Issue: 2011-09-08

Trying Some Malbecs

After more than a month of grey skies and rain, the sun finally made a re-appearance over my lake. Still, it feels like it is too late for summer, with the first trees turning yellow, the underbrush taking on reddish hues, and falling leaves starting to mass on my road. I am trying to find …

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Derby Girls on a Roll

It’s a lot of work being a Yukon Roller Girl. There are two practices a week that keep you on your skates for a few hours at a time. There are boot camps to organize and attend, funds to raise through skate-a-thons, bar nights and community sponsors. There are volunteers to wrangle and recruit, bouts …

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Capturing Canada’s Boreal Forest

Kelly Borgers considers herself a family photographer. Except that her subject matter is not human faces, but Canada’s boreal forest. “I probably have at least 15,000 pictures of the boreal,” she says. “The pictures to me are little individual portraits. They show different little nuances of the forest, whether it’s a rock or a flower, …

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New Option for Film Fans

Whitehorse filmgoers have a new monthly option to indulge their tastes. The Yukon Film Society (YFS) and the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) have teamed up to present the Available Light Cinema series, starting this Sunday. “This is a vision that I’ve had for a few years, based on the response to the Available Light Film …

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Witnessing Arctic Change

On my second day on board ship we saw a cow and calf blue whale,” says Emerald Kains. “The opportunity to share a moment with the largest animals on the planet was so surreal and moving.” Kains, a recent graduate of Vanier Secondary School, was part of the Students on Ice Arctic Youth Expedition that …

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A life on the edge

Ione Christensen, Yukon writer, mother, pioneer and politician, is writing an autobiography spanning three generations. The daughter of RCMP corporal G. I. Cameron and lay nurse Martha, Ione was raised in Fort Selkirk, a once quiet riverside community transformed each summer into a bustling paddlewheel stop where the Pelly and Yukon rivers meet. Ione credits …

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Yukon B-Boys Go International

It took nearly two weeks of persistent e-mails, phone calls and text messages to nail down an interview with the Whitehorse breakdancing crew, Groundwork Sessions (GWS). The chase finally resulted in a late-night Skype interview with Nick Robinson, who was conducting a workshop in Saskatoon, SK. It also yielded a last-minute chat with Nick’s younger …

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