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A woman enters the COVID-19 vaccination centre in Whitehorse on Feb. 1. The federal government has confirmed that the Yukon will be receiving more Moderna vaccines in February, after a temporary shortage forced the territory to modify plans. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon to receive more Moderna vaccine doses this month

Supply has been diverted from a number of provinces

A woman enters the COVID-19 vaccination centre in Whitehorse on Feb. 1. The federal government has confirmed that the Yukon will be receiving more Moderna vaccines in February, after a temporary shortage forced the territory to modify plans. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Premier Sandy Silver speaks at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 16, 2020. Silver wouldn’t confirm on Feb. 11 whether the party was planning on calling a spring election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Premier won’t confirm or deny possibility of a spring election

Elections Yukon says they are prepared to run a COVID-19-safe operation

Premier Sandy Silver speaks at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 16, 2020. Silver wouldn’t confirm on Feb. 11 whether the party was planning on calling a spring election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Subject lot is a proposed development at 107 Range Rd. which has Whitehorse city council considering the possibilities for drive-thrus along the Alaska Highway corridor. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Range Road drive-thru contemplated

Rezoning comes forward to council

Subject lot is a proposed development at 107 Range Rd. which has Whitehorse city council considering the possibilities for drive-thrus along the Alaska Highway corridor. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
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Artists perform at the 2020 Yukon African Music Festival. This year’s event will be online only. (Submitted/Yukon African Music Festival)

Yukon African Music Festival goes online

Line-up includes Grammy-winning musicians

Artists perform at the 2020 Yukon African Music Festival. This year’s event will be online only. (Submitted/Yukon African Music Festival)
The entrance to Grey Mountain Cemetery on Feb. 15. City officials are asking the public for input on the city’s plans for the cemetery’s expansion. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Input sought on cemetery design

Survey results will help inform planning

The entrance to Grey Mountain Cemetery on Feb. 15. City officials are asking the public for input on the city’s plans for the cemetery’s expansion. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in the Yukon on Feb. 12, with public exposure notices issued the following day. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News files)

Public exposure notices released after two new COVID-19 cases

The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 12,…

Two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in the Yukon on Feb. 12, with public exposure notices issued the following day. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News files)
Karen McColl, journalist and podcast host, in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Karen McColl, journalist and podcast host, in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A city council meeting in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Addressing city council in new ways

Call-in or write-in options now provided to delegates

A city council meeting in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A home burns in Keno City on Feb. 10. This is the second building to be destroyed by fire in the community this winter, prompting more calls from residents for the Yukon government to do more to protect Keno City and other unincorporated communities. (Amber Smith/Submitted)

Second fire in Keno this winter burns down home

The incident is renewing calls for a solution to the lack of local fire response

A home burns in Keno City on Feb. 10. This is the second building to be destroyed by fire in the community this winter, prompting more calls from residents for the Yukon government to do more to protect Keno City and other unincorporated communities. (Amber Smith/Submitted)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27 about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

No new date yet for Whitehorse mass vaccine clinic

“I appreciate your collective patience as we all wait for the news”

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27 about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Elizabeth Foubister is seen here as a child with her father, Michael Foubister, who died from COVID-19 last October. (Elizabeth Foubister/Submitted)

Family of man who died from COVID-19 ‘outraged’ he wasn’t admitted to hospital

Elizabeth Foubister says her father had underlying conditions warranting hospitalization

Elizabeth Foubister is seen here as a child with her father, Michael Foubister, who died from COVID-19 last October. (Elizabeth Foubister/Submitted)
Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week.

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukon RCMP Superintendent Chan Daktari Dara speaks to media in Whitehorse on Jan. 28, 2020. Dara explained that the committee had planned to share data with anonymity mechanisms in place, but those mechanisms still breached privacy laws. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Women’s groups decry cancellation of sexual assault review committee

Advocates say shuttering the committee over privacy law is “absurd”

Yukon RCMP Superintendent Chan Daktari Dara speaks to media in Whitehorse on Jan. 28, 2020. Dara explained that the committee had planned to share data with anonymity mechanisms in place, but those mechanisms still breached privacy laws. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Chest binders — a garment designed to compress one’s chest — is one option for gender-affirming clothing available through Queer Yukon in partnership with GenderGear.ca. (GenderGear.ca)

Free gender gear now available for Yukoners

The Gender Gear program will be accepting applications until Feb. 15

Chest binders — a garment designed to compress one’s chest — is one option for gender-affirming clothing available through Queer Yukon in partnership with GenderGear.ca. (GenderGear.ca)
Alfred Au, president of the Chinese Canadian Association of Yukon, delivers gift boxes to association members on Feb. 11 in the lead up to Chinese New Year. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)

Chinese ‘Niu’ Year welcomes Year of the Ox

The Chinese Canadian Association of Yukon delivered parcels of treats to mark occasion by distance

Alfred Au, president of the Chinese Canadian Association of Yukon, delivers gift boxes to association members on Feb. 11 in the lead up to Chinese New Year. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay sits for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 3. “Privacy awareness is an important message not only for adults, but also for children and youth,” McLeod-McKay said. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Learning about privacy in an online world

Yukon privacy commissioner offers up new resources for youth

Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay sits for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 3. “Privacy awareness is an important message not only for adults, but also for children and youth,” McLeod-McKay said. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
The City of Whitehorse is releasing a report detailing the public feedback received over the proposed changes to the transit system. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)

Transit report released

Document details survey results on modernized route plan

The City of Whitehorse is releasing a report detailing the public feedback received over the proposed changes to the transit system. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
A taxi cab rooftop sign in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Online survey investigates taxi safety

Two women’s advocacy groups have launched an online survey collecting Yukoners’ negative…

A taxi cab rooftop sign in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Crystal Schick/Yukon News file City of Whitehorse city council meeting in Whitehorse on Oct. 5, 2020. Some procedures bylaw changes were proposed at Whitehorse city council’s Jan. 18 meeting that would see a few changes to council meetings and how council handles certain matters like civil emergencies.

City’s operating budget approved

Property owners will see 0.34 per cent rise in taxes

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file City of Whitehorse city council meeting in Whitehorse on Oct. 5, 2020. Some procedures bylaw changes were proposed at Whitehorse city council’s Jan. 18 meeting that would see a few changes to council meetings and how council handles certain matters like civil emergencies.
A Yukon resident casts a ballot during the 2016 election. All three Yukon parties are slowly announcing nomination periods and candidates ahead of the upcoming 2021 territorial election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

More potential candidates step forward for pre-election candidate selections

The parties are readying for an election which must be called on or before Nov. 21

A Yukon resident casts a ballot during the 2016 election. All three Yukon parties are slowly announcing nomination periods and candidates ahead of the upcoming 2021 territorial election. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)