Friday, 29 January 2016

We Live in the Arctic, 1947









We Live in the Arctic, 1947 "The Kitikmeot Heritage Society was recently contacted by the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and they have preserved and digitized a 1947 film titled, 'We Live in the Arctic'. Which includes some scenes from Canada around Paulatuk and with the RCMP were in Cambridge Bay, the power schooner Tudlik, and Inuit hunters cooking caribou meat over a fire (scenes from Canada begin at ~ 28-36 min).
The film was made by Alaskan homesteaders Bud and Connie Helmericks during a flight along the north coast of Alaska and into Canada. Restoration of the film was made possible though a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation."

January 14th, Yellowknife driver Neil Johnston was traveling along a remote section of Highway 1

"In the late hours of January 14th, Yellowknife driver Neil Johnston
was traveling along a remote section of Highway 1 when he came across
a young couple whose vehicle had gone into the ditch. They were shaken
but uninjured. There was no cell coverage in the area, but Neil got a
message through to our Operations Centre and asked them to contact the
RCMP. He shoveled snow away from the exhaust and grill to ensure the
vehicle remained running and stayed with the couple until the police
arrived on scene.
We would like to recognize Neil for his act of kindness and
demonstrating what it means to be a professional driver."

https://www.facebook.com/WestcanBulkTransport/photos/a.647162651967463.1073741826.232503896766676/1237314082952314/?type=3&theater

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Report recommends Ottawa set up new fund for northern infrastructure


Report recommends Ottawa set up new fund for northern infrastructure

"... A federal board is warning Ottawa that doling out infrastructure cash based on population is shortchanging the North, where costs are much higher and communities are small.
In a report to be released on Wednesday, the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board is calling for changes to the way infrastructure money is spread across the country.
The federally appointed advisory board is particularly concerned with the rules for the New Building Canada Plan, a $14-billion, 10-year program that started in 2014. There is an urgency to the debate given that the federal Liberals have said the fund has about $10-billion left, and the government's priority is to fast-track approvals under that program while it works on rules for the additional infrastructure spending promised during the election campaign.
"Since the majority of infrastructure funding is based on a per capita formula, it puts the north at a disadvantage compared to the south due to a substantially lower population," says the report, which recommends Ottawa set up a new fund specifically for northern infrastructure.
"People don't realize how difficult it is to live up north," said Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, president of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Ltd. in Newfoundland and Labrador and a member of the economic development board that is releasing Wednesday's report.
While the rest of Canada works itself into a frenzy over $7 cauliflower and other unpleasant aspects of a low Canadian dollar, northern Canadians have been dealing with exorbitant prices for years.
Getting food and other goods across the North is a costly logistical challenge owing to a wide range of infrastructure issues, including inadequate sea and airports and the reliance on ice roads and airstrips...."

 


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

"Every Liberal MP is About to Get a Gram of Pot in the Mail" by @KivancJake

One wonders if the three northern (Yukon, NWT & Nunavut Liberal) MPs will ever get the mailing due to the screening of mail to the territories by the RCMP at the Canada Post distribution centers...


Every Liberal MP is About to Get a Gram of Pot in the Mail


A BC pot activist and former NDP candidate has mailed out a gram of pot and a copy of his history of cannabis book to all 184 Liberal MPs across the country, and he's not afraid of the police.

Dana Larsen, who was previously in the news for mailing BC Premier Christy Clark a half ounce of marijuana, is no stranger to this type of self-promotion.

Larsen told The Province he knows the pot mailing move isn't legal, but that he's totally OK with the possible threat of legal action—based mainly on the fact that he doesn't think the police will do anything.

"It's not legal to mail people weed ... but most of Canada's marijuana laws are made to be broken, so that's just another one," he told the BC newspaper.

"I don't think any Liberal MP is going to call the police, and if they do I don't think the police are going to come after me for a gram of pot."

The gram of doja is bundled with a copy of his book Cannabis in Canada: The Illustrated History, which tells the tale of how marijuana in Canada has come so far from its humble beginnings as just another herb, man. The book costs $10, which is roughly around the same street price of the dank it's sent with.

When asked by VICE if any Liberal MPs had received the pot yet, the party could not immediately confirm, although a media spokesperson called the move "very ambitious."

Toronto Police Const. Craig Brister said that the legality surrounding the issue is a little tricky, mostly because of the various investigations that need to be done for such a small amount of pot. Brister said that even if it's obvious that Larsen sent it, the amount of effort that would be needed to prove he sent a gram of pot in the court of law would render it a waste of time.

Brister did note, however, that if the RCMP could prove that Larsen sent all 184 grams, it could be a larger issue for him, but that the person who opened the mail is definitely not getting in any shit.

"There's no two situations that could be handled the same," he said. "Like, if you found a bullet on the side of the road, you brought it home, and you called the police, I'm not going to come and arrest you. That doesn't make sense. There has to be a level of common sense with these situations, and this clearly isn't one that warrants a [serious reaction]."

The BC RCMP detachment was not immediately available for reply as to whether they would be pursuing charges against Larsen.

Follow Jake Kivanc

@KivancJake

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http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/every-liberal-mp-is-about-to-get-a-gram-of-pot-in-the-mail?utm_source=vicefbca

Thursday, 31 December 2015

BAIKAL ICE live sound







BAIKAL ICE live sound "...A group of Siberian percussionists have become an internet hit with an exhibition of ice drumming on frozen Lake Baikal. In minus 20C, they found by pure chance that the one metre thick ice has a distinctive and haunting rhythm all of its own, reported the Siberian Times...."
https://youtu.be/en0p1Y35p3w

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Stuart Hodgson, passed away yesterday at the age of 91

Bob Wilson https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007385943461  posted... "I just had a sad message from Eugene Hodgson. His father, Stuart Hodgson, passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Stuart Hodgson was one of the most important people in the building of the Northwest Territories as we know it today, and is fondly remembered by many here in the North. He was the man who moved the Government of the Northwest Territories to Yellowknife from Ottawa. My mother worked as his Executive Secretary for many years, and always spoke very highly of him. He will be missed..."

Thursday, 19 November 2015

#Yellowknife All-Candidates Territorial #Women’s #Forum Hosted by Status of Women Council of the #NWT

Yellowknife All-Candidates Territorial Women's Forum
Hosted by Status of Women Council of the NWT
https://youtu.be/9gBOFJ7maoc 


Status of Women Council
Lorraine Phaneuf

Question 1
The prevalence of family violence in the Northwest Territories is staggering.  While women and men are both perpetrators and victims, the violence against women and girls is far more severe, and more often lethal.
If elected, what initiatives do you think are important to address family violence?

Yellowknife Centre
Julie Green
Robert Hawkins

Question 2
There is a lack of female representation in our leadership in the Legislative Assembly.  If an equal number of women are not elected in this election, what policies might you implement to achieve a more equitable representation of half the population for the next four years?

Kam Lake
Kieron Testart
Dave Ramsay

Question 1
The prevalence of family violence in the Northwest Territories is staggering.  While women and men are both perpetrators and victims, the violence against women and girls is far more severe, and more often lethal.
If elected, what initiatives do you think are important to address family violence?

Great Slave
Chris Clarke
Glen Abernethy

Question 3
The level of poverty in the Northwest Territories is an issue for all residents, and the last Assembly began to take steps to address it.  We know that the reasons women and men experience poverty are different. 
How do you think the GNWT should approach gender differences when it comes to alleviating poverty in the Northwest Territories?

Frame Lake
Dave Wasylciw
Roy Erasmus
Jan Fullerton
Kevin O'Reilly

Question 1
The prevalence of family violence in the Northwest Territories is staggering.  While women and men are both perpetrators and victims, the violence against women and girls is far more severe, and more often lethal.
If elected, what initiatives do you think are important to address family violence?

Range Lake
Caroline Cochrane
Daryl Dolynny

Question 3
The level of poverty in the Northwest Territories is an issue for all residents, and the last Assembly began to take steps to address it.  We know that the reasons women and men experience poverty are different. 
How do you think the GNWT should approach gender differences when it comes to alleviating poverty in the Northwest Territories?

Yellowknife South
Samuel Roland
Bob McLeod
Nigit'Stil Norbert

Question 2
There is a lack of female representation in our leadership in the Legislative Assembly.  If an equal number of women are not elected in this election, what policies might you implement to achieve a more equitable representation of half the population for the next four years?

Yellowknife North
Dan Wong
Cory Vanthuyne
Edwin Castillo
Ben Nind
Sean Erasmus

Yellowknife Women's Society
Gerri Hunter
Question 3 (Yellowknife Women's Society)
Women often face barriers to accessing mental health and addiction services due to a variety of factors, such as a lack of safe and stable housing, limited child care options, and a scarcity of northern treatment options. What would you do to address these barriers, in order to improve women's access to treatment?

Kam Lake
Dave Ramsay
Kieron Testart

Native Women's Association of the NWT
Alisa Praamsma
Question 1 (NWA)
How will you work with the Native Women's Association of the NWT to address social and economic issues in the North?

Range Lake
Daryl Dolynny
Caroline Cochrane

Native Women's Association of the NWT
Alisa Praamsma
Question 2 (NWA) Can you identify 2 systemic issues that contribute to MMIW and how would you address this in the North?

Yellowknife Centre
Robert Hawkins
Julie Green

Native Women's Association of the NWT
Alisa Praamsma
Question 1
How will you work with the Native Women's Association of the NWT to address social and economic issues in the North?

Yellowknife North
Cory Vanthuyne
Dan Wong
Sean Erasmus
Ben Nind
Edwin Castillo

Yellowknife Women's Society
Gerri Hunter
Question 3
Women often face barriers to accessing mental health and addiction services due to a variety of factors, such as a lack of safe and stable housing, limited child care options, and a scarcity of northern treatment options. What would you do to address these barriers, in order to improve women's access to treatment?

Great Slave
Glen Abernethy
Chris Clarke

Native Women's Association of the NWT
Alisa Praamsma
Question 1
How will you work with the Native Women's Association of the NWT to address social and economic issues in the North?

Frame Lake
Dave Wasylciw
Roy Erasmus
Jan Fullerton
Kevin O'Reilly

Native Women's Association of the NWT
Alisa Praamsma
Question 2 (NWA) Can you identify 2 systemic issues that contribute to MMIW and how would you address this in the North?

Yellowknife South
Nigit'Stil Norbert
Samuel Roland
Bob McLeod

Alternatives North
Cristina Popa
Question 2 Poverty is a major cost to society wherever it exists in terms of health care and other services provided by government.  The NWT has one of the largest gaps between high and lowest income of any Canadian jurisdiction.  Poverty is a gender issue.  It disproportionately impacts women.
Question:  If elected, what will you do to reduce poverty, socio-economic inequality and food insecurity in Yellowknife and the NWT?

Great Slave
Chris Clarke
Glen Abernethy

Alternatives North
Cristina Popa
Question 2 Poverty is a major cost to society wherever it exists in terms of health care and other services provided by government.  The NWT has one of the largest gaps between high and lowest income of any Canadian jurisdiction.  Poverty is a gender issue.  It disproportionately impacts women.
Question:  If elected, what will you do to reduce poverty, socio-economic inequality and food insecurity in Yellowknife and the NWT?

Yellowknife South
Bob McLeod
Nigit'Stil Norbert
Samuel Roland

Alternatives North
Cristina Popa
Question 1 Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is relatively new technology to access oil and gas. There are serious concerns about human and environmental impacts of the activity.  Two petitions, signed by 800 to 1200 NWT residents, called for a comprehensive, transparent transparent and public review of the risks of fracking, and  whether the risks are acceptable or not. The Dene Nation, the Sahtu, Gwich'in, Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, and Akaitcho governments all passed motions or resolutions calling for a similar review, a moratorium, or ban on fracking.  To date, the GNWT has ignored or refused all these calls.
Question:  Acknowledging that women and children often bear the brunt of negative impacts from industrial extractive activities, would you support a moratorium or a ban on horizontal hydraulic fracturing?  Why, or why not, and under what conditions would you allow fracking in the NWT?

Range Lake
Caroline Cochrane
Daryl Dolynny

Alternatives North
Cristina Popa
Question 3 "Alleviating poverty and creating good, reliable jobs are crucial issues for residents in the Northwest Territories.  Unemployment rates in each of the three territories are higher than the national average. Young Canadians are also particularly affected, dealing with double the national unemployment rate.  Nearly three quarters of the new jobs created in the past six years have also been shaky – either part-time, temporary or in the self -employment sector.
Question:  With that in mind, how will you make sure there are jobs that employ northerners, particularly women?

Kam Lake
Kieron Testart
Dave Ramsay

Alternatives North
Cristina Popa
Question 2 Poverty is a major cost to society wherever it exists in terms of health care and other services provided by government.  The NWT has one of the largest gaps between high and lowest income of any Canadian jurisdiction.  Poverty is a gender issue.  It disproportionately impacts women.
Question:  If elected, what will you do to reduce poverty, socio-economic inequality and food insecurity in Yellowknife and the NWT?

Frame Lake
Roy Erasmus
Kevin O'Reilly
Jan Fullerton
Dave Wasylciw

Alternatives North
Cristina Popa
Question 1 Acknowledging that women and children often bear the brunt of negative impacts from industrial extractive activities, would you support a moratorium or a ban on horizontal hydraulic fracturing?  Why, or why not, and under what conditions would you allow fracking in the NWT?

Yellowknife Centre
Julie Green
Robert Hawkins

Alternatives North
Cristina Popa
Question 3 "Alleviating poverty and creating good, reliable jobs are crucial issues for residents in the Northwest Territories.  Unemployment rates in each of the three territories are higher than the national average. Young Canadians are also particularly affected, dealing with double the national unemployment rate.  Nearly three quarters of the new jobs created in the past six years have also been shaky – either part-time, temporary or in the self -employment sector.
Question:  With that in mind, how will you make sure there are jobs that employ northerners, particularly women?

Yellowknife North
Edwin Castillo
Ben Nind
Sean Erasmus
Cory Vanthuyne
Dan Wong

Kayla Cooper YWCA
Question 3 When families and individuals begin to experience a crisis other aspects of life often begin to deteriorate. Any one of the following can lead to the others: unemployment, financial debt, conflict with the law, physical illness or onset of disability, addictions, family breakdown, family violence. Yet the various social supports that exist to assist with any one of these needs are in disparate government departments or sub departments. Do you see this as a problem facing the government? If not, why not? If yes, what kinds of steps will you take to solve it?

Kam Lake
Dave Ramsay
Kieron Testart

Kayla Cooper YWCA
Question 1 Women are disproportionately responsible for unpaid caregiving. And a lack of affordable early learning and childcare programs limit women's opportunities for full participation in the workforce. How will you ensure that all women in the Northwest Territories have access to early learning and childcare opportunities?

Yellowknife North
Cory Vanthuyne
Sean Erasmus
Dan Wong
Ben Nind
Edwin Castillo

Kayla Cooper YWCA
Question 2 There is no shelter anywhere in the Northwest Territories dedicated to girls under 19 yet these children are often homeless as a result of some form of abuse and are highly vulnerable to further or ongoing harm or exploitation. What are some of the problems you think lead young girls to be homeless and what ideas do you have to end it?

Frame Lake
Jan Fullerton
Roy Erasmus
Dave Wasylciw
Kevin O'Reilly

Kayla Cooper YWCA
Question 3 When families and individuals begin to experience a crisis other aspects of life often begin to deteriorate. Any one of the following can lead to the others: unemployment, financial debt, conflict with the law, physical illness or onset of disability, addictions, family breakdown, family violence. Yet the various social supports that exist to assist with any one of these needs are in disparate government departments or sub departments. Do you see this as a problem facing the government? If not, why not? If yes, what kinds of steps will you take to solve it?

Great Slave
Glen Abernethy
Chris Clarke

Kayla Cooper YWCA
Question 2 There is no shelter anywhere in the Northwest Territories dedicated to girls under 19 yet these children are often homeless as a result of some form of abuse and are highly vulnerable to further or ongoing harm or exploitation. What are some of the problems you think lead young girls to be homeless and what ideas do you have to end it?

Yellowknife South
Samuel Roland
Bob McLeod
Nigit'Stil Norbert

Kayla Cooper YWCA
Question 1 Women are disproportionately responsible for unpaid caregiving. And a lack of affordable early learning and childcare programs limit women's opportunities for full participation in the workforce. How will you ensure that all women in the Northwest Territories have access to early learning and childcare opportunities?

Range Lake
Daryl Dolynny
Caroline Cochrane

Kayla Cooper YWCA
Question 2 There is no shelter anywhere in the Northwest Territories dedicated to girls under 19 yet these children are often homeless as a result of some form of abuse and are highly vulnerable to further or ongoing harm or exploitation. What are some of the problems you think lead young girls to be homeless and what ideas do you have to end it?

Yellowknife Centre
Robert Hawkins
Julie Green

Jack Bourassa's Question
If elected what will you do to support    and while insuring women have an equal place in that transition?

Yellowknife North
Ben Nind
Cory Vanthuyne
Edwin Castillo
Sean Erasmus
Dan Wong

Lois Little's Question
What will you do to make consensus government work better?

Kam Lake
Dave Ramsay
Kieron Testart

Sandra Lockhart's Question
As an action to eliminate violence against indigenous women in the NWT, what would you do in your riding to eliminate racism and sexism?

Yellowknife Centre
Robert Hawkins
Julie Green

Nancy Vail's question on
a fracking moratorium in the NWT

Yellowknife South
Samuel Roland
Nigit'Stil Norbert
Bob McLeod

Arlene Hache's question on
educating aboriginal women about the legal system

Kam Lake
Kieron Testart
Dave Ramsay

Barb Hood's question on
elder abuse in the NWT

Yellowknife Centre
Julie Green
Robert Hawkins

Jacq Brasseur's question on
supporting LGBTQ women in the NWT

Frame Lake
Dave Wasylciw
Kevin O'Reilly
Jan Fullerton
Roy Erasmus

A question on
increasing funding for education in the NWT

Range Lake
Caroline Cochrane
Daryl Dolynny

Lorna Skinner's question on
an energy plan for the NWT

Great Slave
Chris Clarke
Glen Abernethy

Closing Statements – Order of Candidates

1.    Dan Wong
2.    Sean Erasmus
3.    Ben Nind
4.    Caroline Cochrane
5.    Jan Fullerton
6.    Dave Ramsay
7.    Robert Hawkins
8.    Chris Clarke
9.    Daryl Dolynny
10.  Julie Green
11.  Kevin O'Reilly
12.  Glen Abernethy
13.  Roy Erasmus
14.  David Wasylciw
15.  Samuel Roland
16.  Robert R. McLeod
17.  Edwin Castillo
18.  Nigit'Stil Norbert
19.  Corey Vanthuyne
20.  Kieron Testart