Lesley Grant

Santa Claus, Pet Whisperer

Is Logan sick of getting the same old moose bones every year? Would Fluffy like a pink rhinestone-studded collar, or is beaver skin more her style? Okay, your furry friends won’t actually be able to tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas, but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing them to Peabody’s Photo Parlour in …

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Sporting with Horses

Don’t know your Egg-and-Spoon from your Keyhole, or your Road Hack from your Show Hack? You can watch and learn this weekend as more than 50 horse-rider combinations compete in the Yukon Horse and Rider Association’s Season Finale. The 3-day event, held on the YHRA Grounds in Whistle Bend, will showcase more than 130 classes …

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Telling Tales

As he wraps up teaching a kids’ drama class, the Family Literacy Centre’s Brendan Wiklund switches gears to talk about Tales to be Told, a storytelling circle for elders and adults over 55, which will launch Tuesday, March 29. The free, 14-week program, held at the Whitehorse Public Library, gives members of older generations a …

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Pancakes and Pie

It’s a sunny Sunday in Dawson, the first day of a new month. I am standing by the window at our kitchen counter eating a beetroot sandwich (toasted Calabrese bread, cheddar cheese, pickled beets, cucumber, tomato, and baby dill pickles with a sprinkle of ground pepper), watching two ravens play tag and thinking about my …

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Ready to Hit the Broom

It’s Thursday night at Dawson City Curling Club. Club president Akio Saito explains the finer points of the pivoting head on a blue, light-weight curling broom to a teammate who’s contemplating a purchase before this weekend’s 112th International Bonspiel. The annual, open-entry tournament attracts about 16 teams, mostly from Dawson, Whitehorse and other Yukon communities. …

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One-pot Luck

Brussels sprouts: the tiny perfect brassica. Could anything be better than a side of miniature cabbages oven-roasted with prosciutto and homemade croutons and finished with a generous serving of cambozola cheese? Discuss. For my final 13 years in Toronto, the span of my non-restaurant “career”, I ate an average of five dinners a week in …

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Sammy the Yeast

It took me several months living in the Yukon to figure out what was bugging me. One Saturday, after holding nails while two Yukoners and an artist from Vancouver assembled a complicated woodshed art piece, it hit me: I don’t actually know how to do anything. Raised in a family whose parents both had white-collar …

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No Relief from Marketing Pains

Dawson man-about-town Greg Hakonson is always an enthusiastic guy, putting his energy into construction, cooking and the local arts scene – he’s been a driving force behind the Dawson City Arts Society for more than a decade. But ask him about the Trekke® Lumbar Lift, a device he invented to relieve lower back pain, and …

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