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Issue: 2019-10-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

I had cataract surgery; you know, where they pop out your lens and pop in a new and improved one. Out with the old, in with the new and all in a matter of minutes. Read more

Humour

On April 10, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announced that grades five, six and seven won the 2019 edition of Canada’s Coolest School Trip. To enter, classes from across Canada submitted a photo essay about a stewardship activity that they participated Read more

Teslin

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Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

The last entry in this space provided a platform for a more-or-less true tale of undeserved punishment recalled (and still resented) from the mists of time. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-06-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Anyone who has ever worked in a printing shop, or who has helped teach a youngster learn how to print the alphabet, knows the importance of minding your Ps and Qs. And your Bs and Ds, for that matter... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-02-27, PHOTO: courtesy of Barry Waitt

When I was first asked if I wanted to join the talented group of writers at What’s Up Yukon and contribute a column that would provide a perspective as a male “senior,” I thought, “I don’t know. I don’t feel like a senior. I don’t even like to... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2019-02-20, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Arctic Fox – ch’ich’yāa Bear – shoh Caribou – vadzaih Ducks – dats’an Read more

Old Crow

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

Jesus Christ shat’in iindhan—Jesus loves me. Nichih gwanat’in—looking forward Nohjuu Ts’an—looking back Ohtsii Kwaa—Don’t waste. Read more

Old Crow

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Allan Benjamin Old Crow Cartoonist

Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii cartoons and poems. These new characters will appear in Gwich’in and English. Whenever you see Shoo’ii and Sheek’all you can always be treated to a Gwich’in poem or Allan will simply have some vocabulary to share with you. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-06-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ch’ak’oh Zrii – January Aatr’aih Zrii – February Ch’izhìn Zrii – March Ch’ichee Zrii – April Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-05-09, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Chiitaii drin díinzhít – It’s a long day Chiitaii drin goo’aii – It is light outside Chiitaii yahkèe – It is dawn Et’ee sreendit nigwìizhit – It is spring time Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-04-11, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Jidii Zraii – Black Jidii Dagaii - White Jidii Ditsik - Red Jidii Vee - Grey Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-03-14, PHOTO: courtesy of Kyra Shaughnessy

Multilingual Quebec musicians Andrée Levesque-Sioui and Kyra Shaughnessy are in the Yukon this month for a series of workshops with high-school students. The workshops are aimed at promoting bilingualism in the Yukon and are conducted in French... Read more

Yukon Education

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Issue: 2018-02-28, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Drin Gwiinzii – Good Day Chih Ahaa K’agwaadhat – God Yiinji’hidhoh’ee – Respect Yiinjigwichit’ee – Honour Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-01-31, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ke’ehdài’ Goginjik. Words of Yesterday. Juk drin gatr’igiikhii. Spoken today. Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Just for the heck of it, let’s take a look at three English words that, on the surface of things, appear to have a lot in common. Before we start, I want to mention once again my amazement that anyone can actually understand the English language... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2017-09-27, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Let’s All Learn Gwich’in With Allan Benjamin from Old Crow Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-09-20, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Gwich’in Expressions: Gwich’in Ginjik Native Language Dinjii zhuh ginjik jihtth’ak I understand Native language Read more

Old Crow