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Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

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A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its Nov.…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
Yukon NDP Leader Kate White scrums with reporters in the Yukon legislature following the final question period of the fall sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly on Nov. 24. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon NDP-Liberal deal approaches expiry date

Rent cap, minimum wage, paid sick leave and dental plan are among items in the agreement

Yukon NDP Leader Kate White scrums with reporters in the Yukon legislature following the final question period of the fall sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly on Nov. 24. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Welcome to Watson Lake sign. The Yukon government says it plans to add two long-term care beds to the hospital in the community, once if hires staff and goes through a community input process about the living spaces. (Matt and Bess/Wikimedia Commons)
Welcome to Watson Lake sign. The Yukon government says it plans to add two long-term care beds to the hospital in the community, once if hires staff and goes through a community input process about the living spaces. (Matt and Bess/Wikimedia Commons)
A COVID-19 rapid test shows a positive test result. A Nov. 10 memo gives a bit of additional insight on deaths due to COVID-19 in the Yukon. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Internal memo reveals data on COVID-19 deaths in Yukon

Nov. 10 memo notes vaccination has “dramatically reduced” risk of severe outcomes

A COVID-19 rapid test shows a positive test result. A Nov. 10 memo gives a bit of additional insight on deaths due to COVID-19 in the Yukon. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Sign with Keno City amenities welcoming visitors as photographed in 2021. Soon Yukon government signs will inform visitors that “they must take their waste with them upon leaving Keno.”	(Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Keno City gets garbage bins; Hecla Mining to haul waste

YG says regional waste managment agreements with municipalities still not finalized

Sign with Keno City amenities welcoming visitors as photographed in 2021. Soon Yukon government signs will inform visitors that “they must take their waste with them upon leaving Keno.”	(Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee speaks at a COVID-19 update on Sept. 15, 2022. The Yukon government and the Yukon Employees’ Union have come to an agreement on a recruitment and retention package for nurses employed by the Yukon government. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon government nurses get $6M bonus package

Territorial government and union representing nurses have reached an agreement on the new package

Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee speaks at a COVID-19 update on Sept. 15, 2022. The Yukon government and the Yukon Employees’ Union have come to an agreement on a recruitment and retention package for nurses employed by the Yukon government. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Premier Sandy Silver (left) speaks at his last Yukon Forum as premier, alongside Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston, on Nov. 29 in Carcross. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)

No consensus on consent to oil and gas activity for Yukon First Nations

Oil and Gas Act among topics discussed by political leaders at 23rd Yukon Forum

Premier Sandy Silver (left) speaks at his last Yukon Forum as premier, alongside Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston, on Nov. 29 in Carcross. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)
Education Minister Jeanie McLean addresses reporters Oct. 13 about the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate Office’s review of the Yukon government’s response to sexualized abuse at Hidden Valley Elementary School. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Education department commits to recommendations from child advocate

Education minister had committed to responding to the advocate’s review by Nov. 22

Education Minister Jeanie McLean addresses reporters Oct. 13 about the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate Office’s review of the Yukon government’s response to sexualized abuse at Hidden Valley Elementary School. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
The Dawson City RCMP is seeking German citizen Soydan Karasinan who may have gone missing while riding his bicycle through either Alaska or the central Yukon. (RCMP Image)

Yukon RCMP say missing man may have been cycling to Dawson City

Soydan Karasinan, a German citizen, may have been travelling through Alaska the route to Dawson.

The Dawson City RCMP is seeking German citizen Soydan Karasinan who may have gone missing while riding his bicycle through either Alaska or the central Yukon. (RCMP Image)
The interior of a Whitehorse courtroom. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)

Yukon man sues for $3M over treatment in jail, secure hospital unit

Events complained of date back to 2020, conduct of arresting officers also still under investigation

The interior of a Whitehorse courtroom. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
This map shows the area in Copper Ridge that was rezoned in August for the residential development the Chu Níikwän Limited Partnership is planning. The Yukon government announced Nov. 28 it is providing a $2.5 million loan for the first phase of the project. (City of Whitehorse/Screen shot)

YG announces $2.5M loan for residential land development on KDFN land

Chu Níikwän Limited Partnership to start development on Copper Ridge West in 2023

This map shows the area in Copper Ridge that was rezoned in August for the residential development the Chu Níikwän Limited Partnership is planning. The Yukon government announced Nov. 28 it is providing a $2.5 million loan for the first phase of the project. (City of Whitehorse/Screen shot)
Premier Sandy Silver snaps back at the official opposition on his last day as premier in the Yukon Legislative Assembly on Nov. 24. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Fall sitting wraps with questions outstanding on premiership, NDP-Liberal deal

Party leaders mark the end of the Yukon Legislative Assembly’s fall sitting

Premier Sandy Silver snaps back at the official opposition on his last day as premier in the Yukon Legislative Assembly on Nov. 24. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
The second public hearing on the proposed next Official Community Plan was held at council’s Nov. 28 meeting. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)

Stevens area dominates public hearing discussion

Residents call on council not to reverse quarry decision

The second public hearing on the proposed next Official Community Plan was held at council’s Nov. 28 meeting. (Screen shot/City of Whitehorse)
Premier Sandy Silver steps up to the podium in the cabinet office, where he signalled his final day as premier in the Yukon Legislative Assembly on Nov. 24. The Yukon Liberal Party has set the date for its leadership convention to determine who will replace Silver as leader and, in turn, premier. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon Liberals to elect new leader, premier in January

The party announced the Jan. 28 convention date at its private leadership party

Premier Sandy Silver steps up to the podium in the cabinet office, where he signalled his final day as premier in the Yukon Legislative Assembly on Nov. 24. The Yukon Liberal Party has set the date for its leadership convention to determine who will replace Silver as leader and, in turn, premier. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Yukon RCMP commanding officer Scott Sheppard discusses the Nov. 24 shooting of a man who police say was armed and threatening employees at an Air North facility. The man was pronounced dead within an hour of being shot by an RCMP officer. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
Yukon RCMP commanding officer Scott Sheppard discusses the Nov. 24 shooting of a man who police say was armed and threatening employees at an Air North facility. The man was pronounced dead within an hour of being shot by an RCMP officer. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)
A pride flag. (Lillen/Pixabay)

Queer Yukon Society to hire healthcare navigator

Yukon Governent funds position aimed to assist healthcare access.

A pride flag. (Lillen/Pixabay)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its Nov.…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
The new bilingual health centre in Whitehorse will not automatically accept Yukoners on the find-a-doctor program waitlist. There is a separate application process for the clinic. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon hospitals pushing past pre-pandemic levels but not exceeding capacity: hospital corp.

Two Yukon Hospital Corporation witnesses questioned by MLAs in the Yukon Legislative Assembly

The new bilingual health centre in Whitehorse will not automatically accept Yukoners on the find-a-doctor program waitlist. There is a separate application process for the clinic. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee is seen on Sept. 15. McPhee says as the government works to continue implementing the Putting People First report, it is working to transform the health system to better meet the needs of Yukoners. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee is seen on Sept. 15. McPhee says as the government works to continue implementing the Putting People First report, it is working to transform the health system to better meet the needs of Yukoners. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
A Yukon Court will rule if a Whitehorse Correctional Centre’s weekend inmate’s treatment violated his rights. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)

Weekend inmate placed in solitary confinement, 24-hour light seeks judicial review

Inmate in for short sentence was kept segregated and denied jail amenities, claim states

A Yukon Court will rule if a Whitehorse Correctional Centre’s weekend inmate’s treatment violated his rights. (Jim Elliot/Yukon News)