Gabrielle Plonka

Artists perform at the 2020 Yukon African Music Festival. This year’s event will be online only. (Submitted/Yukon African Music Festival)

Yukon African Music Festival goes online

Line-up includes Grammy-winning musicians

Artists perform at the 2020 Yukon African Music Festival. This year’s event will be online only. (Submitted/Yukon African Music Festival)
Two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in the Yukon on Feb. 12, with public exposure notices issued the following day. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News files)

Public exposure notices released after two new COVID-19 cases

The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 12,…

Two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in the Yukon on Feb. 12, with public exposure notices issued the following day. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News files)
Elizabeth Foubister is seen here as a child with her father, Michael Foubister, who died from COVID-19 last October. (Elizabeth Foubister/Submitted)

Family of man who died from COVID-19 ‘outraged’ he wasn’t admitted to hospital

Elizabeth Foubister says her father had underlying conditions warranting hospitalization

Elizabeth Foubister is seen here as a child with her father, Michael Foubister, who died from COVID-19 last October. (Elizabeth Foubister/Submitted)
Yukon RCMP Superintendent Chan Daktari Dara speaks to media in Whitehorse on Jan. 28, 2020. Dara explained that the committee had planned to share data with anonymity mechanisms in place, but those mechanisms still breached privacy laws. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Women’s groups decry cancellation of sexual assault review committee

Advocates say shuttering the committee over privacy law is “absurd”

Yukon RCMP Superintendent Chan Daktari Dara speaks to media in Whitehorse on Jan. 28, 2020. Dara explained that the committee had planned to share data with anonymity mechanisms in place, but those mechanisms still breached privacy laws. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Chest binders — a garment designed to compress one’s chest — is one option for gender-affirming clothing available through Queer Yukon in partnership with GenderGear.ca. (GenderGear.ca)

Free gender gear now available for Yukoners

The Gender Gear program will be accepting applications until Feb. 15

Chest binders — a garment designed to compress one’s chest — is one option for gender-affirming clothing available through Queer Yukon in partnership with GenderGear.ca. (GenderGear.ca)
Alfred Au, president of the Chinese Canadian Association of Yukon, delivers gift boxes to association members on Feb. 11 in the lead up to Chinese New Year. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Chinese ‘Niu’ Year welcomes Year of the Ox

The Chinese Canadian Association of Yukon delivered parcels of treats to mark occasion by distance

Alfred Au, president of the Chinese Canadian Association of Yukon, delivers gift boxes to association members on Feb. 11 in the lead up to Chinese New Year. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Olivier Pellegrin soaks in the icy waters of Chadburn Lake near Whitehorse on Jan. 30. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Yukon ice swimmers laud mental, physical benefits of weekly plunges

James Paterson, self-described “crazy guy with a chainsaw,” leads polar plunges at Chadburn Lake

Olivier Pellegrin soaks in the icy waters of Chadburn Lake near Whitehorse on Jan. 30. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A taxi cab rooftop sign in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Online survey investigates taxi safety

Two women’s advocacy groups have launched an online survey collecting Yukoners’ negative…

A taxi cab rooftop sign in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A tribute to Joe Loutchan behind the bar at the 98 Hotel in Whitehorse, where he played for more than 25 years. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Remembering the ‘fiddler on the loose’

Joe Loutchan, beloved Yukon musician, died earlier this month at 82

A tribute to Joe Loutchan behind the bar at the 98 Hotel in Whitehorse, where he played for more than 25 years. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Golden Horn Elementary School closed mid-morning on Feb. 9 after the building’s heat went out. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Broken heat system closes Golden Horn Elementary

Golden Horn Elementary School closed mid-morning today after the building’s heat went…

Golden Horn Elementary School closed mid-morning on Feb. 9 after the building’s heat went out. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
<em>First We </em><em>Eat</em>, a Yukon film about food sovereignty, is on the Oscar long list for best documentary. (Supplied)

Yukon documentary considered for Oscar

First We Eat, a Yukon film about food sovereignty, is on the…

<em>First We </em><em>Eat</em>, a Yukon film about food sovereignty, is on the Oscar long list for best documentary. (Supplied)
Melissa Schenke competes in the six-dog race at the Yukon Brewing Copper Haul League dog sled race on Jan. 30. The races was 10 miles long and Schenke finished in sixth place. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Sleds, skis and fatbikes race at the Copper Haul dog mushing league

The Yukon Brewing Copper Haul League dog sled races resumed on Jan.…

Melissa Schenke competes in the six-dog race at the Yukon Brewing Copper Haul League dog sled race on Jan. 30. The races was 10 miles long and Schenke finished in sixth place. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Christina Kaiser, Community Midwifery Association Yukon interim president and midwife, poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. The Yukon government has rolled out a regulatory framework for midwifery, a move that Kaiser says is a positive step forward. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Funded and regulated midwifery in Yukon targeted for fall 2021

New midwifery regulations will come into effect on April 15

Christina Kaiser, Community Midwifery Association Yukon interim president and midwife, poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. The Yukon government has rolled out a regulatory framework for midwifery, a move that Kaiser says is a positive step forward. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse Correctional Centre in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. A COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held for inmates on Jan. 21, with the doses available on a voluntary basis. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Less than half of inmates opt for COVID-19 vaccine at Whitehorse Correctional Centre

Pandemic protocols will remain in place, according to justice department

Whitehorse Correctional Centre in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. A COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held for inmates on Jan. 21, with the doses available on a voluntary basis. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
The ex-chief medical officer of Manitoba has filed an affidavit in the legal case challenging the Civil Emergency Measures Act, which was filed in the Yukon Supreme Court court by seven Yukoners last June. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Ex-CMOH of Manitoba argues for transparent decision-making in CEMA court case

Yukon Supreme Court petition argues that CEMA violates the Charter

The ex-chief medical officer of Manitoba has filed an affidavit in the legal case challenging the Civil Emergency Measures Act, which was filed in the Yukon Supreme Court court by seven Yukoners last June. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Joy, a dog owned by Kumie Costea, was attacked by a lynx on Jan. 30 while in their McIntyre front yard. Lynx are struggling to find food this year due to a low hare population. (Submitted)

Bear spray, leashes recommended for dog walkers after lynx attacks

Low hare populations have led to hungry, aggressive lynx, Conservation says

Joy, a dog owned by Kumie Costea, was attacked by a lynx on Jan. 30 while in their McIntyre front yard. Lynx are struggling to find food this year due to a low hare population. (Submitted)

Yukon’s reaction to Rendezvous name change ‘unacceptable, frightening:’ society

Sourdough Rendezvous Society issued a letter explaining name change; decrying harrassment

Celia Wright is still pursuing legal action against the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Act , after her eviction notice was revoked. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Legal challenge against SCAN Act refiled

A Whitehorse woman is still pursuing legal action against the Safer Communities…

Celia Wright is still pursuing legal action against the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Act , after her eviction notice was revoked. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A taxi cab rooftop sign in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. Whitehorse’s city staff and council have responded to concerns regarding taxi safety circulating social media and reported by the News last week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

City issued 26 taxi violation tickets in 2020: bylaw services

City council and staff addressed recent concerns regarding taxi safety on Jan. 2

A taxi cab rooftop sign in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. Whitehorse’s city staff and council have responded to concerns regarding taxi safety circulating social media and reported by the News last week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Colleen Geddes, Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council project coordinator, poses for a photo along the Yukon River in Whitehorse on Jan. 26, 2021. Geddes spoke to the News about how about a monument that is being planned along the river to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit+ people (MMIWG2S+). (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

‘There’s a place they can go to be with them’: MMIWG2s+ memorial planned for Whitehorse

The Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council is accepting proposals for a monument erected this summer

Colleen Geddes, Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council project coordinator, poses for a photo along the Yukon River in Whitehorse on Jan. 26, 2021. Geddes spoke to the News about how about a monument that is being planned along the river to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit+ people (MMIWG2S+). (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)