Eye on the Arctic news round-up

oto: Jeff McIntosh. Archive Photo. The Canadian Press.News from around the circumpolar world this week:


A big meeting in Toronto, Ontario this week as Canada prepares to chair the Arctic Council in spring 2013. Issues on the agenda included resource development and how to deal with non-Arctic nations who are increasing interested in observing such forums.


Three extremely polluted areas (also known as ‘hot spots’) have been cleaned up in Arctic Russia. However, many residents Russia’s Far North say they are still struggling with pollution and poor drinking water.


Icebreaking season started this week in Finland, almost two months later than in the previous year.


The Russian tanker Renda and the U.S. Icebreaker Healey made it to remote Nome, Alaska this week with an emergency fuel shipment. The voyage has riveted many in the North. Click here for an analysis of the operation.


Norway’s booming oil industry may be boon to laid-off workers from bankrupt Saab. A program is being put in place so former auto-workers can retrain as repairmen for damanged oil platforms.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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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