Chris Oke

College will not appeal human rights decision

The Yukon College board has decided not to appeal a recent Yukon Supreme Court decision on the human rights case against it.

Cardboard, but never boring

Compared to the 3D special effects of today's blockbuster films, old science fiction movies tend to fall flat. Strings are clearly visible on speeding spaceships, claymation dinosaurs stumble around like drunks after closing time.

The future of time

When you are meeting Mark Shumelda, you have to wonder, will he be early, late, or spot on time? That's because Shumelda is sort of an expert on time. And the philosopher hasn't discounted time travel either, which opens interesting interview possibilities.

Supreme Court upholds human rights ruling

The Yukon Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Yukon College yesterday in a human rights case brought by a set of elderly twins. Susan Malcolm and Sarah Baker filed a human rights complaint against the college.

Consulting the real budgeting experts

The next time you're looking for financial advice, head to the local food bank. It might not be the first bank that comes to mind, but that's where you'll find people who really know how to stretch a dollar.

The making of a lot shortage

It's common to blame Whitehorse's housing crisis on the lack of foresight by city planners. In 2006, the land development protocol was signed, giving the city full control over planning. Shortly after this, lots began to run out.

From working at WCB to living in an RV

Kim Tucker was 36 years old when she had a massive stroke. She had a good government job, working as an accountant at the Yukon Workers' Compensation, Health and Safety Board. She has three teenage children.

A perfect storm of housing demand

So why is there such an increase in demand for housing, and therefore a housing shortage in Whitehorse? Many blame the city for a lack of planning. But according to city planners - and laid out in Whitehorse's Official Community Plan - there are several factors.

Bankrupted by illness

Less than two years ago, Robert (not his real name) was healthy, had a middle-class job and owned his own home. But then he got sick. In June, when he spoke to the News, Robert was on disability.

From photo artist to sandwich artist

Most wildlife photographers wouldn't be excited to come across a caribou hunt. But Atsushi Sugimoto isn't most nature photographers.

Yukoner wages war on malnutrition

Last January in Niger, two French aid workers were kidnapped and killed by al-Qaeda. But for Trish Newport, who was in the country at the time, the most memorable moment was watching a three-year-old girl walk for the first time.

Home cookin’ on Crag Lake

If you're thinking of visiting the new Crag Lake Bakery, you might want to make a reservation first. It's far from a pretentious New York restaurant. There aren't exactly lineups down the street - not yet anyway.

Yukon left thunderstruck

Northern Yukon communities have been crippled by lightning strikes over the past couple of days. Both Yukon Energy and Northwestel were hit, causing long power outages.

Youth charged in Games Centre fire

REVISED VERSION Two teenagers have been charged with arson following a fire at the Canada Games Centre on Friday evening, Whitehorse RCMP announced this week.

Freedom fighter comes clean

It's easy to ignore janitors, especially if they do a good job. Generally, people don't give a passing glance to the people who clean our dirty toilets. Fewer still strike up conversations with them.

Bell tone fuzzy

Mysterious interference from electrical equipment in Whitehorse played havoc with the Bell Mobility cellular phone network this week.

So long, Furlong

This week, Alex Furlong resigned as president of the Yukon Federation of Labour. He's leaving to take a position with the Canadian Labour Congress as the regional director for the Prairie region.

Doctors deluged with drunks

The Yukon government is doing nothing to deal with the territory's alcohol problem, according to the Yukon Medical Association. Instead, it's employing stopgap measures.

A friendlier feminism

Like most men, Patrick Thompson was nervous about entering the women's studies program at Yukon College. He worried there would be a lot of man bashing, and that he might not be welcome in the classroom.

The danger of drunken dips

Two late-night swimmers had to be fished from the cold, swift waters in Miles Canyon early Tuesday morning. The 19-year-old woman and 20-year-old man were drinking with friends on the little peninsula at the head of the canyon.