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EDITORIAL May 24, 2013 - 7:22 am

Cue the sleaze, please

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

If you’re fortunate enough to win one of the 22 seats up for grabs in Nunavut’s Oct. 28 territorial election, you can relax.

From now on, you won’t have to worry much about that annoying little Integrity Act. On May 9, Nunavut MLAs ensured the territory’s ethics law will get far less use in the...

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EDITORIAL May 08, 2013 - 6:00 am

Most Arctic Council applicants pose little risk

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We don’t know for certain if Canada will use its effective veto on the Arctic Council this month to bar the granting of observer status to the European Union, or any other applicant.

But it’s fair to say that Canada’s Arctic Council minister, Leona Aglukkaq, now faces pressure from those who want......

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EDITORIAL May 03, 2013 - 7:08 am

Retail booze in Nunavut? Proceed with caution

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Despite its sometimes questionable recommendations, last fall’s report of the Nunavut Liquor Act Review Task Force got at least one thing right: that Nunavut’s destructive relationship with alcohol is rooted in culture, specifically “drinking culture.”

By this they mean the widespread veneration...

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EDITORIAL February 13, 2013 - 11:00 am

Idle No More: not yet relevant to Nunavut

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If you’re inclined to sympathize with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government over the now dissipating waves of Idle No More protests that peaked last month — don’t bother.

The Conservative government — mostly on their own— provoked nearly every element of that complex but unnecessary...

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EDITORIAL November 15, 2012 - 1:15 pm

An assembly without integrity?

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The squalid tale of South Baffin MLA Fred Schell’s most recent rendezvous with Norman Pickell, the Nunavut Integrity Commissioner, begins around Nov. 1, 2011.

That was when Chris Scullion, Schell’s temporary executive assistant, told Joe Kunuk, the deputy minister of human resources, that Schell,...

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EDITORIAL October 25, 2012 - 9:30 am

It’s time for movement on Arctic telecoms

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

You know how bad it can get.

It’s the government employer who blocks websites to save bandwidth. It’s the internet link that dies in the middle of an email download. Or maybe it’s the cell phone — if you’re lucky enough to even get cell service — that never works when you need it the most.

No...

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EDITORIAL September 20, 2012 - 2:03 pm

In its 50th year, the Coast Guard proved its worth

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After an unusual summer that featured fog, rain, heavy ice and unpredictable winds throughout much of the Eastern Arctic, many Nunavut residents likely came to appreciate the valuable and sometimes life-essential work of the Canadian Coast Guard, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this...

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