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Around the Arctic August 29, 2006 - 6:14 pm

Smoke from Russia blankets Finland — again

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Smoke from forest fires burning in Russia drifted into southern Finland once again on Monday afternoon, reports the Helsingin Sanomat.

In the Helsinki region, the air suddenly turned grey and the smell of the smoke was also noticeable indoors. The small particle content of the air in Helsinki...

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2006 - 6:15 pm

Whale nailed by cruise ship bow

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A cruise ship pulled into port last Saturday in Seward, Alaska with a dead whale pinned to its bow, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

Investigators said it did not appear the ship’s operators did anything wrong.

The crew of the 2,000-passenger ship Summit said they were surprised to discover they...

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2006 - 6:14 pm

Norway to learn Saami sounds

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A new national school plan in Norway says all seventh grade school children will learn some basic Saami sounds.

The plan, which is strongly supported by the Saami parliament in Norway, has been met with some skepticism.

An assistant professor of Saami language, Odd Mathis Hætta, said he feared...

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2006 - 6:13 pm

Greenland wants telemedicine

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Greenland’s minister for health, Asii Chemnitz Narup, wants to spent $5 million in 2007 to develop a telemedicine system in Greenland.

Narup recently went to Kotzebue, Anchorage and two other small communities in Alaska to see how telemedicine is used there.

The United States has promoted...

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2006 - 6:13 pm

A bird? A plane? A UFO?

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Calls streamed in to local police stations in Norway Monday night after an unidentified flying object flew through the night skies in northern Norway.

Several police districts received calls from members of the public who observed “something” flying at high speed.

The main search and rescue...

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Around the Arctic August 25, 2006 - 6:12 pm

Disastrous fire caused by kids

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A fire that caused an estimated $35 million in damage and left dozens of people homeless in the remote Alaska community of Hooper Bay was sparked by children playing with matches, state authorities have determined.

No one was hurt in the Aug. 3 blaze in Hooper Bay, which started in the crawl space...

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Nunavik August 25, 2006 - 6:11 pm

Aqpik Jam 2006 brings the South up North

Inuit, Cree, Innu and Naskapi join in a multi-cultural celebration

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ISABELLE DUBOIS

KUUJJUAQ — Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Jam packed a huge selection of bands — from the South and the North — into its four-day run last week, offering something for every age group and musical taste.

Throat-singers from the Kuujjuaq Youth Group opened the 11th edition of the festival — and...

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Nunavik August 25, 2006 - 6:10 pm

Beluga hunt closes along Nunavik’s coasts

Hunters from Nunavik must now travel for more beluga

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik’s coastal beluga hunt is now closed for the year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced this week.

Earlier this week, the DFO closed Hudson Strait to any more beluga hunting.

“During the closure, beluga hunting is prohibited,” reads a DFO notice to hunters. “Any beluga hunting...

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Nunavik August 25, 2006 - 6:09 pm

Nunavik still short seven teachers

Board blames recruiting competition in south

JANE GEORGE

Schools throughout Nunavik started up on Aug. 15. but there weren’t enough teachers to greet all students in every community.

Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Salluit, Ivujivik and Umiujaq were still lacking a total of seven teachers at the start of classes, according to information from the human...

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Iqaluit August 25, 2006 - 6:08 pm

Renowned architect to advise on Iqaluit housing

“I like challenges and this was just the challenge I was looking for.”

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JACKIE WALLACE

A Montreal architect who has won an international reputation for innovative, affordable housing was in Iqaluit this week to advise municipal officials and developers on how to think outside the box-like structures that often pass for homes in the North.

Deputy Mayor Glenn Williams...

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Iqaluit August 25, 2006 - 6:06 pm

Councillors fed up with trash-strewn streets

“Whether it’s your garbage or not, it’s your land”

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JACKIE WALLACE

When the prime minister’s visit and the arrival of a cruise ship coincided to bring close to 1,000 visitors to Iqaluit on the same day, the city frantically cleaned up, removing garbage and splashing fresh paint on buildings.

At a city council meeting on August 15, Mayor Elisapee...

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Climate Change August 25, 2006 - 6:06 pm

Study: Arctic nations need to curb climate change

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Arctic nations, such as Canada, should designate marine protected areas and co-managed reserve networks, foster economic adaptation to global change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new study.

That’s because Arctic nations have the wealth and scientific understanding to alter the...

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:41 pm

Ice sheet melting faster than ever

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The meltdown of Greenland’s ice sheet has been speeding up since 2004 satellite measurements show melting at a rate of about 239 cubic kilometres per year.

These measurements came from NASA’s Grace (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite, which was launched in 2002.

Grace also...

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:40 pm

Okalik names new principal secretary

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Premier Paul Okalik named Patricia Angnakak of Iqaluit as his new principal secretary this past Monday.

Angnakak served as CEO of the Kakivak Association from 1992 to 1999, and more recently, as NTI’s director of social and cultural development. She was also Nunavut’s first deputy commissioner.

A...

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:38 pm

Iqaluit vandals smash houses

“It’s not fair to the tenants who play by the rules”

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JACKIE WALLACE

The Iqaluit Housing Authority could build at least one brand new house each year with the money the organization spends on repairing damage caused by vandalism.

“We could be more efficient if we didn’t have to invest our money in damage and vandalism,” said Susan Spring of the...

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:37 pm

Okalik: Jericho a reminder of devolution’s importance

“We believe Nunavummiut should be the principal beneficiaries of our natural resources.”

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Premier Paul Okalik used last week’s official opening of the Tahera’ Diamond Corp.’s Jericho mine to remind Prime Minister Stephen Harper about why getting a devolution agreement is important to Nunavut.

“We believe Nunavummiut should be the principal beneficiaries of our natural resources....

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:36 pm

Blind Inuk heads to world swimming meet

“I still can’t get over the fact I made it.”

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JOHN THOMPSON

A blind Inuk swimmer will head to the world swimming championships in Durban, South Africa this October.

Jenna Kayakjuak, 19, returned earlier this month from the Swimmers With A Disability trials in San Antonio, Texas, with two gold medals.

“I still can’t get over the fact I made...

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:34 pm

Two Nunavummiut die violently on weekend

Major crimes unit investigating in two communities

JIM BELL

Two Nunavut residents suffered violent deaths this past weekend: one by the hand of another person, and another in a manner that has yet to be officially verified.

In Iqaluit, Mary Shaw, 37, died on the afternoon of Aug. 18 after an ambulance crew rushed her to hospital suffering “grave injuries,”...

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:34 pm

Aboriginal museum in Washington features Igloolik exhibit

Community involvement makes U.S. museum successful

JANE GEORGE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington D.C. is a long way from Canada’s Arctic, more than 3,000 kilometres to the South and in another country, but you’ll find a bit of Nunavut inside the National Museum of the American Indian there.

The museum, which opened two years ago, has circular walls of rippling...

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Nunavut August 25, 2006 - 5:33 pm

Canadian wins right to prospect Hans Island

“We saw this as a small way to do our part to help”

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JACKIE WALLACE

Every year Vancouver geologist John Robins fills out applications for thousands of kilometres of prospecting permits.

Last year, on a lark, he included the 1.3 square kilometres of disputed Hans Island and was as surprised as anyone when he got a permit to explore it.

“To be...

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