Thursday, 18 July 2013
Images and sounds of the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada TouTube videos
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Tell the #premiers of the #Yukon, #NWT and #Nunavut to make #housing a top priority at next week's meeting of the Council of the Federation
See what you can do to support this effort: http://ow.ly/n45SI
Dignity for All: the campaign for a #poverty-free Canada has joined with over 50 organizations to encourage our leaders to act on housing.
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Subject: Make Housing a Priority at the Council of the Federation
I would like to express my concern regarding the high rate of poverty in our country and encourage you to make affordable housing a top priority when you host the Council of the Federation by putting pressure on the federal government to:
1) Fund the $1.7 billion in expiring annual operating funds for social housing providers.
2) Implement a robust national housing strategy.
With over 3 million living in poverty and 200,000 homeless persons in Canada, action must be taken!
Telephone: 867-975-5050 Fax: 867-975-5051
P.O. Box 2410
Telephone: 867-669-2311 Fax: 867-873-0385
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Bob McLeod <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Telephone: 867-667-8660 Fax: 867-393-6252
Yukon Government Administration Building
2071 Second Avenue
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Sunday, 14 July 2013
Earthquakes can be triggered at the sites of fracking wastewater injection by quakes on the other side of the world
The injection of wastewater from underground operations such as oil drilling is known to increase local seismic activity.
Now a study in Science http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6142/164.abstract suggests that waves from the most distant temblors can cause quakes at wastewater sites.
Researchers suggest this can act as a kind of "stress meter" for the sites.
The notion of natural earthquake triggering is not new; in hydrothermal and volcanic areas, tremors can be triggered by large, distant earthquakes. But the new study suggests what is in effect a new category: natural triggering of seismic events primed by human activity.
Injection of wastewater from operations such as drilling, geothermal, or hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is banned in the UK and many European countries, but it has become increasingly prevalent in the US.
In the state of Texas alone, more than 7,000 such wells are in operation and the link between injection wells and even large seismic events is strengthening...."
'...Richard Davies, http://www.dur.ac.uk/earth.sciences/staff/?id=3355 director of the Durham Energy Institute at the University of Durham, called the paper "an exciting, interesting result".
"Seismologists have known for some time that there are transient stresses from earthquakes that can potentially cause other faults to slip, causing an earthquake," Prof Davies told BBC News.
"But this paper is a very interesting contribution, as it proposes that mankind can artificially 'prime the faults' by injecting wastewater over long periods under the ground.
"Mankind is essentially lubricating the faults enough so that they are eventually triggered by a distant, natural earthquake. Think of a hovercraft - the air pumped into the base of the craft means that even small forces allow the heavy vehicle to move - the physics is the same."..."
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013
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Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Booked: A literary travel guide for the stay-at-home vacationer Globe & Mail http://ow.ly/mAH0Q
Richard Van Camp recommends Old Town , by Fran Hurcomb.
"My wish for Canadians looking for the perfect welcome to the NWT is Fran Hurcomb's Old Town: A Photographic Journey Through Yellowknife's Defining Neighbourhood . This book took 37 years to create with archival photos braided with a memoir and contemporary portraits. Historians and lovers of northern lore will marvel at the care and time Fran Hurcomb took in honouring the city she loves so much. This book is a history lesson and a love letter all wrapped up into one. Just looking at this book makes me homesick! Mahsi cho! Richard Van Camp is a Tlicho Dene author from Fort Smith, NWT. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, has recently been made into a film. His new book for children is Little You."
Monday, 1 July 2013
Voting day is Monday July 8th from 10 am Mountain Time to 10 am next day.
You can vote daily, as often as you want.
You have ONLY 24 hours to vote on which community they want to see go through
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Fort Smith Centennial Arena
We are a small northern magnet community of ~ 2500 people, of which much of our population uses the arena in our community in the fall, winter and early spring for hockey, figure skating and speed skating. On May 13th, 2013, in the early hours of the morning, a fire broke out in our arena, causing fire damage and water damage to a large portion of the arena. The damages are estimated at this point to be ~1.6 million dollars, but the final report has not been received. Most likely, we will not be able to use the arena for the 2013-14 season, and maybe longer. On May 28th, a group of concerned citizens, representatives of the six user groups in the community, and members of the town council met to strategize possible solutions for next season. At this point our best scenario is to build outdoor temporary arenas and provide temporary heated structures for warmth, and washrooms. This venture would not be inexpensive either. We are investigating the cost to put a dome like structure over an outdoor arena, but this can run upwards to $250 000 or more. If we were awarded one of the prizes of $25 000, the money would go towards supporting the costs incurred to provide a temporary solution, that could be needed for up to three years. Whatever we build for temporary solutions would most likely also be used on a more permanent basis as an ongoing support facility once the arena is rebuilt.
Fort Smith is a tight knit community that also serves many other communities in the north, since we are the home of the only Northern college, Aurora College and people travel from various communities across the north during the winter months to go to college, often bringing their children with them. The Fort Smith Centennial Arena has been home to the main source of recreation, community spirit, and enjoyment for over 40 years. From early October to late March, this facility is used constantly, Sunday to Saturday, playing host to many tournaments, skating competitions, ice dance clinics and test days. The prospect of not having an arena next year is devastating to our community. The possibility of accessing temporary facilities will ensure that we can keep the love of winter sports like hockey, figure skating, and speed skating alive in our community. There are not a lot of other activities available for young and old in our community so to lose something that plays such an integral role is a great blow to our community. We would appreciate any help that can be offered to our community to help keep our community spirit alive and keep our youth active.- See more at: http://www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca/en/nominate/profile/fort-smith-centennial-arena/#sthash.T6kMLCDm.dpuf