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Iqaluit April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Williams wants consultation before design on new marine facility

Councillor's 'spidey sense' tingling over port

JOHN BIRD

When Nunavut's director of transportation policy and planning John Hawkins told Iqaluit city council his government was being pressed to create a new harbour facility in Iqaluit by March 31, 2011, alarm bells went off for Coun. Glenn Williams.

"My spidey senses tingle when I hear there is a tight...

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Nunavik April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Oblate missionary spent 25 years in community

Salluit mourns death of Father Kees Verspeek

PUTULIK ILISITUK, Special to Nunatsiaq News

People in Salluit recently learned about the death of Father Kees Verspeek, an Oblate missionary from Kessel-Lo, Belgium, who spent nearly 25 years in Salluit.

Father Kees was nearly 95 when he passed away March 15 in Belgium.

Father Kees, who lived in Salluit from 1951 to 1975, was affectionately...

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Nunavik April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Line hopes special offer will boost business

Cruise North faces uncertain 2009 season

JANE GEORGE

Cruise North, the Makivik Corp.-owned cruise line, tried to soften a tough cruise season in 2009 with a "two-for-one" offer on all new bookings earlier this year.

Until Feb. 15, clients making new bookings could bring along a friend at no extra cost, except for the price of additional airfare, says...

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Nunavik April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

New scheme keeps people out of court

Nunavik hands out tickets to public drunks

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ - Nunavik wants to ramp up its municipal bylaw program as a way of keeping people out of court, particularly for alcohol-related offenses.

Over the past two years, 164 people in Kuujjuaq and 213 in Puvirnituq received tickets for being under the influence of alcohol in a public...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'Issues beyond our control.'

Many expectant moms in Nunavut stressed, abused: Statscan

JANE GEORGE

Many pregnant woman in Nunavut suffer hardships that include stress and abuse, says a new Statistics Canada report.

"A number of the findings for Nunavut are of concern," says What Mothers say: The Canadian Maternity Experience Survey. 

The 240-page survey, which interviewed women across Canada,...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'When you move to the city you're completely isolated.'

National organization launched for southern Inuit

JOHN BIRD

Meeka Otway of Edmonton will tell you that living in a southern Canadian city can be tremendously isolating for an Inuk, which is why she welcomes the creation of new organization for urban Inuit.

"When you live in a small community, you have your sisters, your cousins, your aunts, your dad, all...

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Climate Change April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Youth, North American delegates refuse to sign statement

Indigenous summit stalls on climate change

JANE GEORGE

A gathering of indigenous people last week in Anchorage, Alaska showed why the world's nations don't have an easy time agreeing how to tackle climate change.

Delegates at the United Nations indigenous peoples' global summit on climate change wanted to produce a strong declaration to give world...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Group pushes Inuit rights

ICC unveils Arctic sovereignty statement

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit leaders from Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Russia unveiled their long-awaited Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Arctic Sovereignty April 28 in Tromsø, Norway.

The declaration says "the rights, roles and responsibilities of Inuit must be fully recognized and accommodated" in discussions on...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'It just defies logic'

Report: Food mail program a dog's breakfast

JIM BELL

In a scathing report issued last week, a northern-based consultant is urging Ottawa to take its ailing food mail program away from Canada Post and use direct talks with retailers to create a new northern food subsidy plan.

Graeme Dargo, a ­Yellowknife consultant, said in his 45-page report that the...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Ministers call for higher standards

Cooperation urged as Arctic shipping boom looms

JANE GEORGE

More international cooperation can prepare the Arctic for an expected boom in shipping traffic,  the circumpolar world's foreign ministers agreed at an Arctic Council meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway.

This cooperation will require higher shipping standards, improved safety, and common standards...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'When you don't know your family's medical history, that's something you think about

Sisters seek mother's cancer records from hospital

JOHN BIRD

Madeleine Redfern and her sister, Ooleepeeka Shoo, just want to know what type of cancer killed their mother.

But their repeated requests for information on Nee Sopeolee Alexander have been stonewalled by the health records department at the Qikiqtani General Hospital.

Their multiple phone messages...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Ship captains, vessel owners fear the worst

Arctic ship disaster highly likely, experts say

JANE GEORGE

HALIFAX - With ship traffic on the increase in Arctic waters, a major shipping disaster is now far more likely to take place off the coast of Nunavut, causing both loss of life and damage to the environment, Canadian shipping experts said last week in Halifax.

Concern over these kinds of potential...

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Nunavut April 30, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Wash hands, experts advise

Nunavut, Nunavik on guard against swine flu

CHRIS WINDEYER

No cases of swine flu have appeared in Nunavut as of Nunatsiaq News press-time this week, but the territory's health care system is in a state of "heightened surveillance" for the bug, says Nunavut's chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Isaac Sobol said anyone who has returned in the last week from...

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Iqaluit April 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Feds, GN, carriers and city begin discussions to develop the causeway for barge handling

Iqaluit to get improved sealift handling facility

JOHN BIRD

The Government of Nunavut has entered preliminary discussions with Transport Canada and the City of Iqaluit to improve sealift-handling facilities in Iqaluit.

Nunavut's capital is a bottleneck for a lot of communities in the territory when it comes to sealift delivery, Alan Johnson, transportation...

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Nunavut April 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Arctic may have been evolution centre for marine mammals

Scientist unearth ancient walking seal on Devon

JANE GEORGE

Nabbing a duck and a rodent for lunch came easily to ­puijila, a creature with large, sharp teeth, a short snout and strong jaws.

But the duck and rodent also turned out to be the last meal for this slim, otter-like animal that died sometime between 20 and 25 million years ago on Nunavut's Devon...

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Nunavik April 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'It's so grass roots.'

Nunavut training program wins museum award

CHRIS WINDEYER

A made-in-Nunavut training program designed by the Inuit Heritage Trust is the winner of a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

"We were recognized by the CMA for this project because it's so grassroots and it deals with community capacity building," said Ericka Chemko, project...

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Nunavut April 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'Almost all the workers come from the south.'

Uranium boom brought few benefits to Dene

JOHN BIRD

Ed Benoanie of Saskatch­ewan's Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation,  doesn't mince words in his assessment of what uranium mining has meant for economic development in his community - very little.

There are five uranium mines in the band's traditional territory, with over 3,000 jobs, he told...

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Nunavut April 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'This is an examination of what is wrong in our society.'

Suicide prevention group to tour Nunavut

JIM BELL

All Nunavummiut will get a chance to talk about what they want from a proposed new suicide prevention strategy, during a round of community meetings to be held this spring.

A suicide prevention working group - with representatives from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Government of Nunavut and the...

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Nunavut April 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Problems seen for pilots at 'higher; altitude strip

Pang's proposed airport site hits fog bank

CHRIS WINDEYER

Construction on a new airport for Pangnirtung is still as much as two years away, but there's already concern that the proposed hilltop runway could pose a problem for pilots.

The Government of Nunavut plans to spend $35 million on a new airport for Pang, and weather studies for the site, located on...

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Nunavut April 23, 2009 - 3:00 pm

'Helping a distraught mother'

CamBay mourns youth who jumped from aircraft

CHRIS WINDEYER

Cambridge Bay is trying to come to terms with the death of Julien Tologanak, 20,  who jumped out of an airplane flying at 7,000 metres.

RCMP said Tologanak became unruly during the April 15 flight, somehow managed to open the plane's door, about 185 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay, and throw...

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