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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: WUY file photo/John Henderson

I was reading in the news the other day about the ice bridge in Dawson City and how $200,000 worth of engineers couldn’t figure out why there was no ice forming on their makeshift bridge in the middle of winter. It reminded me of a time back in... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

The allure of even a well-crafted, lightweight shovel begins to pale after days upon numberless days of snow upon snow upon snow. There is wisdom in the old saw that everybody likes to complain about the weather, but nobody does anything about it... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

I was walking through downtown Edmonton, the other day, when an old-timer in curled-up cowboy boots saddled up to me and bummed six bits off of me for a glass of draught. I was so happy to hear that particular vernacular that I almost gave him a... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

These days they are referred to as a “base layer” and are usually made from some very scientific-sounding material and come with a big, obvious logo to satisfy status-seekers. “Plastic” is another name for what they are made of... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

The Whitehorse Motors Sourdough Sams—what are they about? Every year we hear about these Sourdough Sams, this “Call for the Cup,” and that the search for the “primo Yukon male” is on again, but what does any of that really mean? I managed to catch... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

The time-honoured English tradition of the Christmas pantomime (known affectionately as just “panto”) was not part of my childhood. My British father did grow up attending pantos, before going on to become an usher in post-Victorian music halls... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Every now and then, a fella happens to hit the sweet spot, even if it is more by good luck than good management. I rest my case on a recent example. Early in the week, I casually mentioned to “Herself” that it was time to consider remounting the... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

I work with federal inmates at an institution in central Alberta. And of all people, you would think they would know how to make coffee in an old-style coffee percolator. You know the ones ... you put your coffee grounds in a round metal filter... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

It’s confession time in Geezerville. I recently spent my allotted 450 words in this space musing about some of the beguiling delights to be found in the “be” section of the dictionary. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-10-17, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

To be, or not to be. For advocates of plain writing, Shakespeare’s most famous monologue is a touchstone. Its opening sentence consists of nine one-syllable words in a row, followed by one containing just two (depending on whether one reads... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-10-10, PHOTO: Hugh Copland

The widespread use of coal was one of the major factors in fueling the Industrial Revolution of the late 1700s and early 1800s. In recent decades, however, coal has received a bad reputation as a major source of acid rain and carbon dioxide in the... Read more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2018-10-03, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

‘Cause I can use my bass fiddle for a canoe. ‘Cause I can use my fiddle for a paddle. ‘Cause I can use my fiddle strings for snares. ‘Cause I can use my fiddle bow for a cane. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

I’ve already mentioned how easy it was to provoke calls on my radio open-line show in Charlottetown in the 1970s, by inviting listeners to share either recipes or gardening tips. One desperate morning, I stumbled across a topic that lit up the... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-09-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

I was listening to the radio this morning as I was repairing my snowshoes. The host was trying to convince his listeners of the benefits of driverless cars. He was saying people will have more time to make use of, rather than driving. He gave... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-09-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

One of the more interesting jobs I’ve ever held was hosting an open-line show (we secretly called it “open-mouth”) on a private radio station in Charlottetown, PEI. Unlike some parts of Canada—especially B.C., with its tradition of brash (often... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-07-25, PHOTO: VisitLakeland on Foter.com

When I was playing music in the Gold Pan Saloon, I used to see all these young men and women coming into the Yukon. They were either coming back from university, or up looking for work. And I always told the women that if they planned on staying... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Baked Laughs

The Whitehorse comedy scene is on a roll as of late. There have been pro comic events at the Guild Hall, the Ride for Dad Comedy Night, the creation of the Yukon Comedy Collective and the Yukon Comedy Festival. Seasoned Yukon comics have also been... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-05-23, PHOTO: Jeszika Milton

Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon life. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what’s going on to editor@WhatsUpYukon.com. Read more

Yukon See It Here

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Pixabay

Back in 2013, with the height of the romanticized and highly popular topic of zombies and the fateful demise of the world and humanity, emergency organizations have utilized the zombie craze opportunity to get out their message of Emergency... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-04-25, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

I always bring my tent. I always bring my wood stove. I always bring my axe. I always bring my knife. Read more

Old Crow