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Neil Hartling was one of several delegates to speak out on the proposed Official Community Plan during the first public hearing on Sept. 12. Ahead of the meeting, he presented his argument with a sign outside city hall. Council is putting off a second public hearing until changes members voted on are incorporated into the proposed plan. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Whitehorse city council delays next public hearing for Official Community Plan

The public’s second opportunity to speak out on the proposed vision for…

Neil Hartling was one of several delegates to speak out on the proposed Official Community Plan during the first public hearing on Sept. 12. Ahead of the meeting, he presented his argument with a sign outside city hall. Council is putting off a second public hearing until changes members voted on are incorporated into the proposed plan. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Single-use paper bags will be banned in the new year. (Mikhail Nilov/Pexels)

Yukon banning single-use paper bags

The Yukon is banning single-use paper bags. The new rule comes into…

Single-use paper bags will be banned in the new year. (Mikhail Nilov/Pexels)
The former Coast High Country Inn, seen on Nov. 2, 2022, could turn into temporary housing before it gets converted into a social housing project. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Former Whitehorse hotel could convert into temporary housing for winter

Safe at Home Society will eventually turn former Coast High Country Inn into social housing

The former Coast High Country Inn, seen on Nov. 2, 2022, could turn into temporary housing before it gets converted into a social housing project. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Traffic moves along Second Avenue near Main Street on Nov. 1, 2022. The City of Whitehorse has released a summary report of input received for the city’s upcoming Transportation Master Plan. The report shows many who live in Whitehorse use vehicles to get around town, but want to see more options for active transportation. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Whitehorse residents want more transportation options, council hears

City outlines public engagement results on Transporation Master Plan

Traffic moves along Second Avenue near Main Street on Nov. 1, 2022. The City of Whitehorse has released a summary report of input received for the city’s upcoming Transportation Master Plan. The report shows many who live in Whitehorse use vehicles to get around town, but want to see more options for active transportation. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Allegations of restraint and physical confinement of students at Jack Hulland Elementary are being investigated by the RMCP. (Yukon News file)

Lawsuit alleges force and confinement at Jack Hulland Elementary OK’d by school council

Lawsuit alleges holds and confinement amount to assault, battery and false imprisonment

Allegations of restraint and physical confinement of students at Jack Hulland Elementary are being investigated by the RMCP. (Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver announced he is stepping down during a press conference in the cabinet office on Sept. 9. The Yukon Liberal Party will hold a leadership contest to determine Silver’s replacement. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon Liberal Party to release ‘important’ leadership race details in late November

Liberals will hold convention for new party leader who will replace Sandy Silver as premier

Premier Sandy Silver announced he is stepping down during a press conference in the cabinet office on Sept. 9. The Yukon Liberal Party will hold a leadership contest to determine Silver’s replacement. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm is on Time Magazine’s list of 100 rising stars in 2022. (Yukon News file)

Vuntut Gwitchin chief named to TIME100 Next list

Time Magazine identifies Dana Tizya-Tramm among 100 rising stars

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm is on Time Magazine’s list of 100 rising stars in 2022. (Yukon News file)
Raven Recycling’s Marwell facility is seen on Sept. 11, 2018. A three-day summit focused on recycling in the city and territory is scheduled from Nov. 1 to 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Raven Recycling’s Marwell facility is seen on Sept. 11, 2018. A three-day summit focused on recycling in the city and territory is scheduled from Nov. 1 to 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tourism and Culture Minister Ranj Pillai announces the new community tourism destination development fund at the Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre on Oct. 27. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Funding a destination: Yukon introduces tourism development grant

Yukon government establishes community tourism destination development fund

Tourism and Culture Minister Ranj Pillai announces the new community tourism destination development fund at the Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre on Oct. 27. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
The Kudz Ze Kayah mine project, located in the centre of Finlayson caribou territory, was approved earlier this year. Affected First Nations are applying for a reversal of the decision in Yukon Supreme Court . (Courtesy/BMC Minerals)

Court date set for First Nation petition against Kudz Ze Kayah mine

The challenge to the approval of the mine is brought by Ross River Dena Council on behalf of Kaska

The Kudz Ze Kayah mine project, located in the centre of Finlayson caribou territory, was approved earlier this year. Affected First Nations are applying for a reversal of the decision in Yukon Supreme Court . (Courtesy/BMC Minerals)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its Oct.…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
Haines Junction will be the first municipality to offer the Better Buildings loan program for residents and business owners making energy retrofits to their homes or businesses. (Village of Haines Junction/Facebook)
Haines Junction will be the first municipality to offer the Better Buildings loan program for residents and business owners making energy retrofits to their homes or businesses. (Village of Haines Junction/Facebook)
A wood mouse sitting on hind legs. (Black Press Files)
A wood mouse sitting on hind legs. (Black Press Files)
The Yukon Employees’ Union and Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee are butting heads over the Yukon government’s proposed bonus package for nurses. (Marcelo Leal/Unsplash)

Health minister at odds with union over bonus package for Yukon nurses

Health minister says union is misrepresenting the recruitment and retention initiative for nurses

The Yukon Employees’ Union and Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee are butting heads over the Yukon government’s proposed bonus package for nurses. (Marcelo Leal/Unsplash)
Yukon Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker, seen on Aug. 30, says a new incentive program for commercial timber harvesters in the territory will provide relief to the local forest industry, contribute to a more stable and consistent long-term firewood supply and help ensure Yukoners have firewood this winter. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Timber incentive announced for Yukon harvesters

Yukon government will provide $10 per cubic metre of wood harvested

Yukon Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker, seen on Aug. 30, says a new incentive program for commercial timber harvesters in the territory will provide relief to the local forest industry, contribute to a more stable and consistent long-term firewood supply and help ensure Yukoners have firewood this winter. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
The new bilingual health centre in Whitehorse will not automatically accept Yukoners on the find-a-doctor program waitlist. There is a separate application process for the clinic. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Doctor waitlist swells to 3,341 Yukoners; won’t be matched with bilingual health clinic

No doctors hired to work at new bilingual health centre set to open Nov. 7

The new bilingual health centre in Whitehorse will not automatically accept Yukoners on the find-a-doctor program waitlist. There is a separate application process for the clinic. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A placer mine is seen in central Yukon. Changes to the carbon rebate program have been tabled in the legislature that aim to reduce the administrative burden for mines applying for the rebate, while continuing to meet federal regulations. The Yukon Chamber of Mines supports the changes. (Yukon News file)

Mines will see changes to carbon rebate program

Yukon moves to bring territory in line with federal requirements

A placer mine is seen in central Yukon. Changes to the carbon rebate program have been tabled in the legislature that aim to reduce the administrative burden for mines applying for the rebate, while continuing to meet federal regulations. The Yukon Chamber of Mines supports the changes. (Yukon News file)
Portion of Bellekeno mill site with waste rock piles behind. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News file)

Vehicles abandoned in flooded portion of Keno Hill mine prompts warning letter

Added water monitoring going into effect after pickups and van left underground and underwater

Portion of Bellekeno mill site with waste rock piles behind. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News file)
Jason Pedlar, the Yukon’s Ombudsman and privacy commissioner, is seen at his swearing in ceremony on May 27. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon government)

Privacy regulators call for adequate privacy protections

Jason Pedlar of the Yukon is among those federal, provincial and territorial privacy regulators

Jason Pedlar, the Yukon’s Ombudsman and privacy commissioner, is seen at his swearing in ceremony on May 27. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon government)
The Executive Council Office confirmed furniture outside the cabinet office in the Yukon legislative building was recently removed due to concerns over possible bed bug contamination. The replacement furniture is seen on Oct. 20. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
The Executive Council Office confirmed furniture outside the cabinet office in the Yukon legislative building was recently removed due to concerns over possible bed bug contamination. The replacement furniture is seen on Oct. 20. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)