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Iqaluit May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'We are heading for that $1 million mark.'

Energy costs eat away at city's bottom line

CHRIS WINDEYER

Ballooning fuel and electricity costs at city-owned buildings have councillors and staff mulling ways of reining in Iqaluit's energy expenses.

Finance director John Hussey tabled cost figures this week for what the city spent last year on energy. The city's total costs for fuel and electricity...

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Nunavut May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Igloolik circus troupe wins global friends, but can it influence federal minister?

The clown princes of suicide prevention

JOHN THOMPSON

An abandoned swimming pool, old mattresses rummaged from the dump, and a circus trainer are odd ingredients indeed from which to fashion a successful suicide prevention program.

But that's all it's taken to turn bored, disaffected teens and young adults from Igloolik into acrobats, clowns and...

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Nunavik May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Sediment samples are like natural archives of the Earth's history.'

Mud gives clear picture of ancient climate

JOHN THOMPSON

Nine metres of mud excavated from the bottom of Pingualuit, Nunavik's crater lake, may offer researchers a more clear view on how the Earth's climate changed over the past 120,000 years.

A team of researchers, led by Reinhard Pienitz from Laval University, spent 10 days in May camped out at the...

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Nunavut May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Help line volunteers deal with everything from recipe requests to suicide threats

Nunavut's telephone trouble-shooters

CHRIS WINDEYER

In her 17 years as the woman behind the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut help line, Sheila Levy has heard it all.

Some kids call for advice on how to stop chewing their fingernails. One Christmas Day, someone once phoned for a decent stuffing recipe.

Other callers say they have rifle barrels pressed against...

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Nunavut May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Organizers seek to double attendance with budget of $325,000

Polar performers to headline at Alianait festival

CHRIS WINDEYER

Adopting the theme "polar rhythms," organizers of Iqaluit's Alianait arts festival rolled out their headliners this Monday for the festival's third edition.

The theme is inspired by the International Polar Year, which is drawing thousands of scientists from around the world to both polar regions....

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Nunavut May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Nominated in 11 categories

Nunatsiaq News scores five first-place awards

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunatsiaq News staff members continued their winning ways last weekend by taking home awards, five of them first-place prizes, in 11 categories at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association's annual banquet in Montreal May 25.

The awards are for material published during the 2006 calendar...

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Nunavut May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Climate change, increased traffic pose potent hazards, wildlife federation warns

Troubled waters threaten Arctic whales

JANE GEORGE

Belugas, narwhals and bowhead whales may be in deep trouble due to climate change, warns a new report from the World Wildlife Federation.

Whales in Hot Water? says Arctic whales could be driven from the region by changes to water temperature and salinity, melting ice floes in some areas and heavier...

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Nunavut May 31, 2007 - 3:00 pm

But Okalik slams door on municipal involvement in revenue sharing

Northern premiers unite on devolution fight

CHRIS WINDEYER

Premier Paul Okalik gave himself a birthday present this week: a new weapon in his battle with Ottawa to win a devolution agreement for Nunavut.

Okalik turned 43 as Northern premiers presented a 20-page "Northern Vision" document they hope will help Nunavut and the Northwest Territories wrest...

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Iqaluit May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Proposal gets cool reception from council, drivers

Bylaw chief pitches taxi beef board

CHRIS WINDEYER

If city bylaw officer Rod Mugford has his way, the next time you don't see eye to eye with your taxi driver, you'll be able to take it to the board.

Mugford pitched to councillors Tuesday a taxi complaints board that would serve as a forum for passengers to air their grievances about drivers, and...

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Iqaluit May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Compostable sacks seen as solution to bulging landfill

City eyes corn-based bags to cut litter

CHRIS WINDEYER

There's nothing like a stroll by the river to get Coun. Glenn Williams all teary-eyed, especially when the waterway is clogged with an ugly, wind-blown mess of discarded plastic bags.

Williams recalls past community cleanups where volunteers would spend hours picking up litter only for the wind to...

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Nunavik May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Born in a humble log building, movement now a multi-million dollar enterprise

The little co-op that could

JANE GEORGE

In a 40-year span, Nunavik's cooperative movement has grown from a log-hewn co-op store in George River and the tiny association of Puvirnitumiut Katujjuiyut Immiguutut (the people of Puvirnituq working for themselves) to a multi-million dollar commercial enterprise.

Last weekend, the Fédération des...

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Nunavut May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Battered organization starting all over again

Ottawa names new Nunavut planning chair

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

About a year-and-a-half after the job became vacant, the federal government formalized the appointment this month of a new chairperson for the Nunavut Planning Commission.

Ron Roach, an ex-SAO at the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet, will now chair the commission, replacing Bob Lyall, who left the job in...

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Nunavut May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Letter says company lacks water licence for exploration activities

Miramar in breach of environment laws, former NWB employee alleges

JOHN THOMPSON

Laws designed to protect the environment are routinely being broken at the site of Miramar Mining Corp.'s proposed Doris North gold mine, alleges a letter written by a former employee of the Nunavut Water Board.

The letter was distributed by Dennis Bevington, MP for the Western Arctic and the NDP's...

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Nunavut May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Prisoners are under enormous life stress and just want to get out.'

Inmates fester at overcrowded BCC

JOHN THOMPSON

About 20 inmates at Baffin Correctional Centre have spent recent nights crowded together on floor mats in the prison gym, beneath buzzing florescent lighting, says a legal aid lawyer.

The overcrowded conditions are enough to make some inmates want to plead guilty so they can do federal time in a...

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Iqaluit May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Owners of scorched eatery eye October opening

The Snack 3.0 to sail this summer

CHRIS WINDEYER

Seekers of the long-lost Snackburger rejoice: The Snack will soon rise again.

Co-owner Nelson Soucy said Tuesday he's hoping the third edition of Iqaluit's greasy-spoon diner will open Oct. 1.

"The menu's going to be exactly the same, the employees you're going to see most of them probably all (come...

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Nunavut May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Kitikmeot to see employment explosion over next five years

Training key to boosting Inuit jobs at mines

JANE GEORGE

Giant 100-tonne mining trucks don't scare Roger Hitkoluk, a heavy equipment mechanic at the Diavik diamond mine.

Hitkoluk, 60, got his start on the Beaufort Sea oil rigs and at the former Lupin mine. Now, he repairs 16-cylinder engines on the house-sized trucks used at Diavik.

Hitkoluk is used to...

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Nunavut May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I've thought about hiring someone to beat me up just so I can stay at the shelter.'

All women at risk of homelessness, study says

CHRIS WINDEYER

Every woman in Nunavut is at risk of becoming homeless, says the Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council.

Some women are locked out by abusive spouses. Others fall sick, lose their jobs and can't pay rent. Still others are unfairly evicted, the council says.

But it can happen to everyone, Qulliit's...

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Nunavut May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Community's teens skip school as partying, pandemonium beckon

Dropping out to world of booze, crime

JANE GEORGE

KUGLUKTUK - The high school's halls and classrooms are as silent as falling snow when only 33 of 154 students showed up for class on a recent Monday morning.

Nathan Ayaligak, one of the few Grade 12 students in class that day, says his parents give him a second-hand snowmobile for every year he...

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Nunavut May 24, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Good attendance enables students to compete for prizes

Kugluktuk Grizzlies keep kids in school

JANE GEORGE

KUGLUKTUK - Mahik Havioyak, Nunavut's top table tennis player, slams a ping-pong ball across the table to her coach and physical education teacher, Attila Csaba.

You can find Havioyak here, in the high school gym, several times a week, including weekends, where she works on her game with Csaba, a...

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Iqaluit May 17, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Council busy explaining that it's all because of GN agreement

Iqaluit property taxes climb another 2.5 per cent

CHRIS WINDEYER

Property taxes in Iqaluit are going up 2.5 per cent this year, and city councillors are going out of their way to explain to ratepayers that it's not their doing.

The tax increase is required as part of a five-year capital funding arrangement with the Government of Nunavut. That agreement expires...

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