Letters

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
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Bear vs rabbit caught on camera near Whistler
Dr. Bonnie Henry given a Gitxsan name
New Zealand Prime Minister on TV during earthquake
Alberta opens up more businesses as COVID-19 cases decline

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.

Does it really matter that the legislative assembly didn’t sit for six months?

When the 33rd legislative assembly dissolved, Sandy Silver was the sole Liberal member of the third party in the house. He had a caucus staff of one and a half helping him out. 

  • Apr 5, 2017

Free your clocks and the rest will follow

Did you take advantage of daylight saving time?

Cash, finance or lease: What’s the best way to pay for a new vehicle?

The question comes up regularly. On this topic, many have an opinion. Unfortunately, not all those opinions are based on current facts.

  • Mar 31, 2017

Yukoners fought in the battle for Vimy Ridge

On April 9, thousands of Canadians, including a number of people from the Yukon, will converge at the site of the Canadian memorial atop Vimy Ridge in France.

Silver’s upcoming budget mid term test

Expectations are high for Premier Sandy Silver’s upcoming budget. By the end of April, it will be almost six months since he was elected premier.

Halliday’s P3 column sucked

I am disturbed by the Yukonomist’s assumptions and generalizations in his column of March 24, “One picture worth a thousand economic words.”

P3s bad

I found Keith Halliday’s article “One picture worth a thousand economic words,” March 24 issue, provided a perspective that left me wanting to probe more deeply.

Firing squad: Whitehorse’s mayor and coucil risk voter wrath for costly string of dismissals

The revolving door for upper management of the City of Whitehorse continues to spin after years of relative stability.

  • Mar 29, 2017

Area man hates carbon tax

A carbon tax is morally offensive and it’s wrong, and for a simple reason. Where once government was only allowed to tax its citizens in order to fund operation. This time the tax is not justified by need.

Investment conference a success

The Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our sponsors and partners for their generous support of the inaugural Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference 2017.

One picture worth a thousand economic words

Despite all the bad Powerpoint out there, every once in awhile you see a chart that tells the whole story in one glance.

How to improve your fuel economy

One of the most regular costs we incur is fuel. It’s also a cost that varies a great deal, depending on a number of owner behaviours.

  • Mar 24, 2017

Yukon soldiers experienced the horrors of trench warfare first hand

By the end of 1916, the men of Joe Boyle’s Yukon Battery had become veterans in the field, having experienced battle and the extreme conditions on the Western Front.

Interfering in local riding nominations sometimes the lesser evil

We see, with some regularity, controversies flare up in this country whenever a political party’s leadership interferes in local nomination fights.

  • Mar 22, 2017