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could cover the bills even if one is found. Lawyers for two doctors involved, as well as the Yukon Yukon’s select committee on the Hospital Corporation, will have be made available online as well. risks and benefits of hydraulic standing at the inquest. For more information visit fracturing will host two days of It is not clear if the Johnnys public hearings at the end of this will have legal representation, but (Jacqueline Ronson) month. Morgan said the First Nation has Eight individuals and groups not been asked to help. “Morehave been invited to present to First Nation rules out over, at this time, LFN is not in a the committee on January 31 and paying for inquest lawyer position to provide legal fundFebruary 1. ing,” Morgan said. The B.C. Oil and Gas ComThe Liard First Nation has not Earlier this year the First Namission, the Pembina Institute, been asked to pay for a lawyer for tion laid off almost its entire staff, the National Energy Board and citing serious financial troubles. the Fort Nelson First Nation will the family of a woman who died after receiving care at the Watson Inquests are not criminal proall make presentations to the Lake Hospital. But even if they ceedings and are not designed to committee. had been asked, the band is not lay legal blame. So will EFLO Energy Inc. and in a financial position to help, exScheunert, 47, died June 21, Northern Cross Ltd., two comecutive director George Morgan 2012 and Johnny, 60, died less panies with interests in Yukon’s said in an email today. than two months later on Aug. 9. oil and gas reserves. A coroner’s inquest is planned Johnny died of a bowel Three experts on the potential environmental impacts of frack- for the summer into the deaths of obstruction after being originally diagnosed as having alcohol ing will also present. Their names Mary Johnny and Teresa Scheunert, two women who died on withdrawal. are Gilles Wendling, Bernhard after attending the Watson Lake The coroner’s original report Mayer and Rick Chalaturnyk. Hospital on separate occasions in regarding Scheunert found that Each will get a chance to 2012. the registered nurse died of present, and after that there will Johnny was a member of the mixed drug toxicity. be an opportunity for committee Liard First Nation. A later patient safety review members to ask questions. At a coroner’s inquest, the ordered by the hospital corporaMembers of the public will be family of those who died can hire tion contradicted that report and allowed to submit questions in writing, which will be answered if a lawyer to ask questions on their found that it was an irregular behalf. heartbeat that killed the registime permits. Scheunert’s family has been tered nurse. The proceedings will take place very public about their concerns The inquest was originally in the legislative assembly from surrounding the fairness of the scheduled for March. But chief 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The hearcoroner Kirsten Macdonald has process. ings will be broadcast on 93.5 since delayed it until some time They have not been able to FM and will be streamed from in the summer. the legislative assembly’s website. find a lawyer willing to repreVideos and transcripts will later (Ashley Joannou) sent them and are unsure if they

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Peel watershed open for business Jacqueline Ronson News Reporter


he Yukon government has released its final plan for the Peel watershed under threat of legal action from First Nations. As of today, 71 per cent of the watershed is open to new staking. The area has been under a staking ban for almost four years. It’s a far cry from the plan recommended by the planning commission, which would have allowed new staking in only 20 per cent of the region. But Environment Minister Currie Dixon says the new plan is more fair to people who depend on mining for their livelihood. “It’s a plan that we feel achieves the balance that we were seeking between the needs of our economy, both today and into the future, with the needs we have to protect our environment and protect this unique and important area of the Yukon.” The four affected First Nations announced last week that they would implement the final recommended plan in their settlement areas within the watershed, which cover about three per cent of the total area. The First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondek Hwech’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, and Gwich’in Tribal Council had called on the Yukon government to follow suit. “This is a sad day for all Yukon First Nations and all Yukoners,” said Tr’ondek Hwech’in Chief Eddie Taylor in a news release Wednesday. “We had hoped that at the end of the day the government of Yukon would do the right thing and accept the final recommended plan.”

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The Yukon government’s plan for the Peel watershed, released on Tuesday, calls for parkland along several rivers, including the Snake, seen above, while opening up 71 per cent of the region for development.

The First Nations say the government’s action is in violation of its agreements. They have not yet said if they will take the government to court, but continue to threaten legal action. “We are not going to give up on the Peel,” said Norman Snowshoe, vice president of the Gwich’in Tribal Council. “The final chapter to this story is definitely yet to be written.” Opposition parties have expressed disappointment that the government has turned away from the wishes of not only the First Nations but also the general Yukon public. “I’m not sure that the Yukon government has fully thought out the consequences of this action,” said Kate White, the NDP’s environment critic. “Choosing the path of

confrontation and litigation is creating an economic uncertainty for the territory. “Part of the surprise is the amount of disrespect that they’re showing to First Nation governments and to all Yukoners who participated in the process,” said White. During the last round of public consultation people from inside and outside of the Yukon came out in strong support of the final recommended plan. The government deleted those numbers from the report released to the public, although the News later exposed them to the public through an access-to-information request. Interim Liberal Leader Sandy Silver said the government’s actions set a dangerous precedent for future land use

planning in the territory. “The message is, ‘Stay home. We don’t care what you have to say,’” said Silver. “I’m very concerned for the Dawson regional land use plan. Who is going to come forward with their best efforts without the opinion in the back of their mind: ‘What’s the Yukon Party going to do with this once we present it? If it’s not exactly what they want, what’s the likelihood that any of the fruits of our labour are actually going to be heeded?’” The protected areas in the Yukon government’s plan are largely in the corridors around the Peel, Hart, Wind, Bonnet Plume and Snake Rivers. Along the rivers the protected area is generally between two and ten kilometres wide. The government is calling

these regions Wild River Parks. There will be special rules in these areas, such as not allowing exploration work on existing claims during the peak weeks of the wilderness tourism season. Other protected areas include blocks of land adjacent to Tombstone Territorial Park as well as the northwest corner of the watershed. Forty-four per cent of the Peel region will be what the government has called a Restricted Use Wilderness Area. New staking, roads and mines are allowed in these areas. But the government says that special rules will mean that the region will retain its wilderness character. Companies operating in these areas will be required to report all helicopter or airplane flights as well as all lowlevel exploration activities. Flying over sensitive sheep habitat could be restricted during the calving season. Restrictions will apply to new roads and trails in the area. ATVs will not be allowed in sensitive alpine and wetland environments. Total surface disturbance from industrial activities will be limited to 0.2 per cent of the region. Existing claims in the region are still valid and can be developed, including in protected areas. New roads may be built anywhere in the region, although they must be temporary. That means that after the work requiring the road has ceased the road must be reclaimed. However, there is no time limit to how long the road can be in operation. Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

Chamber calls for permitting reform Jacqueline Ronson News Reporter


he Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce is calling on governments to speed up the permitting process for mining projects in the territory. Last week Capstone Mining Corp. cut production in half at the Minto mine and laid off 44 workers because it does not yet have permits in place to begin the next phase of operations. “The mining and exploration sectors have experienced a significant downturn over the past two years,” said Philip Fitzgerald, the chamber’s chair, in a news release. “This downturn already has significantly impacted our business community so we expect this

additional layoff will further result in hardships to families and a decrease in economic activity. We therefore urge Canada, Yukon and First Nations governments to work together on improving regulatory and permitting processes in Yukon.” In an interview this week, Fitzgerald said the statement was not intended as a criticism of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. “I think the environmental regulations and institutions in the territory are great. We’re being really careful not to criticize the actual institution or the process, we’re just talking about efficiencies in getting

everything underway. We’d be the last entity in the world to try and tell the environmental regulatory agencies how to do their job.” But if there’s anything that can be done to make the process more efficient, it should be done, he said. “All we’re basically saying is just calling upon everybody to just get this resolved one way or the other and provide the 44 workers and their families with some certainty going forward.” Capstone applied its proposal for the next phase of work to YESAB in July 2013. It expects to receive permits by August. “We applied as early as we could,” said Ron Light, the mine’s general manager, in an

interview last week. The proposal is moving “quite smoothly” through the assessment process, said Adam Wrench, the manager of YESAB’s Mayo office. “We’re working quite closely with the proponent and key stakeholders and the public to try to conduct this evaluation in as timely a manner as possible.” The amount of time that it is taking for the Minto expansion assessment is related to the scale of the proposal, said Wrench. “It’s taking a little bit longer than some of the past assessments of Minto mine’s previous expansions. That’s directly related to the complexity

of this proposal specifically, which is the largest expansion that we’ve seen from Minto mine so far, and includes some fairly complicated aspects.” The board’s timelines for each stage of the assessment are mandated through legislation. That provides a high level of certainty for companies involved in the process, he said. The best thing that companies can do to ensure that the assessment process moves efficiently is to ensure that the proposal is as complete as possible and information requested by the board is produced as quickly as possible, he said. Contact Jacqueline Ronson at


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her throat for about 10 seconds. Kaswandik, in response, asserted that it was Meuller who Whitehorse man who won had been frequently violent and a self-represented appeal of was responsible for this particuhis own assault conviction last lar incident. He had, he said, year has had his charges stayed. merely been defending himself. John Kaswandik, an American The two met in the U.S. in citizen living in Whitehorse, was 2008 and have a four-year-old given a new jury trial after he daughter. successfully argued his original At the trial in 2012, an RCMP trial had been unfair because officer gave testimony that Kasof an RCMP officer’s improper wandik had been violent in the testimony. past, an assertion Kaswandik disKaswandik had been charged puted. Further, he argued on apwith assault after an incident peal that the officer’s testimony in the fall of 2009 or early 2010 should not have been included during which his then-wife, Leet in the trial because the claim of Meuller, alleged Kaswandik ata violent history was based only tacked her, forced her onto a bed, on brief interviews with Meuller. pressed his knees against her Prior to going to trial, chest and put his hands around Kaswandik’s legal aid lawyer suggested that he agree to go ursd Wed, Jan 22 & through the Yukon’s Domestic Thurs, Jan 23 Violence Treatment Option, which would have required a Whitehorse Yukon Cinema Whi8thorse peace bond between Kaswandik 304 Wood Street Ph: 668-6644 and Meuller, but no admission of criminal responsibility on either part. Kaswandik refused, opting for a jury trial instead. (G) Coarse Language After his conviction, for which Nightly Wed & Thurs at 7:00 & 9:30 PM he was given a one-year conditional sentence, Kaswandik dismissed his legal aid lawyer and News Reporter


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fought a self-represented appeal. After winning his appeal, Kaswandik claimed that the Yukon justice system treated him unfairly because he is an American and a man. “If I was either a Canadian or a woman, this wouldn’t be happening to me,” he told the News in July. He declined to comment for this story. “Basically it was a he-saidshe-said. I was arrested and presumed guilty just on what my ex-wife had said and no evidence of any sort. Normally, charges would not even be brought. Because I’m American, they were,” he said. On top of the problems with his trial, Kaswandik said that it took 14 months to come to trial in the first place, and that he was on probation the whole time. “There is no point in a new trial. I’ve already served a severe sentence relative to the offences of which I have been charged,” he said. He applied to have the charges stayed prior to his new trial. Yukon’s legal aid director, Nils Clarke, said his organization did everything it could to make sure Kaswandik was treated fairly, including pursuing the domestic violence treatment resolution that would have been the best outcome for all parties. Contact Jesse Winter at

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Extent of college mould still unknown Jesse Winter

cerned about the mould issue and the college’s handling of it. The WCB ordered the wall ukon College’s landlord resealed and the room closed. doesn’t know how much Air samples were collected to black mould is in the building’s check the air quality, which walls, but an investigation will did show the presence of mold get underway soon. spores. The Department of Highways “We found aspergillus, peniand Public Works, which owns cillium, and stachybotrys but the college’s Ayamdigut camthere’s no one mould that’s any pus building, is hiring a mold worse than any other mould. cleanup specialist to find out The people that are most at risk how extensive the black mould are those with immune deficiencontamination is and to help cies, people who have allergies develop a cleanup plan, said or respiratory tract issues, and Kendra Black, a spokeswoman they need to be made aware, for the department. The request moved and accommodated,” for proposals is out this week, Dieckmann said. she said, and work should begin Even with the airborne shortly thereafter. mould spores, the building is Black mould was discovstill fit for use, said Dieckmann. ered inside a staff lounge wall “The reality is that we live in earlier this month when college an environment where there is maintenance staff were cleaning mould, and we deal with it all up damage from water that had the time.” leaked through the roof of the Dieckmann compared the 25-year-old building. impacts of mould spores to that “We were advised that there of yellow pollen, which collects were a number of leaks in the heavily in the spring and causes building,” said Kurt Dieckmann, respiratory and allergy issues for the director of the Yukon Work- many people. ers Compensation Health and “How many people are afSafety Board. “Because of those fected by that? I know I am. leaks, somebody punched a hole Not everyone is affected, but in a wall, and when they looked some are, and it’s the same with in they found mold, so they mould. It’s a naturally occurring called us.” organic substance that lives in Dieckmann spoke at the our environment all the time,” college on Tuesday, addressing he said. about 25 staff who were conBut that didn’t satisfy some News Reporter


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Kurt Dieckmann with the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board speaks to Yukon College staff about the mould problem at the college’s Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse.

of the staff. One woman asked about the long-term health affects of mould exposure. Dieckmann said that is difficult to quantify because mould affects people so variously. The World Health Organization guidelines on dampness and mould show that there is likely an association between mould spores and worsening health outcomes, but there is no direct proof of mould’s impacts. Other people at the meeting were upset with how the college handled informing staff and students.

“How come the college wasn’t up front about the type of mould? We heard there was leaking, but then the papers reported it as black mould, so which is it?” asked one man at the meeting. Another staff member asked how extensive the mould contamination is. Dieckmann explained that is still being determined, but that ultimately it doesn’t matter. Because the effects of mould spores can vary so widely, there is no determined safe exposure limit, Dieckmann said. “It doesn’t matter how much

mould there is. We say if you find it, remove it. End of story,” he said. “We don’t know if there was mould in other areas where there were leaks. What we do know is that there’s no point in doing remediation until the leaking is fixed,” Dieckmann said. That could take more than a little time. The college’s roof has been leaking for years. It tends to be worse in the spring, when a winter’s worth of snow and ice build up starts to melt. Staff jokingly refer to it as the “annual flood.” The unseasonably warm weather in recent weeks has caused the worst leaking in years, and fixing it could be a “massive” job, according to the college’s facility’s manager, Randy Spinks. Right now the plan is still being formulated, Spinks said, but the most likely outcome is that the walls will be left sealed up until Highways and Public Works can begin working on repairing the leaky roof sometime in May. “We want to get through the school year with as little disruption as possible, prior to May. Then we’ll have to start on a massive building renovation of the north side,” Spinks said. Contact Jesse Winter at



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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Convention planned for Liberal leadership Ashley Joannou News Reporter

The Yukon Liberal Party has set a date for its leadership convention. The party will elect its official leader on March 1. “The new leader will have plenty of time to assemble a team of candidates and to lay out the party’s agenda for the next election, whenever it is called,” said party president Devin Bailey. “Given the recent historical dates of the spring sitting, I expect a permanent leader will be in place before the legislature begins in mid-March.” The legislature’s lone Liberal, MLA Sandy Silver, currently leads the party on an interim basis. Representing the Klondike, Silver was one of only two Liberals elected during the last territorial election in October 2011. He became interim leader when Vuntut Gwitchin MLA Darius Elias left to sit as an independent in August 2012. Elias would go on to join the Yukon Party in July 2013. Silver said his party has been spending its time building its membership and creating a party that is open and welcoming. “For the last two years we’ve been doing a good job creating a strong core of people,” he said. Bailey estimates there were 150 members in the party as of the end of 2013. Party membership has doubled since September, Silver said. Silver said the party is attracting members who would not normally

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COMMENTARY Russia seeks to strengthen hold over Arctic sea routes Sarah S. Davison


oscow is developing “a concept paper” outlining the urgent and rapid development of the Northern Sea Route, reflecting a far more aggressive posture towards Arctic development by the Russian Federation than any other circumpolar capital. Referring to internal Russian websites, the Jamestown Foundation said the still-secret concept paper emphasizes that for Moscow, the Northern Sea Route is about far more than geopolitics, security, or even natural resources. Instead, it’s about recovering direct access to Europe through a new shipping route that could quickly eclipse the Great Silk Road in both trade volumes and geo-strategic heft. “Russia is moving to recover its position in the Arctic and especially along the Northern Sea Route,” reported Paul Goble, referring to comments by Russian analyst Aleksandr Pronin on “Russian experts now believe that it (the Northern Sea Route), rather than any Great Silk Road development, (sic) not only will play the predominant role in East-West trade but also give the Russian Federation enormous influence over that exchange.” The collapse of the Soviet Union sparked international plans to reinforce the “Great Silk Road,” the ancient network of roads, highways, footpaths and goat tracks connecting the spice, slave and silk markets of the

“Far East” with Europe. Shoring up this historic trade route through Central Asia and the Caucasus became a priority with the discovery of major oil and gas finds in the newly independent former Soviet states, with international consortia engaged in vicious competition to win transboundary permissions to build pipelines capable of transporting mammoth energy volumes to market terminals in Urumqi, Kashgar and Turkey. The determined American presence in Afghanistan, along with Iran, China, and India’s growing interests in the region, have created an unstable and competitive environment for Russia to reclaim its historic role. The collapse of the Soviet Union also triggered the loss of all Russia’s major seaports to Ukraine, Georgia and the Baltic states, and rail traffic also must now cross the new “’Stans” before reaching Europe. But the melting of the ice cap has created a new and direct route, and Russia is acting to take maximum advantage. Instead of focussing on the energy and resource wealth to the south, Russia is acting to fix the problems along its Arctic shore, which emerged when the Soviet Union disintegrated. A failing Arctic marine service compromised raw exports and local population bases. Russia’s far North domestic air service failed due to an absence of fuel imports. Non-Russian flag vessels established a presence in an area dominated for Publisher

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more than 60 years by the Soviet Union’s merchant marine. Now, however, change is afoot. Moscow is building out its Arctic fleet, restoring its far North military air bases, creating specialized Arctic brigades within its military, and positioning men and materiel on Arctic islands and on board ships. The most significant efforts remain in the wings, according to Gable. He said Pronin expects the concept paper to outline far more significant planning. “It will make clear that the defence of Russia’s interests in the northern ocean is about more than security and access to resources there: it is very much about countering the possible but likely declining importance of the Great Silk Road project in which the West has invested so much hope.” Sarah Davison is a former Yukon journalist who attended the Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She currently lives in Whitehorse. Reporters

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Klondike is a coup for Discovery the government of Alberta into handing over a bunch of tax dollars to help them do it. by Keith One result of all this is that Halliday an inattentive viewer might not realize the gold rush happened in Canada. “The Yukon” gets plenty of mentions – with the proper “the” in front of it – but its exact location is a bit hazy. This, strangely, has historical parallels. As the Klondike Gold Rush mut looks like the Discovery Chan- seum in Seattle points out, most of the people who went over the Chilnel has hit ratings paydirt with koot were American. Many were its new Klondike series. Or found surprised they had to go through gold. Or struck it rich. Or one of customs. the many other cheesy gold rush Having our friends in Alberta metaphors that reviewers around insinuate themselves into the North America are using this Klondike action also has historical week. Discovery has more than 300 million subscribers worldwide precedents. Remember how Edmonton’s annual festival was called and the series is attracting a lot of Klondike Days? And how Edmonattention. We gathered a bunch of Yukon- ton boosters in 1898 encouraged people to travel to Dawson via ers together on Monday night to watch the premiere. It was ripping Edmonton and the Mackenzie River? (It was a truly awful idea, in melodrama, if occasionally a bit case you haven’t looked at a map dodgy on the history front (more lately.) on that later). The story revolves around some Klondike is a coup for Discovreally great actors going to the ery. They have drunk the CBC’s Klondike. Could you find a better milkshake. CBC gets a billion man to play a Klondike villain dollars a year in funding to tell than Tim Roth? Abbie Cornish is Canadian stories and somehow it is Maryland-based Discovery that charismatic as Belinda Mulrooney, the Irish-American entrepreneur comes out with a big-name telewho made one fortune in Dawson vision drama about the Klondike and then a second in Fairbanks. Gold Rush. Even sweeter for shareholders of Richard Madden, fresh from getpublicly-traded Discovery, whose ting chopped to bits at his own market capitalization is over $15 wedding in Game of Thrones, plays billion, is that they managed to talk a young man seeking his fortune.



Some facts on fracking Re: Meet the frackers (The News, Jan. 15): Representatives of the oil and gas industry visited Whitehorse last week to address the chamber of commerce and give interviews to the media. Contained within their addresses are several misleading statements and some troubling indications of industry’s attitude towards Yukon. The representative of MGM Energy Corp. said fracking does not pollute ground water, and that it is safe. In contrast, the Yukon select committee on fracking heard from a family in Alberta who were badly harmed by fracking. The representative from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) says they have drilled and fracked 171,000 wells with no contamination of drinking water. Jessica Ernst, a retired Encana scientist, has amassed a compelling database to refute that assertion. A most troubling aspect of this statement is that CAPP would appear to be confusing multi-stage slick water horizontal fracking with the low pressure kind of stimulation that was historically used to revive a conventional well. Of the 171,000 wells referred to, only 6,000 have been fracked in the sense we understand it now. CAPP also asserts that the shale boom in the U.S. has reduced

Jack London, Soapy Smith and various other historical characters also make appearances. The series’ executive producer is Hollywood legend Ridley Scott, of Alien, Gladiator and Blade Runner fame. It is filmed in the Rockies west of Calgary. While the Rockies are small by Yukon standards, Discovery mostly gets away with filming in Alberta. Many of the shots are absolutely spectacular and look “Yukon-y.” They also invested heavily in filming the Golden Stairs scenes on real mountainsides. Watching the actors push sleds, boxes and packages uphill in the snow brings alive how arduous the Chilkoot really was. History enthusiasts such as I will object that the dates were all over the place and that the real gold rush didn’t have quite as many six-guns, wolf chases and supermodels as Klondike. The Chilkoot scenes managed to capture the spirit of the time, but Dawson City is portrayed as a combination of Soapy Smith’s Skagway and the Wild West. Far from being the Land of the Midnight Sun, summertime Dawson is portrayed as being so dark and rainy that one Yukoner viewer quipped that it “looked more like the North Vancouver Gold Rush.” The Mounties show up about halfway through the gold rush pulling a jail similar to the one the Keystone Kops drag around Whitehorse at Rendezvous. “Verging on ridiculous” is how another

greenhouse gas emissions. Well, this depends on how you count them. For one thing, the figures quoted do not account for the methane leakage associated with fracking. Neither does it account for the fact that U.S. coal mines simply switched from supplying U.S. power plants to foreign plants. Shale gas has not reduced coal mining; it has not reduced emissions. CAPP says that less than one per cent of B.C. water licences are issued to the oil and gas industry. This is because most fracking operations in B.C. do not get water licences; they get “temporary” permits instead. A better comparison would be to Alberta, where 10 per cent of water licences go to the industry. MGM Energy says we should rely on the science. On this note I agree, and the science is clear: fracking causes lots of problems, it is unsafe, and it has never been properly regulated to protect human and environmental health. The question is whether the money that might flow to some Yukoners is worth it. MGM Energy also “thinks there is very little chance hydraulic fracturing will contaminate groundwater anywhere in the world.” I suggest anyone who thinks that should come and check out B.C.-based hydrogeologist Dr. Gilles Wendling’s presentation

on precisely how this does happen. He will be giving a free public lecture on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. MGM’s discussion of their operation in the Sahtu didn’t mention how they bailed when required to undergo an environmental assessment. They maintain that fracking as part of an exploration project should not need an environmental assessment. That is not the way we do things here in Yukon. MGM says Yukon can control the pace of development. This has not proven true anywhere else; it really would be naive of us to think that this time it will be different. MGM concludes that we do not need to become a Fort Nelson. I agree. We like the Yukon just fine the way it is, thank you very much: frack free. Sebastian Jones Energy Co-ordinator Yukon Conservation Society

We’re at a turning point Open letter to the select committee regarding the risks and benefits of fracking: I believe the development of the oil and gas industry and its method of extraction through “fracking” im-

Yukoner described the scene where the Mounties tell a character his Dawson claim is on Tlingit holy ground. An absurd campfire scene involving the “local” Tlingit chief follows. Outside television viewers probably won’t care about any of this. As a drama, the show has its moments. It is more melodrama than a carefully crafted Jane Austen character study, but it carries on at a rollicking pace. I happen to be a writer of historical Klondike adventure novels myself, and I understand the need to tell a good story. It’s just too bad for Yukoners that there were so many distracting unforced history and geography errors. The characters were growing on me by the end of Monday night’s show, so hopefully the next two episodes will continue to get better. This column is supposed to be about business and policy, so let’s wrap up with those topics. The Klondike Gold Rush was, after all, about money. The first business opportunity that comes to mind is Abbie Cornish’s wardrobe. The series does not make it clear how she managed to carry so many stylish ensembles over the Chilkoot, but the women who saw Klondike were jealous as they put on their fleeces and duct-tape-patched down coats and went home. Some local fashionista should start sewing. The bigger opportunity is about the Klondike Gold Rush itself.

Yukoners sometimes get jaded about the gold rush. There are plenty of people who think it is a tacky and embarrassing cliche. For example, the gold rush nowadays often gets a very light treatment in the Yukon government’s tourism marketing campaigns. So it has been interesting to watch the actors and reviewers talk about the topic to the media. It clearly resonated emotionally as a great story. Ridley Scott put it this way: “Klondike was the last great gold rush; one which triggered a flood of prospectors ill-equipped, emotionally or otherwise, for the extreme and gruelling conditions of the remote Yukon wilderness. The personal adventures are as epic as the landscape, where ambition, greed, sex and murder, as well as their extraordinary efforts to literally strike it rich, are all chronicled by a young Jack London himself.” The Klondike Gold Rush gives our tourism industry a big marketing “hook” to place alongside our mountains and rivers. Smart Yukon marketers will figure out how to capitalize on this, hopefully before the Alaskans. We don’t want to end up like the CBC, with our Klondike milkshake slurped up by the Americans. Keith Halliday is a Yukon economist and author of the MacBride Museum’s Aurore of the Yukon series of historical children’s adventure novels. You can follow him on Channel 9’s Yukonomist show or Twitter @hallidaykeith

energy, thus encouraging continued investment in projects that pose a long-term climate risk…. Nations have so dragged their feet in battling pacts the future of the Yukon more climate change that the situation than any issue we have encountered has grown critical and the risk of in the 42 years I have lived here. I severe economic disruption is rising. feel we are at a turning point that Another 15 years of failure to limit could put our land and its future in carbon emissions could make the serious jeopardy. problem virtually impossible to Considering the immensity of solve with current technologies.” the resources required for extracting The greenhouse gas emissions liquefied natural gas – the water, associated with burning natural gas sand and the vast areas of land that are comparable to diesel, but when are deforested in the process – and upstream greenhouse gas emissions considering the ensuing contamina- are also accounted for (from extraction of these resources, the environ- tion, processing, liquefaction and mental consequences are extreme. transportation), LNG is much worse I am deeply concerned about than diesel, according to Yukoners the dishonesty of the oil and gas in- Concerned about Oil & Gas. dustry’s representatives in regard to Will we allow an industry that reporting about the contamination places little value on people’s spiritof the water used in the fracking ual connection to their land, and on process. Misrepresenting the facts the health and welfare of communin order to increase production and ities, to shape our future? And how profit is nothing new among large do we see our future? Do we concorporate organizations (consider tinue to be a part of the problem or the tobacco industry). It is impera- move toward a visionary solution? tive that the select committee inves- Supporting oil and gas development tigate well beyond the platform of in the Yukon is a step backward. people in industry who have a huge It is my hope that this committee vested interest in succeeding and the will vote “no” to fracking – this is money to promote that interest. the turning point – taking the first On January 16, the New York step to building a sustainable, clean, Times headlined a United Nations energy program for future generareport that said “governments of the tions, a legacy we can be proud of. world were still spending far more money to subsidize fossil fuels than Anne Macaire to accelerate the shift to cleaner Whitehorse


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Harper refuses to criticize Netanyahu Lee-Anne Goodman

yahu signed a wide-ranging set of bilateral goals Tuesday and agreed to expand a free trade pact during their JERUSALEM meeting in Jerusalem. anada and Israel have differences The two leaders said free trade neof opinion on the Israeli-Palestin- gotiations would be held in Israel from ian conflict despite their cozy relation- Feb. 3-9 to expand and modernize the ship, both Prime Minister Stephen Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Harper and his Israeli counterpart initially signed in on Jan.1, 1997. Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday. The aim of the new round of talks The two countries part ways on is to reduce technical barriers to trade, the issue of Israeli settlements in more quickly resolve market access disputed territory, “I guarantee you irritants and create new opportunities that’s the case,” Netanyahu told a news for Canadian agriculture, agri-food, conference with Harper at his office in and fish and seafood companies in the Jerusalem. Israeli market, Harper said. Harper meantime chided the “An expanded and modernized media for expecting him to publicly trade agreement with Israel will genersingle out Israel for criticism on its ate more jobs and economic growth stance on the territories, saying he was at home and in Israel, while strengthasked to do so both while on the West ening the close friendship that both Bank and in Israel. countries enjoy,” he said. “The one lesson I think we have The two leaders also agreed learned is that when somebody is a Tuesday to a lengthy list of common minority, particularly a small minority interests to pursue under what’s called in the world, one goes out of one’s way the Strategic Partnership memoranto embrace them, not to single them dum of understanding. The measures include growth in out for criticism. That’s a fundamental security and intelligence co-operation, Canadian ethic,” Harper said. enhanced defence and security relaAlso Tuesday, Harper and NetanCanadian Press


tions, more business links and closer academic ties. The memorandum the two leaders signed in Netanyahu’s office also covers innovation, energy, international aid and human rights. The goal is to build on bilateral merchandise trade between the two countries, which the Prime Minister’s Office says was worth $1.41 billion in 2012. Harper said in a statement that the memorandum “lays out a strategic direction for stronger future relations between the two countries.” “The many areas in which we both want to deepen and broaden cooperation is truly a testament of the goodwill between our two nations,” he added. Six federal cabinet ministers joined Harper at the meeting: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, Industry Minister James Moore, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, Development Minister Christian Paradis and Trade Minister Ed Fast. Following his meeting with Netanyahu, Harper again touched

on Canada’s full-throated support of Israel. “I wouldn’t want to say there is no price for Canada in the Arab world,” he said. But Harper added that differing opinions can be respected if they’re appropriately expressed. Netanyahu added that there is now a “new Middle East.” Harper met Netanyahu, who routinely refers to “Stephen” as a “friend of Israel,” after a warm reception from Shimon Peres at the president’s office. After being welcomed by Peres on a red carpet in a courtyard, Harper entered an elegant vestibule and penned a lengthy message in a guestbook. In his remarks, Peres said Harper is visiting during a challenging time, adding that “Syria is broken, Iran is broken.” Harper replied that every time he and Peres speak, he finds it “very thought provoking,” and noted Canada is the “polar opposite of Israel” because it has “much geography but very little history.” He said they agree that the future is the knowledge economy and there is

no better example of that than Israel. Harper and Netanyahu and their wives later spent an hour visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, parts of which were designed by Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. Netanyahu spoke at length at every stop of the tour, explaining the exhibits to Harper and his wife Laureen. At the end of the visit, they stopped in the harrowing Hall of Names, where the names of Holocaust victims are permanently preserved A 10-metre-high conical structure overhead holds photos of hundreds of victims, many of them young children A scheduled visit later to the Dome of the Rock, a hallowed Muslim shrine, was cancelled due to security concerns. On Monday, Harper delivered a historic speech to parliamentarians in the Knesset in which he warned of a new age of anti-Semitism and said those who oppose the Jewish state are little more than hateful anti-Semites. Harper earlier met the president of the Palestinian Authority and offered $66 million in new aid to the Palestinians.

Harper’s Israel speech garners global attention Michelle McQuigge

being anti-Semitic. The Jerusalem Posts’s extensive coverage of the well-received speech rime Minister Stephen Harper’s included an editorial celebrating official tours don’t often generHarper’s position. ate international headlines, but The prime minister was lauded Monday’s historic address to Israel’s for not trying to soften his praise of parliament was a notable exception. Israel with criticisms that other interHarper’s unequivocal words of national leaders have levelled. support for Israel and broad adThe editorial compared Harper’s monitions to other countries earned words to those of Israeli Prime considerable coverage in news outlets Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, around the world. noting their similar sentiments on Articles were plentiful in Israeli Israel’s role in the Middle East and media, with pundits weighing in on its sometimes acrimonious relations both the content of and rationale with western countries. behind Harper’s words. “What a shame, Netanyahu had to But the unique nature of Harper’s be thinking to himself while listening address to the Knesset caught the to Harper’s words, delivered without attention of some U.S. media outlets pathos and in a very matter-of fact as well. and even dry Canadianer, that there News articles and blog entries are not more leaders out there like on prominent sites such as the Wall him,” the editorial read. Street Journal, the Washington Post Israeli news outlet Haaretz exand the Economist captured the pressed a similar sentiment, though widely divergent reactions published in more critical terms, noting that in other parts of the world more Harper’s supportive tone would be closely connected to Harper’s words. more of a boon to Netanyahu than to Israeli press was most positive the country he leads. about Harper’s speech, in which he The Haaretz editorial asserted that accused those who blame the country Harper’s unrestrained praise will do for problems in the Middle East of little to further the peace process he Canadian Press


claims to support, arguing his words may even fan the flames of the political turmoil in Israel. “If the prime minister of Canada thinks his words in the Knesset will advance peace, it seems that the opposite is true. His speech only served Netanyahu’s repression instinct and strengthened his feelings of victimization and isolationism that already exists in him,” the article reads. “Harper put Netanyahu back months from the standpoint of his attitude concerning the peace process.” The limited coverage in Arab media outlets was unsurprisingly critical of Harper, with some publishing calls for Canada to become less involved in the region’s complex politics. A spokesman for the Fateh revolutionary council, a hard-line Palestinian group, told the Iyamouna newspaper that Harper was doing little more than parroting Israeli propaganda and showing ignorance and insensitivity to the dynamics at play in the Middle East. The English-speaking wing of Al-Jazeera ran an editorial dissecting Harper’s address and characterizing it as “baffling,” arguing Harper’s

enthusiastic praise strikes a different tone from the more nuanced positions published on Canada’s official government websites. The article criticized Harper for holding outdated views of Israel and opined that Canada’s reputation may suffer as a result of his uncompromising stance. “When Mr. Harper moves on, Canada, its people and its public servants may well return to a more natural role but, in the meantime, the cost is paid by the diminishing of an exceptional country: Harper’s positions on the Middle East matter less than the opportunity cost to Canada’s role as a catalyst of solutions,” it says. Coverage in international western media was more muted. European news stories on the speech were scarce, U.S. publications largely treated the speech as a political curiosity. While right-leaning Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin heaped praise on Harper’s words and lamented that U.S. President Barack Obama had not taken a similarly warm tone with the Israeli government, papers such as the Wall Street Journal tried to place the speech in

the context of international politics. The newspaper quoted former Israeli ambassador to Canada Alan Baker as saying Harper’s voice stands alone in support of a country that has come under attack by historic allies in recent months, due in part to its vocal opposition an international nuclear arms deal with Iran. “Israel is facing a difficult international front today, where even its best friends in the U.S. and Europe are among its most violent critics,” Baker told the Journal. A blog entry on the Economist, however, turned attention back towards Canada where reception of Harper’s speech was decidedly mixed. The entry questioned the political and economic wisdom of such staunch support for Israel, saying Canada’s comparatively small Jewish population and relatively low volume of trade with Israel are not compelling reasons for such a stance. “The series of standing ovations he received will have made a nice change for Mr. Harper, who is under fire back home,” it said. “But the rationale for the trip and for the policy that underlies it causes puzzlement in Canada.”

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Nunavut coroner calls inquiry after record suicide numbers Bob Weber Canadian Press

IQALUIT, Nunavut unavut’s chief coroner has called a special inquiry in response to a record number of suicides in the territory last year. Padma Suramala says 45 people killed themselves in 2013 _ a significant increase from the previous high of 34 and a figure that brings the territory’s suicide rate to 13 1/2 times the national average. ``It is devastating to me and to my coroners,’’ she said Thursday. ``We are exhausted, mentally stressed out. There is no end to it.’’ Suicide, especially among the young, has long been one of Nunavut’s most pressing and tragic social ills. Almost everyone in Nunavut knows someone who has committed suicide. The territory is replete with stories, including one last May, in which a grandmother who was distraught over the suicide of her granddaughter killed herself in turn. A major study released last June revealed the depth of mentalhealth problems. It concluded the territory’s citizens have higher rates of both major psychiatric illness and depression than the general Canadian population. The study found that the deaths it looked at tended to be among single, unemployed males with relatively less education. The average age was 24. They had roughly double the rates of alcohol and cannabis abuse than control group members. Almost half the people who killed themselves had been either sexually or physically abused as children compared with just over one-quarter of the comparison group. Almost two-thirds of those who committed suicide had been diagnosed before their deaths with severe depression. The study also raised questions about the availability of mentalhealth services in the North. It found only 17 per cent of those who committed suicide had ever been hospitalized for psychiatric problems. About the same percentage had been prescribed medication. Nunavut brought in a suicide prevention plan in 2011. Since


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then, the government and other partners have instituted public awareness and education campaigns and have sought to increase the availability of counsellors in tiny, isolated communities. Funding for such efforts has increased in the last two budgets. Critics have criticized its implementation and pointed out that community meetings don’t necessarily help someone struggling. Lynn Ryan MacKenzie of Nunavut’s Health Department said progress has been made. Seven mental-health nurses are now stationed in communities around the territory and some communities are taking matters in hand through local wellness committees. Hall Beach, for example, puts a mental-health worker in its school. It organizes social gatherings for people and soccer games for kids. ``It’s part of the solution,’’ said Ryan MacKenzie. ``It’s building relationships and breaking down the stigma around mental illness. ``The less isolated people are, it helps reduce the risk.’’ Still, she admits last year’s numbers are sobering. ``Those of us that are working on this, it challenges us to recommit our efforts and redouble our efforts.’’ Suramala said that her inquiry can help the fight against suicide by keeping the issue in the public

eye. ``We can bring the risk factors to the public in order to bring more awareness and let everybody know what the risk factors are,’’ she said. ``By this inquest, maybe we can bring more counselling services or more recreation centres in the communities which will reduce the social risk factors. ``By bringing in some recommendations, maybe governments will act and bring up more resources.’’ Suramala said the inquiry is likely to be held in the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit this fall. She hopes it will hear from bereaved families and front-line workers as well as experts and mental-health organizations. Some studies have linked the territory’s high suicide rate with government disruption of traditional Inuit lifestyles decades ago. One 2008 study correlated rising suicide rates among Inuit in Alaska, Nunavut and Greenland with the period when governments encouraged them to move into communities. In all three countries, suicide rates began to rise among the first generation born in towns _ the sons and daughters of those who had grown up on the land. That trend began in north Alaska in the 1960s, in Greenland in the 1970s and in Nunavut in the 1980s.


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Joan Bryden Canadian Press

OTTAWA irst it was pot; now it’s prostitution. Liberals broke new ground at their last national policy convention, becoming the first federal party to advocate legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. And now some Grits want the party to take the same approach to the world’s oldest profession. British Columbia Liberals are proposing a resolution for the party’s next national convention aimed at ensuring sex trade workers are legally able to run a “safe and successful business,” which would be licensed to safeguard employees, employers and clients and taxed just like “any other commercial enterprise.” The resolution was initiated last year by Young Liberals in B.C. and was later adopted by the provincial branch of the federal party as one of 10 priority resolutions it would like to see debated at the national convention in Montreal next month. It’s not certain at this point that the resolution will ultimately make it to the floor of the convention for a vote, although it will at least be debated in a policy workshop. But it would seem an opportune time to gauge the mood of the party on the subject, given that the Supreme Court last month struck down the country’s prostitution laws as unconstitutional – a development the drafters of the resolution had not anticipated. The top court ruled that the prohibition on brothels, living off the avails of prostitution and street soliciting imposes dangerous conditions on prostitutes and thus violates their right to life, liberty and security of the person. It gave Parliament one year to come up with a new law, thrusting the hot potato firmly into the court of federal politicians. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has signalled its intention to ensure prostitution remains a matter of criminal law, perhaps by adopting the so-called Nordic model of penalizing those who purchase sex, rather than those who sell it. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has not articulated his views on the subject as yet and the B.C. young Liberals are hoping debate on their resolution at next month’s convention will help shape his response. “I think it’s good for us to continue to be bold,” said Justin Kaiser, B.C. young Liberal president when the resolution was adopted and now a candidate to become national young Liberal president. “I think young Liberals have always pushed the party to be bold.” Indeed, it was young Liberals who successfully pushed the party to


“What the Supreme Court has unanimously said is that our laws do not do enough to protect some of the most vulnerable in our society,” Trudeau spokeswoman, Kate Purchase, said in an email. “Ultimately, the government must respond in a way that addresses both community safety and the security and safety of all those involved in the sex trade.”

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Red umbrellas, a symbol for sex worker’s rights, are seen in front of a rally at Allan Gardens in Toronto in December.

officially support same-sex marriage and legalization of pot. Trudeau, who initially preferred the less dramatic approach of decriminalizing marijuana, eventually embraced the party’s official position on the matter and, as leader, has become a champion for outright legalization. And some of his arguments for doing so – that the war on drugs has failed and has helped create a criminal underworld – could apply equally to the war on the world’s oldest profession, as the resolution makes clear. “The judicial and criminal systems over the years have consistently marginalized the most vulnerable people in our society,” the resolution says. “Limiting sex trade workers to the street puts them at a greater risk of

human trafficking, assault, murder and other violent and malicious crimes.” However, prostitution is a more divisive issue than pot, raising questions about morality and exploitation of women. And, as such, it would likely be much riskier politically for Trudeau to advocate legalization, especially since he’s already fending off Tory attacks that he’s soft on drug crime. Kaiser dismissed suggestions passage of the prostitution resolution, combined with the party’s stance on pot, could prove a lethal political combination. “I don’t think there’s that risk,” he said in an interview. “I think what many people see is we’re not afraid to take on tough issues, that we’re willing to stand up for Canadians from

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U.S. undermining efforts to bring Assad’s regime before global court: report

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Piecing together Yukon’s dinosaurs, one fossil at a time Ian Stewart News Reporter


ruckloads of mammoth and bison bones arrive at the Yukon palaeontology unit every year, dug up by placer miners, adding to an impressive collection of Ice Age specimens. But the further back in time you go, the less evidence there is. When it comes to the age of dinosaurs, you can hold the entire collection in the palm of your hand. That’s not to say that dinosaurs weren’t here. They just haven’t been found yet. In the summer of 2010, Carleton University paleontology student James Campbell was examining the shale along the banks of the Road River, a tributary of the Peel east of Eagle Plains. As an intern with the Geological Survey of Canada, Campbell was collecting microfossils to determine the age of the rock exposed on a cliff side when his trained eye was drawn to a larger fossil sitting among the shale. Campbell’s specimen doesn’t look like much, to be honest: it’s rough and chipped and multicoloured. But he knew immediately it was a vertebra, a section of spine, most likely from a fish or a marine reptile. How did he narrow it down on the spot? Previous mapping had dated the rock in the area to the later part of the early Cretaceous period. At that time, much of northeast Yukon was underwater. The Western Interior Sea covered Eagle Plains, the Peel watershed, Alaska’s North Slope, the Mackenzie Delta and most of the Great Plains of North America. Knowing this, any specimen found from that era would likely be from an aquatic species. Upon initial inspection, fish was ruled out. “I was quite sure it was a marine reptile,” said Campbell. “Fish vertebrae are concave, this one had relatively flat surfaces.” Further examination narrowed it down to some kind of Elasmosaur, a family of long-necked, paddle-

River fossil proved to be more challenging, because the rock in that area comes from the Triassic period, at least 100 million years earlier. With the help of University of Alaska Fairbanks paleontologist Pat Druckenmiller, an expert in marine reptiles, they figured out that the fossil didn’t match its surroundings, chronologically speaking. A Triassic Ichthyosaur would be tiny. “There’s no way it could be from that period, it’s way too big,” said Zazula. They found that the specimen is also of the late-early Cretaceous, the same as Campbell’s fossil. An outcrop of Cretaceous rock was located about four kilometres upstream on the Beaver, and that is considered the origin point. It’s thought that either the river or glacial action moved the fossil to the spot it was found. Putting all these pieces together can help scientists draw some conclusions about life at that time. During the late-early Cretaceous period, in the Albian age (113 to 100 million years ago) the Western Interior Sea extended south to Ian Stewart/Yukon News what is now Texas but did not Vertebra fossils from an Ichthyosaur, front, discovered by trapper David McDonald in 1998, connect to the Gulf of Mexico. and a plesiosaur, discovered by James Campbell in 2010. This means these large marine reptiles entered into the sea from James Campbell photo the north, the Arctic Ocean, and James Campbell would have lived and evolved in digs in the Richardson Mountains Arctic waters during that era. Zazula hopes these discoveries during a 2010 Geological Survey will tweak people’s thinking about evolution in the High Arctic. “You of Canada expecan have incredible biodiversity at dition. Campbell high latitudes,” he said. found a plesioCampbell, Zazula and several saur vertebra in other scientists submitted their the region, the findings to the journal The Canfirst such find in adian Field Naturalist, which will the Yukon. hopefully spark some interest in a dolphin-shaped other fossil-finding expeditions in marine reptile, was the territory. discovered by a As it is, the Yukon is largely fur trapper named unexplored. Campbell’s find may David McDonald change that. “This is how areas get near the Beaver River opened up for research, a scratch at in southeast Yukon the surface,” said Zazula. “Once you in 1998, and sat in get people with rock hammers on finned reptile. degree and didn’t have time to write Yukon’s collection for 15 years. the ground, that know what they’re “It looks like what you’d imagine up his findings until 2013. The Ichthyosaur fossil is polished looking for, I think more stuff like the Loch Ness monster to be,” said At that point, Yukon paleontoloCampbell. gist Grant Zazula brought a second by weather and time, and has a dis- this will be found.” Contact Ian Stewart at tinctive depression in the centre. After the find, Campbell fossil into the picture. Finding the source of the Beaver returned to Ottawa to finish his The vertebrae of an Ichthyosaur,

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The Thalassomedon, a member of the Elasmosaurid family, compared to a modern human.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Exports of liquefied natural gas could accelerate fracking boom Matthew Daly Associated Press

WASHINGTON he debate over exporting liquefied natural gas is intensifying as the Energy Department considers an array of applications to ship the fuel to Japan, India and other countries where prices are far higher than in the United States. Some large manufacturers that use natural gas say the department is moving too quickly to approve gas exports, pushing the United States into a “danger zone” that could raise prices and harm the economy. Environmental groups worry that tentative approval of several large export projects may accelerate a fracking boom they say could harm public health and the environment. Industry groups, meanwhile, say the administration is moving too slowly, with just one of nearly two dozen proposed LNG export terminals given final approval in the past two years. Four other projects have received conditional backing. “The Department of Energy’s slow-walk of LNG export licenses violates our trade obligations” and could cause the U.S. to lose billions of dollars in the global gas market, said Margo Thorning, director of the Act on LNG campaign, an advocacy group that supports gas exports. “In a perfect world, we’d like to just see them approve all the applications that meet the requirements and let the market figure out which ones are actually going to be built,” said Marty Durbin, president and CEO of America’s Natural Gas


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The Cove Point LNG terminal in Calvert County, Maryland. The U.S. Energy Department plans to ship the fuel to Japan, India and other countries where prices are far higher than in the United States.

Alliance, an industry group that has pushed for more exports to keep the U.S. competitive in a global market. If built, the projects already given tentative or final approval would export about 6.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, enough to meet the needs of nearly 70,000 homes for one year. And that is just the beginning. The proposals considered so far represent less than one-quarter of the total amount energy companies are seeking to export.

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Energy companies say the U.S. should act now, before other countries such as Russia or Iran approve export projects that could help meet growing energy demands in Asia and other parts of the world. The push for LNG exports comes amid a boom largely resulting from a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves pumping huge volumes of water, sand and chemicals underground to split open rocks to allow oil and gas to flow. Improved technology has allowed energy companies to gain access to huge stores of natural gas underneath states from Wyoming to Pennsylvania but has raised widespread concerns that it might lead to groundwater contamination and even earthquakes. Average wholesale prices for natural gas increased significantly last year to an average of $3.73 per million British thermal units, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, gas prices remain low in historical terms. Increased production kept 2013 prices at the second-lowest level in the past decade, the EIA said. Overall U.S. natural gas production is expected to grow by about 2

per cent this year, the EIA projects. The drilling boom has prompted a push by American oil companies to export crude oil for the first time since the Arab oil embargo in the early 1970s. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz suggested at an industry gathering last month that it may be time to revisit the ban on crude exports. President Barack Obama has said he generally supports natural gas exports and predicts the U.S. could become a net gas exporter by 2020. Moniz, who took over as energy secretary last year, has pledged to move “expeditiously” on pending applications to export natural gas. The Energy Department “understands the significance of this issue – as well as the importance of getting it right,” said Paula Gant, deputy assistant energy secretary for oil and natural gas. The high stakes are illustrated by the conflicting views of U.S. manufacturers. Most business groups back LNG exports as a way to reduce the nation’s trade deficit and support thousands of jobs. But some manufacturers that use natural gas as a raw material or fuel source oppose

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Transplanted Canadian grey wolves too successful for some in the U.S. Dene Moore Canadian Press

VANCOUVER t was a successful experiment in recovering an endangered species – too successful, for some, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now ponders lifting protections for transplanted Canadian grey wolves across the United States. Almost two decades ago, the wolves were relocated to Yellowstone National Park in an effort to return them to where the animals had been hunted to extinction. The change would result in hunting the nocturnal predators at a time when conservationists feel the animals are only beginning to gain a foothold and the federal agency is facing numerous lawsuits from those opposed to the wolf being removed from the endangered species list. “I think it was successful in that it demonstrated that clearly it can be done,” Paul Paquet, a senior scientist at the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, says of the reintroduction effort. “Whether it can be sustained is where the questions is.” The problem lies not in whether the wolves can adapt, says Paquet, but whether people who have lived without the top-tier predators for generations can do so. He believes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should not lift the endangered designation. “It is true that it can be very difficult to live with wolves if you’re trying to make a living as a rancher or a farmer,” Paquet says. The last wolves were killed in Yellowstone in 1926. The massive park covers the northwest corner of Wyoming, and a small percentage of the park dips into Montana and Idaho. In 1995, the first 14 grey wolves from Jasper National Park in the Rocky Mountains were reintro-



duced in Yellowstone National Park. Seventeen more were relocated there the following year. As the wolf population increased, the repercussions – good and bad – were seen far and wide. Elk declined but beavers increased. Coyotes declined but their prey increased. Cattle predation spurred opposition. As early as 2005, under pressure from ranchers and state officials, the federal agency turned over management of wolves in Montana and Idaho to the states. Eight other states followed. In the spring of 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted the endangered status of the Northern Rocky Mountain population of grey wolves and the first legal wolf hunt went ahead in Montana the next year. By the end of 2012, the agency estimated the wolf population was almost 1,700 adults and in June 2013 it proposed removing the grey wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species across the country. “This population has exceeded its recovery goals for 11 consecutive years. Thus, this population has been delisted and is now being successfully and responsibly managed by the states,” the agency says on its website, calling the reintroduction an “amazing success.” “The proposed rule is based on the best science available and incorporates new information about the wolf ’s current and historical distribution in the contiguous United States and Mexico,” the website says. The long-term goal is to maintain an average of about 1,000 wolves. Delisting is premature says Noah Greenwald of the Centre for Biological Diversity, which has taken the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court over wolves before and will do so again if the agency proceeds. “Several states have enacted aggressive hunting and trapping

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Yukon Arctic Ultra gets television close-up Ashley Joannou News Reporter


n the tiny world of endurance racing, the Yukon Arctic Ultra has a reputation. When racer Simon Donato ranked it number six on his list of the world’s 10 toughest races, he wrote: “In ultraendurance racing, the weather can make or break you. Running through the dead of winter in northern Canada, this race follows the Yukon Quest Trail, which is also the route of the world’s toughest sled dog race. “Racing non-stop, and entirely self-supported for days, athletes will battle extreme conditions, and can expect to add frostbite and hypothermia to mere exhaustion.” Now Donato will get a chance to see first-hand just how true his own words are. Donato is host of the television show Boundless that airs on the Travel+Escape Network in Canada. At the end of the month, Donato and his friend Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock will be competing in the race and filming an episode for the show’s second season. Boundless follows the pair as they compete in extreme competitive events around the world. They have competed in the Iron Man in Phuket, Thailand, a 250-km foot race through the desert in Egypt and the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii. Donato said he’s always wanted to visit the Yukon. “The ultra endurance world is a pretty small one. Once you join you start to hear about all the races all over the world.” Donato grew up ski racing and studying kenpo karate. In 1998, when he was 21, he started competing in longer races and has been hooked ever since. “I find there’s value in that I go outside of my easy routine and challenge myself in ways I would never have to in my daily life,” he said. The Yukon Arctic Ultra gives competitors the option of racing three different lengths: a marathon, 100 or 300 miles (161 or 483 kilometres). Every other year there is also an option to race 430 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson. The next one of those is scheduled for 2015. Racers can participate on foot, on skis or on a bike. Both men are competing in

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Simon Donato learning the ways of the Maasai Warrior. Donato is bringing his television program Boundless, to the Yukon Arctic Ultra later this month.

this year’s 100-mile event. Donato plans to race on skis while Trebilcock will be biking. It will be their first experience with extreme cold. Or at least their first experience with extreme cold “on purpose,” Donato says. In one of the series’ early episodes, filmed in August 2012, the crew was racing in the Icelandic Highlands when temperatures dropped and a snowstorm rolled in. Donato estimates temperatures that time hit about -10 degrees Celsius. He’s quick to acknowledge the upcoming race will be much more chilly. This year’s Yukon Arctic Ultra runs out of Whitehorse from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7th. The average low temperature for that time of year is between -22 and -27 degrees Celsius, according to organizers. “The risks are so great that if the weather turns on us quickly and we are not prepared, or if we get something like frostbite, that could end the race,” Donato said. In preparation for the up-

coming race, Donato, who lives in Canmore, Alta, has been practicing outside as much as possible. He said dressing properly to stay warm during the race is key. “Normally with a ski race you are only out for a few hours, so it’s not as critical,” he said. In this case, there are long stretches between checkpoints. “If you make a mistake, it could certainly end your race,” he said. Donato has also spent his time practising skiing while pulling a sled with gear. It’s something he’s not used to. “In the beginning you think you’re fine. But a few hours in, you realize just how heavy that sled is,” he said. Donato and Trebilcock will be travelling alongside a crew of four people to film their experience. “It’s one of the races I’m most excited for,” he said. New episodes of Boundless will begin airing in March. Contact Ashley Joannou at

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TORONTO t’s rather hard to believe, but Ralph Fiennes – classically trained actor, noted Shakespearean interpreter and allaround regal English gentleman – was mostly ignorant to one of his country’s most famous writers. “I was a philistine about (Charles) Dickens,” said the gently soft-spoken 51-year-old in an interview during last September’s Toronto International Film Festival. “I’d read one Dickens, Little Dorrit … but I had no motivation to read the canon of Dickens’ work. I liked Little Dorrit, but it hadn’t given me (that feeling of) ‘Ah, I must read them all.”’ That changed when the twotime Academy Award nominee read Claire Tomalin’s book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens. “It took me until I was 49 or whatever when I read it, to read this story, to be interested in him,” he recalled. “And then suddenly it’s opened up for me.” Fiennes was so taken with Tomalin’s biography he decided to direct the film adaptation The Invisible Woman, which hits select Canadian theatres on Friday. Somewhat more reluctantly, he eventually decided to also star as Dickens in the painstakingly detailed period piece, which zeroes in on the married author’s single-minded pursuit of an admirer named Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) and the catastrophic consequences the affair posed for the unmarried young woman in Victorian England. Dickens met Ternan at the


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Before he embarked on directing Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes knew little about the life of Charles Dickens.

apex of his celebrity, when the 18-year-old was a fledgling actress in one of his theatrical productions. A father of 10 mired in an unhappy marriage, Dickens pursued the affair with a less-than-admirable disregard for the effect it could have on Ternan’s reputation and, ultimately, livelihood. And yet Fiennes says he didn’t want the audience to arrive at moralistic conclusions about the legendary scribe’s behaviour. “I have to say I’m weary of the easy judgment,” said the English Patient star. “There’s no question that people come to this moment in his life and they go, ‘Oh dear.’ The Dickens who was so gregarious, so generous, taking on these big charitable concerns, suddenly he meets Nelly and he cuts (his wife) Catherine out and tells the children that they can’t see their mother. “I hope that the film shows that side of him but also I think he was capable of great tenderness and love and amazing enthusiasm for life and for

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What an 94-year-old can teach about aging well Lauren La Rose Canadian Press

TORONTO olding 26 world records and earning hundreds of medals would be significant achievements for any star athlete – let alone a retired schoolteacher who first took up track and field at age 77. With her 95th birthday looming on March 2, Olga Kotelko isn’t inclined to look in the rear view at her accomplishments – she’d rather set fresh goals for the road ahead. The Vancouver resident is already scheduled for meets in Kamloops, B.C., and Budapest, and is aiming to participate in at least one each month this year, with 100-metre dash, long jump and javelin among the many events in her repertoire. As a competitor on the masters circuit which features other veteran participants, Kotelko’s lofty medal haul and athletic accomplishments later in life have been a focal point of fascination. But asked for her own personal theories on why she has excelled, the kindly Kotelko offers only humility. “I thought to myself this is something that I can do, that I enjoy it. I really do like competing and I stayed with it, and that’s what I’m doing now – and I don’t expect to stop. I don’t see any reasons why I should stop,” she said, a slight rasp trickling into her delicate, lilting voice. “It’s good for me, it’s good for my health, and what I really want to do is share this experience of myself and my life with the people.” Award-winning writer Bruce Grierson spent more than a year working on a lengthy profile on Kotelko for the New York Times published in 2010. But after extensive research, he felt there was more still to be explored, forming the basis of his new book “What Makes Olga Run?” (Random House Canada.) “There were so many dimensions to Olga’s story that weren’t particularly germane just to the science. It seems to be just about human flourishing that was bigger than the scope of the magazine piece. And I thought: ‘Yeah, now we’re into something bigger.’ “Not only can we talk about the science, but more and more, I like to share Olga with people, because I was really becoming beguiled by her personality and her strategies and all these things that are different than the science.” Billed as a modern-day quest for the fountain of youth, the book explores how Kotelko and several other seniors continue to compete and thrive at a stage in their lives where many of their peers are slowing down rather than picking up the pace. In addition to undergoing tests of cognitive skills, muscle tissues and


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more, Grierson ruminates on whether other aspects of Kotelko’s life can help explain her physical prowess. Born in Vonda, Sask., northeast of Saskatoon, Kotelko was the seventh of 11 kids raised on a farm during the Depression. She later left an abusive marriage to an alcoholic husband, heading west to forge her own path as a single mother in the 1950s. Her eldest daughter, Nadine, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 53, and died in 1999. “That resilience that was kind of forged by having to overcome some tough stuff, that, to me, was a significant part of the story and still, I think, is a part of who Olga is – a big part of it,” said Grierson. Still, there’s no question that her commitment to physical fitness plays a pivotal role. Prior to her track training, Kotelko joined a softball league at age 70, playing five positions. She attends Aquafit classes three times a week. Her schoolyard training sessions involve intervals of jogging and walking, as well as several shot put throws and long jump attempts. She also dedicates a key part of her downtime to keeping moving – even at the expense of sleep. While still lying in bed in the wee hours, Kotelko will devote 90 minutes to her self-customized “OK” exercise program that she’s followed for more than a decade, kneading her skin and muscles before she falls asleep. Kotelko said she avoids fast food restaurants and eats everything in moderation, consuming small portions about four to five times daily. Rather than viewing exercise as a fixed moment during the day, Grierson said the fact that Kotelko is consistently active has helped

reshape his own definition of fitness. “Olga grew up on a farm where she just did stuff all day long. You didn’t work out and just sit – you just moved. And she kept that habit going throughout her whole life. We’re now learning from the research that that’s the way you’ve got to do it. You just have to stay in motion. “If you have to even choose between exercise training and not exercise training and moving around and just gardening and being active ... and obviously you want to do both ... you’d do the second one,” he added. “It’s more important to move than to be fit in the way that we think of being fit, aerobically fit.” The book also sees the middleaged Grierson parallel his own athletic ability to that of his subject, which includes taking part in a 10,000-metre race with Kotelko cheering him on from the sidelines. “That was the hardest thing I think I ever did – harder than even some of those marathons – just to get through that just 10K. But I’d been feeling so unfit. I got winded not (long) before that playing Barrel of Monkeys with my kid,” he recalled. “I feel like I’m righting the ship somewhat by going to school on what Olga does.” While Kotelko said she’s treasured all of her achievements, carrying the Olympic torch as part of the relay for the 2010 Vancouver Games was a Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press particular standout. Olga Kotelko, 95, isn’t inclined to look in the rear view at “I think that it’s once in a lifetime her accomplishments – she’d rather set fresh goals for the that you get an opportunity like that, road ahead. but over 750 gold medals is quite treasured – and I give my medals away, I don’t keep them. Because why do I need 800 medals? At this point, I know I’m going to get some more.”

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Grandpa’s title belongs to both sides of family find it convenient to distinguish between them by using different diminutives, or a relevant ethnic title, or a proper name appended to the title. First choice goes to the person to be addressed, subject by Judith to modification — preferably endearing modification — by the Martin child when he begins to talk. By all means, talk to your child of his maternal grandfather — but not at the expense of attempting to distance his relationship with DEAR MISS MANNERS: My his paternal grandfather. father passed away a few years DEAR MISS MANNERS: Mayago. To my nieces and nephews, be it’s just me, but there is a trend he has always been referred to as among restaurant servers that I “Grandpa.” Last fall, my husband find a little off-putting. Instead and I were blessed with the arrival of asking, “How is everything?” of our first child. My mother-inor “Can I get you anything else?” law refers to my father-in-law as when checking on their custom“Grandpa.” ers, they ask, “How does everyThis really hurts my feelthing taste?” This practice is so ings because I feel as though it is pervasive that I think it must have dismissing my dad’s role. My dad originated with restaurant owners. may not ever be able to meet my The problem I have is that the son, but I look forward to telling restaurant experience involves him about my dad. more than just the taste of the My husband says I’m being food, and, frankly, I find the quesoverly sensitive. Lately, I have tried tion a little creepy. to mention my dad in front of Do you know the origin of this them using the name “Grandpa,” question or the rationale behind but nothing has changed. it? Is it acceptable etiquette for Who decides the names of servers to ask this, as opposed to grandparents? Would it be rude of asking a general question about me to ask them to choose another the restaurant experience, or askname? ing if the customers need anything GENTLE READER: It seems a else? bit late for Miss Manners to have GENTLE READER: Can someto explain to you that all children one tell Miss Manners who serves have two grandfathers — and, in as the national restaurant phrasethese chaotic times, sometimes maker? Whoever it is does an more. Attempting to trademark astounding job of disseminating the term “grandpa” on behalf of patter that annoys diners all over your late father is not only futile, the country. as you have discovered, but also People who are eating, and insulting to your father-in-law. perhaps trying to talk with one That said, families do often another, are constantly being



asked, “Is everything all right?” and “How’s everything so far?” and “Are you still working on that?” And now you have identified another pesky question. Miss Manners’ plea to restaurateurs: Stop instructing your staffs to intrude unnecessarily on your customers’ enjoyment of food and company with these inane questions. Milking them for compliments is especially futile. Most people will murmur that everything is fine, even when it may not be, just to end the quiz. Good service consists of remaining alert to the customers’ needs, one of which is to dine in peace. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Three years ago, upon my return home from a year away, I happened upon a tall, handsome man at an afternoon picnic who looked very pleased that I had arrived and smiled at me. I did not encourage him. After two sordid attempts to reconcile with my ex-husband, I realize that I would like to get to know the tall, handsome man a little better. As it would turn out, he’s an acquaintance of my ex-husband. Does this mean he’s off-limits forever? Friends have suggested I ask him out. My philosophy has been that a woman should never ask out a man — I believe that doing so may set a disappointing precedence for future dynamics. I’ve put my efforts the past year into becoming as healthy, fit and happy as I possibly can, as I am hoping to simply become irresistible. Well, five men except he have pursued me. He still hasn’t asked me out — but he flashed me that smile again two weeks ago. Now what? I believe I must keep focusing on my educational goals and health commitments, but really — do I just keep hoping? I simply refuse to ask him out. GENTLE READER: Refusing to initiate a date is not a philosophy, Miss Manners feels obliged to tell you. Stoicism, existentialism and sophistry are philosophies. Dating strategies are not. Fortunately, mere tactics can be altered without the necessity of re-examining the meaning of life. As you seem to encounter this gentleman socially, see if you can turn those smiles into some sort of conversation. If you can get to

an impersonal topic, you can then say, “I’d love to hear more about what you think, but I suppose this isn’t the place for a prolonged conversation.” If he wants to pursue you, as you put it, he will make a suggestion. If not, it may be that he considers the former wife of a friend to be off-limits. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Can anyone say “Happy Valentine’s Day” to anyone else? Is this equivalent to “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year”? A man said it to my wife and me. To me? Gross? GENTLE READER: It seems doubtful that he meant it as a declaration of love. Still, Miss Manners has been made aware that spreading holiday cheer to strangers does not always have the charming effect that is intended. It is not just those who are saluted on religious holidays they do not observe. More than one childless Gentle Reader has reported feeling tearful when strangers wished a Happy Mother’s Day that these ladies would have liked to have. And the brokenhearted would probably join you in resenting being urged to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Mind you, Miss Manners does not endorse suppressing holiday joy because it is not universally shared. She merely cautions that it is always risky to presume that one knows the circumstances of strangers. Holidays aside, people who go around calling out “Smile!” to others are a public menace. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Would you please give me one or two examples of what would be considered an acceptable gift to present to someone I enjoy spending time with and am seeing on a regular basis? I regret to inform you that I gave her a bracelet for Valentine’s Day. Although she said she liked it — and as far as I know, still likes me — I understand that respectable ladies do not accept jewelry from their gentlemen admirers. GENTLE READER: So — do you still like her? Did you get the answer you wanted to the question of whether this lady is respectable? Miss Manners confesses to hoping that you did not offer the bracelet as a test, but found out only later that accepting it was questionable. Furthermore, she

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would like to believe that the lady was equally unaware, or perhaps embarrassed to refuse, for fear of your taking that as an insult. Yet despite this uncharacteristic burst of tolerance, Miss Manners is not prepared to remove that rule from the books. She will, however, broaden it from merely barring ladies from accepting jewels, clothing or anything of substance, because “favors” (and we all know what that means) might be expected in return. The refurbished rule, now that couples form and disband frequently, should be that neither person in a courtship should accept valuable presents before there is a formal commitment. The era when ladies flung back any token associated with a failed romance seems to be over. Squabbling, and even suing to take back things of value, is more common and uglier than ever. The classic Valentine’s Day presents are roses and/or chocolates, and, to up the ante, books of love poetry. Not knowing this particular lady, Miss Manners cannot suggest other suitable presents, but only caution that they should be items that would not be in dispute should you part. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am an experienced nanny of many years. Recently I have had jobs where family members hit each other. Sometimes it is the children slapping the mother’s face; sometimes it is the children bruising each other; and sadly, most recently, twin 7-year-old girls I work for began hitting me. I don’t know what has changed, as in all my years, the No. 1 rule all parents seemed to agree on was No Hitting. In any case, I wonder if you would help me come up with a way to address this during the initial interview. I feel uncomfortable just saying, “Is hitting OK in your house?” I’m fairly sure they would say it isn’t. One explained she is a “tiger mom,” but then smiled as her child slapped her. How does one evaluate this politely? GENTLE READER: You got a pretty good idea in the interview you describe, and Miss Manners trusts that you then informed the slapped tiger than you would not be a good fit in her household. Without such a dramatic demonstration, you are unlikely to extract the proof you want by quizzing the prospective employer. As you notice, no one admits to approving violence. But you can state your nonnegotiable policy: that you do not tolerate hitting of any kind, whether between children and grown-ups or among children. You should then explain how you deal with children who disobey this rule, and say that you expect parents who hire you to support you if it happens. (Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.; to her email,; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)

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Speedskater Clarke reaches career high at junior nationals “The final was really good, I led the whole race, did some defending. I got passed on the last corner, which was a little unfortunate, but I’m pretty proud of that race otherwise.”

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Whitehorse’s Heather Clarke competes at the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships in Montreal on Sunday. Clarke finished 18th overall.

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race,” said Clarke. “In the 500 and the 1,500 my first races were not that great and that hitehorse speedskater put me in the bottom group … Heather Clarke left a “The final was really good, high water mark in her last trip I led the whole race, did some to the junior nationals. defending. I got passed on the Clarke, who is in her final last corner, which was a little season as a junior, produced a unfortunate, but I’m pretty career-high 14th place finproud of that race otherwise.” ish in the 1,000-metre at the Clarke, who is a member of Canadian Junior Short Track the Whitehorse Rapids Speed Championships over the week- Skating Club, also raced to end in Montreal. 18th in the 500-metre and 21st At the championships, the in the 1,500-metre. first race in each distance The 19-year-old findetermines which skaters go ished with 18th in the Super on to compete for spots in the 1,500-metre, an event in which top-16. A skater must place in skaters are placed in finals the top two in the first heat to based on the previous finishes move on into the top half of at the championships. the field. After three days of racing, “The difference with the Clarke placed 18th overall. 1,000 compared to the other “I feel like it was a bit of a ones was that I had a great first mixed bag,” said Clarke. “I had News Reporter


some great races and some not-so-great races. “I was trying not to focus too much on the placings and results because in October at the national qualifier in Calgary my mind was really set on placing and it kind of distracted me from what I need to do in each race. “So I was just trying to take each race one at a time and focus on what I could control. “In that regard I made huge improvements since the last competition.” Clarke seemed disappointed with her finish in the 500-metre. She placed 11th in the event at Speed Skating Canada’s National Qualifier event in Calgary, and went on to take 18th overall there as well. “My first race wasn’t my

best race,” said Clarke of the 500 on Friday. “I didn’t make the smartest moves in that one and finished third, so I was in the bottom group in the 500, which was disappointing. But I fought my way up to the top of the bottom group.” Clarke is a member of the Calgary Oval Program with fellow Whitehorse Rapids skater Troy Henry who recently raced at Team Canada’s Olympic trials in long track. She placed 26th overall out of 32 skaters at last year’s junior nationals. “I’ve made some pretty big technical jumps this year and I think I put them in play pretty well,” said Clarke. “I made some great track pattern adjustments that I’ve struggled with all year and I made some great passes I’m happy with

because I was also struggling a lot with passing and timing in October.” Though she is eligible to compete, Clarke will not be racing for Yukon at the upcoming Arctic Winter Games. She will instead compete at the national team selections being held the same week as the Games in March. Clarke won two gold and three silver, and set an Arctic Games record, in 2012. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come this season. I got pretty sick in the spring and I definitely did not expect to be where I am right now,” said Clarke, who had a bad case of strep throat. “I surprised myself with how quickly I came back and how strong I am right now.” Contact Tom Patrick at

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Crusaders cruise to victory to start Super Hoops

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he Vanier Crusaders looked perfectly at home playing in away games to start Super Hoops in the Whitehorse high school senior basketball league. The visiting Crusaders boys and girls teams topped the hosting Porter Creek Secondary Rams on Friday to start their Super Hoops season. Vanier senior boys won 73-52 and the senior girls went 48-40 over the Rams. “I like what I saw out there today,” said Crusader boys head coach Cody Hougen. “From Skagway (at the Don Hather Tournament) last weekend we knew what we had to work on. We practised, worked on some things and saw improvements in this game.” After slipping behind in the first quarter, the Crusader boys caught up at 24-24 in the second. Vanier took a 29-25 lead on a three-pointer from Jon Marc

Left, Vanier Crusader RJ Siosan splits Porter Creek Rams defenders during Super Hoops action at Porter Creek Secondary on Friday. Crusaders won 7352. Right, Crusaders’ Kelly Mahoney, front, wrestles for the ball with Rams’ Caysta Stoker.

girls fell 42-34 to Maynes and finished the half up the Warriors on by six on a jumper from captain Thursday. Chris Carino. The Rams have just one Grade Carino, who was named his team’s Player of the Game, led his 12 player on the roster but plenty of determination, said head coach team with 23 points while teamTrevor Hale. mates RJ Siosan and Josh Tobias “We’re definitely the underhad 17 and 12 points respectively. All three players are on the Yukon dog,” said Hale. “We have new men’s team heading to the Arctic players, we don’t have a lot of returning players from last Winter Games in March. year. The girls played hard, they Porter Creek’s Kyle Lowes led the Rams with 18 points and Tris- hustled hard, and every game the tan Brown and Christian Ouimet scores are getting a little bit better. “We probably don’t match up each had 10. with other teams in terms of skill, The Rams beat the F.H. Collins Warriors 98-67 the previous night but we sure match up with them on Thursday with Lowes giving a in terms of tenacity and work ethic and all those kind of things. 39-point performance. We’ll work on the skill and hopeThere are “lots of things to fix,” said Rams head coach Logan fully by the end of the year we’ll be getting close.” Wedge. Certified “Yesterday our offence was Licensed The Crusaders finished the Insuredfirst half up 24-17 and held the great, our defence was weak. Tolead until the final buzzer. day it was the other way around Crusaders captain Linsey Eby … So it’s inconsistent.” led the game in scoring with 20 points and was named her team’s PC girls winless after two Player of the Game. Teammate Before dropping Friday’s game Kelly Mahoney finished with nine against Vanier, the Rams senior

points. “We have a lot of girls who haven’t played a lot of basketball,” said Crusaders head coach Sean McCarron. “I’ve got dancers, hockey players, volleyball players – a great group of girls. For now they’re learning. The key for now is not whether we win or lose, it’s how many turnovers we’re creating and if we’re in the right positions. These Super Hoops games are just directing us to where we go for the rest of the year. “We came out with the win, but we can always play a little bet-

ter the next day.” Porter Creek’s Player of the Game, Davina Mcleod, led her team with 11 points and Emily Mervyn had eight on Friday. F.H. Collins’ Samantha Burgis scored more than half her team’s points with 22 on Thursday. Both nights of basketball were originally scheduled to take place at F.H. Collins Secondary, but electrical problems with F.H. Collins’ scoreboard led the two schools to exchange hosting dates. Contact Tom Patrick at

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Waddington, who captured gold in the halfpipe at the 2012 Games, won the open men’s lmost half of Yukon’s snowdivision in slopestyle at last year’s board team will be looking Yukon Snowboarding Championto add to their ulu collections ships. come the Arctic Winter Games in Schirmer was third in slopeMarch. style and second in snowboardSnowboard Yukon announced cross, one spot up from Suomthe team on Sunday following a inen. selection camp and three of the Newsome was the open seven boarders on the team com- women’s Yukon champ in snowpeted at the 2012 Games and won boardcross last year and placed ulus (Arctic Games medals). second in slopestyle, in front of “We have some really strong Grant in third. riders this year,” said head coach MacIntosh has the least experiKatrina Couch. “We have a couple ence competing. She is young new people on the team, but over- enough to compete in juvenile, all we have a well-rounded team.” but was pushed up to junior so all Back for another Games are three female boarders who went Haylie Grant, Tim Schirmer and to trials could go to the Arctics. Adam Waddington, all of whom “Every year we have a hard won medals at the 2012 Games time getting a full female roster in Whitehorse. Also going are out and this year we had three, Robert Faulds, Rachael MacInwhich is great to see,” said Couch. tosh, Esa Suominen and Reanna “Rachael is new to the competiNewsome. tion world, as well as the competiWaddington won a gold and tive training scene, but she has a bronze, Schirmer two silver and lot of potential and a lot of drive. Grant three silver and a bronze in So we want to provide her with 2012. the opportunity to come out and Waddington, Suominen, see what a higher level competiFaulds, Grant and Newsome tion is all about.” all competed with Snowboard Yukon’s snowboard team will Yukon’s Elite Team last season. also include assistant coach and “Some intensive training last chaperone Alexander Chisholme, year landed them a spot on the a former Games competitor who team this year,” said Couch. won a silver and two bronze for Waddington placed 20th in Yukon in snowboarding at the open men’s slopestyle at Snow 2010 Arctic Games. Crown last season for best-ever Each Games jurisdiction is finish for a Yukon male at the allowed two boarders in each of Canadian freestyle snowboard the four categories – junior and championships. juvenile, male and female. Waddington was the first This year’s Arctics in FairYukoner ever to compete at the banks, Alaska, will include banked freestyle nationals in 2012, plaslalom, slopestyle, boardercross cing 31st out of over 70 boarders and half-pipe snowboard events. in slopestyle and 21st in halfpipe. “At the Arctic Winter Games Newsome rode to third in there is an overall medal, so the slopestyle and Grant raced to goal is to have each athlete comthird in snowboardcross at the pete in each element,” said Couch. B.C. Snowboard Provincial Series Contact Tom Patrick at last March. News Reporter


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Twin sisters to mush for Yukon at Arctic Games

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Louve Tweddell, front, and twin sister Lori race in the Arctic Winter Games mushing trials on Saturday at Takhini Hot Springs. The two sister comprise the entire Yukon mushing team for the Games.

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hen Lori and Louve Tweddell went for their first dog sled ride, they were about six months old in their mother’s arms while their father mushed. Twelve years later the twin sisters are steering their own sleds. The Tweddell sisters will make up Yukon’s dog mushing team at the Arctic Winter Games this March in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon announced over the weekend. “I’m very excited because I want to have that experience of meeting people who have the same life I have,” said Lori. “I want to meet people who know how to mush and stuff like that.” “I was so excited and so happy at the same time, and a little bit nervous,” said Louve of going to the Games. The two 12-year-olds from Mendenhall near Haines Junction qualified for Team Yukon at the Yukon Brewing Twister, a DPSAY event at the Takhini Hot Springs on Saturday. Before the main event at the Twister, the two sisters went head to head on a seven-kilometre trail. Lori took first at 19 minutes and 45 seconds, almost a minute ahead of

Louve. They were the only two who tried out for the team. “I’m so happy because the day before the race I was so stressed out,” said Lori. “The last time I raced I fell on a corner and I was hoping that would not happen again. “And I beat her, so I was so happy.” The Tweddell family wouldn’t even be in Yukon if not for dog mushing. They moved from Quebec to Yukon nine years ago, switching from malamutes to Alaskan huskies, so father Luc Tweddell could chase his dream of racing in the Yukon Quest. Luc raced the Yukon Quest in 2009, placing 14th. He hopes to enter the 1,600-kilometre race again in a year or two. “The reason we moved was so I could run the Quest. It was my dream since I was a teenager,” said Luc. “The kids were there and they grew up around dogs, since they were babies. “For them they are like their buddies. In town everyone lives in neighbourhoods so they have their friends to play with. But for my daughters we live outside of the city limit so there are no kids around here, so their buddies are the dog team.” “I know my dogs. When they

were puppies we brought them inside so they would be social with us,” said Louve. The Arctic Games are going to be a family affair. Luc and wife Julie Dessureault will be the coaches for the team at the Games. “It’s going to be a family trip to Fairbanks,” said Luc. “I’ll be coaching one team and my wife will coach the other. The dogs are my dogs … and basically (Lori and Louve) run my best dogs at the kennel. “But my dogs are trained for long distance, so I’m really surprised that they are pretty good at sprinting.” Having the family there “takes a lot of the nerves away,” said Louve. “We want to go there to have fun,” she added. “We are going to race against each other, but I don’t think we’re going to laugh in each other’s face.” The Tweddell twins won’t be the first siblings to represent Yukon at the Arctic Games. Rachel and Ben Kinvig from the Mount Lorne area each competed in three Arctic Games in total and at the same Games in 2008 and 2010. Rachel won every one of her races over three Games ending in 2012, becoming the most decorated musher in Arctic Games history. Contact Tom Patrick at

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Skijorer fastest again at Twister race Tom Patrick News Reporter


fter taking last season off from racing, Katherine Sheepway is two-for-two this season. The skijorer from Stardog Kennel had the fastest time at the second Yukon Brewing Twister hosted by the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon at the Takhini Hot Springs on Saturday. That’s fastest overall, ahead of sled dog teams and the other skijorers. “The trail was beautifully groomed and really well marked, but with the (pluszero) temperatures the conditions were treacherous and icy in some spots and soft and punchy in other spaces,” said Sheepway. “I know my dogs could have gone a little bit faster if the conditions were better, but everyone had the same conditions to work with.” Sheepway, who finished the 20-kilometre trail in 53 minutes and 30 seconds, also produced the fastest overall time at the first Twister race on Dec. 22. “I was running with the same team I was using at the last race: one veteran and three puppies,” said Sheepway. “They all did great.” Skijorer Cynthia Corriveau took second place for the second time in a row with a time of 55:23. Sarah Ouellette was the third fastest skijorer, crossing the finish line in 1:05:42. All five skijorers on Saturday were

women. While skijorers had a repeat winner, sledders had a new one. Whitehorse’s Gunter Glaeser and his team from Drag ‘N’ Fly Kennel placed first with a time of 56:49 on the 20-kilometre trail. It was his first time winning a Twister race since he started mushing at age 60 four years ago. “I’m totally surprised,” said

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Marine Gastard mushes her team during the Yukon Brewing Twister 20-kilometre race at Takhini Hot Springs on Saturday.

Glaeser. “I haven’t been doing much sledding this year and the dogs didn’t have that much training. They’re not my dogs, they’re from Drag ‘N’ Fly Kennels. I train the dogs and help them and once and a while, take them to some races.” Marine Gastard, who placed third in the Twister opener last month, was second on Saturday at 57:32. Alexandra Rochat came third with 58:40. “Considering the weather that was in the plus for the last three days, I was expecting the trail to be really punchy,” said Glaeser. “I had second thoughts about taking part because there are quite a few uphill stretches where you have to get off the sleigh and run. But everything worked fine. The dogs were great and it was a lot of fun.” Saturday’s Twister event included Team Yukon trials for the Arctic Winter Games this March in Fairbanks, Alaska. Twin sisters Lori and Louve Tweddell will make up Yukon’s mushing team for the Games. The next Twister Race will be held February 15 at Fox Lake. Contact Tom Patrick at

Skijoring (20 km) 1st Katherine Sheepway – 53:30 2nd Cynthia Corriveau – 55:23 3rd Sarah Ouellette – 1:05:42 4th Jess Wood – 1:11:13 5th Virginia Sarrazin – 1:11:33

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Skijorer Katherine Sheepway posted the fastest time with her four-dog team for the second consecutive race.


Sleds (20 km)

1st Gunter Glaeser – 56:49 2nd Marine Gastard – 57:32 3rd Alexandra Rochat – 58:40 4th Darryl Sheepway – 1:05:54

5th Claudia Wickert – 1:10:22 6th Jean-Marc Champeval – 1:11:00 7th Pierre-Luc Fortin – 1:14:13 8th Martin Haefele – 1:16:08


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Above Starbuck’s on Main St. Nice clean, professional building, good natural light. 544 sq.ft. (can be leased as one office or can be split into two smaller spaces). Competitive lease rates offered. or C: 333.9966

LARGE ROOM in comfortable home, incl double bed, TV/cable, wifi internet, parking, w/d, phone/long distance/utils. 667-7733 or 332-7054 SMALL 1 bdrm apt D/T, quiet, secure building, new floors, paint, includes 1 parking spot w plug-in, N/P, N/S, refs&dd reqʼd. $750/mon + partial utils. 334-2269 BEDROOM, FULLY furnished, Riverdale house upper level, on bus route, share kitchen, N/P, N/S, avail immed, $650 + dd, utils incl. 336-0368 ROOM IN Northland, smokerʼs home, everything included, avail Feb. 1, $750/mon. 668-4776 4-BDRM, 2-BATH house, Riverdale, avail Jan 1st, 6 appliances, carport, N/P, N/S, no parties, $1,700/mon + utils & dd. 335-5976 BACHELOR APT 15 mins fr downtown, private entrance, on bus route, N/S, N/P, dd&refs reqʼd, avail Jan 01. $950/mon incl cable. 333-0497 3-BDRM 1-BATH duplex, Valleyview, 6 appliances, view, oil heat, N/S, dd&refs reqʼd, $1,600/mon + utils. 668-6147 2-BDRM 1.5 bath, Teslin, lakeview, wood/oil heat, central location, large L/R, den, arctic entry, fenced yard, pets ok, NS, $750 +dd, 250-686-6416 ROOM IN Copper Ridge, $600/mon all inclusive. 335-7223 for info. 3-BDRM APT, Riverdale, TV/cable, refs&dd reqʼd, avail Feb. 1, $1,550/mon including utils. 456-4120 3-4-BDRM 1.5 bath house, PC, 6 appliances, close to schools & bus, $1,600/mon + utils, dd&refs reqʼd. 633-4626 MAIN STREET 1-bdrm executive condo, east-south facing windows, top finishings, rooftop patio, covered parking, avail Feb. 1 $1,550/mon + elec. 335-7640 3-BDRM, 2 bath condo/townhouse, Stone Ridge, parking space, N/S N/P, avail immed, near Takhini School/Game Centre, refs reqʼd. $1,600.00/mon. 633-4110 2-BDRM APT, Riverdale, clean, secure, quiet adult complex, N/S, N/P, refs reqʼd. $1,200/mon. 668-3167 3-BDRM HOUSE, D/T, group renting available, $1,900/mon. 334-1759 ROOMMATE WANTED, Crestview, new designer home, no drugs, N/S, near bus stop & trails, cat welcome, $625/mon all incl. 335-2083 ROOM AT KK, $500/mon all inclusive. 336-1695 2-BDRM 1.5 bath townhouse/condo, 1,300 sqft, N/S, pets negotiable, avail immed, $1,550/mon + utils obo, 334-7515 2-BDRM 2 bath bsmnt suite, D/T, avail Mar. 1st, clean, close to amenities, recent renos, N/S, no parties, 668-6888 xt 21 Mon-Fri. days 1-BDRM APT, 20 mins south of Whitehorse, N/S, $750/mon + utils. 456-2135 after 8pm FURNISHED ROOM PC, TV/Cable, wifi internet, utilities, phone, laundry facilities/parking, close to bus, avail immed, $650/mon. 332-7054 or 667-7733 3-BDRM 2-BATH DUPLEX, Takhini, garage, N/S, N/P, $1,500/mon. + utils.  334-6510

Wanted to Rent HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE Mature, responsible person Call Suat at 668-6871

LONG-TERM HOUSESITTER available for winter months, gd w/pets & plants. No criminal record, 30 yr. Yukon resident. 335-0009 WANTED: 1-2 bdrm for family of 4 for June or earlier, prefer heat included in cost, have great references, N/S, N/P & working, respond by email LOOKING FOR studio space, recent Emily Carr graduate working in sculpture. 667-6973 WANTED: 2 or 3 bedroom apt, house or cabin north of Whitehorse or Porter Creek, long term rent, call 867-393-2111 or email: 1 TO 2 acres of farm land, need level ground for building greenhouses, David, 335-3616,

Real Estate TRAPLINE FOR sale, Dawson area, wray556@yahoo 2-STOREY 2-BDRM house, contemporary design, open concept on cul-de-sac, $275,000 as is, 10+ acres, fire-smarted around house, plenty of dry wood, 1,350 sqft, view of St. Elias Mtns, 634-2240 WATSON LAKE split level home, 2 acres, private well, 3-bdrm 2-bath, custom kitchen, heated workshop, garage and outbuildings, patio. Winter sale: $199,000 (appraised at $250,0000). Call 867-536-7757 1,400 SQ ft 2-bdrm house, Ibex Valley, 1 acre of land, 65x65 ft dog pen, 500 sq ft attached shop both wood/oil heat, owner motivated for quick sale. 335-2103 3 BDRM on large corner treed lot, 2 driveways, basement suite, close to bus stop & elementary/high schools, will sell furnished or unfurnished, 49 Redwood St. 633-6553 309-ACRE WORKING farm, hayfields, pasture, forest, long growing season, 1.6km Skeena front, 3,000 sqft rancher, outbuildings, B&B, 10 min. to Hazelton, adj. to crown land,, $850,000, 250-842-5400

Help Wanted TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/Condominium Manager ONLINE! Graduates get access to all jobs posted with us. 33 years of success! Government certified. or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456. Gold Village Chinese Restaurant Looking for experienced full-time kitchen helper and server Apply with resume to 401 Craig Street, Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0 867-993-2368 NOC: 6435 Wanted: Hotel Front Desk Clerk Full time, 40 hours per week, permanent Wage: $13.00 per hour Main Duties: Register guests, Answer Inquiries Follow Safety and Emergency Procedures Clerical duties (faxing, photocopying) Apply by email to Employer: Elite Hotel & Travel Ltd. THERE IS a CRITICAL need for Medical Transcriptionists across Canada. Work from Home. CanScribe graduates welcome and encouraged to apply. Apply through MTR at COUNSELLOR TRAINING ONLINE, Register before January 15 at, Mental Health Counsellor Certificate/Diploma, Recognized. Available: Supervision, Membership, Insurance, Employment/Placement Assistance, Client Referrals

CANADIAN LYNDEN TRANSPORT Looking for Class 1 drivers with superb experience Please e-mail resume to or Fax 867-668-3196 Phone: 668-3198 Creative Play Daycare is seeking a full-time and part-time child care worker Wage will depend upon level of ECD education Level 1 - $16.00/hr Level 2 - $18.00/hr Level 3 - $22.00/hr Downtown location Health Benefits Off the floor planning Wonderful facility with on-site playground and indoor mini gym Drop off resume to 312 Strickland Street or Phone 667-2761

Miscellaneous for Sale BETTER BID NORTH AUCTIONS Foreclosure, bankruptcy De-junking, down-sizing Estate sales. Specializing in estate clean-up & buy-outs. The best way to deal with your concerns. Free, no obligation consultation. 333-0717 We will pay CASH for anything of value Tools, electronics, gold & jewelry, cameras, furniture, antiques, artwork, chainsaws, camping & outdoor gear, hunting & fishing supplies, vehicles & ATVs. G&R Pawnbrokers 1612-D Centennial St. 393-2274 BUY • SELL • LOANS NIKON 401X Autofocus Camera for slides/prints, 90 mm Lens with Nikon adaptors, lg Lowepro Camera bag, $50, Slik tripod, $50. 660-5101 STAMPS, ALBUM of United Nations 1950s-70s, $30. 660-5101 COMMERCIAL PROPANE 48” flat top griddle, reconditioned. 333-0943 STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 DISCONNECTED PHONE? National Teleconnect Home Phone Service. No One Refused! Low Monthly Rate! Calling Features and Unlimited Long Distance Available. Call National Teleconnect Today! 1-866-443-4408. 1X6” CEDAR boards, 370 sq ft, $500. 633-4018 BATTERY CHARGER, new, 10A2A, $20, electric heater, mini-oil filled, new, $15, Brother 275 fax/phone, heat printing, no ink, $20. 335-8964 SNOWBLOWER, SEARS, 30”, 10 HP, in great shape, $800 obo. 633-2916 TEETER EP 950 Inversion table w elec massage mat, like new, paid $780, asking $400. 633-4607 CASH REGISTER, $100, 12”x18” paper cutter, like new, $35, Sylvania microwave, great shape, $30. 334-7250 FAXPHONE, BROTHER 275, heat printing, no cartridge needed, $20. 335-7535

HEATER, RADIANT, Noma, exc. cond, $50. 335-8964 YUKON PARKA w shell, full length, sz L, purple color, dry cleaned, $250. 668-7320 OLSEN FURNACE w. Beckett burner, ECM fan motor, blocked flu switch, for parts, $300. 334-3497 SHAW MULTI-SWITCH, takes 4 lines, puts out 8 lines, $50. Jesse 667-2355

Musical Instruments We will buy your musical instrument or lend you money against it. G&R Pawnbrokers 1612-D Centennial St. 393-2274 BUY • SELL • LOANS

ANTIQUE 1960'S Gerhard Heintzman upright piano, $1,800 obo. 334-3053 1967 GIBSON J50 acoustic guitar w B-Band pickup, hard shell case, fabulous sound, $1,900. 336-1412


PIANO TUNING & REPAIR by certified piano technician Call Barry Kitchen @ 633-5191

Duke’s Firewood

BOWMAN BOLTS. One box of 300 pieces.  6 inch long  by 3/8 NC grade 5.  (57 pounds) I have six boxes total, $50ea obo. 668-5207

GUITAR, GODIN 5th Ave Kindpin Sunburst Archtop electric acoustic, mint, great tone, c/w original case, $600. 667-6876

avoid the Fall rush & prices! spring Wood prices:

WOMENʼS/GIRLʼS MOUNTAIN Hardwear brown down jacket, sz. small, $50. 334-0455

DRUM KIT, bass, floor tom, snare, high hat, 2 hanging toms, 2 cymbals. 393-3929

INK CARTRIDGES, Canon, 14 units, $20. 335-8964

CASIO KEYBOARD, CTK-710 with stand, gently used, great for beginner. 633-4699

JIM ROBB prints, "Moon over the Klondike", “Caribou Crossing", Bateman print "End of Season Grizzly", prints signed by the artists & framed. 633-6553

DRUMS, BLACK 5 piece Westbury Pro-Cussion kit with drummer's stool for $275. 335-9875

PORTABLE MEDICAL oxygen unit. Comes with two tanks, valves and hoses, very clean. $250 obo. 633-3392

PORCELAIN COLLECTIBLE dolls, various prices. 667-6847

3 TON chain hoist, new, 30,000 BTU  propane forced air heater,  new. 633-6553 DAY LIGHT, safe effective bright light therapy. like new, $130. 335-8964

COFFE MACHINE, DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM 3000 B Automatic Cappuccino, precoffee directly from beans, imported, exc cond, $290. 335-8964 YUKON PARKA, womenʼs sz small, red with wolf trim, midlength, good shape, 335-0342 WOMENS TELEMARK boots, Garmont Venus size 24.5, fits womens 8-8.5, never worn or thermo-molded, great for the backcountry, $200 obo. 335-0342 FUJI S5000 digital camera, one owner, $75,, 336-1412 4-PERSON SOFT tub from Waterstone, 4 yrs. old, exc cond, no special wiring required, take home and set up in a day, 334-6724 ANTIQUE WOOD cook stove, warming oven, water jacket, ready to use, $900. 336-1412 ROYAL DOULTON "Carnation" Fine Bone China 4 dinner plates, 4 side plates, 4 salad plates, 3 teacups, 4 saucers, good cond, $75 obo. 633-4618 DENBY "MEMORIES" Stoneware, complete set for 4 dinner plates, side plates, soup bowls, cups & saucers plus 1 quiche/serving plate, oven, dishwasher, freezer safe, exc cond, $175 obo. 633-4618 BAFFIN SNOPACKS Boots, sz 12, Arctic type, new, $90. 660-5101 WOOD LATHE with bench, 3/4 hp, adjustable speed, $250. 660-5101

Electrical Appliances KENMORE DRYER, front loader, works great, $300. Also nw pump out of Kenmore washer, $40. 332-7797 KENMORE DRYER, good working cond, you pick up, Takhini Hotsprings Road, $50. 633-3608 KENMORE CERAMIC top range, convection, self-clean, delay cook, etc, top end model, works well, $300, can deliver in Whse area, 667-2276 DRYER FOR sale $150, exc cond, matching washer to give away, broken switch, unbalanced drum. 336-1864 after 5pm

TVs & Stereos Paying cash for good quality modern electronics. G&R Pawnbrokers 1612-D Centennial St. 393-2274 BUY • SELL • LOANS 32 INCH Sony Bravia Flatscreen TV, $125.00. 334-1785 BLACK 19" & gray 27" TV's, exc cond, no storage room, $20 for the 19” and $30 for the 27". 334-2888

Computers & Accessories ASUS LAPTOP Model: S400C  Windows 8 touch screen.   Asking $500. 668-4364 BROTHER MFC 290 Printer, exc cond, printer, scanner, fax, includes cords & new ink $99 obo. 633-4618

standing dry beetle Killed spruce

6 cord load $210/cord $230 for multiples of 2 cords Come cut your own at $75/cord Approx 20 cord truckload logs $2800 Approx 8 cord loads of 20ft dry logs $1300

cash and debit accepted



2 WATER pumps, 1 1/2” Homelite,  like new, and 3” Briggs and Stratton. 633-6553

DALL SHEEP full shoulder mount, Tony Grabowski, full curl 12 1/2”x35”, good quality, am moving, $1,000.00 obo. 336-1412


Yukon News

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Delivery Drivers

Part-time, Flexible hours after 4:00pm Excellent wages. Must have own vehicle.

2220 2nd Ave

Apply in person to Tony

EVF FUELWOOD ENT Year Round Delivery • Dry accurate cords • Clean shavings available • VISA/M.C. accepted Member of Yukon Wood Producers Association Costs will rise. ORDER NOW 456-7432 DONʼS FIREWOOD 20-cord bucked firewood always available No-charge emergency delivery Kwanlin Dun Wy wait? Prompt delivery $245/cord City limits No excuses 393-4397 1ST QUALITY heating wood Season-dried over 3-yrs. to be picked up on Levich Drive in Mt. Sima industrial subdivision. Complete info at 335-0100.


Finance Director THE CANDIDATE: Reporting to the Chief and Council through the Executive Director, the Director of Finance will be a key member of and support to the Selkirk First Nation (SFN) senior management team. The successful candidate will be a well-rounded and hands on accountant who is responsible for all financial activities of SFN. She/he will provide leadership, direction, training and guidance to the finance staff, overseeing and carrying out a full range of day-to-day financial activities including: overseeing the payroll, preparing budgets, managing and monitoring funding and financial agreements and reporting requirements, cash flow analysis, preparation of financial statements, month end and year end reports. The Director of Finance will develop and enhance financial controls and systems while supporting and overseeing financial administration and reporting for several. She/he will also possess the following qualifications: • an accounting designation, complimented by a minimum of five (5) years financial management or an equivalent combination of demonstrated ability and education; • Proven skills in developing, implementing and monitoring financial systems, controls, policies and best practices while ensuring compliance with all regulators and funding agencies; • Advanced proficiency in with Excel and accounting software, ideally Quickbook; • Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills combined with the ability to work • Effectively with all internal and external stakeholders including auditors, lending institutions and • Government agencies; familiarization with Selkirk First Nation Final Agreement and FTA an asset • Strong organizational and administrative skills as well as experience managing multiple projects and time sensitive deadlines; • Previous knowledge and experience working with First Nations governments and communities • (preferably within the Yukon Territory), INAC, CMHC and other government agencies is an asset; and A competitive annual salary with full benefits is offered, commensurate with qualifications / experience for this senior management position located at Pelly Crossing, Yukon Territory. If you are interested in this exciting career opportunity, please provide your resume and cover letter in complete confidence by, January 31, 2014 to: Albert Drapeau, Executive Director preferably by Email: Or by Fax: (867) 537-3902. No phone calls will be accepted. The successful candidate will be required to complete/provide: 1. 3 recent work related references; 2. The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal records check; 3. Applicants must be able to work in Canada. Applicants are requested to submit resume package consisting of a cover letter describing their qualifications and resume. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CGFJ WOODCUTTING SERVICE $250 - 16” lengths $220 - 4ʼ lengths Prompt, friendly service Dry timber, money-back guarantee 689-1727 FIREWOOD Clean, beetle-kill, dry Ready for pick-up, $210/cord or Local delivery, $250/cord 1/2 cords also available for pick-up only Career Industries @668-4360 TEN TON Firewood Services $150/cord for 10-cord load - 30ʼ lengths $200/cord - 3-cord load 11' lengths $240/cord - bucked up, discounts on multiple-cord orders Call or text David 867-332-8327

First NatioN oF Nacho Nyak DuN is currently seeking 3-4 interested individuals to serve on the

administrative appeals Working Group Please send your expression of interest and resume by 4 p.m. on January 24, 2014 to: Executive Director, Brenda Jackson Box 220 Mayo, Yukon Y0B 1M0 or email to

Employment Opportunity

Selkirk First Nation

P.O. Box 40, Pelly Crossing, YT Y0B 1P0 Phone: 867-537-3331 Fax: 867-537-3902

Fire-killed Spruce Firewood Very dry, clean burning $250/cord 16”x3-cord load Larger loads available $190/cord if you cut & haul from my yard in town 333-5174 Providing leadership through our strengths in programming, services and research, Yukon College’s main campus in Whitehorse and 12 community campuses cover the territory. A small college, YC provides a stimulating and collegial environment. We work with Yukon communities, Yukon First Nations, local governments, business and industry, to promote a community of learners within a vibrant organization. Come join us as we continue to enhance the Yukon’s capacity through education and training.

Expression of Interest for: Sessional Instructor(s)

2014-2015 Academic Year School of Academic & Skill Development (ASD) Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus Hourly Rate: $32.30 to $36.33 Competition No.: 14.06 Initial Review Date: January 31, 2014 (and ongoing as needed) ARE YOU INTERESTED IN TEACHING PART-TIME? Yukon College is looking for qualified person(s), on a casual/sessional basis or for temporary instructor substitution, to teach in the following college preparation courses: •Math 030, Math 040 •Accounting 120 •Critical Issues 040 •Success and Wellness 030 •English 040 •Computers 040 •Introduction to Keyboarding 042 For more information on these individual courses, please go to: For additional information please contact: Erica Bourdon, Chair, ASD (867) 456-8641 The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, and previous experience instructing adults in a post-secondary education environment. A combination of related education and experience will also be considered. If you have the relevant education and are interested in teaching in a postsecondary setting, please send us your resume. Go to: for more information on all job competitions. Quoting the competition number, please submit your resume and cover letter to: Yukon College, Human Resources Services, Box 2799, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4 Fax: 867-668-8896 Email:


Yukon News

Executive Director

Yukon Women in Trades and Technology (YWITT)

Closing Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2014 Hours: 37.5 hours per week (some evening and weekend hours required) Wage: $25-$30 per hour DOE Job Description/Duties: YUKON WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY (YWITT) If you are an energetic, visionary leader committed to making a real difference for Yukon women of all ages, this job is for you. As the Executive Director you will be the leader and senior manager responsible for carrying out the YWITT strategic plan. Working with governments, industry and non-government partners, you will be responsible for overseeing the funding, developing, managing and delivering of a variety of diverse training programs for adults and exciting and educational events for youth. Additional highlights of necessary knowledge, skills and abilities are: • • • • • • • • •

excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills public relations –strong networking skills proposal development financial management within a context of multiple government funding agencies flexible program planning, implementation and evaluation ability to provide hands on support to trainers in a variety of trades and technology related workshops ability to flex hours to accommodate evening and weekend programs Trades and/or Technology industry experience will be considered an asset. Applicants must have a reliable vehicle and be willing to travel to various communities within Yukon.

requirements/qualiFications: The ideal candidate will have a university degree in a relevant field and/or a minimum of five years experience in a similar work environment/capacity. You understand the responsibilities of an Executive Director reporting to the volunteer, policy-oriented Board of Directors of a non-government organization. HoW to apply: Quoting the title, please submit your resume to: YUKON WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY #191 – 108 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6C4 or Email: Phone: 867-667-4441, Fax: 867-633-5689. Contact Name: Kim Solonick WE THANK ALL THOSE WHO APPLY AND ADvISE THAT ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES INvITED FOR AN INTERvIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

EMPloYMEnt oPPoRtunitY Dakwakada Development Corporation (DDC)

Finance Manager

Currently Dakwakada Development Corporation (DDC) has an opening for a Finance / Office Manager. Reporting to the General Manager, this is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the overall success of the corporation (and its subsidiaries) by effectively managing all financial tasks along with administrative oversight. The position will also include efforts to minimize corporate risks, coordination of Board of Director meetings, provide corporate support, property management and assisting with researching and assessing business cases and emerging investment opportunities while providing recommendations to Senior Management. Qualifications: The ideal candidate should possess a university degree or college diploma in Accounting, Commerce, or Business Management/Administration and a minimum of 3- 5 years of progressive financial and office administration experience. Knowledge of the construction and manufacturing sector is considered to be an asset. Candidates should also possess advanced knowledge of all aspects of financial analysis, accounting and financial reporting. The candidate should further possess demonstrated skills in problem solving and analysis, proficiency in the use of computer programs particularly excel, relational databases, MS office. Good oral and written communication skills to be able to clearly explain financial concepts and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality as it concerns sensitive financial information are required. A valid driver’s license is required. Some travel may be required. HoW to aPPlY: Qualified candidates are invited to send their resume and cover letter by February 10, 2014 to: Human Resources at #6 – 17 Burns Road Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4Z3, fax to (867) 668-5841, or email to Preference will be shown to a qualified Champagne Aishihik First Nation Citizen. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. oRGaniZational BacKGRounD: Dakwakada Development Corporation (DDC) is a privatelyheld investment firm located in Whitehorse, Yukon. Our sole-shareholder is the Champagne and Aishihik Trust, an organization whose purpose is to hold and manage most investment and business assets of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, based in Haines Junction, Yukon. DDC has made numerous investments in the Yukon, primarily in growing sectors. Investments in construction and manufacturing sector include Castle Rock Enterprises, Kilrich Industries Limited and the RAB Energy Group/Northerm. Other investments include a variety of property holdings.

Dakwakada Development corporation #6 - 17 Burns Road, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4Z3 | p. 867-668-5831 | f. 867-668-5841

DIMOK TIMBER 6 CORD OF 22 CORD LOADS OF FIREWOOD LOGS BUNDLED SLABS YOU CUT FIREWOOD @ $105/CORD CALL 634-2311 OR EMAIL DIMOKTIMBER@GMAIL.COM FIREWOOD FOR SALE Beetle killed $3,000 per logging truck load Delivered to Whitehorse Approximately 20 cord loads Also community deliveries Call Clayton @ 867-335-0894 HURLBURT ENTERPRISES $250 per cord We have wood. You-cut, You-haul available. Discount for larger quantities. Stockpiled in Whitehorse for PROMPT Delivery Visa, M/C, Cheque, Cash Dev Hurlburt 335-5192 • 335-5193 ANDYʼS FIREWOOD SERVICE February 1st Price Drop! Limited time quantity offer Haines Junction Standing Dry Fully stacked, measured cords $220/cord - 7-cord loads $230/cord - small orders Stock up now! 667-6429

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Guns & Bows Case cutlery, high quality hand-crafted pocket and hunting knives available at G&R Pawnbrokers 1612-D Centennial St. 393-2274 BUY • SELL • LOANS BRAZILIAN MAUSER in 8mm Mauser, hand made hardwood stock, bedded and floated, recent refinish of whole rifle, $300 firm, PAL req'd, 667-2276 LEE ENFIELD No.1 Mk 3, 303 British, 10 rd mag, sporterized wood, good bore, military sights, steel scope rings, with 3-9x40mm scope mounted. PAL req'd, $350 firm. 667-2276 LEE ENFIELD No4 Mk1, 303 British, 10 rd mag, sporterized, good condition, picatinny style rail instead of rear sight, sling, $300 firm, PAL req'd, 667-2276 SAKO A7 Stainless/Syn bolt-action 308 win. Peep sight, extra mag, scope rings. $950. 334-3375 LEE ENFIELD No.4 Mk1, 303 British, 10 rd. mag, sporterized, good+ cond, T 01 scope mounted instead of rear sight, sling, $300 firm, PAL reqʼd. 667-2276 COMPOUND BOW, asking $150. 336-2607


COMMUNITY WELLNESS SOCIAL WORKER Position Type: Full-time, Term - one year Department: Health - Counselling Unit Salary: Level 6 - $66,107 to $79,329 plus benefits Closing: Jan. 23, 2014 For complete details, visit

WINCHESTER 94 30-30, $375. Marlin lever 30-30, Bollard rifling, $350, Mossberg 12-gauge, short barreled pump, like new, $350. 334-7465 CROSSBOW FOXFIRE, 125 lbs older model, c/w pouch w spare parts, $125. 334-8175 COMPOUND BOW, Hoyt 45-60 older model, good shape, $125. 334-8175 WINCHESTER 12-GAUGE, pump action, c/w folding stock, pistol grip, sling. PAL reqʼd, $175. 334-8175 LEE ENFIELD No. 4Mk2, c/w Redfield L9 scope, action glass bedded, PAL reqʼd, $350. 334-8175 BUSHNELL 15 x 60 spotting scope, older, aluminum construction, extendable light barrel, mechanical fine focus, lens cover, rarely used, $75.00. 336-1412 SAKO A7, stainless synthetic, 300 wm, bolt action, removable magazine, after market limbsaver recoil pad, rings, bases, 4 x Bushnell scope, sling swivels, $925 obo. 633-4322

Wanted WANTED: SMALL woodstove suitable for a wall tent. 633-4322 WANTED: 3” chimney and wicks for coal oil lamp. 334-6265 WANTED: USED, or deal on new, pwf pressure treated wood 2x4  2x6 or 2x8 or 8ft or longer. 668-5207 WANTED: EXTERIOR door frame and threshold  for  36 inch door (just the frame etc) 668-5207 WANTED: RELATIVELY cheap used or new flat screen TV.  333-9604 WANTED: VHS to DVD recorder. 456-4922 WANTED: OLDER snowmobiles, working, almost working, and not working. 456-4922


Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic Key Responsibilities: This position is responsible for safely completing all fleet and commercial mechanical repairs to trucks, trailers, and other equipment. Ideally you have achieved your journeyman status of the Heavy Equipment Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic or Truck & Transport Mechanic program and are able to diagnose and complete repairs on all aspects of heavy equipment. This position will also entail completion of work orders and offering direction and assistance to apprentice mechanics. Along with managing the Mechanics Shop you are responsible for scheduling of the fleet and commercial vehicles. Wage: Starting at $40.00/hr and up, based on experience Schedule: This position has a Monday thru Friday work week, with shifts from 8:00am – 5:00pm and overtime and weekends as needed. Qualifications and Skills • High School Diploma • Red-Seal Journeyman status in Heavy Equipment Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic and/or Truck & Transport Mechanic • CVIP License is an asset, or must be willing to obtain • Previous experience with repairing on-road heavy duty equipment is an asset • Strong mechanical aptitude and demonstrate the willingness to learn • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven leadership ability • Ability to triage the work in the Mechanics shop • Knowledge of the technology side of the mechanic’s job would be a huge asset as well. This is a tremendous opportunity for a dynamic, ambitious and enthusiastic individual looking for a career with a vibrant and growth oriented company. If this sounds like something that would interest you, we want to hear from you. Our preferred method of application is to email resumes to We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest in this position, however only those being considered will be contacted. Applications are being accepted until February 3rd 2014.

2012 NISSAN Versa SL, 12,000km, 6-spd manual, HID headlights, DC air intake and exhaust, winter tires/rims, summer tires/17" rims, $16,500. 335-7878 2008 KIA Magentis, fully loaded, 66,000 kms, recent appraisal $12,400, asking $10,000. 668-7090 2007 FORD ZX5 manual, 151,000 kms, sunroof, leather, touchscreen, perfect condition, 2 sets of tires/rims, great on gas, $8,500 obo, email 2007 TOYOTA Matrix, std trans, exc running cond, $7,500. 633-2740 2004 JETTA 4-dr auto, 2L, GL model, aluminum alloy rims, sunroof, Monsoon stereo, new windshield, brakes, timing chain, certified. $6,500. 660-4806 2002 CHEVY Tracker, 124,000km, 5 sp, 35 mpg, studded ice & summer tires, driving lights, $7,000. 335-3656 after 5pm 2002 C H R Y S L E R Concorde LX, 117,000kms, leather, CD, A/C, fully optioned, super clean cond, $3,800. 335-3868 2002 MUSTANG GT, 8-cyl standard, low kms, great cond, $8,500. 633-2740 2001 FORD Crown Vic, V8 auto, c/w winter tires, reliable car, $2,000 firm, call or text 867-332-7781 2000 HYUNDAI Accent 5-sp manual, 130,000 kms, $2,000 obo. 668-7190, lv msg 1998 HONDA Civic 4-dr, auto, a/c, 179,000 miles, 2 sets tires, great cond, $2,200. 334-5964 1998 MERCURY Grand Marquis, good cond, $1,800 obo. 633-5924 1997 CHEV Lumina, 117,000 kms, priced to sell, $1,000 obo. 333-9880 1997 HYUNDAI Tiburon, great car but needs transmission work, $700.00. 334-5309 1996 HONDA Accord, 5-spd manual, fuel efficient, well maintained, 2 sets of wheels. $2,100 obo. 335-7707 1982 CHRYSLER Cordova slant 6, auto, make offer. 336-1695 HHR 2006, 149,000km, 5 seats, lots of cargo space, many extras, $7,000 obo. 336-2036


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2011 DODGE Ram 2500 diesel 4X4 crew cab, 8ʼ box w/canopy & slide-out, many features, 129,000kms, $34,500. 333-0451 2008 FORD F150 4x4 quad cab 5.4 l, c/w P/S, P/L, P/W, cruise, back-up camera, tow package w/brake controller, 3-pc. Tonneau, CD, new tires, etc., 120,000 km. $17,500. 660-4806 2008 TOYOTA Tundra 4X4, 5.7L, auto, crew cab, heated seats, climate control, canopy w/slideout, CD changer, AM/FM, Bluetooth capable, 129,000 kms, $27,000. 333-0451 2007 CHEV Avalanche LT, 5.3L 4X4, 129,000kms, black, cloth seats, 17” wheels, new Cooper Discoverer AT tires, headers, exhaust, $24,000 obo. or 867-322-1049 2005 F350 diesel Lariat, 4wd, long box, fully loaded, all engine updates, exec condit, $19,000. 668-7455 2005 F350, 6” lift, 20” rims, $17,000 obo. 335-0293 2005 GMC Sierra, crew cab, leather, Bose stereo, lots of miles, regularly serviced, runs good, $6,500. 334-5739 2004 DODGE 1500 4x4 Laramie, fully loaded, c/w canopy, new tires, windshield, $12,500, call or text 867-334-2846 2003 FORD Explorer SportTrac XLT, 4x4, 4L.V6, 4-door, heated leather seats, remote start, sunroof, c/w 4 winter tires, pickup box cover & extension rack. $7,500. Call 667-6951 eves 2003 TACOMA TRD, 4 cyln, 2 wh/drv, 180,000 miles double cab, PWR, AC, new winter tires, well maintained, $7,500. 335-4436 2002 CHEVY Tracker, 124,000km, studded ice and summer tires, 5 speed, driving lights, 35 mpg, $7,000 obo. 335-4656 after 5:00pm 2002 FORD Windstar, 270,000kms, bucket middle seats, bench 3rd row, new stereo, power locks, windows, mirrors & power sliding back doors, runs great, summer/winter tires, $4,000. 334-2888 2001 DODGE Dakota Sport RT, 5.9L, auto, new tires/windshield, low kms, exc cond, $6,500. 633-2740 2001 FORD F-250 Super Duty, 225,000kms, 7.3L diesel, auto, new tires, Titan fuel tank, Detroit TrueTrac rear diff, bed liner, Tonneau cover, isspro gauges, alpine headunit, $10,500 obo. 335-7878 2000 FORD F150 XL Triton V8 4X4, new brakes master/cylinder 2012, engine replaced 2007, well maintained, $2,500 obo. 660-4567 1999 DODGE Dakota 4X4 V6 Magnum, clean, runs great, 6-CD changer, tonneau cover, class 4 hitch, $5,500 obo. 633-3881 1994 F150 2-w drive, ext cab, short box, black w/matching canopy, 302 auto, captain seats, many power options, $1,500 obo. 333-0263 1994 F250 w. canopy, 219,000kms, priced to sell, $1,000 obo. 333-9880 1994 FORD F250 Econoline van, runs, needs windshield/battery, insulated, and 1995 Ford Aerostar, runs, needs TLC & windshield. Info 333-9358 1991 GMC 1/2 ton, 6.2L diesel, air bags, needs work, make offer. 336-1695 1990 DODGE 1-ton van, V8, auto, rear cabinets c/w heater, mint cond (needs differential), near-new rubber, $1,400. 667-7777 1984 FORD F250 4x4, c/w 300-straight 6, winch, rails, perfect firewood truck, $2,500. 334-8668 CENTENNIALMOTORS.COM 867-393-8100 We are now The Yukonʼs Distributor for TRUCKBOSS. TRUCKBOSS is simply the best truck deck on the market today. TRUCKBOSS provides users unequalled quality and flexibility in hauling snowmobiles, ATV's, UTV's, and motorcycles along with industry exclusive winch loading & sealed under deck storage.

Auto Parts & Accessories 15” NOKIAN winter tires on alloy rims, 195x65R from 2001 Honda accord, 65% treadwear remaining, $1,500 new, asking $500. 335-5964


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 TRUCK CANOPIES - in stock * new Dodge long/short box * new GM long/short box * new Ford long/short box Hi-Rise & Cab Hi - several in stock View at 393-8100

Pets 2 PET carriers, small, for cat, plastic hard shell, $15 ea. 660-4806 Canines & Company Puppy & Obedience Level 1 January 7 Private Lessons Behaviour Modification FCI/WUSV/MEDE certified Bronze Master Trainer Serving the Yukon since 1992 caninesandcompany 333-0505 or 668-4368 BLUE HEELER/BEAR dog cross, good temperament, 6 months, all shots, spayed if chosen, serious inquiries only. 667-6207 8 MONTH old Chihauhau available for stud service. Purebred tea cup. Exchange for pick of the litter. Contact 393-3868 MALE POODLE X, hypoallergenic, free to good home, gentle, quiet, calm, would do well with children, likes cats. 633-4699

Motorcycles & Snowmobiles TAITʼS CUSTOM TRAILER SALES 2-3-4- place snowmobile & ATV trailers Drive on Drive off 3500 lb axles by Trailtech - SWS & Featherlight CALL ANYTIME: 334-2194 www/ 1982 YAMAHA SS440, mint, $2,000. 250-651-7773 RONʼS SMALL ENGINE SERVICES Repairs to Snowmobiles, Chainsaws, Lawnmowers, ATVʼs, Small industrial equipment. Light welding repairs available 867-332-2333 lv msg 2009 BEARCAT 570 XT Wide Track, 2up, reverse, hand warmers, elec starter, good cond, $4,950. 332-1002 2005 FIRE Cat 700 runs awsome, low kms. $3,000. 336-3922 YAMAHA SRV 500, $1,500, sled trailer, $200. 633-3086 2004 SUMMIT Highmark 800 HO, 46” track, can and pipe, $5,000. 335-0293 2001 POLARIS 800 RMK 151” track, black, low miles, exc cond, $3,500 obo. 334-4477 SNOWMOBILE SLED deck, aluminum, power tilting, LED lighting, good cond. $1,000. 333-0117 2009 M8 Arctic Cat, 153" x  2" track, Can  2" riser. 800cc, take a test ride. 334-1890 2003 RXI Yamaha 1000 turbo sled, for parts or rebuild, low miles, $1,500. 334-5739 2009 SKIDOO Summit 800 xp x package, 1,700 miles, c/w ceramic coated can, Skidoo cover, extra set of upper/lower a-arms, great shape, $7,000 obo. 333-0484 2001  POLARIS 700RMK 144"x2", windshield bag, slp air filter, cover, belt cover bag, hitch, 2,600 mi, exc cond, atac temp/altitude controller, lots of extras. $3,999 obo. 668-5644 2004 YAMAHA WR 450F, street legal, elec start, Rekluse clutch, bar riser, heat grips TrailTech Vapor digital gauge, low miles, well maintained, $4,200 obo. 633-5495 2010 VK pro 4 stroke widetrack, red, 1600 km, located in Dawson but will deliver to Whitehorse if needed, $10,000 firm, 993-6217 1996 ARCTIC Cat Bearcat 440 162" track, fan cooled, good cond, new pistons, rebuilt clutches, completely serviced, $3,200. 334-8261 PITSTER PRO X2 140cc 2011 model, some cosmetic damage but repairable, runs great, $900 obo. 335-8405 2011 YAMAHA 25hp LS 4 Stroke outboard w/ 5gal tank/stand, less than 60 hours, well maintained, yearly maintenance on lower unit oil/lube changes, quiet, easy to start, $3,950. 334-8324 MICHAEL KELLY Patriot elec guitar, set-neck construction, mahogany body/neck, flame maple top, rosewood fretboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, 24 3/4" scale, tune-o-matic bridge, MK PAF pickups, $300. 336-1412

FOUR 245 75 R16 tires, $80, two 215 75 R15 tires, $30. 333-1010

TO GIVE away, 2007 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300RZZ GSX-R Sport Bike, 100% mechanically ok,

BLACK CANOPY to fit Dodge Dakota truck, pretty new, $700. 393-2630

2 SKIDOOS, 1995 Phazer 488 and Arctic Cat F700, both in good shape, 390-2313

2010 SWT Skandic, 800 4 stroke, 8,000kms, new track, good cond, $9,000 obo. 390-2689 2009 BEARCAT XT wide track 570, 3,500kms, reverse, winch, 2-up seat, heated grips, $5,800. 335-2083 8FT LONG skimmer toboggan for snowmobile. Teflon with metal frame. Manufactured locally by Art Lock. $1,800 new, asking $1,000. 332-5364

Marine PROFESSIONAL BOAT REPAIR Fiberglass Supplies Marine Accessories FAR NORTH FIBERGLASS 49D MacDonald Rd Whitehorse, Yukon 393-2467 18ʼ SANGSTERCRAFT w trailer, $1,500, 115hp Johnson, $1,000, 125hp Merc w jet leg, $1,000, complete OMC leg V6 engine $ controls, 250-651-7773

Heavy Equipment 2001 CHAMPION 740G grader, 5 winter tires, extra cutting edges, Sam at 332-7020 for info D-8K STRAIGHT blade, double hydraulic tilts, new corner bits & cutting edges (still in pkg, never installed), $5,000. 667-7777 GOLD SHAKER sluice box, spray bar, on metal skids, $5,000, for info call 867-536-7610

Campers & Trailers TAITʼS TRAILERS Quality new and used Horse * Cargo * Equipment trailers For sale or rent Call Anytime 334-2194 Southern prices delivered to the Yukon TRAILER 5ʼX10ʼ, HD construction, 3 new tires, stake pockets, 2 toys or firewood, 5km on new trailer, $700 obo, 456-4137 after 4pm

Coming Events ATLIN GUEST HOUSE Deluxe Lakeview Suites Sauna, Hot Tub, BBQ, Internet, Satellite TV Kayak Rentals In House Art Gallery 1-800-651-8882 Email: ATLIN - GLACIER VIEW CABINS “your quiet get away” Cozy self contained log cabins canoes, kayaks for rent Fax/Phone 250-651-7691 e-mail sidkatours@ THE ALZHEIMER/DEMENTIA Family Caregiver Support Group meets monthly. Group for family/friends caring for someone with Dementia. Info call Cathy 633-7337 or Joanne 668-7713 HOSPICE YUKON: Free, confidential services offering compassionate support to those facing advanced illness, death and bereavement. Visit our lending library @ 409 Jarvis, M-F 11:30-3:00,, 667-7429 CRESTVIEW CROSS-COUNTRY ski group meets Sundays, 11am, at 222 Squanga Ave, to ski Pine Forest Loop, 2 to 3 hours, free CHILKOOT TRAIL/LOG Cabin: Non-Motorized Weekend, Jan 17-19. Other weekends & weekdays, Multi-Use. For more info: 867-667-3910 HORAIRE PISTE Chilkoot/Log Cabin: Multi-usage sauf du 17 au 19 janvier : fin de semaine réservée aux activités non motorisées. 867-667-3910 MENTAL HEALTH Caregivers Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m., #4 Hospital Rd., main floor resource room, in Whitehorse.  667-8346 THE YUKON Orienteering Association AGM will be held Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sport Yukon boardroom. Members are welcome. YUKON WIG Bank lends wigs, hats, head coverings to cancer patients for free. Email to make an appointment or for more info LDAY SNOWSHOE Loppet: Saturday, February 1st at Mt. Mac, 2.5 and 5 km routes. Hot lunch, prizes and silent auction. $20 adults/$10 children/$40 families. for details QUEER YUKON: upcoming socials events for the LGBT and allies community at Bowling night, Rendezvous Drag Dance, Film Fests and more!

FALUN GONG, an advanced practice of Buddha school self-cultivation. Fa study Monday, Wednesday, Friday at Wood Street Annex from 6 p.m. No charge. For an introduction to the practice call 633-6157 YUKON SCHUTZHUND Association AGM, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Whitehorse Public Library meeting room. Dog training enthusiasts invited.

WEEKLY DROP-IN Recovery Group meetings, Wednesdays: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Alcohol and Drug Services. Call 667-5777 for more information PEER FACILITATED Support Group for people with a diagnosis of cancer. First Monday of each month, Copper Ridge Place, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Next meeting February 3, 2014. Info:

Taku River Tlingit First Nation


Chief Administration Officer Regular Full Time • $80,000 to 90,000 Salary • TRTFN wage scale dependent upon experience, knowledge and suitability.

The CAO reports directly to the Spokesperson. This management position will be responsible for ensuring that government services are in place and working effectively, ensures that policies are developed, updated and complied with by all managers and staff of TRTFN. This position also directs the activities of the Administration department, including planning and evaluation in the areas of administration, human resource management, organizational analysis; development of budget, staffing activities. The CAO will be working closely with the Finance Department, a firm grasp of accounting is recommended. To obtain a job description, contact: Vickie Cowan, Assistant to the Spokesperson at (250)651-7904. To submit a cover letter and resume, Fax: (250)651-7908 Email: or mail to TRTFN • Box 132 • Atlin BC • V0W 1A0. Closing date: January 24th, 2014

We thank all those who apply but only those who are being considered will be contacted.

ACTIVE IN YOUR COMMUNITY Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Please check to find more volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer for:

Available Light Film Festival Task description: Yukon Film Society is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Available Light Film Festival taking place February 2-9, 2014. We need some enthusiastic volunteers to help with tabling at Yukon Arts Centre, setting up, and chauffeuring industry guests around town. Skills needed: Class 5 driver’s license or excellent people skills Responsibilities: Driving the YFS van rental to drop off and pick up guests, help at the information-membership table, help set up tables and posters Time commitment: min 2 hours Incentive for the volunteer (training opportunity, free ticket for event, etc.): Mingle with industry professionals and receive free tickets to screenings Staff position that will supervise the volunteer (who s/he will report to): Zoë Toupin, Zoë Toupin General Manager

Volunteers Wanted:

Battle of the Bands Event, January 31, 2014 Security, Ticket Sales, Set-up / tear-down, coat checker, Food & Beverage Sales BYTE and Frostbite Music Festival need volunteers to help out on the night of Battle of the Bands on January 31st, 2014. Volunteers should plan to arrive at the event between 6 and 6:30 and to stay until late. You’ll get to assist with event logistics, spend time with the BYTE Team, meet Battle of the Bands competitors, judges, and sponsors, and get free food and refreshments. Contact or call 667-7975 if you are interested! Volunteer Office Cleaner BYTE is looking for a volunteer willing to come to our office to help clean for an hour per week. Tasks include vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, cleaning the kitchen, watering the plants, and helping with garbage and recycling. Contact or call 667-7975 if you are interested! You work for a non-profit organization and you would like to add your volunteer opportunities? Please click on


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Pet Report

Pet of the Week!


Hours of operation for tHe sHelter: Tues - Fri: 12:00pm-7:00pm • Sat 10:00am-6:00pm CloSed Sundays & Mondays

633-6019 WeDneSDaY, JanuarY 22

Help control the pet overpopulation problem


have your pets spayed or neutered. For inFormation call


• riverview Hotel area, brown, small male puppy, wearing a red collar, short legs and a long torso. if found please contact Florence @ 668-2237 or 332-8082 or 867-969-2117 (07/01/14) • mcintyre area, 10yrs old, black with white on chest and white toes, male, wearing camo collar with city tags. if found contact Jarmah @ 335-4802

• mount mcintyre little corgiX, big ears and black, answers to Blue, no collar. if found contact Gary @ 3343313. ( 08/01/14) • mile 2 mayo HWY, female,7yr old retriever missing right hind leg, no collar or tags, wearing a blue scarf. if found contact 334-2799 (11/01/14)


• none at this time.


633-6019 126 Tlingit Street

Hey hey hey! I’m Bianca! I’m a well behaved young lady who just loves to cuddle up to whoever is closest. I’m super excited to be out of isolation, now I have a couple friends to play with! Come on by and say hi soon!



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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if you have lost a pet, remember to check with city Bylaw: 668-8382



• 5 year old, spayed female, lab/Pit Bull X, black (Gaia) • 1 yr old, male, black, husky/ lab X (monkey)

• 3 yr old, female spayed, beardogx GSD, black and tan (Holly)


• 11 month old, neutered male, DlH, grey (Deegan)


• 2 week old, female, husky X, blonde (Bianca) • 1 yr old, neutered male, labx GSD, black and tan ( rider) • 5 yr old, neutered male, labx collie, black (arlo) • 1 yr old, neutered male, Pekingese, white and brown (christmas) • 8 wks old, female, alaska malamute/ husky, tan and black (Dasher) • 8wks old, female, alaska malamute / husky, tan and black (Donner) • 2 yr old, neutered male, black and white, husky X (D.o.G)

• 1 yr old, female, blonde, husky/ lab X (lucky) • 5 months old, male, husky, white (cupid) • 3yr old, neutered male, akita, grey and white (a.J.)


• 2yr old, DSH, grey and white, neutered male (Sappy) • 6 months old,DSH, grey and white, neutered male (moss) • 2 yr old, DSH, white and black, neutered male (tom)


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• Homes needed for retired sled dogs. they would make excellent pets. Please contact 668-3647 or if your lost animal has been inadvertently left off the pet report or for more info on any of these animals, call 633-6019 or stop by 126 Tlingit Street.

Pets will be posted on the Pet report for two weeks. Please let us know after that time if you need them re-posted.

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SEEKING SAFETY Group, for women dealing with trauma and addiction. Call Alcohol and Drug Services at 667-5777 for more information YUKON WIG Bank provides wigs, free of charge, to individuals suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. For more information contact: PEER FACILITATED Support Group for people with a diagnosis of cancer. First Monday of each month, Copper Ridge Place, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Next meeting February 3, 2014. Info: PORTER CREEK Community Association meeting Monday, February 3rd, 5:15 pm at the Guild Hall. More information 633-4829. Everyone Welcome. Come show your support ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Association general sharing meeting. All welcome! Thursday January 30, Whitehorse Public Library meeting room 3:45 pm. Find out/tell us about EE in Yukon QUALITY ASSURANCE Course for Health Canada's COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM. February 22 & 23 Best Western Hotel, Kelowna, BC. Tickets: or 1-855-860-8611 or 250-870-1882 COME EXPERIENCE an Aurora workshop on Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:15am4:15pm, Whitehorse Public Library. Learn new strategies that enhance your day-to-day learning YUKON GIRL Guides celebrate 100 years of Guiding history. Exhibit opens Sat Feb 1 at 2:00pm, MacBribe Museum.  Reception open to public.  There will be cookies! Phone 667-2709 or 667-2455 A DAY of Quiet Retreat at Hospice Yukon, Sunday, February 2. Remember your loved one with writing, painting, collage or simple reflection. 667-7429 TOO MUCH Guitar Quartet w/ Oliver Gannon & Bill Coon. Sun, Jan 26, 7:30 pm cabaret. Arts Centre. Tix YAC Box Office, Arts Underground or door RIVERDALE COMMUNITY Association, Trails Meeting Wednesday January 22nd at 7:00 pm at Mad Trapper Alleys. Proposals before City Council will be presented. Q&A session

YUKON CIRCLE of Change AGM Thursday February 6, 7:30, Whitehorse Library. Get involved in creating positive change in our community.

Services - INSULATION Upgrade your insulation & reduce your heating bills

SHARPENING SERVICES. For all your sharpening needs - quality sharpening, fair price & good service. At corner of 6th & Strickland. 667-2988 BACKHAULS, WHITEHORSE to Alberta. Vehicles, Furniture, Personal effects etc. Daily departures, safe secure dependable transportation at affordable rates. Please call Pacific Northwest Freight Systems @ 667-2050 MC RENOVATION Construction & Renovations Laminated floor, siding, decks, tiles Kitchen, Bathroom, Doors, Windows Framing, Board, Drywall, Painting Drop Ceiling, Fences No job too small Free estimates Michael 336-0468 THOMAS FINE CARPENTRY • construction • renovation • finishing • cabinets • tiling • flooring • repairs • specialty woodwork • custom kitchens 867-633-3878 or cell 867-332-5531 NORTHRIDGE BOBCAT SERVICES • Snow Plowing • Site Prep & Backfills • Driveways • Post Hole Augering • Light Land Clearing • General Bobcat Work Fast, Friendly Service 867-335-1106

YUKON SCIENCE Institute presents The Germ Code, Building a Better Relationship with Germs with Jason Tetro, Sunday, January 26, 7:30pm, Beringia Centre, Whitehorse. Free DANCE PARTY! Put on your summer clothes and make the snow melt! Jan. 30, 10pm, Yukon Arts Centre Lobby, 393-2676,, facebook/

IF YOU own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It's That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1-800-587-2161. GET RESULTS! Post a classified in 125 newspapers in just a few clicks. Reach more than 2 million people for only $395 a week for 25-word text ad or $995 for small display ad. Choose your province or all across Canada. Best value. Save over 85% compared to booking individually. or 1-866-669-9222. TITAN DRYWALL Taping & Textured Ceilings 27 years experience Residential or Commercial No job too small Call Dave 336-3865

Snow Removal (867) 336-3570

Parking Lots, Sidewalks, Rooftops and Sanding


TO MOUNT Lorne residents against subdivision of lots, an information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:00pm at Mount Lorne Community Centre

GWAANDAK AND YAC present public reading of Paradise by Patti Flather, Feb. 4th, 6;30pm, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Artist Studio, admission by donation, limited space, RSVP at 393-2676 or marketing@gwaandaktheatre

PASCAL PAINTING CONTRACTOR PASCAL AND REGINE Residential - Commercial Ceilings, Walls Textures, Floors Spray work Excellent quality workmanship Free estimates 633-6368

Commercial & Residential

LORNE MOUNTAIN Centre Skate-A-Thon, February 16th 2:00pm. Join us for fundraising activity for the whole family, pledge forms, info on great prizes,

SALSA YUKON January Fiesta. Come dance to Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more, January 25th 8:30pm-12am, Antoinette's restaurant, 4021-4th Ave, for info

LOG CABINS: Professional Scribe Fit log buildings at affordable rates. Contact: PF Watson, Box 40187, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 6M9 668-3632

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MT LORNE Classic Ski Race 2014, Feb 22nd noon, info and registration @

ROTARY MUSIC Festival online registration is open until February 1st. Regulations & Syllabus document available online, For info: 393-2389 or

IBEX BOBCAT SERVICES “Country Residential Snow Plowing” •Post hole augering •Light landscaping •Preps & Backfills Honest & Prompt Service Amy Iles Call 667-4981 or 334-6369

BUSY BEAVERS Painting, Pruning Hauling, Snow Shovelling and General Labour Call Francois & Katherine 456-4755

YUKON LIBERAL Party Leadership. Per YLP constitution 29A, this is notice of a leadership convention to be held March 1, 2014. See for details

LORNE MOUNTAIN Centre February 8th Coffeehouse, Two Piano Tornado with Annie Avery, Grant Simpson, doors open 7pm, tickets $18, info

S.V.P. CARPENTRY Journey Woman Carpenter Interior/Exterior Finishing/Framing Small & Medium Jobs “Make it work and look good.” Call Susana (867) 335-5957

Energy North Construction Inc. (1994) for all your insulation & coating needs Cellulose & polyurethane spray foam Free estimate: 667-7414

HABITAT YUKON is holding 2 public information sessions, Whitehorse Public Library, Jan. 23, 6:00pm, and January 26, 10:00am. Applications for a habitat home can only be obtained at these presentations

LORNE MOUNTAIN Centre, Foodie Club meeting February 10th 7:00pm. Discover East India cuisine. Register 667-7083,  more info

LOG CABINS & LOG HOMES Quality custom craftsmanship Using only standing dead local timber For free estimate & consultation contact: Eldorado Log Builders Inc. phone: 867.393.2452 website:

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Has your life been affected by someone’s drinking ???

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7:00 pm Lutheran Church Basement Beginners Mtg ( 4th & Strickland ) 8:00 pm Lutheran Church Basment Regular Mtg ( 4th & Strickland )

CITYLIGHT RENOS Flooring, tiling, custom closets Painting & trim, kitchens & bathrooms Fences & gates Landscaping & gardening Quality work at reasonable rates Free estimates Sean 867-332-1659 SUBARU GURU Fix•Buy•Sell Used Subarus 30 year Journeyman Mechanic Towing available Mario 333-4585 ELECTRICIAN FOR all your jobs Large or small Licensed Electrician Call MACK N MACK ELECTRIC for a competitive quote! 867-332-7879


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Action Circle. Letter writing to protect and promote human rights worldwide.  Tuesday, January 28, upstairs of Whitehorse United Church 7:00pm-9:00pm,, or call 667-2389


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Anonymous MEETINGS:

Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm #2 - 407 Ogilvie St. <BYTE> Fridays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 4071 - 4th Ave. <Many Rivers>

SNOW CLEARING No job too big or too small Skid Steer & Trailer Call Lawrence at 335-3390


MONDAY: 12 noon Joy of Living (OM, NS) Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. 8:00 pm New Beginnings Group (OM,NS) Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. TUESDAY: 12 noon Joy of Living (OM, NS) Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. 7:00 pm Juste Pour Aujourd’hui 4141B - 4th Avenue. 8:00 pm Ugly Duckling Group (CM, NS) Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. WEDNESDAY: 12 noon Joy of Living (OM, NS) Maryhouse, 504 Cook St.. 8:00 pm Porter Crk Step Meeting (CM) Our Lady of Victory, 1607 Birch St. 8:00 pm No Puffin (CM,NS) Big Book Study Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. THURSDAY: 12 noon Joy of Living (OM, NS) Grapevine Discussion Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. 6:00 pm Young People’s Meeting BYTE Office, 2-407 Ogilvie Street 7:30 pm Polar Group (OM) Seventh Day Adventist Church 1609 Birch Street (Porter Creek) FRIDAY: 12 noon Joy of Living (OM, NS) Big Book Discussion Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. 1:30 pm #4 Hospital Rd. (Resource Room) 8:00 pm Whitehorse Group (CM, NS) Maryhouse, 504 Cook St. SATURDAY: 1:00 pm Sunshine Group (OM, NS) DETOX Building, 6118-6th Ave. 2:30 pm Women’s Meeting (OM) Whitehorse General Hospital (room across from Emergency) 7:00 pm Hospital Boardroom (OM, NS) SUNDAY: 1:00 pm Sunshine Group (OM, NS) DETOX Building, 6118-6th Ave. 7:00 pm Marble Group Hospital Boardroom (OM, NS)

NS - No Smoking OM - open mixed, includes anyone CM - closed mixed, includes anyone with a desire to stop drinking

AA 867-668-5878 24 HRS A DAY

Snowblower and Shovelling Driveways, sidewalks, and Low sloped roofs Put me to work! Good rates. Call Dave at 333-9084 DROWNING IN DEBT? Cut debts more than 60% & DEBT FREE in half the time! AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free Consultation. or Toll Free 1-877-556-3500 BBB Rated A+ Budo-Taijutsu-Ninjutsu Private, semi-private & group classes Esoteric lessons for the modern warrior More than self defence, This is a lifeʼs journey Sensei Jason Wyatt, Moku Senshi 334-3480

Lost & Found LOST: DEC. 24, Pilot Mtn area, husky mix female, brown/reddish color, wearing green or red collar, shy, lives in Ibex Valley, name is Red. 668-3469


Beaver Creek Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre

Carcross Y.T. Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Library Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre Carmacks Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre

Dawson City Y.T.

Thursday - 8:00 p.m. New Beginners Group Richard Martin Chapel Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre Saturday 7:00 p.m. Community Support Centre 1233 2nd Ave.

Destruction Bay Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre

Faro Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre Haines Junction Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre

Mayo Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre Old Crow Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre

Pelly Crossing Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre

Ross River Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre

Tagish Y.T. Monday 7:30pm Lightwalkers Group Bishop’s Cabin, end of road along California Beach Telegraph Creek B.C. Tuesday - 8:00 p.m. Soaring Eagles Sewing Centre

Teslin Y.T. Wednesday - 7:00pm Wellness Centre #4 McLeary Friday - 1:30p.m. Health Centre Watson Lake Y.T. Friday - 1:30 p.m. Health Centre


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LOST: DENIM fur-lined vest on Main St. Jan. 14, would really appreciate it being returned, no questions asked. 667-6699 LOST: SKIDOO "mud" flap between Porter Creek/dump/Haeckel Hill area. Need it back. 633-5495 LOST ON Jan 10, 2 right hand cowling pieces, one yellow and one black. from a skidoo somewhere between Watson Lake and Johnson Crossing, Contact 334-9244

Business Opportunities GET FREE VENDING MACHINES Can Earn $100,000.00 + Per Year. All Cash-Retire in Just 3 Years. Protected Territories. Full Details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629. Website WWW.TCVEND.COM. LEARN FROM HOME. EARN FROM HOME. Huge is a demand for Medical Transcriptionists. Start your online learning today with CanScribe Career College. 1.800.466.1535

Looking for New Business / Clients? Advertise in The Yukon News Classifieds!

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT for free! Gym pull-up/dip frame, Bowflex Extreme, approx 10 yrs old, needs new rods (cost of $230). 393-3638


WESLO 9 speed treadmill spacesaver, paid $500, sell for $225. 393-4403

Book Your Ad Today! T: 667-6285 • F: 668-3755 E:

Good Night!

401 Main Street Apply to Kayle Tel: 668-7644 Fax: 668-5822 Email:

of Dawson City, Yukon, Deceased, who died on November 4, 2013, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor at the address shown below, before the 7th day of February 2014, after which date the Executor will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which they have notice. AND FURTHER, all persons who are indebted to the Estate are required to make payment to the Estate at the address below. BY Cheryle R. Wilson c/o Lackowicz & Hoffman Suite 300, 204 Black Street Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2M9 Tel: (867) 668-5252 Fax: (867) 668-5251

OZONE 11M Frenzy Snow Kite, 2012 model, as new, flown 3 times, new $1,600, asking $1,300 obo. 660-4711

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of

GERALD BRIAN TONER, of Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Deceased, who died on Oct. 28, 2013, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Administrator at the address shown below, before the 19th day of February, 2014, after which date the Administrator will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which they have notice.

AND FURTHER, all persons who are indebted to the Estate are required to make payment to the Estate at the address below. BY: Sandra Ellis, Proposed Administrator c/o Lackowicz & Hoffman Suite 300, 204 Black Street Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2M9 Tel: (867) 668-5252 Fax: (867) 668-5251

Public Notice Pursuant to Section 7(b) of the Subdivision Regulations made pursuant to the Subdivision Act, the Yukon government gives notice of the following subdivision application: File No. 2020-60- CX31: Co-owners Chris & Kelly Milner, Thane Phillips & Keri Rutherford have made application to subdivide Lot 1024A, Quad 105 D/2, Plan 99-0189 to create three residential lots, Carcross. Comments on this application will be accepted until February 28, 2014. For further information or to comment on this application please contact the EMR Land Planning Branch at 667-8877 or call toll-free 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8877.

STEP CLIMBER, good cond but electronic counter doesnʼt work well, $20 obo. 633-4618 FREESPIRIT ELECTRIC exercise cycle, programmable, exc cond, c/w manual $75 obo. 633-4618

Livestock QUALITY YUKON MEAT Dev & Louise Hurlburt Grain-finished Hereford beef Domestic wild boar Order now for full delivery Payment plan available Samples on request 668-7218 335-5192 HORSE HAVEN HAY RANCH Dev & Louise Hurlburt Irrigated Timothy/Brome mix Small square & round bales Discounts for field pick up or delivery Straw bales also for sale 335-5192 • 668-7218 Fresh free run farm eggs for sale. $6.00 / dozen Phone 633-4249


Town and Mountain Hotel

Clayton Robert Wilson,

FREESPIRIT FOLDING treadmill, 12 mph, 10 degree incline, 11 programs, heart monitor, 20" by 55" running track, great cond, c/w manual, can deliver within Whitehorse area, 633-3824

Wind up your day with everything you need.

Kitchen or Restaurant for Lease

NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of

Sports Equipment

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High Paid Consulting & Information Product Blueprint Earn $2,500-$8,000 per sale. Call Now To Apply. 24 Hour Free Recorded Message:  1-800-846-9070 ext. 465


Worldwide travel company seeks distributors. We are well established in the luxury travel industry. Full training and support is provided. Very lucrative compensation plan. Ph: 633- 5756 or

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PUbLIc TENDER REPAIRS AND UPGRADES YUKON HOUSING UNIT 130102 - 716A LIARD WATSON LAKE, YUKON Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is January 30, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. If documents are available they may be obtained from Yukon Housing Corporation, 410 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, Yukon. Technical questions may be directed to Laura Vanderkley at 867-667-8114. Site Visit January 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

public Tender dieT AnAlYSiS OF YuKOn WildliFe ScAT SAMpleS And relATed FOrAGe

REqUEST FOR PROPOSALS EVALUATION OF THE SOCIAL HOUSING PROGRAM YUKON HOUSING CORPORATION Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is January 28, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. If documents are available they may be obtained from Yukon Housing Corporation, 410 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, Yukon. Technical questions may be directed to Don Routledge at 867-667-8086. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

HAY FOR SALE Good variety of excellent quality hay 1st cut alfalfa/timothy mix (65/35%) 60-65 lb, $14.50 2nd cut alfalfa/timothy mix (90/10%) $15 Brome/timothy/orchard grass mix $14.50 Plus we have our own brome hay, $12 for 50-55 lb Oat straw bales $7 Nielsen Farms - Maureen at 333-0615 or email:

Baby & Child Items CHILDRENʼS CLOTHING in excellent condition, given freely the first & third Saturday monthly at the Church of the Nazarene, 2111 Centennial. 633-4903 BABY CAR seat, newborn-12 mo, $40, auto baby swing, $50, 2-pc infant snowsuit, new, 1-pc infant snowsuit, new, all in good cond, 334-7061 for details 3-WHEEL SCHWINN jogging stroller, good cond, $100. 667-7061

Childcare LOLAʼS DAYHOME Located downtown Has spaces available for children 6 months & up ECE with more than 12 years of experience Fully licensed Call 668-5185 days or 667-7840 evenings

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of

Nicole Evelyn Marie Wynnyk, of Marsh Lake, Yukon

Territory, Deceased, who died on November 2, 2013, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor at the address shown below, before the 14th day of February, 2014, after which date the Executor will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which they have notice. AND FURTHER, all persons who are indebted to the Estate are required to make payment to the Estate at the address below. BY: Mary Bracken c/o Lackowicz & Hoffman Suite 300, 204 Black Street Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2M9 Tel: (867) 668-5252 Fax: (867) 668-5251





project description: Environment Yukon requires diet-related analyses with scats and relevant forage for different wildlife species from the Yukon. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to ramona Maraj at (867) 393-7423. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 7, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Rob Johnstone at (867) 667-8450. Site Visit: January 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Jenny Richards at (867) 393-6387. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. This tender is subject to Chapter Five of the Agreement on Internal Trade. View or download documents at:


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public Tender HeMATOlOGY AnAlYSiS OF cArniVOre SAMpleS project description: Environment Yukon requires hematology analysis of carnivore samples. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to ramona Maraj at (867) 393-7423. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

TWO OFFICE chairs, adjustable height, exc cond, $50 & $25. 334-7250

Furniture RESIN SHELF, 36”, new, $12. 335-8964

LARGE WOOD office desk and matching credenza, two large metal filing cabinets. 633-6553

CREAM-COLOR OVERSTUFFED couch, in great shape, $150, 633-4707


TV/ENTERTAINMENT STAND, black, holds 32” TV, 3 large shelves/storage on both sides, $25 obo. 456-7880

ARE YOU MÉTIS? Are you registered? Would you like to be involved? There is a Yukon Metis Nation that needs your support Contact 668-6845

2 CDN. Tire Jobmate work benchs, $40 ea, computer desk, exc cond, 24”x50”, $25, book shelf 28”x48”, like new, $15. 334-7250

public Tender iSOTOpe AnAlYSiS (cArbOn, niTrOGen, SulpHur) OF cArniVOre SAMpleS project description: Environment Yukon requires analysis of carnivore samples for carbon, nitrogen and sulphur isotopes. The lab must also complete isotope analysis on plant material and tissue samples. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to ramona Maraj at (867) 393-7423. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:


DRUG PROBLEM? Narcotics Anonymous meetings Wed. 7pm-8pm #2 - 407 Ogilvie St. BYTE Office FRI. 7pm-8:30pm 4071 - 4th Ave Many Rivers Office







Project Description: Environment Yukon requires quantitative fatty acid signature analysis of carnivore samples to assess diet. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Ramona Maraj at (867) 393-7423. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 13, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Jenny Richards at (867) 393-6387. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. This tender is subject to Chapter Five of the Agreement on Internal Trade. View or download documents at:

Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Jenny Richards at (867) 393-6387. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. This tender is subject to Chapter Five of the Agreement on Internal Trade. View or download documents at:

PUBLIC TENDER CONTROLS UPGRADE BERINGIA INTERPRETIVE CENTRE - BLDG.#1329 WHITEHORSE, YUKON Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 4, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 6675385. Technical questions may be directed to Rob Kelly at 667-8980. Mandatory Site Visit: January 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. The Yukon Business Incentive Policy will apply to this project. View or download documents at:

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Puzzle Page Answer Guide


Environment Environment

CITIZENS ON PATROL. Do you have concerns in your neighborhood & community? Be part of the solution! Volunteer valuable time to the C.O.P.S. program. With your eyes & ears we can help stomp out crime. Info: RCMP 867-667-5555

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Project Description: Hauling waste metal and other materials out of Old Crow via the ice road as well as the transportation of goods into Old Crow. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 3, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Dwayne Muckosky at (867) 456-6191. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Project Description: Environment Yukon requires stress hormone analysis of carnivore samples for cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, and estradiol. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Ramona Maraj at (867) 393-7423. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

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GENETIC ANALYSIS OF CARNIVORE SAMPLES Project Description: Environment Yukon requires analysis of carnivore samples including species identification, gender identification, individual identification, and parentage analysis. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is February 11, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Ramona Maraj at (867) 393-7423. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. This tender is subject to Chapter Five of the Agreement on Internal Trade. View or download documents at:




Word Scramble A: Unbrella B: Interior C: Harmony


MAY-MAY'S FAMILY Day Home in Cowley Creek has two (18 months & up) spaces available M-F 7:30-3:30pm. Hot meals and diapers included. Day Home is closed on all school holidays (Christmas/Spring breaks & summers from July to mid-August) Please call Mary @ 668-3348 for more info


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