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Snowking's Snowcastle of 2012

ICEolation Art Show - Call for Artists
The 7th Annual Iceolation Art Show is looking for artists interested in submitting work.  The date is set for the opening at the Snowcastle on Saturday  March 23, 2013 with a show at Down to Earth Gallery (Yellowknife) from March 24 to March 31. 
Iceolation is an art show that celebrates the theme of Ice.  It is art for the sake of art and is open to anyone who wants to participate. 
Please call Rosalind or Fran at Down to Earth Gallery for more information  (867) 920-0711 or E-mail Rosalind Mercredi northsoulglass@gmail.com
Photo http://flic.kr/p/59qBGE URL http://downtoearthgallery.blogspot.ca/

#NACC #eBay #Art #Auction Catalogs #PDF #Photos http://ow.ly/i7ke0 #YZF #NWT
The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre
NACC http://www.naccnt.ca/ is our one and only centre for the performing arts.
With the artists and performers NACC brings into our communities,
Our own and children's eyes, ears, minds and souls are opened to inspiration.
NACC tries hard all year to serve, reflect and meet the cultural and performance arts needs of it's audience and patrons, the people of the Northwest Territories.

If the  "...Feds don't monitor northern mines closely enough.." how well will the NWT ever do? "Feds don't monitor northern #mines closely enough, says Canada's #environmental #watchdog
http://t.co/PoEGz3l0 via @cbcnorth"

Arviat Film Society http://youtu.be/y_n82RDUc1A
Arviat Film Society https://www.facebook.com/ArviatFilmSociety

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
How do you say "I Love You" in your language? Check out this video by the 1491s.
http://youtu.be/Zvt4Eba_EJM

Living with Disability … Living with Dignity Needs Assessment of NWT
http://pubs.aina.ucalgary.ca/health/66610.pdf
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
Needs Assessment of Persons with Disabilities in the NWT - Findings. Table of Contents. Page ..... Aggie Brockman, NWT Council for Disabled Persons. Miriam Wideman and ..... 5Adele Furrie Consulting Inc. June 1998.

New Ottawa Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education
"...“The strategy is our blueprint. We will bring meaning to the promise of education for this generation and others to come,” said Simon. In the coming months, the group’s members will begin community tours through the north aimed at getting parents engaged in educating their kids. The group will also soon finalize a suite of online teaching tools that will be available to every childcare centre north of 60...."
http://www.scoop.it/t/nunavut/p/3996627667/new-ottawa-amaujaq-national-centre-for-inuit-education-school-plans-inuktitut-standardization

RT @northern_clips: #UN rep says #aboriginal people facing severe #foodinsecurity "....Olivier De Schutter says he's "disconcerted by the deep and severe food insecurity" facing Inuit and aboriginal people in Canada. De Schutter says the minimum wage needs to be increased so people can afford to buy food, and the housing system needs improvement so that poor families do not have to sacrifice food to pay rent....."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/02/11/north-un-releases-food-report.html

The Aurora Arts Society is pleased to host April Britski, the executive Director of CARFAC National. April will be giving a presentation in the Yellowknife Library Meeting Room from 12-3pm on Saturday March 16th. A question and answer period will follow.
This event is open to the public.
Email aurorartspres@gmail.com if you have any questions.
More CARFAC http://www.carfac.ca/ Inkuktitut http://www.carfac.ca/inuktitut/
"….Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. Our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes…."

"…The Small Change Fund has just launched an 'Arctic Action: North of 55' campaign - check it out! They provide crowd-funding micro-grants for grassroot movement for groups supporting sustainably living, environmental protection and strengthening Northern voices! You can help these projects reach their goal! …" http://arctic.smallchangefund.org/index.php

NWT EARTHQUAKE 241km West of Norman Wells, NWT
Magnitude 3.80 January 26 at 08:25
Event Time
2013-01-26 16:25:05 UTC
2013-01-26 09:25:05 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
2013-01-26 09:25:05 UTC-07:00 system time
Location
64.372°N 130.811°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Google Earth
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000evyz.kml
.... and our region has a history of earthquake activity..
Rock Roll NWT the 1985 Nahanni Earthquakes
http://www.scribd.com/doc/122344351/Rock-Roll-NWT-the-1985-Nahanni-Earthquakes

"...Rock and Roll in the N.W.T.: The 1985 Nahanni Earthquakes ... A remarkable and unprecedented sequence of earthquakes is shaking the mountains west of Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories. A magnitude 6.6 earthquake on October 5, 1985, and an even larger magnitude 6.9 event on December 23, 1985 disturbed the beautiful and mysterious Nahanni region of the Mackenzie Mountains. Between these earthquakes, and still continuing today, a long succession of aftershocks rumble and jolt the area. The earthquake sequence amazed both the general public and the earth science community. People in the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and southeastern Alaska were startled by the vibrations. Local radio stations, newspapers and police departments were swamped with callers asking for details of the tremor. Seismologists were astonished by the size of the events. All across Canada their seismographs recorded strong ground motions. …" More at http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/historic-historique/events/19851223-eng.php

"…15 March 2012 … After years of mixed exploration results, the central Mackenzie Valley has been gaining renewed buzz following a series of land sales and drilling results that suggest the oily Canol Shales could be the biggest unconventional basin yet, an expanse covering 2 million acres. Last summer major new entrants, including Shell and ConocoPhillips, spent a combined C$534 million ($535 million) to secure mineral rights along a fairway equivalent to the distance between Boston and New York. In February, Canada’s department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development posted additional tracts, the winners of which will be announced  …"
http://www.scoop.it/t/nwt-news/p/1441203279/canol-shales-emerge-in-canada-s-nwt-as-biggest-unconventional-fracking-basin-yet

"Hydraulic Fracking" from NWT Senator Nick Sibbeston's website | NWT News
Testimony to Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee
http://www.scoop.it/t/nwt-news/p/858142508/hydraulic-fracking-from-nwt-senator-nick-sibbeston-s-website

"...At least 38 earthquakes in Northeastern B.C. over the past few years were caused by hydraulic fracturing (commonly called fracking), according to a report by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission. Studies have found quakes are common in many places where that natural gas extraction process is employed.
It’s not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren’t the worst problem with fracking.
Hydraulic fracturing requires massive amounts of water. Disposing of the toxic wastewater, as well as accidental spills, can contaminate drinking water and harm human health, and pumping wastewater into the ground can further increase earthquake risk. Gas leakage also leads to problems, even causing tap water to become flammable. In some cases, flaming tap water is the result of methane leaks from fracking, and methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Those are all serious cause for concern—but even they don’t pose the greatest threat from fracking. The biggest issue is that it’s just one more way to continue our destructive addiction to fossil fuels. As easily accessible oil, gas, and coal reserves become depleted, corporations have increasingly looked to “unconventional” sources, such as those in the tar sands or under deep water, or embedded in underground shale deposits...."
http://www.straight.com/news/david-suzuki-earthquakes-and-toxic-wastewater-are-only-part-problem-fracking

"...More and more studies are finding earthquakes common in areas where shale gas development is booming. An increase in tremors in northeastern BC leads the provincial and federal government to investigate.
A new Texas study reports that shale gas projects induce earthquakes.
The study by Texan seismologist Cliff Frohlich found that small earthquakes near injection wells in Texas were more common than previously recorded, strengthening a growing scientific consensus that the shale gas industry is inducing earthquakes.
The study gives British Columbians another reason to worry about the burgeoning industry as shale gas boom-towns of northeastern BC have experienced more frequent earthquakes.
“It’s one more log on the fire,” University of Victoria environmental studies professor Karena Shaw, who co-authored a paper on BC’s shale gas industry for the Canadian Political Science Review, said.
Between 2009 and 2011, more than 30 earthquakes have shaken the Horn River Shale basin in northeastern BC, where hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" occurs. Earthquakes reached 4.3 magnitude in some cases.
Concerns over the unprecedented number of earthquakes in the region sparked a provincial investigation into whether the tremors could be linked to shale gas activities in the region. ..."
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/sustainability/hydraulic-fracturing-induces-earthquakes-study-finds-signaling-dangers-northern-bc

"...The study is not arguing that fracking itself causes earthquakes. Instead, the authors reported there were few instances when waste water wells, in which chemicals used in fracking are injected deep underground, had triggered an increase in seismic activity.
A separate study conducted by the British Geological Society found that so long as regulations are strictly followed, the risk of setting off more earthquakes should decrease as fracturing increases. The report recommends the controversial procedure should be halted in regions that register a magnitude of 0.5 or greater.
In Canada, the studies caught the attention of many politicians and industry leaders operating in regions employing the technique. In a statement, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman said the implications will be considered as the province conducts its own similar review.
"This study will help ensure B.C. remains a leader in safe and responsible natural gas activities," he wrote.
Fracking is widely used in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. Oil and gas exploration is increasing in almost every other province and territory, making the method more appealing.
In Alberta, earthquakes are on the decline, with 169 recorded across the province between 1995 and 2005, and 179 recorded in the previous decade. However, the seismically quiet region of Fort Nelson, B.C. has experienced 36 earthquakes in the last three years.
A four-year study was launched in early April by the federal Natural Resources Department. The project will have researchers from the industrial sector and universities investigating whether fracking has induced quakes in B.C., Quebec and New Brunswick...."
http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2012/04/19/studies-examine-fracking-and-earthquakes

Kent Driscoll (APTN Nunavut) posted :"...We did a story tonight with Leesee Papatsie ("Feeding my Family" group). A few months ago, APTN did an Access to Information Request about Feeding My family. We wanted to see Minister Aglukkaq's briefing notes about you guys. The linked document is what we received, and thanks as always to Leesee for coming on our show, we always enjoy hearing from her. ...." http://www.scribd.com/doc/124249271/APTN-ATIP-request-on-Feeding-my-family
Posted on the "Feeding my Family" group https://www.facebook.com/groups/239422122837039/

The NWT Electoral Boundaries Commission will host a public meeting in Yellowknife, Monday February 11th - 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Northern United Place. I encourage all Yellowknifers to come out and provide your comments on the interim report to the members of the Commission.
You can view and download the report here.
http://nwtboundaries.ca/sites/default/files/ebc_interim_report.pdf

RT @northern_clips: 2013 Northwest Territories #Budget Impact Paper #NWT #PWGSC #ABCB #CS #CDNpoli #NWTpoli #YZF http://t.co/AeBjaMVz5p
"...This paper was prepared by the Compensation Sector (CS), Accounting, Banking and Compensation Branch (ABCB), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). It provides an assessment of the 2013 Northwest Territories budget impact on the PWGSC compensation and pension systems..."
Date Modified: 2013-02-22
"…2013 Northwest Territories Budget Impact Paper
… The 2013 Northwest Territories Budget that was presented by The Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger,  Minister of Finance for the Government of the Northwest Territories on February 7, 2013, was reviewed and contained no new income tax measures affecting federal public service pay or pension payments.
To review the 2013 Northwest Territories budget documents, please visit the following site: GNWT - Finance - Budget Address Archive (English Only)…"
http://t.co/AeBjaMVz5p

http://www.scoop.it/t/nwt-news/p/3997459268/2013-northwest-territories-budget-impact-paper-federal-and-provincial-budget-impact-papers-publications-compensation-sector-pwgsc

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-- Benjamin Franklin

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