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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:20 am

City urged to let compost pile rot in peace

Letters of support were “really passionate. I was moved”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JACKIE WALLACE

It’s smelly at times and a nuisance for municipal bureaucrats, but Iqaluit’s displaced composting operation seems to have found a home.

The compost pile has been on the brink of homelessness since the end of May, when members of the Bill Mackenzie Humanitarian Society were told by...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:19 am

City hires wind whizzes to solve snow snafu

Consultants paid $35,000 for advice on winter-damaged homes

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JACKIE WALLACE

The City of Iqaluit hopes a team of experts from Ontario will be able to make things better for several residents of the Road to Nowhere subdivision whose houses have been damaged by wind and drifting snow.

For a fee of $35,000, the snow and wind specialists will offer advice on...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:18 am

Iqaluit crack bust sparks questions for RCMP

“When we get the numbers, what does that mean to us?”

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JACKIE WALLACE

When Deputy Mayor Glenn Williams found out that a man was busted with crack cocaine in Iqaluit a few weeks ago, he realized that rumours of growing drug use in the community were true.

“I’ve never heard of anyone being busted for crack until now,” he said. He has also heard talk in...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:17 am

The leader of the pack — now he’s gone

“He’s always looking for a good fight.”

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JOHN THOMPSON

Few can brag of visiting the North Pole once — but a crotchety old sled dog named Apu has been there four times.

Fewer still can claim to have accomplished that feat while living by this motto: “If you can’t eat it, and you can’t screw it, piss on it.”

Apu, short for Aputi, retired...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:16 am

GN boosts disaster support for hunters

Maximum payout raised to $10,000 for lost equipment

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JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut’s hunters will get more support if a freak storm rears up and swamps their boats this summer.

During the last sitting of the legislature in June, Patterk Netser, minister of the environment, announced a boost to the government’s disaster compensation program.

The maximum...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:13 am

World heritage designation brings money, protection

Nunavut, Nunavik sites could use status to attract visitors, discourage vandals

JANE GEORGE

ALTA, NORWAY — Anyone can pick up a piece of ancient mummified wood in Nunavut’s High Arctic, or write graffiti over Nunavik’s delicate rock carvings.

Protecting fragile Arctic prehistory is not an easy task. But when a site has the status of a World Heritage Site, the job is much easier.

Money,...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:13 am

Busted pot politician plans carving giveaway

“They trade pot and money, and I get their carvings.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

The leader of Nunavut’s Marijuana Party said last week he wants to donate a big collection of Inuit carvings to the territory.

Ed deVries said he’s acquired more than 600 works of art from Igloolik carvers, in exchange for cash, and pot.

“A lot of them are potheads. So they come to...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:12 am

Stornoway wheels, deals, gets bigger

Exploration firm sets sights on building Quebec’s first diamond mine

JIM BELL

The Stornoway Diamond Corp. launched simultaneous takeover bids for two other companies this week, in a move aimed at transforming themselves into an aggressive mid-size diamond company that will be well-positioned to build northern Quebec’s first diamond mine.

“We will be creating a company with...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:11 am

Resolute sees better days with military centre

“It will definitely be a boost to the economy here”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

The Conservative government’s plans to build a military training centre in Resolute Bay is seen as a bit of sunshine poking through the gloom in the High Arctic community.

“It’ll definitely be a boost to the economy here,” said Aziz Kheraj, Resolute’s former mayor and owner of the...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 10:10 am

Funding delay shuts Iqaluit soup kitchen

“You will see a decline in nutritional levels, and that is going to affect people’s health.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ARTHUR JOHNSON

If you’re approached a lot more often on the streets of Iqaluit this summer by people begging for spare change, John Tyrrell won’t be surprised at all.

Nor will Tyrrell, a retired Anglican minister who helps to run Iqaluit’s soup kitchen, be surprised to see an increase in petty...

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Iqaluit July 28, 2006 - 9:00 am

Iqaluit this week

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Researchers discuss climate change, contaminants
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. Dr. John Smol from Queen’s University and Dr. Jules Blais from the University of Ottawa speak on “A window on the past: Using lake sediment to track climatic change and contaminant transport...

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Nunavut July 28, 2006 - 8:53 am

Stick with Kelowna, Simon says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mary Simon, the leader of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, joined other aboriginal leaders this week in asking the Conservative government to stick with the Kelowna agreement.

The agreement, struck in Kelowna, British Columbia last November by the former Liberal government, the premiers of the provinces...

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Around the Arctic July 21, 2006 - 10:06 am

Look, don’t shoot, whale watchers say

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Norwegian whalers gunned down a whale before the eyes of tourists out on a whale-watching expedition, reports the Aftenposten.

A boatload of tourists on a whale watching safari paid to go out to sea on a boat from Andenes in northern Norway.

But while the tourists were admiring one of the whales...

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Around the Arctic July 21, 2006 - 10:05 am

Greenland needs a jail

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many are calling for a high-security jail in Greenland to reduce waiting lists and so offenders can be housed closer to home.

That’s because the number of offences committed in Greenland has risen by 20 per cent over the last couple of years, and convictions for violent crime are at a 30-year...

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Iqaluit July 21, 2006 - 10:02 am

70 social housing apartments proposed for Iqaluit waterfront

“We need more than boxes that you put people into”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JACKIE WALLACE

A proposal to replace 10 old houses with 70 new social housing apartment units would drastically alter the appearance of Iqaluit’s downtown waterfront, but Deputy Mayor Glenn Williams fears the project won’t do much to improve the city’s appearance.

“How can people start to feel...

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Nunavut July 21, 2006 - 10:01 am

Paint the town red, you hear what I’m saying?

“It’s Canada’s newest language in Canada’s newest territory”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JACKIE WALLACE

When anonymous bureaucrats ordered hundreds of gallons of paint for government buildings across Nunavut, little did they know that they would be helping to shape the development of Inuit Sign Language (ISL) around the territory.

A common sign for a building across the territory is...

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Nunavut July 21, 2006 - 9:59 am

Selling out, moving on

“The benefit package in the North hasn’t kept pace”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JACKIE WALLACE

Iqaluit has become a far less attractive place for people hoping to make a lot of money, says realtor John Matthews.

That helps to explain why the number of houses for sale in the city has climbed this summer, says Matthews, owner of Atiilu Real Estate.

“People used to come here...

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Nunavut July 21, 2006 - 9:59 am

Like Mars, but with polar bears

Rocket scientists swarm polar desert for a taste of Red Planet

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Dr. Pascal Lee can call himself a rocket scientist without cracking a smile.

A researcher with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Pascal is also a certified Mars nut.

And that’s what’s brought him up to Devon Island each year for the last decade, joined by...

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Nunavut July 21, 2006 - 9:58 am

Inuit survival drama first feature by women film makers

“There are a lot of people who died this way in the North”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JACKIE WALLACE

When Marie-Helene Cousineau went on public radio in Igloolik 15 years ago to invite women to learn about making movies, she never imagined that she and a small local group would be shooting a feature film with a $3.5 million budget.

Cousineau and her colleagues from Igloolik’s...

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Nunavut July 21, 2006 - 9:57 am

Iron mines opened up Norwegian Arctic

Operation could be revived if Chinese demand remains strong

JANE GEORGE

KIRKENES, NORWAY — Mines are not just simple job and money makers: take a look at the vast open pits of the iron mines near Kirkenes, Norway.

The mine, first opened in the early 1900s, employed 1,200 workers at its height and led to the development of a big part of Norway’s Arctic region.

But the...

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