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Nunavut June 30, 2009 - 3:39 pm

NAM hampered by administrative,  personnel problems

Website down, financial statements in disarray

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Nunavut Association of Municipalities website promises visitors that an English version of the site will be available by March 17, 2009, and an Inuktitut version by April 28.

Turns out the site isn’t available yet in any of Nunavut’s four official languages.

The organization, which lobbies...

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Nunavik June 30, 2009 - 3:25 pm

Health workers situation “pathetic”: union boss

“Washing dishes at the Kuujjuaq Inn looks like a lot less dangerous.”

JANE GEORGE

The situation of health and social workers in Nunavik is “pathetic” said Michelle Audy, a hospital laboratory technician at Kuujjuaq’s Tulattavik hospital.

And, if there’s no improvement, workers will leave in droves, said Audy, the president of the local union for Ungava Bay’s health and social...

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Iqaluit June 30, 2009 - 3:09 pm

Iqaluit safety committee steps back

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s still-new Public Safety Committee says it can’t pull together a public safety plan for the city before its mandate runs out with the dissolving of council in early October for municipal elections.

Instead, the committee will prepare a “strategic direction” for council that will

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Iqaluit June 30, 2009 - 3:06 pm

Digital cable arrives in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cable television in Iqaluit went digital this week.

Iqaluit Cable, run by Arctic Co-ops Ltd., announced last month they’ll expand the number of channels available and eventually offer high definition television.

The TV provider will also move away from its current one-size-fits-all package of...

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Around the Arctic June 30, 2009 - 10:48 am

Truth commission chair supports Inuit sub-group

Disappointed there’s no Inuit commissioner, but not seeking a completely separate process, says ITK’s Simon

JOHN BIRD

Disappointment over the lack of Inuit representation on the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been eased by the new TRC chair’s verbal promise to ensure Inuit voices are properly heard through an Inuit sub-commission.

Commission chair Justice Murray Sinclair assured Inuit Tapiriit...

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Nunavik June 29, 2009 - 12:45 pm

Nunavik’s youth protection crisis deepens

Quebec cabinet ministers plan emergency visit to Kuujjuaq and Puvirnituq

JANE GEORGE

The Quebec provincial cabinet ministers responsible for social services and native affairs will visit Nunavik by mid-July to deal personally with the region’s worsening youth protection crisis.

Pierre Corbeil, the provincial native affairs minister, told the Nunatsiaq News that he and social...

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Iqaluit June 29, 2009 - 11:04 am

City hopes paving project is pothole panacea

Iqaluit workers to throw down 13 kilometres of asphalt this summer

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit drivers could be cruising on smooth black layers of asphalt by mid-August.

The City of Iqaluit hopes to finish work on 13 kilometres of new asphalt by then, paving almost all of Iqaluit’s roads. In the process, city staff hope the work will cut down on plumes of summer dust and ease the...

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Around the Arctic June 29, 2009 - 9:30 am

Film documents educational experiment

Haunted eyes tell story of Nungak, Ittinuar, Tagoona’s struggle for their people and themselves

JOHN BIRD

The Iqaluit audience inside Alianait’s big top knew Zebedee Nungak had the best line in the moving documentary film, The Experimental Eskimos, when they watched it’s Nunavut debut June 28.

The 200-plus people, shivering inside the tent on a wet, windy Sunday evening, erupted into spontaneous...

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Nunavik June 25, 2009 - 5:44 pm

Photo: Pita Aatami a knight of the realm

Makivik boss now "un chevalier d'Ordre du Québec"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

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Pita Aatami, president of Makivik Corp., seen here with Jean Charest, the premier of Quebec, is now a knight or “chevalier” of the Ordre du Québec, the province’s honor society. Aatami was inducted into the Ordre June 17 in Quebec City for “helping...

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Nunavut June 25, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Tapardjuk aims to keep more male teens in school

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s education department plans to bring more elders into the schools and try to keep more students — especially young males — in school, education minister Louis Tapardjuk said in the Nunavut legislature last week.

His department wants to spend $800,000 this year to determine how to...

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Nunavut June 25, 2009 - 3:08 pm

More testing equals more swine flu cases

Nunavut’s “enhanced surveillance” may have skewed the statistics

JOHN BIRD

Nunavut may have given itself a bad rap when it comes to the H1N1 virus.

With 285 lab-confirmed cases as of Friday, June 26, the territory’s rate of infection appears to be much higher than anywhere else in the country.

The Northwest Territories, to compare Nunavut to a jurisdiction of similar...

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Nunavut June 25, 2009 - 3:04 pm

Iqaluit’s first H1N1 patient tells her story

Swine flu “really knocked me down”

JOHN BIRD

There was one night during her bout of swine flu, Patricia Bell said, when she was afraid to fall asleep.

Breathing felt so difficult that she feared she wouldn’t wake up.

But she did fall asleep eventually — and she did wake up — and she did recover, after more than a week of illness as...

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Nunavut June 25, 2009 - 2:54 pm

Language commissioner gets expanded mandate

“People can call me even as I’m heading home.”

JANE GEORGE

The job of Nunavut’s official language commissioner Alexina Kublu gets bigger July 1 when some sections of the territory’s new Inuit Language Protection Act come into force.

As of July 1, Kublu will be able to accept oral complaints about language-related issues from Nunavummiut and take action on...

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Nunavut June 25, 2009 - 2:52 pm

Transport network needs big fix, GN report says

Dozens of recommendations require federal funds

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut needs a massive overhaul of its transportation network, including deep-water ports, small craft harbours, airport improvements and roads, according to the latest Government of Nunavut transportation strategy.

Ingirrasiliqta or “Let’s Get Moving”, tabled June 5 in the Legislative Assembly,...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

New radar to study space- from Resolute Bay.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A space science research station will go in Resolute Bay, thanks to $10 million that Eric Donovan, a space physicist from the University of Calgary, received last week from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s New Initiatives Fund.

His “Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radar” will allow...

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Nunavut June 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

In the Legislative Assembly

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Justice Browne to leave Nunavut

Nunavut’s justice minister Keith Peterson rose in the Nunavut legislature June 16 to acknowledge Justice Beverly Browne’s 20-year contribution to Nunavut’s justice system.

Browne, who handed in her resignation earlier this month, plans to leave Nunavut this fall...

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Iqaluit June 25, 2009 - 2:40 pm

Katimavik is coming back to Iqaluit

Program broadens experience of northern and southern youth

JOHN BIRD

Katimavik, a national program for youth that takes its name from an Inuktitut word for “meeting place,” is returning to Nunavut this fall after a long absence.

And Patricia Peyton couldn’t be happier.

Peyton, originally from Pangnirtung but now living in Iqaluit and working for the Nunavut...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2009 - 2:30 pm

MLAs vote for new tax breaks

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many Nunavummiut stand to benefit from amendments to Nunavut’s income tax act, to which MLAs gave their thumbs up June 16 in the territorial legislature.

The amendments in Bill 4 provide tax relief to Nunavummiut in the following forms:

  • an increased pension all for retirees and seniors;
  • a tax...
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Around the Arctic June 25, 2009 - 2:28 pm

ICC has a new president

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jimmy Stotts, a member of the first executive of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 1980, is taking over the leadership of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, a June 18 ICC new release said.

Stotts, an Iñupiaq from Barrow, Alaska, takes over from Patricia Cochran,  who resigned as ICC Chair two weeks...

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Around the Arctic June 25, 2009 - 2:24 pm

Amendments aim for better arctic waters protection

Rules changing to tighten up pollution controls

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Canada’s Arctic waters should be better protected through amendments to the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, which were announced by Canada’s transport minister John Baird June 17.

“With these amendments, Canada increases its ability to protect its Arctic waters from pollution by...

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