Keith Halliday

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.

The criminal justice system’s $2.9 billion question

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.

Report from Fort McMurray

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.

Does the Yukon need a carbon tax?

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.

How much does your vote cost?

You have to have a grudging respect for the relentless scheming of the Conservative Party in Ottawa.

Chinese hedge funds are out to get you

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. 

Yukon unemployment surges in latest statistics

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.

Who should get cheap Yukon power?

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.

Alaskans cringe as new B.C. mine ramps up

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.

The street no one wants to live on

Well, that was embarrassing. The government put 39 lots on Whistle Bend's Iskoot Crescent up for auction and received precisely zero bids.

Aboriginal title and competitive advantage

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.

Budget Gotterdammerung in Alaska

You knew the Alaskan budget crisis was getting serious when the state ferry corporation told travellers its ferries might be docked indefinitely after July .

Kaminak: Could it be ‘The One?’

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.

Aggressive renewables

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.

Ted Harrison and Canada’s artsiest economy

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.

Silicon Taiga represents real opportunities

"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.

Arctic Council: useful, but maybe in a different way than you think

It's easy to make fun of the Arctic Council and the industry of academics and pundits that has grown up around it.

The power of the jaws

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.