Keith Halliday

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.

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

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.