Professor Frances Abele spoke with the CBC about the government’s approach to Canada’s North, and particularly the Prime Minister’s interest in developing the north through natural resource extraction. Although mining companies are eager to access the wealth of resources to be found in the North, they aren’t as excited about the price tag that comes with developing necessary infrastructure. And according to Professor Abele, northern municipalities just don’t have the tax base to sustain their operations, let alone fix the deteriorating infrastructure in place now. She notes that instead, the government needs a different approach: “With northern governments and especially with aboriginal government and aboriginal communities, we need to put more attention into figuring out what is a smart way to address the looming crises that are coming with demographic growth and climate change. And then money has to follow the establishment of wise plans.” Read the rest of the article here.