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Caribou Legs ends journey in Whitehorse

cariboulegs.jpgA Gwitchin man's journey by foot from Vancouver to Whitehorse came to cold, soggy end just short of the city yesterday.

Brad Firth, also known as Caribou Legs, had to stop running because of the wet, blowing snow on the Alaska Highway between Marsh Lake and Whitehorse. He left Vancouver in July on his second trip to raise awareness about protecting the Peel Region. Caribou Legs joined us in our studio today.

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Caribou Legs is planning to complete his run on Saturday, October 4.

City of Whitehorse Budget Consultations

The City of Whitehorse is writing up a budget. It's hoping to hear from the people who pay the bills -- the property owners of Whitehorse. City officials have a budget consultation meeting for tonight to gather input from citizens before it writes up its final spending plans. To find out a bit more about those plans and the budget process Mayor Dan Curtis and the city's Director of corporate serves Robert Fendrick.. have joined us in the studio.

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The public meeting is set for 5-7pm this evening at Whitehorse City Council chambers. Here's a link to that budget tool http://whitehorse.citizenbudget.com/

Dr. Hanley's Weekly Studio Call

Am I getting Alzheimer's disease or am I just more forgetful?

That's a pretty common question. How can we tell between "normal" memory loss with aging and actual dementia? What happens to the brain with aging and with dementia?

Dr. Brendan Hanley is the Yukon's chief medical officer of health....

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A New Yukon-Wide Electricity Conservation Program..

Yukon's two electric Utilities have teamed up to help us save money. Their new initiative is called Incharge.. along the lines of British Columbia's Powersmart program.

It will be in place starting tomorrow October 1st...so we thought it best to get informed about it.

Stephanie Whitehead is with Yukon Energy. Andy Carlson with Atco Electric Yukon....

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Changes To Services At Raven Recycling...

Raven Recycling is feeling the pinch. Like everywhere else the money just isn't going as far as it used to. Now Raven says it doesn't have a choice and is having to cut back services to make ends meet . Joy Snyder is Raven's executive director. .....

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New Running Track Not Suitable For Some Competitors...

The curbs have been poured for the new running track at the FH Collins High School in Whitehorse.

That should be a cause for celebration for athletes who will use the facility but there's not much cheering from the sidelines as work continues.

Yukoner Jessica Frotten is one of the athletes who was looking forward to a new running track that would be up to national standards...

That would enable the Canada Games medal winner to train in her hometown and compete for the Yukon instead of Saskatchewan where she's training now.

To find out more about the reasons behind the decision, we've reached Deputy Minister of Education Val Royle....

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Personal Credits for Education...

The deadline is approaching for people, with Indian Residential School Settlements, to access funding to help further their education.

We're talking about the Personal Credits for Education ... made available to people who have received the Common Experience Payments.

The education could be anything from post-secondary studies to healing programs to cultural camps on the land.

To tell us more, we've reached Shannon Payne...She's the Assembly of First Nation Indian Residential School Personal Credits Liaison...

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The deadline to apply is October 31/14.

For more information call the personal credits help desk: 1-866-343-1858

Lawyer, Mediator And Negotiator Weighs In On Proposed Changes

Last week the Senate heard from the Yukon Government and Yukon First Nations about proposed changes to environmental assessments.

The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Act was passed by Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations as part of the land claims agreement.

Now Ottawa wants to change it, to give the federal minister of aboriginal affairs the ability to issue orders to the assessment board and to delegate that authority to the Yukon government.

Yukon First Nations are threatening to sue of the changes go ahead.

Bill Gallahger is a negotiator, lawyer and dispute facilitator....

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Lead-Poisoned Workers Near Watson Lake..

This past summer we told you about ten workers that got lead poisoning while cleaning up a mine site near Watson Lake.

The Yukon Workers' Compensation Board halted clean-up operation at the Sa Dena Hes mine for five days after discovering workers were exposed to lead.

Blood tests were collected for weeks.

Inspectors have been looking into the matter for months. While the W-C-B continued its investigation, so did we.

The CBC's Krystle Alarcon has been digging into the story.

She joined us this morning to tell us what she's turned up...

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A film about life in Old Crow premieres Saturday

maryjanemoses.jpgStudents and community members in Old Crow have been busy the last two weeks creating a new film about life in the community. The Sound We See will premiere tomorrow night in Old Crow.

Lisa Nielson is a film mentor visiting the community and Mary Jane Moses is one of the many filmmakers. They joined us on the line from Old Crow.

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The Sound We See premieres Saturday night at the Old Crow Community Hall. There'll be a feast at 5pm followed by the film screening. Everyone is welcome. Please bring your dishes.

There'll be screening Tuesday, September 30 in Whitehorse.