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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.

ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᕐᒥᐅᑦ ‘ᓴᙱᔪᐊᓗᐃᑦ’ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᒥ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᕐᒪᖔᑕ ᓇᓗᓇᖅᑐᖅ

ᓱᓇᓗᒃᑖᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᑦᑎᐊᖅᑑᔭᖅᑐᑦ ᖃᒪᓂ’ᑐᐊᕐᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ − 19 ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓕᕈᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑦᑎᔨᖓ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᓯᐅᑕᓐ ᑐᐊᕆ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᒡᒎᖅ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑎᓖᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᓇᓱᒃᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᑦ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᔪᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᑉᓗᒥᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᓕᕐᒪᖔᑕ, ᓄᑖᓂᒡᓗ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐊᓘᑉ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᕙᒃᖢᑎᒃ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐃᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᐃᕐᒥᒍᑎᓂᒃ...

Agnico Eagle launches rapid COVID-19 testing at mine site laboratory

Agnico Eagle has set up a COVID-19 testing lab for employees at its Meliadine gold mine and has enlisted the services of a distinguished doctor and researcher to lead the project. Close to 470 employees...

Nunavut Mining: An assessment of Nunavut’s regulatory review board

Baffinland Iron Mines’ bid to expand operations at its Mary River mine rests of the shoulders of the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the federal government. The Mary River mine, 160 km south of...

Rankin Inlet man charged with child luring

A 28-year-old Rankin Inlet man has been charged with making explicit material available to a child and luring a child. On April 3, the RCMP used a search warrant to investigate the residence of the...

COVID-19 batters Nunavut’s travel industry; 75% of tourism businesses may close in second quarter

Nunavut’s $300-million travel and tourism industry is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic with 75 per cent of businesses in the sector indicating that they may have to shut down during the second quarter and...

GN and NTI fund $2 million worth of food for Nunavut communities

The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated are collaborating to invest $2 million in community food programs for children and elders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community food programs that feed elders and...

Degrees of Success: Scholarship opportunities abound

Expenses related to post-secondary education can be substantial: tuition, room and board, textbooks, among them. Scholarships and grants can make the difference for promising students who desire a college or university education. Below is...

Qulliq Energy Corporation warns of scam calls

Scam calls demanding immediate payment of power bills are being made, QEC warns. Pixabay photo If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative of Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) demanding immediate payment...

Nunavut health minister extends public health emergency until April 16

“Thank you to all Nunavummiut doing their part to maintain social and physical distancing, staying at home and keeping their communities safe and well,” Health Minister George Hickes said Thursday. Rajnesh Sharma/NNSL photo The territorial public...

Minister frustrated by Ottawa’s modest compensation for medical travel

After fighting for years with the federal government to get greater reimbursements for extremely expensive Non-Insured Health Benefits medical travel, Finance and Health Minister George Hickes is threatening to dump the problem in Ottawa’s...

Nunavut Mining: Lionel Quinangnaq rises through the ranks at Amaruq

Lionel Quinangnaq has climbed the ladder from surveyor’s helper to relief supervisor at Agnico Eagle’s Amaruq gold deposit. He’s now responsible a crew of close to 20 mine vehicle operators. Baker Lake’s Lionel Quinangnaq has been...

Kitikmeot Inuit Association announces $500 monthly for elders; money for on-the-land program

Elders in the Kitikmeot will receive a monthly cash payment of $500 from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association from April through June to assist them in buying healthy foods during the pandemic. The Kitikmeot Inuit Association...

Qaggiavuut provides emergency relief to Nunavut’s artists

Qaggiavuut, an organization that promotes the performing arts in Nunavut, has provided financial assistance to 17 artists and is inviting others to apply for emergency relief, if needed during the COVID-19 crisis. Qaggiavuut has access...

Chambers of commerce embrace federal wage subsidy, but some concerns remain

The federal government’s efforts to aid businesses and non-profit organizations hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are being hailed by Nunavut’s chambers of commerce but questions and concerns linger. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau increased the...

Qulliq Energy Corp applies to reduce customers’ bills

Qulliq Energy Corporation has applied to have power bills reduced — an amount that will save the average customer $14.50 per month. With fuel prices falling, Qulliq Energy Corporation is applying to reduce customers’ bills. photo...

Patterson welcomes federal COVID-19 compensation that can aid Nunavummiut

*UPDATE: The federal government will issue cheque payments in addition to direct deposit. The federal government’s $2,000 per month payments to Canadians who have lost work due to COVID-19 can benefit Nuanvummiut carvers, seamstresses, actors...

‘My children come first,’ Kamingoak says of her decision to step down as MLA

Mila Kamingoak is putting family above politics. "The reason I resigned is because my children come first. Since day one I’ve always said I am a mom first. At this time, I really need to...

Mila Kamingoak resigns as Kugluktuk MLA

Kugluktuk MLA Mila Kamingoak is stepping down as of April 3. photo courtesy of the legislative assembly Mila Kamingoak, MLA for Kugluktuk, has submitted her resignation as of April 3. The legislative assembly issued a news release...

Nunavut Mining: Ryan St. John is always searching for new opportunities

Ryan St. John has been building business around the Kivalliq mining and exploration industries for decades and he isn’t slowing down. Ryan St. John, left, and Les Fernandez, Sherp’s dealer relations manager for North America,...

ITK wants guarantees on air transport during COVID-19 crisis

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is calling upon the federal government to designate air transport as an essential service to 51 Canadian Inuit communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to fund the airlines accordingly. Inuit health...