Issue: 2014-04-17

What’s Up Yukon April 17 issue
“The Green Issue”

It Looks Like a Tomato…

I was in the grocery store the other day with a friend. Picking up a bag of winter produce she said, “I wonder if they will taste like tomatoes… At least they’ll give the idea of a tomato.” This had never occurred to me before. Even though it is a mere shadow of the fruit fresh off …

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Tattoo You: Paula Deckard

Tattooed: Paula Deckard    This is my tattoo. It symbolizes my favourite season, autumn.  The scythe is the weapon of Cronos, the God of Harvest, the leader of the  Titans, and the ruler of planet Saturn.  Saturn is the 6th planet of the solar system, which is the equivalent of the 6th  day of the …

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The Real Dirt

A few years ago, a neighbour told me my garden needed to be amended with some dirt. He was referring to the stereotypical black soil that can be purchased from either big-box stores or a local distributor who harvests the soil from old marshland. Neither source promised high nutrients for the vegetable garden. Here in …

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Cycle of Seasons

It’s that time of year again — when the sun gets warmer, the days get brighter, and the schedules get busier. It becomes apparent who’s been really anticipating these warmer days when some people break out their summer gear much too early. In the meantime, new beginnings overlap with old ends, and it’s time for …

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Guided Discoveries

Have you ever wondered about the names of the plants and wildflowers along the Alaska Highway? With the summer outdoor season just around the corner, a new guide to flora and fauna in this region should provide the answers you’re seeking. The New B.C.Roadside Naturalist, by prolific nature writers Richard and Sydney Cannings, was published in January …

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Bad News, Bears

If Carmen Smith has her way, there will no free lunch for bears or other critters in Whitehorse wheelie-bins. Smith is program co-ordinator for a non-profit society with the imposing moniker of Centre for Human-Wildlife-Human Conflict Solutions. “Try saying that ten times fast,” she jokes. Not surprisingly, the organization prefers to be known as WildWise …

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Hot Little Chompers

Municipal-scale composting is no small backyard operation The ancient Greeks had a word that helps explain the composting process. Well, actually they had two words: therme, meaning “heat” and philein, meaning “to love”. So while you watch the truck haul away those yucky coffee grounds and carrot peels from your green bin, tip your hat …

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Paying It Backward

Earn a rebate when you go energy-efficient Since 2008, the Green Rebate program offered by Yukon’s Energy Solutions has offered a monetary incentive to encourage consumers to trade their old appliances for new, energy-efficient ones. Shane Andre, director of the Energy branch, says that since its incarnation, the program has definitely grown. In the last …

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A Question of Sustainability

A past, present and future look into environmental issues affecting Yukon waters The Yukon is known for its sparkling rivers and clear lakes; however, this has not always been the case. Pollution and the effects of global warming have taken a toll on Yukon waters. It’s only been in the last decade that preventative measures …

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Order up!

Cat McInroy has experience wielding a spatula, though she doesn’t consider herself a professional chef. But the numerous weddings, parties and dinners she has catered for friends and family were enough to disqualify her from Master Chef Canada, a TV show that pits lay chefs against each other, when she applied last year. That, and …

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The Insidious Computer

There’s no such thing as getting away from it all. Not when it comes to computer technology. Leslie Leong’s latest exhibit, Insidious, reiterates this in beautiful, if at times unsettling, ways. Known for her use of computer circuit boards in jewellery, Leong offers a broader, more provocative look at the pervasive nature of technology in her …

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Thumbs Up Captain !

Superhero movies have become increasingly popular, and film studios seem to be pumping them out as quickly as they can. Unfortunately, not all of these movies are cinematic masterpieces. Sadly, some are downright dreadful. Rather than evoking joy and whimsy, they result in a nauseating pain in your stomach and a deep-seat feeling of regret …

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Dawson City Runs on Volunteers

I’ve been attending a number of annual general meetings lately, and the experience has simply served to reinforce something that I already knew: without the work of many dedicated volunteers, very little would get done here in Dawson. I know this from my own work on our local paper, the Klondike Sun, which will enter its …

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Touching Bass with Yukon Friends

Jazz Yukon is delivering yet another one-of-a-kind show next week. On April 23, Toronto bass player George Koller will perform alongside Yukon percussionist Ken Searcy and muti-instrumentalist Daniel Janke in a concert dubbed George Koller: Jazz Reunion. It has been decades since the three musicians have played together. “I have been trying for quite some time …

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An Open Letter to Larry Bird

Larry Bird President, Indiana Pacers 125 S. Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Dear Larry Bird, Do you know the series 30 for 30? It’s a bunch of documentaries about different sports things. My favourite episode is about Spike Lee and Reggie Miller, and how Spike was rooting for the New York Knicks and Reggie was playing …

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