Last school year, we placed equipment in schools to monitor radon levels. Radon levels can fluctuate even over the course of one day, so it takes months of monitoring to get a reading of long-term radon levels in a given space.
Radon monitoring results for all schools are now available on the Department of Education’s website at education.gov.yk.ca/radon-monitoring.html.
In 2008, the Teen Parent Centre was one of the buildings that tested slightly higher than the recommended range for radon in 2008. Further testing was done in 2009, with lower results within the recommended range. The most recent monitoring results from October 2016 to March 2017 indicate radon levels at the Teen Parent Centre are in the range where remediation is recommended within two years.
Over the 2017 summer break, we began remediation work to address radon levels at the Teen Parent Centre. The work includes ventilating the school’s crawlspace to clear radon gas emitted from the ground beneath the school. We expect this work to be completed by January 2018, and we do not anticipate any impact to programs at the Teen Parent Centre as result of this work. We will continue to monitor the Teen Parent Centre after this work is done to ensure radon levels are within the acceptable range.
The Government of Yukon has developed standard practices for radon testing, monitoring and, where necessary, remediation in all government buildings, including schools. We will follow these practices to test radon levels in schools, and will remediate schools as needed to ensure radon levels are within the range recommended by Health Canada.
It is also important to check the radon levels in your home. You can either purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit from a hardware store or online, or you can hire a certified radon measurement professional. Yukon has a number of specialists who have been certified by the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program. You can find a listing of certified professionals in Yukon at www.takeactiononradon.ca.
Radon testing should occur during the colder months (October through April). A minimum 3-month test is recommended.
Radon is a colourless, odourless, naturally occurring gas in Yukon. It does not pose an immediate danger to health and is only a concern if there is prolonged exposure to high concentrations over many years. More information is available from Yukon Housing Corporation at www.housing.yk.ca/radon.html.
Alcohol and Drug Services offers a FREE 4-week live-in treatment program for youth between the ages of 14-18. Participants in the program explore the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual effects of substance abuse and addiction and learn skills for living a substance free life.
The program is gender specific and will alternate between females and males. Each program takes up to 4 youth.
Services provided :
For application information or to apply: In Whitehorse: Contact the Youth Outreach Worker (867-667-5777) or visit Sarah Steele Building.
Outside of Whitehorse: Contact Community Addiction Service Worker (below) or 1-855-667-5777 and you will be directed
Dawson City, Old Crow or Mayo:
Pelly Crotsing, Carmacks:
Haines Junction, Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing or Beaver Creek
Teslin, Watson Lake: Female Worker:
867-536-2762 Male Worker: 867-536-3222
Ross River, Faro, Carcross:
For more information or to apply for treatment program, please the Youth Outreach worker at 1-855- 667-5777.
From the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS):
The digital landscape is evolving more quickly than research on the effects of screen media on the development, learning and family life of young children. This statement examines the potential benefits and risks of screen media in children under 5 years old, focusing on developmental, psychosocial and physical health. Evidence-based guidance to optimize and support children’s early media experiences involves four principles: minimizing, mitigating, mindfully using and modelling healthy use of screens. Knowing how young children learn and develop informs best practice strategies for health care providers.
View more on this study here.