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Nunavik October 31, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Nunavik’s newest safe haven, closer to home

“When you’re in a bad situation, it’s hard to leave town”

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s fourth women’s shelter opened its doors to families in need along the Hudson coast a year ago.

Today, Inukjuak’s Ajapirvik shelter is able to offer a safe haven for victims of violence, and those who run it say they’re fortunate to be able to offer this service so close to home.

“It is...

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Nunavut October 30, 2010 - 10:57 am

Photo: Sisters are doin’ it for themselves

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Nunavut October 30, 2010 - 10:42 am

Nunavut electoral boundaries commission gets its marching orders

“I suspect we’ll want to consult widely and broadly”

CHRIS WINDEYER

The countdown is on for Nunavut’s newly-formed electoral boundaries commission.

MLAs passed a motion formally establishing the commission and giving it 250 days — until July 2, 2011 — to come up with recommendations for changes to Nunavut’s electoral map.

They also announced who’s sitting on the...

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Around the Arctic October 29, 2010 - 6:18 pm

Narwhals aid Arctic climate research effort

Deep-diving whales show waters are warming

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Randy Boswell
POSTMEDIA NEWS

Scientists trying to measure the impact of climate change in Baffin Bay have employed narwhals as research assistants to gather temperature data from the icy depths.

The use of the animals as “biological oceanographers” has shown that waters in this key habitat for...

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Nunavut October 29, 2010 - 2:47 pm

Photo: Mr. Pratt, meet Mr. Whitney

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A First Air maintenance engineer explains the workings of a Pratt and Whitney aircraft engine, the type used in First Air’s ATR aircraft, to a group of students from Iqaluit’s Inuksuk High School, at an “employment showcase” event that First Air hosted Oct. 28 at its hangar near the Iqaluit...

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Nunavut October 29, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Nunavut judge won’t recuse himself from trial

Impartiality’s what a judge is all about, Kilpatrick says

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In a stinging judgment issued this week, Justice Robert Kilpatrick has rejected a defence lawyer’s request that he step down from the trial of a man whose preliminary inquiry he heard about a year ago.

The defence lawyer, Scott Wheildon of Iqaluit, represents a man named Willie Noah, who is...

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Nunavut October 29, 2010 - 11:23 am

Nunavummiut live in overcrowded, poor housing, survey confirms

“The findings of the survey reveal that Nunavut is indeed facing an acute housing crisis"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

About one in two homes in Nunavut are below standard, overcrowded and in need of repairs, says the Nunavut Household Needs Survey, which was released Oct. 29 in the Nunavut legislature.

“The findings of the survey reveal that Nunavut is indeed facing an acute housing crisis,” said housing minister...

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Around the Arctic October 29, 2010 - 7:50 am

Europe’s top court upholds seal product ban

"We view this as a minor setback," says ITK president Mary Simon

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Fur Institute of Canada, the lead organizations in an international group of 16 fighting the European Union’s ban on seal products, aren’t giving up.

ITK president Mary Simon said ITK and the other plaintiffs plan to appeal the EU court decision of Oct. 25, which...

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Nunavik October 29, 2010 - 6:12 am

Price of pumpkins in the North skyrockets

Pumpkins no longer qualify for food mail subsidies

SARAH ROGERS

People in Nunavut and Nunavik will likely enjoy fewer homemade pumpkin pies this year.

And lit-up jack-o-lanterns for Halloween? There won’t be many.

One of the largest, and most obvious, items has been knocked off the list of foods covered by the federal government’s outgoing food mail

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Around the Arctic October 29, 2010 - 5:41 am

Greenland mourns politician Jonathan Motzfeldt

"An ordinary Inuk, but a superb politician"

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Jonathan Motzfeldt, 72, one of the founders of Greenland’s home rule and its first and third premier, died Thursday, Oct. 28.

“We knew Junnuk as a spirited personality, intelligent and human. Junnuk was for many years the Greenlandic people’s supporter and torch-bearer, our national rallying...

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Nunavut October 28, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Louis Tapardjuk resigns from Nunavut cabinet

"My constituents are missing me. So is my family."

CHRIS WINDEYER

Louis Tapardjuk ended six years as a cabinet minister Oct. 28, telling Nunavut MLAs he’ll resign from the executive council when the current Legislative Assembly session ends.

In an emotional speech to the assembly, Tapardjuk, speaking as always in Inuktitut, said he’s been proud to watch...

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Nunavut October 28, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Inuit orgs, languages watchdog, unhappy with language law delay

“Any more delays will shelve much-celebrated legislation”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Inuit organizations and Nunavut’s languages commissioner sharply criticized languages minister Louis Tapardjuk’s decision to delay implementation of the territory’s languages acts.

Tapardjuk had been expected to table the Government of Nunavut’s implementation plan for the Official Languages Act...

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Nunavut October 28, 2010 - 1:48 pm

Photo: Will he earn his wings?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Meet Paul Davidee, a Grade 12 student at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit. He’s one of many young people who attended an “employment showcase” event that First Air hosted Oct. 28 at its hangar near the Iqaluit airport, where they displayed one of their new ATR aircraft from Airbus. It’s part of a big...

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Nunavut October 28, 2010 - 11:01 am

Iqaluit Smirnoff party leads to bloody stabbing

Accused admits making up statement to police

GABRIEL ZARATE

Jason Kipanik still bears the scars of one bad night.

Testifying Oct. 27 at the trial of Jayko Kilabuk, Kipanik’s face still bore a six-centimetre scar inflicted March 26, 2010, only the most visible of several permanent reminders on his body.

“His face looked kind of like it was hanging off at...

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Nunavut October 28, 2010 - 10:18 am

KSB plans “Nunavik Sivuniksavut” for Inuit youth

“NS is about teaching leadership”

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik high school graduates may soon get a made-in-Nunavik option to pursue post-secondary studies.

The Kativik School Board is working towards a Nunavik version of the successful Nunavut Sivuniksavut, the college-level program for Inuit students, which is based in Ottawa.

Nunavik’s students...

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Nunavut October 27, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Inuit delegates dump Kaludjak from NTI presidency

Beneficiaries to elect full executive Dec. 13

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Inuit beneficiaries in Nunavut will elect a new president for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Dec. 13, following the removal of Paul Kaludjak from the position in a vote held Oct. 26 at the organization’s annual general meeting in Rankin Inlet.

Kaludjak has been under suspension from the president’s job...

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Nunavut October 26, 2010 - 6:06 pm

Finnish sailors see little ice during Northwest Passage voyage

"There's almost nothing there"

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Richard Foot
POSTMEDIA NEWS

HALIFAX — Canada’s Northwest Passage was an empty and lonely realm this summer — largely free of pack ice and the Arctic wildlife it supports — according to a pair of Finnish sailors who completed a voyage through the waterway last month.

“There’s almost nothing...

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Nunavut October 26, 2010 - 2:26 pm

Hammering Hunter Tootoo nails down few specifics

Jeannie Ugyuk leaves question period not much wiser

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jeannie Ugyuk, MLA for Nattilik, has a pretty good idea of the frustration parents might feel when they try to get answers about their kids’ education.

During the Oct. 22 question period in the Nunavut legislature, Ugyuk hammered Hunter Tootoo, the education minister, with several specific...

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Nunavut October 26, 2010 - 1:59 pm

Nunavut considers a new park for Axel Heiberg’s fossil forest

Napaaqtulik would protect ancient trees

JANE GEORGE

Over the course of the past 50 million years, a forest of towering trees thrived on Nunavut’s Axel Heiberg island, then died back and was buried under the sandy soil of the Geodetic Hills.

That is, until 1985, when a Canadian Geographical Survey team spotted the rows of ancient mummified trunks...

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Climate Change October 26, 2010 - 10:15 am

Ship exhaust can increase Arctic warming

Scientists see soot boosting temps

JANE GEORGE

Scientists say shipping traffic may speed up the rate of climate change in the Arctic because of its dirty, heat-absorbing exhaust.

Increased Arctic shipping may provide commercial and social development opportunities to the region, but its warming impact on the local environment is worrisome,...

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