Letters

Simple narratives never tell the whole story

It seems like such a dreadfully obvious thing to point out, but some of the things that happen in the world happen for more than one reason. The cliche is that things happen for a reason. But things happen for rarely just one reason.

  • Jun 7, 2017

The story of Chicken Billy Anstett

William Horkan had the prestigious job of gardener at the Commissioner’s Residence, but the horticulturist whose name stands out was William Anstett, but was widely known as Chicken Billy.

It appears Yukoners love Alaska’s legal weed

In a reversal of the Klondike stampede, people from the Yukon are now rushing southwards to Skagway over the Trail of ‘98 in search for a rare and valuable commodity.

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Sharing the road with cyclists

Last week was Bike to Work Week. That means chances are good that motorists will be sharing the road with more cyclists this week than they normally do.

  • Jun 2, 2017

Sympathy for Tagish residents

When I read the article regarding Tagish’s challenges with dogs barking, I was surprised and concerned that there are obviously many more people sharing the same disturbances of sleep, peace and quiet as our family and neighbours do.

Hiking minimum wage an investment

Money has greater implications than just a plus or minus figure in a bank statement.

Electoral reform blues

Kudos to Premier Silver in re-stating the territorial Liberal promise to undertake discussions regarding electoral reform in the Yukon.

Raising minimum wage good for business

Like many Yukoners, I was disappointed in the Liberal government’s recent decision not to undertake a review of Yukon’s minimum wage.

Yukon’s needless campground war of all against all

It's time to end the madness.

  • May 31, 2017

What to do if you get in an accident

As they say on an airplane, in the unlikely event of a crash, what should you do? We will discuss the dos and don’ts, but first let’s look at the ways to reduce our chances of getting in an accident in the first place.

  • May 26, 2017

In Dawson, I saw wonderful things

When I visited the old courthouse in Dawson City this past weekend, where I had an office for 18 years as curator for Parks Canada, it was like seeing the place for the first time, and yes, I saw wonderful things.

On real Yukon time

One of the good things about democracy is that it surfaces ideas the political elite may not be worried about.

Space for all artiodactyls

On behalf of Yukon farmers, the Yukon Agricultural Association is seeking a measured approach to the public discussion about the management of Yukon’s domestic sheep and goat populations.

Open letter of Dawson City council on water rates

Why has city council decided to increase, at a minimum, the commercial water rates by 13 per cent and the commercial sewer rates by 15 per cent?

Thank you Air North

After my mother died my husband and I were called to Merritt, B.C. for a memorial. Air North gave us a bereavment discount and we also received a Yukoner discount...

Please read this column about tax reform

Maxime Bernier, currently a leading favourite to be leader of the federal Conservative Party, is calling for substantial tax reform as part of his platform.

  • May 24, 2017

This was Yukon life 100 years ago

One hundred years ago, war was the dominant topic in the minds of Yukoners as the “Great War” dragged on into its third year. Human life became an expendable commodity stalemate in the battlefields of France and Belgium.

Don’t drive distracted

The Canadian Safety Council has deemed the week of May 16-22, as National Road Safety Week for 2017. The theme this year is Can you see them? By “them” they mean distracted drivers.

  • May 19, 2017

Good news for Yukon gold miners based on strong fundamentals

You may not be interested in the commodity markets but, to paraphrase Leon Trotsky, the commodity markets are interested in you.

Hey! Hikers! Leave them cams alone

If you happen to spot a motion sensor camera along one of the many trails around town, please leave it alone. Chances are good that it’s been placed there for a wildlife monitoring project.