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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.
"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."10
I have to say that going to Yellowknife, capital city of the North West Territories, has been on my wish-list for quite some time. Even though I live in central Alberta (which most Canadians erroneously think of as "the north," anyway), Yellowknife is a good 1500 kilomteters /932 miles up. Anyway you slice it, it's 20 hours of driving north.Last weekend, I got my wish, as an invited speaker at the Territorial Farmers Association's annual fall harvest event. They invited me to give two-hour slideshow and talk about my up-coming book and the various models of urban agriculture I'd seen on my travels to their members. As it turned out, I had a crowd of about 50-some food gardeners / northern farmers / interested foodies who came from various communities in the NWT.
See Part Two:
Ron Berezan, aka The Urban Farmer, and I piled into France Benoit's SUV and as we drove the gorgeous route from Yellowknife's downtown to Madeline Lake to this filmmaker / gardener's off-grid home cabin and greenhouse. France told me that she gets about 300 pounds of produce, a retail value of $1000 in fresh produce, from the 1000-sq foot greenhouse.
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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.
"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."
Former Inuvik teacher Hugues Latour, pictured here in January 2009 in Inuvik, N.W.T., faces charges of possession of child pornography and sexual assault.
Hugues Latour, 38, faces charges of touching of a minor for a sexual purpose, sexual assault, assault and unlawful confinement stemming from a recent incident.
Latour, who is originally from Quebec, is a former high school teacher – someone who worked with teenagers. He worked at Samuel Hearne Secondary School for only one or two years.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Wayne Norris says parents should talk with their children about the case.
"With these charges and this person in custody, all I need to stress is that if anyone else is aware of someone who is a victim like this, to report it to the RCMP," said Norris.
Latour is in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday in Inuvik.
Abolish cabinet and turn over departments to professionals
Jack Sigvaldason Publisher of http://nnsl.com
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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.
When a system is not working effectively it should be fixed.