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Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee photographed at a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on June 9, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography)

Rural mental wellness audit finds staffing shortages at new hubs

The report found improvements had been made but challenges remain

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee photographed at a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on June 9, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography file)

New COVID-19 cases confirmed with three individuals in hospital

Public exposure notices have been issued.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26, 2020. (Alistair Maitland Photography file)
Premier Sandy Silver and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon government commits to financing examination of residential school sites

“We’re going to let the communities give us direction.”

Premier Sandy Silver and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
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Ancient horses crossed over the Bering Land Bridge in both directions between North America and Asia multiple times during the Pleistocene, represented in an illustration.

Links between ancient North American horses and modern species examined in new study

The genetic analysis could strengthen a campaign to consider the horse a native species

Submitted/Julius Csotonyi
Ancient horses crossed over the Bering Land Bridge in both directions between North America and Asia multiple times during the Pleistocene, represented in an illustration.
According to a new report, 34 per cent of Yukon students were chronically absent last year. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Report finds school attendance rate a symptom of larger issues

In the 2019/20 school year an average of 34 per cent of Yukon students missed 20 or more days of school.

According to a new report, 34 per cent of Yukon students were chronically absent last year. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, Carcross/Tagish First Nation Elder Mark Wedge (Aan Goosh oo) and Education Minister Jeanie McLean during an opening ceremony for the release of the final report from the review of inclusive and special education in the Yukon on June 1. (Carcross/Tagish First Nation)

Report on special and inclusive education finds territory lacking in support

The report follows the 2019 auditor general’s report

Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, Carcross/Tagish First Nation Elder Mark Wedge (Aan Goosh oo) and Education Minister Jeanie McLean during an opening ceremony for the release of the final report from the review of inclusive and special education in the Yukon on June 1. (Carcross/Tagish First Nation)
Mayor Dan Curtis stands in front of Minister Richard Mostyn and MP Larry Bagnell during an infastructure announcement made outside Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse on June 2. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Safety improvements planned for Whitehorse school zones

Enhanced pedestrian crosses are planned to make walking to school safer

Mayor Dan Curtis stands in front of Minister Richard Mostyn and MP Larry Bagnell during an infastructure announcement made outside Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse on June 2. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)

Liberals refute opposition accusation that wellness centre tender was rushed

Ministers grilled on the award of the wellness centre construction contract

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after the final question period of the special spring sitting on May 31. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Budget passes at the end of short spring legislature sitting

The Yukon Party tried to extend the sitting to allow more room for debate

Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after the final question period of the special spring sitting on May 31. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, speaks to media at a press conference about COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 30, 2020. Hanley announced on April 8 Yukon’s first COVID-19 case to be found in a Yukon community.

Changes coming to allow Outside travel with unvaccinated youth under 12

“We are poised for further relaxations of our restrictions in the near future.”

Crystal Schick/Yukon News Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, speaks to media at a press conference about COVID-19 in Whitehorse on March 30, 2020. Hanley announced on April 8 Yukon’s first COVID-19 case to be found in a Yukon community.
Ranj Pillai, minister of economic development, during a press conference about COVID-19 in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

New subsidized affordable housing projects announced across the territory

The government says the new projects will create 102 new units

Ranj Pillai, minister of economic development, during a press conference about COVID-19 in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
View of Dawson City.

New proposal submitted to make Tr’ondëk-Klondike region a world heritage site

The proposal focuses on the impact of colonialization before and after the Gold Rush

Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
View of Dawson City.
An Air North flight sits on the apron at the Whitehorse airport. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)

Federal government funding repairs to Whitehorse airport

Upgrades are needed on the tarmac

An Air North flight sits on the apron at the Whitehorse airport. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Demonstrators march down Main Street in Whitehorse on May 21. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Solidarity march for Palestine held in Whitehorse

Around 40 people attended the rally

Demonstrators march down Main Street in Whitehorse on May 21. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley, speak during a live stream in Whitehorse on Jan. 20. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

‘New sense of calm’ as Yukon loosens public health restrictions

Youth vaccination clinics are set to begin next week

Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley, speak during a live stream in Whitehorse on Jan. 20. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Robin Sharples, a research forester with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, pull off some sample needles from a spruce tree at Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse on Dec. 6, 2018. The First Nation has announced that all of its buildings will stay under 14-day isolation rules even after May 25. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Isolation rules still in place for Kwanlin Dün First Nation workplaces

The council will revisist the rules on June 10

Robin Sharples, a research forester with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, pull off some sample needles from a spruce tree at Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse on Dec. 6, 2018. The First Nation has announced that all of its buildings will stay under 14-day isolation rules even after May 25. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Heavy equipment will be used to lay a new fibre optic cable from Dawson to Inuvik starting this summer. (Yukon Government/Facebook)

Dempster fibre line project will begin construction this summer

The 800-kilometre fibre optic line will extend from Dawson to Inuvik

Heavy equipment will be used to lay a new fibre optic cable from Dawson to Inuvik starting this summer. (Yukon Government/Facebook)
Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay sits for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Yukon privacy commissioner releases guidance for ‘vaccine passports’

The government did not consult with the privacy commissioner over border changes

Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay sits for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)

Court date for couple who snuck into Yukon for vaccines delayed again

Ekaterina Baker and Rodney Baker will appear again on June 15

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Northwestel says it is investigating into the cause of the total communications blackout throughout the territory after a power failure in Whitehorse on Wednesday night.

Internet outage prompts criticism on Dempster fibre project delays

The Liberals responded that they have proceeded cautiously to avoid high costs.

Northwestel says it is investigating into the cause of the total communications blackout throughout the territory after a power failure in Whitehorse on Wednesday night.