Letter to the Editor

Grateful to caregivers Just recently I lost my mother to lung cancer. She was a wonderfully brave little woman whom I brought to Whitehorse for…

Grateful to caregivers

Just recently I lost my mother to lung cancer.

She was a wonderfully brave little woman whom I brought to Whitehorse for end-of-life care.

Without knowing if I could have any help in Whitehorse, other than my wonderful doctor, I was determined to care for her with my family in our home.

The doctors in Ottawa gave us a small window of opportunity to fly her here and little did we know how small that opportunity really was.

I contacted Home Care as soon as we arrived back in the territory to see if I could qualify for their services.

They were more than happy to help me out with my mom. I was ecstatic!

They immediately set up a schedule for us. Only in Whitehorse could this happen!

I was so happy to have the help, as I didn’t know quite what I was up against.

My mom’s illness progressed so rapidly.

The staff at Home Care were so patient, compassionate and caring — it was the greatest gift they have given her and to my family and me.

They were amazing!

With the added assistance from Hospice Yukon, I was provided with guidance and healing to cope with end-of-life care.

We thought we had at least three months together, but the cancer spread so fast that she was only here for a very short time.

The Home Care staff and Hospice Yukon helped me through it all.

It would have been so much more difficult without them. With the excellent care, assistance and reassurance given to me I was able to give my mom a quality of life she would not have received in a hospital bed alone, in Ottawa.

I am so very grateful I could be with her and comfort her as she crossed over from life to death.

Mom died by my side as I caressed her, in a big comfy bed just after midnight.

I miss her deeply.

Thanks again to the wonderful staff at Home Care and Hospice Yukon — we are blessed to have these people here in the Yukon!

Julie Bishop

Whitehorse

Air North is the best!

How many Yukoners really appreciate the excellent and caring service our northern airline provides to us on a daily basis?

The other day I sat beside a senior who had undergone knee surgery; the stewardess, with a big smile, was right there providing her with extra cushions, Tylenol, etc.

In February, I was forced to change the dates on our return flight because of medical reasons.

Without a doctor’s note, Air North very generously waived cancellation fees for us (thanks, Catherine). On my last trip home, I forgot several bottles of expensive sauces in my carry-on baggage.

I returned with them to the check-in counter and the agent kindly provided me with a small box and checked it through as a third piece of luggage with no extra charge.

Last, let’s not take for granted the yummy snacks and beverages (especially the cheesecake!) that Air North provides free.

I am a very satisfied customer.

Jeanette Bringsli

Whitehorse

Clouds in the Skky

My name is Frank Calandra and I am the sole director of the corporation that owns and operates the Skky Hotel and represent the majority shareholders.

In a recent article in the Yukon News, Mr. Tom Wegrzyn, who was employed as the designer for the new Skky Hotel was interviewed and expressed his personal views with respect to the current standard of accommodation in Whitehorse.

On behalf of the Skky Hotel, its management and majority ownership, I wish to make it clear that the views expressed were those of Wegrzyn in his personal capacity, which he is well entitled to express, but do not reflect the views of the management or majority shareholders of the Skky Hotel.

Thank you.

Frank Calandra

Whitehorse

Spend it, they will come

It is interesting you begrudgingly admit the Robert Campbell Highway needs an upgrade.

When I drove the highway 17 years ago, it needed a facelift.

The Nisutlin Bay Bridge needs work too, but we need an alternative route should anything happen to that or any of the other bridges on the Alaska Highway.

Mines put a lot of people to work. The mining companies pay taxes as do their employees. Currently the only mine in operation in our area is in the Northwest Territories.

Of course, the reactionaries who would have us living on pogey and welfare think zero mines are too many.

Had the Robert Campbell Highway been maintained over the years, we wouldn’t be saddled with a bill for $31 million now.

Maybe there is a reason only 17 cars per day travel the Robert Campbell Highway — like twisted frames and wrecked suspensions.

Daycare and youth funding can and should still take place, as there is enough to support both projects.

By the way, if there weren’t the possibility of opening mines, I’m betting you would all be for the road improvement.

Quel hypocrisé?

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake

Just Posted

The Yukon’s current outbreak of COVID-19 is driven by close contact between people at gatherings, such as graduation parties. (Black Press file)
Yukon logs 21 active cases as COVID-19 spreads through graduation parties

Anyone who attended a graduation party is being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms.

Yukon RCMP and other emergency responders were on the scene of a collision at Robert Service Way and the Alaska Highway on June 12. (Black Press file)
June 12 collision sends several to hospital

The intersection at Robert Service Way and the Alaska Highway was closed… Continue reading

Artist Meshell Melvin examines her work mounted in the Yukon Arts Centre on June 7. The show includes over 1,000 individual portraits. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Double portrait show at the Yukon Arts Centre features art that looks back

“I hope they’ve been looked at fondly, and I’m hoping that fun looking comes back.”

Sarah Walz leads a softball training session in Dawson City. Photo submitted by Sport Yukon.
Girls and women are underserved in sport: Sport Yukon

Sport Yukon held a virtual event to celebrate and discuss girls and women in sport

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Bagged meter fees could be discounted for patios

Council passes first reading at special meeting

Kluane Adamek, AFN Yukon’s regional chief, has signalled a postponement to a graduation ceremony scheduled for today due to COVID-19. She is seen here in her Whitehorse office on March 17. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
AFN Yukon’s post-secondary grad celebration postponed

The event scheduled for June 14 will be rescheduled when deemed safe

(Alexandra Newbould/Canadian Press)
In this artist’s sketch, Nathaniel Veltman makes a video court appearance in London, Ont., on June 10, as Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen (top left) and lawyer Alayna Jay look on.
Terror charges laid against man accused in London attack against Muslim family

Liam Casey Canadian Press A vehicle attack against a Muslim family in… Continue reading

Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, poses for a portrait in the boardroom outside his office in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Sept. 30, 2020. (Emma Tranter/Canadian Press)
Two cases of COVID-19 at Iqaluit school, 9 active in Nunavut

Nunavut’s chief public health officer says two COVID-19 cases at Iqaluit’s middle… Continue reading

The Village of Carmacks has received federal funding for an updated asset management plan. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Federal funding coming to Carmacks

The program is aimed at helping municipalities improve planning and decision-making around infrastructure

Paddlers start their 715 kilometre paddling journey from Rotary Park in Whitehorse on June 26, 2019. The 2021 Yukon River Quest will have a different look. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The 22nd annual Yukon River Quest moves closer to start date

Although the race will be modified in 2021, a field of 48 teams are prepared to take the 715 kilometre journey from Whitehorse to Dawson City on the Yukon River

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its June 7 meeting

Letters to the editor.
This week’s mailbox: the impact of residential schools, Whitehorse Connects, wildfires

Dear Editor; Anguish – extreme pain, distress or anxiety. Justice – the… Continue reading

PROOF CEO Ben Sanders is seen with the PROOF team in Whitehorse. (Submitted)
Proof and Yukon Soaps listed as semifinalists for national award

The two companies were shortlisted from more than 400 nominated

Most Read