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Nunavik May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Survey shows high levels in many Nunavik residents

Nunavik ponders ban on trans fats foods

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik may ask Ottawa to ban or limit trans fats in foods, said Minnie Grey, a long-time member of Nunavik's nutrition and health committee.

But first, Grey wants consumers and retailers to receive more information about trans fats, so they can switch on their own to healthier products that are...

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Nunavik May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Makivik claims harassment by Quebec wildlife officers

Around Nunavik: 2008-05-30


The Makivik Corp. wants Quebec wildlife officers to stop their "harassment" of Inuit beneficiaries who attempt to take fish or wildlife out of the region.

In May 27 press release, Makivik said that their president, Pita Aatami, recently intervened when an elderly Inuk woman's luggage was searched at...

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Nunavik May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Production to start April 2010

Canadian Royalties gets environmental okay

JANE GEORGE

 

 

It's a go for Canadian Royalties' Nunavik nickel mine, which received its environmental certificate of authorization from Quebec last week.

With this document in hand, Canadian Royalties has jumped the last major hurdle before construction and development of the mine.

Makivik Corp. is set to...

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Nunavut May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“The act can’t do everything.”

Ed Picco's less-than-perfect school solution

JOHN THOMPSON

Ed Picco, the education minister, squirms in his seat as he is needled by Hunter Tootoo, MLA for Iqaluit Centre, during a standing committee hearing last week on Bill 21, the new Education Act.

Picco fidgets. He clicks his pen. He swivels his seat, searching the room for sympathy. He mutters the...

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Nunavut May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It is the biggest construction season the Eastern Arctic has ever seen.'

NHC plans massive build to catch up this year

CHRIS WINDEYER


The Nunavut Housing Corp. will bounce back from a bungled 2007 construction season, says the corporation's president.

Peter Scott said the corporation plans to start or complete 450 housing units across Nunavut this year and get back on schedule for building a total of 725 units with the $200...

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Nunavik May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Breaks for Nunavik aren’t fair to other regions: Tory senator

Charlie Watt fights for Nunavik tax relief

JANE GEORGE

 

A Senate bill to bring more tax relief to Nunavik residents has passed second reading and is now headed into the Senate's standing committee on national finance.

Bill S-214, proposed by Senator Charlie Watt, a Liberal, would amend federal income and excise tax laws to give Nunavimmiut more tax...

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Nunavut May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'The ruling is one step closer to final closure on the matter.'

Nunavut court rejects Jaw cop murder appeal

CHRIS WINDEYER


Salamonie Jaw will continue to serve a life sentence for murdering RCMP Cst. Jurgen Seewald with a shotgun blast in Cape Dorset in 2001.

The Nunavut Court of Appeal, on May 20, rejected Jaw's appeal, which held that Justice John Vertes, who presided over Jaw's 2004 first-degree murder trial, gave...

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Nunavik May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“It’s a great chance for Nunavimmiut to experience music”

Coming soon to Nunavik: beautiful new sounds

JIM BELL

MONTREAL - Residents of three Nunavik communities can look forward to a double treat this fall.

Not only will not they get to hear beautiful music played by musicians from one of the finest orchestras in the world - they'll also hear two well-known Nunavik throat singers, Evie Mark and Taqralik...

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Nunavut May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Newspaper 'is clearly a leader'

Nunatsiaq News wins nine awards

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunatsiaq News continued its tradition of excellence in feature writing, in-depth reporting and photography by taking nine awards last weekend at the Quebec Community Newspaper Association's annual banquet held in Montreal.

Nunatsiaq News staff dominated the Best Feature Story category, taking the...

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Nunavut May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Only 20 built out of 96 planned last year

Shaky start for GN housing construction

JIM BELL

The Government of Nunavut's $200-million social housing construction scheme got off to an ill-prepared start in its first year, Sheila Fraser, the Auditor General of Canada, said in a special report on the Nunavut Housing Corp. tabled in the legislative assembly last week.

Of 96 social housing...

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Nunavut May 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We might as well burn our boats now.'

BFC fights quota decision with fire

CHRIS WINDEYER

Torching an old white rowboat for emphasis, the Baffin Fisheries Coalition protested this past Tuesday against two decisions by federal fisheries minister Loyola Hearn to give southern fishing companies access to more than 2,200 tonnes of turbot quota in the Davis Strait without giving Nunavut...

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Nunavik May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Health delegation forced into three-day odyssey

Greenland officials get to Iqaluit via Europe

JANE GEORGE

Three days, with 20 hours spent in the air. That's how long it took a Greenland government delegation to travel from Nuuk to Kuujjuaq and Iqaluit this past weekend.

The 10-member delegation, headed by Health Minister Aqqalu Abelsen, flew to Copenhagen via Kangerlussuaq Friday, May 16.

The next day,...

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Nunavik May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's kind of tiring to live like that'

Man loses baseball game, starts gun rampage

JANE GEORGE

Residents of Kangiqsualujjuaq cowered inside their houses on the afternoon of May 19, when a frustrated ball player took pot shots around the community before heading down a road that leads towards popular camp grounds.

After the man lost a baseball game, witnesses say he pummeled another ball...

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Iqaluit May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Options include repair, 'c;onversion; to events centre or outright sale to private sector

City seeks permanent fix for sinking arena

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit city council is mulling a permanent fix for the city's beleaguered Arctic Winter Games arena.

John Hussey, the city's chief administrative officer, told Nunatsiaq News the city wants to repair the rink, convert it into an events centre or sell the arena to the private sector.

Hussey said...

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Nunavik May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

New plan would train 300 Inuit

Mine training scheme tries to fix past failures

JANE GEORGE

Through a mix of personalized and practical training, a $50-million program plans to train Inuit as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, plumbers, electricians and underground miners at Nunavik's Xstrata nickel mine.

The program's name, Tamatumani or "try again,"is apt because many previous efforts...

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Nunavut May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

This year's exercise: a rescue effort after a mock cruise ship misadventure off south Baffin

Sequel planned for Operation Nanook

CHRIS WINDEYER

Expect to see hundreds of military personnel descending on South Baffin once again this summer for a reprise of Operation Nanook.

The Canadian Forces, RCMP, Coast Guard and numerous federal and territorial government agencies will be joined by several Coast Guard and Navy ships for an operation that...

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Nunavut May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Saskatchewan airline connects to Rankin, Baker

Up, up, and away. To the Kivalliq, pronto

CHRIS WINDEYER

A Saskatchewan-based airline launched a route into Nunavut this past Saturday in an effort to capitalize on the growing traffic of mining companies between the two regions.

Pronto Airways, based in Saskatoon, will fly to Rankin Inlet and Baker Lake once a week, arriving on Saturdays and departing...

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Climate Change May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Has melt reached tipping point where retreat cannot be halted?

Researchers predict ice-free North Pole this year

JANE GEORGE

Here's the good news: this summer's Arctic ice melt means an early start to the Hudson Bay shipping season.

Forecasts show Coast Guard icebreakers will no longer be necessary for shipping to Churchill after July 16.

That's 15 days earlier than the average ice-free shipping date of July 31, which...

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Iqaluit May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

City makes deal to have derelict vehicles, appliances, shipped south

Quebec company develops crush on Iqaluit's clunkers

CHRIS WINDEYER

Officials at Iqaluit city hall hope a Quebec company is the solution to the city's lingering problem with derelict vehicles, appliances and other scrap metal.

The city signed a memorandum of understanding last week with Recyclage Levis, based near Quebec City, that would see the company bring a...

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Iqaluit May 22, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Cheaper chipseal abandoned because 'it doesn't last.'

City to fight potholes with asphalt assault

CHRIS WINDEYER

Spine-busting car rides are a fact of life during the summer months in Iqaluit, as the spring melt carves miniature riverbeds through the dirt roads and, in some places, leaves potholes as wide as the cars themselves.

But that may change under an ambitious paving plan the city wants to start this...

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