2021 is already three and a half months in the past but it’s taken me that long to process the year: personally, the past year brought big changes, the departure from my long-time job at Nunatsiaq News to a new role during the fall at CBC North. Not to overlook the August death of friend and former boss Jim Bell to cancer.
That being said I want to share some photos which capture some important landmarks.
First let’s talk a bit about Iqaluit’s water crisis, which isn’t over yet.
On Oct. 12 I looked out my window at CBC North’s office in Iqaluit and photographed people going in and out of the Arctic Ventures store to get water. A few minutes before we had received a city order not to consume any water from the tap. I took the photos at the top because somewhere in my head I was thinking the water situation could develop into a crisis, like any aircraft which makes an unannounced landing in Iqaluit. Soon we were getting water deliveries in bulk and bottles or from the river.
Within 10 days of the start of the water crisis, I started to develop a severe, now chronic, allergic response to over-chlorination (probably) that continues today and leaves me on heavy antihistamines and possible more treatment to come. I am sure others in Iqaluit have similarly suffered, as complaints about rashes surface on social media. I’ll look forward to learning more about the health impacts of the water on people like me.
Meanwhile there were meetings and a federal election to get through during the fall of 2021, along with cooler weather and shorter days.
So far I have been obliged to spend 2022 out of the North while I try to heal from the water’s impact and elude COVID.
Nothing like a March blizzard to remind you where you are, a place that took PM Trudeau two days to get to. I almost got marooned at the office by the sudden storm the day he was supposed to arrive but managed to make it to my co-worker’s apartment where we made do on a variety of snacks, some frozen chicken and a bottle of wine. The next morning I washed my clothes so I would be clean for the PM’s visit.
Then a couple of days later I look out the porch and see these amazing clouds at sunset. They look like giant birds.
Let’s not forget about the ice down the street.
You will note the exhaust there which is from my vehicle which was warming up. The sunset colours were amazing and the power lines in front of the view are a fact of life.
Suddenly one morning I know spring is coming when the rocks are visible under the snow.
I see this huge polar bear skin being stretched. With the (ugly) coloured building in the background, it just speaks to how Iqaluit is today.
Happy April 1! Nunavut is 20 years old! I’m happy to watch the fireworks with an old friend by the ice.
I’m driving around and I see kids playing at recess. Great vista. Wonderful sun!
Saving the worst for the last. I note this flow of sewage in the neighbourhood I’m in. For me the worst is that I fall suddenly ill that same week with a water-related illness. I haven’t boiled my water enough or something. That caps off my month of photos! On to the end of April and beyond!