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The Louis S. St-Laurent, first deployed in 1969, is the oldest ship in the Canadian Coast Guard's icebreaker fleet at 50 years old. Here it is seen conducting research in the Arctic Ocean during a joint project with the U.S. Navy in September 2014. Photograph courtesy of the John F. Williams and the U.S. Navy

Canadian icebreaking capabilities not up to snuff, experts say

Experts say the Canadian icebreaking fleet isn't sufficient for current or future needs. As climate change breaks Arctic ice, the ships will become more important for the security of communities and marine shipping routes.
Experts say they are excited about microgrids' potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy resilience.
Opinion|Ron Wallace
Russia is in a position of strategic military and commercial dominance in the circumpolar region. Meanwhile, Canada has instituted a five-year ban on offshore energy exploration. Canadians should be concerned about our northern policies.
Promoting Seamus O’Regan and shuffling Jody Wilson-Raybould signals the Liberals are moving away from a 'progressive approach' to Indigenous relations, downgrading its importance, says expert Hayden King.
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‘Either [Justin Trudeau] means what he says but none of his ministers have the confidence to fulfil it, or he really is just about broken promises,’ says Prof. Pam Palmater.
Federal action is needed on northern infrastructure.
Social and economic prosperity will not be realized using a piecemeal, project-based approach.
Opinion|Natan Obed
For too long, Inuit have suffered from incremental change that ultimately led to the management of poverty, rather than its elimination.
Canada cannot dictate to the North what healthy and nutritious food is as it reforms Nutrition North Canada.
Making renewable energy available at competitive rates and providing for security of supply is essential to the well-being of N.W.T. residents, the economy, and our environment.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed and Northern Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc recently met to discuss Nutrition North, in what both called a 'productive meeting.'
What little action there is is slow, and funding is spread over a number of years.
The priorities of the North are the priorities of our government.
I am most proud of our focus on those who are vulnerable, improving housing, and health.
If the government doesn't invest in infrastructure, education, and other long-term needs now, the gap between the ‘have’ South and the ‘have-not’ North will only grow.
News|Neil Moss
Claims are inspired more by each country’s desire to be seen as an Arctic power, and less by extractable value, says Prof. Adam Lajeunesse.
The potential for conflict between Russia and Canada’s allies can’t be forgotten among other priorities.
Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc cautions that private-sector options to get food up north faster, like Amazon, are limited in scope.
With its current emissions-reduction targets, Canada is not committed to keeping the Arctic cold enough to ensure the survival of the Inuit.
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