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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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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.


Whitehorse public meetings on fracking

Jimmy Johnny and Frank Patterson of Nacho Nyak Dun.jpgA group of Yukon MLAs has more to think about, when it comes to fracking. On Wednesday, the MLAs were in Carcross. Last night, they were in Whitehorse. The 6 MLA's on the Yukon Legislative Assembly's Select Committee on the Risks and Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing listened for more than 3 hours.

Dozens of Yukoners expressed their views. Most of those who spoke live in Whitehorse. But there there were at least 2 speakers from Mayo. Jimmy Johnny and Frank Patterson were there to represent the Nacho Nyak Dun.

Both men oppose fracking. They also say they have been made suspicious of consultations like this - because of their experience with the Peel River Watershed.  Here's Frank Patterson.

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Another public meeting is set for Whitehorse on Saturday at 1pm at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.

Music Playlist September 22 - 26, 2014

  • Yukon Gold - Claire Ness
  • You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - Barbara Chamberlin
  • Les Feuilles Mortes - Nicole Edwards
  • If It Will Be Your Will - Fawn Fritzen
  • Lucky Me - Linnea Good
  • Uja - Tanya Tagaq
  • Matthew Lien
  • Five dollars - Steph Cameron
  • Tall Tall Shadow - Basia Bulat
  • Where the Light Takes You - Doug Paisley
  • Walkin' Around the Hotel - Billy the Kid
  • Bubblegum (I Can't Stop this Feeling) - Bobby Bazini
  • Into My Arms - Oh Susanna
  • Grannie Swing - Quinn Bachand
  • How Long - Ndidi
  • Rainy City Days - Trent Olver
  • Peanut Butter Toast - Sarah Harmer
  • Rainbow - Robert Plant
  • Old Man - Neil Young
  • Learn it Again Tomorrow - Ben & Ellen Harper
  • The Man Who Wants You - Amos Lee
  • Just Like Home - As Summers Die
  • Budapest - George Ezra
  • You've Got a Lot on Your Mind - Sloan  

Casino Project could be huge for Carmacks, but is it ready?

It's being touted as one of the largest gold and copper open pit projects in the world. Western Copper and Gold's proposed Casino mine is expected to have a lifespan of about 25 years, employ 600 people annually and require a tailings pond... 120m high and 7 km long.

It would also need about a huge amount of power... meaning some 20 tanker trucks of LNG daily to fire the generators. The project is far from certain.

The company has been holding public meetings in Carmacks this week to talk to people about Casino. Yesterday, it talked about the socio-economic effects.

Carmacks deputy mayor Lee Bodie joined us to talk about last night's meeting.

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