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Nunavut February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'Your visit tells us Canada is serious about the North.'

Tories praised for helping Nunavut with housing

CHRIS WINDEYER

The job of convincing members of parliament to pass the federal budget is done, so all that's left for Conservative cabinet ministers now is photo opportunities.

Chuck Strahl, the minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut's MP and the federal health minister, toured a...

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Nunavut February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Both sides happy as slate finally clean

NWT wipes $2.9 million off GN's health bill

JOHN BIRD

On first blush, it looks like the Government of the Northwest Territories just gave the Government of Nunavut a $2.9 million gift.

That's the amount of debt the GN owes the GNWT that the GNWT says it's willing to write off.

The debt is for services rendered by Yellowknife's Stanton Territorial...

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Iqaluit February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Not within our mandate: GN department informs Aggvik

Shelter scrambles as funding falls through

JOHN BIRD

It's a last-minute scramble for operations and program funding as the YWCA Aggvik Nunavut prepares to open its second shelter for women in Iqaluit.

Caroline Anawak, director of the Aggvik society, which will run both shelters, said their application for funding to operate the new shelter, including...

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Nunavik February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Money would come from Quebec and Ottawa to Makivik Corp.

Hundreds of housing units likely for Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - A whack of new social housing units likely lie in store for Nunavik.

A meeting of Nunavik's regional organizations on Feb. 27 in Kuujjuaq is expected to pave the way for the announcement of a multi-million-dollar package of deals at a news conference March 6 in Montreal, according to...

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Nunavik February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

First Air payments likely to be big issue

Aatami faces three challengers for Makivik leadership

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ-The race is on to lead Makivik Corp., with four candidates having filed election papers for the Nunavik-wide vote on March 27 - Pita Aatami, Lucy Carrier, Johnny Oovaut and Charlie Watt.

The incumbent Aatami, who is running in his fourth election to lead the birthright organization for...

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Nunavik February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Johnny Oovaut on integrity

'I detest using positions…for personal benefit.'

JOHNNY OOVAUT - Special to Nunatsiaq News

Johnny Oovaut is running for the presidency of Makivik Corp., the Inuit birthright organization for Nunavimiut. Every candidate is invited to submit a similar piece to Nunatsiaq News.

Hello, fellow Inuit, relatives, friends.

Firstly, I thank the people that have enough confidence in me to nominate...

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Nunavut February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

New facility will go to CamBay, Pond Inlet or Resolute

Tories put three places on short list for research centre

CHRIS WINDEYER

Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Resolute Bay are the three candidates to play host to a promised High Arctic research centre.

Chuck Strahl, the minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, made the announcement in Iqaluit Feb. 20. He said scientists need a year-round facility located on the Northwest...

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Nunavik February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Hydro projects pose 'a real threat.'

Freshwater seals may get endangered designation

JANE GEORGE

Harbour seals living in a string of lakes in Nunavik may soon be listed as an endangered species.

The decision will depend on what the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans hears until March 31, the deadline for opinions on whether the freshwater harbour seals should be considered as endangered...

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Nunavut February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'We've settled most of the issues for approximately 20 cases.'

Horne lawsuit could be resolved out of court

CHRIS WINDEYER

A lawyer for nearly 70 Nunavummiut who were allegedly molested by former teacher Ed Horne says its possible a civil suit against the Governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories could be settled out of court.

This past Tuesday, both sides in the civil case announced that a trial scheduled to...

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Nunavik February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'I am very proud to represent my country once again.'

Joé Juneau named to 'support; hockey team for 2010 Olympics

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik's resident hockey coach Joé Juneau will be one of two assistant chefs de mission for the Canadian Olympic Team at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Juneau, an 11-year National Hockey League veteran, will join Canada's chef de mission, Nathalie Lambert, in supporting the athletes and...

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Nunavut February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

PSAC promises a long, hard court battle if the legislation is passed

Budget bill attacks pay equity for women, union says

JOHN BIRD

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is trying to sneak through legislation that will deny women in the federal public service - including several hundred Nunavummiut - the right to be paid as much as men for work of equal value, Jean-François Des Lauriers, northern vice-president of the Public Service...

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Nunavut February 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'You can't turn on a dime.'

Money 'uncertainties; plague polar research lab

JANE GEORGE

A dozen scientists have returned to the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory on Ellesmere Island to watch the long polar night turn to day.

This is the time of year when scientists can learn much about the environment by observing changes in the air and on the ground as sunlight returns...

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Nunavik February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Quebec police investigated allegations against Brian Jones

Former police chief faces corruption charge

JANE GEORGE

Brian Jones, the former chief of the Kativik Regional Police Force, has been charged with fraud and corruption after a complaint by the Kativik Regional Government.

Jones is alleged to have misused money seized by police during drug busts carried out in Nunavik during his tenure as police chief,...

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Nunavut February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Film up for eight awards

Tuberculosis movie leads Genie nominations

JANE GEORGE

A heart wrenching film about an Inuk sent off to a Quebec sanitorium in the 1950s - The Necessities of Life (Ce qu'il faut pour vivre in French) - is the front-runner at the 2009 Genies, the Canadian film awards.

The film received eight nominations - the most of any nominee - including one for...

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Nunavut February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

But airline won't revive Thompson stopover

First Air to reinstate Rankin-Winnipeg flights

CHRIS WINDEYER

First Air's much-mourned jet service between Rankin Inlet and Winnipeg is back in business.

The airline announced this past Monday it will resume jet flight service, with trips Monday to Friday direct to Winnipeg, starting March 2.

"We've been looking at ways to get the passenger service back into...

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Nunavut February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Internet provider goes from zero to big time in four years

How to succeed in Nunavut's cyberspace by really, really trying

JANE GEORGE

If every business in Nunavut was as successful as the internet service provider Qiniq, there wouldn't have to be expensive gab-fests like last week's Sivummut III Nunavut Economic Forum in Iqaluit.

Qiniq, which provides broadband in 25 Nunavut communities started out with zero customers in 2005,...

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Nunavut February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'The way we used to live.'

Before Tomorrow: Why must we die?

JANE GEORGE

Moments of stunning beauty and deep despair mark the film, Before Tomorrow, the most recent Inuktitut-language feature film from Igloolik Isuma Productions.

Grim and beautiful,  Before Tomorrow, has already collected numerous awards from film festivals around the world.

Before Tomorrow, a...

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Nunavik February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Money will help to support the work of Inuit artists

Nunavik gets its own arts and literature fund

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavik has a new fund for arts and literature, thanks to a three-year deal for $260,000 signed last week in Quebec City.

The money comes from the Quebec arts council and the Kativik Regional Government. The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is giving $150,000 and the KRG $110,000.

The...

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Climate Change February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Climate change, over-fishing could threaten some species

Biologist raises alarm over Arctic fish stocks

JANE GEORGE

People in the Arctic should be concerned that climate change and over-fishing may hurt Canada's fish stocks, says a Canadian biologist.

Arctic char and other northern species such as shrimp appear to be in good condition, but this situation could change, warns Jeff Hutchings of Dalhousie University,...

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Nunavut February 19, 2009 - 2:00 pm

'Like part of their spirit.'

Baker Lake hunters, elders oppose uranium mine

JOHN BIRD

Joan Scottie was on the front lines 20 years ago when the community of Baker Lake said an historic "no" to uranium mining - and she's still fighting the same battle today.

But this time, key Inuit organizations have switched sides.

"I'm frustrated with our aboriginal organizations," Scottie said....

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