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Nunavut July 31, 2010 - 2:59 pm

Photo: Kapitan Khlebnikov arrives in Cambridge Bay

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Passengers come off the Kapitan Khlebnikov, the first cruise ship to visit Cambridge Bay in 2010, on July 29, a windless, sunny day. (PHOTO BY VICKI AITAOK)

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Nunavut July 30, 2010 - 4:21 pm

Nunavut officials still seek cause of fuel pump breakdowns

Like “chasing a ghost,” official says

JANE GEORGE

Nunavut’s petroleum products division still doesn’t know why up to 200 furnace fuel pumps in Cambridge Bay and other Kitikmeot communities have gummed up and stopped working since last December.

Todd McKay, the PPD’s manager of fuel operations, said in a July 29 interview that exhaustive tests on...

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Nunavik July 30, 2010 - 3:15 pm

Aqpik Jam lines up 20 performers for annual bash

Elisapie Isaac, Beatrice Deer, Sylvia Cloutier all booked, plus Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen tribute groups

SARAH ROGERS

If you’re looking for a reason to head to this year’s Aqpik Jam, could performances by some of Nunavik’s most well-known female singers convince you?

The 15th edition of Kuujjuaq’s famed fest is hoping to draw a large audience with big names like Nunavik songsters Elisapie Isaac, Beatrice Deer and...

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Nunavik July 30, 2010 - 4:00 pm

IFAW dog rescue did not occur in Kuujjuaraapik

“I've never met this group before”

SARAH ROGERS

The community of Kuujjuaraapik says it feels singled-out after a July 27 article in the National Post mistakenly targeted the village for its practice of shooting stray dogs as a way to control the local population.

The National Post was reported on the efforts of an animal rights group called...

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Iqaluit July 30, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Iqaluit approves more money for AWG arena floor

Work is sole-sourced after no one responds to request for proposal

GABRIEL ZARATE

At a special meeting July 28, Iqaluit’s city council voted for the first time to spend some of the city’s own money on a floor-covering system for the Arctic Winter Games arena.

Such a system would allow the AWG arena to be used not just as an ice surface, but as a venue for other activities...

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Around the Arctic July 30, 2010 - 3:49 pm

Agency seeks foster homes for Montreal Inuit children

Batshaw Homes: about 30 Inuit children in city need foster care

JANE GEORGE

As many as 30 Inuit children in Montreal need foster care, but there are no Inuit foster-families willing to take them, says the Batshaw Homes for Children, a government agency that provides youth protection services to English-speaking people in and around Montreal.

“They’re in foster families,...

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Nunavut July 30, 2010 - 10:35 am

Cape Dorset suffers hellish day of booze and bullets

Nunavut RCMP says arrival of liquor shipments in Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung led to outbreaks of violence and mayhem

JANE GEORGE

Following two separate days of booze-fueled mayhem in Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung this past week, a senior officer at Nunavut’s RCMP division says something has to be done to control the flow of alcohol into Nunavut communities.

“All hell breaks loose. I think we need to do a whole lot better job...

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Nunavik July 29, 2010 - 4:29 pm

Photo: a happy, healthy elder

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Around the Arctic July 28, 2010 - 1:54 pm

Shipwreck discovery boosts sovereignty, Prentice says

Parks Canada finds ship abandoned in 1853

JANE GEORGE

Uncovering Canada’s past connection to the Northwest Passage is a way of demonstrating Canada’s sovereignty in the High Arctic waterway, said Jim Prentice, the federal environment minister and minister for parks, who spoke to Nunatsiaq News July 28 directly from Mercy Bay on the northeastern shore...

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Nunavut July 28, 2010 - 1:52 pm

ITK dumps on Ottawa over census changes

Sheutiapik says Inuit need long-form data

JANE GEORGE

The defence of the mandatory long-form census, which asks probing questions about housing, living arrangements and income, brought Iqaluit’s mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik to a July 27 parliamentary hearing in Ottawa.

The long-form census helps Inuit achieve a way of life that is on par with that...

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Nunavut July 27, 2010 - 5:28 pm

Chief justice: Nunavut court faces “impending crisis”

Nunavut needs two more judges to handle exploding rate of violent crime

GABRIEL ZARATE

Nunavut’s chief justice, Robert Kilpatrick, says Nunavut’s court system faces an “impending crisis” and desperately needs two more judges as soon as possible to handle the constantly rising rate of violent crime.

“The Court’s present complement of four judges cannot service the existing volume of...

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Nunavik July 26, 2010 - 2:58 pm

Nunavik-bound aircraft crashes

Air Inuit employee saves survivors from drowning

SARAH ROGERS

Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board want to know why a floatplane crashed in the James Bay region this past weekend, leaving two dead and three injured.

The survival of the three injured passengers is credited to the quick arrival and actions of Air Inuit employee Jonathan Perrier,...

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Nunavut July 26, 2010 - 2:51 pm

CamBay property manager still outraged over GN fuel problems

“From start to finish, it’s been a government screw-up”

JANE GEORGE

Although the Government of Nunavut says the quality of fuel delivered in 2009 to the Kitikmeot region isn’t to blame, some property managers, housing corporations and private homeowners there are still outraged over a string of fuel pump break-downs in their communities.

More than 200 fuel pumps...

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Nunavut July 26, 2010 - 2:56 pm

In violent crime, Nunavut is the national champion

Territory leads Canada in severity of criminal violence

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Nunavut once again bucked Canadian crime trends this year, with Statistics Canada confirming July 20 what many Nunavummiut already know: that crime, especially violent crime, is getting worse in Nunavut.

Canada’s overall crime rate — which StatsCan now calls a crime severity index — was 22 per...

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Nunavut July 26, 2010 - 10:20 am

Nunavut woman dies in Ottawa road accident

Rosalie Ugjuk, 43, struck by car on highway 417

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

People in Ottawa and Nunavut are now mourning the death of Rosalie Ugjuk, 43, who had many close relatives in Igloolik, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit and Ottawa.

Ugjuk, a resident of the Vanier district who had worked at the Tungasuvvingat Inuit centre in Ottawa, died as a result of injuries she sustained...

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Iqaluit July 23, 2010 - 4:59 pm

New Iqaluit cemetery arises from the dead

Mayor casts tie-breaking vote

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Iqaluit City Council voted by a razor-thin margin July 21 to approve emergency funding to complete the first phase of the troubled new cemetery on the Road to Nowhere.

With four councillors in favour and four against at a meeting July 21, it was the fourth time in her six years as mayor that...

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Nunavut July 23, 2010 - 3:14 pm

Cambridge Bay’s all set for cruise ship season

Ship-borne tourists can expect full range of activities

JANE GEORGE

For the fourth year in a row, people in Cambridge Bay are ready to roll out the red carpet for cruise ships that plan to stop in their community.

“We are a machine,” said Vicki Aitaok, the manager of the Cambridge Bay’s visitors centre and a veteran of organizing programs in the community for...

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Around the Arctic July 23, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Nunavut approves geomapping project amidst chorus of boo-birds

Shewchuck: real culprit may be misinformation, not project

GABRIEL ZARATE

(Updated July 26, 12:00 p.m.)

The Nunavut Research Institute has approved a research license for a controversial project amid howls of outrage from Inuit and environmental groups.

The NRI license was the last regulatory obstacle faced by the Eastern Canadian Arctic Seismic Experiment, and its...

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Nunavut July 23, 2010 - 9:51 am

Nunavut slams Ottawa’s decision to axe long-form census

Move will hamper planning for housing construction, finance minister says

CHRIS WINDEYER

Nunavut’s finance minister says Ottawa’s decision to scrap the long-form census will hamper the territory’s ability to craft policy and tackle social problems.

Keith Peterson said the Government of Nunavut relies on information from the long-form census to shape policy on a range of issues from...

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Nunavut July 23, 2010 - 10:21 am

Much-delayed health centre opens in Pangnirtung

More room for treatment, new services

GABRIEL ZARATE

After suffering one delay after another, Pangnirtung’s new heath centre is now open for business.

The new centre, which officially opened this month, is nearly three times the size of the old one so for the first time in years, health staff don’t have to squeeze into office spaces to tend to the...

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