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Nunavik December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Facility aims to be beacon for Inuit seeking freedom from 'a;lcohol; or drugs

Isuarsivik treatment centre back in business

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - The Isuarsivik treatment centre in Kuujjuaq is back in operation, having recently completed its first six-week residential treatment program for a group of five male clients from several Nunavik communities.

When the men came to the program, they were "scared, unsure, scattered and...

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Nunavut December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Legal action names head of truth commission, federal Liberal 'ca;ndidate;

Nunavut Tourism sues over website ownership

CHRIS WINDEYER

A messy legal dispute over the rights to a web site has landed two prominent Iqalummiut in court as defendants against a legal action mounted by the territory's tourism trade group.

Nunavut Tourism is suing Madeline Redfern, executive director of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association's truth commission on...

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Nunavut December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Man who sparked long police standoff 'clearly a danger to the community.'

Appeals court orders wife beater to prison

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Igloolik man with a long history of beating his common-law wife and violating probation must spend the next year in prison, because it is "virtually inevitable" he will reoffend, the Nunavut court of appeal ruled Nov. 27.

The decision quashes a conditional sentence given to Theophile Akkuardjuk...

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Iqaluit December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Rapid population growth, major infrastructure deficits two burning issues for cash-short city

Iqaluit braces for long-term planning, problems

CHRIS WINDEYER

Isabel Budke got the ball rolling, now it's up to the City of Iqaluit to finish the long-term planning she started.

The city planner, hired by Iqaluit this past summer to help jump-start the planning process, finished her four-month contract in November, and in the new year the city will start...

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Nunavik December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'The only presence we had was the post office.'

Federal government opens centre in Kuujjuaq

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - After years of being nearly invisible in Kuujjuaq, the federal government has opened a centre where Nunavimmiut can get help with passport applications and other services.

The Canada Service Centre arrived after a long lobbying campaign by Makivik Corp.

The centre's trilingual staff can...

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Nunavik December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Obesity, diabetes spikes in people who abandon traditional lifestyle and country foods

Couch potato diet enough to make you sick

JANE GEORGE

It's easier to buy a soda pop, open a bag of chips and sit down in front of a television set than to fish or hunt for food.

But when Nunavimmiut adopt this kind of inactive, couch-potato lifestyle, they eat fewer country foods and become less healthy, the 2004 Qanuippitaa Inuit health survey...

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Iqaluit December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Volunteers collect and sort 'b;ottles;, cans to help pay for 'worthy; causes around Iqaluit

Recycling program fuels fundraising efforts

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit's compost vigilantes are helping to collect recyclables.

The Bill MacKenzie Humanitarian Society, which already hauls buckets of compost from the homes of its members, now collects bottles and cans.

These recyclables are cashed in for five cents a piece at a depot at the end of Federal...

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Nunavut December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'It's really regrettable. We thought we had a solution.'

Broadband group can't afford QEC settlement

JOHN THOMPSON

The non-profit agency that runs Nunavut's popular Qiniq internet service has no money to pay its two senior employees and its lawyer.

A resolution passed by the board of the Nunavut Broadband Development Corp. Dec. 3 states it "has exhausted its core funding for the year and cannot continue to pay...

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Nunavut December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Turnout ranges from 27 per cent to high of 75 per cent

Nunavut hamlets elect mayors, councils

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Voters in Nunavut's hamlets went to the polls Dec. 10. Here's who came out on top.

Qikiqtaaluk:

Arctic Bay: Turnout of 55 per cent.

Mayor: Andrew Taqtu, 82 (elected). Moses Oyukuluk, 74. Philip Kalluk, 29. Esau Tatauapik, 22. Leah Kalluk,11.

Council: Frank May, 173 (elected). Damien Qaunaq, 147...

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Nunavut December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Business, labour, Inuit orgs want revamped northern tax deduction

Rare show of unity on northern tax relief

JIM BELL

As the old year comes to a close, a diverse group of northern-based lobby groups hope the new year will bring a new fix for northern Canada's unbearable cost of living: tax relief from the federal government. 

They're taking aim at the 21-year-old Northern Residents Tax Deduction, a well-known...

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Nunavut December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'The challenge is how to make ends meet.'

BFC chiefs divvy up former CEO powers

JOHN THOMPSON

The remaining bosses of the Baffin Fisheries Coalition have divvied up the powers of their former CEO and president, Ben Kovic, amongst themselves, following Kovic's resignation several weeks ago.

Jerry Ward, the BFC's chief operating officer, who is based in St. John's, Newfoundland, is now interim...

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Nunavik December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'We have to find a solution. We can't continue like this.'

Beluga hunters fight quotas with cameras

JANE GEORGE

Hunters in Nunavik will be armed with video cameras next spring to film the large pods of belugas that regularly migrate by the region's coasts and swim into the mouths of rivers to feed.

These videos, backed by genetic testing, may help support the widespread opinion among Nunavik hunters that...

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Nunavut December 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Lots of handouts at AGM, but no discussion at all of restructuring plan

Cost-cutting talks sidelined at AGM

JOHN THOMPSON

RANKIN INLET - Drowsy attendees at Nunavut Tunngavik's annual general meeting become momentarily animated when Paul Kaludjak, NTI's present, calls out raffle numbers during breaks.

"Good bingo!" he bellows, as he gives away chocolate, trinkets and Inuit art. Applause breaks out. Then the 46 members...

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Iqaluit December 13, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Spike in assaults blamed on drugs, booze

More money, more problems

CHRIS WINDEYER

Assaults in Nunavut's capital jumped more than 30 per cent over 2006 and that has politicians and police searching for answers.

According to RCMP figures for the first 10 months of 2007, there were 770 assaults in Iqaluit, up 31 per cent over the same period in 2006.

Iqaluit's mayor, Elisapee...

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Nunavut December 13, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'In our experience it seems to be a regular occurrence.'

Nunavut RCMP used tasers at least 25 times this year, legal aid lawyers say

CHRIS WINDEYER

RCMP used tasers on at least 25 Nunavut residents in the Baffin region this year, say legal aid lawyers.

That's more than three times the rate of taser use reported by the Nunavut RCMP between March 2002 and March 2005, according to numbers obtained by the Canadian Press.

Christian Lyons, a lawyer...

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Climate Change December 13, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Climate change could allow sugar maples to thrive along Hudson Bay coast

Canada's national symbol seen heading north

JANE GEORGE

By 2100, sugar maples may grow along the Hudson Bay coast as far north as Inukjuak in northern Quebec.

A projected warming of the climate, showing average temperature increases of 5.6° C, means sugar maples could thrive 1,000 km further north than from where they do today in southern...

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Nunavut December 13, 2007 - 2:00 pm

Igloolik needs additional social workers and police, mayor says

Violent death renews calls for more resources

JOHN THOMPSON

As Igloolik residents cope with the violent death of 43-year-old Kolitalik Innukuk this week, Mayor Paul Quassa says the community, now more than ever, needs more social workers and police.

Igloolik, with a population of about 1,550, only has one social worker, Quassa said, and two police officers,...

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Nunavut December 13, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'The only people who can afford to travel are government workers ... bootleggers and drug dealer

Health contract key to reduced fares: CanNorth

JOHN THOMPSON

Canadian North promised Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to expand service to more Nunavut communities and force its competition to cut prices.

But to do this, the airline needs a big piece of the lucrative medical travel contract that's up for grabs, company representatives said at NTI's annual general...

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Nunavut December 13, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'I recognize the frustration that some of the people around this table must feel.'

INAC man gets chilly reception

JOHN THOMPSON

Michael Nadler, regional director of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, received a cool reception from members of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. at their annual general meeting in Rankin Inlet.

No surprise, given that NTI is suing the federal government for $1 billion for not implementing the Nunavut land...

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Nunavut December 13, 2007 - 2:00 pm

'If we're not going to help 'ourselves;, this is going to 'happen; on and on.'

Abuse issues bring tears to NTI delegates

JOHN THOMPSON

Tears rolled down the cheeks of more than one person at Nunavut Tunngavik's recent annual general meeting, as delegates grappled with issues of widespread child neglect, wife beating, and alcohol and drug abuse in Nunavut.

The discussion stood in stark contrast to most of the meeting, held two weeks...

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