Indigenous and local knowledge can help build effective environmental policies: Calgary study
Dr. Evgeniia (Jen) Sidorova, Postdoctoral Associate with the Canadian Northern Corridor program, spoke with Global News about the release of a CNC study examining the role of Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) in Community-based Environmental Monitoring. Dr. Sidorova and co-author Dr. Luis Viria (RU Delft/University of Calgary) found that the inclusion of ILK in environmental monitoring processes can increase their effectiveness and empower the communities involved.
A new focus on nation-building in Australia and Canada
Katharina Koch and Gill Savage
"Despite the vast geographic distance between Canada and Australia, they face similar issues in the heightened geostrategic significance of their northern regions, which are central to both nations’ resilience as first lines of economic, social and security defence. The north of each country is sparsely populated, rich in natural resources, subject to wild weather variations and geostrategically significant, and both have indigenous communities challenged by economic, social and health issues. Economic responses are often outdated and ineffective."
Is a northern Canada transportation corridor a realistic goal?
Journal of Commerce
"Jean-Paul Rodrigue, author of the Canadian northern corridor [sic] special series report constraints in the Canadian transport infrastructure grid, says developing a northern corridor is not only expensive, there are fewer commercial opportunities than a similar corridor in southern Canada."
Potential Canadian Northern Corridor would present unique security challenges and opportunities, say researchers
Eye on the Arctic A potential Canadian Northern Corridor (CNC) would present important economic advantages for Canada, but could also present security challenges, says a paper from The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.
Policy 101: Solutions to market access through the Canadian Northern Corridor
Market access has been one of the most significant hurdles for some of Alberta’s core sectors to overcome. With a bright future for Alberta’s export industries, it’s a challenge that demands a long-term solution. The University of Calgary School of Public Policy is taking on this challenge, working towards a long-term solution to solve Canada’s market access, infrastructure, and internal trade challenges.
Last week, China released its 2021-25 strategic plan to engage in "pragmatic co-operation" to build its "Polar Silk Road," a smaller piece of its overall Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). To be clear, by "road" the Chinese government means "route," and by that it really means the transpolar shipping route over the North Pole through international waters. Why does China want to "help" build an Arctic trade route?
Why Canada should invest in ‘macrogrids’ for greener, more reliable electricity
Brett Dolter, Blake Shaffer, G. Kent Fellows, and Nicholas Rivers
As the recent disaster in Texas showed, climate change requires electricity utilities to prepare for extreme events. This “global weirding” leads to more intense storms, higher wind speeds, heatwaves and droughts that can threaten the performance of electricity systems.Enhancing long-distance transmission is viewed as a cost-effective way to enable a clean and reliable power grid, and to lower the cost of meeting our climate targets. Now is the time to strengthen transmission links in Canada.
Keystone XL may be dead but Canada's interprovincial trade barriers are alive and well
The Globe and Mail
While President Trump supported the Keystone XL permit (twice fast tracking its approval via executive order to avoid lengthy reassessment by the US State Department) he also took unilateral action to force renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and issued multiple executive orders imposing punitive tariffs on Canada’s exports to the U.S. The reasons behind the executive orders of Presidents Trump and Biden are as different as the men themselves, but for Canada the common element is a pattern of unilateral action detrimental to our exports and by extension our economy. So, how should we respond to the latest development in this pattern?
The School of Public Policy It’s September, it’s Canada, and that means winter is coming. And in Canada’s North, that means winter road season. The Northwest Territories (NWT), with an area of 1.3 million square km, has only 2,200 km of all-season highways, augmented by 1,435 km of public winter roads. Only 19 of 33 communities have year-round road access, and four communities have no road access at all. Lack of road access contributes to community isolation and high cost of living and renders much of the territory’s vast resources uneconomic.