Letters

Some truth about God and knee high corn

My mother says things I don’t always understand at first blush. She once told me that when she was growing up in the “twenties and…

What year is it, anyway?

Over the last week I have taken to the annual task of transcribing phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other bits of the critical information of…

Mrs. Fricke and the Bullies

In 1966 I was 11 years old. My adopted family moved that summer to a rented farmhouse in Bruce County in southwestern Ontario.

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Genetic diversity news is good for goats

The fossil record suggests mountain goats immigrated to North America across the Bering land bridge from Eurasia sometime in the early Pleistocene epoch, or late Pliocene.

Is money well spent on Arctic Winter Games?

Were the Arctic Winter Games a good investment? This kind of question often gets asked of economists, either by the proponents of major events, their opponents, or governments trying to decide whether to splash out some public cash.

Will Yukon’s MP champion Yukon’s threatened heritage?

According to the official website for the Parks Canada Agency, "An important part of Parks Canada's mandate involves protecting the health and wholeness, or commemorative integrity, of the national historic sites it operates.

‘Little boxes on the hillside’… And the world piles up with ‘ticky tacky’

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they must consider making some painful upgrades.

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.

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…