Yukon Families

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

    Family Earns a Home, the Community Wins a Family

    Jeff Wolsynuk looks like his happiness will burst out at any second. Tanya Butler looks relieved and content. The couple is sitting in the kitchen of their home. Their home. That they own. Three years ago, they did not know that their lives would... more

    Aug 18, 2016

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    Family; More Than Just a Word

    I was born in Yellowknife and raised in Churchill, Manitoba, the same town my mother was raised in. One by one her siblings moved away as they got older, including her. This is common in small towns; a lot of people move on to experience different pl more

    Sep 26, 2013

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    Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

    Where the Cats Rule

    Breaking news in the world of virtual lifestyling: the real world simulation game, The Sims 4, now has basements. Virtual people worldwide can now get their damn virtual stuff out of the virtual hallway closet into a virtual two-level underground... more

    Apr 23, 2015

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    What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

    Erin's Birth Story

    Her relationship with her boyfriend was complicated. She had friends who had had an abortion, and friends who had given their baby up for adoption, but neither of those were options she ever considered. more

    May 12, 2016


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    Twins Equals Double Trouble

    I have four sisters and one brother. The youngest two sisters, Heidi and Elsa, are twins who are five-and a-half-years old. The story of us finding out that my mom was having twins is very funny. It goes like this: more

    Feb 20, 2014

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    What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

    Tres Bien!

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of French immersion programs in the Yukon and the École Whitehorse Elementary School decided to do something big to celebrate more

    May 12, 2016


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Yukon Family Stories

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    Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: jeffreyw via

    Parents say the darnedest things

    We have all heard it said: “Kids say the darnedest things,” however, I have to admit that at this stage of parenthood I tend to say some pretty, darned, outrageous things myself. It is not until after I utter things like, “Please stop eating... more

    Nov 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Glenda Koh

    Cake and Comrades

    If Pinterest is to be believed, we might be raising children who expect a real live unicorn to come to their next birthday party. Do they even know how much a live unicorn costs? Imagine the hours it will take to source one. Parents of the world... more

    Sep 27, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Sierra Allen

    The Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

    With summer approaching quickly, parents are faced with a familiar question: Where do I want my kids to spend their days while I am at work? This can sometimes be a stressful decision for parents, with so many diverse options for camps and... more

    May 24, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: 3gdoctor

    Right On, Yukon

    I'm from Ontario, but boy let me tell you I would much rather be out here. Where I come from the only outdoor activities families engage in are taking the bus, and burying their heads in technology. You know that the next generation is going to be... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Home Is Where the Heart Is

    In August of 2008, we had ground cleared so we could build a new house. It wouldn't be very big or fancy, but it would be a clean, dry place to live. You see, the previous winter I had had pneumonia. Which was exacerbated by the mold in the... more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO:

    On the Quest For A Good Story

    Parents and teachers, do you have a budding Jack London in your midst? Kids in Grades 1-7 are invited to enter the Yukon Quest Short Story Competition. The contest is divided into two categories with children in Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-7 will be... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    What happened to the kids, the class of 2009

    Spencer Sumanik graduated from Porter Creek Secondary in 2009 and is now studying to be an aerospace engineer in Ottawa. I am meeting Spencer at his parents’ home on the Hot Spring’s Road. He's home for the holidays, ”I am doing well and happy to... more

    Jan 25, 2017


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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

    Trying Something New

    Ploytida Samanachangphunk had one sister living in Whitehorse before she immigrated to Canada. Now she has three sisters and an extended family here. Ploytida’s sister would return for family visits to their hometown of Nan, in northern Thailand, ... more

    Dec 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: by Sarah Winton

    Mighty Neighbourly

    After living in Vancouver for three years I’d become accustomed to people giving me strange looks if I smiled at them in the elevator or while waiting in line for a coffee. When I returned home to the Yukon it was a pleasure to rediscover its... more

    Dec 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Jessica Simon

    Interview at the Embassy

    The status of one’s permanent residency quickly becomes the crux of conversation among the Yukon’s new Canadians. And it’s the crux of this column. No two people have the same story to tell. Not only are there various ways to immigrate, each... more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Valerie Thomas

    A Special Baby: Ellen’s Story

    Ellen had four babies at Whitehorse General Hospital. Her births were always fast and she liked the support that she got at the hospital. In her fifth pregnancy her baby was diagnosed with spina bifida at the 20 week ultrasound. Spina bifida is a... more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: Pat Kulachkosky

    Born at Home in Marsh Lake: Kristin’s story

    Kristin homesteads at Marsh Lake with her partner Ron, her two sons and her stepson and her parents living close by. She had imagined having her babies at home since she was a teenager. “Giving birth is natural, every animal does it and we were... more

    Sep 29, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: by Amanda Stumpp

    Birth of a Family: Christine’s story

    “I would have loved to have had midwifery care and a home birth for all my pregnancies, but that wasn’t possible,” says Christine, a Whitehorse resident. When she was pregnant with her first baby and two months away from her due date she noticed... more

    Sep 1, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Jason Westover

    Summer Lessons in Hippo Munching

    What a happy day it was when my four-year-old daughter Emily opened a gift from my wife and I revealing a classic game from our youth. Hungry Hungry Hippos was one of our “go to” games in the mid-80s. I remember battling it out with friends and... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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

    Family Earns a Home, the Community Wins a Family

    Jeff Wolsynuk looks like his happiness will burst out at any second. Tanya Butler looks relieved and content. The couple is sitting in the kitchen of their home. Their home. That they own. Three years ago, they did not know that their lives would... more

    Aug 18, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: courtesy of Christina Kaiser

    My First Baby: Emma

    We moved into our newly built log house one week before my due date. We were racing against time, because we planned our home to be one where I’d have my child, and wanted our first baby to be born in the house we built together. She took her... more

    Aug 11, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: Eva Mitsui

    You Are What You Wrote When You Were a Child

    Ten years ago husband and wife Dan and Jenna Misener were at Jenna's parents' house for Christmas. The couple was in Jenna's room, going through a box of childhood memorabilia. They found her diary. They spent the day reading entries aloud to each... more

    Jul 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: courtesy of Ingrid Isaac

    A Warm Home in a Cold Place

    Did you grow up or work in Tungsten, in the Northwest Territories? If so, you’re invited to a party and might not even know it. Expats from this now defunct mine and community are putting together a reunion June 24 to 28 at Mount Robson Provincial... more

    Jun 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Kirsten Pattimore

    Family Camping

    The father of my daughter’s and I started taking our daughters for Dempster Highway camping adventures around 1991, and the magic and fun times of those trips stayed with them, helping them to become independent and adventurous souls. Here is an... more

    Jun 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO:

    The Other Side of a Light Story

    A few weeks ago, in a light-hearted piece about bucket lists, I mentioned a trip to England with my father 20 years ago this month. I'm a little hesitant about writing a sequel some readers may find a bit too personal, or even disturbing, but you... more

    May 26, 2016


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