Issue: 2014-04-24

What’s Up Yukon April 24 Issue

Duct Tape

Likely, most households, tool-kits, camping–boxes, and glove compartments contain a roll of duct tape. Originally developed to seal joints in cold-air ducts (hence the name), it has proven useful for many more purposes. As comedian Red Green says, “If you can’t fix it with duct-tape, you just can’t fix it.” He has shown over and …

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Doug and Pearl Bell

Doug Bell is still in love with the “beautiful, bubbly blonde” he met while he was a teenager in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Pearl, his wife of 64 years, passed away in 2010 but the memory of their wonderful marriage remains strong, nurtured by regular strolls down memory lane through her journals and scrapbooks. Recently, Doug …

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Tattoo You: Leah Santo

Tatooed: Leah Santo    There are a few things on here with meaning.  The garden is a symbol of my love of the outdoors and nature.  The treble clef tree is in memory of my father who passed away in 1999. He was an  amazing musician. My brother and I are also musically inclined, so …

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Making Change in Hostile Conditions

A Yukon labour leader and two other Yukoners recently joined forces with two human rights organizations on a mission to help improve conditions in south-west Guatemala. Steve Geick, president of the Yukon Employees Union, was part of a 12-person team that visited Guatemala from March 21 to April 4, under the auspices of Guatemala’s Campesino …

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The Trouble with Stop-and-Chats

There is an episode on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry David is walking down the street with his manager, Jeff. They pass a man who recognizes Larry and slows down to speak to him. Without missing a beat Larry says, “Hey Ray,” and keeps walking. Jeff asks Larry if he knows Ray. Larry: He works at …

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Strangely Funny, but True

Anthony Trombetta’s first act as new artistic director at the Guild Theatre was to throw out the rule book. Instead of a conventional play, the black box theatre in Porter Creek has been playing host this month to standup comics, a hypnotist and even a magician. Strange But True, which runs until Saturday, April 26, …

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Sharing the Supernatural

If you’ve ever seen a strange light slip across the Yukon sky, or heard a mechanical buzz in the middle of a dark forest, don’t worry: you are not alone. Strange things tend to happen to regular people. The trouble is, after experiencing something out of the ordinary, finding someone willing to take you seriously …

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Breaking Free From the Darkness

Andy Nieman’s first book, called Free Man Walking, is like a train journey through his life. Each chapter starts with a poem and takes the reader deeper into his story. Nieman is Northern Tutchone and a member of the White River First Nation. His book, which he self-published in January, is like a journey through …

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Real Life Guitar Heroes

The Classically Yours concert series will feature the world-renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGC) this week in Whitehorse. The LAGQ has been performing its soulful music all over the globe for the past 34 years. This will be the group’s first time in Whitehorse, and quartet founder Scott Tennant couldn’t be more thrilled. “I am super excited …

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The Case for Hitchhiking

The first time I hitchhiked was with my father, when I was 12 years old. We exchanged what-would-mom-think smirks as we boarded an empty cattle car towed by a semi-truck and then clanked our way through the Kalahari Desert to Lobatse, Botswana. Even from that young age I understood the appeal of throwing up your …

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Is It Really That Bad?

My connections to the educational systems in Canada and Swaziland are both significant. Here in Canada I spent 25 years in public education in B.C. and the Yukon, retiring as assistant deputy minister here, in 1981, to pursue a career as an Anglican priest.  In Swaziland, my own four Swazi children attended public schools there …

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