Saturday, 6 December 2014

Second Annual Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Roundtable

"...[R]epresentatives from community organizations, Aboriginal and community governments, non-government organizations and the private sector..." but no one on income assistance or living in social housing it seems...

Second Annual Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Roundtable

"YELLOWKNIFE (November 5, 2014) - More than 100 delegates from across the Northwest Territories came together in Yellowknife over the past two days to hammer out an action plan to combat poverty in the NWT.

Participants in the Second Annual Northwest Territories Anti-Poverty Roundtable included representatives from community organizations, Aboriginal and community governments, non-government organizations and the private sector, representing every region of the NWT.  The event was hosted by the Department of Health and Social Services.

Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy, who also chairs the Social Envelope Committee of Cabinet, said that the purpose of the roundtable was to develop a territorial, multi-stakeholder action plan to combat poverty.  "Government is part of the solution but government can't be the entire solution - we can beat poverty by creating partnerships, creating relationships and working together."  Discussions at the session built on work initiated at a roundtable held in November 2013, following the publication of Building on the Strengths of Northerners:  A Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT.

MLA Alfred Moses, Chair of the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Social Programs, congratulated the gathering for a productive two days.  "With the passion and energy in the room, the expertise of people who have done great things in their communities and the attention of the leadership who are listening, we can make great progress."

Meeting Co-Chair Jim Antoine noted that an important theme was the sense of partnership, collaboration and cooperation.  Common themes that emerged from the discussion focused on homelessness, food security, the need for on-the-land programs, early childhood and wellness.  The commitments to action from the group will be incorporated into a draft territorial action plan document early in 2015.

The meeting began with a tribute to Chief Minnie Letcher of the Liidlii Kue First Nation in Fort Simpson, who served as co-chair of the Minister's Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee until her unexpected death last month.

Media inquiries:

Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2302
Email: "

Building on the Strengths of Northerners - A Strategic Framework toward the Elimination of Poverty in the NWT

Publication Date: 
June 2013

Building on the Strengths of Northerners is a strategic policy framework, the first step in a long-term plan to eliminate poverty in the NWT. It provides an overview of what we are doing now and what we need to do in the future to realize our vision of a poverty-free NWT.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

How to use the Canadian Federal govt's Lobbying Activity search

Canadian Federal Lobbyist meetings and registrations
"…In our infographic today, we attempt to help Canadians learn how to search for this type of information through the "Recent Registrations" and "Recent Monthly Communication Reports" search options on the lobbying commissioner's website.
These search functions are particularly useful to people who want to stay on top of what's going on in federal lobbying, such as which companies or groups have hired which lobbyists to represent them or which companies may be lobbying on new topics.
This infographic follows a series of others we've put out over the last few weeks that have identified how to use some of the other search functions available on the lobbying commissioner's website…."
— Nicholas Kyonka, Chief Executive Officer, Canadians For Responsible Advocacy

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Nunavut's Peter Irniq, Madeleine Redfern, and CBC's Jordan Konek win Indspire awards

RT @CBCNunavut: Congrats to Peter Irniq, Madeleine Redfern, and CBC's Jordan Konek. #Indspire awards announced today #cbcnorth

Culture, Heritage & Spirituality:
Peter Irniq – Inuit Nunavut

Peter is an Inuit cultural teacher who has lived most of his life in the Kivaliq Region of Nunavut. He was the executive assistant commissioner of the NWT from 1974 to 1975, then was elected to represent Keewatin Region for four years. He was named director of the Inuit Cultural Institute in 1992 and Director of Communications for Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated the following year. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth with a mandate to be the guardian of traditional Inuit culture and language. Peter has also been recognized internationally for his artistic ability in designing inukshuks. His inukshuk for the 2010 Olympics was a highlight in Vancouver, and he has built Inukshuks in Paris, at Juno Beach in Normandy, in Buenos Aires, Mongolia, Washington D.C. and numerous other locations.

Public Service
Madeleine Redfern – Inuit Nunavut

Madeleine began her career as a businesswoman with a retail store in Ottawa, and began her extensive volunteering as President of the Tunngasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, founding member of the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre and the Ottawa Inuit Head Start programs. Following law school graduation, she became the first Inuit law clerk to clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2010, she became the Mayor of Iqaluit, and served for two years. Along with her positions with Ajungi Arctic Consulting and as Chair of the Legal Services Board, she also serves as an Advisory Board Member with Canadian Lawyers Abroad, as recent mentor with the Trudeau Foundation, and as a Northern Representative to EcoJustice Canada.

Youth: Inuit
Jordan Konek – Inuit – Nunavut

Jordan is a bilingual video journalist and reporter/editor for CBC North and has his own production company, Konek Productions. He developed his company while working as a researcher with the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project, filming activities related to the project in Yellowknife, Vancouver, and Ottawa. As co-director and co-producer, he hopes that this initiative will be an inspiration to Inuit youth. In 2011, he attended the COP 17 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa and spoke at an international press conference about the Inuit perspective on climate change. An advocate for climate change, he also presented his work at the latest Inuit Studies Conference at the Smithsonian Institute and was a speaker at the International Polar Year conference in Montreal in 2011. He has also worked with the Canadian Rangers, assisting with the junior rangers program in Arviat, Nunuvut.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Fracking’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck Revealed In New Report

Well, turns out the United States' big fracking boom isn't all it's cracked up to be; Big oil will tell us anything to get us on board with their plan of continuing to frack when we should be building sustainable energy solutions.

"... If you are one of those people who smell the stench of bust behind today's fracking-fueled oil and gas boom, the Post Carbon Institute has an early Christmas present for you. In its latest report, the organization makes the case that US shale oil and gas reserves will peak and drop off rapidly, long before officially predicted by the US Energy Information Agency.

The new Post Carbon Institute report is titled "Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom." It was prepared by the same consultant who correctly predicted that official estimates of oil reserves in California's Monterey Shale 1 formation would fall off the cliff.


Fracking Boom, Fracking Bust, and The New Ghost Towns

The new Post Carbon report is focused on the impact that shale play estimates have on US energy policy. Press materials for the report also describe the financial symptoms of a bubble that's about to pop.

However, we're more interested in the report's implications for communities and individual property owners that host fracking or fracking wastewater disposal operations.

Those of you who know your Westerns are familiar with the "ghost town" phenomenon of abandoned mining communities that lost their raison d'être once the mining company pulls out.

In real life, the ghost town effect doesn't just mean a loss of employment. It can also saddle the community with a toxic environmental legacy that thwarts new economic activity.

You could make the case that mining boom towns wouldn't have existed in the first place if it wasn't for the mine, so no foul, no harm. But that doesn't apply to the current oil and gas fracking boom. In many areas it is intruding into established communities that already have a firm footing in sectors like agriculture or tourism, or that have the potential for long term economic grown.

The Post Carbon report underscores that the fracking boom is just that: a relatively short-lived boom. Given emerging evidence of the negative impacts of fracking and fracking wastewater disposal, communities that already host a healthy economic platform would be well served to pass on the opportunity to make a quick buck, and focus on more long term, sustainable sources of income.

For those of you new to the topic, those impacts are only just beginning to emerge because for many years fracking (short for hydrofracturing, a longstanding but formerly uncommon method for recovering oil and gas from shale formations) was largely confined to thinly populated areas in the western US, where it attracted little attention from the outside world.

However, a Bush-era exemption from federal water protection regulations has enabled thousands of fracking rigs to blossom in new territory, including the heavily populated northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.

As a result, fracking has become an incendiary issue for some communities, as has fracking wastewater disposal. That's on top of the meta-issue, which is the role of natural gas in climate change...."

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Yellowknife #NWT approves 'housing first' model for homeless

Yellowknife #NWT approves 'housing first' model for homeless
"…"Housing first is a principle that says before you can deal with mental health or addictions issues, people need a roof over their heads," says Mayor Mark Heyck.
The idea is to place people in homes rather than rely on emergency shelters.
Housing first doesn't require people to be sober to get a home.
Heyck says the city also has to do more to help homeless youth…
City council has adopted a five year plan to roll out the model.
The five-year Homelessness Strategy would set up a youth-specific housing complex.
It would have on-site support services to help youth gain independence.
The city hopes to be able to get up to $360,000 a year from the federal government to start the program….."

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Adventures in Yellowknife / Aventures à Yellowknife

Adventures in Yellowknife : In February 2014, the Canadian Tourism
Commission partnered with Northwest Territories Tourism to host 4
eminently talented photographers from Mexico, Brazil and Australia.
Their journey took them to Yellowknife, NT where their unique
experiences in Canada’s far north made for the trip of a lifetime.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus & RCMP Officer Barry Ledeaux on NWT policing & the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

Dene Chief Bill Erasmus & RCMP Officer Barry Ledeaux on NWT policing & the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women at the Native Women's Association of the NWT AGM recorded live on Sept 5 2014
Full version also available of YouTube

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Over 60? Live in the #NWT? Get #free #tuition at Aurora College

In the #NWT over 60s get #free #tuition for any classes/programs given at #Aurora #College

But it's bloody hard to find out about... It's not on the Aurora College website..I found it on page 20 of this

I'm in the third term of taking this distance education program (for free) at the University of the Arctic via Aurora  College

Friday, 29 August 2014

My #Yellowknife #NWT panoramic photo spheres have more than 100 views

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

‘OUR ICE IS VANISHING’: First Ever #Book Launch in #Arctic Canada's Northwest Passage

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Shelley Wright launches new book aboard Adventure Canada's Expedition to the Canadian Arctic

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Port Credit, ON. August 28th, 2014:

Author and Inuit advocate Shelley Wright reveals her latest nonfiction work Our Ice is Vanishing/Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change aboard Adventure Canada's Northwest Passage expedition, September 8th to 22nd, 2014. A book launch like no other, the event will allow Wright to showcase her work among the very icebergs, wildlife and northern communities that first sparked her interest in one of the world's most dynamic environments: the Canadian Arctic. Adventure Canada guests will enjoy an intimate reading and exclusive book signing from Wright, while sailing through a world ruled by ice.

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"I have never felt more conscious of being in a particular place on this earth than when in the Arctic," says Wright. "Adventure Canada gave me the opportunity to see the Arctic in a way I could never have done without them. I fell in love with the beauty of the land and sea, the majesty of this vast area, and I learned to think globally while focusing on the local."

In Our Ice is Vanishing, Wright unlaces the intricate legacies of exploration, intervention and resilience in the Arctic. The book interweaves scientific and legal data, Arctic history, and personal anecdotes and photographs from Wright's life and travels in the Far North to the forefront of the international climate change debate. Most of the photographs in her book were taken while Wright travelled with Adventure Canada, the family-owned expedition company offering ship and land-based adventures to the Arctic, Greenland and Eastern Canada.


"Shelley is an unshakable advocate for Inuit and Indigenous peoples' rights. As part of our onboard resource team, she truly elevates our guest's experiences and understanding of climate change as it relates to Inuit," says Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada Vice President. "Having Shelley launch Our Ice is Vanishing in the Northwest Passage with us couldn't be more special."

Adventure Canada offers voyages to the Northwest Passage twice yearly, travelling between Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. During this iconic journey, guests will visit Inuit communities, search for polar bears, witness calving glaciers and sail dramatic fiords.

For more information about author Shelley Wright and Adventure Canada's 2015 Northwest Passage expeditions, please visit or call 1-800-363-7566.


About Shelley Wright

Shelley Wright has lived and travelled in the Arctic for more than ten years beginning with her experiences as the Northern Director of the Akitsiraq Law School based in Iqaluit. She has published widely as an academic on Indigenous and women's issues and is the author of the forthcoming book Our Vanishing Ice/Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers and Climate Change in the Arctic published by McGill-Queen's University Press (Fall 2014). Most of the photographs in this book were taken while she was a passenger with Adventure Canada on her many trips with them in the Arctic. Her special interests include the history of the Arctic from both a European and an Inuit perspective, the creation of Nunavut and the circumpolar lands of the Inuit known as Nunaat (including Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia), legal questions surrounding sovereignty and Inuit rights, resource development, climate change and the impact of changes to the Arctic environment and the people who live there. She is a committed advocate for Inuit and Indigenous peoples' rights as well as an enthusiastic amateur photographer and singer.

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About Adventure Canada

Based in Port Credit Ontario, Adventure Canada is a family-owned adventure travel company specialized in land-based and small ship cruise adventures predominantly in Canada's Arctic and East Coast regions. Adventure Canada's trips feature a widearray of special guests including musicians, authors, biologists and historians.

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Media Contact

Melissa Medeiros


Friday, 1 August 2014

Due to #homeless Ottawa #Inuit man's case Canada's "mandatory #victim #surcharge" declared #unconstitutiona

RT @Northern_Clips: Due to #homeless Ottawa #Inuit man's case Canada's "mandatory #victim #surcharge" declared #unconstitutional #CDNpoli
"... Not long ago, Justice Minister Peter MacKay actually said #homeless people should sell off "a bit of property" to come up with the cash to pay the mandatory #victim #surcharge if they're convicted of an offence.
An Ontario judge has just replied with a forceful response: the mandatory surcharge is #unconstitutional...."

RT @Northern_Clips: Prominent Ottawa judge strikes down @pmharper's #mandatory #victim #surcharge @andrew_seymour #CDNpoli #HumanRights

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Great Northern Canada Writing Contest Deadline September 2

2014 Great Northern Canada #Writing #Contest DEADLINE: SEPT 2, 2014 @NorthWords #NWT #YUKON #NUNAVUT #NUNAVIK




To enter, submit a piece of prose, either fiction or non-fiction, of up to 1,000 words about life in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Nunavik. Previously published items or items that are submitted elsewhere are not eligible.

 Entries should be typed and double-spaced with the title, but not your name, on each numbered page. Please submit a separate cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, word count and whether your piece is fiction or non-fiction.

 Entries must be mailed to:

Great Northern Canada Writing Contest,
Box 1256,
Yellowknife NT X1A 2N9

Or emailed as a WORD attachment to: with CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line. Please do not put your story in the body of the email.

Deadline is September 2, 2014. That means they must be postmarked by that date. (Please note that the deadline has been moved from September 1 to September 2 as September 1 is a holiday.)

First Prize is $500 and publication in above&beyond, Canada's Arctic Journal.

Special Emerging Writer Prize of $250 and publication in above&beyond, Canada's Arctic Journal, for writers who have never been published for payment. To qualify, identify yourself as an  "emerging writer" on the cover sheet you submit with your entry.

 Winners will be announced in Fall, 2014.

 The following are not eligible: Staff and contractors of above&beyond magazine and their families, writers who have been published in above&beyond, Canada's Arctic Journal in the last five years, organizers and paid staff of the NorthWords NWT.

The contest is sponsored by above&beyond, Canada's Arctic Journal and De Beers.



Annelies Pool, Executive Director, 
NorthWords NWT,
Box 1256,
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N9 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

REE @newsu #WEBINAR: Covering #Hydraulic #Fracking & Its Impact on #Economy & #Environment

FREE @newsu #WEBINAR: Covering #Hydraulic #Fracking & Its Impact on #Economy & #Environment
"... Sign up now for Covering Hydraulic Fracking and Its Impact on Economy and Environment, a free Webinar on July 17.
Learn the basics of hydraulic fracturing and the oil and gas boom that is sweeping the U.S. during our latest Webinar sponsored by the McCormick Foundation.
Who should take this course? Anyone who covers a region affected by oil and gas development and production or is interested in fracking's environmental consequences and its contribution to economic boom and bust, and energy independence
Stay on top of this important issue with Covering Hydraulic Fracking and Its Impact on Economy and Environment. This Webinar is free thanks to the support of the McCormick Foundation. It starts at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, July 17.
Questions? Go to Covering Hydraulic Fracking and Its Impact on Economy and Environment, read our Webinar FAQ or email us at
Poynter's News University is one of the world's most innovative online journalism training programs ever created. From multimedia techniques to writing and reporting, we've got more than 400 courses to help you manage your career. As the e-learning home of The Poynter Institute, NewsU extends Poynter's mission as a school for journalists, future journalists and teachers of journalism...."

Monday, 7 July 2014

LIVE Digital Press Release Today at 1:30 Mountain – Health Study in Fort Chipewyan “Clear and Worrisome”

"...FYI - Tune in at 1:30 for a livecast and download the digital press package...."

Stay tuned to this page for the 1:30 Mountain press release. A digital download will be available HERE at that time, along with a possibility of a live webcast. Later today there will be  highlight clips from the conference, in high definition XDCAM format, available to download.

For more information or media inquires throughout the day please contact Susanne McCrea – One River Many Relations Communications at (204) 297-0321, or

Please check out the wealth of video documents that have been produced in the course of this research. All stages of the research have been shaped through a relationship with the communities, and that shows in the rich and personal storytelling that has been produced.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

On the Equal Pay Commissioner of the NWT

On the Equal Pay Commissioner of the NWT

1) Why is the Equal Pay Commissioner of the NWT "... a practicing lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia..." and not a practicing lawyer in the Northwest Territories? Would that not be better? What about the costs of travel from Vancouver to the NWT? Would that not be better spent in many other ways? I thought the GNWT wanted to have people move to the NWT to work.. Why is there no toll free number for the Commissioner?

2) Why is the Commissioner's last annual report dated June 2011?


If you have any questions or concerns about the right to equal pay for work of equal value, or would like more information about this right, please contact the Equal Pay Commissioner, Nitya Iyer. 

You may contact the Equal Pay Commissioner at:


Mailing Address:

Equal Pay Commissioner
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9


Equal Pay Commissioner
c/o Lovett Westmacott
200-736 Granville Ave.
Vancouver BC V6Z 1G3

Telephone: (604)-684-9221 or 867-669-5583
Fax: (250) 480-7455

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Question on the #NWT's "... strategic framework for the elimination of #poverty..."

By the way... When a I posted a question about this a moment ago on this "PovertyFreeNWT" page... not only was it not answered... but it has been deleted by someone in that page who has the authority to do so..

Specifically, how will the  NWT's "... strategic framework for the elimination of poverty..." eliminate this Income Assistance situation so that the GNWT's Income Assistance never again withholds food from any one of its citizens?...
How does this policy support and honour our CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS?
"...7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice...."
From group: Housing Issues in the Northwest Territories & Nunavut
by Clara Anikina on Saturday, May 31 at 11:15am
".... sorry i know this is for housin issues but i am in a dilemna, i am so worried cause i got refused until aug 1 for income support, i did not get a cheque for june and i won't get one for july. i was out of food for 3 wks already, and bummin around. i don't know how i managed to get by. i just found out yesterday, so i just gave up hope. i didn't know what to do, i wanted to just cry and give up hope...what a hopeless situation i am in, but i KNOW I AM NOT ALONE, an THERE ARE OTHERS IN THIS SAME SITUALTION AS ME THIS MONTH. also i didn't have a chance to go out campin to get well needed fish and i still don't have some geese cause the weather was so bad.
part of the problem was that the Income support worker kept being away from her office for the months of march, an april, most of the time....
Clara Anikina our mla is jackie jacobson, mr speaker...."

"...7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice...."

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Water Break - Northern Properties REIT Yellowknife NWT 12/05/2014

"...Northern Property in Yellowknife is the landlord of this building. They have offered to move the lady into a more expensive apt (at her cost, plus an increase in rent), or move her to an unsafe apt that is run down and in need of major maintenance. This happened on Monday night and today (Tuesday) they still have not helped her other than to turn off the cold water completely... And they say it's not their responsibility to place her anywhere this evening. Time for newspapers and MLA to be involved!!

Please share this post and make people of Yellowknife aware of the in-humane activity NPREIT is participating in. They refuse to come and soak up all the water, there is absolutely no running water (except hot) and no shower. It is very unhealthy living conditions. As a community, this needs to be put viral!

Hal (the Rental Officer) has been contacted and they will further continue the investigation tomorrow. We have also contacted Environment Canada and they will be sending somebody as well to investigate. Potential arbitration will take place, depending on the severity of the living conditions (which is significant)...."

Friday, 2 May 2014

Yellowknife, NWT: Cages the new social safety net, cops the new social workers #YZF #NWT #Homeless

Shelter behind bars
Cages the new social safety net, cops the new social workers
Northern News Services Editorial Yellowknife, NWT

“As each day brings the city closer to the social disgrace of being without a homeless day shelter, police are amping up their downtown patrols.
With 70 users daily at the shelter - which keeps people off the street, gives them a warm, safe place to retreat to use the bathroom, sleep or sober-up - there is bound to be a substantial impact come May 31, and Yellowknife needs to brace for it.
Although the RCMP does make up a portion of the resources such a population requires, its role is decidedly short-term. To remove a drunk and disorderly person from a downtown street, place them in a jail cell for the night and release them when they're sober, is addressing an immediate issue but ignoring an underlying cause. Valuable police resources are being diverted to putting the same Band-Aid on the same wound again, and again and again.
Without the shelter to supplement police enforcement in addressing complex social issues, the problems only perpetuate, putting a strain on our courts and jails, while doing absolutely nothing constructive for those caught in the vicious cycle of poverty and addiction.
This failure in services for the city's most vulnerable falls right onto the shoulders of the territorial government and the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority, for not finding an alternative when help was discovered the shelter was set to close and its building demolished.
When government fails to take care of its citizens who need it most the problems do not just go away -the costs linger through increased policing, ambulance calls and hospital visits.
While the homeless day shelter is not a standalone solution, it does help alleviate some of those costs -a person able to sleep off their drunkenness on a couch at the shelter is not going to be on the street and at risk of being taken to a jail cell to do that very thing - or at risk of consuming more alcohol, which could manifest into worse consequences.
It takes a balance of resources to achieve long-term solutions to the problems of addiction and homelessness. A four-pillar approach, like how the City of Vancouver tackles its addictions problems, means enforcement when it's due, harm reduction which would include the day shelter
when it helps, treatment when it's needed and prevention when it's possible.
Take away one of those legs and the whole thing topples. Increase enforcement, but eliminate harm reduction, and one is left with an imbalanced approach less likely to lead to a solution.
Unfortunately, the territorial government's view on this problem appears to amount to little more than substituting police officers for social workers and the city's safety net for homeless people with jail cell bars.
Last week, Yellowknife resident Kyle Thomas released his self-published book - Yellowknife Street Stories - which shares tales from the local street people population, bringing them to life and shedding some of their stereotypes.
It is this non-judgemental view those with the power to implement solutions must take, ensuring they help - rather than hurt - the population. Users of the doomed day shelter need social supports and structures rather than more officers, handcuffs and jail cells.”

The NWT's Caribou Legs by Dennis Allen

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada

Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada
April 30, 2014
Expert Panel finds monitoring, management, and oversight critical for responsible shale gas development in Canada

A new expert panel report, Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada, concludes that shale gas development must be supported by well-targeted science and management strategies to understand and mitigate potential impacts. The report, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, addresses environmental and associated health impacts and offers insights regarding public engagement and trust.
"For Canada, regional context matters. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work to address the various potential environmental impacts that may exist across Canada's diverse regions," said Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President of the Council of Canadian Academies. "As such, communities and decision-makers will need to consider potential environmental impacts within their own contexts and decision-making processes."

The Panel's report sheds light on a variety of potential environmental impacts associated with well integrity; groundwater and surface water; greenhouse gas emissions; land impacts and seismic events; and human health. The report also addresses the importance baseline and ongoing monitoring, and the need for research and data-gathering.
Key findings
Although the technologies and techniques used in extracting shale gas are understood, more research and information is needed on the potential environmental impacts that could result from this process. In Canada, shale gas development has moved forward in British Columbia and Alberta while potential development is still being explored in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Unlike the United States, Canadian development has moved at a slower pace. This slower pace of development presents a unique opportunity for Canada to take the time to explore and determine the proper management practices to develop its shale gas resources responsibly.
For Canada, regional context matters. Environments, ecosystems, geographies, and geologies are not uniform across the country. Therefore, consideration of different potential regional impacts need to be closely considered when determining the suitability for shale gas development.
Overall, the Panel found that well-targeted science is required to ensure a better understanding of the environmental impacts of shale gas development. Currently, data about environmental impacts are neither sufficient nor conclusive.
The Panel's assessment focused on a number of environmental impacts. They include:
- Well Integrity
- Water (groundwater and surface)
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Land Impacts and Seismic Events
- Human Health
- Monitoring and Research..."
What is the state of knowledge of potential environmental impacts from the exploration, extraction, and development of Canada's shale gas resources, and what is the state of knowledge of associated mitigation options?
Report and related products:
-Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada
-Executive Summary
-Report in Focus (abridged version)
-News release and backgrounder

Monday, 14 April 2014

>@leonaaglukkaq Announces Support to Help put "Students on Ice"

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Minister Aglukkaq Announces Support to Help put Students on Ice - Program supports youth and Aboriginal leadership and fosters understanding and respect for the Arctic

OTTAWA, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced Parks Canada's sponsorship of student participation in Students on Ice, an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Through this unique initiative, Parks Canada is supporting youth and Aboriginal leadership development and building connections between northern and southern Canada.

Through a three year agreement, Parks Canada will contribute approximately $150,000 a year to sponsor 13 new student participants per year in the Students on Ice program - seven selected from the North and six from the South.

For the seven students selected in the North, Parks Canada will be creating seven new summer jobs in northern national parks. The application process for these northern positions will be launched on the Parks Canada website ( The six students selected from the South have been identified through an established selection process for Parks Canada summer jobs in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

The 13 students will be together July 9-24, 2014 as Students on Ice participate in a ship and land-based expedition exploring the eastern Canadian Arctic and western Greenland. In this first year, the program will feature Torngat Mountains National Park (Labrador). This program will be offered again in 2015, featuring Sirmilik National Park (Nunavut), and in 2016 featuring Auyuittuq National Park (Nunavut).

Quick Facts

  • In addition to a summer job with Parks Canada, the selected students will fully participate in the Students on Ice program and will be assigned a project to reach out and connect with Canada's youth through videography and other social media.

  • The participants will have an opportunity to promote their Arctic experiences to Parks Canada visitors and through urban outreach.

  • Canada's North is home to some of the world's most spectacular scenery, unique wildlife and pristine wilderness. Northern national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas are key natural, cultural, recreation and tourism assets.

  • Parks Canada has a number of existing programs that engage young Canadians, including: My Parks Pass; Canada's Coolest School Trip; the Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program; and engaging interpretive and educational experiences at many parks and sites. Through projects like these, Parks Canada seeks to better connect with young Canadians and share the treasures of our collective heritage with the next generation.


"I'm proud to support participation in the Students on Ice Program. Through this initiative, our Government is contributing to the development of future youth and northern Aboriginal leaders, helping to build bridges between Northern and Southern Canada, and increasing connection among Canada's youth to Parks Canada's special places."

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

"Students on Ice is thrilled to be working with Parks Canada to help provide 13 youth with an inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity in the Canadian Arctic. By working together, we will help these future leaders foster a new understanding and respect for the Arctic, the planet and become globally minded ambassadors."

Geoff Green, Founder, Executive Director and Expedition Leader, Students on Ice

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About Parks Canada

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

About Students on Ice

Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Their mandate is to provide students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Your #Housing and #HumanRights in the #NWT and #Nunavut

There are many folks in the NWT and Nunavut suffering with problems that relate to there social housing units. It's often VERY hard for them to speak out... especially in their communities. Many of these issues deal with the housing authority's lack of understanding that housing is a human right.
"...The right to housing is the economic, social and cultural right to adequate housing and shelter. It is recognised in many national constitutions and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights... The right to housing is recognised in a number of international human rights instruments. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises the right to housing as part of the right to an adequate standard of living.  It states that:
“ Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control...."

Canada has signed these Human Rights agreements... therefor housing is a Human Right in Canada.
So if your are thrown out of social housing or cannot get housing... for any reason.. it may well be a breach of your human rights..

The Right to Adequate Housing Toolkit

"...Elements of the right to adequate housing

Legal security of tenure: Regardless of the type of tenure, all persons should possess a degree of security of tenure which guarantees legal protection against forced eviction, harassment and other threats;

Affordability: Personal or household financial costs associated with housing should not threaten or compromise the attainment and satisfaction of other basic needs (for example, food, education, access to health care);

Habitability: Adequate housing should provide for elements such as adequate space, protection from cold, damp, heat, rain, wind or other threats to health, structural hazards, and disease vectors;

Availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure: Housing is not adequate if its occupants do not have safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, energy for cooking, heating and lighting, sanitation and washing facilities, means of food storage, refuse disposal, etc.;

Accessibility: Housing is not adequate if the specific needs of disadvantaged and marginalized groups are not taken into account (such as the poor, people facing discrimination; persons with disabilities, victims of natural disasters);

Location: Adequate housing must allow access to employment options, health-care services, schools, child-care centres and other social facilities and should not be built on polluted sites nor in immediate proximity to pollution sources;

Cultural adequacy: Adequate housing should respect and take into account the expression of cultural identity and ways of life..."


When you've tried to resolve your problems.. and all fails... file a complaint with
NWT Human Rights Commission
PO Box 1860
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2P4
Fax: 867-873-0357
Toll Free: 1-888-669-5575
Yellowknife: 867-669-5575
Main Floor, Laing Building, 5003-49th Street
(Entrance on Franklin Street, next to Motor Vehicles.)

When you've tried to resolve your problems.. and all fails... file a complaint with
Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal
All communications requesting information or relating to files must be through the Office of Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal members do not respond to personal communications in relation to the Tribunal activities except during prearranged teleconferences, mediations and hearings.

Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal
PO Box 15
Coral Harbour, NU X0C 0C0
Hours of Operation:
    April to October: 8:30 to 5:00 pm Central Standard Time
    November to March: 8:30 to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
    Note: Coral Harbour, NU does not change time
1-888-220-1011 - Toll Free Fax
1-866-413-6478 - Toll-free Telephone

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

>@CWP_CSP Voter vouching upholds a Charter enshrined right to vote @FairElxnsAct ... for the most disadvantaged groups.

As the member of the Canada Without Poverty Board for the NWT, I forward this statement from out Executive Director Leilani Farha:
"...While the Fair Elections Act would continue to allow for 39 forms of ID, ranging from a bank card to government cheque stub to health card or drivers license, there are no provisions to ensure individuals lacking those types of ID can still vote. The vouching system upholds the Charter enshrined right to vote for those individuals who do not have traditional forms of ID, individuals who most often come from disadvantaged groups. For example, voter vouching has been essential to those experiencing homelessness – people living on the streets or in shelters – whose identification is sometimes stolen or lost. Without voter vouching, their right to vote will be denied. It is also essential for Aboriginal peoples living on reserve, students, people living in rural areas without public offices or amenities such as libraries, those without access to transportation, and those, like women fleeing domestic violence, who unexpectedly find themselves without any ID at all. Legislation pertaining to the most fundamental democratic rights must ensure protections for the most disadvantaged groups.
Let's be clear – by eliminating vouching the cornerstone of democracy will be denied to thousands of people. The Chief Electoral Officer has stated that removing vouching as an option will impact over 100,000 people. Voter vouching upholds a Charter enshrined right (to vote) for groups who are in precarious situations, including groups that are meant to be protected by the Charter. Vouching must be maintained...."
Leilani Farha
Executive Director

CWP recommends that the Government stop talking for a moment and reflect on the fact that it is about to rob tens of thousands of disadvantaged Canadians of their democratic citizenship. 
Maintain vouching. Work collaboratively with Elections Canada to fix the vouch voting system so that it functions more effectively.
In a true democracy, all voices matter.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Need help #applying for a #job with the #GNWT? #Yellowknife #NWT #YZF

Need help applying for a #job with the #GNWT?

WHO:  #GNWT #Human #Resources 
WHAT: Open House in Yellowknife
WHEN: April 9 and 10, 2014
WHERE: In the basement near Gourmet Cup/downtown Grocery Store

GNWT Human Resources is having an open house to help applicants understand the GNWT job application  process on April 9 and 10;

Folks are invited to bring their resumes and they will have computers set up to walk you through their application process.

For more information you may contact:
Christy Campbell
Human Resource Officer
Tel: (867) 873-7913

Monday, 31 March 2014

Message from Tony Noakes, #Nunavut's former #fire #marshal "I'm glad this ordeal is over"

Message from Tony Noakes, Nunavut's former fire marshal

I'm glad this ordeal is over.

For widest distribution:

After a lengthy legal process, I am extremely pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached between the Government of Nunavut and myself.

It is great to have resolved my issues with the Government of Nunavut. I cannot underscore the need to continue any challenges in the face of overwhelming adversity.

While the specific details of the settlement cannot be disclosed, I van certainly state that this settlement is a precedent in terms of employment related litigation.

I thank the supporters from across Canada that have kept me in positive spirits throughout this matter.

I thank my legal team for their ongoing support and their belief in this case.

I look forward to re-establishing my career in the fire service as a senior fire officer and I once again thank all of you for your support.

Tony Noakes Fire Marshal NU (Ret.)

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Brigette #DePape #Activism Presentation & #Workshop in Yellowknife #YZF #NWT

WHAT: Brigette DePape Activism Presentation and Workshop
WHEN: April 4 to April 6
WHERE: Northern United Place Auditorium

Social and environment justice activist Brigette DePape is in Yellowknife April 4 to 6 for a public speaking event and skills development training to help citizens challenge government action through creative and effective grassroots movements.

Friday, April 4, from 7 to 9 PM, at the Northern United Place Auditorium
Ms. DePape will present her perspectives on activism—New Ways to Stimulate Change and Social Engagement—and lead discussion.

Saturday, April 5 in Yellowknife
She will lead a skills building workshop, teaching strategy and skills for creative activism.
To register for the workshop, email

The events are being organized by the Council of Canadians NWT Chapter and the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.  Financial support is provided by the Northern Territories Federation of Labour, Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Union of Northern Workers.
See the Council of Canadians website to download the poster.

Lois Little, Council of Canadians,
Eugene Belanger, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, 445.1897,

Follow Brigette DePape on Twitter at

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dear Ellen #Inuk teenager from Iqaluit, Nunavut on #Seal #Hunting

Dear Ellen #Inuk teenager from Iqaluit, Nunavut wanted to give the perspective of an #Inuit youth on the topic of #seal #hunting. What better way to do so than to rant about it to Ellen #Degeneres?

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Earthquake TODAY 250k Nnw of Tuktoyaktuk NWT Mag 4.8 in the Beaufort Sea

RT @Northern_Clips: #Mag Mag 4.8 #Earthquake #NWT #Beaufort Sea 250k Nnw of Tuktoyaktuk today #Arctic
See also
2014-03-23: M=4.8 - 236 km W of Baillie, NT
UTC time: March 23, 2014 15:08 pm
Local time: March 23, 2014 6:08 am
Magnitude Type: mb

Thursday, 27 February 2014

#NWT Assembly& #GNWT websites ARE DOWN #Hacked? #NWTpoli #CDNpoli

#NWT Assembly !  & #GNWT websites ARE DOWN #Hacked? #NWTpoli #CDNpoli

RT @Northern_Clips: RT @shaunpdean: .@elizmcmillan @hilarybirdcbc Yes, GNWT websites are down right now; our IT folks are working on a fix. 

A TV series about daily life of the people who live in the houseboats on Great Slave Lake's Yellowknife Bay

An uninvited Ice Queen for Yellowknife's Snowking

"A fish mobile in a geodesic dome selling ice lanterns... I'm quite confident it hasn't been tried before.'



Matthew Grogono and Mike Harrison have put up a yurt-like dome on the ice of Yellowknife Bay for a reality TV show that will air on Animal Planet. 

The network is producing a series about daily life of the people who live in the houseboats on Great Slave Lake.   

"They want to film musicians, they want to film artists, they want to film Yellowknife life," said Grogono.

He and Harrison are hoping to attract tourists and create a profitable relationship with the network by setting up a fish shop inside the dome and and selling ice candles. The dome will also feature a cafe, events, and even an Ice Queen.

But the seasonal structure, set up on Great Slave Lake in time for glorious spring, may seem familiar to Yellowknifers. 

The dome is going up at the same time, and just a few hundred metres away, from the Snowking's castle. ..."

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

#Journalistic #SocialMedia in Canada's North #YK #NWT #NU

Engaging social media use by news organizations and journalists in Canada’s Northern territories

In the three Canadian territories of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut we have just a few news organizations.

So.. how does their social media use rate?

CBC North radio and TV broadcasting in English, Inuktitut in Nunavut and several aboriginal languages in the NWT (a section of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) that covers all three territories.
Their  @CBCNorth
Reporter/editors also have their own accounts and Tweet direct links and are very two-way and most of their radio & TV programs also have their own Twitter accounts
The also have a staffer that looks after their online presence

Northern News Services Limited, an independent chain of seven entirely locally written and produced community papers that cover Nunavut and the Northwest Territories and includes
- NWT News/North, published once a week on Monday
- Nunavut News/North, published once a week on Monday
- The Yellowknifer, published on Wednesday and Friday
- The Dehcho Drum, published once a week on Wednesdays and covers the Deh Cho region of the NWT
- The Inuvik Drum published once a week on Wednesdays and covers the Mackenzie Delta region of the NWT
- The Kivalliq News published once a week on Wednesdays and covers the Kivalliqregion of Nunavut
and their most recent acquisition,
- The Hay River Hub published once a week and covers the community of Hay River.
Their websites are behind a paywall and most of their tweets from their Twitter feed @NNSLonline is shared by severel staffers and tweets mostly links to their website as advertising for it… and rarely, if ever, provides links to actual stories…

The Northern Journal an independent paper, published once a week on paper but updates daily (as needed) online that covers the NWT out of Ft Smith NWT.
Their website is fully public and their @Northernjournal always promotes their stories with links to said story
Reporter/editors also have their own accounts and Tweet direct links and are very two-way

CKLB 101.9 FM broadcasts in five separate languages - English, Deh Cho Dene, Sahtu Dene, Chipewyan and Tlicho. CKLB Proudly broadcasts to over 30 communities in the NWT and Northern Alberta, as well as the three diamond mines of the North.
Their website is fully public and usually has full audio of their stories plus some text.
Their  @CKLBRADIO feed provides direct links to their stories
Reporter/editors also have their own accounts and Tweet direct links and are very two-way

CJCD radio part of the Vista Radio Limited chain of stations, CJCD broadcasts only in Yellowknife and Hay River
Their @cjcdnews account pushes you to their text only website and several of the on-air staff also have Twitter accounts… but although they are interactive.. they really only do standard radio promotional stuff..

Radio Taïga the Yellowknife French language community broadcast in Yellowknife, NWT
For a very small staff (two paid and a few volunteers) their website and twitter feed are pretty good..
Their @radiotaiga is their only feed

Nunavut’s Nunatsiaq News covers Nunavut and provides the only coverage of the Arctic region of Northern Quebec, Nunavik The website is fully public with an excellent archive of stories
 @NunatsiaqNews and editor James Henry Bell @jameshenrybell are very interactive and push all the online stories… they also distribute free copies of their papers to all communities in their service area…
IMHO, the best journalism in Canada's North

The Yukon News does a print run and their stokes are pretty much available online