Whitehorse city councillors will vote on bylaw amendments

Whitehorse city council mulls tighter criminal record checks for some business owners

Taxi companies, pawn shops would face more scrutiny under new rules

Some business owners could be facing more stringent background checks, if proposed bylaws changes are approved by Whitehorse city council.

City staff recommended the changes to the business license and vehicle-for-hire bylaws at the standing committee meeting July 17.

There are multiple proposed changes, but the most significant ones revolve around tightening up criminal record provisions for owners of taxi businesses and pawn shops.

Under the proposed changes, the city could revoke business licenses if “a business owner is convicted of an indictable offense … and/or the Designated Officer believes that it is in the public interest to do so,” Tom Wyers of bylaw services told council.

The changes would also bring taxi businesses, pawn shops and secondhand store owners under the business license bylaw “to ensure there is no criminal record related to some potential public interest and safety concerns,” said Wyers.

The changes also clarify the definitions of these types of businesses under the bylaw.

The changes were proposed after “other levels of government raised a concern with the city regarding illegal activities in the vehicle-for-hire industry,” in 2016, he said.

“I find the standards high,” said Coun. Samson Hartland. “And rightfully so.”

Coun. Rob Fendrick wanted to know if a business owner who already had a license and had a conviction could possibly be granted a “grandfather” exemption. Wyers said he was unsure but would look into it.

Wyers said owners of affected businesses, as well as the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, have been notified of the proposed changes.

The amendments will go before council for first reading at the July 24 regular council meeting.

Contact Lori Garrison at lori.garrison@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

UPDATED: City of Whitehorse issues stop work order on proposed downtown condo

Condo development must wait for application to be reviewed

Old Crow woman successfully appeals assault sentence that was based on her unrelated marijuana use

In his decision released Jan. 16, Justice Ron Veale called the original sentence “unfit”

Whitehorse council puts an end to quarry plans

City council unanimously votes to reject OCP amendment to allow for quarry

Team Scoffin to represent Yukon at 2018 Brier

‘It’s a thrill. It’s a dream come true’

Updated: Whitehorse daycare abruptly shuts down, leaving parents scrambling

Owners of Cheeky Monkey daycare said they had to close Jan. 13 because the CRA seized their assets

Ice, ice, baby: scaling a frozen Yukon waterfall

‘There’s a really transformative affect with adventure’

Yukon history is picture post card perfect

The most interesting gift I received at Christmas this year was the… Continue reading

Contentious Whitehorse quarry proposal raises city hackles

‘We’ve had concerns from the get-go on this one’

Whitehorse time machine

Yukon’s capital added 10,000 people over the last three decades, no YESAB application needed

How to make sure your car starts in the cold

It’s about more than just making sure your plug works

Whitehorse fuel delivery company fined $1,100 for Rancheria crash

The Crown stayed two other charges against the company related to the Aug. 7, 2017, crash

Most Read