Yukon Humour Stories

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    Issue: 2019-09-04, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Chain of demand

    I arrived in Inuvik for the first time in early July 1972. What first struck me as I toured the town was A) the 24 hours of sunlight and B) how closed off the town felt without a highway. It felt like even more of a no man’s land when I looked at it Read more

    Sep. 04, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-08-28, PHOTO: Tania Liu on

    A Tuk load of memories

    I was back home in Inuvik this summer and I took the opportunity to drive to Tuk for the first time. It always hits close to the bone whenever I am there. Read more

    Aug. 28, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-08-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

    It may be ugly, but someday I might call it home

    I recently wrote about my new vocation as a DIY coffin maker. OK, strictly speaking it’s not a coffin. It’s a casket. On a draped bier. Read more

    Aug. 21, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-08-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Summer in Geezerville is anything but dead

    Things sometimes turn on a dime. Recently, with only three days’ notice, my summer job as a kiddie-train engineer suddenly vanished in a puff of steam-engine smoke. I won’t dwell on the details, except to say I was disappointed. Read more

    Aug. 14, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-07-31, PHOTO: Donar Reiskoffer via Wikimedia Commons

    Interview with the raven, part one

    Do you solemnly swear the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you Odin? Read more

    Jul. 31, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-07-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

    No blues for this bootlegger

    One afternoon, in the mid-70s in Inuvik, I was looking for some oddball thing for my vehicle. I looked almost everywhere and then I decided to go see John, a local who owned one of the taxi companies. Read more

    Jul. 31, 2019

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    Issue-2019-07-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Spread the word - free peanuts on Park Street

    They say the fastest land mammal of all is the cheetah, capable of running as fast as 120 km/h without breaking a sweat. But “they” are wrong. Read more

    Jul. 10, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-07-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

    This is what I think about that - Just saying

    Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one. Except Adam and Eve, reportedly. Even a casual glance at Facebook, Twitter, or similar social media platforms confirms a disturbing fact: opinions are actually far more numerous than belly buttons. Read more

    Jul. 03, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    P and Q can make for some perky Saturday hookups

    The last entry in this space provided a platform for a more-or-less true tale of undeserved punishment recalled (and still resented) from the mists of time. Read more

    Jun. 26, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Doug Sack

    Raven kronks, Leprechaun croaks

    I remember my first conversation with Joe Ben Raven like it happened yesterday. It was the winter construction season of 1972-73 up on the Eagle Plains of the Yukon’s half-built Dempster Highway in a borrow pit south of the Oasis in the Wilderness Read more

    Jun. 26, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-19, Asylumkid via

    Co-pilot for a day

    One morning in the mid 1980s, a pilot named Fred came to my house. Since I had only met him on a few occasions at the coffee shop, I wondered why he had come to see me. Read more

    Jun. 19, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-19, Hank Moorlag

    Hours of sunlight

    My wife and I were in Mazatlán, Mexico earlier this year. The timing of the sunrise and sunset got me thinking about the differences in the Yukon and what effects this might have on people. Read more

    Jun. 19, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-19, Pixabay

    A hare-raising tale

    was sitting on the back porch the other day, whittling myself a new pipe, when a rabbit popped out from under a garbage bin and shot across the alley. Read more

    Jun. 19, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-06-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

    As Granny said, mind your ascenders and descenders

    Anyone who has ever worked in a printing shop, or who has helped teach a youngster learn how to print the alphabet, knows the importance of minding your Ps and Qs. And your Bs and Ds, for that matter... Read more

    Jun. 05, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-29, PHOTO: mvipond /

    A long time ago, in a lake far away

    I was 12 years old in 1955 when my oldest brother, Robin, went away to university. As siblings in a close-knit family, we had shared many delightful (and less-than) hours around the dinner table. But the six-year difference in our ages meant we... Read more

    May 29, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Gerald Lacroix / Pixabay

    Homesick in Alberta

    I was up in the Yukon last week working with Gwaandak Theatre on a series of radio plays based on legends from Old Crow. It was great to see all my Vuntut Gwich’in relatives and meet the famed Paul Kennedy from the CBC radio program, Ideas... Read more

    May 01, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: WUY file photo/John Henderson

    A raven conspiracy?

    I was reading in the news the other day about the ice bridge in Dawson City and how $200,000 worth of engineers couldn’t figure out why there was no ice forming on their makeshift bridge in the middle of winter. It reminded me of a time back in... Read more

    Mar. 20, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

    So long, smug Victoria. Welcome to Canada.

    The allure of even a well-crafted, lightweight shovel begins to pale after days upon numberless days of snow upon snow upon snow. There is wisdom in the old saw that everybody likes to complain about the weather, but nobody does anything about it... Read more

    Mar. 13, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Comedy Festival

    Focus on the funny folk

    Ricard Eden makes no apology for putting the focus of the Yukon Comedy Festival on the performers as much as on the audience. “We obviously want to bring up talent that residents are going to want to see and we want to make our ticket price... Read more

    Mar. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Seed dreams are made of these

    Beyond the windows of my study/greenhouse, the temperature is still in deficit mode and falling. Another skiff of snow arrived overnight—the dry, fat, fluffy kind I have no trouble ignoring. It will either blow away, or it will not. It doesn’t... Read more

    Feb. 06, 2019

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