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Media coverage, Circumpolar Challenges: An Ambitious Agenda for the Arctic Council

Embassy News and iPolitics have published articles on the Rideau Institute’s Arctic Workshop, which took place on September 27 in Ottawa.

James Munson of iPolitics summarizes some of the panelists opinions in “Canada’s upcoming Arctic agenda gets some unsolicited advice”

Sneh Duggal of Embassy writes on Hon. Lloyd Axworthy’s keynote address in “Axworthy: Arctic Council could have NATO-like partnership program”

Jim Creskey, Senior Editor of Embassy, writes of the future and risks of high seas fisheries in “The Arctic’s imminent danger”

The word is out on the Arctic Ocean as it rapidly sheds its ice cover. It is “a potential Wild West of riches.”

That was the phase former foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy used last week when he spoke at the Circumpolar Challenges conference organized in Ottawa for the Rideau Institute by Michael Byers.

Byers is the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia and a regular commentator on the Arctic.

But the “riches” Axworthy described—such as the saving of 10 days and $400,000 for each cargo ship’s voyage through the Northwest Passage, to the opening of an entirely undiscovered high seas fishery—were no cause for rapacious glee.”

The full article is available online.

Video footage of the workshop will be available shortly through CPAC.

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