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4TuesdayAugust262014TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.2013CCNABLUERIBBONCANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2013CMCAAUDITEDTheNorthernJournalispublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditor........................................DonJaque867-872-3000ext.21donnorj.caEditor.........................................................................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter.......................................................................DaliCarmichael867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller.....................................................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising867-872-3000ext.26salesnorj.caAdministration............................................JeremyTurcotte867-872-3000ext.26adminnorj.caProductionGraphics...................................SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caProductionGraphics..................................PaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caLetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.AdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRatesPricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.CraftingtheimageofagoodprimeministerItisararememorableoccasiontohaveaprimeministervisitasmallcommunitybutunfortunatelytherewasnoadvancenotificationforFortSmith.ThemayoronvacationinNew-foundlandwasreadyifrumoursaretruetoreturnbuthenevergotcon-firmation.Theproudlittletownnevergotachancetospruceup-putonashoworevencleantheditches.NooneknewthePMandhispartywouldtourthecommunitygardenwhichhadnotevenbeenweeded.ThephalanxofblackSuburbansthatovertwodaysroutinelysnakedthroughthestreetsofthesmallNortherntownfromonephoto-opptothenextisanRussiaandhewashappytooblige.IfyouwereanywhereelseinCanadawhatwashappeninginFortSmithortheNorthwasirrelevantyouwerehearingonlyabouthowbadVladimirPutinis.SnubbingtheNWTMPtheonlyNorthernMPwhoisnotConservativehasbecomeroutineonthePMsvisitstotheridingbutcomingtotheMPshometownandnotinvitinghimtotheeventswasuncivil-partisandisrespectandadenigrationoftheinstitutionofParliament.ThemoststrikingthingaboutSte-phenHarpersvisittoFortSmithwashoweverythinghedidwasorchestratedandcrafted-scripted-tomakethemanlooklikeawinner.ItwasapparentthatHarperslatestNortherntourwasapre-electiontrip.ThecampaignhasalreadybeguntheonlythingmissingweretheVoteStephenHarperban-ners.TheConservativePartyeventswithhimasthestarguestwerebilledasfundraisers-allshamelesslyattaxpayersexpense.WhatisthecostofallthepoliceandCSISofficersandflyingthathugepartyaroundinagov-ernmentaircraftLikelylessthananationalinvestigationonmissingandmurderedAboriginalwomen.ThestopinFortSmithwasoddinthattheannouncementsbenefittedHayRiver.KudostoJackieMilnetheini-tiatoroftheNorthernFarmTrainingInstitutetherewhichseemstohavegrownwings.ShewasbroughttoFortSmithforthephoto-oppinthecommu-nitygarden.TherewasvaguementionofAgNorthastudyoffoodproductioningreenhousesatthetinyresearchcentreinFortSmith.SincefewNWTcommunitieshavearablelandandthefrost-freeseasonisshortenhancinggreenhouseuseisagoodideaevenifgreenhouseandgrow-lighttechnol-ogyhasalreadybeenrefinedbyahostofillegalmarijuanagrow-opsacrossthecountry.Hopefullythatinitiativewillgetsufficientfundingtoamounttosomething.WewouldprefertoseesomethinginnovativethatwouldtrulyservetheNorth-likeagreenhousedevelopmentontheeight-acreConMinesiteinYellowknifeasapartofareclamationandre-purposingprojecttherethatcouldtakeadvantageofthegeothermalheatfromthemineshaftsbelow.Foodgrowntherewouldbenefitthewholeregionandtrulyinvigoratefoodgrow-opsacrosstheNorth.ExcitedresidentsofFortChipewyangatherwithHollywoodsuperstarLeonardoDiCapriowhovisitedthecommunitylastFridaywithdirectorDarrenAronofskytoresearchtheoilsandsforanupcomingdocumentary.Theself-describedenvironmentalistfrequentlyspeaksonclimatechangeandthreatstoouroceans.PhotocourtesyofBradleySaulteauxEditorStephenHarpersself-servingNorthernsa-farisillustratehisstrategyofexploitingthegreattreasurehousewhileignoringchal-lengesfacedbyNortherners.ThisisevidentasOperationNanooksscoresofmilitarypersonnelarriveinIqaluit.Fornearly100daysIqaluithasbeendealingwithacrisisunthinkableinsouthernCanada.Thedumpisonreandnoxioussmokeispollutingthecommunity.Schoolshaveclosedonsmokedays.Womenofchildbearingagearead-visedtoavoidthesmokelestmaleoffspringbeinfertile.Localswhoeatshandgameworryaboutenvironmentalcontamina-tion.TheCityofIqaluitisstrugglingwiththelogisticsofdousingtheinfernoandhasaskedforfederalassistancehopingOpera-tionNanookmightaddressarealemergencyalongwithasimulatedone.Butthecitywasmetwithsilenceasthoughadmonishedtostepbackinlinetorememberitsroleasbackdropfortheprimeministerspageantry.AndsoafterHarperheadssouthwiththephotoshecameforhisgovernmentwillonceagainforgetaboutNorthernerswhowillbeleftwithashamefullyappropriatemetaphorHarperwavingtothecamerastryingtolookpatrioticamidstanexoticlandscapewhileIqaluitsdumpburnsjustoutsidethecameraframe.MaxineCarrollIqaluitNUEDITORIALLETTERSTOTHEEDITORindelibleimage.ThepresenceofRCMPandCSISofficersimposingamicro-stateofmartiallawwherevertheleaderwentwasamarkedcontrasttothenor-mallysleepyrhythmofthepeacefulcommunity.Thetwomaineventstheannouncementofnewprogramsintheelementaryschoolgymnasiumbytheprimeministerflankedbythreecabi-netministersandtheConservativePartyfishfrylaterintheevening-bothinvitationonly-weretheonlyaccessallowedthepublic.Bothweremeticu-louslypre-plannedandcarefullystagedeventswherepubliccontacthadnopartexcepttobeusedasabackdrop.AtthegatheringinthegymnasiumnoquestionswereallowedbylocalorNWTmedia.QuestionswerehappilytakenfromthegroupofscreenednationalmediathattourwiththePMwhowantedtoknowwhatisgoingoninUkrainewithEditorIrecentlyspentaweekvacationinginFortSmithtotakeadvantageofthegreatwhite-waterthatIhaveheardsomuchaboutontheSlaveRiverasoflate.AsanavidkayakerIhavetraveledasfarasNewZealandandCostaRicatopaddleaswellasfrequenttripstoB.C.Imustsaythatthistripexceededmyexpectationsineveryway.Notonlywastheriverexcellentbutthelocalpaddlingcom-munityisamongthemostwelcomingIhaveencounteredtakinghetimetoshowmetheriverhighlightsrecommendinglocalbusi-nessesadvisingonsightstocheckoutandreallymakingmefeelwelcome.ItwasalsogreattoseesomuchsupportforPaddlefestatlocalestablishments.FrommyhomeinJasperFortSmithisamanageabledistanceanddoesntinvolvethecomplexlogisticsofairportscustomsmalariaetc.andisacomparabledrivetovisitingthecoast.Itsgreattoseethepad-dlingclubworkingsohardtomarketFortSmithasapaddlingdestinationandIthinkthattheireffortsarepayingoff.Iunderstandthereisthepotentialofhydrodevelopmentthatwoulddrowntheserapidsunderares-ervoiranditwouldbeatrueshametolosesuchafantasticrecreationalandculturalresource.Imsogladtohavefoundthiswhitewa-tergemandImalreadyplanningathree-weektripfornextsummerCantwaittospendmoreofmytimeandmoneyinyourgreatlittletown.AndrewLoughlinJasperABBehindHarperspageantryThankyouFortSmithItwasapparentthatHarperslatestNortherntourwasapre-electiontrip.ThecampaignhasalreadybeguntheonlythingmissingweretheVoteStephenHarperbanners.