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Around the Arctic September 29, 2006 - 7:08 pm

Arctic fox: endangered in northern Europe

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The arctic fox is breeding only in the Norwegian county of Finnmark in the northernmost portion of that country, and is one the most endangered species in the region.

In Finnmark, only five broods are registered, with up to five offspring in each brood.

The arctic fox has also been spotted in...

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Around the Arctic September 29, 2006 - 7:07 pm

Greenland calls for change

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Greenland is reeling following revelations of widespread sexual abuse on the island, which were contained in a report released earlier this month, called “The well-being of young people in 2004.”

Greenland’s minister for health, Asii Chemnitz Narup, said is concerned about the situation.

“I...

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Around the Arctic September 29, 2006 - 7:07 pm

Soup kitchen re-opens

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s soup kitchen re-opened this Monday after being closed for the last two months because of funding hold-ups.

The soup kitchen has secured $60,000 from federal sources, as well as an additional $10,000 from the Government of Nunavut.

But that’s still far less than the $100,000 the soup...

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Around the Arctic September 29, 2006 - 7:07 pm

Greenland melt speeding up

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Greenland’s ice sheet is melting much more quickly than scientists had estimated, and the pace has speeded up lately, according to research published last week.

An analysis of satellite observations shows the rate of ice loss rose 250 per cent between the periods April 2002 to April 2004 and May...

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Around the Arctic September 29, 2006 - 7:06 pm

Hockey Night in Nunavut this weekend

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Aging hockey stars will hit the ice at Iqaluit’s old arena this weekend during two fundraising games.

The event, called “Hockey Night in Nunavut,” is intended to raise money to fix the city’s other rink, the Arctic Winter Games Arena, which has been sinking into the tundra for several years.

Two...

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Around the Arctic September 29, 2006 - 7:06 pm

Gathering wild plants in Greenland

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nordic Gene Bank is in Greenland, collecting grass and medicinal plants threatened by climate change and pollution.

The first part of the project concentrated on the fertile areas furthest south on the west coast, where seeds from 10 to 15 different species of grass were collected. In total,...

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Climate Change September 29, 2006 - 7:04 pm

Climate change lures skunks, moose to the Arctic

Warmer temperatures also wreaking havoc with building foundations

JANE GEORGE

The distinctively unpleasant odor of skunk is about the last thing you might expect to smell in the Eastern Hudson Bay community of Kuujjuaraapik.

Yet Lucassie Inukpuk, the mayor of Kuujjuaraapik, has spotted several black and white skunks lurking around the town.

“We’ve never seen these before,”...

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Nunavik September 29, 2006 - 7:03 pm

Pandemic could hit most Nunavimmiut

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Nunavik’s regional health board has a plan on how the region can cope during a pandemic – a worldwide outbreak of illness that could kill billions of people.

A summary of the plan, which was presented to the recent meeting of the Kativik Regional Government council, paints a grim...

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Nunavik September 29, 2006 - 7:02 pm

KRG defends decision to fire police chief

Rank-and-file remain angry at KRG’s dumping of chief

JANE GEORGE

This week, the Kativik Regional Government defended its decision to fire Brian Jones as chief of the Kativik Regional Police Force on Sept. 14 and tried to mend fences with Nunavik Police Association, whose members are protesting the decision.

Past and present KRPF members continue to speak up for...

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Nunavik September 29, 2006 - 7:02 pm

Hockey stick murder trial to begin November 6

JANE GEORGE

The trial of Thomassie Koneak, 25, one of three Kuujjuaq men accused in the death of a Kativik Regional Government employee, is to start on Nov. 6 in Puvirnituq.

Koneak, Bobby “Teelu” Snowball Jr., 23, and Joey Partridge, 20, were charged with first-degree murder, forcible confinement, aggravated...

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Nunavik September 29, 2006 - 7:01 pm

Tulugak loses sexual harassment case

“Some women feared to be attacked because the Tulugak family is strong”

JANE GEORGE

A Quebec judge has found that the board in charge of the Inuulitsivik Health Centre acted properly last year when they dismissed prominent Nunavik leader Harry Tulugak for the sexual harassment of women and financial impropriety.

Tulugak, a candidate in the last Makivik Corp. presidential...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:58 pm

QEC to pick Iqaluit hydro location in four months

Construction may start by 2011

JIM BELL

After narrowing a list of 14 potential sites down to five, the Qulliq Energy Corp. will likely decide, by December or January, on the location of a new Iqaluit hydroelectric power plant.

Jamie Flaherty, the QEC’s vice-president, revealed this information last week, at a gathering of Iqaluit...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:57 pm

Residual heat to warm Astro Hill buildings

Hospital will be first to benefit from heat recovery scheme

JANE GEORGE

By the beginning of November, leftover heat from Iqaluit’s power plant will be used for a good purpose: to heat the new Qikiqtani Hospital.

But this is just the first step towards using residual heat from the power plant’s diesel generators to warm several other buildings in Iqaluit, including...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:57 pm

Stats rate Inuit well-being as close to First Nations

Nunavik communities rack up worst score

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The “well-being” levels of Inuit in Canada are closer to First Nations than to other Canadian communities, says a report called The well-being of Inuit communities in Canada, which was released earlier this week.

It found that since the 1991 census-measured levels of well-being have increased in...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:56 pm

Rare rocks could start new Nunavut industry

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JOHN THOMPSON

Step inside the Government of Canada building in Iqaluit and you’ll pass through an entrance built from smooth white tiles that are translucent enough to let a soft glow of sunlight inside.

The material is easy to mistake for plastic. But in fact, it’s half-inch thick marble, cut...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:40 pm

Microsoft to roll out Inuktitut software upgrades

“It had never been done before. It’s ground zero”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Firing off emails, writing memos and doing other tasks on the computer in Inuktitut is about to become much easier, thanks to free software upgrade coming soon for Microsoft Windows and the MS Office suite of software.

The Inuktitut “language packs” will only offer roman...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:39 pm

QEC wants two-month extension of surcharge

Nunavut fuel prices still not set

JIM BELL

The Qulliq Energy Corp. wants a two-month extension of a special surcharge that Nunavut power customers have paid since last November.

Called a “fuel stabilization rider,” the special surcharge is aimed at protecting the corporation from sudden increases in fuel prices

The current fuel rider...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:35 pm

Clyde River to get cultural school

Satellite sites to be established in Baker Lake, Arviat

JANE GEORGE

Clyde River will be the home of Nunavut’s Piqqusilirivvik cultural school, Nunavut government officials announced this past Monday at a press conference in Iqaluit.

A plane-load of government ministers and reporters were weathered out of an “announcement” event in Clyde River, but that didn’t stop...

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:35 pm

Ottawa dumps Anawak

“This position has been folded into the department.”

JANE GEORGE

Canada’s Tory government has dumped Jack Iyerak Anawak, a former Liberal MP, from his job as Canada’s Arctic ambassador, and is eliminating the position from the Foreign Affairs department.

Anawak, appointed in December, 2003 by Jean Chrétien’s regime, was dismissed this past Friday, on Sept.

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Nunavut September 29, 2006 - 6:34 pm

NAM wants resource money

Give municipalities a share of royalty benefits, NAM president says

JIM BELL

Nunavut’s local governments must get a share of the resource benefits that would flow from a devolution agreement, Elisapee Sheutiapik, the president of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, told members of the House of Commons finance committee last week.

“Nunavut cannot afford to let its...

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