French Kindergarten planned for Selkirk school

A French immersion Kindergarten class has been added at Selkirk Elementary School starting this September.

A French immersion Kindergarten class has been added at Selkirk Elementary School starting this September.

The Yukon’s Department of Education says this should help reduce the lengthy waiting list at Whitehorse Elementary.

There are currently 22 students on the waitlist. The new Selkirk program will take up to 18.

Whitehorse Elementary currently has three French immersion Kindergarten classes with 18 spaces each.

The government says Selkirk was chosen for the new class because “the school currently offers intensive French programming, which can facilitate support for French programming in Kindergarten.”

Kindergarten students already enrolled at Whitehorse Elementary who were selected through the lottery and who would like to attend Selkirk will get first crack at the new spots.

That will be followed by students on the waitlist with a sibling attending Selkirk Elementary and then the rest of the kids on the list.

The government says it may further expand the program, depending on the level of interest. (Ashley Joannou)

NorthwesTel glitch reveals personal information

A glitch on NorthwesTel’s website meant contact information for 25 costumers was searchable online.

Communications director Andrew Anderson said all 25 people, mostly from Whitehorse, had used an online form to order digital television some time since February 2015.

A coding error on the form meant that those people’s information could come up when you search the website.

No financial information was ever visible, Anderson said, only a person’s name and sometimes their email and phone number.

When the error was pointed out Monday, it was fixed in three hours and won’t happen again, Anderson said.

The company is reaching out to the costumers to apologize.

“Obviously privacy is incredibly important to us as a company,” he said.

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