Bill SG Still Questioned In Legislature

One of the more contentious topics of the fall sitting is being brought up again as the Yukon Legislature winds down.
 
Questions surrounding Bill S-6, the Federal Government's plan to make changes to Yukon's environmental regulatory regime led off Wednesday's second to last Question Period.
 
Opposition Leader Liz Hanson wonders if Premier Darrell Pasloski has spoken to federal minister Bernard Valcourt about comments saying First Nation's Government's aren't real governments.
 
Premier Pasloski reiterated the government's position, YG was adequately consulted, and the bill was a federal bill.
 
Hanson asked if the Premier would pull his support for the bill, to which Pasloski replied he would...
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YG Adds New Ambulances

The Yukon Government is once again expanding the fleet of ambulances in Yukon.
 
YG has bought two new state-of-the-art ambulances that will retire two of the oldest in the fleet, which have been in use since 1992.
 
Acting director of Yukon Emergency Medical Services Jeff Simmons said the new ambulances have additional safety features.
 
Two new ambulances were bought in February and Simmons said paramedics really like the rear-view camera.
 
The two new vehicles in total cost 310,000$ and will be in service in the new year, after going through inspections.
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Whitehorse Theatre Pulls 'The Interview'

Whitehorse Movie Theatre Operator Landmark Cinemas is one of the movie chains to announce they were delaying release of the controversial movie 'The Interview'.
 
Landmark and Cineplex were two of the Canadian companies, along with many major US chains which added to the decision for Sony to cancel the Christmas release of the movie, due to the threat of a terrorist attack by hackers.
 
Landmark President and CEO Neil Campbell said this is a first for the industry, and it's too bad, as movies are meant to be an escape from everyday life.
 
Campbell said the film was scheduled to come to Whitehorse, and the company will instead play another one of the five movies that are slated to be released on the...
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Yukoners Receive Environment Award

The Yukon Conservation Society is honouring two Yukoners for their efforts in protecting the Peel.

Former First Nations chiefs Eddie Taylor, of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, and Simon Mervyn, of the Nacho Nyak Dun were presented with the 2014 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award Tuesday night.

The conservation society said both received the award for their commitment to achieving a victory on the court case filed against Yukon Government for their Peel watershed plan.

The award, and its 1,000$ prize, is given for outstanding dedication for protecting Yukon’s natural environment.

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Yukon's GDP Expected to Rise

The Conference Board of Canada has released its economic outlook for the Territories in 2015.
 
The Board says the outlook is encouraging as gross domestic product growth is expected to rise from 1.5 per cent this year to 5.3 per cent in 2015, then slowing down to 2.4 per cent in 2016.
 
The outlook expects mining projects like construction at the Victoria's Gold's Eagle mine to push Yukons GDP growth to 6.6 per cent next year, helped along with production at the Minto and Wolverine mines.
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