Canada’s North: Use it or Lose It
Two Carleton researchers launched new research about Canada’s North today at an event in Yellowknife. In the latest publication of How Ottawa Spends 2011-‘12, Professor Frances Abele and PhD candidate Nick Falvo have separate chapters looking at the federal government’s northern strategy and its implications for housing in the Northwest Territories.
Use it or Lose It: The Conservatives’ Northern Development Strategy is a look the Conservative government’s policies and actions towards the North since 2006. Professor Abele compares Conservative policies to those of earlier Liberal governments, as well as the needs and wishes of northerners. She concludes that the Conservative government has not performed well on two important challenges facing northerners:
- Continued social and political development (improving health and social well-being, devolution and full implementation of comprehensive claims);
- Attempting to slow down climate change and adapting to the effects of it.
Government-Assisted Housing in the Northwest Territories and the Role of the Federal Government is a chapter about housing in the Northwest Territories (NWT), especially for low-income households. In his chapter, Falvo compares NWT housing to the rest of Canada and finds crowded conditions, especially in small NWT communities. Is also concludes that housing in the NWT is in poor condition and needs repairs. If the federal government does not announce new funding for housing soon, many of the units that exist today will disappear.
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