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In memory of the souls who lost their lives aboard First Air Flight 6560 in Resolute Bay, Nunavut

In memory of the souls who lost their lives aboard First Air Flight 6560 in Resolute Bay, Nunavut

August 20, 2013, marks two years since First Air Flight 6560 crashed into a hill near Resolute Bay, killing 12 of the 15 people on board. The passenger-cargo convertible Boeing 737 was flying from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to Resolute Bay, Nunavut.  One report states that the pilots were unable to see the runway due to…

Books, pens, and a strong will are the most powerful weapons when it comes to winning the global literacy battle

Books, pens, and a strong will are the most powerful weapons when it comes to winning the global literacy battle

  “Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons,” says Malala Yousafza. After I listened to 16-year-old education campaigner Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the United Nations in New York today (July 12, 2013), I could not help thinking about the Shafia girls and women, who were victims of a mass honour killing in…

Lauryn Oates: Global ambassador for literacy in Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates: Global ambassador for literacy in Afghanistan

“The real enemy in Afghanistan is illiteracy.” — Colonel Jamie Cade, Canadian Military Coming soon: A profile on Lauryn Oates a human rights activist and development worker focused on education in conflict zones. The Taliban’s “spring offensive” may be under way, but Lauryn just arrived in Kabul as part of her commitment to improving literacy…

Predatory ancient fish named after Canadian Arctic scientist Martin Bergmann

Predatory ancient fish named after Canadian Arctic scientist Martin Bergmann

Honouring Canadian Arctic Scientist Martin Bergmann I must say that I have never known anyone who has posthumously had an extinct fish species named after them. But, if it were to be anybody – that I had the pleasure of meeting through my travels and work as a journalist in the Canadian Arctic – it…

The story of the High Arctic exiles: A dark period in Canadian history – Part Three

The story of the High Arctic exiles: A dark period in Canadian history - Part Three

Part III – Posted March 30, 2013. In August 1953, Canadian federal government officials took 87 Inuit from Port Harrison, now known as Inukjuak, in northern Quebec and put them on a coast guard ship, which then departed for the High Arctic. One month and some 1,200 kilometres later, the group was divided in two…

Challenges, opportunities and nation building in Nunavut – Part Two

Challenges, opportunities and nation building in Nunavut – Part Two

Part II – posted March 28, 2013. Birth of a “nation.” On April 1, 1999, the map of Canada changed, giving the Inuit of northern Canada a new homeland. The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was the largest land claim ever settled in Canadian history. On paper, it guaranteed that the Inuit were to become active…

Challenges, opportunities and nation building in Nunavut – Part One

Challenges, opportunities and nation building in Nunavut - Part One

Part I – posted March 27, 2013. On April 1st, Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory, will celebrate its 14th birthday. In 1999, Ottawa carved the Northwest Territories in two, creating Nunavut, which means “our land” in Inuktitut, the Inuit language. Today, Nunavut, which comprises one-fifth of Canada’s landmass, is a region of growing global significance. As…

The Enigma of the Bosnian Pyramids

The Enigma of the Bosnian Pyramids

I was in a coffee shop in Sarajevo in 2007, when I first heard about the Bosnian pyramids, situated in the nearby town of Visoko. There were no pyramidologists in the area at the time. I decided to investigate and went to Visoko. I made visual contact with some distinct triangular formations covered by grass…

Polar Pilots

Polar Pilots

Flying Pole to Pole Polar pilots are unique members of the human species. Take for example, the Kenn Borek Air family. I first encountered a small group of these fearless and entertaining pilots at the Airport Hotel in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, in April 2011. (Resolute is one of Canada’s northernmost communities.) I marvelled at stories…

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