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Michael Vernon

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Courtesy of the Centre for Nonviolent Communication

I first attended a Nonviolent Communication workshop because I wanted a way to make people communicate better - with me and with each other. You might notice I didn't see myself as the problem here. My communication was just fine. I attended a... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Michael Vernon

May is Sexualized Assault Prevention month and once again we’re talking about women. Don't men also suffer from unwanted touching, sexual harassment and even rape? Isn’t it problematic that our society doesn't provide safe spaces for male victims... more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Courtesy of Bob Schwenkler

Reclaiming Male Role Models is a podcast created by Bob Schwenkler. I discovered it in 2014 when I became dissatisfied with my options for men modeling healthy masculinity in our culture and began actively seeking men I could look up to and even... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: pexels.com

When I decided to remove my mask last summer I had to face how lonely I was, how isolated I had become. In a desperate need to present only my best self at work, on social occasions and even at home, I had withdrawn, hiding the not-so-great parts... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness 2 Comments

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jeff Schmale

I was 12 years old when I first remember putting on a mask to face the day. My mask was that that of a joker, a dependable friend, a fun guy. I used it to hide the sadness and helplessness I felt over my parent’s disintegrating marriage. I used it... more

Apr 5, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness