Airlines, owls and the North Pole – Arctic week in Review

A snowy owl yawning. Conservationists think an abundance of lemmings and rodents are attracting these birds of prey to nesting grounds in western Sweden. (iStock)
The return of snowy owls to western Sweden was one of your most-read northern stories this week. (iStock)
On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories from Eye on the Arctic this week:

– Airlines flying in an out of the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, will now have to turn over their passenger lists to Norwegian authorities. And the surprise visit from a Russian politician this year, may be to blame.

Should traditional indigenous foods be sold commercially? A debate is raging in Alaska and is raising both emotional and legal issues.

-The Russian government has submitted their renewed claims to the UN Continental Shelf Commission this week. And like Denmark in 2014, they’ve claimed the North Pole.

– Norway and Russia have reached new lows in economic cooperation, and it’s Norway which appears to losing most from the sanction regimes between the countries.

– More than a dozen snowy owls have been seen nesting in the western central Sweden, the largest number in more than 30 years.

That’s all from us for now. We’ll be back 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 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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