Ambassador of the Philippines visits Yukon

Ambassador of the Philippines visits Yukon

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.

NorthwesTel extends 4G coverage in Dawson City

NorthwesTel extends 4G coverage in Dawson City

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.”

Yukon seeks input into proposed regulations including minimum rental standards

Yukon seeks input into proposed regulations including minimum rental standards

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

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.

Source: Yukon Government Press Release

NorthwesTel boosts internet speed up to 100 Mbps

NorthwesTel boosts internet speed up to 100 Mbps

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.”