Issue: 2009-08-27

For the love of Mexico

Keith and Betty Dye describe the face of need in Lagunitas, Mexico. The couple, Yukoners for 31 years, are coordinating fundraisers through a Whitehorse-based organization called Jerusalem Evangelical Ministries (JEM), a “ministry of helps” – no strings attached. “All participation is by volunteers; nobody gets paid,” says Keith. “One-hundred per cent of everything we raise …

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Kerr-razy for Taste

Pat McKenna takes a cook’s tour of famous, infamous and soon-to-be famous Yukon chefs.  Featured today is Mary-El Kerr of Whitehorse. Mary-El Kerr, owner and operator of Mary-El Fine Food & Catering, brings a wide variety of expertise and pizzazz to the table. An early start cooking at her father’s restaurant launched Kerr into course …

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Time to Reap What You Sow

I have a few heads of cabbage and broccoli amongst my flower beds, and I check their progress almost daily. One day, recently, I noticed the telltale signs of yellow on the broccoli florets and thought, Uh oh, better harvest these right now before they get over- mature. The next day, one of the cabbage …

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The Dempster adventure

In 2002, I embarked, with the love of my life, on a Yukon adventure I never experienced in the 29 years I lived here. Here, I confess, we were sort of living together without a “shack-up permit.” Wonder what happened to that great old tradition … progress? We decided to go to Dawson City. Right; …

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I am proud of Trenton, Ontario

Pride in Canada’s military has always been a dignified and understated series of gestures in my hometown of Trenton, Ontario. It is decidedly more important that Trenton provides a calm family life for those men and women whose business is war. More and more, Trenton has received the burden of receiving home the remains of …

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World of Words: Painting a northern paradise

Forty years ago, an undiscovered English painter, new to the Yukon, had his first Canadian art show at the Whitehorse Public Library. Now, that painter, Ted Harrison, is the subject of the biography Painting Paradise by Katherine Gibson. On August 26, at 5 p.m., Yukoners can join both artist and author at the Yukon Arts …

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Drums Supporting the Solo Voice

When you step into the Solo Show Room at the Copper Moon Gallery, you’re greeted with a sense of rhythm. A row of women raise their hands in thanksgiving. Painted images of masks present a raven from different angles. Four drums repeat themselves across a canvas. Repetition and groups of similar items create the rhythm. …

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