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SUBARCTIC ARCHITECTURE a symposium on modern cold climate design

Thursday 10/26 NWT Association of Architects at Top Knight

SUBARCTIC ARCHITECTURE a symposium on modern cold climate design
https://youtu.be/qXoIjZ61J8g  TRT: 1hr 30min

Opening
Presentations by a selection of expert architects, engineers, builders and professionals. Explore how building design in our extreme northern climate has had to adapt, and how creative design solutions and methods help to craft meaningful and functional buildings. Find out what works and what doesn’t.

Presentations Playlist:

SUBARCTIC ARCHITECTURE- a symposium on modern cold climate design Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeNJFhWYT9_BdqzSesrhCk5blzCeUCHXj

THE SCALE OF OUTSIDE, INSIDE
Simon Taylor
Principal, Taylor Architecture Group
https://youtu.be/MjDBz9kbBkQ
https://www.tagyk.com/

FORM, COLOUR & COMPOSITION – AN ARCHITECTURAL LEXICON FOR THE ARCTIC
Wayne Guy – Principal, Guy Architects
https://youtu.be/QttJCTmCt5s
https://www.guyarchitects.com/

THE INUVIK TO TUK HIGHWAY
Warren Mcleod – https://youtu.be/OmTnn1F6ni4
Principal, Stantec
http://www.stantec.com/about-us/office-locations/canada-locations/northwest-territoriesoffices/yellowknife-northwest-territories-office.html

TIPI HOUSE DESIGN CONCEPTS AND DEFINITION OF SOME RELEVANT ARCHITECTURAL TERMS
Kayhan Nadji
Principal, Nadji Architects
https://youtu.be/hHpIj0LDtYM
http://www.nadji-architects.ca/

WHY ARE ARCTIC MECHANICAL SYSTEMS DIFFERENT?
Brian George
https://youtu.be/zzfMpu9TaYA
Mechanical Engineer, Williams Engineering
http://williamsengineering.com/

THE BASICS OF PRACTICAL NORTHERN BUILDING PRACTICES
Randy Jacobs
https://youtu.be/hlVW2KYIATU
Senior Technical Officer, Department of Infrastructure
https://www.inf.gov.nt.ca/

ACHIEVING OFF-GRID LIVING IN SUBARCTIC CLIMATES
Wade Carpenter
https://youtu.be/maquOY6aTGo
Alternative Energy Specialist, Department of Infrastructure
https://www.inf.gov.nt.ca/

CULTURAL PATHS: SUBARCTIC ABORIGINAL SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Chris Clarke
https://youtu.be/FC8C1L4bbJw
Facility Planner, Department of Health
http://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/

BUILDING THE SNOW CASTLE
Avalanche Kid (Joel Maillet)
https://youtu.be/qWD6k076Ocw
Subarctic Architecture: Winter Festival
http://www.snowking.ca/

60 sec promo
https://youtu.be/PVKwBm0ElAk

 

The office of the Northwest Territories Association of Architects @nwtarchitects
is open Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.
NWT Association of Architects
(867) 766-4216 
contact@nwtaa.ca
Mailing Address 
PO Box 1394 
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P1
Office & Courier Address
Diamond Plaza 
5204 50th Avenue,
Suite 202 
Yellowknife, NT X1A 1E2

Executive Director Ben Russo
ben@nwtaa.ca
http://nwtaa.ca/

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910 49th St – Yellowknife – Northwest Territories – X1A 2N8 –
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Yellowknife Federal Cannabis legalization and regulation Town Hall videos

Re cannabis legalization and regulation town hall

Yellowknife Federal Cannabis Town Hall pt01
https://youtu.be/94jpMhAhd54
00;00;00;00 first frame (not synced to visible TC over time)
00:00:30:15 Introduction by N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod
00:05:02:19 Bill Blair’s opening platform – historic use – youth protection – $600 million criminal activity – health of consumers – kids – criminal record – reduce health and social harms – comprehensive and strict regulation – oversee or production distribution – legal, healthier adult use – criminal record issues – legalizing to regulate – to learn from local experience – consensus on three things from other meetings across Canada – roadway safety – impaired driving –
00;10;55;00 Question: Kim MacNearney … social harms of criminal records – pardons ….
00;11;16;11 Bill Blair’s reply – pardons – law, repeal and replace – criminal records – pardons
00;13;00;09 Michael McLeod – minister of public safety reviewing the pardon system –
00;13;07;15 Bill Blair – cost of pardon system fees – accessible $$ dollar wise and socially –
00;14;00;21 Question: Sara Murphy – education youth – distribution
00;14;34;24 Bill Blair’s – govt support of education programs – youth – research & public education campaigns – driving – territorial responsibilities
00;17;48;23 Excise tax & federal others taxes applied to cannabis to be reinvestment in research, public education, rehabilitation and treatment –
00;18;15;23 Question: Nancy Vail pt 1 – booze / pot double standard – THC levels – driver levels –
00;19;21;01 Bill Blair’s reply – sobriety of all on the road is the preference
00;22;35;28 Question: Nancy Vail pt 2
00;23;06;18 Bill Blair’s reply – social de normalization – workplace safety – managed risk – reduce social health harms – public health approach –
00;26;09;25 Question: pt 1 – what NWT regulatory body? – access – tax levels – point of sale pricing –
00;27;16;04 Bill Blair’s reply – low enough to be competitive in the marketplace – high enough not to encourage –
00;29;44;18 Question: pt 2
00;29;54;28 Bill Blair – federal / territorial / provincial roles / regulation of distribution – appropriate – respectful to people of the territory – “co-operative confederation” –
00;31;50;22 Question: Kim MacNearney… Hight restriction?
00;32;10;29 Bill Blair’s reply “the vacation effect” –
00;33;34;14 Question: Kim MacNearney… NWT Dry Communities?
00;33;51;25 Bill Blair’s reply – on provincial / territorial authority
00;34;58;08 Follow-up: Kim MacNearney…NWT Dry Communities?
00;35;10;01 Bill Blair’s reply – Confirming territorial control over distribution & Dry Communities
00;35;24;24 Question pt 1 : On bootlegging in small communities and appropriate, fair access in all communities compared to Yellowknife –
00:37:59:09 Bill Blair’s reply … NWT has regulatorial control over distribution… Canada Post…
00;38;46;26 Question pt 2 : Father 17 yr old son / parental / householder / grower – responsibility
00;39;16;20 Bill Blair’s reply – grower regulation – fencing – urban regulation – municipal regulations like chicken / hen house permits – 15 yrs experience with permits to grow for medical purposes – harvesting and giving plant to a 17 year old is still an offence –
End Part one
00;41;36;17

Yellowknife Federal Cannabis Town Hall pt02 https://youtu.be/nstwJoHyMIo
Begin Part two
00;41;36;17 Question: Noeline Villebrun, former Dene National Chief
00;46;17;20 – Dene law – Dene plants – Dene medicine – health funding – jurisdictional concerns – language – NWT majority Dene – older Dene users – PTSD use for residential school survivors –
00;54;01;12 Michael McLeod’s reply – Feds working with First Nations – four tables / First Nation, Metis, Inuit and one more for the Land Claim Coalition Groups… –
00;57;20;03 Bill Blair’s reply – language – culturally appropriate communication
00;57;53;10 Question: On revenue being earmarked for education, health and addiction services in the NWT … local enforcement issues … growing 4 plants in small remote communities – grade 7 youth smoking –
01;01;01;07 Bill Blair’s reply- on enforcement – cultivation & rules – parental responsibility in the home – number of plants limit –
01;03;54;07 Question: On parents roles … parenting roles, adult education in addition to education in the schools …
01;05;18;00 Bill Blair’s reply – education – safety is a shared responsibility
01;07;10;23 Question: Lydia Bardak – Youth education… mental health – self medication justice… school.. health crisis – pardon issues
01;12;45;22 Bill Blair’s reply
01;18;56;18 Question: Sara Murphy – Community growing / shared gardens…
01;19;46;03 Bill Blair’s reply – “designated grower” under the medical regulations…
01;22;05;04 Follow-up: Sara Murphy – training medical growers –
01;22;38;22 Bill Blair’s reply – Health Canada small “craft brewery” production group license? Non-medical use licenses..
01;24;12;24 Follow-up: Sara Murphy –
01;24;16;16 Bill Blair – Non-medical use grow licenses
01;25;13;27 Noeline Villebrun – health & metal health issues – treatment centre shutdowns – why is that –
01;26;46;06 Michael McLeod’s reply – on the land treatment – and down south –
01;28;01;25 Noeline Villebrun Follow-up: banishment – Dene law –
01;31;21;12 Michael McLeod’s reply –
01;33;45;18 Noeline Villebrun Follow-up
End Part two
01;34;23;20

Yellowknife Federal Cannabis Town Hall pt03 https://youtu.be/d1JKgWkQaec
Part three starts
01;34;23;20 Question – Inaudible
01;34;28;00 Question –
01;35;17;09 Bill Blair – rights of the employer – appropriate rules for safety –
01;37;05;04 Question –
01;39;57;15 Michael McLeod’s reply – indigenous governments and relationship –
01;41;14;14 Question – US border crossing questions / answers – price disparity in Canada / provincial / territorial trade rules – NWT position ?
01;42;50;00 Bill Blair’s reply – provincial / territorial responsibilities – criminal vs territorial regulations – ticketing – US border – international laws – laws of other sovereign states –
01;48;27;01 Question: Kim MacNearney: Medical users under new regulations for recreational use – landlords / tenants rights
01;49;05;28 Bill Blair – medical system remains in place – based on court decisions – constitutional situation – review medical system within five years – user rights limits / balance – alternatives to ingestion –
01;51;22;15 MacNearney – edibles
01;51;23;22 Bill Blair – safety regulated – edibles – dosage – no gummy bears marketing –
01;52;22;01 Noeline Villebrun – traditional healers prescribing –
01;53;34;29 Bill Blair – on authorizations not prescriptions – no DIN number no prescription – NWT traditional healers with authority to authorize? –
01;54;19;19 Noeline Villebrun follow-up –
01;54;24;00 Bill Blair – first time hearing question regarding traditional healers – bring question back to Ottawa for answer
01;54;51;27 Lydia Bardak question: on the job use and consequences – random testing – impairment levels
01;55;40;02 Bill Blair –
01;56;00;19 closing
01;58;00;21 final frame

Still photo set
https://www.flickr.com/photos/george-lessard/albums/72157661675464578

The 🇨🇦 federal government’s representative on legal cannabis, Blair said mail order weed will only come to the communities if the territorial government doesn’t say otherwise. “… N.W.T. MP Michael McLeod and Liberal MP Bill Blair. Blair, the federal government’s representative on legal cannabis, was in Yellowknife Wednesday evening for a public meeting hosted by McLeod. […] He assured the about 40 people who came out to hear what he and McLeod had to say that the territorial government will have the authority to define and control distribution in the North.
It’s been clear that territorial and provincial governments would be responsible for defining legal distribution within their jurisdictions, but what hasn’t been clear is to what extent jurisdictions would be able to supersede federally approved methods of distribution, like mail order cannabis.
But Blair said mail order weed will only come to the communities if the territorial government doesn’t say otherwise.
“That’s their authority to make that decision,” Blair said. […]
For many, a more urgent discussion than preparing for legal weed was how to tackle the already serious issues related to addictions, drug use and related social ills.
“Are the communities ready is not the right question,” said Noeline Villebrun, former Dene National Chief.
Villebrun said she was also concerned the discussion surrounding legalized cannabis in the Northwest Territories was taking place outside the framework of Dene law, traditions and language. …”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/legal-cannabis-in-the-communities-1.4351916

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/n-w-t-pot-legislation-195148927.html

The Design and Development of Digital Return Platforms for Northern Indigenous Heritage (PDF)

Digital Return Platforms for Northern Indigenous Heritage screan-cap_1062

Executive Summary

“… Digital return technologies offer Indigenous communities a means of repatriating objects and knowledge gathered from their ancestors as part of earlier colonial endeavors. Many third party institutions such as museums, universities, and government heritage agencies, retain possession of these collections because of the perceived impracticality of returning them to source communities.
The concept of digital repatriation or “digital return” has emerged as a means of rebuilding relationships between source communities and third party institutions through the transfer of knowledge and objects in digital form. In this way, digital return systems, such as online archives, electronic atlases and digital databases, are excellent examples of disruptive technologies.
The idea of disruptive technologies was first popularized by Clayton Christensen in his 1997 book “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. Disruptive technologies are technological innovations that upset networks supporting the existing state of affairs. Digital return acts as a disruptive technology because it disrupts established institutional models for archiving, accessing, and interpreting objects and cultural knowledge.
Paradoxically, digital return also disrupts traditional Indigenous networks that support how objects and cultural knowledge are accessed and circulated by making them freely available on the public Internet . Resolving this paradox requires that we identify and address existing knowledge gaps in both the sociocultural and technological sides of digital return.
A three-part scoping review of Indigenous digital return projects in regions of the North American and European Arctic was undertaken to: a) identify the extent and objectives of academic, government, and community-led digital return projects; b) characterize the digital return methodologies currently used in arctic communities; c) identify the issues and challenges facing digital return projects within the study area; and d) draw attention to heritage initiatives that are grass roots and community led.
The methods used in this study include: a) bibliometric analysis of electronic databases; b) online surveys of digital return projects; and c) a case study of community-led heritage organizations and their projects. …”
PDF http://www.idees-ideas.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/uploads/general/2016/2016-sshrc-ksg-dawson_0.pdf

Indigenous people’s movement, Yellowknife, Canada #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT via @citiesandmemory

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“… Protest and Politics is the first global mapping of the sounds of protest, demonstration and political activism. Whether it’s people standing on either side of Donald Trump in the USA, Brexit in the UK, Marine Le Pen in France or any of thousands of local and national protests around the world, people are increasingly finding their voice and expressing themselves through sound. These sounds, more than any other, are coming to define the age in which we’re living, and are uniting people, communities and entire countries around the world. More than 100 sound designers, musicians and sound artists have contributed to the project, whether by reimagining a sound, providing a field recording from a sacred space, or both. Contributors come from all around the world – from Australia and the USA to Costa Rica and Brazil via Italy, France, Spain, the UK and many other countries. Field recordings provided by: George Lessard​…”
Yellowknife Field recording provided by: George Lessard​…”
Listen here
Part of the Protest and Politics project
@citiesandmemory
Set of still photos from the #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT shoot
The original #Denendeh #J11 #IdleNoMore #YZF #NWT video is here

 

 

#SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox

SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox
https://youtu.be/st8OX9ihAUM


“… Dear GEORGE
Thank you for participating in the Canadian Broadband Measurement Project.
Unfortunately, your unit has not reported any data since 10-Dec-16, and we are wondering if the unit is still connected.
To resolve the problem: Ensure your Whitebox is connected to your modem/router. Reboot the Whitebox by either switching the power off and on or briefly unplugging the device.
Please send us an email to […] and we will confirm if the problem is fixed.
We really do need your consistent support for the long term, so please switch your test box back on today. As part of the SamKnows panel, we give you access to your own data via an online reporting system, and also a monthly email report card to allow you to compare performance and communicate with your ISP.
Thank you for your support.
Kind regards,
SamKnows …”
“… Join our Canadian campaign… Sign up with us today to accurately measure your broadband performance
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and SamKnows have established the ‘Measuring Broadband Canada’ program in order to provide Canadian citizens with reliable and accurate data concerning broadband provision across the country.
Anyone who would like to be part of this project just needs to sign up. It might be worth reading the requirements before doing so just to make sure you’re eligible to join!
On signing up, volunteers will receive a purpose-built broadband measurement unit, also known as a SamKnows Whitebox. The Whitebox is easy to install; once it has been plugged into the existing modem / router then it is good to go. Volunteers will also be able to see their own data from their broadband connection using a purpose-built SamKnows dashboard.
Please note, not everyone who registers will necessarily receive a SamKnows Whitebox. We do want to thank everyone for signing up and for working together to make Canadian broadband better!…”
https://www.measuringbroadbandcanada.com/

“…What is the Broadband Measurement Project?
In 2015, the CRTC launched a project to objectively measure broadband Internet performance, including actual connection speeds, in Canadian homes. It collaborated in this innovative project, a first for Canada, with major Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs) and SamKnows, a UK-based company that has built a global Internet measurement platform that spans five continents.
The data, collected from approximately 5,000 Canadian volunteers, from across the country, will inform the CRTC’s future broadband policy-making.
The data will also provide Canadians with a greater understanding of whether Internet services from participating ISPs are delivered at the advertised speeds and allow ISPs to improve their networks to better serve existing customers, and promote products to potential new customers.
The key output of the project is the annual report, developed and reviewed by all participants.
How is data collected for the Broadband Measurement Project?
A device known as a Whitebox is connected to a volunteer’s home modem or router and monitors the broadband performance when no one is using the Internet connection. This performance data is made available to the volunteer via a Web portal and is also available to the CRTC and the ISP providing the service. …”
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/proj.htm

Salvage Movie DOC about the Yellowknife city dump

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Salvage Movie “… A documentary about salvaging items from the Yellowknife city dump and the community dedicated to this beloved tradition. A film by Amy C. Elliott, in post. Yellowknife http://salvagemovie.com/  filmmakers@salvagemovie.com
“…Salvage is a feature-length documentary about the city dump in Yellowknife, Canada. In Yellowknife, the remote capitol of the Northwest Territories, the town dump is the city’s most popular and notorious manmade attraction, mined by a colorful community of thrifty locals. But the new city administration is determined to see it tamed, and the battle for Yellowknife’s identity is on. …”

On Twitter @SalvageMovie https://twitter.com/SalvageMovie

NWT’s The Sun at Midnight actor wins award

Yellowknife's Kirsten Carthew on the set of The Sun at Midnight, a Canadian film which she directed, wrote, and produced. (submitted)

Yellowknife’s Kirsten Carthew on the set of The Sun at Midnight, a Canadian film which she directed, wrote, and produced. (submitted)

“… The first full-length feature film shot in the N.W.T. is quickly becoming a celebrated selection at some major Canadian film festivals.
Mohawk-actor Kawennárhere Devery Jacobs won the award for best performance in a Canadian film at the Whistler Film Festival on Sunday for her performance in The Sun at Midnight.
“I’m just filled with gratitude,” said Jacobs in an interview Tuesday. “I had no expectations going to shoot it in the Northwest Territories. We just went to film this ultra low-budget project, and it was such a passion project that I really hold dear to my heart.” […]
It’s the first acting award Jacobs has received, and she credits Carthew’s talent for the win.
“It’s all because of our writer-director [#Yellowknife’s] Kirsten Carthew. Her writing, if you look at the film, there really isn’t a lot of plot-driven stories, so it really rests on the shoulders of myself and [co-star] Duane Howard to carry the film, which I haven’t’ had the opportunity to do in past projects.” […]
The Whistler Film Festival marks the film’s second screening outside the N.W.T.
The Sun at Midnight also screened at imagineNATIVE in October, complete with a standing ovation from the audience.…”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/sun-at-midnight-performance-award-1.3884105

Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

A very sad moment

Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

Demolition video still of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

“… Hundreds watch Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe fall to the ground – Many show up for blast at 5 p.m. MT Saturday, hundreds more watch from Australia, N.S., Alaska
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hundreds-watch-robertson-headframe-blast-1.3828368
N.W.T. gov’t won’t save Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe
Agreement could not be reached with mine owner, says GNWT
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nwt-gov-t-won-t-save-con-mine-robertson-headframe-1.3701613
“…The Con Mine (1938-2003) was the first gold mine developed in the Northwest Territories, just south of Yellowknife.[1] The property was staked by Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada (Cominco) in September 1935 in response to the discovery of visible gold nearby; the name “Con” is an abbreviation of “Consolidated”. The advent of winter prevented any prospecting from being conducted, but work in the summer of 1936 led to the discovery of numerous gold veins. The Con Mine entered production in 1938 and ceased operations in 2003. It has produced over 5,000,000 ozt (160,000 kg) of gold from 12,195,585 tons of ore processed.[2] The mine was over 6,000 ft (1,800 m) deep.[3]…”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_Mine

Video runs 01:58

John McFadden on his Acquittal on Obstructing Police charge in Yellowknife NT

John McFadden on his Acquittal on Obstructing Police charge in Yellowknife NT  October 21, 2016


For more on this story see
Yellowknife journalist found not guilty of obstruction (CBCNorth)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/john-mcfadden-decision-expected-1.3814759
‘Free McFadden’ T-shirts support Yellowknife journalist on trial
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/free-john-mcfadden-t-shirt-1.3674422
Yellowknife Court Reporter on Trial for Obstructing Police by  Cody Punter July 1, 2016
http://www.canadalandshow.com/yellowknife-court-reporter-trial-obstructing-police/
Exiled to the North, a Reporter Finds a New Enemy in the RCMP by Dave Bidini July 7, 2016
http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/exiled-to-the-north-a-reporter-finds-a-new-enemy-in-the-rcmp
ICYMI: Objection! Local Journo’s Trial an Expensive, Questionable Circus
Nobody looks good in the case of an NNSL reporter charged with obstruction of justice
Sep 1, 2016
https://edgenorth.ca/article/icymi-objection-local-journo-s-trial-an-expensive-questionable-circus

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