Letters

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.

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Ahead by a century
Whale surprises sailboat near Denman Island
Conservatives demand 'action' on ISIL returnees in Canada
Small businesses urge end to rotating strikes at Canada Post

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.

Open season

It's official. This summer is "open season" for the Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline, when pipeline builders go to market and seek enough firm commitments from gas producers to build a pipeline.

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SEMPORA, SABAH, Malaysian Borneo Splash! Another diver backflipped off the side of the boat into the warm waters of the Sea of Celebes.

Alone in the wild

Unlike the British reality TV chap recently airlifted out of Tincup Lake, I am, of course, not alone. There is my partner Sam, except for those times he's out for work, and then there are our dogs.

Our firestorms

The tension was as thick as the smoke swirling around us. A strong wind pushing up the valley towards us fanned the fire.

Has Facebook killed the mosh pit?

Ah, the mosh pit. It is the very essence of what it means to be a young person in the post-modern age. It's where we go to escape the digital confines of the internet and reconnect with real people in a somewhat primal fashion.

Guide to the green life is forthcoming

The Northern Climate Exchange up at Yukon College and the city of Whitehorse, along with other organizations, are creating a new Whitehorse Green Guide. It is so green it will not even be printed on paper, instead it will be internet based.

Microsoft and the fools of April

As April draws to a close, most people have probably already forgotten about the April Fools event that did not happen, this year: the massive internet disturbance, much warned about and ballyhooed in the press, caused by the computer worm called Conficke

The real McGee

‘There are strange things done in the midnight sun “By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would…