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Issue: 2017-12-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

In the early 1970s my brother was killed shortly before Christmas by a drunken driver. He left behind four children, one of whom was a police officer in the city they lived in, back in Ontario. I sat down and wrote the following poem. It was... more

Dec 13, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-12-06, Credit: Amazon.ca

A boy is born, unbreathing, the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. With his first croak of life, his mother sighs in relief. But after this early brush with death, her intuition warns her that “winter” will arrive prematurely in her son’s life.. more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Literature 2 Comments

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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: Ken Bolton

Anyone who has attended a Kim Beggs concert, or listened to one of her CDs, knows that the subject of death often shows up in her lyrics. It certainly did on October 12, during the sixth of 41 stops on her current two-month marathon tour... more

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Destiny Clennet

Finally summer is back!!! I'm so excited but yet… I’d rather not be. It doesn't sound right when I say it like that, but maybe my story will help this make a little more sense. This has been a busy year. The beginning of the spring was rough and I... more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Yukoners Pets

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

Vurt (Jeff Noon, 1993) A mad romp through a Trainspotting-like drug culture, Vurt features virtual-reality 'feathers' that take you to bizarre and forbidden worlds, shadow-creatures that exist in between this world and the virtual who can slip in... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Aislinn Cornett

There’s a warm glow as soon as you step inside the front doors of Hospice Yukon – a feeling of being held, as if inside a cozy cocoon. Afternoon sunlight streams in through a southern facing window and a heart-shaped pillow makes a loveseat more... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Nicole Bauberger

At the Northern Front Studio this January, you can visit a variety of inner worlds in Whitehorse resident Claire Strauss’ exhibition of face-based wall sculptures, called The Mask Within. The main part of this show consists of clay-based forms... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: wikimediacommons.com

Once you reach a certain age and stage in life, it's no longer shocking to learn that some cherished celebrity from your youth has crossed the Great Divide. If a movie star or blues singer you've admired for years passes away in their 80s or 90s, ... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: kozzi.com

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 12:00 AM Yukon Families 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Kim Melton

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 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: courtesy of Canada Post

Anne Morgan got more than she bargained for when she and Jamie Toole decided to buy and restore the historic Caribou Hotel in Carcross. "We didn't know it was haunted when we bought it. We're pretty aware of it now, though," she says. more

Oct 15, 2015 12:00 AM Paranormal

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: Kim Melton

When I first began eating wild mushrooms, I was studying squirrels. I watched which mushrooms they picked to stash in trees, and figured that whichever ones they ate were probably not (or not very) poisonous. These days I know a little more and am... more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-04-09 PHOTO: Allan Benjamin

Even if you’re famous. Even if you’re rich. Even if you’re healthy. Even if you’re educated. Even if you’re strong. Even if you’re lucky. Even if you’re young. Even if you’re sexy. Even if you’re free. Even if you’re law abiding. more

Apr 9, 2015 12:00 AM Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: courtesy of Jennifer Trapnell

Yukon birds, and its birding community, have lost a true friend. When he died last month, at 74, Helmut Grünberg had spent over 40 years promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Yukon's bird life. He found his way to Whitehorse in ... more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

As my husband and I crossed the blue steel bridge at Stewart Crossing in our rented Prius, I remembered the relic of my friend, Janet Collins, in my windbreaker pocket. It was a late July, 2014, almost exactly a year after her memorial, or, “going aw more

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

I was in my hotel room in The Pas, Manitoba, when I heard the news. Michael Jackson had passed away. Rather than conveying any sign of shock, I merely muttered a "Really?" to the image of CNN's Wolf Blitzer, working his way through a never-ending... more

Jul 16, 2009 12:00 AM Humour

So I went on this website to see when I'd die. The Internet, being the general purveyor of naked people and random crotch shots, can also tell you how long you'll have to live. You simply enter a little personal data. You type in your age, history... more

Jun 4, 2009 12:00 AM Humour

I'd like to be shot into space. Allow me to clarify: when I shuffle off my mortal coil, I'd like that coil to be shoved into whatever receptacle is handy and then I would like that container sent off into the cosmos. Likely some of you are... more

Feb 22, 2008 12:00 AM Humour