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Around the Arctic May 31, 2010 - 9:52 pm

Photo: When the light is blue, the air is clean

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mary Simon, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, displays one of the blue light bulbs that ITK plans to distribute as part of its “Blue Light Campaign.” A blue light bulb installed in a family porch will indicate that either there are no smokers in the household, that the household’s smokers...

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Nunavut May 31, 2010 - 9:45 pm

Cambridge bay woman grabbed accused’s weapon at gunpoint

“Give me the gun! Look what you did!”

GABRIEL ZARATE

Not long after Chris Bishop shot five people who tried to break into his house in Cambridge Bay, a half-drunk young woman disarmed him when he pointed his assault rifle at her.

Appearing as a witness May 31 at Bishop’s triple murder trial in Iqaluit on May 31, Eva Maksagak, now 29, testified she...

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Nunavut May 31, 2010 - 9:44 pm

Young Nunavut cancer patient’s family didn’t know he was covered

Little-known program covers long-term medical treatment

GABRIEL ZARATE

The family of an Iqaluit child stricken with leukemia is no longer as stressed about money as they once were.

William Pothier, four, is covered under Nunavut’s policy for long-term medical treatment unavailable in the territory.

On May 21 – a day after readers of Nunatsiaq Online learned of...

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Nunavut May 31, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Nunavut reverses stand on polar bear status

Territorial environment minister now opposes “special concern” federal listing

GABRIEL ZARATE

Nunavut is now opposed to the listing of polar bears under Canada’s Species At Risk Act.

At a press conference May 28, Environment Minister Dan Shewchuk said he has reversed his previously-held position, following consultation with hunters and elders.

In late 2008, the Committee on the Status of...

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Nunavut May 31, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Nunavut RCMP’s new digs officially open

“It’s bringing everyone together”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut’s RCMP division officially opened on May 31 its new Iqaluit headquarters building, which top brass hope will boost morale and help police do their jobs better.

Chief Superintendent Steve McVarnock told reporters that rolling more police operations into the new building on Federal Road will...

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Around the Arctic May 31, 2010 - 10:39 am

First Air re-jigs Yellowknife-Montreal jet routes

Airline creates one long route from YK through to Montreal

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ —  A First Air schedule change, in effect May 31,  means big changes for people travelling from Yellowknife through Iqaluit to Montreal.

The change means that two 737s will make long loops between Montreal and Yellowknife every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with stops in Rankin Inlet,...

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Around the Arctic May 31, 2010 - 10:34 am

Ain’t no smokin’ at the house of blue lights

ITK launches blue light campaign to combat tobacco

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Non-smoking Inuit homes in Canada will glow blue over the coming year to signal their household’s commitment to go smoke-free, said Mary Simon, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in Ottawa at the May 31 launch of two new programs aimed at reducing smoking rates and improving the health of...

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Nunavik May 30, 2010 - 9:20 pm

Photo: It all comes out in the wash

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

These young Kativik Regional Police Force cadets aren’t afraid to get wet as they wash a truck in Kuujjuaq on May 30 to raise money for their activities. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

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Nunavut May 30, 2010 - 8:39 pm

Nunavut plans info campaign to ease health benefits confusion

“It’s very complex, and we’re trying to improve the way we convey the information”

JANE GEORGE

To help Nunavummiut better understand what health care benefits the Government of Nunavut does and does not offer, Nunavut’s health department plans to launch a public information campaign.

“We hope that we’re going to be able to clarify that with the information coming out on our new website as...

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Baffin students get lessons in politics from the pros

“It was a great day filled with wonderful surprises”

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Meeting Inuit politicians face-to-face and listening into a parliamentary question period were some of the highlights of a day-long visit to Parliament Hill with Senator Charlie Watt and his staff organized May 28 for a group of students from Qikiqtarjuaq’s Inuksuit School.

“It was a great day...

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Nunavut May 28, 2010 - 10:33 am

Nunavut man, 23,  faces attempted murder, sex charges

Assault victim, 25, hospitalized in Ottawa

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A 25-year-old Qikiqtarjuaq man is now receiving treatment at an Ottawa hospital for “life-threatening injuries” sustained on the late morning of May 23 at a house in Qikiqtarjuaq, police said May 27.

The man was first treated at the Qikiqtarjuaq health centre, then flown to Ottawa.

At the same...

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Nunavik May 28, 2010 - 6:50 am

Nunavik women learn to flex their political muscle

“Women are essential to our society as decision makers”

SARAH ROGERS

KANGIQSUJUAQ — Until recently, Eva Gunn didn’t give much thought about how being a woman affects her place in society.

But after attending a recent governance training workshop for women in Puvirnituq, Gunn now sees that Nunavik women can bring a lot to their communities and region.

“It was a...

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Nunavut May 28, 2010 - 6:48 am

Qiniq promises true broadband for Nunavut

“Finally, the territory is going to be on equal par with the South”

GABRIEL ZARATE

Nunavut will finally have true broadband in two or three years, thanks to the latest federal funding announcement, says the organization that created the Qiniq network

“We’ll finally be living up to our name as Nunavut Broadband,” said Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation executive director...

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Nunavut May 27, 2010 - 5:44 pm

In 64 seconds, three men die in Cambridge Bay shooting incident

Firearms and forensic experts give evidence at Nunavut triple murder trial

GABRIEL ZARATE

It took no more than 64 seconds for three men to die.

At the triple-murder trial of Chris Bishop that started in Iqaluit this week, the court, on May 27, heard a recording of a call from Bishop’s Cambridge Bay neighbour, Jeffrey Komak, to the Operational Communications Centre in Iqaluit.

The...

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Nunavut May 26, 2010 - 4:53 pm

Nunavut murder trial hears trio died in hail of bullets

“The accused didn’t stop shooting until three men were dead”

CHRIS WINDEYER

A cool and composed Chris Bishop tossed the butt of a joint at the body of one of the three men he’s accused of killing in Cambridge Bay on the early morning hours of Jan. 6, 2007, court heard May 26, as Bishop’s trial for three counts of second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder...

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Nunavut May 26, 2010 - 4:35 pm

Kitikmeot VP Raymond Kayasark charged with sexual assault

KIA president asks for executive member's resignation, Kayasark complies

JANE GEORGE

Raymond Kayasark, vice-president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, has resigned his position and will be replaced in an election within next few months, KIA president Charlie Evalik said this week.

Kayasark, 56, of Kugaaruk faces a charge of sexual assault in connection with an incident that...

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Iqaluit May 26, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Iqaluit shelter board eyes vacated RCMP building

Group says larger building could accommodate programs

GABRIEL ZARATE

The board that runs the Uquutaq Emergency Shelter in Iqaluit wants to move into the vacant RCMP detachment building on the side of Astro Hill.

The Iqaluit RCMP detachment has moved into a new headquarters building on Federal Road.

In a presentation to Iqaluit city council on May 11, Monte Kehler,...

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Nunavut May 26, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Judge blasts RCMP for shoddy investigative work

GABRIEL ZARATE

A Nunavut judge slammed RCMP for shoddy police work when found two people not guilty of aggravated assault after a trial in Iqaluit May 21.

“I conclude that the Crown’s ability to prosecute this case has been handicapped by an incomplete investigation by police,”Justice Robert Kilpatrick said....

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Around the Arctic May 26, 2010 - 4:15 pm

Scientist: Oil spill in Arctic could have “catastrophic” impact

“I do believe that there should be a moratorium”

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ANDREW MAYEDA
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE

OTTAWA —  A major oil spill in the Beaufort Sea could have a “catastrophic” impact on Canada’s Arctic ecosystem and worsen the effects of climate change, a former senior government scientist has warned.

William Adams, a former scientist at Environment Canada,...

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Nunavut May 25, 2010 - 3:51 pm

Jury selected for Bishop trial

Cambridge Bay man faces three murder charges

CHRIS WINDEYER

Seven women and five men will hear the second-degree murder trial of Chris Bishop set to start May 26 in Iqaluit.

Bishop, now 24, faces three counts of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of Kevin Komaksiut, 21, and Keith Atatahak, 28, both of Cambridge Bay, and Dean Costa,...

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