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Dr. Brendan Hanley and Community Services Minister John Streicker

Territory’s state of emergency extended

The Yukon government has extended the territory’s state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Gabrielle Plonka on September 10, 2020

The Yukon government has extended the territory’s state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to be clear that extending the state of emergency does not indicate any change in the risk of COVID to Yukoners, and it may be cancelled any time,” Community Services Minister John Streicker told a media briefing Wednesday afternoon.

“However, as long as the pandemic continues to pose a risk to the health, safety and livelihoods of Yukoners, we may continue to extend it until other options become available.”

The extension of the public health emergency, which was implemented last March 27, allows the government to continue enforcing self-isolation and other COVID-19 rules under the Civil Emergency Measures Act.

This is the third time the state of emergency has been extended. The last 90-day extension was announced in June and had been set to expire Thursday.

Streicker conceded that the Civil Emergency Measures Act is “pretty out of date” and leaves little wiggle room for the government to implement COVID-19 enforcement outside of maintaining the state of emergency.

“There are definitely things that need to be improved in the legislation,” Streicker said.

“Today, what we need to do is focus on how to support and keep Yukoners safe ... I’m happy to have conversations about how we can improve the legislation over time.”

Streicker also announced the repeal of five ministerial orders. They have been deemed no longer necessary in the current pandemic situation.

The property tax relief order, which extended the deadline to pay property taxes until Sept 2, has been repealed because that deadline has now passed. 

The remote cannabis sales order, which permitted online cannabis sales at Yukon dispensaries, has also been repealed.

Streicker said his department will look at permanently implementing online cannabis sales outside of the emergency order.

The self-isolation exception for those travelling into the Yukon for traditional activities because of treaty rights has also been repealed. Streicker said this order is no longer necessary now that the border is open to the other territories and B.C.

Virtual commissioning, signing and witnessing of legal documents is no longer allowed. 

Deputy ministers are no longer permitted to amend government contracts.

Streicker said this order was issued to accommodate a “nimble response to the pandemic” but today’s more stable situation means a return to regular management procedures.

The driver medical order, which exempted drivers over 70 years of age from having to submit a medical examination certificate if required, will expire in 90 days from Thursday.

Several orders under the emergency remain in place. Those include self-isolation requirements, residential eviction protection and some extended timelines for businesses to meet compliance requirements.

Dr. Brendan Hanley, the territory’s chief medical officer, told the briefing the state of emergency needs to remain in place as the seasons change and the pandemic’s future remains largely unknown.

“We really don’t know what lays ahead of us, and we need to respond quickly in the event that some unexpected event does happen,” Hanley said.

The Yukon will remain stationary in its reopening plan, he added, as his office watches climbing COVID-19 case numbers in others parts of Canada.

Hanley’s office is working on guidelines for contact sports and wind instruments in schools.

“We are only a few people, the same team working on guidance for return to schools, return to sports, return to worship, use of non-medical masks, are the ones working on how to put a pandemic orchestra together,” said Hanley, who himself plays an instrument.

“We don’t make our decisions lightly – we review the evidence, look at the plans of other jurisdictions and weigh the risk.”

Comments (26)

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Groucho d'North on Sep 15, 2020 at 10:02 am

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

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Josey Wales on Sep 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm

Hey STD...you flared up on this, your favorite topic.
Wow, just wow!
I say why stop at age old land claims/grievances just after "neighbors" arrive at Pre Contact Disney.

Geez so "diversified" the elites are after, they must be just shredded with "strength". Remember their handlers mantra..."diversity is our strength"
Seems right from day one those LIBERAL windbags lied to the alleged hosts of this campground. Fire water and shiny beads have been replaced with cash and many other "free" things you call rent...and seems like it still works you buy it.

The folks at BLM might even agree...
Western colonial science types years ago figured out continental drift.
North America was "stolen" by science after it split Pangaea.
We need reparations for Africa and Europe.
Before TFW..much (not all) commerce used slaves historically, many outta the "continent" of Africa.
They updated the pay, better plantations with (in Canada) TFW...but human trafficking never ended.

As stated why stop at just the last ice melt, let us go Waaaaaaaaaay back and give it all back to Africa and Europe.
Science stole this continent from Pangaea, I owe nothing.
Maybe we needs mobs too...enforcing our "feelings" via violence and complete anarchy.

But I know I can never mitigate the spread of other STD like issues here, had to chime in.
Revisionists and their state sanctioned delusion.
Fact...if we (evil whitey) were not here ever in "Turtle Island"
You would be speaking German, maybe Japanese or some dialect outta the sand box of love and peace.
Your welcome...lest you forget...again.

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Silver Tongued Devil on Sep 13, 2020 at 10:16 pm

At JC - Absolutely, if you damage the hotel room you stay in you will be required to cover the damages even though you do not own the room. You damage a rental car... same thing.

Because the land has been damaged and a way of life destroyed you are required to cover the costs. You can think of your taxes as the down payment on the reparations you will pay in compensation.

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Appreciative Yukoner on Sep 13, 2020 at 3:29 am

Just a fantastic job with this pandemic being done by your Yukon Liberals and Dr. Hanley's small team.

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JC on Sep 12, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Silver tongued devil: Guests? How come we're paying all the taxes and giving so much to the owners of the land and country and getting nothing in return but anger, judgment and demands?

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Groucho d'North on Sep 12, 2020 at 9:28 am

All for the Yukon is being decided in Ottawa as it has been since this began.
Roll over Sandy - g'boy!

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JohnW on Sep 11, 2020 at 9:17 pm

There is no "emergency" this is just another lame attempt to hold on to autocratic power. These LIBs have seen what it's like to have a dictatorship and they don't want to give it up.

End this sham, re-convene the Legislature, and return to democratic representative government.
The unjustified Paternalistic "We Know What's Best for You" autocracy must stop.

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Silver Tongued Devil on Sep 11, 2020 at 8:50 pm

Actually - Justsayin - Because it is their land it is their country... The whole kit and kaboodle and all non-First Nation persons are simply guests.

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Lost In the Yukon on Sep 11, 2020 at 6:28 pm

This has gone way past any sense of reasonableness ... this is a person who happens to have medical degree and with an apparent god-complex and a Government that is leaderless destroying the Yukon.

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JC on Sep 11, 2020 at 5:09 pm

Josey Wales: Good one. And so true.

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justsayin' on Sep 11, 2020 at 2:35 pm

@silver tongued devil
Their land not their country. The country was created by colonialists.

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Wilf Carter on Sep 11, 2020 at 11:49 am

Federal health minister stated on CTV that the liberals knew in December 2019 about CV19 and did nothing until late March 2020. Also let planes fly into Canada with many cases on it of CV19. So Canadians became sick and some died because the lack of action of our federal liberal government!!!!

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DMZ on Sep 10, 2020 at 11:01 pm

They should stop saying they can end it sooner if they want. It's insulting. It's obvious they won't lift the emergency order one second earlier than when the total shame of the self-serving exercise is driven home to them. One thing that should be changed in the law is the three-month timeline. Way too long. Or stop calling it "emergency" legislation, because when you're going into nine months under it, I can't see how that meets the definition of an emergency.

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Silver Tongued Devil on Sep 10, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Dear My Opinion - It’s their country not yours.

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Josey Wales on Sep 10, 2020 at 10:22 pm

Hey MO...yes...yes you did, read that right.
There are no words I can use here to illustrate my POV on just that angle.
Our Liberal blowholes for decades have been building this race matrix, very very dangerous...and germs are not even factored in my loathing of it.
Identity politics is a cancer that needs serious radiation.

The POS that slayed Charlie? Well he has a sorta gun ban AFTER killing another human. Imagine eh MO, a cultural elite CONVICTED of manslaughter HAS an exemption in his "ten year gun ban" to hunt "traditionally" or for employment?

Off the charts stupid and so very politically dangerous!! like Metric Democrats, those Liberal idiots NEED turmoil, chaos and race division WHY IS THIS SO So HARD for folks to grasp....division, race riots and selective subjugation 100%

Yes the Liberals are insane, as are the many IDIOTS that think that is a good choice.
And if you love Identity Politics? You can ki*s my WHITE ass.

Seems MO, you and I might be on the same page today...good on us.
Better than division and bickering IMO

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Kathy on Sep 10, 2020 at 8:55 pm

I would be far more interested in knowing from whom Hanley is gleaning expert advise as he makes these executive decisions, than I am knowing he thinks of himself as a musician. It’s irrelevant and not even interesting. What would be both relevant and interesting is knowing whose expert advice Hanley has sought.

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JC on Sep 10, 2020 at 8:31 pm

When are the Liberal dictators going to open the Legislation so the opposition parties can question the Lieberals on their policies? The Federal, Provincial and Territory Lieberals seem to have a plan to implement 1984 on all of Canada. Time to get very worried. And maybe the Lieberals better start getting worried, because history teaches that this kind of dictatorial behaviour breeds insurrection. But for some reason, the leftist socialists have a big problem learning history.

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Better off getting ahead on east hastings on Sep 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm

We are in a containment bubble with B.C.? LOL
One of the poorest provinces for Covid response?

Didn't Streiker just go on Vacation? Really serious times when you can take time off.

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Matthew on Sep 10, 2020 at 5:37 pm

Record number of Covid cases in BC for 1 day today... classic! Funny how BC is deemed "safe"!
Also too funny how a "outbreak" started at a Walmart in Edmonton. That means MANDATORY masks DON'T work...


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Matthew on Sep 10, 2020 at 5:31 pm

Stop claiming you want to talk to us, and see how we're actually doing. You need to stop listening to the murderous UN and WHO! These organizations (UNELECTED) also want to come door to door and take temperatures, have a high temp you get dragged out of your home, kids or parents!! Look it up people! We have been taken over by the UN and it needs to stop!

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 10, 2020 at 4:55 pm

There is NO data that support extending the Emergency Act. That Act suspends ALL civil liberties. Already sheeple are accepting a government telling them where they can go, how to dress, who they can interact with. They are looking at item and food rationing in our stores, (that is what 1 to a customer is) and saying, well this way everyone can have some. Until eventually, no one has any.
Sheeple are accepting classrooms that are going to create a generation of monsters. School, besides reading and writing, teaches social interaction, group and team work. Now? don't touch anyone, don't trust anyone, call the RCMP and report your parents, (will that include sex without a mask? i.e. Dr. Teresa Tam) No play time, 6 feet away from everyone because that other little kid could kill you if he's sick. A generation of socio paths, as if the millenials are not bad enough. Where is the end? When we are going to jail for not keeping a 6 pm curfew? Fined thousands of dollars for going to a friends house? There are NO cases in the Yukon. But the government has given itself the right to suspend elections, to maintain power without debate, in fact, to imprison everyone. That they don't do it, doesn't mean they won't. Personally, I think the push back in other jurisdictions should be considered. Be safe? yes. Be stupid? I guess so.

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Wilf Carter on Sep 10, 2020 at 4:52 pm

What about the US people driving around COW like nothing is going on. One was coming out of Copper Ridge, another was in downtown area. Two on highway going north.

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Nathan Living on Sep 10, 2020 at 3:47 pm

If the conservatives get into power federally they will cut and trim government spending.
The covid deficit will be treated seriously and transfer payments to Yukon will be cut back.

Our high paying job haven will catch up with the rest of the country. Sure, call it an emergency but get job creation programs going.

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My Opinion on Sep 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

Right from the very beginning Pot Stores have been considered Essential. While Doctors, Dentists, Barbers, small businesses of all kinds were not. It was only a couple of years ago that Pot was illegal now it is essential.

Liberalism has gone crazy. The Government will pick the winners and losers based on WHAT?????

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My Opinion on Sep 10, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Did I read that correctly????

"The self-isolation exception for those travelling into the Yukon for traditional activities because of treaty rights has also been repealed. Streicker said this order is no longer necessary now that the border is open".

So you mean to tell me because of the Indian Act they have been freely traveling for cultural reasons while the rest of us can't because it is unsafe and endangers others? OMG double standard or what.

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Josey Wales on Sep 10, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Awesome..more instructions from a doctor and a former City of Whitehorse political morphed to Liberal political blowhole. Hence the chronic wail of NEVER underestimating a civic blowhole.
More subjugation of our citizens ...cuz fear?

Apparently someones freedom ends when someone else..gets scared.
I say our Doc/Premier...gets a Liberal appointment within the next two years.
If it is that bad..SEAL 100% our borders, no people, no goods, no PC Crusader passes, no F/A...watertight!!!

If you think this sh*t can carry on any further without CONCRETE facts (zero liberal sh*tspin) presented?
You are really stupid.

Keep pushing all ya authoritarian junkies, whilst importing epic 3rd world.
Funny how a gun grab and a new rule book for "the peasants" appear...hmmm.
Enforcers everywhere "just doing my job" asking for papers...hhhmmm?
Stickers identifying "outsiders"...like yellow stars near 80 years back.

And our National leader, a flaming socialist with his "big plans" also has questionable genes IMO...just like the crazy Austrian.
Terms like education camps being used...hmmm?
Kung Flu aside, seems like we are very much on the precipice of a history repeat.

Seems like stalling the economy, subjugating us, using mobs of cancel culture freaks as Liberal foot soldiers (no intended disrespect of actual soldiers) acting as Orcs...is a great way to Grease in the NWO.
Dog whistle of the NWO is "the new normal", reject it at any cost.

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