Letters

Boot Hill is all that survives of grandest town in the gold fields

Ed Jones is one of the most remarkable history hunters in the Yukon. He and his wife Star have carved out a sizeable niche in the study of Yukon's history.

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A thought from Shakespeare’s England, comes in a book published in 1592. It tells the young swain to bend old pennies and give them to his…

Privacy: is it only for the guilty?

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia this week that he could either support the Conservatives' new Internet snooping bill or "stand with the child pornographers.

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        Champions of history remembered

        The Yukon Historical and Museums Association celebrated Heritage Day by handing out its annual heritage awards on Monday night at the Yukon Archives.

        Takhini River Ferry

        According to lifetime Whitehorse resident Lloyd Ryder, the ferry in the above photograph is the Takhini River ferry, which was 21 miles from…

        Ravens rule the roost in Watson

        Dear Uma In the 20 or so years we’ve known each other, I don’t think I’ve ever written and phoned you as often as I have since I…

        A pint, a smoke and an opinion

        The French is the most honest place in America. Looking at the bar’s burnt-out neon sign from the main road running through the heart of…

        Signs of the past continued

        I mentioned in a previous column that the Dawson City area had many beautifully created signs in its gold rush days, like the sign appearing in this column.

        Some truth about God and knee high corn

        My mother says things I don’t always understand at first blush. She once told me that when she was growing up in the “twenties and…

        What year is it, anyway?

        Over the last week I have taken to the annual task of transcribing phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other bits of the critical information of…

        Mrs. Fricke and the Bullies

        In 1966 I was 11 years old. My adopted family moved that summer to a rented farmhouse in Bruce County in southwestern Ontario.

        Genetic diversity news is good for goats

        The fossil record suggests mountain goats immigrated to North America across the Bering land bridge from Eurasia sometime in the early Pleistocene epoch, or late Pliocene.

        Is money well spent on Arctic Winter Games?

        Were the Arctic Winter Games a good investment? This kind of question often gets asked of economists, either by the proponents of major events, their opponents, or governments trying to decide whether to splash out some public cash.

        Will Yukon’s MP champion Yukon’s threatened heritage?

        According to the official website for the Parks Canada Agency, "An important part of Parks Canada's mandate involves protecting the health and wholeness, or commemorative integrity, of the national historic sites it operates.

        ‘Little boxes on the hillside’… And the world piles up with ‘ticky tacky’

        There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they must consider making some painful upgrades.

        Fighting global warming. Who gets the bill?

        Mighty matters are afoot in the world today. Powerful men are gathering together, or planning to gather together, to discuss two of the great challenges facing the human species: cooling the overheated planet and thawing the frozen economy.

        The battle of the birds

        A war over resource ownership has broken out right in front of our window. Flashes of metallic red, then a loud buzzing sound as one of the combatants zips by with his incensed adversary hot on his tail feathers.

        One man’s effort to keep the past afloat

        The Yukon Rose has had a history of going to the bottom, but she has never stayed there for long. In fact, current owner Marc Johnston has put her on the bottom several times himself - but he had good reasons for doing it.

        The scoop with kitty litter

        Having an animal companion these days raises all sorts of environmental and ethical questions. Very few humans actually need a cat or a dog as a working animal.

        Yukon politicians require a visit from John Muir’s ghost

        There are a lot of books floating around that boast fondly of what the Scots have done for humanity. With titles like How the Scots Invented the…