|The Canadian Coast Guard Ice Breaker Louis St. Laurent (PD)|
The Vancouver Sun reports: "The Canadian Coast Guard is set to launch a major exercise that will lay the foundation for future commercial and social activity in the Far North.
Working with industry, territorial governments, northern communities and other federal departments, the coast guard plans to identify a number of Arctic sea lanes that will bear the brunt of shipping and other marine transit as the region becomes more accessible.
The establishment of "safe marine corridors" will guide where the coast guard focuses on mapping and invests in new infrastructure." Full story at The Vancouver Sun
EDITOR's NOTE: We are not as certain of climatic warming, especially since the average global temperature in fact hasn't climbed since about 1998, and even if climatic warming opens passages longer we are not confident of the Arctic "passages" as a route that will see much through traffic. However we are absolutely certain of a great increase in High Arctic "destination cargo movement" and off shore oil activity. While examining potential through traffic routes can't do any harm, we hope Canada pays attention to forecasting the High Arctic destination routes to the most probable oil exploration areas and logistic support bases. We are certain regardless of climate change or increases in through traffic that such information will prove invaluable, because destination traffic in the High Arctic is going to increase regardless.