Eye on the Arctic news round-up

The midnight sun makes Ramadan fasting difficult, Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix. Radio Sweden.A round-up of stories that made headlines across the North this week.


Hearings are underway in Canada’s eastern Arctic this week to discuss the Mary River iron ore project, a mega-mining proposal. Observers say that if the project gets the go-ahead, it would be the biggest industrial development ever in the Canadian North.


Meteorites light up the sky in western Finland.


Controversy  over how to connect two mining sites in Russia’s Kola Peninsula.


Observing Ramadan in the Arctic.

United States (Alaska)

The U.S. Coast Guard will open up a temporary base in Barrow, a community in Alaska’s Far North. Some say the base should become permanent to cope with increased Arctic shipping in the region.

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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