Topic: yukon

Modelling shows public health restrictions work, says Yukon's top doctor

Yukon Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley provided a technical briefing on Tuesday, looking at modelling that's been done to understand the potential impact of COVID-19 in Yukon, and the effectiveness of public health restrictions.

Whitehorse's Canada Games Centre to reopen next month

The Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse will gradually reopen next month, but exactly what day that will start is still unknown. The City of Whitehorse’s plan was approved by the Chief Medical Officer of Health on Friday
Analysis

New party leaders and a pandemic: Yukon's political landscape now far different from 2016

Both of the Yukon's opposition parties have changed leaders since 2016. Both will be gunning for the Liberals in the next election.

The National, The Accountant of Auschwitz lead first night of Canadian Screen Awards

Two CBC programs, flagship nightly newscast The National and documentary The Accountant of Auschwitz, led the first batch of winners Monday at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards with four awards each, as the ceremony moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Facing a bleak season, Yukon tourism outfitter shifts to hand sanitizer

Facing an uncertain season, a Whitehorse-based outfitter has developed a back-up plan tailored to the COVID-19 pandemic. He's going into the hand-sanitizer business.

Yukon farmer finds equipment, know-how for project — now the money

Sonny Gray wants to grow leafy greens for Yukoners and says he's found the way to do it.

RCMP seize loaded handgun in Watson Lake, man faces firearms charges

RCMP in Yukon say they seized a loaded handgun and ammunition "of various calibres" from a Watson Lake, Yukon, home over the weekend.

Mineral exploration company scales back Yukon spending due to COVID-19

White Gold Corp. says it's reducing the size of crews and following other safety procedures to protect the health of people working on its exploration program in Yukon.

One week left to submit comments on Dempster Fibre Optics Project

The roughly 800-kilometre, $79-million fibre optic cable project would travel along the Dempster Highway and connect to the Mackenzie Valley fibre optic line in the Northwest Territories.

Interim leader for over 3 years, Stacey Hassard hands off Yukon Party helm

10 days after the Yukon Party's defeat in the 2016 election, Hassard became the party's temporary leader. On Saturday, he stepped aside for new leader Currie Dixon.

Some Whitehorse businesses getting ready to reopen following new guidelines

Reopening guidelines for personal service establishments, such as salons and tattoo shops, are getting a warm welcoming among some business representatives.

Currie Dixon wins Yukon Party leadership race

Currie Dixon is the new leader of the Yukon Party after defeating longtime MLA Brad Cathers in a race that went to a second ballot.
Music That Matters

Yukon Indigenous leader Peter Johnston on his love of classic heavy metal

In this edition of Music That Matters, Peter Johnston, Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, shares some of his favourite classic metal tunes.

U.S. federal agencies move to increase Alaska hunting, trapping

Two U.S. federal agencies took steps to increase hunting and trapping on several national preserves in Alaska and in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Whitehorse skate park closing for 6 months for $3.5M replacement job

Gone will be the crumbling masonry, metal bolts sticking out of the pavement and other safety hazards skaters have been talking about for years, and enter much better access for skateboards, bikes, scooters, wheelchairs and spectators.

Yukon offers wage top-up for low-income essential workers

The Yukon government will top up the wages of essential workers who make less than $20 per hour, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

72-year-old Yukon placer miner dies on claim near Carmacks

Yukon's coroner says a 72-year-old placer miner in Yukon is dead, after getting caught beneath a truck rolling down an embankment on her claim near Carmacks.

Liard First Nation postpones election because of COVID-19 pandemic

The Liard First Nation in Yukon has decided to postpone its election for up to six months, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yukon extends business relief program for 2 more months

The Yukon government is extending a relief program aimed at keeping local businesses afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northwestel to waive internet overage fees through June for some customers

The North's largest internet provider says it will continue to decrease or waive overage fees through the month of June.

Whitehorse teacher using 'driveway visits' to check in on students amid pandemic

Unable to see them in the usual setting, a teacher in Whitehorse is checking in on students and their families with what she calls “driveway visits.”

Tagish Lake meteorite that fell in northern B.C. contains clues as to how life may have arisen on Earth

A team of Canadian and U.S. researchers has found a meteorite that fell in British Columbia 20 years ago may shed some light on how life could have been brought to Earth.

Yukon government offers students working at home $250 each

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said Tuesday that Yukon families can apply for a one-time $250 grant for each elementary and secondary school student now studying from home.

Long Lake trails in Whitehorse reopen after human remains found

Police in Whitehorse say the public can again use the trails at Long Lake, after human remains were found in the area last week.

It's official — Yukon College is now Yukon University

It's official, Canada now has a university north of 60. Yukon College, based in Whitehorse, has made the transition to a full-fledged, degree-granting institution — Yukon University.
In Depth

Why on-the-land educators see opportunity in a global pandemic

COVID-19 has disrupted classroom-based education and given more space to traditional, informal learning, experts say.
Music That Matters

Yukon Commissioner Angélique Bernard picks 5 songs from her favourite live acts

Yukon Commissioner Angélique Bernard is a big fan of live music. She shares some of her favourite songs from some of her favourite live acts.

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: How COVID-19 motivated me to start running

George Maratos has always hated running but COVID-19 has left him with little other sports to do. So, he's decided to try to enjoy it for the first time in his life.
BRADLYN'S BLOG

Looking ahead to summer in the North: warm temperatures and high fire danger

CBC North meteorologist Bradlyn Oakes says we can expect a warmer summer with a higher fire risk.

Voting opens in Yukon Party leadership race

Linda Benoit, Brad Cathers and Currie Dixon are all vying to lead the Official Opposition into the 2021 territorial election.
Music That Matters

Yukon's Dennis Shorty picks 5 songs that stir his memories, both happy and sad

Music has been a big part of Kaska Dena artist Dennis Shorty's life, through good times and bad.
Photos

Your North: Best photos for the week of May 17

What's that? Is it the smell of spring in the air? We at CBC North think it might be based on all of the great photos submitted to us this week. 

Yukon dentists look for guidance to resume more services

Yukon's dentists say they don't have much to smile about these days — the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a bite out of their business, and they're anxious for some guidance from territorial authorities.

What 3 flight attendants have to say about working in Canada's 'hardest hit' industry

Airlines have made big adjustments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Whitehorse's new school has a name — Paul-Émile Mercier Secondary School

Whitehorse's new French-language school has been named after Paul-Émile Mercier, an engineer who lived and worked in Yukon in the early 1900s.

7 things you need to know about Yukon's plan to reopen the territory

The first thing you should know? There are a lot of unknowns.

Yukon judge acquits 3 accused of stealing dead miner's buried treasure

3 people were accused of stealing gold and silver belonging to the estate of Anthony Kopp in 2017, but a Yukon judge decided there was no hard evidence that it ever belonged to Kopp.

Young person arrested after vandalism at Whitehorse school

RCMP in Whitehorse say a young person has been arrested after 36 windows at a Whitehorse school were found broken earlier this week.

Yukon government begins first phase of easing restrictions, but offers few firm dates

The Yukon government has issued a plan to gradually loosen restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic — but with few firm dates attached.

Want to have a bonfire in Whitehorse? It better be in a city-approved backyard fire pit

The Chadburn Lake Road is a tempting place to have a bonfire but it's both prohibited and dangerous, says Whitehorse's fire chief.

Whitehorse food bank receives $100K donation from mining company

The Whitehorse Food Bank has just received a big cash donation — $100,000 from the Victoria Gold Corp.

Yukon installs new information stop in Whitehorse for travellers passing through

The Yukon government says a new information station set up on the Alaska Highway in Whitehorse will help enforce COVID-19 travel restrictions.
BRADLYN'S BLOG

Snow, rain and cool temperatures on tap for May long weekend

The May long weekend for many people usually marks the unofficial start to summer. Subconsciously, we often anticipate warmer weather with people itching to get into their gardens, go camping or just enjoy an adventure.

COVID-19 stalls iconic Alaska road trips, threatens northern B.C. businesses

As border closures and quarantines halt iconic Alaska-bound road trips, services and communities along B.C.'s Alaska Highway face a tough summer.

Transport Canada to ban some pleasure craft from Arctic waters

The new restrictions, announced Thursday, come into effect June 1.

COVID-19 measures lead to drop in other infectious diseases, emergency visits in Yukon

The president of the Yukon Medical Association says the drop in emergency department visits isn't necessarily a good thing.

Yukon says travellers through territory to stick to approved routes

Travellers heading to Alaska via the Yukon may only stop at a list of mandated gas stations and hotels, and must not turn off main highways.

Yukon panel recommends 'major, system-level changes' to health-care system

A panel of experts appointed by the Yukon government is recommending the creation of a new arms-length super-agency to take over the provision of most health and social services including hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

Yukon RCMP keep busy with drug arrests during COVID-19 pandemic

Yukon RCMP say that since February, they have "investigated several major incidents" in Whitehorse, and arrested "numerous suspects."

Feds offer additional $34M to help northern businesses during pandemic

The federal government says it's providing $34.3 million for small and medium-sized businesses in the three territories that have been affected by COVID-19.

Yukon's reopening plan coming later this week, premier says

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley gave an update on COVID-19 in the territory on Tuesday afternoon.

Yukon RCMP's Historical Case Unit takes over search for missing woman

Police in Whitehorse are still searching for 28-year-old Ayla Sanders, missing since last month. The case has now been turned over to the RCMP's Historical Case Unit.

Increase in overdose deaths in Yukon 'worrisome' and likely related to pandemic: organization

The executive director of Blood Ties Four Directions in Yukon says a recent spike in illicit drug-related deaths in the territory is "troublesome," and is likely related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yukon government rolls out rent subsidy program

The program would cover up to have of rent for tenants in private-sector rental housing. The exact amount depends on apartment size.

Border closure leaves Alaskan towns cut off from Canadian neighbours

Some residents in southeast Alaska who have seen the border with Canada closed because of COVID-19 feel cut off from an area they visit and drive through frequently.

Vuntut Gwitchin eases some travel restrictions to Old Crow

The fly-in community of Old Crow, Yukon, has eased COVID-19-related travel restrictions into the community — meaning, people can now go there again without explicit permission from the First Nation.

Windows found broken at Whitehorse school

RCMP say they were called to École Émilie-Tremblay in Whitehorse early Monday morning. Officers found broken windows, but say it doesn't look like anyone got into the building.

The 'caribou of the Cretaceous': study says Edmontosaurus once called the Arctic home

A group of international researchers say the Edmontosaurus, a dinosaur known to have lived some 70 million years ago between Alberta and Colorado, had an even larger range than what was previously believed, stretching to Alaska.
Photos

Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of April 20, 27, and May 4

Across the territories, the seasons are changing! Check out the best of both sides of the spring melt in our latest gallery of your best photos.

A smoked candied salmon recipe? Sweet! 

For all you smoked meat junkies out there, this is a sweet recipe to try

Music That Matters: Max Leighton

Journalist and record collector Max Leighton shares some of the music he's been playing during this weird moment in time.

Meet 'Atlin Barbie,' northern B.C.'s stylish, and plastic, online ambassador

It started when a 90-something great-grandmother started making unique Barbie clothes. Soon, 'Atlin Barbie' was showcasing those outfits — and her scenic hometown — to an online audience.

Newly-elected chief of the Selkirk First Nation aims to bring housing, jobs to citizens

Darin Isaac was elected on Wednesday as the new chief of the Selkirk First Nation in Yukon. Isaac also held the position for two terms from 2005 to 2011. He has also served as a councillor for three terms.

Booze industry brouhaha over Yukon warning labels backfired, study suggests

Alcohol industry groups were successful in getting the Yukon government to pull labels warning of the connection between alcohol and cancer from liquor store shelves, but the strategy may have ultimately backfired, researchers suggest.

Music that matters: Aubyn O'Grady

Aubyn O'Grady, program director of the School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, seeks musical inspiration from some very interesting places.

Yukon has a new Indigenous commercial pilot

Shadunjen van Kampen, a 21-year-old member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in Yukon, recently completed her written exams and flight test. She plans to be a commercial bush pilot. 

United in isolation, northern violinists team up for cross-country collaboration

A trio of young northern violinists recently joined their contemporaries across Canada for a project that aims to bring people together through music — while being apart.

Yukon campgrounds to open in June — but only to Yukoners

Yukon officials say the territory's campgrounds will open to campers on June 4, but the territory's borders will remain closed. They also issued guidelines for some health care services to reopen.

Alaska Highway project in Whitehorse clears environmental screening stage

Citizens in Whitehorse had hoped the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board would recommend changes to an Alaska Highway upgrade plan, but the board says there was no justification to do that.

Darin Isaac is the newly-elected chief of the Selkirk First Nation in Yukon

Darin Isaac has been elected chief of the Selkirk First Nation while Jeremy Harper, Morris Morrison, Carmen Lee Baker and Ashley Edzerza were voted in as councillors. Cody Sims has been elected youth councillor.

Five days in May: Yukon Liberals pitch informal budget hearings

Yukon's Liberal government is offering the opposition parties something they've been asking for: budget hearings. But the Yukon Party and NDP say they're wary of the fine print, and they still want to review measures the government has taken to combat the fallout from COVID-19.

Yukon government under attack over transition home for inmates

Critics says it's unacceptable that Yukon's only halfway house has been moved into the Whitehorse jail.

Recreational chinook salmon fishing 'unlikely' this year on Yukon River

The Yukon River Panel has released its pre-season forecasts for the chinook and chum salmon runs — and so far, they look to be roughly average, at least for recent years.

More than 100 people refused entry to the North under COVID-19 travel bans

Yukon and Nunavut reported dozens of travellers turned away at the border, while the N.W.T. couldn't provide numbers within 48 hours.

Woman reported missing in Carmacks has been found, say RCMP

RCMP in Yukon say a woman reported missing in Carmacks on Wednesday has been found safe.

Yukon man fined $500 after failing to self-isolate — a 1st in the territory during COVID-19

A Yukon man was charged under the territory's Civil Emergency Measures Act for failing to stay in his home for 14 days after arriving in the territory. He pleaded guilty and was fined $500.

'Every dollar counts': Yukon aviation industry welcomes new financial help

The federal government is contributing $3.56 million to help compensate Yukon aviation companies for losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is Yukon's portion of the federal relief program announced last month.

Yukon RCMP seize firearms, ammunition, illegal items during search warrant

Yukon RCMP said that they seized several firearms, ammunition, and other illegal items on Sunday.

No new or active cases of COVID-19 in Yukon, but restrictions stay in place

Yukon officials said Tuesday there were still no new active cases of COVID-19 in Yukon, but said they're still looking into how to ease restrictions.

Working from home, COVID-19, and other reasons Yukoners may have higher power bills

People in Yukon may have noticed a jump in their electricity bills recently, and ATCO Electric Yukon says there are several reasons for that.

Yukon Party claims Liberals backtracked on glucose monitoring promise

The opposition Yukon Party says the territory's Liberal government is walking back a promise it made to extend continuous glucose monitoring to adults.

Reported crime down 'almost right across the board' during pandemic, say Yukon RCMP

RCMP Supt. Scott Sheppard says things have been a little quieter at the Yukon detachment these days, but that that's not always a good thing — especially when it comes to sexual and domestic assault.

Missing Whitehorse man found, say RCMP

Whitehorse RCMP announced Monday morning that they've located a 22-year-old man who had been last seen in the city on Tuesday.

Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall staying closed due to pandemic - at least for now

A major tourist attraction in Dawson City, Yukon, won't be opening as planned on May 8 but the association that runs Diamond Tooth Gerties is optimistic it will open at some point this summer.

Yukon beaders churn out 'fireweed hero pins' for frontline workers

Kyla Popadynec started making beaded fireweed pins as a hobby. Now hundreds of Yukoners are in on it as a way to say thanks.

Kegs pile up at Yukon brewery as draft sales fall flat during pandemic

Bars are closed in Yukon during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that means kegs are piled up at Yukon Brewing and approaching their "best before" date.

1 person charged in Yukon for not self-isolating, as Yukon reports no active cases

All of Yukon's 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, the territory's chief medical officer said Friday. But lifting restrictions and public health orders will take time, officials said.

Whitehorse RCMP searching for missing man

Whitehorse RCMP are asking for help to find 22-year-old Guled Warfa, last seen in the city on Tuesday.

Yukon had 1,154 non-residents travel through territory in past 2 weeks

More than 1.000 non-residents have travelled through Yukon since a travel restriction was put into place on April 17, according to a spokesperson for Yukon’s emergency co-ordination centre. 

How Yukon's 'one caribou apart' physical distancing campaign became a sensation

A quirky public health campaign in Yukon promoting physical distancing by urging people to stay "one caribou apart" has proven popular.
In Depth

Yukon premier brushes off opposition demands for more transparency on COVID-19 response

The Yukon Party and NDP say they appreciate the territory's Liberal government needed to act fast to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. But they say they still need opportunities to hold the government to account

Carcross teachers go door-to-door to ensure students without internet access aren't left out

For many students, learning from home is hard enough. But for those without access to the internet, it's even more challenging. 

Father of missing Whitehorse woman pleads for information about her disappearance

Ayla Sanders, 28, who goes by Ella, was last seen in Whitehorse on April 17.

Yukon LGBTQ community getting its own space to get together and hold events

The new executive director says pride centres across the country vary in the way they are organized, but they all provide a place for people to get together, make connections and access resources.

OPINION | Working poor among the hardest hit during COVID-19 pandemic

Bad news: if you were living close to or at the poverty line prior to the COVID-19 crisis and the unprecedented economic downturn that has accompanied it, you’re probably worse off now than ever before.

Yukon officials eye plan to reopen, but won't set a date yet

The territory's chief medical officer of health acknowledges the need to reopen soon but, citing the possibility of a new outbreak, says officials won't rush.

Restaurants in Haines Junction team up to offer subsidized meals

Hungry in Haines Junction, Yukon? Three local restaurants are happy to feed you for as little as five bucks.

N.W.T. and Nunavut continue to have highest workplace death rate in country

A ceremony in the N.W.T. would normally mark April 28 as the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured in the workplace, but COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines make that impossible this year.

Yukon government won't claw back federal COVID-19 benefit

Under current rules, the Yukon Government is supposed to withhold social assistance payments dollar-for-dollar from people who also qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Health Minister Pauline Frost says the government will waive that rule through the end of June.

15 people turned back at B.C.-Yukon border in past 10 days

Fifteen people have been turned away at the Yukon-B.C. border since the Yukon government banned non-essential travel into the territory on April 17, says a government spokesperson.