Eye on the Arctic news round-up

Short-track speedskating is one of the six sports being cut from the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. (Arctic Winter Games 2012)A round-up of stories that made headlines across the North this week.


Permafrost worries spur the government of Canada’s eastern Arctic  territory of Nunavut to prepare a permafrost guide for homeowners


Finland’s Talvivaara mining company plans a major expansion of its operations in Sotkamo in eastern Finland. 



The decision to cut sports like curling, figure skating, short-track speed skating, midget hockey, dog mushing and gymnastics at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland is not going over well in some Arctic regions.


Orthodox Bishop lakov of Naryan-Mar, Russia sends off a blessed capsule designed to sanctify the North Pole.


Nine airports in Sweden’s North are guaranteed continued funding despite changes to state subsidies.

United States

Shell scales back its oil drilling goals for the year in waters off the Alaskan coast.

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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