Government of Yukon

November 2017

DNA analysis of fossils found in Klondike goldfields leads to new horse genus
November 28, 2017 - Researchers have discovered a new genus of ancient horse and named it after a palaeontologist well-known to Yukon residents.

Family reunification project launched
November 28, 2017 - The Government of Yukon is introducing a new three-year pilot project to reunite foster children with their families.

Government of Yukon completes fall 2017 sitting
November 27, 2017 - Over the past two months, the government tabled several significant pieces of legislation – all of which have been assented to by the Commissioner.

Oil and gas disposition process discontinued
November 23, 2017 - The Government of Yukon has discontinued the fall 2016 oil and gas Request for Postings. As a result, there will be no further review of the submitted posting locations.

Final report of the FASD prevalence study of corrections population released
November 23, 2017 - The results of a study into the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among the corrections population will inform planning and service delivery.

A Housing First building for downtown Whitehorse to be designed this year
November 22, 2017 - The design of a new multi-unit residential building is the first step towards low-barrier housing with services in Whitehorse.

New warning labels on liquor sold in Whitehorse
November 22, 2017 - New warning labels aim to increase public awareness of the health risks of alcohol – including the link between alcohol use and an increased risk of cancer.

David Loukidelis appointed to inspect the Whitehorse Correctional Centre
November 22, 2017 - The inspection will begin in early January 2018, guided by terms of reference provided by the Minister of Justice.

Placer miner recognized for lifetime contributions to Beringian research
November 20, 2017 - Placer miner Stuart Schmidt was recognized at the annual Yukon Placer Forum this past Sunday to honour his decades of support for Yukon palaeontology and Beringian research.

Government of Yukon announces proposed framework for legalized cannabis
November 20, 2017 - The Government of Yukon has released its proposed framework for the legalization of cannabis, which will form the basis of new territorial legislation to regulate cannabis in Yukon.

Take action on radon gas during November
November 17, 2017 - November is Radon Action Month. The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Lung Association urge Yukoners to test their homes for radon.

Government of Canada to invest up to $7.5 million for Francophone high school community spaces
November 16, 2017 - Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell and Government of Yukon Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee today announced that the Government of Canada will invest up to $7.5 million over the next two years for Francophone community spaces at the new French First Language high school in Whitehorse.

Contract awarded to replace the Nares River (Naatasehéen) Bridge in Carcross
November 15, 2017 - Construction is planned to begin in winter 2017–18 and is expected to last two years.

Government of Yukon to consider Financial Advisory Panel’s options
November 15, 2017 - The territory’s independent Financial Advisory Panel has concluded its engagement with Yukoners and has released its final report containing financial options to help support Yukon’s vision for a bright financial future.

Yukon small businesses to thrive with government support
November 14, 2017 - Small businesses in Yukon will continue to grow and succeed thanks to a government investment of more than $247,200 in the Yukon Business Development Program.

Partnership to assess geothermal resources
November 10, 2017 - The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Da Daghay Development Corporation, in partnership with the Yukon Geological Survey, is undertaking a study of geothermal heat flow in the Whitehorse area.

Suicide prevention training to be expanded in Yukon
November 10, 2017 - To help build capacity and knowledge on suicide prevention, the Government of Yukon will be funding Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in six communities, including Whitehorse, in the coming months.

Results of public engagement on cannabis released today
November 9, 2017 - The information gathered via the survey is informing the Government of Yukon as it develops a new act for the regulation of cannabis.

Yukon Minister of Education unveils art project celebrating redesigned curriculum
November 7, 2017 - On behalf of the Government of Yukon, Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee unveiled a visual art project today at Elijah Smith Elementary School to illustrate Yukon’s redesigned school curriculum.

Funding increased for extended-family care
November 7, 2017 - Extended Family Care Agreements allow children who require out-of-home care to remain with members of their extended family, rather than being placed in foster or residential care.

Mike and Sylvia Blumenschein are Yukon’s 2017 Farmers of the Year
November 6, 2017 - Mike and Sylvia received the award at the annual North of 60° Agriculture Banquet in Whitehorse on November 3.

Liquor legislation review to address present-day needs
November 6, 2017 - The Government of Yukon is launching a review of the Liquor Act and Regulations.

Government of Yukon, Vuntut Gwitchin Government and Gwich’in Tribal Council urge protection of Porcupine caribou herd
November 3, 2017 - Governments urge the protection of Porcupine caribou herd and their calving grounds in the face of commercial development.

Seasonal flu vaccine clinics now open
November 3, 2017 - Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, reminds Yukoners to receive their seasonal flu vaccine. Clinics are now up and running in all Yukon communities.

Survey of visitors to Yukon begins year-long tourism research project
November 1, 2017 - New year-long visitor survey gets underway in Yukon.

Deadline extended for Societies Act feedback
November 1, 2017 - The Yukon government is inviting the public to send in written submissions for Societies Act feedback until December 14.