Letter to the Editor

Shame on businesses About this week’s headline story about the two Canada Games Centre food businesses leaving local charities out in the cold…

Shame on businesses

About this week’s headline story about the two Canada Games Centre food businesses leaving local charities out in the cold at this year’s Yukon Lions Trade Show:

I seem to recall that one owner in particular was herself a recipient of community charity (including a fundraising evening at the Yukon Arts Centre) when her downtown coffee business burnt down a few winters ago.

At the time, CBC Yukon treated the story like our own version of 9-11, and caffeine-deprived devotees posted up tear-stained eulogies on a telephone pole outside the charred building.

I cannot understand why either of these businesses could not allow a few charitable food stands to be set up for at least this one weekend of the year for an event that has become an annual Yukon ‘rite of spring.’

I will personally not spend money at either of these franchises in the future.

Shame on the greedy owners.

Terry Cumming

Whitehorse

Good job, business!

Subway and Midnight Sun have done great for the community.

I would like to know why the city put in these contracts that no other vendors could operate at the Canada Games Centre.

I believe that the trade show is this weekend and that an NGO bought food to sell during the weekend, but couldn’t because of this clause.

Not fair! Not fair!

Read your contract before you sign it, please. I know that you have a conscience.

Everyone is busy!

Additional comments: Good work Subway and Midnight Sun.

Judi Johnny

Whitehorse

Prepare for the end

May 7-13 is National Hospice Palliative Care Week and here at Hospice Yukon we have lots of events planned.

We will have displays at Whitehorse General Hospital, Whitehorse Public Library and Mac’s Fireweed Books.

Our AGM will be held on Saturday, May 5th at Hellaby Hall from 11:30 a.m. to12:15 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.

We will also be offering our free public workshop Living with Loss – An Introduction to Grief on Thursday, May 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Whitehorse Public Library.

This educational workshop is for anyone who is living with personal loss or supporting friends, neighbours or co-workers who are grieving.

At the end of this workshop you will have a better understanding of healthy grieving and will feel more comfortable in supporting others who are experiencing a loss.

The focus of the campaign for National Hospice Palliative Care Week is advance directives or what was commonly known as “Living Wills.”

Advance directives ensure that if you are unable to make decisions for yourself, there is a record of your wishes for your end-of-life care.

All Canadians are encouraged to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their doctor and family.

Feel free to drop in and visit us at 409 Jarvis Street and check out our free lending library and some of our many resources.

If you wish to book an appointment call 667-7429.

There is no charge for our services.

If you would like more information on any of these events please contact our office administrator at 667-7429 or info@hospiceyukon.net.

Trish Eccles, project co-ordinator

Hospice Yukon

Future leaders

On April 19 and 20, the Yukon legislative assembly hosted a youth parliament.

This was the second youth parliament since its reactivation last year and it again gave Yukon high school students hands-on experience in how their legislature operates.

Putting on a youth parliament requires a large amount of assistance from a large number of people.

This year, assistance was obtained from Sandra Henderson, president of the Yukon Teachers’ Association, Jud Deuling from Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Mike Toews from Porter Creek Secondary School, and Sue Langevin from FH Collins Secondary School.

Assistance from clerk Floyd McCormick; acting deputy clerk Douglas Arnott; administrator Sue MacDonald; and finance manager Helen Fitzsimmons of the legislative assembly staff was particularly vital.

Lois Cameron and the Hansard staff again prepared a transcript of the proceedings on their day off.

Premier Dennis Fentie; leader of the Official Opposition Arthur Mitchell; and members of the NDP are thanked for their greetings, presentations and question and answer sessions with the students.

Other members of the legislative assembly are also thanked for their participation.

A total of 12 students, from six Yukon schools, participated in this year’s youth parliament.

David Giesbrecht, Tyler Porter, Blair Relkoff and Stephanie Stone participated from Watson Lake Secondary School and were chaperoned by Greg Nolan and Heather Paquet.

Shawn Gillespie and Tumara Everitt of Robert Service School in Dawson City were chaperoned by Tumara’s father Glenn. Tantalus School in Carmacks was represented by Chantalle DesRoches who was chaperoned by Kelly Beacon.

Shaylea Sembsmoen from St. Elias Community School in Haines Junction was chaperoned by Geoff Scherer.

Whitehorse was well represented by Carrie Smythe, Daniel MacKenzie, and Mckayla Morgan from FH Collins Secondary School and by Jason Lane from Vanier Catholic Secondary School.

Nolan and Beacon, again this year, did a superior job of acting as pages during the motion debates held in the legislative chamber on Friday, April 20.

Of the four motions placed before the youth parliament participants, three received animated debate. The government of Yukon was first urged to increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour, effective June 1; then, secondly, to limit the amount of vehicle fuel that any Yukon resident may purchase in a given calendar year.

The third motion urged the department of Education to give a higher priority to trades training, rather than academic studies, when providing funding to Yukoners enrolled in postsecondary education.

The opinions of all participants were so strongly held that all three motions resulted in six for and six against ties.

The well thought out arguments and the lively debate among the students reinforced my confidence in the Yukon education system and the security of our future when the governance of this territory is given to these excellent young people.

Ted Staffen, Speaker of the legislature

Whitehorse