Keith Halliday

Design principles for a Yukon carbon tax

Although they didn't mention it in their budget-response speeches, when pressed by doughty newshounds from this newspaper, NDP leader Liz Hanson and Liberal leader Sandy Silver confirmed they are considering a carbon tax.

A cunning plan by the vanguard elite, or just left wing amateur hour?

Every revolution needs a vanguard elite. The proles are usually too distracted by religion, nationalism or the NHL playoffs to have developed a revolutionary consciousness.

A tale of three budget speeches

The most important speech of the year for a Yukon premier is the budget address, since in our system the premier is also the finance minister.

All aboard the oil train!

Everybody loves a government-funded feasibility study. The people with the idea are happy to see their idea moving closer to, they hope, realization.

‘Feeling the Bern’ in Alaska

Bernie Sanders hit Hillary Clinton like an avalanche in Alaska last weekend, winning 81 percent to 19 percent in the state's Democratic caucuses. Bernie won all 40 districts convincingly, and gets 13 Alaskan delegates while Hillary gets just three.

Make Bennett great again!

Say what you will about Donald Trump, but an eye for a good hotel location seems to run in the family. Trump's grandfather Fred ran a hotel in Bennett during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Ninety five missing Yukoners

The Western settlement chapter of your typical high school history book is usually based on the assumption of inexorable population growth.

Watch for carbon pricing to be a territorial election issue

In the service of Yukon News readers, I read the Vancouver Declaration published by our first ministers last week, even though it brought back traumatic memories of pointless diplomatic conferences I attended when I was in the foreign service.

Watch out for how inflation eats away earnings

People often mock economists for confirming the obvious, usually late and with too much detail. So I'm pleased to report that Statistics Canada can confirm that yes, things are getting more expensive at the grocery store.

How caribou can boost gross domestic product

The recent brouhaha over the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board icing the puck on Northern Cross's drilling application prompts an economic development idea.

Asteroid mining and the future of the Yukon economy

Asteroid mining sounds like a crazy idea. But let's think in the long term. When my grandparents grew up a century ago in the Yukon, air travel was a novelty and space travel unthinkable.

Introducing the Yukon Swingometer

Bored of Donald Trump and Bernie "Feel the Bern" Sanders? Time to get excited about the 2016 Yukon election, which has to happen by October at the latest. Two recent polls have the Yukon's political class chattering.

Bumpy ride in the markets

The markets have been as bumpy as the Alaska Highway around Burwash over the last few months. 

New community theatre venture off to a strong start with Naked

It was an evening of firsts. Canadian premiere of Fiona Sprott's Often I Find That I Am Naked, directed by Eva Hamburg. First production by Whitehorse's new Larrikin Entertainment group.

Minto: More bad news for the mining sector

The Minto copper mine's announcement of reduced mining activity in 2016 and a temporary closure in 2017 brought more bad news to an already battered Yukon mining sector.

What will you do with your share of the Yukon’s $58 million windfall?

Plummeting energy prices made a lot of smart people look dumb in 2015. The "peak oil" pundits who said we were running out of the stuff now make sorry spectacles on the business news channels.

Three takes on Yukon’s transfer payment cut

The unexpected $23-million cut to the Yukon's transfer payment was fodder for much eggnog-fueled philosophizing over the holidays. Three schools of thought emerged around the eggnog bowls I frequented.

A lump of coal in the Yukon’s transfer payment stocking

Federal grinches put a lump of coal in the Yukon's transfer payment stocking over the holidays. 

Competitive scan: our new tourism competitor

Suppose you were an affluent city dweller, somewhere in the world, and you wanted to go on vacation off the beaten path.

The $15 million hole in our budget

There is a $15,484,000 hole in the Yukon government budget. When the spring budget was tabled, finance officials expected $95.6 million in corporate and personal income tax revenues this fiscal year.