What do I need?

You need a piece of picture ID that  includes your birthdate and your current address [i.e. your Driver’s Licence].

If you don’t have photo ID, there’s a solution: bring two documents that
show your name and address (with at least one showing your age) to the
polling station. For example, a Health Care Card with a cable or electric
bill would work.
If your ID only shows a post office box for an address, please bring a phone, electric, cable or other service bill to prove you are living at your current address.

Where do I go?

Your friendly, neighborhood polling stations. Any one!

  • Vanier Secondary School Small Gym Downtown
  • YG Main Administration Building (poll closes at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
  • City Hall [Second Avenue Foyer]
  • Transportation Museum
  • Copper Ridge Place (Campfire Canyon Room)
  • Canada Games Centre
  • Yukon College (Room C1530)
  • Porter Creek ChurchHall att he corner of Boxwood and Wann
  • Whistle Bend Place
  • Hospital–Thomson Centre (poll open 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Macaulay Lodge (3:30 to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Corrections Centre (8:00 to 9:30 a.m.)
  • Kwanlin Dün Potlatch House (10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Birch Lodge (1:30 to 3:00 p.m)

So you want to be a City Councillor- Candidates Checklist

  1. Decide which office (mayor or councillor) for which you will seek nomination. Make sure you know what the job entails and the time commitment required. (See pages 10 and 11 of this document)
  2. Ensure that you are a qualified elector (age, citizenship, residency, etc.) and that you are registered as an elector in the City of Whitehorse.
  3. Ensure that you are not disqualified from holding office for any reason. The onus is on you to file a bona fide nomination paper.
  4. Complete the nomination section of the nomination paper
  5. Obtain name and address information and a signature from at least ten qualified electors on your nomination paper.
  6. Complete the “Oath and Consent” portion of the nomination paper.
  7. Complete the part of the nomination paper that requires disclosure of convictions within the past ten years for indictable offences under the Criminal Code for which you have not received a pardon.
  8. If you sign your nomination paper before submitting it to the Returning Officer, ensure that your signature is duly notarized.
  9. Check the City of Whitehorse website at or with staff at City Hall to ensure that you are aware of all key dates and deadlines.
  10. File your nomination paper with the Returning Officer between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on September 27th or by appointment between September 4th and 27th. Papers submitted after the noon deadline on the 27th will be rejected.
  11. Clear your calendar to ensure that, if you ar eelected, you will be available to attend the initial legislative workshops and other sessions necessary to sign on as a member of council as detailed in the information provided for prospective candidates.
  12. Don’t forget to vote

*Document courtesy of the City of Whitehorse

A Vision of Whitehorse*

[*submit by Lewis Rifkind. Do you want to add to the conversation? Email us at]

Here are a few thoughts about how to improve Whitehorse. While the examples chosen are specific to the downtown area, aspects of it could be applied to any part. It is recognized that certain aspects have been discussed (the City Downtown Plan has some very exciting discussion about street closures) it would be nice to see some of them actually adopted.

Pedestrian Parking Space

Let street front restaurants and cafes rent from the City of Whitehorse from mid May to mid September vehicle parking spots. This could be done for a nominal fee to cover the lost parking meter revenue. The Cafe owners would install concrete barriers to protect the parking spot from vehicle traffic that can still use the road. Then, in the space where vehicles use to be able to park the Cafe owners could place tables, chairs, umbrellas etc. This converts the street vehicle parking spot into a pedestrian seating area.

Stopping Flow Through Traffic

Consideration should be given to turning more streets into cul-de-sacs.

Cul-de-sac at the end of Hanson Street

The lack of flow through traffic ensures a quiet streetscape for residents. It can also serve as an informal recreation area for skateboarders, basketball players etc.

Certain intersections could even be diagonally blocked, thus vehicles could only turn left (or right, depending which way the diagonal block is placed). Cyclists and pedestrians would still be able to go straight through. They can be designed and sign-posted to permit emergency vehicles and service vehicles such as snow ploughs to also go straight through.

Example of diagonally blocked intersections

Conversion of Streets to Pedestrians Only

Complete closure of certain short sections of roads would also be nice. For example, portions of Third Avenue could be closed off and turned into plazas. The south side of the Third and Main intersection could be closed from the alleyway between Steel and Main to the actual Main Street roadway (the bit under the Skybridge connecting the Hougens Centre to Shoppers Drug Mart).

This section of third should become a plaza

It would also create at least five more diagonal parking spots along Main Street, more if diagonal parking spots are created where Third now terminates by the alleyway. The closure would pedestrianize a central location, and provide room for multiple food vendor trucks.

Angle Parking

Many streets in the downtown area could be converted to angle from parallel parking. Not only does this create more spots (typically four angle spots can go where two parallel spots previously existed), it also slows traffic down. Yes, the street has to be widened slightly but this is easily accomplished in certain areas. Look at Third Ave and Steele where the NWTel building is. There is a very wide sidewalk that has been asphalted. It would be a simple matter to convert half of the current sidewalk to accommodate angle parking.

Angle Parking
Lots of room for angle parking on Third

Vehicle Noise Bylaw

The no idylling bylaw must be enforced. It’s time for audible emission standards and testing. Bylaw should have the authority to ticket cars with loud or non-working mufflers. It would also be nice to crack down on noisy diesel engines, although it is recognized that might be a Territorial or even a Federal responsibility.

Bicycle Racks

Not only encourage businesses to put in bicycle racks (and decent ones, that can accommodate all sorts of bikes, including the fat tire ones)but also to put in enough of them.

Bike Racks
Decent bicycle rack that can accommodate different styles of bike
Bike Racks II
Overcrowded bicycle rack

[*Article submit by Lewis Rifkind. Do you want to submit an article? Email us at]
























Decent bicycle rack that can accommodate different styles of bike – pic by LR

























Overcrowded bicycle rack and the design might end up bending wheels – pic by LR

Meet the Candidates

Whitehorse’s 2018 Municipal election takes place October 18th, 2018.

The Newbies

Jim Cahill

1982 NDP candidate Jim Cahill

Darrell Hookey

Creator of ‘What’s Up Yukon’ Darrell Hookey


Kim Lisgo

‘Act locally’ Kim Lisgo

Oshea Jephson


Former CKRW City Council reporter Oshea Jephson

Eileen Melnychuk

Local volunteer Eileen Melnychuk

Danny McDonald

Former territorial candidate Danny McDonald

Scott Etches

Local colour Scott Etches

Laura Cabott

Local lawyer Laura Cabott

Leonard Boniface

‘Visionary’ Leonard Boniface


Steve Roddick

“Young progressive” Steve Roddick

David Laxton

“Not guilty” David Laxton

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Cory Adams

Coyote Video owner Cory Adams

The Re-runs

Jocelyn Curteanu

Incumbent City Councillor Jocelyn Curteanu

Dan Boyd

Incumbent City Councillor Dan Boyd

Roslyn Woodcock

Incumbent City Councillor Rosyln Woodcock

Mike Gladish

Former City Councillor Mike Gladish

Jan Stick

Former City Councillor Jan Stick

Samson Hartland

Inumbent Councillor Samson Hartland

Betty Irwin

Incumbent ‘straight shooter’ Betty Irwin

Mayoral Candidates

Kelly Suits

‘In the trenches” Kelley Suites

Colin Laforme

Bylaw office Colin Laforme

Dan Curtis

Incumbent Dan Curtis

Wilf Carter

Frequent ‘Letter to the Editor’ contributor Wilf Carter

Rick Karp

Former president of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce Rick Karp