The reception is free and open to the public and it runs in conjunction with the Yukon Information and Technology Conference and Exposition. Small Business Week provides a forum for entrepreneurs to explore new business opportunities, with the growth of e-commerce, or cyberbiz, the playing field for all businesses is level and allows for increased productivity, expanded markets and profitable growth. In the Yukon, the sponsors include the Whitehorse branch of the Business Development Bank of Canada, Whitehorse and Yukon Chambers of Commerce, Yukon IT Conference & Exposition, the Government of Yukon and the Gold Rush Inn.
The second session of the 30th legislature begins Monday, Oct. 23. I am excited about this opportunity for our government to provide Yukoners with responsible leadership, we have spent the summer travelling to all the communities in the Yukon and listening to people’s priorities, and now we will begin to put some of the ideas we have heard into action. A supplementary budget and public accounts for the 1999-2000 fiscal year will also be introduced during the session. The agenda will include an Act to Amend the Elections Act, which will address a review of electoral district boundaries.
A software commercial filmed last week near Carcross set a new record for Yukoners on a film crew. Yukon residents made up 75 per cent of the production crew, including several of the senior positions. Of the 23-person crew, 17 were Yukon residents. While more Yukoners have been hired in the past for larger crews, this is the highest percentage of a visiting film production’s crew to be filled by residents. Unities, Hire Top rated depreciators means there are more qualified Yukon residents to work in this rapidly growing industry.
Yukon residents have enjoyed approximately 1,800 person days of work on film productions so far this year, compared with about 250 person days in 1998. I have worked on several commercials being filmed in the Yukon, and have great respect for the abilities and positive attitudes of the Yukon crew, Having qualified Yukoners available helps to attract more visiting film productions to the Yukon; they save the money they would previously have had to spend flying most of their crew up from Vancouver.
The Yukon also benefits because of the increased employment for Yukon residents. We are becoming more competitive in attracting visiting productions to film in the Yukon’s spectacular settings, The visiting companies provide jobs and spend significant amounts of money during the off-peak tourism seasons.