Dawson City is bursting at the seams. This town cannot grow without the housing crunch being taken care of.
The current government can’t solve the problem. A few years back, it planned for a new subdivision on the Dome on an active mine site. It decided mining activities should take precedence over Dawson’s needs for housing. Since then, there has been no word from the Yukon government regarding land development within the city of Dawson.
At the same time, the Yukon government has decided to tear down housing in Dawson. Is it really smart to demolish the Korbo Apartment building and the adjacent Yukon Housing units because of an oil spill? Shouldn’t we repair them, like we did the SOVA building, which now serves as a beacon for Dawson, the Yukon, and the fine arts in Canada?
This town needs adequate housing.
I am the NDP candidate for the Klondike in the upcoming territorial election. If elected, I will do my best to reverse the short-sighted decision to demolish the Korbo and put significant pressure on the Yukon government to develop residential building lots in Dawson. An NDP government will undertake immediate steps to address the housing shortage in Dawson.
Jorn Meier, NDP candidate