Arctic security is critical. Is Canada ready to stand on guard?

By The Big Story

In today’s Big Story podcast, twice in the last month, Canadians were shown just how open our northern border can be. First, the Prime Minister ordered a UFO shot down. Then, we learned that Canadian Forces had found Chinese monitoring buoys in our Arctic waters.

Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer is a Canada Research Chair in the Study of the Canadian North and a professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University. He joins us to discuss the shifting geographic and geopolitical Arctic landscape, and how Canada should adapt to emerging threats in the coming years.

“I think what’s happened over the last year is we’ve seen that imagined circumpolar cooperative space, run into the harsh reality that the arctic is not insulated from the realities in the rest of the world,” he said.

As geopolitical tensions rise, the Arctic is perhaps where Canada is most vulnerable. So how do we monitor it? How is a changing climate making it more vulnerable? And what keeps the security experts up at night?

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