Letter to the Editor

Common sense for granola crunchers

Hats off to Ron Newsome. It is good to see a man defend his right to make a living.

Common sense for granola crunchers

Hats off to Ron Newsome.

It is good to see a man defend his right to make a living.

Concrete batch plants are as benign as it gets for heavy industry.

I have seen them in city core locations all over Western Canada. Try Calgary or Saskatoon.

Too bad the NIMBY, crunchy-granola sector of Whitehorse has chosen this as a cause-celeb-of-the-week to pursue.

I worked as a carpenter, forming concrete for more than 30 years. That is one of the most eco-friendly trades a person can get into.

There are no PC-laden carcinogens in cement, plywood or dimension lumber.

The effects of the trade are benign. No welding fumes or solvents, asbestosis or lead-based products are found in concrete.

These things are found in materials used in many other trades.

Maybe its time to call some common sense into the debate.

Neil Johnson



to the rescue

As you may be aware, over the past weekend, one of the main trails in the Mary Lake area was damaged to the point that many activities were no longer safe.

On Monday evening, I contacted the Klondike Snowmobile Association and inquired about trail grooming.

I wanted to know if the association could provide me with some direction as to how to repair the worst of the damage.

The answer I received far exceeded my expectations.

By late Tuesday afternoon, the access trail to Mary Lake had been fully repaired.

The snowmobile association, specifically Jim Conner and Harris Cox, donated their time and equipment.

Those who use and enjoy the trail on a regular basis can once again do so safely.

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the association, Conner and Cox.

Your generous, speedy and skillful assistance is greatly appreciated.

I hope that all users of the trail will respect the time and effort these men voluntarily put into restoring it and that it will not be subjected to the same type of damage again.

There are cleared areas to park your vehicle if you want to drive out and enjoy this area.

Tamara Young


Be careful of using

the ‘G’ word

I am writing this e-mail to ask for your support in ensuring that the trademarks, logos and word marks of the host society and Canada Games are used appropriately.

I believe most of you have our graphic standards manual and have used some of these elements either for yourselves as sponsors or for your clients in ads or material.

In order to save frustration from advertisers or businesses who may not be clear on the standards we are hoping that you can help to advise them of usage.

The words Canada Games, Canada Winter Games, Whitehorse Canada Games etc., are all word marks that are protected and registered by either the host society or the Canada Games council.

We are required to enforce the usage policy to protect the brand as well as honor sponsor agreements and benefits.

None of the marks can be used for commercial purposes.

We are asking that should an advertiser or client request that you use these in any of their materials that you advise them they should confirm with us that they have the right to use them, no different than if they asked you to use the slogan “Just do it” or “I’m Lovin it.”

So, an example would be: Canada Games Oil Change Special $19.99 or “get your boots just in time for the Canada Games.”

Some sponsors have rights so feel free to direct them to us and we will clarify.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at this e-mail or at the number below.

Thanks for your help!

Dee Enright

Canada Winter Games


Games are

publicly funded

In response to Dee Enright’s message of February 7, I thought I would clarify how the Yukon News treats Canada Winter Games-related or Canada Winter Games-themed advertising.

First, we trust our clients. If they ask to use a specific logo, we assume they have the right to do so. We don’t police logo use for other organizations.

Second, in my opinion, the words “Canada Games” or “Canada Winter Games” are not protected because they are used in reference to a local, public and publicly-funded event.

Should an advertiser request these words in an ad, we would publish them.

The strong ownership the Games committee feels towards the Games is, for the most part, a good thing, but the committee also needs to remember that the Games really belong to the community.

By the way, we are a Klondike Gold level sponsor — $50,000 in-kind.

Steve Robertson

Publisher, Yukon News