A faded, wind-torn Danish flag is mounted on the wall in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Raised on Hans Island by Danish troops, the flag was later taken down by Canadian soldiers — and mailed back to Copenhagen.
The company that made the first commercial transit of the Northwest Passage plans to increase its shipments through the legendary waterway next year, suggesting such traffic is coming sooner than anyone anticipated.
"We hope and expect to do it," said Christian Bonfils of Nordic Bulk Carriers, the Danish shipper which owns the Nordic Orion.
Why it's misleading for PM to imply international law will put the Arctic landmark on Canada's map.
Michael Byers, TheTyee.ca , 24 December 2013
Santa Claus is magic. How else could he live at the North Pole, above 4000 metres of frigid water?
The North Pole, indeed, is located near the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Covered by drifting sea-ice, pummeled by high winds, it receives no sunlight for several months a year and is regularly exposed to temperatures of minus 50 degrees.
VANCOUVER (The News Desk) — As the holiday season approaches, children all across Canada have begun “counting the sleeps” until Dec. 6, the deadline for Canada’s extended continental shelf submission as specified in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Canada’s claim, which is hotly anticipated by international legal scholars and nine-year-olds alike, will reflect the country’s official position on a number of disputed sea boundaries.
“I can’t wait,” said Justin Kent, a fourth-grader from Queen Mary Elementary School in Vancouver, B.C.
“Finally Canada will clarify its place in the Arctic.”
Unlike Canada, Iceland seizes the opportunities that climate change creates.
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A sleek, contemporary portrayal of a Viking ship sits on the shores of Reykjavik. Canada can learn a great deal from both Icelanders and their Norse ancestors when it comes to boldness.
Michael Byers, Toronto Star, 28 October 2013
It’s hard to imagine Stephen Harper in an open boat, sailing boldly across a cold and stormy ocean in search of a New World.
The prime minister’s recent throne speech, which focused on cable TV packages and cellphone rates, was distinctly unambitious. It failed to even mention climate change, which scientists are warning could soon accelerate beyond control.
Harper’s “agreement in principle” on free trade with Europe was equally modest, just smoothening out a few wrinkled edges in a relationship long subject to the strictures of the WTO. It ducked the single biggest trade issue with Europe, which concerns the possibility of sanctions directed against the production and export of carbon-intensive fuels.
In contrast to Harper, Icelanders exhibit all the boldness of their Norse ancestors as they both confront the threat of climate change and seize the resulting opportunities.