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    Buys for Guys

    You have a problem. Through no fault of your own you have acquired a "Guy." This is to say a human male and not a "guy" in the old sense of the word (which, for those of you who don't know, would be an effigy of noted explosives enthusiast Guy Fawke more

    Jun. 06, 2013

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    Issue: 2015-05-07 PHOTO: Esther Deuling

    How To Cancer

    My first idea was to write about women building for Habitat for Humanity. That fell through; no one got back to me. Then, I tried to get in touch with the Victoria Faulkner’s Women Centre to talk to about May being sexualized assault awareness... more

    May 07, 2015

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    Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: by Sarah Winton

    Mighty Neighbourly

    After living in Vancouver for three years I’d become accustomed to people giving me strange looks if I smiled at them in the elevator or while waiting in line for a coffee. When I returned home to the Yukon it was a pleasure to rediscover its... more

    Dec. 07, 2016

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Amazon.com

    On the Quest For A Good Story

    Parents and teachers, do you have a budding Jack London in your midst? Kids in Grades 1-7 are invited to enter the Yukon Quest Short Story Competition. The contest is divided into two categories with children in Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-7 will be... more

    Feb. 08, 2017

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    Issue: 2015-04-23 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

    Where the Cats Rule

    Breaking news in the world of virtual lifestyling: the real world simulation game, The Sims 4, now has basements. Virtual people worldwide can now get their damn virtual stuff out of the virtual hallway closet into a virtual two-level underground... more

    Apr. 23, 2015

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    Twins Equals Double Trouble

    I have four sisters and one brother. The youngest two sisters, Heidi and Elsa, are twins who are five-and a-half-years old. The story of us finding out that my mom was having twins is very funny. It goes like this: more

    Feb. 20, 2014

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Yukon Family Stories

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    Issue: 2018-04-04, Photo: Marten Berkmann

    Edu-tainment for kids, Yukon-style

    When you type, “wholesome family shows” into Google the results tend to be dated shows, such as Full House, Sesame Street, or 7th Heaven. This may lead you to wonder is family-first entertainment a thing of the past? more

    Apr. 04, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Kiddos! We’re leaving on a jet plane

    It is always really good until it is really bad – like the kind of bad that has you running through the third largest airport pushing a stroller whilst juggling a diaper bag, three backpacks, the precious blankie, all to a sound track of whining... more

    Mar. 21, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

    A weekend of kid fun

    With the advertised Burlesque Workshops and the Pub Crawl, at first glance the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous may seem like an event geared towards adults. But there are a lot of activities for kids too. Just like Yukon’s expanding birth-rate... more

    Feb. 21, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-14, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

    Helping the youth to heal

    The Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council (YAWC) will host the Gathering of Youth-Family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Kick Off Event on February 17 to 18. more

    Feb. 14, 2018

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    Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: jeffreyw via Foter.com

    Parents say the darnedest things

    We have all heard it said: “Kids say the darnedest things,” however, I have to admit that at this stage of parenthood I tend to say some pretty, darned, outrageous things myself. It is not until after I utter things like, “Please stop eating... more

    Nov. 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Glenda Koh

    Cake and Comrades

    If Pinterest is to be believed, we might be raising children who expect a real live unicorn to come to their next birthday party. Do they even know how much a live unicorn costs? Imagine the hours it will take to source one. Parents of the world... more

    Sep. 27, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Sierra Allen

    The Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

    With summer approaching quickly, parents are faced with a familiar question: Where do I want my kids to spend their days while I am at work? This can sometimes be a stressful decision for parents, with so many diverse options for camps and... more

    May 24, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: 3gdoctor

    Right On, Yukon

    I'm from Ontario, but boy let me tell you I would much rather be out here. Where I come from the only outdoor activities families engage in are taking the bus, and burying their heads in technology. You know that the next generation is going to be... more

    Apr. 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Home Is Where the Heart Is

    In August of 2008, we had ground cleared so we could build a new house. It wouldn't be very big or fancy, but it would be a clean, dry place to live. You see, the previous winter I had had pneumonia. Which was exacerbated by the mold in the... more

    Mar. 08, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Amazon.com

    On the Quest For A Good Story

    Parents and teachers, do you have a budding Jack London in your midst? Kids in Grades 1-7 are invited to enter the Yukon Quest Short Story Competition. The contest is divided into two categories with children in Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-7 will be... more

    Feb. 08, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    What happened to the kids, the class of 2009

    Spencer Sumanik graduated from Porter Creek Secondary in 2009 and is now studying to be an aerospace engineer in Ottawa. I am meeting Spencer at his parents’ home on the Hot Spring’s Road. He's home for the holidays, ”I am doing well and happy to... more

    Jan. 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

    Trying Something New

    Ploytida Samanachangphunk had one sister living in Whitehorse before she immigrated to Canada. Now she has three sisters and an extended family here. Ploytida’s sister would return for family visits to their hometown of Nan, in northern Thailand, ... more

    Dec. 14, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: by Sarah Winton

    Mighty Neighbourly

    After living in Vancouver for three years I’d become accustomed to people giving me strange looks if I smiled at them in the elevator or while waiting in line for a coffee. When I returned home to the Yukon it was a pleasure to rediscover its... more

    Dec. 07, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Jessica Simon

    Interview at the Embassy

    The status of one’s permanent residency quickly becomes the crux of conversation among the Yukon’s new Canadians. And it’s the crux of this column. No two people have the same story to tell. Not only are there various ways to immigrate, each... more

    Oct. 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Valerie Thomas

    A Special Baby: Ellen’s Story

    Ellen had four babies at Whitehorse General Hospital. Her births were always fast and she liked the support that she got at the hospital. In her fifth pregnancy her baby was diagnosed with spina bifida at the 20 week ultrasound. Spina bifida is a... more

    Oct. 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: Pat Kulachkosky

    Born at Home in Marsh Lake: Kristin’s story

    Kristin homesteads at Marsh Lake with her partner Ron, her two sons and her stepson and her parents living close by. She had imagined having her babies at home since she was a teenager. “Giving birth is natural, every animal does it and we were... more

    Sep. 29, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: by Amanda Stumpp

    Birth of a Family: Christine’s story

    “I would have loved to have had midwifery care and a home birth for all my pregnancies, but that wasn’t possible,” says Christine, a Whitehorse resident. When she was pregnant with her first baby and two months away from her due date she noticed... more

    Sep. 01, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Jason Westover

    Summer Lessons in Hippo Munching

    What a happy day it was when my four-year-old daughter Emily opened a gift from my wife and I revealing a classic game from our youth. Hungry Hungry Hippos was one of our “go to” games in the mid-80s. I remember battling it out with friends and... more

    Aug. 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-18, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

    Family Earns a Home, the Community Wins a Family

    Jeff Wolsynuk looks like his happiness will burst out at any second. Tanya Butler looks relieved and content. The couple is sitting in the kitchen of their home. Their home. That they own. Three years ago, they did not know that their lives would... more

    Aug. 18, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: courtesy of Christina Kaiser

    My First Baby: Emma

    We moved into our newly built log house one week before my due date. We were racing against time, because we planned our home to be one where I’d have my child, and wanted our first baby to be born in the house we built together. She took her... more

    Aug. 11, 2016

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