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Government of Canada investment supports economic diversification in Yukon

From: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Federal government investments to strengthen northern economy

April 18, 2019 – Whitehorse, Yukon – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Economic diversification and growth are key to ensuring a strong and resilient economy in the North. This is why the Government of Canada is investing over $4.3M in sixteen economic development projects in Yukon.

This announcement was made today by Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor.

Funding will go towards a range of projects across a variety of economic sectors, including tourism, Indigenous economic development, capacity development, infrastructure, renewable energy and geoscience, as well as targeted support for the development of women entrepreneurs and attracting Canadian francophones to live and work in the North.

These projects are expected to result in the creation of up to 125 jobs in Yukon. Through these investments, the federal government is supporting long-term sustainable economic development in the North.


“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment in the Yukon economy is building on our competitive advantages by investing in diverse projects that will boost economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for Canadians.”

Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor

“The diversity of these investments is representative of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support long-term sustainability in the North. These projects will directly benefit Yukoners by supporting many economic sectors in the territory and contributing to Canada’s economic growth.”

Larry Bagnell
Member of Parliament, Yukon

“A strong, growing economy that provides good jobs for Yukoners in an environmentally responsible way is a priority of the Yukon government. We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to make these strategic investments in small businesses, renewable energy, mining and tourism that will advance and diversify our economy, and help improve the lives of all Yukoners.”

Ranj Pillai
Minister of Economic Development, Government of Yukon

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For more information, media may contact:

Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Traolach Ó Murchú
Communications Advisor, Yukon Region

Jason Seaton
Communications Advisor
Government of Yukon


Addressing Inuit housing shortage will be key to eliminating TB, says study – Nunatsiaq News

18 April, 2019

“Alleviating the chronic housing shortage will be a key element in the elimination of TB in the Canadian Inuit Nunangat”

If the Canadian government plans to live up to its promise to eradicate tuberculosis in Inuit communities by 2030, it must first address the severe housing shortage across the Inuit homeland.

That’s one takeaway from a new study published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which concludes that “in addition to strong screening and treatment programmes, alleviating the chronic housing shortage will be a key element in the elimination of TB in the Canadian Inuit Nunangat.”

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Indigenous women across Canada come forward with accounts of forced sterilization, says lawyer – Radio Canada International

A proposed class action lawsuit alleging the coerced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada is turning up reports from more than one hundred women who say it happened to them.

“Some of the women did not realize that physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, the government — couldn’t make decisions for them about their bodies,” said Alisa Lombard, Saskatchewan-based lawyer and a partner of Semaganis Worme Lombard.

Lombard said the reports are coming from the Northwest Territories (central Arctic), Yukon (western Arctic), Manitoba (Prairies), Ontario (East), Alberta (Prairies), B.C. (West), and Quebec (East).

“It’s important to highlight how traumatizing these practices have been and how difficult it is for women to come forward and talk about and disclose what happened to them,” she said.

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NU Government: Let’s Be Aware community visits

The Let’s Be Aware / Ujjiqsuqta team will visit communities in April and May to talk about the responsible use of alcohol:

  • Qikiqtarjuaq, April 27 to 30, 2019
  • Pangnirtung, May 1 to 3, 2019

If your group or organization is interested in hosting a Let’s Be Aware event, please email or

For more information about Let’s Be Aware, the Government of Nunavut’s responsible use of alcohol campaign, please visit or People can be part of the conversation by liking and commenting on the Let’s Be Aware Facebook page at


Media Contact:

Weichien Chan
Manager, Communications
Department of Finance


Intergovernmental Meeting between Tłı̨chǫ Government and GNWT

BEHCHOKǪ̀, NT  (April 16, 2019) – Premier Bob McLeod, Minister Wally Schumann,  Minister Alfred Moses and Minister Glen Abernethy of the NWT Executive Council met with the Tłı̨chǫ Government Grand Chief George Mackenzie, Chief Clifford Daniels, Chief David Wedawin, Chief Charlie Football in Behchokǫ̀ on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

The meeting focused on areas of mutual interest, including:

  • Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and Bill C-88
  • Caribou Management
  • Fur Harvest Subsidies
  • Slave Geological Province Corridor
  • Road to Gamètì

The Tłı̨chǫ Government and the GNWT are working collaboratively on a number of issues including supporting passage of Bill C-88, managing caribou and looking for ways to better support traditional harvesting.

The GNWT and Tłı̨chǫ Government committed to sending a joint letter to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs expressing their support for and the importance of Bill C-88 – An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, and the need to ensure it is passed without delay.

The GNWT and Tłı̨chǫ Government will continue to work together to support passage of the bill, including making presentations to Parliamentary and Senate Committees.

The Tłı̨chǫ Government and the GNWT are committed to working together, and with other co-management partners, to support conservation and recovery of the Bathurst and Bluenose-East barren-ground caribou herds.

The GNWT and Tłı̨chǫ Government committed to reviewing existing harvester assistance programs to encourage and incentivize increased trapping and living off the land in the Tłı̨chǫ region.

Infrastructure remains a priority for both governments. The GNWT and Tłı̨chǫ Government, along with the community of Gamètı̀, committed to establishing a working group to discuss improvements to the winter road to Gamètı̀ and options for re-aligning.

Quick Facts

  • The Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the importance of the government-to-government relationship between the Tłı̨chǫ Government and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
  • The agreement commits both governments to meet at least twice per year.
  • The Working Together:  Tłı̨chǫ Government/GNWT Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding was initially signed in June 2012 and was renewed in 2014 and most recently in December 2018.

For more information, contact:

Zabey Nevitt
Sr. Advisor, Sustainability and Resource Management
Tłı̨chǫ Government
Tel: 867-766-4003
Cell: 867-445-9959

Todd Sasaki
Communications Advisor
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-767-9140 ext.  11091


NorZinc Reports Results for 2018

March 18, 2019 ─ Vancouver, British Columbia ─ NorZinc Ltd. (TSX: NZC; OTCQB: NORZF) (“NorZinc” or “the Company”) reports its interim financial results and development activities for the year ended December 31, 2018. (All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. M = million).

2018 Results & Recent Highlights

  • Financial and Corporate
  • Announces new investment from RCF (May)
  • AGM supports new investment and new corporate plan (June)
  • New CEO confirmed (June)
  • $20M financing closes, NorZinc is debt free (July)
  • New technical and environment advisory committees formed (July)
  • Completes corporate reorganization as NorZinc Ltd (Sept)
  • Completes restructuring of Newfoundland assets (Dec)
  • Cash at December 31, 2018 – $9.3 million (Dec)
  • Loss for Q4 2018 – $3.7 million (Dec)
  • Permitting and Environmental – Prairie Creek
  • Site program clean-up undertaken (July-Sept)
  • Positive recommendation adopted by responsible ministers on ASR (Oct)
  • Completed third party environmental and permitting review (Oct)
  • Post-EA information package filed (Feb 2019)
  • All Season Road (ASR) advances to Permit drafting stage (March 2019)
  • Project and Indigenous Groups – Prairie Creek
  • Multiple risk analyses undertaken (Mar-June)
  • Summer program included site infrastructure assessment (Aug-Oct)
  • Advanced ASR indigenous agreements (Dec)
  • Traditional Lands Use Agreement for ASR signed (Jan 2019)

Prairie Creek Project – All Season Road

Regulatory Approval

On October 9, 2018, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on behalf of the Responsible Ministers, issued a decision adopting the Review Board’s recommendation that the All Season Road (“ASR”) for the Prairie Creek Mine be approved subject to the Review Board’s conditions.

The Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the ASR was completed in 2018 and with the recent submission of the requested Post-EA Information Package, the ASR permit has entered the final permitting stage jointly with the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (“Water Board”) and Parks Canada (jointly “MVLWB & Parks”), with a permit expected to be received in Q3/2019, based on the indicative timeline provided by MVLWB & Parks. The permit is expected to incorporate the recommended mitigation measures included in the EA Report.

Indigenous Agreements

The Nah?a Dehé Dene Band (“NDDB”) of Nahanni Butte is the nearest community to the Prairie Creek Mine, located approximately 90 kilometres southeast of the mine site. The mine site and route of the ASR are within NDDB’s Traditional Territory. The Łíídlįį Kų́ę́First Nation (“LKFN”) of Fort Simpson are the largest community within the Dehcho Region, Fort Simpson is located about 185 kilometres east of the mine site.

In 2011, the Company signed an Impact Benefit Agreement with the NDDB, and subsequently signed a similar agreement with the LKFN for the development of the Prairie Creek Mine, which contemplated access to the mine via a winter road only. In both agreements, NDDB and LKFN agreed to support the Company in obtaining all necessary permits and other regulatory approvals required for the Prairie Creek Mine Project. Recognizing the ASR may have additional potential impacts and effects on both groups as compared to a winter-only road, the Company initiated consultation discussions with both groups.

In January 2019, the Company signed a Traditional Land Use Agreement with the NDDB for the construction and operation of the ASR. The Company is also finalizing negotiations for a Road Benefit Agreement with the LKFN. As part of the EA Report engagement, the NDDB and LKFN entered into an agreement with the Company which provides for the negotiation of an Environmental Management Agreement (“EMA”). The EMA is intended to be a formal mechanism, tested in other projects, to, in addition to regulatory instruments, provide for Indigenous participation in environmental management, and to ensure that the mitigative measures and environmental protection commitments in the EA Report are appropriately implemented. These aforementioned agreements, both completed and near completion, provide assurance the Prairie Creek Mine has strong local Aboriginal support as the ASR moves through the final stage of permitting.


NorZinc plans to construct the ASR over three calendar years. Prior to construction activities, the Company plans to conduct field investigations and prepare site plans (including detailed road design) and award construction contracts. Dependent on the permitting and financing timeline, construction of the ASR is planned to commence from a winter road in early 2020 and continue into 2022, in parallel with continuous and ongoing site construction and project development.

Financing Initiatives – RCF Provides $20 Million Equity Financing

On May 14, 2018, the Company entered into an equity financing agreement with RCF VI CAD LLC (“RCF VI CAD”), a subsidiary of Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. (“RCF VI”), pursuant to which RCF VI CAD agreed, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, to purchase $20 million in units, each unit consisting of one common share and a half share purchase warrant, at $0.20 per unit, with each full warrant exercisable to purchase one share at $0.25 per share on or before December 31, 2018 (“Units”). The use of proceeds was agreed to include repayment of the US$10 million Project Bridge Loan, the ongoing development of the Prairie Creek Project and general working capital. At the Company’s Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders held on June 27, 2018, the shareholders voted in favour of the equity financing agreement with RCF VI CAD.

On July 10, 2018, the Company closed the $20 million financing and issued 100 million units to RCF VI CAD at a price of $0.20 per Unit. The proceeds from the equity financing were used to repay the US$10 million Project Bridge Loan, in full, to RCF VI and are being directed to ongoing development of the Prairie Creek Project, including additional engineering and permitting work to improve project confidence and general working capital.

In conjunction with the closing of the financing, (i) the existing Investor Agreement with RCF VI was amended to include RCF VI CAD and to provide for the right of RCF VI CAD to nominate additional members to the board of directors and to provide certain other project oversight rights, among other things, and (ii) RCF VI transferred its holdings in NorZinc to RCF VI CAD. As a result of the financing, RCF VI CAD holds approximately 41% of the issued shares of the Company on a non-diluted basis.

The Company is working with HCF International Advisers as financial advisers to facilitate the raising of project debt financing of up to 70% of the capital expenditures required for the Prairie Creek Mine. A temporary slowdown was placed on discussions in June 2018 due to the extended time of approving the ASR, but discussions have recently recommenced. The market for project lending is currently reasonably strong, however, equity markets for junior base metal companies are currently at recent historic lows. The Company is assessing various options for financing the development of Prairie Creek, these include alternative project financing, discussions with strategic investors, governmental supported funding, leases and other financing mechanisms.

Newfoundland Properties

The Company holds four, high-grade zinc-lead-copper-gold-silver volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) deposits being Lemarchant, Boomerang-Domino, Long Lake and Tulks East. Three of these have resource estimates and Tulks East has a historical resource. All of these deposits have excellent potential for expansion. NorZinc intends to focus its exploration on priority targets at these four established deposits with the aim of increasing the resource base.

The Lemarchant zinc-lead-copper-gold-silver VMS deposit is located 20 km from Teck’s past-producing Duck Pond copper-zinc mine. On September 20, 2018, the Company reported an updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the 100% owned Lemarchant deposit as follows:

  • Indicated Resource of 2.42 million tonnes grading 6.15% zinc, 1.60% lead, 0.68% copper, 1.22 g/t gold, 64.0 g/t silver and 23.5% barite (at 4.0% Zinc Equivalent cutoff)
  • Inferred Resource of 0.56 million tonnes grading 4.68% zinc, 1.08% lead, 0.45% copper, 1.06 g/t gold, 44.7 g/t silver and 13.1% barite (at 4.0% Zinc Equivalent cutoff)
  • Total contained metal in the Indicated Resource has increased by 123% zinc, 162% lead, 129% copper, 136% gold and 111% silver from prior 2012 resource estimate.

Additional information regarding the Mineral Resource Estimate can be found in the Technical Report filed on October 24, 2018 on SEDAR.

Corporate Matters

Executive Changes

On May 16, 2018, the Company hired R.J. (Don) MacDonald, formerly CFO and Acting CEO of KGHM International, as President of the Company effective May 16, 2018 and as Chief Executive Officer effective June 27, 2018. Mr. MacDonald is a CPA, CA with bachelors and masters in engineering and has been involved in the financing, development and/or operation of over 20 mines in North and South America over his career. On June 27, 2018, John Kearney retired as Chief Executive Officer, while continuing as the Chairman of the Board.


At the Canadian Zinc Corporation’s Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders held on June 27, 2018, the shareholders voted in favour of a statutory Arrangement to reorganize the Company into a separate publicly-listed holding corporation, named NorZinc Ltd., and a directly held, wholly-owned, operating subsidiary retaining the name Canadian Zinc Corporation. The Arrangement, which became effective September 6, 2018, leaves all the Prairie Creek property, assets, agreements and permits in place in the wholly-owned subsidiary. The shares of Canadian Zinc Corporation were exchanged for shares of NorZinc, on a one-for-one basis, with no impact on shareholder’s ultimate economic interest. The objective of the arrangement was to structure the assets of the Company to facilitate future project financing of the Prairie Creek Project.

Financial Results for the Year ended Fourth Quarter of 2018

For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported a net loss and comprehensive loss of $11,619,000 compared to a net loss and comprehensive loss of $11,074,000 for the year ended December 31, 2017.


At December 31, 2018, the Company had a positive working capital balance of $8,327,000 which included cash and cash equivalents of $9,253,000 and short-term investments of $32,000. The Company is debt free, having repaid the Project Bridge Loan, including accrued interest, in full on July 10, 2018.

Outlook and Factors Affecting Performance

NorZinc’s focus for 2019 is to continue the development of the Prairie Creek Project and advance the Prairie Creek Mine towards production.

At December 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $9.3 million and a working capital balance of $8.3 million. The long-term price outlook for zinc and lead remains positive. Supported by the robust economics indicated by the 2017 FS, NorZinc will continue to pursue all alternatives for raising the senior financing necessary to complete the development and construction of the Prairie Creek Mine.

At the Prairie Creek Mine Site, various care-and-maintenance programs were completed over the summer of 2018. Further de-risking programs will continue in 2019 and include detailed engineering and design of the mine facilities, assessment of, and proposals for, rehabilitation of certain site facilities in anticipation of construction, including site cranes, accommodation, the mill roof and some electrical facilities. The Company will be considering refurbishment of some of those items in the 2019 summer season, prior to main construction activities planned for 2020.

On the permitting and environmental side, the Company received a positive recommendation of the EA Report by the Responsible Ministers in October 2018 and has now moved from the EA process to the permitting phase for the issue of the land use permits for the ASR by the MVLWB & Parks. The regulatory phase is expected, based on the schedule provided by the regulators, to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.

The Company concluded an important TLUA agreement with NDDB and is negotiating the RBA agreement with LKFN, all the while continuing engagement with both Indigenous groups on the implementation of various mitigation measures recommended by the Review Board in the EA Report of the All Season Road to seek agreement on the incorporation of Dene traditional knowledge and the inclusion of both Indigenous groups in environmental monitoring.

A temporary slowdown was placed on project debt financing discussions in June 2018, due to the extended time of approving the ASR, but discussions have recommenced with a target for financing in the latter part of 2019. The Company is assessing various options for financing the development of Prairie Creek, these include alternative project financing, discussions with strategic investors, governmental supported funding, leases and other financing mechanisms.

About NorZinc

NorZinc is a TSX-listed mine development company trading under the symbol “ developing its key project, the 100%-owned high grade zinc-lead-silver Prairie Creek Mine, located in the Northwest Territories. The Company also owns projects in Newfoundland that host several zinc-lead-copper-gold-silver deposits.

This news release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 and the related management’s discussion and analysis, which are available on the Company’s website at, under the “Financials” section, or under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at

For further information contact:

Don MacDonald
President & CEO
(604) 688-2001
Suite 1710 – 650 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N9

Steve Dawson
VP, Corporate Development
(416) 203-1418
Suite 1805,
55 University Avenue,
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7


Nunavut man says heavy burden lifted after determining location of mother’s grave – CBC

Apr 18, 2019

‘A great weight had been lifted up,’ says former politician Jack Anawak

Jack Anawak has waited more than 60 years to know where his mother is buried.

Anawak, a well-known figure in Nunavut politics who was born in the community of Naujaat, says he was about five years old when he last saw his mother. She was taken away on a plane for tuberculosis treatment in southern Canada, he said.

A local priest later told him she would never return: she had died while away, on March 8, 1958.

Sixty-one years later, to the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an apology on behalf of Canada to Inuit for their mistreatment under federal tuberculosis policy in the mid-20th century.

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Education pilot project brings career advisers to 19 N.W.T. schools – CBC

Career and education counselling program to expand to more schools next year

Apr 18, 2019

Over the past two weeks at East Three Secondary School in Inuvik, N.W.T., students in grades 9-12 have sat down with career and education advisers to talk about what jobs they might like to pursue in the future and how to prepare for them.

It’s part of a two-year pilot program by the Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) that started in 19 schools this year. It will expand to every secondary school next year.

Educators in Inuvik say they hope the pilot program will improve the success of students after graduation. East Three was one of two schools in the Beaufort Delta region selected to take part in the pilot program.

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NU Government: 2019 Premier’s Council of Federation Literacy Award

17 April 2019 

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Council of Federation Literacy Award. Premier Joe Savikataaq is accepting applications to recognize an individual who supports, encourages and shares ways to strengthen literacy skills in Nunavut.

The 2019 Nunavut Council of the Federation Literacy Award will be awarded to someone who supports and inspires others to use Inuktut and develop their literacy skills – oral, written or through artistic expression.

Nominate someone who has gone above and beyond to support and encourage others to develop their literacy skills – a student, a teacher, a community volunteer, an Elder or a co-worker. The winner will be recognized with a medallion and certificate presented by Premier Savikataaq in the fall.

Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2019.


To nominate someone or for more information, contact:

Wende Halonen
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs


Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. mine employees vote in favour of a first collective agreement negotiated by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793

BAFFIN ISLAND, NUNAVUT April 17, 2019 –What started as an organizing drive in May 2017 has culminated in the successful ratification of a first collective agreement with Baffinland Iron Mine Corp. to represent its production employees, that will be effective May 1, 2019.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 (“IUOE Local 793”) appreciates Baffinland’s decision to sit down and negotiate a fair and reasonable mutual gains partnership agreement.

With the goal of increasing Union membership, IUOE Local 793 had set as priorities – in their recently concluded Strategic Plan – to augment its organizing with mines and continue its efforts to establish representation rights in Nunavut.

The mine itself is located in Mary River in northwest Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. It is an open pit iron mine and is said to be the world’s sixth most northerly mine.

As of the date of closing of the ratification vote there were upward of 800 workers employed in various positions within the bargaining unit, including many ore haul truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, skilled trades, and other workers.

IUOE Local 793’s sister organization, the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (“OETIO”), has offered heavy equipment operator training to the Inuit communities of Nunavut since January 2005. IUOE Local 793 itself was granted a Charter to organize and represent employees in Nunavut on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers in 2014.

On behalf of IUOE Local 793’s Executive Board, Mike Gallagher, business manager of IUOE Local 793 has said “We thank the employees of Baffinland for putting their trust in IUOE Local 793 and having the confidence to vote in favour of the tentative agreement. We are committed to providing them with the quality representation they deserve.”

“Over the last six months, Baffinland and the Operating Engineers have worked closely based on employee feedback to build a partnership that emphasizes collaboration, fully respects our IIBA, and reflects Baffinland’s core value to engage and develop our employees,” said Brian Penney, President and CEO of Baffinland. “Baffinland will continue to explore partnerships that help our employees continue to be successful at Baffinland, and help our company become the lowest cost-producer of high grade iron ore in the world through the safe and efficient operation and ongoing development of the Mary River Mine.”

About the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793
In 2019, IUOE Local 793 is celebrating its 100thanniversary. IUOE Local 793 represents more than 15,300 crane and heavy equipment operators and industrial and production workers in Ontario and Nunavut. Its members work in all sectors of the construction industry, for municipalities, and in industrial establishments. Local 793 members build the roads and bridges you travel on, the subways you ride in, and the offices you work in. Members also build pipelines, stadiums, refineries, subdivisions, and work in mechanics shops, landfills, quarries, and mines.

The International Union of Operating Engineers is dedicated to serving and protecting the needs and interests of its members and their families through the collective bargaining process, legislative action and extensive training and skills improvement programs. IUOE Local 793 has a head office and training campus in Oakville, Ontario, another training campus in Morrisburg, Ontario and district offices around the province of Ontario.

For more information about IUOE Local 793, please visit our website at


IUOE Local 793
Kathryn Peet, communications representative
+1-905-469-9299 ext. 2219

Baffinland Iron Mine Corp.
Jason Leite, communications specialist


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