Keith Halliday

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.

Shakespeare is back in town

Will Shakespeare is back in town and kicking off the Christmas season with an entertaining new production of Twelfth Night at the Guild. Twelfth Night has been a crowd pleaser since 160.

Alberta, Paris and the Yukon

Two out of three ain't bad, as the old saying goes. The Alberta NDP's new carbon tax and climate change plan gets two big things right, but makes one potentially big mistake that could store up plenty of trouble for the future.

Having the Internet for breakfast

The Klondike Gold Rush would have been a lot more convenient if Amazon had been around. Instead of starving out on the creeks, miners could have just placed an order at www.amazon.

The IMF’s “low for long” scenario and the Yukon

We have all heard mining CEOs and government ministers talking about how slipping global mineral prices are hurting the Yukon's resource sector. It's a famously cyclical industry. The big question is when the next big rebound will be.

Whitehorse: the startup city

I have to admit that, whenever I'm in San Francisco and walk past one of those shared workspace places, I always stop and look in the window.

Vapourware on the Dempster

The Yukon government's announcement of a backup fibre optic link along the Dempster Highway with NorthwesTel last week reminded me of the term "vapourware.

What the Trudeau win means for Yukon politics

In contrast to most election platforms, more people probably downloaded Justin Trudeau's "New Plan for a Strong Middle Class" after the election than during the campaign. 

Planning ahead: the 2016 Yukon budget

With the federal election thankfully in the rear-view mirror, let's look at what's coming up here in the Yukon. The next big thing is the Yukon budget. 

Dog Meets God offers unforgettable moments, showcases next generation of Whitehorse acting talent

How to describe the Guild's new production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead? Think of it as a comedic cross between a Charlie Brown special and the Breakfast Club.

Non issue issues of the 2015 election campaign

It has been a depressing election campaign. Consider some of the big issues that our leaders and the media have positioned as major differences between the parties.

Trade the latest hot election issue

"If elected, I promise to raise the price of all foods containing wheat so that every Canadian family has to pay an extra $276 per year, which will go to Canadian wheat producers. 

Finally, a poll that is useful

The polling industry has produced some epic fails over the years. Most recently, pollsters predicted that the U.K.

Some things to consider this municipal election

Since our municipal election on October 15 is in danger of being overshadowed by all the federal electoral mayhem, let's have a look at what promises to be one of the key municipal election issues.

Refugees: What will you do?

Newspapers have been full of confusing numbers about Syrian and Iraqi refugees in recent weeks. Back in January, the federal government announced Canada would take 13,000 additional refugees.

Captain Camo strikes again!

Scene: Inside Captain Camo's secret headquarters at Second and Black, in the secure situation room which special drywall renders impervious to surveillance, radiation and common sense. 

Obama on climate change and the North

Allow me to distract you for a minute from the scintillating rhetoric and compelling visions of the Canadian election. 

Fiscal imbalance redux

One of Parliament's most important jobs is to hold the executive accountable for the nation's finances. Indeed, disputes with King Charles over taxation and spending led to the English Civil War.