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Nunavut December 31, 2009 - 3:57 pm

The year Nunavut turned 10

Nunatsiaq News looks back at the year 2009 in Nunavut

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January

• Joshua Oqallak, 41, a former resident of Arctic Bay, dies New Year’s Day following a fist-fight at a house in Ottawa’s Vanier district. Tim Kadluck, 25, faces a charge of second-degree murder.

• The 2008 Nunavut Economic Outlook report, issued by the Nunavut Economic Forum, shows the...

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Nunavik December 31, 2009 - 3:41 pm

The year just past in Nunavik

A look back at what made the news in northern Quebec

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January

• Matiusie Tulugak of Puvirnituq, 52, a devoted Canadian Ranger and much-loved entertainer, loses a battle against colon cancer Jan. 28 at the Inuulitsivik Hospital in Puvirnituq.

February

• The body of Charlie Mark Saviadjuk, 35, is returned to Salluit from Montreal. Saviadjuk went...

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Iqaluit December 31, 2009 - 3:21 pm

Iqaluit: A year in the life of the capital

Mayor easily defeats challenger; street kids spark outrage

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January

• In what’s become an annual ritual, Iqaluit city councillors order yet another review of the city’s dump situation. Engineering director Bruce Rines says a new dump site must be found within three years and that a new landfill would cost, according to a very rough estimate, about $12...

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Around the Arctic December 29, 2009 - 6:05 pm

The top 10 stories of 2009 for Nunavut, Nunavik

Nunatsiaq News picks the stories that made the most noise last year

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Some were stories about things that affect your life now, while others were stories about things that are sure to affect your life in the future.

Overall, residents of Nunavut and Nunavik managed to survive the worst effects of the global recession and the H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

But at the same...

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Nunavut December 28, 2009 - 7:04 am

Woops! Group sends more books than Nunavut can handle

Donor, recipient not on the same page

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JOHN BIRD
Special to Nunatsiaq News

For Arctic Bay librarian Hollie Boivin, getting a box of donated books at her library is “like Christmas all over again.”

“I’m happy to receive any donated books,” she told Nunatsiaq News.

“Except for the space problem,” she added ruefully.

In North America’s...

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Around the Arctic December 22, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Photo: Christmas Greetings

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The Uqqurmiut arts and crafts centre in Pangnirtung is using this oil stick drawing, “Christmas in the iglu” by Elisapee Ishulutak, to extend Christmas greetings to their friends across the eastern Arctic. A reminder to our readers: the Nunatsiaq News office is closed until Dec. 28 and to give our...

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Iqaluit December 22, 2009 - 12:10 pm

Enjoy Christmas games at the Iqaluit Cadet Hall this week

...and meet at Nakasuk School for New Year's snowmobile parade

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Christmas Games at the Iqaluit Cadet Hall

Wednesday, Dec. 23
Cadet Hall: 7 p.m. — 12 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24
Cadet Hall: 7 p.m. —  12 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 25
NO GAMES

Saturday, Dec. 26
Cadet Hall: 7 p.m. — 12 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 27
NO GAMES

Monday, Dec. 28
Cadet Hall: 7 p.m. — 12...

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Climate Change December 21, 2009 - 3:55 am

If all else fails, there’s always geo-engineering

Researchers ponder science-fiction fixes for climate change

JANE GEORGE

COPENHAGEN — If the world’s leaders can’t find an effective way to limit global warming, geo-engineering or artificially managing the climate may be considered as a way to cool the planet.

Additional action in the form of geo-engineering will be necessary unless future efforts to reduce greenhouse...

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Iqaluit December 21, 2009 - 3:52 am

For Iqaluit’s neediest,  Christmas comes in a hamper

Rotary, others, lay on dinner for hard-pressed families

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CRAIG WELSH
Special to Nunatsiaq News

Not everybody gets to wake up on Christmas morning, open presents while a turkey is cooking in the oven.

For far too many Iqalummiut, Christmas morning means no presents, no tree and perhaps nothing to eat for dinner.

That’s why the Rotary Club is trying...

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Iqaluit December 21, 2009 - 3:50 am

Old favourites make comeback on toy shelves

Barbie vies with iPods on gift lists

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CRAIG WELSH
Special to Nunatsiaq News

Parents could be forgiven walking into the toy section of NorthMart or Arctic Ventures when Christmas shopping for their children and thinking “didn’t I own this when I was a kid?”

A stroll down the aisle in the girls’ toy section shows some old favourites...

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Around the Arctic December 21, 2009 - 3:47 am

Season’s readings for Arctic residents

Gifts a loved one can curl up with over the holiday

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CRAIG WELSH
Special to Nunatsiaq News

For those of you who prefer to curl up with a good book on Christmas morning rather than try to figure out how the new TV set works or blast away at imaginary creatures on the new video game console, there’s a selection of just-published Nunavut and Arctic...

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Iqaluit December 18, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Photo: Warm spell turns Iqaluit into brown mush

JIM BELL

A warm and mushy Iqaluit: An abnormal warming period, featuring drizzle, rain and temperatures soaring to 2 C, turned Iqaluit’s snow-covered streets into brown mush Dec. 18. Environment Canada predicts warm weather through to Dec. 20, followed by a cooling trend that will see temperatures descend...

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Climate Change December 18, 2009 - 12:38 pm

No relief for Arctic in minimalist climate deal

Copenhagen Accord non-binding; more talks to follow next year

JANE GEORGE

(Updated 12:30 a.m. Dec. 19)
COPENHAGEN — A last-minute agreement on climate change worked out Dec. 18 between the U.S., China, Brazil, India and South Africa at the COP15 climate change conference in Copenhagen offers little hope for improving dire scientific forecasts for a warming Arctic.

A...

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Climate Change December 17, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Photo: Jack Layton at COP15

JANE GEORGE

Federal NDP leader Jack Layton took over the podium at the Canadian delegation briefing room in Copenhagen’s Bella Centre Dec. 17, following a press briefing by Environment Minister Jim Prentice on the progress of negotiations at the United Nations climate change conference. Prentice did not...

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Nunavik December 17, 2009 - 11:52 am

Kangiqsujuaq woman, 59, dies on the land

Four-wheeler breaks down en route to Akulivik

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SARAH ROGERS

A 59-year-old Nunavik woman has been found dead outside the village of Kangiqsujuaq.

Atittuq Kiatainaq left Kangiqsujuaq by herself last Saturday, Dec. 12 on a four-wheeler en route to Akulivik, and a nearby cove and camp, according to police and sources in the community.

When she...

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Climate Change December 17, 2009 - 9:51 am

ICC moves to patch up Inuit climate change rift

"There is a paradox of development among Inuit.”

JANE GEORGE

COPENHAGEN —  In an effort to patch up the rift between pro-and anti-development Inuit on how to respond to climate change, Inuit and other Arctic indigenous peoples put on a big show of unity Dec. 16 at Inuit and Arctic Indigenous Peoples Day. 

There, inside the North Atlantic House in...

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Nunavik December 16, 2009 - 3:43 pm

Carnivore chef pursues call of the wild in Nunavik

“They really had some wonderful products.”

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SARAH ROGERS

What do you get when you offer country foods to a southern chef?

A carnivore’s culinary dream, according to Martin Picard.

The star chef was recently in Nunavik filming episodes for his televised cooking show, known to French-speaking viewers as Martin sur la Route and in English...

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Iqaluit December 16, 2009 - 3:38 pm

Iqaluit man dies in fire, spouse charged with arson, murder

Police continue to investigate weekend blaze

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A 50-year-old Iqaluit man is dead after a shack in Apex burned this past Dec. 12, at around 8:00 p.m.

Kenneth MacFarlane’s body was found among the charred remains of the shack, near house 3210 in Apex.

Eulalie Ussak, 50, MacFarlane’s common-law wife, faces charges of second-degree murder and...

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Climate Change December 16, 2009 - 12:21 pm

Photo: Arctic leaders make show of unity

JANE GEORGE

Despite undercurrents of disagreement, Arctic leaders from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia put on a display of unity at the Inuit and Arctic Indigenous Peoples Day event held Dec. 16 at North Atlantic House in Copenhagen. “There is a paradox of development amongst us,” said Aqqaluk Lyge, the...

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Climate Change December 15, 2009 - 3:14 pm

Photo: Aariak and Shewchuk at COP15

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut premier Eva Aariak and Daniel Shewchuk, the GN’s environment minister, shown here in the Bella Centre, participated in the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen this week as members of Canada’s official delegation. Aariak said Nunavut faces “daunting” challenges developing...

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