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Nunavut January 29, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Nunavut interests deserved 'special consideration'

Judge criticizes decision to transfer turbot quota

CHRIS WINDEYER

A federal court judge rapped the knuckles of the federal fisheries minister for not giving enough consideration to Nunavut fishing interests when the transfer of Davis Strait turbot quota got the okay last year.

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board brought the complaint after then-fisheries...

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Nunavut January 29, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Governments must spend as much collecting IQ as they do on gathering scientific data, says Nirlungay

Minister gives nod to Inuit bear knowledge

JOHN BIRD

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.'s director of wildlife, Gabriel Nirlinguyak, found himself sitting next to the World Wildlife Fund's polar bear point man Peter Ewins in Winnipeg at the Jan. 16 federal roundtable on polar bear management.

"We had a chance to discuss where he was coming from, and where I was...

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Nunavut January 29, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'I will offer all my energy and experience to our leader.'

Tagak Curley finally squeaks into cabinet

CHRIS WINDEYER

He didn't make the cut for the premier's job, but Tagak Curley won over enough MLAs to become the eighth and final member of Nunavut's cabinet during a leadership forum in Iqaluit this past Monday.

In his pitch to MLAs, Curley emphasized his experience in politics and business, and his bilingualism,...

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Nunavut January 29, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Nunavut finance minister hopes for speedy implementation

Keith Peterson gives federal budget good review

CHRIS WINDEYER

Keith Peterson, Nunavut's finance minister, says he knows how federal opposition parties ought to vote on Tuesday's federal budget.

The answer is yea.

The budget, tabled by federal finance minister Jim Flaherty, contains $20 billion in tax cuts, $28 billion in new spending over two years, and runs a...

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Nunavut January 29, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Minister apologizes for remarks about spousal abuse, suicides

Email costs Tapardjuk 'justice; portfolio

CHRIS WINDEYER

Louis Tapardjuk is out as Nunavut's justice minister after an email he wrote appeared to justify domestic violence and blamed the Canadian justice system for causing suicides.

In an email intended to spur discussion on how to incorporate more Inuiut Qaujimajatuqangit in the justice system, Tapardjuk...

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Canadian visit welcomed, but Northern issues low on agenda

Obama unlikely to move soon on Arctic policy

CHRIS WINDEYER

Canadians are delighted at the prospect of a looming official state visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, but those hoping that he will move quickly on Arctic policy are likely to be disappointed.

Obama was sworn in as America's 44th president this past Tuesday, taking power in a country with a...

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Iqaluit January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'You don't want to be 'e;xchanging; business cards when the emergency hits.'

Councillors play games to prepare for disaster

JOHN BIRD

It was the kind of nightmare scenario that Iqaluit's mayor, council and staff have always dreaded.

It started when the 100-year blizzard - the storm of the century - finally decided to show up.

With 100-km-an-hour winds driving an unrelenting snowfall, pretty soon the airport was shut down.

Then, of...

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Favourable ruling could open way to retrial in Mountie case

Supreme Court hears appeal of Jaw's murder conviction

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Supreme Court of Canada reserved decision Jan. 14 on Salomonie Jaw's 2004 conviction for the first-degree murder of RCMP Cst. Jurgen Seewald, already once upheld by the Nunavut Court of Appeal.

The Nunavut Court of Appeal rejected Jaw's appeal in a ruling issued this past May. Justices Earl...

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Nunavik January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'My parents wanted me to get involved to keep me off the streets.'

Teen troubles lead to martial arts mastery

JOHN BIRD

When 14-year-old Lucassie Proctor started getting in trouble at school, alarm bells went off long and loud for his mother, Sipporah Enuaraq.

It wasn't many years since the family had moved from Iqaluit to Ottawa, where Enuaraq works for Pauktuutit, the Inuit Women's Association,  and Lucassie's...

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Autonomy 'not going to happen overnight.'

Ottawa names Nunavut devolution representative

CHRIS WINDEYER

Ottawa may have a new point man for devolution, but Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak says she's not optimistic a deal with the federal government will be done soon.

Bruce Rawson, a career civil servant, former federal representative for Metis issues, and officer of the Order of Canada, was named the new...

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Schooling 'connects 'e;verything;'

Premier pushes for infrastructure, education funds

CHRIS WINDEYER

With the Canadian economy staggering and Ottawa expected to hand out billions of dollars in stimulus funds in next week's federal budget, premiers met Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week.

The immediate results of the Jan. 16 gathering were a commitment to speed up an existing federal...

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Magic, just beneath the surface

Thoughts on the paintings of Sue Shirley

JIM SHIRLEY Special to Nunatsiaq News

Sometimes I really regret the distances that a person has to work with in the North, the way events are often separated from one another, at odds with our personal hopes and wishes.

Last Saturday, Jan. 17, Sue Shirley, my wife, had an opening of her work at the Legislative Assembly reception area....

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Pond Inlet man dies, spouse allowed home to await trial

Manslaughter accused freed with conditions

JIM BELL

A Pond Inlet woman accused of manslaughter in the recent death of her common-law partner is now released back into her community until the courts deal with the charge against her, under a ruling this week by an Iqaluit justice of the peace.

Susie Pewatoaluk, 42, of Pond Inlet, was charged with...

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Country dubbed 'colossal fossil' for climate change intransigence

Lawyer slags Canada for ignoring Arctic warming

JOHN BIRD

Canada has dropped all pretence about caring that Inuit face incredible destruction in the Arctic environment from what is now being called "catastrophic climate change," says Iqaluit lawyer Paul Crowley.

"The Arctic will be destabilized as an ecosystem, with profound implications for the Inuit,"...

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Nunavut January 22, 2009 - 2:00 pm

ITK leader spells out wish list for federal stimulus package

Simon urges $1 billion for Inuit programs

CHRIS WINDEYER

Any economic stimulus package in the upcoming federal budget should contain as much as $1 billion for Inuit housing, education and economic development programs, says Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

The two-and-a-half-hour meeting between aboriginal leaders, provincial and...

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Nunavut January 15, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'Not simply a clumsy seduction.'

Man convicted for sexual assault of teen relative

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Iqaluit man who sexually assaulted a teenaged relative outside a school in September, 2007 was convicted in the Nunavut Court of Justice this past week.

"This was not simply a clumsy seduction," Justice Robert Kilpatrick wrote in a 15-page decision issued this past Tuesday.

"This was not just a...

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Nunavut January 15, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'One person said to me today they feel like prisoners in their own communities'

Neophyte MLA copes with constituents' isolation

JIM BELL

Ron Elliot's got a lot on his plate these days.

The MLA for Quttiktuq and one of 11 rookie members elected last fall, Elliot will arrive in Iqaluit with an enormous list of to-do items when the Nunavut legislature reconvenes Jan. 26.

Elliot, who won the seat by a margin of only nine votes, represents...

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Nunavut January 15, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'There's a number of loose ends.'

Elder's sex trial stalled as defence awaits transcripts

CHRIS WINDEYER

The case of a Sanikiluaq elder facing sexual interference charges remains in limbo because taped interviews haven't been transcribed or translated into English.

Jobie Crow, 70, was arrested in April, 2008 and faces 11 counts of sexual interference, 11 counts of violating a court order and one count...

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Nunavut January 15, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'We need a sure course of action.'

Iqaluit seeks solutions as dump overload looms

JOHN BIRD

Faced with a full landfill site, Iqaluit city council members gave their new director of engineering the go-ahead last week to develop a new solid waste management plan pronto.

They asked him to bring a proposal back to the engineering and public works committee of the whole by March 31, detailing...

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Nunavut January 15, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Next ballot likely in February

Akulliq frustration plagues voters as recount ends in tie

CHRIS WINDEYER

Akulliq's never-ending election continues after a judicial recount revealed that front-runners John Ningark and Steve Mapsalak finished in a tie with 157 votes each.

By law, the result of the Jan. 8 recount means that voters in Repulse Bay and Kugaaruk must go back to the polls for a second...

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