Last Day in Clyde… kinda

Friday, February 19, 2010

Clyde River (Kanngiqtugaapik) to Cape Dorset via Iqaluit

Weather: -18c; foggy and snowy

Today was the day the ‘Eye on the Arctic’ team was to split up. Producer Levon was staying in Clyde River to work on several stories and cameraman Luc, soundman Jean and myself were off to Cape Dorset to film a story on Inuit art.

It’s a weird feeling to be going our separate ways now. I’ve worked with Levon on this project everyday since it started in October. It’s going to be very strange to, all-of-a- sudden, be working without him.

Luc and Jean help load gear into RCMP truck. Photo Eilis QuinnIn any case, Jean, Luc and myself got to the airport first thing in the morning and waited for our flight.

And we waited… Waited… And waited…

Our flight originated in Pond Inlet, a community just north of Clyde River. The plane was supposed to land, pick us up and take us all to Iqaluit. There, we’d change planes and be in Dorset by supper time.

But though we could hear the plane overhead, and then approaching the runway. It never actually landed. One of the airport workers came out and said the pilot tried to land twice but that it was too foggy to see the runway so they’ve gone on to Iqaluit without us.

Luckily for us, an RCMP officer with a pick up truck just happened to be at the airport and overhears us complaining about the change of plans.

He offers to give us, and all our gear, a ride back to the hotel.

Jean and Luc riding in back of RCMP truck. Photo: Eilis Quinn


Luc and Jean got ride in the back. And ended up having far to much fun.

So much for Cape Dorset today. We’ll try again tomorrow.


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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