Yukon Families

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    Poopin’ Ain’t Easy

    Searching for a successful best potty-training strategy more

    May 29, 2014


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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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    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Jason Westover

    Vacation’s Over, Kid

    Recently my wife and I went to Mexico. Rather than bring our three-year-old daughter, Emily, we decided to fly my mother from Quebec to take care of her. Emily doesn’t get to see her grandmother too often more

    Feb 5, 2015

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    Buys for Guys

    You have a problem. Through no fault of your own you have acquired a "Guy." This is to say a human male and not a "guy" in the old sense of the word (which, for those of you who don't know, would be an effigy of noted explosives enthusiast Guy Fawke more

    Jun 6, 2013

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    When Home isn't a Happy Place

    For 20 years Eleanor Millard has been providing support to grandparents who want to rescue their grandchildren. Year after year, Millard's phone rings, and an anonymous person on the other end needs help figuring out what the options are for taking a more

    Oct 17, 2013

  • Let's Do Lunch

    For the love of Pete, if I have to make another ham and cheese sandwich, I'm going to start home-schooling. With the start of the school year comes the dreaded chore of preparing school lunches. Where lunch once held the dubious honour of Second-Mos more

    Aug 16, 2012

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Yukon Family Stories

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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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    DIY Campfire Treats for Kids

    Just building and helping to keep a fire going is great fun for kids of all ages. There is something magical about being near an open fire. A fire is even more of a happy time when incredible edibles are created even by closely supervised toddlers. more

    May 12, 2016


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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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    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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    Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Gillian Martin


    What am I doing? It is -45 C and I am starting to feel trapped. I haven’t left the house - unless you count visits to the outhouse or to grab more wood, which at these temperatures are so quick that they hardly bear mentioning. I haven’t left the.. more

    Apr 21, 2016

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