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Selene Vakharia

Selene Vakharia

Well North Columnist Selene Vakharia is a holistic nutritionist, freelance writer and whole foods cook who loves showing people how easy, fun and delicious being healthy can be.  Selene is a Whitehorse-based contributor who also writes freelance stories on a variety of subjects.


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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: David Hou

The Pivot Theatre Festival - Nakai Theatre's annual performance showcase - begins a seven-night run this weekend in multiple Whitehorse venues. In addition to smaller-scale offerings such as a theatrical pub walk, an evening of spoken word... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

Dogtown: the Musical, a story based on the life and fate of a local dog named Trevor, will be one of the many productions featured during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, taking place June 9 to 18 more

May 12, 2016 12:00 AM , Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Yukon Government

“It’s the only national theatre festival in Canada,” Selene Vakharia tells me. She, along with a handful of other local creatives, are working on the Yukon end of the traveling theatre festival: Magnetic North, based in Ottawa, which moves to a... more

Apr 14, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-01-21, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

February is known as Black History Month, March is known as Women’s History Month. In the Yukon, January could be known as Yukon History Month. The MacBride Museum in Whitehorse is launching a new event called Night at the Museum, set to start on... more

Jan 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: courtesy of Horwoods Mall

In some dream world, working from home is easy. Get up early in the morning, park on the sofa, sip cup of coffee after cup of coffee, pound stories into the faithful laptop, wear wool socks and an afghan. more

Jun 18, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Joslyn Kilborn

“It’s an exploratory adventure,” says Sofia Fortin, one of the masterminds behind the currently ongoing SMRT Pop Ups initiative at Rah Rah Gallery. “A bunch of us were getting together to talk politics, talk shop,” she says. more

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: Rivers to Ridges

Wondering how to get your business from side hustle to full time? Struggling with balancing kids, hobbies and relationships, while building your brand? Looking for inspiration and motivation to get you through the inevitable blocks and challenges... more

Oct 11, 2017 12:00 AM , Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Marten Berkman

The first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

While Whitehorse’s newest yoga studio True North Massage and Yoga just opened, it’s already setting itself apart from the other offerings in town. The yoga studio, located at 407 Black Street, opened mid-January. Since opening, its owners Sheila... more

Apr 5, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: graphicstock.com

For sufferers of eczema, the winter can be an especially uncomfortable time. The dry, overheated indoors and the harsh, cold outdoors can aggravate symptoms. Eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes dry, thickened... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

It’s that time of year again. With the constant darkness and the cold, many of us are feeling – and looking – a little tired. Personally, I blame the fact that I’m pretty sure outside the hours of 10 to three it is straight-up midnight all the time. more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

As the season of overindulgence is upon us, binging and overeating becomes an almost daily occurrence. From cookies and treats at the office to endless dinners and potlucks, for the next month we will all likely be filling our bellies beyond their... more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

That addictive white powdery stuff is in everything. From store-bought spice blends to fruit juice to ketchup to even vitamins, it’s everywhere and in much higher amounts than you might think. more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: Provided by John Glynn-Morris

Mark Rutledge, a father of three, and John Glynn-Morris, a father of two are raising their sons and daughters to be feminists. With one in four women experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and both men realize the importance... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons

Being an adult is challenging. Eating well three times a day, every day, for an entire life is one of those things. Doing so while you are also responsible for feeding another being that is growing inside of you at an alarming rate – that’s a... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

WaRRmAuth is one of the most intriguing bands to be rising out of Whitehorse’s small but strong musical talent pool. At the forefront of the metal scene revival, these teenage stars rock harder than most with talent and ingenuity to back them up... more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

For most of our Canadian lives, we are told that lasting bone strength is a glass or two of milk away. This is reflected heavily in the Canada’s Food Guide, which acts as a foundation piece for nutrition and wellness in doctors’ offices, ... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

Facebook friends are filling my feed with photos of stunning sunrises that they are seeing on their way to work. Everyone marvels at them, yet all I can focus on is how we are about to be plunged into months of darkness. It’s that time of year. more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Bhaktimarga Swami

“I have always had a fascination with the North.” I am on the phone with Bhaktimarga Swami, a 63-year-old monk in Toronto. We are talking about the visit to Whitehorse he has planned for late September. Better known as The Walking Monk, at 63 he... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

When I was a teenager, I took karate twice a week. One year, my instructor got really into throws. Given that he never really taught proper falling technique, combined with the class having a lot of young people in it, it is not surprising that I... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

If you love beer and food, you’ll love this spin on the traditional Winemaker’s Dinner: Hops ‘n’ Grub. Seated at a long table with a hundred of your Whitehorse neighbours, you will dive taste buds-first into dishes created to pair with select... more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink 1 Comments

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

What you eat and drink before a long run impacts your performance and your ability to recover, post race. If you’re looking to beat a previous time, or just finish, it’s important to focus on the fuel you are giving your body. more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

On the first of August, Gurdeep Pandher celebrated 10 years in Canada. “It’s been such a wonderful journey,” he says. His voice is light and full of joy and laughter. In the past decade, Pandher has lived in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

At the downtown community garden in Whitehorse, a beekeeper tends to the newly built beehive in the fading evening light. Nearby, a gardener waters his small plot of potatoes, beans, and lettuce – a zucchini plant takes up a quarter of his raised... more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Meagan Deuling

Craving cookies, chips, ice cream, pizza, or some other delicious-tasting, high calorie food? You know these foods are not good for you, but it can take what feels like an unfathomable amount of willpower to stay away from them. If it seems that... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: Sheff Doc Photography

As the end of August approaches, and leaves are changing colour, it is time to say goodbye to festival season. From August 19-21, hundreds will gather at Kettley’s Canyon to send it off in style. Over two days, 20 DJs, local dance troupe BoSo and... more

Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music