NDP wants public hearings held in Yukon on YESAA changes

Yukon's NDP would like to see public hearings held in the territory by the senate into proposed changes to Yukon's Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment act.
 
Leader Liz Hansen says there was no consultation with the public, and First Nations don't agree with the changes.
 
Hansen also calls out changes to assessment timelines, saying currently industry works well with what's in place.
 
A senate committee begins reviewing the bill containing the changes to Yukon's assessment act today.
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Nurse practitioner making the move north

The territory is getting another specialize health care professional.
 
Yukon's second nurse practitioner, Raquel de Queiroz is coming up north from BC with ten years of experience under her belt.
 
Yukon passed legislation in 2012 to enable licensing of nurse practitioners among other Yukon health care providers.
 
Health Minister Doug Graham says the addition of a nurse practitioner will help expand both the number of patients that can be seen and the manner in which health care services are provided.
 
De Queiroz will be working at the Referred Care Clinic starting this month.
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Tr'ondek Hwech'in in Dawson to start farming on traditional land

The Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation in Dawson, and Yukon College are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding tomorrow.

The M-O-U will create a teaching and learning farm on their traditional territory near Dawson City to help teach ways to grow and sustain fresh produce, as well as other indigenous plants that are important to First Nations Healing traditions.
 
Dexter McRae with the First Nation says this wouldn't be possible without Yukon College.
 
McRae says one of the biggest challenges will be learning to maintain the farms over the winter, and they'll be incorporating greenhouses to help with that.
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