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Iqaluit January 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Council eyes reserve fund for rec centre, new city hall

City taxes will rise, but by less than last year

CHRIS WINDEYER

Property taxes, water rates and garbage fees are all increasing in Iqaluit this year, but for now, only the water rate increase is written in stone.

Councillors and city staff performed their annual two-day budget exercise last week. While the mill rate, the amount per thousand dollars of assessed...

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Nunavut January 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

As cleaners expunge odour, classes resume in half a dozen different locations

Smell scatters students all over Iqaluit

JOHN THOMPSON

Something stinks in Nakasuk School in Iqaluit, but elementary students and teachers have made the best of it this week, as classes resumed in a half-dozen locations around town while experts investigated the building's mysterious smell.

As of Nunatsiaq News press time this week, no confirmation...

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Nunavut January 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Chief returning officer searching for ways to boost voter turnout

NTI election nominations open next week

CHRIS WINDEYER

Prospective candidates for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.'s elections may now start searching for the 10 people they need to sign their nomination papers.

Nominations for the top posts of president and vice-president of finance open Tuesday, Feb. 5. They close Feb. 15. Nunavut land claim beneficiaries head...

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Nunavut January 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'A very irate Paul Lewis called me and began yelling at me…'

Website ownership dispute sparks war of words

CHRIS WINDEYER

An ugly legal brawl over the ownership of Nunavut Tourism's website is degenerating into a battle of affidavits.

Nunavut Tourism is seeking a court order transferring ownership of its website from Madeline Redfern, a former director of the trade group, who registered the site in her own name in...

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Nunavut January 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Former teacher's third trial for sex crimes wraps up in Iqaluit

Horne to learn molesting verdict in March

CHRIS WINDEYER

Ed Horne broke decades of silence Jan. 24 when he testified in his own defence in an Iqaluit courtroom.

Clutching three holy books - the Bible, the Qur'an and the Torah - Horne insisted he's not guilty of 10 sex-related offences that date as far back as 1977.

"I did not commit the crimes I was...

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Nunavut January 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Claimant lawyer wants to 'question; Joe Handley, other ex-education officials

Horne lawsuit may probe official cover-ups

JIM BELL

When lawyer Geoffrey Budden filed a lawsuit four years ago on behalf of a second group of Nunavummiut claiming damages for sexual abuse committed by ex-teacher Edward Horne, the governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut replied with a hardball defence. 

Now it's Budden's turn to play...

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Nunavut January 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Union applies for mediation, prepares for strike vote

GN-NEU wage talks fail

JIM BELL

Following the failure of wage talks in Iqaluit last week, the Nunavut Employees Union is now requesting the use of a mediator to help reach a new deal between themselves and the Government of Nunavut.

The NEU issued the request for mediation Jan. 25, after talks broke down for good.

To put itself...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

CEO's years of experience 'is exactly what we need,' agency chair Peter Ma declares

NBCC gets new boss from Toronto

JOHN THOMPSON

The beleaguered Nunavut Business Credit Corp. has a new boss.

Phillip Bhagoutie started work as CEO of the lending agency on Monday, Jan. 14. He declined to be interviewed, but Peter Ma, chair of the NBCC, said Bhagoutie has more than 10 years experience in the financial services industry, "which is...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

RCMP defends polygraph as 'investigative tool' that can rule out suspects

Legal aid official warns against lie detector tests

CHRIS WINDEYER

The director of Nunavut's legal aid clinic is warning people in trouble with the law not to submit to lie detector tests administered by the RCMP.

Chris Debicki, director of Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik, said two Nunavummiut were recently asked by police to come to Iqaluit and submit to lie detector...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'There is a need for what we are doing to develop the industry,'

Nunavut Film changes status to attract federal funds

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut Film's outgoing president hopes 2007 will go down as the year the agency moved from a leaderless, money-losing organization to a media force that stokes home-grown talent and entices foreign productions.

"It has been a year of transition," said Ike Haulli at Nunavut Film's Jan. 17 annual...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'I think it's sad the GN can't retain someone who's a 'professional;.'

Tootoo's loss 'a black mark,' Workman says

JOHN THOMPSON

The sudden departure of Victor Tootoo, the Government of Nunavut's former deputy minister of the executive, is "a black mark" on the territory, says Doug Workman, president of the Nunavut Employees Union.

"I'm very disappointed in Victor's resignation. Victor, I found, to be a very professional...

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Iqaluit January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'It's going to be rough the next five years.'

Iqaluit city hall fights labour shortage

CHRIS WINDEYER

John Hussey has hit upon one way to solve the city of Iqaluit's staffing crunch - work two jobs at the same time.

As both chief administrative officer and director of corporate services, Hussey doubles as both manager of everything and the man who controls the city's purse strings.

It's not a lot of...

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Iqaluit January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Proponents hope increase will lure more candidates

Iqaluit council passes mayor's pay hike

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit's mayor got a pay raise Tuesday after council voted

4-2 to increase the office's salary to $70,000.

Previously, Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik was paid $40,000 a year, but supporters of Bylaw 666 hope the pay hike will boost interest amongst potential mayoral candidates at the next...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'Obviously, we need to get some money to resupply.'

KIA fears big job losses as Tahera enters bankruptcy

JOHN THOMPSON

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association is bracing for the worst as analysts predict the demise of the region's money-losing Jericho diamond mine.

Donald Havioyok, president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, says his organization has begun talks with the operators of other mines in the Northwest...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Move follows intense lobby effort by ITK

Ottawa creates Inuit health office

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government, in a move that follows a persistent lobbying effort by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, will create an Inuit-specific unit inside Health Canada.

Called the "Office of Inuit Health," the new entity will cost $240,000 this year and get a full budget of $700,000 a year starting in the...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Would share washrooms at adjacent Arctic College

Prefab unit touted as 'temporary; high school

JOHN THOMPSON

High school students in Iqaluit may attend class in September inside a large, two-storey prefabricated structure beside Nunavut Arctic College's Nunatta campus.

The temporary building, expected to cost several million dollars, would be built by Atco Structures Inc., the manufacturer of prefabricated...

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Nunavut January 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Hated staff housing scheme a sore point in wage talks

'Enough is enough,' GN union says

JIM BELL

Teeth chattering, shoulders hunched against the cold, about 45 Nunavut government employees rallied this past Monday in front of the legislative building in Iqaluit to show their opposition to the Government of Nunavut's latest wage offer. 

"Enough is enough. They've been stringing us along since...

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Nunavut January 17, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Victims often unsuccessful in adapting to modern life, researcher finds

Suicides: trapped between old and new

JOHN THOMPSON

On New Year's Day a 22-year-old woman from Sanikiluaq hanged herself, beginning another year of suicide in Nunavut.

"Hopefully that'll be it for a while," said Tim Neily, the chief coroner. "But historically, we'll probably have a couple dozen [in 2008]."

Each year Nunavut residents hear the body...

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Nunavut January 17, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Igloolik celebrates the renewal of life with age-old songs, games

Sunshine rituals lighten up small town

SONIA GUNDERSON

IGLOOLIK - At least two reasons accounted for the jubilant air inside Igloolik's Ataguttaaluk Elementary School on Monday night, Jan. 14.

After glimpsing the sun for the first time since late November, the community gathered to celebrate its annual Return of the Sun festival.  And the outside...

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Climate Change January 17, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'It's probably correct to say it's the world's most sophisticated civilian satellite

Scientists await results from new eye in the sky

CHRIS WINDEYER

A satellite launched in December has scientists and military planners alike eagerly anticipating an easier way to keep tabs on the vast Arctic landmass.

RADARSAT-2 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Dec. 14. The Canadian Space Agency spent $445 million on the project.

Stuart...

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