In - Always in our hearts

  • Susan Keough lit a candle on 03/22/2011:
    "Danny will be fondly remembered. RIP"

  • Rosemary Mac Donald lit a candle on 03/21/2011:
    "Sincere Sympathy, Rosemary Mac Donald"

  • Carolyn and Sandy MacEachen lit a candle on 03/22/2011:
    "Sorry to hear about your great loss."


About Dan Yakimchuk


Elizabeth May remembers Dan in her blog.


Yakimchuk Remembered Fondly

Cape Breton Post, March 22, 2011

by Chris Hayes 

“He was a voice to be heard.” 

SYDNEY — Dan Yakimchuk was remembered with warm affection and deep respect Monday for his work as a champion for seniors, union leader and municipal councillor.

Yakimchuk died Saturday at the An Cala Palliative Care Unit of Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

Nelson Muise worked with Yakimchuk on the Cape Breton Council of Senior Citizens and Pensioners. Yakimchuk also served on the Nova Scotia Task Force Investigating Elder Abuse. “We dealt with everything you know from elder abuse to needs for drug requirements and housing,” Muise said. “ You name it.” “He did a lot of work for us and with us.”

Yakimchuk’s death left Muise with a sense of loss. “Well, he was always there. He was a voice to be heard.&lrdquo;

Denise Peterson-Rafuse, the Nova Scotia minister responsible for seniors, said they lost a warrior in Yakimchuk .

“He certainly touched many areas in seniors issues,” she said. “Dan focused on elder abuse and bringing to the attention of people in the public just what elder abuse is about and how to recognize it and what should be done.” Yakimchuk received a Nova Scotia Remarkable Seniors Award in 1998, she said.

Peterson-Rafuse noted he was picked for the award by his peers.

“We are very sad. You lose a great warrior in seniors issues today.”


  Bernie LaRusic also served on the council of seniors with Yakimchuk.“He’d carry the ball,” he said. “If the ball was passed to Danny, he was gone with it.”

Labour leader David Ervin, who worked with a younger Yakimchuk representing steelworkers at the former Sysco steel plant, remembers being bailed out of a couple of tricky situations.

“As I was learning the ropes at Sysco and the union system, he helped me stay out of trouble a few times,” said Ervin, who went on to become president of Local 1064 of the United Steel Workers of America in the early 1990s. “He bailed me out when I overstepped the line.”


 He remembers Yakimchuk as a problem solver. “He had a good communication style and that’s what you need. You have to be able to sit and talk to the person who thinks they have a grievance and you have to be able to sit down and talk to management about it. “ You don’t want to add to the problem. You have to solve it (and) he was very good at that.”

Former Cape Breton Post reporter John Campbell watched Yakimchuk at work as Sydney’s Ward 5 alderman for two terms in 1972 and 1979.

“He was always on his feet intervening in things,” said Campbell. “He was very strong on the ward but I think he had a pretty good take on the whole city. “ You always heard from him.” Yakimchuk seemed to do a lot of research on issues that caught his attention which he also raised on radio talk back programs.

An obituary in Monday’s Cape Breton Post noted that Yakimchuk also worked with many other community groups and received a number of awards.

His remains have been donated to Dalhousie University’s department of anatomy and neurobiology for the advancement of medical education and research.



An Education and Support Program for Those Living with Dementia

Report of Pilot Program


This project would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of Dan and Clotilda Yakimchuk. Their interest in improving health and services to the people of Cape Breton has been evident for many years. Dan has been a well known advocate on social and political issues in Cape Breton and Nova Scotia over the last 50 years. For the last 25 years, his concerns focused on the quality of life for seniors and pensioners in particular. This report, Navigating Your Way with Dementia has been dedicated to Dan Yakimchuk and the many seniors and families affected by dementia.
(See May 10, 2010 podcast) 





 Interview with Dan in Hazmat Magazine on Tar Ponds clean up

 Excerpt: "Dan Yakimchuk has led the struggle to clean up the site and for him the issue is extremely personal; he lost his mother, father, brother and sister to cancer that he believes was triggered by the pollution. Even his skeptical former co-workers agree today that they were foolish to ignore his warnings years ago about the dangers lurking in their workplace."

The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia wished Dan Yakimchuk a very happy 75th birthday, and congratulated him on his dedication and loyalty to the New Democratic Party and his community.
Mr. Speaker
HANSARD 03/04-53
Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott
Published by Order of the Legislature by Hansard Reporting Services and printed by the Queen's Printer.
First Session
MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:
Whereas Dan Yakimchuk of Whitney Pier joined the Party as a young CCF'er and through the years has continued his commitment to the New Democratic Party; and
Whereas Dan was elected as an alderman in 1972 and in 1978 in the former City of Sydney, served as a member of the Sydney Board of Health, where he was the first elected representative to speak out on the issue of the environment and the health of people, in particular his fellow steelworkers, and as I speak, he continues to serve as a board member of the Cape Breton District Health Authority's Board of Directors; and Whereas September 29, 2004, Dan will be celebrating his 75th birthday;
Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislative Assembly wish Dan Yakimchuk a very happy birthday, and congratulate him on his dedication and loyalty to the New Democratic Party and his community.
Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.
MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.
Is it agreed?
It is agreed.
Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.


the planet magazine

(Sierra Club)


(C.B. Post photo of Dan and Clo while they campaigned for an appropriate bus shelter seniors could use at the entrance of the Wal-Mart on the Sydney Ports Access Road)


Report of the Cape Breton District Health Authority’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Sydney Tar Ponds & Coke Ovens Cleanup Project


Were Jobs More Important Than Health in Sydney?

CAN MED ASSOC Journal,  MAR. 15, 1995; 152 (6)



Joint Public Advisory Committee Session No 98-03

24 and 26 June 1998--Yucatan, Mexico


Nova Scotia Seniors' Pharmacare Health Education


Sydney Residents to tell ministers about tar ponds

22 March 2011