Canada Arctic

What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate Change?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The Arctic is one of the places where climate change is most rapid and easy to observe. As it is also very sparsely populated, it is easy to think that, similar to the small island states in the Pacific, the Arctic peoples have to pay a big price for developments elsewhere.

Standing Up For Safety in Arctic Offshore Drilling

David R. Miller | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

We have chosen to focus our efforts on one of the most critical -- and most debated -- aspects of offshore drilling: the ability to stop a ruptured well from gushing crude oil into the Arctic Ocean in a timely fashion. For us, this is the most risky, most troubling issue that could arise, as illustrated in WWF's recent Beaufort Sea oil spill modelling research.

How Inuit Elders Are Preserving Their History And The Wisdom of the North

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Giovanna Mingarelli

At its core, the book Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit captures Inuit worldview. It is a holistic way of living in an increasingly interconnected world and is based in four big laws. It is critical in preserving wisdom and cultural practices at risk of being lost in the next generation. I'm grateful to have spent the last four days in Arviat, Nunavut (Northern Canada) participating in a fascinating roundtable dialogue with Inuit Elders from across the territory about maintaining their traditional culture in a rapidly changing world.

Now Is Our Chance to Protect the Arctic

David R. Miller | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Today, we're releasing new research that explores how oil spills from a range of sources would travel through the region, and the likelihood of it spreading different distances.These results provide critical information to shape decisions on Arctic development.

Cooperation Between Arctic Stakeholders Is Crucial To the Climate Change Problem

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Cooperation between Arctic stakeholders is crucial for each country's success in dealing with climate change. We are in a new era of sustainable development as the Arctic presents us with major opportunities and major responsibilities. Cooperation is the only tool to ensure ethical, social, and ecological sustainable development.

The Only People Making Money Off the Seal Hunt Are Anti-Sealing Campaigners

Terry Audla | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada
Terry Audla

I understand that PETA brings in about $30 million annually, the Humane Society of the U.S. collects more than $100 million and their executives make six-figure salaries. They and other groups like the International Fund for Animal Welfare are clamouring for this easy target. Who could blame them? After all, it is good money in a competitive charitable market.

Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though the atmosphere has apparently stabilized and winter will soon be gone for yet another year, for millions of people, this is no time to breathe easy. In the next few weeks, a new kind of trouble will emerge. Dubbed the 'pollen vortex' this rare springtime phenomenon will leave allergy sufferers just as miserable and clambering for the indoors.

Not As Bright As It Used To Be

The Associated Press | Seth Borenstein | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact

WASHINGTON - The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a glo...

Look to the Mountains Before It's Too Late

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Tamara Griffiths

Canada's natural gas extraction is not an issue that will be resolved quickly. While this conflict between short term economic benefit, and sustainability or responsible behavior continues in Canada, there is a comparatively simple positive step we could take to help counter the negative history currently being inscribed in the annals of time. Many of Canada's mountains are still intact or relatively environmentally healthy.

Keeping Their Cool With Russia On Arctic Issues

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Whether it's sharp differences over gay rights, political meddling in Ukraine or controversy over same sex adoptions, there's no shortage of ...

Canada To File Arctic Seafloor Claim

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Politics

Some time this week, Canada is expected to make its case to the world to dramatically expand its boundaries by an area equivalent to the size of all t...

Arctic Defenders: My Documentary About the Creation of Nunavut

John Walker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
John Walker

Arctic Defenders, my 20th film is about the creation of Nunavut. The film demonstrates that political engagement was necessary to protect Inuit rights. It is told from the point of view of the visionary Inuit leaders, Tagak Curley and John Amagoalik and others who dedicated their lives to protecting the language, culture and environment of their homeland -- the Canadian Arctic.

Let's Worry About Climate Change, Not Miley Cyrus

Jim Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Jim Harris

The IPCC Report was in the news for a couple of days and then disappeared from mass media news cycle. This is the largest crisis humanity has ever faced: Life on earth hangs in the balance. And yet the media attention given to Miley Cyrus twerking was infinitely greater than the coverage of the IPCC report.

The Northwest Territories Strikes Oil and Changes Energy Prospects

Diane Francis | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

This year, something incredible happened and the planets appear to be lining up for the Northwest Territories. A major discovery of oil in shale deposits was made this year near Norman Wells (900 miles north of Edmonton and 300 miles south of Inuvik) and a bidding and drilling frenzy is underway.

North America's Forgotten Frontier: Canadian Arctic

Diane Francis | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Canada's North is unexplored, unmapped and undeveloped making Canada itself a laggard in terms of economic development. The territories are cold and remote and unpopulated but so are Alaska and Siberia and yet jurisdictions are massively wealthy and have large populations and infrastructure.

Biking to Save the Arctic With Greenpeace

Farrah Khan | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Farrah Khan

This time last year, the world watched as the Arctic melt hit a record low and more ice disappeared than ever before. On September 15 Greenpeace has called for an international day of action to bring together the millions of people who have spoken up to protect the Arctic. Large-scale, family friendly bike rides -- we call them Ice Rides -- are being organized across the globe.

Harper's Vaunted Arctic Project Going Nowhere Fast

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - One of the crown jewels in the federal government's Arctic strategy is mired in a slow-moving environmental clean-up and the threat of legal ...

The Challenges of Food Security in the Yukon

Small Change Fund | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Small Change Fund

In Dawson City, one step away from the arctic circle, we are working to promote more local food production. Here, more than anywhere else, food matters. We are at the end of the road and conditions are quite crude. Food here is expensive, but mostly fresh, which is already a huge improvement compared to 100 years ago.

Canada Wins Rare Praise On Environmental Issue

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada is winning a rare bit of environmental praise from the international community for its stance on pollution from shipping in Arctic waters.Docum...

Mulling Another Massive Chinese Deal

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Politics

Another massive Chinese-owned resource project is before Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet.Some time in the new year, four federal ministers are...

Arctic Homes Need Help: Report

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Politics

Private-sector help and innovative designs are making headway in improving substandard housing in Canada's North, says a new report from the Conferenc...

Hey Taxpayers, Guess Who Foots the Bill For Arctic Oil Spills?

Bud Sambasivam | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada
Bud Sambasivam

In the wake of the 2010 BP Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, our government needs to make changes to our outdated liability regime. Currently, the Canadian taxpayer is liable for offshore oil spills in the Arctic. Under current law, an oil company is responsible for damages up to $40 million of absolute liability, regardless of fault or negligence. Beyond the $40 million, it is either Canadian taxpayers or the company paying, depending on fault. Why are we providing public insurance for oil companies? We do not provide public insurance for homeowners in the case of a fire, or car owners in the case of a motor vehicle accident.

Canada Jockeys For Arctic Position As Sea Ice Shrinks

CBC | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Politics

With rapidly shrinking Arctic ice and expanding interest in northern shipping and resource exploitation, issues of sovereignty loom ever larger over t...

The Latest Proof of Global Warming? Adios Summer Sea Ice

Andrew Weaver | Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Weaver

During this past week Arctic sea ice retreated to all-time lows, shattering the previous record set in 2007 by an area roughly the size of (ironically) Alberta. This past week, the much-anticipated new and improved federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity plants leaked out. To no one's surprise, they are significantly weakened from what we had been told to expect.

Harper's in Need of Some Real Northern Exposure

Romeo Saganash | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Romeo Saganash

This month I visited the northernmost region in my riding, Nunavik, and met with people from all walks of life there. Trips like those give you a real reality check that some politicians go out of their way to avoid. Last week the Prime Minister had a chance to begin listening to the people of the North, but instead he stayed inside his bubble. Clearly, this is work that Conservatives cannot properly do.