Editorial

On electoral reform, beware the vested interests

The ongoing debate over changes to Canada’s electoral system — highlighted this week by Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef’s tour of the northern capitals...

Yukon’s pre election purgatory drags on

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if that cold, creepy feeling is just the season changing to fall or the grey, chilling presence of the impending territorial election.

Reviewing Whitehorse’s arts policy does not spell cultural doom

Anxiety appears to dominate on all sides of the Whitehorse City Council debate over arts funding.

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Redundancy is well and good, but Yukon needs real telco competition

By all means, hurl your tomatoes at the contractor who, through either ignorance or carelessness, severed the fibre optic cable leading from British Columbia to Yukon earlier this week.

Like it or not, the North’s carbon tax reckoning will come

It’s a good thing for Premier Darrell Pasloski that Canada does not yet, as the Trudeau government has promised, have a nationwide tax on carbon emissions.

Yukon’s endless recycling conundrum is a failure of government

There’s a letter to the editor in the Yukon News archive from Joy Snyder, executive director of Raven Recycling. It concludes: “We are looking forward to reaching an agreement with Whitehorse ...

The Peel case shows us how our premier can’t play nicely

The Supreme Court of Canada agreed yesterday to hear the case that pits the Yukon government against aggrieved First Nations and conservationists over the fate of the Peel watershed.

Safeguards are in place if assisted dying legislation isn’t ready in time

With "elbowgate" distracting Parliamentarians, and continued disagreement over the contents of assisted dying legislation it looks less likely that Parliament will pass Bill C-14 in time for the Supreme Court of Canada's June 6 deadline.

  • May 25, 2016

Voters deserve an explanation why Laxton left the Yukon Party

The Yukon Party's explanation as to why David Laxton no longer sits with the party caucus makes no sense. He left, we're told, for "personal reasons.

Well past time for Elias to clear the air

When Yukon Party MLA Darius Elias shepherded reporters around his home town of Old Crow during a government-sponsored junket late last week he seemed to smell of alcohol.

In search of signs of the ‘Liberal surge’

We're already being treated to predictions of a "Liberal surge" this coming territorial election. This could well end up proving true, but the evidence on hand to support the claim is, at the moment, a little thin.

Yukon’s political donations are chump change, but limits still worthwhile

So the Yukon NDP wants to make campaign finance an upcoming territorial election issue, with their proposals to ban donations by companies, unions and non-residents and to cap individual donations to $1,500.

Flood relief badly flubbed

You can debate the merits of the Yukon government providing disaster relief funds to residents whose homes are damaged or destroyed by flooding. Some will take the hard-headed view that flooding is a risk that comes with building on a floodplain.

The crux of the coming election? Carbon pricing

In case it wasn’t obvious already, the Yukon Party plans to make carbon pricing a big issue this coming territorial election.

New meaning to blowing it

It's a stroke of good luck that the new Liberal regime in Ottawa has a deep desire to throw money at green infrastructure projects, at a time when it would be prudent for the Yukon to confront its looming shortfall.

Whitehorse’s spending at least deserves a real debate

Whitehorse residents who become riled at the thought of their municipal government continuing along its trajectory of incremental tax hikes may as well start practising their deep-breathing exercises now.

Down with daylight savings

It's far past time for the Yukon to end its observance of a barbaric cultural practice - we're talking, of course, about daylight savings.

Nothing to look at here

There's a loopy story making the rounds that Yukon Senator Daniel Lang is due to step down later this year, owing to his commitment to the idea that members of the Red Chamber should only serve eight-year terms. 

Fuzzy fears of chemicals trump sound science in fluoride debate

New research from Calgary shows that the city's decision to stop putting fluoride in the municipal water supply five years ago has, quelle surprise, led to an uptick in the number of cavities in children's teeth.

Two cases where going slow makes a lot of sense

Following the Yukon Chamber of Mines' warning about the slow-as-molasses speed of the territory's regulatory regime, something clearly must be done.