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EDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...NewoptionsdiscussedforBIPMembersofareviewteamwereinFortSmithtohearwhatlocalbusinesspeoplethoughtofdiscussionpaperontheterritorialgovernmentsBusinessIncentivePolicyBIP.ThediscussionpaperBIPANewDirec-tionproposesoptionsforchangingBIP.ItsdesignedtofacilitatediscussiontobringthefolksaroundthetableandbeginsomeplacebecauseBIPisverycomplexsaidBIPmanagerBonitaMelvin.IssueMarch1199820YearsAgo...CoalitionmayformAnewcoalitionofNorthwestTerritoriesgroupsconcernedabouttheenvironmentwillincludedifferentAboriginalbandsandenvironmentalgroups.GaryBohnetthepresidentoftheMtisAssociationoftheNWTsaidthepurposeofthecoalitionistolookatlegalactiontotrytoprotecttheNorthernenvironment.IssueMarch5199330YearsAgo...BisoncountupoverlastyearAccordingtoDougAnionsactingareamanagerforWoodBuffaloNationalParkthisyearsbuffalocountisjustaboutcom-pleteandfromthepreliminaryvisuales-timatesthereappeartoberoughly5100bisonsightedduringtheweeklongseriesofyoversinthepark.Lastyearspopula-tionwas4512.IssueMarch519834TuesdayMarch52013TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.srj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChetehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermillionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrarieHytheJohnDorPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatieDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesRaeEdzoSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMornvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2011CCNACANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2011CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayAddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedAddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadssrj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlet-tersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21djnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter.........................ReneFrancoeur867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.28adsnorj.caAdministration...............AldoLandaverde867-872-3000ext.29adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caIntern.........................GeorginaSkippingsTherecommendationsbytheNWTElec-toralBoundaryCommissionforredraftingterritorialridingsaredisappointing.TheNWTischaracterizedbyasparsepopulationinavastlanddiversitybetweensmallcommunitiesandthecapitalcitypocketsofintenseculturalcommitmentandtheuniqueconsensuspoliticalsys-tem.TheSupremeCourtofCanadahasstressedthatthepurposeoftherighttovoteisnotequalityofvotingpowersasmuchaseffectiverepresentationofwhichrelativeparityisaprimecondition.Italsoallowsgeographycommunityin-terestandminorityrepresentationtobetakenintoaccount.Atthesametimeitestablishedarequirementthatallridingsmustexistwithina25percentdeviationfromtheridingaverage.Allthatmustbeconsideredwhenen-suringallpeoplearewellrepresentedwithinthepoliticalsystem.TodosothethreeElectoralBoundaryCommissionmembersrequiredvisionperceptive-nessandacumenandatthebaseofitconsideredthefundamentalofrepresen-tationbypopulation.Unfortunatelyrepbypopisallthecom-missionseemedtoconsiderinthethreerecommendationsitofferedforconsider-ationtothelegislativeassembly.Theyin-cludevariouslythatYellowknifeshouldhavemoreMLAsthattheTlichocommunitiesbeseparatedintotworidingsandtheonecruelactcommontoallthreethattherid-ingofTuNedhebeeliminated.TherecommendationswerereleasedinlateJanuaryfollowingtherequirementthattheNWTselectoralboundariesbereviewedwithintwoyearsaftereverysecondgeneralelection.ThelastreviewDemocracymorethannumbersoccurredin2005-2006andtwogeneralelectionshavebeenheldsince.HerearenumbersthatwereimportanttothecommissionTherearecurrently19NWTelectoraldistricts-eachwiththeirownMLATheaveragepopulationperridingis2282residentsTuNedheFortResolutionandLutselKeregisters797residentswellbelowthe25percentdeviationMonfwitheTlichocommunities-WhatiGametiWekweetiandBehchokohave3183Yellowknifehassevenridingsallover2700thelargestWeledehhas3254.LetsgetonethingoutofthewayrstdemocracyisveryexpensiveandMLAscomeatahighcost-inthemillionsofdollarseachwhenalltheaccountingisdone.Thatismoneythatwouldoth-erwisebespentonhospitalsschoolsinfrastructureandsocialprograms.Af-fordabilityhastobeaconsideration.ToomanyMLAsisacostlyluxury.FromreactionssofartheTlicholead-ersdonotappeartowanttheirlargerculturalcommunitybrokenupintotworidingsandarecontentwiththestatusquo.YellowknifeMLAsarealreadysonumeroustheyarealmosttrippingoveroneanother.ArethepeopleofYellow-knifepoorlyrepresentedinthecurrentlegislatureArethe20000residentstherenotwellenoughservedbytheirexistingsevenMLAsAcasecouldbemadetothecontrary-thattherearetoomanypoliticalrepresentativesinthecapitalandthepoliticalweightitcanswingdisadvantagestheregions.Butnooneisarguingsuchthings.Ifthereisaproblemsomethingmustbedonebutifitaintbrokedonttrytoxit.Thexationthatridingsnumbersmustbeequaltothepointthatmultiplerepre-sentativesareneededinrelativelysmallpopulationsdoesnotconsidereconomiesofscale.Ontariowith107MPPshasanaveragepopulationperridingofabout110000people.SomeprovincialridingsinTorontohaveover150000residentseachwithaloneMPP.WhatisfairintheNWTOnewouldthinkthatsinceallridingsinYellowkniferegis-terunder3500residentsarelativelytinynumberofconstituentstorepresentnoonesdemocraticrightsarebeingviolatedthere.ThesituationintheTlichoissimilar.ConverselyiftheTuNedheridingiseliminatedhowcanFortResolutionandLutselKebeproperlyrepresentediftheyarelumpedintootherlargerculturalandlanguagegroupsinotherregionsIfanytwoNWTcommunitiesweretobeselectedonthebasisofneedforsocialeconomicandpoliticalsolutionsthosetwowouldbeatornearthetopofthelist.Theymorethanmostothercommunitiesneedanadvocateatthehighestpoliticallevel.TheonlychangetoNWTelectoralboundariesthatwouldmakesenseisminortweakingtoexistingboundar-iesinsomeridings-warrantedonlyinYellowknifeInuvikandHayRiver.Itisunfortunatethatwasnotpresentedasanoption.TheNWTsLegislativeAssemblyispermittedtosimplyrejecttheBoundaryCommissionsrecommendationsandleavethingsthewaytheyare.Thatiswhatwasdonethelasttime.Letshopeithappensagain.ThethirdannualMackenzieRiverWalkingChallengewrappeduptodaywithover1400Northernerswalkingthevirtualdistanceof1658kmfromFortProvidencetoTuktoyaktuk.Participantshaveloggedalmost25000hoursofexerciseandwalkedalmost125000kmcollectively.Registrationnumbersforthe2013walkalmostdoubledthosefrompreviousyears.ThewalkbeganJan.7.AbovestafffromJosephB.TyrrellelementaryschoolinFortSmithjoinedthechallengeastheJBTPros.LefttorightCoraAmericaMaryBourqueGabrielleVienneauShaunaBourkeLeahDesjarlaisJoAnnMcLarenLoriRobinsonCraigWalshandMarieMacDonald.PhotocourtesyofLoriRobinson