Curteanu wins contested nomination for Yukon Liberals’ candidacy in Copperbelt South

WHITEHORSE - Jocelyn Curteanu has successfully been nominated as the Yukon Liberals’ candidate in the riding of Copperbelt South on July 28, 2016.  183 ballots were cast at the Pioneer RV Park & Campground, seeing Curteanu win the majority after a nomination contest with Rose Sellars.  More than 200 people took out memberships with the Yukon Liberals to participate in the vote.

“When I asked our constituents about concerns specific to our riding, people were generally content with life in Copperbelt South.  The most comments and criticisms were generated by Yukon-wide issues.  Anxieties over our economy, environment, healthcare and education system were loud and clear,” says Curteanu.

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Paolo Gallina is acclaimed in Porter Creek Centre

WHITEHORSE – Paolo Gallina was acclaimed as the Yukon Liberals’ candidate in the Porter Creek Centre riding on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.   More than fifty people took out memberships with the Yukon Liberals to participate in the nomination meeting.

“Over the past month, I’ve been canvassing the riding to understand what’s important to people and their families,” said Gallina. “I’m grateful to have had such open and honest dialogue. Prevalent in my conversations were the number of unresolved constituent issues. People are tired of waiting for answers and being passed along; they want resolutions to their concerns in a timely manner and they would like to see the government take better action on their behalf.”

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Statement by Klondike MLA Sandy Silver on changes to recycling fees announced on May 12, 2016

“Given the considerable concerns raised by the business community and the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, I am urging the Government of Yukon to delay the implementation of changes to both the Beverage Container Regulation, as well as the Designated Material Regulation.  While we support the goal of the regulations and the concept of extended producer responsibility we want to see a more equitable system, one that is in line with other jurisdictions.  

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Yukon Liberals set three more nomination meeting dates

Whitehorse – Yukon Liberals will select candidates in three more ridings in the weeks ahead, beginning with Porter Creek Centre on July 26th.

The Nomination Meeting to select a candidate in the riding of Porter Creek Centre will be held at 7:00 PM at the Church of the Northern Apostles.

To be eligible to vote at the nomination meeting, voters must reside in the riding of Porter Creek Centre and either:

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Hutton nominated as the Yukon Liberals candidate for Mayo-Tatchun

MAYO – Don Hutton has been acclaimed as the Yukon Liberal candidate in his home riding of Mayo-Tatchun.

“Constituent concerns varied from contractors wanting better access to local work opportunities, to jobs for young people in all three municipalities, to other concerns with the economy, and, of course, many people are apprehensive about the fate of the Peel Watershed,” said Hutton, speaking of what he has heard from residents.

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Pillai Wins Yukon Liberal Nomination in Porter Creek South

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Whitehorse: Ranj Pillai won the Porter Creek South riding nomination in front of a packed room at the Church of the Northern Apostles.

“I must thank the residents of Porter Creek South for inviting me into their homes and for sharing their concerns, fears and dreams for the Yukon,” said Pillai. “My time on the doorsteps has taught me that this election is about respect. It is about respect for our children, for the people that are hurting and need our help, for our environment, for the Yukon business community and for our First Nations Governments.”

Pillai highlighted that the journey began 52 days prior to the nomination. Pillai was motivated by his duty to public service and the strong leadership of Sandy Silver, and encouraged by his wife Delilah and their two sons.

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Statement by Klondike MLA Sandy Silver on Supreme Court of Canada Peel decision

“Land use planning brings certainty for economic development while protecting our shared environment for future generations. When these decisions are left to the Supreme Court of Canada to decide, we lose our ability and responsibility to negotiate our shared future through a local lens.

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In recognition of Stephen Kozmeniuk

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise on behalf of all of my colleagues in the Legislative Assembly to pay tribute to local born-and-raised Yukoner, Stephen Kozmeniuk. As many of you have heard, Stephen is credited as the songwriter and producer on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, which won the best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards. This is one of the highest accomplishments anyone in the music business can receive, and I congratulate him on that. During the highly publicized Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar performed the song that Stephen wrote and produced, The Blacker the Berry, which became one of the most impassioned and widely discussed songs after its release.

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Question re: Tourism statistics - May 25, 2016

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Earlier this year, the government released its annual tourism visitor statistical report after spending $600,000 on a new visitor tracking program. The government released the report without these new numbers saying that they were simply unavailable; $600,000 and no new numbers is not a great return on this investment. Yukon tourism operators are forced once again to rely on border crossing numbers as they have for many years. The contractor from the 2012 study has asked repeatedly for access to the data that was collected at that cost of $600,000 and has repeatedly been denied that information from this government. They have even filed an access to information request to get that data so that it can be distributed to the industry.

Why is the government fighting the release of this information?

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Question re: Investment in infrastructure development - May 24, 2016

Mr. Silver: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to follow up on the question of infrastructure spending that I raised last week. While the Premier has been busy asking Ottawa to send more money, the Minister of Community Services has stated that he is worried too much money is on its way and the Yukon would not be able to keep up with its share. The government has known since last fall that a large influx of cash would be on the table from Ottawa and seems ill-prepared to take advantage of it.

Now, one option for the Government of Yukon to pursue would be to approach Yukon First Nation development corporations as a potential source of capital in order to take maximum advantage of the federal infrastructure dollars.

Madam Speaker, has the government even looked at this option?

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