Keith Halliday

Running in the centre a tightrope walk for Liberals

The political strategies of the three main parties are starting to emerge from the electoral fog.

Charting paths to victory for Yukon’s political parties

Look out Hillary and Donald, here comes Darrell, Liz, Sandy and Frank. Actually, I hope attention stays on the US campaign, which increasingly reminds me of a bush party gone horribly wrong.

Geeking out over carbon pricing

The more you hear about the carbon tax plans being put forward by the Yukon Liberals, NDP and Greens, the more interesting it gets.

How to carbon proof your wallet

It looks like a carbon tax will be one of the big issues in the upcoming territorial election. Last week Premier Pasloski said he would fight likely federal plans for a national carbon-pricing program that would include the Yukon.

Licence to build: unpacking the meaning of ‘social licence’

No, it doesn’t mean needing a licence to use social media, although that might be a good idea given what you see on Twitter these days.

City versus frontier: 21st century economic development

Whitehorse is on the battle lines of a big debate in economic development. Will big cities rule the 21st century, or will growing populations and the need for space give another push to geographical expansion?

Tear that ‘Frack Free Yukon’ sticker off your car

It’s a small town, and I know your dirty secret: You’ve been fracking again.

Why our kids should learn coding

Back in the early 1980s, I had a mind-expanding experience. It wasn’t because of Pac-Man, Van Halen or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Gold gets a boost from the loonie

There hasn’t been a lot of good economic news for the Yukon lately, but 2016’s resurgent gold market — boosted further by the weaker Canadian dollar — is a bright spot for us.

Mountain to mountain, hut to hut

When I first hiked to Grizzly Lake in the Tombstones 20 years ago, it was an off-piste wilderness trek. We didn’t see anyone else.

What should you do this winter?

It is starting to get dark at night again, a sure sign that you need to decide what you want to do this winter.

Pokemon and the rest of us

On the one hand, it’s good to see that the Yukon’s digital infrastructure is good enough that Yukoners can go as bonkers over Pikachu and Charmander as the rest of the planet.

Council of Pokemon

Last week you may have noticed groups of people around Whitehorse, strangely fixated on their smartphones and huddled at apparently random street corners.

What’s not in the Fireweed Party platform

Sometimes what is not in a political party’s platform is as important as the “announceables” you see in the news.

Brexit: Implications for the Yukon

This week, I’ll take a break from the Fireweed Party series to report from London on what Brexit means for the Yukon.

The Fireweed Party capital budget

We’ve been having fun for the last few weeks, at least by economist standards, talking about the platform of a mythical Fireweed Party that wants to make the Yukon the best choice in Canada.

The Fireweed Party and the essentials of daily life

This is the third installment of the platform of the mythical “Fireweed Party,” which I have put together after chatting with various veterans of Yukon politics about what their dream party might offer to voters.

The Fireweed Party’s economic platform

Last week, I idly speculated what a new Yukon political party might put in its platform, if it tried a bit harder to get past the vague bafflegab that fills most political platforms.

Launching the Fireweed Party

Believe it or not, in some places people get so sick of their tired old political parties that they invent new ones.

Yukonomist visits the big city

Yukoners like to treat Skagway like it's in their own backyard. But while Alaska looks a lot the same, it is different in many ways from the Yukon.