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Nunavik March 30, 2009 - 3:52 pm

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Inukjuak man gets conditional sentence

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Last month, Quebec judge Donald Bissonnette gave Harry Tukai, 21, of House 269 in Inukjuak a 22-month sentence to be served in the community, followed by a two-year probation period.

Tukai’s sentence includes house arrest for 12 months, followed by a nightly curfew until the end of the...

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Nunavik March 30, 2009 - 3:50 pm

Gordon pledges to reduce Nunavik’s high costs

Former Kuujjuaq mayor seeks executive post with Makivik Corp.

JANE GEORGE

When the votes are counted on March 30, Michael Gordon, the vice-chair of the Kativik Regional Govern­ment, hopes he’ll be elected as Makivik Corporation’s new vice-president for economic development.
Gordon is running against Adamie Alaku, who wants a third term on the executive.

“I feel I am...

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Nunavut March 30, 2009 - 9:34 am

Adventurers’ offspring strike out on their own

Brother, sister and friend plan kite-ski expedition across Greenland

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JOHN THOMPSON

They’re the kids of two of Nunavut’s best-known adven­t­urers, and they’re preparing for their first big trip, without the parents.

Sarah McNair-Landry, 20, and her brother Eric, 22, plan to cover more than 2,300 kilometres by kite-ski this May across the Greenland Ice Cap,...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'The most dangerous creature to patrol the Earth's oceans'

Mother nature's ultimate hunting machine: 'Predator X'

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

You wouldn't want to run into "Predator X," the vicious marine dinosaur that swam in the much-warmer Arctic waters of 147 million years ago.

Armed with four flippers, the Predator X probably used its two front flippers for cruising, but all four flippers when speeding towards its prey.

Last summer,...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'We're preaching the same things over and over.'

NTI head pushes Strahl on land claims pact

JOHN BIRD

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Paul Kaludjak wants Indian and Northern Affairs minister Chuck Strahl to "do something nobody else has done before" - implement the Nunavut land claims agreement.

Kaludjak is even a little bit hopeful that it could happen.

When Strahl met with Kaludjak and Kevin...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'I don't think I'm better than anyone else'

Kugluktuk principal wins national award

JANE GEORGE

The principal of Kugluktuk High School is one of Canada's 38 outstanding principals for 2009 and the only one named from Nunavut.

Gary Kennedy, the principal of Kugluktuk High School, recently traveled to Toronto, where he collected an award for being an "outstanding principal" from a national...

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Iqaluit March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Bar operators must strongly 'justify; expansion requests

Liquor board says no to Nova Inn bar expansion

JOHN BIRD

The prospect of more drinkers at the Nova Inn's Kickin' Caribou Pub is "not in the best interests of the community," the Nunavut Liquor Licencing Board ruled last week.

After a public hearing March 18, the board denied an application by Kim and Donna Waters, who operate the bar, to increase its...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'The government will continue to monitor the price of fuels'

GN cuts gasoline prices, hints at more to come

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As of last Saturday, it cost 10 cents less to gas up your automobile in Nunavut.

Lorne Kusugak, the minister of Community and Government Services, announced a 10-cent-per-litre reduction in gasoline prices across Nunavut, effective March 21.

But prices for all other fuel products will remain at the...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

GN to take over 'c;onservation;

It's light's out for Nunavut Energy Centre

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Qulliq Energy Corp. will pull the plug on its conservation arm, the Nunavut Energy Centre, on April 1.

But that doesn't mean the end of energy conservation programs, Bruce Rigby, Qulliq's interim president, said last week.

Instead, energy conservation work will be rolled into the Nunavut energy...

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Nunavik March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

First Air payouts among 'd;ivisive; issues

Tension high as delegates choose Makivik leader

EMANUEL LOWI, SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

INUKJUAK - Thirteen teams of sled dogs tethered to a storm-swept Arctic hillside can be an awesome sight.

They pull at their chains, the high-strung animals howl and wait for the air to blow clear. Only then can a tangle of dogs and men strike out for the trail.

The start of Ivakkak - Nunavik's...

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Iqaluit March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

One dead, two injured in three recent crashes

Slow down, cops and Iqaluit city officials urge

CHRIS WINDEYER

Police and city officials in Iqaluit are pleading with all drivers to slow down following a string of collisions between snowmobiles and automobiles.

One person has died and two others injured in three separate collisions between snowmobiles and other vehicles over the past month.

"[Snowmobile...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'We want to see well-prepared and more detailed documents'

MLAs to pass more than $370 million in spending

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut's MLAs are expected to pass four bills next week to supply the Government of Nunavut with funds until lawmakers can pass a proper budget in June.

It took MLAs just a few minutes March 19 to give Bill 2, the interim appropriation act, approval in committee of the whole. That's the last step...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Inuit women mark quarter century; coping with huge issues

Still solving problems after all these years

JOHN BIRD

Rhoda Innuksuk smiles as she looks around the meeting room in Iqaluit's Nova Hotel, where Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has just ended the first day of its 25th anniversary annual general meeting

Pauktuutit has "been around to see all kinds of changes," she says, "from 25 years ago to now. We've...

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Nunavut March 26, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Tootoo apologizes on behalf of Iqalummiut

MLAs spank Okalik for race-tinged statements

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut MLAs chided Iqaluit West MLA Paul Okalik this past March 20 for making remarks in the Nunavut legislature that one member said amounted to "racism."

Fred Schell, MLA for South Baffin, said in a member's statement that racism doesn't belong in the Nunavut legislature.

"I believe that we need...

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Nunavut March 19, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Suggestion: Inuit could use PETA logo of seal being clubbed to mark the best hunting sites

Group uses inuksuk for anti-sealing campaign

JOHN BIRD

An animal rights group's "perversion" of the Inuit inuksuk image just shows their own disrespect and lack of compassion for Inuit people, an Iqaluit-based sealing activist has said.

"It's a disgrace to them," said Aaju Peter, a lawyer and graduate of the Aqitsiraq program who organized last...

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Nunavik March 19, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Critic of Makivik ousted after second election

Nunavik man questions board election flip-flop

JANE GEORGE

A Kangiqsujualujjuaq man is furious that his recent election to Makivik Corp.'s board of directors was overturned by a loss in a second election held a week later.

David Annanack first ran in an election held March 5 against the incumbent director, Willie Annanack, winning the seat by 10 votes.

But...

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Nunavik March 19, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Launch scheduled for March 28 in Kuujjuaq

Dion biography 'a;vailable; in English

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The book Fifty years below zero,) a biography of Father Jules Dion of Nunavik written by Raymonde Haché, is now available in English.

First published in French as Cinquante ans au-dessous de zero in 2006, the book will be launched March 28 at 2:30 pm in Kuujjuaq, at the Notre Dame de Fatima parish...

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Nunavut March 19, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Inuit Health Survey had unprecedented participation, will direct health planning and programming for

Polar year brought new money to Nunavut

JOHN BIRD

The extensive ship-borne Inuit Health Survey was the largest single research project to benefit Nunavut, Nunatsiavut and the Inuvialuit ­Settlement Region during the International Polar Year ­period.

Both Iqaluit Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik and Nunavut Research Institute's IPY coordinator Jamal...

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Nunavut March 19, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'We are here today because we know we cannot wait.'

GN mounts plan to help helpers prevent suicide

JIM BELL

The day after a Cape Dorset man shot himself in the head last week, the Nunavut government rolled out a new plan to train scores of Nunavummiut in the art of suicide prevention.

"Today we're helping those people who are depressed, overwhelmed or feeling hopeless," Premier Eva Aariak said during the...

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Iqaluit March 19, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Bryan Pearson sues city over AWG arena location

Not in my backyard, ex-Iqaluit mayor says

CHRIS WINDEYER

A former mayor of Iqaluit is suing the city, alleging that noise and traffic at the nearby Arctic Winter Games arena is a nuisance reducing the value of his house.

Bryan Pearson, who lives next door to the AWG, is seeking $325,000 in damages and injunctions that would bar the city from hosting...

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