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ArcticNet in the News - Year 2010

31 December 2010
Nunatsiaq News – The 2010 ArcticNet research expedition and the rescue operation of 200 tourists and crew members from the cruise ship Clipper Adventurer, performed by the Coast Guard crew onboard the CCGS Amundsen, were important events in the North last year.  Original article >>

30 December 2010
CNN – As Inuit see and feel their Arctic environment quickly transform, ArcticNet Project Leader Barry Smit describes the inevitable consequences of this transformation on their traditional culture and diet.  Original article >>

21 December 2010
Nunatsiaq News – The Arctic environment is changing and Inuit rely more and more on a combination of traditional knowledge and technology to predict the safest ice routes. Carleton University researcher Gita Laidler studied the use of technology by Inuit hunters and elders during the International Polar Year (2007-2008).  Original article >>

20 December 2010
Nunatsiaq News – Inuit health is increasingly becoming a priority in the North and ArcticNet is committed to develop and support the necessary research infrastructures to address it.  Original article >>

17 December 2010
Nunatsiaq News – Had it not been for the calm weather, the recent grounding of the cruise ship Clipper Adventurer in the Canadian Arctic could have resulted in loss of life and damage to the environment. With more shipping traffic expected in and around the Northwest Passage, there is an urgent need to increase Arctic mapping, says ArcticNet Network Investigator John Hughes Clarke.  Original article >>

17 December 2010
Nunatsiaq News – Recent results from the 2007-2008 IPY Inuit Health Survey indicate alarming levels of food insecurity in Inuit regions and sheds light on the health effects of country- vs. store-bought food diets on Inuit.  Original article >>

16 December 2010
PostMedia News – An internal Environment Canada memo in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, signed by former member of the ArcticNet Board of Directors Brian Gray, was recently released. While the memo notes that the Canadian scientific community has made 'significant contributions' to climate research and to the IPCC's fourth assessment, ArcticNet Network Investigator Warwick Vincent stresses the fact that the government is now failing to fund climate research projects.  Original article >>

15 December 2010
Nunatsiaq News – During the latest ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting in Ottawa, Network Investigator Steven Ferguson presented his latest results on the presence and impact of killer whales (Orcinus Orca) in the Canadian Arctic.  Original article >>

15 December 2010
Nunatsiaq News – For the past 20 years, ArcticNet Network Investigator Greg Henry has been studying vegetation across the Canadian Arctic. Without the granting support from government-funded research foundations, Dr. Henry is somewhat concerned of being able to financially sustain his team composed of researchers, elders, students and local researchers which has considerably grown in recent times.  Original article >>

15 December 2010
Nature Communications – ArcticNet Network Investigator Andrew Derocher writes about the present and modeled state of polar bear populations throughout the circumpolar world.  Original article >>

13 December 2010
Cyberpresse –   Original article >>

29 November 2010
E! Science News – How is climate change affecting the lives of populations around the globe? Throughout his many years of research and travel, ArcticNet Network Investigator Barry Smit has contributed to a better understanding of the impacts of change on Northern populations by studying other populations? adaptive capacity in the face of environmental changes.  Original article >>

27 November 2010
Polar Cap Productions – The Polar Explorer (Aired at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun 2010) Arctic enthusiast Mark Terry, follows ArcticNet scientists onboard the Amundsen to see how climate change is affecting the Canadian Arctic.  Original article >>

25 November 2010
Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun – Chairman of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences and ArcticNet Network Investigator Gordon McBean criticizes the lack of funding from the federal government in the climate science sector.  Original article >>

24 November 2010
SIKU News – The industry collaborations onboard the Amundsen are discussed in a political and environmental context. Louis Fortier explains ArcticNet?s role and the financial and environmental benefits of these collaborations.  Original article >>

24 November 2010
CBC – Louis Fortier discusses the benefits of the ArcticNet - Industry collaborations onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen in light of the recent negative press.  Original article >>

24 November 2010
Radio-Canada – The ArcticNet ? Industry collaborations onboard the Amundsen are discussed within a political and environmental context. Despite being negatively presented, the benefits of these partnerships are discussed by Louis Fortier, particularly in the context of minimizing impacts of drilling on the marine environment.  Original article >>

23 November 2010
Le Devoir – The industry collaborations onboard the Amundsen are discussed within a political and environmental context. Louis Fortier defends the collaborations and their role in preventing negative impacts on the Arctic marine environment.  Original article >>

23 November 2010
CBC – The ArcticNet ? Industry collaborations onboard the Amundsen are discussed within a political and environmental context. Louis Fortier explains ArcticNet?s view on the financial and environmental benefits of these partnerships.  Original article >>

22 November 2010
Radio-Canada (TV) – The ArcticNet ? Industry collaborations onboard the Amundsen are discussed within a political, environmental and ethical context. Louis Fortier is interviewed, explaining the environmental benefits of these negatively-presented partnerships and describes the role of science in preventing negative impacts on the Arctic marine environment.  Original article >>

13 November 2010
Le Devoir – ArcticNet Scientific Director Louis Fortier was awarded the Prix Armand-Frappier in recognition of his research career, his commitment to promote research and his devotion to build research institutions designed to train the next generation of scientists while raising interest in science and technology. His founding of the ArcticNet network of over 145 researchers and 30 universities is discussed.  Original article >>

09 November 2010
 – ArcticNet Scientific Director Louis Fortier was awarded the Prix Armand-Frappier in recognition of his research career, his commitment to promote research and his devotion to build research institutions designed to train the next generation of scientists while raising interest in science and technology.  Original article >>

04 November 2010
Nunatsiaq News –   Original article >>

04 November 2010
INAC News Release, Nunatsiaq News – ArcticNet Network Investigators David Hik and Robert Huebert were recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Circumpolar Commission along with ArcticNet Executive Director Martin Fortier.  Original article >>

02 November 2010
Chemical and Engineering News – This article synthesizes the recent findings of a team of scientists, one of them being ArcticNet Network Investigator Derek Muir, on the impacts of climate change on the High Arctic lakes.  Original article >>

23 October 2010
Globe and Mail – The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson signs this editorial about the International Polar Year. He tries to draft an answer as to why has the Harper Government invested in the recent International Polar Year but doesn?t seem interested in a serious national effort to reduce the emissions that cause global warming?  Original article >>

21 October 2010
Nunatsiaq News –   Original article >>

26 September 2010
Toronto Star – ArcticNet Post-Doctoral Fellow Jackie Dawson signs this op-ed about the growing regulatory challenges and security concerns associated with marine transportation in the Canadian Arctic.  Original article >>

25 September 2010
IceNews – This article on sovereignty issues over the Arctic quotes ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers.  Original article >>

23 September 2010
The New York Times – While Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin calls for 'mutual trust' in settling underwater boundaries and development issues in the Arctic, ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers argues that in the end, it will all boil down to scientific facts.  Original article >>

20 September 2010
CBC – So far, during the 2010 Arctic navigation season, 18 ships have cleared customs in Inuvik. That's twice last year's number. ArcticNet Network Investigator Rob Huebert is quoted about the opening of the Northwest Passage.  Original article >>

18 September 2010
Planet Save – ArcticNet Network Investigator David Barber's YouTube appearance is used in the latest Climate Denial Crock of the Week video: '2010 Sea Ice Update'.  Original article >>

12 September 2010
The Chronicle Herald – The Clipper Adventurer's unfortunate accident in the Northwest Passage and its impact on our sovereignty claims, call for a reassessment of charting efforts in the Canadian Arctic Ocean.  Original article >>

10 September 2010
Hydro International – The role of the University of New Brunswick?s Ocean Mapping Group within the ArcticNet consortium and the significance of the Amundsen?s multibeam mapping program during the rescue of the MV Clipper Adventurer are discussed. ArcticNet Network Investigator John Hughes Clarke converses on the current state of seabed mapping in the Canadian Arctic.  Original article >>

06 September 2010
Le Monde, The Guardian (14 September 2010) – These European articles quote ArcticNet Scientific Director Louis Fortier on the dangers of a poorly mapped Arctic Ocean.  Original article >>

04 September 2010
The Daily Gleaner – The mapping of the Arctic Ocean floor, especially in the Northwest Passage, is crucial for the development of the Canadian Arctic. ArcticNet Network Investigator John Hughes Clarke explains what has been done so far onboard the CCGS Amundsen and the challenges to come.  Original article >>

03 September 2010
Calgary Herald – Schools on Board participant Kelcie Miller-Anderson, Grade 11 student at Central Memorial High School, Calgary, recalls her experience onboard the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen.  Original article >>

02 September 2010
OilWeek – A fuel tanker carrying nine million litres of fuel has run aground near the Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven in the Northwest Passage. ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers stresses the fact that Canada has been lucky so far because although three ships have run aground in the Arctic this year, there has been no major oil spill.  Original article >>

02 September 2010
Northern News Service – The Schools on Board program is depicted in this article as the greatest experience ever lived by two Inuvik teens.  Original article >>

31 August 2010
Wall Street Journal – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is quoted in this article about sovereignty issues in the Arctic.  Original article >>

30 August 2010
Montreal Gazette – ArcticNet Network Investigator Frances Abele expresses her views on the importance of education and more specifically science education as a pillar of social development and well-being in the Canadian Arctic.  Original article >>

29 August 2010
The Vancouver Sun – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is interviewed about the recent grounding of a small cruise ship 55 nautical miles off the coast of Kugluktuk, and what this situation undelines in terms of asserting security in Canadian arctic waters.  Original article >>

28 August 2010
The Vancouver Sun – ArcticNet Network Investigator John England is quoted in this article about the on-going transformation of the ice shelves on the north coast of Ellesmere Island.  Original article >>

25 August 2010
NatureNews, Globe and Mail – ArcticNet Network Investigators Warwick Vincent, David Hik and John England are all quoted concerning the recent announcement of Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the creation of the Canadian High-Arctic Research Station.  Original article >>

25 August 2010
Northern News Services – A student and teacher from Rankin Inlet have nothing but the highest praise for their time spent on the Schools on Board program earlier this month.  Original article >>

24 August 2010
Globe and Mail – ArcticNet Network Investigator signs this op-ed about the joint military exercise happening in the High-Arctic that now annually unites Canadian, American and Danish warships.  Original article >>

24 August 2010
CBCNews, Postmedia News – A huge chunk of ice broke off the Ward Hunt ice shelf, Ellesmere Island, around August 18. ArcticNet Network Investigator John England analyses the recent rise of ice shelf break-offs in the Arctic ocean.  Original article >>

22 August 2010
The Vancouver Sun – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers warns Prime Minister Stephen Harper about delivering only political rhetoric about Arctic issues.  Original article >>

21 August 2010
La Presse – ArcticNet Network Investigator Rob Huebert exposes Canada's capacity to conduct military operations in the Arctic and High-Arctic.  Original article >>

21 August 2010
Le Devoir –   Original article >>

17 August 2010
Globe and Mail – ArcticNet Network Investigator Whitney Lackenbauer writes this op-ed about the ongoing patrolling exercise in the High-Arctic called Operation Nanook.  Original article >>

14 August 2010
Nunatsiaq News – The unique and diverse program of ArcticNet's Schools on Board expedition aboard the CCGS Amundsen is extensively described in this article. For 10 days straight, eight high-school students and two teachers are immersed in hands-on science activities while cruising through the Northwest Passage.  Original article >>

11 August 2010
Le Devoir, Radio-Canada (radio) – ArcticNet Scientific Director Louis Fortier is quoted in this article about the change occurring in Arctic ice dynamics and the projected melt of Greenland's islandis.  Original article >>

10 August 2010
Nunatsiaq News – ArcticNet researchers and students continue their 2010 expedition on-board the CCGS Amundsen through the Northwest Passage.  Original article >>

08 August 2010
Nunatsiaq News – ArcticNet and scientific work accomplished on-board the CCGS Amundsen are described in this article.  Original article >>

06 August 2010
The Globe and Mail – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers gives an Arctic sovereignty crash course to students during an expedition in Nunavut.  Original article >>

05 August 2010
Nunatsiaq News,, Edmonton Journal – The research ice-breaker CCGS Amundsen is travelling in the Northwest Passage and collecting a plethora of data as it sails towards the Beaufort Sea.  Original article >>

04 August 2010
Northern News Services – ArcticNet Network Investigator Arn Keeling is in Rankin Inlet this week gathering information about the population's perspectives on the mining industry. Keelin's research team studies the history of mining mostly in the NWT, but also in the Yukon, Northern Quebec and Labrador.  Original article >>

03 August 2010
APTN – Interviewed in Iqaluit on-board the CCGS Amundsen, students and teachers participating in the Schools on Board program talk about their experience as they are about to set sail and accompany scientists through the Northwest passage.  Original article >>

02 August 2010
BBC – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is quoted in this article stating that the up-coming US-Canada joint research efforts in the energy-rich Beaufort Sea could be a great opportunity to settle their arctic marine frontier.  Original article >>

02 August 2010
Nunatsiaq News – ArcticNet and the CCGS Amundsen are both discussed in this article as the scientific ice-breaker is about to set sail through the Northwest Passage.  Original article >>

02 August 2010
The Globe and Mail, Radio-Canada (TV and Radio) – A complete census of marine life has recently been published in the journal PLoS ONE. ArcticNet Network Investigator Philippe Archambault worked on the manuscript and was interviewed about the results.  Original article >>

01 August 2010
Pour la – Early polar explorers Ernest Shackelton (Antarctica, 1914-1917) and Fridtjof Nansen (Arctic, 1893-1896) have both driven extremely successful and similar expeditions using two very different approaches. ArcticNet Network Investigator Bruno Tremblay is part of a research team that will study the extent at which environmental parameters (pack-ice dynamics, oceanic currents, etc.) played a favorable role in these historic expeditions.  Original article >>

01 August 2010
Vancouver Sun, The Gazette – ArcticNet Network Investigator David Baber is quoted in this article that describes offshore exploration issues in the Arctic with regards to sea ice dynamics and climate change.  Original article >>

30 July 2010
The Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers advocates for the creation of an Arctic Museum especially built to shelter the wrecked HMS Investigator. The British ice-strengthened ship left Plymouth, England, in 1850 in search of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. It was recently discovered 11 metres below sea surface in Mercy Bay, Banks Island, Nunavut, by Parks Canada.  Original article >>

25 July 2010
Toronto Star,, – ArcticNet Network Investigator Barry Smit and ArcticNet Doctoral Student Tristan Pearce expose the state of confidence in climate science in the Canadian public opinion.  Original article >>

22 July 2010
Arctic College News; 28 July, 2010 - Northern News Service – This year's Schools on Board field program will take 9 students from all over Canada into the fabled Northwest Passage onboard the CCGS Amundsen. They will participate in hands-on research activities, and will be introduced to many aspects of Canada?s North, including culture, history, and politics.  Original article >>

15 July 2010
The Independent, Yale E360 – The health of the polar bear population living in the western Hudson Bay is analyzed in a recent paper co-authored by ArcticNet Network Investigator Andrew Derocher.  Original article >>

30 June 2010
Chronicle Herald, Winnipeg Free Press, Hamilton Spectator – The Northwest Passage is not going to become a Panama Canal in the near future. ArcticNet Network Investigator Frédéric Lasserre came to this conclusion after he consulted with 125 shipping companies from Asia, Europe and North America. Only 11 expressed any interest in shipping through the passage. Since the apparent lack of interest means extra time, ArcticNet Network Investigators Rob Huebert and Michael Byers insist that Canadians should start developing diplomatic policies and environmental and shipping regulations in the North before real traffic comes along.  Original article >>

24 June 2010
ArcticNet Student Association – The latest edition of the ASA Newsletter is now available online. This edition features reviews of last year's Inuit Culture Workshop and of the IPY International Early Career Researcher Symposium. It also highlights some of the high-level publications that ArcticNet students have been producing (including a recent paper in Science) and introduces this year's Executive Committee.  Original article >>

17 June 2010
LaPresseAffaires – ArcticNet Network Investigators Frédéric Lasserre and Suzanne Lalonde share their thoughts on the Canada-US relationship regarding the status of the Northwest Passage.  Original article >>

13 June 2010
The Gazette, Winnipeg Free Press – Last May's satellite monitoring by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center could indicate that the polar region is heading for another record-setting meltdown by summer?s end. Leading an international research project on sea ice, ArcticNet Project Leader David Barber has recently stated that ice-free summers could become the norm far sooner than 2030.  Original article >>

02 June 2010
EnvironmentalResearchWeb – The International Polar Year (IPY) Oslo Science Conference, held from 8 to 12 June, celebrates and publishes early results from the 2007?2008 IPY. Leading one of the world's largest IPY projects, ArcticNet Project Leader Dr. David Barber shares his observations about Arctic sea ice.  Original article >>

01 June 2010
Calgary Herald, The Gazette – Canadian Arctic research receives major financial support from the Canadian government, universities and the private sector, with the creation of a Canada Excellence Research Chair held by Dr. Marcel Babin.  Original article >>

17 May 2010
CERC, Université Laval, University of Manitoba, Cyberpresse, Montreal Gazette, Metro Canada, CTV, Radio-Canada, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail –   Original article >>

12 May 2010
Northern News Service – A teacher and her student from Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik in Rankin Inlet, Katharine O'Connell and Kayla Bruce, reveal their feelings and expectations about their coming experience with the Schools on Board Program next August.  Original article >>

06 May 2010
Ottawa Citizen – ArcticNet network Investigator Michael Byers signs this Op-Ed asking for a revision of Canada's regulatory requirements and calling for a moratorium on offshore drilling across the top of North America, including Greenland.  Original article >>

30 April 2010
Globe and Mail – In this Op-Ed, ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers pleads for cooperation as the only reasonable path to effectively resolve Arctic offshore boundary disputes.  Original article >>

28 April 2010
Vancouver Sun – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is quoted in this geopolitical description of a recent agreement between Norway and Russia to settle an offshore boundary dispute.  Original article >>

14 April 2010
Embassy – The President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada and ArcticNet Board Director Duane Smith signs this Op-Ed, explaining the Inuit point of view concerning the latest Arctic Five meeting in Chelsea, Quebec.  Original article >>

12 April 2010
CBC – This article describes recent analysis on the health and population of beluga whales in Hudson Bay from ArcticNet Network Investigators Steve Ferguson and Gary Stern.  Original article >>

08 April 2010
The – ArcticNet Network Investigator James Ford and ArcticNet PhD Candidate Tristan Pearce co-write this op-ed about the impact of climate change on Inuit and their culture.  Original article >>

08 April 2010
BBC – This photo documentary captures the work on Arctic foxes of ArcticNet student Arnaud Tarroux and ArcticNet Network Investigator Dominique Berteaux.  Original article >>

07 April 2010
The Gazette – A new report prepared for the U.S. Congress on the growing importance of the Arctic in global affairs was submitted last week. The report highlights the unanswered jurisdictional questions over the status of the Northwest passage. ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers comments on the report.  Original article >>

06 April 2010
CNW – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is one of the finalists competing for the 2009/2010 Donner Prize, the award for best book on Canadian public policy, for his latest piece "Who Owns the Arctic?: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North" (Douglas & McIntyre). The winner will be announced April 28 in Toronto and will receive $35 000.  Original article >>

01 April 2010
Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette – U.S. President Barack Obama has announced plans to end a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in almost all U.S. coastal waters. The announcement quickly drew fire from environmentalists and prompted ArcticNet Network Investigators Michael Byers and Rob Huebert to highlight the potential impacts in Canada.  Original article >>

31 March 2010
CBC News – U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton recently expressed her unease with the absence of key players at Monday's Arctic Five meeting in Chelsea, Quebec. Her comments fuelled criticism towards the Government from opposition parties and Inuit organisations alike. Iceland, Finland and Sweden, all represented at the Arctic Council, also complained about the snub. ArcticNet Network Investigators Michael Byers and Rob Huebert agree that the comments will have impacts in Canada while President of Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) and ArcticNet Board Director Duane Smith acknowledges their importance for Aboriginal groups in the circum-Arctic regions.  Original article >>

29 March 2010
Ottawa Citizen – ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers describes the current state of our understanding of China's interests in the Arctic. Byers sends this message to the foreign ministers from Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway who are meeting in Chelsea, Quebec, today, arguing that: " Whether we like it or not, China is coming to the Arctic. We should welcome her there -- and tidy up, quickly, before she arrives."  Original article >>

25 March 2010
CBC News – A recent study by ArcticNet Investigator Rob Huebert analyzed Arctic-related military spending by the 5 Arctic countries: Canada, USA, Russia, Norway, and Denmark. Huebert and ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers are quoted giving their opinion about the meaning of such spending and on the relationships between these 5 countries.  Original article >>

17 March 2010
Toronto Star, Exchange Magazine – A warming climate means dangerous hunting grounds for Canadian Inuit. The story depicted here quotes Jerry Akoaksion, a veteran hunter from Ulukhaktok, as well as ArcticNet PhD student Tristan Pearce on their view on how climate change affects the Inuit and their culture.  Original article >>

08 March 2010
University Affairs – This article dresses a portrait of the current state of Arctic research in Canada while quoting many ArcticNet members.  Original article >>

01 March 2010
The Gazette – This article quotes ArcticNet Network Investigators Rob Huebert and Michael Byers about China's Arctic strategy and its renewed commitment to investing in Arctic science.  Original article >>

22 February 2010
The Gazette – ArcticNet Network Investigators, Rob Huebert and Michael Byers are both quoted in this article regarding the latest announcement by the United States to build a northern deepwater sea port in Alaska.  Original article >>

19 February 2010
Global Brief – ArcticNet Network Investigator, Michael Byers publishes this article about the role of politics and media in the public perception of international relationships between Canada and the four other arctic countries: the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway.  Original article >>

18 February 2010
The Vancouver Sun – ArcticNet Network Investigator, Michael Byers is quoted in this article reporting the sudden Canadian move to resolving a decades-old territorial dispute with the United States. At stake is the sovereignty over a section of the Beaufort Sea as big as Lake Ontario that Canada deems part of Yukon's coastal waters.  Original article >>

18 February 2010
The Gazette – The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business announces that Makivik Corp. president Pita Aatami is to be inducted into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame during ceremonies to be held on 31 March in Toronto. Aatami is a member of the board of directors of ArcticNet and has held the elected position as head of the corporation that oversees the land claim of Quebec Inuit -and acts as the community's economic development arm since 1998.  Original article >>

16 February 2010
CBC – In this article about Iceland's opinion on Canada hosting the upcoming March meeting on Arctic sovereignty in Quebec, ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers is quoted suggesting that indigenous groups and arctic-related countries such as Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden could be invited as guests.  Original article >>

15 February 2010 – ArcticNet Network Investigator, James Ford and ArcticNet PhD Candidate, Tristan Pearce, both co-founders of ArcticNorth Consulting, published an article earlier this month in Environmental Research Letters about knowledge gaps in Arctic adaptation literature and research.  Original article >>

15 February 2010
The Vancouver Sun – An article about the upcoming five-nation Arctic summit in Chelsea quotes ArcticNet Network Investigator Michael Byers' latest essay, published in the Ottawa Citizen.  Original article >>

09 February 2010
The Globe and Mail – This article relates to recent findings made by the research team of Dr Gary Stern, ArcticNet Network Investigator and senior scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Dr Stern has found that rising levels of potentially harmful chemicals such as mercury, PCBs and DDT were found in fish caught in the Mackenzie River. These findings were published in late 2009 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.  Original article >>

08 February 2010
Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal – ArcticNet Network Investigator, Michael Byers investigates Canada's Arctic diplomacy matters in preparation for the upcoming meeting between the G8 and Arctic 5 committees. Byers also describes the different types of agreements to be negotiated which could help shape tomorrow?s Arctic, such as ones concerning marine pollution and shipping or fisheries.  Original article >>

06 February 2010
Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press – Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence, Vincent Ho travelled as "artist on board" the CCGS Amundsen during the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study in the summer of 2008. While scientists measured, Ho translated his observations into music. He then pulled everything together to compose his 35-minute Arctic Symphony, which premieres on 6 February, at an event celebrating the International Polar Year. This event gathers many scientists from all over the world and includes a special presentation by Dr David Barber, lead scientist of the Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study.  Original article >>

06 February 2010
The Vancouver Sun, CBC, Digital Journal, CBS, ABC, Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press, Sydney Morning Herald – Preliminary results from the Canadian Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study were released on Friday, 5 January by the Study's lead scientist and ArcticNet Network Investigator (NI), Dr. David Barber. Early findings from this important study of Canada's changing North were shared with journalists in the presence of many CFL theme leaders, including ArcticNet NI Steven Ferguson, Gary Stern and John Hanesiak.  Original article >>

31 January 2010
CTV News – ArcticNet researcher, James Ford published a paper in this month's edition of Global Environmental Change. Picking up on his results, this article describes the dynamics of adaptation in Inuit communities across Canada. It also explains how different levels of government working with communities and taking advantage of both scientific and traditional knowledge, can best develop strategies for dealing with adaptation in a context of climate change.  Original article >>

29 January 2010
Le Figaro – ArcticNet Scientific Director, Louis Fortier is quoted in this epic description of the CCGS Amundsen's crossing of the mythical Northwest Passage in the summer of 2009.  Original article >>

28 January 2010
TIME – This article relates the discrepancies between results from satellite analysis of arctic sea-ice status (thickness, coverage, density ?) and on-the-ground observations. Interviewed about his research on arctic sea-ice, Dr David Barber, ArcticNet Project Leader and Network Investigator, described his latest observations while onboard the ice-breaker CCGS Amundsen in summer 2009.  Original article >>

25 January 2010
Montreal Gazette, McGill News, eScience News,,,, Global TV News, Nanaimo Daily News,, – Seventy per cent (70 %) of Inuit preschoolers in Nunavut, Canada?s largest and most northern territory, live in households where there isn?t enough food. Dr Grace Egeland, associate professor at the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment at McGill University and ArcticNet Network Investigator, said food insecurity - defined as a shortage of food that is safe, nutritious and meets the requirements for a healthy and active life - is only part of the story for Inuit families, who are often living on income support in overcrowded public housing. Dr Egeland's results are the first to be published from the Qanuqitpit? Qanuippitali? Kanuivit? 2007-2008 Inuit Health Study and will appear in the upcoming issue of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

15 January 2010
Science, Radio-Canada, Los Angeles Times, CBC,, Ocean Conserve, National Public Radio (Washington), Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Christian Science Monitor –   Original article >>

12 January 2010
CBC – Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and co-Chair of the ArcticNet Board of Directors, announced the launch of an Arctic research center aiming to bridge the gap between science and traditional environmental knowledge. The new Inuit Qaujisarvingat (The Inuit Knowledge Centre) will be housed in ITK's Ottawa offices.  Original article >>