The burning of wilderness cabins

The mystery of the burning of Yukon wilderness cabins is gaining some interest.

The mystery of the burning of Yukon wilderness cabins is gaining some interest. Who is burning the cabins? Is it the Yukon government lands branch? Or who, and why?

Thank you to the following people for their letters:

Dear Jim,

You know, it’s said that there is a dumbing down process going on in recent generations. Set fire to a $46-million plus ‘facility’ in Whitehorse (Canada Games Centre) and it’s called a crime. But hire a chopper pilot, plus the cost of the helicopter at how much per hour for the required hours, plus throw in the added expense of a paid ‘public arsonist’ or two specifically hired for their “larger than life” mission to fly to who knows how many wonderful, beautiful, and lovely destinations in the Yukon to set fire to cabins that may have, at any time, contributed towards saving the lives of human beings, and it’s not called a crime!

Used to be that it was understood by previous generations that you just don’t do that. But now it’s OK. Go figure!

G. Beamis

Whitehorse

Dear Jim,

I totally agree – old cabins are a resource and part of our heritage. I am totally opposed to this ill-considered attempt to sanitize the bush.

Leave old cabins as is.

Pete Neilson

Braeburn

Dear Jim,

I think the idea of burning cabins out in the bush is awful. Over the many years, some have survived, whether lost or hurt, because they were close or relied on these cabins.

As for the mice, we have them in our sheds, garages and sometimes in our homes and heritage buildings. What are they going to do, burn everything down that has mice? Mice are a fact of life in the food chain for animals such as coyotes, foxes, lynx, etc. As for the virus caused by mice, guess what: The mice were imported from Alberta when you brought feed for cows and horses.

If one was to go into these bush cabins and see the dung of mice – it should be wet down before cleaning. Dry spores will enter your body if you don’t. I think that people who have lived here for a long time know that. Funny that the powers that be don’t know or is there another reason for this stupidity?

The government doesn’t go in and burn crack houses that have been taken over by addicts. Leave the cabins alone, as they might save more lives in the future. Is this a mandate of your job description? Have the mice been tested to see if these particular cabins have the virus?

As for the bird-observation cabin being burned down, why didn’t you ask the scientist to find out if there was a problem. People can set traps for these vermin. Burning is not the answer. Shame on you.

Rosalie Brown

Whitehorse

Anyone with information about this subject, please write Jim Robb: The Colourful Five Per Cent Scrapbook – Can You Identify? c/o the Yukon News, 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2E4, or email through the News website, www.yukon-news.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A Copper Ridge resident clears their driveway after a massive over night snowfall in Whitehorse on Nov. 2, 2020. Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the Whitehorse and Haines Junction areas for Jan. 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Winter storm warning for Haines Junction and Whitehorse

Environment Canada says the storm will develop Monday and last until Tuesday

Maria Metzen off the start line of the Yukon Dog Mushers Association’s sled dog race on Jan. 9. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Mushers race in preparation for FirstMate Babe Southwick

The annual race is set for Feb. 12 and 13.

The Yukon government is making changes to the medical travel system, including doubling the per diem and making destinations for medical services more flexible. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Subsidy for medical travel doubled with more supports coming

The change was recommended in the Putting People First report endorsed by the government

Chloe Sergerie, who was fined $500 under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> on Jan. 12, says she made the safest choice available to her when she entered the territory. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Woman fined $500 under CEMA says she made ‘safest decision’ available

Filling out a declaration at the airport was contrary to self-isolation, says accused

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

The Fish Lake area viewed from the top of Haeckel Hill on Sept. 11, 2018. The Yukon government and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced they are in the beginning stages of a local area planning process for the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Local area planning for Fish Lake announced

The Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced in… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Fire damage, photographed on Jan. 11, to a downtown apartment building which occurred late in the evening on Jan. 8. Zander Firth, 20, from Inuvik, was charged with the arson and is facing several other charges following his Jan. 12 court appearance. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
More charges for arson suspect

The Inuvik man charged in relation to the fire at Ryder Apartments… Continue reading

The grace period for the new Yukon lobbyist registry has come to an end and those who seek to influence politicians will now need to report their efforts to a public database. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News file)
Grace period for new lobbyist registry ends

So far nine lobbyists have registered their activities with politicians in the territory

Most Read