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Selene Vakharia

Selene Vakharia

Well North Columnist Selene Vakharia is a holistic nutritionist, freelance writer and whole foods cook who loves showing people how easy, fun and delicious being healthy can be.  Selene is a Whitehorse-based contributor who also writes freelance stories on a variety of subjects.


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Issue: 2019-05-22, PHOTO: Harry Kern

The Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival (KMBF) has an unfair advantage. It has never had to work to attract world-class performing acts and is known widely on the festival circuit as “the one to play.” The performers, awestruck by the St. Elias... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Jess Stone

May is Sexualized Assault Prevention month in Canada. Across the country campaigns are organized in the effort to end sexualized violence in Canada. Here at home, the Yukon continues to have a disproportionately high rate of sexualized assault... Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2018-01-31, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Film Society

The 2018 Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) features a strong Indigenous presence in this year’s films – and in the audience, with more than 40 guests attending from Outside. The weeklong event is put together by the Yukon Film Society and will... Read more

Photography - Film

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: David Hou

The Pivot Theatre Festival - Nakai Theatre's annual performance showcase - begins a seven-night run this weekend in multiple Whitehorse venues. In addition to smaller-scale offerings such as a theatrical pub walk, an evening of spoken word... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

Dogtown: the Musical, a story based on the life and fate of a local dog named Trevor, will be one of the many productions featured during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, taking place June 9 to 18 Read more

, Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-04-14, PHOTO: Yukon Government

“It’s the only national theatre festival in Canada,” Selene Vakharia tells me. She, along with a handful of other local creatives, are working on the Yukon end of the traveling theatre festival: Magnetic North, based in Ottawa, which moves to a... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-01-21, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

February is known as Black History Month, March is known as Women’s History Month. In the Yukon, January could be known as Yukon History Month. The MacBride Museum in Whitehorse is launching a new event called Night at the Museum, set to start on... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: courtesy of Horwoods Mall

In some dream world, working from home is easy. Get up early in the morning, park on the sofa, sip cup of coffee after cup of coffee, pound stories into the faithful laptop, wear wool socks and an afghan. Read more

Yukon Business

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Joslyn Kilborn

“It’s an exploratory adventure,” says Sofia Fortin, one of the masterminds behind the currently ongoing SMRT Pop Ups initiative at Rah Rah Gallery. “A bunch of us were getting together to talk politics, talk shop,” she says. Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-05-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society

Building trust between a community and police is essential to addressing the extraordinarily high numbers of sexualized assaults and violence in the Yukon. Without this relationship, women at risk and women who have experienced violence are less... Read more

Watson Lake

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Issue: 2019-05-22, PHOTO: Nate Jones

Would you believe conversations around consent don’t need to be awkward? Shelby Maunder does and she’s sharing the message with youth. Maunder is the executive director of Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE), a for-youth-by-youth organization... Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2019-05-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Girls Rock Camp

In a society where girls are socialized to be quiet and not take up too much space, permission to be loud can be an important tool when it comes to raising a generation of youth who are empowered to speak up for themselves and others. Lana... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-05-08, PHOTO: courtesy of the Consent Crew

Wondering who the friendly people are at every festival handing out condoms, making cool buttons and sometimes dressing up like superheroes? If you’ve been to a big event or festival in Yukon, you’ve probably seen the Consent Crew. Made up of four... Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Living in today’s world can mean being bombarded by awful news about sexualized assault, microaggressions and violence in many forms. All this negative news can be frustrating, overwhelming and downright exhausting... Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2019-04-03, PHOTO: courtesy of SMRT WOMEN

Whether you’re interested in being a leader or looking to grow your business, speaking in public is a surefire way to establish expertise and credibility in your field. Unfortunately for many, the thought of public speaking is enough to cause them... Read more

Yukon Business

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Issue: 2018-05-30, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

When Beverley Gray started her business, over 20 years ago, it began with filling a need for her own family. She was always looking for quality natural remedies for her two small kids, but found there just weren’t many around. Living in the bush... Read more

Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: courtesy of Onegin

Since Nakai Theatre launched the Pivot Festival in 2008, there have been some big names and unforgettable performances that have graced stages and pop-up theatre settings in Whitehorse. Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: Rivers to Ridges

Wondering how to get your business from side hustle to full time? Struggling with balancing kids, hobbies and relationships, while building your brand? Looking for inspiration and motivation to get you through the inevitable blocks and challenges... Read more

, Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Marten Berkman

The first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

While Whitehorse’s newest yoga studio True North Massage and Yoga just opened, it’s already setting itself apart from the other offerings in town. The yoga studio, located at 407 Black Street, opened mid-January. Since opening, its owners Sheila... Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: graphicstock.com

For sufferers of eczema, the winter can be an especially uncomfortable time. The dry, overheated indoors and the harsh, cold outdoors can aggravate symptoms. Eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes dry, thickened... Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

It’s that time of year again. With the constant darkness and the cold, many of us are feeling – and looking – a little tired. Personally, I blame the fact that I’m pretty sure outside the hours of 10 to three it is straight-up midnight all the time. Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

As the season of overindulgence is upon us, binging and overeating becomes an almost daily occurrence. From cookies and treats at the office to endless dinners and potlucks, for the next month we will all likely be filling our bellies beyond their... Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

That addictive white powdery stuff is in everything. From store-bought spice blends to fruit juice to ketchup to even vitamins, it’s everywhere and in much higher amounts than you might think. Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: Provided by John Glynn-Morris

Mark Rutledge, a father of three, and John Glynn-Morris, a father of two are raising their sons and daughters to be feminists. With one in four women experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and both men realize the importance... Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons

Being an adult is challenging. Eating well three times a day, every day, for an entire life is one of those things. Doing so while you are also responsible for feeding another being that is growing inside of you at an alarming rate – that’s a... Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

WaRRmAuth is one of the most intriguing bands to be rising out of Whitehorse’s small but strong musical talent pool. At the forefront of the metal scene revival, these teenage stars rock harder than most with talent and ingenuity to back them up... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

For most of our Canadian lives, we are told that lasting bone strength is a glass or two of milk away. This is reflected heavily in the Canada’s Food Guide, which acts as a foundation piece for nutrition and wellness in doctors’ offices, ... Read more

Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

Facebook friends are filling my feed with photos of stunning sunrises that they are seeing on their way to work. Everyone marvels at them, yet all I can focus on is how we are about to be plunged into months of darkness. It’s that time of year. Read more

Health and Wellness

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    For the outdoor lover on your list, take them on a planned hike with a backpack full of delicious snacks and hot chocolate

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    Even on the brightest days, Yukon’s winter sun is not enough for natural vitamin D production

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    Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

    A quinoa salad

    A quinoa salad filled with chopped veggies is the perfect healthy side