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Climate Change February 23, 2007 - 10:31 pm

Coping with climate change

Arctic Bay residents prepare for the big melt

JANE GEORGE

Arctic Bay residents say they need better land skills camps for youth, improved gas subsidies and better insurance programs for hunters to cope with climate change.

The signs of change are everywhere in Arctic Bay, said Mishak Allurut, who, along with Kik Shappa, assisted James Ford of McGill...

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Climate Change February 23, 2007 - 10:01 pm

Coping with climate change

Arctic Bay residents prepare for the big melt

JANE GEORGE

Arctic Bay residents say they need better land skills camps for youth, improved gas subsidies and better insurance programs for hunters to cope with climate change.

The signs of change are everywhere in Arctic Bay, said Mishak Allurut, who, along with Kik Shappa, assisted James Ford of McGill...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:55 pm

Mike Gardener named to Order of Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

One of the Baffin region’s most beloved Anglican missionaries, Rev. Mike Gardener, 75, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada this week.

Gardener, who as a 12-year-old boy was inspired by the story of the Scottish missionary David Livingstone, came to the Arctic from England in 1955 to serve...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:54 pm

GN helps hamlets pay fuel bills

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Government of Nunavut will spend an extra $1.5 million within the current 2006-07 fiscal year to help municipal governments pay their fuel bills.

The GN, which buys Nunavut’s entire fuel supply each year and re-sells it to Nunavummiut through various contracted distributors, raised retail...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:53 pm

Kiviaq doc airs next month

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

History Television, a popular cable channel available to most Nunavut cable subscribers, will broadcast Zacharias Kunuk’s documentary Kiviaq versus Canada on March 5 at 9 p.m. eastern time.

The documentary tells the colourful story of Kiviaq, Canada’s first Inuk lawyer, who was taken away from his...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:52 pm

Spring forward early this year

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Thanks to a Nunavut cabinet decree issued last week, Nunavummiut will enter daylight savings time three weeks early this year, on Sunday, March 11, when they will move their clocks ahead by one hour.

This brings Nunavut into alignment with the rest of North America, where most jurisdictions...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:50 pm

Nunavut Inuit plan return of artifacts

“Repatriation has played a part in the cultural healing”

JANE GEORGE

The Inuit Heritage Trust is looking at how Inuit artifacts now stored in museums around the world will be repatriated or returned to Nunavut when the territory finally gets its own heritage centre.

Last week, several board members and staff from the Inuit Heritage Trust visited Nuuk, Greenland to...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:47 pm

Mayor fears deepwater port flip flop

“We never got a reply, but unfortunately, we have it in the newspaper.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

The federal Conservative government appears to be backing off on an election promise to build a deepwater port in Nunavut – something that does not please Iqaluit’s mayor, Elisapee Sheutiapik.

”It’s very disappointing news,” Sheutiapik said at a council meeting Tuesday last week,...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:46 pm

Nunavut, Labrador want renewed air link

“There are so few of us, we need to stick together.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

Officials from Nunavut and Nunatsiavut pledged to work closely together and be good neighbours, after a series of working meetings in Iqaluit this week.

”In the North, Inuit are one family,” Tony Andersen, First Minister of the Government of Nunatsiavut, said on Monday afternoon...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:44 pm

Mercury could cause ivory gull’s decline

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

The ivory gull has more mercury in its eggs than any other seabird in the Arctic, researchers have found – a fact that could explain why numbers of the boisterous seabird have plummeted dramatically over the last 20 years.

Population counts done during the early 1980s found about...

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Nunavut February 23, 2007 - 9:42 pm

Motor vehicle chaos at the GN

System, not staff, is to blame

JIM BELL

The Government of Nunavut’s under-staffed and under-supported regional Motor Vehicles office in Iqaluit is in a serious state of administrative disarray, says a consultant’s audit report obtained by Nunatsiaq News.

The consultant, Jeanne McHardy of Alexandria, Ont., said she found a building that...

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Nunavik February 23, 2007 - 9:37 pm

Liberals name candidate in Ungava

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Aline Sauvageau of Val d’Or will run in the Ungava riding for the Quebec Liberal Party in the March 26 provincial election, which Premier Jean Charest called this week.

“On a number of occasions, Mr. Charest has noticed that I am well aware of the issues in Northern Quebec as well as the concerns...

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Nunavik February 23, 2007 - 9:36 pm

Kuujjuaq homeowners feel the squeeze

Village owed $1 million in back taxes

JANE GEORGE

Kuujjuaq wants to collect on its unpaid municipal taxes.

Many homeowners in Kuujjuaq owe thousands of dollars in back taxes to the municipality.

In many cases, that’s because these homeowners can’t find affordable home insurance, which is needed to qualify for municipal tax subsidies.

These...

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Nunavik February 23, 2007 - 9:36 pm

Bald or bust

Head shavers and snowmobilers fundraise for kids with cancer

JANE GEORGE

Some men around Kuujjuaq will be sporting extra-warm hats this week as they get used to being totally bald.

This past weekend, volunteer Maggie Peters shaved all the air off the heads of eight Kuujjuaq men in front of an enthusiastic audience.

They decided to go bald as a part of a fundraising...

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Nunavik February 23, 2007 - 9:34 pm

Judge lambastes Nunavik leaders

Easy access to booze and guns fuel deadly shootings

JANE GEORGE

In a Feb. 8 sentencing decision in the case of a young man convicted for his involvement in a deadly shooting spree on Feb. 9, 2005, a Nunavik judge criticized Nunavik leaders for allowing the free flow of alcohol in the region and easy access to deadly firearms.

Judge Daniel Bédard of the Quebec...

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Iqaluit February 23, 2007 - 12:28 pm

Iqaluit this week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Rummage and craft sale
Saturday, Feb. 24 from noon until 2 p.m. at Aqsarniit Middle School. Proceeds go to the girls’ basketball team. To book a table, call Tracy or Josefina at 979-3900.

Musical tea
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Ecole des Trois Soleils, presented by the Iqaluit Music Society....

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Around the Arctic February 23, 2007 - 12:24 pm

Have fudge, will travel

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Starting on March 4, Rosie Stancer, 47, will attempt to haul two sledges from Ward Hunt Island on the northern tip of Nunavut to become the first woman to trek solo to the North Pole.

If all goes according to plan, Stancer will travel over 415 nautical miles to the pole, taking 60 days.

Stancer...

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Nunavut February 16, 2007 - 10:21 pm

Kugaaruk fraud case moves forward

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Quinn Taggart, the former senior administrative officer of Kugaaruk, will be tried by indictment for defrauding the hamlet of $27,000, following a Crown election hearing held in Iqaluit this week.

Taggart’s case is next scheduled for March 7, to determine whether he will be tried by judge or

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Nunavut February 16, 2007 - 10:20 pm

NTI confirms IIBA for conservation areas

Long-awaited bowhead sanctuary near Clyde will go forward

JIM BELL

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. confirmed last week that three new wildlife areas, including a long-awaited bowhead whale sanctuary at Isabella Bay near Clyde River, are now ready to move forward.

That’s because NTI negotiators have finished a deal that was first announced this past October at the...

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Nunavut February 16, 2007 - 10:19 pm

MPs face off over photo ID debate

“People in Nunavut don’t have good documentation.”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

When residents of Nunavut and Nunavik next head to the polls to cast ballots in a federal election, they will have to produce photo identification.

That’s a change brought in by Bill C-31, An Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Public Service Employment Act, which passed...

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