John Thompson

Reform Act’s passage a beginning, not an end

It was, as far as such things go, a nail-biter of an ending. Early last week, Canada’s senators, after seriously considering the idea of overturning a democratic reform bill passed by an overwhelming majority...

Yukon’s housing plan long overdue

Lord knows our politicians love nothing more than to proclaim the existence of new strategies. These thick sheaves of paper are frequently called "action plans," although, more often than not, they seem to serve as a substitute for action.

An interim report card for Yukon’s Dept. of Ed.

We're afraid that we must give the Yukon Department of Education's recently released annual report a grade of "I" for incomplete. The assignment will have to be redone. The revised work will answer the following questions.

Bill S 6: What could possibly go wrong?

One of the wonderful things about the Yukon is the diversity of our political leaders. There's our Conservative MP, Ryan Leef. Our Conservative Senator, Daniel Lang.

Want to upset our MP? Liken him to a Liberal

Yukon MP Ryan Leef called last Friday in a bit of a state. The editorial we had just published, he said, was "inflammatory," and shouldn't be considered journalism, but instead, "smut." At first, it seemed Leef’s outrage seemed prompted by our description of him as being spineless.

Senators have no right to spike the Reform Act

If you've paid any attention to our federal representatives in recent memory, chances are you have some complaint having to do with their lack of backbone.

Let the light in

The Yukon needs more sunshine. Not the sort that has been blistering necks and shoulders lately, but the type that shines a light on how public money is spent by the territorial government.

Yukon Party scores own goal with soccer complex snafu

The Yukon government's rationale for wanting to build a new outdoor sports complex in Whitehorse is beginning to sound a little like a Monty Python skit. 

Hiring loopholes make a mockery of our schools

Exciting news! Yukon's Department of Education, always on the cutting edge of things, may improve its hiring policies by using a newfangled technology called the Internet.

Footdragging unforgivable for affordable housing

At a dawdle of a pace that gives new meaning to "being on northern time," the Yukon government has finally gotten around to earmarking its remaining affordable housing cash. 

The accidental environmentalist

If we judge Premier Darrell Pasloski by his deeds, rather than his words, it’s possible to view him as one of the Yukon’s most accomplished environmentalists.

Moving the goalposts

Whitehorse city council is right to call a time-out before voting on the rezoning needed for the Yukon government's $7-million outdoor recreation complex proposed in Whistle Bend.

Here we go again

Bit by bit, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski is doing more than anyone in recent memory to cripple the territory's mining industry by provoking a series of lawsuits with aggrieved First Nations.

Wolverine’s woes undermine industry’s tall talk

Boosters of mining like to say that their industry's bad old days are behind us, and that today's regulations ensure that taxpayers won't be left on the hook for pricey environmental clean-ups.

Dig in or bug out?

There's a tantalizing possibility, however remote, that the Yukon government's decision to replace its legal team assigned to the Peel watershed case presents a way out of this otherwise hopeless mess. 

Footbridge fracas shows you can’t please everyone

In a way that seems characteristic of contemporary, affluent Whitehorse, both sides of the debate over whether to allow motorized vehicles on Rotary Centennial Bridge have succeeded in coming across as unreasonable and self-entitled.

Tell our federal candidates that backbone matters

Ultimately, no law can force MPs to grow spines. At some point, they'll have to do that themselves.

Stand up to the fluoridation fearmongers

Imagine if Whitehorse city council condoned a policy that contributed to horrible dental problems suffered by the city's poorest residents.

Cut the climate change cowardice

The Yukon isn't yet ready to have an adult discussion about how to do our part addressing climate change - at least, not with Premier Darrell Pasloski and Liberal Leader Sandy Silver at the table.

One more reason to be teed off about the Mountain View mess

Homeowners in Whitehorse’s new Whistle Bend subdivision deserve a complimentary membership at Mountain View Golf Course.