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.

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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.


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…

A bottle of cool, refreshing estrogen, anyone?

What kind of dictator allows scientists to conduct potentially maiming and deadly experiments on its citizens? In this day in age, it’s the…

Dawson City’s Palace Bakery

It’s the Palace Bakery, which once stood on the entrance to Dawson City. I found the Palace Bakery building interesting in 1961 so I sketched…


A Merry Christmas to you and yours — may the people under your roof never fall out, and may your roof never fall in. The freedom gift . . .

Democracy matters more than delegates

The Democratic race is not about who has the most delegates. Or better put, it’s not about who has the most delegates in February or March or…

Shaking earth and preconceptions

Hector Bravo and his family planned to begin their trip home to Canada last Friday from Santiago, the capital of Chile. A bird strike, though, on a turbine of their arriving plane meant an overnight delay.

‘Rationalize’ and other handy euphemisms

To rationalize is to "structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results," according to one dictionary.

It’s a wrap…

The recent 12-day sitting of the Yukon legislature was never going to produce much. Fittingly, most of the Yukon Party government’s work is…

The horror of the White Pass Trail

'There's no choice (between the Chilkoot Pass and the White Pass)," said pioneer Mont Hawthorn when comparing the two major gold rush passes to the Klondike, "One's hell. The other's damnation.