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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"

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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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EDITORIAL August 12, 2014 - 1:30 pm

The ICC: fractured Arctic, uncertain future?

"The people of the Arctic are badly divided over oil and gas development"

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Corrected Aug. 13, 1:45 p.m.

The Inuit Circumpolar Council: does anyone care anymore?

A few people, perhaps. It’s evident these days that only tiny numbers of regular people in Nunavut and Nunavik pay much attention to the ICC, which wrapped up its latest general assembly in Inuvik late last...

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EDITORIAL July 08, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Valcourt picks the lose-lose option

The federal government has poisoned its relationship with the people of the High Arctic

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When faced with the question of what to do about the prospect of seismic testing for potential oil and gas reserves in Davis Strait and Baffin Bay, Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, likely had more policy choices available to him than he has yet been...

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EDITORIAL June 06, 2014 - 7:21 am

By the numbers

"Those who lack a basic knowledge of numbers are condemned to poverty and powerlessness."

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Take heed, educators.

When Joe Savikataaq, the MLA for Arviat South, rose in the legislative assembly May 26 to ask that the Department of Education — as soon as possible — begin teaching mathematics in English from kindergarten onwards, he issued a statement that challenges the Nunavut Education...

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EDITORIAL April 22, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Should Nunavut build a university?

Does Canada need an Arctic university? The answer to that question is yes.

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When James Nasso, the chair of Agnico Eagle’s board of directors, declared April 10 that his firm would donate $5 million to a future Nunavut university, a sympathetic audience of mining symposium delegates gave him a standing ovation.

When we published the ensuing story on our website, the issue...

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EDITORIAL March 12, 2014 - 8:04 am

Did the MLA for Uqqummiut get due process?

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Samuel Nuqingaq, the beleaguered MLA for Uqqummiut, does not likely inspire much public sympathy these days.

Even before he took his oath of office this past fall, he got into trouble with his peers. He missed two days of orientation and slept through the morning segment of their Nov. 15...

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EDITORIAL February 11, 2014 - 7:21 am

Nunavut and Nunavik need the Senate

"You have nothing to gain and much to lose if the Senate were abolished"

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Who needs the Senate?

If you live in Nunavut or Nunavik, you may not like whoever happens to represent you in the Senate right now. You may not like the arbitrary means by which the prime minister of the day appointed them. And you may be appalled by the Senate expense claim scandals that have...

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EDITORIAL December 17, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Nunavut schools: stop the lying, stop the fantasizing

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Most of us heard Nunavut’s new premier, Peter Taptuna, respond late last month to the territorial election campaign’s biggest issue. He declared his government will bring an immediate end to a longstanding practice that parents, employers and young people are sick and tired of: social...

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EDITORIAL November 05, 2013 - 1:24 pm

MLAs should drop their secret ballots

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Some time next week, Nov. 15 possibly, Nunavut’s new group of MLAs will make one of the biggest decisions they’ll ever get to make.

They’ll elect a government.

Under our non-partisan system, Nunavut voters, through 22 concurrent elections scheduled on the same day, are able to elect or acclaim...

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EDITORIAL September 17, 2013 - 6:10 am

Nunavut’s consensus system? It doesn’t exist.

"We do not use a consensus system. We do use a non-partisan system."

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Get ready. Early next week, on Sept. 23, the campaign period starts for the 22 constituency elections that, on Oct. 28, will decide who will sit in Nunavut’s fourth legislative assembly.

And after those members take their seats they’ll likely repeat to themselves and to others one of northern...

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EDITORIAL August 08, 2013 - 6:01 am

Iqaluit airport: grandiose plan, few answers

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In a month or so, the Government of Nunavut will sit down with a group of private companies to sign a deal for the biggest single thing that public money has ever bought in Nunavut: a new airport for Iqaluit.

Naturally, no Nunavut MLA has asked any of the obvious questions. As usual, the assembly...

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EDITORIAL June 14, 2013 - 9:28 am

Nunavut’s approach to cancer is unacceptable

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In November 1992, after a one-sided, high-pressure publicity campaign, the Inuit of Nunavut were manipulated into voting yes to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

In doing so they also voted yes to Article 4, a promise by the federal government to divide the Northwest Territories and create a new...

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EDITORIAL May 24, 2013 - 7:22 am

Cue the sleaze, please

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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

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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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EDITORIAL September 07, 2012 - 6:14 am

It’s Iqaluit’s time to decide

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This Oct. 15, eligible voters in Iqaluit face a long list of big decisions. For starters, they must choose a new mayor, a new city council and fill vacant spots on three different school bodies.

At the same time, people and corporate entities who own property must decide if the City of Iqaluit can...

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EDITORIAL August 24, 2012 - 5:24 am

Few good options for neglected Nunavik

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As the Sept. 4 voting day approaches, the tone of Quebec’s general election campaign so far suggests that Nunavik’s long-neglected residents have much to fear and little to hope for.

The province’s three largest political parties have all named credible, competent candidates to represent them in...

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EDITORIAL August 07, 2012 - 8:05 am

QIA’s private business?

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It’s likely that many Inuit beneficiaries in the Baffin region will object to the free Olympic Games trip that Okalik Eegeesiak, president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, along with two senior officials at the Qikiqtaaluk Corp., accepted recently from Arcelor Mittal, majority owner of...

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EDITORIAL July 31, 2012 - 3:20 pm

What do the people need? Money.

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In hindsight, the spectacular growth of the Nunavut-based Feeding My Family Facebook group and its associated food-price protests should surprise no one.

The only surprise is that such protests took so long to develop. Large numbers of Nunavummiut have struggled for years against the highest cost...

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EDITORIAL May 30, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Two things you’ll hate reading about

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We don’t know who, exactly, is responsible for composing Leona Aglukkaq’s talking points.

But whoever it is, she should fire them. Or at least transfer her or him to a task where she or he may be less likely to inflict potentially catastrophic damage on the Nunavut MP’s political career.

The...

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EDITORIAL May 08, 2012 - 6:00 am

Qanuippitali: IPY’s biggest dud

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Of all the highly-touted Arctic research projects the federal government funded during the 2007-08 International Polar Year spending spree, there’s one that touched more Inuit lives than any other: the Qanuippitali Inuit health survey.

This nearly forgotten project used at least $10.6 million...

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