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That kinda blows. At least it's still chugging along slowly though. I'm sure the process will be sped up eventually, especially with all the oil exploration going on in the area.
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The estimate I saw for the entire thing from Wrigley to the Dempster was 1.3B, probably over 1.5B by now, and that is certainly a huge chunk of change but in my lay opinion this highway is the single most important piece of infrastructure for development and growth in the NWT. I read that there are some 5500 truck-trips per year to Inuvik from Edmonton. This highway would shave a full day of driving and some 500-800 liters of diesel off the trip. It is also a significantly less mountainous route than the Alaska/Dempster Hwys.

Also interesting, is that a good percentage (50+) of the bridges required are already in place as part of the current winter road.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...luga-1.2725518

Neat little story from the north.
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Very cool story...


Pangnirtung set to launch Nunavut country food market
Hamlet hopes to offer healthier options at PangFresh
PETER VARGA

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Fresh, affordable food is not always easy to find in Pangnirtung, and the hamlet hopes to change that by opening up the community’s first country food market, Aug. 16.

“PangFresh,” as the hamlet calls it, is a pilot project that offers an opportunity for hunters, harvesters and fishermen to sell their catch — and open up a greater variety of healthy food options for the community at large, says Jenna Kilabuk, coordinator of the inaugural event.

“We have two grocery stores. They’re both very expensive and the food is not always fresh,” Kilabuk told Nunatsiaq News. “Community members always tell us they can barely afford to buy groceries.”

Country food is the favoured choice for most of the community, she said. Hunters and trappers commonly share their catch, but a market could open the door to a greater variety of choices in a single location.
Source: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/storie...y_food_market/
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Calls grow louder for deep-sea port in Iqaluit as it becomes Arctic boom town
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IQALUIT, Nunavut – Iqaluit, a territorial capital in a G7 nation, is an Arctic boomtown perched on the northern shores of Frobisher Bay — but the Nunavut town’s waterfront has scarcely changed since English explorer Martin Frobisher sailed into the inlet in 1576.

The growing community, clamouring for supplies that include building materials, construction equipment and all-terrain vehicles, boasts some of the world’s highest tides.

In the summer months, mammoth barges are forced to work around the 12-metre tides and race to unload their cargo onto the town’s craggy public beach, still studded with ice in mid-July. Sometimes they can’t unload at all because of high winds and excessive ice.

It’s a process that takes weeks longer than it would if even the most basic marine infrastructure existed in Iqaluit — such as a dock or working causeway. The city of Iqaluit has lobbied for a $65-million deep-sea port in recent years, but has gone mute on its current efforts, with officials declining to respond to requests for interviews.

In Greenland, the coastal town of Nuuk boasts a pristine deep-sea port and, unlike much of Iqaluit, paved roads. Denmark invests heavily in Greenland.

In Nunavik, Quebec’s Arctic region, there’s also been steady investment in marine infrastructure by the provincial and federal governments, easing the business of dropping off precious cargo to communities in need.

Not so for Iqaluit, considered Canada’s gateway to the high Arctic, a region where oil and gas exploration is on the brink of wide-scale development thanks to climate change. This despite the fact Ottawa seems intent on showcasing the town, even hosting a G7 finance ministers’ summit here in 2010.

Residents, local business owners and shipping companies alike are pleading with the municipal, territorial and federal governments to find the millions to do something about Iqaluit’s waterfront as the town of almost 7,000 buzzes with commerce, construction and a growing population.
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Has construction of the Dempster Highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyuktuk started yet? It was supposed to have started last fall, as the project already had around $270 million of funding in place.
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http://inuviktotuk.dot.gov.nt.ca/

They are into the second season of construction already.
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Awesome! Good to hear. I was just wondering because I hadn't heard anything about it in the news or on here.
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Its in the Northern News Services of late.
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They are into the second season of construction already.
Fascinating. Thanks for the link.
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^extremely interesting find.
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I have "Frozen in Time" by Owen Beattie, the UofA anthropologist who recovered and investigated the bodies of the Franklin Expedition back in 1984. Very interesting book if you're interested in the subject.

This new development is also very interesting...
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I have "Frozen in Time" by Owen Beattie, the UofA anthropologist who recovered and investigated the bodies of the Franklin Expedition back in 1984. Very interesting book if you're interested in the subject.

This new development is also very interesting...
At least this time they are using the Inuit stories to guide the search.

when I was coaching at the Uof A, one of my athletes was on the dig. She had some pretty good stories.

And you occasionally meet an elder that has found some artifact along a beach. so the ships are near by. But I think the other ship may have been taken further than most people think.
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New cultural centre. Funding mainly from BHP Bilton

Kugluktuk is on the Coronation Gulf or the very north coats of Mainland North America.

All building material is brought in by ship and must fit into containers when possible.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...oday-1.2770265
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Very nice. I'm glad to see such good things happening in the north.
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I have "Frozen in Time" by Owen Beattie, the UofA anthropologist who recovered and investigated the bodies of the Franklin Expedition back in 1984. Very interesting book if you're interested in the subject.

This new development is also very interesting...
I recall ordering "Buried in Ice" some time in grade 2 or 3. The images of the guys frozen in the coffins was absolutely terrifying. Caused a lot of sleepless nights.
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Ha ha, yep. It is odd and disturbing seeing the preserved corpses still covered in green/yellow 'flesh'.
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They are into the second season of construction already.
I get a headache just wondering how they are going to protect the permafrost so that the highway doesn't shift.
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