Category Archives: Canada

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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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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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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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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A university for the Far North?

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation has formed an advisory committee on the creation of a university in Canada’s Far North. Now you can tell it’s backers what you think: Fill out this online questionnaire.

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Inukshukification for the nation

I never believed until now that inanimate rocks were capable of reproduction: “The Inukshukification of Highway 69.” In addition, I’ve found some strange ones myself:

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Whither Baffinland?

In a hostile takeover bid announced Sept. 22, a private equity firm based in Texas called Energy and Minerals Group is making financing a big move on the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., owner of the immense Mary River iron property … Continue reading

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The virtuous enjoy their day

Your humble content provider — still on holiday in Montreal — had this stuff ready to post this past Saturday night but decided to let his employer get the first crack at publishing it. I’m sharing this with you now … Continue reading

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The Nunavut territory: populist, conservative, conflicted

“Whether the promise of Nunavut set out by the visionary Inuit leaders who made the land claim and the territory a reality – a promise of fundamental importance to all Nunavummiut – will be fulfilled remains an open question.” You … Continue reading

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Deaf as a post

The allegations that gave rise to this story of yesterday, “Police lay charges in Arctic grave desecration,” appear to have created a huge uproar in Baker Lake these past few weeks. Now that the story is widely reported, I expect … Continue reading

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