Editorial

Bringing home the bacon for Bell

The question on the minds of many NorthwesTel customers isn't whether we're being price-gouged, but by how much. Here's an admittedly rough figure: on average, about $100 per year. Here's how we reached that number.

Time to rethink roadside hunting

As the Yukon Wildlife Management Board prepares to review the controversial practice of roadside hunting, the territory's First Nation governments face an interesting choice.

Non profits on the chopping block

Health Minister Doug Graham's off-the-cuff announcement that he intends to wind-down some non-profits that are solely concerned with advocacy, rather than services, strikes us as a trial balloon: it's intended to gauge the public's reception before he makes a firm commitment.

Off roading over objections

It didn't take long for the howling to begin when we suggested here last week that the growing popularity of all-terrain vehicles is causing certain wildlife populations to plummet. What a load of hooey, the naysayers blared. Bunch of nonsense.

ATV freedom carries a steep price

Imagine waking up one morning to discover that someone has ripped across your front lawn on an all-terrain vehicle, leaving behind a trail of mud and chewed-up grass.

Building a better ballot

The Yukon Party received 40.5 per cent of the popular vote in the Yukon's 2011 general election. Yet, thanks to our electoral system, it received 11 of 19 seats - enough to rule with a majority.

once upon a time

Resources Minister Brad Cathers accuses the NDP Opposition of residing in a world in which "fairies and Marxism" trump economic reality and Canadian law. This is presumably meant to draw attention away from the fairy tales told by the Yukon Party government.

fracking is a foregone conclusion

We thought we'd save our MLAs the bother of convening their new all-party committee on hydraulic fracturing, staging public consultations and eventually producing a report.

balance schmalance

If Premier Darrell Pasloski's plan for the Peel watershed is as wise as he claims it to be, why can't he promote it on its own merits? Instead, he's decided to attack his opponents in a transparent ploy to change the subject.

time for democracy in teslin

It's hard to believe that there's much of a discussion to be had in Canada today about the merits of democratically electing the head of a government.

Our solution to the F.H. Collins schmozzle

Citizens of the Yukon, it’s time to help your government during its hour of need. As you’re aware, the territory needs new designs to rebuild F.H. Collins High School – and fast.

not so fast with mt. sima funding

The Great Northern Ski Society has repeatedly appeared before Whitehorse city council to plead for money. Each time, they swear it will be the last.

put catholic public education to a vote

Who calls the shots at Vanier Catholic Secondary School: Education Minister Scott Kent or Bishop Gary Gordon? This is no idle question. Both men have given contradictory directives about how the school is to teach about same-sex relationships.

Physician, heal thyself

The Yukon's Catholic Church leaders are free to live in the 1950s for as long as they want, provided they do so on their own dime. But it's different when a bishop tries to impose his own retrograde views on human sexuality.

More to be done on the furnace file

Those of us who don't know our oil-burning furnace's blower from its burner assembly put faith in the mechanics we hire to install and maintain these devices.

Don’t shoot the messenger

You know something is wrong when a government worker who spends her own time and money to help the territory's needy, while addressing a long-known shortfall in the government's own services, is quickly shown the exit.

freedom of the press is a necessary pain

So Cherish Clarke has appointed herself as censor-in-chief of the Yukon. Clarke, the organizer for the territory's Idle No More protests, announced that she's helpfully come up with a list of publications that are appropriate for the public to consume.

Cool the rhetoric on First Nation reforms

The recent Idle No More protests probably say as much about the tactlessness of the federal Conservatives as it does about the unreasonableness of some First Nation activists.

plenty at stake

In late December, the judges found that aboriginal rights are being violated by the government's current method of awarding mineral rights and the accompanying right to explore.

Some wishes for 2013

Here are some of our hopes and fears for 2013. * We hope Humane Society Yukon's new board receives support over the holidays to ensure the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter remains open.