Whitehorse (June 4, 2015) – The NDP’s federal riding association for Yukon has announced that its members will assemble on Tuesday, July 7th to choose their candidate for the upcoming federal campaign. Candidates André Bourcier and Melissa Atkinson both launched their campaigns this month; Yukoners with active memberships as of Sunday, June 7th will be eligible to vote in the nomination campaign.
“A contested nomination between two high calibre candidates is a strong sign that Yukoners are looking for a change,” said Yukon riding association president Dan Bader. “I am so excited to watch André and Melissa show Yukoners what kind of candidate they would be over the coming weeks.”
The NDP-Yukon media-release related to this announcement said, “NDP leader Tom Mulcair is running on a platform of affordability and progressive steps to make life better for Yukoners. From more affordable, $15-a-day child care to a national inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women to repealing Bill C-51 and the non-negotiated clauses in Bill S-6, an NDP government would turn the page on decades of Liberal and Conservative inaction”.
“Neither the Liberal nor the Conservative candidates represent the change Yukoners want to see in Ottawa, added Bader. “Yukoners have a choice in the upcoming federal campaign – and under Tom Mulcair and the NDP, we have the chance to make positive change in Ottawa.”
November 13, 2014 – Whitehorse based renowned painter organized an exhibition of her new work at the waterfront station in Whitehorse to celebrate 10 years of her painting career. She organized an event “My Best Work Yet” and over two hundred and fifty people visited very first day to take a glimpse of her work. She unveiled over a dozen new original oil paintings created in the studio over the last 12 months.
“We had a lot more visitors than we thought,” said Emma. “A lot of people have been watching me for ten years and so they got to see what ten years does to somebody that they support. I think everyone is pretty excited.”
While providing details about her show, Emma said, “It was a pop-up gallery in a location that nobody knew about and it was very kind of sneaky the way I did the advertising, I didn’t really do typical media release or posters or hand out invites, I used the guests list that I had developed over ten years. I invited four hundred people and two fifty came so that’s really good.”
The event was well organized. There were many things like live music, champagne, artist interview, photography, filming, etc. While talking to the Yukon Times, Emma explained scenes behind the scenes, “We just knew that we wanted to have an event that was done really nicely kind of like a business after hours but turning it in to the art scenes, like a patron appreciation and celebration of the ten year journey of an artist and then showing my best work and the most mature work that I have. Now we just decided to do so many things that were untraditional in terms of having an art show and we didn’t do it with the gallery we made our own gallery. We didn’t have any power or lights so we set up lights like we didn’t have. I don’t know we didn’t have the typical artist talk where the artist is standing behind the mike and we pulled Terry McCarthy and because she’s a friend and we did an interview and it was such a special event that I got my other friend Jessica Hall to film it all and I had another friend photograph everything properly.”
Emma described she had to rely on a huge amount of people, infrastructure, and volunteers. For her, it was also an emotional journey that also required a lot of patience.
“It was also bringing together a huge amount of working support and volunteers, and to make it like because it was a posh event you show up and you got champagne and you got some food and you got some wine, it cost a lot of money I mean, it was a blank space with nothing in it, not even any power outlets. Then I had to hire lights, I had to hire a van, I had to hire somebody for tables and drinks. I had to hire the alcohol it was just nuts but then we figured out a way to pay for the event because there was no guarantee ever that we’re going to sell any arts there never is, you don’t when it’s going to happen and it’s an emotional reaction,” she said.
Creating art involves money and there is no guarantee if the creator can recover his/her costs. Emma detailed her plans, “We designed it so that the workshop that I’m doing tomorrow and the next day would pay for the costs of the party if we had enough registration and then the back up plan as if we didn’t have enough registration that we would ask some sponsorship. We did all of that and we came in our budget as a cost neutral event so then in the fact that I did sell paintings that was all profit and I was actually get paid for once.”
Emma was very clear from a very young age that those were her linings were to the artistic side and primarily painting or drawing and creating from her hands. Once she was in grade school she was always stronger in Communication and Arts.
“I was a little bit okay with sports but not really like I wasn’t really that interested, I had to be really pushed into doing with the test program with cross-country skiing and stuff but then not helped me love the outdoors more and be able to live outdoors in all the different elements,” she said.
After graduating from Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC., Emma decided that she was going to start a studio practice and made a ten year plan. Her ten year plan included working in the arts field and did different art related jobs. She sold advertising, did graphic design, etc.
“I did that for the first five or seven years and then it was time like I had it was like one day I just couldn’t do my job at the newspaper anymore, I was just like into it I was into like I got to start this business.” Emma recalled her those days.
“Five years ago I work full time and I launched Emma Barr Fine Art and Design and I did a lot of design works still within my studio.”
Thursday was first day of four days events with a 10th year anniversary party. There was school group and other public visits on Friday and workshops about colour theory and planning and executing a landscape painting on site Saturday and Sunday.
In August of 1896, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim discovered gold in what is now called Bonanza Creek. After this discovery, nearly 100,000 people attempted to reach the Klondike gold fields to find gold. Therefore, the discover day week is celebrated every year in the month of august to commemorate their great discovery.
The Brass Knuckle Society members create hypnotizing music. Jesse Whitehead plays trumpet, Thibaut Rondel plays alto saxophone, Will Hegsted is on tenor saxophone, Kristen Range is an accordion player, Wiliam Auclair Bellemare plays tuba, Josh Regnier is on drums, and Colleen McCarthy is a trombone player. The band is performing this Wednesday at Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse at 7:00 PM. This is the last show of the group. So, don’t miss!
Whitehorse (January 8, 2013) – Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley is reminding Yukoners to get their flu shot as flu activity surges.
“We have another early start to flu season with 16 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Yukon since early December,” Hanley said. “That’s only the tip of the iceberg since we know that for every lab-confirmed case, many more are not officially diagnosed.”
As in the rest of the country, most of the influenza is affecting adults in the young to middle-age group. The majority of confirmed strain types have been H1N1, which is covered by this year’s vaccine. As well, there have been hospitalized cases with suspected influenza, awaiting laboratory confirmation.
“If you haven’t received your immunization yet, I recommend you to do so,” Hanley said. “While the most vulnerable are usually the very young and those over the age of 65 years, this year’s flu is just as likely to affect young adults.”
Hanley warns, however, that supplies of influenza vaccine may be limited: “We have already surpassed last year’s total of vaccine doses given. Although we are making contingency plans for extra vaccine, there are demands across the country and there is no guarantee that we will have enough for all comers.”
Kwanlin Dün Health Centre offers flu immunizations Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Whitehorse Health Centre also offers flu immunizations Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. People can also make an appointment for a flu shot by calling the Whitehorse Health Centre at 667-8864.
For drop-in times in the communities, contact the nearest Community Health Centre.
This increased flu activity and its effects on the adult population are very similar to what is happening in British Columbia, Alberta and Alaska, which have also noted an increase in serious cases and hospitalizations. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 97 per cent of strains tested so far match the current vaccine types.
Hanley adds that Yukoners can help protect themselves by:
covering their mouths when they cough and coughing away from others; and
washing their hands frequently.
Symptoms of influenza include rapid onset of fever, cough, sore throat, aches and pains. Rest and symptomatic treatment are often all that is needed. People who suspect they have the flu should stay home until they are feeling better. Those with severe symptoms or underlying medical conditions should get medical advice, either by calling the Yukon Healthline – 811 or consulting with their community nurse, family physician or the physician at Emergency.
WHITEHORSE (December 18, 2018): His Excellency Leslie Gatan, Ambassador of the Philippines, is visiting Yukon to meet with Premier Darrell Pasloski, government representatives and community groups.
“It is an honour to welcome his Excellency and his consul general delegation,” Pasloski said. “We look forward to working together to build partnerships and develop opportunities for the Filipino community, which continues to add a new dimension to our multicultural fabric.”
Pasloski met His Excellency last year at Yukon Days in Ottawa. With the growing Filipino-Canadian community in Yukon, the premier invited the ambassador to experience Yukon firsthand.
“In recent years, Yukon has become home to a growing Filipino-Canadian community,” Ambassador Gatan said. “I am pleased to know that Filipinos are helping Yukon’s economy and I look forward to meeting with industry groups and government to explore possible synergies to increase economic opportunities and enhance the welfare of both Filipinos and Yukoners alike.”
Ambassador Gatan will be joined by Consul General Eric Tamayo from Ottawa, Consul General Neil Ferrer, and Anthony Mandap from Vancouver. During their northern visit, His Excellency will meet with the premier, ministers of Education and Tourism and Culture, as well as with the mayor of Whitehorse and chamber of commerce presidents for Whitehorse and Yukon.
In Photo: Premier Darrell Pasloski presents a gift to His Excellency Leslie Gatan, Ambassador of the Philippines. Photo: Submitted.
Whitehorse (December 16, 2013): According to a NorthwesTel media release today, the company has extended its 4G network to Dawson City airport.
The media release says, “The company, which currently provides 4G wireless service in Dawson City, extended the coverage to residents who live outside the downtown core as part of its Modernization Plan. Expanded service is now available. This upgrade means that customers as far as the Dawson City Airport have access to 4G wireless service. Residents in these areas will now be able to call, text, browse and download on the latest handheld devices.”
WHITEHORSE (December 11, 2013): The Yukon government is asking for feedback on proposed regulations under the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, including minimum rental standards. This is the last step required before the new legislation is proclaimed into effect.
“When finalized, the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and its supporting regulations will provide Yukoners with legislation that reflects best practices from across Canada,” Minister of Community Services Brad Cathers said. “The public’s input will help us in balancing the rights of tenants and landlords in support of a healthy rental market in Yukon.”
The Residential Tenancies Office, created by the new Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, is leading the development of the regulations that it will use to administer the legislation. The new office will also provide public information and support to clients, hear and settle disputes outside of the courts, and have the ability to make binding decisions in relation to those disputes.
The proposed regulations will cover areas such as:
Permitted and prohibited deposits,
Issues that must be addressed in tenancy agreements,
Permitted fees under tenancy agreements, and
Dispute resolution fees.
Minimum standards are proposed for exteriors and interiors of residential properties, including mandatory compliance with upcoming changes in the Oil Fired Appliance Safety Statutory Amendment Act.
Amendments to this act will require smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in all dwellings with an oil-fired appliance or an attached garage.
The public participation document is available on the Community Services website at www.community.gov.yk.ca/consumer/new_rlta.html.
Print copies are also available at community libraries and at the main information desk in the Government of Yukon administration building at 2071-2nd Avenue in Whitehorse.
The public is invited to participate and provide comments from December 11 to March 11, 2014.
Whitehorse (December 10, 2013): According to the NorthwesTel media release this morning, its new Internet service will also include 100 Mbps download speed.
“The company will launch 100 Mbps Internet service next week, bringing the fastest Internet speeds to the city to date. This new upgrade demonstrates Northwestel’s commitment to bringing next generation services to northern Canada under its Modernization Plan.
Residential and small business customers in Whitehorse who subscribe to Northwestel’s new service can now browse, download and stream at speeds up to 100 Mbps – two times faster than previously available. With download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps, customers will be able to download a high definition movie in less than 10 minutes and upload files faster than ever before.”
The new service also increases monthly usage caps to a northern-leading 250 gigabytes (GB) and provides a 50% lower rate for additional usage. With a 250 GB cap, customers can send and receive 50 million e-mails, download 60,000 songs, or watch more than 100 standard definition movies in a single month.
“Northwestel is committed to meet the ever growing demand for bandwidth and telecommunications services,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Flaherty. “We are very thrilled to launch this new service in Whitehorse and will continue to provide innovative services that northerners want to see in the future.”
On November 28, 2013, Yukon Film Society screened Yukon 48 Challenge short movies at Old Fire Hall. All films were made by Yukoners earlier this month in 48 hours. “Shopping Carts” (3:47) made by Mannie Sharma and Ritik Sharma won the prize as the best film. (Photo and report: Gurdeep Pandher)
[dropcap]We[/dropcap] all know the territory is home to some of the finest artistic talent – from craft artisans to musicians to visual artists, the North seems to play the role of muse for many Yukoners, who contribute to our wonderful and diverse cultural richness.
This trend appears to be present in Yukon’s youth as well, who are receiving much less limelight even though they are exhibiting no less talent.
It is with this in mind that the Commissioner of Yukon, the Honourable Doug Phillips, was inspired to present young artists from all over the territory with unique opportunities to showcase their talent.
Mr. Phillips has been involved in Yukon public life for over 15 years as part of his political career, and continues to do so since his appointment as Commissioner of Yukon in 2010.
In this role, he considers himself to be in the ideal position to achieve positive impact for Yukoners. “You get to see the benefit while being in a non-political role,” Phillips said.
Mr. Phillips’ dream was to promote and highlight Yukon’s talented youth. “There’s so little opportunities for youth to perform,” explained Lyndsey Hamilton, of the office of the Commissioner.
To address this, the Commissioner’s Youth Showcase program was created, which aims to recognise and encourage young artists and musicians in the Yukon through performances and artwork displays held during several events each year.
On Friday, November 22, the Commissioner hosted the 2nd Annual Youth Showcase Concert at the Old Fire Hall. This event invited the public for a lineup of music and dance performances, as well as an art exhibit displaying visual pieces by young artists from all over the Yukon.
The dual-purpose of this event was to give youth a chance to perform in front of a large audience, as well as to give Yukoners a chance to be exposed to these youth.
Featured artists are chosen for this and other events twice a year by an impartial committee of volunteers. In addition to the chance to perform, selected young artists are also presented with a framed certificate in recognition of their achievement, as well as a gift certificate to encourage them in their artistic pursuits.
“It was like a dream,” Phillips said in an interview following the event. “I was a bit emotional, it was better than what I had in mind.”
Some participants at the Showcase Concert are also invited to perform at other events such as the Commissioner’s Tea and Ball held annually in Dawson City.
Over the course of these events, Phillips realised that it’s not only a positive experience for the youth involved, but that “the effects can be far-reaching.” The parents and the teachers benefit, while the audience itself is transformed, he explained.
“If even one of these kids becomes successful in his or her career – and likely more than one will,” added Phillips, he or she will be able to look back on this experience as an opportunity to gain confidence and will to persevere.
Mr. Phillips hopes that the Commissioner’s Youth Showcase program, along with the associated events, will become integrated into the Commissioner’s role even after his term ends, and that the next appointed Commissioner will continue to promote and encourage talented Yukon youth.
Whitehorse artist Claire Ness and Paddy’s Place owner Patrick Singh worked together to organize a fund-raising event called “Swingin’ For The Philippines” on November 17, 2013. Many well-known artists like Ryan McNally, David Bruce Haddock, Lonnie Powell, Robert Bergman, and Duncan Sinclair came to perform there. All proceeds went to the Philippines for the Typhoon Relief Fund through UNICEF.
(The Canadian government says it will match any donations to registered Canadian charities providing aid to the Philippines to deal with the devastating and deadly effects of Typhoon Haiyan.)
Northwestel announced on October 21, 2013 the transfer of its wireless business to Bell Mobility, offering northern consumers and businesses better access to the best wireless products and services available in Canada. Northwestel and Bell Mobility are subsidiaries of Bell Canada.
“We are very pleased that Northwestel and Latitude wireless customers are gaining access to Bell Mobility’s world-beating products and services,” said Paul Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestel. “Increased access to advanced wireless services is an important part of our Modernization Plan for the North, and we’re working closely with Bell Mobility to meet all of our commitments. With its national scale, Bell Mobility is well positioned to deliver on the capital investments required to bring new mobile technologies to the North while Northwestel remains focused on expanding the availability and capabilities of our wireline services that we know are extremely important to northerners.”
The transfer is expected to take effect in the first quarter of 2014 and be seamless for all post-paid and pre-paid Northwestel and Latitude wireless customers. Existing customers will retain their current cell phones and phone numbers, and contracts, including current rates and charges, will simply be transferred to a Bell Mobility account.
“The Bell Mobility team is thrilled to welcome wireless customers in Canada’s North and we look forward to investing in new mobile networks and services to make service across the region even better,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. “Bell is acknowledged in Canada and globally for our network investment and innovation, delivering the best mobile products the world has to offer to both consumers and business users. We’re bringing that same focus and energy to northern Canada and to meeting the targets set out in Northwestel’s Modernization Plan.”
As part of the transition, Northwestel has acquired from the Dakwakada Development Corporation (DDC) its interest in Latitude Wireless, a partnership originally formed by Northwestel and DDC to provide digital cellular service across the Yukon.
“We are extremely thankful to our customers and proud of what we’ve accomplished with Northwestel over the past seven years,” said Brian MacDonald, Chair of DDC. “While we’ve successfully rolled out advanced cell phone technology to many communities, we believe the scale and expertise of a world leader like Bell Mobility is necessary if consumers and businesses in the North are to keep pace with the global evolution in wireless services. DDC looks forward to new business opportunities that will foster growth in the Yukon.”
Northwestel and Latitude wireless customers will receive more information in the coming weeks and months, including details about the transition of their accounts to Bell Mobility. Information is also available at www.nwtel.ca or www.latitudewireless.ca.
Source: Northwestel Media Release, October 21, 2013.
ON Sunday, September 22, thousands of people from many cultures braved the torrential downpours common to Vancouver, in order to partake in the Walk for Reconciliation. This walk marked the end of a week of events aimed at reconciliation between indigenous people and all Canadians.
The Reconciliation Week, the sixth of seven national events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, took place at the PNE. On the first day, the Pacific Coliseum venue was packed with crowds of people. People from all over the country and beyond travelled to Vancouver for the week, including many Yukoners from the fourteen First Nations in the territory. I even met a Hopi man from Arizona. Arnold Joe from Pelly Crossing said, “There were students from all over the place, all different schools. Universities cancelled classes so students could come”.
For four days, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission listened to testimonies of survivors of the residential schools funded by the Canadian government and run by churches. There were many displays with information on the national crime against aboriginal people, including the sexual, physical and emotional abuse. There were records of tuberculosis cases in schools, some of which had only a 50 percent survival rate. There were stories of the medication that was being tested on aboriginal children, using them as an experimental group without consent from them or their parents, and stories of children attempting to escape and parents attempting to retrieve their children, only to pay an even greater price. There were stories of children being shampooed with DDT. Unfortunately, the list continues.
However, there were also many tents with various ceremonies that all were welcome to partake in, and tents with amazing aboriginal artwork. Sweet sage smudging could be smelled in the air, singing and drumming could be heard, and the sacred fire was tended to for the entire week. The event t-shirt was sold, which had a Kwakwaka’wakw (from northern Vancouver Island) word meaning “we are all one” printed on it: Namwayut.
The week culminated with the four kilometer walk through downtown on Sunday. Karen Joseph, the executive director of Reconciliation Canada, was worried that the weather would influence the turnout for the event. It was her father, Chief Robert Joseph of the Gwawaenuk Nation, who originally envisioned a walk for reconciliation, dreaming to have ten thousand people participate. The numbers in Vancouver were estimated to be close to 70 thousand. It was a spectacular sight to watch what looked like thousands of brightly coloured mushroom-tops march across the viaduct with BC Place in the background, as people holding umbrellas followed the First Nation dancing and drumming groups leading the walk.
To commence the symbolic walk forward towards a society of acceptance, several speeches were given. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., engaged the crowds in a passionate speech, marking the 50th anniversary of her father’s revolutionary “I have a dream” speech. She emphasized not to forget economic empowerment as part of the way forward, and stated that resolution to the cultural oppression that was experienced by indigenous people will require all sectors to take part.
Justice Murray Sinclair, the chair of the TRC, thanked all of the survivors for sharing their stories over the previous four days in front of a large audience.
“I want you to know that we understand how brave it was for you to stand up before us, and before all the people who were there at the event this week, and talk about those stories, and talk about those pains, and share your tears,” he said. He also thanked them for sharing their stories of resilience and of how they came through it. He referred to reconciliation as a challenge to the whole country:
“… the most important part of it is that Canada must understand that this is not an aboriginal problem,” he said. “This is a Canadian problem.”
Although many agree that the road will not be any easier now, after simply walking the streets of Vancouver in unity one afternoon, hopefully we as Canadians are one step closer to understanding the issues faced by aboriginal people today and why those issues are present. We are hopefully one step closer to resolving their pain and celebrating their resilience and their rich cultures. As Justice Murray Sinclair said, this is a Canadian problem, and one which will require a multi-faceted solution to overcome the fallout of such massive cultural oppression. Namwayut – we are all one.
KNOWN for her great speeches, Green Party leader Elizabeth May arrived in the Yukon in September. She attracted a good amount of crowd in the Old Fire Hall of Whitehorse on September 20, 2013. All chairs were occupied, late-comers had to stand for about two hours to listen to her. That’s the magic May has.
Dressed in all black, May’s face shined and smiled as she went to the podium.
After a lot of clapping, there was all silence.
May broke the silence with her wonderful speech.
“Healthy democracy starts with healthy participation of people.” May emphasized that involvement of the public is very important to build a stronger democracy in Canada. She said that the connection between the government and the people could only be strengthened when people feel that their vote is making a significant amount of difference.
Giving as an example of lack of participation in voting by people in Canada during the last election, she said, “There was no fear of terrorist attacks, there was no fear of any other harm, but still the people of Canada stayed at their homes and didn’t go out to vote.”
May is highly critical of the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) in Canada.
“There wasn’t such a thing as a powerful Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) until Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister, but since 1940, there has been an office to coordinate the civil service, the Privy Council Office (PCO).”
She said that Stephan Harper thinks that he was the prime minister. She stated, “This is not the government of Stephan Harper. He thinks this is his government. In fact we have a government of the people”.
On the issue of parliament reforms, she said that we need such a democracy where the people are the bosses. She is in favor of electoral and parliamentary reforms in Canada.
“Nearly one million Canadians voted for the Green Party in the last federal election without electing a single Green MP. Our electoral system unfairly punishes Conservative voters in cities, Liberal and NDP voters in the west, and Green voters throughout Canada.”
On international-affairs, she was highly critical of the proposal of selling out Canada to China in the Canada-China Investment Treaty.
“The Canada-China Investment Treaty allows Chinese companies (including state-owned enterprises) to sue the the government of Canada over decisions that can limit or reduce their expectation of profits. China can claim damages against Canada for decisions at the municipal, provincial, territorial or federal level. Even decisions of our courts can give rise to damages. The damage claims start with six months of diplomatic negotiation. If that fails, damage claims move to arbitration – behind closed doors.”
May said that she broke many principles of politics. “In politics you are supposed to speak lies, but I broke this rule by letting the Canadians know the truth,” she said.
She said that although she is the only MP from her party, she gets a chance to speak in the parliament more times than any other MP from other parties. She said that she has many friends from other parties.
May said she believes in working together for Canada despite conflicting political views.