February 2017

Yukon College now offers level-four electrician apprentice training

WHITEHORSE— Electrician apprentices no longer have to leave the territory to complete training.

For the first time since the program launched more than 20 years ago, the College is now offering level-four electrical – the final level required to gain Red Seal certification.

Jeff Wolosewich, Department Head at the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining School of Trades, Technology and Mining, said that until now students had to travel Outside to complete the 12-week training.  

“Normally they go to Alberta to finish,” said Wolosewich. “Twelve weeks away in a new place can be hard if you have kids and a family.”

For JayJ Flynn, it would have been more than hard – it would have been impossible. 

Flynn’s partner is eight months pregnant with the couple’s first child. At the same time, he is completing his level four. Relocating to attend the Northern or Southern Alberta Institute of Technology was out of the question for him.

Renewable energy is the focus of upcoming Arctic Entrepreneurship workshop

WHITEHORSE—Over 50 people from Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories and the lower 48 states will convene in Whitehorse for The Future of Arctic Entrepreneurship Symposium on Friday, March 3 and Saturday March 4.

Innovators, experts, community members, scholars and policy makers will share best-practice examples of current Arctic renewable energy projects. They will also devise funding and policy solutions that will help small Northern communities move away from diesel and towards renewable energy security.

“We want community members to learn more about the challenges and benefits of integrating different energy systems and then return to champion energy innovation in their community,” said Stephen Mooney, director, Cold Climate Innovation (CCI) at Yukon College.

Yukon College to host 30th Annual Yukon/Stikine Regional Science Fair

WHITEHORSE— For three decades, students from across the Yukon and Stikine region of B.C. have gathered to present their scientific explorations. This year’s action will take place at Yukon College on Saturday, February 18.

The 10 schools represented include Holy Family, St. Elias in Haines Junction, Takhini Elementary, Christ the King, Del Van Gorder in Faro, Jack Hulland, Whitehorse Elementary, Home Educators, Kluane in Destruction Bay, and F.H. Collins.

The 76 projects on display were chosen from among 300 projects at individual school fairs to advance to this regional competition.  

Though the event features entries from grades four through 12, students from grade seven to 12 will compete for the chance to move on to the Canada-Wide Science Festival in Regina this spring.

Health and wellness is the theme of third $100,000 Yukon Innovation Prize

Whitehorse – Cold Climate Innovation (CCI) of the Yukon Research Centre (YRC) and Government of Yukon’s department of Economic Development have launched the third annual Yukon Innovation Prize (YIP). Yukoners can win up to $70,000 for their innovative product or service relevant to health and wellness.

Innovators first compete for one of four $10,000 prizes which is then used to further develop their idea and provide evidence of its technical and economic viability. The four finalists then submit their refined plans to compete for the grand prize of $60,000 in additional funding to bring their innovation towards commercialization.

Do northerners use the science behind climate change adaptation?

WHITEHORSE— Not everyone reads a 20-page report on climate change with the same enthusiasm they reserve for a new Harry Potter book, but some do.

Meagan Grabowski, a researcher with the Northern Climate ExChange at Yukon College, wanted to know why.

With funding from the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Grabowski and her supervisor, Yukon College adjunct Doug Clark, spent the last year studying community uptake of climate change adaptation research in Yukon.

The pair will present their findings at an hour-long talk, beginning at the College at 10 a.m. on Friday Feb 3. The talk takes place in the North Boardroom at the Yukon Research Centre.

Grabowski’s research involved reviewing Climate Change Adaptation plans from Mayo, Whitehorse, Atlin, and a draft plan from Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.