Arctic News Roundup: 8-14 March

[Photo by Marc Lanteigne]

by Mingming Shi

1) CBC News North featured an opinion article by Gloria Song, a Ph.D. Candidate in Law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, and a member of the Law Society of Nunavut, on the subject of understanding family violence and helping victims in Nunavut, Canada. In her article, the author argued that in addition to legal protections, greater societal cooperation should be also taken into consideration in combatting this crisis.

2) As Morgunblaðið (and the Iceland Monitor in English) reported, Icelandic authorities originally announced that the country would not accept non-Schengen country’s vaccination or antibiotics certification against COVID-19. This would have meant that visitors from outside of the European Union’s Schengen Area would encounter more difficulties in trying to enter Iceland. According to Jóhannes Þór Skúlason, the CEO of SAF, the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, tourism in Iceland from outside the EU would suffer significantly from this policy, especially given that many tourists in the country arrive from Britain, China and the United States. However, as Icelandic broadcaster RÚV later confirmed, the Government of Iceland decided to lift the prohibition and allow vaccinated non-Schengen visitors, with medical certificates approved by European Medicines Agency, to visit the country.

3) RÚV also reported that Air Iceland Connect would be merged into the Icelandair Group. Air Iceland Connect, formerly a subsidiary of the larger Icelandair, oversaw flights within Iceland as well as to points in Greenland, including Nuuk and Kulusuk. All of these flights will now operate under the aegis of Icelandair.

4) Danish military forces have been transporting vaccines to remote areas on the west coast of Greenland, as the Local DK and Agence France-Presse revealed. Residents of Greenland began to receive vaccinations starting in early January this year. At present, six percent of the approximately 56,000 citizens of Greenland have been vaccinated thus far.