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LETTERS August 28, 2015 - 8:08 am

Open letter to City of Iqaluit and RCMP

"I am appalled"

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At between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, I heard someone on my deck, but I hadn’t heard a knock on the door.

So, I went outside to see who it was.

There was a man on my deck. He was very intoxicated. He said that we had gone to primary school together. Although I didn’t recognize...

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LETTERS August 17, 2015 - 7:08 am

Nunavik weed-and-body-mass study raises many questions

“Studies concerning this drug should also be conducted in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories”

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This morning’s (Aug. 23) announcement on CBC that taking marijuana may be a cause for losing body fat in Nunavik came as quite a surprise.

(Editor’s note: Nunatsiaq News reported on this study in an article published Jan. 19, 2015, with a follow-up article published this past June 10.)

The...

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LETTERS August 14, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Should Iqaluit vehicles be taxed based on engine size?

"These huge pickup trucks are in most cases used only to carry minimum loads"

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The sealift brings more vehicles than the city can handle.

Unless an effort is made by this government, the number of vehicles on our roads will cause health problems with the fumes. They will contribute to the damage of the roads and make maintenance impossible.

I suggested years ago that...

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LETTERS August 07, 2015 - 7:12 am

Bob Kadlun was a leader and first-class negotiator

"He knew what Inuit wanted: a land claims agreement that delivered a new territory — Nunavut"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I worked with Bob Kadlun from 1985 to 1991 as Research Director of the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut, the Inuit organization that negotiated the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

Your excellent obituary characterized Bob as “fearless.” Yes, he was.

I remember him chewing out the Government of...

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LETTERS August 04, 2015 - 10:10 am

Hay River municipal union leader supports QEC strikers

"I wish the Nunavut Employees Union and its members luck and hope that this work action can be resolved"

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I would like to take the opportunity to lend support to our brothers and sisters of the Nunavut Employees Union currently under strike action against the Qulliq Energy Corp.

As a proud union member I wanted to point out some of the incredible benefits that have been afforded workers over the years...

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LETTERS July 10, 2015 - 2:45 pm

We didn’t approach Natanine, Nunavut Liberals say

"At no point in time has any officer or agent of the Nunavut Federal Liberal Association approached Mr. Natanine"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Federal Liberal Association wishes to set the record straight on a recent suggestion made in your July 6 article “Nunavut mayor awaits official nod from NDP headquarters: Jerry Natanine says no to the Liberals, turns to the NDP.”

To be clear, at no point in time has any officer or...

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LETTERS July 07, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Family remembers bubbly young woman who loved life

Alison Kuniliusie Akumalik: Oct. 28, 1984 — June 8, 2015

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Alison Kuniliusie Akumalik, 30, of Ottawa, Ont., passed away on June 8 with a fatal aneurysm.

She was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Oct. 28, 1984 to Joanasie and Mary Akumalik.

She briefly went to Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit. She had one child, Amy Ullikatar.

Alison worked hard helping Inuit in...

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LETTERS June 01, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Why no medical escorts for English elders in Nunavut?

"I think you should revise the policies you have in order to please all peoples"

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Louisa Pootoolik wrote this letter to the Government of Nunavut’s health minister, Paul Okalik, seeking redress for a policy she says discriminates against frail English-speaking elders.

She sent the letter March 11, 2015 but got no response, so she is sharing it with Nunatsiaq News.

To Whom It...

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LETTERS May 20, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Inuit org responds to editorial on NLCA lawsuit settlement agreement

“Optimism must always be backed up with vigilance”

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Nunavut Tunngavik Inc’s core stand on respect for Inuit rights under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement has always been straightforward and consistent.

Promises made must be promises kept. And lessons learned must be lessons applied.

Lawsuits don’t occur in vacuums. NTI began its lawsuit in 2006...

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LETTERS May 08, 2015 - 10:31 am

Should all Nunavut suicides get an inquest?

"We can't and must not forget them"

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The ongoing suicide crisis in Canada’s North continues without let up.

Millions are spent on what seem to be worthless efforts to try and stem the tide that is taking the lives of so many.

Both the late Bill MacKenzie and I felt for years that the concept of trying to prevent a person from ending...

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