Letters

Fighting global warming. Who gets the bill?

Mighty matters are afoot in the world today. Powerful men are gathering together, or planning to gather together, to discuss two of the great challenges facing the human species: cooling the overheated planet and thawing the frozen economy.

The battle of the birds

A war over resource ownership has broken out right in front of our window. Flashes of metallic red, then a loud buzzing sound as one of the combatants zips by with his incensed adversary hot on his tail feathers.

One man’s effort to keep the past afloat

The Yukon Rose has had a history of going to the bottom, but she has never stayed there for long. In fact, current owner Marc Johnston has put her on the bottom several times himself - but he had good reasons for doing it.

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Polar Plunge 2017
The Nutcracker
B.C. announces anti-racism funding for prevention, education
Police launch website for murdered 13-year-old B.C. girl

The scoop with kitty litter

Having an animal companion these days raises all sorts of environmental and ethical questions. Very few humans actually need a cat or a dog as a working animal.

Yukon politicians require a visit from John Muir’s ghost

There are a lot of books floating around that boast fondly of what the Scots have done for humanity. With titles like How the Scots Invented the…

A chance encounter with the Borneo flower master

‘Are you finding everything you need?” The clipped British accent floated over shelves of books about headhunters and orangutans, ginger…

How to drive a bus through the House

This Thursday morning, I learned from the national press that Canada's elected representatives stayed up all night "debating" amendments to the federal budget omnibus bill.

Landscaping, Yukon style

Ah, the sweet sounds of spring: crrr, whup, crrr, whup. Sam is excavating the door of our greenhouse from a metre of snow.

Billion dollar boondoggle

People are calling it a "billion-dollar boondoggle," and for once they're not talking about the Yukon government. The cost for Canada to host the G8 and G20 leaders' summits in Ontario this month has soared to $1.

Slow down and think, please

I have come to want my culture slow. I realized this while nearly twitching into an epileptic fit at the local cinema as I was flooded with cranked up sound, explosions, jump cuts, and flashing light, and this was a preview for a quiet, love story.

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Live and learn or you won’t live long! Sweat never drowned no one. Thinking never hurt them either.

One of my favourite photos

Although I’m interested mainly in people of the Yukon area, I’m interested also in people in the North in general. This photograph shows a beautiful Inuit woman and child from the Nome, Alaska, area.

Is this called resistance?

Last week, the War Resisters Support Campaign and the Council of Canadians brought US peace activist Cindy Sheehan to Ottawa to speak at a news…

The bell pepper Christmas tree

Peppers make not only amazing houseplants, they also put on a fine organic display of Christmas colours.

Election 2011: It comes down to trust

Just before leading her party to its worst electoral defeat in history, former Conservative leader Kim Campbell remarked that a 47-day election campaign was no time for a serious discussion about policy.

Interest in the Old Keno Assay Office

The photograph on the right is of the old Keno Assay Office. The newspaper ad on the right kind of says that Dawson City and William Sime had an earlier assay office there. Also, I want to say thank you very much to R.

These boots weren’t made for walkin’

Dear Uma: Valentine's Day may have gone by our Pete-less household without a celebration of love and romance, but it was not without drama.

Building the DEW Line was like moving 2,000 Statues of Liberty to the Arctic

It sounds like something from an old movie. During the Cold War era North America was looking for a way to defend against the threat of an attack from the USSR.

City working plan backwards

The city of Whitehorse is inviting comments on the 2010 Official Community Plan. This plan is a guide to development and planning for the next decade or so. It is a vision of what citizens want to see done with the physical layout of their community.

Poisoning the North

“Indigenous people have become the industrialized world’s lab rats.” -Rachel Carson As early as 1945 Rachel Carson was becoming…