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Nunavik November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'We're seeing the benefits of the Katimajiit conference.'

Nunavik chops gasoline price again

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - The price of gasoline will drop another 16 cents a litre for Nunavimmiut on Dec. 1.

This is the second decrease in gas prices for Nunavik in less than two months. It brings the per-litre cost in Kuujjuaq, Quaqtaq and Kangiqsualujjuaq to $1.37, which is lower than it's been for several...

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Nunavut November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'They expect us to row a cardbox box across the ocean,' he says

HTO manager struggles as the work piles up

JANE GEORGE

KUGLUKTUK - Stacks of letters, documents and reports cover a huge boardroom table in the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization office where HTO manager Peter Taptuna works his way through the various piles.

Urgent emails pile up on his computer screen, the telephone rings and hunters wander in...

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Nunavut November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Pre-trades program requires 'regular; attendance, gives 'students; pick of employment

Great job prospects keep kids in class

JANE GEORGE

If you want to find a classroom full of students at Kugluktuk High School, head over to a small room located off the workshop.

At 9 a.m. nearly a dozen groggy students are in their seats, waiting for their two-period math class to start. By 9:15 a.m., books are open and students start to tackle...

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Nunavik November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Pact would create process for regional assembly, amalgamating existing organizations

Charest to sign Nunavik agreement

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ- Jean Charest, the Quebec premier, will sign the long-awaited agreement-in-principle for a new Nunavik government Dec. 5 in Quebec City with Nunavik leaders and a federal representative, likely Chuck Strahl, the minister of Indian affairs and northern development.

This will be Charest's...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Two dozen attend workshop on long-term planning process

Iqaluit told to learn from Yellowknife's mistakes

CHRIS WINDEYER

Take it from Yellowknife, plan before you grow.

Mark Heyck, a city councillor in the Northwest Territories' capital, said Iqaluit can learn from Yellowknife's mistakes as it tries to put together a long term plan.

Heyck said Yellowknife historically responded to gold and diamond mining booms by...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'We can't figure out why 'a;nyone; would want to do this'

Who's poisoning Iqaluit's ravens?

JIM BELL

Dead ravens are turning up in Iqaluit for a second time this year, slaughtered by a deadly poison called Avitrol.

Wildlife officers first found ravens killed by Avitrol this past March, in the neighbourhood between Happy Valley and the Apex Road.

"We can't figure out why anyone would want to do...

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Nunavut November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Low-key federal 'dec;ision; also helps regulatory agencies

HTOs, boards to get funding boost

JOHN THOMPSON

Nunavut's badly-underfunded hunter and trapper organizations should see a big funding boost by the end of the fiscal year.

So will Nunavut's institutions of public government: Nunavut's water board, impact review board, wildlife management board and planning commission.

Hunter and trapper...

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Nunavut November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'It gives us all a black eye, maybe two black eyes and a 'c;ouple; of broken teeth'

We'll subpoena NBCC witnesses, MLAs say

JIM BELL

The legislative assembly's operations committee will, if necessary, use its legal powers to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents in its probe of the Nunavut Business Credit Corp., committee chair Hunter Tootoo said this past Tuesday.

Tootoo issued the warning at the...

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Nunavut November 29, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Inuit organization rejects notion that it should help deal with increased social problems

GN, KIA squabble over mines fallout

JOHN THOMPSON

Mines may not help Nunavut much if squabbling between Donald Havioyak, president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, and Leona Agglukaq, Nunavut's minister of health, are any indication.

Yes, mines will bring jobs.

But the territory may remain stuck with crumbling infrastructure, inadequate...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'Where earthquakes happened before, they’ll happen again,'

Baffin earthquakes puzzle the experts

JOHN THOMPSON

Some of the biggest earthquakes recorded in Canada have occurred in the eastern Arctic, at places far from the fault lines deep within the Earth where quakes usually begin.

That puzzles seismologists - the scientists who study earthquakes. They suspect earthquakes felt in Nunavut and Nunavik are...

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Nunavik November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'The entire rehabilitation service is deficient.'

A probation system with no probation officers

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - There is no one to supervise convicted persons in the Ungava Bay area who are sentenced to terms of probation or serving out prison sentences on parole.

Kuujjuaq is supposed to have two probation workers based in the community, but the last one resigned about a year ago.

The absence of...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Construction to start this winter on $40-million site

Miramar gets water licence for Doris North

JOHN THOMPSON

Miramar Mining Corp. finally has a water licence to operate its Doris North gold mine near Cambridge Bay, after the minister of Northern Affairs, Chuck Strahl, gave his approval Nov. 6.

Construction of the $40 million open-pit mine is to start this winter. The company hopes to open the mine by late...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Contractor agrees to ensure workforce is more than 80 per cent Inuit

Feds pay for defunct silver mine cleanup

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two abandoned mines near Cambridge Bay will be cleaned up over the next two years, after the federal government awarded a $7.3 million contract to Quantum Murray LP, a British Columbia company.

As a part of the contract, the company needs to hire Inuit for over 80 per cent of the project's workforce...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Nutrition strategy aims to reduce hunger, fight diet-related disorders with supplements

Nunavut takes aim against rickets, anemia

JANE GEORGE

At Cambridge Bay's Kiilinik High School, students headed out to hunt caribou last month, bringing back more than enough meat to feed the entire school.

Preparing a meal of oven-baked potatoes, cooked carrots and roasted caribou became a school-wide activity, which gave students valuable experience...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Play in Inuktitut targets kids and parents who booze

Teens act out against family alcohol abuse

JANE GEORGE

Abbie Ootova, 14, is tired of watching kids as young as 13 getting drunk with their parents.

She and 10 other teens from Pond Inlet performed a play last Friday night that called on residents to take a stand against kids and adults drinking to excess.

The half-hour play started off being about the...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Some forced to trade sex for a place to sleep, study shows

Women easily plunged into homelessness: report

JANE GEORGE

Sudden illness, job loss, theft of rent money, domestic violence and injuries are among the unexpected hardships that plunge many Nunavut women into homelessness, says a new report.

"Little Voices of Nunavut," from the Qulliit Status of Women Council, offers no figures about exactly how many women...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'It's nothing to do with being greedy. It's a professional issue.'

Hockey cup iced as lawyers face off

JOHN THOMPSON

A silver cup adorned with an etching of Sedna holding a hockey stick, produced by Nunavut artists, was to be a gift to women's hockey from Canada's former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson.

But the cup, which stands about a foot tall, languishes inside a lawyer's office in Toronto, due to a spat...

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Nunavut November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

The international acclaim is great, but Igloolik's clown princes are desperate for cash

Artcirq's scary high wire financing act

JOHN THOMPSON

They've brought tears to the eyes of onlookers with a strangely moving acrobatic performance that is, in turns, as dark as Arctic winter and as bright as the midnight sun.

They're Artcirq, Igloolik's ragtag circus troupe. And they're gaining international exposure.

In October five Artcirq members...

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Iqaluit November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

$70k per year would put capital in line with Whitehorse, Yellowknife

Iqaluit mayor inches closer to full-time status

CHRIS WINDEYER

It's officially bylaw number 666, which might help explain why a move to increase the Iqaluit mayor's salary is moving at a snail's pace through city council.

Council gave second reading Nov. 13 to the bylaw that would boost the mayor's current salary of $40,000 to $70,000 and make the job a...

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Iqaluit November 22, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'If you didn't want council's support you shouldn't have asked for it.'

Mayor, Williams clash over grant allocation

CHRIS WINDEYER

The City of Iqaluit wants to use part of a $250,000 windfall to help fund a shelter for homeless women proposed for the capital.

The money comes from the Los Angeles-based An­nen­berg Foundation, which donates millions of dollars to cities for arts, environmental and social projects. The donation...

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