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Iqaluit February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Deputy minister says project may be delayed until 2009

Parents told to wait for Inuksuk reno details

JOHN THOMPSON

Parents in Iqaluit have spent six months waiting to find out where high school students will attend class this autumn, when major renovations are to begin at Inuksuk High School.

At a district education authority meeting Feb. 19, parents were told to wait a few weeks longer.

Kathy Okpik, deputy...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Child molester to be supervised for five years

Igloolik pedophile declared long-term offender

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Igloolik pedophile will submit to five years of supervision in his community after he gets out of jail in about six months, but it's not clear how a sole Corrections Service of Canada officer in faraway Iqaluit will keep tabs on him.

Justice Earl Johnson issued the order Jan. 25 in a written...

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Iqaluit February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Council approves new cemetery as current site nears overflow

Lay me to rest on The Road to Nowhere

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit city council approved the design and construction of a new cemetery earlier this month to replace the current site in lower Iqaluit, which is nearly full.

The site, located about one kilometre out of town on the Road To Nowhere, offers mourners a spot near the Apex Creek. Those who back the...

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Nunavik February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Puvirnituq, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq reject Makivik's deal with mining company

Communities want bigger share of nickel profits

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Community leaders in Puvirnituq, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq want a larger share of profit from the Nunavik Nickel Mine development, which will see new open pit mines, more roads, another airport and other mine infrastructure built near their communities.

"We are the ones who will be most...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'It was awesome. It made me laugh, cry at the same time.'

Women's collective screens film for home town crowd

SONIA GUNDERSON

IGLOOLIK - Members of Igloolik's Arnait video collective - a branch of filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk's Igloolik Isuma family - could hardly contain themselves after they viewed the final cut of Before Tomorrow, their first feature film.

"I wanted to shout and celebrate," art director Susan Avingaq...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'This was an opportunity for the minister to correct an injustice.'

Feds assailed as southern firms get turbot quota

JOHN THOMPSON

The federal government missed a big opportunity to help develop Nunavut's fishing industry, say several Inuit groups, after a turbot quota in southern Davis Strait was given to southern interests.

Loyola Hearn, the minister of Fisheries and Oceans, recently approved the transfer of a quota to catch...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Cross country ski trip will take 10 youth from Iqaluit to 'Kimmirut;

Get fit, build muscles, see south Baffin

Arthur Johnson

Think of it as a crash course in outdoor survival, traditional skills and cross country skiing, with a strenuous fitness program thrown in for good measure.

What's more, you'll learn how to prepare meals for a large group of people. And if you‘re really lucky, you'll feast on fresh-killed caribou,...

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Climate Change February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Inuk rep prods academics to recognize Inuit righs

A comfy seat among Arctic power brokers

CHRIS WINDEYER

When Aaju Peter sat down in Ottawa with well-connected academics from Canada and the United States earlier this month, she picked out a seat for herself right at the head of the table.

Her choice of seating was noticed by Michael Byers, an international law professor at the University of British...

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Nunavik February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Average Nunavik resident will save several hundred dollars a year

Quebec to subsidize flights, consumer goods, food

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Residents of Nunavik, both Inuit and non-Inuit, will get a benefit every time they buy airline tickets, hunting equipment, furniture, vehicles or nutritious foods in 2008.

These are among the many purchases that the Kativik Regional Government will subsidize, thanks to $4.1 million a year...

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Nunavik February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Committee to ponder what to do about melting permafrost

Climate change forces talk of Salluit relocation

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - The relocation of Salluit isn't something that Johnny Papigatok, the mayor of Salluit, is ready to talk about.

And Adamie Papigatuk, a regional councillor with the Kativik Regional Government, calls the possibility of his community's relocation to another site "unthinkable."

But that's one...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'The security of the staff at the school and the students are of the utmost importance.'

Inmate's release panics Grise Fiord: MLA

JOHN THOMPSON

About 30 residents of Grise Fiord - nearly one-quarter of the tiny community - were prepared to flee town last week, warned Levi Barnabas, MLA for the High Arctic, in the legislature Feb. 22.

Barnabas later said in an interview that the panic was prompted by the release from prison of Jimmy Nungaq,...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

The big question: Will voters choose change or continuity?

Kaludjak faces three challengers for NTI's top job

JIM BELL

When Nunavut beneficiaries go to the polls March 18 to elect a president for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., they'll choose between an incumbent who stresses continuity and three strong challengers who all promise change.

The incumbent president, Paul Kaludjak, first won the job in 2004 by defeating Cathy...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'Right now we're sitting in the bleachers.'

Picco implores Ottawa to boost northern incentives

CHRIS WINDEYER

Using a Senate committee hearing in Iqaluit last week as his soapbox, Ed Picco called on Ottawa to boost Nunavut's economy by increasing the northern tax deduction and creating a northern economic development agency.

Such moves could help lift Nunavut out of poverty, said Picco, Nunavut's education...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

String of mechanical problems prompts state of emergency as lights go off and pipes freeze

Rankin emerges from plunge into darkness

CHRIS WINDEYER

Rankin Inlet remained under a state of emergency Tuesday after a string of mechanical failures at the power plant plunged the hamlet into darkness this past week.

Ed Picco, the energy minister, told the legislative assembly that officials with Qulliq Energy Corp. hoped to see a new generator land in...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Federal budget: slight raise to northern residents deduction, $8 million harbour for Pang

Feds to replace old icebreaker

CHRIS WINDEYER

Canada's new government is replacing Canada's old icebreaker, the Louis St. Laurent, Jim Flaherty, the federal finance minster, announced in his budget speech this week.

Ottawa will put aside $720 million this year to commission the icebreaker, which the government says will have better ice breaking...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'This helps, but I don't know if it's going to help enough.'

NEU boss scoffs at GN housing gesture

JOHN THOMPSON

The Government of Nunavut's partial reversal of its much-hated housing policy is good news, says the Nunavut Employees Union, but it's probably still not enough to keep skilled workers in the territory.

"This helps," said NEU President Doug Workman, "but I don't know if it's going to help...

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Nunavut February 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Man left Iqaluit halfway house to sexually assault ex-girlfriend as she accompanied infant

Pond Inlet man convicted in 'hospital; 'washroom; rape

JIM BELL

A Pond Inlet man who claimed that his estranged ex-girlfriend had consensual sex with him in a washroom at the Baffin Regional Hospital is guilty of sexual assault, Justice Robert ­Kilpatrick ruled this week.

Justice Kilpatrick's written judgment appears to break new ground in establishing what...

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Nunavik February 21, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Canadian Royalties Nunavik site could operate by 2010

New nickel mine set to leap permit hurdle

JANE GEORGE

People will get a chance to say what they think about the development of Nunavik's second nickel mine and ask questions about its environmental impact during public hearings next week in Puvirnituq, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq.

The hearings, to be held Feb. 25 in Puvirnituq, Feb. 26 in Salluit and...

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Nunavik February 21, 2008 - 2:00 pm

New plan hopes to succeed where others flopped

Training scheme targets 300 Inuit workers

KUUJJUAQ - Through a $50-million training program that started last month, the Xstrata Nickel company hopes to train 300 Nunavik Inuit by 2013.

The five-year program is intended to meet the increased demand for workers at the Xstrata Raglan nickel mine located between Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, which...

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Nunavut February 21, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Canadian forces nurse bails out short-staffed operating room

Military pitches in at Qikiqtani hospital

JOHN THOMPSON

The nursing shortage is so bad at the Qikiqtani Regional Hospital in Iqaluit that the military has been called in.

One Canadian Forces nurse, who formerly worked at a civilian hospital in Halifax, will help staff the hospital's operating room Feb 18 to 27.

Calling the military was a last resort,...

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