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Ed Zebedee, director of protection services for the GN, shows the Blackberry-sized portable SPOT device and the Blackberry message he receives when a SPOT's help function is activated. Zebedee says Nunavut isn't yet prepared for a major emergency but solutions are being developed. - NNSL file photo
Nunavut isn't prepared yet
Director of protection services talks about getting territory ready for a major emergency

Miranda Scotland
Northern News Services
Saturday, April 19, 2014

The territory isn't fully prepared to take on a large-scale emergency but government and organizations are developing solutions, says Nunavut's director of protection services.
The territorial government has been working with communities to help them formulate emergency plans over the past few years. ARROW Continued

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A type of duck-billed Hadrosaur, similar to a Brachylophosaurus depicted above, once lived on what is now Axel Heiberg Island roughly 75 million years ago, when the climate of the eastern Arctic was likely similar to the west coast of British Columbia today, according to a paper published in the scientific journal Arctic last month. Fossil uncovers ancient Arctic
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - After gathering dust for more than two decades, a small fossil of a dinosaur vertebra found on Axel Heiberg Island in 1992 is getting its turn in the spotlight. After finding the archived fossil while doing research on what the Eastern Arctic would have looked like during the late Cretaceous period, roughly 75 million years ago, paleontologist Matthew Vavrek and his colleagues realized the humble fossil \96 which consists of a single bone from a spinal column \96 marks a significant scientific discovery.

John Arnalukjuak High School computer teacher Phil Rivoire helps to set up TV station equipment in Arviat last November. The school is receiving a new two-way communication system through Connected North, a program focused on enhancing services for remote communities in the North.

Technology 'puts Inuit in driver's seat'
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Come September, students in Arviat will be just a few clicks away from scientists, engineers, and other experts. That is when John Arnalukjuak High School is supposed to receive four two-way video communication systems. The technology is provided through Connected North, a program focused on enhancing education and health care services in remote communities.

Acting Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Association president Craig Collier presents Iqaluit's Shameer Mughal with the Best Goalie award at the Arctic Atoms earlier this year in Rankin Inlet. Collier said he was Accusations rattle teams
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH -An anonymous letter published by a Northern publication earlier this month outlining how the Iqaluit Blizzard atom squad was allegedly mistreated at the Arctic Atoms tournament in Rankin Inlet sparked a loud outcry from people in Rankin Inlet. But the presidents of both the Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Associations are looking to move on from the controversy and focus on hockey.

The Government of Nunavut and Government of Canada have signed a renewed Gas Tax Fund agreement that will bring $163 million in infrastructure funding to Nunavut over the next 10 years for municipal water, waste water, solid waste and capacity building projects.  Community and Government Services Minister Tom Sammurtok, right, puts his name to the new Gas Tax Fund agreement with federal minister, Leona Aglukkaq. At the podium is Jeannie Ehaloak, mayor of Cambridge Bay and president of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities.

Federal funding renewed
NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Infrastructure development in Nunavut will continue to receive a baseline of stable funding under the federal gas tax fund. Twenty-two billion dollars in federal gas tax spending over the next 10 years is earmarked Canada-wide under the program. That amount is being rolled into the federal Building Canada Fund, bringing the total spending announcement over the next 10 years to $53 billion.

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