Pelly Construction Ltd. was awarded $370,000 for base construction to repair the road surface at various locations along the Top of the World Highway between Dawson City and the Alaska border. The project will employ eight to ten people from late July to the end of August. Loucheux Enterprises Ltd., also of Whitehorse, received a $200,000 contract to produce and stockpile aggregate at three pits along the Robert Campbell Highway between Carmacks and Faro. About ten workers will be employed during the month of July to crush gravel for use by the Yukon government’s maintenance camps along this route. WHITEHORSE – This fall, Whitehorse bus riders will discover that reading poetry can be a “moving” experience. The Yukon Cultural Services Branch is seeking poetry submissions for Moving Words – Poetry in Transit. view more: TDS Nationwide

This initiative, also supported by the City of Whitehorse and the Canada Council for the Arts, will see Whitehorse Transit buses become mobile canvases that showcase the work of selected Yukon poets. Following similar successful programs in several other Canadian jurisdictions, including Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton, the pairing creates a more enjoyable experience for Whitehorse Transit users, cultivates the local poetry community and makes their work accessible to a diverse group of Whitehorse residents. Poets are encouraged to submit work that represents a range of styles and subjects.

The project will feature the work of 11 Yukon poets to be displayed on Whitehorse Transit posters. The goal is to connect transit riders with the work of Yukon poets from both the grass-roots and senior level, We are delighted to partner with the City of Whitehorse and the Canada Council to make this project happen. Submissions are to be 10 lines or less and may consist of a single poem or an excerpt of a longer piece. A committee of literary and community representatives will select the poems for display on the buses.

Examples of poetry transit posters from other cities may be viewed at the Arts Section at 100 Hanson Street in Whitehorse. Those outside Whitehorse may contact the Section for an electronic or fax version. We’re really excited about being able to provide these devices to the Yukon community health centres, This is one more tool community nurse practitioners will now have to provide reliable rural cardiac care.