Brian Brett

Columnist bids the News farewell, for now

I can hardly believe it's been 12 years since I joined the pages of the Yukon News. I was the Whitehorse Library writer-in-residence at the time, a wonderful program run by the intrepid Mairi MacRae.

the vancouver olympic legacy could break your heart

My city is under attack. Although I now live on Salt Spring Island, I was born in Vancouver - once a relatively quiet, multicultural city, until it was invaded by a vicious corporation seeking control of its citizens.

Attacks on the arts hurt us all

'I'm a Google Girl," she said. "Google makes my life better. I want to talk about all the good things coming out of the new technology, how it's helping create new art, new culture, and new ways of performing.

christmas reminds us to celebrate community

If there's one thing Christmas can do, it's bring people together. The season of good cheer. Office parties.

Some festivals celebrate, others intimidate

Autumn was upon us and we found ourselves at the community hall at 10 a.m. It was packed with cars.

be afraid be very afraid of fear itself

I was walking by the handcarts at the grocery store when I noticed a Sani-Wipe dispenser mounted on the post beside the carts.

We must cool down or we’re cooked

It was the hottest day of the year, and I don't enjoy heat. I'm the cool weather type. There was a wedding up the hill, with our dirt road leading to the bride's parents' dream home on the ridge.

User fees are a scam against the poor and middle class

These are the last days of a legendary Newfoundland institution - the gravel pit party.

todays acceptable greed may be tomorrows crime

Last week, a man was convicted of wildly inflating his credentials to get himself hired as a Public Guardian, and then manipulating a dying, addled man into bequeathing him 20 per cent of his will.

avast maties the pirates are back

The current pirates of Somalia have generated as much confusion as pirates traditionally have. That's because what you consider a pirate might be someone else's privateer, like Sir Francis Drake.

We pluck before we think

We were halfway down the Wind River when nature called. No, not that nature, the daily one. Since this was a leave-no-trace expedition, I carried my pathetic little shovel out to a discrete patch of willow by the riverbank.

Censorship stifles thought, makes martyrs of fools

Last week, David Ahenakew, a former head of the Assembly of First Nations, was found not guilty of willfully promoting hatred. The judge noted that although his comments were disgusting, revolting, hateful, and racist, they didn't willfully promote hatred

northern wildlife essayists share their awe

Five years ago, I was talking to a young Tetlit Gwich'in activist, trying to get some language issues straight for a piece I was writing. Among several questions, I asked Elaine Alexis what the word for wilderness is in her language. She said her people...

A huge celebration of chaotic life shakes the island

“Weddings and funerals,” my mother often says. “Weddings and funerals.” These are the days of the fractured family.

Someday, they’ll come for you

‘It wasn’t that funny the day they raided my apartment,” a 26-year-old Russian practical joker said after he’d been hauled…

It’s time to rescue skiing from the rich

It took an inheritance. That’s about what it costs to go skiing these days. When Sharon’s father passed away she donated her small cash…

Whitehorse could be beautiful

Culture Watch Let’s face it, Whitehorse is an ugly little town. Many of us might not admit it, but it’s obvious to anyone with the…