Keith Halliday

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.

Fixing Whitehorse’s weird deficit: Arts, culture and economic development

Now that natural gas is in the "longshot" category and we're down to our last operating mine, what is Whitehorse's economic future? 

Yukon political parties in 98.7 per cent agreement on fracking

Now that oil-and-gas minister Scott Kent has announced the Yukon government's response to the legislature's fracking committee recommendations, we know exactly where all the parties stand.

Put on your Goretex, it’s about to rain money

It is a wonder of modern government accounting that the latest Yukon budget can show both an annual "surplus" of $23 million for the current fiscal year.

What to do next on Yukon Zinc

Yukon Zinc's creditor protection court documents make for grim reading, with bad news for pretty much everyone involved.

Smothering a problem with money

The $200-million proposal to add twin lanes and other improvements along the Alaska Highway from the Carcross cutoff to the Mayo road jumps the shark, even by the Yukon government's standards. 

What’s next for Next Generation Hydro

It is easy to generate electricity. I know engineers will be appalled by that statement, but what I mean is that with enough money to invest we could build plants to generate power here.

More secret memos

To: Premier Pasloski From: Premierbunker Special Ops Unit Re: Operation Frackalicious Dear Premier, Everyone bought it. 

Budget worries force the N.W.T. to think bigger

The N.W.T. economy looks like it is headed for some tough sledding and, in response, the territorial government is pushing forward plans to invest more aggressively in growth.

Stealing an idea from Air North

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It's also a highly successful business strategy. Last week I wrote about how successful Air North has been.

The Air North 500

Air North continues to be the world's No. 1 airline in a niche but, in my view, critical category: most economically interesting in-flight magazine.

Alaskans accuse Obama of wanting to make state ‘one big national park’

If Alaskans voted to replace their Democratic senator with a Republican, as they did last November, what would a nice guy like Barack Obama do?