Praise for the press

Praise for the press Whitehorse is a not a particularly large city, and we are extremely fortunate to have two newspapers, both of which with a knack for investigative reporting. The Whitehorse Star and Yukon News are to be commended for their recent eff

Whitehorse is a not a particularly large city, and we are extremely fortunate to have two newspapers, both of which with a knack for investigative reporting. The Whitehorse Star and Yukon News are to be commended for their recent efforts to investigate and report on two recent examples of malfeasance.

One was regarding a gentleman with a phony doctorate in the Department of Education whose task it is to assess the veracity of new teachers’ credentials. Both papers dashed to the source and detailed just how easy it is to buy a snappy doctorate from a diploma mill. Even our clever Wyatt got into the act, while the then minister of education merely swished her pretty blond hair on her shoulders.

Another recent scoop concerned the heartwarming generosity shown by our thrifty elected officials in bailing out the golf club favoured by government officials, albeit with taxpayers’ money. Granted exercise is very important to one’s health – to the credibility of the Yukon Party, not so much.

In both cases when malodorous actions of government officials were exposed to the light of day, and thanks to the reporting of our two hardworking newspapers some positive changes were made.

Now we have two long-term city employees fired “without cause.” Of course there is cause. If they were at fault and not doing their jobs or wasting time, money or both it would be clearly spelled out. The fact that it is not indicates secretiveness and the real cause, when located, may not look so good after being exposed to the light.

One more time we are grateful that we have two newspapers in a race to investigate. We should know the real cause soon. Thank you Yukon News.

Alice Cyr


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