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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.

De Beers acquires Peregrine Diamonds

  Peregrine Diamonds, with its advancing Chidliak diamond project 120 km from Iqaluit, is now property of global mining giant De Beers. News of the acquisition came Thursday morning. De Beers is paying $107 million in...

Meet Iglulik’s cleanup crew

Iglulik has much less litter blowing around thanks, in part, to the efforts of the young people seen here with Mayor Celestino Uyarak, front left, and senior administrative officer Greg Morash, front right. The youths...

Sorting out the regulatory review for an airline merger

Canada's Competition Bureau is aware of the proposed merger between First Air and Canadian North and will review the ramifications. The Competition Bureau will aim to determine whether the deal would "result in a substantial...

Baseball bat beating and firearms incident in Iglulik

Three people allegedly beating another person with baseball bats turned into a firearms incident in Iglulik on July 16. RCMP state that trio of assailants were pummeling a fourth person, who was on the ground,...

Would an airline merger compel competitors to move in?

What sort of ripple effects could a First Air and Canadian North merger have? Will other airlines seize the opportunity to provide competition? Will grocery costs rise or fall at Northern stores and Co-ops?...

Combined airline promises improvements, but no guarantees

News of a proposed merger between First Air and Canadian North, the two dominant airlines serving Nunavut, has startled many Nunavummiut since word came on July 6. "Nunavut is so dependent on the airlines for...

All-terrain vehicle collision kills two people in Resolute

The RCMP released news today of an all-terrain vehicle accident that killed two people from Resolute Bay. The tragic incident occurred on July 11 at close to 6 p.m., near the community's fuel tank farm,...

National parks and recreation association honours Kugluktuk youth coordinator

As the territory searches for future leaders, Vikki Niptanatiak has recently been identified as one by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. Niptanatiak was named the 2018 Emerging Leader recipient by the national organization in...

GN creates new Department of Human Resources

With an eye on Inuit employment rates, the Government of Nunavut announced today that is creating a new Department of Human Resources. The new department will bring together functions that have fallen under Executive and Intergovernmental...

The agony of forced adoption

Editor's note: A mother who was forced to surrender her first two children to adoption wanted to share her excruciating experience with Nunavut News, in hopes that it prevents similar occurrences. She requested anonymity. These...

Nunavut cruise ship passenger numbers could hold steady despite absence of 1,000-guest Crystal Serenity

Even without the Crystal Serenity, which won't sail through the Northwest Passage again this summer, there's potential for the number of Nunavut cruise ship passenger to reach near record highs. If all of the cruises...

Cambridge Bay’s first same-sex marriage getting ‘incredible’ support

It will be a colourful and historic occasion when Jason Koblogina and Kyle Mercer recite their vows in Cambridge Bay on Aug. 8. Theirs will be the community's first gay marriage. People have generally been...

Iglulik’s Bart Hanna chosen to create House of Commons sculpture

The House of Commons has selected Iglulik's Bart Hanna to create a sculpture in honour of Nunavut's 20th anniversary as a territory in 2019. The sculpture will go on display in Parliament's West Block until...

Ready to keep kids busy this summer

As the territory searches for future leaders, Vikki Niptanatiak has recently been identified as one by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. Niptanatiak was named the 2018 Emerging Leader recipient by the national organization in...

Bell driven to be the best

Arctic sports aren't a pastime for Andrew Bell. They're a lifestyle. He devotes eight to 10 hours per week to training during the "off season" – a number that climbs as high as 18 hours weekly...

First Air, Canadian North to merge airlines

Longtime competitors First Air and Canadian North announced Friday that they're joining forces to form a single airline.  The airline will function under the name Canadian North and will feature First Air's marketing brand, including...

Nunavut dental therapist victims compensated

A settlement has been reached between plaintiffs and the Government of a Canada in a historic sexual assault civil suit involving a deceased dental therapist. The terms of the deal and the number of plaintiffs...

Polar bear kills Arviat man

A polar bear attacked and killed a 31-year-old Arviat man on Tuesday, according to the RCMP. The fatal incident occurred on Sentry Island, about 10 km outside of the community. The man, who was unarmed,...

New program to train Inuit to be bureaucrats

There's a renewed effort to train Inuit bureaucrats to fill some of the many government vacancies across the territory. Six students who have graduated from the Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) college program's second year of Advanced...

A Nunavut pot primer with three-and-a-half months remaining until legalization

In June, the Government of Nunavut passed its cannabis legislation – Bill 7 – and the federal government past its own – Bill C-45 – paving the way for legalized marijuana as of Oct. 17. In Nunavut,...