Letters

Deficit spending a risky proposition

The Yukon Party dynasty may be gone but the new Liberal government has opted to continue the trend of spending down our financial reserves.

  • May 3, 2017

Do the North Koreans know Rotary Park is a nuclear free zone?

If conversation at your dinner table ever gets dull, I suggest you pull out a globe and challenge someone to stretch a rubber band to show the flight path between North Korea’s nuclear launch sites and Chicago.

Northern Cross suit could cripple the Yukon

If a lawsuit recently brought by Northern Cross against the Yukon government is to believed, the territory is on the hook for $2.2 billion — an amount roughly equal to our gross domestic product for one year.

  • Apr 26, 2017
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To sell or trade?

When things change in our life and we need to replace our existing vehicle, what’s the best way to dispose of our old vehicle? Should we trade it in at the dealership or should we sell it privately?

  • Apr 21, 2017

Rare newspapers reveal political satire of cartoonist Arthur Buel

In a recent column (Feb. 10), I wrote about the artistic genius of political cartoonist Arthur Buel.

Reviving recycling

Since the Salvation Army announced they would be closing their thrift store, Raven Recycling has been planning for the impact on the public, the city’s landfill and our free store.

Commissioner Jim Smith: The end of an era

Legendary Yukon Commissioner Jim Smith has died. He was 97.

Mining the public purse

On multiple occasions, Northern Cross assured Yukoners it had no plans to use fracking. Now they are suing the Yukon government because there is a five-year moratorium on fracking.

Northern Cross suit smacks of desperation

The last move of Northern Cross Yukon looked like a late and illogical reaction to the Yukon government’s promise of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for the Yukon.

Let’s sue Northern Cross

The recent lawsuit filed by Northern Cross against the government of the Yukon, the Minister for and Department of Energy, Mines and Resources is raising quite a few eyebrows.

How do we convince kids to not want legal weed?

Which is harder for young people to get their hands on: legal alcohol or criminalized marijuana?

  • Apr 19, 2017

The evolution of in car audio

There’s a great sense of enjoyment that comes from listening to our favorite music while driving. Cranking the tunes and looking at the open road before us gives us a feeling of immense freedom.

  • Apr 13, 2017

Book launch evokes Alaska Highway memories

The launch of the new book Beyond Mile Zero took place at the Baked Café April 7. More than 100 people crowded into the tiny space to hear author Lily Gontard and photographer Mark Kelly share their experiences.

Northern Cross drops a $2 billion bomb on YG

Northern Cross’s lawsuit against the Yukon government’s fracking moratorium could work out to about $60,000 per Yukoner.

No, you shut up: The politics of the modern filibuster

When political junkies think of the filibuster they often recall the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

  • Apr 12, 2017

Alaska’s $3 billion budget hole

Unlike its Alaskan cousin, the Yukon legislature never invites economists to present their views while it deliberates the budget. After viewing the Powerpoint presentations Alaskan economists recently made before the Alaska Senate’s labor and commerce committee, I can see why.

Spring automotive tips

As we say goodbye to winter and welcome spring, it’s time to give our vehicles a once-over.

  • Apr 7, 2017

Beyond Mile Zero chronicles Alaska Highway’s vanishing lodges

When I ask somebody about how they arrived in the Yukon, they will often give me a colourful account of travelling the Alaska Highway. The long drive through northern boreal forest and the Rocky Mountains has often served as a transition between an old life and a new one.

Larry Bagnell should stand up for electoral reform

There are times when each of us can make a difference in a very concrete way. A change to our electoral system is one of those times.

Math doesn’t add up

I was a bit mystified by the March 31 Yukonomist column in your newspaper. The column starts out proposing a report card grading system for the new government’s first budget. This system begins by focusing on balancing the books and avoiding or minimizing any deficit. This seems sound.