Gabrielle Plonka

A Main Street business shows its new hours cut back due to COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 31. At least 200 Yukon businesses received the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy this year, according to an online database recently launched by the Canada Revenue Agency. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

200 Yukon businesses accessed federal funds, database shows

Nearly 30 per cent of subsidized businesses in the tourism industry

A Main Street business shows its new hours cut back due to COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 31. At least 200 Yukon businesses received the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy this year, according to an online database recently launched by the Canada Revenue Agency. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Two individuals have been arrested after allegedly taking over another person’s private residence with a hatchet on Dec. 22. (Black Press file)

Two arrested after taking over a private residence with a hatchet

Rodney Bailey, 47, and Lateesha Wolki, 32, face several charges

Two individuals have been arrested after allegedly taking over another person’s private residence with a hatchet on Dec. 22. (Black Press file)

Yukon coroner confirms double fatality near Marsh Lake

Cause of death suspected to be carbon monoxide poisoning

The Dawson City Music Festival in 2010. The Dawson City Music Festival Association received $73,195 to build a community recording studio from the Yukon government’s Community Development Fund. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)

Community Development Fund recipients announced

Fifteen community projects have received $487,846 from the Yukon government’s Community Development…

The Dawson City Music Festival in 2010. The Dawson City Music Festival Association received $73,195 to build a community recording studio from the Yukon government’s Community Development Fund. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
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Regan Fuerstner poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Dec. 3. Fuerstner, a former Earls employee and part-time fitness instructor, was laid off from her primary serving job earlier this fall.

Yukoner with two jobs experiences workplace tensions during second wave

Regan Fuerstner was laid off last month after her second place of employment was exposed to COVID-19

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Regan Fuerstner poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Dec. 3. Fuerstner, a former Earls employee and part-time fitness instructor, was laid off from her primary serving job earlier this fall.
The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22. The Department of Education is moving students off Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as part of a system-wide overhaul of inclusive education, and Yukon’s non-governmental education experts are worried that the shift will cut costs and improve optics, but won’t improve student learning. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Yukon special needs students moved off individualized learning plans

“I’m not hopeful, I’m worried for the children in our classrooms, I’m worried about the teachers.”

The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22. The Department of Education is moving students off Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as part of a system-wide overhaul of inclusive education, and Yukon’s non-governmental education experts are worried that the shift will cut costs and improve optics, but won’t improve student learning. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
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Adam Greetham, owner of Groundtrax Environmental Services Inc., poses for a photo in Whitehorse on December 17, 2020. Greetham is proposing a second life for the former Whitehorse Copper Mine site that would reprocess tailings deposits and produce clean energy.

Clean energy technology to come from ‘waste’ at Whitehorse Copper Mine site

A local “environmental industrialist” is proposing a second life for the former…

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Adam Greetham, owner of Groundtrax Environmental Services Inc., poses for a photo in Whitehorse on December 17, 2020. Greetham is proposing a second life for the former Whitehorse Copper Mine site that would reprocess tailings deposits and produce clean energy.
Whitehorse RCMP are requesting assistance locating 33-year-old Jake Harper, last seen at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter on Dec. 12. He is described as a First Nations male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. (RCMP Handout)

UPDATE: Missing man located

Jake Harper was last seen at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter on Dec. 12

Whitehorse RCMP are requesting assistance locating 33-year-old Jake Harper, last seen at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter on Dec. 12. He is described as a First Nations male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. (RCMP Handout)
Several Yukon ministers and First Nation chiefs are seen here at the end of Dec. 11’s Yukon Forum at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. They are standing at the sacred fire, which was maintained overnight after the MMIWGS2+ strategy signing ceremony the previous day. (Submitted)

Yukon First Nation chiefs assess priorities in MMIWG2S+ strategy

Cross-territory collaboration required to implement 31 action items, chiefs say

Several Yukon ministers and First Nation chiefs are seen here at the end of Dec. 11’s Yukon Forum at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. They are standing at the sacred fire, which was maintained overnight after the MMIWGS2+ strategy signing ceremony the previous day. (Submitted)
Founder of Yukon Helpers Network, Ashley Fewer. Since starting the Facebook group back in March of this year, more than $70,000 has been raised to help Yukoners. (Submitted)

Yukon Helpers Network raises $72,000 during pandemic

The 5,000-member Facebook group and website registered as a non-profit this week

Founder of Yukon Helpers Network, Ashley Fewer. Since starting the Facebook group back in March of this year, more than $70,000 has been raised to help Yukoners. (Submitted)
A breathalyzer shows a failed test. Drivers stopped at RCMP check stops can expect a mandatory breathalyzer test for the remainder of the holiday season. (RCMP handout)

Breathalyzer testing mandatory at RCMP check stops this month

Impaired driving one of the “largest issues” on Yukon roads, police say

A breathalyzer shows a failed test. Drivers stopped at RCMP check stops can expect a mandatory breathalyzer test for the remainder of the holiday season. (RCMP handout)

Employees’ union advocating for paid leave with Time Out campaign

Yukoners sharing stories of vacation days, sick days used for self-isolation

Porcupine caribou graze in the Arctic National Refuge. Scotiabank is the latest of five Canadian banks to reject drilling in ANWR. (Malkolm Boothroyd)

Scotiabank fifth major Canadian bank to reject drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

“Big five” Canadian banks won’t fund oil and gas drilling in the refuge

Porcupine caribou graze in the Arctic National Refuge. Scotiabank is the latest of five Canadian banks to reject drilling in ANWR. (Malkolm Boothroyd)
Elections Yukon has launched online voter registration and unrestricted mail-in ballots in anticipation of next year’s territorial election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Yukoners will register online for next territorial election

Virtual registration and unrestricted special ballots intended to boost voter turn-out

Elections Yukon has launched online voter registration and unrestricted mail-in ballots in anticipation of next year’s territorial election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukon leaders attend a sacred fire ceremony before the signing of the strategy on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-spirit+ people at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on Dec. 10. (Government of Yukon)

Yukon leaders release strategy on MMIWG2S+

Thirty-one action items call for an end to violence and increased social and economic support

Yukon leaders attend a sacred fire ceremony before the signing of the strategy on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-spirit+ people at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on Dec. 10. (Government of Yukon)
Two special snowmobiles were stolen, as well as about $3,000 in chainsaws, grinders and other equipment, from the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club last weekend. (Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club Facbook)

Snowmobiles stolen from cross-country ski club

Up to $44,000 in snowmobiles and equipment was stolen from the Whitehorse…

Two special snowmobiles were stolen, as well as about $3,000 in chainsaws, grinders and other equipment, from the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club last weekend. (Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club Facbook)
Ketsia Houde-Mclennan, acting executive director of the Women’s Transition Home in Whitehorse, poses for a photo outside Betty’s Place in Whitehorse on Dec. 8. Women stuck at home with their abusers is the hidden pandemic, said Houde-Mclennan. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Increased violence in Yukon homes called the ‘hidden pandemic’

Two women’s shelters are recording a surge of clientele in recent months

Ketsia Houde-Mclennan, acting executive director of the Women’s Transition Home in Whitehorse, poses for a photo outside Betty’s Place in Whitehorse on Dec. 8. Women stuck at home with their abusers is the hidden pandemic, said Houde-Mclennan. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Kimberly Armstrong, creator of Glimmer of Hope, poses for a photo with examples of toys for packages she is putting together. The care packages are for children who have suffered abuse, trauma, illness or sudden loss. (Kimberly Armstrong/Submitted)

Kids experiencing trauma will receive gifts from new charity

A Whitehorse woman is compiling care packages for children who have suffered…

Kimberly Armstrong, creator of Glimmer of Hope, poses for a photo with examples of toys for packages she is putting together. The care packages are for children who have suffered abuse, trauma, illness or sudden loss. (Kimberly Armstrong/Submitted)
A sign outside the Yukon Inn Convention Centre indicates Yukoners can get a flu vaccine inside. As of Dec. 4, the vaccinations won’t be available at the convention centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Whitehorse Convention Centre ends flu vaccination service early

Flu vaccinations won’t be available at the Whitehorse Convention Centre after Dec.…

A sign outside the Yukon Inn Convention Centre indicates Yukoners can get a flu vaccine inside. As of Dec. 4, the vaccinations won’t be available at the convention centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Justice Karen Wenckebach will begin serving as resident judge on the Yukon Supreme Court early next year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

All-female justice roster ‘a good step’ for diversity in Yukon Supreme Court

Karen Wenckebach is the third woman appointed to the Yukon Supreme Court in history

Justice Karen Wenckebach will begin serving as resident judge on the Yukon Supreme Court early next year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)