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Up Here magazine covers its backside

A northern airline has pulled a ‘cheeky’ magazine from its planes.Airline Canadian North says Up Here magazine’s cover image…

A northern airline has pulled a ‘cheeky’ magazine from its planes.

Airline Canadian North says Up Here magazine’s cover image showing a nude hiker tromping through the Yukon wilderness is not appropriate for its customers.

So the magazine will claw back issues with the nude dude and print an alternate cover for the airline’s copies, said Up Here publisher Marion LaVigne from the magazine’s Yellowknife office on Wednesday.

The original cover will remain on store shelves and will still be mailed to the magazine’s subscribers.

“(Reprinting the cover) is a bit costly, but we’ve been working with them and doing magazines on their flights for nearly 10 years,” said LaVigne.

“We thought we’d worked well with them so if they were unhappy, we were happy to go back and change it to keep them happy.”

The controversial cover shows a hiker contemplating a sweeping Yukon vista.

It seems like regular magazine fare except the guy is wearing nothing but grey socks and a pair of hiking boots.

And his bare bottom is just barely concealed by a few letters of the headline.

It’s hyping a six-page article on the Yukon’s nude hiking scene, dubbed Welcome to Bare Country.

“Yes, there’s a naked man on the cover of this magazine,” reads editor Jake Kennedy’s note on page four of Up Here. “There’s really no way to kick off this issue without acknowledging that.”

Canadian North runs flights between NWT and Nunavut and hubs like Edmonton and Ottawa.

The airline takes about 5,000 of Up Here’s 32,000-copy print run and stuffs them in the seatbacks of its planes for in-flight reading.

The new cover, which will highlight the fishing feature also in this month’s magazine, will be out on all the planes by next week, said LaVigne.

Canadian North representatives were not available for comment before press time.


Arntzen faces new

charges in NWT

Former Yukon Party MLA Haakon Arntzen is facing new charges in the Northwest Territories.

The nature of the charges cannot be released, according to a Hay River court clerk and RCMP in Fort Smith.

But Arntzen is scheduled to appear in court in Fort Smith on July 19.

Arntzen won his seat in the Copperbelt riding, but resigned in disgrace last year after being convicted on three counts of sexual assault involving two women.

Then in June, he appealed his conviction to a panel of British Columbia judges and won a new trial.