Whitehorse Daily Star

Many corrections workers on leave, YEU says

The Yukon government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is starting to send shockwaves around the territory.

By Tim Giilck on December 6, 2021

The Yukon government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is starting to send shockwaves around the territory.

Steve Geick, the president of the Yukon Employees’ Union, said Friday afternoon that up to 30 staff members at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre were on unpaid leave.

Geick told the Star YG is attempting to backfill the empty positions with conservation officers.

Other problem spots were the Ross River health centre, where custodial staff were on leave, as were some maintenance workers at the Watson Lake power plant.

Geick said this morning he expected to have more numbers by noon, but said the situation is growing more chaotic all over the territory.

“The government has some wonky numbers,” he said. “The smaller communities are getting hit harder. It’s easier for Whitehorse to cover up for two or three workers than it is for the communities.”

John Streicker, the minister responsible for the Public Service Commission, said at noon today he had some revised figures.

A total of 269 employees had not submitted vacciine attestation forms, meaning they were suspended without pay last week.

Streicker confirmed a letter has been sent out from the Public Service Commission to conservation officers to fill in at the corrections centre, although he couldn’t confirm the 30 people figure the YEU has cited.

Streicker said conservation officers have “peace officer training”, and the invitation to them was part of the correctional centre’s business continuity plan.

As for the situation in Watson Lake, that involves allied public workers not directly working under the government, he said.

“Each department and (allied organizations) have their own business continuity plan,” Streicker said.

The Yukon Party also said it’s concerned about the situation.

“The Yukon Party pressed the Liberal government on a number of concerns including potential service disruptions for communities and support options for those Yukoners who have been put on leave without pay just weeks before Christmas,” the party said in a statement.

“We asked about the plan to deal with potential service disruptions; for financial support through the holidays since the federal Liberal government has made them ineligible for Employment Insurance; and for increased mental health supports that will inevitably be required with so many people out of work during the holidays.

“Unfortunately, as is common with the Liberal government, they were unable to provide clear answers or demonstrate that they have any plan to address these critical issues.

“We remain concerned that the Liberals continue to downplay and dismiss the impacts on individuals who now find themselves out of a job during the Christmas season.”

NDP Leader Kate White said late this morning she has asked for the detailed numbers but hasn’t had a response from the government yet.

Nor did she know about the situation at the jail, but she wasn’t surprised.

She said the officers had been used as border guards during the past two summers and for other assorted duties.

“It’s not unheard of to use them for other things.”

White said this is why the YG needs to unveil its plan to handle these shortages to the public at large.

“They say they have a plan; now it’s time to show it to the public.”

Comments (63)

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T on Dec 9, 2021 at 12:52 pm

@Emma
For those of you who don't know what Clownworld is, let me explain. Some time in the early 2000's CERN did an oopsie with their large hadron collider which cause our realities to split and everything began getting progressively weirder and weirder and more absurd on our side. The ultimate sign that Clownworld is indeed real was Donald Trump somehow becoming president of the sole economic and military superpower on planet earth.

Unified Clownworld Causality Theory is still being worked on, but in short the new overwhelming natural law of our reality is this: Events will align to make the most ridiculous or hilarious outcome possible become more and more likely the longer a controversy goes on.

Sublaw: the more important the outcome is to larger numbers of people, the more likely it is to be a ridiculous outcome.

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Thomas Brewer on Dec 9, 2021 at 12:50 pm

So Conservation Officers are supposed to be backfilling for 30ish Corrections Officers, but where's the report on how many Conservation Officers are no longer at work due to the mandate? (hint, there's a few!)

It's appalling the way the current government is treating their staff. An election cannot come soon enough.

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Emma on Dec 8, 2021 at 10:14 pm

If only 5% of the Yukon population is unvaxxed then why can’t they just let it be? I know some people who are vaccinated but just won’t do the attestation because they don’t agree with the mandate and revealing personal health information. Is 5% really such a danger to the 95% that are vaccinated? If that’s the case are they saying the vaccines and all the mask mandates don’t actually work? If they do work as we’ve been promised then let people live their lives. The 5% most likely wouldn’t all fall deathly ill and jam up the health facilities like once feared. I think what has been done is all that can be done and we need to move on. Live and let live (or not).

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Dallas Schaber on Dec 8, 2021 at 9:45 pm

When tyranny becomes law rebellion becomes duty.

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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul on Dec 8, 2021 at 9:30 pm

Dear Paul - The Smallpox Vaccine mandate was halted after 26 deaths were reported in association to the vaccine. So, stuff your mandatory jab where the sun don’t shine - All people must have choice. Coercion and forced choices between 2 evils are not choices - They are ultimatums.
A key feature of any abusive relationship is the use of ultimatums, name calling, gas lighting, and other crazy making behaviours. YG is an exemplar, epitome, of one side of an abusive relationship… Just add the victim (employee).

We are so effen-Fubarred that no one knows what to do or how to turn this ship around. You should be very worried Paul because it is the people who either refuse to see it or who cannot see it that take everyone else down with them.

You people scare me. I really believe we are living out the real life version of the Idiocracy. How do you not see the absolute chaos around you and say to yourself, “Stop the fascistic terrorism of the autocrats contesting for more and more of your rights and freedoms…”

How do you not see it? They are literally flat out telling you, showing you, and putting it in writing for you… What was given to you by your birthright the Liberals will take away.

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Paul on Dec 8, 2021 at 1:54 pm

GusM
Could you back up that bold statement with some facts? Vaccines have been safely used for more than a century. There have also been adverse reactions to vaccines for the same amount of time. Most CoVid vaccine deaths that we hear of are bogus, although there have been a couple of actual confirmed deaths in Canada. The problem with Canada is our memories are short. Most people don’t remember Small Pox, Polio, Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Hep B and many of the other maladies that have been eliminated or successfully controlled with vaccines.

Here is some recent information from Ontario. If you are able to read it and understand it, you will see there is only one death in Canada’s largest province that is fully attributed to a CoVid 19 vaccine. There are 4 others where it may have added to an underlying cause of death; and 3 where it was investigated but had no additional effect. These are incredibly good odds in a province with almost 15 million people.

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/epi/covid-19-aefi-report.pdf?sc_lang=en

To all the CoVid Trolls: I thrive on negative feedback and pissing people off by giving actual facts. Could you all give me negative feedback so I can hit a couple hundred and set a new record?

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Roy on Dec 8, 2021 at 11:56 am

Salty Tears is here with another diatribe full of words and empty of meaning.

And then he proves Godwin’s law:
No one is surprised.
And no one is impressed.

Go plant some “rose bulbs” Salt - you’ll have as much success with that as you’re having in here (and in real life I suspect).

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oh, Salt on Dec 8, 2021 at 8:15 am

Once again, you embarrass yourself. Roses don't grow from bulbs, silly. If you're wrong about something so simple, chances are you might be wrong about something more complex.

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@Laila on Dec 8, 2021 at 6:11 am

Very high IQ comment from Laila, who's so much smarter than "anti-vaxxers" but doesn't understand how the internet works.

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Mike on Dec 7, 2021 at 9:31 pm

Kate why is it you resemble Kamala Harris? Oh yeah, you haven't got a clue what you're doing. And Silver never had a clue - why he's in power is beyond me.

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TheHammer on Dec 7, 2021 at 6:07 pm

bonanzajoe@ This is not about the Yukon, this is about punching cows on the Ponderosa. You're living in a time warp partner. The best way for you to get the drop on the communists is to stop buying made in China.

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Juniper Jackson on Dec 7, 2021 at 3:47 pm

Going to have to let all the jailbirds out to spread their wings. Just make them promise first, to be good boys and good little girls.

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Max Mack on Dec 7, 2021 at 2:02 pm

@Laila

You said; "Every time I hit thumbs down to disagree with an anti-vax commenter it automatically adds a couple thumbs up. Website glitch or intentional skewing of reader responses?"

This is most likely a caching issue. Your web browser does not update the thumbs up/down until you click on a thumb or refresh the page.

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BnR on Dec 7, 2021 at 1:44 pm

Shockwaves……
Lol, I do loves me some hyperbole.
Is it a coincidence that the highest number of non-compliance is among the gov positions with the least amount of education required?
I think not.

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Salt on Dec 7, 2021 at 12:05 pm

@Embarrasing
So we must wait for tyranny to fully blossom before we name it? Do we know a rose is a rose only once it flowers? Or can we look at a bulb and know that given light, soil and water, we will likely have a rose soon?
I’m sure that there were many such as you laughing in 1928 at the idea that Hitler was another Napoleon (or worse). By 1933 no one was laughing and it was too late to say anything.
Tyranny in human society is perennial. It must constantly be denied sustenance and rooted out while it is in its infancy. Once it blossoms it is too late. The historical conditions for tyranny are well known and people are not wrong in pointing out that we are currently checking some of those boxes.

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Laila on Dec 7, 2021 at 11:52 am

Every time i hit thumbs down to disagree with an anti-vax commenter it automatically adds a couple thumbs up. Website glitch or intentional skewing of reader responses?

Moderator: It's a glitch. We'll look into this problem.

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Sad on Dec 7, 2021 at 9:21 am

This mandate is pathetic and shameful for Streicker, Silver and the government. They have revealed themselves as happy to punish those they disagree with. These are not community-minded individuals. It's not just policies and tax rates anymore. They are directly, personally ostracizing Yukoners and making innocent people's lives unreasonably difficult. I have no support for these people in or out of government, and they will not be welcome in my home when their time in government ends.

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JC on Dec 7, 2021 at 8:17 am

Sounds like those 269 people can stop being babies and suck it up.
Imagine being jammed up because 5% of people are too f***ing proud/stupid/biased to do the responsible thing.

What a bunch of a**holes.

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Josey Wales on Dec 7, 2021 at 6:04 am

Gee...even more engineered insanity eh?
Suppose now let all the animals outta their cages to free range?
Inmates are lil darlings to the CLP & CLP, factor in our locals we cater to...
even more of a win, win a two for even.

Everything else is humming at a high level of liberal dysfunction (redundant...I know), up is down, boys are girls, terrorists are mollycoddled and turned into millionaires, citizens subjugated and herded then divided and harvested for votes.

Releasing our poor and misunderstood, oppressed from society would get them a few more votes.
They...the liberals give nary a s**t about anything but themselves.
Need proof? Open your effin eyes, purge the vile propaganda outta your conditioned mind and turn off the state broadcaster as they are pure 100% Liberal propaganda.

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JD on Dec 7, 2021 at 5:16 am

Well first things first.

We are playing fast and loose with the term vaccine.
I am a Veteran and have been legit vaccinated more times then most people.
A vaccine where I come from is once for life or maybe every 10 years and you are protected.

Some provinces are on their 3rd dose of this garbage in under a year !! Lol, so not a vaccine it’s an injection that isn’t protecting anybody because there are injected people with the virus still.

Society needs some stronger coffee to wake up and see what’s going on.
What kind of leader holds hard working peoples jobs over their heads in order to force them to take an ineffective vaccine?

Answer - an incompetent leader with no plan and doesn’t give a s**t about the health of people just the lining in his pocket.
There are way more effective to combat a virus, eat right, exercise, build your immune system properly.

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GusM on Dec 6, 2021 at 10:58 pm

One simple undeniable fact remains paramount. There have been more adverse reactions, permanent injuries, and deaths from the experimental C0vid drug injections, than all vaccines ever administered since records have been kept.

Getting injected with an unproven experimental drug is a personal choice, and no one in Canada should ever be discriminated against or segregated because of their choice for whatever reason.

If you ever wondered how the 'good' people in 1930s Germany willingly accepted what was happening around them, well now you know. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them

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Sunny P. on Dec 6, 2021 at 8:42 pm

Tagish residents advised MLA John Streicker and the Tagish Advisory Council three weeks ago that Tagish would lose: all but two EMS staff, one homecare worker, one mental wellness person, one community hall worker, and the head of the Tagish fire department. Carcross residents added that EMS was also losing staff.
EMS staff loudly and clearly stated that Tagish had seen a 2-3 fold increase in calls since the roll out of the vaxx in February. MLA Streicker said something along the lines that things would be taken care of. He was also proud that more people had already been coerced into taking the jabs (against their conviction) in order to keep their jobs and provide for their families.
Neither MLA Streicker nor the Advisory Council saw fit to advise Tagish residents of the coming changes (hasn't happened to this day). Let's hope nobody in Tagish will have to make an important EMS call any time soon...

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Embarrassing on Dec 6, 2021 at 8:36 pm

Maybe if anti-vaxxers would stop comparing themselves to holocaust victims they would get a bit of sympathy from people.
Also, Jonas Smith equating himself with Rosa Parks or Winston Churchill? Disgusting.

I can't believe the Yukon Party and YEU are defending these nutjobs. I would be embarrassed if I was a member of either group.

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Douglas Twigge on Dec 6, 2021 at 8:30 pm

Still cannot believe how gutless the Unions are. L would be demanding all my years of dues back. Also the Yukon Party and NDP should have been leading the marches against this totally ineffective and now more proven wrong then right approach even from the side of real science. The Libs do not need a mask at all because we all know where their heads are.

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Make it stop on Dec 6, 2021 at 8:10 pm

Actions have consequences. I guess Steve stating things are chaotic now is only the tip of the iceberg. Let the games begin and let’s get this gong show on the winter road! If we have enough employees left to clear them. I wonder how many more overdose or suicide deaths in the meantime we can pile up for them to bury their heads even further into the snow! We are all living in a very evil dark time.
Shame on all you political tyrants. Can’t even attend an AA meeting in person these days but you can go to the liquor store. What a time to be alive!

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DMZ on Dec 6, 2021 at 8:03 pm

I'd be really interested to know how many people on leave are vaccinated and chose not to disclose that, vs. unvaccinated. Seems like essential information and could be obtained without people having to lose anonymity.

Also, I wonder if the union can spare some funds, like strike pay. This kind of thing makes me wonder why people join unions. They could be a powerful force against mandates, but they're...not. Of course, it doesn't help that the courts seem to have washed their hands of it.

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Barbara Pelletier on Dec 6, 2021 at 7:56 pm

Not just Corrections hurting..
Tarnished Silver will not release the numbers.. or include those that resigned or retired because of his craziness..
Do people actually realize this is the first time in history that healthy workers are penalized not to work..
Try to make sense of that..
Those that are in this situation there are likeminded people who meet at Shipyards park for peaceful and informative rally 1-3

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Unbelievable on Dec 6, 2021 at 7:55 pm

I am in shock, taking untrained people to deal with the depravity in the WCC. Those inmates are not there for no reason, that’s not conducive to what some groups would like to believe.

Going from dealing with trappers, the rogue hunters, and a cord of standing wood is nothing compared to what’s happening in that institution.
You’re putting people in danger.

The inmates will be sure to provoke a code red when they know their untrained babysitters don’t know how to deal with their bullshit. The RCMP should be posted to the WCC.

Murders, rapist and the most deplorable sitting pretty making arts and crafts with carving knives… good times at WCC… if you’re an inmate.
Oh you killed somebody, let’s draw a picture…Ffs.

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Barbara Pelletier on Dec 6, 2021 at 7:52 pm

It’s not only Corrections that is affected by Tarnished Silver’s bizarre mandates to keep healthy people from working. The resignations and retirements are not even included. There is peaceful freedom rally’s being held Saturdays 1-3 at Shipyards park..
Lots of interesting conversation and talks there..

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Wilf Carter on Dec 6, 2021 at 7:44 pm

This is such weak political management, not having plans well in advance of this situation and waiting to the last minute.

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Holy F@%k on Dec 6, 2021 at 7:26 pm

Doesn't surprise me regarding Correctional Officers leaving. WCC always has been and always will be the sess pool of YG.
Serves you right for treating your employees like s**t.

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Roy on Dec 6, 2021 at 7:24 pm

I find it amusing that Corrections Officers, who are tasked with ensuring inmates follow the rules imposed by a higher power, are now suffering their own consequences because they couldn't follow the rules. I don't feel sorry for them at all, nor the other 239. F%*k around and find out, I guess.

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Roy on Dec 6, 2021 at 6:56 pm

Dan
Covid exists. People get sick from it. Some for a long time. Some people die from it.
Trump got it. Had to be hospitalized with it. Got treated for it. Got vaccinated for it. He doesn't even deny it.

No one is losing their jobs over false positive tests - they are *leaving* their jobs because they do not want to follow the rules of their jobs. No one forces you to do a certain job. No one is forcing you to be vaccinated. You have a choice.
You've made your choice. Choices have consequences. Your parents should have taught you that a long time ago. Some of you are only learning this now.

PCR testing sensitivity has very little to do with fixing the staffing issues at corrections - you just wanted to cut and paste a debunked soundbite of fake news that you do not understand at all.

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Woodcutter on Dec 6, 2021 at 6:40 pm

It's not like they do anything to begin with. Play head games and smuggle in contraband. There is a reason that profession was chosen. They don't need to produce anything of value so minimal effort is needed and they can not be held accountable for their corruption.

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drum on Dec 6, 2021 at 6:08 pm

Shortage of Correction Officers because they refuse to get vaccinated - bring in the military, they would know how to run a jail.

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Good! on Dec 6, 2021 at 5:42 pm

YG employees can stay at home w/o pay for a long time. They make tons of money and have big balances in their bank accounts.

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Josie on Dec 6, 2021 at 5:36 pm

So what's being said Is that "YG needs to unveil its plan to handle these shortages to the public at large."
And
"they have a plan; now it’s time to show it to the public"

What THE F***!?! We don't want anymore of your plans! Despite the numbers reported, actually.... Over 1000 people lost their jobs for NO REASON! Why exactly is there a shortage?!?!? It's b/c you care for our wellbeing, health and safety? Please explain!?
Now your wasting MORE of OUR money trying to fix a problem that shouldn't even exist!?
You want the whole friggin territory injected. I'm sorry but that's not going to happen. Some people are choosing not to take this injection so they didn't attest to their "vaccination status", some could have attested but chose not to in protest to government corruption, some resigned and some retired early.

I'm sorry guys, YOU created this shortage and no one in authority stood up for these people despite the repeated pleas. This system we have is NOT fixable!

I thought our leaders and laws were supposed to be enacted on OUR behalf. We live in a country and territory now where Laws have been created to extend more power to those in power while s***ting on our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Mary Jane on Dec 6, 2021 at 5:21 pm

Why does this government think the Conservation Officers don’t have a job already. This is the second time there is a total disregard for their positions they have trained for and do. How frustrating for these officers to be put into a position they never trained for or sought employment for.

The liberals are using these officers as pawns to cover something that they were warned about repeatedly. This is an abuse of power over these people and their careers and safety. I for sure don’t see a single Conservation Officer voting liberal after this regular disregard and disrespect is being displayed for the work they do.

I feel for these officers and their families that are now faced with a total different job description that they could not have imagined in their wildest dreams.

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North_of_60 on Dec 6, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Not once has the autocratic LIBgov provided their version of the "science" justifying their mandate policy. It's good to see the YP pushing back against these unlawful and unnecessary mandates.
People are getting angry and closer to civil disobedience every day.

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My Opinion on Dec 6, 2021 at 5:18 pm

SHAME ON YOU.

When this pandemic started, while people huddled at home in fear, sheltered in place to afraid to go to their offices. There was a class of people that stepped up. No I am not talking of first responders. I am instead speaking of essential services, The truck drivers who were heralded as hero's. Small businesses trying to survive while providing goods. People who fix your car, repair or build your house. People who worked in all types of entry level jobs to provide the necessities of life for the fragile entitled group, the same group that thinks so highly of themselves and their social standing, the educated.

Now you vilify the very ones that provided for you even a year before there was such a thing as a vaccine. You all should be ashamed. You are Bullies and like a pack of hounds. Look in the mirror and see what you do. Take their jobs, deny them access to the very restaurants that they worked in to serve you. Deny them access to health care, a dentist. What have you become?

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Rick S on Dec 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Reckless and dangerous for both inmates and Conservation Officers who lack specified training. How many of the Conservation Officers will simply refuse or quit in short order out of safety concerns?

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Jeff Bikaboom on Dec 6, 2021 at 4:39 pm

"Streicker said Conservation Officers have “peace officer training”, and the invitation to them was part of the correctional centre’s business continuity plan."

An invitation! That is quite the plan. Are there 30 Conservation Officers? I would hazard to guess that about zero of them will accept the invitation. Are they going to check the inmates' catch for the day to see if they went over their limit? Did they remove their barbs? If they did accept, who would do the job of the Conservation Officers? Will everyone in the government shuffle their jobs to fill the void? Musical jobs. That how things work, you just switch jobs without any issues. No one is trained, or specialized. Jobs don't require experience to be done properly.

Facetious rant aside. It is quite concerning that the prison is understaffed. What is/was the total number of employees there? Prisoners have human rights too. Remember those? They cannot be left in inhumane illegal living conditions.

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Paul on Dec 6, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Dan,
Kary Mullis, inventor of the Polymerase Chain Reaction technique died on August 7, 2019 a few months before CoVid was first identified in December 2019. How could Mr. Mullis have said not to use the PCR test for CoVid 19 repeatedly, when as far as we know CoVid 19 did not exist during his lifetime? Are you making this up, or just repeating un-factual garbage from some well known right wing websites???

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Richard Smith on Dec 6, 2021 at 4:26 pm

It is reported in the Toronto Star today that 42 of 75 people contacted covid during a restaurant event in Kingsville Ontario. THEY WERE ALL VACCINATED. This is consistent all over the world.
The new evidence or "science" clearly demonstrates both the vacced and unvacced can catch and be carriers of covid about equally.
So why on earth are the unvacced being dismissed from their jobs?
Instead they both should be tested for covid on a regular basis.

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Erin on Dec 6, 2021 at 4:23 pm

Emergency Services have been drastically affected! No Ambulance or fire crews are available in several communities because of the mandate.

YG is trying to hide this fact. People are going to die because of a lack of EMS and Fire. Volunteers who have operated Rural EMS for years have purchased their own AED'S as a back up!!

This is devastating families and communities. Why aren't journalists reporting on this?

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Communist government? How about communist Whitehorse Star on Dec 6, 2021 at 4:06 pm

Hey Whitehorse Star…care to share why for every one ‘down vote’ given to comments that are ant vaxx, anti mask or anti mandate are, at the same time, also automatically given three to four ‘up votes’…making it appear that people are not in support of a mandatory vaccine policy?

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BBird on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:59 pm

If the Yukon Government is making decisions that affect the inalienable rights of every Human Being, would someone please explain their blatant disregard of information such as this: “The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four of the top five counties with the highest percentage of fully vaccinated population (99.9–84.3%) as “high” transmission counties [[5]]. Many decisionmakers assume that the vaccinated can be excluded as a source of transmission. It appears to be grossly negligent to ignore the vaccinated population as a possible and relevant source of transmission when deciding about public health control measures.“ - quoted from the Lancet Medical Journal dated November 19, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanepe.2021.100272

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BBird on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:57 pm

If the Government of Yukon is making decisions rooted in science, please explain the blatant disregard for such information as this:

“The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four of the top five counties with the highest percentage of fully vaccinated population (99.9–84.3%) as “high” transmission counties [[5]]. Many decisionmakers assume that the vaccinated can be excluded as a source of transmission. It appears to be grossly negligent to ignore the vaccinated population as a possible and relevant source of transmission when deciding about public health control measures.“ - quoted from The Lancet Medical Journal dated November 19, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lanepe.2021.100272

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Dan on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:45 pm

The shortages in Corrections could be addressed easily with just a few common sense measures.
1) stop using the faulty PCR at anything above 28 cycles, as over 28 produced up to 100% false positives.
(Yukon, like most jurisdictions uses the PCR at 38-45 cycles)
2) allow unvaxxed workers back - stop using this PCR that the inventor himself, Kary Mullis, said repeatedly was not to be used to detect disease.

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Unbelievable! on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:35 pm

This is f&@#’ing ridiculous. It’s a good thing they don’t prosecute crimes anymore let alone sentencing people to any real time in jail. Otherwise, it would be much more dangerous having Conservation Officers run the jail. A situation for which they are not trained - FFS! Shut this Liberal fiasco down now!! This is how people get seriously hurt.

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BC on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:34 pm

Gee what a surprise the dictatorship of the lieberals hard at work screwing up the lives of free thinking folks ... with an illegal, immoral and completely UNNECESSARY 'mandate'. Clap, clap well done!

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Isolated on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:26 pm

Conservation officers back filling corrections officers sounds like our primer using his fingers and toes to plug holes in his sinking ship.
A little planning goes a long way.

It's as if they thought everyone would just do as they're told and no one would see a vaccine mandate as the final straw in an ever thankless position. The path forward is getting rougher and rougher, hope someone remembered the spare tire...

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Jesse S on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:24 pm

Once they force everybody to decide between homelessness during Christmas and a vaccine produced by pharma companies and the only people in the hospital are vaccinated then what? How about we give up wasting time resources and energy trying to convince the hesitant (which is obviously backfiring and harming innocents) and try things that will actually help, like promoting healthy diet and exercise and proper nutrients? It’s been two years and our “experts” are still harping about variants and lockdowns and passports. They say this is about health but they think liquor stores are essential and gym’s aren’t and that natural immunity doesn’t count, #science. YukonFreedom.com cares more than our elected officials. Nobody should have to pick between a jab and a job.
Peace and love.

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bonanzajoe on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Since all Communist governments have the same ideology and practice, maybe President Vladimir Putin could send some correctional staff to Whitehorse. That would take a burden off Silver and Geick.

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Lex on Dec 6, 2021 at 3:02 pm

If only there was a solution to all of this…. Oh wait!!! There is! Apologize to your community for making these illegal requirements to work and make all businesses pay one hundred thousand dollars to all employees that were wrongfully dismissed or put on unpaid leave.

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Hippo-critical oath on Dec 6, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Now White is concerned about people out of a job at Christmas while maintaining her stance as the biggest supporter of every conceivable mandate. Her tailbone must be in splinters from riding the fence.

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Who da thunk it? on Dec 6, 2021 at 2:42 pm

The government was warned how many people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, felt about mandates and attestations. So was the media. These aren’t shockwaves. These are the predictable results of pushing ahead with stubborn stupidity that ignores simple math, science, morals and ethics.

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Mr Facts on Dec 6, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Ahh shucks. Just release all the prisoners on a pinky swear that they will be good, lmao. Merry Christmas. Hey, I'm all about savings and safety in my community.

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Ben on Dec 6, 2021 at 2:16 pm

Here's to hoping that YG's conservation officers respond with an appropriate "The short answer is no".

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Mr. Bean on Dec 6, 2021 at 2:04 pm

Good luck with that. Yes, conservation officers were used at the border but that isn’t a dangerous job. Jail guards here are regularly threatened, assaulted, spat on, etc by inmates who know they can get away with it due to Yukon’s JusticeLite system. When first degree murder gets dropped to a 5 year manslaughter sentence, assaulting guards might get you a few extra weeks in da Clink. Guards are completely unarmed. No one is going to want to fill their shoes. They deserve better.

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Politico on Dec 6, 2021 at 1:54 pm

I'm sure that there are plenty of vaccinated people who would be happy to fill those jobs. So what's next for the YEU to complain about? Truck drivers having to have licenses to drive?

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Matthew on Dec 6, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Good! We're all going to see that the liberals have NO plan moving forward and was just wishing everyone complied and got their vaccine... again, all this for a virus that kills a mere 1% of its hosts..

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Lost In the Yukon on Dec 6, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Oh looky, the leader of the increasingly irrelevant NDP is talking tough again. Once he stops laughing I’m sure Slippery Sandy Silver will jump right to it.

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