Issue: 2009-09-10

Unearthing Harvest Treasure

It’s fall. I know that no one wants it to be fall, but it is hard to deny. With every season, there are vegetables that are in decline and those that have just reached their prime. Root crops are usually biennials, which means they store up energy in their roots the first year, then flower …

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Plank It Up

Sockeye is in season and if you haven’t yet discovered the ease and piquant flavour of cooking fish on a cedar plank, now is the time. Planks infuse a wonderful woodsy taste to fish as well as minimizing the mess in cleaning up. Following are two recipes, a really easy one and a more challenging …

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It’s About the Hail !?!

Fall is an absolutely stellar time to go mountain biking in the Yukon. It was a Sunday slated for chores when my guy gives me a call from his shop and says, “Get geared up, we’re going for a mountain bike ride.” I had felt the heat of the sun on my shoulders when I …

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Puppet Sex and Rock Pioneers on YAC Stage

The masterminds at the Yukon Arts Centre are preparing for another season of entertainment. And judging from the 2009/2010 lineup, there will be a lot of dancing going on. Earlier this month, artistic director Eric Epstein announced what’s in store. The Art Lover’s Series had already been unveiled, inviting Yukon theatergoers to indulge in something …

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Walking to make a difference

What difference can 20 minutes make? Patricia Bacon, executive director of Blood Ties Four Directions (which hosts the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life) says, “It’s our single biggest fundraiser that we have each year.” Her tone is relaxed but serious. “Money raised at this event stays in the Yukon. This year we have set an …

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We can be heroes

I almost met Terry Fox once. I was working on the Napanee Beaver, in 1980, when the editor came into the newsroom and asked who wanted to cover a service group’s lunch that was organized on behalf “of a kid who is running across Canada on one leg”. Napanee is 200 kilometres east of Toronto …

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From Land, to Canvas

A simple thank-you gift spawned a new direction for visual artist Blair Thorson. Nearly five years ago, he and his wife Linda took a trip to Skagway with some friends. When he insisted on contributing to offset travel expenses, the friends protested. Originally, he’d meant to create a gift consisting of a photograph from the …

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