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Nunavut November 30, 2009 - 6:28 pm

Photo: Cambridge Bay residents pursue wellness

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Bill Lyall leads a discussion at a community wellness meeting held Nov. 24 in Cambridge Bay. Many residents were surprised to learn how many projects and services Cambridge Bay’s wellness centre manages to offer on a shoestring. The centre makes ends meet on an annual budget of about $1.5 million...

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Nunavut November 30, 2009 - 6:03 pm

Homeless support,  land camps proposed to boost wellness in Cambridge Bay

Residents pitch improvements at special meeting

JANE GEORGE

More on-the-land camps and increased support for the homeless are among the ideas on how improve community wellness proposed at a special Nov. 24 town meeting in Cambridge Bay.

Posters and poems about wellness drawn by students in the community were affixed to the walls of the Luke Novoligak...

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Nunavut November 30, 2009 - 5:39 pm

In the Nunavut legislature last week

One MLA says sorry, others vent airline rage

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Pang MLA says sorry for booze-up

Adamee Komoartok, the MLA for Pangnirtung, rose in the assembly last week to make an abject apology for his behaviour during a drunken visit to the Larga Baffin patient home in Ottawa last month.

“Although my behaviour was the result of intoxication, this is no...

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Nunavut November 30, 2009 - 11:32 am

Hall Beach man found dead in Iqaluit

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Police have identified the man found lying dead in the snow near the Iqaluit airport Nov. 26.

Percy Pikuyak, 69, of Hall Beach, was found not far from the Co-op gas bar during the morning of Nov. 26. In a news release, RMP said Pikuyak had been in Iqaluit for meetings.

Sgt. Jimmy Akavak said...

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Nunavut November 29, 2009 - 9:30 pm

Cell phone service arrives in Kugluktuk

Northern store acts as local dealer for Northwestel

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Cell phones and Blackberries have arrived in Kugluktuk with the arrival of Northwestel’s Latitude wireless network.

Service subscribers may text-message, send emails, photos, and video messages, while a mobile Internet browser service provides access to music downloads, screensavers, games and...

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Nunavik November 29, 2009 - 11:51 am

Charest reform package may create Nunavik riding

Despite its tiny size, Nunavik seat listed in new electoral bill

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — By next June Nunavik may have its own provincial riding, called Nunavik, if the Quebec National Assembly passes a new bill that would redraw Quebec’s electoral map.

Quebec’s democratic reform minister, Claude Béchard, introduced the proposed new law, Bill 78, into the Quebec National...

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Nunavut November 27, 2009 - 4:48 pm

Baker Lake MLA faces drunk driving charges

Aupaluktuq says he’ll clear his name

CHRIS WINDEYER

Baker Lake MLA Moses Aupaluktuq says he’ll fight a pair of drunk driving charges laid against him after he was allegedly found passed out behind the wheel last month.

Aupaluktuq faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and operating a motor vehicle...

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Nunavut November 27, 2009 - 12:10 pm

South Baffin MLA Schell doesn’t like Jazz

CHRIS WINDEYER

South Baffin MLA Fred Schell is no fan of Air Canada Jazz’s planned Ottawa-Iqaluit route.

In the assembly Thursday, Schell lambasted Canada’s biggest airline, saying they won’t serve smaller communities, donate to local organizations and will damage Northern airlines.

“I believe that Air Canada...

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Around the Arctic November 27, 2009 - 11:03 am

Military awards design contract for High Arctic ‘gas station’

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Canadian Forces announced Thursday they’ve awarded a design contract for the Nanisivik Naval Facility.

The $900,000 contract, the first of four design phases for the project, goes to North Vancouver, BC-based firm WorleyParsons Westmar. The contract amounts to planning construction for the...

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Nunavut November 27, 2009 - 9:30 am

Okalik contravened Nunavut Integrity Act: Integrity Commissioner

Ex-premier: “Quite frankly, I don’t really care”

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Related documents:
Report to the Speaker Re: Mr. Paul Okalik, MLA (PDF, 188 KB)

Paul Okalik Campaign Financial Return (PDF, 768 KB)

Norman Pickell, Nunavut’s integrity commissioner, has ruled that Iqaluit West MLA Paul Okalik contravened Nunavut’s Integrity Act three times when, last year, he...

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Nunavut November 26, 2009 - 6:27 pm

Nunavut capital spending total halved for next year

GN expects to spend only $111.4 million on infrastructure and equipment

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Related document:
GN Capital Estimates, 2010-2011 (PDF, 4 MB)

The Government of Nunavut expects to spend only $111.4 million on buildings, equipment and infrastructure next year, about half the amount projected for the current fiscal year.

Keith Peterson, the Nunavut finance minister, tabled...

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Around the Arctic November 26, 2009 - 4:08 pm

Respected Inuit leader dies in Ottawa

Thomasie Alikatuktuk, well-known artist and leader, brought stability to QIA

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Thomasie Alikatuktuk, who served as president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association between September 2001 and October 2009, died Nov. 24 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital after an lengthy illness.

He was 56.

Alikatuktuk, orginally from Pangnirtung, is well-known for his art work and the stability that...

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Nunavik November 26, 2009 - 3:36 pm

Nunavik youth services still a dysfunctional mess

“A repetitive cycle of crises and social degradation"

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Take too many people stuffed into cramped social housing units, too few trained social workers to fix the resulting problems — and it adds up to disastrous consequences for Nunavik children.

In just one two-week period, between June 21 and July 4, youth protection workers in the Hudson...

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Nunavik November 26, 2009 - 12:14 pm

Photo: Kuujjuammiut march against violence

JANE GEORGE

Kuujjuammiut of all ages marched through their community at noon on Nov. 25, the first “day for the elimination of violence against women” in Nunavik, which coincides with the United Nation’s international day for the elimination of violence against women. Similar marches were held in other...

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Nunavik November 24, 2009 - 9:33 pm

Emudluk acclaimed to top political job in Nunavik

All KRG positions re-filled by acclamation

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Lobbying Ottawa and Quebec for more social housing will be the Kativik Regional Government’s top priority, Maggie Emudluk, the newly-acclaimed chair of the KRG, said this week.

Emudluk was re-appointed for a second term in an uncontested race among regional councillors at the KRG...

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Nunavut November 24, 2009 - 5:38 pm

Okalik opens assembly session with broadside against report card

Nunavut government should get money back for report lacking letter grades, MLA says

CHRIS WINDEYER

Paul Okalik thinks the Government of Nunavut should ask for its money back from the consulting firm that carried out the Qanukkanniq GN report card this past summer.

The Iqaluit West MLA said North Sky Consulting, the Yukon-based firm that carried out the wide-ranging report on the state of the...

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Around the Arctic November 24, 2009 - 11:25 am

Nunavut not guaranteed future turbot quota

Government response to Senate report says no one has a right to fish

CHRIS WINDEYER

Ottawa won’t guarantee Nunavut interests the first right to buy turbot quota when southern fishing companies are selling, according to a government response to a Senate fisheries committee report.

The Senate report, published this past June, echoed the demands of Nunavut fishing industry, who want...

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Nunavik November 23, 2009 - 4:55 pm

Nunavik residents walk to stop violence against women

Campaign to feature ribbons, marches, phone-in shows

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — People throughout Nunavik can support stopping violence against women on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

In Kuujjuaq, a parade leaves the offices of the Nunavik region health board at 11:30 a.m. on the first “day for the elimination of violence against women” in Nunavik,  the United Nation’s...

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Nunavik November 22, 2009 - 10:57 am

Nunavik vaccine effort gets 75 per cent of region

Only 18 swine flu cases, no deaths

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SARAH ROGERS
Special to Nunatsiaq News

When all the figures are tallied, Nunavik will have achieved one of the highest swine flu vaccination rates in Canada.

Dr. Serge Déry, Nunavik’s director of public health, said that since early November, about 75 per cent of the region’s residents have been...

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Nunavut November 21, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Nunavut non-Inuit health travel rules clear as mud

Family gets no answer on cost of travel

JANE GEORGE

The day before Tammy Horn Evans, 34, was scheduled to fly out of Kugluktuk to Yellowknife, with her two-year-old son, Garrett, who was on his way to surgery in Vancouver, she still had no idea how much money the ticket to Yellowknife would cost her.

On Nov. 9 Evans still did not know if she would...

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