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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Rankin Inlet sets aside usual entertainment for an evening with their hip-hopping offspring

For one night, break-dancing trumps bingo

JOHN THOMPSON

It's not easy competing with bingo night in Rankin Inlet.

Yet hundreds of adults gave up their usual weekly entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 8 to watch more than 100 children "battle" each other in a break-dance competition, held in the gymnasium of Maani Ulujuk school.

"I was told the bingo would...

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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Company says Greenland reviewing it's legislation on controversial mineral

Uranium ban doesn't discourage prospectors

JANE GEORGE

Greenland doesn't allow any uranium mining or prospecting to take place on the island.

Despite this, companies are actively exploring Kvanefjeld in southern Greenland, one the largest undeveloped uranium-rich areas in the world, with an estimated $10 billion worth of uranium.

Greenland Minerals was...

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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Under-20 births similar to levels in parts of Africa, Bangladesh, new StatsCan study shows

Nunavut tops in Canada for teen moms

JANE GEORGE

Young, single and pregnant: Nunavut babies are still much more likely to have unmarried teenaged mothers than anywhere else in the country.

Nunavut teens continue to give birth to babies at rates that are 11 times higher than the rest of Canada, according to numbers from a Statistics Canada report...

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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'The Arctic is not a dumping ground, in the sea or on land.'

Navy stance on food, sewage disposal draws fire

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit organizations say the Canadian Navy shouldn't dump rotting food and raw sewage into the Arctic Ocean.

"We call on the Canadian Navy, and other ships, to exercise restraint in changing their practices in this regard," said Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in a news release...

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Nunavik September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Youthful population likely explanation for lower per-capita payments, study suggests

Quebec spending falls 25 per cent short in Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

Quebec spends about 25 per cent less money per capita in Nunavik than elsewhere in the province, says a new socio-economic study of the territory.

In the 1980s, government spending was about equal, but in 2003 Quebec spent $3,063 per capita in Nunavik and $4,187 per capita elsewhere in the...

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Nunavik September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Participation of KRG, Makivik seen as critical to success of new venture

Credit unions plan to push out CIBC

JANE GEORGE

By 2009, Nunavik' new credit unions plan to lure more than 3,500 accounts away from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - the only bank which operates a branch in Nunavik.

The region' co-operative network, Fédération des cooperatives du Nouveau-Québec, is working with Quebec's powerful...

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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Short staffing could leave workers exposed to danger, union official says

Nurses worry about hospital safety

JANE GEORGE

Iqaluit nurses fear the danger, stress and daily grind of their poorly-paid jobs will follow them to the Qikiqtani Regional Hospital, when it opens Oct. 19.

If it does, many nurses will leave for other jobs, warns Cheryl Young, an Inuk from Labrador, who is the head of the nurses' local in...

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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'He essentially got the fight that he wanted when the police arrived,' Crown attorney insist

Appeal of life sentence hinges on whether Jaw was provoked to kill RCMP constable

CHRIS WINDEYER

There's no dispute about one sad and essential fact: Constable Jurgen Seewald died in 2001 after he was hit by a shotgun blast fired by Salomonie Jaw after the policeman responded to a call about a dispute between Jaw and his girlfriend.

After Jaw shot Seewald, Jaw's girlfriend, Barbara Ettinger,...

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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Spurred by climate change concerns, wildlife board reverses itself to limit hunt

Nunavut cuts bear quota shoot for western Hudson Bay

JOHN THOMPSON

Hunters may only shoot two-thirds as many polar bears in western Hudson Bay, following a recommendation made by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board to lower the area's bear quota from 56 to 38, which was approved by Patterk Netser, Nunavut's minister of the environment, in late August.

And unless...

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Nunavut September 27, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'They deserve to be treated better, compared to nurses who fly in and out.'

Staff nurses feel undervalued, shortchanged by pay policy

JOHN THOMPSON

It's hard to escape the conclusion that the Government of Nunavut values the work done by short-term contractors over that done by its full-time, indeterminate employees.

At least, it must seem that way if you're a nurse.

Nunavut depends on recruitment agencies to hire nurses from the South for short...

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Nunavut September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Formations on Axel Heiberg Island being measured by radar beams from satellite

Salt domes make scientists dream of vast energy reserves

JOHN THOMPSON

Like toothpaste squeezed from a tube, mountains of gypsum, a soft rock, are sprouting from Axel Heiberg Island, perhaps as rapidly as five centimetres a year.

"For a mountain, it's moving quite fast," says Paul Budkewitsch, a geologist with Natural Resources Canada who hopes to learn exactly how...

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Nunavut September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Fewer Nunavummiut couples married, more have children

Nunavut has 30 same-sex couples: census

CHRIS WINDEYER

The tally is in and Nunavut is home to 30 of Canada's 46,000 same-sex couples.

The 2006 census marks the first time same-sex couples were counted since same-sex marriage was legalized across Canada in 2005.

By contrast, there are nearly 5,100 opposite-sex couples in Nunavut, according to the most...

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Nunavut September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

KIA says route would have least environmental impact

Engineering report backs eastern route for road to Kivalliq

CHRIS WINDEYER

A draft report from engineering firm SNC-Lavalin recommends the so-called eastern route for a road connecting the Kivalliq with Churchill and southern Manitoba, says the Kivalliq Inuit Association's project manager.

In an interview, Dawn Brigham said the eastern route, which would stretch 1,230...

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Nunavut September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

StatsCan reports 29.1 per cent more students finish high school, while even more slip through cracks

Nunavut sees big jump in graduates, dropouts

JOHN THOMPSON

A growing number of children in Nunavut are graduating from high school. But an even bigger number are slipping through the cracks and dropping out.

These facts are found in a recent report by Statistics Canada, which looks at different indicators of how public schools are faring across the country,...

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Nunavik September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Deputy chief Jobie Epoo selected by KRG councillors

KRPF gets new interim chief

New interim chief for Kativik Regional Police Force

At their recent meeting in Kuujjuaq, the Kativik Regional Government councillors approved the appointment of Jobie Epoo as the interim chief of the Kativik Regional Police Force, effective Sept. 21.

"I am ready for the job," Epoo told the...

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Nunavut September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Fortified by 50 tonnes of food, Coast Guard vessel will be the first to winter in frozen Arctic wate

Breaking the ice with Captain Julien

CHRIS WINDEYER

Stéphane Julien might be the captain of an icebreaker, but he knows nature holds the advantage in the Arctic ice pack.

"Compared to the power of the ice we're a little nutshell," says the boyish captain of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen, during a recent call at Iqaluit for the Qanuippitali?...

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Iqaluit September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'I think it's most unlikely anybody's going to pony up money for that.'

Consultant doubtful about Iqaluit port

CHRIS WINDEYER

A consultant who helped the Government of Nunavut create its transportation strategy is skeptical the City of Iqaluit can secure private-sector funding to build a port.

Christopher Wright, who runs the Mariport Group consulting firm in Digby, N.S., chuckled at the notion Iqaluit might find investors...

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Iqaluit September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Recreation director says 93 per cent of survey respondents support new athletic centre

Iqaluit revives pool proposal

CHRIS WINDEYER

If at first city ratepayers vote no, then try again.

The city of Iqaluit is resurrecting a proposal to build a multipurpose recreation centre and this time they're asking Iqalummiut what they think of the idea before they put it to a vote.

At the city's annual mass recreation sign-up this past...

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Nunavik September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

'If the KRPF can't protect the people, we should get the Sûreté du Québec.'

Nunavik elder suffers traumatic house invasion

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - An elderly Kuujjuaq woman woke up to a man battering down the outside door of her home late in the evening of Sept. 8.

Terrified, she called one of her sons to help, but the intruder vanished before he or the local police arrived.

Then, shortly before 3 a.m., the man returned to break-in ...

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Nunavut September 20, 2007 - 3:00 pm

Antibiotic-resistant infection blamed for girl's death

Scrubbing best way to swat superbug

JANE GEORGE

Wash, wash, wash your hands - that's the most effective way to avoid catching or spreading the superbug, which recently killed a young girl in Nunavut.

MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, can lead to pimples, rashes, nasty boils or severe...

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