Yukon priorities discussed at Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture annual conference

Yukon’s Minister responsible for Agriculture Ranj Pillai shared Yukon’s priorities at the annual meeting of Canada’s agriculture ministers on July 18 and 19 in Quebec City. The future of local agriculture, the priorities of young farmers and employment labour programs were among the agenda items.

Court petition filed to appoint receiver for Yukon Zinc

The Government of Yukon has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Yukon seeking the appointment of a receiver to act for Yukon Zinc Corporation at the Wolverine mine site. This action is to move forward on several outstanding issues with the mine’s owner. These issues include financial security owed and non-compliance related to water management at the mine site.

The petition is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of Yukon on August 1, 2019.

Yukon to host 2020 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai concluded a successful conference of Canada’s Energy and Mines Ministers in Cranbrook, British Columbia today with an invitation to host next year’s event in Whitehorse.

Minister Pillai discussed how Yukon builders are constructing near-net zero homes with the highest energy efficiency standards in Canada, and Yukon’s national recognition on the shift to renewable energy generation, particularly in remote communities.

Respectful hunting in Yukon

The Government of Yukon is reminding hunters that conservation and cooperation should be a priority when out on the land as they prepare for another hunting season.

The Wildlife Act and hunting regulations continue to apply across the territory, including in the Ross River area. Only a valid 2019–20 Yukon hunting licence with applicable tags, seals and permits are required. Hunters are reminded to take only what they need, be respectful of the land and other hunters, use all that they take and have a safe and responsible season.

Independent Commission on Electoral Reform members appointed

Three Yukoners have been appointed to form the territory’s first ever Independent Commission on Electoral Reform: Jessica Lott Thompson, Beverly Buckway and Jean-Sébastien Blais. Thompson has been appointed as Chair of the Commission.

Premier Silver discusses growing the economy at Council of the Federation

Premier Sandy Silver met with Canadian Premiers during the Council of the Federation in Saskatoon from July 9 to 11.

Meetings focused on shared priorities such as growing local and regional economies through pan-Canadian economic or “utility” corridors, while reducing red tape for internal trade and labour mobility.

Residents of Faro to benefit from improved roads, water and wastewater infrastructure

Joint news release with the Government of Canada

The renewal of public roads and local water and wastewater systems is key to improving Yukoners’ quality of life by creating jobs, protecting waterways and positioning communities for growth.

Commissioner unveils Order of Yukon design, personal Coat of Arms and new exhibit at the Taylor House

The long awaited design of the Order of Yukon was unveiled today in the front yard of the Taylor House. The design incorporates the Yukon Crest over a fireweed on a ribbon in the colours of the flag of Yukon.

The Order of Yukon was established in 2018 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement and made outstanding contributions to the social, cultural or economic well-being of Yukon and its residents.

Air quality advisory for Yukon

The office of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is updating its air quality advisory for Yukon due to forecasts for increasing concentrations of wildfire smoke.

Wildfires in Alaska and central Yukon continue to produce smoke throughout the territory. Local conditions will affect the smoke concentration in each community. Current forecasts predict that the densest smoke will affect central Yukon communities starting Wednesday, July 10.

Education Agreement signed between Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation

Joint news release with Kwanlin Dün First Nation