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Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announced 29 new COVID-19 cases on June 19 and community transmission among unvaccinated individuals. (Yukon News file)

Yukon logs record-high 29 new COVID-19 cases

F.H. Collins prom attendees and some Porter Creek Grade 9 students are instructed to self-isolate as community transmission sweeps through unvaccinated populations

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before using it on Nov. 24. The Yukon government is reopening the drive-thru option on June 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Drive-up COVID-19 testing opening June 18 in Whitehorse

The drive-up testing will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday and increase testing capacity by 33 spots

Crystal Schick/ Yukon News A former residential school in the Kaska Dena community of Lower Post will be demolished on June 21. Crystal Schick/ Yukon News

Lower Post residential school demolition postponed

On June 21, the old residential school in Lower Post will be demolished and new ground on a multi-cultural centre will be broken

A draft plan has been released by the Dawson Regional Use Planning commission on June 15. Julien Gignac/Yukon News

Draft plan released by the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning Commission

Dawson Regional Land Use Commission releases draft plan, Government of Yukon withdraws additional lands from mineral staking in the planning region

A draft plan has been released by the Dawson Regional Use Planning commission on June 15. Julien Gignac/Yukon News
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its June 14 meeting

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
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A Yukon judge approved dangerous offender status for a man guilty of a string of assaults in 2020.

Yukon judge sentences dangerous offender to indefinite prison term

Herman Peter Thorn, 51, was given the sentence for 2020 assaults, history of violence

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A Yukon judge approved dangerous offender status for a man guilty of a string of assaults in 2020.
A presumptive COVID case was found at Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project. (file photo)

Presumptive COVID-19 case reported at mine in southeast Yukon

A rapid antigen rest found a presumptive COVID case on an incoming individual arriving at the 3Aces project

A presumptive COVID case was found at Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project. (file photo)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Yukon News file)

Yukon logs nine new COVID-19 cases, 54 active cases

More CEMA enforcement officers have been recruited, officials say

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Yukon News file)
A woman was rescued from the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska on June 16. (Photo courtesy/AllTrails)

Alaska hiker chased off trail by bears flags down help

ANCHORAGE (AP)—An Alaska hiker who reported needing help following bear encounters on…

  • Jun 17, 2021
A woman was rescued from the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska on June 16. (Photo courtesy/AllTrails)
NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘Unacceptable’ that Inuk MP felt unsafe in House of Commons, Miller says

OTTAWA—It’s a “sad reflection” on Canada that an Inuk MP feels she’s…

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 8.

Fort Simpson asked for military help. Two people showed up.

FORT SIMPSON—Residents of a flooded Northwest Territories village expected a helping hand…

  • Jun 17, 2021
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Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 8.
Rodney and Ekaterina Baker plead guilty to offences under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)

Couple who broke isolation rules to get vaccines in Beaver Creek fined $2,300

Crown and defence agreed on no jail time for Rod and Ekaterina Baker

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker plead guilty to offences under the Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
It’s been a long time since most Yukoners have seen downtown Skagway. (Andrew Seal/Yukon News file)

What Canada-U.S. border changes could mean for Alaska travel

The federal government is expected to make an announcement on Monday

It’s been a long time since most Yukoners have seen downtown Skagway. (Andrew Seal/Yukon News file)
A rendering of the proposed new city hall/services building and transit hub. (City of Whitehorse/submitted)

City building plans move forward

Council approves procurement going ahead

A rendering of the proposed new city hall/services building and transit hub. (City of Whitehorse/submitted)
Western and Northern premiers met this week to discuss joint issues. (Joe Savikataaq/Twitter)

Premiers meet at Northern Premiers’ Forum and Western Premiers’ Conference

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq virtually hosted both meetings this year

Western and Northern premiers met this week to discuss joint issues. (Joe Savikataaq/Twitter)
Team Yukon during the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. (Submitted/Sport Yukon)
Team Yukon during the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. (Submitted/Sport Yukon)
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The overdose crisis, largely driven by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil was the topic of an online discussion hosted by Blood Ties Four Directions Centre and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition on June 8 and 10.

Discussion of overdose crisis in Yukon leaves participants hopeful for future

The forum brought together people including some with personal drug use and addiction experience.

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The overdose crisis, largely driven by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil was the topic of an online discussion hosted by Blood Ties Four Directions Centre and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition on June 8 and 10.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Yukon News file)

COVID-19 outbreak surges to 50 active cases in the Yukon

Officials urge Yukoners to continue following guidelines, get vaccinated

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Yukon News file)
The Yukon has confirmed 33 active COVID-19 cases on June 15. (file photo)

‘It is now more important than ever to get vaccinated’: Yukon jumps to 33 active COVID-19 cases

The Yukon has confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, according to…

The Yukon has confirmed 33 active COVID-19 cases on June 15. (file photo)
The sun sets over Iqaluit on Oct. 26, 2020. Nunavut’s chief public health officer says two COVID-19 cases at Iqaluit’s middle school came from household transmission and the risk to other students is low. (Emma Tranter/Canadian Press)

Iqaluit school’s contacts and classmates cleared after two COVID-19 cases

With an outbreak ongoing in Iqaluit, the Aqsarniit middle school has split students into two groups

The sun sets over Iqaluit on Oct. 26, 2020. Nunavut’s chief public health officer says two COVID-19 cases at Iqaluit’s middle school came from household transmission and the risk to other students is low. (Emma Tranter/Canadian Press)