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The Yukon Coroner’s Service is reporting 21 opioid-related deaths in 2021. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)

Yukoners face dark side of high levels of substance use

Coroner says deaths from drug overdoses causing ‘massive pain’ in Yukon

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Some COVID-19 restrictions set to ease Dec. 4 while masks remain in place

The government says that 2 per cent of full-time employees refused to provide proof of vaccination.

The Executive Director of the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association, Charlene Alexander and the Minister of Tourism and Culture and Economic Development, Ranj Pillai announced the Yukon Government’s Creative and Cultural Industries Strategy on November 30. (Submitted)

Yukon government announces decade-spanning creative industry plan

Plan’s first phase will focus on COVID-19 recovery

A box containing vials of the Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, COVID-19 vaccine sits on a pharmacists table at the Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, April 30, 2021. The vaccine is available to Yukoners on Nov. 29 and 30 (Virginia Mayo/Associated Press)

Limited supply of non-Moderna vaccines available for adults in the Yukon

To book an appointment to call 1-867-336-1508 with your full name and telephone number

A box containing vials of the Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, COVID-19 vaccine sits on a pharmacists table at the Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium, Friday, April 30, 2021. The vaccine is available to Yukoners on Nov. 29 and 30 (Virginia Mayo/Associated Press)
Whitehorse City Hall. City employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Feb. 20. (Yukon News file)

Vaccine mandate issued for City of Whitehorse employees

Employees will require two COVID-19 vaccine doses by Feb. 20

Whitehorse City Hall. City employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Feb. 20. (Yukon News file)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. André Corriveau. (Government of Yukon/Facebook)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. André Corriveau. (Government of Yukon/Facebook)
The North Klondike solar power plant located north of Whitehorse was recently completed by Solvest Northern Solar Solutions(Solvest/Andrew Serack)

New solar panel array completed north of Whitehorse

Solvest Northern Solar Solutions built the facility which will sell energy into the Yukon’s grid.

The North Klondike solar power plant located north of Whitehorse was recently completed by Solvest Northern Solar Solutions(Solvest/Andrew Serack)
The Whitehorse Community Choir’s annual holiday concert will be an online show this year as the Yukon continues to deal with COVID-19. (Submitted)

Community choir brings Tidings and Tinsel online

Annual show can be viewed from Dec. 4 to 16

The Whitehorse Community Choir’s annual holiday concert will be an online show this year as the Yukon continues to deal with COVID-19. (Submitted)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A look at issues discussed at Whitehorse city council’s Nov. 22 meeting…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
The Winterval Santa Parade makes it way over the Robert Campbell bridge into Riverdale on Dec. 5, 2020. (Mike Thomas/Yukon Arts Centre)

Santa set to tour Whitehorse neighbourhoods

Parade of Lights will hit the streets Dec. 4

The Winterval Santa Parade makes it way over the Robert Campbell bridge into Riverdale on Dec. 5, 2020. (Mike Thomas/Yukon Arts Centre)
Minister Nils Clarke speaks to reporters about the COP 26 climate change conference. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

This week in the House: Timber harvesting and Yukon skipping COP26

Ministers provided updates in the legislature this week on firewood and the international climate conference.

Minister Nils Clarke speaks to reporters about the COP 26 climate change conference. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
A portion of a map showing 115 Range Road, which is up for rezoning to Highway Commercial. (City of Whitehorse)

Range Road property rezoned from helipad to highway commercial

The rezoning of a Range Road property may soon take off, allowing…

A portion of a map showing 115 Range Road, which is up for rezoning to Highway Commercial. (City of Whitehorse)
Highway construction on North Klondike highway. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Yukon embarks on long and pricey list of road projects

The first project of the Yukon Resource Gateway Program has been selected,…

Highway construction on North Klondike highway. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s MP, receives a standing ovation before his response to the speech from the throne on Nov. 23 in Ottawa. (Screengrab)

Yukon First Nations and senator react to federal throne speech

Newly elected MP Brendan Hanley spoke for the first time in the House of Commons.

Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s MP, receives a standing ovation before his response to the speech from the throne on Nov. 23 in Ottawa. (Screengrab)
Adeline Webber of the Yukon will be one of 13 Assembly of First Nations delegates bound for Rome to meet with the Pope about the residential school system and the harms it caused. (Assembly of First Nations/Submitted)

Adeline Webber will be Yukon delegate for First Nations meeting with the Pope

The Assembly of First Nations is sending a group of 13 to the Vatican

Adeline Webber of the Yukon will be one of 13 Assembly of First Nations delegates bound for Rome to meet with the Pope about the residential school system and the harms it caused. (Assembly of First Nations/Submitted)
Economic Development Minister Ranj Pillai. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Economic Development Minister Ranj Pillai. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. André Corriveau. (Government of Yukon/Facebook)
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. André Corriveau. (Government of Yukon/Facebook)
Interior of new home construction. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Yukon housing affordability still waning: CMHC report

New apartments under construction expected to increase Whitehorse’s rental universe

Interior of new home construction. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)

Whitehorse councillors concerned about proposed retrofit loan program

Municipalities would be tasked with collections on property taxes

Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)
Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon reads aloud during debate on a non-confidence motion on Nov. 24 in the legislature. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Liberal government survives no-confidence vote over Hidden Valley scandal

“Let’s be clear, both the Liberals and the Yukon Party are responsible for the hurt that was caused to children.”

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon reads aloud during debate on a non-confidence motion on Nov. 24 in the legislature. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)