Issue: 2014-09-18

Issue #396 September 18, 2014

“The Blue Bin Boys”

The Scientific Lens

The Yukon Film Society and Yukon Arts Centre present the return of the Available Light Cinema series on Sunday, September 21 with two films of the scientific variety. The science fiction film screening at 9:00 p.m. is Jonathan Glazer’s chilling parable Under the Skin. Scarlett Johansson stars in it, and it has been compared to …

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Where There’s a Will …

I’m at that age where my friends are getting married, having children and, for some, getting divorced and doing it all over again. In the context of these increasing responsibilities, it’s not surprising that many of my conversations turn to what happens when we die — who takes care of the kids? Who is responsible …

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Dumplings For Your Moose Stew

It’s an unfortunate household that doesn’t occasionally sit down to a simmering pot of delicious moose or other wild-game stew. It’s a meal that can be made easily in camp or at home and it’s guaranteed to satisfy even the biggest appetite. There was a time when a stew wasn’t complete without including dumplings (bread-like balls) …

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It’s Your Story

The Open Pit theatre company is scouring the territory for stories.Genevive Doyon and Jessica Hickman are two playwrights, actors, and founders of Open Pit who are collecting yarns about what it means to call the Yukon home. They want to talk to anyone. Next spring, after transcribing and compiling the stories, Doyon and Hickman will …

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The Joys of Reading in Beaver Creek

This year was Beaver Creek Library’s first year participating in the TD Summer Reading Club (SRC). The summer reading program is a joint initiative by TD Bank Group, Toronto Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada designed to get kids reading in the off-season.The program provides participants with free program materials that include a reading passport …

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Recycling Made Easy

In the beginning it was available only to the people of Riverdale. But now — two years later — the Yukon Blue Bin Recycling Society has grown large enough to offer recycling pickup to  every major residential area in Whitehorse. Their service is simple; every two weeks a Blue Bin representative comes by to pick up recycling …

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Do I look Enlightened to You?

I recently heard the term “supermarket spiritualism” to describe folks walking down the proverbial aisle picking and choosing bits and pieces from every spiritual practice imaginable. And then paying for it all at the checkout. Emelia Symington Fedy, a Vancouver-based theatre artist, performer, writer and yoga teacher uses the term, “spiritual capitalism” in her lovingly …

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Keeping Warm

This week, van der Meer tells the story of his collection of White Pass and stagecoach foot warmers. As the winter months are fast approaching, he digs out his collection of three foot warmers. As seen in the image, the foot warmers are rectangular-shaped objects that are covered in a felt-like material. Van der Meer …

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How They Would Move

Imagine Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus was a person. He was a young man — driven, entrepreneurial, and shaved clean. He woke early, without setting an alarm clock. He ate quickly, dressed quickly, and  always arrived at work on time. His colleagues appreciated his punctuality and said positive things about him; some tried to imitate his …

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Book Reading Season

Every season is book reading season, but the most exciting season to read books is in the fall. The feeling of the change from summer to fall evokes a restlessness akin to spring fever, but it’s not that, it’s the opposite. Nobody ever says ‘fall fever’ because there isn’t a word that’s the same as …

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We Are Golden

As I walk into the Yukon Arts Centre early on a Tuesday morning I pass a woman holding some wild flowers in her hands. Our eyes meet in the way eyes seem to meet in the Yukon — a second longer than normal, accompanied by a smile. I feel a trickle of warmth down my …

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