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Banishing bottles and bringing on bags

Heavy plastic bottles are making an exit at Yukon Spring to be replaced by lighter, more environmentally friendly bags. The long-time Yukon company has been providing bulky 18.

Trash talking Whitehorse waste

To his adversaries, Dr. Paul Connett is an environmental evangelist - the Jimmy Swaggart of Trash. But this doesn't faze the zero-waste expert.

Outside the Cube wins national award

Projecting Yukon wilderness into a congested urban centre has landed a local marketing agency national recognition. Outside the Cube has won a Canadian Marketing Association award.

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Permafrost could tip climate change scales

The Arctic is climate change's whipping post. We've all seen the pictures of lonely polar bears floating on ice floes. Or watched Greenland's glaciers splinter into the sea.

Rolling up Mexican flavour in Rotary Park

Sick of slopping sewage, Ray Mazurak moved to avocadoes. Between bouts of burrito building, the animated 27-year-old entrepreneur talked shop on…

Turning our best friends into ashes

In a land of ice, snow and permafrost, the delicate task of burying deceased pets has always posed a problem.

What it takes to be a wildland firefighter

Eva Holland Special for the News The standardized fitness test for Canada's wildland firefighters is as much a game of strategy as it is a feat of raw strength and endurance. I learn that quickly, but not soon enough.

Yukon farm forced to close — for now

Garret Gillespie and Heidi Marion knew they might be planting more seeds than they could hope to grow.

Passive House helps pay for itself

Antonio Zedda is actively trying to make the Yukon more passive - at least in terms of home design. The Whitehorse based architect is organizing a Passive House certification course for this January.

Northwestel considers new fibre optic line

For residents fed up with the territory's periodic Internet outages, Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski's recent budget speech contained a promising tidbit.

Mapping the hazards of climate change

It’s no secret that many Yukon homes are built on permafrost. And it’s not news that as the climate warms, pockets of permafrost are starting to thaw, causing roads and foundations to settle unevenly.

Visitors seek refuge in new Whitehorse hostel

A man carrying a giant cardboard box is awkwardly making his way down the basement stairs of the newly opened Lead Dog Backpacker's Inn. "Do you need a hand with that?" says Mike Tribes, one of the hostel's co-owners.

Portable forest village — with mountain bikes

First there was nothing. Then there was bike-friendly yurt accommodation. Perched amid the high bluffs of Long Lake Road lies a hobbit-like…

Newlyweds bring hometown Mexican flavour north

Roxana Perez de Iga and Jorge Iga moved to the Yukon from Mexico 10 days after they got married. They're a long way from Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila, but they have brought little pieces of their former home with them.

Tlingit Tours takes tourists back to the land

CARCROSS ‘WoooooOOOOOO!” Ten mostly francophone civil servants from Ottawa come roaring across the desert on ATVs, while the dozen…

The way of the simulator

In an open pit mine somewhere in Canada, the driver of a 777D earthmover is casually delivering his load of newly excavated rock. Suddenly, the engine erupts into flames. Calmly, the operator cuts the engine, brings the ear

Arm yourself! The world is in need of a hero

Calgary's Rebecca Northan has become an excellent judge of character. It's a job requirement when you cast the lead of your play moments before you go on stage.

Yukon Brewing unveils its berry liqueur

The brewmasters at Yukon Brewing have been known to put all manner of things into their beers, from pureed ginger and stinging nettle to hand-peeled grapefruit and espresso coffee.

Two languages, one voice

Singer Nicole Edwards can hold a note in two languages. Inspired by her French first name, an Anglo-Ontarian is now Yukon's francophile folk-rock diva. Many agree Edwards has the most beautiful voice in Yukon.

Hatchery seeks to supersize fry numbers

A tiny fish hatchery just outside Porter Creek is making big strides to help the Yukon's struggling chinook salmon population. If you're not looking for it, the McIntyre Creek hatchery is easy to miss.