Whitehorse Daily Star

Officials recommend help for Yukon Cares

City administration is recommending city council approve a $4,978 grant for Yukon Cares to support two new immigrant families scheduled to arrive here later this month or in September.

By Whitehorse Star on August 4, 2022

City administration is recommending city council approve a $4,978 grant for Yukon Cares to support two new immigrant families scheduled to arrive here later this month or in September.

The recommendation is scheduled to be back in front of council for a vote at the coming Monday’s meeting.

Yukon Cares is an independent grassroots organization responding to the global refugee crisis through education, advocacy and resettlement of refugees in the Yukon, says the administrative report provided to council.

The report notes a family of six will be arriving from Eritrea and a family of two will be arriving from Pakistan.

The grant is needed to provide the families wth transit passes for one year at a cost of $4,632 and 10-day punch card admissions to the Canada Games Centre at a cost of $346.

Since the inception of Yukon Cares in 2016, the city has provided the organization with just over $7,500 to access city services, says the report.

It says Yukon Cares welcomes and supports refugees so they are more empowered and engaged citizens.

Yukon Cares has supported 25 individuals since 2016.

Comments (16)

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MITCH on Aug 11, 2022 at 9:19 am

Apparently there is less than 100 dollars left for domestic or municipal charity, did I read that wrong this week? There was an Afghani family in the CBC recently who was saying they felt that the charity being given them was far too much and implied some capitalism on the part of the people organizing it. Yeah, we get that, it is obvious.

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melba on Aug 10, 2022 at 4:27 pm

Riding the bus should be free anyway, given the fact that they are running around empty half the time. At least get some people onto them. And also considering how much is spent and sacrificed creating more infrastructure for cars.

What is a 10 punch card going to do for these people?!

I think this is a nonsensical request for funds. It's just one arm of the government earmarking money for two government funded entities that are big time money losers, so I see it as 'no new money spent' anyway. I'm surprised they went to all this bother for less than 5000 bucks.

Anyway, I hope the families settle in quickly and get to work contributing to, and participating in, their new community

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Groucho d'North on Aug 9, 2022 at 3:55 pm

Mr. Pillai was recently attending a meeting of his Housing minister cohort with Mr. Hussen the federal minister of Housing and Immigration- odd how these two responsibilities are under one minister - As I queried before, are the feds providing any supports for these people they are delivering to the provinces and territories? Or are they just dropped here to fend for themselves and burden the territorial and now municipal governments? Why is this information never included in media reports or press releases from the federal Liberal government?

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BnR on Aug 5, 2022 at 3:18 pm

Arby, you must not be a Yukoner…..
The only people I’ve heard of who don’t have a home are the dead beats and substance abuse cases.
Get a job eh.

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Arby on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm

The city administration needs to be fired for recommending this when there are dozens if not hundreds of YUKONERS with no place to call home! Shame on you people!..I for one have been looking for an affordable place for myself for months and these people are just going to be given a house?
If Yc or the city actually cared they would find another way to fund this and should use our tax dollars to support Yukoners first.
Affordable housing, opioid epidemic, addictions in general should have more priority here!

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 5, 2022 at 11:36 am

Another thought about this..I chose NOT to donate my money to CARES when they were fundraising. Now the CoW council is forcing me to donate by taking my tax money and giving it to an NGO that could not raise enough money to make their commitments. I resent the Council for choosing who my charitable donations would go to. Give me a tax receipt for that $4,632. That donation is NOT City money to spend how they choose. It's taxpayer money.

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Josey Wales on Aug 4, 2022 at 9:31 pm

Hey Juniper...espousing logic as you did may get ya on a no fly list.
After they run your opinion through the SJW trans...lator?
They will find you have unacceptable views, socially shame you and may even seize your funds for entertaining the extreme far right radical ideology. CRA May come haunt you, absolutely the state broadcaster will, the blue haired pachyderms May herd up and stomp you with zero repercussions etc. If so I will see you in the gulags, sleuth who ya are and chat for real about the before times alright?

Juniper did ya know Dr. Hook did a remake of Gertrude the groupie?
Yeah I think it’s called Margret the groupie.
About a Canadian tramp in the early seventies whom spawned a demon with false lineage. Tricked her sugar daddy hubby into a big tale, demon grew, demon became a dicktator.
I think the point of the song is a warning about the butterfly effect Margret the groupie had on the world post her coining 23 & me before it ironically became a DNA depository
Juniper, please never stop...carry on.

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Matthew on Aug 4, 2022 at 9:11 pm

Let;s start looking after Canadians first, tax paying Canadians.. it's NOT affordable in Yukon! They'll leave very quickly when they find out Pakistan was more affordable!

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bonanzajoe on Aug 4, 2022 at 8:41 pm

Right now Canadians need help. Let's look after our own first. Did or will City council or the government check out the bank accounts of these immigrants? Maybe they have enough to support themselves. Government gave financial help to several other immigrants a few years ago and shortly after they arrived some bought out the entire taxi business. I had one living near me who owned 5 cabs. And he only arrived about 5 years before - on social assistance. So, governments should not be such a hurry to give immigrants financial help when they have enough themselves.
By the way, who runs Yukon Cares? Let's see a list of the administrators, their credentials and their pictures. City Council better identify them before giving them tax payers money. I still want to know why City Council gave several thousands of dollars a few years ago to a certain religious group to build a mosque. I know a Christian group that would like donations to build a church. Would City council offer the same amount to them? I think I already know the answer to that.

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vlad on Aug 4, 2022 at 7:16 pm

It's interesting when you drive downtown and see the shattered families walking the streets that are in desperate need of care/food/lodging etc., yet we feel we should throw monies at people coming here from other countries. Isn't that was social services is for?

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The nature of evil has prevailed and it practices the black art of Liberalism… on Aug 4, 2022 at 6:44 pm

Absolutely agreed Juniper Jackson on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:08 pm:

What kind of a government deliberately starves and impoverishes the people it is supposed to care for and then says - Truckit, let’s bring some more people into the country?

What kind of government creates chaos and division amongst its own citizens and then says - Truckit, let’s bring some more people into the country?

What kind of a government locks down its citizens, removes their fundamental rights to bodily integrity, and injects them by force of coercion and then says - Truckit, let’s bring some more people into the country and disobligate them from the same requirements?

What kind of a government calls it’s citizens raycist, privileged, entitled, and then says - Truckit, and then takes their money crippling their ability to maintain a decent quality of life while giving their money to others?

What kind of a government gives millions to a terrorist, puts violent, drug dealing, gang-banging, murdering criminals back out on the street then says - Truckit, and arrests, detains, and then re-detains a ‘protester’ in non-violent charges in jail while committing several errors in law?

What kind of a government repeatedly offends the rule of law, commits ethical violations against its people, displaces democratic processes for despotic ones, while shutting down industry for the benefit and profit of communistic societies who seek dominance over democratic ones and then says - Truckit, let’s put more pressure on the citizenry, increase taxes, more taxes?

The answer is not a fascist, communist, dictatorial, or Liberal one - It is an illegitimate one.

What kind of a person condones, supports or enables this illegitimate government - It is the kind of person who voted for Trudeau twice! A person that Canada cannot endure .

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Charlie's Aunt on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:52 pm

OK so bus passes could be a donation in kind, likewise CGC, but I have to ask why do new immigrants need passes to CGC when that is a luxury item for many locals?

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:08 pm

Why are we doing this instead of looking after our own first. We should not be bringing in people from other countries as long as we have food banks and our own homeless and living on the streets.

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Josey Wales on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:08 pm

Awesome more money laundering SJW style, more human trafficking SJW style...lovely.
When all the homeless veterans are housed, then I might have some concern.
Till then, not so much.

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John on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:48 pm

No is the answer. I am not opposed to Yukon Cares, but we need to resist using taxpayer funds to give to them to assist someone else,

YC if you want these funds reach out into the community and ask for it as a donation. Do a Go Fund Me drive as an example. How about a bingo, raffle tickets, et al. Be creative and don't use the governments in the Yukon as your choice. This is not their role. NGO's for the most part need to be self-reliant, community based and innovative to reach their goals.

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Mr Facts on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:05 pm

Housing shortage anyone?

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