Chris Windeyer

Bureaucrats think public policy is their property

If you have a question about a government policy in this country, odds are fairly good that the government’s response will amount to: “Get bent.”

‘Sky’s not falling’ for Yukon with carbon pricing, premier says

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna issued a discussion paper May 18 that offers the first detailed look at Ottawa’s plan to implement carbon pricing across the country by 2018. But the precise impact on Yukon consumers and businesses remains unclear.

UPDATED: RCMP recover two bodies, say deaths unrelated

A police helicopter flying to Lake Laberge to recover a body found by boaters inadvertantly found a second body near downtown Whitehorse May 7.

Yukon News wins seven Ma Murrays

News’ staff photographer Joel Krahn took home two first-place awards at the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Awards held in Richmond, B.C., April 29.

The housing crisis is here

The rental crisis, which has made headlines in places like Toronto and Vancouver, is alive and well in the the Yukon.

Yukon News wins 10 CCNAs

The Yukon News was named the best overall newspaper in the circulation category 4,000 to 6,499 at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards this week.

Silver’s second throne speech comfortably numb

Sandy Silver’s government has now delivered two speeches from the throne and zero budgets.

Budget 2017: The North needs cash, but don’t get too comfortable

Federal budgets, by their very nature, are mixed bags. Regions and interest groups lobby for their causes and win, lose or draw as fortune and politics dictate.

YG appoints new hospital corporation chair

Brian Gillen is the Yukon Hospital Corporation’s new chair, the territorial government announced March 1.

It’s time to break Northwestel’s internet monopoly

It’s tempting to react with resignation to news that the estimated cost of a proposed fibre-optic line up the Dempster Highway has ballooned from around $32 million to upwards of $50 million.

The justice system failed Michael Nehass — and by extension all of us

It’s clear at this point that, unsupervised, Michael Nehass is a danger to himself and to society at large. But that’s no excuse for the seemingly endless legal labyrinth he has endured since his 2011 arrest.

The violence in Quebec City can happen here, but we can stop it

Monday’s vigil in downtown Whitehorse for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, that left six dead and 19 wounded, drew perhaps 200 shivering souls, huddled around flickering candles.

Yukon Party’s early performance shows governing is hard, and so is opposition

With any new government there is a period of adjustment for everyone associated with the political system.

The Yukon’s top five news stories of 2016

To mark the end of 2016, we compiled the top five stories that made news this year.

Silver’s Liberals could blunt carbon tax rage by showing their work

Libtard. Dumbass. God damn idiot (sic). And those are the comments we didn’t delete. The coming of carbon pricing is not going down well among certain segments of the electorate.

YG renews fentanyl warning following two more deaths

Yukon’s chief medical officer is renewing warnings about the opiod drug fentanyl after two more deaths in the territory.

YG greenlights new pit at Minto

The Yukon government approved Dec. 19 a new open pit at the Minto copper mine near Pelly Crossing.

Sandy Silver’s great gamble

Probably the truest words spoken during last weekend’s swearing-in of Yukon’s new Liberal cabinet came from the mouth of Commissioner Doug Phillips, himself a former MLA.

It’s time to review the Yukon’s royalty regime

For Yukon miners, last weekend’s Geoscience Forum & Trade Show must have been good cause for a party.

Higher gold prices boost placer mining, exploration

Miners are generally an optimistic bunch, but figures presented at the Yukon Geoscience Forum Monday may add some weight to the idea that brighter days are ahead for the territory’s mining industry.