Editorial

Don’t be dim about dodgy diplomas

It's commonly assumed that Yukon College's aspirations to become a university will only be achieved in the fairly distant future.

  • Nov 7, 2014

Give the poor a floor to stand on

You've got to hand it to Jayden Soroka for putting his money where his mouth is. He has a hunch that if you give poor families more money, they make smarter life choices, and he's willing to sell many of his worldly possessions to prove the point.

Canada needs some credibility on the climate file

Anyone who's been paying attention and hasn't fallen prey to nutty conspiracy theories understands that climate change is a big deal that the world must, at some point, address. Most Canadians get this.

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Help our candidates help themselves

We could be a whole year away from the next federal election, but already a long, protracted campaign in the Yukon may have begun.

Talking trash recyclables, to be precise

It's safe to say that plenty of paper, plastic, cardboard and other recyclable waste will be headed for Whitehorse's landfill in the near future, unless our municipal and territorial leaders get their act together.

Leef blows in the wind

When a Yukon MP broke his word on a matter of symbolic importance a few years ago, he found himself on the receiving end of some tough criticism from an energetic rival named Ryan Leef.

Art therapy

A lot of people know Dr. Gabor Mate for his groundbreaking work with hard-core drug addicts in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, but few know him for his budding work as a stage actor.

Why wait for Harper to address aboriginal violence?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled his action plan for addressing the high number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

This FASD campaign is a flop

If only ridding the territory of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder were as simple as crafting the right promotional campaign. Sadly, the problem is not so simple.

With a minister like this, who needs enemies?

What’s more frustrating than the prime minister making a big show of coming to town, but only giving local reporters between themselves just one question he will deign to answer?

A bucketful of charitable considerations

In case you missed it, Yukon MP Ryan Leef dove into the Arctic Ocean this week to raise money for a good cause. Then he dragged your newspaper editor in along with him.

Stupidity outbreak mars Harper’s visit

What a relief. Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Whitehorse yesterday and shared with the territory a fresh insight: the plight of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada is not, in fact, a "sociological phenomenon.

Let sunlight into the jail

Human rights apparently don't count inside Whitehorse Correctional Centre. That, anyhow, is an easy-to-draw conclusion, based on the Yukon government’s absurd decision.

We’re on team Elias

It's been nearly three months since MLA Darius Elias promised to seek help for his alcohol addiction. Now, freshly sentenced for refusing a breathalyzer, it appears Elias is still unwilling to face the music.

Sick in the head? Lock ’em up!

The Yukon, in case you haven't heard, has taken a trail-blazing new approach to treating mental illness. In serious cases, we simply take those suffering and throw them in the clink.

The public has a right to know? Pshaw!

Premier Darrell Pasloski must think that most Yukoners are rubes and dim-wits. How else to explain his ongoing reliance on staying mum.

No end in sight to Peel mess

At the risk of being a killjoy, it's probably important to note that the Peel trial is unlikely to resolve anything of substance. Not this week's trial, anyhow.

Give Housing First a second chance

It must be tough being a Yukon Party cabinet minister. So much money on hand, so few ideas with what to do with it.

Affordable housing file marked by ineptitude and indifference

Brad Cathers should grow a backbone. As the political boss of the Yukon Housing Corporation, Cathers is entitled to call the shots.

Some Vanier concerns still not resolved

Yukon's lapsed Catholics and left-leaning heathens must be shouting hallelujah this week, following news that Bishop Gary Gordon will soon be packing his bags for Victoria.