Ed Zebedee, director of protection services for the GN, shows the Blackberry-sized portable SPOT device and the Blackberry message he receives when a SPOT's help function is activated. Zebedee says Nunavut isn't yet prepared for a major emergency but solutions are being developed. - NNSL file photo
Nunavut isn't prepared … yetDirector of protection services talks about getting territory ready for a major emergency
Northern News Services
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The territory isn't fully prepared to take on a large-scale emergency but government and organizations are developing solutions, says Nunavut's director of protection services.
The territorial government has been working with communities to help them formulate emergency plans over the past few years.
Fossil uncovers ancient Arctic NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - After gathering dust for more than two decades, a small fossil of a dinosaur vertebra found on Axel Heiberg Island in 1992 is getting its turn in the spotlight.
After finding the archived fossil while doing research on what the Eastern Arctic would have looked like during the late Cretaceous period, roughly 75 million years ago, paleontologist Matthew Vavrek and his colleagues realized the humble fossil \96 which consists of a single bone from a spinal column \96 marks a significant scientific discovery.
Technology 'puts Inuit in driver's seat' NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Come September, students in Arviat will be just a few clicks away from scientists, engineers, and other experts.
That is when John Arnalukjuak High School is supposed to receive four two-way video communication systems.
The technology is provided through Connected North, a program focused on enhancing education and health care services in remote communities.
Accusations rattle teams NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH -An anonymous letter published by a Northern publication earlier this month outlining how the Iqaluit Blizzard atom squad was allegedly mistreated at the Arctic Atoms tournament in Rankin Inlet sparked a loud outcry from people in Rankin Inlet.
But the presidents of both the Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet Minor Hockey Associations are looking to move on from the controversy and focus on hockey.
Federal funding renewed NUNAVUT NEWS/NORTH - Infrastructure development in Nunavut will continue to receive a baseline of stable funding under the federal gas tax fund.
Twenty-two billion dollars in federal gas tax spending over the next 10 years is earmarked Canada-wide under the program. That amount is being rolled into the federal Building Canada Fund, bringing the total spending announcement over the next 10 years to $53 billion.