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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“I was feeling dizzy all the time.”

Is Iqaluit's copper-laden water bad for you?

CHRIS WINDEYER

 

Cynthia Guillemette is a world traveller - even Moscow's notoriously bad water couldn't make her sick.

But the Iqaluit resident says the stomach problems and headaches she's been getting since her move to Nunavut three months ago may be caused by large amounts of copper in the city's water...

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Nunavik June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Retaining staff difficult despite low rents, subsidized cargo and paid trips home

KSB to lose nearly half its non-Inuit teachers

JANE GEORGE

 

Principals and teachers from the South cleaned off their desks, packed up and headed home from Nunavik earlier this month.

Most will never return to the region.

About 70 teachers have not renewed their contracts with the Kativik School Board for the 2008-09 school year. Eleven school principals have...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Committee repeats demand for small craft harbours

Senate urges big changes to boost sovereignty

CHRIS WINDEYER

 

Canada must build new icebreakers, enforce shipping regulations, induct more Inuit into the Coast Guard and build small craft harbours in Nunavut to strengthen its claim on the Arctic, a new Senate report says.

Those are among nine recommendations contained in an interim report from the Senate's...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Iqaluit’s Arctic Elvis, dead at 48

Jimmy Ekho: The unchained melody falls silent

JOHN THOMPSON

Jimmy Ekho of Iqaluit, known to many as Arctic Elvis, died June 10 of lung failure. He was 48.

He was no near look-alike for Elvis Presley, as a diminutive Inuk with a whispy moustache, long hair and no sideburns.

But that didn't matter once he donned his big, tinted glasses and his sealskin...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Researcher use hair to study grizzlies, wolverines

GN, HTO team up for animal-friendly research

JANE GEORGE

 

Kugluktuk hunters and wildlife biologists from the Government of Nunavut have found a way to avoid invasive research tactics in their latest survey of grizzly bears and wolverines.

Instead of tranquilizing, capturing or tagging any animals, the researchers will get the data they need by snagging...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Temporary structure could bring end to water rations

Pang perks up with near finish of make-do bridge

CHRIS WINDEYER

Pangnirtung residents should be able to cross the Duval River by foot and vehicle by this weekend, the hamlet's chief administrative officer, Ron Mongeau, said this past Tuesday.

City crews were busy installing culverts that would be covered by rocks and gravel to a form a makeshift bridge, ending...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“You can’t marry Inuit 'Qaujimatuqangit; to the new way of life.”

For this man, the past lives only in memory

JIM BELL

As a little boy growing up in Apex, Saila Kipanek learned many things from the dictionary his teacher told him not to read.

And when he watched the RCMP kill every one of his family's dogs, the things he learned made him wonder.

He learned that Louis Pasteur was born in 1822 and died in 1895. He...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Truth body’s work ranges well beyond dog killings

Judge Jim's commission hits the half-way mark

JIM BELL

 

James Jonathan Igloliorte, a big man with a gentle smile, likes to let people talk.

For the 58-year-old retired judge from Hopedale, Labrador, that's a good thing - because over the past six months he's heard a lot of people talk.

Since its first public hearing in Kimmirut this past January,...

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Climate Change June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“This past month we set a new record”

Tropical Kuujjuaq sweats past hottest May ever

JANE GEORGE

It's official: last month Kuujjuaq experienced its warmest month of May since community weather records were first taken in 1947.

"This past month we set a new record, and there's a chance we will also beat the record this month," said meteorologist René Héroux from Environment Canada's Montreal...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

The choice: pay more, get less; pay less, get more in four years

GN struggles with Inuksuk High School renovation

JOHN THOMPSON

 

This week Nunavut's education department is to decide how to proceed with Iqaluit's worn-out, 38-year-old Inuksuk High School.

Two options are on the table. The first: build a new school, at a cost of $48.7 million, by 2012.

The second: renovate Inuksuk High during school breaks, using $21.2...

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Nunavut June 26, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“They’re not supporting Inuit-owned companies, so why should we support them?”

Bathurst Inlet port-road loses key backer

JOHN THOMPSON

 

The Bathurst Inlet Port and Road Project, long-hailed by Kitikmeot leaders as a means of lifting their region from poverty, has lost a key supporter.

Zinifex Ltd. now favours building its own port, west of Bathurst Inlet and just north of its High Lake property, at Grays Bay.

The port would connect...

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Nunavut June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's a whole new situation we are facing.'

Circumpolar Inuit to discuss sovereignty

CHRIS WINDEYER

Inuit leaders from across the circumpolar world will gather in Kuujjuaq in November to plan a response to the scramble for territory and resources by Arctic states.

"We're planning a sovereignty workshop and inviting Inuit representatives from the circumpolar Arctic to get together to discuss...

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Nunavik June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Elders want an all-Inuttitut name for Nunavik's newest park

Working group rejects park name that's 'watered-down'

JANE GEORGE

Nunavik's new provincial park in Richmond Gulf and Clearwater Lake region won't be called Tasikimi after all.

A park working group rejected the name "tasikimi" because elders felt this invented word watered down the two languages, which are already under pressure from French and English.

Tasikimi,...

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Nunavik June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Performers include throatsingers, DJ Mad Eskimo

Aboriginal artists join Quebec birthday party

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Montreal throatsingers Nina Segalowitz and Lydia Etok and Igloo Lounge's Geronimo Inutiq (who is also known as the DJ Mad Eskimo) are joining in Quebec City's 400th birthday bash.

As part of its year-long anniversary celebrations and Quebec's National Aboriginal Day events, a giant inflatable...

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Nunavut June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We'll still have the family atmosphere.'

Overcrowded Larga Baffin to get larger premises

JANE GEORGE

Larga Baffin, which provides lodging, meals and transportation in Ottawa for patients and escorts from the Baffin Region, will move to new, much larger premises by March 2009.

The homey interior of Larga Baffin's present pair of houses, where framed collages on the walls feature snapshots of almost...

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Nunavut June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Savings 'not getting to the consumer': Aglukkaq

Food mail foes want program fixed

JOHN THOMPSON

Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut's health minister and MLA for Nattilik, recently tabled photographs in the legislature showing one litre of milk selling for $7.69 in Taloyoak - nearly a six-fold increase over what's paid in Yellowknife, and about double the going price in most Nunavut communities.

Why,...

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Nunavut June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'Now is the time to get rid of the anger.'

Tears, applause greet Harper's apology

CHRIS WINDEYER

Residential school survivors greeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper's apology with both tears and applause at a ceremony in Iqaluit's cadet hall June 11.

Harper delivered the historic and long-awaited apology for decades of abuse at church-run, government-approved schools from the House of Commons in...

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Nunavut June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Fed up with the GN, Kitikmeot educator may quit

A tale of a disgruntled Nunavut teacher

JANE GEORGE

Angry, in debt and fed up with administrative snafus, a high school teacher in the Kitikmeot region has packed his bags last week and isn't sure whether or not he will return at the end of the summer.

"I love this school and I love this job, but I'm probably going to leave because I cannot afford to...

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Nunavut June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We have a commitment to the 'Kitikmeot; and we intend to fulfill it'

We'll keep our Kitikmeot bureau, CBC promises

JIM BELL

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will not close its small Kitikmeot news bureau and will resume service to the region after they fill a vacant job in Cambridge Bay, a CBC North spokesperson said last week.

"We have a commitment to the Kitikmeot and we intend to fulfill it," Sue Glowach, a CBC...

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Nunavut June 19, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'In terms of core municipal 'services; the situation is 'stable;.'

Flood-ravaged Pangnirtung on emergency status

CHRIS WINDEYER

Pangnirtung remained under a state of emergency this past week after torrential rains eroded soil around the community's two bridges, cutting off access to a reservoir, sewage lagoon and landfill site.

Levinia Brown, the minister of Community and Government Services, was to extend the state of...

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