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A harbinger of things to come

By Mario Pelletier      

The opening of planet Earth’s final frontier to increased vessel traffic for trade, tourism and transferring resources to market seems an inevitable consequence of the melting Arctic ice. While the assault mounted by climate change on the Arctic environment is unprecedented well beyond the human timescale, there is widespread concern that it will unleash an additional burden into the fragile Arctic ecosystem in the form of accidentally discharged pollutants and disrupt sensitive marine habitat, all with profound implications for the well-being of people who live there.

It is true, the Canadian Coast Guard has six tremendous ice-breakers, from the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent which will embark on its fourth mission to the North Pole in July, to the iconic CCGS Amundsen, the science research vessel that occupies a place of distinction on Canada’s $50 bill. Photograph courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard

The upcoming voyage of the Crystal Serenity through Canada’s Northwest Passage is commanding considerable public attention. Understandably. It may not be the first cruise ship to make the journey, but with a passenger list numbering more than 1,000 and a crew of at least 600, it will be by far the largest.

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Pakistani envoy urges Canada, world to be ‘more forceful’ with India on ‘humanitarian disaster’ in Kashmir

Pakistan has ‘regularly’ raised the issue with Canadian counterparts, says Raza Bashir Tarar, but the ‘festering’ situation in the ‘highly charged’ region is only getting worse.

Powerful Senate committee owes public answers on harassment plans, Meredith report, say Independents

Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.

First debate a dress rehearsal PM hopefuls needed to prepare for prime time, say pundits

One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.

Savoie’s new ‘magnum opus’ book argues federal public service has been ‘knocked off its moorings’

News|By Mike Lapointe
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.

Arctic policy framework released ‘last minute’ ahead of October election, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.

Canada formally joins Arms Trade Treaty as experts urge cancelling Saudi LAV deal over Yemen war

The experts from various institutions lauded Canada's accession to the Arms Trade Treaty but said much work still needs to be done.

Elections Canada expects 30,000 expat voters in this election, Perrault says 

News|By Palak Mangat
Election Canada is also reinforcing its efforts to reach younger and first-time voters, opening 121 offices at 109 post-secondary campuses spanning 86 ridings.

Riding to watch: Liberals, NDP face off on affordable housing battlefield in wavering Parkdale-High Park

Incumbent Liberal MP Arif Virani and NDP opponent Paul Taylor are both selling their housing platforms in Parkdale–High Park, Ont., where homelessness is a growing issue.

More parties, more polls, and voter ‘malaise’: tracking 2019 trickier, pollsters say

'People are waiting, they’re more and more strategic about their vote as well, so we feel like that last weekend is becoming extremely important,' says Léger’s Christian Bourque.
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