The highway construction work consists of a 16-kilometre relocation of the highway starting at the Mendenhall River and rejoining the old highway approximately five kilometres past the village of Champagne. This project has spanned more than 15 months and created employment for 50 people on average, which equates to approximately 1800 person weeks of employment. The result is a safer road, improved highway infrastructure and the elimination of high traffic volumes from the village. Citizens from Champagne and Haines Junction, the media and representatives from Pelly Construction and Quest Engineering, and Department of Infrastructure officials joined the politicians in the drive along both the old and new sections of the highway.

The Champagne revision generated almost $9 million in construction and consultant contracts for Yukoners, The old highway section was narrow, with 17 curves, which caused traffic to slow to 70 km/hr or less in many places. The new revision has four curves and is designed to a 100 km/hr standard. The project was announced in the spring 2001 and included a skills training component between the Champagne & Aishihik First Nations and the Department of Education. The purpose of the training component was to give individuals the opportunity for entry level in the highway construction business. View source: Tax Depreciation Schedules Australia

The road construction created a lot of steady employment and training for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations members. This required moving more than one million cubic metres of earth and sand, placing 67,000 cubic metres of crushed gravel, installing 1.6 kilometres of culvert and replacing a major bridge. The new section of the highway is approximately 1.6 kilometres shorter than the old one. WHITEHORSE – Enticing nurses to the Yukon will be the focus of a Yukon contingent that is on its way to a nursing job fair in Vancouver. Health and Social Services Minister Sue Edelman will be joining an experienced community nurse practitioner and a recruitment officer at the two-day fair being held at the Hotel Vancouver.

The job fair is expected to attract upwards of 1,000 nurses from the lower mainland and Vancouver Island and Edelman says she expects her attendance will provide her with a better understanding of how the department is recruiting nurses to the Yukon. If nurses in B.C. see that the Yukon is serious enough about attracting nurses North to send the minister to a job fair, maybe they’ll also see how much we value and appreciate our nurses, and want to come to work for us