Richard Mostyn

time for the facts mr. premier

Dennis Fentie has an obligation to publicly explain why the Yukon Development Corporation is issuing $100 million in bonds. Fentie is the territory's Finance minister. He is also the minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corporation.

The territory’s recovering addicts need a safe haven

The Yukon has no aftercare program for recovering alcoholics. It is beyond time it established one. The territory's alcoholics already face enough obstacles.

Putting bums in seats

Compared to managing $160 million in capital projects, placing want ads to replace four empty board seats is comparatively easy. So it's unsettling to learn Yukon Energy Corp. has been too disorganized to hire new directors.

health care pork barrelling

It is time for the Yukon government to justify its decision to build regional hospital facilities in Watson Lake and Dawson City. The cost of these two facilities is pegged at $50 million.

tiger tiger burning bright

There is something exhilarating about spying on a family of wild tigers shuffling through the Sumatran jungle. Recently, the World Wildlife Fund posted a video of the big cats on YouTube.

the government we deserve

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not responsible for the suspension of Parliament. Canadians are. To be fair, several tens of thousands of people are genuinely upset enough to write or to protest Harper's strategy.

Come what may

We shall try a word game. It may be fun. Read the next two sentences. The city may consider this land greenspace. The city shall consider this land greenspace. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to recognize they mean profoundly different things.

tell me why

Yes, we are jettisoning our Monday edition. It's gonzo. Why? Simple.

focus should be on safety not short term savings

Instead of focusing on the bottom line, Yukon businesses should start focusing on safety. Too frequently, the two are at odds in the territory. And both employers and employees are suffering as a result.

canadian justice is questionable

These are troubling times for the RCMP. However, they are more troubling for the Canadian public.

Punching the reset button

Copenhagen represents a reset for Canada and a huge opportunity for Stephen Harper's government. Over the last few years, Harper has turned Canada into an international badass, blocking or opposing action on climate change.

The 80 per cent solution

A unique region has received a unique report. The Peel Watershed Planning Commission has just shielded a smidgeon more than 80 per cent of this fantastically wild region from mineral development. However, it did not bestow blanket protection.

are you feeling more secure

We recently wrote about press freedom in Canada. It would be remiss to ignore the latest evidence of Canada's growing intolerance towards free speech. It involves Amy Goodman, co-founder of Democracy Now!, a US independent daily news broadcast, and author of Breaking the Sound Barrier, a collection of weekly columns.

Heads should roll

David Morrison, the president of Yukon Energy Corp., should resign. Here's why.

The politicians should probably don helmets

Over the next 10 months, Yukon politicians will consult with the public about new ATV regulations. This buttering-up period is too long, but probably necessary. New laws are necessary, but probably won't be warmly received by iron-donkey jockeys.

The Afghan committee must have time

David Mulroney must be allowed to rebut Richard Colvin's assertion he'd been warned prisoners were being tortured in Afghanistan. The two diplomats offer different perspectives on the time they shared in Afghanistan.

Hungry for solutions

On November 24, 1989, the Canadian Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate child poverty in Canada by 1999. That warm, fuzzy goal probably swayed a few votes.

bullying isnt kidstuff


change can be costly


the gradual erosion of freedom

When press freedom is curtailed, who is hurt? Who benefits? These are questions you should ask as we tell you there is far less press freedom in Canada today than there was a year ago.