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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.

RCMP take man into custody after several hours of negotiating in Iqaluit

RCMP spent five-and-a-half hours negotiating with a man who refused to leave a Happy Valley residence until the early hours of Thursday morning. The police were called to the home in the 1600 Block of...

In Kugluktuk, it was a brotherly affair in the race for mayor

There are some strong bonds among Kugluktuk's current mayor, runner-up for mayor and previous mayor. David Audlatak Nivingalok won a razor-close decision over Darren Ihumatak on Oct. 28. Nivingalok garnered 161 votes to 160 for...

Arctic Winter Games costs jump to $2.2 million, largely due to higher airline charges

The Government of Nunavut will spend $2.2 million to send 300 athletes and delegates to the 2020 Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse instead of the $1.7 million originally budgeted because airline costs are greater...

Pressure mounts on GN to access funds from Inuit organizations

MLAs are encouraging GN ministers to approach Inuit organizations for money to advance various projects. Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak strongly recommended that Health Minister George Hickes reach out to Inuit development corporations to help build...

Housing minister admits to mistake surrounding Iglulik housing waiting list

The Nunavut Housing Corporation's $43.4-million capital budget for 2020-21 stalled last week when Aggu MLA Paul Quassa insisted that the housing corporation was wrong about Iglulik's waiting list shrinking by 54 per cent. Other MLAs...

Still no incentive for public housing and staff housing occupants to transition to home...

Iqaluit Manirajak MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone has been urging the government to make changes to tackle the the "inequity of staff housing and homeownership" since he was elected two years ago. "Public housing and staff housing...

MLA’s heartfelt message to young Nunavummiut: ‘suicide should not be an option at all’

On an emotional day when people in his hometown were attending a funeral for a young man who took his own life, Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk rose in the legislative assembly to address the...

GN issuing food vouchers for income assistance clients during computer network shutdown

While the Government of Nunavut wrestles with ransomware that has crippled its computer network, the Department of Family Services will be handing out food vouchers to income assistance clients across the territory. Cheques are not...

Three-way race for KIA president

Nominations have closed for the Kivalliq Inuit Association elections on Dec. 9 and there will be three candidates vying for president. Incumbent David Ningeongan faces a challenge from Stanley Adjuk and Kono Tattuinee. Donna Adams has...

Housing minister to NTI: ‘You have a healthy surplus… help us’

As the topic of housing continues to arise in the legislative assembly, Housing Minister Patter Netser made another appeal to land-claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated on Friday. "We have this Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, which belongs...

Girl reported missing in Iqaluit returns home safely

Iqaluit RCMP have advised that a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing on Oct. 29 has safely returned home. The police issued a news release over the weekend seeking the public's assistance in locating the...

Ransomware hinders Government of Nunavut services

The Government of Nunavut is scrambling to recover from a "new and sophisticated" ransomware attack on its computer network. All GN services that rely on electronic information are affected as the hackers prevent the files...

Should Nunavut RCMP wear body cameras? MLA David Qamaniq says yes

Nunavut's police officers should be equipped with body cameras and their vehicles should have video cameras mounted in them, Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq said in the legislative assembly on Thursday. “I have seen in the...

RCMP seek public’s help to locate missing Iqaluit girl

Iqaluit RCMP are asking the public for assistance as they search for a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing. Alison Bracken was last seen leaving her residence in the 900 block area on Oct. 29...

GN seeks return of unsold polar bear pelts from auction houses

Global demand for polar bear pelts has collapsed since a peak several years ago and there are consequently many unsold specimens from Nunavut collecting dust in auction warehouses in the south. Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq...

Wanted man arrested in Iqaluit

Iqauit RCMP have arrested Iola Lucassie, who was sought over the past 10 days to answer to charges of assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and uttering threats. Lucassie, 32, was taken into...

GN continues to look to Inuit organizations for housing partnership

Netsilik MLA Emiliano Qirngnuq says constituents frequently ask him for assistance to obtain housing. "It is very difficult to tell a young couple that they will likely be on a waiting list for many years....

Baffin Correctional Centre introduces program for inmates to help other inmates

Baffin Correctional Centre is making an "important operational shift" to allow inmates to assist fellow inmates when incidents arise, Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak said in the legislative assembly on Friday. Peer councils comprising offenders have...

Mavis Elias Adjun expanding into eco-tourism in Kugluktuk

Mavis Elias Adjun and her spouse Colin have not only learned to take over a business, they're expanding on it. Mavis worked for Webb Outfitting for years, but the late owner, Fred Webb, was eventually...

Taking a witch home from the library

Close to a dozen youth got into the spirit of Halloween during an after-school craft session at the May Hakongak Community Library in Cambridge Bay on Oct. 23. The youths made some spooky witches out...