Black mould and asbestos remain in receiving home

Black mould and asbestos were discovered in the Yukon Children’s Receiving Home months ago. A professional investigation was completed in June.

Black mould and asbestos were discovered in the Yukon Children’s Receiving Home months ago.

A professional investigation was completed in June. The outcome was 10 recommendations to fix the mould problem.

But nothing happened.

“I’m worried about the safety of the children and the workers in that facility,” said Steve Cardiff on Monday.

The NDP MLA toured the facility on Friday.

“It was never identified as an urgent matter,” said Health Minister Brad Cathers on Tuesday.

“We’ve been advised by the experts there is no current health risk to staff and to children.

“However, we must repair or replace the facility.”

A new facility has been needed for years, said Cardiff.

“It’s a rabbit warren.”

The hallways are narrow, there are blind corners and four different living areas that are difficult to supervise, he said.

“It would be very hard to get out in an emergency.”

The staff is concerned, he said.

On Friday, 14 children were living at the home.

It’s long overdue to be replaced, said Cardiff.

In the 2001 Anglin report on Yukon children in care, it was recommended the receiving home be replaced with two smaller therapeutic group homes — one for boys and one for girls.

But no action has been taken, said Cardiff.

Before the receiving home can be repaired or replaced, there needs to be a place to move the staff and children, said Cathers.

Right now the black mould and asbestos are sealed off, he said.

“But repairing them would disturb them and they could potentially become airborne.”

Finding a location to move the staff and children to is tricky. And city zoning is slowing things up, said Cathers.

“In discussions I’ve had with them, (the city) would be open to working with the government on those zoning issues,” said Cardiff in the legislature on Tuesday.

It shouldn’t have taken this long, he added.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Site selection for battery project draws ire of nearby landowners

Yukon Energy is accepting public comments on three possible sites for the project

Taking a closer look at the cosmos

Star gazing party scheduled for Sept. 18

Former Yukon U president takes new job following resignation

Vice President University Services Maggie Matear has been appointed as interim president

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Sept. 18, 2020

Arrest made in 2019 Ross River murder

Phillip Atkinson, 63, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mary Ann Ollie

Baggage screening changes begin

Passengers are asked to arrive earlier than normal in order to accommodate the new temporary system

Yukon Government extends education review

The final report is scheduled for release in March 2021

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Lawsuit against Freedom Trails settled

The suit was dismissed with consent of all parties

Tank farm takes another step towards development

OCP designation passes second reading

Climate change strategy targets 30 per cent reduction in territory greenhouse gases by 2030

The strategy includes rebates for electric vehicles but puts off mining targets for two years

Watson Lake to hold mayoral byelection

Residents of Watson Lake will elect a new mayor on Oct. 8.… Continue reading

Teslin Tlingit Council elects chief, deputy chief

Teslin Tlingit Council citizens have elected Eric Morris as the new Naa Sháade Háni

Most Read