Issue: 2012-03-29

Wind’s Abaft the Beam: Pt. 2

Currents, tides, winds. It is a lot for me to keep track of while trying to remember how to hoist a mainsail (loosen the mainsheet, release the boom vang, tighten the topping lift, pull main halyard, release the topping lift—and so on and so on). While honing our sailing skills around B.C.’s Gulf Islands National …

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Two Fine, Big Reds

This is a funny time of year in the Yukon. The return of the light and the moving forward of the clocks speaks to the impending arrival of spring. The other day I stood outside my cabin and heard birds calling their songs out, and thought… am I just noticing these calls, though they have …

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Sourdough-Dipped Chicken-Fried Caribou Steaks with Cream Gravy

Chicken-fried caribou steaks might just be the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. I’ve played around with a lot of different recipes and styles over the years, and have always been happy with the results. But on one fine winter day, I topped them all. I was subconsciously staring at my ever-so-hungry-jar of …

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Skiers on Patrol

“A slight glow on the eastern horizon beckons to me and I anticipate the brilliant splashes of intense color that characterize our spectacular Yukon mornings—an incredible visual feast to welcome the day! “We knew with certainty it was going to be a great day! And like magic, we snapped into our skis, glided to the …

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Short Sightings, Wide Views

On the day before the 13th Annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF) schedule was released, I joined festival producer, Dan Sokolowski, in his office in the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC). A giant whiteboard with 110 colour-coordinated cards taped to it faced Sokolowski’s desk. Each card was printed with a name …

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Process of Imagination

One thing his early journalism career taught author Lawrence Hill was to pursue the adventure of his stories. Alongside working on final drafts of his eighth novel, Illegal, due out early next year, over the past few weeks the Berton House writer in residence has been embracing the Yukon and doing preliminary research for a …

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Keeping Their Music Playing

When beloved members of a community pass away, thoughts about how to commemorate their lives begin to be tossed around. Sometimes a bench is adorned with a plaque or a seedling is planted. In the case of Gord Polichek and Wendy Perry (Trapp), the community of Dawson City wanted to do something a little different. …

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Connecting Cultures

What do pictures of people’s houses, art workshops, guest speakers and sandwiches have in common with each other and the concept of multiculturalism? Yukon College hopes to answer this question—and spark many more—with its Yukon Cultures Connect Project. The project aims to build bridges among different cultural groups, foster public discussion about diversity and help …

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