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Nunavut August 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“We are determined to help families at risk.”

Feds offer $570,000 to prevent crime

CHRIS WINDEYER

With a federal election looming this fall, Rob Nicholson, the federal justice minister joined the steady stream of cabinet ministers passing through Nunavut last week.

But the winners are community justice programs in Iqaluit, Cape Dorset and Arviat, which received a total of $570,000 in crime...

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Nunavut August 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Feds to fund protected areas for birds, bowhead whales

Warmed-over pact creates three new sanctuaries

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Dusting off an 18-month-old piece of news to make it look fresh again, federal Environment Minister John Baird signed a deal in Ottawa last week that will create three new wildlife sanctuaries in Nunavut and compensate Inuit for 10 others that have existed for many years.

First "announced" in...

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Nunavik August 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“It’s like winning the lottery”

Mining windfall sparks spending spree in two Nunavik towns

JANE GEORGE

The Northern store in Salluit tries to offer its customers just about every anything they could possibly want: fresh produce, flat screen televisions, gleaming new kitchen appliances, or all-terrain vehicles, freighter canoes and outboard motors.

But for most of the summer, the store's shelves were...

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Nunavut August 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

3,000 eligible voters to choose from field of nine candidates

Beneficiaries to pick new KIA president Sept. 22

JANE GEORGE

 

Beneficiaries of the Nunavut land claims agreement who live in the Kitikmeot region will choose a new president for the Kitikmeot Inuit Association on Monday, Sept. 22.

Nine candidates, many with past experience within the KIA, are in the running: Joseph Aglukkaq (Gjoa Haven), Stanley Anablak...

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Nunavut August 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Tranquilizer darts do serious damage to bears, scientist finds

Researcher criticizes bear drug-dart survey methods

JANE GEORGE

Inuit hunters aren't happy about a Government of Nunavut research scheme that would tranquilize, tag and collar 300 polar bears from the Foxe Basin because the hunters say this procedure harms the bears and renders them unfit for use.

Now a scientist who has studied research methods on bears, also...

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Nunavut August 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“The fish had been snagged.”

Hundreds of char left to rot at Grinnell River

CHRIS WINDEYER

Fisheries and Oceans Canada officials will likely never know who's responsible for leaving hundreds of Arctic char rotting by the side of the Sylvia Grinnell River.

Fisheries officers received a complaint Aug. 13 that someone abandoned a pile of fish containing hundreds of char - more than 100...

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Nunavut August 28, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“That’s what the new money’s for, boys.”

Junior Rangers get $3.6 million to buy new duds

JIM BELL

When the three boys from Hall Beach showed him the holes in their official Junior Rangers sweatshirts, Defence Minister Peter MacKay, ever the politician, saw the opening and seized it.

"That's what the new money's for, boys. It's to get you new clothing," MacKay said.

MacKay announced the new money...

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Nunavut August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Snacks with less sugar to be sold in several communities

GN launches "healthy stores" pilot project

JANE GEORGE

 

When you see chocolate bars, sweetened fruit juice bottles and potato chip packages at eye level in a store, it's hard to resist temptation, especially when there are no healthier snack foods around.

But soon you may see a brightly-coloured "lower in sugar" sign on some store shelves in Nunavut,...

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Nunavik August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Economic woes taking toll on all-important revenue source

Outfitters fear slump in U.S. caribou hunters

JANE GEORGE

Outfitters are bracing for a decline in sport hunters coming to Nunavik to hunt caribou, as a rocky economy south of the border combines with higher fuel costs and zig-zagging currency rates to keep Americans at home.

The $20-million caribou outfitting business is a mainstay of Nunavik's economy,...

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Nunavut August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Canadian Royalties must raise additional $135 million for work to resume

200 face layoff as problems plague nickel project

JANE GEORGE

About 200 workers at the Nunavik Nickel Mine site have been told they will be laid off by the end of October as Canadian Royalties faces serious financial and logistical problems and a dispute with its minority partner.

Under the best-case scenario, the mine's startup in May 2010 will be delayed by...

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Nunavut August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“We have to demonstrate 'sovereignty;.”

Military invades Iqaluit for Operation Nanook

CHRIS WINDEYER

Hundreds of military personnel landed in Iqaluit this past weekend for the start of Operation Nanook, Canada's annual Arctic muscle-flexing exercise.

Brig. Gen. Dave Millar, the commander of Operation Nanook, said this year's exercise, with 120 army troops, two navy ships, Canadian Rangers and a...

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Nunavut August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“I want to introduce this to the finest chefs in America.”

Arctic char gets star treatment from awed admirer

JIM BELL

Thanks to a chance encounter at the International Boston Seafood Show last March, Dale Sims of San Francisco has a big new story to tell.

And he vows that by the time he's done telling it, gourmet chefs and food retailers in the United States will fall so deeply in love with Nunavut Arctic char...

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Iqaluit August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“It is pristine and high quality water.”

Cemetery poses danger to river, Little warns

CHRIS WINDEYER

 

An Iqaluit city councillor is urging staff to reconsider the site of a new cemetery near the Apex River, saying the stream could serve as a source of potable water in the future.

Coun. Jim Little is worried that decomposing bodies in the new graveyard would leach embalming chemicals into the river....

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Nunavut August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Inuit, scientists face “divide more political than scientific”

Bear management demands mutual respect: researcher

JANE GEORGE

Inuit and scientists need to develop more respect for each other and their differing views of the world, or they risk undermining Nunavut's polar bear co-management system, says a researcher who studied Nunavut's polar bear hunt for more than 30 years.

"Each side says: ‘I'm right, you're wrong' -...

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Nunavut August 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

“I’m in shock. It shouldn’t happen.”

First Air to drop Kivalliq passenger service in September

JIM BELL

Badly wounded by its loss of a lucrative medical travel contract, First Air will drop its thrice-weekly Winnipeg-Thompson-Rankin Inlet passenger jet service as of Sept. 14.

 "It's a sad day for the Kivalliq region," Scott Bateman, First Air's vice-president of commercial operations,  said in an...

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Nunavik August 14, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Another $1 million investment prepares second year of students to become Microsoft aces

Students train to become computer repair whizzes

JANE GEORGE

In many small northern communities, when your computer breaks down you have to send it south because no one local is qualified to carry out repairs.

In Nunavik, the Kativik Regional Government and the Kativik School Board have teamed up to solve this frustrating state of affairs by offering a...

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Nunavut August 14, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Reality TV program seeks Nunavut 'twins' for its viewers

Have a birthday bash with a Belgian

JANE GEORGE

If you've always wanted to be on television, you may have a chance - that is, if you were who was born on the right day and year.

A Belgian television production company is looking for Nunavummiut, men and women alike, who were born on certain dates.

They'll be matched up with men and women from...

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Nunavik August 14, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Office workers sent home from stifling building

Welcome to Kuujjuaq, Quebec's new hot spot

JANE GEORGE

Temperatures in the mid-20s were hot enough to melt lard in Kangisujuaq last week, as the heat closed down stores and offices and sent Nunavimmiut leaping into the water to cool off.

The beach by the Koksoak River was the place to be in Kuujjuaq during the afternoon of Aug. 6 when temperatures shot...

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Nunavut August 14, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'The less electricity we use, the less fuel we burn.'

Picco plays nice to promote green lights

CHRIS WINDEYER

Last year, Energy Minister Ed Picco tried to use a stick to get Nunavummiut to switch from power-hungry incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescents.

This year he's offering a carrot.

Qulliq Energy Corporation will distribute one of the new-wave compact fluorescent light bulbs...

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Iqaluit August 14, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'There is a serious risk to the safety of the public.'

RCMP issues warning about sex offender in Iqaluit

CHRIS WINDEYER

The RCMP are warning the public that a repeat sex offender has been released from prison and now lives in Iqaluit.

Roonie Iqalukjuak, 33, was released from Ontario's Kingston Penitentiary Aug. 1 after serving three years and nine months for numerous crimes, including sexual assault.

"Iqalukjuak has a...

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