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3TuesdayJuly222014ModernizingtheCivilEmergencyMeasuresActTheDepartmentofMunicipalandCommunityAffairsisreviewingtheCivilEmergencyMeasuresAct.ThisActprovidesafoundationforemergencyplanningandresponseintheNorthwestTerritories.TheActoutlinesthedutiesandresponsibilitiesoftheMinisterandcommunitygovernmentsinpreparingforandrespondingtoemergencies.ADiscussionDocumenthasbeendevelopedforyourinput.ThisdocumentexaminesanumberofkeyelementscontainedintheActthatmeritconsiderationforchange.Itproposesoptionswithwhichtostrengthencurrentpracticesandprovidesforimprovedemergencyplanningresponseandcoordination.ToviewtheDiscussionDocumentvisittheDepartmentofMunicipalandCommunityAffairswebsiteatwww.maca.gov.nt.cacema.TheDepartmentwelcomesfeedbackonthisimportanttopic.PleaseprovideyourcommentsbyAugust152014byemailtocema_reviewgov.nt.cabyfaxto867873-0309orbymailtoPublicSafetyDivisionMunicipalandCommunityAffairsGovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritoriesBox1320YellowknifeNTX1A2L9FreetradewatchdogrecognizesclimatechangeNorthAmericanenvironmentmeetingstakeplaceinYellowknifeByJACKDANYLCHUKAgenerationafteritwascreatedtomonitorenviron-mentalimpactsoftheNorthAmericanfreetradeagree-menttheCommissionforEn-vironmentalCooperationhasformallyrecognizedclimatechangeandtherelevanceoftraditionalknowledge.ClimatechangeisthegreatestchallengeofourtimeGinaMcCarthyad-ministratoroftheUnitedStatesEnvironmentalProtec-tionAgencysaidonthenaldayofthetwo-daygatheringinYellowknife.Themeetingdrewmorethan100participantsfromCanadaMexicoandtheU.S.toCECsrstevermeetingintheNorthandcreatedsomeproleforthebodythathasbeenallbutinvisibleforthepast20years.ThescienceisclearweseetheimpactsalreadyineveryregionMcCarthysaidassmokefromdoz-ensofwildreswaftedoverthecity.Thisisnotaboutmodelingexperiencesitsaboutexamplesthatwecanseeandthecostsassociatedwiththem.McCarthysaidPresidentBarackObamahasmarkedclimatechangeasthesig-naturelegacyissueofhisadministrationandwantstocollaboratemorewithMex-icoandCanadaonndinganswers.Thefreetradepartnersareamongtheworstontheglobeintheireffortstocurbclimatechange.Accordingtothe2014ClimateChangePerformanceIndexCanadaranked58thoutof61coun-tries.TheU.S.was43rdandMexico20th.StephenHarpersgovern-mentchampionsoilsandsprojectsandexportsandinresponsetoObamasclimatechangeinitiativesearlierthisyeartheprimeminis-tersaidhewouldcontinuetosupportbusiness-friendlyclimatechangepolicies.Nocountryisgoingtotakeactionsthataregoingtodeliberatelydestroyjobsandgrowthintheircoun-tryHarpersaidatthetime.McCarthytolddelegatesthatclimatechangeisaglobalproblemthatde-mandsaglobalresponse.Leadershavetostepup.Ifwefailtoaddressclimatechangewewillnothaveeconomicgrowththatpeo-pleexpect.FederalEnvironmentMinisterLeonaAglukkaqdidntcontradictMcCar-thyonclimatechange.ShepilloriedGreenpeaceforitsoppositiontotheInuitsealhuntandtailoredhermessagetottheclosingstatementfromthemeeting.ForthenextveyearsCECwillfocusonthreenewprioritiesclimatechangemitigationandadaptationgreengrowthandsus-tainablecommunitiesandecosystems.Weintendtoworkwithlocalandindigenouscom-munitiesacrossNorthAmericatoenhanceourun-derstandingoftheenviron-menttheCECpromised.Wealsorecognizetheimportanceofpreservingthetraditionalknowledgeandpracticesoflocalandindigenouscommunitiesthatcontributetoaddress-ingtheeffectsofclimatechangeconservationandsustainableuseofnaturalresourcesandbiologicaldiversitythecommuni-qusaid.Aglukkaqsaidtheempha-sisonsustainablecommuni-tieswillprovideanopportu-nitytofocusourworkonlearningfromindigenouscommunitiesenhancethealignmentofenvironmentalregulatorystandardsanden-forcementandcomplianceandenhanceinformationsharingtransparencyandcommunication.Itsourintentionthattheworkofthecommissionenhancesworkinourthreecountriesandco-operativeeffortsthatarebeingmadeelsewhereAglukkaqsaid.FederalEnvironmentMinisterLeonaAglukkaqaddressesthemeetingoftheCommissionforEnvironmentalCooperationinYellowknife.WithherfromleftareJuanJoseGuerraAbudDanMcDougallandGinaMcCarthy.PhotoJackDanylchukFinalcleanupplannotcompleteyetAANDCContinuedfrompage1.SincemostofthetrailisonCrownlandplanstocreatetheparkwillnotbecompleteduntilthefederalgovernmentcleansupthehazardousmaterialalongthetrailandtherebytransfersownershipofthelandtothegovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritories.Imconcernedthatitsnotontheeligibilitylistforthecontaminationcleanupitfallsoutsideandwenowhavetolookforasolution.IdontknowiftheGNWTwillaccepttheparkifthatsstillanissueYakeleyasaid.Itputstheparkatriskbecausewhoisgoingtoberesponsi-bleforcleaningupthetele-phonelineAssessmentstagenearingcompletionAANDCcompiledanin-ventoryoftheabandonedwastebetween2007and2009followingwhichthedepart-mentcarriedoutenvironmen-talassessmentsatsitesalongthetrailaswellasariskas-sessmentforhumanhealthandecologyandanarchae-ologicalimpactassessment.NowthattheassessmentphaseisnearingcompletionAANDCplanstomeetwithlocalcommunitiesandtheterritorialgovernmenttode-veloparemediationplanfortheareatoensuretheapproachisacceptable.Ameetingistentativelysetforthisfall.YakeleyasaidthecleanupislikelytotakeuptoveyearstoexecutethoughAANDCofcialscouldnotprovidespecicsonthetimeframeorwhatthetotalexpenseoftheoperationwouldbe.Additionaldataisbeingcollectedthissummer.Atthisstageitistooearlytodiscusspossibledetailsthatmaybeincludedinthenalplantimelinesorthenalcostsstatedanemailfromthedepartment.AntlersfromamoosewhodiedtrappedintelephonewirearefoundalongtheCanolTrail.PhotocourtesyofNormanYakeleyaEnvironmentClimateChangeEnvironmentSiteRemediation