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John Curtis published Yukon NDP calls on government to reverse decision to transfer mental health nurse positions from the Communities to Whitehorse in Newsroom 2021-06-10 10:41:12 -0700
Yukon NDP calls on government to reverse decision to transfer mental health nurse positions from the Communities to Whitehorse
The Yukon NDP is calling on the Yukon Liberal government to reverse its decision to relocate three mental health nurse positions from the communities to Whitehorse in the wake of the Auditor General’s report on mental health in Yukon communities. The Minister initially denied this was happening when asked about this decision in Question Period by Vuntut Gwitchin MLA Annie Blake.Read more
John Curtis published Yukon NDP Announces Critic Roles, Nominates Deputy Speaker in Newsroom 2021-05-10 09:18:51 -0700
Yukon NDP Leader Kate White has nominated Annie Blake as deputy speaker and announced the critic roles of the party’s caucus. White says that while the Yukon NDP has been able to secure several key platform promises for Yukoners, there is still work to be done to make sure those promises are implemented correctly and to build upon them.Read more
John Curtis published Yukon NDP Fights to Continue Wage Top Up in Newsroom 2020-11-26 10:19:16 -0800
John Curtis published Yukon NDP calls upon the Government of Yukon to support Mi'kmaw fisheries in Newsroom 2020-10-19 16:51:10 -0700
Indigenous people in this country have have had to fight tooth and nail for their right to access their traditional lands and waters. Recent events in Nova Scotia are a reminder of the continuing struggles of Indigenous people, and the failure of our law enforcement agencies to adequately protect Indigenous rights.
John Curtis published Yukon Government Stalling on Universal Child Care, Yukon NDP in Newsroom 2020-10-14 15:50:10 -0700
Child care has always been a key concern in the Yukon but the impact of COVID-19 has proven that we need urgent action towards universal affordable child care. Parents are increasingly having to work from home or take on shift-work during the pandemic, but the cost of child care continues to rise. On Tuesday, Yukon NDP MLA Liz Hanson challenged the government to act on its commitment to provide universal child care.
“The government has announced their intention to provide universal child care twice, as if announcements counted as action, but still no real action has taken place,” states Hanson. “The response I got in the Legislative Assembly boils down to ‘we’re waiting on the federal government to take action.’ Well, the federal Liberals first promised universal child care in the early 1990s, so if our territorial government is waiting on the federal government to act on child care they might be waiting a long time.”Read more
John Curtis published Yukon NDP Calls for More Jobs in Rural Communities in Newsroom 2020-10-06 22:44:31 -0700
Government is the largest employer in the Yukon. Yet the majority of government jobs are located in a single community, Whitehorse. Many people have to choose between living with their families or seeking a ‘good government job’ in the city as a result. For many Indigenous people, this comes with the added loss of having to leave their traditional territories in order to access government jobs.Read more