Editorial Staff

Should employees be allowed to use work computers for personal use?

THOSE WHO SAY YES, SAY: As computers become more and more sophisticated, they become more and more useful. And, the more useful they are, the more of a necessity they become. Some may wince at the word “necessity”, but they need to realize that computers can go to more websites than just YouTube and MySpace. …

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A church for the rest of us

I wish there was a church for atheists. Yeeeaaaahh, that’s going to need some explaining: I see church as a place of fellowship and a place to concentrate on values and good works. Being among like-minded people is nothing but positive and can only re-energize those who are stressed or confused. For the rest, it …

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Quiche? Yes. Pansies? No.

On March 1, I saw a headline on the front page of the Globe and Mail that gladdened my heart. It was, “This Spring, Real Men Wear Pansies.” The accompanying photo showed a guy with pansies printed on his shirt. Wow! This is wonderful! You see, there was another headline on that page that read, …

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Countdown to the hoopla

When does Christmas start? Of course it is December 25, but when can the hoopla begin? Back in 1991, I was volunteered to play Santa Claus at Northern Stores’ “Christmas in July Sale.” I think it had something to do with the fact that it was my idea to help turn all of that left …

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Hello again

I know what you are thinking: Hmmm, there is something different about this issue of What’s Up Yukon. Allow me to unburden you: the very fact that you are reading this paper right now is different. You see, we used to be biweekly … and now we are weekly. We understand that Hallmark doesn’t make …

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Looking for Ludwig

In September 2008 I visited Scotland with Casey Lee McLaughlin. I was almost killed on the slopes of Ben Nevis and I nearly went to heaven in the Oban distillery, but before we made tracks for the highlands, we had a couple of days to kick around London. Sure, Trafalgar Square was neat and Buckingham …

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Dancing around the issue

I don’t like to dance and I don’t know why. For many years, I just assumed it was because I’m a guy. To dance, you must feel the music; you must express yourself. I don’t like to dance and I don’t know why. For many years, I just assumed it was because I’m a guy. …

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The view from the ‘terminal’

Laying out the paper is like a controlled plane crash,” my editor said across the table from me at A&W, pausing with a knowing-turned-quizzical look that seemed to say, You do know what I’m talking about, don’t you? No, I don’t, was the only realistic, albeit mute choice as my expression struggled to remain neutral …

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Smoke that serves us well

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire: an idiom seen this summer around Whitehorse. While it seems obvious, it’s amazing how frequently we miss the “smoke signals” in our lives or see them only in hindsight. And so, we have this saying that teaches a lesson … one to pass along to our children and our grandchildren …

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How far from home?

Just as the metaphorical river is never the same after the water rushes past, you really can’t go home again. Home, for me, is my mom’s house, a place I spent my teenage years in jaunty development that relied too much on trial and error. Since I am no longer that awkward teenager, 14 McQuade …

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Power to the people

It is an occupational hazard of being an editor that you sometimes get paralysed over the meaning of one word. This week, the word was “power”. By definition, it means “the storing of energy”. The stored energy is a force that, when unleashed, gets things done. This leads to the secondary definition: “capability of producing …

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Another Mack attack

To the Editor, Hookey, you fiendish, fiendly fiend. Like an anarchic CBC host maliciously injecting a noxious ear worm such as Seasons in the Sun into my auditory canal, you have wantonly invaded my gustatory system with the ineluctable memory of MacIntosh Toffee. Have you no regard for the fact that early addiction to this …

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How could you ever thank me?

I have a tip, that is going to change your life. It is a game changer, it is revolutionary, you will wonder how you survived without knowing this, this …—what shall we call it from here on? … oh yes—tip. How much this tip will improve your life is not in question – profoundly, I …

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The Question: 3-D or not 3-D?

The wonderful ArtsNet list serve is many things: a notice board, a trading post, a soapbox. I’ve never posted anything on it, but the ArtsNet folder in my email program contains 4659 items at the time of writing. And that’s just the ones I either haven’t opened, or have marked as unread to remind me …

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Who could possibly say no?

Some offers a person simply can’t refuse. When the email inviting me to be part of the What’s Up Yukon team landed, the cadence of Marlon Brando coming down the wire was unmistakable. The pressure was intense. How could I rush such a decision, to emerge from the indolence of semi-retirement back into the pressure …

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Take My Encyclopedia. Please!

Sometimes I wish I didn’t know how to read. No. That’s not true at all. I am endlessly grateful that I can read, and I wish everyone in the world had that privilege. What I should have said is that I wish I weren’t addicted to books. No. That’s not quite it, either. I wish …

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I Really Don’t Like Xmas

A new writer submitted a story the other day. A good story, too: well-written, informative, witty. But something in the first paragraph hit one of my uh-uh buttons. What made the veins on my forehead throb was a single word: Xmas. I really, really do not like Xmas. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing …

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Hihowareyou? Iamfine

Have you ever had an American say to you, “Say, ‘eh’ for me”? They think it’s funny when we Canadians say, “eh”, and, being the good-natured people we are, we oblige them. We think of something random to say, put an “eh” at the end, but then it all comes out wrong; we just can’t …

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Protective colouration

As a kid, I delivered the Windsor Star to Red Wings goalie Glenn Hall. As a cub reporter, I once photographed Toronto tough guy Eddie Shack. Playing baseball. In 1972, I scored a coup on As It Happens by walking beside Bobby Hull’s convertible and interviewing him en route to picking up his $1-million cheque …

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Creativity and Commitment

The common thread that links the stories and columns in What’s Up Yukon each week boils down to two words – creativity and commitment. From the outset, this magazine has had a strong focus on arts and entertainment, where creativity is a given. Musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, et cetera have always …

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Artrepreneur: Each word sings

What’s in a word? In the hands of Peter Jickling and his friends, each word has its own voice. You can listen to those voices at the Word Project: A Treatise on Resonant Philosophy at the Old Fire Hall May 14-20. “Only” is spelled with small letters, and faint swishy marks around it. It gave …

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Drum Roll, Please

Editors love – and hate – writing competitions. We love them because they give us a chance to discover how different writers approach similar subject matter, the choices they make about what details to include, the images they employ to paint word pictures, the structure they use to tell their individual stories. We also love …

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Do It Yourself & Safely

Painting a bedroom? Building a deck? Maybe just hanging up a few pictures? Whatever do-it-yourself project you may be tackling, it’s a good idea to think of it as being on the job site. That’s certainly the way Stu Purser sees it. As acting manager of inspections and compliance for the Yukon Workers Compensation Health …

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Hate to say I told you so

In September of 2008, I was working construction in Edmonton when the bottom fell out of the economy. There were a few workers on my crew that were good enough to find work in a recession, but I wasn’t one. After spinning my wheels for a week or two, I bought a bus ticket and …

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A Little Off the Top: Saluting an Icon

Anyone who comes to Yukon quickly becomes aware of several things: the vast landscape, the clean air, the soft colours, the friendliness, the compulsion of many locals to test their endurance in feats of outdoor derring-do. Something else newcomers soon discover is the remarkable depth and breadth of artistic and cultural expression available in the …

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; (No, I’m not winking at you.)

The semicolon has three major functions: to link thematically related thoughts, to introduce conjunctions or transitional phrases and to avoid confusion in lists.

Race for mayor should not be all or nothing

Municipal elections have a major flaw that robs the electorate of the best people to represent us. And it is the all-or-nothing manner in which we choose our mayors that causes this damage. As it is now in most North American municipalities, someone from our community decides they have the leadership skills and the vision …

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