Issues to consider

Issues to consider Following the current news in media during the election campaign, I feel the media has really highlighted the root issues regarding a government's role in leadership and politics. Ideally, when we think of the minister of health, we i

Following the current news in media during the election campaign, I feel the media has really highlighted the root issues regarding a government’s role in leadership and politics.

Ideally, when we think of the minister of health, we imagine another health-care professional filling this role. And in the position of minister of education we see a teacher, or a school principal, who really understands the key issues and fine details at the front of these professions.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

In a bureaucratic government, these positions are filled by handpicked persons by the premier himself, with little consideration of their portfolio.

This issue - that there is always a chance we are led by unqualified people - in government and politics exemplifies the importance of collaboration between the government, ministry officials and the public-service professionals.

I urge people to think, if they have not already, about how your next government will go about handling their business; that they will listen to the professional groups, clubs and associations who represent and truly recognize the issues most talked about in the recent media (ie: housing the vulnerable, and health care) Ð issues that have, until now, been ignored.

I would like to illustrate a few excellent examples of where professionals have stepped up to the plate offering their experienced input, effort and solutions to the issues raised in recent media, only to be ignored by the current government.

First, is the disrespect to the Northern City Supportive Housing Coalition.

The coalition has invested more than 1,000 hours working on this plan, already involved and supported by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp with $10,000 in funding, an architect and builder. The comprehensive plan targets Whitehorse’s most marginalized population, offering supportive living including: counseling, health services, access to harm-reduction services, and case conferencing for the residents.

In the end, the coalition withdrew its professionally developed and detailed proposal as it was ignored by the government for several months awaiting a response that never came.

Second, mention of efforts to support the practice of nurse practitioners as well as interdisciplinary team clinics have been brought up in the media by professionals such as the Yukon Registered Nurses Association. Many health-care professionals support these practical, cost-efficient approaches to care in our territory.

Though these approaches to a solution have been brought up in the media by such professional groups, it is upsetting to hear the current government makes no mention of working with these professionals and, instead, offers a completely different proposal of spending more money with incentives.

Last, in support of the Northern City Supportive Housing Coalition, and the implementation of proper services, Dr. Rao Tadepalli, Yukon Medical Association president, voiced his concern in the News story Chronics Put Hospital in Critical Condition (January 14) with government actions and decisions to build a new drunk tank and have public services delivered at the new Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

It just makes sense that such services should be accessible to the people who need them most.

The best way to promote accessibility and empower individuals is to have the services near the people, without the underlying idea of demeaning individuals Ð having to go to the jail to access these services, as highlighted in the report Task Force on Acutely Intoxicated Persons at Risk.

I urge and encourage everyone to exercise their power to vote, but to vote wisely.

And to the winning government party, please consider all options in depth.

And remember, you cannot fix everything by just throwing money at it, especially when the money is not your own.

Daniel Dao,

via email

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Several people enter the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre in Whitehorse on Jan. 26. The Yukon government announced on Jan. 25 that residents of Whitehorse, Ibex Valley, Marsh Lake and Mount Lorne areas 65 and older can now receive their vaccines. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Vaccine appointments available in Whitehorse for residents 65+

Yukoners 65 and older living in Whitehorse are now eligible to receive… Continue reading

Diane McLeod-McKay, Yukon’s Ombudsman and information and privacy commissioner, filed a petition on Dec. 11 after her office was barred from accessing documents related to a child and family services case. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government rejects Ombudsman requests for documentation filed to Supreme Court

Diane McLeod-McKay filed a petition on Dec. 11 after requests for documents were barred

Buffalo Sabres center Dylan Cozens, left, celebrates his first NHL goal with defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen during the second period of a game against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 22 in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP)
Cozens notches first NHL goal in loss to Capitals

The Yukoner potted his first tally at 10:43 of the second period on Jan. 22

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Former CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, actress charged after flying to Beaver Creek for COVID-19 vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Are they coming?

One of COVID-19’s big economic questions is whether it will prompt a… Continue reading

The bus stop at the corner of Industrial and Jasper Road in Whitehorse on Jan. 25. The stop will be moved approximately 80 metres closer to Quartz Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
UPDATED: Industrial Road bus stop to be relocated

The city has postponed the move indefinitely

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Faro photgraphed in 2016. Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old building currently accommodating officers. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Faro RCMP tagged for new detachment

Faro will receive a new RCMP detachment in 2022, replacing the decades-old… Continue reading

In a Jan. 18 announcement, the Yukon government said the shingles vaccine is now being publicly funded for Yukoners between age 65 and 70, while the HPV vaccine program has been expanded to all Yukoners up to and including age 26. (1213rf.com)
Changes made to shingles, HPV vaccine programs

Pharmacists in the Yukon can now provide the shingles vaccine and the… Continue reading

Parking attendant Const. Ouellet puts a parking ticket on the windshield of a vehicle in downtown Whitehorse on Dec. 6, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is hoping to write of nearly $300,000 in outstanding fees, bylaw fines and court fees, $20,225 of which is attributed to parking fines issued to non-Yukon license plates. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City of Whitehorse could write off nearly $300,000

The City of Whitehorse could write off $294,345 in outstanding fees, bylaw… Continue reading

Grants available to address gender-based violence

Organizations could receive up to $200,000

In this illustration, artist-journalist Charles Fripp reveals the human side of tragedy on the Stikine trail to the Klondike in 1898. A man chases his partner around the tent with an axe, while a third man follows, attempting to intervene. (The Daily Graphic/July 27, 1898)
History Hunter: Charles Fripp — gold rush artist

The Alaskan coastal town of Wrangell was ill-equipped for the tide of… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. While Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis is now setting his sights on the upcoming territorial election, other members of council are still pondering their election plans for the coming year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillors undecided on election plans

Municipal vote set for Oct. 21

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decicions made by Whitehorse city council this week.

Most Read