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Nunavik April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We know now that all 'pregnant; women in Canada should eat meals of fish rich in omega-3&#3

Fish will make your baby healthy, study shows

JANE GEORGE

When pregnant women eat a diet rich in fish, their babies get a head start in life, a study on women and their babies in Nunavik shows.

That's because fish - and especially Arctic char - are loaded with fatty substances called omega-3 acids, which help babies' brains grow before and after...

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Nunavik April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Nunavik airline to go for charters and new Hudson Bay route

Air Inuit gets into the jet travel business

JANE GEORGE

QUAQTAQ - A scale model of an Air Inuit Boeing 737 sparked a lot of interest from delegates when it was passed around at Makivik Corp.'s annual general meeting in Quaqtaq earlier this month.

Air Inuit, better known for its fleet of Dash-8s, sturdy Twin Otters and Hawker-Siddley 748s, now plans to...

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Nunavik April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Beneficiaries enjoy ticket and cargo subsidies

Makivik members laud Air Inuit's perks

JANE GEORGE

QUAQTAQ - As Air Inuit approaches its 30th birthday on Aug. 28 this year, Makivik Corp. board members have few complaints about their regional airline's performance. 

"We have a great airline today," Silas Berthe, the board member for Tasiujaq, told Makivik's recent annual general meeting in...

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Nunavut April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

A first-hand account of how six hunters nearly lost their lives

A tale of friendship, gratititude and survival"

ADAMIE KALINGO, Special to Nunatsiaq News

IVUJIVIK - On March 14, six men all lost their snowmobiles to deep sea-ice near Ivujivik. This is a partial account of what happened.

All winter, caribou have been scarce around Ivujivik. The men knew there were caribou on islands 20 kilometres away. And so they kept trying to get to the islands by...

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Nunavut April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It has the capacity to supply Iqaluit for a very long time'

QEC to ponder Armshow River hydro site

JIM BELL

Iqaluit residents moved a tiny step closer to a greenhouse-gas-free future this week when Qulliq Energy Corp. revealed the site they're most likely to use for Iqaluit's first hydroelectric plant.

Saying their choice represents the best balance between cost, environmental impact and generating...

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Iqaluit April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's really been sort of 'nightmarish; for us.'

Evicted Iqaluit gym club now homeless

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit's gymnastics club is looking for a home after being kicked out of Nakasuk School's gymnasium this winter.

The club hasn't practiced since early February, when it was asked by Carol Horn, Nakasuk's principal, to pack up its equipment and move up to the Arctic Winter Games arena.

There the gear...

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Nunavut April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Two charged after confrontation shuts down community for days

RCMP show of force ends Kimmirut standoff

CHRIS WINDEYER

Residents of Kimmirut breathed a collective sigh of relief April 18 after a tense, three-day armed standoff ended without bloodshed.

Two men surrendered to police last Friday afternoon after heavily-armed members of an RCMP tactical squad from Ottawa surrounded a house located near the hamlet's...

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Iqaluit April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We'll be doing it probably in the next few weeks.'

Parents in dark as school meeting proves elusive

JOHN THOMPSON

Frustrated parents in Iqaluit who wonder whether Inuksuk High School will be renovated this autumn at a cost of $20 million, and what this will mean to displaced students, will have to wait several more weeks before a public meeting on the matter, says Education Minister Ed Picco.

"We'll be doing it...

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Nunavut April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Company seeks permission to freeze vessel into Milne Inlet

Hunters fear oil spill from Baffinland barge

JOHN THOMPSON

Hunters from Pond Inlet are unhappy with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.'s plans to freeze a barge holding millions of litres of fuel into the ice at Milne Inlet next year.

They fear the ice may crack and heave, then upset the barge and create an oil spill in waters frequented by Arctic char, narwhal,...

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Nunavut April 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Lower quota prospect prompts threats of unrestrained harvests

Hunters, scientists polarized over polar bears

JOHN THOMPSON

Polar bears in Baffin Bay are either thriving in record numbers or teetering on the edge of oblivion, depending on who you ask.

On one side are Inuit hunters from Pond Inlet, Clyde River and Qikiqtarjuaq, who say they've never seen so many bears before - and that the number of nuisance bears, which...

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Nunavik April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Family faces homelessness as union seeks reinstatement

Chronically ill teacher loses job and home

JANE GEORGE

Veteran teacher George Livingston, his wife Annie and their 14-year old daughter will be homeless on April 26 after being ordered to leave the Inukjuak staff unit they've called home for the past 14 years.

Last month, the Kativik School Board fired Livingston from his job at Innalik School because...

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Nunavut April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Suit seeks $600,000 damages for 'mental anguish, anxiety'

Gunn sues Okalik over Labrador word blast

CHRIS WINDEYER

Paul Okalik, the Nunavut premier, faces a $600,000 lawsuit for lobbing an offensive name at Lynda Gunn, the chief executive officer of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, during a dinner in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador last June.

When Gunn and Iqaluit mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik arrived...

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Nunavut April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Infrastructure is 'inadequate to respond to environmental emergencies, natural disasters, non-en

North needs $2.5 billion for transportation: report

CHRIS WINDEYER

Canada won't secure its economic and strategic needs in the North without spending billions of dollars on new transportation infrastructure, says a new study released this past week by the three territorial governments.

Booming interest in northern resources, such as minerals, oil and natural gas,...

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Nunavut April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Huge backlog forces agencies to work together on mining files

Environmental regulators to pool resources

JOHN THOMPSON

The Nunavut Water Board is moving its technical staff from Gjoa Haven to Cambridge Bay to pool resources with Nunavut's impact review board.

The two regulatory bodies have good reason to work together. Both are already flooded with applications from mining companies, and they expect the workload to...

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Nunavut April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'The only reason more windows aren't broken is that there are no more to break.'

Kugluktuk vandals frolic while school crumbles

JANE GEORGE

Kugluktuk High School principal Gary Kennedy is angry and frustrated about a broken window latch that wasn't fixed before vandals pried it open, slipped in and ravaged a classroom on April 6.

The vandalism - which wouldn't have occurred if the Government of Nunavut had carried out promised repairs...

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Nunavik April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Nunavik's second nickel mine would create 270 jobs

Makivik signs benefits deal for nickel mine

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik's second nickel mine moved one step closer to reality last week when Makivik Corp., Canadian Royalties Inc., and representatives of three affected communities signed an impact and benefit deal April 9.

After getting unanimous approval from Makivik's board of directors two weeks ago in...

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Nunavik April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Makvik urges compliance, other groups oppose DFO

Nunavik hunters resist 2008 beluga quotas

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik's beluga hunting season hasn't even started yet, but the region's hunters are already up in arms over this year's quotas and the threat of legal action against those who may exceed them.

The current beluga management regime constitutes a "form of genocide," declared delegates to the recent...

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Nunavut April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Picco vows that skilled trades training program will be resounding success

Mining boom adding to Nunavut labour shortage

JOHN THOMPSON

Mining executives already can't find enough certified tradespeople in Nunavut - and the territory's mining boom is only getting started.

It means that while widespread unemployment remains, there's also a growing labour shortage.

This and other problems were debated last week by a panel of...

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Nunavut April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Unarmed cops barricaded inside police station during rampage

Gun-toting drunk roams free as 'Kangirsuk; cowers

JANE GEORGE

A man who threatened to shoot two unarmed police constables terrorized the Ungava Bay community of Kangirsuk during the morning of April 9, driving around the community on his snowmobile with a 22-calibre rifle.

Many of the town's 450 residents cowered in their houses for hours.

Teachers remained...

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Nunavut April 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'I want to go home. Don't ask me any more questions.'

Nunavut woman breaks down at second rape trial for Ottawa man

CHRIS WINDEYER

A Nunavut woman left an Ottawa courtroom in tears last week while testifying for a second time at the re-trial of a man charged with sexually assaulting her in 2006.

The 26-year-old woman broke down repeatedly during questioning April 9 and eventually demanded an end to the proceedings, the Ottawa...

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