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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.

Quassa pressures Savikataaq to make Inuit language dominant in government

On a day when Culture and Heritage Minister David Joanasie cited statistics about a growing number of Inuit language speakers in Nunavut and 82 per cent of Inuit being bilingual, Aggu MLA Paul Quassa...

North Baffin deserves its own long-term care centre, Qamaniq contends

As the debate rages over the GN's plans to build three new long-term care centres in the coming years, Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq raised another point for consideration Wednesday: residents in North Baffin communities...

No money to help build new hunters and trappers buildings, Savikataaq says

The aging and deteriorating condition of hunters and trappers buildings are a source of "ongoing frustration," Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt said in the legislative assembly on Wednesday. The Department of the Environment’s 2019-20 main...

False lead in wanted man case led to RCMP closing road in Tundra Valley

Iqaluit RCMP closed a road in the Tundra Valley Wednesday afternoon because they believed, based on information provided to them, that they had tracked down a wanted man inside a local residence. However, Iola Lucassie...

Qikiqtarjuaq suffers economically from lack of boat dock, Keyootak says

The failure to construct a long-sought-after boat dock is damaging Qikiqtarjuaq's economy and employment opportunities, says Uqqummiut MLA Pauloosie Keyootak. The lack of marine infrastructure means ships carrying turbot and shrimp are unable to offload...

Grandparents survive terrifying plunge into icy waters near Cambridge Bay

A grandmother and grandfather are recovering after falling through the ice when their snowmobile and qamutiq hurtled into a river near Cambridge Bay on Saturday. Annie Egotik is being flown to Edmonton for health tests,...

Absence of cannabis outlets in Nunavut ‘unacceptable,’ Arreak-Lightstone asserts

More than a year after cannabis was legalized in Canada, Nunavut still has no retail outlets within the territory and that's 'unacceptable,' Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone said in the legislative assembly Tuesday. "Right now, Nunavut...

Aggark, Aksawnee, Kabloona and Towtongie selected as Kivalliq mayors

Voters in Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove waited an extra day to vote due to snow and high winds on Monday. Here are their choices from Tuesday's municipal elections: MAYOR Baker Lake Richard Aksawnee...

MLAs chastise minister over lack of funds for community learning centres

Repairs and replacements for community learning centres need to be a higher priority, said several MLAs to Patterk Netser, minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College, on Monday. Netser presented the college's $10.6 million proposed 2020-21...

Nunavut chooses mayors, councillors

Municipal elections were held in many Nunavut communities on Oct. 28, although voting was postponed a day in Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet and Whale Cove due to a blizzard. Recounts were held in...

Kenny Bell elected as mayor of Iqaluit

Voters in Iqaluit have chosen Kenny Bell as their new mayor. Bell defeated Noah Papatsie, his only challenger, by a count of 1,049 votes to 688 after the ballots were counted on Monday evening. Both...

Nunavut children’s personal information stolen from Winnipeg hospital

Some Nunavummiut who are registered as patients at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital are among 54 people whose health records were stolen last week. The specific number of Nunavummiut affected won't be revealed publicly due to...

Main pushes government to reopen Baker Lake elders’ home; Hickes won’t commit

Friday's session of the legislative assembly was largely devoted to elders' issues and Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main asked Health Minister George Hickes to reopen the elders' home in Baker Lake. That location was...

Released criminals need more help adjusting to life after jail, Nakashuk suggests

Many of the inmates at Baffin Correctional Centre have mental health or substance abuse issues and they need more help after being released from jail, Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk says. She asked Justice Minister Jeannie...

New hunters and trappers building on pace for late November opening

Construction of the new Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization (EHTO) building in almost finished in Cambridge Bay. EHTO chair Bobby Greenley said the new office could be open by late November. The building, at approximately 1,200...

Regular MLAs insist they’re not being fully apprised; postpone health capital budget

For the second time this week, regular MLAs have flexed their muscle by delaying approval of a capital budget. On Tuesday, it was the Nunavut Housing Corporation's capital budget that was postponed due to a...

Medical travel patients should be first priority when going home on flights, Akoak says

Nunavummiut are priority passengers when flying south for medical treatment but they should also be assured seats when they are due to fly home again, argues Tony Akoak, MLA for Gjoa Haven. "They really want...

Kaernerk calls for rent reduction in mouldy homes

Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk says tenants in mouldy homes should be given a reduction in rent. Kaernerk asked Housing Minister Patterk Netser in the legislative assembly on Thursday if that can be arranged. Netser pointed...

Police file charges in relation to Pangnirtung firearms incident

A 27-year-old Pangnirtung woman is facing charges after being accused of firing shots within the community on Monday evening. Jessica Akpalialuk has been charged with recklessly discharging a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm and...

GN expands wolf sample program to Kivalliq and Qikiqtaaluk regions

After what Environment Minister Joe Savikataaq described as a successful first year in the Kitikmeot region, he announced on Thursday the expansion of the territorial government's wolf sample collection program to the Kivalliq and...