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Canada should restrict access to northern water corridors

By Pierre Leblanc      

Managing this beautiful but fragile part of Canada responsibly would further reinforce our position that the waters of the Arctic archipelago are internal waters, and that the Northwest Passage is not an international strait.

Members of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Sakskatoon carefully maneuver the ship around a large piece of ice while travelling through the Amundsen Gulf during Operation Nanook in August 2015. Photograph courtesy of DND by Cpl Donna McDonald, AETE Imagery Data Systems
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The Canadian government should consider placing restrictions on the number of corridors allowed for access to the Arctic waters in order to reduce two important risks: loss of life and environmental impact. The risk of a marine accident in the Arctic is not a theoretical exercise. In August 1996, the Hanseatic cruise ship ran aground in the Simpson Strait near Gjoa Haven, Northwest Territories. In August 2010 the MV Clipper Adventurer ran aground near Kugluktuk, Nunavut, and in

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