Yukon Families

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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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    The Little Blue Daycare That Could

    How did a little blue daycare put Dawson City on the map for early childhood education? By an employee winning the Prime Minister's Award for excellence in early childhood education earlier this month! more

    Oct. 27, 2011

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    When Home isn't a Happy Place

    For 20 years Eleanor Millard has been providing support to grandparents who want to rescue their grandchildren. Year after year, Millard's phone rings, and an anonymous person on the other end needs help figuring out what the options are for taking a more

    Oct. 17, 2013

  • Time to Get Out

    When I got my Nintendo I didn't think it would have any impact on children's lives. Twenty-three years later the computer age has brought some great feats, but it changed the way people entertain themselves. more

    Jun. 13, 2013

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    Poopin’ Ain’t Easy

    Searching for a successful best potty-training strategy more

    May 29, 2014

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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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Yukon Family Stories

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    Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Hospice Yukon

    Healthy crying and how to do it

    Everyone handles their grief differently. That is one of the fundamental ideas that Hospice Yukon uses to guide their approach in supporting Yukoners through their programming. Within that no-one-size-fits-all philosophy, children have a special... more

    Oct. 03, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-05, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Hospital Foundation

    Today’s the day the teddy bears have their clinic

    The inaugural Teddy Bear Clinic in November 2017 was a hit with families and medical professionals alike as about 200 families came through the door to get checkups for their important stuffie friends. Those attendance numbers, and the... more

    Sep. 05, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-08-01, PHOTO: Darlene Sillery

    Magic under the mountains

    Haines Junction is gearing up for the second-annual Augusto Children`s Festival. With 28 workshops for kids aged five to 12, on puppet-making, magic, Southern Tutchone dance, circus skills, ukulele playing … and many more. It’s the Yukon’s only... more

    Aug. 01, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-07-18, PHOTO: Mitsue Ozeki

    ‘Pink Aisle’ or ‘Blue Aisle’?

    Have you ever wondered what a three-year-old boy would want for his birthday? Recently, I found myself paralyzed in the toy section of a local store. I don’t have any grandchildren, but I do serve as a “pseudo-grandmother” to many of my younger... more

    Jul. 18, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

    In praise of good fathers

    I am not a father. I am in awe of my brothers, friends and peers who are. I am not a father, in part because my fear of failing the children in my care is greater than the sense that I will do okay. My awe for fathers is because I see that this... more

    Jun. 06, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Cares

    Coming to the Yukon as a refugee

    Fiona Azizaj will be the guest speaker at this year’s Yukon Cares Annual General Meeting (AGM). In 1993, during the Yugoslav Wars that led to the breakup of Yugoslavia, Azizaj and her parents fled Kosovo to Germany when she was months old. They... more

    May 09, 2018

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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

    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:

    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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