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Taking homophobia out of homeroom

Brian Burtch has been a queer ally since the 1970s. The Simon Fraser University professor has always included some transgender studies in his curriculum.

Winter Games athlete missing

An Arctic Winter Games athlete has been missing in the Whitehorse area since last week. Uma is a shy, blue-eyed sled dog from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, who got loose during one of the mushing events in Mount Lorne.

Worming their way into the Canadian consciousness

Arrogant Worm Trevor Strong has finally found a use for his psychology degree. The singer from the Canadian comedy band has managed to write a book between gigs. Get Stupid is a self-help book with a twist.

Free feral felines on offer

The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter is giving away cats. But only wild ones. In early March, the Whitehorse shelter ended up with 28 feral felines from Beaver Creek.

Yukon mothballs 3 wildfire towers

Ptarmigan in Carmacks, Paint Mountain in Haines Junction and one of Watson Lake's two fire towers are no longer needed, said Ken Colbert, the Yukon government's director of wildland fire management.

A Yukoner tackles genital mutilation in Chad

Just days after leaving her Yukon government job to help malnourished children in Chad, Elli Savoie found herself in the desert delivering so many babies there weren't enough beds.

Picture the Ocean breaks into Yukon and Alaska

Jacquie B was studying to become a queer theory professor until one fateful open mike in Alberta. She got up on the stage for fun and sang a tune. Then Jesse Dee took the stage.

Food rescue up and running

Amber-Rain Hyshka disregards expiry dates. Yogurt a month overdue doesn't faze the Yukon College business student. "It's already fermented anyway," she said.

Yukon skaters win ulus on ice

Bryn Hoffman took a couple of tumbles during the Arctic Winter Games figure skating finals on Wednesday night. But that didn't stop the 14-year-old Yukoner from winning gold in the Ladies 4 Free Program.

Sluggish second stage housing

Christmas is usually quiet at Kaushee's Place. But this year, the Whitehorse transition home for women fleeing violence was so crowded that some women ended up sleeping on couches.

Champagne and Aishihik test the wind

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations were opposed to Yukon Energy's plan to build a hydro dam on their traditional territory. But now..

Accidental Yukon heroes

Shirley Peirson grew up with huskies and knows how to break up a dogfight. But the Dawsonite had never done battle with a pit bull before. Neither had her dad, Abraham.

C.R. Avery: all guns loaded

When C.R. Avery takes off his pants, it's poetry. At least that's what the rock n' roll, beatbox poet-cum-singer claims. Avery is doing this interview via cellphone while standing in line at a Vancouver bank. So I have to take his word for it.

Canada’s only High Arctic research lab shuttered

After more than 25 trips to the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory on Ellesmere Island, Prof. Paul Fogal has learned a few things about Arctic science.

Starving food bank lobbies YG for funding

January was the busiest month on record for the Whitehorse food bank. Every distribution day, the facility saw up to 10 new clients. "And the alarming thing is that 68 per cent of them were families with children."

Peel watershed ads square off with government

Marlon Davis was flipping through Friday's Yukon News when a full-page ad caught her eye. At the top of the page, above some perfectly balanced river rocks, were the words, "Finding a balance to protect the Peel Region.

Wish comes true for young Yukoner

A Whitehorse boy is heading to Florida’s Walt Disney World in March for free. All Finn Beaulieu had to do was make a wish. The 12-year-old has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Staffen: the Yukon’s new Conservative wrangler

Former Yukon Party Speaker of the House Ted Staffen has a new job. He's now Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq's man on the ground in Whitehorse. "I assist with issues that arise," said Staffen this week.

New sled dog regs muzzled

Penis warmers are part of a new code of practice to protect B.C.'s sled dogs, thanks to input from a Yukon musher. Longtime Quest veteran and local tourism operator Frank Turner was on the task force.

Raining cats and cats in Beaver Creek

There are more cats than people living in Beaver Creek. The tiny Yukon community of 113 has roughly 200 cats roaming its streets. But that’s about to change.