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Iqaluit October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Sexual attacks spur residents to speak out about safety

Fear keeping children inside, Iqaluit council told

JOHN BIRD

Many families, fearing more attacks by a sexual predator, no longer allow their children to go out alone, Iqaluit council was told last week.

What's more, said one elder,  important family visiting is not happening now, since people are afraid to walk the roads at night, and many cannot afford...

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Nunavik October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

New agreement expands services to First Nations communities

Nunavik gets faster, cheaper internet service

JANE GEORGE

Monthly bills are dropping by $10 for Nunavimmiut who receive internet services from the Kativik Regional Government's non-profit Tamaani internet service provider, thanks to recent deals with the region's school and health boards.

Tamaani's high-speed internet will also become progressively faster...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Police charge four adults, three minors in co-op heist

Safecrackers nab thousands in cash, merchandise

JANE GEORGE

When workers arrived at Sanikiluaq's Mitiq co-op store on the morning of Oct. 20, they found intruders had broken into the store during the night.

Armed with bolt cutters and crowbars, the break-and-enter crew had cut and pried open the store's two sets of metal doors.

The staff found that the heavy...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

16 men, one woman elected or acclaimed

Nunavut election 2008: by the numbers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Here are the preliminary results from the Oct. 27 territorial election, as calculated by Elections Nunavut.

Elections Nunavut says that about 8,000 people voted in the election, producing a Nunavut-wide turnout figure of about 71 per cent.

That's about 10 per cent lower than the 81 per cent turnout...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

MLAs must choose speaker, premier and cabinet as first order of business in November

First decisions will set tone for assembly

JOHN BIRD

Nunavut's new and returning MLAs will make some of their most important decisions right after they arrive in Iqaluit next week, nine days after the Oct. 27 election.

They'll set the tone and direction for Nunavut's third assembly when they choose from among themselves, the territory's new speaker,...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'I haven't even come into that realm of thought yet.'

Will lone woman MLA reach for top?

JOHN BIRD

The only woman elected to Nunavut's third assembly is not ruling out putting her name forward for the job of premier.

But the morning after her election victory in Iqaluit East, Eva Aariak, said she will need more than a day to think about it before making her decision.

"I haven't even come into that...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Global financial turmoil likely a factor in decision

Newmont postpones Hope Bay gold mine

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - Newmont Mining has postponed plans to start mining gold at Hope Bay, 160 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay.

The opening of a gold mine at Doris North in 2009 has been put on hold indefinitely, said Alex Buchan, Newmont's representative in the Kitikmeot region.

"We made that...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Acclaimed a second time, 'veteran; MLA says he spent time talking with voters

Curley enjoys luxury of loafing through election

CHRIS WINDEYER

RANKIN INLET - It's election day and Tagak Curley is relaxing behind the desk of his spartan office in the Siniktarvik complex.

The walls are plain white, the furniture sparse, and the only sign visible is a mockup for campaign buttons, which read "Vote Tagak," that were never ordered.

While...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Brown, Netser, Simailak all defeated; Shewchuk easily wins vacant Arviat seat

In the Kivalliq, a changing of the guard

CHRIS WINDEYER

RANKIN INLET - Voters in the Kivalliq region swept away three political heavyweights in the territorial election Monday, opting for new voices in the legislative assembly.

Cabinet ministers Levinia Brown and Patterk Netser, and David Simailak, the former finance minister who had to resign after a...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Okalik campaign insiders revel at invitation-only bash

An exclusive brand of party politics in Iqaluit West

Arthur Johnson

It was just minutes after the polls closed Monday night when guests began arriving for an exclusive party at a modest apartment in south Iqaluit.

The party, held to mark the end of Paul Okalik's grueling and often bitter election campaign, was exclusive, because Okalik's team had decreed that only...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Plan would save $256,000

NTI seeks to trim 'de;legates; at annual meeting

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. wants to cut costs by trimming the size of its annual general meeting to 22 delegates from 47.

The organization's 2008 annual general meeting is to take place in Cambridge Bay next month, with 47 delegates in attendance.

But this may be the last time so many...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'It's not our money. It belongs to the beneficiaries.'

No director bonuses: Canadian North parent

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY -  Canadian North board members receive no remuneration for their board work other than an annual fee, says the top manager of the Inuit-owned airline.

"Norterra has a no-bonus policy for its board of directors," said Carmen Loberg, president and CEO of Norterra, which owns Canadian...

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Nunavut October 30, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Disgruntled voters opt for change

Four ministers dumped; Okalik wins squeaker

JIM BELL

Oct. 27, 2008 may go down in history as the day Nunavummiut cleaned house.

Voters fired four Nunavut cabinet ministers from their jobs and came close to firing a fifth: Nunavut's incumbent premier, Paul Okalik.

Only two cabinet ministers survived: Okalik, who slipped past Iqaluit mayor Elisapee...

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Nunavik October 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

New institution seeks large accounts from organizations

Financial co-op lobbies for banking business

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - More Nunavik organizations need to switch their banking services over to the Nunavik Financial Services Cooperative, its promoters told regional councillors at the recent Kativik Regional Government meeting in Kuujjuaq.

"If you want to see the success of this financial institution in your...

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Iqaluit October 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'People have not given St. Jude's the attention it needs.'

CBC's Newman fronts cathedral fundraiser

JOHN BIRD

Don Newman, CBC television's national face of parliamentary journalism, is lending his familiar name, voice and presence to an Ottawa fundraising effort to help rebuild Iqaluit's iconic igloo cathedral.

Newman and his wife, Shannon Day-Newman, herself a former parliamentary journalist, will play...

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Nunavut October 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Income more than doubled over previous year, leaving QIA with bank balance of $7.4 million

Qikiqtani boss 'astounded' by revenue jump

JOHN BIRD

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association board was struck silent for a moment during financial director Bob St. Eloi's financial report, when he pointed out that QIA's revenue for the last year had nearly doubled.

Overall income, including income from subsidiary organizations, rose from $67.5 million for the...

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Nunavut October 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Tununiq's three contenders offer electorate lots of choice in approach and experience

Two promise infrastructure, one promises nothing

CHRIS WINDEYER

Three men are running for the job of MLA in the north Baffin riding of Tununiq.

Two are promising to bring new infrastructure to Pond Inlet. The other isn't promising anything at all.

James Arvaluk, Simon Merkosak, and Elizirie Peterloosie are the candidates in the Oct. 27 election.

Merkosak said...

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Nunavut October 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Three contenders say growth justifies more 'representation;

Candidates push for a second riding for Arviat

JOHN BIRD

Arviat is now either the third largest community in Nunavut, or the second, depending on who you talk to. It's in a neck-and-neck race with Rankin, and it looks like Arviat is pulling ahead.

But whether second or third, Arviat should definitely have two MLAs to represent it.

So say all three...

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Nunavik October 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

'Why this specific part was not destroyed is probably just luck.'

World's oldest known rocks found in Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

The grey rocks at Nuvvuagittuq, 40 kilometres south of Inukjuak, look similar to those in other outcrops along eastern Hudson Bay coast.

But these Nunavik rocks are special. They're the oldest known rocks in the world, with an estimated age of 4.28 billion years.

Nuvvuagittuq's rocks may be remnants...

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Nunavut October 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Trawler's owner says no one injured in fire below deck

Five fishermen airlifted to Qikiqtani hospital

JIM BELL

Five shrimp fishermen from Newfoundland were airlifted to the Qikiqtani hospital in Iqaluit this past Monday after their factory-freezer trawler caught fire late Sunday, Oct. 19.

Their vessel, the Newfoundland Lynx, was fishing for shrimp near Resolution Island when a fire broke out below decks, in...

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