Al Pope

Al posted 209 stories to Yukon News.
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Frack the Peel and pass the tofu

On the advice of a helpful reader - I would say a fan but modesty forbids - I've been considering a vegan lifestyle.

  • Feb 14th, 2014 1:00am

It’s all very clear

Somewhere in the great book of Conservative Party strategy it is written that, when muddying the political waters, members shall in all cases employ the expression "very clear.

  • Feb 7th, 2014 1:00am

Break out the rainy day funds

Jim Flaherty is prudent. Or so he told reporters this week, when he announced the date of his upcoming budget. "I'm not a big spender," said the finance minister who has spent more than $60 billion on tax cuts to corporations.

  • Feb 1st, 2014 1:00am

Break out the rainy day funds

Jim Flaherty is prudent. Or so he told reporters this week, when he announced the date of his upcoming budget.

  • Jan 31st, 2014 1:49pm

What a wonderful world

This month, in an unprecedented technological breakthrough, a fridge took part in a spam attack.

  • Jan 24th, 2014 1:00am

Anything’s possible

Conservative campaign worker Andrew Prescott has agreed to give evidence in Elections Canada's investigation into widespread tampering with the 2011 general election.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 2:23pm

Within touching distance

The National Post reports this week that police will not lay charges against two protestors who "came within touching distance" of Stephen Harper at an event in Vancouver.

  • Jan 10th, 2014 1:00am

The art of the non apology

In the December 2012 issue of Psychology Today, psychoanalyst Joseph Burgo discusses the art of the apology. He lays out some simple rules, starting with "genuine apologies never contain the words 'if' or 'but'.

  • Dec 20th, 2013 1:00am

A terrorist for all seasons

Calgary West MP Rob Anders raised a few eyebrows this week when he refused to join the rest of Canada's parliamentarians in celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.

  • Dec 13th, 2013 1:00am

Set my people free

There's great news for white Canadians this week. Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers released his annual report on Tuesday.

  • Dec 6th, 2013 1:00am

Imagine there’s no heaven

In a comic scene in Joseph Heller's 1961 novel, Catch 22, two atheists argue about God till one cries out in frustration, "But the God I don't believe in is a good God, a just God, a merciful God. He's not the mean and stupid God you make Him out to be.

  • Nov 29th, 2013 1:00am

Pie at Wal Mart

When Joe Hill, an organizer for the socialist union the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), penned The Preacher and the Slave, workers in America lived under conditions a Bangladeshi might recognize today.

  • Nov 22nd, 2013 1:00am

Consider the mobile abattoir

It’s 9 a.m. on a brisk November morning. The six little pigs who’ve been running around my yard all summer are confined to the squeeze pen, all grown up into 50-kilogram hogs.

  • Nov 22nd, 2013 1:00am

With The Fire Reapers, Yukon author turns to young adult fantasy

In Patricia Robertson's old house on Jarvis Street in Whitehorse, there was a false window. A writer since the age of 10, she did what writers do; she looked at the window and fantasized.

  • Nov 15th, 2013 1:00am

The buck stops way before here

Last month, Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti circulated a fuzzy photograph he claimed was taken by a member of his staff, appearing to show a city employee at a North York recreation centre with his head down on his desk, as though taking a nap.

  • Nov 15th, 2013 12:59am

Responsible spending, Conservative style

Last October the Conservative Party of Canada's web page carried an article praising Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's handling of the economy, under the title, Focused on Responsible Spending and Economic Growth...

  • Nov 8th, 2013 1:00am

Haddock, Monk and Mitchell at the Old Fire Hall

Dave Haddock is bringing Thelonious Monk to the Old Fire Hall this Thursday night, Steve Gedrose is bringing Joni Mitchell, and you can catch the whole show for five bucks.

  • Nov 6th, 2013 1:00am

Lining up for question period

The National Post reports a curious phenomenon this week: the Parliament of Canada has become a popular entertainment.

  • Nov 1st, 2013 2:00am

Well, unbundle my cable!

Are your cables bundled? Your fees hidden? Does your phone roam? Call Stephen Harper. He is the government, and he is here to help. And he is decidedly not here to talk about the Senate expense scandal.

  • Oct 18th, 2013 2:00am

Master fiddler promises ‘night of the year’ at Mount Lorne

Gordon Stobbe is a busy man. The master fiddler, music book author, composer, multi-instrumentalist, square-dance caller and now playwright and historian travels the country “from mid-June to Labour Day.”

  • Oct 18th, 2013 2:00am