Ever since I was a kid in the 1950s, we’ve had periodic scares about sickos poisoning or drugging candy and even putting razor blades in apples. From the reports I have read, these scares have mostly been symptomatic of hysteria. Actual reports of such actions are rare. But the folks in Arviat, Nunavut, which is about 150 miles north of Churchill, Manitoba, have to face up to a real threat to their children. As a result, they’ll hold controlled celebrations indoors.
What is the threat? Polar bears. Arviat apparently sits on a polar-bear-migration route. With the bear population increasing, human-bear interactions are increasing. Little good can come from such interactions, especially when the human is a child.