Keith Halliday

The Yukon’s richest one per cent

Jim Robb made the "Yukon's colourful five per cent" famous, but the global Occupy movement has called our attention to the richest one per cent.

The five stages of pipeline grief

Grief counsellors tell us there are five stages we pass through when we lose an important relationship: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Alaska’s billions

'Sometimes Alaska seems like a foreign country," your columnist once heard a Yukoner remark in Skagway. The mountains and rivers may look the same, but our Alaskan cousins do things a bit differently.

The Yukon’s new carbon tax started this week

‘The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence,” said Talleyrand.

To the victor the spoils

It doesn't really matter that Conservative Ryan Leef got only 34 per cent of the vote. Or that he beat runner-up Larry Bagnell by just 132 ballots out of 16,057 cast. He will be the Yukon's MP for the next five years.

Book serves as program for War of 1812

Probably more than a few journalists had to make a quick visit to Wikipedia after Prime Minister Harper announced his plans to celebrate this year's bicentenary of the War of 1812. It is a conflict that has languished in obscurity almost since it ended.

Turbulence ahead for the money plane?

With each Yukoner's share of territorial formula financing and other delightful federal programs working out to roughly $22,500 this year, it's remarkable how few people understand how the "formula" actually works.

The spy who came into the cold

We replace Yukonomist's regular column this week with a reprint from a document discovered in a returned rental car at Whitehorse airport, found along with Chinese take-out boxes and a copy of the Globe and Mail article on foreign intelligence agency pene

AA bsolute drivel

Imagine this scenario: after lengthy negotiations with a certain local radio personality at the Roadhouse Inn, you mortgage the house to pay $50,000 for his very fine retro hockey sweater collection.

Taxes on jobs

A basic observation of economics is that if the price of something goes up, the quantity demanded goes down. Here in the Yukon, we're about to test this hypothesis on lower-paid workers and their jobs.

Aboriginal economy surging

Canadian economists are beginning to notice what members of the Whitehorse business community have observed for years: the growing importance of aboriginal business.

The global economy: is the fireweed growing yet?

The credit crisis has swept through the global economy like a raging forest fire, leaving nothing but piles of ashes where tall banking conglomerates once stood.

The long and the short of Yukon money

'All money is a matter of belief," said Adam Smith. I was reminded of this after seeing the MacBride Museum's fascinating new exhibit on Yukon money called Change.

Good and bad debt

We have always had a love-hate relationship with bankers.

LNG to the rescue?

We burned a lot of diesel last week, despite some big power outages. It wasn't even that cold. Nowhere near Whitehorse's record low of 61.

This column is 99.9 per cent value add

'Value-add" is a term you hear a lot. It is always on the Bullshit Bingo cards at political conventions, economic conferences and anywhere members of the commentariat gather to dazzle each other with polysyllabic words.

Retirement surprise

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Save your asset

It's become obvious the Yukon is going into debt, big time. The Yukon Hospital Corporation is going to borrow $67 million. Yukon Energy is going to issue a $100-million bond.

Premier has bold vision for the North

The premier announced a bold vision for the North last week. Which premier, you ask? You can probably guess it wasn't one of the territorial leaders. None of the three are known for their vision.

English 9, the ‘gateway drug’ of high school subjects

A horrible rumour is sweeping the student dropoff zones in Whitehorse. It is that 64 per cent of Grade 9s failed the English Language Arts 9 Yukon Achievement Test exam last June.