Issue: 2009-08-06

World of Words: Modern-Day Mythology on 8th

Celebrate Northern literature on August 13 during Authors on 8th, a literary walking tour through the lives of Klondike authors Jack London, Robert Service and the Bertons, Laura and Pierre. “There’s a huge mythology about the North that both Jack London and Robert Service created,” says Rachel Wiegers, the marketing and special events co-ordinator for …

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To the Beat of a Northern Bakery

Pat McKenna takes a cook’s tour of famous, infamous and soon-to-be-famous Yukon chefs. With dancing, folk singing and lots of great music entertainment, the Village Bakery in Haines Junction pumps out a wide variety of products to a decidedly Northern beat. Owner-operator Boyd Campbell, in his twentieth year of running the bakery, says that, while …

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Unless you’re Santa, I’d say it’s one of those …

Everybody knows beer causes beer bellies, right? Why else would they call it a beer belly? Not so fast: a recent study, by German and Swedish researchers, of 20,000 people, calls that traditional wisdom into question. This was no flash-in-the-pan study but an eight-and-a-half-year period involving 7,876 men and 12,749 women. And, expected, they learned …

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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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Golfing for Good

On August 7 and 8, Yukoners will have not one, but two opportunities to tee up for great causes. On Friday night, Special Olympics Yukon is holding its annual Golf Gala at Meadow Lakes Resort. Always popular, the event once again has a packed roster of golfers. “We are completely full,” explained an enthusiastic Serge …

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Down by the riverside

Throughout history, rivers have been associated with life. It seems appropriate, then, that those who create would celebrate alongside the Yukon River. The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, in Dawson City, is going into its ninth year and Jenifer Rudski shares festival highlights over the phone from KIAC, in Dawson City. She is coordinating this year’s …

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The Font (Fount?) of Wisdom

Times New Roman, that’s how I roll. In the world of font, I know I’m backing one tired, old horse. But there’s something undeniably comforting in its blandness. There’s no impression of subterfuge or arrogance; it’s just a font that’s there to get the job done. I appreciate that. It happens to be the font …

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Learning to Ride

I had to get my friend to ride my new motorcycle home from the dealership because I didn’t know how to ride. OK, it wasn’t exactly new. My first bike was a sturdy, somewhat scuffed-up Suzuki 360-DR with an oversized aftermarket fuel tank. It was yellow and white, the fuel tank that opaque whitish plastic. …

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Knowing Where We’ve Come From

Cleaning out filing cabinets might have been a good idea 30 years ago, but it’s left the Yukon Employee Union (YEU) STEP student with a lot of research. Hired as an archiving assistant, Conal Slobodin’s curiosity left him wanting to fill holes in the union’s records. He started to question past unclear documents, so his …

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What’s in a Name?

In The Yukon, certain family names loom large in our post-gold-rush era: “Van Bibber” is one such handle. Geraldine Van Bibber is one of the family’s new recruits. She took the last name upon marrying her husband, Pat, and has since become a student of the family’s history. “The three Van Bibber brothers came up …

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