Tristin Hopper

Military wants better cell plan

With the Canadian Forces spending more time in the North, Northwestel might have to bulk up its telecom network.

Recession prompted ‘sustainable’ growth: economist

The recession slowed down the Yukon's growth, but it's about time something put the brakes on the economy, said Bank of Canada economist Farid Novin, This time last year, the Yukon was struggling to keep up with "breakneck

The man of a thousand dresses

A century ago, the style was "beauty by impairment," explained clothing historian Ivan Sayers. "Essentially, the more handicapped a woman is by her clothing, the greater her status or appeal," he said.

Changing of the principals

Every morning, an English-French-Gwichin recording of the Canadian national anthem is played over the morning announcements of Porter Creek Secondary School.

Get Out!

When the mercury dips, style is usually the first casualty. Leather jackets and collared shirts hit the closet, to be replaced by Sorels and earmuffs. But it doesn't have to be that way, reminds vintage clothing collector Ivan Sayers.

Dead simple innovation to save lives

For the price of a Hyundai, Yukoner Karen Smith can turn a few acres of Uganda into a village-of-the-future. Dubbed the Mother Centre, and located just outside the capital city of Kampala, it would be a showcase of innovative ideas for everyday rural problems.

Get Out!

In modern secondary schools, the scourge of attention deficit disorder is fast becoming a ... Hey! Let's go ride bikes! Yukon Secondary School Mountain Bike Race!

Have your pavement, and keep your heritage, too

Dawson City's Front Street isn't a chip-sealed road anymore, but thanks to $660,000 worth of European coloured pavement, it will still look like chip seal.

The secular territory

God isn't dead in the Yukon, but he isn't in peak condition. The Yukon has Canada's highest population of atheists and agnostics, making it the country's most secular jurisdiction. More than 11,000 Yukoners...

Yukon grass a big deal, says UBC study

If Yukon grass got wiped out, what would take its place? asked UBC-based student botanist Jennie McLaren. The answer - nothing. In her experiment, McLaren killed off different plants and was left with nothing but soil.

One $40 million cable down, one more to go

With one $40-million fibre-optic network complete, Northwestel is already laying plans for a new one. But this time, the company is looking for government backing.

Aging Zappa ites, a circus and a whole lot of dance

The season opens with semi-nude dancing, ends with a man on stilts, and there'll be a circus, erotic puppets and a husky monologuist somewhere in between. But dance dominates this year's Yukon Arts Centre lineup.

Mayor’s salary high, but not for the North

For Whitehorse, a city of only 22,000 people, $77,000 is a pretty hefty mayoral salary. Corner Brook, Newfoundland, has 20,083 people, but its mayor only makes $27,032. Being mayor of Uxbridge, Ontario, gets you $39,804.

Tags loses price war with $19 billion corporation

Yesterday, tensions between Tags and the Fourth Avenue Petro Canada exploded into an all-out gas war in Whitehorse. Defying world gas prices, on Tuesday morning, Petro Canada dropped its petrol to 84.

21 years on, Faro man co receives Nobel Prize

After a couple of phone calls, Faro's Dennis Elliston got his Nobel Peace Prize. A former peacekeeper, Elliston co-received the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize in a small ceremony at Faro Town Hall on August 11.

Reality TV bravado ends in evacuation

Ed Wardle, "a guy who lives in London and loves the outdoors," planned to spend 12 weeks alone in the Yukon wilderness. After seven weeks, the undernourished British filmmaker was evacuated by float plane.

Chum coming in at record lows

Not only are the chum salmon late, but fewer are showing up. The fewest ever, in fact, according to sonar counters near the mouth of the Yukon River.

Out machining the Japanese

Worldskills is like the Olympics, but for useful things. Every two years, the industrialized nations of the world assemble their top tradesmen and tradeswomen to see who's the best.

Get Out!

Another summer of "adventure" is coming to an end for legions of francophone backpackers. Within days, Greyhounds will be packed with the exodus - bound once again for east-of-Winnipeg liberal arts campuses.

The bankruptcy guy

The bankruptcy business is booming. "We're busier than we ever have been," said Dean Prentice. Prentice is the Yukon's only bankruptcy trustee.