Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star, 2020-
Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star
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- January 2, 2020: The City of Whitehorse is making it easier for you to pay your parking ticket by introducing an online payment option. Expired meter penalties of $25 can still be reduced to $10 if paid within 24 hours or the next business day of the ticket being issued. Read the entire article here.
- January 3, 2020: The first members were inducted into the Order of Yukon New Year's Day at the annual commissioner's levee. Read the entire article here.
- January 3, 2020: Deputy Judge Heino Lilles as ordered Capital Towing Services Ltd. to pay half of the repair costs of George Bahm's vehicle. Read the entire article here.
- January 6, 2020: A Whitehorse man has died after rejecting out-of-territory hemodialysis treatment. Terry Coventry, 74, died in his sleep early Friday morning after four weeks in care at Whitehorse General Hospital. Read the entire article here.
- January 6, 2020: Yukon First Nation leaders met with bankers in Toronto last month to try to persuade them not to invest in energy development on the range of a vital caribou herd. Read the entire article here.
- January 7, 2020: With a new record for consumption of electricity in the territory being set on Sunday, Yukon Energy is asking consumers to be wise with their consumption. The Crown corporation would like Yukoners to avoid adding to the load during periods of peak demand at breakfast and dinner times. Read the entire article here.
- January 7, 2020: The Yukon government opened a public engagement Monday on seasonal time change. Yukoners are being asked whether they want to keep the twice-annual time change or permanently adopt a single time. Read the entire article here.
- January 8, 2020: Major reconstruction of the Alaska Highway through the Hillcrest and airport area, spurring property relocations, is scheduled to begin this spring, says a senior government official. Read the entire article here.
- January 8, 2020: A local troupe of philanthropists raised $1,514 for the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter through an appetizer and dessert sale last month. When the shelter was threatened with closure in November 2019 due to mounting debts and unpaid veterinary bills, the Humane Society Yukon's financial woes were widely reported. Read the entire article here.
- January 9, 2020: The Yukon government has increased resident psychiatric support to improve patients' access to care. There are now three resident psychiatrists working in the territory, based out of a new private practice in Whitehorse. Read the entire article here.
- January 10, 2020: Now several months behind schedule as the result of over 200 change orders in the project, the city is not expecting to move staff into the new operations building until late March, says city engineer Wayne Tuck. While the construction portion of the overall budget has increased to $43.6 million from Ketza Construction's original bid of $39.3 million, the project is still coming in under the overall budget of $52.4 million. Read the entire article here.
- January 13, 2020: Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Chief Roberta Joseph says the decision to open up a hunt on the Fortymile caribou herd was premature, and should not have been made without completion of the joint harvest management plan under development between the government and the First Nation. Read the entire article here.
- January 14, 2020: Dan Vandal, Canada's minister of Northern Affairs, spent a day in Whitehorse this week as part of his grassroots approach to becoming acquainted with the constituency. Read the entire article here.
- January 15, 2020: Two trappers have been rescued in eastern Yukon after their snowmobile broke down, stranding them for several days in temperatures hovering around -45 C. Read the entire article here.
- January 16, 2020: The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was 4.5 per cent, a full percentage lower than the rest of Canada. The Yukon has seen the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for 38 of the last 39 months. Read the entire article here.
- January 16, 2020: As the new decade dawns, a discouraging number of Yukoners continue to drive while impaired - with a range of nonsensical reasons for doing so. Read the entire article here.
- January 17, 2020: A Yukon judge has convicted former Tagish kennel owner Shelley Cuthbert of one count of violating the territory's Environment Act, and ordered that she pay $2,000 in restitution to the Yukon government. Read the entire article here.
- January 20, 2020: Key players, movers and shakers in the negotiation of the Yukon’s land claim settlements came together over the weekend in Whitehorse, to boil down the 292-page Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA) to a nine-page summary of the key principles contained in the agreement. Read the entire article here.
- January 20, 2020: The federal government is investing $500,000 in an Invest Canada North initiative at a large prospecting convention this spring. Yukon MP Larry Bagnell made the announcement on behalf of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) in Vancouver over the weekend. Read the entire article here.
- January 21, 2020: RCMP in Inuvik have arrested Timothy McKay, 21, one of two suspects linked to a series of armed robberies and a break and enter last Saturday morning in Whitehorse. Read the entire article here.
- January 21, 2020: With the growing popularity of motorized electric bicycles, clarity is needed from city hall regarding what exactly is a bicycle, says Keith Lay, a member of the Active Trails Whitehorse Association. Read the entire article here.
- January 22, 2020: City council might want to tread softly when it comes to promoting densification of neighbourhoods, Coun. Dan Boyd cautioned at Monday night's meeting. The councillor said densification makes the city more affordable but it also has other ramifications, such as pushing more parking to the street. Read the entire article here.
- January 22, 2020: The ice bridge that connects downtown Dawson with the residents across the Yukon River has entered its fully functional phase. The first phase was the DIY (do it yourself) trail, which locals began to use on foot and with light vehicles about four days after the river ice stopped moving on Remembrance Day. The Yukon government's contractor, Big Ice, was hired to improve that early route and did so over the next several weeks. The result is that this trail, with a maximum load capacity of 5,000 kg, was declared officially open on Dec. 23. Read the entire article here.
- January 23, 2020: Farmers, ranchers and food processors in the Yukon and northern British Columbia may soon have more local customers. The two governments plan to connect to build food security and increase the supply and production of local food in the North. Read the entire article here.
- January 24, 2020: Annette King, the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate, is conducting an independent review of the barriers to school attendance in the territory. Read the entire article here.
- January 27, 2020: Whitehorse RCMP are looking for a man after discovering a vehicle that had been shot at on Friday, near the Centennial Street-Wann Road intersection. "The incident is believed to be targeted and related to the illicit drug trade and organized crime." Read the entire article here.
- January 27, 2020: The Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) and the Yukon government have partnered to present a French language tourism marketing campaign for audiences in Quebec. Read the entire article here.
- January 28, 2020: Monday's Yukon government land lottery for 55 single-family lots in phase four of the Whistle Bend subdivision drew 244 applications. Read the entire article here.
- January 28, 2020: The South Klondike Highway, south of the Canadian border, is experiencing a prolonged closure due to an avalanche risk and a collision that caused a diesel fuel spill last Saturday. Read the entire article here.
- January 29, 2020: A semi-truck carrying approximately 48,000 litres of fuel slid into the ditch and spilled some fuel near Pelly Crossing last Saturday to avoid slamming into a moose. Read the entire article here.
- January 30, 2020: The Yukon's premier and MP are remembering the life of Pearl Keenan, a beloved Teslin Tlingit Council elder who died this week in Whitehorse at the age of 99. She had lived her final years in a local care facility. Read the entire article here.
- February 3, 2020: Air North has scaled back its regular air service to Watson Lake due to security concerns with the community's airport. Read the entire article here.
- February 4, 2020: The Yukon government is studying the jury recommendations stemming from the recent inquest into the death of Cynthia Blackjack. Her 2013 death was unanimously ruled an accident last Friday afternoon. Blackjack died on Nov. 7, 2013, while being medevaced from Carmacks to Whitehorse. Read the entire article here.
- February 6, 2020: Linda Benoit, a candidate for the leadership of the Yukon Party, received a high-profile endorsement today. Jonas Smith, the Yukon's Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the 2019 federal election, is throwing his support behind Benoit. Read the entire article here.
- February 6, 2020: Zero Waste Yukon is gearing up for its seventh annual indoor community garage sale and repair cafe. "It has really become a highly anticipated wintertime event. With close to 1,000 attendees and over 40 vendors each year, we're highlighting the tremendous value of the local reuse economy." Read the entire article here.
- February 7, 2020: Justice Suzanne Duncan of the Supreme Court of Yukon reserved her decision on several issues argued last week regarding the bankrupt Wolverine Mine. The Yukon government is asking the court to find the government does have a case to claim $35.5 million through bankruptcy proceedings to cover the government's cost if has to ultimately reclaim and close down the mine site.Read the entire article here.
- February 7, 2020: Yukon First Nations Wildfire (YFNW) was awarded more than $1 million for their Resilience Training and Healing Program at the Arctic Inspiration Awards in Ottawa on Wednesday night. Read the entire article here.
- February 12, 2020: Brent Sass, 40, from Eureka, Alaska, won his third Yukon Quest yesterday, coming across the finish line. Read the entire article here.