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Nunavut February 29, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Photo: Cold Recall

DEAN MORRISON

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Iqaluit February 29, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Photo: 24-hour walk for Feb. 26 fire victims

DEAN MORRISON

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Iqaluit February 29, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Iqaluit plans review of its dog control bylaw

"We need to do something before someone is fatally attacked"

SARAH ROGERS

Iqaluit city council plans to review its dog control bylaw this year.

Parts of the city’s Domestic Animal Control Bylaw will be the subject of public hearings, Mayor Madeleine Redfern told a city council meeting Feb. 28.

The review will respond to mounting complaints in recent months about loose...

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Nunavut February 29, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Nunavut MLAs look at how to avoid income support abuses

Food coupons could encourage income support recipients to buy more food

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re on income support in Nunavut, you can spend your money however you wish.

That was the message from a discussion held in the Nunavut legislature’s committee of the whole Feb. 27 after Quttiktuq MLA Ron Elliott said he knows “some income support recipients actually use some of the funding...

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Nunavut February 29, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Photo: CamBay chefs serve fundraiser lunch

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Nunavut February 29, 2012 - 11:54 am

GN needs more training, better application of NNI: Auditor General

AG calls for “clearer direction and timely training” in applying the Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuti policy

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A new report from the office of the Auditor General of Canada says the Government of Nunavut has, for the most part, followed the rules in awarding and administering contracts.

The report, released Feb. 28, looked at the GN’s procurement framework — that is, how it acquires goods and services to...

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Around the Arctic February 29, 2012 - 11:22 am

Shipping interests delaying environmental section of Polar Code: WWF

"The longer the polar regions are deprived of these protections, the greater the risk"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Members of the International Maritime Organization decided this week in London to postpone the development of the environmental section of the Polar Code on shipping until 2013.

The IMO, the United Nations body tasked with developing shipping regulations, took the move due to procedural objections...

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Nunavut February 29, 2012 - 11:12 am

Photo: Nunavut Quest starts Feb. 29

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Nunavut February 29, 2012 - 10:49 am

Two Nunavut communities vote in liquor plebiscites

Kimmirut will no longer be a "dry" community

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

People in two Nunavut communities voted Feb. 27 on proposed changes to their liquor regulations, Elections Nunavut said in a news release.

Voters in Kimmirut, a southern Baffin Island community with a population of about 410,  decided to end a prohibition on alcohol and establish an alcohol...

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Nunavik February 29, 2012 - 9:19 am

More changes at Nunavik’s regional health board

Larry Watt no longer acting executive director

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Larry Watt will leave his role as acting executive director at the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, the health board said in Feb. 28 news release.

Watt had been filling in for executive director Jeannie May since she began maternity leave last November.

Watt was nominated for...

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Nunavik February 29, 2012 - 8:15 am

More money for Plan Nord job-seekers: Charest

"Plan Nord will benefit workers and companies from all regions of Quebec"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Quebec will spend another $55 million to make sure workers throughout Quebec get some of the 20,000 jobs a year, which are expected to flow from the new mines, hydro-electric projects, roads and other development connected to Plan Nord.

The announcement comes a week after a major Quebec union, the...

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Nunavik February 29, 2012 - 7:45 am

Quebec newspaper articles outrage many Nunavik Inuit

The French-language daily La Presse misrepresents Inuit, critics say

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Many in Nunavik say Montreal’s French-language daily newspaper, La Presse, went too far, running a “negative” and “prejudiced” portrayal of Inuit in a Feb. 25 feature section.

La Presse published a multi-story feature on Nunavik in its Saturday edition called La Tragédie inuite, the Inuit tragedy....

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Nunavut February 29, 2012 - 7:03 am

Nunavut-produced series brings dog sled race to life

First of six episodes airs Feb. 29

SARAH ROGERS

Captured on film, the starting line of the 2010 Nunavut Quest race is a frenzy of cheering fans, barking dogs and the scenic backdrop of Pond Inlet.

If you missed the event — or any Nunavut Quest race for that matter — Piksuk Media Inc. will bring the action to you this week.

Starting Feb. 29,...

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Around the Arctic February 29, 2012 - 6:44 am

Canada to lose its “PEARL” of Arctic research

"A stunning lack of interest on the part of the Canadian government in long-term Arctic issues"

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MARGARET MUNRO
Postmedia News

Canada’s most northerly research station is ceasing year-round operation, a “draconian” move decried by scientists both nationally and internationally.

“Its closure shows a stunning lack of interest on the part of the Canadian government in long-term Arctic issues,”...

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Nunavut February 28, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Nunavut Arctic College thanks all for donations to Feb. 26 fire victims

“We truly can’t thank the community enough"

JANE GEORGE

“Overwhelming support” from donors has helped Nunavut Arctic College meet the needs of its students who lost their homes and possessions Feb. 26 in the fire that ravaged a block of Iqaluit’s Creekside Village, the college said in a Feb. 28 news release.

Arctic College officials continue to work...

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Nunavut February 28, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Grieving Nunavut community not convinced of murder-suicide deaths

"When you’re mother, you feel so much for your children"

SARAH ROGERS

Residents of Taloyoak continue to grieve the Feb. 2 death of a young mother and her two sons, Nattilik MLA Jeannie Ugyuk told the Nunavut legislature Feb. 27.

Ugyuk was delayed arriving in Iqaluit for the legislature’s winter session while she attended the funerals for 24-year-old Sarah Aiyout and...

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Nunavut February 28, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Slow medevac contributed to wife’s death: grieving CamBay man

Betty Atighioyak, 32, waited hours for a medevac to Edmonton on Dec. 8

JANE GEORGE

A Cambridge Bay man says his beloved common-law wife might still be alive today if she’d had a more speedy medical evacuation to Edmonton last December.

It took nearly 12 hours for Betty Atighioyak, 32, to reach a hospital bed 1,970 kilometres away in Edmonton on Dec. 8, said Leonard...

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Around the Arctic February 28, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Eliminating house arrest could cost feds, says budget watchdog

Changes could cost could cost taxpayers about $145 million a year

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TOBI COHEN
Postmedia News

OTTAWA — A controversial plan by the Conservative government to eliminate house arrest for a number of repeat and serious offences could cost taxpayers about $145 million a year — $8 million of which would be borne by the feds, according to an analysis released Tuesday by...

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Nunavut February 28, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Iqaluit firefighters fought Feb. 26 fire for 17 hours: fire chief

"Hot spots" persist Feb. 28

SARAH ROGERS

When a fire alarm alerted the Iqaluit fire department to a blaze in Creekside Village Feb. 26, the city’s acting fire chief Chris Wilson was on the scene in four minutes.

But when he arrived at unit 307 at 9:45 p.m., he said he was surprised to see a full-blown fire.

“What surprised me was the...

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Nunavut February 28, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Photo: AWG athletes sort donations at Nunavut Arctic College

DEAN MORRISON

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