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Porcupine caribou on Old Crow Mountain just outside of Old Crow, Yukon, October 2020. The Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge provides critical calving and post calving habitat to the Porcupine caribou herd which migrates through the traditional territory of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation each fall to its wintering range. (Paul Josie/Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation)

U.S. House votes to ban drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

“We will not stop until these sacred lands are permanently protected.”

Porcupine caribou on Old Crow Mountain just outside of Old Crow, Yukon, October 2020. The Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge provides critical calving and post calving habitat to the Porcupine caribou herd which migrates through the traditional territory of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation each fall to its wintering range. (Paul Josie/Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation)
Evan Stepanian and Andrew Connors of the Yukon Film Society inside the Yukon Theatre on Nov. 23. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Evan Stepanian and Andrew Connors of the Yukon Film Society inside the Yukon Theatre on Nov. 23. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Jewel Davis photographed at COP26 in Glasgow. (submitted/Yukon News)

COP26 was ‘the most colonialist space’ says Carcross/Tagish attendee

“Real change will happen in communities with real people who care about the environment.”

Jewel Davis photographed at COP26 in Glasgow. (submitted/Yukon News)
Joseph Tisiga reacts to winning the $20,000 prize during the Yukon Prize for Visuals Arts Gala at the Yukon Arts Centre on Nov. 20. (Mike Thomas/Yukon Arts Centre)

Joseph Tisiga takes first annual Yukon Prize for Visual Arts

“The most important gift is the gift of time.”

Joseph Tisiga reacts to winning the $20,000 prize during the Yukon Prize for Visuals Arts Gala at the Yukon Arts Centre on Nov. 20. (Mike Thomas/Yukon Arts Centre)
The search for information about the 2016 disappearance of James Kunuk from Whitehorse is being renewed by the Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit. (Submitted)
The search for information about the 2016 disappearance of James Kunuk from Whitehorse is being renewed by the Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit. (Submitted)
Allegations of restraint and physical confinement of students at Jack Hulland Elementary is being investigated by the RMCP and the Yukon’s Child and Youth Advocate. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Physical restrainment being investigated at elementary school in Porter Creek

Issues at Jack Hulland Elementary discussed at legislature.

Allegations of restraint and physical confinement of students at Jack Hulland Elementary is being investigated by the RMCP and the Yukon’s Child and Youth Advocate. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver during a live update on the COVID-19 situation at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 27, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Pfizer vaccine for Yukon kids available first week of December

The Yukon is expected to receive its first doses of Pfizer COVID-19…

Premier Sandy Silver during a live update on the COVID-19 situation at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 27, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Investigators picked over the remanants of the trolley car that once ran along the waterfront rail line in Whitehorse on Nov. 23, 2021. According to the RCMP it burned in the early hours of the morning and the fire department was called to extinguish it at around 1:30 a.m. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

RCMP investigating Whitehorse trolley fire as arson

Police and fire department investigating blaze, no injuries reported

Investigators picked over the remanants of the trolley car that once ran along the waterfront rail line in Whitehorse on Nov. 23, 2021. According to the RCMP it burned in the early hours of the morning and the fire department was called to extinguish it at around 1:30 a.m. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Iqaluit’s water treatment plant. The Government of Nunavut has set out eight requirements the city must fulfill for the GN to pull back a do-not-consume water order issued in mid-October. (Mélanie Ritchot/Nunatsiaq News)

Iqaluit working on GN requirements to lift water order

David Venn Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Nunatsiaq News The Department of Health…

  • Nov 23, 2021
Iqaluit’s water treatment plant. The Government of Nunavut has set out eight requirements the city must fulfill for the GN to pull back a do-not-consume water order issued in mid-October. (Mélanie Ritchot/Nunatsiaq News)
Crews work to deal with flooding in the bookstore and main entrance of Yukon University’s Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse on Nov. 21. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Crews work to deal with flooding in the bookstore and main entrance of Yukon University’s Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse on Nov. 21. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
COVID-19 case totals in the Yukon showed an encouraging downward trend on Monday, Nov. 22. (File Photo)

COVID-19 case count falling in the Yukon

Only 45 new cases reported over weekend.

COVID-19 case totals in the Yukon showed an encouraging downward trend on Monday, Nov. 22. (File Photo)
Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon photographed on the 2021 campaign trail on April 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)

Yukon Party plans confidence vote over the government’s handling of the Hidden Valley file

The balance of power sits with the NDP, but it is unlikely they will break their agreement

Yukon Party leader Currie Dixon photographed on the 2021 campaign trail on April 8. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)
Memory Vessel, an acrylic painting by Janet Moore, is now displayed above the mayor’s chair in Whitehorse council chambers. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Some winter reminders from city hall

A look at happenings this week at Whitehorse City Hall. A new…

Memory Vessel, an acrylic painting by Janet Moore, is now displayed above the mayor’s chair in Whitehorse council chambers. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Chad Thomas, lead instructor for Beat the Heat training camp, does the hose pack lift and carry during the WFX fit test in Whitehorse on May 3, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

NDP backs request to include wildland firefighters in extended workers compensation

Revised Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act presumptive cancer list doesn’t include wildland firefighters

Chad Thomas, lead instructor for Beat the Heat training camp, does the hose pack lift and carry during the WFX fit test in Whitehorse on May 3, 2018. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Public Service Commission Minister John Streicker speaks to media at the legislature on Oct. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)

Advice from CMOH advised against exceptions to unpaid leave mandate

Rapid tests were considered, but CMOH advised not to allow exceptions.

Public Service Commission Minister John Streicker speaks to media at the legislature on Oct. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file)
A injection kit is seen inside the newly opened Fraser Health supervised consumption site is pictured in Surrey, B.C., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The number of overdose deaths in B.C. is steadily increasing. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press file)

B.C.’s toxic drug crisis is getting worse

Moira Wyton Local Journalism Initiative The Tyee Toxic drugs took the lives…

  • Nov 20, 2021
A injection kit is seen inside the newly opened Fraser Health supervised consumption site is pictured in Surrey, B.C., Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The number of overdose deaths in B.C. is steadily increasing. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press file)
Joseph Zelezny, the president of the new Yukon Freedom Party, previously ran for the People’s Party of Canada in the 2019 federal election. (Submitted file)

Former PPC candidate launches Yukon Freedom Party

The party shares a name with the group leading Yukon’s anti-vaccine movement

Joseph Zelezny, the president of the new Yukon Freedom Party, previously ran for the People’s Party of Canada in the 2019 federal election. (Submitted file)
Mountainview Church pastor Jeremy Norton was one of 17 signatories to a letter asking the Yukon Government to make worship services exempt from mandatory vaccination. (Jim Elliot/ Yukon News)

Group of Yukon clergy want worship excluded from vaccine mandate

Seventeen faith leaders from 10 churches and other organizations signed a letter to the government

Mountainview Church pastor Jeremy Norton was one of 17 signatories to a letter asking the Yukon Government to make worship services exempt from mandatory vaccination. (Jim Elliot/ Yukon News)
The White Pass & Yukon Route railway (Yukon News file)

Investment firm purchases White Pass rail

The White Pass & Yukon Route railway could find itself with new…

The White Pass & Yukon Route railway (Yukon News file)
Kathleen Cranfield, president of the Professional Association of Yukon Midwives, is seen in 2020. Cranfield is leaving the Yukon to practice midwifery in N.W.T. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Kathleen Cranfield, president of the Professional Association of Yukon Midwives, is seen in 2020. Cranfield is leaving the Yukon to practice midwifery in N.W.T. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)