Mr. Leef, do you have something to say?

Mr. Leef:
I heard you talking this morning on CBC radio at length about something very few Yukoners are discussing… mixed martial arts. What a waste of air time, what a waste of an opportunity. We Yukoners are talking about the China Investment Treaty, and we are talking about fracking. We are talking about your leader’s new omnibus bill. You knew we’d be talking about those things, you understand that the real issues are what concern us here and yet you avoid any opportunity to open the dialogue with us and instead of addressing the genuine concerns of your thoughtful constituency you talked about MMA… we don’t care about MMA.
We do care about our country, and our sovereignty and about the sneaky way that Mr. Harper keeps trying to trick us into swallowing dirty legislation.
You won’t likely have a second term and I’m sure you know it… perhaps that’s why you are so concerned about making sure you get your single issue dealt with this term. You are an invisible MP. I know you’ve been invited to many events where you simply haven’t appeared. I know a lot of Yukoners have waited to hear you speak about all these important issues. Instead, when we finally hear your voice, it’s about the one issue that moves you. MMA. How disappointing.
I hope you read the letter attached above, sent to Mr. Harper and ignored. I hope you make use of the many opportunities afforded you to communicate with your constituency in a meaningful way. I know we will listen with interest.
Ranting Raver

Poverty & Homelessness Action Week October 15th to October 19th, 2012

October 15th – 21st, 2012

For immediate release

Poverty and Homelessness Action Week

Poverty and Homelessness Action Week (PHAW) 2012 is almost here. From Monday October 15th to Friday October 19th, the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition (YAPC) has planned numerous events and is inviting all community members to participate in any way they can.

In addition to our daily events we invite you to walk down Main Street to see the Guerilla Photography exhibit, browse the books and reports on display at the Whitehorse Library, and check out the beautiful images up at the Yukon Arts Centre. Support the CBC Sock Drive by dropping off new socks to the CBC office lobby and share the warmth by giving a warm winter coat to the Coast Mountain Share the Warmth campaign.

And, we will provide a box for donated Food Bank items at all of our events.

The following activities are planned for each of the different days of the week – each day focuses on a different issue related to poverty and homelessness.

Monday October 15, 2012: Mind the Gap

Poverty and Homelessness “Mind the Gap” Snapshot Update

The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition will hold a press conference to begin Poverty and Homelessness Action Week with a snap-shot of statistics and information on what we know about poverty and homelessness in our community. Have we moved forward this past year in closing “gaps” and decreasing poverty and homelessness?

When: Monday October 17th, 10:00 am

Where: Welcome to Whitehorse sign at Millennium Trail near Robert Service Campground, Whitehorse

Contact: Kristina Craig, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, 334.9317 or
Tracey Wallace, PHAW Coordinator, 335.4054


Tuesday October 16, 2012: World Food Day

Let’s Talk About Food Security

Come for lunch, conversation and learning on World Food Day.

Please RSVP to Tracey Wallace at

Tuesday October 16th, 12:00 noon

Where: Francophone Centre, 302 Strickland Street

Contact: Kristina Craig, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, 334.9317 or
Tracey Wallace, PHAW Coordinator, 335.4054 or
Stephen Dunbar-Edge, Whitehorse Food Bank, 3932.265


Wednesday October 17, 2012: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Outreach Van Tour
The Outreach Van provides vital services to street-involved people who are at risk. Come and talk to
the people who work on the van, and learn how the van supports people in our community.

When: Wednesday October 17th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Main Street (cnr 3rd and Main), at the Clock

Contact: Beckie Huston, Outreach Van Coordinator, 667.2970 x 240 / 334.1650


Speaking Event: Now’s the Time: The case for leadership and collaboration in ending poverty
Rob Rainer of Canada Without Poverty will be in Whitehorse as a special guest speaker for Poverty and Homelessness Action Week. Rob will speak about the pressing need for leadership and collaboration in ending poverty in Yukon.

When: Wednesday October 17th, 2012, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Sacred Heart Cathedral, CYO Hall, cnr 4th and Steele

Contact: Kristina Craig, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, 334.9317 or
Tracey Wallace, PHAW Coordinator, 335.4054


Thursday October 18, 2012: Dignity

Whitehorse Connects
Whitehorse Connects is an opportunity for those who are homeless, living in poverty or among the working poor to come together on a given day for a range of health and human services they may not otherwise access.

When: Thursday October 18th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Old Fire Hall, 1st and Main St

Contact: Kim Winnicky

Friday October 19, 2012: Building Community

Linking Hands along the Millennium Trail
Come and join your community in linking hands to “Close the Gap”.

When: Friday October 19th, 12:00 pm

Where: Meet at the SS Klondike, to link hands along the Millennium Trail

Contact: Tracey Wallace, PHAW Coordinator, 335.4054 or Scott Carlson, BYTE, 667.7975


Blood Ties Four Directions Open House
Come and meet the Blood Ties staff, learn about their important programs and how they are making a difference in our community.

When: Friday October 19th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Blood Ties Four Directions, 307 Strickland Street

Contact: Heather Ashthorne, Blood Ties, 633.2437 x 25