Topic: yukon

Technology meets tradition: Aklavik woman bags 1st moose using smartphone app

Jessi Pascal harvested a moose with thoroughly modern help, and has put a call out on Facebook looking for people who want a share in her meat.

How to get that spectacular photo of the northern lights

Yukon photographer Mark Kelly shares some simple tips when shooting for the stars at this weekend's Dark Sky Festival in Kluane National Park.

Fugitive-return program has been a success, B.C. RCMP say

To date, the British Columbia Fugitive Return Program, which was started in 2012, has returned more than 200 people wanted on cross-country warrants.

DNA tests reveal what's living in Yukoner's 120-year-old sourdough starter

Some of Ione Christensen's prized sourdough starter is now in a Belgian sourdough library where tests were done to try to determine its chemical makeup and its history.

Pro skateboarder reconnects with his Yukon Indigenous roots

Professional skateboarder Dustin Henry grew up in Calgary, but his father is from Dawson City, Yukon. Henry recently visited Dawson for the first time in years, and brought some special gifts.

N.W.T. youth have highest rate of hospitalization for substance abuse in country: study

Youth in the N.W.T. and Nunavut are more likely to be hospitalized from harm caused by substance use, and cannabis is the most likely substance to send youth to hospital across the country. 

'Momentous day' as Yukon's newest mine pours 1st gold bar

Yukon's Eagle mine marked a milestone on Tuesday, as it poured its first gold bar — 1,001 ounces in size, and worth about $2 million.

'A small comfort': Brantford man arrested in connection with GO station wheel thefts

A Brantford man is facing charges after a Halton police investigation into GO Station thefts that left cars without their wheels sitting on cement blocks.

Yukon jury hears closing arguments in Edward James Penner murder trial

The Crown told jurors the evidence 'points in only one direction' to Penner as Cormack's killer. The defence said the Crown's case is inconsistent.

Yukon Energy launches new round of consultation on Southern Lakes water level project

The utility wants to raise the levels of three lakes and use that water to generate hydroelectricity in the winter, when demand is higher and the company has to burn diesel and liquified natural gas.

Chance to learn at home will be 'transformative,' says Labrador Institute director

The Labrador Institute is a step closer to becoming a university campus, following a unanimous vote by the Memorial University Senate to make it an academic unit.

RCMP find drugs, stolen bikes, in Watson Lake residence

A 40-year-old man in Watson Lake, Yukon, is facing several charges after police executed a search warrant and found what is suspected to be crack cocaine, and some stolen bikes.

Judge orders Wolverine mine owners Yukon Zinc into receivership

The order gives the Yukon government first dibs on Yukon Zinc's assets at the government tries to collect $25 million in outstanding environmental security payments.

Permafrost study aims to update maps and help communities adapt, researcher says

A Sudbury-based researcher says more needs to be done to understand permafrost and its impact on people who live on it.

Even in an 'affordable' Canadian city, cost-of-living squeeze has people putting pressure on politicians

Cost of living is a major federal election issue, even in communities like Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu where people are still feeling the financial pinch despite daily expenses that are notably lower than the Canadian average.

'We've all experienced it': Yukon women weigh in on sexism in politics

Three prominent Yukon leaders say they've seen progress, but there's still work to be done to battle sexism and gender bias in politics.

This man has travelled the world without an itinerary. Now he's in Edmonton

From the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur to the haunting depths of Devil's Lake in east Latvia, Bjorn Troch has travelled the world without the benefit of guidebooks or internet search engines.

Heavy smoke proves helpful to Yukon firefighters

Smoke billowing from a growing wildfire in central Yukon has proven helpful to firefighters battling the blaze — by offering shade.

Meet the Sims, at Yukon's new medical simulation training facility

Yukon Hospitals now have a mobile state-of-the-art training facility, with a family of 4 lifelike manikins.

2020 Arctic Winter Games mascot unveiled in Whitehorse

The Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games' mascot — an anthropomorphic porcupine — was unveiled on Thursday.

Yukon government to close its pot store

With two private cannabis retailers operating and three more retail licences granted in Yukon, the territorial government says it's ready to close up its own pot shop.

Bike donation to Yukon hits pothole in the form of massive shipping fees

Schools in Whitehorse and Pelly Crossing were chosen this year to receive bikes and gear from a U.S. foundation. The bikes won't make it in time for this school year.

Wildfire season lingers in Yukon amid 'unusual' conditions

Warm and windy conditions have been keeping Yukon firefighters busy, at a time of year when the wildfire season is more typically winding down.

Watson the orphaned moose thrives at Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Three months after he first arrived at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Watson the orphaned moose is healthy and thriving. He's also ready to be seen by the public.

Yukon child who survived cancer now enjoying kindergarten

More than four years after receiving a life-saving liver transplant, four-year-old Emmett Smith has started kindergarten in Whitehorse.

People flee Ethel Lake area as Yukon crews battle nearby wildfire

18 people have been flown out of the vicinity of a growing wildfire in central Yukon, while other residents are still on alert that they may need to evacuate their homes. 

GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues

Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling nearly 3.8 million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S and Canada to fix a brake problem. The company says it has 113 reports of crashes and 13 injuries related to the problem.

Ottawa's new Arctic policy has lofty goals, but few details on how to reach them, critics say

The federal government's new Arctic strategy lists health, infrastructure and economic development at the top, with calls to end poverty, eradicate hunger and eliminate homelessness, but it includes few details on how it plans to do all that.

Former officers call on RCMP top brass to do more to recruit, retain Inuit members

For the past 15 years, the number of Inuit RCMP in Nunavut has dwindled to two out of 131 officers, while the force has failed to recruit a single new Inuk member.

Learning to read at 86: Yukon elder and his tutor receive literacy award

Kwanlin Dun First Nation Elder Louie Smith and his English tutor Ted Ackerman are this years recipients of the Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

UK-based company hopes to offer 'fibre-like' internet through satellites to Arctic

A UK-based telecommunications company is targeting communities above the 60th parallel as the first to be brought online in its mission to create a global high-speed network.

New federal Arctic policy includes focus on health, environment, infrastructure

The lengthy document, released by the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top.

Kwanlin Dün partners in program to help people with FASD in justice system

Yukon's Kwanlin Dün First Nation is partnering in a new program aimed at helping Indigenous people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) navigate the justice system.

RCMP officer who helped catch Col. Russell Williams mourned in Whitehorse

Yukon RCMP are mourning the off-duty death of one of their own, Sgt. James 'Jim' Giczi, who died following a motorcycle crash on the South Klondike Highway near Carcross last Friday. 

Yukon advocates trained to review 'unfounded' sexual assault cases

Starting this week, advocacy groups such as the Yukon Status of Women Council, along with front-line workers, will audit how sexual assault cases in Yukon are handled by police.

Full slate of candidates set in Yukon ahead of fall federal election

All five political parties have chosen their Yukon candidates for the October election. Here's a look at who they are.

RCMP, Yukon coroner investigate fatal motorcycle crash on South Klondike Highway

James Giczi, 56, died Friday evening after his motorcycle left the highway and overturned, just south of the Annie Lake Road turnoff, about 25 kilometres from the Carcross cutoff. 
In Depth

In his own words: Bob McLeod reflects on time as N.W.T. premier

McLeod spoke with CBC News for a wide-ranging exit interview, reflecting about his time in politics, some of his achievements, and where he sees the future of the Northwest Territories.

Nurse's 'timely' memoir of 1950s Yukon dusted off and republished

Ann Wilson became an outspoken advocate for the Indigenous people and communities she served as a field nurse, and was often frustrated by government inaction. Her 1965 memoir is being republished this month.

Yukon looks to ease strain on parks with plan for more campsites, higher fees

Use of Yukon campgrounds has doubled in the last decade, and is expected to keep growing. The government says that means its time for a new parks strategy.

Travellers scramble as Dempster Highway remains closed in Yukon

Staff at the Eagle Plains Hotel are 'racking and stacking' guests to ensure people have a place to stay. The Dempster Highway has been closed since Wednesday.

Passage of Seasons: Whitehorse women's fashion store closing after 34 years

Sisters Greta Gray and Maureen Nielsen say their goal at Seasons was to ensure that Yukon women didn't have to fly south to find the latest fashions. Now, they're getting ready to close for the last time.

Rare snow-white squirrel spotted in Yukon

Steve Buyck and Elizabeth Blair were out for a drive near Stewart Crossing, Yukon, this week when they spotted what they thought was a weasel. It was actually a red squirrel — completely white.

Yukon Energy gets funding to build battery storage, upgrade transmission line

A new battery storage system will allow YEC to stash up to 40 mWh of power for periods of peak demand. The power line upgrades will allow the Eagle gold mine to use hydro power.

Dempster Highway closed after LNG truck accident

The highway was still closed Thursday morning, a day after a truck carrying liquefied natural gas was reported in the ditch near the Yukon/N.W.T. border.
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On track to become largest gold mine in Yukon history, Eagle project set for 1st pour

It’s been a busy 10 years of planning, financing, construction, but the open-pit operation is mere weeks away from melting gold into doré​​​​​​​ bars.

Victim identified in Alaska Highway rollover

A 21-year-old woman from Washington state who died in a single-vehicle collision on the Alaska Highway has been identified by the Yukon Coroner's Service.

B.C. group calls for law to allow drug-users buyers club

A group of people who have real life experience with drug use in British Columbia and Yukon is calling on the B.C. government to support a community-led mechanism for a safe drug supply, in order to combat deaths from poisoning by powerful adulterants like fentanyl and carfentanil.

Glacier-fed rivers in Nunavut are sucking carbon dioxide out of the air: study

Biologists from the University of Alberta studied the Lake Hazen watershed in Nunavut and found rivers with glacial meltwater are carbon sinks.

Yukoners feel shakes from magnitude 5 earthquake near Alaska-B.C. border

From Whitehorse, to Carcross, Tagish and Squanga Lake, Yukoners felt the shakes from an earthquake near the Alaska-B.C. border Saturday night.

Woman finds lots of poop while paddling Yukon River, wants campers to be more responsible

Stephanie Coombes recently travelled the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City with her husband and young sons. She says she's concerned with the amount of garbage and human waste they found along the way.

'It's been a long time coming': N.W.T., Yukon Indigenous groups celebrate Porcupine caribou agreement

The Porcupine Caribou Native User Agreement sets out how Indigenous groups who use the herd will share the harvest when the number of caribou is low, or the herd bypasses a community.

Filmmaker hopes to find more lost film reels buried in Dawson City

Filmmaker Bill Morrison was in Dawson City this week, and it was a sort of return to the well for him. His acclaimed 2016 documentary was assembled from hundreds of century-old film reels dug out of the permafrost.

The B.C. wildfire season that wasn't — but likely will be again

Air filters have gone unused this summer as unexpectedly mild weather dampened the prospect of wildfires. Despite the short-term respite, experts say long-term data indicates that wildfires are likely to make a strong comeback. 

Remaining Yukon Many Rivers board members resign en masse

The five remaining board members of Yukon's Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services resigned en masse Thursday, and they said it's up to the Yukon government to look into the organization's financial discrepancies.

Former Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie has died

Dennis Fentie, 68, was premier of Yukon from 2002 to 2011. The Yukon Party said Friday that Fentie died after a battle with cancer.

Council of Yukon First Nations takes over Gladue report program

The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) is aiming to train a roster of 10 Gladue report writers. The reports are used to help courts craft culturally appropriate sentences for Indigenous offenders.

Whitehorse's 'Concussion Cafe' offers support after a brain injury

Lis Pilon suffered a life-changing brain injury 3 years ago, and she's still recovering and adapting. She's now started a support group for others going through something similar.

Trial begins for B.C. man charged in Whitehorse murder

Edward James Penner was charged in July 2017, a few days after Adam Cormack's body was found on a dirt road near a gravel pit north of Whitehorse.

Whitehorse trailer park tells residents to keep trailers, RVs elsewhere

Residents at Northland Park are being told they have to move their recreational vehicles off the property.

Yukon government grills Many Rivers over spending

A financial investigation of the Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services revealed a number of 'areas of concern,' the Yukon government says — including blown budgets and questionable expenses.

Brewery Creek mine near Dawson City to reopen after 17-year shutdown, company says

Golden Predator says the time is right to re-open the Brewery Creek gold mine near Dawson City.

Many Rivers counselling to close, citing loss of gov't contract

The board of Yukon's Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services says its members must resign and close the agency's doors, after the Yukon government awarded a lucrative contract to other agencies.

Kluane First Nation chief acclaimed, to prioritize new school

Bob Dickson has been acclaimed Kluane First Nation chief for second term.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of August 19

As August rolls along, cloud formations, the return of the aurora, and a 'smoking' squirrel highlight your best photos from across the North.

Whitehorse man taking his cross-country trip one step at a time

Yukoner Richard Zier-Vogel is making his way across the country by foot, with a tow-along sleeper he built himself.

Jack Layton's family honours him on 8th anniversary of his death

Jack Layton's family and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh celebrated the late politician's life Thursday, saying they continue to be inspired by his memory.

Whitehorse man claims Air Canada lost his dog, leading to 30-hour ordeal

Bobbie Milnes is frustrated and looking for compensation after being separated from his dog during a cross-country flight. Air Canada says the dog was not lost, and it is going to reach out to Milnes.

Watson Lake hotel owners plan to fight town's 5% accommodation levy

Councillors in Watson Lake, Yukon, voted in favour Tuesday of requiring a five per cent levy on the cost of hotel stays in the town, something hotel owners say they will fight.

After 15 years, final Yukon agreement signed to protect the Peel watershed

After years of consultations, protests and court battles, the Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan has been signed in Mayo, Yukon, with five governments committed to the recommendations.
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Peel plan protests

Protesters gathered across the Yukon and N.W.T. Jan. 29 to show their opposition to the Yukon government's land-use plan for the Peel watershed.

Gwich'in elder, columnist honoured with bronze bust in Old Crow

The sculpture of Josie, who died in 2010, was unveiled at a ceremony in the community on Tuesday.

Vuntut Gwitchin change residency rules for council candidates, but not councillors

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation has changed a controversial section of its constitution around residency requirements for council candidates, but a citizen who is challenging the constitution in court says that change does not go far enough.

Territorial athletes celebrate successes at Western Canada Summer Games

Athletes from the three territories who competed in the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games earned significantly more medals than their counterparts who competed in the regional competition the last time it was held in 2015. 

Federal program to target 8 highest-risk abandoned mines in Yukon and N.W.T.

The minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations was in Yellowknife on Monday to re-announce plans for the Northern Contaminated Sites Program. Money wouldn't begin flowing until the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Post-secondary leaders renew focus on reconciliation after gathering in Yukon

Representatives from 31 colleges and universities were in the territory last week to explore ways of advancing reconciliation at their schools.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of August 12

Caribou, bison, hawks, and bears: this week's gallery of your best reader photos highlights the beauty in the wildlife of the territories.
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CBC North reporter finds out why skydivers keep jumping

Why do people keep jumping out of planes? This week, CBC's Kaila Jefferd-Moore went to Carcross, Yukon, to find out for herself.

From beading to diaper making, incoming Yukon teachers learn First Nations basics

Thirty-five teachers, all about to teach in the territory for the first time, are partaking in an orientation week that includes lessons and activities with elders and Yukon’s Department of Education staff.

'An important message': Heart garden planted at RCMP detachment in Whitehorse

The 'healing heart garden' symbolizes the start of a working relationship between the police Kwanlin Dün First Nation and theTa'an Kwäch'än Council, says Kwanlin Dün First Nation's acting chief.

Dawson arts and culture building gets new Hän language name

The building that houses the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) in Dawson City, Yukon, will now be called, Dë​​​​​​​nä​​​​​​​kär Zho. It was chosen by Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in’s elders council.

Woman's death in Ross River deemed a homicide

After an autopsy it was determined Maryann Ollie died by homicide.

Yukon, Alaska officials in talks on future of Skagway ore dock

Yukon officials want to make sure the territory's mining industry maintains access to tidewater.

Anglers allowed to catch chinook salmon in southwestern Yukon

Recreational anglers on the Tatshenshini River are now allowed to catch one fish and have one in their possession. Last year, they were only allowed to catch and release the fish.

Mother of Chynna Deese overwhelmed by kindness of Yukon trucker

The mother of Chynna Deese is grateful for the kindness of a Whitehorse truck driver. Sheila Deese says she struggles every day with the loss of her daughter. But she's grateful for a Whitehorse truck driver's kindness.

New index says infrastructure in Nahanni Butte, N.W.T., is 2nd worst in Canada

A new report ranking infrastructure in remote communities puts Nahanni Butte dead last in the North — and second last out of 236 communities across Canada.

Nunavut signs devolution agreement-in-principle with Canada, Inuit organization

The agreement is not legally binding, but signifies that all the major issues have been settled between the three parties to transfer responsibility for land and water management.

TSB begins investigation into fatal plane crash near Mayo

Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board have begun their investigation into a Yukon plane crash that killed two people, but said it will likely be months before they have answers as to its cause.

Manitoba seeks firm to build Dauphin lab to detect chronic wasting disease in deer

Manitoba Sustainable Development is trying to hire a company to build a health lab in Dauphin that would detect a harmful disease that's popped up in deer populations in other provinces.

Expenses for Trump family trips to Vancouver tower raise conflict-of-interest concerns

Trips taken by U.S. President Donald Trump and his children to the Trump Tower in Vancouver may have resulted in a conflict of interest, a watchdog group is alleging.

Watson Lake rec centre's roof, ventilation system in bad shape, says report

The roof and ventilation system at the recreation centre in Watson Lake, Yukon, are in bad shape, according to an internal government report obtained by CBC News.

Evacuation order issued for southwest Tagish Lake

The B.C. Wildfire Service has issued an evacuation order for an area southwest of Tagish Lake where a fire has been burning since last month.

Trucker makes memorial for murdered couple on Alaska Highway

A Whitehorse truck driver has set up a memorial on the Alaska Highway where Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were found dead.

Experts and advocates skeptical pot conviction pardons will benefit northerners

Experts, lawyers and advocates say few Canadians will benefit or be eligible for the government's fast-tracked cannabis record suspensions.

Whitehorse business owner quotes big losses amid emergency shelter issues

Hans Oettli, who runs a pet store next door to the emergency shelter, says he's lost about $500,000 since the shelter opened in 2017.

Canadian post-secondary school reps focus on reconciliation in Yukon gathering

Representatives from 31 post-secondary schools across Canada are meeting in Yukon this month to talk about ways to advance reconciliation with Indigenous people.

'It feels amazing': Team Yukon and N.W.T. win medals at Western Canada Summer Games

N.W.T.'s Leo Konge won two bronze medals in swimming while Yukon's Mia Barrault and Julianne Girouard brought home silver and bronze.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the week of August 5

Summer is continuing to deliver incredible views from across the territories as the calendar turns to August. Take a look at your best photos from the past week.

Yukon First Nation harnesses power of social media to teach local language

With only two fluent Hän language speakers in Dawson City, a new video project aims to break down barriers to the language — one word at a time.

Yukon First Nation celebrates launch of new Tlingit dugout canoe

It took 80 days, but a 450-year-old cedar log has been transformed into a 10-metre traditional Tlingit dugout canoe. The canoe was recently revealed in a ceremony.