Where is the body of John Franklin? Inuit historian thinks he knows
GJOA HAVEN , Nunavut — The man who guided searchers to the wreck of John Franklin’s flagship may have one more surprise left up his parka sleeve.
“I believe that Franklin is in a vault on King William Island,” says Louie Kamookak, an Inuit historian who has spent 30 years correlating stories collected from elders with European logbooks and journals.
The mystery that surrounds the Franklin Expedition is one of the great legends of Arctic exploration. The ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with to slow down and consult with police forces, health agencies and provincial governments before introducing legislation.
“Before you open the pool you better check the chlorine levels and know what’s going on. And we’re just opening the pools because it’s Canada Day,” Patterson said.
“Spitballing in the dark seems to be the method being used to stick to that date.”
Ontario became the first province to make public its plans for legalized cannabis last week, unveiling a regulatory regime that restricts sales to its own liquor board operated stores.
Representatives from several police forces warned the House of Commons health committee earlier this week that there was zero 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned.
Little by little, the Franklin story is coming together.
Artifacts and graves found throughout the 19th and 20th centuries were joined by several more bodies discovered in the 1980s. The ships were found in 2014 and 2016.
But where is the grave of John Franklin?
Kamookak relates two stories passed down through generations that may offer tantalizing clues.
“One group of Inuit said they saw a burial of a great chief under the ground, under stone.”
This was remarkable for the hunters, chance police would be ready in time to enforce new laws for legalized pot. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale responded by describing the government’s timetable as reasonable.
Youth health experts are urging the federal government to develop extensive prevention and publiceducation campaigns focusing on the harmful effect of marijuana on adolescent brains, warning that stronger regulations alone will be ineffective in deterring kids from smoking pot.
Other topics up for discussion at the two-day meeting are how the justice system deals with HIV non-disclosure and the fallout from the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision that puts a time limit on how long it takes to prosecute a criminal charges. as Inuit traditionally buried their dead on the surface, wrapped in caribou skins and under a cairn. They investigated the site, expecting to find something similar. All they found was a flat stone.
“They said he was a great shaman who turned to stone,” says Kamookak.
In another account, a group of travelling Inuit came across a large wooden structure.
“They managed to get a cross piece they took for a sled. The man who was telling the story said there was a flat stone and he could tell the stone was hollow.”
Given that other expedition graves have been found on land, Kamookak
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is seeking to insert a so-called sunset clause into a new NAFTA deal, a controversial proposal that would automatically terminate the agreement after five years unless all three member countries agree to extend it.
That idea has been quietly floated for months by U.S. officials who finally made it public Thursday. It prompted swift resistance. Canadian and Mexican officials brushed it off almost as soon as it was publicly revealed, calling it a bad idea that would create economic instability and scare businesses away from long-term investments.
The priority was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross. He confirmed the U.S. will seek some automatic-termination clause to ensure the agreement can be constantly re-evaluated and improved.
“The five-year thing is a real thing that would force a systematic reexamination,” Ross told a forum organized by the website Politico.
“You’d have a forum for trying to fix things.”
Ross said U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, who is leading the NAFTA talks for his country, agrees with him that it’s a good idea. But Ross conceded it’s unclear the other NAFTA countries will ever accept it.
He reiterated his goal of reaching a deal by the end of the year. Afterwards, he said, it will become harder to nail down a deal in 2018 as Mexico and the U.S. have national elections, the U.S. fast-track law is up for renewal and Canada has provincial elections. If there’s no deal, he said the president is serious that he might terminate NAFTA.
“It’s a very real thing,” Ross said of the president’s threat.
“But it is not the preferred option.” believes Franklin’s is there too.
“I don’t think they would have an ocean burial for him.”
If he’s right, Franklin is probably still lying beneath the tundra
The idea of an automatic sunset appears to be a non-starter.
Shortly after Ross left the stage, the U.S. ambassadors of Canada and Mexico appeared for a panel discussion. Both strongly rejected the idea, and said the U.S. business community would never accept it either.
Canada’s David MacNaughton told reporters he has been hearing this idea for months in closed-door chats. He said he has never understood the logic behind it, since NAFTA already has a clause allowing any country to withdraw if it really wants to.
But an automatic-sunset clause is designed for something you intend to end, like a law designed to expire, MacNaughton said. That’s the opposite of a trade agreement — whose inherent goal, he said, is to project long-term predictability.
“One of reasons you do (a trade agreement) is to create an environment within which business can make investments. (In) many of those investments people will look to 20 years’, 25 years’ payback,” MacNaughton said. “If you have to do it every five years, the pricing of political risk is very high.”
He illustrated his point with a more homespun metaphor: “If every marriage had a five-year sunset clause on it, I think our divorce rate would be a heck of a lot higher than it is.” Mexico’s ambassador agreed. “Ourviewsexactly,”saidGeronimo Gutierrez. “It would probably have very detrimental consequences for the business community of the United States, Mexico and Canada... Certainty is the key word here.” JASON FRANSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS on King William Island’s rocky and windswept northeast coast.
If he’s wrong, chalk up one more mystery in a tale that’s been generating questions for 170 years.
Ryan Harris, Parks Canada, lead underwater archeologist for the Erebus and Terror points out on a map the area where the sunken ships the Erebus and the Terror are near Gjoa Haven Nunavut, on Friday September 1.