Letter to the Editor

Grateful for caring Yukoners I would like to give a heartfelt public thanks for all of the multifaceted support that I’ve received from my…

Grateful for caring Yukoners

I would like to give a heartfelt public thanks for all of the multifaceted support that I’ve received from my friends and the greater community of Whitehorse after my recent accident.

Words alone can’t express all of my gratitude for the energy that has been put into helping me through this.

It reaffirms my often-stated opinion that the Yukon is definitely one of the best places in the world to live, and that one of its greatest treasures is its people — with their sense of community and of helping one another.

The more I see of the rest of the world the more I love the Yukon and its people. It is with great joy that I come back here for my visit and a touch of sadness when it’s time to return to the US.

I especially wish to thank doctors Storey and Huang and the nurses at the surgical ward of Whitehorse General, and my apologies for being such a wimp when I was there.

Their concern and patience are incredible. All Yukoners should be proud of the calibre of the ambulance staff. The efficient calm care I received was quite reassuring.

My recovery is largely due to Heather, Dee, Ruby and Quinn who took me in at Almost Home Maternity Centre and opened their hearts and home to me. It’s a wonderful nurturing environment. Their care is incredible.

Al Pope did an excellent job of handling the situation until the ambulance arrived, and kept a cool head when others may have panicked.

I may owe my life to Sheila Alexandrovich who taught me that you could teach a dog team to stop and stay on command, something other mushers taught me isn’t possible to do.

If the team had not obeyed me and stopped and brought me back to a phone and medical care I’m sure there would have been a more tragic result, likely a fatality.

Much thanks to you all.

Bob Fink

Whitehorse and Skagway

Good cop, bad cop

Re Stephen Porter’s letter A cop with attitude (the News, April 13):

There is only one route going into the athletes’ village (Yukon College) and coming out and it ends at Range Road necessitating a full stop before you can proceed north or south.

You state you took your daughter to the athletes’ village earlier and were returning downtown.

With 25 years of driving experience under your belt, you would ensure you were aware of the lay of the road, especially driving a vehicle you were unfamiliar with in “snowy and icy” conditions in a new area.

I found it interesting that you “decided to give it a few days and then go down to the detachment and see the constable in a more neutral situation.”

Kudos to you for attempting to give this constable a second chance to show his professionalism by attempting to make you “feel comfortable by asking some questions about PEI, the Winter Games or anything at all — including the condition of snowy and icy roads and our experience driving in a new area.”

You forgot to thank him for doing his job and possibly saving your life and the lives of your fellow passengers, your wife and mother-in-law and perhaps another carload of people.

You state: “If I have broken a traffic law, I should and will pay for this offence.” I believe your intention of visiting the detachment was never to talk the constable out of a ticket for this serious traffic violation.…

It is your opinion, that because you were a visitor to this area, the constable should have engaged you in small talk to make you feel comfortable, and in failing to do this, in your opinion he was “rude.”

In my opinion, he was doing his job. I feel that it is better that the so-called “rude” constable gave you a ticket than for him to turn a blind eye and let you continue on to “politely” kill a Yukoner.

Lynn Berger


Good Yukoners

make up for the bad

A few weeks ago, our restaurant was broken into and robbed. Although we try to never leave money on the premises, the one time I broke that rule, because I was so busy, a sum of money and goods were taken from us.

Some of the funds that were taken were my personal savings, money that was destined to be sent to my mother and sister in China. I wanted to help them celebrate the new year.

A good customer, Rose Berndt, who is also a friend, knew about this gift for my family who live so far away.

In kindness, she collected money from her fellow employees at Environment Canada. This money was meant to replace the personal money that had been stolen.

When my friend presented me with a box full of money, I was speechless!

We have been fortunate in our new country and I was able to send gifts to my family anyway, so I asked her to kindly donate the money to other people who may need it more, but I will never forget this gesture.

What made me speechless was the generosity with which people dropped money into the box to help a far-away elder and her daughter celebrate New Year’s.

My early years were spent in China. I still love my native land, but I married and raised my children here in Canada.

Eighteen hard-working, good years have made Whitehorse, Yukon my home. I am proud to live among such warm-hearted, generous neighbours.

Thank you again, my friends. I will pass your kindness on to others.

Janet Chan, North Dragon Restaurant, Whitehorse

Laberge is the name

After being in the Yukon for more than a year and a half, I experienced tons of times my last name spelled wrongly.

I think it’s time to stop that. As there is also a lake with the same last name as me, I thought it would be great to teach a little history lesson to every Yukoner once and for all.

It’s Laberge, not Lebarge. The lake’s name comes from Michel Laberge, a naturalist who worked for the Overland Telegraph Company from 1867.

He was also the first French Canadian explorer in the Yukon and Alaska. As you can see, there are still francophone pioneers to shape the history of the Yukon.

Hopefully, the lesson will be learned.

Charles Laberge


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