Author Archives: James Bell

Another evening’s plans, wrecked by the lure of a book…

… because I downloaded this from Kobo: Wilfred Laurier by André Pratte. And now I can’t stop reading. “Even more than his predecessors, Laurier had to confront the demons of intolerance and prejudice that constantly threatened the work of the … Continue reading

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Be grateful for small mercies

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What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. Earlier today, the organ I work for received this: News Tip from Retired Sailor: April on the national news the leader of the Liberal party was commenting on the G20 spending. In that comment, … Continue reading

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Nunavut is not a “social experiment”

This past Friday, Bernadette Calonego, a correspondent for Süeddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest circulation newspaper, interviewed me. She said she was working on a follow-up to the splendid long-form feature on crime in Nunavut that Patrick White wrote and the Globe … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in my day job…

Your humble content provider today caused this to be published, on Nunavut’s troubled Family Abuse Intervention Act: Noble ends, bungled means  

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Mirror in the mirror

I don’t know how it’s possible that I never heard of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt until about three weeks ago. This is “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Mirror in a mirror.) It’s just about the most lovely thing you ever heard:

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The Globe got it right; but will Nunavut?

This time, the Globe and Mail got it right: The young are neglected in Nunavut. Nunavut belongs to the young, and the young are neglected. The most neglected of all are the most vulnerable, those children who have been sexually … Continue reading

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Iqaluit’s market based solution

Based on my inexpert count, this event, a country food market, drew well over 100 people to a downtown square in Iqaluit, despite a windchill that sank below -40 and froze my bared fingers down to the bone. Food producers, … Continue reading

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Report: A Uniform Policy to Regulate Shipping in the Arctic Region (via CWO Journal)

Sovereign states, international governmental organizations and the maritime industry should help prepare a uniform policy to regulate shipping in the Arctic region and engage with native populations while doing so, according to a report released by the University of Alaska … Continue reading

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Two degrees of escalation

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy predicts how  two degrees of global warming might affect Canada, including the Far North. Many links, graphics and the report itself available here: Climate Prosperity – National Round Table on … Continue reading

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