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Derek Neary

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Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North, NWT & Nunavut Mining, Construction and Degrees of Success. Derek's passion lies in human interest stories and he's indebted to those who share their struggles and triumphs. He has won more than a dozen journalism awards and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of King's College.

Elections Canada still seeking poll workers in Nunavut

Plenty of ballots will be cast during the Oct. 21 federal election and many temporary jobs have been created in relation to the exercise in democracy. Close to 200 part-time workers will be needed on...

Karliin Aariak named acting Languages Commissioner

Karliin Aariak of Iqaluit will be appointed as Nunavut's acting Languages Commissioner as of Oct. 21, the GN announced Friday. Former Languages Commissioner Helen Klengenberg of Kugluktuk stepped down in September due to health reasons. Speaker...

Edible cannabis and other products will be legal Oct. 17, GN says

The Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC) issued an advisory on Friday to inform Nunavummiut that edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals will be legal as of Oct. 17. However, due to Health Canada’s approval...

Cambridge Bay to vote on name change to Iqaluktuuttiaq

When voting for mayor and council on Oct. 28, Cambridge Bay residents will also be asked whether they'd prefer to rename the community Iqaluktuuttiaq, the traditional Inuit name meaning "place of many fish." The outcome...

Resolute man charged after shots fired

Following an alleged physical altercation between a man and a few other people and several rounds were subsequently fired from a long gun in the direction of others on Sunday night, RCMP arrested and...

QIA imposes fees for tourism operators

Commercial tourism operators accessing Inuit-owned lands in the Qikiqtani region will now have to pay fees to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The proposed rates include $150 per plane landing, $100 per helicopter landing, $50 per...

Solar panels almost ready for use at Cape Dorset arena

Solar panels installed atop the Cape Dorset arena over the summer are only in need of a final sign off from the chief electrical inspector before they begin generating power, said Will Sandoval, the...

Agnico Eagle achieves commercial production from Amaruq deposit

Despite some troubles due to heavy rainfall and consequent prolonged removal of groundwater, the Amaruq deposit is now producing gold at a commercial rate. "With the start of production at both Amaruq and Meliadine in...

Department of Health urges flu shots to fend off virus

With the arrival of flu season, the Department of Health is encouraging Nunavummiut to get vaccinated. Flu shots are free and are expected to be available in all of the territory's communities by mid-October, according...

Expressing appreciation for the fill-in postmaster

Kugluktuk's post office was shut down for a week when the community's post master resigned with little notice for personal reasons on Aug. 30. Postal employee Bo Wallenius from Cambridge Bay was on a plane...

The ups and downs of being mayor; some Nunavut leaders reach the end of...

Some familiar faces won't be returning as mayor when municipal elections are held on Oct. 28. Joanni Sallerina in Gjoa Haven, Ryan Nivingalok in Kugluktuk and Celestino Uyarak in Iglulik are among the incumbents who...

Kunuk’s latest effort earns ‘Best Canadian Film’ in Vancouver

Director Zacharias Kunuk hasn't lost his touch. One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, Kunuk's new picture, was awarded "Best Canadian Film" at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival this weekend. Isuma Distribution International describes...

Nunavut police spending rises 14 per cent

RCMP operating expenditures rose by 14 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017, which was the biggest jump among all provincial and territorial police, according to Statistics Canada data released on Oct. 4. Total expenditures...

Council, DEA appointments will fill shortfalls; Cape Dorset mayor still wants the job

Due to a lack of candidates in some communities, appointments to hamlet council and district education authorities will be required and alcohol education committee shortfalls may trigger byelections. There's not a full slate of candidates...

GN finds a supplier for Mr. Gross Mouth

You may have heard of Mr. Potato Head. Well, make room for Mr. Gross Mouth. The Government of Nunavut has awarded a $6,421 tender for Nuna Depot to supply 25 units of Mr. Gross Mouth so...

TMAC Resources fined $50,000 for Fisheries Act violation at Hope Bay

Gold miner TMAC Resources has been ordered to pay a $50,000 fine as a result of violating the Fisheries Act. The case, resolved in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Wednesday, dates back to December...

Armed Iqaluit man, barricaded in home with children, faces multiple charges

Police say two children were kept barricaded inside an Iqaluit home for more than 10 hours by a man brandishing a gun Wednesday. Iqaluit RCMP laid seven charges against Oolayou Shoo, 24, including assault, assault with...

Jean Marie Itturiligaq has developed a calm shot and a sense of safety on...

Jean Marie Itturiligaq figures he was around five years old when he first accompanied his father on a hunt. “I remember when he got a caribou,” he says. His own first harvest would come when he...

Sanikiluaq’s Quentin Sala is making a name for himself in recreation

As Sanikiluaq's assistant recreation manager makes his way around town, he often hears his name being called. “Quentin! Quentin!” numerous children holler excitedly. Quentin Sala has made a positive impression on many youth in Sanikiluaq, teaching...

Cambridge Bay’s Zoe Ohokannoak promotes the arts for youth

Zoe Ohokannoak has left an indelible mark on her hometown of Cambridge Bay. She and friend Sam Sibera spent about a month working on a mural adorning the side of the community pool in July...