Maura Forrest

Liberal government releases first cabinet mandate letters

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver has issued mandate letters to his ministers in advance of the one-day legislative sitting scheduled for Jan. 12.

Grand chief ‘optimistic’ about Yukon Forum under new Liberal government

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver have announced that a Yukon Forum between the new Liberal government and First Nation chiefs will take place Jan. 13 in Whitehorse.

No, you’re not paying more for gas because of Alberta’s carbon tax

Gasoline prices in Whitehorse were hovering around $1.20 per litre as of Friday morning, up from about $1.12 on Dec. 21, according to the Yukon Bureau of Statistics.

Local Muslim group wants to build Yukon’s first mosque

Whitehorse’s Muslim community is raising money to build the territory’s first mosque. Yusuf Legere, a volunteer with the Yukon Muslims Society, says a mosque would be a focal point for Whitehorse’s growing Muslim population.

Researchers using drones to map changing Beaufort Sea coastline

There’s a little island off the coast of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories that might be gone a few decades from now.

Patrick Russell to lead Ross River RCMP

Corporal Patrick Russell is the Yukon RCMP’s new detachment commander in Ross River.

Minto gets approval for new open pit

The Yukon government has approved a new open pit at Capstone Mining Corp.’s Minto mine, which could allow the mine to stay open through 2017.

Youth facing 15 charges

A 15-year-old boy is facing 15 criminal charges after being arrested by Whitehorse RCMP at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30.

Council urges drivers to slow down for Carcross caribou

The Carcross/Tagish Renewable Resources Council is asking drivers to slow down on highways in the Southern Lakes region to avoid collisions with caribou.

Silver suggests Yukon not properly consulted on Arctic drilling ban

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver has added his voice to those of the other territorial premiers, saying there wasn’t “a lot of dialogue” with Canada’s prime minister before an Arctic offshore drilling ban was announced last month.

Flu season takes its toll

The Yukon is still being hit hard by this year’s flu season.

CRTC ruling could bring faster internet to the North

The CRTC has declared that broadband internet access is a basic telecommunications service across Canada, which could bring higher internet speeds to many northern communities.

Yukon government focusing on medical travel in health care talks with Ottawa

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver says medical travel funding is a top priority for the territory during health-care talks with the federal government.

Liberals announce one day legislative session in January

Yukon’s MLAs will sit for a one-day legislative session on Jan. 12, the first since Premier Sandy Silver’s majority Liberal government took office earlier this month.

City under siege by 60 Santas

Gurdeep Pandher wasn’t expecting the Santas. He’d heard about them before, but only in passing. So he was taken by surprise, while bhangra dancing at the Yukon Energy Christmas party.

Yukon College to offer certificate in climate change policy

Yukon College will be offering a new certificate in climate change policy beginning in September 2017.

Yukon College launches customer service program for francophones

Yukon College is offering a new bilingual customer service program for French speakers looking to work in tourism or the service sector in the Yukon.

Yukon government rejects Dome Road placer mining proposal

The Yukon government has rejected a proposal to mine 34 placer claims east of the Dome Road in Dawson City.

Electricity demand at an all time high, Yukon Energy says

Yukon Energy has been producing record amounts of power this week, as the territory sits in the grip of a deep freeze.

Agnico Eagle invests in White Gold mining district

Another major mining company has invested in Yukon’s White Gold district near Dawson City.