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Nunavut July 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Territory racks up seven 'homicides; in 2007

Violent crime up, property crime down in Nunavut

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Your chances of getting beaten, raped or murdered got worse if you were a Nunavut resident in 2007, but your chances of avoiding thefts and break-ins got better, according to Statistics Canada's latest release of police-reported crime numbers.

The new numbers tell an old Nunavut story: that violent...

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Climate Change July 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Rising population, dry summers could have major impact

Scientist cites threats to Nunavut drinking water

JANE GEORGE

Higher temperatures, more evaporation of rain and snow, and a larger population could siphon off Nunavut's water supply in the future.

For the moment, Nunavut has nothing to fear, said Paul Budkewitsch, a scientist with Natural Resources Canada, who attended last week's conference on planning and...

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Nunavut July 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Projects forge ahead with no land use plan or review boards

Greenland makes do with little land planning

JANE GEORGE

Greenland's capital, Nuuk, a city with paved streets, traffic lights and sprawling apartment blocks, is home to 16,000 residents.

But despite its apparent physical advantages over Iqaluit, where unpaved streets still throw up clouds of dust, Greenland is still playing catch-up with respect to land...

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Nunavut July 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'We have seal populations that are healthy, hunting that works'

Canada says EU seal import scheme not needed

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The European Union's latest proposal for banning seal products isn't needed, Loyola Hearne, the fisheries minister, said last week.

"[O]ur position remains that any ban on a humanely killed hunt, such as Canada's, is without cause," Hearne said in a prepared statement.

The EU scheme, announced July...

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Iqaluit July 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'There's no natural cause or human error at work.'

RCMP probe blaze that razed Apex house

JANE GEORGE

Fire tore through the Apex home of Martha and Ipeelee Inookee July 24 in the early hours of the morning, destroying the building within several hours despite the efforts of 17 Iqaluit firefighters.

RCMP Sgt. Kim Melenchuk said that the fire at building 3050 is under investigation.

Chris Wilson, the...

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Nunavut July 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'Not all ships play by the rules.'

Maritime expert urges 'no go' Arctic sea lanes

JANE GEORGE

Increased ship traffic in the Arctic may be a boon to local businesses, but it can put the environment at risk, says a maritime traffic expert.

The pollution risks are so high that Arctic waters should be declared "no go" zones until strict regulations and monitoring programs are in place, says...

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Nunavut July 31, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's a no-brainer'

QEC switches course, opts for Jayne's Inlet dam

JIM BELL

The Qulliq Energy Corp. will likely build Iqaluit's next hydroelectrical plant at Jayne's Inlet after all, following a decision by the corporation's board late last month to go ahead with a feasibility study for it.

This means the QEC is now unlikely to move ahead with a more expensive hydro plant...

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Nunavut July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'Land use planning is the key'

Create a land use plan, INAC guru urges

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut must create land use plans for all Nunavut regions as an essential step towards fixing the territory's oft-criticized environmental regulatory system, says an expert hired by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Neil McCrank, known officially by the ponderous title,...

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Nunavut July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Charest says conference should focus on aboriginal youth issues

Okalik, ITK look forward to Kelowna 2.0

JIM BELL

Paul Okalik, the Nunavut premier, says he's looking forward to a first ministers meeting this fall that will deal with aboriginal issues, including a possible revival of some parts of the Kelowna accord.

Okalik said this will give Nunavut a chance to lobby for more Inuit education and training...

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Nunavut July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

IBC helped create APTN. Now it's struggling for air time on the national aboriginal network.

After nine years, APTN's all grown up

CHRIS WINDEYER

Jean LaRose is finding out it's hard to please everyone.

As the chief executive officer of the Aboriginal People's Television Network, LaRose heads Canada's fourth national broadcaster, which broadcasts in English, French and 14 aboriginal languages.

Those 14 languages share 28 per cent of APTN's...

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Climate Change July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'An ice-free Northwest Passage is a disaster.'

Watt-Cloutier urges 'low-carbon economy'

CHRIS WINDEYER

Breathless headlines proclaiming an ice-free Northwest Passage within decades might be music to the ears to companies that trade in global shipping or resource exploitation.

But Sheila Watt-Cloutier thinks Canada, already fretting over how to defend its tenuous hold on control of the passage, could...

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Nunavut July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's just one step in the process of building better harbours in Nunavut.'

GN to spend $1.8 million on community docks

CHRIS WINDEYER

The government of Nunavut will spend more than $1.8 million on small floating docks in 11 communities this summer, Nunatsiaq News has learned.

The Department of Economic Development and Transportation is funding construction of docks in Whale Cove, Kugaaruk, Taloyoak, Grise Fiord, Arctic Bay, Hall...

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Nunavut July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'This is a shitty town to be young in'

Bjorn Simonsen's The Kids: making it real in Iqaluit

JIM BELL

Dressed in a black shirt, white sports jacket and matching white tie, budding Iqaluit filmmaker Bjorn Simonsen, 19, uses nine blunt words to put it all together: "This is a shitty town to be young in." 

That's how Simonsen introduced his gritty little film, The Kids, to an Iqaluit audience who...

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Iqaluit July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Cooling predicted by Sunday

Iqaluit sizzles through hottest day on record

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit residents stripped down to shorts, T-shirts and halter tops this week during a record-smashing heat wave that produced the warmest maximum temperature ever seen in the community.

On Monday, July 21, a temperature of 26.8 C was recorded at the Iqaluit airport, making it the highest...

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Climate Change July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'That's a loss to our culture.'

Elder finds good sealskins scarce as 'Baff;in; warms

JANE GEORGE

The last time Igah Kalluk of Clyde River spent an entire winter in a snowhouse was back in 1956.

Since then, it's become too warm in her northern Baffin community for an igloo to survive the entire winter.

On top of that, the camping places she and her family used to favour during the spring and...

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Nunavut July 24, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Residents worried port scheme threatens fragile beauty that charms tourists and residents

Bathurst's dilemma: pristine nature or messy progress?

JANE GEORGE

BATHURST INLET - As Sam Kapolak navigates the slow-moving pontoon barge that ferries visitors from the Bathurst Inlet Lodge around the inlet, he has trouble imagining how this tranquil scene would look if a huge fuel tanker or barge passed by.

But between mid-July and mid-October, that's exactly...

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Nunavut July 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It could be a spectacular sight,' stargazer says

Don't miss it: on Aug. 1, the sun will vanish

JIM BELL

Avid sky gazers and other curiosity seekers are readying themselves for a rare event: a total eclipse of the sun, expected Aug. 1, that will be visible along a narrow path that stretches through the Kitikmeot and High Arctic regions of Nunavut.

A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible across a...

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Nunavut July 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Nunavut artists to produce 40,000 soapstone inuksuit for sale in Vancouver in 2010

Carvers cash in on Winter Olympics

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut's bid to cash in on the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be guided by 40,000 inuksuit made by artists from across the territory.

On July 9, Nunavummiut got their first look at the soapstone inuksuit that will be marketed to tourists attending the Olympics.

"There were some concerns about...

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Nunavut July 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'The North is the next frontier in economic development.'

New Democrat MPs renew call for Iqaluit port

CHRIS WINDEYER

Federal New Democratic Pary members of parliament renewed calls for a deep water port in Iqaluit during a visit to Nunavut last week.

"The North is the next frontier in economic development," said Jean Crowder, the NDP's aboriginal affairs critic and MP for the British Columbia riding of...

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Nunavut July 17, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Attack took place in rooming house after victim sought ride home

Ottawa man convicted of raping Nunavut woman

CHRIS WINDEYER

An Ottawa man was convicted July 8 of sexually assaulting a Nunavut woman in 2006, the Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported last week.

Justice Charles Hackland of Ontario Superior Court found Gideon George Antonatos, 24, guilty of sexual assault causing bodily harm.

The woman, whose identity is...

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