Dear Santa: Christmas catalogues come in handy these days. They help us to describe clearly what we’d like you to bring us.

Dear Santa:

Christmas catalogues come in handy these days. They help us to describe clearly what we’d like you to bring us.

A fine plaque caught my eye in today’s arrival. “Children are such a great way to start people,” it read. I imagined it on my wall, but decided it’s better in my head — it’s priceless there, as priceless as children in a warm, loving home.

Our town is on the banks of a mighty fine river, a river that’s a beautiful green colour in summer, though it’s white now of course. One story tells us the town was only a tea stop for cheechakos heading downriver for gold. There were rapids upstream of town and it took some scary boat work to survive without losing yourself and your gear, so everyone stopped for tea to settle down once clear. Coffee breaks weren’t even in the cards then; tea was the gold-trail drink, but only when you stopped.

We, all of us — business, financial, political and social leaders along with the ubiquitous taxpayer — have just come through heavy rapids ourselves, only they’re economic, financial and political waters. Some were uncharted. Our leaders, too.

We’re at a tea stop, or a Christmas tree stop, right now with a lot more rough economic, financial and political rapids ahead — so we could use some guidance.

We were wondering if you have some kind of Economic/Financial/Word GPS system to help guide us, and our leaders, too, since they’re giving a great imitation of being as mixed up as a dog’s breakfast!

This GPS system I’m on about would need a ‘What we can do without’ lesson since the pundits keep reminding us a taste of the Dirty Thirties is in the offing.

A heavy dose of common sense might be advised, including a clawback from overpaid CEOs even as our government claws back old age pensions from Canadians who planned ahead.

Living wisdom would be needed too, something like this: “To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, to think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”

This is old hat to you, it’s from the 18th century. William Channing, clergyman, penned it to outline a program of happiness. It’s still being passed around so has, like you, stood the test of time.

Say, have you noticed when times get tough we tend to lean on hokey, perhaps because it’s practical and down-to-earth? Spending lavishly like drunken sailors is gone with the wind, we’re told, so maybe the Anonymous folk have got it right with this little ditty. It might fit in the GPS too.

Share a little, strive a little

Care a little, thrive a little

Spend a little, save a little

Brave a little, bend a little,

Don’t belittle, don’t be brittle,

Take a little, give a little.

Thanks, Santa! Enjoy all those Christmas trees and lights! Your carbon footprint will be the envy of all!

A tip of the hat to you and yours, far and wide though they may be. When you open the curtains on the new year may life’s candles burn brightly and fully all year long, and may the words of long ago Spanish mystic, St. John of the Cross, go with you along the trail of 2009: “Where you do not find love, put love — and then you will find love.” 

Just Posted

Whether the dust jacket of this historical novel is the Canadian version (left) or the American (right), the readable content within is the same. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: New novel a gripping account of the gold rush

Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike is an ‘enjoyable and readable’ account of history

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your furnace and your truck need to go

Perhaps the biggest commitment in the NDP deal with the Liberals was boosting the Yukon’s climate target

Dave Blottner, executive director at the Whitehorse Food Bank, said the food bank upped its services because of the pandemic. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Food Bank sees Yukoners’ generosity firsthand

“Businesses didn’t know if they could stay open but they were calling us to make sure we were able to stay open.”

Air North president Joe Sparling said the relaxing of self-isolation rules will be good for the business, but he still expects a slow summer. (Mike Thomas/Yukon News)
Air North president expects a slow summer

Air North president Joe Sparling suspects it will be a long time before things return to pre-pandemic times


Wyatt’s World for May 14, 2021.… Continue reading

Caribou pass through the Dempster Highway area in their annual migration. A recent decision by the privacy commissioner has recommended the release of some caribou collar re-location data. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News)
Privacy commissioner recommends release of caribou location data

Department of Environment says consultation with its partners needed before it will consider release

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Family pleased youth will be able to get Pfizer vaccine

Angela Drainville, mother of two, is anxious for a rollout plan to come forward

Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Federal government provides $1.6 million for Yukon anti-homelessness work

Projects including five mobile homes for small communities received funding.

Drilling at Northern Tiger’s 3Ace gold project in 2011. Randi Newton argues that mining in the territory can be reshaped. (Yukon government/file)
Editorial: There’s momentum for mining reform

CPAWS’ Randi Newton argues that the territory’s mining legislations need a substantial overhaul

At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s business park planned in Marwell. (Submitted)
KDFN business park subdivision approved

Will mean more commercial industrial land available in Whitehorse

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. Third reading will come forward later in May. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whitehorse council pursuing restaurant patio possibilities

Council passes first two readings for new patio bylaw

Neil Hartling, the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon president, left, said the new self-isolation guidelines for the Yukon are a ‘ray of hope’ for tourism operators. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Yukon tourism operators prepared for ‘very poor summer’ even with relaxed border rules

Toursim industry responds to new guidelines allowing fully vaccinated individuals to skip mandatory self-isolation.

Most Read