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Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27. Hanley opened a March 31 press conference about COVID by saying he had good news, despite the surging cases of COVID-19 in the South. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

High school students will return to full-time classes April 19

“I know that this year has been extremely challenging for our students.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27. Hanley opened a March 31 press conference about COVID by saying he had good news, despite the surging cases of COVID-19 in the South. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse during the city’s last civic election in October 2018. If the city’s mayor is elected to the territorial legislature next month, a seat on council would remain vacant until after the next city election in October 2021. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

No by-election slated for city if the mayor is elected to legislature

Deputy mayors would continue to serve in role until municipal election

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse during the city’s last civic election in October 2018. If the city’s mayor is elected to the territorial legislature next month, a seat on council would remain vacant until after the next city election in October 2021. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
Up to 20 inmates and additional staff have been transferred to the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

Inmates transferred to Whitehorse following Baffin Correctional Centre fire

Inmates on remand or serving a territorial sentence were transferred to Whitehorse on March 27

Joel Krahn/Yukon News file
Up to 20 inmates and additional staff have been transferred to the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.
The Yukon Teachers’ Association filed a legal petition against the Yukon government on March 24. (Yukon News file)

YTA files lawsuit over rehiring policy for laid-off teachers

Petition alleges that the Yukon government has broken its collective agreement

The Yukon Teachers’ Association filed a legal petition against the Yukon government on March 24. (Yukon News file)
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)
Campaign materials from the three parties. The election period for the 2021 territorial election is now halfway done. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Housing, families and “THE Yukon”: Election promises from this week

Candidates are now locked in as we enter the halfway point of the campaign

Campaign materials from the three parties. The election period for the 2021 territorial election is now halfway done. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Diane McLeod-McKay, the Yukon’s public interest disclosure commissioner, has highlighted issues with the Yukon’s whistleblower protection legislation. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Commissioner highlights issues with whistleblower protection legislation

March 24 was Canada’s first Whistleblower Awareness Day

Diane McLeod-McKay, the Yukon’s public interest disclosure commissioner, has highlighted issues with the Yukon’s whistleblower protection legislation. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced the two new cases on March 25. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced the two new cases on March 25. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Ron Chambers accepts his lifetime achievement award in regalia at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on March 22. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Ron Chambers accepts his lifetime achievement award in regalia at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on March 22. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
The now empty lot at 410 Cook Street in Whitehorse on January 19, 2021. Due to a tie vote, Whitehorse city council defeated a zoning change to require fewer parking spots in a planned micro-housing development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Tie vote by council defeats zoning amendment

Parking requirements for affordable housing project remain in place

The now empty lot at 410 Cook Street in Whitehorse on January 19, 2021. Due to a tie vote, Whitehorse city council defeated a zoning change to require fewer parking spots in a planned micro-housing development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Artist’s rendering of a Dairy Queen drive-thru. Whitehorse city council heard arguments for and against the rezoning of 107 Range Road for a drive-thru on the property. Developers are proposing a Dairy Queen restaurant for the site. (Submitted)

Council hears arguments for and against drive-thrus

Public hearing held on rezoning for 107 Range Road

Artist’s rendering of a Dairy Queen drive-thru. Whitehorse city council heard arguments for and against the rezoning of 107 Range Road for a drive-thru on the property. Developers are proposing a Dairy Queen restaurant for the site. (Submitted)
The Dawson planning region encompasses 40,000 square kilometres. About 12 per cent has been withdrawn from mineral staking, the Yukon government announced March 11. (Submitted/Dawson Regional Planning Commission)

Dawson region staking withdrawal called “far too little, and too late”

The Yukon government has withdrawn a portion of land from mineral staking during land-use planning.

The Dawson planning region encompasses 40,000 square kilometres. About 12 per cent has been withdrawn from mineral staking, the Yukon government announced March 11. (Submitted/Dawson Regional Planning Commission)
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27 about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The Yukon has now surpassed a vaccination rate of 65 per cent, but Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley said young people are lagging behind. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Hanley: Over 65 per cent of Yukoners vaccinated

Vaccination rates higher among seniors, lower among youth

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks to media at at press conference on Jan. 27 about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The Yukon has now surpassed a vaccination rate of 65 per cent, but Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley said young people are lagging behind. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Yukon is divided into 19 different ridings. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

Which Yukon riding do you live in?

Take a closer look at riding boundaries on our interactive map

The Yukon is divided into 19 different ridings. (Screenshot/Google Maps)
Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. Potential changes in the city’s development plan process could come forward for council’s consideration in April. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Development permit changes could be considered

Expected to come forward to council in April

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. Potential changes in the city’s development plan process could come forward for council’s consideration in April. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Michelle Phillips follows Jessie Royer into Nikolai on the Iditarod trail. (Dave Poyzer/Iditarod)

Yukon musher reflects on an “intense” Iditarod race

Michelle Phillips places 11th, looks ahead to 2022 race

Michelle Phillips follows Jessie Royer into Nikolai on the Iditarod trail. (Dave Poyzer/Iditarod)
Ted Hupé, president of the Yukon Teachers’ Association, said the decision to return high school students to school full time has been met with mixed emotions. (Submitted/Yukon Teachers’ Association)

Mixed emotions, quick planning underway for full-time class return: YTA

The Yukon government announced a return to full-time school for Grades 10-12 on March 10

Ted Hupé, president of the Yukon Teachers’ Association, said the decision to return high school students to school full time has been met with mixed emotions. (Submitted/Yukon Teachers’ Association)
Rebudgeting, resurfacing and transit grants were on the docket at Whitehorse City Hall on March 15. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

This week at city hall

A look at what was discussed by Whitehorse city council at its March 15 meeting.

Rebudgeting, resurfacing and transit grants were on the docket at Whitehorse City Hall on March 15. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Signs for four different candidates in the 2021 territorial election placed in a snowbank in Copper Ridge. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Signs for four different candidates in the 2021 territorial election placed in a snowbank in Copper Ridge. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)