Topic: yukon

Yukon companies find minerals but seek investors, gov't says

Various mineral discoveries have been made in the territory, but some feel investment is lagging.

Driver crashes into Whitehorse recycling station

Electrical crews and contractors are assessing the damage at 'Raven Station' in Whitehorse after a driver hit the side of the building last night.

Job vacancies in Yukon close to passing number of unemployed people

Employers in the service industry are reporting 'worst ever' conditions for finding new staff.

Dirty water may be reason for 'very strange' shortage of fish harvest, says N.W.T. angler

Anglers in Aklavik, N.W.T., are trying to figure out why there was a shortage of fish in local hotspots this year.

Government to pledge $400 million for transport projects in Canada's North

The National Trade Corridors Fund will dedicate $2 billion over 11 years to beef up Canadian trade infrastructure, including up to $400 million for transportation initiatives in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Rex Murphy says petition to uninvite him to speak in Whitehorse is 'silly'

Rex Murphy’s keynote address at the Yukon Geoscience Forum went ahead Saturday afternoon despite a small protest and a petition to have him uninvited.

Iqaluit residents line up as city's largest grocery store reopens after fire

Iqaluit's largest grocery store reopened Saturday, just over a week after an early morning fire burned through part of it for 22 hours.

Unsolved bombing of Yukon-bound flight not forgotten

The CBC podcast series Uncover: Bomb On Board takes a new look at a 53-year-old crime that took the lives of six Yukoners.

Whitehorse's Golden Horn school is almost out of room, parents hear

The school goes from kindergarten to grade 7 and for each of the last two years it's had two kindergarten classes. The government has promised there will be two kindergarten classes again next school year.

NDP says Yukon gov't tried to hide cost of $2M health-care review

The territorial government said the cost of the expert panel would be about $665,000, and would be covered by federal funds.

'Baa'd news for Yukon's Stone sheep: they're not actually Stone sheep

Call it a case of mistaken identity. Thousands of Thinhorn sheep in southern Yukon — once believed to be Stone sheep — are actually Dall sheep, researchers say.

Territorial officials offer mixed reactions to report on cost of substance use in Canada

The report found Nunavut spent around $96 million on substance-abuse related costs, while the Northwest Territories spent about $102 million and Yukon spent $71 million.

Boom times ahead for Yukon and Nunavut, but not N.W.T., report says

The Conference Board of Canada's latest economic forecast, released Thursday, says Yukon and Nunavut will outpace much of the country in terms of growth between now and 2025.

Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway turns 1 year old

After one year, the highway is already having big effects on the Beaufort Delta region.

B.C. moves to close polluting Tulsequah Chief mine site

The mine, about 80 kilometres south of Atlin, B.C., has been inactive and leaking acid runoff for years.

Early data suggest no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization, police say

Canadian police have not seen a spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month since legalization, but there needs to be more awareness of laws around storing marijuana in vehicles and passengers smoking weed, law enforcement officials say.

'Profound gathering' aims to fuel revival of Tlingit language

'As fluent speakers, we have hardly anyone to converse back and forth with,' said Fred White, who's considered to be the youngest fluent speaker of Tlingit.

Yukon premier grilled over leaked documents on carbon tax

The territorial government has promised rebate cheques to Yukoners, once they start paying a carbon tax next July. But businesses may end up with tax credits instead. Opposition MLAs want Premier Sandy Silver to clarify what businesses can expect.

Kapwani Kiwanga wins the $100K Sobey Art Award

Kapwani Kiwanga, from Hamilton, Ont., was presented with the $100,000 Sobey Art Award at a gala ceremony at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Campbell River ice rink first in B.C. to switch from ammonia to CO2 refrigeration

A community on Vancouver Island is set to be the first ice rink in B.C. to make the switch from using ammonia to a carbon dioxide system.

City of Whitehorse aims to fix roads, upgrade facilities next year

'Infrastructure renewal' is the theme of the city's 2019 capital budget, tabled on Tuesday.

Substance use costs $1,000 to $2,600 per person in Canada each year, study says

Canada's territories are spending the most per capita on costs related to substance use, according to a report released Thursday.

Dealer who used cars to deliver drugs tries — and fails — to become a car salesman

Asif Aslam built secret compartments in cars to move drugs around before being busted in "Operation Monolith" five years ago.

Radon levels above Health Canada guidelines in 21 Yukon government buildings, tests show

Twenty-one Yukon government buildings have radon levels over Health Canada's guideline for public buildings, according to test results published on the Yukon government's health and safety website.

Petition aims to have Rex Murphy uninvited from Yukon Geoscience Forum

Rachel Grantham started a petition to have Rex Murphy uninvited from speaking at the Yukon Geoscience Forum in light of a column he wrote criticizing the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford.

New weather station in Haines Pass starts broadcasting

A new weather station has been installed and is transmitting weather data from the Haines Pass. It's something that could potentially save lives, according to the Yukon Avalanche Association.

This pink moose might change how you think about modern treaties

In "To Talk to Others”, artists interpret the minutes from an August 1977 meeting between then Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and five Yukon First Nations leaders.

Southern Alberta crash involving stolen pickup truck sends 5 to hospital

RCMP in southern Alberta are looking for information about a serious crash Monday morning between two pickup trucks — one stolen — that sent five people to hospital.

Hemp and hops: Yukon brewery experiments with new ingredient

Yukon Brewing has signed a deal with an Ontario company that promises a new invention; the brewery plans to start experimenting with hemp mash this winter, creating a beer that could be the first of its kind.

Dene Nation 'not happy' with distribution of $600M in funding for on-reserve housing

The Dene Nation is looking to the federal government for clarity about $600 million in funding announced for on-reserve housing, because the majority of Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories don't live on reserves.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Nov. 5

Winter has landed in much of the North, but it's not stopping you — or the local wildlife — from getting out and exploring in your best photos of the week.

Wreath made from Yukon sternwheeler rope will rest at Vimy

A wreath made from Yukon's history is being presented at a ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of armistice. The wreath is made from old rope from the S.S. Klondike sternwheeler in Whitehorse.

These driving dogs will make you go 'aww'

Meet the northern pups that love to feel the wind in their ears.

CBC Yukon turns 60: Take a look back at its roots

Sixty years ago, radio was the thread that connected people in a vast, sparsely populated land.

From Yukon to Australia: Rider pride is worldwide

Saskatchewan Roughriders fans really are everywhere.

Yukon trucking company worried about impacts of carbon tax

The president of Pacific Northwest, one of the Yukon's largest transportation companies, says he needs information on how rebates will work. He also wonders why aviation and placer mining are exempt, but trucking companies aren't.

Canada Post workers hit the picket line in Whitehorse

It's part of rotating strikes that started across Canada on Oct. 22, with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) calling for increased wages and benefits in a new contract.

Yukon gov't's decision on Dawson City mining claims 'expropriation', agent claims

Darrell Carey's former agent says a Yukon government decision regarding the miner's claims in Dawson City is 'nothing short of expropriation.'

Driver tried to run down workers on picket line in Whitehorse, say non-profit employees

Workers at a non-profit counselling service say they were harassed and threatened on the picket line in Whitehorse on Thursday. Twenty unionized employees at Many Rivers went on strike last week.

Yukon mental health organization seeks funding to start meditation program

The Mental Health Association of Yukon applied for nearly $50,000 in funding from the City of Whitehorse to start the program, but its application was denied this week.
Replay

CBC North Asks: How have families been affected by residential schools?

CBC hosted a live panel discussion in Whitehorse on Thursday evening, to explore how the impacts of residential schools are passed down through generations.

Children of Survivors | Born an 'it' and living with abandonment

John Fingland of Yukon wanted to know where he came from, and he's still coming to terms with what he found out.

N.W.T. communities lobby to host promised new polytechnic university

City of Yellowknife says the territorial capital is the prime location for a new polytechnic university.

Man facing charges in Dawson City break-in that damaged more than 100 historic items

A Whitehorse man is facing charges following a break-in at the Red Feather Saloon in Dawson City last month.

Yukon Party accuses Liberals of interfering with access to information requests

Yukon's opposition party says the premier's top political staff interfered in responses to access to information requests directed to the Executive Council Office.

Friends, family remember gracious host, history lover, and chocoholic 'Goody' Sparling

Whitehorse businesswoman, history lover, and storyteller Gudrun 'Goody' Sparling died Monday at the age of 92.

Landmark Cinemas investigates after Yukon woman complains of unprofessional treatment

A cinema company has recently completed an investigation into a complaint by a customer who alleges she was unfairly treated at a Whitehorse theatre while trying to redeem a gift card, and is sending up staff to give training to its employees.

Yes, this fall in the Yukon was as nice as you think

Month to month seasonal temperatures across the Yukon have varied drastically and are in line with climate change trends according to an Environment Canada climatologist.

'Like an Airbnb': Caregivers can now rent a short-term respite home in Whitehorse

It looks like a regular three-bedroom home on the outside, but the Yukon Association of Community Living hopes the space will feel more like a vacation home for people requiring care.

On the land, and beyond trauma: A Yukon educator's healing journey

In the classrooms where Melanie Bennett first witnessed discrimination as a student, she now sees hope and potential as an educator.

Future of Air North's direct flight to Ottawa up in the air

The airline recently confirmed the route — which flies between Whitehorse and Ottawa with a pitstop in Yellowknife — could be scaled back in the new year.

Double-murder trial remains on track as Calgary judge elevated to Alberta's top court

A Calgary judge who was elevated to Alberta's Court of Appeal on Monday will still preside over a high-profile, double-murder trial as her final case in the province's superior court.

Evacuees prepare to return home 3 months after wildfire devastates Telegraph Creek

More than 250 wildfire evacuees from Telegraph Creek have been given the go-ahead to return home, after months of staying in hotels and with friends and family across B.C and Yukon.

Yukon court finds man guilty of child pornography, acquits him of sexual assault of teen

Lorenzo Gil Morales, a 48-year-old Spanish citizen, has been found guilty of making child pornography, while being acquitted of sexual assault and sexual interference.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 29

October is in the rearview mirror, but it left with a bang: providing incredible landscapes and sights for your best photos of the week from across the North.

How a school bus driver and 4 First Nation members came together to harvest a moose

Darcy Laliberty, who is non-Indigenous, had an 'emotional' and 'intense' experience with four members of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, watching how they harvested every bit of the animal.
Point of View

There are thousands of intergenerational survivors' stories — this is mine

Yukon comedian Sharon Shorty shares the impacts intergenerational trauma has had on her life. Her parents, and other family members, attended residential schools in Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta.

Whitehorse man celebrates 20 years of being car free

Michael Dougherty says he's probably saved close to $200,000 in the past two decades without a car.

'A treasure waiting to be seen': Yukon First Nations crack open massive archive

The Council of Yukon First Nations has begun a project to examine and organize its thousands of boxes of historic photos, videos, tapes, and documents.

In final effort to revive herds, 6 remaining caribou to be relocated to rearing pen

In a desperate measure to try to save the mountain caribou's most southerly herds, provincial biologists are about to purposely relocate the last remaining animals that range into the states south of B.C.

Dene left in the dark about Ottawa's new Arctic region, chief says

Before it made the decision about the new region, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it held open discussions with the Inuvialuit and Inuit. But no one consulted with Dene communities on Treaty 11 territory.

Following Yukon, N.W.T. commits to funding 'abortion pill'

Health Minister Glen Abernethy committed to funding Mifegymiso, commonly called the 'abortion pill,' in response to MLA's questions in the legislature Thursday.

Yukon Energy to burn more LNG and diesel to meet winter demand

The power corporation says the low water level in Aishihik Lake means less hydroelectricity is generated at dam there. The company will add temporary diesel plants in Whitehorse for backup.

New rules for Yukon farmers aim to protect wild sheep from disease

Officials are particularly worried about a bacterium that can cause pneumonia in some animals, and has caused devastation elsewhere.

Discoverer of Badlands dinosaur bones featured in Google doodle

Google doodle celebrates the 160th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Burr Tyrrell, who discovered the first dinosaur bones in Alberta's Badlands back in 1884.

Trial begins for man accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl in Whitehorse

A 48-year-old Spanish citizen is on trial in Yukon Territorial Court this week on charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, and possessing and making child pornography.

Yukon gov't to cover cost of abortion pill Mifegymiso

The Yukon government is covering the cost of Mifegymiso, a drug regime which induces an abortion. It's currently used in 30 countries. Health Minister Pauline Frost says many women prefer it over a surgical abortion, but cost has been a barrier.

New rules at Whitehorse bingo nights, after tempers flare over seats

Under the N — No more saving seats for all your friends.

Yukon gov't to release opioid strategy in next few days, says health minister

The Yukon government is set to release an opioid action plan and strategy in the next couple of days, according to Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost. Meanwhile, the NDP wants regular reports on opioid overdoses.

Yukon opposition grills premier: will carbon tax work?

'He was asked if the carbon tax would actually be effective in meeting our environmental goals and his response was, ‘Time will tell,’' said Yukon's opposition leader Stacey Hassard.

Facebook page taps frustration over property crime in Whitehorse

Residents are expressing anger over thefts and break-ins, but statistics do not show an overall increase in property crimes.

New youth group home will replace 2 set to close, Yukon gov't says

Social Services Minister Pauline Frost says her department is working to address 'deficiencies' in government-run group homes.

Air North employees might not be able to use cannabis 2 months before work

Air North considering policy where employees in safety-sensitive positions must not consume cannabis within 60 days of any shift, says the president of the Yukon-based airline.

'Beyond being a judge, he was a gentleman': Yukon legal community remembers Justice Leigh Gower

Yukon Supreme Court Justice Leigh Gower has died after reportedly suffering a medical emergency over the weekend.

No card required to borrow from Dawson City's 'bag library'

Local conservationists tried to ban plastic bags, but their petition wasn’t successful. So they set out to create a solution.

Cloudy weather a major factor in Whitehorse pilot's death: coroner's report

Yukon's chief coroner has determined that cloudy weather and a loss of visibility were major factors in the plane crash death of a 31-year-old Whitehorse pilot in a remote area north of Faro last fall.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of Oct. 22

There's no shortage of gorgeous landscapes, but foxes and a pair of mischievous ravens highlight this week's selection of your best photos of the week from across the North.

Study of larvae important piece of puzzle about winter ticks in Yukon, says researcher

Emily Chenery says that while winter ticks are not a currently problem in the Yukon, it's important to study them in case their numbers ever do get out of control. ​

Support Peel watershed protection 'one last time,' say Yukon environmental groups

'When we won the victory in court, that was fantastic. But what it didn't do was fully protect the Peel watershed,' says Julia Duchesne of the Yukon Conservation Society.

Dry lakes and dust storms: Dramatic changes to Yukon glaciers are warning for planet, researchers say

The enormous glaciers in the Yukon are thinning and shrinking much faster than they should, and the impact on the surrounding environment is drastic. Scientists warn that it's an indicator of the kind of changes we could face globally due to climate change.

With 1 word a day, this man is teaching the world how to speak Inuktitut

Angus Andersen never makes it back to where he was raised, because it’s too expensive. But he still remembers what it was like during the old times and he does what he can to pass it on.

Whitehorse police searching for man last seen a month ago

RCMP have been searching the Yukon River and its shoreline in recent days for any sign of 42-year-old Graham Everitt. His backpack was found near the river earlier this month.

I'm not leaving, says Yukon woman camped on public land with 50 dogs

The Yukon government says she's breaking the law, but Shelley Cuthbert says she and her makeshift bush kennel are staying put.

Almost 1 year after closure, Watson Lake's daycare is up and running again

Last November the daycare shut down because it wasn't able to offer competitive wages to its staff. Government funding and support from the community has helped it reopen.

Dopamine stolen from Whitehorse ambulance

RCMP are warning that the 250-ml bag of dopamine hydrochloride is enough to cause serious harm or death, if administered incorrectly.

Yukon minister brushes off questions about controversial conference invitee

Minister Ranj Pillai says he'd gladly welcome Dominic Barton back to speak in Yukon. Barton is a senior partner with McKinsey & Company, a U.S. company that has lately come under scrutiny for some of its work.

Yukon appeals court upholds order for inquest into death of Cynthia Blackjack

Allegations of systemic discrimination were raised by the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation after delays in arranging ambulance service for Blackjack, who died in 2013 of liver failure.

Former kennel owner now camping with 50 dogs, Yukon gov't wants her gone

Shelley Cuthbert, forced to shut down her Tagish dog kennel earlier this year, may be forced to move again — this time from public lands that she's been camping on with about 50 dogs.

Traffic stop in Whitehorse nets suspected fentanyl/heroin powder

Early morning traffic stop led to an arrest for possession and trafficking of suspected fentanyl/heroin mix.

3 teens arrested in connection with drive-by paintball shootings in Whitehorse

'Even six inches up would have been in the face or in her neck,' said Alison Rough, whose nine-year-old daughter Abby Rix was shot in the arm by a paintball gun on Monday.

Saskatchewan has eye on Manitoba's harsh new distracted driving laws

Minister responsible for SGI Joe Hargrave says he will be closely watching Manitoba's new Highways Traffic Act that will fine distracted drivers $672, suspend licenses for three to seven days, and add five demerit points to their licence.

Senior partner with controversial consulting firm speaks at Whitehorse conference

Dominic Barton is with McKinsey & Company, a U.S.-based company that's been in the news this week for a report it did on Saudi Arabia.

Alaska researchers test hundreds of ancient bison horns in Whitehorse

Alaska researchers are trying to get a better picture of how to protect bison herds from climate change by studying their ancient ancestors.

UCP vow to scrap carbon tax would see Ottawa 'impose their will' on Alberta: Ceci

And while UCP leader Jason Kenney would almost certainly disagree with that phrasing, he does say his proposed challenge against the federal plan could fail — but he asserts that even then, the province would be better off.

Yukon still seeing 'upward trend' in opioid overdoses, says territory's top doctor

'This is just a dangerous time to be using street drugs. There is no safe street drug out there,' says Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon's chief medical officer of health.

Whitehorse's infamous tar pit gets cleaned up after 73 years

A team in Whitehorse is looking to clean up a mess that dates back to the 1940s.
The National Today

Italy refuses to budge on EU's budget demands: 'There isn't any B plan'

A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: EU and Italy's new populist government battle over budgets; in the U.S. there's a growing backlash against gerrymandering heading into midterms; Yukon's huge glaciers are shrinking and researchers are worried.

Premier Scott Moe slams newly detailed carbon tax as a Liberal plan 'to buy your vote with your money'

Setting the backdrop of “rapidly approaching and potentially deadly risks” of climate change, Canada’s Public Safety Minister laid out the federal government’s climate change and carbon tax plan, that would apply to Saskatchewan.

Yukon NDP presses gov't for diabetes, kidney disease numbers

'If we don’t have the numbers of individuals with diabetes or kidney disease, then how do we know if we’ve reached a threshold for institutional hemodialysis?'

Whitehorse cemetery mystery laid to rest, partly

When a pair of large, unmarked graves were uncovered this month at the Pioneer Cemetery, amateur historian Murray Lundberg started sleuthing.
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