Julien Gignac

Julien Gignac is a reporter for CBC Yukon. He can be reached at julien.gignac@cbc.ca.

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Leadership race, Liberal gov't agreement with NDP drove fall sitting of Yukon Legislative Assembly

An over-budget and delayed hydro expansion project in Atlin, a bill that seeks to improve animal welfare and a failed bid to host the Canada Winter Games — these are perhaps the top issues during the fall sitting of the Yukon Legislative Assembly. But two issues seemed to loom even larger.

Liberal minister Ranj Pillai launches leadership bid

Pillai, whose chief portfolio is economic development, launched his bid to be the next leader of the Liberal Party Friday morning in downtown Whitehorse among roughly 60 supporters, which included Larry Bagnell, former member of parliament for the territory.

Yukon gov't moving to create permanent paid sick leave program

The Yukon NDP is urging the territorial government to create a permanent paid sick leave program, one that is far more comprehensive than what is currently available — and it appears the government is prepared to answer the call.

Yukon gov't inches Whitehorse housing lot closer to development, opposition says not soon enough

Companies will soon be able to bid on a housing project in downtown Whitehorse, according to the Yukon's housing minister, who says roughly 300 affordable housing units could be built at the 5th Avenue and Rogers Street site.

Mining in Yukon peatlands could release 'massive' amounts of CO2, thwart gov't climate target: report

Damaging peatlands could release a "massive" amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and, if left unchecked, negate the Yukon government's plans to reduce territory-wide emissions within the decade, according to a new report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Yukon Liberals spike NDP bill that would have required First Nations' consent over oil and gas development

While the government agrees in principle with the aims of the NDP’s bill, ministers told the House Thursday the third party hasn’t contacted all Yukon First Nations over the issue. The NDP received seven letters of support from First Nations and one from the Council of Yukon First Nations.

Atlin hydro expansion could increase electricity rates, says Yukon Utilities Board

The Atlin hydro expansion project could increase electricity rates, according to a new Yukon Utilities Board report which has dominated question period at the Yukon Legislative Assembly this week.

Untapped potential: Yukon gov't crafting legislation on geothermal energy

Harnessing geothermal energy falls in line with the Yukon government’s plan to reduce territory-wide carbon emissions by 45 per cent by the end of the decade through a number of other means.

Yukon NDP pushes to restore requirement for First Nations' consent over oil and gas development

The Yukon NDP wants to reinstate a clause into the territory's oil and gas legislation that would require First Nations' consent for exploration and development activities to happen in their traditional territories.

Climate change could significantly affect Yukon's landscape — and people — in 50 years, report states

Drawing on research since 2015, when the university last conducted a literature review on climate change in the territory, the report states temperatures could jump between 0.7 to 3.7 degrees in the next 50 years, enough to drastically alter ways of life in the territory.

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