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Yukon Party MLA Yvonne Clarke

MLA questions potential McIntyre Creek Park complications

The potential creation of the McIntyre Creek park is continuing to bother the Yukon Party.

By Tim Giilck on April 19, 2022

The potential creation of the McIntyre Creek park is continuing to bother the Yukon Party.

On Apr. 12, Yukon Party MLA Yvonne Clarke once again questioned the government on how it plans to handle some complicating factors, such as mining claims.

Clarke asked similar questions about three weeks ago, and clearly wasn’t satisfied with the responses she received.

“In the 2021 election, the Liberal party committed to creating McIntyre Creek park,” she recalled.

“We are aware that the planned park is much bigger than many people realize, and stretches from the mouth of McIntyre Creek all the way down to the former Whitehorse Copper Mine.

“There are many overlapping land interests in this area and several active or pending quartz claims. Is the minister considering expropriating mining claims or private land dispositions in the proposed McIntyre Creek park?”

Environment Minister Nils Clarke said the government has initiated discussions with the City of Whitehorse. It will follow up with the affected Yukon First Nations, Yukon University and local stakeholders, he vowed.

“The McIntyre Creek area supports a diversity of habitats important to wildlife, including wetlands,” the minister said.

“It is also known to be an important cultural area for both the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.”

Yukon University also recognizes the importance of the area to support field-based learning and research, he added.

“We acknowledge and respect that this is an area with several concurrent planning processes already underway. This includes, but is not limited to, the development of the City of Whitehorse’s new Official Community Plan — Whitehorse 2040 — the development of the Yukon University campus master plan, and the Łu Zil Män Fish Lake local area plan.”

He said the government “will continue to work with the affected parties to discuss the park’s development and ways to ensure the environmental protection of McIntyre Creek moving forward.”

Comments (16)

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Vinny on Apr 25, 2022 at 9:07 pm

Build a park and then put a road through from the circle on Mountainview and out by the KK. The Community needs this park and also the road. It could be done with minimal environment encroachment and a truly useful park that could be enjoyed made in this area.

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Mitch Holder on Apr 21, 2022 at 1:11 pm

Thanks Groucho, I found a link on Facebook last night (though I don't use it), I will certainly look them up, provided they don't hate me for speaking my mind already, even though such attitudes bely their own discrimination and often prove my points.

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Groucho d'North on Apr 21, 2022 at 9:12 am

@Mitch Holder
If the original Friends are no longer organized I suspect there will be another group formed to take up the charge in short order. Nothing gets built -either park or housing without some level of protest.

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North_of_60 on Apr 20, 2022 at 8:32 pm

Create a half kilometer wide no-development zone on each side of McIntyre Creek and turn the rest of the area off the end of Pine Street into housing lots.

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Mitch Holder on Apr 20, 2022 at 3:06 pm

@ Groucho d'North - does this group still exist and do you think they would be interested in signing a petition?

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Resident on Apr 20, 2022 at 2:21 pm

There are serious concerns about overlapping jurisdiction if an official Territorial Park is established within city limits. Roads, utility corridors, any development will likely require Cabinet approval. If the Mayor and Premier are having a spat, good luck getting anything done.

Whitehorse has enough traffic issues without adding a chokepoint literally down the middle of the city.

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Anie on Apr 20, 2022 at 2:12 pm

The plan is for a park - just a lot of empty undeveloped space, protecting the area. How the heck can you call that "development". Gheesh, some people oppose everything. And to the people who consider it their personal off leash park - do you pick up the poop? Nah, didn't think so. How about we ban domestic pets from our new park? That ought to get a protest going.

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Groucho d'North on Apr 20, 2022 at 11:17 am

This would be a good case study on the inability of governments to get things done. I recall back in 2000 when the Porter Creek subdivision D proposal was all in the news. All the no-development crowd protested against more housing but rather to turn the area into a park. Here we are 22 years later and nothing has happened other than the greater need for new housing lots. There is a lot more litter and dog waste along the creek shore lines but that's about it. Oh I forgot, the Friends of MacIntyre Creek group was also formed. 22 Years!

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David Griffiths on Apr 20, 2022 at 11:12 am

Seriously Yukon Party? You would support the rights of someone to operate a mine within city limits at the expense of destroying a gem of natural beauty, a critical wildlife corridor and an invaluable habitat? Shame on you.

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Remember what the Yukon Party values are on Apr 20, 2022 at 11:05 am

Staking a claim does not give anyone the right to blow things up and destroy wetlands until they get a permit to do so.

The Yukon Party makes me sick with their continued utter disregard for the interests of the ecosystem, biodiversity, and the rights of anyone else when it comes to industrializing our wilderness.

This is a big reminder of their arrogance and disregard for nature and the values of the general public with the Peel. It shows me that the YP still cannot be trusted. No surprise with Curry Dixon at the helm. I remember him mocking people who were volunteering their time and energy to protect the Peel. He was an arrogant piece of work and I never forgot it. Things apparently haven't changed, even if Yvonne Clarke is the new mouthpiece for destruction of wetlands inside city limits.

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Mitch Holder on Apr 20, 2022 at 10:00 am

As promised. If you disagree with this development, please sign my petition and share.


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Mitch Holder on Apr 20, 2022 at 9:42 am

Just went for a walk there with the pup last night after reading this article. If you have been up there, you KNOW there is already more than enough going on for the area. I condemn any further projects in this protected zone and will not rest until the city backs off! Anybody else feeling that? Will be putting together a petition this morning, I will share a link later today.

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Just Sayin' on Apr 20, 2022 at 8:48 am

And here I thought they were talking about a playground in the McIntyre Creek area...

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bonanzajoe on Apr 19, 2022 at 4:51 pm

BnR, Why not? They paid for it, they maintained it at their expense, they paid the taxes. Why shouldn't they be reimbursed? Everybody else gets to. And how much do you you think the FN will get, since they claim this is on their cultural land?

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BnR on Apr 19, 2022 at 2:34 pm

But.....the miners!!
Whatabout the miners?
In typical Yukon Party fashion, she’ll be advocating for yet another pile of cash to the mining industry.

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Nathan Living on Apr 19, 2022 at 1:49 pm

The GY should manage all the new City regional Parks, GY is so much more professional.

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