Briefs include: Yukon judge reserves decision on future of Pell Watershed, Yellowknife on the lookout for missing Japanese tourist, and Fort Chipewyan man pleads guilty to drug trafficking.
Yukon judge reserves decision on future of Peel Watershed
After months of deliberation, the judge presiding over the Peel Watershed land-use case has opted to reserve judgment for now. The case came to a standstill Oct. 27 when Yukon Chief Justice Ron Veale announced he needed more time to consider his ruling. First Nations and environmental groups have joined together against the Yukon government over developmental control of the region. The government is accused of acting unlawfully after imposing its own land- use plan for the Peel, negating the wishes of local Aboriginal and environmental groups.
Yellowknife on the lookout for missing Japanese tourist
Search and rescue efforts for a missing Japanese tourist are continuing after Dr. Atsumi Yoshikubo, 45, was reported missing last week. On Oct. 22 staff at the Explorer Hotel found her possessions after she was supposed to have checked out, leading them to discover she had missed her flight home. After searching the Yellowknife area for almost two weeks, search and rescue crews have shifted the investigation north of the city. She was last seen walking along the Ingraham Trail.
Fort Chipewyan man pleads guilty to drug trafficking
A Fort Chipewyan resident has pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purpose of drug trafficking. Robert Dolbec, 33, entered his plea on Oct. 29 and was sentenced with 18 months of probation, nine months of house arrest, a lifetime ban on firearms and a requirement to meet a curfew for the next nine months. On Nov. 1, 2013 an anonymous tip led RCMP to intercept 5.2 kg of marijuana from Dolbec, who was flying to Fort Chip via McMurray Aviation, at the airport.