Angry kids get help in the classroom

Teachers, counselors help kids develop “emotional IQ”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

SARA MINOGUE

Thirteen kids at Iqaluit’s Aqsarniit Middle School are taking part this month in a new kind of healing: group anger management.

The program is the first of its kind in the territory, and is designed to fill a need some teachers think has been ignored for too long.

“They lash out...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 5:29 pm

Greenland allows import of Canadian seal pelts

Fur clothing firm needs more material

JANE GEORGE

The Greenland Home Rule government decided last week to cancel its Jan. 6 order that prevented the Great Greenland company from buying Canadian sealskins.

The fur company needs “full freedom of action in its efforts to make optimum use of its tannery capacity, a necessity for generating a profit,”...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 5:27 pm

Northern forces to beef up emergency response work

Iqaluit detachment expanding to five or six members

JIM BELL

Canadian defence forces stationed in northern Canada now have a new name and a big new job: preparing better plans to help civilian authorities cope with natural disasters, pandemics and other emergencies.

Col. Norm Couturier, the commander of Canadian forces north of 60, told reporters last week...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 5:25 pm

Homespun rap spreads hope in Pond Inlet

“Everybody was singing our lyrics”

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JACK HICKS

Rap music provides the soundtrack for the lives of many teenagers in Nunavut today. If you ask to borrow a pair of those huge headphones connected to a tiny MP3 player, the odds are that the music you’ll hear is that of a world-famous rap artist like Tricky.

Many MP3 players in Pond...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 5:24 pm

Port promise moves along

“It wasn’t said, but it’s implied”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

A recent meeting with the Conservative government’s defence minister “shows a lot of promise” that Nunavut’s capital will have its dream of a deep water seaport realized, says Iqaluit’s deputy mayor.

But that’s unlikely to happen until the next election, and only if the...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 5:23 pm

$4 million sewage plant not good enough for feds

Iqaluit must spend at least $10 million more in five years

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Every flush of a toilet in Iqaluit could contribute to the poisoning of fish in Koojessee Inlet.

That needs to stop, warns the Nunavut Water Board, in its decision last week to issue a draft water license to the City of Iqaluit.

The draft licence includes an order requiring that...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2006 - 4:13 pm

Compost plans keep sprouting

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s Bill Mackenzie Humanitarian Society plans to build a greenhouse this summer.

The metal frame of the structure already stands on an abandoned lot on Federal Road that’s strewn with garbage.

That’s no deterrent for Jim Little, who plans to turn the lot into a garden.

Little said he hopes...

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Nunavut May 26, 2006 - 4:12 pm

Councillors want more back-in parking

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit city councillors are calling for back-in parking in front of Arctic Ventures, after a young girl was injured by a truck backing out of the store’s parking lot last week.

“If we had back-in parking in front of Ventures, this incident wouldn’t have happened and this little girl wouldn’t have...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2006 - 4:12 pm

Councillors dream up wish list

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The City of Iqaluit has developed a wish list of projects, at the request of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, to help the organization tap into federal gas tax money and municipal infrastructure funds.

Number one on the list is converting all residential areas to piped water and sewer...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2006 - 4:11 pm

Cops press more drug charges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Last week Iqaluit RCMP laid more charges in connection with a recent drug bust.

Darren Silverthorn, 40, of Iqaluit faces charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Police also charged Charmaine Hall, 35, with one count of trafficking.

The charges date back to...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2006 - 4:10 pm

Iqaluit this week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Fred Eaglesmith live in Iqaluit
Tonight, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, and Saturday, May 27, doors at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. Saltydog Music and Promotions presents Fred Eaglesmith and special guest Molly McClure live in Iqaluit. The show...

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Nunavik May 19, 2006 - 5:41 pm

Woman busted for crack in Kuujjuaq

Pot, booze also seized in Nunavik last week

JANE GEORGE

Police in Kuujjuaq arrested a woman who had arrived from Montreal when they determined she was carrying eight grams of crack cocaine last Friday.

The woman was traveling back to her home community of Kangirsuk.

The Kativik Regional Police Force obtained a warrant to search the woman and her...

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