Letters

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.

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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.

A thought for today

Nine years ago, seven innocent men and women were rounded up by Iranian authorities and thrown into the infamous Evin prison solely because of their religious beliefs.

It’s dumb to pretend criticizing the Liberal government is the same as criticizing YG workers

After yielding the silly train to the Opposition these past months, the Yukon Liberals jumped back on board the Partisan Snark Express last week with a disingenuous Twitter attack on Yukon Party critic Brad Cathers.

  • May 17, 2017

A tax on the poor

We need to call the closure of Raven Recycling’s free store, the Salvation Army thrift store, and the dump’s free store what it is: a tax on the poor.

Students dive into history at annual heritage fair

My wife Kathy and I went on an amazing journey of discovery Thursday of last week. One minute, I was retracing the steps of a man collecting botanical specimens en route to Alaska over the Chilkoot Pass, thanks to the vivid account of Kalie Bennett of Golden Horn School. The next minute Kathy was learning about Faith Fenton, the Gold Rush journalist, from Marie Mabilog of Christ the King Elementary School.

The Yukon’s biggest killer

After a series of columns on fiscal policy, I thought readers this week might enjoy a new topic: cancer.

Antilock brakes and beyond

Imagine coming up over a hill at full speed and seeing an animal in the middle of the road. What’s the best way to react? Before the introduction of antilock braking systems (ABS), hitting the brakes would give you full stopping power but no steering ability. Not hitting the brakes would give you full steering ability but no stopping power. Antilock brakes give you the best possible stopping power with the best steering ability.

  • May 12, 2017

Can reasonable conservatives resist the populist fringe?

As an outsider looking in, I must say it is fascinating and terrifying to see how strong the glue is that holds modern conservative political movements together.

  • May 10, 2017

The day the United States bombed Dawson City

Every year about this time, people start speculating on the break-up of the Yukon. Ice pool tickets are purchased with hopes of selecting the winning time for the ice to move in front of Dawson City.

What to do if you get a flat tire

Everyone who drives should be able to change a tire in an emergency. While you may have some form of roadside assistance, if you are in an isolated area without cell service, it won’t be of any help.

  • May 5, 2017

Grading the budget

Premier Sandy Silver brought down his first budget last week. Now almost six months since he was elected, many were keen to see how his campaign speeches translated into budget reality.