Meanwhile in Canada … 14 Jul 2014

Bowhead Whales!!!! Sat in quiet on the boat watching about 9-10 whales… Pure magic! #nunavut #nunagram

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Bowhead Whales by SarahOnTheRoad

Happy 15th Birthday, Nunavut! Unfortunately, the Great White North seems to be celebrating this auspicious occasion with fire.

The garbage dump in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital, has been on fire for the past two months or so. The fire chief has a plan to extinguish the fire for a mere $4.5 million. They hope to excavate all the garbage, dump it into a pit of sea water, and rebury the soggy mess in a new landfill. The article is a bit vague on what they’ll do with the water afterwards, but, hey, with a golden plan like this, what can go wrong?

About 2,200 km (1,400 mi) west, the Northwest Territories are just burning willy-nilly. According to NWTFire.com, about 140 fires are currently burning across the territory. The smoke has flowed down through Saskatchewan, Manitoba, into the Great Plains of the US.

But, let’s focus on the beautiful bowhead whales instead. There are other “Nunagram” photos at Finding True North to celebrate their birthday in much prettier ways.

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