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Rambling

They came billed as creative puns for educated minds. Pun 1 -- She was only a whisky maker but he loved her still. The Middle East ... For a long time now I've been trying to get a better understanding of the Middle East and how it all came about. This

Where did that $3 billion go?

In April 2008, the British Columbia government issued a press release to inform the public of the success of their tax-cutting program.

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A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds, and a word is more lasting than the wealth of the world.

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Polar Plunge 2017
The Nutcracker
REPLAY: This week in B.C. in video
Women, supporters march throughout B.C.

Revenge of the Nerd

Do you go with your gut? Or dive into the data? One of the most interesting contests during the 2012 U.S. election was not between politicians.

WolframAlpha: Just the facts, mam

These days, I have become the techno- Cliff Claven of the Gold Pan Saloon here in Whitehorse.

Let the Dragon decide

Dear Uma: The world is a never-ending source of wonder, is it not? There really seems to be no limit on the human imagination; it gives me hope for a future beyond ice caps melting and swine flu and kids drinking the contents of the hand sanitizers in t

Letter to the Editor

Quarry would be a big mistake People living in Lobird, Copper Ridge, Granger, and Hillcrest should be fully aware of the city’s proposed…

Bumpy road ahead in 2013, 2014…

In early 1983 the Canadian government, under the controversial Canada-U.S. Test and Evaluation Program, allowed the United States to begin testing an early generation of unmanned stealth weapons over the North.

The secrets of bannock

Dear Uma: I haven’t mentioned this, but the kitchen has been my arena, once again. I wanted to wait and astound you with my success stories,…

Little John yields evidence of first Canadians

We stood on the edge of the tiny hill, overlooking a broad, low-lying valley.  Below us, the flat land was filled with small spruce trees,…

Wonderful, Wonderful Hopenhagen

There is a funky website at hopenhagen.com that is aimed at inspiring hope about the December climate change talks that will be held in Copenhagen. A neat little trick is that visitors to the website can put in a quick saying about what gives them hope.

Scientists reclaim contaminated soil with ancient technique

By Patricia Robertson A 2,000-year-old method of fertilizing soil may prove to be a faster and more effective way of cleaning up northern sites contaminated by oil spills or heavy metals from mining.

Conservatives alike squabble for control of the Hypocrisy Party

Meet the new boss….  “I am his Highness’ dog at Kew, please tell me sir, whose dog are you?” Alexander Pope,…

Playwriting and stage smooching

Life intervenes. My acting class has been postponed to an unknown date because my teacher's mother has become seriously ill. What now? I ask myself.

It’s the what ifs that make history interesting

Sometimes, it’s the what-if’s that make history interesting. It’s rather like the butterfly effect: a time traveller goes back in time to view events in the distant past, being careful not to disturb anything while on the journey...

Rare plant rediscovered 110 years later

In the summer of 1899, American botanist John Berry Tarleton spent months travelling from Skagway to Dawson. While late gold seekers sped past him, Tarleton poked along the banks of the Upper Yukon River, looking for plants. And he found his own kind of treasure.

Recycling season

The last day to collect points for the Recycling Club for Children is November 14. For those who are new to the Recycling Club, both points and the cash refund are given on all eligible beverage containers.

‘Frank Slim: the last of the steamboat pilots,’ and the SS Keno

I always enjoyed talking to the late Frank Slim. I knew him for many years; he saw many changes in the Yukon during his lifetime. Born near Marsh Lake in 1898, he later moved to Lake Laberge.

A bear’s lucky day

The sparkling of open water could be ignored no longer. Break-up was under way, slowly and haphazardly, and had created an open spot of water right by our doorstep.

On the bus: the Opposition that isn’t

This week, the Liberal Party of Canada launched its summer campaign bus in a teeming downpour, with leader Michael Ignatieff gamely joking the rain was a Conservative ploy.