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Northwest Territories in control of its own environment on April 1, 2014

Northwest Territories in control of its own environment on April 1, 2014 | NWT News | Scoop.it
Environmental stewardship of the Northwest Territories is about to change hands, as the federal government prepares to devolve its control of resource management to the territorial government. Traditionally governed by federal legislation, the territory has been in devolution talks with the Canadian government for the last 40 years. Past negotiations have slowly shifted power over healthcare, education, and forestry from federal to territorial control. Resource management is the final chunk of legislation to be devolved to the territory and by far the most complicated. A total of 24 federal acts will have been rewritten when the agreement, due to be signed in the next few weeks, takes effect on April 1, 2014.
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"....The agreement promises half of all the royalties from mining, oil, and gas developments will go to the territory up to a cap of five per cent of the territorial government’s annual spending. With this year's royalties at approximately two per cent of the territory's total spending, there is room for growth. The NWT’s premier Bob McLeod says he expects the territory would receive $65 million in 2014, which his government will put towards social programming. Petra White, communications manager for the government of the NWT, says the region desperately needs the funds. Resource developments will help bring jobs to communities and the royalties will pay for community infrastructure, she says. White stresses that decisions to go ahead with resource development projects, like mines, need to balance financial benefit with environmental risks – important to an aboriginal population whose livelihoods are connected to the land... The discussion of large projects, like the Mackenzie Valley pipeline and who controls the Arctic’s offshore resources are being left out of these negotiations to hasten the devolution agreement. ..."
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Imperial Oil lays out preliminary plans to drill in the NWT's Beaufort Sea - Business - Times Colonist

Imperial Oil lays out preliminary plans to drill in the NWT's Beaufort Sea - Business - Times Colonist | NWT News | Scoop.it
Imperial Oil lays out preliminary plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea
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[excerpt] Imperial presented a preliminary information package to the Inuvialuit Game Council last week. The Inuvialuit have treaty rights involving both the Mackenzie Delta and the offshore.

The plans involve one or more exploration wells in two leases about 125 kilometres northwest of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., in waters that range from 60 to 1,500 metres.

The document indicates that Imperial would continue to propose the use of a blow-out preventer, which would function like a cap to prevent oil spills in the case of an accident.

But in its review of Arctic offshore drilling regulations released in December 2011, the National Energy Board clearly indicated its preference for same-season relief wells, which would involve the immediate drilling of a second well in the case of a blowout to redirect the leaking oil.

Canada's energy regulator will continue to require that oil and gas companies wanting to operate in sensitive Arctic waters be able to drill immediate relief wells to help contain blowouts.

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Downtown; -35°C on December 9, 2012 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CA.

Downtown; -35°C on December 9, 2012 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CA. | NWT News | Scoop.it
Explore The Specializationalist photos on Flickr. The Specializationalist has uploaded 454 photos to Flickr.
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This photo was taken on December 9, 2012 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CA.

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The Buffalo Wolves

The Buffalo Wolves | NWT News | Scoop.it
Wildlife filmmaker Jeff Turner travels to Wood Buffalo National Park to witness the one place on earth where wolves prey on buffalo. [excerpt] A pack of wolves is hunting a small herd of buffalo across a frozen landscape. It's a scene out of the ancient past, when buffalo and wolves once roamed the plains of North America. However this location is in northern Canada in Wood Buffalo National Park where this ancient relationship has continued uninterrupted for thousands of years. Wolves and Buffalo follows the fortunes of one pack of wolves, the Delta Pack. Will the pups survive their first year? Will the packs alpha animals retain their pack position to breed again next year? As they try to bring down the buffalo to keep themselves and their new pups alive what will the future hold for these ancient warriors? Observing wolves in their natural environment is never easy but wildlife filmmaker Jeff Turner has had more luck than most over the years. More than 20 years ago he first went to Wood Buffalo Park and filmed an event between these two species that had not been seen for more than a hundred years: wolves hunting buffalo. Due to recent industrial energy developments in northern Canada Jeff is returning to learn more about their unique relationship and what the future holds for both wolves and buffalo. [...]   10
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Michael Miltenberger Compares Running for #NWT premier to Running for Pope

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Thebacha MLA Michael Miltenberger is gearing up for what he said is even more stressful than an election campaign - running for premier.
Equating the process to the papal conclave at the Vatican where cardinals meet in St. Peter's Basilica to select the new pope, Miltenberger said the new assembly must gather in their own dome, spending three weeks together hammering out priorities, learning roles and taking each other's measure in a confined space.

"The intensity levels ratchet up as we go along, and the temperature rises," Miltenberger told The Journal. "There's a smaller number of people (than during the election for MLA), you're in a confined space for hours together for days. There's politics, priorities, personal agendas, it's very fluid."

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Parson's Lake Road - a set on Flickr

Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada - "Parson's Lake Road This scenic 57 km single-lane dirt bush road (from near Pine Lake to the Salt Plains) gets you deep into the boreal forest and into bison territory - if you are lucky, you might see one.... or ten! .... or a wolf pack! Not recommended for large vehicles and impassible when wet."
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10 Places in Canada Every Canadian Needs To Visit in 2013? #2 GNAF Inuvik NWT

2. Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik, N.W.T

Above the Arctic Circle from May 24th until July 19th, the sun stays high in the sky, day and night. This remarkable show of nature provides the perfect backdrop for the Great Northern Arts Festival  http://www.gnaf.org/ July 13 to 21 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. 2013 ushers in the 25th anniversary of this wonderful art showcase featuring visual arts, performances, and workshops. Discover the diversity of Canada’s North, and learn about art techniques used by Canada’s First Nations including the Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwich'in, Dene, and Metis. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists come from far and wide to promote the best of Canada’s art world. 

(Photo ©Terry Parker/NWTT)

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Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik NWT videos http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC91D211D0F009A7E&feature=view_all  10
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Northwest Territories - License Plate for Sale @ $45

Northwest Territories - License Plate for Sale @ $45 | NWT News | Scoop.it
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PUBLIC SERVICE

1986 undated/thin dies base:  In 1986, the territory removed "CANADA 1983", moved the territory name to the bottom, and added the "EXPLORE CANADA'S ARCTIC" slogan to the top of the plate.  The dies were also changed to a thinner style.  This class originally continued the "PS" prefix, but changed to a "P" prefix in 1991.

2010 (blue/white) vg $45.00 "P11732" (10007)

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New Conference Board of Canada Report Addresses Affordable Housing

New Conference Board of Canada Report Addresses Affordable Housing | NWT News | Scoop.it
 Yellowknife, N.W.T. -Finding affordable housing in the North can be chore and a new report from the Conference Board of Canada has recognized that.
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"You have the capitals in the Territories where the market is red hot and it is very difficult to get appropriate housing if you don't have a lot of money upfront. Then you have communities with very little critical mass, where you do not see a private housing market developing, simply because people do not have the capacity or the ability to buy into the housing market."

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Common sense consensus government in the NWT

Common sense consensus government in the NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it

Abolish cabinet and turn over departments to professionals

Jack Sigvaldason Publisher of http://nnsl.com

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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The return of the majority of the incumbents and the disgraceful turnout in some areas demonstrates how irrelevant the antics of our legislators appear to many territorial residents.

Our current patchwork government system is top-heavy and dysfunctional, although admittedly less so than the adversarial system of our Parliament or the American Congressional system.

We should challenge the ill-informed opinions of critics of consensus government, few of whom saw it when it functioned effectively in the North. It is a system which has proven to be effective at the municipal level and in other countries.

As a reporter and editor, I was privileged to see consensus government at it its best. The majority of members were federal appointees when I started reporting on territorial council in 1969, but it gradually evolved to a fully-elected body. For a decade I reported on the legislature and for 40 years I have watched it.

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When a system is not working effectively it should be fixed.

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ARTSWEEK 2011: EXPOSE YOURSELF to art! + Trashformation Awards

EXPOSE YOURSELF to art!+ Trashformation Awards ARTSWEEK 2011: Sept 23-Oct 2 Aurora Arts Society, Yellowknife NWT http://www.aurora-arts.nt.ca/...
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