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News Release archives from 2014 to 2016

Jun 14, 2017

Yukon trans and gender-non-conforming individuals protected from discrimination

Amendments to the Human Rights Act and the Vital Statistics Act protect trans and gender-non-conforming individuals.

Jun 12, 2017

Governments share long-term vision for early learning and child care

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost represented Yukon at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers.

May 31, 2017

Government of Yukon highlights successful tobacco cessation and prevention programs on World No Tobacco Day

Recent statistics on the Government of Yukon's tobacco cessation programs show encouraging results.

May 18, 2017

Government hosting opioid management conference

The two-day conference will provide Yukon health care providers and policy makers with an opportunity to learn about harm reduction in action, and the role of culture and community in recovery.

May 17, 2017

Government of Yukon extends funding to the Yukon Imagination Library

Since 2007, the Yukon Imagination Library has distributed more than 85,000 books to Yukon children.

May 05, 2017

Health Canada-funded study examines attitudes, opinions and behaviours related to alcohol use

Whitehorse Liquor Store customers will be asked to participate in a survey assessing attitudes, opinion and behaviours related to alcohol use.

May 04, 2017

Yukon government seeking public input on development of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder plan

Community input into development of this plan will benefit individuals with FASD and their families going forward.

May 03, 2017

Yukon government supports Ronald McDonald House

Minister Pauline Frost presented a $5,000 cheque in support of Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.

May 02, 2017

Yukon releases cancer mortality report

The report is designed to help health professionals, policy-makers and researchers make better and more-informed decisions about cancer control and prevention in Yukon.

Apr 25, 2017

Government strengthens laws to protect the rights of transgender Yukoners

Changes to the Vital Statistics and Human Rights acts will prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression

Apr 24, 2017

Yukon to offer free HPV immunization to boys

Expanding Yukon's immunization program to include boys will help protect youth from HPV-related cancers and other serious health problems

Apr 13, 2017

Government of Yukon supports proposed federal cannabis legalization and regulation

Government of Yukon is getting ready for legalization of cannabis

Mar 13, 2017

Legislative amendments will protect the rights of transgender Yukoners

Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act will remove the requirement for sex reassignment surgery before a person can change the gender on their birth registration.

Mar 03, 2017

Government of Yukon launches ColonCheck Yukon program and awareness campaign

The new program helps Yukoners detect early signs of colorectal cancer

Feb 03, 2017

Minister shares Yukon social services perspective with federal, provincial and territorial colleagues

Yukon leading by example with collaborative relationships on social services issues.

Feb 03, 2017

Government of Yukon supports students in their health-related studies

Health bursaries have supported 137 Yukon students over the past 10 years in a wide variety of post-secondary health studies.

Feb 01, 2017

Popular blood pressure clinics return for a fifth year

More than 750 Yukoners took advantage of last year's blood pressure screening clinics; 9 per cent identified as being at risk.

Jan 31, 2017

Naloxone kits available across Yukon

The Government of Yukon is making an overdose-reversing take-home naloxone kit available.

Jan 31, 2017

Alternative emergency shelter slated to open

Partnership results in 10 more emergency shelter beds for those with nowhere else to go.

Jan 16, 2017

Territories reach new health care agreement with Canada

Northern premiers have reached an agreement with the federal government to increase health-care funding.

Jan 11, 2017

Home health monitoring goes live in Yukon

Patients with some chronic conditions can now receive support in their homes and communities.

Dec 22, 2016

Continuing care commended for its commitment to quality improvement

Yukon's continuing care program received scores of more than 97 per cent from Accreditation Canada and is commended for its commitment to individuals in its care.

Nov 14, 2016

Fentanyl can be deadly: new campaign to combat fentanyl

A new awareness campaign aims to prevent drug-related overdoses and deaths.

Nov 03, 2016

Another early start to flu season

Two dozen cases of influenza have been confirmed throughout Yukon

Sep 30, 2016

Residents to move into Thomson Centre next week

Additional continuing care beds set to open in Whitehorse.

Sep 23, 2016

New Alcohol and Drug Services facility officially opens

New beginnings for the building, programs and clients as the new Sarah Steele building officially opened.

Sep 14, 2016

Recipients of second Mental Wellness Innovation Fund Award named

Ten projects have been selected under the second intake of the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund award.

Sep 12, 2016

Hearing Services offers full complement of staff to better serve Yukoners

Recruitment efforts successful with the hiring of two full-time audiologists at Hearing Services.

Sep 09, 2016

Government of Yukon funds extension of Watson Lake soup kitchen, food bank

Funding provides additional crisis support to Watson Lake.

Sep 09, 2016

Government of Yukon supports distribution of pregnancy tests

Pregnancy test dispensers to help reduce number of people affected by FASD.

Aug 31, 2016

Daycares join schools in promoting healthy choices

From the Ground Up celebrates its fifth year with the addition of daycares

Aug 31, 2016

Health Information Privacy and Management Act now in force

The Health Information Privacy and Management Act brings privacy and access into balance.

Aug 30, 2016

Government of Yukon working to meet needs of foster children and foster parents

There are currently 61 foster parents in Yukon.

Aug 23, 2016

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon to benefit from Innovation Fund award

The group is one of 12 organizations and projects to share $620,000 through the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund

Aug 16, 2016

Rural Yukon communities are biggest beneficiaries of Mental Wellness Innovation Fund

12 community projects will be sharing $620,000 through the fund.

Aug 16, 2016

Goverment of Yukon opens new service centre dedicated to youth

New initiative to help youth navigate Yukon government services

Jul 26, 2016

Yukon government ensures single seniors not impacted by changes to GIS

Regulation amended so single Yukon seniors do not lose out financially.

Jul 18, 2016

Government, hospital collaborate to increase access to continuing care/acute care beds

The new plan will free up hospital beds, create 10 new continuing-care beds and alleviate staffing challenges.

Jul 13, 2016

Home health monitoring project planned for Yukon

A new Home Health Monitoring project will help keep Yukoners with chronic conditions out of hospital.

Jun 15, 2016

Mental Wellness Summit to spark ideas for building a healthier Yukon

The Mental Wellness Summit takes place on June 23 and 24, in Whitehorse.

Jun 13, 2016

Government to repay missed social assistance exemptions

Health and Social Services Minister Mike Nixon said today that it is important to correct the error.

Jun 08, 2016

Whitehorse air quality information now available online

The Air Quality Health Index now provides information on the Whitehorse region's air quality.

May 26, 2016

Weight Wise program doubles intake for coming year

Yukon Weight Wise participants have shed more than 8,000 lbs in six years.

May 25, 2016

Government of Yukon renews partnership with Canadian Centre for Child Protection

Agency calls Yukon a leader in Canada for enhancing protection of Yukon children.

May 18, 2016

Yukon Health Status Report 2015 released

This report provides a comprehensive update on the health of Yukoners, with a focus on substance use.

May 12, 2016

Health Investment Fund helps develop strong communities

Government of Yukon, though the Health Investment Fund, is supporting two local organization

May 11, 2016

Yukon government to cover cost of Hepatitis C drugs

The funding will help Yukoners who do not have insurance cover the cost of this expensive medication

May 11, 2016

Government of Yukon investing in services to support families of children with disabilities

Government of Yukon is responding to an increased need for speech-language services.

May 11, 2016

Yukon nurse receives Leadership Award

Sharon Specht acknowledged for extraordinary leadership and dedication to quality palliative care

May 09, 2016

Home care expansion increases in-home supports and services

Increased staffing means more support to keep seniors and elders in their homes longer.

May 05, 2016

Mental Wellness Strategy released with support of First Nations, mental health group

Together with First Nations and community partners, the Government of Yukon is taking action to improve the mental wellness and mental health of Yukoners.

May 04, 2016

Government of Yukon takes action to improve social service delivery

Changes will improve transition planning for youth with disabilities.

Apr 22, 2016

Chief medical officer of health advises Yukoners on avoiding fentanyl overdose

Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and can lead to overdose and death.

Apr 21, 2016

Government of Yukon shares preliminary FASD Prevalence Study results at national conference

Study looked at the prevalence of FASD in Yukon's corrections system.

Apr 21, 2016

Government of Yukon officially opens new St. Elias Adult Group Home

New facility will provide a home for 10 individuals requiring specialized care.

Apr 14, 2016

Yukon government extends funding for Practical Nurse diploma program to continue

The deadline for applications to the Practical Nurse program is May 1.

Apr 13, 2016

Planning starts for Old Crow Health Centre replacement

A new building would provide safe, efficient and adequate space for current and future health services in the community.

Apr 12, 2016

Funding announced to implement colorectal cancer screening program

New screening program will allow for earlier detection of cancer

Apr 07, 2016

Government of Yukon invests $1 million in community-based mental health initiatives

$1 million to be used by communities for innovative projects to address community mental health needs.

Apr 05, 2016

Youth programming to be included in new Sarah Steele facility

The programming will include a 24/7 withdrawal service for youth as well as a gender-specific residential treatment program.

Apr 04, 2016

School program will enhance mental health services in Ross River and Faro

Additional community counselling available as part of in-school education program.

Mar 31, 2016

Yukon government supports Parhelion Medical Clinic’s move into Watson Lake Hospital

Two rural hospitals will now house doctors’ clinics; medication dispensaries.

Mar 31, 2016

Legislative Assembly Building to Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

Government signs on to international blue event to increase awareness of World Autism Day.

Mar 18, 2016

Alexander McDonald Lodge continuing care facility opened in Dawson

The new facility can accommodate 15 residents and replaces the old lodge, opened in 1970.

Feb 09, 2016

Sixth Avenue interim continuing care facility set to open

The opening of the 10-bed temporary continuing care facility will help reduce the wait list for continuing care beds.

Feb 05, 2016

Yukon’s work on children in care part of national focus

Ministers' meeting focuses on how to improve life for children, families and persons with disabilities.

Feb 03, 2016

Social outcomes for Canadians subject of discussion at ministers meeting

Health and Social Services minister to share Yukon perspectives on social issues at national roundtable

Jan 28, 2016

Yukon government signs agreement for new continuing care facility

Today the Government of Yukon announced it has finalized one of the largest construction contracts ever awarded in Yukon.

Jan 21, 2016

Common issues give ministers opportunities to share

Meetings between Canada’s health ministers were held this week in Vancouver.

Jan 19, 2016

Minister to join provincial and territorial colleagues at health ministers meeting

Minister looking forward to continued collaboration with provincial and territorial colleagues.

Jan 14, 2016

Government of Yukon announces new youth mental health program with support from Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel

The FRIENDS program focuses on prevention and treatment services

Dec 18, 2015

Health Investment Fund supports community initiatives

The Government of Yukon, through the Health Investment Fund, is supporting three initiatives for healthier communities.

Dec 03, 2015

Preferred proponent selected for Whistle Bend continuing care project

Negotiations will begin to deliver Yukon’s largest capital project to date

Dec 03, 2015

New transitional home now operational

First clients moving into transitional housing this week

Dec 03, 2015

Policy change enhances respite services for persons with disabilities and their families

Policy change allows more family members to receive support for respite care.

Nov 24, 2015

Another early start to flu season in Yukon

Yukon's chief medical officer of health encourages Yukoners to get vaccinated this season.

Nov 19, 2015

Agreement between the Yukon government and Many Rivers Counselling ensures no break in service

Second Opinion Society clients will see familiar faces when they visit, and no break in service.

Nov 19, 2015

Community addictions program is now in place

New Alcohol and Drug Services program provides comprehensive services to Yukon communities

Nov 17, 2015

Government and union reach an agreement on nurses in communities

Yukon agreement offers options for permanent, part-time rotational nursing positions in rural Yukon

Nov 10, 2015

New study to monitor Whitehorse air quality

Government of Yukon is partnering with City of Whitehorse to study Whitehorse air quality.

Nov 09, 2015

Twelve Yukoners receive bursaries to pursue health-related studies

12 out of 49 selected to receive government financial support to further studies in medicine and health related fields

Oct 26, 2015

Bill to amend the Travel for Medical Treatment Act tabled today

New amendments to the Travel for Medical Treatment Act were introduced today.

Oct 26, 2015

Child care subsidies will increase

Government of Yukon is increasing the Yukon Child Care Subsidy as of December 1.

Oct 23, 2015

Flu clinics open across Yukon on October 26

Yukon's premier and chief medical officer of health recommend getting a flu shot.

Oct 22, 2015

Yukon government launches a new awareness campaign to recruit foster parents

A new campaign has launched to recruit new foster parents and clarify who can foster a child.

Oct 05, 2015

Public Input wanted on development of Health Information Privacy and Management Act regulations

Provide input on how your personal health information is secured

Sep 15, 2015

Seniors kept up to date on Whistle Bend continuing care facility design and development

Officials continue to talk with seniors' organizations about the new Whistle Bend facility.

Sep 14, 2015

Yukoners reminded to arrange extra health insurance for travel outside the territory

Plan for the unexpected. Ensure you have additional health insurance to cover medevac and ambulance fees.

Aug 26, 2015

Promoting healthy choices while supporting Yukon schools and local agriculture

Health and Social Services invites you to participate in From the Ground Up, a program that promotes healthy eating.

Aug 19, 2015

Hospice Yukon sets down permanent roots with Yukon government assistance

Purchase allows Hospice Yukon to continue serving bereaved and dying Yukoners from long term location.

Jul 30, 2015

Professional Development Fund provides support to local organizations

Three local organizations receive training funding from the Professional Development Fund

Jul 02, 2015

Pioneer Utility Grant modernized

Changes to Pioneer Utility Grant ensure fairness, flexibility and sustainability.

Jun 23, 2015

Health effects from forest fire smoke

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health reminds Yukoners to protect themselves from smoke exposure.

Jun 08, 2015

Whistle Bend continuing care project moves ahead

Three qualified teams have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the competitive process.

May 21, 2015

Pertussis outbreak in Yukon prompts warning

Two cases of pertussis confirmed in Yukon

May 06, 2015

Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver gets some Yukon financial support

30 Yukon families have found a home away from home since the opening of Ronald McDonald House in July 2014.

May 05, 2015

Mental wellness is focus of Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is the launch pad for a new campaign that focuses on mental well-being, and the concept of flourishing.

May 05, 2015

Medical sign language interpreters available to Yukoners in B.C. and Alberta

Contracts provide medical sign language interpretation for hard of hearing citizens receiving services in B.C. and Alberta.

Apr 28, 2015

Health Fair great opportunity to update immunizations prior to Kindergarten

The health fair is an opportunity to have immunizations updated prior to Kindergarten, in a fun, fair-like atmosphere.

Apr 23, 2015

The Yukon government and Alkan Air announce retrofit of medevac plane

Yukoners assured safer medevac transport due to Alkan retrofit of an aircraft and YEMS procurement of new equipment.

Apr 09, 2015

Tobacco prevention resource created for Yukon youth

Unique Yukon resource aimed at reducing youth tobacco use.

Apr 15, 2015

Pharmacy and Drug Act passed

The Pharmacy and Drug Act will regulate the operations and licensing of community pharmacies and rural dispensaries.

Apr 09, 2015

Yukon government tables new Pharmacy and Drug Act

The Yukon government tabled the Pharmacy and Drug Act yesterday as the first step in modernizing pharmacy regulation in Yukon.

Apr 08, 2015

Donation benefits Yukon patients in B.C.

Yukon children have been benefitting from a home-like atmosphere at Easter Seals House since 1955.

Mar 31, 2015

New Salvation Army Centre of Hope to be built in Whitehorse

Expansion of services and addition of space at new Salvation Army Centre of Hope will benefit vulnerable population.

Mar 19, 2015

New life for old facility expands services for individuals with mental health challenges

Safety and security, along with appropriate supports, will benefit clients at new transitional living facility.

Mar 11, 2015

Whitehorse continuing care facility moves forward with RFQ release

Request for qualifications issued for Whistle Bend continuing care facility.

Mar 11, 2015

Construction of new detox centre to begin this spring

New building, increased capacity will provide enhanced addictions services and supports to Yukon residents who need them.

Mar 06, 2015

Advancing skin health and wound management skills in Yukon

More than 80 healthcare professionals attended conference to advance care they provide to Yukon residents.

Mar 06, 2015

Yukon youth help tackle mental health stigmas

Students surprised how much stigma surrounds mental health; want to address in schools

Feb 27, 2015

Professional Development Fund to aid the efforts of two Whitehorse organizations

Children and youth to benefit from training workshops funded through Professional Development Fund.

Feb 27, 2015

Early results of medication reduction project a reason to celebrate

Use of antipsychotics in residents with dementia reduced or discontinued as pilot project at Copper Ridge Place continues.

Feb 25, 2015

Yukon government purchases Oblate Centre in Whitehorse

New life for an old building in downtown Whitehorse with purchase of Oblate Centre.

Feb 16, 2015

Construction contract highlights partnership between Kwanlin Dün and Yukon governments

Canyon City Construction awarded contract to replace local adult residence, highlighting partnership between Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Government of Yukon.

Feb 10, 2015

The Know Your Numbers campaign is back for a third year

Clinics can help screen for undetected high blood pressure, and identify future risk to individual

Jan 28, 2015

Yukon gains additional medical specialist

Ranks of specialists living and working in Yukon grows by two

Jan 14, 2015

Adult FASD diagnostic team to be established in Yukon

New initiatives, including FASD adult diagnostic team, will support individuals with FASD and their families

2014

Sep 08, 2014

Yukoners asked to consider others on International FASD Awareness Day

Take a moment at 9:09 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9—International FASD Awareness Day—to think about how they can support women who are pregnant to have healthy babies

Aug 26, 2014

Sprouting healthy choices will grow students' opportunities

Harvest time is arriving and schools that are participating in From the Ground Up will be taking orders for locally-grown vegetables to raise funds.

Aug 20, 2014

Mental health first aid course adapted for northerners

The Mental Health Commission of Canada launched its adapted Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course at the commission’s annual general meeting in Yellowknife earlier this summer.

Aug 15, 2014

New electronic system to record and report health inspection results

Beginning this summer, Environmental Health Services will complete health inspection reports electronically.

Aug 01, 2014

Online calendar presents community health and social events

An online community calendar is being piloted by White River First Nation, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and Vuntut Gwitchin Government.

Jun 11, 2014

Yukon leads country with response to FASD housing

Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham is hosting a delegation from Alberta that will tour Yukon’s Options for Independence housing project.

Jun 04, 2014

Yukon receives funding for national project on dementia care

The Yukon government's Continuing Care branch is one of 15 Canadian health-care organizations selected to participate in a project aimed at improving care for dementia patients.

May 28, 2014

Health effects from forest fire smoke

Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, would like to remind Yukoners with asthma or lung or heart conditions to take special care as smoke from the large forest fire in southern Alaska blankets parts of Yukon.

May 15, 2014

Ministerial statement on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Health and Social Services Minister Doug Graham has issued the following statement on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Yukon:

May 01, 2014

Innovative environment encourages technology solutions for health care challenges

The Yukon government is funding an event that will unite technology creators, business developers and health professionals as they collaborate on innovative solutions to front-line health care challenges in Yukon.

Apr 30, 2014

Vital Statistics Act will recognize same-sex parents on birth certificates

The Government of Yukon will amend the Vital Statistics Act to recognize same-sex parents.

Apr 30, 2014

New system will help detect and manage health problems in Yukon

Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham announced today that negotiations with British Columbia on a new electronic information system for public health have been successful.

Apr 30, 2014

Whitehorse Food Bank receives funding to purchase its Alexander Street location

The Food Bank Society of Whitehorse will receive a one-time $750,000 grant from the Yukon government to assist with the purchase of its current home at 306 Alexander Street.

Apr 29, 2014

New website provides information about immunization in Yukon

Yukoners now have access to a website that provides information about common childhood diseases and the immunizations that prevent them.

Apr 28, 2014

Collaboration is keystone to improving health and social services for Yukoners

Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham today released A Clinical Services Plan for Yukon, a roadmap for the long-term evolution of health and social services in Yukon.

Apr 24, 2014

Wellness plan to improve Yukoners' health and well-being launched

The well-being of children and families in Yukon is the focus of a new plan issued today by Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham.

Apr 14, 2014

Bubbles trilogy teaches children about personal space and keeping safe

Preschool children and their families can learn more about personal space and setting safe boundaries with a newly published trilogy of fun and colourful stories.

Apr 08, 2014

Successful Health Care Innovation meeting for Yukon premier and health minister

Premier Darrell Pasloski and Health and Social Services Minister Doug Graham have returned from a successful meeting of the Health Care Innovation Working Group.

Apr 02, 2014

Premier and minister represent Yukon at national health agenda meeting

Premier Darrell Pasloski and Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham will ensure Yukon’s voice is heard at the April 3 meeting of the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG) meeting in Toronto.

Mar 19, 2014

Yukon government updating pharmacy legislation

An advisory committee is being appointed by the Government of Yukon to help modernize Yukon’s pharmacy legislation.

Mar 18, 2014

Snack Circus focuses on healthy food choices and simple recipe ideas

Kids and families are invited to experience a carnival of flavour and learn about healthy food choices at the Snack Circus

Mar 17, 2014

Temporary home for MRI scanner to be built this year

Government of Yukon will provide $2.8 million to Yukon Hospital Corporation in 2014/15, pending legislative approval, to build a temporary home for Whitehorse General Hospital’s new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

Mar 07, 2014

UBC shares experiences on integration of health care services

Collaborative practices in primary care settings training

Mar 06, 2014

Stories inspire positive emotions and strong communities

Twenty-five stories from nearly a dozen Yukon communities have been collected in a new publication called Stories that Inspire

Feb 18, 2014

Department accepts recommendations from Auditor General

Minister of Health and Social Services accepts Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s recommendations on the department’s Family and Children’s Services branc

Feb 13, 2014

Know Your Numbers back by popular demand

Know Your Numbers campaign during Heart Month, the Chronic Conditions unit of Health and Social Services is running another series of public blood pressure clinics from February 14 to 27

Jan 28, 2014

French language services pilot project goes live

Pilot project that actively offers French language and interpretation services to Yukon Francophone residents at three separate health sector sites launched.

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