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PoliticsEnergy2TuesdayApril22013NEWSBRIEFSFirstNationsbanktoopenNWTbranchTheFirstNationsBankofCanadahasannouncedplanstoopenitsrstNWTbranch.Moredetailswillbeun-veiledatthebanksannualshareholdersmeetingonApr.11inYellowknife.Thebankwasfoundedin1996andhasatotalofsevenfull-servicebranchesinSaskatch-ewanOntarioManitobaYukonNunavutandQuebec.ThebankalsoannouncedplanstofurtherexpandintoNunavutthisyear.GNWTlaunchesrecruitmentprogramTheterritorialdepartmentofIndustryTourismandInvestmentITIislookingtoboostitslabourforceofskilledandprofessionalworkerswiththeunveilingofitsnewestrecruitmentcampaignMoveUp.MoveUpiscreatingawarenessoftheNWTasagreatplacetoworkliveandplayDavidRamsayITIministersaidinapressreleaselastWednesday.TheMoveUpcam-paignfeaturesanonlinejobboardwherejobseekerscandirectlyapplyforjobspostedbyNWTemploy-ersapartnershipprogramthatkeepsthoseemployersactivelyinvolvedandprovideskeyinformationaboutthemanybenetsofworkingandlivingintheNWTaquick-responsesocialmediacampaignandmyth-bust-ingfactsaboutlifeintheNWT.SenatepassesBillC-27TheFirstNationsFinancialTransparencyActhaspassedthroughtheSenateandissettoreceiveroyalassentsometimeWednesdayAboriginalAffairsMin-isterBernardValcourtannouncedatapressconferenceinWinnipegonMar.27.AlsoknownasBillC-27theactwillrequireFirstNationsbandstomaketheirpoli-ticianspayandexpensespublicinformationontheinternet.Thenewlawwillimpactabout580FirstNa-tionsundertheIndianAct.ThelawwillalsorequireFirstNationstopublishtheirannualauditednancialstatementsbyJuly292014.CAMPINGSEASONISJUSTAROUNDTHECORNERSomeofthebestbrandsinthebusinesssuchasHeartlandandKeystoneGETGEAREDUPATNORTHSTARCHRYSLERwherewehaveahugeselectionofnewandusedCampersFifthWheelsandToyHaulersFREENightStayinHighLevelwitheverypurchasewww.northstarchrysler.caWHEREPEOPLEBECOMECUSTOMERSFORLIFETheBestFamilyRVKeyFeaturesHalf-tonTowableOutdoorKitchenKidsRoomSleepsupto10AlternativesNorthcallsforindependentreviewofGiantMinecleanupplanContinuedfrompage1.WhilereverseosmosistreatmentwouldallowthecleanupprojecttomeetmorestringentCCMEguidelinesforwaterqualityatacostof66.5millionover100yearsthegovernmentisnowargu-inginfavourofalessstrictstandardcostingaround16million.Thedifferencewouldseetwiceasmucharsenic-10microgramslitreratherthanve-consideredacceptableinthewaterdischargedfromthemine.OReillysaidthenewin-formationonexpensesde-mandsashiftinconversationoncleanupstandards.Withanactualapprovedbudgetof903millioninsteadof449millionforremediationcostsAlternativesNorthhasexpressedtothereviewboardthatreverseosmosismaybeamoreaffordableoptionthanthedeveloperhaspresentedittobe.Inlightofthenewin-formationAlternativesNorthisalsorequestinganindependentthird-partyre-viewofthefederalgovern-mentsplan.Themanagementoftheprojecttheescalatingcostsandthefailuretolookatthiswatertreatmentoptionraisesomebiggerissuesaboutwhatsreallyhappeningthereandtheneedforgreaterover-sightandpublicengagementOReillysaid.EnvironmentContaminatedSitesFilephotoThefederalgovernmentsplanforGiantMineincludesfreezing200000tonnesofarsenicdustundergroundforever.BevingtonlookstochangelawsonoilandgasleasetransfersByMEAGANWOHLBERGWesternArcticMPDen-nisBevingtonintroducedabillintotheHouseofCom-monslastweekamendinglegislationonthetransferofoilandgasleasestogivetheminister-andthepub-lic-moredecision-makingpowers.Thebillwhichreceivedfirstreadinglastweekamendssection85oftheCanadaPetroleumResourcesActtoforceallleasetrans-ferstobeapprovedbytheNaturalResourcesminister.Thebillalsoproposeda60-dayperiodofpubliccommentbeforethemin-istermakeshisorherde-cision-allofwhichcanbemadethroughthede-partmentswebsite-andrequiresthattheministermakehisorherdecisionpublicthroughnoticationinalocalnewspaper.LastSeptembersixpar-celstotallingnearlyamillionhectaresintheBeaufortSeaweresoldfor7.5milliontoFranklinPetroleumLtd.atinyBritishcompanywithanetcorporateworthofminus32000.AtthetimeBevingtonfumedthatthedealwasafiresaleofCanadianresourceswithnocontroloverwholeasescouldbetransferredto.FranklinCEOPaulBarrettindicatedlastOctoberthatthecompanywasincontactwithKoreaandRussiatopoten-tiallypartnerontheleases.Currentlegislationwouldnotallowtheministertorefuseatransfer.ThereisnowayforCan-adatocontrolwhogetsthesevaluableleasesBevingtonsaid.Canadianswererightlyconcernedaboutthepur-chaseofNexenbytheChi-nesestate-ownedcorporationCNOOC.Withthegreatinter-estinArcticresourcesnowgrippingtheworldCanadi-ansneedmorecertaintyandaccountabilityinourdevel-opmentasitmovesforward.ThoughBevingtonwasupsetbytheleasesbeingawardedtoatinycompanyforaminisculeamountofmoney-previousauctionssoldparcelsinthehalf-bil-liondollarrange-andthefactthatcompaniescanwinbidssolelywithaletterofcredithisproposedbilldoesnotseektoamendthoseitems.Thebillwillbedebatedduringsecondreadingatalaterdateyettobeannounced.ThereisnowayforCanadatocontrolwhogetsthesevaluableleases.DennisBevingtonMPWesternArcticMPDennisBevingtonquestionssaleofBeaufortLeasestoFranklinPetroleuminHouseofCommonsinSeptember2012.PhotoCPAC