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Nunavut November 30, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Blasting winds wreak havoc in Pangnirtung

“Three-quarter inch sheets of plywood flying like Frisbees”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Winds gusting as high as 140-kilometres per hour tore the roof off a five-plex housing unit, flipped over a car and sent boats flying through the air in Pangnirtung Nov. 27.

“I was awakened at about 3 o’clock Saturday morning by a gust of wind that was so strong that it literally moved my bed...

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Nunavut November 30, 2010 - 3:39 pm

Photo: Pangnirtung print makers release bold new collection

CHRIS WINDEYER

Printmakers from the Uqqurmiut Arts Centre showed off their 2010 collection at the Iqaluit museum Nov. 26, featuring works like this one, Winter Day by Piona Keyuakjuk. Relief, 16 by 16.5 cm. (IMAGE COURTESY OF UQQURMIUT ARTS CENTRE)

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Nunavik November 30, 2010 - 10:04 am

Hydro Quebec to try wind power in Nunavik

“Wind power is known, it already exists on the main grid”

SARAH ROGERS

KUUJJUAQ — The answer to Nunavik’s energy needs could be blowing in the wind.

Hydro Quebec plans to do a feasibility study in Kangiqsualujjuaq in 2011 to see if this Ungava community is the right site for one or more wind generators which could produce up to 700 kilowatts of power.

The giant...

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Around the Arctic November 30, 2010 - 10:00 am

Article: urban Inuit identity riddled with stereotypes

Official ideology, social beliefs at odds with urban reality

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Rigid views of Inuit identity spread by Inuit and non-Inuit alike may hamper the development of an “authentic” urban Inuit identity, a anthropologist said in a recently published paper.

“The possibility of an authentic urban Inuit identity continues, in many ways, to be frustrated by an...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2010 - 3:54 pm

Iqaluit mayoral election, Dec. 13: Al Hayward

Mayoral candidate would consider user fees

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit’s infrastructure needs dominate the platform of mayoral candidate Al Hayward.

The former city councillor, who sat on council from 2006 to 2009 and also served as deputy mayor, said in an interview that finding a way to build badly-needed facilities for Iqaluit is his priority, should he...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2010 - 3:48 pm

Iqaluit mayoral election, Dec. 13: Paul Kaludjak

Former NTI head vows to make city safer

GABRIEL ZARATE

Paul Kaludjak attempts to position himself as the heir to outgoing mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik, whose skill at bridging the different ethnic groups in Iqaluit marked her seven-year administration.

“Being able to communicate directly with both Inuit and non-Inuit is very critical and she has been...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2010 - 3:45 pm

Iqaluit mayoral election, Dec. 13: Jim Little

“The administration is running the show”

GABRIEL ZARATE

From his observations as a city councillor during Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik’s second term in office, Jim Little says there’s a lot of room for improvement in how city council runs things.

“I went into that position feeling quite humbled by the electorate, that they would give me a chance for...

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Iqaluit November 29, 2010 - 3:41 pm

Iqaluit mayoral election, Dec. 13: Madeleine Redfern

“There's a lot of money that we don't necessarily spend well”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Madeleine Redfern is touting the vision thing.

Redfern, 40, a consultant and lawyer by training,  is running to become Iqaluit’s mayor and promising more consultation and better planning before Iqaluit forges ahead with pricey infrastructure projects like a new dump, recreation centre and...

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Nunavut November 28, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Inuit art legend Kananginak Pootoogook dies at 75

“I think he was keen to leave behind a message in his work”

SARAH ROGERS

Inuit art has lost a legend.

One of Cape Dorset’s best-known sculptors and graphic artists is gone.

Kananginak Pootoogook, a figure in the growth of Inuit art for five decades, died in an Ottawa hospital Nov. 23 at the age of 75.

Dubbed by southerners as the “Audubon of the North,”a reference to...

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Nunavik November 28, 2010 - 12:39 pm

Nunavik teachers to vote on strike mandate

Taxable housing benefit too high, union says

SARAH ROGERS

The union that represents teachers of the Kativik School Board says its members will vote on a strike mandate before Christmas if the board does not agree to certain demands.

Those demands include better services for special needs students and lowering the value of the taxable housing benefit for...

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Around the Arctic November 26, 2010 - 4:07 pm

Photo: A good day, a good feast

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Kuujjuammiut enjoy a lunch of country food after participating in a march to mark Nunavik’s day for the elimination of violence against women Nov. 25. It’s the second year of the march, modeled after the United Nations international day held on the same date. (PHOTO BY FABIEN MENÉ)

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Nunavut November 26, 2010 - 3:36 pm

National air cargo firm eyes Nunavut

We can ship food for 30 per cent less, Cargojet says

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A national air freight carrier called Cargojet Canada Ltd. says it’s capable of reducing the cost of flying nutritious food to Nunavut by as much as 25 to 30 per cent, the House of Commons northern development committee heard earlier this week.

“What we’re talking about right now is talking to the...

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Nunavut November 26, 2010 - 11:54 am

Ottawa names advisors for new food scheme

Seven-member board to represent northern residents

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal government announced on Nov. 25 the names of six people who will sit on a seven-member external advisory board set up to provide the federal government with advice on its new Nutrition North Canada food subsidy program.

The six members are:

• Wilfred Wilcox of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut....

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Iqaluit November 25, 2010 - 4:31 pm

Iqaluit says yes to subdivided lot in Apex

Existing lots not covered by trucked service policy

GABRIEL ZARATE

In a narrow vote Nov. 23, Iqaluit City Council decided to create a new lot in Apex, the first in at least seven years.

With four votes in favour and four against, the council voted to allow Apex homeowners Kirt Ejesiak and Madeleine Cole to subdivide their lot near the old Hudson Bay Co. buildings...

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Nunavik November 25, 2010 - 12:56 pm

Nominations open for two Makivik executive posts

Treasurer and vice president jobs up for grabs

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Nominations are now open for an election to fill two expired positions on the Makivik Corp.’s five-person executive: treasurer and vice-president of resources development.

The elections will be held Jan. 21 for the two positions.

Those jobs are now held by Anthony Ittoshat, the incumbent...

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Nunavut November 24, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Photo: Making art together in Rankin

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jim Shirley, co-director of the Kangirqliniq Centre for Arts and Learning (on the far left of the middle row), with a group of artists at Rankin Inlet’s Matchbox Gallery, whose educational arm, the Kangirqliniq Centre, received a $50,000 grant from the federal government.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE...

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Nunavut November 24, 2010 - 4:05 pm

Rankin arts training centre enters fifth year

“Instead of dealing with art as industry, we deal with it from the ground up”

SARAH ROGERS

Rankin Inlet’s had good news to share this week: the Canada Arts Training Fund said it will give $50,000 to the centre.

The fund, distributed by the federal department of Canadian Heritage, supports non-profit organizations that offer arts training at the community level.

And Kangirqliniq,...

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Nunavik November 24, 2010 - 4:01 pm

Nunavik mom gives birth at high altitudes

“I love him with all my heart”

SARAH ROGERS

Babies don’t always come when we plan for them, but one Nunavik newborn showed up at a higher altitude than most over Ungava Bay last week.

Eighteen-year-old Louisa Pilurtuut was expecting her first baby next month, two days before Christmas.

But the Kangiqsujuaq woman went into labour early...

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Nunavut November 23, 2010 - 6:26 pm

Nunavut premier gets insistent about devolution agreement with Ottawa

“We have the mandate”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Eva Aariak insists Nunavut is ready to negotiate a devolution agreement with the federal government.

So ready that the Government of Nunavut has taken out newspaper ads calling on Ottawa to come to the negotiating table and start working on an agreement.

“We have the mandate,” Aariak said in an...

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Iqaluit November 23, 2010 - 3:27 pm

Candidates announced for Iqaluit by-elections

Four will seek mayor's job, three to run for council seat

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Iqalummiut have four choices when they go to the polls to elect a new mayor Dec. 13.

Former city councillors Al Hayward and Jim Little are in the running, as are former NTI president Paul Kaludjak, and Madeleine Redfern, executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission.

Three candidates have...

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