Letters

Canadian business implicated in Honduran rights abuses

Exactly one year ago, Indigenous environmental leader and winner of the prestigious international Goldman environmental award, Berta Caceres, was gunned down in her own home.

How Klondike Joe saved the crown jewels of Romania

By 1914, Joe Boyle had made a fortune running a gold dredging company in the Klondike. During World War I, he went to in search of adventure; he found it. In the summer of 1917, he was thrust into the chaos of revolutionary Russia.

Just hang on: satellites are coming to save suffering internet users

I have to admit I was wrong. I have been harping about the need to build a backup fibre optic cable since 2011. I argued we needed to escape from the tyranny of Fort Nelson’s backhoe operators.

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Yukon tourism slogan is boring

I noticed in a recent Wyatt cartoon, the slogan “Land of the Midnight Sun.” How nostalgic. There are numerous catchy slogans around: Air North with “North of Ordinary,” the province of B.C. with “Super Natural” and so on.

Reveal yourselves, trolls

After reading Kyle Carruthers’ excellent article about M-103 in the Feb. 22 edition of the Yukon News, I went online to see just how hateful the comments were.

How much would you pay for internet redundancy?

How much are we willing to pay to complete a second fibre optic line connecting internet users in the territory to the world outside?

  • Mar 1, 2017

Since election, Liberals have been quiet on fracking

Three months after forming government, the Yukon Liberals have been very quiet on one of their cornerstone campaign promises: keeping fracking out of the Yukon.

Yukoners honoured with heritage awards

The annual heritage awards were handed out Feb. 20 to an impressive and deserving line-up of recipients.

Is your organization’s government grant on the ‘review’ table right now?

“Over the next two months, my government will be carrying out a review of spending priorities,” said new Premier Silver’s first speech from the throne.

The furor over M 103 shows exactly why it’s needed

You don’t have to travel far to see why an innocuous little motion of motherhood statements expressing concern about prejudice towards Muslims, debated by parliamentarians this past week, was simultaneously needed and intensely controversial.

  • Feb 22, 2017

Air travel economics put territorial government in a carbon tax bind

Not only is Air North attacking the incumbent in the airline business, but now the feisty insurgent is also trying to muscle in on the Yukon economics market.

Don’t subsidize industrial power connections

After reading a recent column by Keith Halliday regarding Yukon Energy Corporation’s 20-year resource plan and article by Maura Forrest regarding the Canadian Electrical Agency, I would like to wade into the debate.

Alaska Highway dreams started long before the Second World War

The bombing of Pearl Harbour on Dec. 7, 1941 heralded the formal entry of the United States into the Second World War. That and the subsequent invasion of the Aleutian Islands by the Japanese are viewed as the reasons for the building of the Alaska Highway. But the inspiration for a road link with Alaska and the Yukon reaches back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Dawson dental needs too important to leave to market

Having read Maura Forrest’s article (Feb. 8) regarding Dawson’s petition to have a dental treatment room reinstated I have something to add.

Conservation officers aren’t helping animals

In early October I was in the Whistle Bend area when I saw a fox in the bush that had just been hit by a vehicle.

Don’t let the elephant inside the mouse

We write to express our loud opposition to the portions of Bill C-23 that will allow the intrusion of U.S. law onto sovereign Canadian soil.

Don’t tax health and dental benefits

This week, Yukon’s Member of Parliament, Larry Bagnell, voted against Conservative MP Gérard Deltell’s private members’ motion regarding private health and dental plans.

Of course the Liberals broke their electoral reform promise

It turns out that the federal election of 2015 will not, in fact, be the last vote to take place under the first-past-the-post electoral system. The Liberal campaign promise of electoral reform is officially dead.

  • Feb 15, 2017