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Northern Quebec: July 2013 Archives

Cree re-elect Matthew Coon Come as Grand Chief

Matthew Coon Come will continue to serve as Grand Chief of the Quebec Grand Council of the Crees. Coon Come has won the run-off election for the top job which was held yesterday. Rodney Mark was elected Deputy Grand Chief.

The run-off election was held after none of the candidates got the absolute majority needed to win in the first round held last week. Telecommunications problems also hampered both rounds of voting. And now that Coon Come has been elected, many new and ongoing issues in Cree communities are waiting to be tackled.

To discuss some of these issues and to give their impressions of the campaign is Dianne Reid, President and CEO of the Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou. She was also Chair of the Cree Health Board from 2001 to 2008. She joined us on the line from her home in Nominingue.

Also joining the conversation is Stella Bearskin who is on the Board of the Cree Women of  Eeyou Istchee Association, and is involved in several projects in her community of Chisasibi.

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An 82-day expedition to the Canadian Arctic

ArcticNet.jpgThe Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen is setting off today on a 82-day expedition to the Canadian Arctic. It will take off from the Coast Guard base on Champlain Boulevard in Quebec City at 3 PM this afternoon, celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a research icebreaker for ArcticNet's 2013 expedition.

ArcticNet studies the impacts of climate warming and modernization on ecosystems and on the health and economy of northern communities. We were joined this morning by ArcticNet's Scientific Director and Chief Scientist on the Amundsen for the first segment of the mission. Doctor Louis Fortier, who is also a professor at Laval University.

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Turning abandoned mining sites into fertile soil

Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS.jpgA new technology being tested over the past decade in Northern Quebec could allow orphaned mining sites to be transformed into fertile agricultural fields.

The process involves taking heavy contaminants in the soil, such as lead, and neutralizing them by adding a simple organic material, ash.

We spoke with the man behind this experiment, agronomist and micro-biologist Lucien Bordeleau, as well as Alexandre Anctil, Project Manager and Biologist for FaunENord, an organization that hopes to implement the project to other sites in the Chibougamau region.


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