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Weekly Snapshot: Tartupaluk

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By:  |  July 7, 2022  |    589 Words
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Inuk hunter (Photo by Wade Davis/Getty Images)

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Canada and Denmark Make a Deal over Disputed Arctic Island

Tartupaluk, or Hans Island, has been the subject of a 40-year argument over borders.

Countries don’t always agree on who owns what land, and islands are often the cause of these conflicts. Denmark is a small country in northern Europe, while Canada is located in North America – yet they both had claims on an island in the Arctic. Fortunately, it seems the argument has finally been resolved.

After 40 years, the dispute between Denmark and Canada over who owns an Arctic Sea passageway island has been successfully settled – with no hurt feelings. The island, Tartupaluk, or Hans Island, lies between Greenland and Ellesmere Island.

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Wide satellite image of Hans Island (Photo by USGS/NASA Landsat data/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The island has no people living on it, mineral deposits, or much of anything but animals and sea birds. So, for most of its existence, it was simply a hunting ground for the native Inuit population of Nunavut. Yet a fight popped up between Canada and Denmark in the 1970s over maritime rights.

Decades later, the two nations have struck a deal. Read more…

 

Texas Schools Spark Debate: What Should Kids Wear in Class?

Does it matter what students wear to school?

Does it matter what students wear in the school environment? The debate surrounding school dress codes has gone on for decades. Some say uniforms are best, others suggest pupils should express themselves how they like. Clothes do make an impression on other people, and can even affect how you feel when you are wearing them. So, what is the best kind of outfit to wear in the classroom?

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A Texas district recently stirred debate with its new “professional” dress code for students, while a North Carolina school got in legal trouble over its uniform.

The Forney Independent School District (FISD) in Texas recently explained that, beginning in the 2022-23 school year, there would be changes to what can be worn on school campuses in the area. The new rules ban any jacket, coat, or sweatshirt having a hood, and disallowed students in grades five and above from wearing dresses, skirts, or skorts. Read more…

 

Scientists Say Household Chores Help Kids’ Brains

Doing jobs around the house can boost brain activity.

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“Chore” may be the most dreaded word in a child’s home. Not many enjoy doing the dishes or running the vacuum, but maybe you would feel better about the work if you knew the benefits. A recent study found that kids who regularly help around the house show improved problem-solving skills and a stronger overall ability to think.

The idea for the study arose amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Researchers wondered if kids were asked to do more than usual to help around the house since they were home all day. About half of the children did the same chores as before, while around one-third reported doing more to help. So, what was discovered about the kids who did their fair share? Let’s find out.

As with most things in life, something worth having is rarely easy to get. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Read more…

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