Chris Oke

Questioning the intelligence of smart meters

At first blush, smart meters might sound like an ideal addition to the Yukon's energy system.

When electro pop meets electoral politics

Handsome Furs front man Dan Boeckner doesn't look like a librarian. But that didn't stop the tattooed indie-rocker from picking that profession as his cover on a recent covert mission to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Launching the great Klondike Ginch Rush

In the Yukon, the problems of poverty and homelessness often go unseen. But the territory's impoverished are dealing with issues that are even more hidden - some might even call them "unmentionable."

The future of education

On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Bob McClelland sat alone in front of a telephone. This is what a university-level psychology seminar looks like in the 21st century.

WestJet set to start Yukon flights in May

If you're thinking about heading south this summer, or having friends or family come to visit, you might want to book those plane tickets soon.

YESAB requests more info on McLean Lake batch plant

Territorial Contracting's proposed McLean Lake batch plant has hit yet another snag. On Jan.

Separating the waste from the chaff

Garret Gillespie hopes that no one ever has to use his invention. He's the type of guy who is more proud of his history as a farmer than his master's degree in engineering.

Waltzing with Randy

I'm already exhausted when it comes time to rescue Randy. I've been running up and down four flights of stairs in full firefighting gear - a jacket and helmet and a heavy oxygen tank strapped to my back.

Yukon Learn short on tutors

It's Family Literacy Day in Canada. But Debbie Parent is hoping that Yukoners are able to look beyond the immediate family when it comes to literacy, today and every day of the year.

The sound and fury of Homer Simpson

Actor Rick Miller isn't the superstitious type. He has no qualms about performing a certain Shakespearean play with a curse so powerful it can sometimes lead to death.

Inquest to be held for drowned officer

An inquest will be held into the death of RCMP Const. Michael Potvin, the Yukon's chief Coroner Sharon Hanley announced this week.

Dawson to rework heritage bylaws

The new Dawson City hospital's 15-foot breach of the town's building-height restriction has town council rethinking how it handles heritage.

If you build it, they will come

The Carcross Tagish First Nation has big plans for its little community. Justin Ferbey, CEO of the Carcross Tagish Management Corporation, the First Nation's economic development branch, likens the plan to the famous Field of Dreams mantra.

Whitehorse batch plant battle continues

Environmental groups, residents and First Nations still have serious concerns about the proposed McLean Lake concrete batch plant.

Charges laid in death of Yukon musician

A Victoria woman has been charged in the death of Yukon rapper Reid Parent. Parent, 25, died in a car crash on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

New Dawson hospital overshadows heritage

Misunderstandings in the design process have resulted in a much taller new Dawson hospital than allowed under the town's heritage bylaw, officials say.

Unearthing the secrets of Fort Selkirk

The journals of Hudson Bay Company clerk and early Yukon pioneer Robert Campbell make for good reading although it can get a bit monotonous at times.

Saving endangered species, one tweet at a time

For a social media guy, Australian Nigel Allan is remarkably polite. At no point during a recent lunch interview did he excuse himself to check his email.

An uncomfortable truth: the real North

It won't come as a shock to most Yukoners to learn that the North is more than just valiant Mounties, beautiful vistas and colourful characters.

Blood: it’s in your dog to give

Whitehorse All Paws Veterinary Clinic is looking for a few doggie blood donors. Since the new clinic opened a little over a year ago, staff have been using their own pets as donors in the event of an emergency situation.