Vivian Belik

Housing issues studied

Kate SingingStone has had her fill of run down, unsafe rental units. SingingStone just moved out of an illegal basement suite with black mould that she lived in for more than a year.

No way of getting a license in remote Old Crow

Terry Learn is fighting to get a driver’s license in a fly-in village with almost no roads.

Yukon gearing up for fiery summer

The Yukon could be facing another year of above average forest fire activity. Less snow and milder weather has created drier conditions around the territory.

Wolverine mine death preventable

The death two weeks ago of a Wolverine mine worker could have been prevented, according to the Yukon Worker's Compensation Health and Safety Board.

Homegrown fest gone to the dogs

Roy Ness has the perfect vision of how Trevor the Dog's musical begins. There's real dogs and people on stage mingling. Some of the dogs are in costume dancing with their owners to music.

City considers controversial cement plant again

For 10 years, Skeeter Miller-Wright has fought to stop a cement batch plant from operating near McLean Lake. He's still fighting. This week, the McLean Lake resident was surprised to discover the city wants to rezone the area.

Truckers don’t make good neighbours

Dwayne Dillabaugh is tired of breathing noxious diesel on the grounds of his country home. Over the last two years, the 72-year-old Yukoner has watched as his next-door neighbour has expanded his transport trucking company.

Dawson’s wastewater facility a go

The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board has approved a new wastewater treatment facility in Dawson. The deep-shaft system will be the Yukon's first - only a handful of similar sewage facilities are operating in Canada.

Burwash singer moves from backstage to centrestage

After years of writing music for up and coming artists, Diyet van Lieshout is finally singing her own music. Van Lieshout used to compose music for Canadian Idol singers and pitch songs to pop princesses like Mandy Moore.

Service dog abducted

A chihuahua with large perky ears and friendly eyes has been taken from a woman who relies on her as a service dog.

Dawson seeks court injunction against miner

Dawson City is heading to the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory to force miner Darrell Carey to stop work on his Slinky placer mine. Thursday, city bylaw officers served Carey a stop-work order for clearing trees and brush from his claims on Dawson's Midnight Dome.

A writer’s foray into film and back to fiction

Maybe it was her blonde hair and striking eyes...A photo on the inside flap of Miriam Toews' book A Complicated Kindness was all it took to snag Toews a leading role in the film Silent Light.

Police and government to oversee RCMP advisory committee

People living on the fringe distrust the RCMP, say Yukon frontline workers. "We do hear about unfair treatment by the police," said Blood Ties executive director Patricia Bacon.

Dawson mine gears up on the Dome

Dawson residents thought the government was waiting on Yukon Water Board hearings before deciding about the fate of a placer mine on the Midnight Dome subdivision. But this week they've noticed signs the Slinky placer mine is going ahead anyway.

Municipalities have little interest in quarterly payments

The government is plowing ahead with an idea to dole out municipal grants in quarterly installments rather than in one lump-sum payment per year.

Guide connects caring consumers with caring businesses

Thursday, battalions of students will be collecting trash off the streets for Earth Day. Recycling depots will be clanging with the sound of glass bottles and crushed cans. And people will be jawing about how to stop an ever-warming Earth.

Protect city’s green areas: residents

Infill development, industrial designations and the Porter Creek D neighbourhood have come forward as the most controversial issues to arise out of Whitehorse's 2010 Official Community Plan.

Flooding not expected

There is little risk of flooding in the Yukon this spring. Lower than normal snowfall and mild temperatures this winter means a lower probability of flooding, said Yukon’s hydrology manager Ric Janowicz.

Accident closes highway for five hours

A section of the Alaska Highway was closed for five hours Friday while the RCMP investigated a two-vehicle crash. At around 10 a.m. Friday, a 48-year-old woman driving a Chevy Cavalier was hit by a southbound Dodge van on the Alaska Highway.

Get Out!

Vancouver folk-pop musician Melisa Devost takes to the stage Friday to sing about everything from romance and lost loves to children and the superhero alter ego. The chanteuse will share the stage with Ontario musician Jenny Omnichord.