Topic: yukon

Warm spell means greater risk in White Pass, says avalanche forecaster

'We have an atypical snow pack combined with some atypical weather, and that's resulting in some unusual avalanche conditions,' says Eirik Sharp, a forecaster for Avalanche Canada.

Boost in federal infrastructure fund 'huge' for northern municipalities

The federal government announced this week its gas tax fund would receive a one-time, $2.2 billion boost this year — essentially doubling what's available for infrastructure projects.

New science building will be 'cornerstone' of Yukon University

The new building — part of Yukon College's transition to a university — won't just be sterile labs and lecture halls. The goal will be to reflect 'Indigenous values, Indigenous perspectives.'

Yukoners warned not to fall for rental housing scam

RCMP say ads have been posted online for at least three separate properties in the Whitehorse area.

Record-breaking temperatures hit Yukon with a splash

It may be the first official day of spring, but Yukon's been seeing winter melt away for days now — and pooling up.

'Rubber boots season' as historical high temperatures hit the territories

Unseasonably high temperatures are breaking records, some in an extreme way, in the territories on Tuesday.

Students on wait list after lottery for French immersion spots in Whitehorse

Despite adding a 5th kindergarten class for French immersion this fall in Whitehorse, 11 students are on a wait list after a lottery was used to fill spots.

Yukon orders review of Wolverine Mine security payments

The independent review is looking how security payments were determined for Yukon Zinc's troubled Wolverine Mine. The government is also asking whether to change its framework for determining security payments.

Ottawa, Yukon gov't, First Nations lay groundwork for changes to child care

Establishing terms of reference is the starting point of formal negotiations aimed at driving down the number of Indigenous children in foster care.

Tires slashed on more than a dozen vehicles in Whitehorse

RCMP say tires were slashed along Sixth Avenue, and near Third Avenue and Wood Street.

Yukon looks for bidders to manage rural dumpsites

The territorial government is moving to a business model, rather than relying on volunteers and non-profits.

Climbers make 1st winter ascent of Yukon's Mount Wood

Pascale Marceau and Lonnie Dupre reached Canada's 6th-highest peak on Monday.

Worker at Whitehorse mosque overwhelmed by northerners response to New Zealand attacks

'We need to get together in this difficult time, we need to show solidarity among each other,' said Sami Kadri at Whitehorse's mosque.

Small mistakes led to big consequences for man in Arctic ultra foot race

A 612-kilometre foot race in Canada's Arctic doesn't leave much room for mistakes. When Didier Da Costa inadvertently touched metal on his sled bare-handed, it meant the end of the race for him.

Yukon, federal governments announce new money for housing

The 2 governments are providing nearly $60 million in what they say is new money to be allocated over the next 10 years.

Former Yukon commissioner Ken McKinnon has died

McKinnon was one of Yukon's longest-serving commissioners, and also a former cabinet minister. He was 82.

New camera technology improves Alaska search and rescue missions

The Alaska Department of Public Safety says rescuers have already found 4 people using the new technology.

Canada 'falling behind' because of Arctic oil drilling moratorium: CAPP

An oil and gas industry representative says Canada is "falling behind" the U.S. and other nations in developing its rich Arctic natural resources because of a five-year moratorium on offshore drilling in the North put in place in 2016.

Border agents investigating Whitehorse resident, and 2 from B.C.

The Canada Border Services Agency searched a home and a Yukon government office in Whitehorse on Tuesday.

Construction on Yukon aquaponics facility could begin this spring

Founders of Yukon's North Star Agriculture have been pushing to build an aquaculture facility in Yukon which would raise fish and vegetables indoors. 
Q&A

What you need to know about the Indian Day School settlement

After the federal government's announcement about a settlement in the case, CBC spoke to lawyer Bob Winogron about who's eligible, how they apply, and how long it will take.

Canadian border agents search Yukon government office

Yukon Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said in the legislature that a search warrant had been executed at the department of Economic Development.

Yukon musher Marcelle Fressineau has run her last Iditarod

'I am sad, but I think it's time for me to realize that I am older,' the veteran musher said after dropping out of this year's race.

Yukon social services minister reviewing NGO's funding proposal

Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said her department is reviewing a proposal from the Yukon Women's Transition Home Society after their meeting Wednesday morning, which followed some tension between the two parties. 

Whitehorse First Nation says city officials got its quarry proposal wrong

The Ta'an Kwach'an Council says it does not plan to operate a quarry for 20 years, as city officials have said. Rather, the First Nation says it would operate a quarry for just a few years, to prepare the land for development.

Dawson City airport to close for 1 week in May while runway is paved

'It is an important project for this government,' said Minister Richard Mostyn. Local businesses have said a paved runway would accommodate larger aircraft and boost tourism.

Here's everything you need to know about today's wireless spectrum auction — and why you should care

A dozen Canadian companies will bid on Tuesday for a slice of newly released wireless spectrum. While the new spectrum has the potential to make internet-connected devices such as cellphones work better, don't expect faster and cheaper cellphones any time soon.

'I never even saw him': Video shows sudden collision on Alaska Highway

Steve Page of Edmonton was on his way to Whitehorse last month to compete in a gruelling backcountry ultra race. He quit the race before he even started.

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals.

Indigenous oral history gives archeologists insight into early human life

Research centred on site near Delta Junction, Alaska, about 350 kilometres west of the Yukon border.
Exclusive

Stolen N.W.T. laptop was among dozens that were unencrypted, and handed out to unsuspecting staff

A set of Lenovo Helix laptops were 'very difficult' to encrypt, but were handed out anyway to about 20 to 40 N.W.T. government employees, according to internal documents obtained by CBC News.

Consultants say 40% of Parks Canada real estate in poor condition

About 40 per cent of Parks Canada's buildings, forts, bridges and other items of real estate are unsafe or unusable, or require billions of dollars in major repairs, says a new report.

'Oh, my God, something bit me': Scorpion stings student on Toronto to Calgary flight

A woman on a flight from Toronto to Calgary said the lights had just dimmed for landing when she felt a piercing pain on her back and began "freaking out," forced to wear her seatbelt for minutes before leaping up to find a scorpion.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the 1st week of March

March is here and with it comes sunnier days, warmer weather and beautiful aurora displays in the sky.

Next Up up North: 3 Northerners make longlist of CBC Comedy contest

‘It’s a very underrepresented region and I think there’s a lot of awesome funny people that come from here.’

Atlin, B.C., welcomes home children of residential school students

'We need to be able to help them somehow, we need to be able to at least acknowledge what they have gone through,' said Wayne Carlick of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation.

Kaska Dena Council loses lawsuit over consultation on hunting permits

The Kaska Dena sued the Yukon government last summer, arguing that it should be consulted before any hunting permits are issued on what it calls its traditional territory.

Federal dollars pledged for Alaska Highway renovations

Construction could begin next July near the Whitehorse airport. The goal is to reduce the number of turnoffs and make collisions less likely.

High-tech help connects fans to off-the-grid Iditarod race in Alaska

Far from competitors tackling the frozen wilderness in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a dozen people are holed up inside an Anchorage hotel behind banks of computers, tracking the punishing route and connecting with global fans seeking a real-time link to the off-the-grid sport.

Yukon NGOs push for more government funding

'When this government came in two years ago, we let them know that if there was no new money, that we were going to be in a crisis,' said Barb McInerney, executive director of Kaushee's Place, a women's shelter in Whitehorse.

New wolf deaths raise call for trapping 'buffer zone' outside Banff National Park

The deaths of two more collared wolves just outside Banff National Park boundaries has some calling for a buffer zone to protect wildlife from trapping.

Municipal documents to be accessible under overhauled N.W.T. information act

N.W.T. municipalities are set to be included under the territory's information and privacy laws, as the act governing those regulations gets its first overhaul in about 20 years.

Yukon LGBTQ students prepare petition, lobby for change in 'conversion therapy' law

Some students in Whitehorse are hoping to spark a change in Yukon law, in their words to support LGBTQ youth. They are calling on the Yukon government to ban what is called 'conversion' or 'restorative' therapy applied to minors.

'No extravagance, no adornment' in Yukon budget, with $5.9M deficit

The Yukon government is going slightly into the red again this year, with its second consecutive deficit budget. And Yukoners will see no increases to taxes or fees this year.

Indigenous NHL alumni in Yukon with a positive message for youth

Eight Indigenous players are traveling to visit youth in communities across Yukon this week.

Yukon hikes penalties for unsafe driving around school buses

'Thoughtless driving that endangers the lives of children is simply unacceptable,' said Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn.

1 year in, Yukon advocates reflect on Gladue report pilot project

Representatives from the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) and the Yukon Legal Services Society say the pilot program has provided a structured way to get necessary information before the courts.

First Nation proposes gravel quarry near Whitehorse subdivision

The Ta'an Kwach'an Council's development arm has applied for an amendment to the city's official plan, to allow a sand and gravel quarry near Valleyview.

Sex assault trial hinges on whether defendant knew complainant was 14 years old

Whether there was sexual contact between the defendant Yun Huang — who goes by Ivan — and the complainant is not in dispute, but rather if Huang knew the complainant was under the age of consent.

People are driving on Dawson City's $10 ice bridge

Kyler Mather and his friends built the Yukon River crossing with a chainsaw, and it's been doing the job. The territorial government didn't have the same success this year.

Whitehorse Daily Star won't print daily anymore

The 119-year-old newspaper needs to cut costs, so it won't be printing on Tuesdays or Thursdays anymore.

'By the North, for the North': Meet the couple behind the Arctic Inspiration Prize

The Arctic Inspiration Prize has awarded millions to organizations and groups across the North since 2012.
Point of View

Kluane ice cave provides quite a show as it nears the end of its life

The Kluane ice cave is becoming popular just as it readies for collapse. Emergency services say they can't prevent people from visiting, but CBC's Philippe Morin saw up close how dangerous it can be.

Your North: Best reader photos for February

Check out the best northern photos for February 2019.

Podium finishes for Northern athletes highlight Week 2 of Canada Games

Athletes from Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut competed — and held their own — with some of the best athletes in the country at the Canada Winter Games. They're heading home with two medals and some great memories.

StatsCan data reveals top tourism spenders in the 3 territories

For the first time, Statistics Canada can tell you how much each country spends on tourism in the territories — and the answers may surprise you.

Cuddly, yet formidable: Meet Dach'aw, mascot for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games

'I tried to make it, like, more cute than anything else. It’s a mascot,' said Dach'aw's 11-year-old designer, Owen McDonald.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins in Anchorage

The 47th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, with a number of changes from years past.

'We all stand with her': Yukon AFN chief on Wilson-Raybould

'The leadership that she has shown as a woman, as an Indigenous woman, as a former attorney general — you know, there probably aren't words to describe how truly remarkable she is,' says Kluane Adamek.

Yukon College shares path to reconciliation in new podcast

Yukon College's new podcast, "Walking Our Path Together", is an 11-episode series about the institution's reconciliation journey.
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'Lobbying happens' in government, says N.W.T. MP about Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin

'After listening to her, I think most of us had no doubt that she felt that she was inappropriately pressured by the Prime Minister,' says Michael McLeod.

Northwestel wants to improve broadband to north Alaska Highway communities

People living in Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing, and Beaver Creek, Yukon, will soon be getting clearer phone lines and faster internet, if the project is approved.

Yukon skier wins bronze medal at Canada Winter Games

'I’m super pumped,' said Natalie Hynes, after winning Team Yukon's first medal at the Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Yukon, N.W.T. among top 10 most attractive mining regions for investors: survey

Yukon and the N.W.T. were among the top 10 most attractive regions in the world for investors, according to a new survey from the Fraser Institute.

Warmest February since 2006 in Mackenzie Delta communities

While most of Canada has been experiencing a colder winter, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk have had their warmest February since 2006.

Not a 'bad thing' if Nunavut sued over bilingual education, says lawyer

Anne Crawford says a lawsuit could provide some accountability and make the process of training teachers more public.

Yukon musher hoping to finish 2019 Iditarod with happy dogs

This will be Whitehorse musher Marcelle Fressineau's 4th and final time competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

'Don't go': Yukoner warns others after seeing close call at ice cave

Paul Inglis and his family trekked out to the popular ice cave near Haines Junction last weekend, and then saw big chunks of ice fall near some other sightseers. 'I don't think it's safe,' he says.

Yukon tweaks hunting permit lottery after errors in system last year

Yukoners 'confirmed to us that they want a reliable and transparent lottery, above all else,' said the government's director of fish and wildlife.

More spruce cones more pups: Study says male squirrels leave wealthier estates

A squirrel’s survival, and the survival of its pups, could depend on the food storage habits of a dead squirrel it’s never met, according to new research from the Kluane Red Squirrel Project.

Whitehorse's Macaulay Lodge seniors home closes

Most residents and staff from Macaulay Lodge have now moved to Whistle Bend Place, which opened last fall.

70 people show support for Many Rivers counselling services over weekend

Dozens of people went out in Whitehorse on Sunday to express their support for Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services. Many want the Yukon gov't to 'step up' and show leadership for the health service.

Competitive Yukon skier follows after Olympian parents' footsteps

Cross-country skier Sasha Masson is competing at the Canada Games this week, and following in his Olympian parents' footsteps.

Youth workshop in Ulukhaktok to focus on safe partying

A Yukon organization is holding a workshop for young people in Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., that includes a session on responsible partying.

Driven to be the best: Yukon teen faces biggest challenge yet at Canada Games

13-year-old Arnica Bulmer is determined to take her game to the highest level.

Nunavut hockey team makes history and other North highlights at the Canada Games

With week two of the Canada Winter Games underway in Red Deer, Alta., we look back at the athletes, teams and stories from Canada's North.

Sask. sales of cannabis lower than any other province in Canada in 2018

In the first months after the legalization of cannabis, sales at cannabis stores in Saskatchewan were lagging behind every other province in the country, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

'The future looks good': Territories' table tennis teams grow closer at Canada Games

The table tennis competition may have wrapped up at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., but the coaches of the teams hope to make the North a new hotbed for the sport.

Without U.S. funding, the north Alaska Highway may be a rough ride in Yukon

'The road deteriorates every year,' said Jon Rudolph, vice president of operations for Cobalt Construction.

Junior can-can dancers get a kick out of Sourdough Rendezvous

Can-can lines are a traditional favourite at Rendezvous, but this is the first year for a line made up of 9 teenaged dance students.

Many Rivers society rejected applicants, citing union 'conspiracy'

The issue of society membership is a central part of the ongoing drama at the Yukon non-profit. This week, unionized employees were given layoff notices just weeks after signing a new contract and returning to work.

Territories get failing grades on curbing alcohol harms: study

Yukon, N.W.T. and Nunavut scored poorly in an evaluation of the territories' efforts to reduce alcohol-related harms.

Yukon skier goes big, just misses podium at Canada Games

A Yukon skier came just short of picking up the first medal for the territories at the 2019 Canada Winter Games Thursday, putting up a fourth-place finish in the big air competition.

Canada Winter Games hockey tournament wraps up for teams N.W.T. and Nunavut

Nunavut outshot team N.W.T. on goal 39-32, but lost 2-4 in the last game of the tournament for both teams.

Get your shovel! Heavy snowfall expected for southern Yukon

'For the commute home after work and such, you’re going to want to drive carefully,' said Bobby Sekhon of Environment Canada.

Feds, provinces get failing grades on policies to curb alcohol use

Two new studies say the federal and provincial governments must do more to reduce alcohol consumption after determining damages from drinking have surpassed tobacco use.

Yukon now taking applications for marijuana retail licences

'I would probably surmise that our application is over 300 pages. It's pretty comprehensive, what they're looking for,' said Jordi Mikeli-Jones, who was first to submit her application on Wednesday.

N.B. musher wins award for exemplifying spirit of Yukon Quest

Remy Leduc almost dropped out of the race after his sled dog team came down with giardia, but after they recovered, he was able to come from behind and finish 21st.

Many Rivers 'pursuing every option' to keep doors open

Many Rivers management said layoff notices — issued days after staff returned to work following a months-long strike — were necessary because of an 'anticipated stoppage of funding' from the Yukon government.

Yukon gov't on its own to maintain north Alaska Highway

The U.S. government has helped pay for maintenance on the road since 1977, but not anymore.
In Depth

Yukon's Sourdough Rendezvous: Can it survive another 55 years?

The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous festival in Whitehorse is both haunted and kept alive by its legacy and traditions.

After meeting with local photographers, NWT Tourism says more work coming

Photographer Pat Kane says NWT Tourism admitted at the meeting in late 2018 that the non-profit wasn't 'doing the best job of of reaching out to northerners' for work. He says the meeting was productive.

Wildfire, spills, earthquakes are biggest threats to Whitehorse: report

The 'hazard identification and risk analysis' looked at both the likelihood of different emergencies, and the potential consequences, ranked from 'negligible' to 'catastrophic.'

Northern speed skaters set records, personal bests at Canada Games

Short-track speed skaters from across the North had a stellar day, breaking personal bests, with Yellowknifer Wren Acorn placing 8th in the 1500m, the territory's best placement in 12 years.

Shelley Cuthbert finds 'completely isolated' home for troubled kennel

'I don't want to be harassed anymore. The dogs and I need privacy and we need some some downtime where there's not so much stress.'

Many Rivers counselling staff get lay off notices, as Yukon gov't withholds funding

Counsellors in Whitehorse, Dawson City, and Watson Lake were on strike for more than two months and just returned to work Feb. 7.

Bedbugs in Whitehorse a 'nuisance,' but not a public health risk, officials say

People have been taking to social media in recent weeks, complaining about bedbugs at Whitehorse hotels. 'It's not just a problem in Whitehorse — bedbugs are an issue across the country,' said one health official.

Nunavut caps 'once-in-a-lifetime' week with historic win at Canada Winter Games

It's the hockey team's first time at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., and both coaches and players described the week as 'once-in-a-lifetime.'

'You can see the light in their eyes': Yukon parents praise skating program

The Arctic Edge Skating Club put on two performances of The Wizard of Oz in Whitehorse Saturday.

She loves her job in the power line trade. Why won't other women join her?

Raelynn Hawco wishes more women would follow suit.