YTG Revises GDP Rate

The Yukon Government is revising this year's economic growth rate.
 
Back in January, Economic Development pegged Gross Domestic Product growth in the three percent range for 2014.
 
But the Department's Derrick Hynes says that figure is now coming in at 1.7 percent, with 4.5-percent growth pegged for 2015.
 
He says declines in mining are hitting all areas; production, exploration, and development.
 
This is the second year in a row Yukon has been below the national growth rate, but Hines expected Yukon to leapfrog that number in 2015. 
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Calvary Church Wants To Subdivide Land

As they prepare to construct a new facility, the Calvary Baptist Church in Whitehorse is approaching City Council in the hopes of subdividing their land.
 
The Porter Creek Church on Fir Street wants to divide their three lots in the hopes of selling a portion of their land.
 
Pastor Larry Harrison told Council at Monday's meeting, the money would be used to help with the construction of a new 150 seat church.
 
Harrison indicated there's already one unnamed contractor who has interest in one smaller lot to build affordable housing.
 
He says he has already gone around the neighbourhood, and support for the move is positive.
 
Council will vote on whether to move the idea to the bylaw...
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Language The Focus For CAFN

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nation are committing to focus more on languages.
 
At this past weekend's General Assembly, the Haines Junction area First Nation announced Chief and Council recently passed a Languages Act.
 
Councillor Mary Jane Jim said the act sets into law a mandate to revitalize Southern Tutchone and the First Nation's other traditional languages.
 
Jim said there's already interest from youth as exhibited at the weekend GA through song.
 
She said the act is aimed at reversing the trend broken when her generation was sent to residential schools where english was the first language.
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