Richard Mostyn

who looks crazy now

You might remember that, earlier this year, business and other lobbyists wanted the number-crunching process delayed to find savings that might blunt the four per cent tax increase Mayor Bev Buckway and council imposed this year.

new dog old tricks

A government responsible for overseeing environmental assessments really shouldn't play fast-and-loose with the laws it's sworn to uphold. It undermines the system's credibility.

A goofy decision

At the height of the housing crisis, it seems a bad idea to squander a potential supported-living complex. But that's what the Yukon government has done.


Chamber president Rick Karp phoned last week to say Tony Clement was coming this week. "Is he announcing a gazebo?" Karp was asked. Silence. He didn't bite.

Gimme shelter: A Yukon News special report on the territory’s housing crisis

Landlords, tenants, homeowners and buyers, executives, business leaders, politicians, addicts, single mothers, the working poor ... you name it, they're affected by the economic boom and housing bust.

Time for a roof raising

Tackling a housing shortage is not easy. The issue is huge, with many angles. And it affects us all. Home buyers and renters face huge costs. Business and public-sector managers looking to hire...

be ready to be surprised

There is every indication that an election is going to be called this week. And if not, then soon after. So you face some choices.

Heading back to school? Hope you’ve memorized the Copyright Act

John Degen Special to the News It's that time of year again. Canada's university students are hitting the back-to-school sales for paper, pens, binders and gigabytes of digital storage media.

a good start

Ryan Leef is no Larry Bagnell. And that's OK. When Leef squeaked out an upset victory in the last election, few knew what to expect. Now, a few months into the job, the affable fellow is showing signs of becoming a decent constituency MP.

Make the social net more equitable

Having money does not make somebody smart. It makes them wealthy. Similarly, not having money does not make someone stupid.

borrowing from the despots

Freedom of speech and the internet must be respected in Tahrir Square as much as Trafalgar Square. It is rock-solid sentiment, as sound today as it was in February when British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered it to an audience in Kuwait.

putting lobbyists in the spotlight

If you think you know who's pulling the levers of power in the Yukon, think again. At the moment, the average Yukon citizen has no idea who is trying to influence government decisions.

faith and courage

As a society, Canadians should think very hard about where they want to pin their hopes for the future. Is it on faith, or science? Put another way, when you learn you are so sick your life hangs in the balance, who's your go-to guy?

worthless treasures

The territory's industrialists are euphoric. The resource-extraction biz is booming. Geologists are traipsing through the wilds looking for new riches, helicopters are whupping, trucks are rumbling and cash, of course, is flowing.


Hey, bicyclist, Whitehorse has a helmet bylaw. You probably didn't know that. Looking around, almost nobody wears the things. And bylaw officers don't seem to care if bikers are coasting around with their hair flying in the wind. They are too busy ticketing cars.

Accelerating into the fog

Imagine, for a minute, that you are riding a motorcycle and you are accelerating. Exhilarating, isn't it? Especially on a twisty road, and this one is particularly wriggly. There is curve after curve.

the devil and the damage done

Judge John Faulkner got it right. The pain, anger and frustration he conveyed in his recent sentence of J.D.

mob rule

There is a belief that anonymity is hurting youth justice more than it helps. We're not so sure.

building canadian industry on the bodies of the poor

Canadian politicians can defend the deadly asbestos industry all they want, but they shouldn't mislead citizens to do it.

Nice job

A couple of weeks ago, 21 Yukon tradespeople went to Quebec City to compete against their peers. They came back from the Skills Canada National Competition with four medals - a pair of golds and silvers.