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Nunavik February 28, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Photo: Montreal the final melting place for Nunavik ice bear

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

This ice carving of a polar bear, which has been displayed already in Quebec City and Ottawa, is now at Montreal’s Place Ville Marie Belvedere, where it will stay until it has melted away.

The ice bear display is part of climate change campaign organized by the Quebec environmental group Equiterre...

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Nunavik February 28, 2010 - 3:53 pm

Nunavik may get region-wide vet service by 2012

Sled dog owners welcome prospect of animal care

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ — If every dog is meant to have its day, then regular veterinary care just might become a reality in Nunavik.

Animals and their owners could benefit from on-site veterinary services as soon as 2012, including canine and feline sterilization.

That’s because the many organizations that...

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Iqaluit February 28, 2010 - 8:56 am

Iqaluit AWG arena to be ready for skaters this fall

City mulls re-naming building after Goo Arlooktoo

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Hockey players and skaters will once again skate inside the Arctic Winter Games arena when repair work ends this fall

Iqaluit’s recreation coordinator, Amy Elgersma, told city council this past week that she expects the arena to be ready for the start of the 2010-2011 hockey season in September...

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Around the Arctic February 28, 2010 - 8:53 am

Arctic Cat issues recall on fire-prone machines

2010 Arctic Cat 500 Sno Pro can leak fuel

GABRIEL ZARATE

If you have a new Arctic Cat snowmobile, your ride might be hotter than you think.

The 2010 Arctic Cat 500 Sno Pro has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Safety Commission over a potential fire hazard.

The notice of recall on the Arctic Cat company website says the mounting screws...

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Nunavut February 26, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Police found no fingerprints at scene of Mountie’s death, court hears

Pingoatuk Kolola was top marksman with Canadian Rangers

CHRIS WINDEYER

Police investigating the November 2007 shooting death of RCMP Const. Douglas Scott in Kimmirut found no usable fingerprints at the crime scene, a jury in Iqaluit heard Friday.

Sgt. Ernie Dechant, a forensic investigator with the RCMP, testified he found no fingerprints belonging to the accused,...

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Nunavut February 26, 2010 - 2:29 pm

Long-delayed Pang health centre to open this spring

Government of Nunavut's original completion date was November 2008

GABRIEL ZARATE

The light at the end of the tunnel may finally be approaching for Pangnirtung’s new health centre.

The Government of Nunavut has issued a tender to buy and ship non-medical furniture for the centre by air freight, one of the last steps before the long-delayed facility can open in mid-April, the...

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Around the Arctic February 26, 2010 - 12:30 pm

New World’s first humans may have come via Arctic

Did the original inhabitants of the Americas take a detour through Nunavut?

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RANDY BOSWELL
Canwest News Service

Two U.S. scientists have published a radical new theory about when, where and how humans migrated to the New World, arguing that the peopling of the Americas may have begun via Canada’s High Arctic islands and the Northwest Passage — much farther north and at...

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Nunavik February 26, 2010 - 12:06 pm

Nunavik cops put on show of force at KRG meeting

In some communities, number of crimes exceeds population number

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ —  A dozen uniformed police officers from the Kativik Regional Police Force and the Sûréte du Québec arrived Feb. 25 at this week’s meeting of the Kativik Regional Government’s regional council to make a symbolic show of beefed-up police activity in the region.

Nunavimmiut listening to a...

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Nunavut February 25, 2010 - 7:02 pm

Kolola scrawled apology to family before arrest

Accused in Mountie killing wipes away tears as letter read in court

CHRIS WINDEYER

Investigators searching Pingoatuk Kolola’s Kimmirut house the day after RCMP Const. Douglas Scott was gunned down found a letter signed by Kolola apologizing to his friends, family and unborn son, a jury in Iqaluit heard Thursday.

The letter, written in orange crayon, was read in court by Sgt....

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Around the Arctic February 25, 2010 - 3:11 pm

Arctic satellite feeds suffer sun transit outages

Twice-a-year communication glitches arrive again

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Long distance telephone, internet and satellite television users throughout most of the Arctic will once again suffer short, daily outages due to the twice-a-year sun transit problem.

Telesat Canada’s sun transit calculator shows that for Iqaluit, short service interruptions of between eight and...

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Around the Arctic February 25, 2010 - 11:16 am

Photo: Strength on display

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Johnny Issaluk of Iqaluit uses his tremendous body strength to demonstrate the airplane at an exhibition of traditional Inuit sports held during a celebration of Inuit culture at the Olympic Games in Vancouver last weekend. The Feb. 20 event showcased artists and performers from across Canada’s...

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Around the Arctic February 25, 2010 - 11:10 am

New research: Forbears of today’s Inuit sought trade

Did the first Inuit migrate to Nunavut chasing metal?

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The direct ancestors of today’s eastern Arctic Inuit may have come looking for iron.

A new theory by a Canadian archaeologist argues that the ancestors of modern Canadian Inuit traveled rapidly from Alaska to Greenland, in search of iron for tools and trade.

Ruin Island, between Ellesmere Island...

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Climate Change February 25, 2010 - 11:04 am

Permafrost disappearing from northern Quebec

Permafrost-free zone moves 130 km in 50 years

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ — The southernmost permafrost limit has retreated 130 kilometres over the past 50 years ago in Quebec’s James Bay region, say researchers from Laval University.

If that trend continues, permafrost in that region will completely disappear in the near future, said biologist Serge...

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Nunavik February 25, 2010 - 10:53 am

Nunavik counsellors: “We need to act like adults”

Workers say substance abuse killing the region's future

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Nunavimmiut must protect and care for their children and “start acting like adults,” two wellness counsellors said at the Kativik Regional Government council meeting this week in Kuujjuaq.

“We need to act like adults and not do whatever we want,” Lizzie Ningiuruvik told the group of...

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Nunavik February 25, 2010 - 9:28 am

KRG fires top Inuit police officer in Nunavik

“I regret that I let down anyone who thought of me as a role model”

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — The Kativik Regional Government has fired Jobie Epoo from his job as interim police chief of Nunavik’s Kativik Regional Police Force after he pleaded guilty on Jan. 20 to charges of impaired driving and mischief under $5,000.

Members of the regional council unanimously passed a...

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Nunavut February 24, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Kolola threatened suicide after Mountie died, trial hears

“He said his life was screwed”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Pingoatuk Kolola told his former common-law spouse he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting death of RCMP Const. Douglas Scott in Kimmirut, Nov. 5, 2007, a jury in Iqaluit heard Wednesday.

Annie Manning, who was in a relationship with Kolola between 1991 and 2002, testified she received a...

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Nunavut February 23, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Friends gave chase to Kolola on the night Mountie died

“I wanted to make Pingoatuk stop before it gets worse”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Two friends of Pingoatuk Kolola tried to intervene when he chased his common-law wife and his niece through the streets of Kimmirut on Nov. 5, 2007, witnesses said Tuesday at Kolola’s first-degree murder trial in the killing of RCMP Const. Douglas Scott.

Sam Pikuyak, who worked with Kolola at the...

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Nunavik February 23, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Ottawa eyes 1,000 social housing units for Nunavik

Federal government wants more info from Makivik

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ —  Ottawa is eyeing a plan to build 1,000 new social housing units in Nunavik, which could possibly see Makivik Corp. throw in some cash to see the deal move ahead.

A commitment from the federal and provincial governments to build 1,000 additional social units in Nunavik, where the...

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Nunavut February 22, 2010 - 7:27 pm

Kolola trial begins in Iqaluit with dispatch tapes

Testimony describes lead-up to Douglas Scott’s final call

CHRIS WINDEYER

Const. Douglas Scott stepped into the middle of a heated dispute between Pingoatuk Kolola and his common-law wife on Nov. 5, 2007, the night Scott was killed, an Iqaluit jury heard Monday.

Prosecutors opened their first-degree murder case against Kolola Monday afternoon with a series of recordings...

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Nunavut February 22, 2010 - 6:19 pm

Enuk Pauloosie quits Nunavut assembly seat

Troubled MLA suspended last year for non-attendance

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Enuk Pauloosie, who was elected MLA for Nattilik in the Oct. 27, 2008 territorial election, quit his seat in the Nunavut legislative assembly Feb. 22.

Pauloosie communicated his decision in a letter to the speaker, James Arreak, but Pauloosie’s correspondence did not state any reason for the...

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