Shallow Bay land sale in limbo

Talk about making hay on Shallow Bay. On Friday, the Yukon Supreme Court threw a wrench into a controversial land disposition by granting a…

Talk about making hay on Shallow Bay.

On Friday, the Yukon Supreme Court threw a wrench into a controversial land disposition by granting a temporary injunction against the Yukon government.

Justice Ron Veale ordered the Energy Mines and Resources department and its minister Archie Lang to halt the privatization of a grazing lease on 24 hectares of land near Lake Laberge.

The lands branch recently agreed to sell the parcel to Len Walchuk, whose wife, Karla DesRosiers, owns the adjacent Laberge Ranch and Outfitters Ltd.

Walchuk and DesRosiers want to expand their hay farm. They hold three grazing leases on about 132 hectares of public land near Shallow Bay, and want to convert the leases to private title.

But the coveted land is within the traditional territory of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council.

Because of the pre-existing leases, it could not be included in the First Nation’s land claim settlement. But the Ta’an have long argued that they should receive right to the land once the grazing leases expire.

And environmental groups have lobbied against the sale, citing Shallow Bay’s status as a globally significant wetland.

The Ta’an requested a court injunction against Lang and the Resources department to prevent the sale.

Veale granted the temporary injunction until the Ta’an’s full argument can be heard, beginning March 31.

The Ta’an could not be reached for comment Friday.

Neither could Walchuk and DesRosiers, who were out of the territory.

Officials with the Resources department said the department and the minister do not comment on ongoing court cases.

Just Posted

City of Whitehorse tells taxi passengers who feel unsafe to not travel alone

Suggestion criticized by advocates for placing burden of safety on passengers, not taxi companies

Whitehorse’s new emergency room slated to open in early January

40,000-square-foot building will be more efficient, officials say

Judge finds Whitehorse man not guilty of raping teen in 2015 after second trial

Judge Raymond Wyant found Jackie James Kodwat not guilty of sexual assault.

Whitehorse’s sidewalks are a deathtrap

In the interest of safety and simplicity, the city should just plow the sidewalks

Police, coroner investigating suspicious death in Pelly Crossing

Investigators have ordered an autopsy, which will take place in Vancouver Dec. 18

Two Yukon projects shortlisted for the Arctic Inspiration Prize

Projects from Whitehorse, Carcross up for cash

Lower Post, B.C., man suing Yukon RCMP over assault allegation

Suit alleges man ended up with ‘ended up with bruising on his arms, biceps and chest’

Yukon needs a better plan for long-term care

The government can find solutions if it has the will. Does it have the will?

Hard travel over the Yukon’s winter trails

The overland trip to Dawson City today is a cakewalk compared to a century ago

Globalization infiltrates the Yukon’s recycling bins

You’re going to have to do a better job sorting your junk or else China won’t take it

Driving during the holidays

It’s hectic on the roads at Christmastime

Whitehorse council chambers needs new audio-visual equipment

‘More than 10 people’ watch city’s televised meetings

Most Read