Heather Avery

Heather Avery is the afternoon news reader for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, based in Whitehorse. Prior to that she worked in Yellowknife as the producer of CBC Northbeat, CBC Igalaaq and the senior producer of TV news for all three territories. Before moving north, she worked as a writer at News Network and associate producer at the National. Contact by email heather.avery@cbc.ca

Latest from Heather Avery

Old Crow, Yukon, celebrates Porcupine caribou's return

For the first time in years, the Porcupine caribou are back in Old Crow. Fittingly, their return came just before the community's Caribou Days festival.

Old Crow, Yukon, declares climate change state of emergency

Officials in the Yukon's most northern community have declared a state of emergency, saying the traditional way of life in Old Crow is under threat.

Old Crow to declare climate change state of emergency

The people in Yukon's northernmost community are watching the effects of climate change unfold firsthand. Now the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is going to do something about it.

No, Yukon does not have a 'grizzly bear plague,' experts say

After a fatal bear attack in Yukon last month, some people went online to say it's time to relax bear hunting regulations. But bear experts call that ridiculous.

Big pig problem: What to do after Yukon's wild boar fiasco?

A Yukon group is calling for wild boars to be wiped from the territory, fenced or not, after a fiasco this summer. Seven wild boar escaped from their enclosure into the wilderness, prompting fears the animals could reproduce and become an invasive species.

Maternity doctors urge Yukon Government to cover diagnostic test for women over 35

Some maternity doctors in Whitehorse are calling on the Yukon government to cover the cost of a diagnostic test for pregnant women over 35.

Decline in northern bird populations 'serious', say bird experts

A new report says 86 bird species in North America are now threatened by habitat destruction and climate change. 'Not everything is right with the planet,' says the director of the Yukon Bird Club.

Needles found at Whitehorse 'reuse store' not an isolated incident

A syringe found earlier this week at the Whitehorse landfill’s 'reuse store' was not an isolated incident. Needles have also been found in donations at the local Salvation Army thrift store and the refund area at Raven Recycling.

Yukon biologist watching for signs of disease deadly to bats

A Yukon biologist is keeping watch for any signs of white-nose syndrome, as bats return to Yukon.

NHL legend Reggie Leach coming to Yukon Native Hockey Tournament

The countdown is on to the 39th annual Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, and organizers are busy sorting out some last-minute details and preparing for some special guests.

Magnetic North theatre festival coming to Whitehorse this summer

The Magnetic North theatre festival will bring national acts to the Yukon and feature a number of local acts as well.

Yukon to spend $150K to study Liard Basin potential

The Yukon government is moving ahead with an economic assessment of shale gas development in the Liard Basin even though one analyst says it’s not likely to happen soon.

Yukon parents want better communication about French programs, survey finds

The Yukon government has more work to do on providing information to Whitehorse parents about French second language programs in schools according to a fall 2015 survey.

Yukon moves closer to territory-wide 911 service

The Yukon government has opened the new RCMP call centre in the Whitehorse Emergency Response Centre. The building is equipped to handle 911 calls from around the territory.