Maura Forrest

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Parliamentary spat delays debate on Yukon environmental assessment bill

Debate on a bill that would repeal contentious amendments to Yukon’s environmental assessment legislation was delayed in the House of Commons, a casualty of the Opposition’s attempt to stall the federal budget.

  • Mar 27th, 2017 2:39pm

Yukon fossil helps scientists pinpoint when bison arrived in North America

Scientists have discovered that an unprepossessing fossil found near Old Crow likely belonged to one of the earliest bison that lived in North America.

  • Mar 24th, 2017 3:38pm

Amid concerns, ATAC Resources insists it needs new access road

Yukon’s assessment board is reviewing a proposed access road northeast of Keno City that has elicited concern from residents, the local renewable resources council and Environment Yukon.

  • Mar 24th, 2017 1:42pm

Federal budget promises money for health, housing in Yukon

Yukoners can expect to see money for health care, housing and infrastructure with the tabling of this year’s federal budget in the House of Commons March 22.

  • Mar 24th, 2017 12:04pm

Air North warns about fraudulent passes

Air North is warning customers about a scam that saw a number of would-be passengers purchase invalid flight segments through social media.

  • Mar 22nd, 2017 12:58pm

Whitehorse to welcome third family of Syrian refugees

A third family of Syrian refugees is coming to Whitehorse. The Omar family of four will be arriving in the territory at the end of March, and is being sponsored by the Riverdale Baptist Church.

  • Mar 22nd, 2017 12:56pm

Human rights board rules in favour of sisters in workplace harassment case

The Yukon Human Rights Board of Adjudication has ruled in favour of two Whitehorse sisters whose former employer harassed them and called them derogatory names, including “squaws.”

  • Mar 20th, 2017 2:26pm

Increased cancer risk from radon in schools is low, health official says

Yukon’s deputy chief medical officer of health says students in schools with unacceptable levels of radon do not have a substantially increased risk of developing lung cancer.

  • Mar 20th, 2017 2:23pm

Doris Bill re elected as chief of Kwanlin Dun First Nation

Doris Bill has been elected to a second term as chief of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation.

  • Mar 17th, 2017 1:02pm

Yukon government, Tr’ondek Hwech’in reach agreement requiring notice for mining exploration

The Yukon government and the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation have reached an agreement that will pave the way for all Yukon First Nations to require advance notice of mining exploration activities across their traditional territory.

  • Mar 17th, 2017 1:01pm

Yukon schools to scrap letter grades up to Grade 9

The education department will move away from letter grades and formal report cards as it changes the way Yukon students are assessed.

  • Mar 17th, 2017 12:38pm

Mapping the powder: New guide outlines ski routes in the Haines Pass

Claude Vallier was born in the mountains. He began skiing the French Alps when he was a year and a half old, and he’s been drawn to the slopes — in Europe and North America — ever since.

  • Mar 16th, 2017 8:31am

YG plans to improve transgender rights in spring sitting

The Yukon government is looking for public feedback on proposed legislative amendments it claims will protect the rights of transgender Yukoners.

  • Mar 15th, 2017 12:59pm

Oil and gas requests submitted to Yukon government include Kandik Basin

For the first time in decades, there is interest in oil-and-gas development in Yukon’s remote Kandik Basin.

  • Mar 13th, 2017 3:08pm

Yukon Chamber of Commerce calls for independent trust to manage carbon tax revenue

The Yukon Chamber of Commerce wants a third-party organization to manage carbon pricing in the Yukon, instead of the federal government.

  • Mar 10th, 2017 1:07pm

Confusion surrounds YG’s 2008 radon response

The president of the Yukon Teachers’ Association says it’s “inexcusable” that the Yukon government didn’t follow up after high radon levels were found in four schools in 2008. But Jill Mason said she’s satisfied that the government is now taking the right steps to fix the problem.

  • Mar 10th, 2017 1:04pm

Newmont Mining invests in Goldstrike Resources

One of the world’s largest gold producers has agreed to invest up to $53 million to explore Goldstrike Resources’ Plateau project east of Mayo.

  • Mar 8th, 2017 12:10pm

AG report highlights problems with government transfers to societies

A new auditor general’s report has found contradictions and inconsistencies in the two policies governing financial transfers from the Yukon government to societies that provide services in areas including mental health, athletics and community facilities.

  • Mar 8th, 2017 12:04pm

Yukon government failed to monitor radon in schools after finding high levels in 2008

The Yukon government admits it dropped the ball when it came to monitoring radon in the territory’s schools over the last several years.

  • Mar 8th, 2017 11:41am

Auditor general’s reports highlight concerns about building safety, permafrost, radon

The office of Canada’s auditor general released two audits of the Yukon government March 6, one focused on the management of government buildings and highways and the other on government transfers to societies.

  • Mar 6th, 2017 3:35pm