Question re: Continuing care facilities - December 1, 2015

Mr. Silver: With little to no public consultation, the Yukon Party decided midway through its term in office to build a 300-bed continuing care facility. Shortly after it was announced, the government backed away from that commitment and said it was really going to be a 150-bed facility.

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Question re: Kaska First Nation reconciliation agreement - November 30, 2015

Mr. Silver: When the Premier set out new mandate letters this summer, he gave himself a to-do list. On that list: negotiate reconciliation agreements with non-settled Yukon First Nations and the Kaska Dena Council. This is a welcome change for the Yukon Party, who spent years ignoring unsettled First Nations, as opposed to finding partnerships outside of the UFA framework.

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To recognize the 12 Days to End Violence Against Women Campaign

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise on behalf of the Liberal caucus to also pay tribute to the White Ribbon campaign and the beginning of the 12 Days to End Violence Against Women Campaign.

This campaign is run locally by Victoria Faulkner’s Women’s Centre and Les EssentiElles and also in Dawson by the women’s shelter. This year, there are 17 organizations, Mr. Speaker, participating in 14 events over 12 days. The kickoff was at noon hour at Yukon College and it was very well-attended.

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Question re: New plan for education - November 26, 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The final section of the budget speech in the spring outlined yet another attempt by this government to redesign our education system. Big, block letters proclaimed, “A New Vision: A Made-in-Yukon K to 12 Education Curriculum”. This is the third or fourth try over the last 13 years that this government has been in office to redesign, makeover or lead the Department of Education.

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Goeppel will seek Yukon Liberal nomination

 

WHITEHORSE – Tamara Goeppel, known to many Yukoners because of her high profile athletic career and her strong presence in the Yukon business community, plans to run for the Yukon Liberal Party in the next territorial election. 

Being born and raised in Yukon, Goeppel sees her community as much larger than sports and business and has always worked to make our territory a better place to live.

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Question re: Sheep hunting regulations - November 25, 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Department of Environment is proposing new restrictions on resident hunters’ ability to hunt Dall sheep in certain areas near Whitehorse. This was the subject of a lively public meeting a couple of weeks ago in Whitehorse.

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Question re: F.H. Collins Secondary School reconstruction - November 24, 2015

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This week I have been asking some questions about infrastructure projects that this government has had 13 years or so to address but has failed to do so. We know that the next new hydro project and the paving of the Dawson City runway and also the project to fix our Internet service are all going to be resolved by the next government, not this one. One project this government has tackled is the rebuilding of F.H. Collins.

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Question re: Energy projects - November 23, 2015

Mr. Silver: Yukoners are well aware that for many years the Yukon Party government explored the privatization of our energy future.

The government had plans to sell our public utility to Alberta, and the former minister, who is now the minister again, was in full support of it until it was leaked to the public. Luckily the plan never came to fruition.

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In recognition of winners, 2015 Yukon Prospectors of the Year, and Victoria Gold Corporation’s Yukon Chamber of Mines community award

Mr. Silver: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

I would just like to also briefly add my congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Leckie awards, the prospectors of the year and the Yukon Chamber of Mines community awards. Of course, the Leckie Award, as has already been said, was created in 1999 to tribute Robert E. Leckie, the mining inspector for Mayo — the award being presented to worthy recipients for excellence in environmental stewardship, outstanding social responsibility and leadership in innovation in mining practices. Of course this year is absolutely no exception.

I would like to thank Minto Explorations Ltd., Kaminak Gold Corporation and Caw Mining and also, of course, all the nominees. It was great to see Derek Scheffen up there with Allison and Randy to accept the award on behalf of Kaminak. Hopefully next time he is up on the stage we’ll get him a speaking role, but it was really good to see a company that has local hire at their heart.

I just very quickly want to thank all the Leckie Award winners, and also the prospector of the year to Roger Hulstein, and to all the crew at Gorilla Minerals and to Victoria Gold for winning their community award through the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. The Liberal caucus absolutely recognizes the hard work that they are all doing in the territory and wish them continued success — and also thank you for your leadership in the mining industry.


In recognition of Bullying Awareness Week

Mr. Silver: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I rise today on behalf of the Liberal Caucus to pay tribute to November 15 to 22, Bullying Awareness Week. I would like to thank the Member for Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes for my tie today, which is pink.

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