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Yukon Education

Yukon College is very involved in our local Yukon community. Good luck to all the students in the 2016 Fall term!

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: courtesy of Peter Turner

    Lobsters for Literacy (And More)

    Whitehorse might be the site of the northernmost East Coast kitchen party in Canada this summer. On Friday, May 26, the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre will serve as the venue for a Rotary Club dinner featuring fresh Prince Edward Island lobster... more

    May 24, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Elias Vallevand

    Women in Whitehorse - Part 2

    Teagyn Vallevand is an impressive young woman who pours her heart and soul into many different pockets of the Yukon. Vallevand is a member of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and her whole family has roots from the Whitehorse area. more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon College

    From Library to Learning Commons

    Built in 1987 the Yukon College Library opened in 1988. It’s a place of constant change and with a budget for renovations in the area of $2.27 million, the College has chosen a new path for the Library: it will become a multipurpose learning space... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jennifer Trapnell

    Look Who’s Parking in Whitehorse

    One of the world’s most urban birds has parked itself in downtown Whitehorse. The house sparrow, a small chirpy songbird, is now a familiar sight at downtown grocery store parking lots and other places where food is handy. Unrelated to North... more

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-03-10, PHOTO: Courtesy of Laird Herbert

    No Roof Too Small

    I am tempted to call building your own house the ultimate DIY project. I don't mean selecting from a range of floorplans and materials and managing your contractors. I mean learning the basics of design, framing, finishing carpentry, electrical... more

    Mar 10, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

    Neuroscience and Everyday Living: Part 1

    Can we change our brain just by thinking? Neuroscience would have us believe so. For example, a calm brain is more capable of learning, working and healing. It sounds simple. When the signal-to-noise ratio in the brain is low, learning and... more

    May 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

    Footloose and Fancy Free

    On the first of August, Gurdeep Pandher celebrated 10 years in Canada. “It’s been such a wonderful journey,” he says. His voice is light and full of joy and laughter. In the past decade, Pandher has lived in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Death by Camas

    Yes, a new form of torture has been developed, involving an unrelenting repetition of a single passage from the Myth of Sisyphus – what? C-A-M-A-S? So, not Albert? Oh...sorry about that. Let's begin again. more

    Oct 15, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-11-26 Photo: Rick Massie

    Berry Picking in Old Crow

    Many people enjoy harvesting berries in preparation for the long winter months. Although I have a busy schedule as a caregiver at my family day home, Trinin Tsul Zheh (which means the home of the little children in the Gwichin language), each... more

    Nov 26, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

    Henry Ford’s Lady

    Parked in front of Sid’s museum in Beaver Creek, Yukon sits a 1928 Ford Model A. “I bought it at a swap meet in Lethbridge about three or four years ago,” he says. “I put a new roof on it with new wood, canvas, and chicken wire.” more

    Jun 11, 2015

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: courtesy of Rick Massie

    Three Days of Dance

    World travel has its place, but Sharon Shorty says a lot of Yukoners need to get out and take a trip into their own territory. And, she says, if you want to start with Haines Junction, The Da Kų Nän Ts'etthet Dance Festival makes it easy... more

    May 31, 2017

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Education Stories

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon College

    From Library to Learning Commons

    Built in 1987 the Yukon College Library opened in 1988. It’s a place of constant change and with a budget for renovations in the area of $2.27 million, the College has chosen a new path for the Library: it will become a multipurpose learning space... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Nikki Kroetsch

    The Super Bowl of Ethics

    It might be called a “bowl,” but in this competition, you won’t see any kickoffs, quarterbacks, punted balls or wide receivers. You will, however, see contestants huddled in tactical contemplation, quietly discussing obligations, responsibilities... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: Teresa Kozakewich

    Cooking Up a Career

    Teresa Kozakewick grew up in Alberta. Raised by a father who had a passion for food, she had always been drawn to cooking. She enjoyed watching her dad cook on special occasions. Now her passion has become a career path. After moving to the Yukon... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, Photo: Joan Norberg

    Great Food from the College Kitchen

    On Feb. 16, the Yukon Convention Bureau (YCB) held its annual Bravo Awards. The Golden Bravo Award is in recognition of a YCB member who has gone above and beyond in service excellence in the meeting and conventions sector. This year’s winner was... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

    Fun and Games After School

    According to Darwin Murray, after sitting in a desk all day, it is fun to get up and run, play games and meet new people before heading home from school. Tuesday after school, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., an enthusiastic group of children from Grades 4... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

    Looking for the Next Margaret Atwood

    Krystal McKenna, a Grade 1 teacher at Jack Hulland Elementary School, sets young authors off on a great writing adventure. At the beginning of the year, students draw pictures in their journals. McKenna talks to the student about the drawing and... more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Tess Casher

    Gender Equality

    The more scientists, experts, and the general public collectively study the concept of gender, the more questions arise. And in the realm of high school, these questions become more poignant and utterly colourful. more

    Mar 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, Photo: Pixabay

    Fun Family Literacy Tips!

    Don’t expect your little one to always sit still to read a book. Toddler’s move around. It is what they do. So don’t worry if they wiggle, tumble and roll. They may be on the move but they are listening. more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Tess Casher

    ’Tis The Examination Season

    The student population studying for finals are fascinating creatures. Though exams are among their biggest predators, they pose no direct physical threat to the student organisms. Yet, in the most peculiar manner, the students act in the level of... more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Kim Melton

    A Change in the Climate

    Yukon College is expanding their offerings in one the hottest (pardon the pun) arenas today: climate change. Often described as one of the greatest challenges of our time, human-induced climate change is already having major impacts on northern... more

    Jan 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Anthony Gucciardo

    Mining Upward

    Space, science and sci-fi is one of the strongest current trends in popular media, from the rebooted version of Carl Sagan's Cosmos and the new Star Trek movies to galaxy-print everything, and the I F***ing Love Science Facebook page. more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, Illustration: clipartpanda

    Family Fun Literacy Tips

    Literacy begins as a newborn - long before a child enters school. Literacy starts in the home with families. Your child is never too young or to old to talk, sing and read with. These are things you can try tonight. more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: courtesy of understood.org

    The ABCs of Planning for Student Success

    The school year is well and truly underway by now. There is a lot of enthusiastic, energetic and creative learning happening all over the territory. School learning can present large or small hurdles for some, though. When students are struggling... more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: Tess Casher

    Bittersweet September

    September has the ability to feel more like the start of a new year than January. People migrating home after their summer adventures and the return of the cool weather, brings a sense of something new and of settling back into normal. September... more

    Sep 29, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: courtesy of the Tr’ondëk Hwech’in First Nation

    A Feast For All

    Fall is harvest time, and at the Tr’ondëk Hwech’in (TH) Teaching and Working Farm School, there will be a feast to celebrate a summer’s worth of hard work by students and staff alike. “TH has wanted active farming for the community for a long time... more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: by Maria Gruninger

    Back to school? Not for Me

    I’ve done both: public school and homeschooling. The first six years of my education I attended public school. At the ends of summers I had the classic back-to-school change of routine. It meant getting out of bed earlier, breakfast, get ready and... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

    Learning to Fly Just Got Easier

    In a second-floor office of Alkan Air, there is a bulletin board that holds photos of pilots with their aircraft. The pilots are smiling – and a few of them are wet. “This is the First Solo Wall,” says Dan Rosen, Alkan Air flight training unit... more

    Aug 18, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: by Sophie Pearl Photography

    Summer Vacation

    A question that pops up every now and again is, Would students be better off without a summer vacation? This stance claims that the luxurious two-and-a-half month summer break should be replaced with shorter and more frequent breaks throughout the... more

    Aug 18, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Josh O’Brien

    Yukon Astronomical Society wants to make Whitehorse the Science-Centre of the North

    Stargazing has long been part of the human psyche. For thousands of years, we – and our ancestors before us – have turned our eyes upward and wondered. With myths and legends, we have explained the sky’s magic with demons, heroes, gods and... more

    Aug 11, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11

    What’s Up in the Sky

    When I was a kid my mom ran a park in the southern interior of British Columbia. Mabel Lake Provincial Park. Mabel Lake is remote and undeveloped. There was electricity in our trailer, but no phone lines. Whatever isolation this lead to during the... more

    Aug 11, 2016

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