ArcticNet in the News

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ArcticNet in the News - Year 2009

21 December 2009
Globe and Mail – Ken Reimer, ArcticNet Project Leader, and Tom Sheldon, ArcticNet Project member, are both quoted in this article about the state of PCB contamination of Saglek Bay. The story depicts an evolution from a PCB-filled wildlife contaminated area, to a living laboratory that shows that arctic toxic sites should be able to revert to a more natural state, if proper cleanups are undertaken.

18 December 2009
Globe and Mail - 18 December; Oil of Russia - 28 December – This article written by Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, describes the historic relationship between Canada and Russia over Arctic affairs, and how the dialogue is evolving in a melting sea-ice era.

15 December 2009
CBC - 15 December; CFRA - 16 December; Hamilton Spectator - 19 December – 'Inuit can adapt to climate change' says James Ford, ArcticNet Network Investigator. The reader is reminded in this article that adaptation means new infrastructures, new ways of getting around, new places to live and ultimately, it means new money. In a recent peer-reviewed article, he builds a strong case for Inuit to have access to a vulnerable peoples' adaptation fund.

14 December 2009
The Toronto Star – This article supplied by The Canadian Press describes the Senate's latest report on security needs in the Arctic particularly when in comes to controlling the Northwest Passage and quotes Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator.

12 December 2009
CBC – David Barber, ArcticNet Project Leader, was a guest on the Mansbridge One on One show broadcasted on CBC News Network and the show's website. This half-hour long interview gave Barber the opportunity to explain the science that is driving his work.

06 December 2009
BBC – President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and ArcticNet's Co-chair of the Board of Directors, Mary Simon is quoted in this article during her visit in Scotland as a guest of Edinburgh University's centre of Canadian studies. She will be heading to Copenhagen to "push for tough new emissions targets and an adaptation fund to help the Inuit deal with climate change."

27 November 2009
Environmentalresearchweb, Terra brasil, Canwest ? 27 November; New York Daily News ? 28 November; The China Post ? 29 November ; Greenbang ? 30 November – The recent results of IRIS Leader and Network Investigator David Barber's study have now been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Geophysical Research Letters, of the American Geophysical Union. "These are very significant findings since the scientists and public all thought that sea ice was recovering since the minimum extent in 2007," says Barber.

26 November 2009
The Daily Observer – Rebecca Sandrelli, a grade 10 student from the Laurentian Valley Township, was one of the few Canadian students chosen by 'Schools on Board' to take part in its 2009 field program. These students observed first hand polar climate change with scientists from ArcticNet.

25 November 2009
CBCNews – Announcing that 2010 will be Year of the Inuit, Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and ArcticNet Co-Chair of the Board of Directors wants to raise awareness of the challenges facing Inuit in Canada, especially Inuit youth.

23 November 2009 – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is quoted in this article concerning the renaming of the North-West passage and Canada's vow to firmly defend its Arctic border.

19 November 2009
Au fil des évènements – 

05 November 2009
CIHD-IRSC Media Center – ArcticNet Network Investigator, Dr Éric Dewailly participated in this discussion panel about convenience foods, lifestyle changes and global warming that are putting Northerners' nutritional health at risk.

20 October 2009
The Gazette - 20 October ; Vancouver Sun - 26 October; Globe and Mail - 27 October; Calgary Herald - 28 October – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and ArcticNet Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, are both quoted in this article concerning the proposal to add "Canadian" to official uses of the term Northwest Passage, an idea introduced to the House of Commons on 5 October by Conservative MP Daryl Kramp.

16 October 2009
Ottawa Citizen – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is presented in this letter concerning his latest book "Who Owns the Arctic".

13 October 2009
United Press International - 13 Octobre; Calgary Herald - 15 Octobre; Nunatsiaq News - 16 Octobre; TF1, Radio-Canada - 17 Octobre; The Gazette - 20 Octobre; Vancouver Sun - 26 Octobre; Calgary Herald - 28 Octobre; Het Laatst Nieuws - 31 Octobre – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and ArcticNet Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, is quoted in this article concerning the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to submit its proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species when the group meets in Qatar next March. Its proposal would see the polar bear moved up from CITES?s appendix II to appendix I. Species on Appendix I are considered threatened by extinction, and CITES prohibits international trade in specimens of these species.

05 October 2009
UQAR info – A grant worth $727 050 US permitting a three year use of marine seismic reflection analysis software has been awarded to ArcticNet Network Investigator Guillaume St-Onge (ISMER).

05 October 2009
Hypertension, U.S. News & World Report - 5 Octobre; TheHeart.Org, Terra Brasil - 6 October; Nunatsiaq News - 7 October; Nueva Prensa de Guayana, Fish Information and Services, Fil des évènements - 8 October; Radio-Canada - 14 October – These articles follow up on a press release issued by the American Heart Association featuring ArcticNet Network Investigator Éric Dewailly's findings about the negative impacts of mercury on blood pressure. Dr Dewailly was however quoted saying "The small increase of blood pressure due to methylmercury [from fish consumption] will never outweigh the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids".

01 October 2009
The Vancouver Sun – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and ArcticNet Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, are both quoted in this article concerning the North-West passage and involvement of Inuit in its monitoring.

17 September 2009
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11 September 2009
The Canadian press – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Co-Chair of ArcticNet's Board of Directors, was on Parliament Hill today to, as she puts it, "shatter the stigma on mental illness and make sure everybody knows it's OK to talk about it, to get help, and to embrace life." Suicide rates among Canadian Inuit are 11 times higher than the national figure and 83 per cent of those who kill themselves are under the age of 30.

11 September 2009
The Gazette – Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, comments on the recent arctic travel of two German cargo ships across the Northern Sea route above Russia. According to Byers, Canada's lack of icebreaking power limits its ability to provide this kind of service. This feat also underscores Canada's inability to assert sovereignty in the melting polar realm.

02 September 2009
National Post - September 2, 2009; Globe and Mail ? September 8, 2009 – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is quoted in these articles about Canada's Arctic sovereignty claims, boundary research, and diplomatic actions.

25 August 2009
Impact Campus – ArcticNet Scientific Director Louis Fortier is interviewed here about the consequences of melting arctic sea ice on the fishing industry. He describes the response of arctic sea ice to climate change and its effects on local fisheries, the arctic food web, fish distribution, migration and availability.

19 August 2009
ExchangeMagazine – David Barber, ArcticNet Network Investigator, is quoted in this article about recent increase in observations of polar bears along the west Hudson Bay coast.

15 August 2009
Toronto Star – Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigators, explains his views about the different roles of Arctic diplomacy in Denmark, Russia, Canada and the USA, whether used in domestic or international affairs. Byers cites two episodes in February to highlight the tangled diplomatic interactions that drives Arctic politics.

14 August 2009
Globe and Mail – This article describes Greenland as a model for self-sufficiency. While Nunavut's capital grapples with social problems and economic uncertainty, their counterparts across the ocean take steps to deal with at-risk youth. Greenland also has extensive marine infrastructure in almost every major coastal community, supporting a burgeoning fishing industry, says Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator. Nunavut, by contrast, has no sizable harbours: Its fishing community is often forced to process their catch at sites in Greenland, which many argue robs jobs that could otherwise be sustained on Canada's Arctic coast.

14 August 2009 – David Barber, ArcticNet Network Investigator, is presented as having participated in this years Sea-Ice Outlook report. The report is due to be released just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins his five-day, three-territory tour of Canada's northern frontier.

14 August 2009
The Globe and Mail – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and ArcticNet Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, gives her opinion about the different stimulus channels that could boost Canada's hold on its North.

05 August 2009
The Canadian Press – Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, suggests the lack of a firm commitment from Canada might stem from the Conservative government looking to save money on the Arctic file. "The Lomonosov Ridge is an area where we have potential overlapping claims (with Denmark). We may be missing an opportunity to acquire some quite valuable information."

31 July 2009
Canwest News Service – A controversial plan by the Russian military to send a team of paratroopers to the North Pole is "solely symbolic" and has "no political meaning," says a spokesman for Russia's ambassador to Canada. Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, international law expert and author of a forthcoming book titled Who Owns the Arctic?, has urged the Canadian government to "defuse" the potential provocation of Russia's parachute drop by offering to have Canadian paratroopers flown to the North Pole to join in the anniversary celebration.

30 July 2009 – This article details the history of the Canadian Arctic Ambassador position. Mary Simon President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, ArcticNet Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, and Canada's inaugural ambassador for circumpolar affairs (1994-2003), said the job was crucial for giving Canada a "focal point" in dealing with Arctic issues on the international stage. On the other hand, the Department of Foreign Affairs recently issued a statement claiming the government "does not have plans to appoint an Arctic ambassador" to represent Canada on the diplomatic front and that "Minister Cannon himself has made the Arctic a top priority ? and he has personally invested a great deal of time to the issue".

29 July 2009
Reuters – ArcticNet Network Investigator Greg Henry is quoted in this article about the rapid warming of some regions of Arctic tundra around the world. This has many consequences, he says, releasing more greenhouse gases than predicted and boosting processes contributing to climate change.

24 July 2009 – The federal government has halted a four-year pilot project, the Northern Watch, in ordre to evaluate High Arctic surveillance technology at the entrance of the Northwest Passage. Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, is quoted in this article explaining that Canada gets part of its Arctic surveillance data from the RadarSat 2 satellite; however ground-based technologies are needed to back up information from the satellites. Byers also added that Northern Watch gave Canada a chance to develop its own technology for the Arctic.

10 July 2009
Toronto Star – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Co-Chair of the ArcticNet Board of Directors, and long time Canadian Arctic ambassador argues in an open letter that Canada's inaction on climate change is unacceptable and will have major consequences on the Canadian population and more so, on Inuit.

06 July 2009
Globe and Mail – In the midst of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Co-Chair of the ArcticNet Board of Directors, talks about child health in the Canadian Arctic and urges the federal government to end what she calls "the cycle of neglect". She presses the Government to "ensure that all children receive the care to which they're entitled". That cannot happen until services for Inuit children are funded to the same level as those for other Canadian children, she says.

01 July 2009
CNW – The Churchill Corporation announced in this press release that they appointed ArcticNet Director Carmen R. Loberg, as a new member of their Board of Directors. Carmen R. Loberg is also President and CEO of NorTerra Inc.

28 June 2009
Times Colonist – The scientific ice-breaker CCGS Amundsen halted for 3 days in Victoria's harbor on its way to the Canadian arctic archipelago for another summer of ArcticNet scientific exploration.

18 June 2009,, ScienceDaily - June 18, 2009; Water online - June 22 – ArcticNet graduate student Jesse Carrie was quoted in numerous articles concerning the amount of mercury flowing into the Arctic Ocean from the Mackenzie River estuary. According to Carrie, the mercury could be picked up by water as it flows down from the Mackenzie Mountains.

14 June 2009
Globe and Mail, Sunday, Fort Frances Times Online - June 23; Winnipeg free Press - June 15 – Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, is quoted in these article concerning the thinning of Arctic ice pack. According to Byers, thick, multiyear ice that impedes navigation could soon be a thing of the past.

11 June 2009

11 June 2009
The Globe and Mail/opinions – Michael Byers, ArcticNet Network Investigator, expressed his opinions during a presentation to the House of Commons standing committee on national defense. He insisted that providing security in Canada's Arctic requires a willingness to co-operate. He also suggested that instead of militarizing the Canadian Arctic at great cost and little effect, we should build on our strengths and co-operate.

28 May 2009 – CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and ArcticNet researcher James D. Ford explains how, for Inuit people, dangerous climate change may already be happening. In the Arctic, average temperatures are increasing at twice the global average, and recent years have seen unprecedented summer sea ice melt and an increase in extreme weather events. Hunting and fishing opportunities have become less reliable, and permafrost thaw is threatening the viability of a number of settlements.

26 May 2009
Science Centric – James D. Ford, CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and ArcticNet researcher published a paper in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, ?Dangerous climate change and the importance of adaptation for the Arctic's Inuit population?. He also presented his research at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences annual conference.

21 May 2009
UN – During a UN conference in New-York, Mr. Duane Smith, President of Inuit Circumpolar Council and ArcticNet Board of Directors member was reported saying that ?the thinning of the ice was threatening activities such as hunting. More and more, vessels causing increased pollution, while the Inuit are trying to promote sustainable use of their resources. Our leaders have drafted a declaration on the sovereignty of the Inuit, a constructive document that requires the consultation of the people. Inuit ask the UN to conduct a study on mercury pollution in the Far North. [?]?

19 May 2009
Marketwire - May 19, 2009; Radio-Canada - May 20, 2009; Vision Durable - August 17, 2009 – An ambitious research program, conducted under the leadership of Université Laval Professor and ArcticNet Network Investigator Steeve Coté, is being supported by Xstrata Nickel. The Raglan nickel-copper mine belonging to Toronto's Xstrata Nickel has pledged $350,000 over the next five years to support this large-scale research program that aims to further understand the migratory caribou populations in Quebec and Labrador in the context of climate change. Coté?s team will work to determine the factors influencing the density and space use of caribou and the potential impacts of changes to their habitat.

19 May 2009
Citizen Staff – Originally from Prince George, ArcticNet Ph.D. student Tristan Pearce has been awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, valued at $150,000 over three years. Pearce, who is a research associate with Global Environmental Change group at the University of Guelph, has just completed his PhD, and is described as among Canada's top experts in the field of climate change. The Vanier scholarship is awarded to world-class international and Canadian doctoral students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement and leadership skills.

19 May 2009
SRJ Reporter – In an article concerning joint efforts made by First Nation Leaders to put together a draft policy for land claim implementation submitted to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in March 2009, ArcticNet project leader, Dr. Michael Byers, acknowledged that ?by working together, First Nations in Canada are moving towards having a stronger collective voice?. Despite the absence of federal minister responsible for land claim negotiations, First Nation leaders from across the country say the conference was a success.

14 May 2009
Au fil des événements – Université Laval's Vice-Rector for Research and Creation, Edwin Bourget, and the Director of the Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (CNRS France), Dominique Le Quéau, signed on 8 May an agreement for international scientific collaboration for sustainable development of northern regions in the context of global warming. "This agreement will strengthen technical and scientific cooperation between France and Quebec, in various fields such as the study of northern ecosystems, environmental management of resources and adaptation strategies to climate change," says Warwick F. Vincent, director of the Center for Northern Studies and ArcticNet project leader.

12 May 2009
Canwest News Service – Michael Byers, a University of British Columbia expert on Arctic geopolitics and ArcticNet project leader was interviewed regarding Canada?s relationship with Russia over navigation and sovereignty in the Arctic. Regarding meetings that happened between Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and Russian officials, Byers is quoted saying that the substance of the Moscow meeting is "quite encouraging," particularly the prospect of a collaborative approach by Russia, Canada and Denmark ? which controls Greenland ? in establishing the Arctic Ocean's seabed boundaries.

10 May 2009
 – Network Investigator David Barber is referred to in this Spanish article describing the impacts of global warming in the circumpolar Arctic.

17 April 2009
New Scientist Health, Environmental Health News - April 17, 2009; The Canadian Press ? May 3, 2009; Science Daily ? May 4, 2009; Discovery News ? May 5, 2009; Nunatsiaq News ? May 15, 2009; Sunday Observer - July 15 – Gary Stern, Adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba and ArcticNet project leader, reported for the first time that high mercury levels in certain Arctic seals appear to be linked to vanishing sea ice caused by global warming. Their study published in Environmental Science & Technology provides new insight into the impact of climate change on Arctic marine life.

04 April 2009
The Gazette – CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and ArcticNet researcher James Ford, and director of the Center for Northern Studies and ArcticNet project leader Warwick Vincent, are both quoted in an article explaining the causes and consequences of summer arctic sea-ice melt and why has this ice cover reduced so quickly in the last decade.

01 April 2009 – ArcticNet project leader Steven Ferguson, ArcticNet Scientific Director Louis Fortier and ArcticNet Executive Director Martin Fortier are quoted in an article describing the evolution of Arctic science practices in Nunavut since its creation 10 years ago.

04 March 2009
People?s Weekly World ? March 4, 2009; Reuters ? march 5, 2009; Gabon Eco - March 8, 2009; Vancouver Sun - April 2, 2009; The Washington Post ? April 11, 2009;, The Gazette - May 20, 2009 – Interviewed by Reuters after a presentation given on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Warwick Vincent, ArcticNet project leader and Director of the Center for Northern Studies, commented about the many transformations occurring in the High Arctic landscapes.

25 February 2009
Canwest News Service – In an article about the state of arctic research, ArcticNet researcher and project leader David Barber stresses the need for a Canadian institute on polar science ?with some teeth?. One that could lobby for and co-ordinate funding and plan for the future. The International Polar Year he says demonstrated that Canada is able to conduct top-quality research in the Arctic, but since the economic meltdown, researchers might struggle to retain their knowledgeable staff and international partners.

21 January 2009
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14 January 2009
CBC News – Canadian Inuit leaders plan to outline their economic priorities to Prime Minister Harper as he prepares for the upcoming federal budget and a planned economic stimulus package. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president and Co-Chair of the ArcticNet Board of Directors, Mary Simon, will be among those who present. Mary Simon will highlight economic growth in the North and its dependency on improvements to social issues such as health care, housing shortages and lack of training.

11 January 2009
Native Communications Society – Two journalists from the First Nations Aboriginal Radio Station in the Northwest Territories attended the Arctic Change 2008 conference interviewing many conference delegates for their IPY Radio Show called the ?Ends of the Earth? that first aired January 11, 2009 and will run until March 2011. The radio program has been funded by the International Polar Year and will be broadcasted live over the <a href="" target="_blank">internet</a>.

10 January 2009
Hamilton Spectator, Winnipeg Sun, St. Catharines Standard – ArcticNet Network Investigators Gary Stern and Steven Ferguson are planning to use beluga teeth and walrus tusks to study the impact of climate change on marine mammals. The analysis of the teeth and tusks is part of a larger study looking at how shrinking sea ice effects Arctic marine mammals. Scientists expect to find evidence of increased contaminants and thinning diet, which can both be attributed to climate change. Research results will be shared with Inuit who rely on marine mammals for food.

09 January 2009
Le Soleil – Benoit Beauchamp, keynote speaker at Arctic Change 2008, is quoted in this article on the Arctic becoming the next Alberta. Specifically Beauchamp discusses that the polar regions are rich in oil and gas and it is not a question of if but when these resources will be retrieved. The article speaks to the environmental implications of oil and gas extraction.

05 January 2009
Ottawa Citizen – ArcticNet Network Investigator, Andrew Derocher, is quoted in this article discussing the status of the polar bear. Derocher notes that while the polar bear may not disappear completely with climate change the bear will likely only be found in limited numbers in the most northern regions of Canada and Greenland cold enough to sustain the species. Northern communities are dealing with increased numbers of bears making their way into communities as sea ice reductions make it increasingly difficult for polar bears to hunt and travel.

01 January 2009
Agence Science-Presse, L?Information, L?Observateur, Lien Multim&eacute;dia – Schools on Board, an ArcticNet outreach program, together with partners from Le Petit S&eacute;minaire de Qu&eacute;bec held the Arctic Youth Climate Change Forum (AYCCF) on December 8, 2008 in Qu&eacute;bec. Directly preceding Arctic Change 2008, the Forum brought together Qu&eacute;bec?s secondary schools with invited guests to discuss climate change and Arctic issues. ArcticNet Scientific Director, Louis Fortier, who presented at the AYCCF is quoted in this article.