Arctic Quest
In 2006, twenty-five artists marked the 100th anniversary of Amundsen’s 1906 navigation through the Northwest passage with a journey of their own.
Feature Writer
Peter Gorrie
Peter GorrieArtist's statement

The World is very Different Now
Read the Toronto Star's article about the journey to the Arctic.

photo courtesy the Toronto Star file


I've been a reporter or editor for 30 years. I started at the Ottawa Citizen, then moved to Yellowknife where I lived for four years in the latter 1970s. I worked there as editor of a weekly called News of the North, then, freelanced and, finally, edited another weekly called Northern News Report. I travelled extensively throughout the North and covered most of the Berger hearings on the Mackenzie Valley pipeline.

From Yellowknife, I moved to Fort MacMurray where, with two partners, I launched and ran a successful weekly newspaper called the Express. Following that, I was in Edmonton, where I was legislature columnist and reporter for the Sun.

In 1984, I came back to Toronto for a year at United Press Canada. UPC was purchased by Canadian Press in 1985. I worked at CP mainly as environment reporter and Queen's Park bureau chief.

In 1989, I was hired by the Star as a business reporter. I switched to environment, then did a series of editing jobs culminating in three years as insight editor. For the past six years I have been a feature writer, covering a wide range of topics but with a heavy and increasing emphasis on environment issues.

I have also written several major stories for Canadian Geographic and have edited a couple of books. Over the years, I have won many accolades and a few awards, most notably a Canadian Forestry Service prize for a Canadian Geographic story, and a National Newspaper Award nomination for a Star feature on asbestos.

I am an avid canoeist and love being anywhere north. (Since leaving Yellowkinfe I have gone back to the NWT four times. most recently last June, when I spent two weeks in Yellowknife, Rae-Edzo and Tuktoyaktuk to research a series of stories for the Star.

I also do some painting -- mainly abstract -- and have taken courses at OCAD and the Toronto School of Art. I'm a native of Toronto and have a B.A. in political science from York University. I went to Carleton, in Ottawa, to continue my studies but was seduced by the student paper and never looked back.

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