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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

New Baffin hospital won't be much help

Child lung infections impose big costs on GN

JANE GEORGE

The cost of treating lung infections among Inuit children in the Baffin region is steep and continues to rise as the expense of transportation and southern-based medical treatment increase.

Every year, at least 20 to 25 children with lung infections are medevaced from the Baffin region to be treated...

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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Smoking, poor ventilation are risk factors

Inuit infants may suffer life-long lung damage

JANE GEORGE

Many Inuit children in Nunavut will cough up mucus and endure life-threatening problems for the rest of their lives because of early childhood lung infections that leave their lungs scarred and permanently damaged, say doctors at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Lung scarring among some...

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Climate Change July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Some ponds are just dried mud, researchers find

Water levels continue to drop

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Ponds on Ellesmere Island's Cape Hershel are still drying up, says a researcher who is now on site.

In July 2006, two researchers, John Smol from Queen's University and Marianne Douglas from the University of Alberta were astounded to see many ponds empty and etched with cracked soil. The...

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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'The reality is, I think we're going to get more ponds.'

Exposed permafrost melting rapidly on Ellesmere Island

JOHN THOMPSON

The High Arctic lowlands of Eureka Sound on Ellesmere Island are melting.

Nowhere is this change more dramatic than in walls of exposed permafrost, extending for hundreds of metres, that are retreating as fast as one metre per week.

"It's an expansive wall of ice, but it's retreating backwards....

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Iqaluit July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Inukitut-language daycare finally open in capital

Small footprints mean big news for Iqaluit parents

CHRIS WINDEYER

The toddler crawling around the floor of Tumikuluit Saipaaqivik didn't care who was speaking. He was more interested in the toys.

But the dozens of politicians, parents and supporters who crammed inside the home of Iqaluit's new Inuktitut-language daycare were much more attentive.

While...

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Iqaluit July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

High school students get on-the-job training in enforcement

A bylaw officer sees his shadows

CHRIS WINDEYER

He's busted.

The green pick-up truck casually rolls through a stop sign in Iqaluit's West 40 area, and Rod Mugford, the city's chief bylaw officer, hits the flashing lights and pulls the truck over.

There's nothing much unusual about this, save the unseasonably cold and rainy weather, and the two...

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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

But Nunavut still leads nation in crimes of violence

Nunavut's declining crime rates

JIM BELL

Statistics Canada's national crime numbers for 2006 contain encouraging news for Nunavummiut - the territory's crime rate, especially for property crime, is dropping.

But they also show that while the Northwest Territories suffers from the highest overall crime rate in Canada, Nunavut, despite a...

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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

System managed 6,142 charges in 2006

Crime rate eases, but Nunavut courts need 4th judge

JIM BELL

Nunavummiut have complained for years that accused persons spend too much time waiting for their charges to be dealt with - but a recent drop in Nunavut's crime rate won't help, as the the court system's workload continues to grow.

That workload is now so heavy, Nunavut government officials say a...

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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'We expect to see an invasion of animals and plants from the South.'

Icebreaker records changes in iceless land

JOHN THOMPSON

RESOLUTE BAY - There's an icebreaker here, but little ice to break.

The Canadian Coast Guard's Louis St. Laurent arrived July 18. Ten years ago, residents say the ship would have put its ice-ready, reinforced hull to use. Now the ship sits off shore, surrounded by open water.

Climate change is the...

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Nunavik July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

SQ team investigates at request of public security minister

Man hangs himself in Kuujjuaq jail

JANE GEORGE

Silas Papak, 36, hanged himself in a Kuujjuaq jail cell July 21 while in the custody of the Kativik Regional Police Force.

Sûreté du Quebec spokesperson Sgt. Jason Gauthier said a team of SQ investigators travelled to Kuujjuaq this past weekend, at the request of the public security minister, to...

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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Peary caribou is going to be gone? No way.'

Hunter disputes caribou 'experts'

JOHN THOMPSON

RESOLUTE BAY - Simon Idlout, 61, can think of one reason why he would stop hunting Peary caribou - and it's not the possibility of the stocky animals being protected under Canada's Species At Risk Act.

"I will stop only when I'm in the ground," he says, chuckling inside his home.

Idlout shot his...

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Nunavut July 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Pang residents all choked up over trash fire

'It smelled like a dump, like chemicals'

JANE GEORGE

On July 11, thick, dark smoke billowed up from Pangnirtung's dump, drifting above its water reservoir, over the community and out into Cumberland Sound.

To Billy Etooangat, who was boating in Cumberland Sound, it looked as if an atomic bomb had exploded over his community, leaving a slow-moving...

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Iqaluit July 21, 2007 - 10:03 am

Here be monsters

Remains of giant sea-going reptiles found in High Arctic

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you think an angry walrus looks mean, imagine an Arctic ocean that once teemed with sharp-toothed creatures that resemble the Loch Ness monster.

Researchers from McGill University have unearthed the fossilized remains of several such sea creatures on Melville Island, the Toronto Star reported...

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Nunavut July 21, 2007 - 9:56 am

Down to the sea in ships

“People don’t have any understanding of the complexity of the operation”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

ARTHUR JOHNSON

It’s 6:30 on a picture-book perfect July morning, and Iqaluit’s sealift beach resembles the early, chaotic stages of a construction site.

Four giant yellow loaders rev impatiently as they wait their turn to plunge into the shallows of Frobisher Bay, retrieving loads of cement and...

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Nunavut July 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Federal money will fund Nunavut heritage centres, website

Inuit Heritage Trust gets $190,000 in funding

JANE GEORGE

Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda announced in Iqaluit last week that the Inuit Heritage Trust will receive $190,000 for two projects - $90,000 to assist heritage centres in Nunavut and $100,000 to research and design a web site called "From Thule to the RCMP."

While making the funding announcements...

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Nunavut July 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I'm afraid that good relationships would be reduced or duplicated.'

Council offers mixed review of GN suicide strategy

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Embrace Life Council is giving the Government of Nunavut's new suicide prevention strategy a cautious thumbs-up.

Lori Idlout, the council's executive director, said her organization is concerned it wasn't consulted on the formulation of the strategy and is worried government efforts would...

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Iqaluit July 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I just noticed how well kids responded to an affectionate dog.'

Pooch parole gives young offenders a break

CHRIS WINDEYER

Legal aid lawyer Chris Debicki often gets a phone call informing him that his wayward mutt Fidel is once again in trouble.

"Because my dog gets busted on a frequent basis, I was intimately acquainted with the dog pound," Debicki said, laughing.

That familiarity helped start a program that allows...

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Nunavut July 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

A scientific expedition gives Inuit workers a unique glimpse of a weird way of life

Hanging out with black hole physicists

JOHN THOMPSON

DEVON ISLAND - The mayor of Grise Fiord is spending his summer with black hole physicists, molecular geneticists, and guys who build robots.

Most years, Jarloo Kiguktak, 45, would be spending July fishing. Instead, he's at the Haughton-Mars Project, a camp ran by the Mars Institute, with support...

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Climate Change July 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Project may reveal effects of warming on environment, marine mammals

Scientists get $26.5 million from the government to study huge ice cracks

JANE GEORGE

Water, ice and climate change are the focus of a scientific project that will see the Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen wintering off Banks Island with 40 researchers on board.

Last week, their study of flaw leads - the huge cracks in Arctic ice that create open bodies of water every winter - received...

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Nunavut July 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Territory only jurisdiction with average age under 30

Nunavut's population ages slightly, still bucks Canada's overall gray tide

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut's population is aging a little, but still has a long way to go to catch up with southern Canada's graying population.

The latest round of 2006 census figures released this past week by Statistics Canada show Nunavut still has by far the youngest population the country.

The average age of...

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