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.


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.



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.

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

The beautiful thing about my job is that I get to visit communities most people will never get to go to.

Last week, I spent four days in Paulatuk, an Inuit hamlet on the coast of Arctic Ocean.

About 300 people live there.

Even though it was their 50th anniversary, Inuvialuit have hunted, fished and trapped there for years.

But last week’s celebration marked a half-century since they came off the land and set up a permeant community.

One of the most touching activities that happened during the weekend was the renaming of the community’s health centre after elder Sadie Sukayaaluk.

Paulatuk quick facts:

  • Paulatuk or Paulatuuq means place of coal. Pau means coal in Inuvialuktun.
  • The Inuvialuit who settled here came from Alaska, Kitigaaryuit, the Eastern Arctic (Kugluktuk). Non-inuit such as trappers also came in on ships, schooners and by dog team.
  • Paulatuk was initially inhabited in the early 1920s following the whaling crash, as Inuit searched for good settlement areas that had good access to resources. But the settlement in Paulatuk didn’t last long as fur bearing animals became scarce in the area in the late 1930s
  • They returned to Paulatuk from settlements nearby around 1965.

“Today, the Inuvialuit live in Paulatuuq for the same reasons that drew people there almost 100 years ago, it is an area rich with caribou, fish and other animals to hunt; it has access to both the sea and to fresh water; it is a good place to anchor boats; and is a friendlier land to build homes and travel on than the peninsula.” Paulatuuq Oral History Project, Volume 2, March 2009, Parks Canada, Western Arctic Field Unit

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