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EDITORIAL May 15, 2015 - 9:45 am

Good little Nunavut comes through

"Each side was able to cut its losses and declare victory — the best kind of compromise"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

When conservative-minded federal governments need a win on an Aboriginal issue, they often turn to Nunavut.

In 1991 and 1992, in the aftermath of the Oka crisis and other upheavals, the Progressive Conservative government badly needed a demonstration of goodwill on an Aboriginal issue. Good little...

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EDITORIAL April 21, 2015 - 7:59 am

Nunavut must start earlier detection of cancer

"Too many people die before their time"

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Nothing illustrates the Nunavut government’s negligent approach to the early detection of cancer better than this message: “No services were found in your area.”

That’s from the website of the Canadian Cancer Society. You’ll see it if you search an area of their site set up for people who want...

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EDITORIAL March 20, 2015 - 7:15 am

A gutsy move on language standardization

"We hope Nunavut residents will keep their minds open to the use of Roman orthography"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

As the people of Nunavut contemplate the tarnished dream of April 1, 1999, it’s worth noting that not all is lost.

Just last week, we saw that when elected leaders make decisive use of the powerful instruments that the Nunavut project put into their hands, they can move on from the dithering and...

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EDITORIAL January 09, 2015 - 9:15 am

Nunavut needs a new social contract

"Those at the top are doing better and those at the bottom are doing worse."

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Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq’s many detractors enjoyed a delightful month last November.

Their most pleasurable moments likely occurred after the airing of a televised documentary containing footage of people foraging for food at the Rankin Inlet dump. Some of that criticism was fair and some of it...

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EDITORIAL October 24, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Iqaluit’s taxi drivers deserve a raise

"No business anywhere can improve service if it’s deprived of revenue"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The next time you catch some Nunavut official babbling about “self-reliance,” do this: point them in the direction of an underpaid Iqaluit taxi driver.

Amidst what passes for the private sector in Nunavut, the taxi business stands out, along with only a few others, for the ability of its owners...

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EDITORIAL October 09, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Is Valcourt serious about Nunavut devolution?

"Until this past Oct. 3, the federal government’s approach to Nunavut devolution was simple: rag the puck and keep stalling."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Do Ottawa officials now believe that Nunavut has recovered from the underfunded, understaffed mess that emerged in the years that followed the territory’s creation on April 1, 1999?

That’s one way to interpret Bernard Valcourt’s apparent conversion to the belief that it’s now desirable to transfer...

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EDITORIAL August 20, 2014 - 7:26 am

A bad idea

"It’s not in the public interest to use scarce funds that would otherwise go to public governments"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

It’s no surprise that northern Canada’s private Inuit associations and birthright corporations are delighted to learn that Ottawa has just made them eligible to take money out of two big federal government infrastructure funds: the New Canada Building Fund and the P3 Canada.

But it’s a bad idea....

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