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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Retired bishop recalls his first Christmas in Coppermine

The year that Santa scared the children

JANE GEORGE

When John Sperry first went as an Anglican missionary to Coppermine - now Kugluktuk - in 1950, Christmas was still new for the Kitengmiut people of the region.

Even when Sperry arrived in Coppermine, the camps were scattered across the coast and inland region, and people didn't even come to the...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Ottawa steps in to manage Jericho mine site

Doomed Tahera Diamond Corp. closes for good

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After using up the last of its cash, the Tahera Diamond Corp. shed all remaining staff this past Friday, Dec. 12 and ceased all operations at its moribund Jericho diamond mine in the Kitikmeot region, the company said this week in a statement.

At the same time, the Department of Indian Affairs and...

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Iqaluit December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Where people spend Christmas when the unspeakable happens

Abused, unwanted and homeless for the holidays

JOHN BIRD

You don't end up spending Christmas in a shelter unless something has gone horribly wrong in your life.

The women and children at the Qimaavik Transitional Home in Apex, known to most people as the women's shelter, have come here to escape violence in the home, whether emotional, verbal, physical or...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'We were always respectful of our grandparents'

Chanukah: Lights, family, history

JOHN BIRD

Like Christmas, Diwali and other holy festivals celebrated at this dark time of year, Chanukah centres on the symbolism of light.

When the Jews recaptured Jerusalem from Syrian invaders in 161 B.C., they found a menorah, or lamp, in the desecrated temple, with just enough sanctified olive oil to...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'Diwali is a lot like 'C;hristmas; here'

India: Welcoming Lakshmi with sweets

JOHN BIRD

Dr. Priya Gaba remembers the excitement of getting a new outfit to wear on Diwali, the Hindu New Year that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Usually it was custom-tailored, she recalled in an interview, because manufactured clothes in India were more expensive.

For Gaba, a doctor at the...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'If you don't have apples and grapes, you can't enjoy Christmas'

Trinidad: Exotic apples and 'Christmas styling'

JOHN BIRD

Christmas for Vincent Dobson as a child in Port of Spain, Trinidad, meant home-baked bread, boiled sweet ham, and "black cake" made with rum and dried fruits, followed by "music all weekend."

"And if you don't have apples and grapes, you can't enjoy Christmas," Dobson said. Apples were exotic...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Rompkey wants more Inuit hired for Coast Guard

Senator urges more spending for Arctic security

CHRIS WINDEYER

Canada needs to boost its ability to enforce Canadian law in the Arctic, and requires new ships, infrastructure and a push to recruit Inuit to work in the Coast Guard, says Bill Rompkey, a Liberal senator from Labrador.

Rompkey is the chair of the Senate's standing committee on fisheries and oceans,...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Ottawa, Iqaluit fight suicide, crime in $400,000 splurge

Stayin' alive with high-priced hip hop

CHRIS WINDEYER

Ottawa and Iqaluit are pouring $400,000 into a program that aims to use hip hop as a way to promote health, reduce crime and prevent suicide.

The federal government is adding nearly $200,000 to the same amount that's already been spent bringing Blueprint For Life, the Ottawa-based organization that...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Two little girls were delighted and scared as they waited for gifts to fall from the skies

A child's Christmas in Kimmirut

ANN MEEKITJUK HANSON - Special to Nunatsiaq News

There are so many special memories of Christmases I have experienced over the years, starting with Kimmirut when I was a little girl. 

Christmas in the 1950s around Kimmirut was very different from the ones today.  My Uncle Annugaq was a special guide and helper for the nurse in Kimmirut, so we...

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Nunavut December 18, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Judicial recount ordered as two votes separate candidates

Akulliq's never-ending election heads to a judge

CHRIS WINDEYER

John Ningark is the new MLA for Akulliq. Maybe.

Ningark, a veteran of the old Northwest Territories legislature, appeared to squeak past incumbent Steve Mapsalak by two votes in a by-election held this past Monday, Dec. 15.

But Ningark's narrow margin of victory means the results will go to a...

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Nunavut December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Voters chose new councillors, mayors Dec. 8

Nunavut's hamlet elections by the numbers

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Hamlets across Nunavut's three regions held council and mayoral elections this past Monday.

Here's a list of those who were elected or acclaimed to mayor and council seats across Nunavut.

To make room for results from all communities, we have omitted the names of council candidates who did not win...

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Nunavut December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'I thought it was a very 'progressive; thing that occurred.'

Union, Liberal activists rally to support coalition

CHRIS WINDEYER

Michaëlle Jean's decision to prorogue Parliament may have taken some of the wind out of their sails, but a handful of union members and Liberal activists gathered Dec. 4 to denounce the Conservative government and promote the idea of a Liberal-NDP coalition.

Jean, the Governor General, granted a...

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Nunavut December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'The damn window wouldn't open. Finally we smashed it.'

Crash survivors escape frigid death in Baffin waters

JOHN BIRD

As his Cessna Skymaster plane dropped rapidly and silently towards the dark, ice-floe-speckled sea off the south shore of Baffin Island, pilot Troes Hansen peered desperately into the darkness, seeking the best possible option for the inevitable crash landing.

His colleague, Oliver Edwards-Neil,...

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Nunavut December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

GN health department says no to the latest stage in research on RSV

Should Nunavut turn down free medical help?

JOHN BIRD

The Nunavut health department has said no thanks to an offer of free research on a lung disease that sends nearly a third of Nunavut children under six months old who live outside Iqaluit to hospital.

And every one of those children has to be medevaced, at great expense to the Government of...

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Iqaluit December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

2006 Statscan study shows 'c;hildren; went without food at least monthly

Hunger haunts 40 per cent of Nunavut Inuit kids

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nearly 40 per cent of Inuit children in Nunavut experienced hunger in 2006, according to new figures released by Statistics Canada.

Data from the 2006 census found that 39 per cent of Nunavut children experienced food insecurity because their family ran out of food or money to buy food at least once...

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Iqaluit December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Group pulled in hundreds of thousands from Astro Hill base

Crack ring's operations unprecedented in Iqaluit

CHRIS WINDEYER

A crack dealing operation broken up by police this past spring was unlike anything seen before in Iqaluit, says a member of the RCMP's drug section.

"They were building themselves a market with the amount of crack cocaine that they had," said Cst. James Morrison. "Since they've been taken down...

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Nunavut December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Most voters shun polls

Alikatuktuk gets another term as president of QIA

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Thomasie Alikatuktuk won re-election to the presidency of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association with 25.2 per cent of the vote this past Monday, Dec. 8, defeating eight other candidates.

Only 34 per cent of eligible Qikiqtani region beneficiaries cast ballots - which means two of every three did not...

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Nunavut December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Outfitter says action will kill his sport-hunting business and hurt community income

Europe bans bear imports from two regions

JOHN BIRD

The European Union's new ban on polar bear imports from Baffin Bay and Kane Basin will kill Titus Allooloo's outfitting business in Pond Inlet and deprive Nunavut of much-needed income.

Since "nothing is importable to the United States anymore, the only thing we had left was the Europeans," Allooloo...

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Nunavut December 11, 2008 - 2:00 pm

'You won't find drugs, you will find money,' woman told police

Judges order hard time for crack dealer, courier

CHRIS WINDEYER

An Edmonton woman arrested in March carrying nearly $240,000 in drug profits from Iqaluit will spend a year in jail.

Alicia Belcher, 22, was arrested after arriving in Yellowknife on a flight from Iqaluit. The money came from a crack cocaine operation that was run out of two apartments in the...

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Iqaluit December 04, 2008 - 2:00 pm

Staff working on guidelines for group to take charge after sexual assaults of the summer

Council set to establish safety committee

JOHN BIRD

It took a bit of shouting, but Iqaluit is on its way to setting up a formal public safety committee of council.

Councillor Jim Little had been spearheading the city's response after a series of incidents last summer, including a vicious sexual assault behind the high school, led to a public call for...

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