Territorial dental plan to take effect in December: report

With the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) hitting its first anniversary in April,

By Whitehorse Star on July 20, 2022

With the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) hitting its first anniversary in April, the territory’s Liberal government and the Yukon NDP have released a second report card on how they’re doing in fulfilling the obligations of the accord.

It reveals that the planned public dental care program will take effect in December 2022.

The CASA is due to expire at the end of January 2023.

The report card was released in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“The second reports detailing the work of the Putting People First and Our Clean Future implementation committees are now publicly available,” it read.

“These reports are a requirement of the 2021 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Yukon Liberal Caucus and the Yukon NDP Caucus.”

Two committees were struck to measure the success of the agreement in June 2021.

The Putting People First implementation committee is comprised of Health Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee and NDP MLA Annie Blake.

“The conversations have focused on the department’s work to develop an income-tested, payer-of-last-resort public dental care program. The
program is slated to launch in December, 2022,” the release said.

It added, “The committee also discussed the expansion of walk-in/call-in mental health services, the creation of a new walk-in medical clinic in Whitehorse, funding for land-based healing and organizational changes within Yukon government.”

The second committee is the Our Clean Future implementation committee, which is comprised of Environment Minister Nils Clarke and NDP MLA Emily Tredger.

Energy, Mines and Resources Minister John Streicker participates as an observer, “as the work involving Our Clean Future is also in the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources’ mandate.

“Recent meetings of this committee have focused on the work being done under the Yukon Climate Leadership Council as well as progress on the 2022 Our Clean Future actions. There are 23 actions identified for 2022, all of which are either in progress or complete.”

Blake, the MLA for Vuntut Gwitchin, said “the government has a responsibility to care for Yukoners’ well-being.

“That includes better health care and the protection of the environment. The Yukon NDP is committed to pushing for more accountability and
meaningful action to benefit all Yukoners.”

McPhee added, “The Yukon Liberal government is making substantial progress in implementing the recommendations identified in the Putting People First report and meeting our climate goals in Our Clean Future.

“These two long-term plans provide a road map for the Yukon’s future and will help improve the lives of Yukoners now and for generations to come.

“I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to advance this incredibly important work and build a stronger, more resilient territory.”

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