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Nunavut February 28, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Ottawa puts out feelers for Nunavut oil and gas exploration

AAND adds Bent Horn oil field to area that could be opened for bids

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

In a process called a “call for nominations,” the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development department is asking oil and gas exploration firms to tell them which blocks of land in the Arctic Islands they would like to see open for bidding in the future.

But that doesn’t mean oil and gas...

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Nunavik February 28, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Nunavik plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Kativik Regional Government says cars, trucks, snowmobiles produce the most emissions

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — A report on how much heat-warming greenhouse gases Nunavik produces shows that vehicles produce more than half of the climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions in the region.

That’s one reason that Maggie Emudluk, chairperson of the Kativik Regional Government, now doesn’t leave her...

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Nunavut February 28, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Nunavut needs better preventative dental care: MLA

“Not looking after teeth could lead to some serious consequences"

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Nunavut needs more dentists, hygienists and dental therapists working regularly in the territory.

Hudson Bay MLA Alan Rumbolt brought up the issue in Nunavut’s legislature Feb. 27 during question period.

“An increase in dental preventative care in Nunavut communities would go a long way towards...

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Iqaluit February 28, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Photo: MLAs serve up lunch at Iqaluit’s soup kitchen

SAMANTHA DAWSON

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Around the Arctic February 28, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Inuit leader chides Ottawa for failure to implement land claim agreements

"Clearly a shift in policy is needed, and this begins with the prime minister of Canada"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Terry Audla, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said Feb. 28 that the federal government continues to ignore the Crown’s obligation to implement modern land claim agreements according to the spirit and intent with which they were negotiated.

“Stony-faced intransigence is not how any successful...

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Around the Arctic February 28, 2013 - 10:27 am

Beluga blowhole spray points the way to less invasive research

"You don’t have to actually catch the animals in order to get samples"

JUSTIN NOBEL

Justin Richard has big hopes for beluga whale snot.

Richard, a graduate student at the University of Rhode Island, studies belugas.

“Essentially, I study whale snot,” said Richard. “I am hoping this will turn out to be a useful research method.”

The current method for getting information on live...

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Nunavik February 28, 2013 - 9:50 am

Photo: Rangers rally in Kuujjuaq for trek

JANE GEORGE

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Nunavik February 28, 2013 - 9:04 am

Nunavik’s regional government wants more local water testing

Two communities haven't submitted water quality reports since last year

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ – If you live in Ivujivik on the Hudson Strait, chances are you are melting ice for your drinking water or boiling it for many minutes to make sure it’s safe to drink.

That’s because no testing samples for water bacteria have been submitted from this community since the middle of August...

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Around the Arctic February 28, 2013 - 7:40 am

Shell announces suspension of 2013 Arctic Alaska drilling season

Decision follows a season of mishaps

SPECIAL TO NUNATSIAQ NEWS

BEN ANDERSON
Alaska Dispatch

After a spate of mishaps and mechanical issues that beleaguered Royal Dutch Shell’s fleet attempting Arctic offshore drilling in Alaska, the company announced Wednesday it would suspend its 2013 drilling season.

Shell is shutting down its 2013 drilling season in order...

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Iqaluit February 28, 2013 - 6:23 am

Iqaluit city council settles on pool project committee

Councillors decide to lead aquatic centre project

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Iqaluit city councillors voted unanimously at their Feb. 27 council meeting to create an internal committee to deal with the city’s aquatic centre project.

That’s in addition to a working group — including city staff, the mayor, Coun. Romeyn Stevenson and the recreation committee chair — who will...

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Nunavut to produce small surpluses this year and next, finance minister reports

“Our fiscal situation is reasonably stable”

JIM BELL

(Updated Feb. 28)

Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson has good reason to feel just a little bit chuffed this week.

That’s because his 2013 budget address predicts the Government of Nunavut will produce a small budget surplus of $21.9 million by March 31, 2014.

And when accounts are completed...

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Photo: Peterson tables GN budget

JIM BELL

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Feds announce site for Nunavut’s Canadian High Arctic Research Station

CHARS will be built in the Plateau area of Cambridge Bay

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The future Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Nunavut moved one step closer to reality, with the Feb. 27 announcement of where the facility will be built in Cambridge Bay — on the Plateau just outside town.

“This is another key milestone in the construction phase of the Canadian High Arctic...

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Iqaluit February 27, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Photo: The Marketplace opens in Iqaluit

SAMANTHA DAWSON

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Nunavik will get $5 million in 2013-14 to offset the high cost of living

Regional government and Makivik Corp. continue to lobby for more money

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ —Nunavik will continue to receive at least $5 million next year from Quebec to offset the high cost of living in the region.

That’s what regional councillors heard Feb. 27 at the meeting of the Kativik Regional Government council in Kuujjuaq.

Representatives from the KRG and Makivik...

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 10:50 am

Nunavut MLA wants inquest into death of Igloolik man in custody

Nunavut justice minister suggests inquest will be held eventually

SAMANTHA DAWSON

Amittuq MLA Louis Tapardjuk wants to know if the death of a man held in RCMP custody last fall in Igloolik could warrant a public inquest.

“When a death occurs in a jail, lock up or correctional facility under the Coroners Act, inquests must be held in public,” Tapardjuk said during question...

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 9:46 am

Nunavut MLA presses GN on family violence, women’s council

Abrupt staff changes disrupt Status of Women Council

SAMANTHA DAWSON

(updated Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m.)

More resources should be put into preventing Nunavut’s high rates of intimate partner violence against Inuit women, Nattilik MLA Jeannie Ugyuk said during question period in the legislative assembly Feb. 26.

Ugyuk, who cited a recent Statistics Canada report that...

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 8:45 am

Nunavut Broadband Development Corp. seeks website workshop participants

Free workshop will teach participants about website development and use

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you want to learn more about how to build and use a website for your business, the Nunavut Broadband Development Corp. wants to hear from you.

The not-for-profit corporation, which works to ensure that all residents, businesses, organizations and municipalities in Nunavut have equal,...

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Nunavut February 27, 2013 - 7:15 am

Nunavut makes it easier to donate food to charity

New law protects Nunavut food donors from civil lawsuits

SAMANTHA DAWSON

(updated 7:20 p.m.)

Members of Nunavut’s legislative assembly unanimously passed a new law that protects people and companies from being sued over food that is donated to charity, after a Committee of the Whole meeting Feb. 26.

The Donation of Food Act, or Bill 46, was introduced by Quttiktuq MLA...

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Nunavik February 27, 2013 - 6:00 am

Nunavik police force goes on the defensive

"We’re doing the best with what we have"

JANE GEORGE

KUUJJUAQ — Maybe Nunavik should bring back the Sûrété du Québec provincial police, suggested Joanasi Owpaluk, the regional councillor for Salluit, whose comments sparked a long discussion Feb. 26 at the Kativik Regional Government council meeting in Kuujjuaq.

The SQ used to police Nunavik, along...

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