Yukon News

Channelling the rage

 There have been rumblings of discontent by certain resource extraction types about the environmental assessment process in the Yukon. 

Our senator has served the Yukon honorably

Our senator has served the Yukon honorably The Yukon News editorial of March 11 regarding Senator Daniel Lang's retirement plans was too cheeky by half. Yes, upon being appointed to the Red Chamber, Senator Lang agreed to support the Harper government's

Responsible development means sometimes saying no

Responsible development means sometimes saying no "Mining sustains us," it is as simple as that. It provides jobs for Yukoners. It provides a tax base for our government. 

In Honduras, the fight for rights that Yukoners take for granted can be deadly

Berta Caceres, of the Lenca people whose traditional territory is in Honduras, a visionary indigenous, community and environmental leader, 2015 winner of the prestigious international Goldman Environmental Prize, was assassinated in her home

Our senator should resign

Our senator should resign Yukon Senator Dan Lang seemingly has changed his mind about limiting the time a senator can sit in government. I suspect the Yukon's Conservative government (spelled Yukon Party) pushed for his political appointment, acknowledged

Beware of ‘saving’ money we don’t got

Beware of 'saving' money we don't got The CBC program The Consumer used to begin with Stompin' Tom Connors belting out his song of the same name, one line of which went, "We'll save a lot of money spending money we don't got." Stompin' Tom's song referr

Undermining our assessment regime will hurt the Yukon

Undermining our assessment regime will hurt the Yukon The recent criticism of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board by Northern Cross, the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, the Yukon Chamber of Mines and Economic Development Minister Stacey

Northwestel should focus on service, not intimidation

Northwestel should focus on service, not intimidation Re: "Northwestel drops lawsuit against Orange Technology," March 9. Thank you to Martin Lehner of Orange Technology for standing up to Northwestel. It shows that you have guts and put your customers f

Ending homelessness in Yukon

Medicine Hat, Alta. has a great story. In a city of around 61,000, some 875 homeless people have received secure homes in supportive or subsidized housing between 2009 and 2015. Of those, 285 were children. 

Deficits are easy to dig, hard to climb out

Deficits are easy to dig, hard to climb out from This is the most interesting U.S. election in recent memory, even more so than the election of Barack Obama as America's first black president. Trump, Hillary, Bernie, Cruz.... A lot can happen in the seven-

Why is a life in Haines Junction worth less than elsewhere?

Why is a life in Haines Junction worth less than elsewhere? Thank you, Myles Dolphin for your Feb. 19 article on the cancellation of the Haines Junction ambulance pilot project. What your article missed (because I didn't have the numbers when you interv

Criticisms of our regulatory regime don’t hold water

Criticisms of our regulatory regime don't hold water We are reacting to the flurry of criticisms of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-?economic Assessment Board's work on two major resource development projects - Northern Cross's Eagle Plains multi-well

Let’s review our economic record

The Yukon Party has always put jobs and the economy at the front of its agenda - something the opposition has often criticized. 

Would the NDP do better?

Would the NDP do better? I was nodding my head while reading the March 9 commentary by Liz Hanson, leader of the NDP. Unfortunately, if you substituted "NDP" or "Liberal" for "Yukon Party," you could make the same comments. No political party has supporte

Yukon’s emissions are miniscule in the big picture

Yukon's emissions are miniscule in the big picture In his Feb. 17 "Pointed Views" column, Kyle Carruthers notes that he is not "terribly optimistic that the body politic is sufficiently united with the commitment and determination" to reduce carbon dioxi

More carbon action, please

More carbon action, please Last week both local newspapers carried articles quoting our premier's opposition to carbon taxes. Apparently, although we are paying 40 to 50 cents per litre less for gasoline, diesel fuel and home heating fuel we would still n

The Yukon Party shows us how to not run an economy

Liz Hanson Thanks to the Yukon Party, Yukon has become a case study in how not to run an economy. The Conference Board of Canada recently confirmed that Yukon's economy has shrunk for three consecutive years. In the face of the global downturn in commodit

Gross, eh!

Gross, eh! Open letter to Whitehorse's dog walkers: To those that pick up after your dogs, good on you. To those that don't pick up after your dogs and either you or your children step in it: gross, eh! Cost for reused grocery bags, bread bags and bags

Whitehorse Connects offers a true picture of our city

Community. For me, community defines the Yukon as much as our mountains and rivers. It's why I choose to live in the Yukon, and it's what has formed the heart of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition for these last 20 years. 

Yukon needs a push to get off fossil fuels

Yukon needs a push to get off fossil fuels Open letter to MP Larry Bagnell: We understand our premier will be in Vancouver later this week, to discuss action on climate change with the prime minister, other ministers and premiers. Premier Darrell Paslosk