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Province Supports Arctic Research With $6 Million In Funding: Rondeau

by NationTalk on September 14, 2009567 Views

September 14, 2009

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Churchill Northern Studies Centre

To help position Manitoba as an international leader in arctic research and education, the province will invest $6 million in the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) over the next four years, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.“Arctic research and education is an important piece of the puzzle in creating a healthy and sustainable north,” said Rondeau. “We are proud to support the CNSC in its efforts to be recognized as Canada’s centre for arctic research and education.”

“The funding provided by the provincial government helps CNSC promote and facilitate northern research,” said Michael Goodyear, executive director, CNSC. “This research is absolutely critical to our understanding of the north’s unique physical environment, social issues and continued economic development.”

The minister noted funding announced today will support CNSC’s plans to complete renovations to existing structures and the construction of new laboratory and classroom facilities. The new facility will be Manitoba’s most northerly green building and will comply with or exceed all provincial legislation regarding Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements and design standards.

CNSC provides a variety of research opportunities in partnership with universities across North America as well as a full schedule of credit and non-credit courses in scientific and ecological studies.

The non-profit centre supports research and education throughout the western Hudson Bay region by providing logistical support, courses and field research facilities to several hundred people each year.

“The Northern Studies Centre has a significant impact on the town of Churchill and the northern Manitoba economy,” said Rondeau. “Its location at the southern edge of the Arctic tundra makes it ideal for numerous short- and long-term research projects ranging from climate change to polar bear ecology.”

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