John Thompson

Rethink your tower terror

If the failed push to block the installation of a new cellphone tower in Copper Ridge illustrates one thing, it's that residents can be remarkably creative in rationalizing why something is a bad idea.

An entirely avoidable controversy

Yukon’s Mounties made the right call to pull the plug on their ill-conceived plans to co-operate with the American producers of a reality TV program.

Another inconvenient truth

Maybe the Yukon Party government is trying to score points for consistency in its handling of the creation of a land-use plan for the Peel watershed.

Opportunism proves irresistible to Elias

By crossing over to the Yukon Party, Darius Elias has shown that he's unscrupulous, opportunistic and stands for nothing but his own hunger for power.

Time for new leadership at Sima

It's probably for the best that the Great Northern Ski Society hit the self-destruct button when it did this week. It had become clear that the non-profit’s board of directors was incapable of fixing the problems that Mount Sima faces.

Bringing home the bacon for Bell

The question on the minds of many NorthwesTel customers isn't whether we're being price-gouged, but by how much. Here's an admittedly rough figure: on average, about $100 per year. Here's how we reached that number.

Yukon to see speedier Internet soon

NorthwesTel plans to double or triple Internet service speeds for most Yukoners later this summer, says CEO Paul Flaherty. This speed boost should apply to all Yukon communities except for Old Crow, which is connected via a pricey satellite link.

Arming Syria’s rebels is a mistake

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan got bombed last week. "So what?" I hear you say. I hear you say. Bombs go off in Afghanistan all the time. In fact, these bombs were unusual.

Time to rethink roadside hunting

As the Yukon Wildlife Management Board prepares to review the controversial practice of roadside hunting, the territory's First Nation governments face an interesting choice.

Non profits on the chopping block

Health Minister Doug Graham's off-the-cuff announcement that he intends to wind-down some non-profits that are solely concerned with advocacy, rather than services, strikes us as a trial balloon: it's intended to gauge the public's reception before he makes a firm commitment.

Off roading over objections

It didn't take long for the howling to begin when we suggested here last week that the growing popularity of all-terrain vehicles is causing certain wildlife populations to plummet. What a load of hooey, the naysayers blared. Bunch of nonsense.

ATV freedom carries a steep price

Imagine waking up one morning to discover that someone has ripped across your front lawn on an all-terrain vehicle, leaving behind a trail of mud and chewed-up grass.

Building a better ballot

The Yukon Party received 40.5 per cent of the popular vote in the Yukon's 2011 general election. Yet, thanks to our electoral system, it received 11 of 19 seats - enough to rule with a majority.

once upon a time

Resources Minister Brad Cathers accuses the NDP Opposition of residing in a world in which "fairies and Marxism" trump economic reality and Canadian law. This is presumably meant to draw attention away from the fairy tales told by the Yukon Party government.

fracking is a foregone conclusion

We thought we'd save our MLAs the bother of convening their new all-party committee on hydraulic fracturing, staging public consultations and eventually producing a report.

balance schmalance

If Premier Darrell Pasloski's plan for the Peel watershed is as wise as he claims it to be, why can't he promote it on its own merits? Instead, he's decided to attack his opponents in a transparent ploy to change the subject.

time for democracy in teslin

It's hard to believe that there's much of a discussion to be had in Canada today about the merits of democratically electing the head of a government.

Our solution to the F.H. Collins schmozzle

Citizens of the Yukon, it’s time to help your government during its hour of need. As you’re aware, the territory needs new designs to rebuild F.H. Collins High School – and fast.

not so fast with mt. sima funding

The Great Northern Ski Society has repeatedly appeared before Whitehorse city council to plead for money. Each time, they swear it will be the last.

put catholic public education to a vote

Who calls the shots at Vanier Catholic Secondary School: Education Minister Scott Kent or Bishop Gary Gordon? This is no idle question. Both men have given contradictory directives about how the school is to teach about same-sex relationships.