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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.

COVID-19 devastates hospitality industry; numerous layoffs, hotel bookings plunge

As of today, there are no bars open in Nunavut and restaurants can only serve takeout meals. The Storehouse Bar and Grill, pictured, the Legion and the Chart Room were forced to shut down as...

Nancy Kadlun’s contest-winning sign to greet Kugluktuk’s future visitors

Travellers landing at Kugluktuk’s airport in the future will be greeted by a large new welcome sign, and Nancy Kadlun is the one responsible for the look of it. This is essentially what a large...

Agnico Eagle allows Nunavummiut workers to go home due to public health emergency

Agnico Eagle has amended its plans based on the public health emergency declared in Nunavut on Wednesday and its 400-500 Nunavut-based workers will be permitted to stay home for the next four weeks, effective...

COVID-19 puts Baffinland regulatory process in limbo

Not even teleconferences, which are growing in popularity because of COVID-19, are going to move forward Baffinland Iron Mines’ Mary River phase two expansion proposal at this time. Technical meetings for Baffinland’s Mary River phase...

Nunavut declares public health emergency; bars to close; restaurants takeout only; limitations on taxis

Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes officially declared a public health emergency on Wednesday due to COVID-19. The coronavirus COVID-19 has led Nunavut’s health minister to declare a state of emergency. Pixabay photo As of Friday, all bars...

Government of Nunavut transitions some employees to working from home

The Government of Nunavut is asking the public for patience and understanding as it begins to move its non-essential workforce to performing duties from home because of COVID-19. Non-essential territorial government employees are going to...

Qiniq, SSi Micro ask customers to conserve data to avoid network congestion

Qiniq internet customers and SSi Micro cellphone customers are being asked to conserve “precious network capacity” during the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting data, whenever possible. Qiniq and SSi Micro aren’t in a position to provide...

Extra funds for nurses, police partly tied to abuse and trauma they suffer, finance...

Extra funds for nurses, police partly tied to abuse and trauma they suffer, finance minister says The Government of Nunavut approved budget overages of $19.5 million for nurses across the territory and $1 million for...

COMMUNITY REPORT: Cape Dorset joins other communities in discouraging visitors

The Hamlet of Cape Dorset is asking anyone considering travel to the community to reconsider. Mayor Timoon Toonoo and the Hamlet of Cape Dorset are asking people not to travel to the community to lessen...

Nunavut’s RCMP commanding officer confronts public trust

The RCMP’s commanding officer in Nunavut is aware that some Inuit want the territory’s police force to be more accountable. Chief Supt. Amanda Jones says she always listens to complaints from the public. “I just...

Kitikmeot Inuit Association closes its offices, suspends all programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s executive committee has chosen to close all of the KIA’s offices to the public as of Wednesday. This will be in effect until April 3, unless...

Union president lauds GN for closures of schools and daycares

The Government of Nunavut made the “right call” by putting people’s health first and closing schools and daycares throughout Nunavut, says Bill Fennell, president of the Nunavut Employees Union (NEU). Putting children and workers’ health...

QIA implements work-from-home policy and shelves non-essential programs for now

Qikiqtani Inuit Association employees will be working from home until at least the end of the month to reduce the risk from COVID-19. photo courtesy of the QIA The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is closing its...

TMAC Resources sending Nunavummiut workers home from Hope Bay with pay

TMAC Resources is in the process of sending its Nunavummiut employees home with pay from Hope Bay to wait out the COVID-19 virus risk. Workers from Nunavut employed at TMAC Resources’ Hope Bay gold property...

City of Iqaluit asks residents to pay bills by internet, at banks or by...

In an effort to reduce public interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Iqaluit would like residents to pay their taxes, utilities, land leases, traffic tickets and other bills through financial institutions, via...

Canadian North reduces flight schedule due to drop in passenger demand

Canadian North is reducing its number of flights due to lower passenger demand in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian North is cutting flights across the NWT and Nunavut due to lower passenger demand...

Nunavut RCMP scale back front counter services but keep officers on the streets

Nunavut RCMP have temporarily stopped issuing criminal record checks and will not offer optional fingerprinting services until further notice as efforts are made to limit contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mounties are asking the...

QIA, NTI change in-person meetings to teleconferences due to COVID-19

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) have cancelled scheduled in-person meetings and will proceed by teleconference in light of the coronavirus COVID-19. Inuit association meetings planned for this month will now...

Tootoo tourney in Rankin Inlet rescheduled to November

The biggest hockey event of the year had to be rescheduled last week in Rankin Inlet due to concern over the coronavirus disease and COVID-19. The Terence Tootoo Memorial (TTM) senior men’s tournament has been...

Agnico Eagle forges ahead despite COVID-19 risk; introduces screening of employees

With a much larger Inuit workforce than Baffinland Iron Mines, Agnico Eagle isn’t in a position to allow its Nunavut employees to stay home temporarily as Baffinland has chosen to do, said Dominique Girard,...