Issue: 2008-07-04

Plants Helping Plants

One of the more interesting characteristics of plants is that plants are affected chemically by the aroma from leaves, roots and by soil micro-organisms. Knowing which plants like each other and which don’t, and planting these together, is what is known as companion planting. Companion planting is the planting of different crops in close proximity …

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The boulder you get

The sport of bouldering does not end with “conquering” a boulder but, rather, “understanding” it. The sport’s founder is a mathematician and accomplished gymnast, while its most successful participants do not necessarily possess great strength. The Ibex Valley Bouldering Festival (not “Competition” … but “Festival”) is a good chance to see this sport and to …

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Bigger is Not Always Better

Students at McGill University in Montréal will notice a big change come fall semester this year, and frosh looking to swill back Export, Canadian and Molson Dry will have to pack it from home. The Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) was looking to sign a new deal this summer with Molson, the hometown brewing …

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Rocking the Blues

Montréal native Ryan McNally has loved the blues since he was nine years old … although if you grew up in his hometown you might not know it. With a background playing in bands dedicated to hip hop, metal and rockabilly music (all the while he was playing blues on his own) it’s only recently …

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Federal Campground is Nice, Too

HAINES JUNCTION There are numerous campgrounds in and around Haines Junction. Your YTG Campground permit will let you camp at most of them … but the Kathleen Lake Campground is not one of them. The Kathleen Lake Campground is a federal campground that lies just inside the borders of the Kluane National Park: a “World …

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Atlin Festival Keeps Growing

Busy, hectic and crazy like always,” says Rick Newberry bluntly when asked how preparation is going for this summer’s Atlin Arts and Music Festival. “It’s always a wild ride but it’s always fun and, after six years, we’re getting the hang of it.” Newberry is the performing arts director for the festival and, speaking with …

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The haunting Post-it Note

It is the one thing in my otherwise stress-free life that is causing me anxiety. It is a Post-it Note with today’s date on it and “10 a.m.” I remember being aware of it about five days ago and, in the hurly burly of playing editor, only occasionally wondered what it was for. You see, …

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Coming In From the Outside

I find the term “Outside” very strange. At first, when I had arrived in the territory, people would use the term, almost as if they were talking about someone being committed. “Oh, he’s going Outside,” they would say, sagely nodding their heads. Once I caught the drift of the term, I wondered how long it …

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Walks into her life, tips hat, sweeps her off to the Yukon

Vanessa takes me to the Millennium Trail on a sunny afternoon. We smell the heavy aroma of flowers, somewhere, and find the top of a tree covered in buzzing insects and butterflies. A small yellow bird darts through the branches. It’s her favourite place to walk now. “I try to come here daily, and when …

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Go for Oats

Those who enjoy the Yukon outdoors know that snacks need to be easy to pack and hold up  without crumbling too easily. Peanut butter packs protein while oats are an excellent complex carbohydrate. The following recipes use oats and are quick to make and easy to transport. The secret to a firm cookie is to …

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