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James Thomson

James (Jimmy) Thomson is a Vancouver-based freelance journalist. His work has been published in National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, VICE, the Toronto Star, BCBusiness Magazine, The Tyee, Canadian Geographic, CTV, and CBC Radio, among others.

He has reported from eight countries – six of them in the Arctic – on topics ranging from climate change to war refugees to cannibal rat-infested ghost ships. He has gathered audio from a Coast Salish sweat lodge, photos of a Syrian prosthetics workshop, and video of crab fishing in the Norwegian Arctic. In the pursuit of a good story he has slept on converted Russian spy ships, Chinese farmers’ plank beds, and in a tent under the midnight sun. He played a minor role in finding John Franklin’s lost ships in the High Arctic.



Content by James Thomson

For Canadians, Norway is looked up to as a beacon of freedom and fairness.

New data released today confirms what many in the fishing industry suspected: Nigeria is the world’s top buyer of Lofoten’s stockfish this year, eclipsing the once dominant Italian market by 20 per cent.

From a tiny ski hill start up to a booming resort town that hosts some of the biggest names in skiing, Levi has come a long way from its humble beginnings.

Surfing is surprisingly hot in the Lofoten Islands, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.

Canada has fallen behind on meeting its promised Arctic investments, even while new data show its aggregate public spending in the three northern territories is among the highest in the world.

Lofoten in the winter shows a (darker) side of Norway not often seen by tourists, but one that’s just as awe-inspiring and majestic as the high summer months.

Canadian ambassador to Norway, David Sproule, sat down with BarentsObserver on a recent visit to Kirkenes to talk Arctic relations, Canadian-Norwegian cooperation and future projects between the two countries.

The first video game conceived and produced by an indigenous organization is drawing eyes in an industry mired in bitter disputes over issues of representation.

Civic engagement is moving online as My City takes hold outside its native Russia. Tromsø is the most recent city to get the interactive map, using it to decide what the city will look like in 30 years.

Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile division this past spring, and thousands of employees in Finland have been laid off. Oulu, a northern tech hub, was particularly hard hit, but new opportunities in new industries are springing up in the resilient northern community.