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Nunavik January 31, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Players sharpen up with assist from Hockey Canada

“Students are still buzzing”

SARAH ROGERS

It’s 7 o’clock on a cold and dark Saturday morning, while a group of kids wait outside the arena in Kangiqsualujjuaq for their chance to get on the ice.

It rarely happens on a school day, local parents will tell you, but this weekend is a learning opportunity no young hockey player wants to

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Nunavut January 31, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Tootoo cleared to practice with Predators

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jordin Tootoo is back with the Nashville Predators, but for the time being he’ll only practice with the team as he recovers from alcohol abuse.

The National Hockey League issued a release Jan. 31 saying the 28-year old forward from Rankin Inlet is cleared to resume practicing with the...

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Nunavik January 31, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Nunavik mussels among world’s cleanest and best

Bacteria counts better than Europe, North America

SARAH ROGERS

Nunavik’s mussels are among the highest quality and least contaminated in the world.

So says a study published in the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, which found low levels of bacteria on samples of mussels living near Nunavik villages – even in habitats potentially contaminated by...

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Nunavut January 31, 2011 - 1:07 pm

No end in sight for Nunavut housing shortage

Social housing could get “increasingly unmanageable”

JIM BELL

There’s no end in sight for Nunavut’s perpetual housing shortage, but the constant construction of more public housing units will not fix the problem, the 2010 Nunavut Economic Outlook finds.

“What is troubling about the supply and demand conditions for public housing from the perspective of...

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Nunavut January 31, 2011 - 10:11 am

Report: Nunavut gets “second chance” to prepare

“The fact of the matter is the economy is growing and it’s mining”

JIM BELL

The global recession gave Nunavut an extra two years to prepare the territory’s population for mining-driven economic growth and find ways of closing the growing gap between haves and have-nots, the 2010 Nunavut Economic Outlook finds. (See the document embedded at the bottom of this page.)

“We’re...

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Climate Change January 29, 2011 - 5:28 am

Water entering Arctic warmest in 2,000 years

Modern increase not a temperature swing: scientists

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MARGARET MUNRO
Postmedia News

A new study has found that water flowing from the Atlantic Ocean into the Arctic is warmer than it’s been in 2,000 years.

The increased heat input has “far-reaching consequences” and is likely helping fuel the remarkable change underway at the top of the planet,...

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Nunavik January 28, 2011 - 5:53 pm

Nunavik teachers to vote next month on strike

Talks break off Jan. 20, union rejects final offer

SARAH ROGERS

The union representing Nunavik teachers says its members will vote on a strike mandate early next month.

Negotiations between the Association of Employees of Northern Quebec and the Kativik School Board broke off after the board deposited its final offer Jan. 20.

AENQ president Patrick D’Astous...

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Nunavut January 28, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Nunavut wants devolution too, Aariak says

“It is time for Nunavut to begin”

CHRIS WINDEYER

The Northwest Territories’ new devolution agreement with the federal government has Nunavut eyeing a deal of its own.

Late last month, the Government of the Northwest Territories reached an agreement-in-principle with Ottawa on an accord that would transfer control over the territory’s lands and...

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Nunavut January 28, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Outmigration slows Nunavut population growth

“We know people are leaving”

JIM BELL

Because unexpected numbers of people leave the territory every year, Nunavut’s population is growing far more slowly than anyone expected 10 years ago, the 2010 Nunavut Economic Outlook has found.

The economic outlook report, released Jan. 27 by the Nunavut Economic Forum, said that as of July 1,...

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Iqaluit January 28, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Iqaluit nixes 118-unit development proposal

“Sometimes we have to say no to developers”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Iqaluit city councillors shot down a proposed new development Jan. 25 that would have seen nearly 120 new apartment units erected downtown near Creekside Village.

Nunastar Properties pitched the construction of four new three-storey buildings behind and in front of Creekside Village, commonly...

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Nunavik January 28, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Photo: Skate for your life

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Hockey Canada instructor Eric Couture skates after Liam Poulin, a young participant at a Hockey Canada workshop held in Kangiqsualujjuaq Jan. 22. About 70 young players from novice to midget levels took part in the two-day event. (PHOTO BY PASCAL POULIN)

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Nunavik January 28, 2011 - 11:42 am

Salluit hit-and-run accused denied bail

Man faces range of driving, drinking offences

SARAH ROGERS

A Salluit man accused in a November hit and run that left a young boy dead was refused bail at Jan. 20 court appearance.

Twenty-five-year-old Steven Yuliusie faces a number of charges, including impaired driving, leaving the scene of an accident and intent to mislead a police investigation.

Some...

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Nunavik January 28, 2011 - 11:32 am

New Nunavik calendar says no to violence

Children’s thoughts on violence go to every household

SARAH ROGERS

Last December, every Nunavik household received a package.

Inside, a calendar presented drawings and thoughts by youth across the region, showing how they feel about violence.

Images of parents fighting, empty alcohol bottles and frightened children illustrate the months of 2011.

“When a mother...

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Nunavut January 27, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Iqaluit man guilty in booze-soaked stabbing

Victim left with badly lacerated liver

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jayko Kilabuk, 29, of Iqaluit is guilty of aggravated assault for stabbing an another Iqaluit man so badly that he lost seven litres of blood, Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled Jan. 21, in a written judgment.

On March 26, 2010, Kilabuk used a hunting knife to stab Jason Kipanik, then 29, numerous...

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Iqaluit January 26, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Bertol dismissed as Iqaluit planning director

“News like that rattles you”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Updated Jan. 27, 10:21 a.m.

Michele Bertol is out as Iqaluit’s director of planning and lands, Nunatsiaq News has learned.

Sources said Bertol was no longer working for the city after a meeting on the morning of Jan. 26.

Bertol, who worked for city hall for seven years, said she was fired, but...

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Nunavik January 26, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Salluit man faces first degree murder charge

Woman, 21, found stabbed to death in residence

SARAH ROGERS

A 22-year-old Salluit man has been arrested and charged with first degree murder following the stabbing death of a young woman.

Police found the body of the 21-year-old woman in a residence near 3:00 a.m. Jan. 25, said Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Marie-Josée Ouellet.

The victim is...

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Around the Arctic January 25, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Horne sex abuse victims get $15-million settlement

Nunavut, Northwest Territories to split payout

CHRIS WINDEYER

People who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of former teacher Ed Horne will share $15 million in compensation under the terms of a settlement announced Jan. 25.

Sixty-six victims, who launched a lawsuit against the governments of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in 2004, will receive cash...

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Nunavut January 25, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Leona Aglukkaq plays late-season Santa Claus

Nunavut MP does pre-budget tour

CHRIS WINDEYER

With speculation reaching a frenzied boil that there’s going to be a federal election this spring, Leona Aglukkaq would have to consider her recent Nunavut mini-tour a success.

The Nunavut MP and federal health minister got to play late-season Santa Claus, doling out $1.7 million in federal cash —...

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Nunavut January 25, 2011 - 9:28 am

Alex Campbell to depart Nunavut government

Veteran public servant moves on, to be succeeded by Peter Ma

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Alex Campbell, one of the Government of Nunavut’s longest serving senior public servants and the current deputy minister of Health and Social Services, will depart the territorial government March 18, Premier Eva Aariak announced Jan. 21 in a press release.

Peter Ma, who now serves as deputy...

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Nunavut January 24, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Dejaeger appears in Nunavut court, faces new charges

“The Crown expects charges to arise in a number of Canadian jurisdictions”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Crown prosecutors added three charges Jan. 24 to the list of allegations faced by fugitive Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger, and more charges could be coming.

Dejaeger faces two new counts of indecent assault in connection with events alleged to have taken place in Igloolik between September, 1978...

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