Polar Bear Alert!

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Nuuk, Greenland – Nuuk was in an absolute panic this afternoon. Someone had reported a polar bear sighting in Nuussuaq, one of Nuuk’s residential neighbourhoods. And did word ever get around quick.

Locals were buzzing about the bear and local journalists were running all over town to find it. We were doing a TV interview on the beach with the ICC’s Lene Kielsen Holm and a passerby yelled down from the street above to give us the news.

The problem was, there never really was a bear, it was just some kind of hoax run rampant. No one is sure exactly how the rumour got started. But apparently, there HAD been a polar bear in one of the towns south of Nuuk in recent days. Presumably, it had floated down on some sea ice. The theory is the Nuuk polar bear alert had actually just been an unfortunate case of broken telephone.

Only in Greenland!

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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