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Nunavik November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Party targets Ungava riding

Nunavik could be key to Liberal victory

JANE GEORGE

 

The Quebec Liberal Party wants to grab the Ungava riding from the Parti Québécois during the province's Dec. 8 election.

Winning Ungava, which includes Nunavik, would put Jean Charest's government one step closer to a majority government.

And Nunavik's vote could hold the key to a Liberal victory,...

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Nunavut November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

“Unwieldy, fragmented and logistically stretched system is not sustainable.”

Invest in community health, NTI urges

CHRIS WINDEYER

 

Nunavut needs to invest in community health to reduce its dependence on southern hospitals and expensive medical travel, says a new social development report from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

The study found that Nunavut spends more than $7,450 per person annually on health care. That's 21 per cent of...

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Nunavut November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Election to be held almost two months after rest of Nunavut

Akulliq voters have choice of four candidates

CHRIS WINDEYER

 

After what must seem like an endless campaign, candidates in the Akulliq riding are just about ready for their day of reckoning at the polls.

Nearly two months after voters in most of Nunavut went to the polls, voters in Repulse Bay and Kugaaruk will go to the polls Dec. 15. As a bonus for their...

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Nunavut November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Canada wanted to offer Europe a partial ban on exports without consulting Inuit

Feds tried to bypass Inuit on polar bears

JOHN BIRD

 

A federal plan to voluntarily restrict polar bear exports from four management areas may have been averted at the eleventh hour after strong protests from Inuit and Inuvialuit representatives on the federal-territorial Polar Bear Administrative Committee.

Environment Canada officials wanted to...

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Nunavut November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Hundreds trapped by ice

Narwhal tragedy yields 'harvest; for community

JOHN BIRD

 

As the ice closed in to a few small leads in the strait between Pond Inlet and Bylot Island, Inuit hunters worked long, hard hours to harvest stranded narwhals.

The weather has been cold but clear and with no wind, a spokesman for the Pond Inlet Hunters and Trappers Organization reported in a...

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Nunavut November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Premier pledges inclusiveness

Aariak assigns jobs to six cabinet members

CHRIS WINDEYER

Short on experience but long on hope, Nunavut's new cabinet was sworn in last week amid pledges of openness and territorial unity.

On Nov. 19, Premier Eva Aariak assigned portfolios to the six men who MLAs elected to cabinet in their Nov. 14 leadership forum

"We will be inclusive of all of Nunavut,"...

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Nunavut November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

“The collective assets have become the piggy bank to a few”

Watt demands crisis summit on First Air bonuses

JANE GEORGE

 

Senator Charlie Watt has called for a special emergency meeting so that Nunavimmiut can take a position on the bonuses recently pocketed by First Air directors.

"The collective assets have become the piggy bank to a few. We can't allow this to continue," Watt said in a news release issued from his...

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Nunavut November 27, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Trichinella parasite still thrives even after fermenting, freezing

Arctic Bay man dies from eating infected walrus meat

JANE GEORGE

A nasty parasite called trichinella recently caused the death of a respected Arctic Bay man.

Jayko Tunraq, 61, a longtime water and sewage truck driver for the hamlet, fell ill after he had eaten fermented walrus meat infected with trichinella worms.

More than 250 mourners crowded into the Inuujaq...

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Iqaluit November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Final tab could hit $11 million

Bear Island clean-up set for next summer

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The clean-up of about 4,300 rusty fuel barrels and contaminated soil starts next summer on Bear Island in James Bay.

The island, which lies within Nunavut, is located 60 kilometres northwest of Chisasibi and 300 kms south of Sanikiluaq.

From the 1950s to 1965, the flat, rocky island served as a...

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Iqaluit November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Bylaw chief defends hefty fees for wayward canines

Ruff justice: impounded pooch costs couple $490

JOHN BIRD

Call it a tale of two dogs - or more accurately, two tales of one dog.

One tale is Betty Ann and Randy Eaton's, who want Iqaluit council to tell them why their dog Ruff keeps getting picked up and impounded by the city's bylaw officers?

The frustrated couple told council last week that Ruff is just a...

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Nunavut November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'Susan Natar paid for (her) forgiveness with her life.'

Man gets 13 years for beating his wife to death

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Hall Beach man who beat his wife to death with a piece of walrus cartilage and who's spent five years in jail awaiting sentence will serve another four years and eight months in prison.

Silas Ammaklak pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the beating death of his wife, Susan Natar, in...

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Nunavik November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

New committee faces tough task

Wild food export row divides Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

A new committee with members from the Quebec government and Nunavik faces a task worthy of King Solomon's resolution skills.

The committee's mandate will be to resolve a growing dispute around the personal export of country foods from Nunavik.

On one side, there's Makivik Corp., which maintains the...

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Nunavut November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Simonie Michael served on territorial council, helped launch Project Surname

First elected Inuk legislator dead at 75

JOHN BIRD

Even in death, the man who paved the way for Inuit representation in territorial government was still affecting political events.

Simonie Michael died last week in Iqaluit's Qikiqtani General Hospital. He was 75.

In 1966, he became the first Inuk elected to represent the eastern Arctic in what was...

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Nunavut November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Disease incidence may by 90 times higher than in rest of Canada

Canada a world leader in Inuit tuberculosis"

JOHN BIRD

Tuberculosis rates among Inuit in Canada may be 90 times higher than in Canada overall, Dr. David Butler-Jones, head of the Public Health Agency of Canada, told delegates to an international gathering in Toronto last week on tuberculosis and indigenous peoples.

Those rates are among the highest in...

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Nunavik November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Agents, mayor square off as 'ca;rcasses; cut up

Bad blood remains as beluga hunt ends

JANE GEORGE

Johnny Oovaut wasn't happy to see the fisheries agents arrive in a helicopter on the beach in Quaqtaq as he was cutting up his beluga on Nov. 8.

The agents wanted to know if Oovaut would take samples of the beluga, according to the management plan.

But Oovaut said he told the agents they could do...

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Nunavik November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Project mothballed as analyst releases negative report on 'parent; Canadian Royalties

It's official: Nunavik nickel mine 'in hibernation'

JANE GEORGE

Canadian Royalties placed its troubled Nunavik Nickel Mine project in "hibernation" this week, one day after a devastating business report surfaced, chairman Glenn Mullan has confirmed.

Hibernation implies a temporary response to conditions, Mullan told the Montreal Gazette.

Canadian Royalties has...

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Iqaluit November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

“A wonderful time both on the ice and off the ice.”

Manitoba's Sean Grassie wins curling championship

CHRIS WINDEYER

Manitoba's Sean Grassie used a pair of steals to beat the Ontario rink of Wayne Tuck 6-4 and claim the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship at the Arnaitok Arena in Iqaluit Nov. 15.

"It's exciting," said Manitoba third Alli Nimik. "It's such a long week, so it would have been disappointing to not...

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Nunavut November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Chris Bishop charged with killing three, wounding two

Hearing wraps up in multiple murder trial

CHRIS WINDEYER

A preliminary hearing for the Cambridge Bay man accused of shooting five people in January, 2007 wrapped up in Iqaluit this past Tuesday.

Chris Bishop, 23, faces three charges of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

He appeared in court Nov. 12 wearing a crisp, dark-grey suit and...

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Nunavut November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'It's an unforgiving job'

GN social workers burned out by staffing crisis

JANE GEORGE

CAMBRIDGE BAY - Two social workers in Cambridge Bay with a combined total of 14 years' experience in the community are off the job these days, reducing the Kitikmeot's meagre complement of full-time, permanent social workers by 50 per cent.

Dave Allen and Diana Thompson still reside in Cambridge...

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Nunavut November 20, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'We should be able to approach our leaders with confidence that we will be listened to in a resp

New Nunavut 'premier; pledges ''positive change'

JIM BELL

Saying she wants to reconnect with the old vision of Nunavut, Eva Aariak, Nunavut's new premier, pledges that she and her newly-minted cabinet will work to give Nunavut voters what they want: a changed government. 

"Positive change will be the name of the game," Aariak told reporters moments after...

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