Canada's new government moves forward with clean up of Cape Christian



    BAKER LAKE, NT, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's New Government is making
progress with the clean up of the former United States Coast Guard navigation
site at Cape Christian in Nunavut.
    The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, with
the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services Canada, today announced that Qikiqtaaluk Logistics is the successful
bidder for the $11.1 million clean up project at Cape Christian.
    "The awarding of this three-year contract reinforces Canada's New
Government's commitment to cleaning up contaminated sites in the North," said
Minister Strahl. "Along with restoring the site to its natural, healthy state,
this project will bring economic benefits to Nunavummiut and Inuit owned
businesses - an essential investment."
    The Cape Christian site is located 16 kilometres from the community of
Clyde River, on Baffin Island. Established in 1954 by the United States Coast
Guard as a long-range navigation site, it was abandoned in 1974.
Responsibility for Cape Christian transferred back to the Government of Canada
at that time. Because the site is now on Commissioner's land, the Government
of Nunavut has been involved with developing the remediation plan and will be
providing financial support for the clean up work.
    "We're very happy to be working with the Government of Canada on the
clean up of Cape Christian," said the Honourable Levinia Brown, Minister,
Community and Government Services, Government of Nunavut. "This project will
benefit Nunavummiut through employment and training opportunities and
community development."
    Qikiqtaaluk Logistics Inc. is an Inuit-owned firm based in Iqaluit.
Throughout the project, the contractor has committed to creating or
maintaining the equivalent of about 41 full time positions in Nunavut,
including about 35 positions for Inuit. Qikiqtaaluk Logistics Inc. has also
committed to providing Inuit firms over 75 per cent of the project's available
sub-contracts and intends to hire a number of employees from Clyde River to
work over the three-year contract period.
    Public Works and Government Services Canada posted the Cape Christian
request for proposal on MERX.ca, the Government of Canada's contracting
website. Bids were evaluated based on three categories: the contractor's
technical approach, qualifications of the managerial team and proposed
benefits to Inuit. Funding for this project is being provided through the
Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan.
    Clean up of the Cape Christian site will begin in summer 2008. The work
is expected to take two years to complete and the camp and equipment are
scheduled for removal by the end of 2009. Following the clean up, Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada will implement a 25-year monitoring plan for the site.




For further information:

For further information: Minister's Office, Philippe Mailhot, Press
Secretary, Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, (819) 997-0002; Media
Relations, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (819) 953-1160; Maria O'Hearn,
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - Nunavut, (867) 975-4725,
ohearnm@inac.gc.ca; Media Relations, Public Works and Government Services
Canada, (819) 956-2315; Shawn Maley, Community & Government Service,
Government of Nunavut, (867) 645-8101, smaley@gov.nu.ca; This document and
backgrounder are also available on the Internet at http://www.inac.gc.ca.


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