Letter to the Editor

AFY clarifies interest in education initiative French first language education is part and parcel of Yukon Francophone School Board terms of…

AFY clarifies interest in education initiative

French first language education is part and parcel of Yukon Francophone School Board terms of reference.

Following an article by Chris Oke in the November 19 edition of the Yukon News under the title French community proposes new high school, the Association franco-yukonnaise wishes to call readers’ attention to a motion passed by the board on October 31 providing for the Yukon Francophone School Board to enter into discussions with members of the Partenariat communautaire en éducation, various government authorities, other interested parties and also with consultants on legal aspects regarding the Yukon public instruction system.

Prior to its annual general assembly held on November 3, discussions conducted during an AFY workshop regarding future plans for the Alexandrin Building gave rise to several recommendations, two of which met with subsequent approval by members of the board.

The first proposal would have the premises become home to Académie Parhélie, while the second one calls for an auditorium facility serving the needs of both the Académie and the community at large.

As member of the Partenariat communautaire en éducation, AFY is indeed committed to support for French language mother-tongue education.

In this particular case, however, our involvement in plans for a new school facility in downtown Whitehorse has more to do with the fact that we own the building and are open to partnership arrangements linked to community needs.

Françoise La Roche, communications co-ordinator, Association franco-yukonnaise, Whitehorse

The difference between tourism operators

and miners is…

Reply to Wednesday’s letter to the editor B. Botha, president of Cash Minerals:

I am thankful that the local media finally picked up the topic of uranium mining and its associated risks.

With great interest I am following the development of the Wernecke winter road application, put in by Cash Minerals Ltd, from Vancouver, to access uranium exploration camps in the Wind River area.

In Wednesday’s Yukon News, B. Botha, president of Cash Minerals, told readers his view of things.

At one point in his letter he mentioned that Wilderness Tourism Operators are much like his company, Cash Minerals, because these operators depend on the Wind River as a source of income.

While this is not entirely wrong, there is one huge difference between an exploration company and a wilderness tourism operator.

The latter are mostly year-round Yukon residents that care about the environment and live up to leave-no-trace principles as much as ever possible.

On the other side, Yukoners have learned the hard way that far too often exploration and mining companies come here with big bucks, dig up the land, walk away when they’re done, and let the locals worry about the mess.

Since the deadline for comments on this application has been extended till Dec 6, I encourage Yukoners to familiarize themselves with the project and put in their comments.

Go to the www.yesab.ca/registry and look for project 2007-0205, Wernecke winter road, Cash Minerals.

Christoph Altherr, wilderness tourism operator, Whitehorse

Traps inhumane

Open letter to the territorial department of Environment and the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board:

Trapping is “brutal and inhumane” — cruel and unnecessary — and causes horrible deaths to untold number of animals every year.

Traps are indiscriminate — they can, and do pose a threat to so-called non-target animals including eagles, ravens, deer, moose, family companion animals, etc.

If a person would use a trap like a snare, leg-hold trap, or body crushing Conibear kill traps on a domesticated animal — they would be up on charges of animal abuse.

Is trapping an attitude that respect life?

How could you defend such a “brutal and inhumane practice?

In this day and age, how could you justify/support trapping?

Mike Grieco


Save our kids

It becomes very obvious to me that the Yukon News does not care two pins about the plight of homeless youth.

They are good for writing stories and selling newspapers, but like Premier Dennis Fentie, you will do nothing to change the situation.

He wants to do a study.

You want to write a sensational story.

Actions speak louder than words!

Some weeks ago, I wrote challenging the Yukon News to organize a shelter for homeless youth, calling upon Yukoners to match or exceed the $20 cash I sent to start the ball rolling.

If 2,000 Yukoners match what I sent, we can at least get something temporary started.

Fentie won’t act so let’s leave him behind.

He has control over the government’s money, but not ours. He can’t tell us not to help these youth.

How about it, Stephen Robertson, Richard Mostyn, Genesee Keevil?

Do you want to help these kids?

It might cost you some time.

It might cost some money.

What price tag do you put on changing a life?

If we can help these kids not to fall through the cracks, won’t that make you feel a whole lot better than just writing stories?

If you do decide to print this and if other Yukoners are willing to help, I’ll send some money as I’m able.

I have never gone hungry.

I’ve never lacked a place to live.

If I can help it, neither will the kids.

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake