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Iqaluit August 31, 2009 - 3:58 pm

Cops seize marijuana, illegal narcotics

"Hillbilly heroin" shows up in Iqaluit

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit RCMP seized quantities of oxycontin, percocet and fentanyl during a raid last week that also netted 2.4 pounds of marijuana and $10,000 in cash, police said in media advisory issued Aug. 31.

Oxycontin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is a brand name for a prescription narcotic drug often...

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Nunavik August 31, 2009 - 2:57 pm

Photo: After the hunt

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavik whaling crew Aug. 23 at Qitik camp near Kangiqsujuaq, where they butchered the bowhead whale they killed earlier that day. Follow the “News” button above for the story. (PHOTO BY LALLY SAKIAGAK GREG)

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Iqaluit August 31, 2009 - 12:48 pm

Sewage pilot project almost set to go

Iqaluit’s Kodiak container should be running by early October, says Bionest

JOHN BIRD

Iqaluit’s next great sewage-treatment experiment is just about ready to go online.

A Quebec Company, Bionest, is installing a small, containerized sewage-treatment system right beside the city’s state-of-the-art but non-functioning plant whose massive, enclosed tanks still sit empty at the head of...

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Around the Arctic August 31, 2009 - 8:20 am

Photo: First Air’s new super-freighter

JIM BELL

Three Iqaluit children perch inside one of the huge engines that power First Air’s newly-acquired Boeing 767 223 super freighter, which the airline displayed at the Iqaluit International Air Show on Aug. 22. American Airlines bought this aircraft from Boeing on Nov. 10, 1983 and used it to offer...

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Nunavut August 31, 2009 - 7:34 am

Operation Nanook treads lightly on the environment

“Nobody wants to be the bad guy.”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Operation Nanook, the military’s annual exercise in the eastern Arctic, is meant to show Canada’s ability to respond to environmental, security and military threats in the region.

But with 700 personnel, two huge ships and numerous airplanes involved, what is the environmental impact of the...

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Nunavik August 28, 2009 - 2:38 pm

Nunavik schools prepare for swine flu

First lesson: wash hands, clean the schools

JANE GEORGE

Now that Nunavik’s school-age kids are back in the classrooms, the first lesson they’ll learn is how to scrub and sanitize their hands.

To prevent the spread of swine flu among Nunavik school-children, hand sanitizers will be used throughout the region’s schools and child care centres.

And when...

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Nunavut August 27, 2009 - 4:42 pm

Harper names Dennis Patterson as Nunavut’s new senator

“It’s an enormous opportunity to make sure Nunavut stays on the radar.”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Dennis Patterson, former premier of the Northwest Territories and MLA for Iqaluit, is Nunavut’s new senator.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Aug. 27 that Patterson will fill one of nine vacancies in the upper chamber.

While the appointments are bound to raise howls of protest in some...

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Nunavut August 27, 2009 - 3:36 pm

Photo: Meet Nunavut’s new senator

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Meet Nunavut’s new senator, Dennis Patterson. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Aug. 27 that Patterson, 60, will fill the seat vacated earlier this year when Willie Adams, a Liberal, reached the compulsory retirement age of 75. Patterson, a longstanding member of the Progressive Conservative...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2009 - 11:24 am

Iqaluit RCMP lay charges in second show of force

Cops scoop up shopping list of cannabis products

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An Iqaluit man faces drug trafficking charges after police raided a home as part of their “Take Back The Night” series of enforcement operations.

David DeVries faces four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and is to appear in the Nunavut Court of Justice Oct. 5.

In a news...

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Iqaluit August 27, 2009 - 11:17 am

Iqaluit City Council says no to big truck request

Rec department asks for Ford F-150

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit council rejected the recreation department’s request for a new pickup truck Aug. 25, and asked administrative staff to prepare an integrated proposal for the most efficient and economical use of city vehicles.

The decision was a rude welcome for Jean Claude Fromont, the city’s new...

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Nunavik August 27, 2009 - 11:10 am

Nunavik teachers win tax rebate on housing benefit

New assessments will go back to 1999

JANE GEORGE

The Association of Employees of Northern Quebec says it has succeeded in ending what it calls the the over-taxation of housing benefits provided to its members.

Calling this taxation “unfair,” the union says the federal and provincial governments likely collected several million dollars too much...

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Nunavik August 27, 2009 - 11:03 am

Young Nunavik male faces charges after gun standoff

Police officer unhurt by shots

JANE GEORGE

A male under 18 faces charges of attempted murder and discharging a firearm at a police officer, related to an August 11 incident in Kangiqsualujjuaq.

At about 2:50 a.m.  on Aug. 11 the Kativik Regional Police Force responded to a call during which a young man opened fire. He then barricaded...

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Nunavik August 27, 2009 - 10:57 am

Canadian Royalties urges rejection of Jien offer

"We feel this is a lowball bid”

JANE GEORGE

Canadian Royalties Inc.’s board of directors say their shareholders and investors should reject any offers by Jien Canada Mining Ltd. to buy them out.

Earlier this month Jien Canada Mining Ltd, a joint venture between the Chinese mining giant Jilin Jien Nickel Industry Co., Ltd. and Goldbrook...

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Nunavik August 27, 2009 - 10:48 am

Nunavik bowhead landing no easy kill

Device fails to explode, hunters use rifles

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SARAH ROGERS
Special to Nunatsiaq News

Nunavik hunters brought in a 56-foot long (17-metre) bowhead whale along the Hudson Straight coast this past weekend — the region’s second bowhead whale catch in two years.

A team of about 20 hunters from across Nunavik set out in a number of canoes and...

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Nunavik August 26, 2009 - 5:28 pm

Nunavik to get $34.5 million for troubled youth

Money will fund staff housing, pilot program for social workers

JANE GEORGE

Quebec hopes to manage the crisis in youth protection services in Nunavik by spending more money on staff housing and importing social workers from southern Quebec.

Quebec will spend $25 million on new staff housing and $1 million a year on a pilot project for social workers, said Lise Thériault,...

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Nunavut August 26, 2009 - 4:18 pm

Photo: An aviation museum piece still serves the North

JIM BELL

Iqaluit residents admire an old Twin Otter on display at the Iqaluit International Air Show held Aug. 22. Manufactured in 1970, it’s one of four Twin Otters operated by Canadian Forces in Yellowknife. With a top speed of 337 km/h, it’s capable of carrying 20 passengers and 2,000 kg of cargo. More...

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Around the Arctic August 26, 2009 - 4:13 pm

Social worker’s drive aims to warm up Ivujivik’s kids

People in south donate socks, pajamas

JANE GEORGE

Socks, pyjamas and other warm winter wear will soon be on their way to Ivujivik, thanks to the efforts of an agency social worker from eastern Ontario, who is now working in Ivujivik.

“I thought this was something I could do,” said Stacey Gibeau, who has asked people living around Cornwall for...

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Iqaluit August 26, 2009 - 3:08 pm

Councillor: Qulliq Energy freezing city out

Councillor charges Iqaluit not consulted on Jaynes Inlet hydro project

JOHN BIRD

Qulliq Energy Corp. is freezing the city out of decisions about its proposed hydroelectric project at Jaynes inlet, Iqaluit city councillor Glenn Williams charged at the Aug. 26 Iqaluit City Council meeting.

The city is simply informed of Qulliq’s decisions, he said, but not adequately consulted...

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Nunavut August 25, 2009 - 4:01 pm

Woman dies after head injuries, arrest

”There are a lot of rumours going around”

JOHN BIRD

The friend of a woman who died Aug. 14 in an Ottawa hospital after a fall outside Iqaluit’s Nova Hotel is concerned she didn’t get the immediate treatment she needed at the Iqaluit hospital.

The woman struck her head in a fall down the stairs outside the Nova Inn shortly after midnight on Aug. 9.

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Nunavut August 25, 2009 - 2:12 pm

Two injured in high-speed narwhal chase

Victims sustained minor injuries but survival suits kept them afloat and warm

JOHN BIRD

Survival suits may have saved the day when two men in an aluminum skiff inadvertently got in the way of a high-speed narwhal chase near Repulse Bay on Aug. 14.

The 16-foot skiff was run over by a 22-foot fiberglass Lake Winnipeg boat as it raced towards a narwhal in Naujaat Inlet, just east of...

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