Letters

How to drive a bus through the House

This Thursday morning, I learned from the national press that Canada's elected representatives stayed up all night "debating" amendments to the federal budget omnibus bill.

Landscaping, Yukon style

Ah, the sweet sounds of spring: crrr, whup, crrr, whup. Sam is excavating the door of our greenhouse from a metre of snow.

Billion dollar boondoggle

People are calling it a "billion-dollar boondoggle," and for once they're not talking about the Yukon government. The cost for Canada to host the G8 and G20 leaders' summits in Ontario this month has soared to $1.

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        Slow down and think, please

        I have come to want my culture slow. I realized this while nearly twitching into an epileptic fit at the local cinema as I was flooded with cranked up sound, explosions, jump cuts, and flashing light, and this was a preview for a quiet, love story.

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        Live and learn or you won’t live long! Sweat never drowned no one. Thinking never hurt them either.

        One of my favourite photos

        Although I’m interested mainly in people of the Yukon area, I’m interested also in people in the North in general. This photograph shows a beautiful Inuit woman and child from the Nome, Alaska, area.

        Is this called resistance?

        Last week, the War Resisters Support Campaign and the Council of Canadians brought US peace activist Cindy Sheehan to Ottawa to speak at a news…

        The bell pepper Christmas tree

        Peppers make not only amazing houseplants, they also put on a fine organic display of Christmas colours.

        Election 2011: It comes down to trust

        Just before leading her party to its worst electoral defeat in history, former Conservative leader Kim Campbell remarked that a 47-day election campaign was no time for a serious discussion about policy.

        Interest in the Old Keno Assay Office

        The photograph on the right is of the old Keno Assay Office. The newspaper ad on the right kind of says that Dawson City and William Sime had an earlier assay office there. Also, I want to say thank you very much to R.

        These boots weren’t made for walkin’

        Dear Uma: Valentine's Day may have gone by our Pete-less household without a celebration of love and romance, but it was not without drama.

        Building the DEW Line was like moving 2,000 Statues of Liberty to the Arctic

        It sounds like something from an old movie. During the Cold War era North America was looking for a way to defend against the threat of an attack from the USSR.

        City working plan backwards

        The city of Whitehorse is inviting comments on the 2010 Official Community Plan. This plan is a guide to development and planning for the next decade or so. It is a vision of what citizens want to see done with the physical layout of their community.

        Poisoning the North

        “Indigenous people have become the industrialized world’s lab rats.” -Rachel Carson As early as 1945 Rachel Carson was becoming…

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        A rhyme: The typographical error is a slippery thing and sly, You can hunt till you are dizzy, but it somehow will get by.

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        There are a million definitions of public relations. I have found it to be the craft of arranging the truth so people will like you.

        Lines on a map

        The Alaskans are at it again. No, we are not talking about a natural gas pipeline, although it might get dragged into it.

        Giants’ wide receiver catches bullet with leg

        Finally, a gun incident worth laughing about. This past weekend at a Manhattan nightclub, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who made…

        A long night at the Westmark

        Stepping off the plane, I inhale the brisk Yukon air and am thrilled. I've returned home to participate in the Nakai 24-hour Playwriting Competition in Whitehorse held at the Westmark, marking my first attempt at playwriting.

        Klondike Gold Rush inspired crazy schemes and broken dreams

        Alaskan historian Terrence Cole stated that it was inflamed by “limited knowledge and unlimited enthusiasm.