About the Canadian Arctic

News provided by
Bloomberg
September 18, 2019

In Planet’s Fastest-Warming Region, Jobs Come With Thaw

The Canadian Arctic is melting, and two new gold mines are booming.

The loss of snow and ice are causing Canada to heat up much faster than the rest of the world—more than twice the global rate of warming, according to a national scientific assessment published in April. The farther north you go, the more accelerated the warming. The Canadian Arctic is one of the fastest-warming places, heating up at about three times the global average. That makes Canada’s northernmost Nunavut territory, a region the size of Mexico, a bellwether for the unexpected ways an altered climate transform lives and livelihoods.

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News provided by
CBC
September 11, 2019

New federal Arctic policy includes focus on health, environment, infrastructure

The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic. The lengthy document, released by the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top.

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News provided by
Washington Post
August 30, 2019

Forget Greenland. A far more dangerous game is being played in the Arctic.

While President Trump’s interest in buying Greenland grabbed headlines recently, there’s a largely overlooked, much more serious territorial issue in the Arctic: Russia’s next chess move aimed at asserting ownership of the North Pole.

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News provided by
Time
August 25, 2019

Amid Climate Change, Arctic Region Evolves Into Strategic, Economic Hotspot

From a helicopter, Greenland’s brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn’t fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide. One scientist called it the “end of the planet.”

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News provided by
Forbes
August 25, 2019

Russia fires nuclear-capable missile from North Pole

Early on Saturday morning the peace and tranquility of the Arctic, hundreds of miles from the nearest signs of human activity, was shattered. A Russian submarine punched through the ice near the North Pole and fired a Sineva type intercontinental ballistic missile. Meanwhile, around 1,000 miles further south, yet still within the Arctic Circle, another Russian submarine launched a Bulava type intercontinental ballistic missile from beneath the surface of the Barents Sea. The timing and location of these tests may be intended to send messages both internally and to the rest of the world.

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News provided by
National Post
August 23, 2019

China would benefit most from billion-dollar, 700-km highway through Canadian Arctic, critics say

Questions are being raised about plans to build a $1-billion, 700-km highway from Yellowknife to a proposed port on Nunavut’s Arctic coast, paid for by Canadians but which critics say would largely serve Chinese government interests.

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News provided by
Global News
July 25, 2019

As sea ice recedes, N.W.T. premier says more investment needed in Arctic portsRussian floating nuclear plant prepares for towing into Arctic seas

Climate change has hurt the northern economy in ways few southern Canadians can appreciate, says Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, but he also wants to make sure his territory benefits from increased shipping traffic as Arctic sea ice recedes.

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News provided by
CBC
July 11, 2019

Russian floating nuclear plant prepares for towing into Arctic seas

Russia’s controversial nuclear barge is ready to travel through the Arctic seas — and observers across the globe are watching.

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News provided by
RT News
June 22, 2019

Great game in Arctic: US eyes military port to counter Russia & China at North Pole

US lawmakers want its military to challenge Russia and China on the high seas by finding one or more locations for a port that would help feed Washington’s growing appetite for Arctic oil and other natural riches.

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News provided by
CBC News
June 19, 2019

Sea and ice – Russia’s multibillion-dollar mission to own the Arctic

In all, the Kremlin says it’s eyeing a staggering $80 billion US worth of new infrastructure and oil and gas development above the Arctic Circle over the next five years and $180 billion US in total over the next three decades.

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News provided by
Wired
June 11, 2019

Inside the Royal Marines’ sub-zero Arctic war preparations

As climate change melts the ice, the Arctic Circle is attracting the attention of military powers – particularly from Russia – and the UK is stepping up its presence to help defend the region.

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News provided by
CBC News
May 25, 2019

Russia, eyeing Arctic future, launches nuclear-powered icebreaker

Preparing for more traffic through Northern Sea Route in warmer climate cycles.

Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious program to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.

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News provided by
CTV News
May 22, 2019

Food insecurity in Nunavut

Food insecurity in Nunavut has actually worsened in the years since the federal government launched a retail subsidy program aimed at improving access and affordability in Canada’s North, according to new research.

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News provided by
CBC News
May 22, 2019

Trudeau unveils plan to address Coast Guard Arctic ship needs

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Wednesday that the federal government is buying two more Arctic patrol ships on top of the six it has already ordered from Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding.

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News provided by
Financial Times
April 27, 2019

Polar powers: Russia’s bid for Arctic supremacy

As climate change opens northern shipping lanes, Moscow is spending billions to dominate the region.

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News provided by
Global News
April 11, 2019

House panel urges Canada to work with NATO to protect Arctic sovereignty

A House of Commons committee is urging the government to work with NATO to determine Russia’s military intentions in the North and get help to protect the country’s Arctic sovereignty.

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News provided by
CBC
April 9, 2019

Putin presents ambitious Arctic expansion program

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia’s foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.

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News provided by
CTV
April 8, 2019

Coast guard struggling to help with rescues, Arctic resupply due to old fleet

Reduced search-and-rescue coverage, ferry-service disruptions, cancelled resupply runs to Arctic and coastal communities and nearly $2 million in lost navigational buoys.

Those are among the real safety, social and commercial impacts that communities across the country are starting to feel as the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet gets older, according to new documents obtained by The Canadian Press.

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News provided by
CBC
April 4, 2019

Russia revamps Arctic military base to stake claim on region

Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defence systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar region.

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News provided by
South China Morning Post
March 20, 2019

Could China’s ‘experimental’ ship be the world’s biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker?

China will soon start building a 30,000-tonne nuclear-powered ship described in the tender documents as an “experimental platform”. China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has invited bids for the contract to build a vessel 152 metres long (498 feet), 30 metres wide and 18 metres in depth, with displacement of 30,000 tonnes (33,069 tons).

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News provided by
Net News Ledger
March 10, 2019

Rapid Warming in the Arctic leading to Loss of Sea Ice

“Rapid Arctic warming and sea ice loss are attracting a lot of attention in the media, public and scientific community. Our study links the two together and suggests that the sea ice loss is causing the rapid warming in the Arctic.”

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News provided by
Channel NewsAsia
February 22, 2019

Going greener: Finland’s new gas-fuelled icebreaker

The steel behemoth pushes ahead, crunching the ice as it navigates the northernmost tip of the Baltic, considered one of the most polluted seas in the world. But unlike other icebreakers spewing diesel, this state-of-the-art ship boasts cleaner fuel.

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News provided by
Winnipeg Free Press
February 10, 2019

‘Strategic messaging’: Russian fighters in Arctic spark debate on Canada’s place

Recent Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country’s intentions and Canada’s own status at the top of the world.

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News provided by
CBC News
February 6, 2019

Inuit making recommendations on Arctic shipping routes

For the first time, Inuit communities are making recommendations to the federal government about how they want ships to move through their waters, highlighting the importance of the ocean to their way of life.

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News provided by
CBC News
January 26, 2019

Canadian and U.S. fighter planes scramble to escort Russian jets out of Arctic region

Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were travelling in the Arctic region near the North American coastline.

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News provided by
Wall Street Journal as reported by UNIAN
January 14, 2019

Cold War games: U.S. is preparing to test the waters in icy Arctic – WSJ

Navy explores expansion of operations in far North, going head-to-head with rivals Russia and China.

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News provided by
The Barents Observer
January 11, 2019

Two new-built tankers are crossing the Arctic in mid winter

The ships are on their way from China and South Korea and will have to break through up to 2 meter thick ice. Read More.


News provided by
Sputnik News
January 11, 2019

Arctic May Heat Up as US Mulls Sending Warships to Area Amid Russia Tensions

Earlier, Russian Northern Fleet Commander Nikolai Evmenov warned that the potential for conflict between Russia and the NATO alliance was growing as powers wrangle for control over resources and shipping lanes in the Arctic region. Read More.


News provided by
The Financial Post
December 19, 2018 | December 20, 2018 | January 2, 2019

Northern Exposure, is a three-part series in the Financial Post that examines how a warming Arctic opens up the Northwest Passage and economic opportunities, but also creates headaches.

Part I – Canada puts Arctic ‘in a snow globe’ as it freezes oil and gas development — just as Norway, Russia accelerate

While other countries see the Arctic as an economic generator, Canada has taken a step back, which some say is a missed opportunity . . . Read More

Part II – Can the Northwest Passage live up to its billing as a maritime superhighway?

What is certain is that Canada’s responsibilities in the region are growing more significant all the time . . . Read More

Part III – Warming Arctic waters increase shipping challenges already ‘the bane of everyone in the North’

Arctic waters may be drawing more shipping traffic, but ice conditions are growing less certain, causing conflicts to flare up in communities across the North . . . Read More


News provided by
The Barents Observer
December 28, 2018

Researchers rejoice as construction starts of offshore Arctic station

The new installation will be crucial for our studies of the rapid ongoing changes in the region, Russian Arctic research leaders say. Read More


News provided by
Asia Times
December 26, 2018

China’s advances in Arctic may pose security threat to Canada

Calgary academic believes Beijing will conduct naval operations in the Arctic soon and that China’s next-generation nuclear subs will have ‘under-ice’ capabilities. Read More


News provided by
The Barents Observer
December 14, 2018

Russia presents a grandiose 5-year plan for the Arctic

Investments in regional infrastructure and natural resource development will over the next years be equivalent to the country’s federal budget on health and educationRead More


News provided by
The Barents Observer
November 29, 2018

More nuclear power for Russia’s icebreaker fleet

A fleet of five LK-60 icebreakers will be built to keep waters open for the quickly growing Russian Arctic shipping.  Read More


News provided by
The Wall Street Journal
November 28, 2018

Russia, Hamstrung by Sanctions, Leans on Oligarchs for Infrastructure Investment

NADYM, Russia— Beset by Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin is turning the national economy inward, enlisting local tycoons for the biggest infrastructure-investment program since Soviet times.  Read More


News provided by
American Journal of Transportation
March 26, 2018

Baltic Ports see business opportunities inherent in Polar Silk Road to China

Ports in the Baltic region are building up an effective trading route, the Polar Silk Road, to China with some Nordic shippers touting it as a “win-win” situation.  Read More


News provided by
CNBC
February 6, 2018

Russia and China vie to beat the US in the trillion-dollar race to control the Arctic

Call it a new cold war: Russia, China and the United States all vying for influence and control in a part of the world that, this time, is quite literally cold.  Read More


News provided by
The Barents Observer
January 16, 2018

Arctic seaports bustle as shipping on Northern Sea Route reaches new high

A record-beating 9,74 million tons of goods was transported on the Russian Arctic route in 2017. That resulted in a very good year for Murmansk and several other northern Russian ports.  Read More


News provided by
Global Trade
January 10, 2018

Boom Times for Russia’s Arctic Ports

Arctic seaports are booming as shipping on the Northern Sea Route reached new high last year. In 2017, a record 9.74 million tons of goods were transported along the route, with only 194,364 tons shipped to transit the route.  Read More


News provided by
Global Trade
January 10, 2018

China and Russia Collaborating on Arctic Port

Chinese investments in railway and seaports are headed for the Russian Arctic.  Read More


News provided by
Bloomberg
April 19, 2017  | May 16, 2017 | December 27, 2017

How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything

Part I: The Bare Arctic

Eight countries control land in the Arctic Circle. Five have coastlines to defend. The temperature is rising. The ice is melting. The race for newly accessible resources is beginning. And Russia is gaining ground. Read More

Part II: The Political Arctic

A corrosion-proof, titanium Russian flag sways in the currents of the North Pole seabed, planted there in August 2007 by a privately funded expedition. It doesn’t mean that Russia owns the pole any more than the Apollo 11 flag means the U.S. owns the moon. But it’s a powerful symbol. Read More

Part III: The Economic Arctic

As the Arctic Circle’s ice melts away, people of the High North feel their top-of-the-world economy heating up. Gold mines, roads and a full spectrum of energy projects dot the horizon—with Russia leading the way and other Arctic countries scrambling to catch up. Read More


News provided by
Maclean’s
March 17, 2017

The Canadian North is the least defended territory on earth

There is no place on earth as poorly defended as the Canadian Arctic. But maybe that’s a good thing.  Read More


News provided by
Ottawa Citizen
December 21, 2016

If the port of Churchill is a strategic asset then why did the Canadian government allow it to close?

The port of Churchill, Manitoba is considered by some to be a strategic asset for Canada. It is a deepwater port, the only one linking the country’s railroad network and its Arctic waters.  Read More


News provided by
Maclean’s
August 18, 2016

How Ottawa abandoned our only Arctic port

Canada’s only Arctic deep-water port is now closed, leaving workers in Churchill puzzled and any talk of Arctic sovereignty feeling like empty rhetoric.  Read More


News provided by
Vice News
April 8, 2016

Canada Ups Its Arctic Game With Plans to Build Port at the Top of the World

After the fishing vessel Saputi struck an iceberg earlier this year in the Davis Strait off Iqaluit, water rushed on board the Canadian ship faster than the ship’s pumps could handle. The Danish Navy arrived to help as a Canadian Coast Guard chopper made its way from a base in Greenwood, Nova Scotia — nearly 1,300 miles away.  Read More


News provided by
CDA Institute
March 24, 2016

Arctic Ports for Canadian Seapower – Part 1

Seapower is the ability to influence events at sea or from the sea, and consists of inputs (the sources of power) and outputs (what that power accomplishes). Traditionally, Canadian seapower inputs have been focused primarily around the seagoing vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy and Coast Guard, with little emphasis on another major physical element of seapower: ports. Read More


News provided by
Financial Post
March 16, 2016

Exposed in the north: Canada falls behind in developing the Arctic

The Arctic makes up 39% of Canada’s lands. But compared to the Nordic countries, Russia and even China, we are neglecting it.  Read More


News provided by
Business Insider
March 17, 2015

This map shows the massive scale of Russia’s planned fortification of the Arctic

The Arctic ice is slowly melting, and Russia is positioning itself to take advantage of new shipping routes along with natural resources available beneath the Arctic seabed.  Read More


News provided by
The Globe and Mail
August 12, 2013

The (Russian) Arctic is open for business

In the 1990 thrillerThe Hunt for Red October, the rogue captain of a Soviet submarine evades the U.S. and Soviet navies by threading his way through a narrow – but precisely charted – mid-ocean trench. In real life, the Soviet navy’s charting efforts extended to the heart of the Canadian Arctic. Soviet-era charts, available today, show more depth soundings in the Northwest Passage than Canada’s most recent charts do.  Read More


News provided by
The Hill Times
June 17, 2013

Three Arctic ports needed

OTTAWA—Canada needs three ports in the Arctic: on its West Coast, in the centre of the archipelago, and on the East Coast.  Read More


News provided by
The Globe and Mail
November 26, 2007

Build an Arctic Gateway for the world

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has committed $1-billion to the Pacific Gateway Initiative, a series of infrastructure investments stretching across the four Western provinces. Seizing on Canada’s geographic location, the plan aims to develop the most efficient and secure transportation corridors between North America and Asia. Now, it is time for the next step. It is time for an Arctic Gateway Initiative.  Read More