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Nunavik January 31, 2010 - 11:09 am

Kuujjuaq gets Nunavik’s first cell phone service

Prepaid account schemes, compatibility with Bell Mobility

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ — Nunacell Inc., Makivik Corp.’s newest subsidiary company is open for business.

Nunavik’s first and only cellular phone service officially launched this week, offering prepaid local and long-distance calling, as well as text messaging, to customers in Kuujjuaq.

“We have seen a...

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Nunavut January 31, 2010 - 11:03 am

Shewchuck rejects proposed Baffin Bay polar bear quota

Nunavut environment minister hopes for final decision by March

GABRIEL ZARATE

Nunavut’s environment minister, Dan Shewchuk, has rejected the Nunavut Wildlife Management’s Board’s proposed hunting quota for polar bears in the Baffin Bay sub-population.

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board made the recommendation last October, but under the Nunavut land claims agreement, the...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2010 - 5:42 pm

Photo: A cold sunset

CHRIS WINDEYER

A test version of the new Airbus A330-200F freighter undergoes cold weather testing at the airport in Iqaluit Jan. 24. Crew were checking to see how the engines and cargo doors respond to -30 C temperatures. (PHOTO BY CHRIS WINDEYER)

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Around the Arctic January 28, 2010 - 5:20 pm

For Inuit, dying begins at birth

Study: Smoking, substance abuse, overcrowding and poverty all linked to high infant death rate in Inuit regions

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ — Inuit infants die at a rate three times higher than babies in the rest of the country, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal this week.

The study looked at births in Canada’s four Inuit-inhabited regions — Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2010 - 4:50 pm

Iqaluit signs up for Hockeyville promo

Application sent after last-minute decision

GABRIEL ZARATE

Squeaking in just before Jan. 18 deadline, Iqaluit has thrown its collective hat into the ring to be this year’s Kraft Hockeyville.

Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik, a self-described hockey mom and devotee, was enthusiastic in her support for Iqaluit’s submission to the contest.

“More and more people...

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Around the Arctic January 28, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Hockey game to be broadcast in Inuktitut

CBC to broadcast Habs-Sens game with Inuit language play-by-play

GABRIEL ZARATE

Inuktitut-speaking people will be able to hear NHL hockey commentary in the language for the first time.

Starting at 2 p.m. on January 30, the Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens for Tim Hortons Hockey Day in Canada.

CBC broadcasters Charlie Panigoniak and Annie Ford will call the...

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Nunavik January 28, 2010 - 4:08 pm

Audiences feast on Nunavik’s mussel beach party

Icy ritual becomes Edmonton stage play

SARAH ROGERS

A generations-old Nunavik tradition is now entertaining and educating young audiences in Edmonton.

The Edmonton-based theatre company, The Cookie, has set the stage to tell an Inuit tale of gathering mussels under the frozen sea cap.

Launched last March for a short run, Beneath the Ice is the...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Iqaluit musicians, artists to hold pub crawl for Haiti relief

Three Iqaluit venues to host music and more

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqaluit’s music scene is doing its bit for Haiti, with a pub crawl of entertainment through three of the city’s venues.

Traditional and contemporary musicians and other artists are donating their time and their talents to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

The Royal Canadian Legion, the...

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Nunavut January 27, 2010 - 4:33 pm

First Air adds flights to four Kivalliq communities

Airline also mulls new jets for Ottawa-Iqaluit route

CHRIS WINDEYER

(Updated Jan. 27)

First Air opened a new front in the North’s airline wars Wednesday, adding service to four communities in the Kivalliq region.

The company announced Wednesday it will launch flights to Whale Cove, Repluse Bay, Coral Harbour and Chesterfield inlet starting March 30.

The changes...

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Nunavut January 26, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Resolute Bay hunter survives three nights adrift on ice

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Resolute Bay hunter is safe at home after spending three nights adrift on an ice pan in the Barrow Strait.

David Idlout, 39, was plucked Monday afternoon from the ice about 45 kilometres from Resolute Bay by a Canadian Forces Cormorant helicopter.

In a news release, RCMP said Idlout arrived...

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Around the Arctic January 25, 2010 - 6:12 pm

Alaska company eyes cable through Northwest Passage

Thinning Arctic ice makes construction possible for link connecting London, Tokyo

CHRIS WINDEYER

While everyone was wondering when Arctic oil and gas exploration would begin, the Kodiak Kenai Cable Company was making plans to lay a fibre-optic link through the Northwest Passage.

The Alaska-based company, which already has plans to build a fibre-optic network linking most of the state, now...

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Nunavut January 25, 2010 - 9:11 am

Fossil scientists fear coal firm will damage ancient sites

Ellesmere exploration project could threaten evidence of earth's history

GABRIEL ZARATE

A proposed coal exploration project on Ellesmere Island threatens an internationally-important collection of rare fossil sites, a group of fossil scientists said last week.

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology asked its members to lobby the the Nunavut Impact Review Board about a coal...

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Nunavut January 24, 2010 - 12:24 pm

Rescue mission underway for stranded Resolute hunter

Man stuck on ice floe drifting in open water

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A rescue operation was underway Sunday for a hunter stranded on an ice floe near Resolute Bay.

In a news release, RCMP said Saturday that the man was stuck on a piece of ice that had broken away from the floe-edge and was drifting in open water.

Local searchers, along with the Nunavut Emergency...

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Iqaluit January 22, 2010 - 5:42 pm

Photo: Iqaluit’s got the right stuff for Airbus

CHRIS WINDEYER

A prototype of the Airbus A330-200F cargo plane taxis near Iqaluit’s Ukkivik student residence on Friday, Jan. 22. The jet arrived for cold weather testing after a six-hour flight from Toulouse, France, and is expected to leave Nunavut Sunday, Jan. 24. (PHOTO BY CHRIS WINDEYER)

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Nunavik January 22, 2010 - 5:10 pm

Gordon, Moorhouse win seats on Makivik executive

Nunavik birthright org moves to January elections

SARAH ROGERS

The Makivik Corp. will welcome an old face and a new face to its executive following its Jan. 21 election.

Michael Gordon, an incumbent, was re-elected to a second term as the corporation’s vice-president of economic development, while newcomer Andy Moorhouse easily beat out four other candidates...

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Around the Arctic January 22, 2010 - 12:14 pm

Scientists support Nunavut polar bear hunters

International conservation groups oppose endangered species status

GABRIEL ZARATE

Two of the most respected and influential wildlife conservation groups in the world have come out against calling polar bears an endangered species.

TRAFFIC, the international non-governmental organization that monitors the trade of wild plants and animals and their products, has submitted...

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Nunavut January 21, 2010 - 3:39 pm

Uravan, NIRB butt heads over uranium projects

Feds order cleanup of Sandy Lake exploration site

GABRIEL ZARATE

Uravan Minerals, a company now exploring for uranium near Baker Lake, may restart the entire regulatory application process rather than meet its current obligations, which include a complete environmental impact statement requested by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

Uravan’s CEO,  Larry Lahusen,...

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Nunavut January 21, 2010 - 2:28 pm

Crown stays manslaughter charge against Pond Inlet woman

Nunavut court will not proceed on year-old homicide allegation

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Pond Inlet woman facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the sudden death of her common-law spouse last year is now free of any obligations to the court, following a stay of proceedings entered Jan. 18 by Crown lawyers.

Susie Pewatoaluk of Pond Inlet, then 42, was charged with...

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Nunavik January 20, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Jien completes takeover of Nunavik nickel mine

No date set for restarting project

SARAH ROGERS

A Chinese-Canadian mining partnership has finalized its takeover of the Canadian Royalties’ Nunavik Nickel Mine project, at least on paper.

Jien Canada Mining Ltd. was issued a certificate of arrangement by Industry Canada early last week.

Last fall, Canadian Royalties’ accepted a $192 million...

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Nunavut January 20, 2010 - 12:18 pm

Digital scribes transfer ancient words into bits and bytes

"I think I have the best job in Nunavut."

CHRIS WINDEYER

IGLOOLIK — In the corner of a quiet government office building, Leah Otak spends her work days in front of a computer and a cassette deck, poring over hundreds of hours of recorded interviews dating back as far as 1986.
The interviews contain a massive trove of quickly-disappearing information:...

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