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Nunavik May 31, 2011 - 10:00 pm

Photo: Kangirsuk honours its heroes

JANE GEORGE

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Nunavut May 31, 2011 - 6:21 pm

Curley blasts Globe and Mail for Nunavut feature

“I get angry when I read the national newspaper that tries to portray Nunavut as hopeless”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Health and social services minister Tagak Curley launched an angry broadside May 31 against the author of a Globe and Mail story in which Curley appeared to downplay the problem of suicide in Nunavut.

The article, headlined “The trials of Nunavut: Lament for an Arctic nation” was written by Globe...

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Nunavut May 31, 2011 - 2:07 pm

No opposition to CamBay Elks liquor license application at May 30 hearing

Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board approves the Elks' application on May 31

JANE GEORGE

(updated, June 1, 7:45 a.m.)

A May 30 Nunavut Liquor Licensing Board hearing in Cambridge Bay attracted only two dozen people eager to discuss an application from the Ikaluktutiak Elks Lodge 593 for a club liquor license.

All but one of those who showed up for the 6 p.m. meeting at the Luke...

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Iqaluit May 31, 2011 - 10:31 am

Shorter Alianait arts festival still packs in shows

"We will be celebrating the many dimensions of ravens"

SARAH ROGERS

More than 20 performers from across the North, southern Canada, France and New Zealand are slated to perform at this year’s Alianait arts festival in Iqaluit.

The festival’s new shorter edition, from June 30 to July 3, will feature concerts by Greenland pop performer Angu, Chesterfield Inlet-born...

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Nunavut May 31, 2011 - 10:31 am

Tootoo takes over as Speaker in Nunavut legislature

“I needed to make a change”

CHRIS WINDEYER

(Updated 5:25 p.m., May 31)

Hunter Tootoo is the new Speaker of Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly.

Tootoo, the MLA for Iqaluit Centre, stepped down May 31 from his cabinet job as minister of education and human resources after being nominated by Nattilik MLA Jeannie Ugyuk.

He defeated Akulliq MLA...

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Nunavik May 31, 2011 - 8:36 am

Nunavik’s regional government in “sound” financial shape: treasurer

Kativik Regional Government produces $7 million surplus, 52 per cent Inuit workforce

JANE GEORGE

KANGIRSUK — The Kativik Regional Government’s finances are in good shape,  KRG treasurer Ghislaine Turcot told regional councillors in Kangirsuk this week.

The regional government’s budget stands at $276.7 million, Turcot said.

That figure does not include educational, health or justice services...

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Nunavik May 31, 2011 - 5:52 am

Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik in disarray, departing president says

“The things we planned to do, we couldn’t do them”

JANE GEORGE

(updated at 4:00 p.m.)

KANGIRSUK — Saturviit, the Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik, appears to have hit a wall — hard.

Its president, Lizzie Tukai, who was re-elected last May for another term, says she’s resigning.

In her May 30 report to the Kativik Regional Government council, Tukai said...

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Around the Arctic May 31, 2011 - 5:36 am

Expedition could solidify Canada’s Arctic claims

Canada heads to the High Arctic to justify its claim over the Arctic Ocean's resource-rich seabed

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RANDY BOSWELL
Postmedia News

A High Arctic mapping expedition this summer along a mysterious undersea mountain chain near the North Pole will mark the culmination of a 10-year federal research project, which aims at adding millions of square kilometres of ocean floor to this country’s territorial...

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Nunavut May 31, 2011 - 5:15 am

Photo: Rangers return home

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2011 - 3:27 pm

Greenpeace activists cling to Cairn drill-rig

“I can't help but notice you have two activists currently close to our rig”

CHRIS WINDEYER

Greenpeace activists still hung from the underside of an oil rig off the west coast of Greenland May 30 as they sought to derail Cairn Energy’s summer drilling plans.

Two members of the environmental group were suspended in a “survival pod” hanging 20 metres above the waters of Davis Strait from...

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Nunavut May 30, 2011 - 1:31 pm

Pang RCMP seize cash and marijuana in three busts

Three young men face charges related to drug trafficking

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

RCMP members came down hard on drug dealers in Pangnirtung this past month, seizing nearly $2,000 in cash and 35 grams of marijuana in three separate operations.

On May 5, at about 9:00 p.m., RCMP responded to a tip from a member of the public that a man was acting erratically near the bridge in...

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Nunavik May 30, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Nunavik mulls community food bank plan

Region seeking a "local solution to a local problem"

JANE GEORGE

KANGIRSUK — Nunavik’s regional government is looking at a variety of measures, such as a network of community food banks, to help people in the region eat better.

Quebec, along with Makivik Corp. and the Kativik Regional Government, already supports regional programs aimed at lowering the cost of...

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Around the Arctic May 30, 2011 - 9:00 am

TI looks for eager rowers in Ottawa

Tungasuvvingat Inuit team will race the 15th Annual Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Are you between the ages of 15 to 25, living in Ottawa, and craving some exercise?

Then, Tungasuvvingat Inuit, the community centre for Inuit, wants you.

TI is looking for at least 20 youth aged 15 to 25 who are eager to train for two days of races during the 15th Annual Ottawa Dragon Boat...

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Nunavut May 30, 2011 - 7:30 am

Photo: Snapshot of suspected proceeds of crime

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Nunavik May 30, 2011 - 5:09 am

Photo: Kangirsuk’s little white bus

JANE GEORGE

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Nunavik May 30, 2011 - 5:03 am

Photo: Who took the panels?

JANE GEORGE

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Climate Change May 29, 2011 - 1:18 pm

Warming, a double-edged sword for northern transportation: study

"Much of the landscape will become less accessible“

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

MARGARET MUNRO
Postmedia News

The Northwest Passage will not open up to shipping anytime soon, according to a study that warns global warming is a double-edged sword for northern transportation.

“And Canada is going to be feeling the harsh edge of the sword more strongly than other Arctic...

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Nunavut May 29, 2011 - 4:47 am

Researchers to trace the narwhals’ Arctic journey

“We’re trying to fill in research gaps”

SARAH ROGERS

A team of researchers plan to go where few have gone before.

On June 3, an eight-member crew led by the Pew Environment Group’s Oceans North Canada will board a converted crab trawler in Greenland’s Disko Bay en route to Nunavut’s Lancaster Sound.

From the deck of the 45-foot Arctic Endeavour,...

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Nunavik May 29, 2011 - 4:38 am

Photo: Hydro Quebec welcomes Kuujjuamiut to an open house

SARAH ROGERS

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Around the Arctic May 28, 2011 - 6:11 am

Nunatsiaq News honoured again for excellence

Staff picks up six awards for excellence from the Quebec Community Newspaper Association

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Quebec Community Newspaper Association bestowed six awards on Nunatsiaq News staff May 27 at its annual gala held near Montreal.

Editor Jim Bell won the Bob Phillips Award for the Best Editorial (general) for his Aug. 12, 2010 editorial called “Federal justice minister must act now,” which the...

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