Liberal candidates announce their ridings at annual meeting

WHITEHORSE: High profile Liberal candidates announced their ridings at the 2016 Annual General Meeting at the MacBride Museum on Saturday.

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Citing his long ties to the riding, John Streicker announced he would seek the nomination in Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes.

Rod Taylor will seek the nomination in Porter Creek Centre.

With three generations of her family choosing to live downtown, Tamara Goeppel will seek the nomination in her Whitehorse Centre neighbourhood.

Ramesh Ferris will seek the nomination in his neighbourhood, Whitehorse West.

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Silver holds YP to account, offers alternative

Whitehorse – Despite a suggestion from the Premier that there was ‘not a lot’ left to be done before the end of its mandate, it is obvious after the fall sitting that the next government will have its hands full with unfinished projects, says Liberal leader Sandy Silver.  Citing a sagging economy, vague commitments about a new Francophone school, unfinished reconciliation agreements, incomplete infrastructure projects, a lack of action to address climate change and a failure to address mining uncertainty Silver demonstrated the Yukon Party claim it has almost completed its work is just wishful thinking by the government.  

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Question re: Dawson City daycare - December 15, 2015

Mr. Silver: Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Health and Social Services. About a year ago, I asked a previous Minister of Health and Social Services about the status of the Little Blue Daycare in Dawson City. It currently is housed in an older building and the daycare desperately needs a new home. They submitted a proposal to the minister’s department over a year ago to replace the building. At that time, the minister called it an exciting report. Mr. Speaker, a year later — and we’re still waiting for a response.

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Question re: Yukon College programs - December 14, 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you. Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Education. Last week, Yukoners learned that after 10 years of successfully delivering the enhanced language training, or ELT, Yukon College has been forced to discontinue the program. Now this is due in large part to the fact that the Yukon government discontinued its status as a funding partner this year.

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In recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I also rise to pay tribute to this national day of remembrance. I remember 26 years ago — December 6, 1989. Lots of important things happened in 1989 — the protests in Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall. However, the one event that shook Canadians the most was the Montreal massacre.

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In recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I also rise on behalf of the Liberal caucus to pay tribute to International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Mr. Speaker, on December 3, persons with disabilities around the world, United Nations’ representatives, civil society organizers and the general public will come together to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, or IDPD.

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In recognition of the Dawson City rural experiential model

Mr. Silver: I rise on behalf of the Liberal Party and the Official Opposition to also pay tribute to the rural experiential model, or REM, which took place in Dawson City at Robert Service School in September. I want to begin by thanking Elder Angie Joseph Rear for the opening prayer for the event. That was a prayer of hope — hope for educators to open their hearts to the many different ways that northern students learn. By all accounts, that is exactly what the REM is all about.

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In recognition of World AIDS Day

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today on behalf of the Liberal caucus to also acknowledge and pay tribute to World AIDS Day. It is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

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Question re: Climate change action plan - December 3, 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday, the government released its progress report on its climate change action plan. In the report, the minister acknowledges that the government — and I quote: “… recognizes the magnitude of changes to our northern climate and our willingness to respond in a coordinated, informed and timely manner.

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Question re: Mental health services - December 2, 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. When we met in the spring, the first question that I raised was about the Yukon’s lack of a mental health strategy. Near the end of the Sitting, a motion I introduced received unanimous support for the creation of just such a plan. Unfortunately for those suffering from mental health issues, we remain one of only two jurisdictions in Canada without such a strategy.

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