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The Canada Games Centre will be operating on reduced hours from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, with full closures Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

City outlines holiday hours

The holidays are here and that means a number of changes to…

The Canada Games Centre will be operating on reduced hours from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and from 5:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, with full closures Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
NDP leader Kate White in Whitehorse on Oct. 8. The NDP have raised concerns that essential workers wanting to access the COVID-19 wage top-up program shouldn’t have to rely on employers to apply. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

NDP wants employees to be able to apply directly for wage top-up

The current program only allows employers – not individual employees – to apply

NDP leader Kate White in Whitehorse on Oct. 8. The NDP have raised concerns that essential workers wanting to access the COVID-19 wage top-up program shouldn’t have to rely on employers to apply. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A boat crosses Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park and Reserve near Haines Junction on Sept. 6. Yukoners are being advised to avoid the Kathleen Lake area as conservation officers are tracking a grizzly bear in the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukoners warned of bear near Kathleen Lake

Yukoners are being advised to avoid the Kathleen Lake area as conservation…

A boat crosses Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park and Reserve near Haines Junction on Sept. 6. Yukoners are being advised to avoid the Kathleen Lake area as conservation officers are tracking a grizzly bear in the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
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Kate Mechan speaks during a conference in Whitehorse on June 26, 2018. Mechan, executive director of Safe at Home, said it’s her hope the program will see more vulnerable people in the community housed than previously. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

100 Homes project launches

Will work with landlords, potential tenants

Kate Mechan speaks during a conference in Whitehorse on June 26, 2018. Mechan, executive director of Safe at Home, said it’s her hope the program will see more vulnerable people in the community housed than previously. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speak at a COVID-19 update press conference in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver, left, and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speak at a COVID-19 update press conference in Whitehorse on Nov. 19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Carcross/Tagish First Nation now has a fish and wildlife work plan for their traditional territory to be implemented over the next five years. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

New fish and wildlife plan released for Carcross/Tagish First Nation traditional territory

The plan outlines initiatives for the next five years, including research on animal populations

The Carcross/Tagish First Nation now has a fish and wildlife work plan for their traditional territory to be implemented over the next five years. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
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Regan Fuerstner poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Dec. 3. Fuerstner, a former Earls employee and part-time fitness instructor, was laid off from her primary serving job earlier this fall.

Yukoner with two jobs experiences workplace tensions during second wave

Regan Fuerstner was laid off last month after her second place of employment was exposed to COVID-19

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Regan Fuerstner poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Dec. 3. Fuerstner, a former Earls employee and part-time fitness instructor, was laid off from her primary serving job earlier this fall.
The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22. The Department of Education is moving students off Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as part of a system-wide overhaul of inclusive education, and Yukon’s non-governmental education experts are worried that the shift will cut costs and improve optics, but won’t improve student learning. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)

Yukon special needs students moved off individualized learning plans

“I’m not hopeful, I’m worried for the children in our classrooms, I’m worried about the teachers.”

The Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse on Dec. 22. The Department of Education is moving students off Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as part of a system-wide overhaul of inclusive education, and Yukon’s non-governmental education experts are worried that the shift will cut costs and improve optics, but won’t improve student learning. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News)
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Adam Greetham, owner of Groundtrax Environmental Services Inc., poses for a photo in Whitehorse on December 17, 2020. Greetham is proposing a second life for the former Whitehorse Copper Mine site that would reprocess tailings deposits and produce clean energy.

Clean energy technology to come from ‘waste’ at Whitehorse Copper Mine site

A local “environmental industrialist” is proposing a second life for the former…

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Adam Greetham, owner of Groundtrax Environmental Services Inc., poses for a photo in Whitehorse on December 17, 2020. Greetham is proposing a second life for the former Whitehorse Copper Mine site that would reprocess tailings deposits and produce clean energy.
<em>Encounters of the Yukon</em>, a series of six 20-minute dramas, were broadcast twice a week from CFYT 106.9 FM, the community-owned radio station in Dawson City. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Dawson radio dramas bring theatre to the airwaves during COVID-19

The show goes on for the Friends of the Palace Grand Society

<em>Encounters of the Yukon</em>, a series of six 20-minute dramas, were broadcast twice a week from CFYT 106.9 FM, the community-owned radio station in Dawson City. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP are requesting assistance locating 33-year-old Jake Harper, last seen at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter on Dec. 12. He is described as a First Nations male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. (RCMP Handout)

UPDATE: Missing man located

Jake Harper was last seen at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter on Dec. 12

Whitehorse RCMP are requesting assistance locating 33-year-old Jake Harper, last seen at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter on Dec. 12. He is described as a First Nations male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-feet-6-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. (RCMP Handout)
Yukon Energy announced Dec. 15 it will not place the battery storage project it is planning beside its Takhini substation on the North Klondike Highway. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy announced Dec. 15 it will not place the battery storage project it is planning beside its Takhini substation on the North Klondike Highway. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean speaks in the legislative assembly on Nov. 27, 2017. McLean announced Dec. 14 some details of a three year plan to restore tourism in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Post-COVID tourism strategy may need a rebrand, says government

$15 million in tourism relief and recovery is planned for the next three years

Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean speaks in the legislative assembly on Nov. 27, 2017. McLean announced Dec. 14 some details of a three year plan to restore tourism in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Year’s Eve fireworks over Shipyards Park in Whitehorse on Dec. 31, 2018. The City of Whitehorse announced Dec. 16 that the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News New file)

Fireworks cancelled

The sky over Shipyards Park will be quiet this New Year’s Eve.…

Year’s Eve fireworks over Shipyards Park in Whitehorse on Dec. 31, 2018. The City of Whitehorse announced Dec. 16 that the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News New file)
A tentative agreement has been reached between the Yukon Hospital Corporation, the Yukon Employees’ Union and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, representing more than 300 staff working in a variety of positions at Yukon hospitals. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Hospital, union reach tentative deal

Virtual meetings, ratification vote to be held soon

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Yukon Hospital Corporation, the Yukon Employees’ Union and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, representing more than 300 staff working in a variety of positions at Yukon hospitals. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 2. The Yukon government has plans to assess the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> and the Liberals have insisted that their representative be Streicker, who has been in charge of the ministerial orders and other powers granted under the act. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Committee plans to examine the Civil Emergency Measures Act

The composition of the committee, and the use of the act, has been a hot topic during the fall sitting

John Streicker, minister of community services, speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 2. The Yukon government has plans to assess the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> and the Liberals have insisted that their representative be Streicker, who has been in charge of the ministerial orders and other powers granted under the act. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean speaks at an announcement in Whitehorse Oct. 5. The Yukon government will dole out $321,229 to artists and organizations offering arts programs around the territory. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News file)

Funding provided to local artists, organizations

The Yukon government will dole out $321,229 to artists and organizations offering…

Yukon Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean speaks at an announcement in Whitehorse Oct. 5. The Yukon government will dole out $321,229 to artists and organizations offering arts programs around the territory. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News file)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media on Oct. 30. As the territory emerges with a slowdown from the recent rapid cases of COVID-19, Hanley urged holiday caution during a weekly update. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

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As new cases slow, Hanley urges caution over holidays

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media on Oct. 30. As the territory emerges with a slowdown from the recent rapid cases of COVID-19, Hanley urged holiday caution during a weekly update. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Santa rides in the back of a pick-up truck during the Ross River Santa parade. This is the first year the community has hosted a Christmas parade. (Submitted)
Santa rides in the back of a pick-up truck during the Ross River Santa parade. This is the first year the community has hosted a Christmas parade. (Submitted)
Christmas stockings decorated by children hang with care behind Yukon Beringia Centre exhibits in 2019. The centre’s stocking event is being done a bit differently this year. (Christopher Wheeler/Government of Yukon)

Experimenting with a tradition

Yukon Beringia Centre hosts its annual Great Stocking Experiment

Christmas stockings decorated by children hang with care behind Yukon Beringia Centre exhibits in 2019. The centre’s stocking event is being done a bit differently this year. (Christopher Wheeler/Government of Yukon)