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Nunavut August 31, 2010 - 3:22 pm

Photo: Nanisiniq participants in Vancouver

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Around the Arctic August 31, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Canada lags on Arctic infrastructure, report says

“Partnership has to be the policy here.”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Canada needs a concerted effort to help Arctic communities build infrastructure, adapt to climate change and improve living standards, says a new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The report, released in Iqaluit Tuesday, calls on Ottawa to piggyback Northern infrastructure...

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Nunavik August 31, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Bomb threat snarls air traffic in Kuujjuaq

“Operations continued smoothly and there were no security issues”

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Flights to and from Kuujjuaq came to a halt for a period of time on Aug. 30 after a prankster called Air Inuit to plant a false warning that a friend of his, a passenger travelling with the airline that day, was carrying a bomb.

“Hoax” is a good word to use to describe the call, said Air Inuit...

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Nunavik August 31, 2010 - 11:50 am

Palliser pleads guilty in fatal car surfing incident

Inukjuak man to be sentenced Nov. 16

SARAH ROGERS

Tommy Palliser, the Inukjuak man involved in a car-surfing incident on June 29, 2009 in Montreal that left another man dead, pleaded guilty Aug. 30 to a charge of criminal negligence causing death.

Palliser entered his plea in Inukjuak before Judge Claude Biguë, said Roger Picard, one of...

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Nunavut August 31, 2010 - 10:46 am

Million-dollar project to document Inuit leadership

“Inuit culture, language and history are critical components to Nunavut's governance.”

GABRIEL ZARATE

The federal government is putting $1 million into documenting the history of leadership among Inuit communities.

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, made the announcement at Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit on Aug. 30.

“As has been demonstrated over the...

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Nunavut August 31, 2010 - 9:15 am

Nunavut Tunngavik president suspended for misusing company credit card

Kaludjak racked up $52,000 in expenses

CHRIS WINDEYER

Updated Aug. 31

Paul Kaludjak has been suspended as president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. for running up a $52,000 tab on the organization’s credit card without following required procedures.

Delegates at an NTI board meeting passed the resolution Aug. 26. James Etoolook, the organization’s first...

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Nunavut August 31, 2010 - 9:10 am

Cruise ship grounding in Nunavut waters reveals security holes

“You don’t have the infrastructure to do it properly”

JANE GEORGE

Now that the Clipper Adventurer passengers have returned safely back south, the incident which saw them forced to evacuate their 90-metre cruise ship, which grounded Aug. 27 near Kugluktuk, raises many questions.

A Transportation Safety Board investigation will eventually reveal the circumstances...

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Nunavut August 30, 2010 - 2:19 pm

Stranded passengers find warmth in Kugluktuk

“The time of an incident is not the time to be making friends”

JANE GEORGE

People in Kugluktuk opened their arms to a tired group of unexpected visitors who arrived in the wee hours of Aug. 30.

More than 120 passengers and crew,  taken off their cruise ship, the Clipper Adventurer, Aug. 29 by the Coast Guard icebreaker, the Amundsen, arrived in Kugluktuk after midnight...

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Nunavut August 30, 2010 - 12:25 pm

Photo: Clipper Adventure passengers arrive in Kugluktuk

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Nunavut August 30, 2010 - 11:02 am

Search finds no sign of Arctic shipwrecks

"I’m always disappointed if we don’t find something"

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RANDY BOSWELL
POSTMEDIA NEWS

The Canadian government scientists hoping for a second major Arctic shipwreck discovery this summer came up empty after a six-day search for the Terror and Erebus, the lost vessels of the 19th-century Franklin expedition.

Parks Canada archeologist Ryan Harris, who...

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Nunavut August 30, 2010 - 9:59 am

Expert sounds alarm about dangerous Arctic waters

Most charts years out of date

JANE GEORGE

This past weekend’s grounding of the Clipper Adventurer cruise ship near Kugluktuk underlines the inadequate charting of Arctic waters, says a leading Canadian ice expert.

This is the “single biggest issue in the Arctic,” said John Falkingham, a sea ice consultant and member of the International...

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Nunavut August 30, 2010 - 6:05 am

Grounding of Nunavut cruise ship raises questions

“We dodged a bullet on this"

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TOBI COHEN
POSTMEDIA NEWS

The rescue of a cruise ship stranded on a rock in Arctic waters over the weekend is raising questions about whether Canada would have the ability to respond quickly enough to a true disaster in its Far North.

The grounding of the Clipper Adventurer — which struck an...

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-none- August 29, 2010 - 8:17 pm

Photo: The Amundsen to the rescue

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Iqaluit August 29, 2010 - 6:50 am

Iqaluit mulls limits to credit card transactions

The city is losing money on service fees, councillors learn

GABRIEL ZARATE

The City of Iqaluit is considering a ban on paying municipal bills by credit card.

At a presentation to the city’s finance committee on Aug. 18, corporate services director John Mabberi-Muydoni complained that the city was losing money on the service fees that credit card companies charge for...

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Iqaluit August 29, 2010 - 6:12 am

Iqaluit scrap metal leaves town

Much-delayed sealift out finally takes place

GABRIEL ZARATE

It’s rare when material goes from Iqaluit’s beach to a sealift barge rather than the other way around, but that’s exactly what happened earlier this month.

At long last, Iqaluit has gotten rid of much of the scrap metal and vehicle parts that filled the city’s landfill and littered its edges.

“I...

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Nunavut August 27, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Bishop gets life, 16 years without parole for triple killing

“This should be a lesson that violence only spawns more violence”

GABRIEL ZARATE

Chris Bishop will serve at least 16 years in prison for the second-degree murders of three men in Cambridge Bay and the attempted murders of two other people, which took place January 6, 2007.

Justice John Vertes gave Bishop a life sentence in an Iqaluit courtroom on the morning of Aug. 27.

The...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Photo: PM takes a spin

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Nunavut August 27, 2010 - 12:19 pm

Police, grieving families in Baker Lake seek information

Families offer a $10,000 for tips leading to an arrest in graveyard desecration

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No one in Baker Lake has come forward yet with information which could help RCMP in Baker Lake nab the individual or individuals who dug up two graves in the community’s cemetery on the nights of June 5 and 6.

“The Baker Lake RCMP and the grieved families are seeking public assistance,” said an...

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Around the Arctic August 27, 2010 - 7:48 am

North lags in high-school grads, map shows

"There is a growing consensus that high school completion is linked to future opportunity"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In some regions of northern Canada, almost half of all adults have not completed high school, compared to one in 12 in southern Canada, according to the Centre for the North’s “High School Confidential” map, the third in the Conference Board of Canada’s “Here, the North” series.

“There is a...

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Climate Change August 26, 2010 - 3:29 pm

Fossils from Ellesmere Island reveal a much-warmer past

"The clues they reveal about Nunavut’s ancient past are irreplaceable"

JANE GEORGE

Studies of ancient teeth, fish bones and turtle shell fragments are opening a new window into the much warmer past of the High Arctic region.

This was a time— about 53 million years ago— when giant turtles, large snakes, alligators, flying lemurs, tapirs, and hippo- and rhino-like mammals roamed...

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