Yukon Party can’t be bothered with a crisis

Yukon Party can't be bothered with a crisis Last week, I attended the NDP-hosted forum on acutely intoxicated persons. The Beaton-Allen Report was summarized by the authors to a standing-room-only crowd of citizens, people who work with those at risk,

Last week, I attended the NDP-hosted forum on acutely intoxicated persons.

The Beaton-Allen Report was summarized by the authors to a standing-room-only crowd of citizens, people who work with those at risk, doctors, nurses and survivors themselves.

I was pleased to see members of the Yukon NDP and Liberal parties in attendance as well, ensuring they understood the complexities of the situation.

It was made quite clear to all present that the Yukon Party government’s choice of having a secure lockdown facility at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre was the wrong way to treat those suffering from the disease of addiction. Even the simple fact of the location, in regards to the Salvation Army Shelter where many of them live, was ignored by the government.

What happens once those arrested are released in the morning in an area of no shelter?

They will make their way, as best they can, through Takhini and Range Road, back downtown, with many places along the way that could be considered dangerous for those already marginalized.

I was dismayed that not one member of the Yukon Party government or senior bureaucratic staff was found to be in attendance.

This is quite unfortunate as there was much positive discussion on the report, and an opportunity to interact with those on the front line of this issue.

I was hoping at least one of the leadership candidates from the Yukon Party leadership race would have the foresight to attend to further understand this most important issue, but, alas, this was not to be.

With so many of our health-care and justice dollars committed to reactive approaches instead of harm reduction, one would think that a fiscally conservative government would want to fully engage in this issue any chance it had.

It’s examples such as these, the lack of commitment by Yukon Party government members and leadership hopefuls, that indicate to me there is, in the end, little choice in the selection of a new leader.

Today, the Yukon Party is the same organization, turning a blind eye towards the human suffering of alcoholism, while allowing the real and social costs to escalate, affecting us all.

Nick Tilgner

Whitehorse

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

Just Posted

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25 after two masked men entered a residence, assaulted a man inside with a weapon and departed. (Black Press file)
Two men arrested after Dawson City home invasion

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25.… Continue reading

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)
New access to information laws will take effect April 1

“Our government remains committed to government openness and accountability.”

City council meeting in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. At Whitehorse city council’s March 1 meeting, members were presented with a bylaw that would repeal 10 bylaws deemed to be redundant or out of date. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Out with the old

Council considers repealing outdated bylaws

A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown Whitehorse on Nov. 4. According to Environment Canada, the Yukon has experienced record-breaking precipitation this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon will have “delayed spring” after heavy winter snowfall

After record levels of precipitation, cold spring will delay melt

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted online. (Black Press file)
Yukon youth being extorted online

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted on… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

Most Read