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GN abandons recruiting of international nurses

"We spent so much money for nothing."

JANE GEORGE

The Government of Nunavut has abandoned recruiting nurses from India and the Philippines after the experiment, which cost more than $1 million since 2004, proved to be a resounding failure.

That’s because the GN botched the plan by not offering adequate training to overseas nurses upon their...

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Nunavik March 30, 2007 - 4:08 pm

PQ retains hold on Ungava riding

Luc Ferland beats Liberal Aline Sauvageau by more than 1,000 votes

JANE GEORGE

The Ungava riding, which includes Nunavik, stayed with the Parti Québécois during the March 26 Quebec election.

PQ candidate Luc Ferland won 4,555 of 11,126 votes cast, beating his closest contender, Liberal Party candidate Aline Sauvageau, by more than 1,000 votes.

Ferland received about 41 per...

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Nunavik March 30, 2007 - 4:07 pm

Alaku seeks third term at Makivik Corp.

Incumbent proud of role in creating Inuit-owned cruise company

JANE GEORGE

Adamie Alaku, Makivik Corporation’s vice-president for economic development, hopes Nunavimmiut remember his achievements on Makivik’s election day, March 30.

Alaku is seeking a third term. Since his first win in 2001, Alaku has travelled widely, from Dubai to Norway, to promote Nunavik. He’s...

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Nunavut March 30, 2007 - 4:00 pm

MLAs do four-day dump on health minister

Aglukkaq fends off numerous complaints

JANE GEORGE

Leona Aglukkaq, the health minister, spent four afternoons fending off criticism in the committee of the whole and during daily question periods in the Nunavut legislature last week.

MLAs questioned Agluk­kaq and her top officials about the money they’re spending and shortfalls in various...

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Nunavik March 30, 2007 - 4:00 pm

A place for the poor to turn to

New poverty law service gives access to civil law for those who can’t afford lawyers

JIM BELL

When Paul Nettleton first heard about the vacant poverty law position while in the middle of a job interview last year with the Nunavut Legal Services Board, he jumped at it.

“They mentioned the poverty law position and I said, ‘that’s me,” Nettleton said, explaining how he applied for a regular...

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Iqaluit March 30, 2007 - 3:19 pm

Toonik Tyme highlights

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Sugar shack and brunch - April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Francophone Centre. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children.

Opening ceremonies - April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the AWG arena. Admission is $2. Free for elders and kids under 13.

Paraskiing - April 12 to 14, from 10 a.m. to...

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Iqaluit March 30, 2007 - 3:16 pm

Toonik Tyme needs helping hands

Volunteers sought for Iqaluit’s annual spring festival

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Toonik Tyme is almost here, but Iqaluit’s annual spring festival needs volunteers to be a success.

This year’s festival officially kicks off in less than two weeks, on Wednesday, April 11, and continues until Sunday, April 15. That’s a shorter span of time than in previous years, which means...

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Iqaluit March 30, 2007 - 3:08 pm

Child molester gets light sentence

Prompt guilty plea shaves off two years in prison

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

JOHN THOMPSON

A man convicted of molesting young girls received a light sentence in the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit on Friday, March 23, due to a prompt guilty plea.

Paul Aoudla, 42, of Iqaluit will spend 12 months in prison for sexual interference against two girls, aged seven and...

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Iqaluit March 30, 2007 - 3:07 pm

Taxi committee okays rate hike

Fares would jump to six dollars, elders exempt

CHRIS WINDEYER

Taking a taxi in Iqaluit could soon cost a dollar more if city council approves a recommendation passed Monday by the city’s taxi committee.

The committee voted 4-2 in favour of a rate hike that would see fares jump from five dollars to six. Fares for elders will remain $5.

Pai-Pa Taxi owner...

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Iqaluit March 30, 2007 - 3:02 pm

Overflow problems irk homeowner

City says onus on residents to ensure tanks ready for fill-up

CHRIS WINDEYER

Their cup runneth over, and that means a call to the insurance agent.

Several Iqaluit homeowners who rely on trucked water delivered by the city have seen their homes flooded when malfunctions involving the overflow pipe forced water into their homes.

“Basically they don’t turn off the truck...

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Iqaluit March 30, 2007 - 2:57 pm

Iqaluit This Week

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The legend of Kiviuq, in drawings
On display until April 8, at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit museum. See drawings by Baker Lake artist Nancy Pukirnak Aupaluktuq of the legend of Kiviuq.

Free Isuma film screenings
Every Sunday at 2 p.m. until June 3, 2007, at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit museum....

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Iqaluit March 30, 2007 - 2:14 pm

Escape from the ghetto

Montreal architect wants to create livable public housing in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The City of Iqaluit wants to become a model of Arctic sustainability. The Nunavut Housing Corporation wants to build as many homes as it can, as quickly as possible.Enter Avi Friedman, the renowned Montreal architect known for The Grow Home, a single-family row house that could be built (back in...

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Nunavik March 30, 2007 - 9:48 am

Around Nunavik

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Inukjuak man gets conditional sentence

Last month, Quebec judge Donald Bissonnette gave Harry Tukai, 21, of House 269 in Inukjuak a 22-month sentence to be served in the community, followed by a two-year probation period.

Tukai’s sentence includes house arrest for 12 months, followed by a nightly...

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Climate Change March 30, 2007 - 9:42 am

Clyde hunters to work on climate change study

A new GPS mounted on snowmobiles?

JANE GEORGE

During International Polar Year, researchers with Igliniit Project in Clyde River plan to link the traditional knowledge of Inuit hunters with cutting-edge technology.

Five hunters in Clyde River will pilot the Igliniit system in the first year and eight hunters in the second year.

“We’re trying...

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Nunavut March 30, 2007 - 9:32 am

Qiniq ready to surf the next level

Wildly popular service needs more bandwidth

JIM BELL

The Nunavut Broadband Development Corp. owns one of the best systems ever built for providing internet access to a remote area - and now they want to take their wildly popular Qiniq network to the next level.

But they need more bandwidth to feed the growing legion of subscribers across Nunavut...

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Nunavut March 30, 2007 - 9:31 am

Nunavut unveils mineral strategy

GN looks to cut red tape

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JOHN THOMPSON

The Government of Nunavut plans to commission an independent review of the territory’s maze of regulatory organizations, which critics say is unnecessarily slow and complex, and may be scaring off mining companies and scientists interested in working in the territory.

That news is...

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Nunavut March 30, 2007 - 9:30 am

Around Nunavut

Sanikiluaq's superb principal: Lisi Kavik

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On March 20 in the Nunavut legislature, Hudson Bay MLA Peter Kattuk recognized Lisi Kavik, the co-principal of Nuiyak School in Sanikiluaq, who was recently chosen as one of Canada’s outstanding principals for 2007 by the Learning Partnership.

The group is a not-for-profit organization that...

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Nunavut March 30, 2007 - 9:30 am

In the Legislative Assembly:

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A casino for Nunavut?

Nunavut needs more strict controls over lotteries and bingos, which are draining money away from families, said Rankin Inlet North MLA Tagak Curley in the legislature’s committee of the whole on March 13.

The committee of the whole looks at each GN department’s revenues and...

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Nunavut March 30, 2007 - 9:28 am

Simon, sealers counter ‘disinformation’

Group hopes to head off more pelt bans by European countries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, this week joined a delegation comprised of Canada’s ambassador for fisheries conservation, Loyola Sullivan, plus representatives from the Fur Institute of Canada and East Coast sealers.

The group met this week with officials in four European...

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Nunavut March 30, 2007 - 9:21 am

Iqaluit looks down the road for plan

Calgary, Whistler offer advice on long-term planning

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s always a good idea to have a plan, but first you have to plan the plan.

Long-term municipal planning is all the rage these days and Iqaluit is jumping on board, getting started with a community meeting earlier this month at the Arctic Winter Games arena.

On the drawing board is a vision of...

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