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Nunavik December 26, 2006 - 2:15 pm

KRPF criminal charges may not stick

“It’s obvious that if the police had been police according to the Criminal Code, there would have been adequate evidence.”

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ – Scores of criminal charges may be thrown out of court because investigating police officers weren’t properly sworn in, says Kuujjuaq’s legal aid lawyer.

Frédéric Bénard points to last month, when four Nunavimmiut charged with possession and trafficking had their cases dismissed.

The...

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-none- December 26, 2006 - 2:11 pm

The animals move around

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Research biologists should pay more attention to what Inuit have to say about the migration of animals, Peter Kattuk, MLA for Hudson Bay, said in the legislature on Nov. 29.

For example, Kattuk said this fall, scientists tagged 10 seals with radio collars to track their movements in...

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-none- December 26, 2006 - 2:11 pm

IIBAs should fund women’s shelters?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mining companies should help fund Nunavut’s women’s shelters as a provision of their Inuit impact and benefit agreements, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said on Nov. 29.

That’s because money that flows from mines into communities results in “access to liquor and so on,” which is a key ingredient...

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Nunavut December 26, 2006 - 2:09 pm

Will the big Kahuna pay off?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Shear Minerals Ltd. and Stornoway Diamond Corp., the two biggest partners in the Churchill diamond exploration project near Rankin Inlet, announced last week that they’ve made significant diamond recoveries at a kimberlite dike they’ve called “Kahuna.”

A small, 57.6 drill core sample taken from...

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-none- December 26, 2006 - 2:09 pm

Councillors pick new deputy mayor

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Councillor Al Hayward is the new deputy mayor of Iqaluit after a secret ballot vote at a council meeting Nov. 28.

Hayward replaces Coun. Glenn Williams, who lost his bid for another term as deputy mayor. Williams served three terms as a councillor, and two years as deputy mayor.

Mayor Elisapee...

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Nunavut December 26, 2006 - 12:57 pm

Francophones slam lack of access to French medical services

“When you’re stressed out, you become unilingual. You need an interpreter.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Access to medical services in French remains inadequate for Iqaluit’s thriving francophone community, says a report released by L’Association des Francophones du Nunavut.

None of Nunavut’s physicians speak French, the report says, and the ability of nurses and visiting specialists...

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Nunavik December 22, 2006 - 10:18 pm

New equipment for Nunavik hospitals

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The two Nunavik hospitals are receiving $364,000 to buy state-of-the-art medical equipment, the Quebec government announced Dec. 13.

Quebec will give $156,000 to Kuujjuaq’s Tulattavik Hosptial for specialized devices and operating room equipment.

Another $208,000 will go to the Inuulitsivik...

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Nunavik December 22, 2006 - 10:12 pm

Case against former teacher moving through the courts

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Pierre-Paul Bélanger, 68, of Montreal, a former teacher who is facing 19 charges related to the sexual abuse of boys in Kangiqsualujjuaq during the 1970s and 80s, is to have what’s called a “pro forma” court appearance next February in the community.

Bélanger was charged last January for a variety...

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Around the Arctic December 15, 2006 - 2:19 pm

Greenland’s Santa Claus back in business

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After the news that the Santa Claus post office in Nuuk wouldn’t have enough money to answer all the letters it receives, the Nuuk tourism office and the Santa Claus foundation, along with volunteers in Århus, Denmark, decided to join forces and answer the 50,000 letters Santa will receive before...

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Around the Arctic December 15, 2006 - 2:18 pm

Polar bear cowboys fined

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Four hunters in Greenland have been fined for lassoing a polar bear that was later shot.

The Greenland court of appeals found the four guilty of violating a ban against capturing a wild animal and killing it, Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper reported last week.

The polar bear was captured...

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Around the Arctic December 15, 2006 - 2:18 pm

Nuuk soon the largest municipality ... in the world

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Greenland’s capital city of Nuuk is going to be the largest municipality in the world, geographically speaking, when the number of municipalities in Greenland shrinks in 2009.

Ivittuut, Paamiut and two municipalities in east Greenland, Illoqqortoormiut and Tasiilaq, are going to be part of the...

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Climate Change December 15, 2006 - 2:17 pm

Californian says garbage a cure for energy woes

New technology more likely to be employed on Mars than in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

New technology promises to transform plain old garbage into a clean, green fuel source.

Sound fanciful?

Perhaps. But of all the ideas floated at a conference on adapting to climate change, held in Iqaluit last week, it’s certainly the most interesting.

After all, if there’s one...

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Climate Change December 15, 2006 - 2:16 pm

Nunavut needs climate change centre

Proposed facility would help to spread information, access federal funds

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Global warming may mean residents of the Eastern Arctic will need to shovel more snow in the future.

That’s because snow serves as an excellent insulator, helping to trap cold, or heat.

During spring thaw, this insulating property actually speeds up the melting of permafrost...

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Nunavik December 15, 2006 - 2:15 pm

Youth given greater voice in KRG

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ – Nunavik’s youth association and the Kativik Regional Government vow to work together more closely in the future.

The Saputiit youth association and the KRG introduced their new partnership in a memorandum of understanding, tabled at the recent Kativik regional council meeting in...

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Iqaluit December 15, 2006 - 2:14 pm

Iqaluit this week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Food basket volunteers needed
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. the Cadet Hall. Come help pack and deliver Christmas food baskets for families in need. Organized by the Rotary Club.

Rummage sale
Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the old arena. There...

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Iqaluit December 15, 2006 - 2:13 pm

Christmas basket fund eases pain of poverty

Commercialized holiday season “gets people down,” volunteer says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

DAN BENOIT

Not everyone feels comfort and joy at Christmas.

It’s also a time of hunger and despair for many who feel the ache of poverty during the holiday season, something the annual community Christmas basket fund in Iqaluit has been trying to change for 23 years.

Since 1983, the Christmas...

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-none- December 15, 2006 - 2:12 pm

Arvaluk joins the Napster generation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut should provide community radio stations with free computers so volunteers could download pirated music off the Internet and play it on air, says James Arvaluk, MLA for Tunnuniq.

”The volunteers who go to the local radio station usually bring their own music and we know...

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-none- December 15, 2006 - 2:12 pm

GN loses $3-$4 million from Tory cuts

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ed Picco, the education minister, told MLAs during the last sitting of the legislative assembly that the Conservative government’s recent cuts to the budget of the federal Human Resources department, and other federal agencies, likely cost Nunavut between $3 and $4 million.

Picco provided the...

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-none- December 15, 2006 - 2:10 pm

City hires new clerk

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit has a new city clerk. Tracy Leschyshyn took over the job Nov. 22. Originally from Edmonton, Leschyshyn spent the past seven years working in Nunavut’s department of justice. The next Iqaluit city council meeting is Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

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-none- December 15, 2006 - 2:04 pm

Hamlets pay down deficits

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Only one of Nunavut’s hamlets ran a deficit during the last fiscal year, Levinia Brown, minister of Community and Government Services, reported in the legislature on Nov. 29.

That’s a big change from three years ago, when 13 of the territory’s hamlets ran deficits. Six of those deficits exceeded...

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