Nunatsiaq Online
Iqaluit April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

New firm guns for GN contracts

QC buys out Iqaluit Internet companies

JOHN THOMPSON

The Qikiqtaaluk Corp. has bought out Iqaluit's two local Internet service providers, Comguard and Nunanet, to create a new company: Qikiqtaaluk Information Technology Corp.

QITC, which opened shop April 1, bought from Nunanet the rights to be Iqaluit's service provider for Qiniq, which provides...

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Nunavik April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'A regime that ignores the role whales play in Inuit life is bound to fail.'

Beluga system needs major fix, scientist says

JANE GEORGE

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans needs to make a huge "sea change" in its thinking for beluga management in Nunavik to work, says an English academic.

"A regime that ignores the role beluga whales play in Inuit life, that pays only ‘lip service' to Inuit knowledge" is bound to fail, says Dr....

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Nunavik April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'If we want to recruit Inuit they have to be paid a bit better than janitors'

KRPF union rejects higher pay for rookies

JANE GEORGE

Members of Nunavik's police union have rejected a plan to offer a higher pay package for rookie police, a cornerstone of the Kativik Regional Police Force's extreme makeover plan.

The Nunavik Police Association members recently voted against the management proposal to approve a higher entry-level...

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Nunavik April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Nunavik cops say bottles are bound for bootleggers

Bringing in the booze

JANE GEORGE

Unauthorized shipments of vodka, rum, wine and beer have been arriving by the box-load in Nunavik, but police say they have managed to seize some of it before bootleggers can claim it.

During the past month, members of the Kativik Regional Police Force in Kangirsuk say they intercepted several...

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Iqaluit April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Little reprimanded for interfering with city staff

Councillor caught in compost kerfuffle

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit city councillor Jim Little stands accused of mixing politics with compost.

Little received a letter of reprimand from the city's mayor, Elisapee Sheutiapik, and deputy mayor, Al Hayward, for interfering with city staff at the Iqaluit dump.

The letter, written April 13,  says Little asked...

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Iqaluit April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Jim Little in tears as unit he led consigned to junk heap

City scraps solid waste committee

CHRIS WINDEYER

At times choking back tears, Coun. Jim Little angrily protested against a move by Iqaluit City Council to shut down its solid waste standing committee during a public works meeting April 18.

But that didn't stop councillors from dissolving the committee, following a 4-2 vote at Tuesday's council...

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Nunavut April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Federal licence system discourages companies from investing, GN adviser says

Nunavut blames Ottawa for stalled energy development

JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut's vast oil and gas reserves are going untapped because the federal government's regulatory system for companies is outdated and unworkable, says the Gov­ern­­ment of Nunavut.

At least $1 trillion in gas, and $500 billion in oil, waits to be exploited beneath the territory's lands and...

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Nunavik April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Canadian Royalties plans workforce of 400, ore processing plant

Second nickel mine in Nunavik seen by 2010

JANE GEORGE

It's 2010, and Nunavik's second nickel mine boasts a workforce of 400 mainly Inuit employees, four open pit mines and an ore processing plant.

That's the vision driving Canadian Royalties as it plows through the process of lining up money, environmental permits and community support for its Raglan...

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Nunavut April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'We have a convoluted and complex regulatory system'

No fix in sight for Nunavut's red-tape jungle

JIM BELL

If there's one clear message that mining bosses wanted to deliver at last week's Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit, it's this: Nunavut's red-tape jungle, centred on the Nunavut land claims agreement, threatens to strangle their industry.

But the response they heard from those who run that system -...

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Nunavut April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

“I see a decrease in abuse, because a lot of the guys are smiling.”

Don't go slow on mining, leaders say

JIM BELL

Nunavut leaders at a public forum in Iqaluit last week said they won't even think about the idea of slowing the pace of mining development to give the people of Nunavut more time to prepare.

"No way," said Paul Kaludjak, the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., in response to a written question from...

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Iqaluit April 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'It was the largest amount of blood I've ever seen.'

Mark Jeffrey admits killing 13-year-old

JOHN THOMPSON

Child killer Mark King Jeffrey likely shaved years off his impending prison term when he finally admitted this Monday to the brutal stabbing death of Jennifer Naglingniq, 13, in Iqaluit more than four years ago.

Jeffrey, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his part in killing the girl,...

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Nunavik April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Of four Nunavik men charged with assault, only one sent to jail, due to conflicting evidence

Sex in public isn't always assault, cops reminded

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - The defence lawyer was ready to call a witness who would say he saw the accused and the complainant kissing on the evening of the alleged sexual assault, when Judge Daniel Bédard intervened in the Kuujjuaaq courtroom, saying "enough is enough."

Bédard said he didn't want or need to hear...

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Nunavik April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Azimut wants to exploit land near 'Caribou Heaven'

Uranium firm fights for mine near Kuururjuaq

JANE GEORGE

Uranium exploration companies don't want Kuururjuaq, Nunavik's second provincial park, to prevent them from mining near the area.

But several other groups want to see park boundaries expanded by 1,800 sq km to protect rare fossils, pristine lakes, and caribou breeding grounds nearby.

Arguments for...

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Nunavut April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Some caskets are tumbling with the slumping soil and are being broken into pieces'

Warmer weather destroying Arctic treasures

JANE GEORGE

The Arctic's wonders may melt, sink or be blown away before the world has a chance to appreciate them.

Rising temperatures, thawing glaciers, higher sea levels, soggy permafrost and erosion are all eating away at the Arctic's most valuable sites, says a United Nations report on climate change's...

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Iqaluit April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Announcement comes with $10,000 for Qimaavik to buy country food

YWCA to open new Iqaluit chapter

CHRIS WINDEYER

Lyda Fuller came to Iqaluit with a cheque, and also rekindled long-standing hopes that a shelter for homeless women will one day exist in the capital.

The executive director of the Yellowknife branch of the Young Women's Christian Association (better known as the YWCA) announced April 12 that the...

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Nunavut April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'It is going to position us very well to be much more aggressive and much more successful.'

Kitikmeot gets airline choice

JIM BELL

Kitikmeot air travellers will get another airline to choose from starting June 3, when Canadian North launches a new scheduled service that will connect residents in all five communities to Yellowknife.

The airline will use three small Dash 8-100 prop-jet aircraft to operate the routes. Those...

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Climate Change April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Weather watchers call for hot spell after chilly March

Expect another warm Arctic summer

JANE GEORGE

March was cold in the Arctic, but temperatures from elsewhere in the world show 2007 is on its way to becoming the hottest year in recorded history.

Environment Canada's longer-range forecasts for the Arctic reflect this warming trend, says meteorologist Yvonne Bilan-Wallace from the Arctic weather...

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Nunavut April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Mayors tired of being shunned by GN, Inuit organizations

We want some too, municipalities say

JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut's municipalities want a piece of the action from future mining activity, including a share of royalty payments from mining companies and a say in what goes into Inuit impact and benefit agreements.

The Nunavut Association of Municipalities made this point to hundreds of mining executives and...

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Nunavut April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Nunavut is committed to streamlining the regulatory processes.'

We'll curb the regulators, Okalik tells miners

JIM BELL

One day after a fourth employee of the Nunavut Water Board quit her job to protest against the firing of executive director Phillipe di Pizzo, Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik told a mining industry audience in Iqaluit this week that the GN stands with them in opposing regulatory processes that impede...

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Nunavut April 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Small Gjoa haven office 'is fraught with mistrust, disrespect, and authoritarian attitude'

Fourth water board employee quits

JOHN THOMPSON

A fourth employee of the Nunavut Water Board has quit to protest the recent firing of their executive director, Philippe di Pizzo.

Raj Downe, director of corporate services, wrote to the board on April 16, saying she would not renew her contract when it expires April 30.

The senior manager's...

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