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Peter Jickling

Peter Jickling

Column: Jicklings Jabberings Author: Peter Jickling


Peter Jickling was the Editorial Ninja for What's Up Yukon. He held the editor and assistent editor positions over two years.  Peter has written many freelance stories over the years.  His columns include: Yukon Icon and Jicklings Jabberings.


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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Ron Patrick

Jean Francois is a chef. I met him at a B.C. heli-ski lodge on Highway 5 — The Yellowhead — in the early 2000s. He cooked pastries and cakes and cookies and yelled at the breakfast servers at six in the morning. I was a person cleaning rooms, ... more

Sep 3, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-08-13 PHOTO: Fiona Solon & Peter Jickling

Peter Robertson Jickling and I decide to meet up at the liquor store and see where the universe takes us. After almost T-boning his purple Honda Civic, I tell him to get in the truck - that he has been officially kidnapped. more

Aug 13, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: creativecommons [Will Steacy]

There’s a reason people like me should never play the stock market. Some time ago, when I heard that a new arts and entertainment magazine was in the works, the cynic in me said it wouldn’t last six months. These things never do. more

Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Business 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: courtesy of What’s Up Yukon

I joined the What’s Up Yukon editorial team in late September 2012 and the first edition with my name on the masthead was issue #300, dated October 4, 2012. What followed were 33 months of continual employment, bringing me up to this issue, #436. more

Jul 9, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle 1 Comments

Have you ever had big dreams of creating a piece of theatre but weren’t sure how to start? Have you ever had a great idea for a play but had no idea how to get it on the stage? Are you looking for the chance to try out a script you have written in... more

Apr 9, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Resolute - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The last time the Calgary Flames made the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in the 2008-2009 season when they lost in the opening round to the Chicago Blackhawks. Between 2009 and the end of the 2013-2014 season the Flames followed an uninspiring downward... more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

In autumn 2009 I slipped on a frosty stair and broke my left humerus. Before the accident my left arm had an angle of 20°, meaning that when it was fully extended it reached 160° instead of the normal 180. more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: IMDb.com

In the wake of Boyhood’s lackluster haul at the recentlyheld Academy Awards — it won only one Oscar, despite six nominations — I’ve been thinking about the film’s writer/director Richard Linklater. more

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO: Brian Snelson, Wikipedia

Enzo Ferrari emerged from World War II with a bold plan to design and build automobiles under his own name. At first, he favoured the construction of racecars and had little interest building street-legal sports cars more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2015-02-19 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

The Overland Trail was a transportation corridor between Whitehorse and Dawson City constructed by the White Pass and Yukon Route at the turn-of-the-century. Spanning about 530 kilometres, it took five days to navigate by horsedrawn sleigh more

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Claire Ness

I’m in the ‘98 drinking water (sober January) and waiting for Claire Ness to arrive. “London Calling” by The Clash is playing, which, for some reason, doesn’t feel out of place here. more

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Peter Jickling

Here’s my dilemma: it’s 9:30 on Thursday night and I need to “put the paper to bed” by the end of the night. Everything else in complete, except my Jabbering. more

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM Humour

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“How about a Maypole dance?” My Skype connection to Whitehorse was adequate at best, so Peter Jickling’s response seemed reasonable. “What?” more

May 1, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

It's difficult to resist making puns about the title of the award-winning play Syphilis: A Love Story by Whitehorse playwright, and What's Up Yukon assistant editor, Peter Jickling. Jokes like, more

Sep 18, 2013 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

It sounds nasty. A small group of northerners is scheming to infect a major southern city with Syphilis next month. But there's no need to alert public health officials. Ramshackle Theatre is ... more

Jul 12, 2012 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

What's in a word? In the hands of Peter Jickling and his friends, each word has its own voice. You can listen to those voices at the Word Project: A Treatise on Resonant Philosophy at the Old Fire Hall May 14-20. more

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

Margaret Thatcher. Genocide. Venereal disease. Personal betrayal. These are not the standard fare of romantic comedy. But in the deft hands of Whitehorse playwright Peter Jickling, they become wickedly funny ... more

May 26, 2011 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

When Betty Beemer needs a health pamphlet written, she turns to Vaughn Fischer, a freelancer whose career is going nowhere. But Vaughn quickly becomes obsessed with turning a simple tract on syphilis into a masterpiece. more

May 12, 2011 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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If you ask Whitehorse resident Justine Davidson if the $50 fee to participate in Nakai Theatre's 24 Hour Playwriting Competition is worth it, you'll most likely get a resounding yes. more

Oct 14, 2010 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

The first Yukoner I ever met was Rodger Thorlakson. It was 19 years ago and I was two days "Inside". Sure, I met other people in that time, but between the hotel room and work it wasn't a lot. Those I formed relationships with were just like me: re more

Dec 11, 2008 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: George Maratos

This is the second year that Northern Vision Development has challenged Whitehorse restaurants to make the best burger. This year six restaurants took the bait -- The Gold Pan Saloon, the High Country Inn, The Cut Off, Earls, the Steele Street... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , , , Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2015-07-16 PHOTO: kozzi.com

My favourite line from Forrest Gump comes near the end. Gump’s beloved Jenny has died and he stands over her grave: “Mama always said that dying is a part of life, but I sure wish it wasn’t,” he says. It’s not often quoted, but I like its honesty. more

Jul 16, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: courtesy of What’s Up Yukon

I joined the What’s Up Yukon editorial team in late September 2012 and the first edition with my name on the masthead was issue #300, dated October 4, 2012. What followed were 33 months of continual employment, bringing me up to this issue, #436. more

Jul 9, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

Last Friday I met with David Skelton, the artistic director of Nakai Theatre, and DD Kugler, a renowned Canadian dramaturge. A dramaturge, which is an unpleasant word, functions as an advisor to a playwright. more

Jun 18, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

Sean Smith speaks with a composure and intelligence that demands to be heard. He is a member of the Daghaalhaan K’e dance group from the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, he’s been dancing for seven years, and he has participated in the Adäka Cultural... more

Jun 11, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

It’s funny how a change in geography can alter your perspective on something you’re well acquainted with. My places of residence within Whitehorse had always been above the Alaska Highway — first Hillcrest, then Granger. more

Jun 4, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2015-05-28 PHOTO: IMDb.com

In early-1993 my mom took my sister and I to see Alive, a film about an Argentinian rugby team that must survive a plane crash in the Andes. But the film was rated R and I was 11, so my mom had to do some research. more

May 28, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Tony Gonda

Fawn Fritzen joined the Big Band in 2008 and took over as its vocalist from Rebekah Bell in 2013, when the latter left the territory. Yet despite seven years in the outfit, Fritzen is keenly aware that she is a newcomer in the grand scheme of things. more

May 21, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-05-14 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

The discs one uses in disc golf have certain innate properties that allow them to act in a reasonably predictable manner. For example, all else being equal, if a right-handed player tosses a backhand shot, the disc will start by going in the... more

May 14, 2015 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2015-05-07 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

When I was learning to drive, one required skill haunted my dreams. Leading up to my driver’s test in the summer of 1998 I would go down to the Qwanlin “Mall” parking lot, after hours, and set up pylons. Then I’d practice parallel parking... more

May 7, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2015-04-30 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

On February 16 I picked up my roommate, Taylor Tiefenbach, from the Erik Nielsen International Airport. His flight was due to arrive at 3:05 p.m. and I was running late. Given this, I decided to park right in front of the terminal... more

Apr 30, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Education 4 Comments

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Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

I got my MacBook Pro computer in the spring of 2010 and it has served me well for five Unknown Object​years. It has been with me through various drafts and productions of my play, Syphilis: A Love Story, and through my 30-month tenure with... more

Apr 23, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

Like those who attended the first Sex Pistols concert, I too like to take credit for discovering something revolutionary: the iceberg. In 1996, I attended Grade 9 at the now-defunct Christ the King Junior Secondary on Nisutlin Drive in Riverdale. more

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM Beverages

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Issue: 2015-04-09 PHOTO:IMDb.com

On September 20, 1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air aired episode one of season four. The show documented the comedic hijinks of Will Smith (played by Will Smith), a street-savvy kid from Philadelphia who went to live in a Los Angeles mansion... more

Apr 9, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

The following story was my submission for the 1994 Yukon Young Authors’ Conference. There, I got to work with acclaimed Canadian playwright Guillermo Verdeccia, who first sparked my interest in dramatic writing. more

Apr 2, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2015-03-26 PHOTO: courtesy of John Houle

When one walks into Horwoods Mall from the Front Street entrance in downtown Whilehorse it’s hard to miss him. There, in one of the building’s charming nooks and crannies, sits John Houle with greyish hair protruding endearingly from a small, black.. more

Mar 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Resolute - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The last time the Calgary Flames made the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in the 2008-2009 season when they lost in the opening round to the Chicago Blackhawks. Between 2009 and the end of the 2013-2014 season the Flames followed an uninspiring downward... more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

In autumn 2009 I slipped on a frosty stair and broke my left humerus. Before the accident my left arm had an angle of 20°, meaning that when it was fully extended it reached 160° instead of the normal 180. more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: IMDb.com

In the wake of Boyhood’s lackluster haul at the recentlyheld Academy Awards — it won only one Oscar, despite six nominations — I’ve been thinking about the film’s writer/director Richard Linklater. more

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO: Brian Snelson, Wikipedia

Enzo Ferrari emerged from World War II with a bold plan to design and build automobiles under his own name. At first, he favoured the construction of racecars and had little interest building street-legal sports cars more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon History

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