Editorial

Environmental assessment reform should be done in the open

Our federal government has been busy rewriting the laws that govern environmental assessments in the Yukon.

Secrecy once again sabotages our leaders

Is it too much to ask of our territorial leaders that, when they hold a splashy news conference, there is actually something to announce? Apparently, yes.

When skepticism turns into silliness

The Yukon has a sprawling 8,400 kilometres of road. In a territory with fewer than 140 Mounties, perhaps it's time to ask whether it's the best use of tax dollars to enforce motor vehicle regulations.

Taking responsibility means answering questions, Elias

Hopefully Darius Elias gets the help he needs to deal with his drinking problem. While he's at it, the MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin could take time out to learn how to give a real apology.

The shame of segregation secrecy

Many Yukoners were shocked to learn that an inmate in Whitehorse Correctional Centre had made a video-linked court appearance earlier this year while naked and shackled within the jail.

Bagnell’s in. Will Streicker take him out?

So Larry Bagnell wants his old job back as MP of the Yukon. The big question seems to be, will John Streicker let him have it?

Fix or scrap flawed whistleblowing protection plans

It must suddenly be in style for legislators to dream up draft laws with ironic names. Just as the federal Conservatives have pushed a Fair Elections Act that...

The fight against measles isn’t over

Measles was among a handful of new diseases that wreaked a terrible toll upon residents of northern Canada during the late 19th and early 20th century.

In defence of first past the post

Given the amount of recent letters devoted to promoting alternate voting regimes in the Yukon, I thought it was time for someone to weigh in in support of our current first-past-the-post electoral system.

  • Apr 23, 2014

Live by the sword, die by the sword

If Yukon MP Ryan Leef faces one big obstacle in seeking re-election next year, it will be in fending off accusations that he is merely a patsy for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A few vital distinctions

It's not often that a piece of legislation as obscure as the Vital Statistics Act becomes a focus of political debate in the territory.

Dreaming the big dream

Yukoners like to think of themselves as a hardy, self-reliant lot. This collective self-image is at odds with the reality that our territorial government is propped up with massive subsidies from Ottawa.

In fracking fracas, enviros turn on one another

John Streicker's weakness as a politician has always been that he is far more reasonable than many of his followers realize. On the subject of oil and gas development, this has led to some sparks lately.

Commentary raises many questions

A bit of a tizzy has been produced over the past week by an opinion piece in the National Post that offers a jaundiced view of Yukon's land-claim agreements. The controversy has as much to do with who wrote the piece as its contents.

Yukon’s Catholic school boards are out to lunch

We hope the leaders of Yukon's Catholic school boards have prayed a few Hail Marys for themselves lately, for they have failed to make the well-being of students their priority.

End the property tax prejudice

Granger residents are getting ripped off by the City of Whitehorse. That conclusion is hard to escape, anyhow, following a commentary by real estate lawyer Graham Lang published in last Friday's News.

Time to overhaul our property tax system

Imagine if the City of Whitehorse passed a bylaw stating that all Granger residents had to pay 25 per cent more for apples than Riverdale residents.

  • Feb 14, 2014

A hat trick of sorts

The Yukon government has won a gold medal in an event that you may not even know existed: provoking lawsuits. In an impressive feat, the territory has racked up three of them in three weeks.

Some circular reasoning

Whitehorse is home to some uncommonly bad drivers. This fact is underlined by the city's recent efforts to improve the public's understanding of the much-maligned roundabout.

A kick too far

For every Yukoner outraged by the territorial government's botched handling of the Peel watershed plan, there are probably many more who are simply puzzled.