Nunatsiaq News
Nunavut March 31, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Booze crimes mean busy times for Cambay RCMP

“If people were sober, we wouldn’t be getting that call”

JANE GEORGE

Alcohol-related offences continue to drive up the number of crimes in Cambridge Bay, say police.

“It’s all about booze,” said RCMP Sgt. Charlie Gauthier, when asked about the rising levels of crime in the community.

Nine in 10 calls to the RCMP remain directly connected to the over-consumption...

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Nunavik March 31, 2010 - 1:32 pm

Inukjuak residents vote overwhelmingly for hydro plant

"It’s a clear mandate to go ahead.”

SARAH ROGERS

People in Inukjuak have voted strongly in favour of constructing a hydroelectric plant to power their community.

During the referendum held March 23, 24 and 25, 83 per cent of those who cast ballots said yes to moving ahead to the construction phase of the small dam and reservoir on the Inukjuak...

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Nunavut March 31, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Community justice curbs crime, keeps offenders from court

Nunavut committees use counseling and mediation

JANE GEORGE

Helping youth and adults who have gotten into trouble with the law is hard work, but you can see the results, says Salomie Qitsualik of Gjoa Haven, a long-time member of the justice committee in her community.

Last year, Gjoa Haven’s justice committee kept 15 offenders out of the court system, and...

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Around the Arctic March 31, 2010 - 1:27 pm

Nunavut senator visits Iqaluit to boost suicide help line

"Kamatsiaqtut saves lives and it gives comfort"

JANE GEORGE

If you’re depressed and possibly suicidal, help is only a call away at 1-800-265-3333.

Since 1990, the Iqaluit-based Kamatsiaqtut Help Line has been helping callers to choose life, recalled Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson, senator for Nunavut, who was in Iqaluit this weekend to speak March 27 at...

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Iqaluit March 31, 2010 - 1:24 pm

City of Iqaluit to formalize snowmobile trails

Council plans to ease access for hunters

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The city of Iqaluit has taken its first steps toward establishing a formal system of snowmobile trails.

The request for proposals has gone out for companies to map the informal trails that are presently in use, and to create a plan for a system of trails that the city would maintain.

Iqaluit’s...

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Around the Arctic March 30, 2010 - 2:58 pm

Critics pan Canada’s closed-door Arctic confab

“I hope the Arctic will always showcase our ability to work together, not create new divisions”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Foreign ministers from five Arctic countries met in Chelsea, Quebec this past week, but what got the most attention wasn’t the meeting’s agenda, but the guest list.

The meeting of foreign ministers from Canada, the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway was already under fire from some...

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Iqaluit March 29, 2010 - 3:08 pm

Nunavut police announce arrest in month-old murder case

Susie Nakashuk, 30, faces second-degree murder charge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Police made an arrest March 26 in connection with the February killing of an Iqaluit man.

Susie Nakashuk, 30, was arrested last Friday and now faces a charge of second degree murder in the death of Kelly Lucassie, 43.

In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, RCMP said Nakashuk is in custody,...

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Around the Arctic March 29, 2010 - 3:01 pm

Watt-Cloutier: Libs, Tories did little on climate change

“On climate change we need more than words”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Environmental activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier said in a speech this past weekend that recent Liberal and Tory governments have each failed to either make or keep commitments to effectively combat climate change.

“While our current government has formally walked away from our international...

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Nunavut March 29, 2010 - 10:51 am

Little’s Iqaluit council bribe beef goes nowhere

RCMP: not enough evidence to justify a charge

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

An RCMP investigation into an alleged attempt to bribe an Iqaluit city councillor has reached a dead end.

The Mounties announced last week they don’t have enough evidence to press charges in connection with a complaint lodged by former Iqaluit city councillor Jim Little.

Little filed the...

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Iqaluit March 29, 2010 - 10:14 am

Young Iqaluit man stabbed, hospitalized

No charges yet laid; victim recovering in Ottawa hospital

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Updated 2:00 p.m., March 31

A 29-year-old Iqaluit man is now recovering after suffering near-fatal stab wounds in an alcohol-fueled incident March 26 at housing unit 415B.

The man, who has not been identified by police, is now off life-support and is in critical but stable condition at Ottawa...

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Around the Arctic March 29, 2010 - 10:09 am

Arctic coastal states meet as EU, Inuit left on sidelines

Meeting near Ottawa seen by some as snub to Arctic Council

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Randy Boswell
Canwest News Service

As the foreign ministers of five Arctic coastal states gather Monday for talks near Ottawa on the economic and environmental challenges facing the planet’s polar frontier, difficult questions linger over the region’s geopolitical future — highlighted by the...

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Nunavut March 28, 2010 - 3:31 pm

Photo: L’echo de nos voix

JANE GEORGE

Kiana Tikivik and Chloë Nevin, students at Iqaluit’s French-language school, l’École de Trois Soleils, sing in the school’s March 26 production “L’écho de nos voix: l’écho d’un people au Nunavut,” which celebrated the history of French-speaking people in Nunavut. (PHOTO BY JANE

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Iqaluit March 28, 2010 - 2:20 pm

Hipster web-rag’s depiction of Iqaluit irks local youth

“Nunavut teenhood, in a frozen and depressing nutshell”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Some young Iqalummiut are miffed at an American magazine article they call “very insensitive” to Iqaluit.

The story ran on the website of the New York-based hipster magazine Vice.

Entitled “Arctic Teenagers,” it’s basically a second-hand retelling of one girl’s experiences growing up...

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Nunavut March 28, 2010 - 2:16 pm

Demand rises across Nunavut for pools, ice equipment

High cost, vandalism, maintenance big barriers to expanded facilities

JANE GEORGE

Many Nunavut communities are clamoring for swimming pools and ice-making equipment due to the combination of warmer temperatures and increasing demands for recreational activities,  say two studies tabled in the Nunavut legislative assembly during its last sitting.

But these pools and ice plants...

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Iqaluit March 28, 2010 - 2:14 pm

Iqaluit’s AWG arena closer to getting year-round ice

Council approves $100,000 more for new insulation

GABRIEL ZARATE

Iqaluit’s Arctic Winter Games arena may eventually get a year-round ice surface.

Iqaluit city council voted on March 22 to approve new insulation for the arena floor that will allow the building to have ice all year if further modifications are eventually made.

The city’s director of recreation,...

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Nunavut March 28, 2010 - 2:12 pm

National body honours Kivalliq science teachers

NSERC grants $25,000 for science education

GABRIEL ZARATE

Science teachers in the Kivalliq are getting national recognition for a job well done.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded its annual NSERC Award for Science Promotion to a group of teachers in the Kivalliq region, a prize that includes a fat cheque.

“The...

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Nunavut March 26, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Three contenders to vie for Nattilik seat in Nunavut by-election

Vote called to fill seat vacated by Enuk Pauloosie

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Three people will contest the Nattilik constituency in a by-election to be held April 26, the Nunavut chief electoral officer Sandy Kusugak, said in a news release issued March 26.

The three candidates are: Jeannie Ugyuk of Taloyoak, who has served as a teacher, hamlet councillor and social...

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Iqaluit March 26, 2010 - 9:38 am

Toonik Tyme kicks off in Iqaluit April 7

Right after Easter, Iqalummiut can enjoy talent shows, games, raffles, and the ever-popular Fear Factor

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

You don’t have to wait until Toonik Tyme, Iqaluit’s annual spring festival officially kicks off on Wednesday April 7 for the fun to start in the city.

You can savour the sweet taste of maple taffy on snow at the francophone centre,  which will serve up this traditional Québécois treat at its sugar...

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Nunavik March 26, 2010 - 9:36 am

Nunavik on track for warmest winter ever

“I'm never scared to go out on the ice, but I am this year”

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ – Nunavik is on track to claiming its warmest winter on record.

Environment Canada logged an average temperature of -14.5C during December, January and February.

That’s the mildest three-month winter period seen since at least 1947, when the agency began monitoring weather from...

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Nunavik March 26, 2010 - 9:35 am

Quebec tourism minister pledges support for Nunavik

“Submit your ideas, submit your proposals, and we will work together”

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ — Quebec says it wants to bring in more tourists to Nunavik to boost the region’s economy.

That’s one of the reasons Quebec’s minister of tourism, Nicole Ménard and a delegation of officials decided to visit the region this past week for a first-hand look at the “friendly, beautiful...

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Nunavut March 25, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Nunavut plans major liquor act overhaul

Peterson appoints 10-member panel to tour territory

CHRIS WINDEYER

Finance minister Keith Peterson announced Monday, March 22, the creation of a task force to overhaul Nunavut’s liquor act.

“Pretty much everything’s on the table,” Peterson told reporters March 24. “I haven’t sat down and told the task force what can and cannot be discussed.”

The task force is...

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Nunavut March 25, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Sled dogs kill four-year-old Nunavut boy

Pangnirtung coroner drives dogs away from body, then shoots all three

GABRIEL ZARATE

Updated 5:50 p.m., March 25

Three sled dogs that escaped from their chain while their owner was out of town on medical travel killed a four-year-old boy in Pangnirtung March 22.

The victim is Sabock Akpalialuk, the adopted son of his biological grandparents, Jimmy Uniuqsaraq and Leena

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Nunavut March 25, 2010 - 2:49 pm

In the Nunavut legislative assembly this week

MLAs question, demand and bicker

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MLAs vote for audit of QEC

Nunavut’s legislative assembly voted unanimously this week to ask the Auditor General of Canada to examine the Qulliq Energy Corp.

Iqaluit West MLA Paul Okalik introduced the motion to the Legislative Assembly on March 22, citing concerns about contracting, leasing, and...

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Nunavut March 25, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Nunavut had 59 TB cases in 2009: Curley

Resistance rates exceed national standards

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nunavut’s Department of Health and Social Services is committed to preventing the spread of tuberculosis and providing treatment and support for those infected with the disease,  Health Minister Tagak Curley told the legislature March 23.

Curley, speaking one day before World Tuberculosis Day on...

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Nunavut March 25, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Nunavut child care centres to get more money

Daycares get 10 per cent bump in funding

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Child care centres in Nunavut will see more money this year.

Nunavut’s Department of Education is increasing funding for the territory’s licenced child care facilities by $550,000,  effective April 1,  Education Minister Louis Tapardjuk said March 18 in the Nunavut legislature.

“This money will...

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