March 2017

WHITEHORSE—Four ideas from five Yukon innovators have been shortlisted for the 2017 Yukon Innovation Prize. The finalists will each receive $10,000 to further develop their idea and compete for the grand prize of $60,000.

WHITEHORSE—Two members of the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) will be at Yukon College next week to give a public talk on research ethics and provide training to the College’s Research Ethics Board (REB).

Dr. Sharon Freitag directs the research ethics office at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Dr. Rachel Zand directs the research ethics office at the University of Toronto.

“Training in research ethics sets the standards for responsible conduct in human research. It focusses researchers on the need to be accountable to the public and contribute to the good of society as a whole,” said Freitag. “While one might think that these principles are intuitive, history has shown us that continuous education and training is needed.”

Clint Sawicki, Interim Vice President Research at the College said research ethics has grown to encompass more than just clinical medical trials.

WHITEHORSE— A schedule for the 2017 YC Kids Camp program can now be seen online at There will be 29 camps held this summer exploring science, technology and trades for kids and youth aged 5-13.

Registration is expected to open in early April. Parents are encouraged to use the online program information to plan their child’s summer camp schedule and to sign up for the e-newsletter for upcoming details on how and when to register.

All camps are $249 plus GST, or $200 plus GST for short weeks. In 2016, Yukon College’s Ayamdigut and community campuses hosted 544 youth in 29 programs.

WHITEHORSE— Teslin will become a trendsetter this week, when the Yukon College campus there delivers a nine-day program teaching students how to harvest wood chips and install biomass boilers. By program’s end, those boilers will heat 10 buildings, including Teslin Community School, the Lands office, and a number of rental units.

“Many Yukon communities will look to Teslin in the future because they are going to be the leaders here for this type of technology,” said Stephen Mooney, Director of Cold Climate Innovation at the Yukon Research Centre, which is collaborating on the program with Teslin Tlingit Council (TTC) and the Government of Yukon’s Energy Solutions Centre (ESC). “Teslin is taking care of a resource that is renewable. This allows the community to be independent and in control of its energy needs.”