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Iqaluit August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'They took the same approach as you would with an 'underwater; drilling rig.'

School gets $22.5 million overhaul to lighten up

JOHN THOMPSON

Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit is a forbidding place to step inside.

The halls are long and poorly lit. The floors feel dingy, even after they've been cleaned. It's easy to feel lost wandering the building's nearly identical four quadrants. And the only window to be seen is the odd porthole, which...

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Nunavut August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Deal with Quebec aims to improve wide array of services for francophones

Okalik: pact might improve French health care

JOHN THOMPSON

French-speaking Nunavut residents are unlikely to receive medical attention in their native tongue, because there are few French-speaking doctors and nurses in the territory.

But that may improve, says Nunavut's premier, following an agreement he signed with Quebec on Aug. 22 that calls for both...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Restaurant, bar to serve booze, room service won't

Nova Inn gets split decision from liquor board

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqalummiut will be able to get a drink at the city's new hotel, but guests won't be able to have drinks delivered to their rooms.

The Nunavut Liquor Licencing Board last week granted licenses for the Nova Inn's cocktail lounge, but rejected an application that would have allowed booze to be served...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'We expect you to be able to cash the cheque you're writing tonight.'

Compost group back on top of the heap

CHRIS WINDEYER

It was hardly a ringing endorsement, but the Bill Mackenzie Humanitarian Society is back in the compost business.

Iqaluit city council voted 4-3 Tuesday to support a new deal that allows the society to establish a new compost pile outside its current location in the city's landfill, and build a...

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Nunavut August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Growing food under harsh 'c;onditions; in the High Arctic could teach scientists how to feed spac

A radish grows on Devon Island

JOHN THOMPSON

DEVON ISLAND - The Canadian Space Agency hopes to one day grow fresh vegetables on other planets.

To learn how, they're testing a robotic greenhouse at the Haughton-Mars Project, a research camp that's built on the premise that the nearby Haughton crater, formed when a meteorite smashed into the...

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Nunavut August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'That's really what we're here to do, to control the chaos'

Polar Shelf pair keeps the trained researchers running on time

JOHN THOMPSON

RESOLUTE BAY - Scientists in about 30 research camps fanned out across the High Arctic wake up to the same gruff voice each morning.

It's either Barry Hough or Mike Kristjanson, the two logistics managers at the Polar Continental Shelf Project in Resolute Bay, as they conduct their daily 7 a.m....

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Nunavik August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'Things must change. They absolutely must change.'

Quebec pledges millions to fight child abuse

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - In an all-out effort to save Nunavik's children from abuse and neglect, Quebec will pump an additional $5.5 million each year into Nunavik's health and social services department, along with $31 million to build new staff housing for social service workers.

These are "significant and...

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Nunavik August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

ADQ will 'make sure results come out of it.'

Opposition leader backs Nunavik plans

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Mario Dumont, the leader of Action Démocratique du Québec, says he supports the creation of the new regional government and a separate provincial riding for Nunavik.

Dumont's backing is important because he's leader of the second-largest party in Quebec's national assembly.

The ADQ vote...

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Nunavik August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Here are the highlights of the handouts

Where the money goes

JANE GEORGE

At last week's Katimajiit meeting on social and economic development in Kuujjuaq, Quebec handed out millions of dollars to improve the quality of life in the region and support Inuit language and culture. Here are some highlights.

For housing and infrastructure:

  • $53 million over four years for major...
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Nunavik August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Quebec money will offset higher food, transport, gasoline costs

Nunavik gets gift of lower prices

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Nunavimmiut will likely see prices drop at local stores and gas stations over the coming year.

That's because some of the money doled out at last week's Katimajiit meeting on Nunavik's social and economic development is intended to improve living conditions in the region by reducing the...

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Nunavik August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Federal pledge includes $21 million to subsidize fast internet access

Quebec, Ottawa promise flood of funds

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Cabinet ministers from Quebec City and Ottawa say they are ready to spend at least $200 million to improve social and economic conditions in Nunavik.

The largest amounts will go towards building and maintaining social housing and community infrastructure, lowering the region's high cost...

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Nunavut August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'All four corporations see the current impasse as a threat'

QEC-broadband spat irks birthright firms

JIM BELL

Nunavut's four Inuit birthright corporations are trying to use their political muscle to force Qulliq Energy Corp. to settle its dispute with the Nunavut Broadband Development Corp., they said in a statement issued last week and in a letter to Ed Picco, the energy minister.

"All four corporations...

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Nunavut August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'We now have more people in Mary River and Milne Inlet than in Grise Fiord'

Mine activity swells Mary River population

JOHN THOMPSON

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.'s Mary River project near Pond Inlet employed 200 people this summer - making the site more populated than some Nunavut communities.

"We now have more people in Mary River and Milne Inlet than in Grise Fiord,"  President Gordon McCreary said on Friday, Aug. 24.

Company...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Turnovers leave 'c;ouncil; pondering municipal 'reorganization;

Iqaluit plugs along despite loss of key staff

CHRIS WINDEYER

A rash of high-level resignations has the City of Iqaluit mulling ways of keeping employees through training and a possible reorganization of departments, says Elisapee Sheutiapik, Iqaluit's mayor.

The city lost two department directors this summer. Geoff Baker, the former engineering director, took...

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Nunavut August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'It was like like doing work in a Third World country.'

Film ban costly, tour operator says

JOHN THOMPSON

Arctic Bay lost $200,000 this summer because of a decision by hunters to ban filming at the floe edge, says a tour operator.

Graham Dickson, an expedition leader with Arctic Kingdom Marine Expeditions based in Toronto, said he received notice of the ban from Arctic Bay's Ikajutit Hunters and...

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Iqaluit August 30, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Unlucky cohort to endure third year of disrupted studies in 2008

More misery in store for jinxed Grade 9 class

JOHN THOMPSON

Grade 9 students in Iqaluit are a particularly unlucky lot.

Last year they lost two weeks of classes due to badly-delayed school renovations at Aqsarniit Middle School.

Next year, these kids face the prospect of likely either rising extra early in the morning, or staying at school extra late through...

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Nunavut August 23, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Bacteria may play role in producing far more toxic version in northern lakes

Scientists seek key to mercury mystery

JOHN THOMPSON

RESOLUTE BAY - Arctic char in Resolute Lake contain amounts of methyl-mercury that exceed what Health Canada considers safe to eat regularly.

The fresh fish is still probably far healthier for most people to eat than frozen pizza and other processed foods sold at the co-op, although pregnant women...

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Climate Change August 23, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Climate change may bring more weather pyrotechnics, forecaster says

Lights, action, thunderstorms!

JANE GEORGE

This past July, Nunavummiut experienced a full range of summer weather extremes from floods and lightning strikes to cool temperatures and record-breaking highs.

On July 17, people in Arviat were treated to a scary show of forked lightning, which wildlife officers say struck and killed some caribou...

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Iqaluit August 23, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Green door space once held an earthquake detector

When the earth moves, they measure it

CHRIS WINDEYER

Daniel Coulombe has a different take on what lies behind the green door.

Earlier this summer, Nunatsiaq News wrote about a seemingly out-of-place room blasted into the side of a hill in Iqaluit. Former Iqaluit mayor Bryan Pearson said it might have once been a radio room to help guide air traffic,...

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Nunavut August 23, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Ed Horne's former Sanikiluaq staff house goes up in smoke

When a house fire is good news

JIM BELL

No one in Sanikiluaq shed any tears last week after a suspicious fire ate up the three-bedroom bungalow once used by Ed Horne, the notorious child molester.

"Many former abuse victims can finally release the demons!" a Sanikiluaq resident said in an email to Nunatsiaq News.

Horne, now 64, has...

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