Big group hug
For climate change activists, the number 350 is sacrosanct.
That’s the amount of carbon dioxide, measured in part per million, that could be allowed in the atmosphere without causing irrevocable climate change, according to scientists. Currently, we’re at 387 parts per million of carbon dioxide.
If you want to stand for a stable planet, be one of the 350 people who will hug the legislature at noon on October 24.
The event, organized by Bringing Youth Towards Equality, is meant to build momentum in advance of international climate change talks being held in Copenhagen in December.
To sign up, call Matt at 667-7975 or email email@example.com.
Come for the eagle, stay for the hawk
Canada’s premiere aboriginal rock band is coming to Whitehorse for one night only.
Eagle and Hawk, a five-man troupe from Winnipeg, have recorded six albums since forming in 1994.
Fusing traditional aboriginal soundscapes with modern rock, Eagle and Hawk will be landing at the Yukon Arts Centre on October 24 at 8 p.m.
Traditional multi-style dancer Buffy Handel will also be performing.
What’s an October without the fest?
The Longest Night is holding an Oktoberfest party on Saturday night at the Old Fire Hall.
The fundraiser for the mid-winter concert will feature bratwurst and other Teutonic delicacies.
Der Rawling Steins will perform polka music along with the Longest Night Ensemble.
The party starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10.
Open to people 19 and older.
A dinner will be held on Sunday to raise funds for victims of recent typhoons in the Philippines.
Two typhoons killed more than 600 people earlier this month in the Southeast Asian nation and the local Filipino community has rallied to the cause.
The $25 dinner will take place at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre at 5:30 p.m.
Donations are welcome. Call 456-4211 or 334-2411 for more information
Politics with a northern spin
Yukon College and the Beringia Centre will host a conference celebrating the history of political change in the Yukon, Alaska and aboriginal contexts this weekend.
Governing Under the Midnight Sun will feature former Yukon MP Audrey McLaughlin, former Indian and Northern Affairs minister Jack Epp, and youth political activist Ilona Dougherty.
Friday morning will feature a panel on the transition from traditional aboriginal political systems to modern day self-government. The rest of the day will feature discussions on youth involvement.
Saturday will focus on the constitutional changes that brought responsible government to the Yukon, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Yukon Legislative Assembly.
To register, go to yhma.wordpress.com.
Sucking the Great Lakes dry
Waterlife, a Canadian documentary on the plight of the Great Lakes, will play at the Old Fire Hall tonight.
The film, showing at 7 p.m., follows the massive impact several Canadian and American metropolises are having on the five lakes, from pollution to ship crowding to overuse.
Waterlife will be followed by a Japanese movie, Ugetsu, a 1953 production about two couples stuck in a 16th-century war zone.
Poetry book launch
Michael Eden Reynolds, one of the Yukon’s most accomplished poets, will launch his first full-length collection of poetry Thursday, October 29.
The launch for Slant Room will take place at the Old Fire Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.
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