Military, shipping and polar cooperation – Arctic week in Review

Two Swedish Jan-39 Gripen jet fighters in 2005.  A story about the Arctic Challenge military exercise was your most read story on Eye on the Arctic this week. (Michal Cizek/AFP)
Two Swedish Jan-39 Gripen jet fighters in 2005. A story about the Arctic Challenge military exercise was your most read story on Eye on the Arctic this week. (Michal Cizek/AFP)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories from Eye on the Arctic this week:

– The Arctic Challenge Exercise began on Monday including military planes from Finland, Sweden, Norway, the US, UK, France and Germany.

-Arctic Dispatch News reporter Yereth Rosen looks at what recent approval of the Polar Code means for the busy Bering Strait region between Alaska And Russia

–  The U.S. special representative for the Arctic says polar cooperation will be a top priority while the U.S. chairs the Arctic Council

– A blog by Arctic expert Mia Bennett looks at parallels between the 20th century space race and current U.S./Russia activities in the North

Controversy erupts in Finland over a merger between the agriculture and environment ministries

That’s all from us for this week. We’ll be back on Monday with more stories and newsmakers from across the North.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

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 an 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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