Keith Halliday

One picture worth a thousand economic words

Despite all the bad Powerpoint out there, every once in awhile you see a chart that tells the whole story in one glance.

Sandy Silver’s first 100 days kind of a snooze fest

New Yukon Premier Sandy Silver’s first 100 days in office wrapped up earlier this week. The first 100 days are a critical time for a new government, especially one elected on a “change” mandate.

Just hang on: satellites are coming to save suffering internet users

I have to admit I was wrong. I have been harping about the need to build a backup fibre optic cable since 2011. I argued we needed to escape from the tyranny of Fort Nelson’s backhoe operators.

Is your organization’s government grant on the ‘review’ table right now?

“Over the next two months, my government will be carrying out a review of spending priorities,” said new Premier Silver’s first speech from the throne.

Air travel economics put territorial government in a carbon tax bind

Not only is Air North attacking the incumbent in the airline business, but now the feisty insurgent is also trying to muscle in on the Yukon economics market.

How to make it in the Yukon’s gig economy

How would you like to be your own boss, work your own hours and pay for your Yukon lifestyle with lucrative contracts you get via a convenient app on your smartphone?

Yukon Energy’s new plan is impeccably researched, but it’s worthless without action

Yukon policy wonks got a treat this week in the form of Yukon Energy’s release of the final parts of its resource plan.

Roses are red, violets are blue, the two most terrifying words for a bureaucrat are ‘project review’

To most of us, the words “program review” are just routine bureaucratic jargon. But to senior officials, they sound a lot like an air raid siren.

New players in the Arctic game

The hottest Christmas board game in our house was 2019: The Arctic, which my son bought at Titan Gaming on Main Street. Each player is the CEO of a global oil company.

The Yukon’s nuclear option

By candlelight and over hot Lindemans at an off-grid cabin this Christmas, some friends and I debated nuclear power in the Yukon.

Silver risks irrelevance on offshore exploration ban

There was some bad news for the Yukon’s long-term constitutional development while you were sipping eggnog and decorating the Christmas tree.

New Year’s debt resolutions

It’s an extreme example of the old saying that, just because someone is willing to lend you money, it doesn’t mean you are smart to borrow it.

The meth labs of Riverdale

I was shocked at first to find out that a meth lab had caught fire down the street from my home in Riverdale earlier this year.

Silver’s First 100 days: a Day 7 update

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, as the old saying goes.

The future of Yukon mining

The Yukon Chamber of Mines told the media they were “pleased with the election of a Yukon Liberal government and looking forward to working with them on issues that are important.”

Day 1 issue: Yukon’s oil and gas industry on life support

The newly elected Liberal MLAs will have enjoyed their victory party Monday night. Many of them battled for months in tightly fought contests in their ridings.

The Three I’s of a Yukon carbon tax: inevitability, impact and inequality

The carbon tax has become perhaps the defining issue of the territorial election. It is clear the Yukon Party is against it, while the NDP, Liberals and Green Party are on the other side.