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2016-02-23 After years of research and months of raising the issue with the
Canadian federal government, RESTCo sent
this letter regarding dispersant use to Environment Canada officials and the Minister of
Environment and Climate Change.
2014-01-31 RESTCo presented a workshop
at the Northern Lights conference in Ottawa primarily about our innovative TRIFLEX housing
housing design and how it could benefit remote communities by providing healthier, longer-lived,
lower initial cost, lower operating cost, adaptable housing for residents. The presentation
also included descriptions from Carleton University students on a new approach to a heat
recovery ventilator and on structural and wind testing of the three-point foundation for the
TRIFLEX building. Due to the angle for the video camera in the room, the slide deck is
hard to read in the video, so the
presentation slide deck is available here.
kiosk presentation slide deck (PPT) is also available.
2013-10-21 RESTCo gave a
presentation at the 2013 Electric Mobility Electric Vehicle conference
related to the benefits of using electric and hybrid vehicles in Arctic communities,
in vehicle form factors other than cars.
2013-05-28 RESTCo presented a paper
at the CCTC conference in Montreal in May 2013
outlining how a remote community could dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
presentation slide deck (PPT) is also available.
RESTCo gave a presentation to the U.S. National Research Council
related to responding to oil spills in Arctic waters, consequences and superior clean-up and
2012-02-15 RESTCo's submission to the Environmental Audit Committee of UK House of Commons -
Protecting the Arctic
Also available at the U.K. government's website)
(or local link)
2012-02-02 On February 2, 2012, Dr. Willam A. (Bill) Adams presented a paper at the 2012 Northern Lights
conference, which was authored by him and Christopher (Chris)
Ives. Bill and Chris are both RESTCo principals. The title of the paper is
"Operating in the Arctic Ocean: Environmental Realities and Technical Challenges". It deals with
the potential for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas in the icy waters of the Arctic,
and potential consequences. The paper is also available at the
Northern Lights 2012 conference website.
2011-09-16 With the Canada Science and Technology Museum, RESTCo co-hosted the
Ottawa Forum in parallel with the NEB's Inuvik Roundtable on
Arctic Offshore Drilling from September 12-16 inclusive.
2011-03-31 RESTCo was pleased to submit it's contribution to the
Technology Blueprint for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station regarding Alternate and
“The Inuit are struggling to cope with erosion, melting permafrost, thinning sea ice, receding glaciers,
and an invasion of new animals, many of which we don’t even have names for.”
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize nominee in 2007,
at the Fifth Science Centre World Congress, June 2008
The world is changing, and more rapidly for remote and northern communties than for the industrialized
and urbanized world in more temperate regions. So long as the communities of the Canadian north remain
dependent on oil as their primary
energy source, they can have no moral justification for resisting the exploitation of fossil
fuel resources in their territories, no matter how strong the facts may be to support their
objections. We are now the 'coal-mine canaries' in the climate change experiment.
Energy is the lifeblood of modern life in the industrialized world.
Current changes threaten the supply of reliable and
abundant energy in new ways. We need new ways of thinking to address this new vulnerability.
Unikkaaqatigiit climate change poster (2 pages)
Unikkaaqatigiit presentation ITK (18 pages)
Unikkaaqatigiit Book (129 pages)