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YTG Changes Water Act

The Yukon Government is making changes to the Water Act.

The amendments are aimed at establishing clear timelines for internal review processes of quartz mining applications.

The changes establish the list of documents needed to make an application, a five-day timeline for the Water Board Secretariat to perform its initial administrative review, and a 30-day timeline for the secretariat to perform its technical review before applications are considered by the Water Board.

Premier Darrell Pasloski says the amendments create greater certainty for quartz mining proponents and the Water Board, but doesn't change the way the board reviews applications.

The new regulations take effect October 1st.

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TIA Yukon Spring Conference

Yukon's tourism industry gathers in Whitehorse over the next few days to talk about the upcoming season.

The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon's spring conference goes at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, starting with a tourism town hall meeting Thursday afternoon.

Executive Director Blake Rogers says about 100 industry and government representatives will be in attendance through Saturday.

Minister Mike Nixon will help officially open the conference Friday morning.

There's a number of guest speakers, with the keynote being Andy Nulman from the Just for Laugh's Comedy Festival.

He'll talk about the importance of festivals and events, which is one of the themes of the spring conference.

The other theme...

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Fish Fine Handed Out In Dawson

A Dawson City man is paying a fine for not complying with his sport fishing licence.

In court, the man pled guilty to not checking his set lines in a more timely fashion.

Under the licence, it is required the lines be inspected every 30 hours.

The man did not check on the lines for 17 days, between December 23rd, 2013, and January 9th, 2014.

He was fined 400 dollars, and ordered to forfeit the fish and fishing gear.

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Council Turns Down Wann Road Lot Sale

The City of Whitehorse will not be proceeding with the sale of land in Porter Creek.

At Tuesday's meeting, Council voted overwhelmingly to hold off putting the lot across from Holy Family School on the market.

Councillor Betty Irwin says she's against the idea, as per residents opposition .

Councillor Jocelyn Curteanu says it is time to take a step back from development in Porter Creek.

Residents were concerned about increased traffic and parking, and noted there's lots of land available in Whistlebend.

The land would have transferred to the City from YTG.

Administration says it will now go back to the Government to see if the offer to sell the land can be extended for a few years.

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