Bringing fresh fruit and produce to the Canadian Arctic


‘The Fruit Man’ Bill Rutherford in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Photo: Eilís Quinn.For many, driving a truck trailer packed with fresh fruits and vegetables along remote Arctic highways and across frozen lakes and rivers may not sound like fun. But for the ‘The Fruit Man,’ aka Bill Rutherford, it’s hard to image life any other way.

I spoke with Rutherfod earlier this year about his unique business and just why he does, what he does.

The interview is part of Eye on the Arctic’s 2012 Business Series.

To listen to my interview with Bill Rutherford on Radio Canada International at, click here

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a 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 violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

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

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."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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