Topic: yukon

Life at Gadzoosdaa: How students from Yukon communities go to high school

Many Yukon schools don’t offer classes past Grade 9. If students want a classroom experience, they move into a Whitehorse dorm in Grade 10.

Neighbour rallies to help family who lost belongings in Whitehorse fire

A Whitehorse man has started a donation drive for a family of 5 affected by a fire over the weekend in the Hillcrest neighbourhood.

Yukon government cancels $904K contract with Yellowknife firm, calling it a 'mistake'

The Yukon government has cancelled a contract with a Yellowknife architecture firm, worth almost $1 million. The territory's minister of public works says the contract should not have been awarded in the first place.

Accused Yukon mail bomber Leon Nepper dies in Whitehorse hospital

Nepper was facing charges, including attempted murder, after allegedly sending an explosive device to his brother in Port Alice, B.C.

Yukoner warns others after losing $2,500 in telephone scam

Thousands of Canadians have complained about a telephone scam wherein callers claim to represent the Canada Revenue Agency. Yukon's Holly Hayball was recently intimidated into transferring $2,500.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of Aug. 20, 27, Sept. 3

Fall is here, and we're catching up on your best photos from the start of the season over the next two weeks. First, check out 3 weeks of fabulous shots from late August and early September.

Whitehorse shoppers look for good finds at new thrift store

Shoppers have been waiting for a new store since April 2017 when the Salvation Army closed the doors of the Family Thrift Store.

Advocates keep pressure on for $7M wildlife overpass on Highway 1

The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative has been pushing for a wildlife overpass just east of Lac Des Arcs for years. Advocates say it's a hotspot for wildlife collisions and both animals and humans will benefit from a crossing.

Volunteers 'filling in the social gaps' at Whitehorse hospital

'I know that every nurse, every doctor ... [wants] to be able to take the time to connect with patients, but the reality is they don’t always have that time,' says volunteer with hospital's new 'Morning Brew Crew.'

Federal workers cited 3,075 times for lapses in document security

Public Services and Procurement Canada instituted a tough new policy to ensure its office workers keep sensitive documents secure. But a new audit, obtained by CBC News under access to information law, found more than 3,000 violations of the policy last year, suggesting the measures are having limited impact.

'I heard a huge explosion': Early-morning fire breaks out in Whitehorse's Hillcrest neighbourhood

The shed of a home was engulfed in flames at about 7 a.m. in Whitehorse's Hillcrest neighbourhood. Neighbours report hearing explosions, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Credits set to roll at Whitehorse video store

'I think it’s the time to move on,' said Stephen Kwok, owner and operator of 38 Famous Video, which is closing down. 'The young folks, I seldom see them.'

From classrooms to cabins, new Arctic atlas hopes to spark imaginations

Three environmental organizations have released a free atlas featuring a comprehensive overview of the Arctic's changing environment, along with the animals and people that live there.

P.E.I. government 'open to exploring more changes' for gender ID on paperwork

The P.E.I. government says it is open to exploring changes to government-issued identification, and is already doing so in some cases.

Accused Yukon mail bomber charged with attempted murder

Leon Nepper faces two new charges associated with the package he allegedly sent to his brother in B.C. — attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Whitehorse man gets 4 years, 7 months in jail for beating 87-year-old to death

Alfred Chief pleaded guilty of manslaughter earlier this year, in the 2016 death of Olson Wolftail in Watson Lake.

RCMP investigating Whitehorse man's death as homicide

Yukon RCMP are investigating the death of a 39-year-old Whitehorse man as a homicide, following an autopsy on his body last week.

Yukonstruct opens new building and it's already near capacity

'If we keep on the train we've have been on for the last four years, we will need a bigger space, for sure,' said Jaret Slipp, executive director of Yukonstruct.

Norwegian blogger posts picture online, gets fined for illegal hunting in Yukon

Yukon conservation officers asked Tonje Blomseth if she had shot a ptarmigan. She said no. Then they showed her the photo they found on Facebook.

Hikers and hunters a risky mix at Fish Lake, says Kwanlin Dun

The First Nation is asking people who use the popular Fish Lake hiking trail near Whitehorse to avoid the area at certain times, wear bright clothing, and leash their dogs.

Nova Scotia to allow 'X' as sex option on birth certificates

Nova Scotians who don't exclusively identify as male or female will have the option of choosing "X" on their birth certificates under changes proposed by the province.

A small seed can cause big problems for Yukon pets, says Whitehorse veterinarian

Foxtail are grasses with bushy seed heads. By this time of year, the seed heads are dried out and easily stick to a pet’s fur. According to one Whitehorse vet, the seeds have a barb at one end and can work their way through a dog’s skin and into its body.

Sheep hunters stranded near Atlin rescued after cold night in mountain cave

Chad Girardin and his nephew Matthew Westley got themselves a Dall sheep, but had trouble getting themselves off the mountain.

'We'll survive': Residents of Lower Post, B.C. clean up after wildfires

'I think people are just kind of getting used to it, settling down and accepting the fact that we're damaged — but we'll survive,' said resident Dennis Porter.

Whitehorse Days Inn fined as a result of fire code violations

A hotel guest filled a complaint that emergency lighting fixtures did not work during a power outage this summer.

Bail hearing pushed back for Yukon man accused of mailing bomb to brother in B.C.

A Whitehorse man accused of mailing a bomb to his brother on Vancouver Island will remain in custody until at least Thursday, after Monday's bail hearing was adjourned.

'Stopped him in his tracks': Outrage after ex-pro hockey player kills grizzly

Tim Brent posed with a grizzly bear he shot while hunting in Yukon; a post that was met with criticism.

True or false? Fact-checking the English leaders debate

Journalists from all six of the media organizations that formed a consortium to hold Monday night’s historic English debate fact-checked several of the statements made by the party leaders. Here’s what they found.

Going, going, gone! Faro's abandoned houses aren't just selling, they're getting a facelift

People are breathing new life into the abandoned buildings that have been an eyesore on the streets of Faro, Yukon, for two decades.

'So far we've been lucky': Yukoner connects with family in Philippines after typhoon hits

Many Filipinos in the Yukon kept a close eye on Typhoon Mangkhut over the weekend, as it killed at least 65 people since hitting the Philippines.

Grab your boards, the Carcross skate park is now open

Kids asked for the skate park for more than 20 years, and on Saturday, the Carcross/Tagish First Nation finally celebrated the grand opening of their community skate park.

Court hears intercepted phone calls on day 3 of Lafferty drug trafficking trial

The jury heard recordings between a drug kingpin and the daughter of accused Mary Anne Lafferty. The recording does not indicate whether or not the accused knew they were transporting drugs.

Teddy bears get checkup at Whitehorse General Hospital

The Whitehorse General Hospital held its second annual Teddy Bear Clinic Saturday. Kids brought their teddy bears for a checkup and to check out the hospital.

Class is in session at Canada's first 'pot school'

An Ontario college is offering what some might see as a pretty cool credential — a one-year certificate in growing pot. But the class comes with hard work.

Inuvik's Gwich'in strike out on their own self-government negotiations

The Nihtat Gwich’in Council, representing Inuvik members, confirmed its decision to start its own negotiations separate of the Gwich’in Tribal Council at a special assembly on self-government in Aklavik, N.W.T., on Friday

Men driving solar-powered van to South America in race against winter

Two men from Australia are making the most of Yukon's 13 hours of daylight. Joel Hayes and Keegan Taccori, driving a solar-powered electric van from the Arctic Circle to Argentina, need all the sun they can get.

Yukon man accused of mailing explosive device to brother in B.C.

Leon Nepper, 73, of Whitehorse is facing two charges related to a parcel that exploded in his brother Roger Nepper's hands at Roger's home in Port Alice on Vancouver Island.

Group homes a top issue as chiefs meet Yukon premier and cabinet

Group homes and foster care were a priority this week as Yukon's premier and cabinet met Indigenous chiefs at the Yukon Forum.

Skull found 9 years ago in Whitehorse ID'd as missing B.C. man

Yukon RCMP say the remains belong to Terry Fai Vong of Port Coquitlam, B.C. Vong's remains were found by a mountain biker near Long Lake Road in October 2009, according to police.

Yukon RCMP investigating death of Whitehorse man

Shawn Johnnie, 39, died Wednesday in Vancouver. He was transported there from Whitehorse General Hospital.

At least 23 confirmed cases of salmonella illness from raw chicken in N.B.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that 419 cases of salmonella cases are confirmed and 23 of those are in New Brunswick.

'Spectacular' mummified ice age wolf pup, caribou calf found at Yukon mine sites

Rare, mummified remains of two ice age animals — a caribou calf and a wolf pup — have been dug up from the permafrost by gold miners near Dawson City, Yukon.

Gwich'in Tribal Council expects mandate on self-government after special assembly Friday

A special assembly on Gwich'in self-government begins in Akalvik on Friday.

Resource development, gas supply top of mind in Inuvik for senatorial visit

'One of the big issues in the North is people from Ottawa always making decisions [for] the North and then never really consulting with the people of the North,' says Inuvik mayor.

Yukoners get a peek inside the new Whistle Bend continuing care facility

The 150-bed continuing care home will begin accepting residents next month.

It's a zebra! No wait, it's just a German duo crossing Labrador on a continent-wide tour

Oliver and Harriet Schindelhauer were drawn to Labrador because of the 'rough' reputation of the Trans-Labrador Highway, but say they have been pleasantly surprised by the condition of the road.

Syrian student enrolls at Yukon College looking for a new life

Abed Alaboud expected it to be cold when he arrived, but he was surprised by the food, which he says is bland compared to what he's used to.

Celebrity gold miner pays $3,500 penalty for killing black bear

Celebrity gold miner Derek Dodge pleaded guilty to Wildlife Act charges in a Yukon court this week.

Ticks found in Yukon were brought in by people returning from vacation

Yukon's animal health unit says there were four ticks found on people and pets in the territory this summer, but they're no cause for concern.

Yukon shuts off some school water fountains because of lead levels

'We all remember when lead was part of gas, lead was in paint — and you know, those have been removed, and standards in drinking water are also changing,' says Yukon's chief medical officer of health.

Park designation proposal triggers turf war in Bighorn backcountry

Conservationists are turning up the pressure on the Alberta government to transform a contested parcel of Rocky Mountain terrain into an official wildland provincial park.

Tuque soon? Early snow prompts weather warning for northeastern B.C.

The South Peace is under a snowfall warning, with up to 10 centimetres of snow expected by Tuesday evening.

Summer heat made a huge 'snow swamp' on a Yukon glacier

Melting on the Lowell Glacier in Kluane National Park could have repercussions for waterways and wildlife, says one glaciologist.

How a dispute at Yukon Motor Vehicles grew to include police, courts, and a human rights complaint

One man's quest for a new licence plate has left him squared off in a court battle with the Yukon government.

Yukon woman speaks out about living with 'the invisible disability' — FASD

'Just because it looks like we’re doing really well, don’t pull [those supports] away, because that sets us up for failure,' says Jessica McMurphy.

Northern territories had highest crime rates, severity in Canada in 2017

A Statistics Canada report indicates N.W.T., Nunavut and the Yukon had the highest police-reported crime rate and crime severity index in Canada in 2017.

Chief says Telegraph Creek, B.C. wildfire area looks like scene from war film

Tahltan Chief says Telegraph Creek, B.C., looks like a 'scene from one of the World War II movies,' and says his people won't be able to return home until the end of October.

Makeover at Whitehorse cemetery reveals hundreds of unexpected, unmarked graves

Crews estimate there are remains from 485 unidentified individuals at the Pioneer Cemetery. 'We are putting, as part of this project, concrete pads down — but we can't add the name until we confirm who's actually buried where.'
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How a team of amateur explorers and an underwater robot laid to rest the 'Ghost of Baker Lake'

Local legend has it that an aircraft disappeared in northern Canada nearly half a century ago, never to be seen again — until this August, when an Alberta man and his team discovered it at the bottom of a lake.

After 2 week wildfire evacuation, residents can return to Lower Post, B.C.

The B.C. Wildfire Service lifted the evacuation order on the community on Friday morning. Residents are now beginning what will likely be a long process of cleaning up and assessing the damage.

'We let you down': Yukon gov't apologizes to youth mistreated at group homes

An independent report on Yukon's youth group home system, presented Thursday, "speaks to an institution in crisis," said the social services minister.

7 truck tailgates stolen over long weekend in Whitehorse

RCMP say that over the Labour Day long weekend, tailgates were stolen from seven different vehicles in the city.

Mysterious cache of old coins unearthed in Yukon

It's been a busy summer for construction in Dawson City, Yukon — which means it's also been busy for the territory's archeologists.

'Fun-loving, active, and lively' Gwich'in man found dead near Dempster Highway

William Thompson, 40, was hunting caribou near the Yukon-N.W.T. border. He was reported overdue on Saturday evening.

Dawson City had wettest August in 54 years

According to Environment Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips, it was the third-wettest August in Dawson since records began in 1897.

B.C. short 250 teachers as new school year begins

Government has yet to implement the key recommendation made by a task force around creating a recruitment and retention fund to attract more teachers to the province.

'Amazing' archeological find in Yukon's melting ice patches — an intact atlatl dart

The ancient hunting spear has all its parts — a wooden shaft, stone tip, sinew and feathers.

Yukon gov't defends giving $904K contract to N.W.T. firm

Local contractors are not happy that the government hired a Yellowknife-based company to oversee the design and construction of the new francophone high school in Whitehorse.

Environmental permitting needs more flexibility, says Yukon placer miner

Stuart Schmidt says the adversarial nature of the permitting process is dividing Yukoners when it should be building bridges.

Excitement and nerves rule Yukon College move-in weekend

It’s move-in weekend at Yukon College in Whitehorse. From Friday to Monday, 125 students will settle into their new homes on campus.

Atlin, B.C. recalls its starring role in a Hong Kong action movie

'It was just insanity,' recalls Rob Toohey, who helped make the film Saviour of the Soul 2.'The film was screened again in Atlin, B.C., last week.

Atlas of Canada created by Indigenous people coming soon

The Indigenous Peoples Map of Canada shows the country without provincial or territorial boundaries.
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Why Yellowknife's summer was a bummer: CBC meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler explains

Even though the temperatures were statistically around average, many Yellowknifers have been mourning this year’s summer that never was.

Former Whitehorse teacher denies all sexual abuse allegations by former student

Desire Mitchell says Paul Deuling started sexually abusing her when she was his grade four student at Jack Hulland Elementary School. Deuling denies the allegations.

Yukon companies question government contract with N.W.T. firm

Taylor Architecture Group of Yellowknife was hired to oversee construction of the new Francophone high school in Whitehorse through a standing offer agreement — not a competitive bidding process.

Rare 1,500-year-old arrowhead found near the Dempster Highway in Yukon

An eight-day hike near the Tombstone region led to a rare discovery for Jennifer Macgillivray — a caribou antler arrowhead, 'laying in the gravel.'

Yukon farmer fined $400 after wild boars escape

The Yukon government says it may revisit the rules around keeping the species as livestock in the territory, after a months-long effort to find and kill the fugitive animals.

Treaty banning dangerous chemicals helped Arctic wildlife, study shows

The Stockholm Convention, signed by 152 countries, aims to eradicate use of pollutants such as PCBs and DDT.

Watson Lake man gets life sentence for murder of Andy Giraudel

Travis Byron Dennis pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder in the death of Andy Giraudel in Watson Lake in 2016. Dennis won't be eligible for parole for 10 years.

Northern winners claim two $1M lottery prizes

'For some reason, that day I had it in my mind that I should buy a ticket,' says lottery winner Bradley McNeill.

Tamara Goeppel fined $1,000 for breaking Yukon elections law

The former Yukon Liberal candidate was 'not as careful as she should have been, or as the law required' when using proxy voting forms during the 2016 territorial election campaign, her lawyer said.

Warm water under Arctic ice a 'ticking time bomb,' researcher says

A pocket of warm ocean water underneath the surface of the Canada Basin could melt a significant portion of the region's sea ice pack if it were to ascend, a new study suggests.

All wild boars that escaped from Yukon farm now dead, says government

A government spokesperson said Tuesday that the last of the seven animals, fugitives since June, had been 'terminated.'

Dawson City teens want to create photography book of Yukon communities

Vanessa Oliverio and Kale Michon came up with the idea to collect photos and stories that represent the experience of growing up in northern communities.

Former Yukon Liberal candidate Tamara Goeppel pleads guilty to election charge

There was a sudden change Tuesday morning at Goeppel's trial in Yukon Territorial Court. Goeppel changed her plea to guilty on one count related to breaking election laws.

Community hall, more RVs possible for city campground in Whitehorse

City officials want a larger administration building at the Robert Service Campground, with a community hall and concession. They're also looking at making more room for RVs.

Bears are coming into Whitehorse looking for berries

'They're moving into our residential areas and they're finding our nice, flush, well-watered berries that are in our backyards,' said one Yukon conservation officer.

Spike in cannabis overdoses blamed on potent edibles, poor public education

Emergency room visits related to cannabis overdoses have more than doubled in Alberta and almost tripled in Ontario over the past three years as health experts decry the lack of proper product labelling and messaging about the responsible use of cannabis products.

Conservatives pass resolution to keep 100% of northern resource royalties in 3 territories

Delegates at the Conservative Party’s national convention in Halifax on Saturday voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting a policy that could see the three northern territories keep 100 per cent of their natural resource royalties.

Yellowknife's cool, rainy summer not a record-breaker

While this summer has seemed cold, Yellowknife’s temperatures have actually been right on average.

There's food for thought in the Whitehorse library's edible garden

'We had a chance to sort of dream big about things we'd like to see in the library. And for me, it was an edible garden.'

Yukon women's advocates to review outcomes in sexual assault cases

Advocates will work with police, prosecutors and judges in a bid to boost confidence in the legal system.

Canada Revenue Agency to open new offices in territorial capitals

Federal minister Diane Lebouthillier also pledges to consult public on regulatory changes to reduce the number of tax reviews done on northerners.

Air freshens in parts of B.C. while other regions still face air quality, fire risks

The B.C. Wildfire Service says nearly 600 wildfires are burning across the province.

Lower Post evacuees 'all one strong community,' as wildfire grows

'Allow us to get back into Lower Post and fight that fire,' said Emil Dendys, one of more than 100 people forced out of Lower Post, B.C., earlier this week by an evacuation order.

Whitehorse residents collecting supplies for Lower Post evacuees

Corinna and Richard Yuill will take a trailer of donations to the Watson Lake recreation centre on Saturday. That's where people displaced by wildfires are getting help and support.

Vast majority of Whitehorse's homeless population Indigenous, survey suggests

'That's really a telling statement about our society — that First Nations people, in their own homeland, are finding themselves homeless,' said Charlotte Hrenchuk of the Yukon Planning Group on Homelessness.

Beware of scammers, police warn prospective renters in Whitehorse

RCMP are warning prospective tenants, after someone was duped into paying a damage deposit and first month's rent on an apartment unit that wasn't even vacant.

Dawson City youth centre 'desperate' for new building, says youth co-ordinator

After the Tr'ondek Hwech'in Youth Centre building was condemned in 2016, lack of appropriate space to rent in Dawson City has meant a drop in youth attendance.

3 homes in Lower Post, B.C., destroyed by wildfire, official says

Residents of the community were forced to flee on Tuesday, after B.C. emergency officials issued an evacuation order. Since then, they've been waiting in Watson Lake, Yukon.