Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Qikiqtarjuaq 2003

I found myself looking through a few of my old pictures from Nunavut earlier today and thought I'd share a few from my first year in Qikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island). I loved taking pictures there since the mountains provided great contrasts of light and dark on the land. I liked how the first few of these pictures turned out considering their age and that they are all scans.





















Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I Can Smell The Hypocrisy Over That Dead Whale Smell

Two groups of stranded whales. Opposite sides of the planet. The reaction to their fate - also diametrically opposed. In both cases, you have Mother Nature taking its course, yet I find it interesting how the two groups of people involved can be treated so differently. When there are beached whales in New Zealand, they are "euthanized". No doubt the would-be rescuers will be seen by some as heroes.

When you have stranded whales in a different part of the world, the people there are demonized even though in this case, the meat from the whales will actually be used for a purpose more noble than scientific research.

On a somewhat related note, I happened across this little gem of a post and smiled.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Christmas Tradition

One thing I've done over the holiday season for as long as I can remember is watching the World Junior Championships. Usually with a combination of luck and skill I can catch the bulk of the games on television. One year found me racing against time to get off my flight in Iqaluit and into my hotel just in time to watch the gold medal match between Canada and Sweden.

This year's tournament will be of interest to me for a couple of reasons. Not only will Canada be playing for a record-breaking 6th consecutive gold medal but the roster boasts 4 players from Windsor Spitfires. As a former Windsorite, I love it. I have to admit I haven't followed all the hype and analysis leading up to the tournament but the teams' one forward line of 3 Spitfires should turn some heads over the next several days. I'd beg, borrow or steal a ride to Saskatoon to catch some live matches if my fiance wouldn't disown me.

I'm happy to see that the 2012 tourney will be played here in Alberta! With luck I'll get down to Edmonton to catch a game with the kids. What a fantastic way to carry on a childhood tradition.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Wish

I read with interest with how the federal government plans to counter anti-seal hunt propaganda. While it's nice to see the federal government stepping things up I have to wonder whether it might be a little bit too late. My Christmas wish this year is for all these idiotic protest groups to grow and brain, get a life and disappear, especially after hearing about idiocy like this and of course this story from back when I lived in Nunavut.

sigh....what a perfect wish....and what a better world it would be!


Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Cost Of Change

As with other economically disadvantaged regions of the planet, paying the costs to adapt to climate change will be a challenge for Nunavut. I like to think that all these protesters in Copenhagen, many of whom I'm guessing come from more wealthier nations of the planet, will follow their own advice and help pay for all the changes that they are advocating for. (Sorry for the short post, but I think a flying pig just hit the side of my house.....I must go out and investigate.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Arctic Bay West Side Community Hall

It's pretty rare that I am able to do a current events update on Arctic Bay since I no longer reside there. Occasionally though, I luck out. During the last few months that I lived there, a new and much-needed community hall was under construction down the hill from my apartment. I am glad to hear news of its completion and only wish I could have been there to see the finished product in person. The facility fills a definite gap in local infrastructure. Recently, the building had its grand opening. The first three photos are courtesy of High Arctic MLA, Ron Elliott.

Here, Ron stands with the Inuujaq School grad (and former student of mine) who won the contest to name the new facility.







The two photos below are exterior shots from this past Spring when the building was still being constructed.



Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dave

Dave was a real character. His silly jokes and wacky sense of humour never failed to put a smile on my face. (His Elvis impersonations are without equal). I've known Dave for most of my life. When I was much younger, growing up in Campbellford, he dated my mother's younger sister. After awhile, my younger sisters and I began referring to him as Uncle Dave even though technically he wasn't. He was, and remains, the only non-relative I ever addressed by such familial terms. He livened up the house whenever he was around. It never mattered what mood you were in before Dave arrived, after he left you always felt energized and cheery and ready to tackle whatever challenges life would throw at you. I know I sure did. Even after Dave and my aunt parted ways, he remained "Uncle Dave". Dave was a great friend to my parents and was a big part of their wedding. He was just one of those people you grow up around feeling that they will be there forever. Which is why the news that he had passed away from a sudden heart attack early yesterday comes as a great shock.

It's really hard to know what to say......2 weeks to the day before Christmas and his wife Jean and 3 kids are without a husband and father. My thoughts and prayers go out to them during this time.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Inuit Hopeful For Green House Gas Exemption

I read this story yesterday about Inuit wanting an exemption for the Circumpolar World when it comes to cuts to greenhouse gases and wondered why the big kerfuffle. It's not like there are tons of factories and heavily polluting industries up there as there are in other parts of the world.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

A Taste of Seal

I saw this news item on Canadian politicians thumbing their nose at the European Union. I just got off a plane from Peace River earlier this evening so I'm a little more tired than usual. Otherwise I'd be able to comment further. Suffice it say, I had a big smile on my face after reading it though. I got quite the kick out of the one commenter who, in their infinite wisdom, compares seal hunting to bombing babies in Afghanistan. HUH?? Going from the guy's name though, he's an NDP supporter, so I suppose I shouldn't expect his logic to be operating within the realm of reality.