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4TuesdaySeptember232014TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.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.EDITORIALCOLUMNThosewhofollowedtheScottishref-erendumonindependencethepushbymanytheretoformaseparatecountry45percentvotedYeswillappreci-atethatthewinbytheNosidemeanstheUnitedKingdomUKwhichisseenastoooftenpursuingtheinterestsoftheLondonelitewillnowevolveintoafed-erationroughlythesameaswhatwehaveinCanada.ItisironicthattheWestminsterParlia-mentknownasthecradleofparliamen-tarydemocracyforthemodernworldisnowlookingtoCanadaoneofitsyoung-estoffspringasamodeltoborrowfromsoitcanevolvetosurvive.TheUKiscom-prisedofWalesScotlandEnglandandIrelandeachofwhichisnowdemandingmorecontroloveritsaffairsmuchlikewhatourprovinceshaveincludinggreaterin-dependenceandstate-likepowers.ProtectingdemocracyisthejobofusallSinceitwastheQuebecsovereigntistswiththeirconceptofSovereignty-Associ-ationpresentedinthe1980referendumforanindependentQuebecthatforcedCanadaina30-yearprocesstochangeandadaptperhapstheyareduecreditforbeingcatalystsintheevolutionofthisnewlesscentristandmoreaccommodat-ingformofdemocracythatisnowmakingitswaytoLondon.Canadasgreatdemocracyissomethingwetakeforgrantedbutallofusshouldap-preciatethefreedomsweenjoyinthisoneofthebestcountriesontheglobe.Unfortu-natelythatdemocracyandthosefreedomsarecontinuallyundersiege.Itisessentialthatweweneverstopfightingtomaintainandprotectthem.ThisweekfromSeptember22to28isCanadianRighttoKnowWeek.Approxi-mately40countriesaroundtheworldrec-ognizetheannualinitiativetoraiseaware-nessaboutfreedomofexpressionandtherighttoaccessgovernmentinformationanddata.OnFridaySeptember26theCanadianAssociationofJournalistswillhostFreedomofInformationorFOIFri-dayinOttawaincludingamoderateddis-cussionpanelwiththeInformationCom-missionerofCanada.ItwillcovertrendstopicsandcurrentissuesrelatedtoAccesstoInformationinCanadaaswellastherolethattheCommissionerplaysinensur-ingfreedomofinformationandtranspar-encyinCanada.ThewaythecurrentfederalgovernmentworkstheCommissionerhasherworkcutoutforher.Incaseyoudontknowheryoushould.HernameisSuzanneLegault.Sheisfightingforyou.www.oic-ci.gc.caGovernmentsarebecomingmoreandmoresecretive.Ithasbecomethenorm.Thatisdangerous.Governmentsaresup-posedtoworkforandbeaccountabletothePeople.Themindsetoftoomanyingovernmentseemstohavechangedandtoooftentheapproachispaternalistic-doingwhatisrightforthegreatergood.Worstofalltheyjudgeontheirownwhatthatgoodis.Unfortunatelythesecretivepracticesofourseniorgovernmenthavetrickleddowntotheprovincialterritoriallevelandeventomunicipalgovernments.Thattrendneedstobereversed.Oneaspectofthisistheuseofcommunicationsstaffwhoareinsertedbetweenpeopleandgovernmenttomassageandspininformationsothatitenhancestheimageofthosewhogovern.Itshouldnotbeallowedtohappenyetithasbecomepervasive.Additionallywhistleblowersinsidegov-ernmentwhodonotagreewiththewaythingsarebeingdoneorwhocanpointoutmismanagementwasteorinefficiencyshouldbeprotectedevenencouraged.Thereneedstobelegislationforthis.Ourgovernmentsunfortunatelydonotalwaysoperateinthepublicinterestandattimeswilltrytogetawaywithwhattheycan.Theywillonlybeaccountableifenoughpeopledemandit.WeurgeyoutobeawareofwhatlimitsandrestrictionsyourgovernmentplacesonyourRighttoKnowandtotakeactionwithotherstoensuretransparencyandaccessinallthattheydo.AvoidinglegaladdictivedrugsUnfortunatelythesecretivepracticesofourseniorgovernmenthavetrickleddowntotheprovincialterritoriallevelandeventomunicipalgovernments.Thattrendneedstobereversed.Makenomistakeaboutitcigarettesareadeadlyandhighlyaddictivedrug.Thefactthattheyarealsolegalmakesthemallthemoredangerous.Technicallyitisillegalinmanyregionsforanyoneunder19tobuyciga-rettesbutthisdoesntstopmanyteensfromgettingholdofcigarettes.Yourbestdefenceistounderstandtherootsofteenagesmokingandbeaninformedandpositiverolemodel.TipsandtoolsyoucanuseYoucansaveyourteenthepainfulandsometimesunsuccessfulprocessofquit-tingsmokingbyconvincingthemnottostart.Ifyourteenisalreadysmokingdiscussingthesocialandhealthrisksmayencourageanattempttoquit.HereareafewtipstotrySocialpressuresSmokingispromotedasbeingglamor-ousorsophisticatedhelpyourteenrecog-nizethatthetruthisplainugly.Talkabouthowsmokingmakesyourclotheshairandbreathsmellbad.Talkabouthowitcanper-manentlystainteethandngersyellow.Dis-cussthecost.Smokingisanexpensivehabitandcancosthundredsofdollarsayearormoretalkabouthowthemoneycouldbebetterspent.Nowadaysmanypeopleshunsmokersandconsidercigarettesanuisance.Contrarytopopularbeliefsmokingdoesnothelpyoustayslim.HealthrisksCigarettescontaintwohazardoussubstancestarandnicotine.Theeffectsoftarareimmedi-atetarinthelungscausescoughingwheezingandasorethroat.Short-termeffectsofnicotineareheadachenauseaanddizziness.Long-termeffectsofnicotinecanincludelungandthroatcanceremphysemaandbronchitis.Smokingcausesmorethan80percentoflungcancercases.Chewingtobaccocancausecancerofthemouth.Intotaltobaccousecausesroughly40000deathsperyearinCanada.TeachingbyexampleModelingpositivechoicesisfarmoreeffec-tivethanjusttalkingaboutthem.Ifyouareasmokerthebestwaytoencourageyourteennottopickupthehabitistoquit.Notonlywillyoubehelpingyouryoungstersavoidtheperilsofsmokingbutyouwillalsoimproveyourownhealth.QuittingYourteensdoctorcanrecommendappro-priatequittingmethods.Medicationbytabletpatchandornicotinegummaybeprescribed.Anumberofexcellentself-helpprogramsareavailableforthoselookingtoquitsmokingatanyage.ForresourcesinyourareasearchonlineortalktothelocalbranchoftheCa-nadianCancerSociety.Whileyoucannottrulyensurethatyourteenswillnotsmokeorbecomeaddictedtocigarettesyoucanworkonmaintainingagoodrelationshipwiththem.Youwillachievethisbyspendingtimewiththemmakingthemfeelthattheycantalktoyouaboutanythingandaboveallbyreinforcingateverystepthatyouwillbethereforthemwithyourloveandanopenmindhelpingthemmakethebestpossiblechoicesforthemselves.FormoreinformationgotoKidsHelpPhonewww.kidshelpphone.caPhotocourtesyofRCMPRCMPintheSahtuRegionmadethreesignicantliquorseizuresovertheweekendincludingthisshipmentofalcoholcomingintoFortGoodHopebyboatonSaturday.Membersseized181bottlesofspiritsandanimproperlystoredrearm.OnSundayanadditional51bottlesofliquorwereconscatedfromasecondboat.ThesamedayRCMPinterceptedashipmentofalcoholcomingintoTulitabyboat-thesecondsignicantseizurethereintwoweeks.AmaleandfemalefromTulitahavebeenchargedinrelation.