Editorial

Welcome to star spangled Canada

Decked out in swanky new shoes, Federal Finance minister Jim Flaherty delivered his first budget. The government is weak — it controls only…

Accelerating into the fog

Imagine, for a minute, that you are riding a motorcycle and you are accelerating. Exhilarating, isn't it? Especially on a twisty road, and this one is particularly wriggly. There is curve after curve.

YESAB: yes, no, maybe so so?

It turns out the much-vaunted Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board is stretched to the max and the projects just keep on coming.

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        Building a better bus service

        Do you ever consider how much it costs to run your car every day? It’s expensive, Bubba. Factor in gas, parking, insurance, wear and tear and…

        It’s time for Peel Plan B

        The Peel Watershed Planning Commission process has been compromised, perhaps irrevocably. Aboriginal leaders want the region protected. Miners want to strip out the region's uranium.

        Kwanlin Dun must be included

        Mike Smith is a smart man, but people are treating him like an idiot. They should stop talking and start thinking. Kwanlin Dun wants to act in the best interests of its citizens.

        Put poverty on the agenda

        In the midst of our election, there's a lot of talk about tax cuts, the economy, fighter jets and prisons. There's been little talk about poverty. Perhaps that should change.

        Propaganda triumphing over information

        The federal weather guy was happy. It was a relatively mild spring day and he was sauntering around town handing out stickers with his phone number. "Call if there's weather news," he said.

        A peek through a looking glass

        Paul Vieria, CEO of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, resigned earlier this month. Hospital employees wept.

        Fentie’s misinformation campaign

        When it comes to wayward government investments, there’s misinformation in the public domain. Finance Minister Dennis Fentie is the source.

        Praise the letter writers

        Writing isn’t easy. It takes time and effort to sit down with a pen and paper, typewriter (apparently there are a few left) or your computer…

        Tasers and police shouldn’t mix

        Andy Russell wasn’t a fan of carrying a rifle in the bush. He thought it changed a man’s approach to the woods and its dangers,…

        Jail budget puts Canada under house arrest

        Canada's new Truth in Sentencing Act will shackle us all. The legislation ends the two-for-one credit for pretrial jail time. It means felons are going to be spending more time behind bars.

        Being dragonflies

        Dragonflies are nature’s perfect flying machines. They hold their centre of gravity right at the base of their wings.

        Come what may

        We shall try a word game. It may be fun. Read the next two sentences. The city may consider this land greenspace. The city shall consider this land greenspace. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to recognize they mean profoundly different things.

        Hunt must be curbed

        Recently, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation has taken action to protect the Porcupine caribou herd on its settlement lands.

        Apparently, money does grow on trees

        The territory used to have a rainy day fund. Now, apparently, it just prays for rain. This probably isn't a prudent way to manage the territory's finances. Last year, Finance Minister Dennis Fentie drained an emergency fund the Yukon uses to fight forest fires.

        Youth keep troubles to themselves

        In the Yukon, youth homelessness is a problem. Or it is not. Depends on whom you talk to. Hard numbers are hard to come by.

        I read the news today, oh boy

        Stephen Harper recently suggested the fixed election date law he passed does not apply to minority governments.

        Time for a raise

        Inflation can sneak up on you. One minute you’re spending $7 for a BLT and fries. The next it’s $9.