Yukon News

Raven’s Free Store is being deluged with reusable items

Raven's Free Store is being deluged with reusable items Since the City of Whitehorse closed its Free Store in April, Raven Recycling and other local organizations like the Salvation Army have seen a huge increase in the volume of items at their door that

One dissatisfied long distance customer

One dissatisfied long-distance customer This is for those of you out there who use Northwestel's Freedom 400 long distance plan (in which for $27.95 per month you get 400 long distance minutes anywhere in Canada or the United States). Does anyone else be

The blame game won’t help Ross River residents

The blame game won't help Ross River residents I read an article about the Ross River situation that resonated very deeply with me. It was an article talking about how the overall response by the rest of the Yukon is shockingly absent. There have been li

Say no to fracking

Say no to fracking The Yukon government is continuing to plan ways to develop the oil and gas resources in the territory. In a recently published request for proposals the government asks contractors to submit ideas for an "engagement strategy on responsi

Intimate justice in Yukon: a new approach to sexual violence prevention

Hillary Aitken After many years of organizing sexualized violence prevention in Yukon, sometimes we learn that we need to try something new. Every year, we talk about the statistics (rates of sexualized violence are nearly 4 times greater in Yukon than t

Fueling Yukon’s economy

Michael Pealow & Peter Turner It's time we had a conversation about how the Yukon's economy and way of life are primarily fueled. It would be nice if this could be done with renewable energy and, while it certainly is in part, the reality is that most o

Why I resigned as Speaker and left the Yukon Party

Why I resigned as Speaker and left the Yukon Party I would like to take this opportunity to clarify to my constituents in Porter Creek Centre the reasons behind my May 10, 2016 resignation. I was shocked and distraught to learn that a sexual harassment

Ross River residents need the Yukon government’s help

Ross River residents need the Yukon government's help The recent death in Ross River by stray dogs is such a tragedy in so many ways. A young man was killed. This was an ongoing issue that the Yukon Party chose not to work with Ross River on to prevent. A

Free the Internet in Yukon’s libraries

Christian Coldea Limiting Internet access in Yukon Public Libraries restricts access to information for Yukon citizens who could otherwise benefit from Internet freedom. Libraries are public bastions for information, knowledge and reason, that also prov

More ‘fire smart’ measures are needed near Whitehorse

More 'fire smart' measures are needed near Whitehorse Open letter to Whitehorse mayor and council: Regarding the city's plans for the amalgamation of its ivory towers... it was $35 million. Then $55 million. Now it's $75 million plus $15 million. Will an

In support of the Whistle Bend continuing care centre

In support of the Whistle Bend continuing care centre As one who is merging into the senior years of life, I support the new extended care facility being built in Whistle Bend. The new facility will accommodate the changing demographics that show more Yuk

Run for Mom another success this year

Run for Mom another success this year Run for Mom held its 18th annual event this past Sunday, May 9. The organization had another successful year with more than $23,000 donated at the event. When this is added to the sponsorship dollars, more than $46,0

Whitehorse traffic is getting out of hand

Whitehorse traffic is getting out of hand Downtown traffic has reached a point that is getting scary. Drivers and pedestrians are under enormous pressure in trying to navigate the busy traffic, namely on Second Avenue to Fourth Avenue. Visitors to Whiteh

Yukon should join national climate change efforts

Yukon should join national climate change efforts We learned last week that Canada's three territorial leaders agree that a carbon tax would prompt the high cost of living to soar even higher, and they say that they will look at alternative ways to bring

Thanks for supporting mental health

Thanks for supporting mental health A big noisy Yukon thank you to everyone who participated in the second annual Steps to Positive Mental Health walk on Wednesday. From the awesome turnout of enthusiastic walkers to our fantastic sponsors, the event wa

Continuing care concerns struck a chord

Continuing care concerns struck a chord Bravo to Grace Snider for her piece ("There is no one-size-fits-all solution for continuing care," May 4) regarding long-term care for Yukon's seniors. She has done her research and thoughtfully expressed a workabl

Downtown Urban Gardeners’ Society put down roots nearly two decades ago

Randy Lamb 2016 will be the 19th growing season for the Whitehorse community garden, and the 20th year of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition (YAPC) as a registered society. My how we've grown! Those who may not be familiar with the origins of the community

Teslin needs to offer healthy alternatives to drinking

Teslin needs to offer healthy alternatives to drinking I am a resident of Teslin and it amazes me that there is even a discussion about opening a liquor store in our beautiful community. Our citizens, both native and non, already developed a community pla

Outside money shouldn’t sway territorial politics

Outside money shouldn't sway territorial politics Open letter to Premier Darrell Pasloski: I am calling on you to reinforce democracy in the Yukon Territory by supporting the recently proposed "Fairness in Political Contributions Act." I believe that thi

Kudos to the cops

Kudos to the cops On Saturday night just after midnight I made my second-ever 911 call to the RCMP. We had been awakened by an apparently intoxicated (by drugs or alcohol) screaming youth inside our fairly small back yard. Hoping he would open the gate an