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PICTURE THIS Main St. Stories In September, Autism Yukon put cameras into the hands of Yukon youth living with autism.


Main St. Stories

In September, Autism Yukon put cameras into the hands of Yukon youth living with autism.

The result, Talking in Pictures involves Godzilla, the old Dairy Queen building and sections of Main Street you’ve probably overlooked

Opening reception for the exhibit is Friday, 7 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre

The exhibit runs for the month of October


Hanging on the line

Marilyn Avient took her struggle with depression to the stage to highlight how hidden mental illness is.

Dirty Laundry airs out the details of Avient’s personal life in the hopes it will convince others to step out from under the shadows of depression.

Playing at the Old Fire Hall, October 9 and 10, 7 p.m.

Both shows are free to the public.


Hold the popcorn, I’ll have a poutine

It’s an event synonymous with women’s rights in Canada.

Now, Polytechnique,

a new documentary from Quebec, chronicles the murder of 14 women at a college in Montreal on December 6, 1989.

The film joins 19 other dramas, documentaries and cartoons showing at the Francophone Film Festival from October 16 to 18.

De pere en clic tells the story of a father-son cop team whose friend is kidnapped by bikers, and Je vis ta vie—Jeux Inuit, presents the life of a young athletic Montrealer who struggles with endurance-testing sports at the Inuit games.

The films are showing at the Francophone Centre, the Beringia Centre, the Old Fire Hall and the Alpine Bakery.

Films are $3 for students and five for adults. Festival passes are also available.


Living on the street

It’s an urban Gordian Knot: homelessness, addictions and mental illness.

These social and personal ills can cause an endless cycle that isn’t easily stopped.

Bernie Pauly, a homelessness expert from Victoria, will be holding a talk on October 14 on how people and governments can tackle the problem.

Pauly worked for the 2007 city of Victoria task force on breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction and mental illness, and has done work in that city to measure data on homelessness.

Pauly will hold a community discussion at the Westmark Hotel at 7 p.m.

The event is part of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition’s Poverty and Homelessness Week.


Where business and the planet collide

The Kesho Trust is a BC charity with roots around the world.

With a focus on the environment as a pillar of economic health, the trust works on projects that promote sustainable development in otherwise impoverished areas.

Brent Liddle, a Haines Junction resident and volunteer with the trust, has travelled to the headwaters of the Zambesi River in northwest Zambia to work on an eco-tourism outfit.

Liddle will present a talk on October 14 about the project and its impact.

The talk is part of the Yukon Education Development Centre’s Speaker Series on sustainable development being held at the Francophone Center until November.


Poking fun at mental illness

It’s not the usual barter comics trade in, but for David Granirer, mental illness is game.

The stand-up comic will entertain audiences as part of Mental Health Week in Whitehorse and Haines Junction.

His routine will explore the oft-neglected hilarity of medications, counsellors, being diagnosed and surviving the mental health system.

Granirer performs his show at the Haines Junction Convention Center on October 14 and then heads to the Beringia Centre in Whitehorse on October 15.

Public Speaking

Inspiring words

If you’re interested in improving your public speaking, or just want to hear a good yarn, come out to Northern Voices Toastmasters, which meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. At Sport Yukon. Guests are always welcome. Phone 667-2389 for more information.


It’s contagious

Sure there’s snow on the ground, but that shouldn’t stop a mountain biker from jumping on the saddle.

The Contagious Mountain Bike Club is holding its annual general meeting on Thursday at the Sport Yukon boardroom. Come out and find out what the club’s up to and help it plan for the future.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. And don’t worry, it’s not a whole night affair – it will wrap by 9 p.m. Contact for information.


On target

If you’ve got a bow lying around, or like to watch other people shoot one, come out to Christ the King Elementary School. There, you will find members of the Whitehorse Archery Club honing their skills.

The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. For information, call Les at 667-7349.


Caught ya!

The trappers are gathering. The trappers are gathering … the Yukon Trappers Association is getting together on Saturday at the Whitehorse Public Library meeting room from 2:30 until 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Holistic health

An intriguing workshop.

What? You’re wondering what Hellerwork Structural Integration is?

Where the hell have you been?

It’s deep-tissue structural integration bodywork, movement education and dialogue. But don’t take our word for it.

Janelle Hardy is giving a presentation on the subject on October 14 at the Whitehorse Public Library. Be there before 7 p.m.

And, for God’s sake, bring a small towel.


Old Time Crash

Sure, you’ve probably seen these guys hundreds of times before.

Go see them again.

Old Time Machine and Crash the Car rock out at Coaster’s Bar next Wednesday night.