Friday, October 20, 2006

Tories Ignore Arctic Climate Change

Reason one: there is no smog in the arctic
Reason two: melting of the arctic is good for the oil business
Reason three: less need for expensive ice breakers if the arctic ice flows melt.
Reason four: We are cutting these positions because we are getting value for
Canadian taxpayers.

Canadian Government Neglecting Arctic Climate Change, Say Inuit ...

Canadian Foreign Minister Peter McKay's decision last month to let go of two Ambassadors to the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) is part of a growing trend of the government reducing Northern participation, say critics. A lack of Northern consultation on environmental issues is a key part of that trend, they say.

"If we don't keep up that [Ambassadorial] level of representation, it gives a signal to other Arctic nations that we are giving less priority to the North and Arctic issues," said President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and past ICC Ambassador Mary Simon. The ITK is the national Canadian Inuit organisation, representing over 45,000 Inuit in four major Canadian regions. The ICC is their international organization, representing Inuit living across Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and Russia.


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