Dale Cooper

Multicultural Miscommunication

Cher Yukon, Comment ca va? Today I am not recounting a funny or touching incident. Instead I would like to share just one of the many stories of misunderstanding that can take place in the multilingual, multicultural city of Montréal. OK, it is right after Christmas and I have some pictures I want to give …

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The Feeling of Home

Cher Yukon: Comment ca va? I am in a pensive mood today. For the past four months, I’ve been feeling like a fish out of water here in the big city. Lately, though, I can’t help but think about all the changes our children experience when they leave their Yukon homes to face the great …

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The Joy of Friperies …

Comment ca va? There is a word the French in Québec have come up with to describe a type of store. That word is friperie. A friperie is a type of store where one can find a real bargain, help save the environment and reduce overhead costs. It is another name for “consignment store, second-hand …

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Very Close to Home

Wow! Talk about your Northern content … The cover of Barbara Chamberlin’s latest CD, Of Ice and Men, is the work of renowned Yukon artist, Chris Caldwell, and the songs are about fishing, moose camp, Northern men, ice, ice fog … I believe that this CD is Chamberlin’s tongue-in-cheek look at living up here in …

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Yukon Dancers Are Here to Stay

Jude Wong and I sit facing each other, sipping our coffees. She is nibbling on toast, and I am picking at a muffin – two food staples of dancers. We are talking about SYIDA (Society of Yukon Independent Dance Artists). Yes, this has been a feature of several articles in recent issues, but I am …

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Music Man on a Mission

Am I in a club, or at a rave? Am I at a funky clothing boutique down in Vancouver or Toronto? The CD, Melodic Trance Mission (the first in a series of 10 albums), by Robert Vallée, gives me that audio-sense memory. This CD has similarities to the Techno pop music of the 80s and …

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‘Jill’ of the Dance

What makes dance such a passion for some that, despite the journeys of life and the different roads taken, it remains in the heart of the dancer? Jill Babala shares with us her life and love of dance and where it has taken her, so far. From the age of seven to the age of …

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Tis The Seasons

Do you have a story to share about your first year here in the Yukon? Do you have a poem, a song or a silent memory? How is your life different now that you have become a Yukon Sourdough? Four local choreographers are creating a multidisciplinary performance piece and are seeking input in the form …

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Students Put It All On the Stage

It is difficult to pin this lady down. She is always so busy scurrying from one engagement to another. Whether it is a dance class, a meeting or a rehearsal, she always seems to be on the run. I am lucky, however, and manage to squeeze in a quick interview with Andrea Simpson-Fowler, artistic director …

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Youth Empowered Through Dance

ith an eye to creating a national community of breakdancers and urban artists, Sami Elkout is in Whitehorse to organize Cypher for Change. “It’s like a summer camp for B-Boys,” says Elkout, a member of the Ottawa-based Bread Crumbs Crew. “There are about 50 youth from across Canada coming up here. They are travelling from …

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Multicultural Miscommunication

Cher Yukon, Comment ca va? Today I am not recounting a funny or touching incident. Instead I would like to share just one of the many stories of misunderstanding that can take place in the multilingual, multicultural city of Montréal. OK, it is right after Christmas and I have some pictures I want to give …

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No Haggling At This Garage Sale

Cher Yukon, Comment ca va? Today’s story from the borough of Verdun is about our amazing “dresser find”. I will preface by saying, “Yukoners, you can be very proud of your garbage pick up and recycling system.” In Verdun, garbage and compost are not separated. It is still hard for me to throw compost into …

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My Lovely Chinese Lady

Cher Yukon, Comment ca va? I am now living in “La Belle Province”. I think I should first give you a brief history about how I came to be here in Montréal after having spent over 25 years in the Yukon where I married twice, raised my two children and worked at jobs I loved …

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