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COMMENTARY January 23, 2015 - 5:08 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 23

Bits and Pieces

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Iqualuit, Ikaluit, or Iqaluit

When Iqaluit changed its name from Frobisher Bay to its original name several years ago, some bureaucrat spelled the name Ikaluit and most non-Inuit pronounced it that way because they couldn’t pronounce “qa” in the Inuktitut language.

People from the south and the...

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COMMENTARY January 16, 2015 - 11:45 am

My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 16

Charliuvunga (Je Suis Charlie)

JOHN AMAGOALIK

When the terrorists attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris recently and murdered 12 of its staff members, it was not just an attack on a small obscure magazine but an assault on one of the basic principles of free and democratic societies around the world.

They attacked freedom of...

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COMMENTARY January 09, 2015 - 8:00 am

My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 9

Working for the GN

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Right from the beginning, when the newly created Government of Nunavut started hiring its staff, there have been problems.

To begin with, the GN has never been able to fill all of its staffing positions. It seems to be stuck at about 85 per cent capacity.

Over the first 15 years, the GN has spent...

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COMMENTARY January 05, 2015 - 12:01 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, Jan. 2

Places and People

JOHN AMAGOALIK

Having been involved in politics and various leadership positions in the last 45 years or so, I have had the fortune of having the opportunity to travel to many places in Canada and around the world.

During the 1970s and the 1980s, while dealing with such things as land claims negotiations,...

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COMMENTARY December 19, 2014 - 5:41 pm

My Little Corner of Canada, Dec. 19

Predictions for 2015

JOHN AMAGOALIK

• There will be a general federal election in Canada.  The campaign and the advertising will be nasty. The result will be a minority government.

• The support for Leona Aglukark will have become weaker and she will have to struggle to keep her seat — if she decides to run again.

• The corruption...

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