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A Housing First project on Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 5, 2019. The John Howard Society and Council of Yukon First Nations will take over on April 6. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Housing First takeover won’t result in program, staffing changes

The John Howard Society says they aren’t looking to fix what isn’t broken

A Housing First project on Fifth Avenue and Wood Street in Whitehorse on Nov. 5, 2019. The John Howard Society and Council of Yukon First Nations will take over on April 6. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A young caribou is seen here in a snow squall just off the Dempster Highway. Concern about the caribou population’s decline has resulted in a zero quota for a local outfitter, triggering a court-ordered judicial review. (Peter Mather/Yukon News file)

Yukon Supreme Court orders judicial review of zero caribou quota

Yukon Big Game Outfitters was issued a zero quota for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 hunting seasons

A young caribou is seen here in a snow squall just off the Dempster Highway. Concern about the caribou population’s decline has resulted in a zero quota for a local outfitter, triggering a court-ordered judicial review. (Peter Mather/Yukon News file)
Voters enter the polling station at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre to cast their ballots in the 2015 Whitehorse municipal election. As the city preps for the 2021 municipal vote, council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw that would govern the election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Voters enter the polling station at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre to cast their ballots in the 2015 Whitehorse municipal election. As the city preps for the 2021 municipal vote, council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw that would govern the election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
Crews remove snow in Whitehorse on November 4, 2020. With a record snowfall over the winter, the city is recommending a series of measures residents can take now to prevent flooding on their properties from the snowmelt in the spring.

Stopping a flood before it happens

As City of Whitehorse crews continue removing this year’s record snowfall from…

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
Crews remove snow in Whitehorse on November 4, 2020. With a record snowfall over the winter, the city is recommending a series of measures residents can take now to prevent flooding on their properties from the snowmelt in the spring.
Whitehorse General Hospital in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. The federal government is providing $31.1 million towards developing an electronic health record system across the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Health funding announced

Federal government provides three million for virtual healthcare

Whitehorse General Hospital in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. The federal government is providing $31.1 million towards developing an electronic health record system across the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver speaks to media about the Path Forward plan for the territory after the legislative question period on March 8. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Students in full-time classes next month, travel bubbles planned for spring

The Yukon government announced plans to relax pandemic measures during March 10’s COVID-19 update

Premier Sandy Silver speaks to media about the Path Forward plan for the territory after the legislative question period on March 8. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit have announced several Whitehorse arrests in their monthly crime reduction round-up for February. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

RCMP make four drug-related arrests

The Crime Reduction Unit observed two apparent drug transactions prior to arrests

RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit have announced several Whitehorse arrests in their monthly crime reduction round-up for February. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Education Minister Tracy McPhee speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 7, 2020. McPhee gave details on March 9 about the Yukon government’s new childcare subsidy. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Education Minister Tracy McPhee speaks to media in Whitehorse on April 7, 2020. McPhee gave details on March 9 about the Yukon government’s new childcare subsidy. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Dr. Christine Schreyer, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, whose main academic research is on language documentation, has created realistic new languages for several Hollywood blockbusters. (Submitted)

Film uses Yukon Indigenous language as inspiration for prehistoric dialect

Dr. Christine Schreyer gave a virtual talk on March 4 about inventing a new language for film

Dr. Christine Schreyer, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, whose main academic research is on language documentation, has created realistic new languages for several Hollywood blockbusters. (Submitted)
Dawson City city staff are asking residents for their input on a possible new recreation facility. (Yukon News file)

Rec centre consultation gets underway

As the City of Dawson looks at building a new recreation facility…

Dawson City city staff are asking residents for their input on a possible new recreation facility. (Yukon News file)
Patti Balsillie will be running for the mayor’s seat in Whitehorse in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Submitted)

Balsillie aims to serve as city’s mayor

Says she has the time, skill set to serve in full-time role

Patti Balsillie will be running for the mayor’s seat in Whitehorse in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Submitted)
Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton sits on the opposition side of the legislative assembly on March 8 after announcing his resignation from the Liberal party earlier that day. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Don Hutton resigns from Liberal caucus; endorses NDP leadership

Hutton said his concerns about alcohol abuse and addictions have gone unaddressed

Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton sits on the opposition side of the legislative assembly on March 8 after announcing his resignation from the Liberal party earlier that day. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

A look at issues discussed by city council at its March 1 meeting and upcoming city events

City staff outline upcoming projects Procurement for nearly 20 City of Whitehorse…

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Council of Yukon First Nations grand chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. Johnston and Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced changes to the implementation of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Third phase added to procurement policy implementation

Additional time added to prep for two provisions

Council of Yukon First Nations grand chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. Johnston and Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced changes to the implementation of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.

Yukoners turning up the heat with unique DIY sauna builds

Do-it-yourselfers say a sauna built with salvaged materials is a great winter project

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.
Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)

Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
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Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from…

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Whitehorse RCMP will provide internet safety training due to an uptick of child luring offences. (iStock photo)
Whitehorse RCMP will provide internet safety training due to an uptick of child luring offences. (iStock photo)
The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)