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4TuesdayJune242014FortSmithHayRiverWEATHERYellowknifeInuvikWeeklyNormsHighXCLowXCWeeklyNormsHighXCLowXCWeeklyNormsHighXCLowXCWeeklyNormsHighXCLowXCEDITORIALTheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChatehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMacKayFortMcMurrayFortVermilionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrairieHytheJohndOrPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatiDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverKakisaLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesPaulatukSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekweetiWhatiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheManningMorinvillePeaceRiverRainbowLakeRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2013CCNABLUERIBBONCANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2013CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21donnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter..............................MariaChurch867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising.................867-872-3000ext.26salesnorj.caAdministration................JeremyTurcotte867-872-3000ext.26adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caAnnaSierra867-872-3000ext.20designnorj.caCertaintimesinhistoryrankasparticu-larlystressful.TheCubanmissilecrisisinOctober1962whentheUnionofSovietSocialistRepublicsandtheUnitedStatesclashedhead-onprobablysetthatbaratitshighestpointashumanitycameclosetoself-obliteration.Therearesomecurrentalarmingeventsthatrateprettyhigh.Cer-tainlythenastinessofBokoHaramIslamistmilitantstheoneswhokidnappedover200Nigerianschoolgirlsandcontinueareignofterroronlocalcommunitiesisonthelist.IfyouarearesidentofBaghdadwherevirulentSunnijihadextremistsarethreateningtooverrunthecityyoucouldbefeelingsomeangst.InCanadastaidandlow-keyaswetendtobeourworriesstemmainlyfromnaturaldisastersliketheoodwatchthatwasunderwayinsouthernAlbertalastweekaspeoplefearedarepeatofthecalamitythatwashedoverCalgaryandsurroundingcommunitiesinJune2013.Thereisablackcloudonthepoliti-calfronthoweveronetopayattentionto.TheapprovaloftheNorthernGate-waypipelinebythefederalgovernmentwillcertainlyhavestimulatedresolveinagrowingmovementconcernedovercli-matechangeandthenegativeimpactsoflarge-scaleindustrialization-onethatisgainingstrengthacrossthecountry.Thisso-calledmovementismorethanleft-wingnutsandtreehuggersaspeoplewiththeseconcernshavebeenbrandedinthepast.Whenthereareconcernsoverthewayagovernmentishandlingthingsinsocietyyouthareoftenthersttoreactenmasse.FromwhatweareseeingmanyyoungCanadianswhoareoldenoughtobeawareandconcernedarewaryofwhatisbeingdonetotheworldthattheywillsooninherit.SocialmediamagniesthoseNeeded-aplantobuildaneweconomyreactionssothisistakingplaceatafasterpaceandinamorepervasivewaythaninthepast.Agenerationalsplitisbeingcre-ated.Howthatwillmanifestisuncertain.AddtothatthegrowingsolidarityofAboriginalpeopleacrossCanadaandthecommonconcernamongthemthatdevelopmentistakingplacetoofastevenattoorecklessapace.Themovementisevolvingintoaforcetobereckonedwith-maybeeventhemajorityofCanadiancitizens.TheDavidSuzukicolumnonthenextpagelaysoutconcernsregardingthefederalgovernmentspositionapproachandtacticsinitsapprovaloftheNorthernGatewaypipelineaswellasthepaceofdevelopmentoftheAlbertaoilsands.Theoppositionisclearandunequivocal.Thefederalgovernmentinthemeantimeisadamantthatitisontherighttrackdoingwhatithastodotogrowtheeconomycre-atejobsandfosterwealth.InparticularthefederalgovernmenthasavestedinterestinstimulatingtheAlbertaeconomythecur-rentenginefortherestofthecountryaswellasbolsteringmajorcorporationswhichthegovernmentfeelsgivestheeconomysolidstructure.Thetwoperspectivesarediametricallyopposedonacollisioncourse.InCanadasuchthingsareresolvedsomewhatatleastthroughgeneralelec-tions.Thethreepartyfederalsystemof-ferstheprospectofsplitvotessuchthatthecountrysmajorityopinionmightnotbethewinningoneinanelection.Ofcoursepoliticalorganizersknowthatandworkittoadvantagetoensuretheircandidateisthevictor.Itishowthesystemworks.Infactitishowthecurrentgovernmentcametopower.Thosewholoseelectionsusuallygoawaylickingtheirwoundstostartthinkingaboutthenextelection.Thatmaynothappenthistime.Theelephantintheroomisoursoci-etysdependenceonafossilfuel-basedeconomy.Asclimatechangeandinparticularcostlysevereweatherwhichaffectseveryonealmostdailynowandisonourtelevisionscreensconstantlyincreasesinitsimpactmoreandmorepeoplearebecomingalarmed.Anygov-ernmentthatdoesnotrecognizeanddealwiththatasourcurrentfederalgovern-menthaschosentodoisfoolish.Peopleareconcernedworriedevenafraid.Theywantthingstobebacktothewaytheywere.Theywanttoseeaplanofactiontomakethathappen.Iftheydonttheyarerecruitsforthemovement.WhatkindofplanofactionisneededAstep-by-stepactionplantomovetoagreeneconomyistheobvioussolution-whereagreeneconomyisonethatdoesnotde-pendonfossilfuelscoaloilbitumenfromtheoilsandsandnaturalgas.Thatwouldinvolvethedevelopmentofalternateformsofenergyfromwindsolarthermalandbiomasswhichwouldinvolvetaxincen-tivesforcompaniestodevelopthoseliketheonescurrentlygiventothepetroleumindustryaswellasnancialincentivesforconsumerstobuyin.Manycountriesaredoingexactlythat.TheUnitedStatesis-ridingthewaveofnewsourcesofnaturalgasfromfrackingusingitasatransitionalfuelastheygetoffoilandcoalandmovetosolarwindandotheren-ergyforms.Ifthecurrentgovernmentdoesnotsoonjointhatbandwagonitslead-roleinOttawawillbeatrisk.Worseifthecur-rentgovernmentstayswithitsphilosophyandapproachandstillwinsthenextelec-tionthankstovotesplittingbetweenthethreepartiesinridingsCanadawillverylikelybecomeadividedunfriendlyevenhostileplace.BeerBashDressUp-TheNWTMiningHeritageSocietyre-enactsthearrivaloftherstbargeintoYellowknifewithitsannualBeerBargefundraiser.Asinthepastsixyearstheeventincludedadress-upcompetitiontoreectthosedayswonthisyearbyDonnaMacEachernthirdfromleftandMikeByrnesecondfromright.PhotoBillBraden