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Around the Arctic April 30, 2010 - 2:40 pm

Lifestyle, social habits linked to high Inuit cancer rates

Smoking, drinking, avoidance of doctors all contribute

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit are developing cancer at rates much higher than those found among southern Canadians.

A mix of smoking, binge drinking and the lack of screening among Inuit may be responsible for this difference, says a new research study from the journal Social Science and Medicine.

But social pressure...

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Nunavik April 30, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Nunavik wrestles with rules for off-road vehicles

Head protection tops list

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ — Residents in one Nunavik village say they want to see more off-highway vehicle drivers wearing helmets.

But for the most part, Kangiqsujuamiut want drivers to be alert and show respect for others on the road and on the land.

The community took part in a public consultation on...

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Nunavik April 30, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Some Nunavik residents complain of police aggression

“When there is police misconduct, who do we call?”

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ – Some community leaders in Nunavik say police aggression is a growing problem and that it’s not being reported.

Delegates at the recent annual general meeting of Makivik Corp. mentioned a growing concern over Inuit who have been beaten by officers of the Kativik Regional Police...

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Around the Arctic April 30, 2010 - 12:51 pm

MP: Canada Post to be removed from food mail?

Strahl says revamped “nutritious foods program” coming soon

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government has already decided to remove Canada Post from the food mail program, Yukon MP Larry Bagnell suggested April 29 in the House of Commons, in a question to Chuck Strahl, the northern affairs minister.

“Now we hear that Canada Post has been told it will not be involved at all...

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Nunavut April 30, 2010 - 10:07 am

Nunavut board starts long review of Kiggavik uranium project

NIRB hearings start process that could stretch until 2019

JANE GEORGE

Five uranium mines in one — that sums up the much-talked about Kiggavik project that Areva Resources Canada wants to build near Baker Lake, now the subject of public meetings throughout the Kivalliq’s seven communities.

During these meetings, organized by the Nunavut Impact Review Board, people...

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Nunavut April 29, 2010 - 2:32 pm

Nunavut RCMP probe into Iqaluit West vote inconclusive

Losing candidate unhappy with scope of investigation

JIM BELL

(Updated 4:25 p.m., April 29)

Ineligible voters did cast ballots in the disputed election for Iqaluit West held Oct. 27, 2008, an RCMP investigation has found.

But at the same time, police could not tell whether those voting irregularities were intentional or mistaken.

“The investigation could...

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Nunavut April 29, 2010 - 2:28 pm

Pang fish plant languishes with anglers in short supply

Operators pin hopes on big summer catch

GABRIEL ZARATE

It’s been an extremely slow and unproductive winter for the turbot fishery at Cumberland Sound, and both the Pangnirtung Fisheries processing plant and its workers are feeling the pinch.

With just five fishermen going out on the ice this winter, compared with 20 a year ago, the catch plummeted to...

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Nunavut April 29, 2010 - 2:26 pm

Ottawa to negotiate IIBA for High Arctic park in Nunavut

Lands set aside on north end of Bathurst Island

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RANDY BOSWELL
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE

OTTAWA — “Very isolated.” “Incredibly harsh.” “One of the world’s most inclement, driest and unforgiving environments.”

The Canadian government has taken a major step to create a new national park in the High Arctic and simultaneously ensured almost no tourists...

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Around the Arctic April 29, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Norway, Russia strike deal on Arctic boundary

“It provides concrete evidence of Russia’s willingness to co-operate in the Arctic”

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RANDY BOSWELL
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE

An unexpected landmark agreement this week between Norway and Russia on where to draw an offshore boundary in the oil-rich Barents Sea heralds a new era of circumpolar peace, says a leading Canadian expert on Arctic affairs.

But University of British Columbia...

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Around the Arctic April 29, 2010 - 1:39 pm

Dog-powered Danish patrol team travels Greenland four feet at a time

“Their gift will be to walk home”

CHRIS WINDEYER

ALERT — It might be tempting to complain about jet lag from the six-hour flight from Yellowknife to the most northern settlement in the world.

But meeting a member of Greenland’s Sirius sled dog patrol team puts any such talk to rest. The two-man, 13-dog team got to Alert to take part in Operation...

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Around the Arctic April 29, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Photo: Coming in for a landing

CHRIS WINDEYER

One search and rescue technician comes in for a landing as another one packs up his parachute after jumping from a Canadian Forces Hercules aircraft flying at 10,000 feet. The jump was part of the closing ceremonies of Operation Nunalivut, which wrapped up in Alert April 26. (PHOTO BY CHRIS...

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Nunavut April 28, 2010 - 2:50 pm

Baffin Fisheries sees big opportunities in Nunavut shrimp

Exploratory fishery planned for this summer

GABRIEL ZARATE

With Nunavut’s turbot quota largely sewn up, the Baffin Fisheries Coalition is looking to the other main fishery of Nunavut’s offshore waters: its shrimp.

Locally based fishing companies have quota for only 31 per cent of the shrimp in Nunavut’s offshore waters but even that is under-harvested,...

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Nunavik April 28, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Quebecers petition for railroad to Nunavik

JANE GEORGE

Nearly 4,000 Quebeckers have signed a petition that calls for a cross-Quebec railroad that would link Nunavik to southern Quebec.

The Quebec government and its major financial institutions should support the construction of a “Trans-Québec Express” railway, which would cross Quebec from the Gaspé...

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Around the Arctic April 28, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Report confirms Arctic sea-ice melt continues

“The long-term trend is very much one of decreasing sea ice”

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MARGARET MUNRO
Canwest News Service

There is plenty of ice at the top of the planet after last winter, but a new report indicates it may not be there for long.

The report to be published Thursday in the journal Nature includes new satellite data and concludes that excess warming between 1989...

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Around the Arctic April 27, 2010 - 3:10 pm

Photo: The most northerly salute in Canada

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Premier Eva Aariak, far right, and Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, second from right, wave to passing soldiers and Canadian Rangers returning April 26 from Operation Nunalivut on Ellsemere Island. At left, saluting, are Danish Rear Adm. Henrik Kudsk and Canadian Brig. Gen David...

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Around the Arctic April 27, 2010 - 3:07 pm

Forces wrap up on most northerly island in Nunavut

"Ice for us is a highway"

CHRIS WINDEYER

ALERT—The Canadian Forces wrapped up their most ambitious sovereignty exercise in the High Arctic Monday with a snowmobile parade along Alert’s frozen runway.

Operation Nunalivut was meant both to test and showcase Canada’s ability to move people and equipment from the most northern permanently...

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Iqaluit April 27, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Woman fears dustbowls where Iqaluit dumps its snow

Tundra threatened by dirt-laden drifts

GABRIEL ZARATE

Dusty snowdrifts are destroying Iqaluit’s living tundra a concerned resident told Nunatsiaq News this week.

Janet Armstrong, who has lived for 25 years in Iqaluit, worries that if the city doesn’t start doing more effective planning on where it dumps snow, natural vegetation in the city may become...

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Climate Change April 27, 2010 - 2:57 pm

Biologist sees mammal hybrids as Arctic warms

Ice melt would remove breeding barrier

JANE GEORGE

When the Arctic Ocean’s summer ice melts away for good — which some scientists predict will occur within 20 years — marine mammals like bowheads, walrus, seals, narwhals, and polar bears will encounter unfamiliar conditions.

And many predict these ice-dependent marine mammals will face extinction...

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Nunavik April 27, 2010 - 2:48 pm

DFO increases 2010 Nunavik beluga quota

Wildlife officials expect less tension

JANE GEORGE

(Updated 28-04-10)

Nunavik hunters may take about 45 more belugas this year compared with last, due to an increase in the regional quota from 224 to 267, under the 2010 beluga management plan released this week by the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board.

The minister of Fisheries and Oceans,...

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Nunavut April 27, 2010 - 6:42 am

Second woman joins Nunavut legislature

Jeannie Ugyuk of Taloyoak doubles vote on two other opponents in Nattilik

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jeannie Ugyuk of Taloyoak piled up the vote in her home community of Taloyoak, winning 51.1 per cent of total ballots cast to defeat two opponents from Gjoa Haven and win yesterday’s by-election in Nattilik.

The Nattilik constituency, which takes in the communities of Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak, fell...

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