Topic: yukon

Yukoner recognized for work promoting French literacy

A Yukoner has been recognized for more than a decade of work promoting literacy and the French language. Isabelle Salesse is one of 14 Canadians this year to receive the Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Attention feline lovers, the Whitehorse animal shelter is at cat-pacity

'When I started here two or three years ago, we were bringing cats in from down south,' says the executive director of the Humane Society.

'Clean out' Yukon's social services department, says union head

Chris Aylward, national president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, is pushing for all investigation findings or recommendations to be made public

Rejection of controversial project 'a pretty hard blow,' says Yukon miner

'I really don't know if it's worth putting any more money and time into it,' says miner. He says big mining companies should "go find somewhere else to explore,' because Yukon has become a less friendly place for miners.

No more free camping at Whitehorse Walmart

A company spokesperson said in an email to CBC that overnight parking will end 'this summer, following several customer complaints about unsafe parking conditions and debris in the parking lot.'

Man who died in Edmonton Remand Centre had FASD, should not have been in jail, says mother

Sylvie Salomon’s desperate search for her adopted son ended with a phone call Friday morning, informing her that Maxim Baril-Blouin had died in the Edmonton Remand Centre.

Then there were 2: More wild boars on the run in Yukon shot dead

The Yukon government said Wednesday that 5 of the original 7 escapees had so far been killed, leaving just 2 animals still at large.

New Brunswick loiters at back of the pack in wilderness protection, report shows

New Brunswick trails eight other provinces and three territories in protecting wilderness, says a national group keeping track.

Missing Alberta man found 'safe and sound,' say Yukon RCMP

Yukon RCMP asked the public to help locate the missing 55-year-old man from Alberta in June. On Wednesday, RCMP said the man was found 'safe and sound.'

Whitehorse campground thefts remain unsolved

There have been several thefts at the Robert Service campground in the last two weeks. Officials believe people from town are coming into the campground and stealing from the sites as campers sleep.

Placer miners blast Yukon gov't over Dawson planning commission

'To find out about this important issue through the media was frankly an insult,' the president of the Klondike Placer Miners' Association wrote to the government.

Evacuation alert lifted for area near wildfire in southeast Yukon

The alert was issued for people in or near kilometres 30 to 58 of the Robert Campbell Highway. Officials say the threat from a nearby wildfire is now reduced.

Got a room? Yukon gov't scrambles to house staff for new Whistle Bend care facility

The Whistle Bend continuing care facility, set to open in October, requires about 250 new staff. 'It's a little late in the game to be thinking of where people are going to live,' says union president.

Hundreds of Arctic glaciers shrinking, disappearing into 'city of icebergs,' study says

The statistics in her recently published paper say it all: hundreds of glaciers in Canada's High Arctic are shrinking and many are likely to disappear completely.

1 wild boar killed, 6 still at large in Yukon

'Approaching these animals — I wouldn’t recommend it,' says one wild boar researcher in Saskatchewan. 'If you see them out on the ground, I would definitely get back in the house and close the door, if it was me.'

It took a 'small lake' of water to put out the Whitehorse dump fire

Firefighters worked feverishly for several days and nights last month to get the fire under control. The deputy fire chief guessed that it took 500,000 gallons of water to put out the fire.

Million dollar-winning lottery tickets sold in Yukon and N.W.T.

A couple of people in the North hit the jackpot, after they bought winning tickets for Friday's Lotto Max 'MaxMillions' draw — but both million-dollar prizes have yet to be claimed.

Whitehorse church blesses all creatures great and small

Worshippers brought their animals to Whitehorse United Church on Sunday to be blessed. The animals were also thanked for their companionship.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of July 2, 9

Rainy days have led to slow summer starts in many parts of the North, but they've also produced some incredible rainbows — the stars of this gallery of your best reader photos from across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and Nunavik.

Retracing great-grandfather's historic canoe trek

An Ottawa native is about to set out on a long canoe journey in the pristine northern wilderness, following the path of his great-grandfather.

Half of 28 new judge positions announced in 2017 remain unfilled

Ottawa has appointed just half of the 28 new superior court judges announced in the 2017 budget to help clear up delays in the justice system.

Whitehorse artists get inspired at Miles Canyon

It's hard not to be inspired by Miles Canyon, with its aqua blue water and steep, winding cliffs. This weekend, seven artists are walking the trails around the area and creating works of art inspired by it.

Travellers' gear stolen in Whitehorse, midway through their epic adventure

Australian Leigh Swansborough and her American travelling partner, Clarissa Black, were camping at the Robert Service Campground when thieves evidently opened the vestibule of their tent early Friday and made off with three of their packs.

Sickly-looking foxes puzzle people in Whitehorse

Is it a dingo? A 'rat dog'? Crash Bandicoot? Nope — it's a fox with mange.

Tlingit language course connects Yukon and Alaska communities

The Yukon Native Language Centre partnered with several communities, to host a course geared toward adults.

Suffering Yukon dentist forced to drill his own tooth

Dr. Chris Wisniewski travels to Yukon communities and needed care for himself, but a retired Dawson City dentist wasn't allowed to use the local hospital to perform the procedure.

Consultation required before hunting on Kaska Dena territory, lawsuit claims

A group that represents Kaska First Nations in B.C. is suing the Yukon government, in a case that could have profound implications on hunting rights.

Whitehorse resident Eric Grant remembered as 'stand-up guy'

Grant was killed in a workplace incident on July 7. His friend says he was a 'stand-up guy.'

Yukon provides potentially life-saving monitors to young diabetics

'You think about all these times you could have potentially lost your child, and all you need to save them is this little device that goes in their arm,' said Jill Nash, whose daughter Heidi has type 1 diabetes.

AFN candidates tell Yukon First Nations to 'exert your sovereignty'

4 of the 5 candidates running to be AFN's national chief were at a forum in Whitehorse on Tuesday.

6 ways Whitehorse may try to improve city transit

A review of Whitehorse's transit system recommends some changes which could include new marketing campaigns, 'micro-transit', and scrapping the Handy Bus service.

Wild boars on the lam in Yukon subdivision

'They’re true to their name — these animals are quite wild. They don’t respond well to human interaction,' said Jesse Walchuk, an agricultural officer with the Yukon government.

Atlin leader re-elected on promise of strong stewardship

John D. Ward was elected spokesperson of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation on Monday.

Winds challenge efforts to fight wildfire near Watson Lake, Yukon

A fire about 40 kilometres northwest of Watson Lake, Yukon, is the reason behind the emergency evacuation alert issued Monday night.

Police search for Yukon man last seen in Surrey, B.C.

RCMP in B.C. say Jason Benneke, 31, was last seen on Thursday night at the Surrey Public Wharf. He is originally from Yukon.

Keep up to date with Ashley's weather blog

Ashley Brauweiler, CBC North's meteorologist, keeps track of weather moving across the region.

Calgary company may construct liquefied natural gas depot in Whitehorse

'There's a lot of opportunity in the North — in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Alaska,' says a spokesperson with Ferus Natural Gas Fuels.

Yukon athletes turn to specialist to boost results

Ben McPherson tailors an athlete's training to their specific sport for improved performance.

A big tablet? The 2001 monolith? No, it's Yukon's first 'smart kiosk'

The device was installed this week in downtown Whitehorse and features a large touch screen information display, free USB charging stations, and Wi-Fi access.

Adäka Festival culminates in a night of fashion

The Dà Ze Tsàn (From Our Hearts) fashion show highlighted Indigenous artists, and brought the cultural festival in Whitehorse to an exciting close.

Yukon's Jack Amos wins bronze at national championships

'I really wanted to do well,' said the Dawson City teenager. 'I surprised myself.'

How a WW II biplane flew 4,500 km from Sault Ste. Marie to Whitehorse

Pilot Kelly Collins made 30 stops on his cross-country trip from Sault Ste Marie, Ont., to Whitehorse. He arrived in the Yukon capital this week.

Wood smoke 'a real concern' for air quality in Whitehorse, study suggests

The government installed air quality monitors at 9 locations around the city two years ago, and then collected 18 months' worth of data from those monitors.

'Incurable, life-long pedophile' sentenced in Yukon to 16 years jail for abusing children

'It is difficult to find words adequate to describe the acts and their consequences. [The man] has caused untold damage to the children he abused and their families,' reads the Yukon Supreme Court decision.

Someone dumped gravel into a sewer in Haines Junction, then left the manhole open

Police say it's a 4.5-metre drop inside the manhole, so somebody could have been hurt. They're looking for any information on the mischief-makers.

Pressure city council for bear-resistant garbage bins, says Wildwise Yukon

Bears are proving to be plentiful again this summer in and around Whitehorse. Advocacy group Wildwise Yukon says a good way to avoid conflict is with secure garbage and compost bins.

Dempster Highway drivers flock to new destination — the Arctic coast

'A lot of people are coming here to say that they want to do the Inuvik-[Tuktoyaktuk] highway,' said Dawn Kisoun, who works at the N.W.T. tourist information centre in Dawson City, Yukon.

Tickets still available for Atlin Arts and Music Festival

Festival organizers blame late summer weather for slow ticket sales.

Yukon's Adaka Cultural Festival draws talent from across the North

The week-long festival, now in its eighth year, celebrates Indigenous arts and culture. This year's theme is the circumpolar world.

Whitehorse shelter has vacant apartments — but only for women

'We have been working and reaching out to women's groups, to see if there are people we’ve been missing,' said Ian McKenzie, executive director of the Salvation Army.

Yukon River Quest marks 20 years of exhaustion, athletic feats and oddities

The Yukon River Quest participants put down their paddles to celebrate the oddities, exhaustion and athleticism at the end of a grueling 715 kilometres. They were joined by Quest volunteers at a banquet Saturday night in Dawson City.

Narwhals most vulnerable marine mammals to Arctic vessels, polar bears the least, study says

A new study discusses the vulnerability of marine mammals to vessel traffic during September in the Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route.
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Canada Day 2018 celebrated across the country

Despite sweltering heat in many parts of the country, people gathered to celebrate Canada Day 2018.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of June 18, 25

The long weekend is upon us! Take a break from your busy summer and take in the best shots of the past two weeks from our readers across Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

Eye in the sky: DFO patrols northern B.C. and Yukon for illegal fishing

Fisheries officers have wrapped up a 5-day aerial surveillance patrol over Yukon and northern B.C. They look for fisheries violations, and also keep their eye out for things that might impact habitat.

Meet Dumpy: the Whitehorse dump fire bear

One Whitehorse fire crew was exhausted and morale hit a low while battling a fire at the city's dump. Then they found some help from a new friend.

Yukon carver pulls out of prestigious Indigenous art market over U.S. border crossing concerns

Dennis Shorty, an artist from Ross River, Yukon, said he chose to forego his chance to promote his art at a "world-class" venue after hearing about an Ontario small business owner who got detained at the Canada-U.S. border because of her yarn.

Revellers brave the heat to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill

Concerts and fireworks planned for Canada's 151st birthday on Parliament Hill are taking place on one of the hottest summer days the nation's capital has ever seen.

Brett Kissel announces northern tour dates

The Canadian country music star has announced tour dates for September that included performances in all three northern territories.

4th annual Yukon Innovation Prize winners say they want to disrupt fur industry

This year's winners of the fourth annual Yukon Innovation Prize for social entrepreneurship say they want to turn the fur industry upside down.

Who is that? Yukon Archives asks for help to ID old photos

'We're expecting that people will be able to come by, and say, 'Oh, I recognize that person,' or, ... 'That was my grandmother,' said territorial archivist David Schlosser.

Thunder in our Voices: Cello and Dene drums bring Berger Inquiry back to life

20 artists from the N.W.T. and one from the Yukon created art inspired by recordings from the inquiry. That was paired with a photo montage and speeches from the inquiry and set to music.

Tlicho youth hope to motivate peers at new summit

A series of panels and motivational speeches at the first Tlicho academic summit encourage youth to achieve their academic goals

Prairie provinces see highest rates of rural violent crime involving firearms

Rural residents living on the prairies are much more likely to be victims of violent crime involving a firearm than those in other provinces, according to numbers released this week by Statistics Canada.

'Our lives are at stake': Gwich'in fight to protect caribou at biennial gathering

There was a strong sense of unity at this year's 15th Biennial Gwich'in Gathering in Tsiigehtchic, N.W.T., this week. This is the first time it's been held since the United States elected President Donald Trump.

Yukon gives OK to Takhini Hot Springs housing development

The project by Takhini Hot Springs Ltd. would see a new recreational pool facility built, along with nine commercial homes.

'I'm truly sorry,' says Whitehorse man awaiting sentence in beating death of 87-year-old victim

'It's like someone took a hammer and shattered my heart into pieces,' said Kathy Magun, whose father Olson Wolftail was killed in 2016. Alfred Thomas Chief has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Placer mining, aviation fuel exempt from carbon tax in Yukon, says gov't

'What we’re doing in the Yukon is making sure that the carbon pricing mechanism is working as it's supposed to work, and doesn’t penalize districts like the North,' said Premier Sandy Silver.

Pantsing victim awarded $5K in human rights case

Peter Budge filed a workplace sexual harassment complaint against his former employer, the Talbot Arm Motel in Destruction Bay, Yukon.

Government pushing to make Nunavut Day a stat holiday

The Nunavut government plans to introduce a bill to make Nunavut Day a statutory holiday across the territory.

Longtime sponsor of Iditarod cuts ties with Alaska race

The maker of Jack Daniel's whiskey has dropped its long-running sponsorship of Alaska's Iditarod sled dog race, the company said Wednesday.

Yukon RCMP looking for Alberta man last known to be in Dawson City

55-year-old Gerald Keith Hunter may have been driving towards Kluane National Park, police say.

And they're off! Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards get moving on Yukon River Quest

One of Yukon's biggest sporting events began Wednesday in Whitehorse. Competitors entered the Yukon River with a splash to start a gruelling 715-kilometre paddle to Dawson City.

Leamington expecting 'a bit of a block party' for Trudeau's visit July 1

Leamington is getting ready for a special guest on Canada Day: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Whitehorse landfill fire costing $100K a day, city officials say

Council voted to amend the city's 2018 capital budget to cover the cost of fighting the fire. The fire has been contained, but is still burning below the surface.

Yukon Quest upholds decision to ban musher Hugh Neff

The decision to censure the two-time race champ was related to the death of one of his dogs during the 2018 race. A hearing this month, requested by Hugh Neff, did not change that decision.

Tour bus carrying VIPs catches fire on popular Yukon lookout

The bus was parked on top of the Midnight Dome in Dawson City, Yukon when it began burning. Nobody was hurt or lost any belongings.

Yukon First Nation causes stir with plan to issue their own hunting permits

The Ross River Dena Council says outside hunters need permits from the First Nation on its traditional territory, but without clarity on the rules or how they will be enforced, the suggestion is causing confusion among outfitters and hunters.

Seniors in continuing care get a 'magical' canoe ride in Whitehorse

More than a dozen seniors receiving continuing care got a chance to ride on Yukon's Chadburn Lake as part of recreational therapy. One senior spoke for the first time in months while out on the canoe, says therapist Julia Wilson.

Whitehorse landfill fire contained and buried

A fire at the Whitheorse landfill has been buried under a metre of soil and is considered contained. Crews will continue to monitor the zone for any flare-ups.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to recurrent pregnancy loss, says new study

A new study in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology suggests a lack of the vitamin could prevent a mother's immune system from adapting to the baby.

Cash stolen from Yukon Wildlife Preserve over weekend

Cash used for wildlife rehabilitation and education programs was stolen from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve overnight Friday or early Saturday morning, according to the non-profit's acting executive director.

Whitehorse gymnastics club hosts its first competition

The Polarettes and Polar Tumblers Gymnastics Club hosted the Midnight Sun Invitational where 130 athletes from across Canada and Alaska competed.

Lightning causes wildfire near Tuchitua; Robert Campbell Highway unaffected

Officials say a two square kilometre wildfire is burning 1.2 kilometres east of the Robert Campbell Highway.

Knowledge is power: Inuvik learns from Alaskan wind energy project

Two University of Alberta graduate students presented "lessons learned" from Alaska wind energy project with Inuvik residents.

Whitehorse waste facility fire has flared up significantly, says city

The fire that began Wednesday night at the Whitehorse waste management facility flared up significantly Saturday morning.

Passing the torch: Change of command at 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Former commanding officer Lt.-Col. Luis Carvallo reflects on his time leading Canadian Rangers from across the North, as a new leader takes over the helm of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

Washington state resident killed in head-on crash south of Yukon border

The highway was closed for about 12 hours while emergency responders worked at the scene.

Yukon government defends Dempster route for internet fibre line

A Whitehorse company says the government missed an opportunity to bring in more competition with Northwestel's internet services.
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Bridges re-opened in Mill Creek ravine after rehab work

Five wooden pedestrian bridges in Edmontons' Mill Creek ravine were officially opened Friday after undergoing replacement or repair work.

Wildfire prompts closure of Nahanni Range Road in Yukon

Officials say the 260-hectare fire was reported Thursday and was caused by lightning. The fire and nearby cabins are being monitored.

Here comes the sun: Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation to offset diesel with solar panels in Old Crow

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is installing enough solar panels to offset 190,000 litres of diesel per year. ATCO will buy the solar energy, feed it into the grid, and redistribute it to the community.

Mining activity prompts Air North to add Whitehorse-Mayo flights

The first flight is expected to take off on June 26, with as many as five flights between the communities available on some days.

'Unusual, but not concerning,' says Ministry after two Chatham-Kent bear sightings

Police received a call Monday from someone who said they observed two black bears just east of Wallaceburg before 1:30 a.m. Two days later, police received a second report of a black bear observed last Saturday in Merlin.
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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day in the North

People across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, recognizing the culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

Where to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day across the 3 territories

It's a statutory holiday in the Northwest Territories and in Yukon. There are events to celebrate Inuit, First Nation and Métis.

Yukon beer prices to stay the same; premier says planned hikes weren't approved

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver says draught beer prices in the territory will not go up on July 1. He says the increase was never approved.

Fire at Whitehorse waste facility under control, says city

Crews are expecting to manage spot fires at the waste management facility throughout the day, after a fire started there at 10:22 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to the city.

Closing the internet loop: 800-km fibre optic line to connect Inuvik and Dawson City

A nearly 800-kilometre fibre optic network will be built to connect Inuvik, N.W.T. and Dawson City, Yukon, which the federal and territorial governments say will put an end to widespread internet outages in remote communities.

Cash and drugs seized in Whitehorse

Whitehorse RCMP have arrested two adult males and one male youth from Ontario on charges related to possession of drugs and trafficking.