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,...
October 09, 2015 - 11:00 am
Iqaluit’s three big tasks
"A municipal administration that’s bleeding from every orifice"
Look out, Iqaluit.
Those of you who still watch news on television will be well aware of the big federal election that’s scheduled for Oct. 19.
And most of you will, at least, have heard about the four people who seek to represent Nunavut in the House of Commons.
But there’s another election...
September 11, 2015 - 9:30 am
A weak election campaign cheats the voters
Nunavut's candidates? Whatever they’re doing, they’re not campaigning.
The federal election campaign began more than four weeks ago, on Aug. 2.
But in Nunavut, you wouldn’t know it. The incumbent candidate, Conservative Leona Aglukkaq, did get her re-election effort off to a quick start and has already toured at least nine communities, including Iqaluit, where her...
August 07, 2015 - 8:22 am
Compulsory arbitration? Bring it back
"A meaningful alternative to the use of the strike as a weapon of last resort"
There they go again. On strike.
On one side, there’s a clumsy, unprepared government employer that can barely communicate with itself, let alone the public.
On the other side, there’s an equally clumsy union whose members have spent the last three weeks hurling insults and libel at their fellow...