Yukon Nuggets


The Whitehorse Star Reports in 1984

January 1, 1984 Life-time Yukoners Charlie and Betty Taylor are awarded Commissioner's Awards.
January 3, 1984 Don Branigan becomes mayor of Whitehorse.
January 6, 1984 The Yukon government purchases $1 million worth of riverfront land from the White Pass amd Yukon railway, with the goal of park development.
January 17, 1984 Whitehorse city council decides to build a new arena in Takhini; throwing out plans for renovation of the Jim Light arena.
January 20, 1984 Len and Lillyan Usher are selected Mr. and Mrs. Yukon 1984.
January 27, 1984
 → April 18, 1984
 → August 3, 1984
 → December 21, 1984
Federal government and the Council for Yukon Indians sign the long-delayed land claims agreement-in-principle which will give Indians $620 million over 20 years and 20,000 square kilometres of land (January 27, 1984). April 18, 1984 the federal cabinet approves the Yukon land claims agreement-in-principle, and agrees to several conditions set by the Council for Yukon Indians. August 3, 1980 the land claims talks are stopped: delegates from the 12 Yukon Indian bands voted to re-negotiate. By the end of the year, Indian and Northern Affairs minister David Crombie considers the land claims agreement-in-principle rejected by Yukon Indians (December 21, 1984).
February 27, 1984
 → March 9, 1984
 → December 5, 1984
The first Yukon Quest ever starts February 25, 1984 in Fairbanks. The Quest is won by Sonny Lindner of Johnson River, Alaska (March 9, 1984). Participating in the Yukon Quest 1985, Dawson City's musher Jon Mitchell is the first Canadian who participates in the Quest (December 5, 1984).
March 19, 1984 The federal government announces its plans to impose English - French bilingualism in the Yukon Territories and the Northwest Territories.
March 25, 1985 United Keno Hill Mines Ltd. at Elsa announces it lost $6.8 million in 1984 despite an increase in silver-production by 94% compared to 1983.
March 26, 1984
 → March 28, 1984
 → June 8, 1984
The Yukon government reaches a deal on the COPE claim. The government agrees to support the Committee for Original People's Entitlement (COPE) land claims (March 26, 1984). Two days later the federal government gives its approval (March 28, 1984). The Yukon government signs COPE's land claim June 8, 1984.
March 30, 1984
 → September 7, 1984
Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon reaches an agreement with the federal government to fund a Yukon native radio service (March 30, 1984). September 7, 1984 the Canadian Radio Television Telecommunications Commission grants Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon a licence to broadcast programming by satellite to Yukon communities.
April 6, 1984
 → September 5, 1984
 → September 17, 1984
Erik Nielsen resigns from his job as Progressive Conservative House Leader in the House of Commons (April 6, 1984). September 5, 1984, Nielsen is re-elected Yukon's MP by one of his largest margins ever. September 17, 1984, Erik Nielsen is named deputy Prime Minister in the new federal government.
April 9, 1984 The use of toll-free 1-800 numbers is now possible in the Yukon.
April 11, 1984 Flo Whyard is the 8th recipient in the Yukon of the Order of Canada.
April 13, 1984 The Canadian Radio Television Telecommunications Commisson grants WHTV permission to telecast First Choice pay television service.
May 24, 1984 First level Commissioner's Award are granted to Lyall and Marilyn Murdoch for the work for the Frantic Follies.
June 6, 1984 Works for upgrading of the North Canol Road, a two year $7.2 million project, have started.
June 8, 1984
 → November 5, 1984
Canadian Communications Inc. (CanCom) delivers the first native Indian television series by satellite to Canada's remote Northern communities (June 8, 1984). November 5, federal permission is given to Cancom to deliver ABC to remote northern areas.
June 18, 1984 A section of the Dempster Highway is named in honour of Al Wright.
June 25, 1984 The $81 million Liard Highway, the first all-year road link between northeastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories is officially opened.
June 27, 1984 Indian and Northern Affairs minister John Munro resigns his Commons seat after having being passed over by Prime Minister John Turner.
June 27, 1984 The Yukon government decides to provide regular education in French in the coming school year.
June 29, 1984 The Alpine Bakery opens its doors.
August 1, 1984 Prime Minister John Turner visits the Yukon.
August 27, 1984 WHTV announces it will add three more TV channels to cablevision.
September 17, 1984 David Crombie is named the minister of Indian affairs and northern development.
September 19, 1984
 → October 29, 1984
Anvil announces it will close its lead-zinc mine indefinitely if no buyer or partner is found by December 31, 1984 (September 19, 1984). A month later (October 29, 1984), the Cyprus Anvil Mining Corporation locks out ist 200 unionized workers and shuts down the waste-rock stripping operation.
September 26, 1984 Gulf Canada Resources announces a big oil in the Beaufort Sea, the first find that could be commercially feasible.
October 12, 1984 Haines Junctions becomes the Yukon's seventh municipality.
October 17, 1984 Government Leader Chris Pearson announces he will resign from his jobs as government leader and Conservative party leader in the spring of 1985.
October 31, 1984 The community of Carmacks obtains village status.
November 5, 1984 The fourth wheel at the Whitehorse Rapids hydroelectrical plant is put into commercial service.
November 19, 1984 CKRW marks its 15th birthday.
November 21, 1984 Rolf Hougen is sworn in as the Yukon's board member on the new Asia-Pacific Foundation.