Issue: 2014 April 10

What’s Up Yukon April 10 Issue
“The Education Issue”

Living With Wildlife: Erin Purdie

It was a cloudy afternoon in late August at approximately 2 p.m. when my  husband called me to come to our bedroom. Through the bedroom window I  was shocked to see this beautiful owl perched on the ledge of our deck. He  stayed there for approximately 15 minutes looking into our greenbelt and back  to …

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The Arrival of the Swans Means Spring is Near

If you spend time at Marsh Lake’s M’Clintock Bay this week, you may see new visitors. At up to four-and-a-half feet tall, 35 pounds, with 8-foot wingspans, these visitors are hard to miss. Majestic swans: trumpeters arriving first, tundras shortly after. Both species are now in a holding pattern in this shallow bay as they …

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Old Crow Welcome

Next Stop: Old Crow

At the Old Crow Airport Joseph said, “Let’s get on my ski-doo and get the cargo” My face said,“Sure,” my brain “Dude! It’s -40°C”

Managing Recoil in Rifles

Newton’s law about every action having an equal and opposite reaction becomes obvious, and sometimes painful, when shooting any type of firearm. Firearm recoil or kickback is affected by the energy of the particular cartridge you are shooting, the shape of the stock, the weight of the firearm, the way the gun is held, and …

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Around the world in a weekend

This coming Easter weekend, along with their turkey dinners, Dawsonites will once again gear up for gluttony of films. From April 17 to 20, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF) will be showing films of all genres from around the world. The DCISFF started in 2000 as a Klondike Institute of Art and …

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One to Watch

From the Scottish Highlands to the Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF), 22-year-old folk singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni has been sharing her craft throughout the world.  Sermanni grew up in Carrbridge, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, where she learned the fiddle and traditional music in school, and Radiohead and Bright Eyes from the local boys. …

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It Pays to Go to School

According to Statisics Canada, the average undergraduate tuition fee for 2013-2014 is $5,772. If your teenager wants to attend post-secondary away from home, then add on rent, books, and a few airplane tickets per year, the costs can be daunting. But fear not, because there are funding options available through the Yukon Government.  “The North …

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Focused Programs For Focused Students

The experiential programs at Whitehorse’s Wood Street School are known for providing practical, hands-on learning to those students lucky enough to get in.  Each of the three programs attracts distinct groups of students who must complete an often rigourous and competitive application process.  The science-based programs for Grades 9, 10 and 11 offer 25 to …

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Cross-Cultural Advances in Klondike Education

On March 31, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH) held a feast to remember the mixed-heritage children who came to Dawson City to live at St. Paul’s Hostel and attend Dawson Public School — the only public school in the territory they were allowed to attend between 1920 and 1952. While the stories from the hostel don’t …

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Taking The Long View

Eating seasonally teaches long-term thinking I love watching tomato seedlings poke their tiny shoots out of the soil, eagerly seeking sunlight — or UV light from a bulb, as the case may be. With the coming of spring it’s easy to feel like there will be abundant food from the ground any time now, but …

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Mystic Mojo

Paranormal is normal. Everybody is psychic — some just a little more than others. That might sound untrue, but one must understand that, if interested, one’s psychic abilities can be developed. Paranormal activities we noticed when we were children didn’t feel weird to us at all. We had imaginary friends that were very real to …

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We’re all works-in-progress

Sometimes it’s hard to believe you’re related. That’s the reality for Maggie and Rose Feller, the central characters in the 2005 film In Her Shoes, a comedy-drama available on DVD at Whitehorse Public Library. Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is a freewheeling party girl who doesn’t seem to ha ve much on her mind except men and clothes …

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Captain Neely leaves the ship

Tamara Neely, the stalwart editor of What’s Up Yukon since October 2012, is having a kid. As assistant editor, I’ve watched her grow rounder month-by-month as the fetus inside her womb laid waste to the second trimester and dove into the third. And through it all she’s been there — packing her birthing bulk around …

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