The sun is back in Inuvik. But it’s hiding behind clouds.

It’s still beautiful.

  

    
 

Over the Christmas & holiday breaks I got to tell these two amazing stories about Northern young people making positive decisions in their community. Please watch.

2015 is the year of elections.

In Inuvik we’ve seen both a municpal and federal election and on Nov. 23rd we will see a territorial election.

The benefit of being a reporter in a small town is that people often turn to you to moderate events that have some sort of political or informational value.

In October, both my colleague, Sarah Ladik with the Inuvik Drum, and I got a chance to co-moderate Inuvik’s municipal forum.

This week we also moderated the town’s territorial candidates forum which featured these contenders:

Inuvik Boot Lake

  • Alfred Moses (incumbent MLA)
  • Dez Loreen (Environmental Impact Review Board communications officer)

Inuvik Twin Lakes

  • Robert C. McLeod (incumbent minister)
  • Jimmy Kalinek

Have a listen to the full audio recording of the debate.

Or read the condensed version in this online story.

As a video journalist this spoke directly to my heart. Had to share :)

Just got back from Yellowknife from a couple days of training. This usually means a break from reporting while you spend a couple hours a day with CBC trainers learning new skills. That was the case until I looked outside my window at 3 a.m. and saw flashing emergency lights.

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Still a quarter asleep, I rushed downstairs with my iPhone and filed this story.

 

This quote didn’t make it into my web copy but one analyst described the new developments this way, “Wow!”

 

Rare to see such candid comments about the state of Canadian ocean science. Read the full story or watch it here.

I will be co-moderating Inuvik’s all candidates municipal forum. Super excited.

Here are the rules.

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UPDATED EBATE RULES in RED:

We will start by asking three questions, one each in the areas of the economy, infrastructure, and social well-being. Each candidate will have one minute to answer each of the three questions, followed by a five minute open debate period. Please keep responses and debate during this open debate period short. Moderators will be stick handling the conversation during this open period in order to give as many candidates a chance to expand, respond or raise other issues.  

Once these questions are done, it’s over to the audience. Depending on how things go, we will have about 30 minutes for the audience to step up to the mic and ask their questions. The audience is free to ask questions of specific candidates or the whole panel, we will simply ask that the audience is aware that other people have their own queries and that time is limited. Moderators will be guiding the responses to these questions.

Afterwards, the candidates will each have one minute to make their closing statements. All of this should take about an hour and a half.

Then we’re going to take a 15 minute break and then proceed to the mayoral debate between Jim McDonald and Derek Lindsay.

Once again, we will ask a series of four questions, two for each candidate. Candidates will have two minutes to respond followed by a three minute open debate period. Please keep responses and debate during this open debate period short. Moderators will be stick handling the conversation during this open period in order to give as many candidates a chance to expand, respond or raise other issues.  


The audience will then have a chance to ask them their own questions, before they give their closing statements.


SCHEDULE
 
Candidates Forum:
 
7.00- 7.05: (5 Minutes) Opening statements moderators 
7.05- 7.20: (15 Minutes) Question 1
7.20- 7.35: (15 Minutes) Question 2
7.35- 7.50: (15 Minutes) Question 3
7.50- 8.20: (30 Minutes) Public Q&A
8.20- 8.30: (10 Minutes) Closing Statements
8.30- 8.45: 15 MINUTE BREAK
Mayoral Forum:
9.00- 9.05: (5 Minutes) Question 1
9.05- 9.10: (5 Minutes) Question 2
9.10- 9.15: (5 Minutes) Question 3
9.20- 9.25: (5 Minutes) Question 4
9.05- 9.25:  (20 Minutes) Public Q&A
9.25- 9.27: (2 minutes) Closing statements Derek Lindsay
9.27- 9.29: (2 minutes) Closing statements Jim MacDonald
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