Pasloski meets with peers

Every year, Canada’s premiers meet as members of the Council of the Federation to talk about important issues and strengthen negotiations with the federal government.

Premier Darrell Pasloski met with provincial and territorial leaders last week to discuss infrastructure, health care and the economy.

Every year, Canada’s premiers meet as members of the Council of the Federation to talk about important issues and strengthen negotiations with the federal government.

Pasloski led the discussions on infrastructure last week.

The Yukon has special needs when it comes to infrastructure development, and a special interest in ensuring that federal funding is appropriate, he said.

“We have a much smaller population, a much larger geographical base, and we have challenges of climate change that affect us a lot more significantly than they do further south.”

The Yukon has recently completed projects under the Building Canada program, where costs were shared between the territorial and federal governments. The main focus of those projects was to build equipment and facilities for drinking water and waste water, although the program also funded roads, bridges and recreation facilities.

Pasloski suggested that the federal government use a “base plus per capita” formula for future investments, meaning that all territories and provinces would receive a certain level of funding, plus an amount based on the population of the jurisdiction.

This would mean that the Yukon would receive a higher level funding per capita than areas with a greater population, and this would partially compensate for the greater land mass that must be covered, and the relatively high cost of building in the North.

The other premiers supported the suggestion, said Pasloski.

The meeting also identified the need to develop a disaster mitigation program to help prevent, and lower costs, of natural events such as fire and flooding.

Right now, there is a federal funding program to help with costs to recover after a natural disaster, but there’s nothing to help pay for programs working to prevent those disasters from occurring in the first place.

Yukon has experienced serious and record-breaking floods this year, with continued flood warnings in effect for the Southern Lakes region.

A disaster reduction plan could, for example, help with the costs for a family to relocate if they live in an area prone to flooding and prefer to move rather than continue to pay to clean up the mess after every flood.

The premiers also discussed how they will deal with rising health care costs.

The meetings focused on ways the regions could invest, for example, in preventative care and generic drugs.

Focusing more on a “team-based model” of health care delivery, where doctors, nurses and pharmacists collaborate to provide care, could help ease the doctor shortage in the Yukon, said Pasloski.

The premier also took time to congratulate Doris Roberts from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation in Dawson City, who received a Council of the Federation Literacy Award this year.

Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kimberly Armstrong, creator of Glimmer of Hope, poses for a photo with examples of toys for packages she is putting together. The care packages are for children who have suffered abuse, trauma, illness or sudden loss. (Kimberly Armstrong/Submitted)
Kids experiencing trauma will receive gifts from new charity

A Whitehorse woman is compiling care packages for children who have suffered… Continue reading

Sport Yukon held its 45th annual Member Awards on Dec. 3, recognizing the achievements of nearly 80 athletes, coaches, volunteers and administrators from 16 different organizations. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Sport Yukon hands out the hardware, virtually

Awards ceremony recognizes athletes, coaches, volunteers and administrators

Commissioner of Yukon Anglique Bernard, in her role as Chancellor of the Order of Yukon, announced the 2020 Order of the Yukon inductees in a statement Dec. 2. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Order of Yukon inductees announced

Ten Yukoners will receive territory’s highest honour

The primary goal of the new relief package for tourism operators is to support the tourism sector, whether they’re private industry or not-for-profit organizations, said Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Relief program offers funds for businesses that rely on tourists for more than half their revenue

Two new streams of funding, in addition to the accommodation relief program, were announced

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
YUKONOMIST: Climate emergency, lite edition

Back in September 2019, Whitehorse City Council declared a climate emergency, to… Continue reading

A sign outside the Yukon Inn Convention Centre indicates Yukoners can get a flu vaccine inside. As of Dec. 4, the vaccinations won’t be available at the convention centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse Convention Centre ends flu vaccination service early

Flu vaccinations won’t be available at the Whitehorse Convention Centre after Dec.… Continue reading

In 1909, Joseph Kavetzki took over Brown’s Harness Shop, depicted here, reconstructed, 90 years later. Third Avenue in Dawson, south of Princess Street, was the heart of the blue collar industrial section of gold rush Dawson. (Michael Gates/Yukon News)
History Hunter: The Yukon is rich in hidden history

I had worked for a few months in my new position as… Continue reading

Today’s mailbox: Kindness, shingles and speed limits

Letters to the editor published Dec. 4, 2020

COMMENTARY: Land use planning must include industry

Carl Schulze Special to the News This commentary is a response to… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Nominations continue to be open for Northern Tutchone members of the White River First Nation to run for councillors in the 2021 election. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News File)
White River First Nation to elect new chief and council

Nominations continue to be open for Northern Tutchone members of the White… Continue reading

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new councillor in a byelection held Dec. 3. (Wikimedia Commons)
Watson Lake elects new councillor

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new… Continue reading

The new Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation council elected Dec. 1. (Submitted)
Little Salmon Carmacks elects new chief, council

Nicole Tom elected chief of Little Salmon Carcmacks First Nation

Most Read