Walrus numbers in decline, scientists warn

The Atlantic walrus population is now a species of special concern and over-hunting may be to blame, says the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

Bag tax on city agenda

Charlottetown’s environmental issues committee wants to ask the province to impose a tax on plastic shopping bags.

Nunavut hails federal fisheries decision

Nunavut’s fishing industry leaders say lobbying Ottawa has finally paid off, after the federal fisheries minister increased the territory’s quota for turbot.

PLANNER Makes Land Use Applications Easier and Faster

Companies and other organizations that are proposing land use projects anywhere in Nunavut use the PLANNER site to easily contact all the agencies that will review their applications. They fill the forms out online and submit them directly to the appropriate agencies with the click of a button.

Iqaluit company first to recycle a house

A local contracting company in Iqaluit has done a first in construction. They’ve “deconstructed” a 1970’s house, and plan to use parts of the demolished house to help build an apartment complex in Cape Dorset next year. Alain Carriere, president of True North Properties Group, collaborated with design consultants out of Ottawa who are specialists…

Hearings end with questions about Kyoto, oil sands

The first series of public hearings on the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project wrapped up in Inuvik on Thursday with questions about the Kyoto protocols and lingering concerns about the Alberta oil sands. – CBC

Polar bear review sparks concern in North

The polar bear sport hunts in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories could be in big trouble if the United States decides to list the animals under its Endangered Species Act. – CBC

U.S. to scrutinize Nunavut polar bear quotas

A year after Nunavut increased its hunting quotas for polar bears, the United States government is going to review the numbers to see if any changes should be made to its trophy hunt policy for the territory. – CBC

Creswell Bay Clean-Up

Removing wastes from a remote arctic site reminds residents that if you “pack it in, pack it out.” [From EcoAction – Environment Canada]

Students Catch On Quickly to GIS Computerized Mapping

In September, the NPC supported the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) in hosting a series of GIS workshops in Cambridge Bay. The sessions were designed to introduce high school students and teachers to the capabilities of geographic information systems (GIS). The workshops, part of the Fraser Lectureship in Northern Studies, were delivered by Al Friesen,…