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LETTERS March 14, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Baffin Correctional Centre: a quagmire for Nunavut bureaucrats

“Inmates will continue to be housed in a substandard and potentially dangerous place”

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The Baffin Correctional Centre continues to be a quagmire for the Government of Nunavut and the territorial justice department. 

The term “quagmire” is defined as a bad situation that is hard to get out of, or a situation that is full of problems.  There is no doubt that this perfectly sums up...

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LETTERS March 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

Beneficiary starts online petition demanding Towtongie’s resignation

"President Towtongie has managed to dishearten and alienate the very people she has been entrusted to represent"

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I am baffled by the suggestion that the “NTI President Clarifies Policies” news release is being used as a defense of Ms. Towtongie’s imprudent and prejudiced commentary of March 6, 2014.

Looking at the statement that “[a]t NTI, we always promote an atmosphere of inclusivity, acceptance and...

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LETTERS March 07, 2014 - 10:39 am

Any event that celebrates diversity is good

"We are all a lot more the same than we are different"

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I write this in thanks to all the great people who put on the Black History month event recently in Iqaluit.

Long live the African diaspora! Any event that celebrates diversity, especially ones with great food and music, are such a gift!

I had recently learned of the tragic death of a Sudanese...

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LETTERS March 06, 2014 - 12:06 pm

NTI president responds to letter on rainbow flag comments

"We need to openly discussed the issue of sexual orientation without fear"

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I feel honoured that you wrote me this letter, Laakkuluk.

My comments were to commend Simon Nattaq at the mayors’ forum. I said as an Elder within the Inuit prevailing authority… that consensus is sought for, as a dynamic democracy. 

Those were my comments, as a young Inuit person like...

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LETTERS March 06, 2014 - 11:17 am

Inuit resident denounces NTI president’s opposition to rainbow flag

“I am in complete shock that you would use your capacity as president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to spread such prejudice”

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This morning [March 6] on CBC radio, I heard your discouraging comments about the raising of the pride flag at Iqaluit City Hall and furthering this by saying that homosexuality is not a part of Inuit culture.

I am in complete shock that you would use your capacity as president of Nunavut...

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LETTERS February 27, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Open letter from a tenant to KMHB

“The bathroom is the worst, and it always smells like sewage”

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I have been a tenant with the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau for 10 years and KMHB has no record of me. 

I have been applying for a new house and renewing my application every month. 

Since they were building new houses, I applied for a new house. The local housing committee finally had a...

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LETTERS February 18, 2014 - 10:16 am

Mad Mom’s mad at human trafficking

"They are someone’s namesake, someone’s child, cousin, sister"

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Mad Mom here. What am I mad about, you wonder?

It’s about all those folks who put down the report from that consultant on the human trafficking of our girls and women.

Reactions have been pretty amazing from those who disbelieve it, with our MP, Leona Aglukkaq, jumping into the soup again,...

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LETTERS February 18, 2014 - 7:15 am

Toronto Zoo removes “Searik” definition from polar bear name contest

"We will be removing that meaning from our website."

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

First, let me begin by apologizing for using an inaccurate information source for the meaning of the name Searik, which is one of six names proposed in a contest to name our new polar bear cub.

The source used for the meaning of the name Searik was clearly not accurate and it was certainly never...

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LETTERS February 13, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Amendments to Nunavut’s Justice of the Peace Act not yet in force

“This act provides for a much improved appointment process”

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The letter of Feb. 11 concerning Mr. Clark’s recent appointment as Nunavut’s senior justice of the peace raises the important issue of transparency in the process of judicial appointments.

I commend the author for raising this issue.

As has often been said, “Justice must not only be done, but...

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LETTERS February 11, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Questions about appointment of new senior Nunavut JP

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I learned today that Calvin Clark has been appointed as the Senior Justice of the Peace for Nunavut.

For many Nunavummiut who are not involved with the criminal justice system, this appointment is happily of little meaning or consequence to them.

However, for those other citizens who sadly find...

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