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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.
Allow me to distract you for a minute from the scintillating rhetoric and compelling visions of the Canadian election.
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.
This federal election gives Canadians the opportunity to vote thumbs-up or thumbs-down on whether they think the Conservatives have done a good job in the decade since Stephen Harper became prime minister in 2006.
Every city has its warts, and we encountered a few at Fort McMurray, but after spending a week here I can say reality is much different from the city’s stereotypes.
Canada isn’t well known for innovative public policy. In fact, the ridiculousness of our dairy supply management policy – supported by all three major political parties for years – is the butt of vicious economist jokes.
You have to have a grudging respect for the relentless scheming of the Conservative Party in Ottawa.
Summer is supposed to be the season of hard work, when you stake claims and move as much dirt as you can. Winter is when you have time to fret about commodity prices.
Statistics Canada just released figures showing a surge in unemployment in the Yukon. The headline rate hit 8.3 per cent in June, seasonally adjusted.
The latest blockbuster has arrived just in time for summer reading season at the cabin: Viability Analysis of Southeast Alaska and Yukon Economic Development Corridor.
Americans generally don't pay much attention to Canada. One sure way to fix that is to build a giant tailings pond uphill from the border.
Well, that was embarrassing. The government put 39 lots on Whistle Bend's Iskoot Crescent up for auction and received precisely zero bids.
We tend to think about land ownership in a black-and-white way. Either you own a piece of land, and can do whatever you want with it, or you don't. Reality is more complicated, and getting more so.
You knew the Alaskan budget crisis was getting serious when the state ferry corporation told travellers its ferries might be docked indefinitely after July .
Yukoners have talked a lot about the parlous state of our mining industry. Of the three operating mines we had in 2013, only Minto is still running.
As much as we Yukoners like to mock Outside experts, when the big brains visit it is wise to consider their advice. David Hughes falls into this category.
Robert Service helped put the Yukon on the global literary map. The poems he wrote in Whitehorse and then Dawson City made him famous and, it's worth pointing out, rich.
"The future is happening in this city," said a friend I visited recently in San Francisco. He moved there from New York and was blown away by the scale and intensity of innovation in the Bay area.
It's easy to make fun of the Arctic Council and the industry of academics and pundits that has grown up around it.
The long-awaited federal budget was delivered last week, and it was, to tell the truth, rather boring. The media was fixated on whether the federal deficit would be eliminated.