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SEEKING A COUNCIL SEAT – To encourage more rental properties being developed, Darrell Hookey, the latest candidate to announce for city council, is proposing to limit the city’s development incentives policy to rental units only.

Candidate has ideas on avenues, mayoral election

The race for city council in the Oct. 18 municipal election has gained an 18th candidate.

By Whitehorse Star on September 25, 2018

The race for city council in the Oct. 18 municipal election has gained an 18th candidate.

Darrell Hookey, a Whitehorse businessperson and local writer, is seeking a council seat. He’s also voicing ideas on creating one-way avenues in the city core and changes to how the mayor is elected.

“My term will soon be up as the founding president of the Whistle Bend Community Association,” Hookey said in a statement released this morning.

“But I have been bitten by the bug: I really enjoy working with the board and with my neighbours to make our community even better.

“And it has been an honour to work with the staff and elected officials of the city and territory to make things happen in this new neighbourhood.”

With so much work still to do in growing Whistle Bend, Hookey said, he feels he can bring a sense of history and an understanding of Whistle Benders’ concerns to city hall.

As a freelance writer, Hookey added, he has heard many stories, and has told those stories back to the Yukon and the world.

In 2001, Hookey gave up the life of a freelance writer – and as the manager of the local Sears outlet – to become the founding editor of What’s Up Yukon.

“I hired the first writers and, suddenly, my palette from which to paint the stories of the Yukon was exponentially larger,” he said.

Returning to the retail business, Hookey is now the sales supervisor at The Brick.

In his 28 years in Whitehorse, he has lived in Riverdale, Granger, downtown, Copper Ridge, Takhini North and now Whistle Bend.

Other than a term as president of the Yukon Educational Theatre and as chair of the media relations committee for the Canada Winter Games, Hookey said, he has volunteered wherever and whenever needed.

But, as a potential councillor, he said he hopes to be able to give much more back to the community that has given his family and himself so much.

“I know that there are more hours required than you can imagine, and the reports that need to be read and understood are never-ending, but I really do enjoy helping make all of these moving parts in a city work,” said Hookey.

“To earn the trust of voters, I know that my experience in business, the media, community association and as a husband and father is not enough. My values need to match the values of voters.

“The real question, on Oct. 18, is can I be trusted to make the same decision as Whitehorse residents if we each had the same information in front of us?”

To encourage discussion of city issues, Hookey has set up a Facebook Page – facebook.com/Darrell4Whitehorse – that will be a give-and-take of ideas.

For instance, he is re-opening the discussion to turn Second and Fourth avenues into one-way streets to make room for bus-only and bicycle lanes. And, it would make a park ’n’ ride concept from the Canada Games Centre more feasible.

“Imagine: no more traffic lights at the bottom of Two Mile Hill and no more dangerous left turns across opposing traffic,” he said.

Hookey is also proposing a change to how mayors are elected by asking the Yukon government to amend the Municipal Act to allow the election of seven councillors – with a mayor to be chosen from among them.

Every election risks the losses of excellent potential local politicians because they took a chance on running for the mayoralty, he said.

To encourage more rental properties being developed, and to save tax dollars, Hookey is proposing to limit the city’s development incentives policy to rental units only.

He noted there are programs available for struggling families, and there will soon be a surplus of condos, but no focus on what is really needed: good apartments for rent that cost 30 per cent of a person’s income.

He said he hopes the coming three-week conversation on these issues, and others, will help Whitehorse voters decide if he can accurately represent their wishes on council.

The deadline for nominations is noon Thursday.

Also seeking council seats are incumbent councillors Samson Hartland, Betty Irwin, Roslyn Woodcock, Jocelyn Curteanu and Dan Boyd, former councillors Mike Gladish and Jan Stick, former Yukon Party MLA David Laxton and local residents Eileen Melnychuk, Oshea Jephson, Steve Roddick, Andrew Smith, Cory Adams, Danny Macdonald, Jim Cahill, Scott Etches and Laura Cabott.

The mayoral candidates are incumbent Dan Curtis, Rick Karp and Wilf Carter.

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Comments (16)

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George G on Sep 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

So basically he wants downtown to be one massive traffic circle?

Wow. This 'idea' was thrown out better than a decade ago.

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Yukon Watchdog on Sep 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

@ Derp Darrell put his name out there for all to see; you attack him personally hiding anonymously behind your handle.

You submit an anonymous comment; I submit a response in the same fashion.

Did I attack you personally? No, I just don't like your offensive tactics and I questioned your level of self-importance. People who rely on personal attacks to win elections should not be in politics, imo, hence my comment about running for the bus. Just sayin'

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Derp on Sep 26, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Yukon Watchdog with one side of your mouth you rail against anonymity and 'personal attacks' and then a few sentences later do the very same thing.

Womp womp.

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Yukon Watchdog on Sep 26, 2018 at 12:54 pm

@ Derp - What does his day job have to do with his desire to contribute to his community? How does it show he has a deluded sense of self-importance? I really dislike these kinds of unfair tactics - personally attacking an individual who puts his neck out there on the line. So offensive. And what is your daytime job, Derp? And what's your level of self-importance as you hide behind your anonymous handle?

I have to hand it to anyone who puts him/herself out there for public service where every decision/comment is open to public scrutiny. City mayor and counselors get the worst of it, imo.

Thank you for putting your name forward, Darrell, and all the others out there whose names will be on those ballots. Derp, please do the world a favour and never run for anything other than the bus.

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Pond watcher on Sep 26, 2018 at 9:59 am

He tried, and failed, to re-tool the traffic flow around his house in Whistlebend even though he knew full well he was buying a home on a feeder street. Sounds like a one trick pony.

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Darcy Nundahl on Sep 26, 2018 at 9:59 am

Good Luck Darrell ! As for other comments made on this article. Positivity always wins over negative bullying tactics.

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Bill Polonsky on Sep 26, 2018 at 8:05 am

Good for you Darrell! Glad to see you enter the race. I've known Darrell since I moved to Whitehorse 15 years ago and he has always impressed me with his keen eye, wit, sound moral compass and, if elected, will make a fine councillor for Whitehorse. He has my vote.

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Ilove Parks on Sep 26, 2018 at 3:38 am

I do like the one way street idea and bike lanes, bus routes etc.
It's refreshing to hear ideas from a potential councillor rather than city staff.

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Johnson on Sep 25, 2018 at 10:54 pm

Hah, Dean. Most of these people make more money at their day jobs. Be a cynic, it's your right but most of these people are here for a public service.

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Yukoner79 on Sep 25, 2018 at 8:34 pm

Ummm...pretty sure you lost my vote at the stupid one way road exploration commitment. There are ways to fix our traffic issues. By fixing traffic issues, not creating more. My god the biker egos would flare. How about keep it as is and the bikers are banned from 2nd and made to use 4th, where bike lanes exist and increase the safety for everyone?

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Martin on Sep 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Second and Fourth avenues into one-way streets ? Nice way to transform them into a race track. Whitehorse should slow down the traffic, not speed it up.

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Geoff on Sep 25, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Instead of six council members, isn't it time there were eight? Inuvik has eight, but I should think they only need six for their size. Mr. Hookey's plan would then elect nine.

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Derp on Sep 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

An appliance salesman to help run the city? No thanks. This guy has a deluded sense of self importance.

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Dean LaRue on Sep 25, 2018 at 3:57 pm

ZOUNDS - 18 (and maybe even more) people fighting for 6 jobs ?
Just how big WAS the raise that the current Council gave themselves last year ?

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Henry Wensleydale on Sep 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

"For instance, he is re-opening the discussion to turn Second and Fourth avenues into one-way streets to make room for bus-only and bicycle lanes. And, it would make a park ’n’ ride concept from the Canada Games Centre more feasible."

PFFFFT - enforcing basic traffic laws on Thunder Road and Road Warrior Way makes more sense and would cost a lot less money

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Victor Sampson on Sep 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Getting crowded out there. Good luck.

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