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Last week you may have noticed groups of people around Whitehorse, strangely fixated on their smartphones and huddled at apparently random street corners.
Sometimes what is not in a political party’s platform is as important as the “announceables” you see in the news.
This week, I’ll take a break from the Fireweed Party series to report from London on what Brexit means for the Yukon.
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.
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.
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.
Believe it or not, in some places people get so sick of their tired old political parties that they invent new ones.
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.
I generally get very fast and efficient service at the motor vehicles branch office and the Department of Health. With four kids, we are frequent fliers in the learner's licence and lost-health-card categories.
The "sharing economy" is one of 2016's buzzwords. Trendy tech startups such as Uber, Yerdle, Taskrabbit and Airbnb are promising to fundamentally change how people use cars, hotel rooms and even their spare time.
If you go to a business conference these days, there seems to be no problem that can't be solved by "the Cloud." The Cloud is so trendy that it begets second-order cliches describing it as a "paradigm shift" or the "new normal.
I recently wrote about the Yukon's fiscal policy. Afterwards, someone asked me what the Yukon's foreign policy should be. It's an interesting idea.
The new season of Game of Thrones is not yet available on Apple TV, but fortunately Yukoners have something nearly as good in the meantime.
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.
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.
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.
Everybody loves a government-funded feasibility study. The people with the idea are happy to see their idea moving closer to, they hope, realization.
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.
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.
The Western settlement chapter of your typical high school history book is usually based on the assumption of inexorable population growth.