November 22, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nunavut’s failing airlines
"There is no one who matters less to northern airlines than the individual air traveller who uses his or her own money to pay"
There’s no doubt about it. The people of Nunavut hate their airlines with a venomous passion.
With the possible exception of the two territorial retail chains, no business group generates more resentment and hostility. In Nunavut, the people love their airlines about as well as a lake trout loves...
August 30, 2016 - 2:30 pm
ITK’s big break with the past
"Embedded within its wooden verbiage, you’ll find an abrupt departure from the thinking of the recent past"
Like most documents of its type, the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami released last month is loaded with stilted bureaucratic euphemisms and academic jargon. It’s not an easy read.
But don’t let that put you off.
Embedded within its wooden verbiage, you’ll...
August 02, 2016 - 8:29 am
Tootoo’s bewildered constituents deserve more
PM Trudeau and MP Tootoo have mishandled this issue
In his brutally honest 1989 autobiography, the most accomplished member of Parliament to ever emerge from Canada’s three northern territories, the late Erik Nielsen of Yukon, offered eight pages of advice for new members of the House of Commons, including this stern warning: “avoid the degenerative...
June 16, 2016 - 8:30 am
The demon bootlegger?
"A law that will make everyone feel good and accomplish nothing"
At around 6. a.m. on a Saturday morning she wakes up, head throbbing, hands trembling.
On the floor she sees a 40-ounce bottle of Smirnoff vodka. It’s empty. So she calls a cab.
She tells the driver to take her to a bank machine, where she asks him to wait. She returns with $300 or $400 and gives...
May 06, 2016 - 10:00 am
NTCL: the death of a hyped-up dream
"Tens of millions of dollars worth of collectively-owned Aboriginal wealth is likely to be incinerated"
When Nunasi Corp. and the Inuvialuit Development Corp. teamed up to buy Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. from Ottawa in 1985 for $27 million, the creation of this new Aboriginal-owned company, a federal Crown corporation since 1944, was hyped as the start of a new golden age in northern economic...
January 05, 2016 - 1:10 pm
Five things to remember about 2015
Five events that will continue to haunt us in 2016
1. Mining: down but not quite out
Remember mining? A decade ago, federal and territorial governments and most of the Nunavut Inuit leadership touted mining as the great lever that would lift Nunavut out of poverty.
Yes, they paid lip service to tourism, arts and crafts and commercial fishing. But...
November 06, 2015 - 12:30 pm
The North and the Liberal regime
"Trudeau and Tootoo each come to power in the face of public expectations that are now higher than either politician can possibly fulfill"
On Oct. 19, the Conservative Party of Canada’s dominance in northern Canada collapsed, blown away like a scrap of waste paper in a stiff breeze.
Northern Canadians, dependent as ever on federal government spending, will now turn hopefully to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s triumphant Liberals,...