Tess Casher

Tess Casher is a keen writer, cabin builder and English Literature student at Mount Allison University.

How to build a cabin

After years of dreaming and scheming, this is finally the summer whole-heartedly dedicated to building a cabin.

Back to (online) school

Little did we know that this Friday was our last day of pre-COVID normalcy for the rest of our university experience.

Breathing In, Breathing Out

I’ve been doing yoga since I was a kid, tagging along to my mum’s occasional classes. I started taking the practice seriously three years ago and earned my 200-hour yoga instructor certification last summer. Though I mostly practice on my own, Breath of Life yoga studio piqued my interest due to their modernization of yoga. …

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Blessing of the Animals

At 10:30 a.m. on August 6, some members of the congregation at Whitehorse United Church had whiskers, a tail and four legs! This is because the first Sunday in August was the Blessing of the Animals service. Blessing of the Animals is a service customary across all United Churches in Canada. Though different churches host …

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Carrie Boles – Green Thumbs

Carrie Boles’ green thumb sprouted back in her hometown, the grassland ecosystem of Winnipeg , Manitoba. While working on a degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, Boles happened to live in a house packed with gardeners. As each roommate brought home the literal fruits of their labour, the horticultural bug was infectious …

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The Dempster Highway: Past, Present & Future

There are two ways to Inuvik: either fly Air North, or drive the scenic route – the 735.5 km of the Dempster Highway. East of Dawson, branching off of the Klondike Highway, the Dempster begins. It follows the Klondike River valley, heads through the Ogilvie Mountains and crosses the Blackstone, Ogilvie and Eagle Rivers. Then …

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The (Mis)Adventures of A Puppy

In life there can be many instances one regrets. Such as accidentally sending a text to the wrong person, or throwing out an ill received joke. Or, uttering the thought, “Let’s get a second dog.” Before we knew it, the puppy was arriving. Aside from another dog bed and Puppy Chow, we really hadn’t thought …

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Women in Whitehorse – Part 3

From the river to the mountains, Whitehorse is a picturesque place. However, it’s the people that make Whitehorse truly breathtaking. Beauty is found in Yukoners weaving their unique skills and talents into the tapestry of the north. Below is the third in a three part series about some particularly extraordinary women of Whitehorse. Larra Daley …

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Women in Whitehorse – Part 2

From the river to the mountains, Whitehorse is a picturesque place. However, it’s the people that make Whitehorse truly breathtaking . Beauty is found in Yukoners weaving their unique skills and talents into the tapestry of the north. This is the first in a three part series about three particularly extraordinary women of Whitehorse. Teagyn …

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Connecting Our Mind with Our Body

In today’s world, it can be hard to feel comfortable in our own skin. This is, in part, due to a growing plague of diet and fitness advertisements hinting that our happiness stems from a leaner version of ourselves. These advertisements have accumulated to the point where body-confidence is an issue in our society. I …

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Gender Equality

The more scientists, experts, and the general public collectively study the concept of gender, the more questions arise. And in the realm of high school, these questions become more poignant and utterly colourful. Hence, when the panellists who came to the Yukon for the “Because It’s 2017: Gender Equality and Diversity” event at the Yukon …

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Ancient Februarys

I’d rather take the chocolates. Thank you, very much. And, I cross-my-heart that the realms of my creativity do not extend remotely far enough to make this stuff up. Eventually, Pope Gelasius, who also formally declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day, officially outlawed Lupercalia in the 5th century. Though it wasn’t until the Middle …

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’Tis The Examination Season

The student population studying for finals are fascinating creatures. Next, there is a dietary shift in students, where once semi-nutritious meals are replaced by caffeine and variants of sugar. The date of the finals attack can be characterized by the temporary nocturnal ability students will gain 1-2 days before the exam. These extra hours are …

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Skiing With Our Dog

Whitehorse is not only lucky enough to be situated on Canada’s crowning jewel of cross country ski trails, but to have approximately ⅓ of that jewel welcome skiing with dogs! My dog happily wags her tail at the signs of going for a walk: puffy coats, warm socks and bulky mitts all point towards her …

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The Most Yukonic Night Ever

The Yukon boasts of many iconic landscapes/experiences/situations  and on one glorious night I experienced a few of them. Now in my Southern upbringing, I always thought “deer in the headlights” was just an expression. But, no, no, no! It’s a fact nature. The deer stood paralyzed in the same fear that prevented me from screaming. …

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Winter Anticipation

December is the Friday of the year. The whole month is filled with giddy anticipation for the budding winter wonderland, parallel to the giddy anticipation one feels for the weekend, while staring at the clock Friday afternoon. That’s when the wise ones will let us know that Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect. Our idealist …

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Winter Dog Walk

You know the drill. There’s a beautiful, warm, cozy and glowing fire in your living room. Sweat pants are on. A nice dinner’s been eaten. It would be so easy; it would be so great, just to lie on your couch and go to sleep. But, there’s one four-legged bundle of joy wreaking havoc in …

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Yukon Chic

It’s a long time before a fashion designer will stage a runway down a catwalk of the snow-laden Millennium Trail, yet the Yukon does uphold a clothing culture. Our style parallels our environment. This leads Yukoners to a distinctive style. If there were fashion police upholding the laws of Yukon style, any Yukoner without an …

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Yukon Visitors

Everyone has a list of family and close friends that they feel the need to make an effort to visit every decade or so.  If you’re like me and your entire extended family lives outside the Yukon, they may be making an extra effort to come and see you, because (though geographically cumbersome) the Yukon …

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Bittersweet September

September has the ability to feel more like the start of a new year than January. People migrating home after their summer adventures and the return of the cool weather, brings a sense of something new and of settling back into normal. September is also (most obviously) the beginning of the school year; school always …

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Summer Vacation

A question that pops up every now and again is, Would students be better off without a summer vacation? This stance claims that the luxurious two-and-a-half month summer break should be replaced with shorter and more frequent breaks throughout the year, since the summer break’s original purpose – of collecting the harvest – is no …

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Wisdom Teeth

I discovered that I had wisdom teeth at the ripe age of 10. Then promptly put off thinking about the matter, until I was told I needed to get them removed last summer. After obtaining this ominous knowledge, I prepared for the procedure as any millennial would: by surfing the web. Upon reading several horror …

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The Dawn of Spring

Spring is more than sales on winter gear en route to the clearance bin or the emergence of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies in store windows. It’s the sunset of winter, the dawn of warmth and a period of transition. Just like a child playing hide-and-go-seek, the transition from winter to spring happens if you …

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An Open Letter to My Dog

Dear Parka, We invited you into our family last summer because we felt a void that only man’s best friend could fill. Down south last summer, we picked you from the litter of pups and brought you up North, to which you’re probably sarcastically thinking, “Oh great, I got stuck with the one family who …

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My First Yukon Winter

I’ve been living out the season as the idiot to winter and the dunce to darkness. In hindsight, I should have seen it coming.

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