Events happen fast. With the melting of the ice at the Northwest Passage which is blamed on climate change, the US and Russia are interested in the new shipping lanes as well as potential oil in that region. Another European country is claiming territory in that area, but isn't that active in its claim. Being rightfully owned by Canada, this country has been increasingly concerned with the growing interest of the two superpowers. It is said that Russian bombers are going to increase their patrols in the area starting next month; they have planted a Russian flag in one of the islands, and have sent small as well as nuclear subs in the area. The US has also been reported to have sent their subs there. Canada, for its part has secretly laid fiber optic sensors during the summer to monitor and identify all traffic, whether it be sea, land or air in the area; Canada also has increased its sea patrols and would be buying more vessels to patrol in that area. Increased military personnel has augmented the present personnel assigned there composed of aboriginal natives (it's said that they're the only ones who could withstand the elements of the north all year round). This is interesting. Another potential flashpoint aside from the conflict in the Middle East. This can lead to a much bigger problem.