Canada nurtures its image as the True North. It’s right there in the national anthem. But most of us who live within 200 miles of the U.S. border have no idea of what living the slogan actually means and what it costs.
For real northerners, it means fighting to maintain services and infrastructure southerners take for granted: water, sewer, power and food supplies.
That is a crisis in a town that has lost its only mechanic, where a full septic tank means a home’s water system automatically shuts off, making the house essentially uninhabitable. And in a high-Arctic winter, it also means some of the underground tanks were freezing because their internal heating systems weren’t working.
The territorial government flew in a mechanic last Wednesday and by Friday one of the three broken-down sewage trucks was back on the road after itsRead More »from Understanding the cost of the True North