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Porter Creek Secondary School student Isaiah Schab does push-ups using gymnast’s rings while classmates Logan O’Shea, Trygg Jensen and Esa Suominen watch during a LEAD class at the Polarettes Gymnastics Club on Thursday. The new program for Grade 10 and 11 students focuses on leadership, wellness and active living.

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mployment insurance benefits will be cut in all three territorial capitals this autumn, following an announcement this week in Whitehorse by Jason Kenney, the federal minister of employment and social development. Residents in Whitehorse, Iqaluit and Yellowknife will have to work 700 hours in the previous 52 weeks to collect employment insurance. That’s up from 420. They will also collect benefits for a maximum of 36 weeks, instead

of 45. The federal government is also going to divide each territory into two EI regions – the capital and the rest of the territory – to reflect that it is easier to find a job in Whitehorse than in rural Yukon. The move takes effect in October. The government says the changes will better reflect the economy in the North. “Across Canada, regional unemployment rates determine how much, and for how long, a person receives EI,” Kenney’s department said in a statement. “However, since the 1970s, the

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Environment Yukon has issued a warning after a child was approached by three coyotes yesterday afternoon in Porter Creek. Residents are being advised “that there are coyotes in the area that may pose a risk to humans,” the statement says. The child was approached yesterday afternoon on Grove Street. “The child was not harmed and the coyotes were scared away by a parent,” the department says. Conservation Officers are investigating the incident. “The public is reminded to be aware of coyotes when out walking or using trails in the Whitehorse area. Keep dogs on leash and manage household attractants by securing garbage and compost against scavengers.” About an hour earlier, an advisory was issued after a moose was spotted along the Yukon River, by the Millennium Trail between Spook Creek Station and Shipyards Park. “Moose require lots of space and can become aggressive if they feel threatened. People should keep their distance and enjoy these animals from afar,” the release says. “Conservation officers also remind residents to keep dogs on

a leash when near wildlife. Don’t allow dogs to roam free or chase wildlife in the bush.” In both cases the public is being reminded to report any unusual animal sightings to the TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525. (Ashley Joannou)

Police recover body of missing boater

unemployment rate used for EI in the territories has been arbitrarily fixed at 25 percent. This outdated policy does not reflect the true state of the economy in the North.” Ottawa will instead use the actual unemployment rate in the territories for calculating benefits under the EI program, as is the case in the rest of the country. Statistics Canada puts the unemployment rate in the Yukon at 6.3 per cent for January 2014. Whitehorse’s unemployment rate is currently estimated to be 5 per cent. Contact Ashley Joannou at

weeks but were not able to find him. RCMP now say he was found in the water near where he was last seen. His name is not being released at the family’s request. (Ashley Joannou)

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Police are asking for the public’s help in investigating a hit-andrun this week in Whitehorse. The crash happened WednesThe body of a boater, missing day night around 9 p.m. at the since July 2013, was recovered intersection of Fourth Avenue this week from Teslin Lake. and Main Street. Using a remote underwater RCMP say a truck collided vehicle and sonar, police were with a car and then left the area. able to find the man’s body on Witnesses described the truck Tuesday at a depth of about 44 as either a Ford or Chevy crew metres. The 39-year-old Calgary man cab, white or gray in colour. According to police, the driver went missing on July 16, 2013. of the car received minor injuries He was boating with his wife and was treated on the scene. when they encountered high His passenger, a 16-year-old, winds and waves. was taken by ambulance to The couple was attempting to Whitehorse General Hospital, return to Teslin that night when their boat was swamped and they treated for minor injuries and later released. both ended up in the water. After a search police were unThe 24-year-old woman was able to locate the second vehicle. able to swim to shore using a Anyone who witnessed the personal flotation device. crash or has information about She hiked for two hours before finding a cabin and calling the vehicle is asked to call the RCMP at 667-5551. police. Police searched for several (Ashley Joannou)


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First Yukon premier remembered as political pioneer Jacqueline Ronson News Reporter


ukon’s first premier has died. Chris Pearson, 82, will be remembered as a pioneer of Yukon politics and a mentor to many. Originally from Alberta, Pearson moved to Yukon in 1957, where he worked for the government and dedicated himself to volunteer work with the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce as well as various boards and sports organizations. He was elected in 1978 as Yukon’s majority leader with the Yukon Territorial Progressive Conservative Party. But at the time ultimate power lay not with the elected territorial officials but with a federally appointed commissioner. In 1979, Pearson famously asked then Indian Affairs Minister Jake Epp to implement responsible government, meaning a fully elected executive committee responsible for all aspects of the administration. The resulting letter penned to Commissioner Ione Christensen, the Epp Letter, changed the face of Yukon politics forever. It also allowed Pearson to assume the title of premier, the first to do so in Yukon’s history. “He was really a pioneer for Yukon in terms of getting us to evolve from where we were as a sort of colony, as a territory of the federal government, and got us on the path towards really the success that we have today,” said Premier Darrell Pasloski in an interview this week. Christensen remembers Pearson coming to her when she was the mayor of Whitehorse, looking for advice as to whether or not he should get involved in politics, she said. “I thought it was a good idea, because he was very involved in community things.” The advice must have been

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Yukon’s first premier, Chris Pearson, seen here in 1982, died on Feb. 14. He was 82.

good, as many now remember Pearson as a great political teacher. Jim Smith, who served as commissioner from 1966 to

1976, said that he learned much about bureaucracy from Pearson. “He became my mentor on the movement of paperwork

and the function of government and how the thing operated. And he carried on in that capacity for a long time, and it was very helpful to me.”

David Morrison, president of Yukon Energy, credits both Pearson and Smith for being mentors to a young generation of Yukoners, which included himself. Morrison started working for Pearson at about age 20, when Pearson was a secretary to the legislature, he said. “There was a number of us, all young Yukon kids, who had finished high school and were in the middle of our university days who all worked for Chris when Jim Smith was the commissioner,” said Morrison. “He never treated us like we were young kids, even though we were in those days. He treated us like valuable employees.” Pearson’s political contributions to the Yukon were pivotal, he said. “The work that Chris and Jim Smith and others did to lay the foundation for what we have as a modern-day government – I don’t think people could really describe its total impact or how profound the work was. “What I know today, and how I do my job today, I give Chris a lot of the credit for that.” Gordon Steele, longtime principal secretary for the Yukon Party, worked with Pearson in many capacities over the years, he said. “He was a great leader, really dedicated to Yukon. We’re lucky and fortunate to have a leader at that time, in that transitional period from the consensus-style government to the political party system.” Pearson served as premier until he left Yukon politics in 1985. He ended his career as a diplomat, serving in the Canadian Consulate in Dallas, Texas. At the time of his death he lived in Calytor Lake, Virginia, with his second wife, Nelda Pearson. Yukon’s flags are at half mast in Pearson’s honour. Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

Yukon seeks Outside help with Peel lawsuit Jacqueline Ronson News Reporter


ith a flurry of lawsuits on the Yukon government’s doorstep, the territory is looking Outside for legal firepower. Yukon announced this week that it will hire John Hunter of Vancouver’s Hunter Litigation Chambers to defend against a lawsuit launched by First Nations over the new plan for the Peel watershed. “The Yukon government, like other governments across Canada, frequently makes use of outside council,” said Lesley McCullough with Justice. “And the decision as to whether to retain outside council and

whom to retain in any particular case … takes into account a number of factors including expertise, workload, whether any particular skills, in some cases language abilities are needed for francophone trials, etcetera.” Hunter specializes in representing private sector clients whose commercial interests have been effected by public law, according to information on his website. He has an expertise in forestry and aboriginal litigation. Hunter represented Weyerhaeuser Co. in Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), a landmark Supreme Court of Canada on the duty to consult First Nations over land

rights. The question arose over a tree farm licence granted to Weyerhaeuser on lands where the Haida had a claimed right to harvest cedar. While the court found that B.C. “failed to engage in meaningful consultation at all,” it also found that the duty to consult did not extend to the company. It relieved Weyerhaeuser of paying any costs to the First Nation as well. Hunter did not respond to an interview request by press time. “Government came to a conclusion that in this case John Hunter was an appropriate choice of council, and Mr.

Hunter was certainly willing to act for us,” said McCullough. How much Hunter’s services will cost the Yukon government is yet to be seen, as it will depend on how the case progresses through the courts. “The cost of litigation and cost of council is always going to be dependent upon the nature of the manner of which the case progresses.” The plaintiffs in this case, including the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun and the Tr’ondek Hwech’in, will be represented by Thomas Berger. Berger is a famed lawyer in the area of aboriginal rights who is best known for his work as commissioner of the Mack-

enzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, which released its findings in 1977. The Yukon government must also respond in the coming weeks to a lawsuit launched by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation over a proposed campground on Atlin Lake, within its traditional territory. The First Nation says it was not appropriately consulted or accommodated on the decision. The Gwich’in Tribal Council has also promised legal action against the Yukon over the Peel, independent from the lawsuit launched by Tr’ondek Hwech’in and Nacho Nyak Dun. Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

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School chairs question need for Catholic same-sex policy Ashley Joannou News Reporter


he territory’s Catholic school councils don’t want a specific policy related to gay and lesbian students. In a letter sent to the Department of Education last week, chairs from the councils at Vanier Catholic High School, Holy Family Elementary School and Christ the King Elementary School asked the government to explain why students aren’t sufficiently protected under other department policies. It’s the latest in a long running back-and-forth over a policy on homosexuality for Catholic schools. The Department of Education signed off on the last draft of the territory’s Catholic Schools One Heart policy on homosexuality earlier this year. Education officials said it’s up to Whitehorse Bishop Gary Gordon whether to implement the policy or not. If the schools do not implement their own document, the department’s sexual orientation and gender identity policy stands, deputy minister Val Royle has said. Cam Kos, chair at Holy Family Elementary School, says this policy is redundant because an earlier, more general policy, called Safe and Caring Schools, also exists. The letter, signed by Kos, Vanier’s chair Paul Flaherty, and Christ the King co-chairs Monica Lauer and Paula Stoker, asks the government to explain why the earlier policy is not enough. “The school councils maintain that the Safe and Caring Schools Policy (2008) is sufficient to achieve the objectives of the Yukon government and therefore maintain that it be the only policy with ur

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‘One Heart’ as a guiding resource for Catholic schools,” it says. “Both other policies have the potential to single out a group and we want to have total inclusion for all students,” Kos said. The department’s Safe and Caring Schools policy, passed in January 2008, calls for “a commitment of the school community to plan, strategize and create a respectful, safe and nurturing educational environment for everyone. “Incidents of bullying, harassment, discrimination, intimidation or any unwelcome behaviour that degrade a person on the basis of personal characteristics, gender, sexual orientation, race or disability will be addressed in a timely, effective and consistent manner in order to maintain a safe and caring school environment.” The sexual orientation and gender identity policy, passed in 2012, is more detailed when it comes to the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer and questioning students. The policy requires schools to have proactive strategies and support groups like Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. It says schools must identify specific staff as safe contacts for students questioning their sexual identity and provide “supportive, affirming” counselling. Kos said his council doesn’t want any policy that singles out a particular group of people. “Speaking as a parent and personally, I think the best thing to do is to go with not singling anyone out and insuring that every child is treated equally,” he said. Kos says his school is a happy place where all students are treated with love and respect. The bishop’s original document, titled Living With Hope, Ministering by Love, Teaching in Truth, was removed from Whitehorse Catholic schools last year by the government after parents complained. Among its teachings, Living With Hope included pasA Bean North day is a good day.

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sages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, calling homosexual acts a “grave depravity” and homosexual urges an “inherent moral evil.” It also forbade the formation of a gay-straight alliance at the school, in conflict with the Education Department’s own policy. At a public meeting in the spring, Royle promised that a new policy specific to Catholic schools would be drafted that would meet all Canadian laws. An early draft was made public in October. It was criticized for simply whitewashing the controversial language of the original. An updated draft was never made public. The Department of Education said it is the bishop’s document and won’t be available until it is presented to the Catholic school councils, if that ever happens. Kos said things are now back in the government’s court. “Its all gone back to the department. It’s hinging on the department and the minister and the deputy minister saying that, yes, Safe and Caring Schools is adequate enough, you don’t need to have (the sexual orientation policy) or a One Heart document,” Kos said. But that doesn’t mean the bishop’s work is done. Kos said his council has approached Gordon about writing a “reference document” for Catholic administrators. “A policy is something that must be followed to the letter of the law. Whereas a reference document, or a guiding document, would be a belief document,” he said. “It’s not something that’s written as procedures that must be followed, or policy that must be followed.” Education spokesperson Mark Hill said he wasn’t in a position to answer questions on the matter until the department had a chance to “review and meet and discuss this.” The school councils have asked the government to respond in 30 days. – With files from Jesse Winter Contact Ashley Joannou at

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discuss abuse and sexism. She said it shouldn’t just be one unit in school, it should ackson Katz wants to become a part of the underredefine what it means to lying culture of the education be a man. system. Strong men, he says, don’t Mackwood also said recogabuse women. Nor do they nizing people who have been stand by when others are doabused, and getting them to ing the abusing. open up and talk about it, Katz is an American will help everybody. author, educator and public Sruthee Govindaraj is a speaker. He travels North student at Vanier Secondary America repeating his mesSchool. She says anti-bullying sage: men need to be inand anti-violence rhetoric is volved in the solution to end pounded into students, and violence and abuse against they are numb to the meswomen. sage. She said the conference Katz got the crowd was stimulating because it ofwarmed up in Whitehorse fered a different perspective, this week during the Canaand more options for change. dian Teachers’ Federation’s Katz said change has to conference on women’s isbe political; it has to come sues. This year’s event fofrom the top. There has to cussed on engaging men and be a trusted figure directIan Stewart/Yukon News boys. ing actions - if kids learn to There were over a hundred Anti-violence educator Jackson Katz works to engage men and boys to help end violence speak a certain way at home against women. He spoke Wednesday during the Canadian Teachers’ Federation conference people in the room – teachor school, but don’t see what ers, students, youth workers, in Whitehorse. they learned exemplified in women’s rights advocates the workforce, they won’t blocking” and “snitching” near-impossible to go against able to talk about colonialand others. Men were in the stick to it. when this behaviour helps the status quo because people ism, and racism, so we make minority. The minister of education, will fight against what you’re generalizations instead of Just before lunchtime, Katz create a safer society for Elaine Taylor, was present women. doing. zeroing in on behaviour,” he asked what you call a man to speak at the beginning of Violence and abuse, “You risk losing your said, “but violence prevenwho speaks up to discourthe symposium, but other friends if you speak out. You tion is interwoven with social than her opening words the age another man from taking whether it’s physical, emotional or sexual, is endemic. risk being attacked.” change.” home a drunk woman. Disconversation lacked political Statistics show Yukon rates Violence and abuse is Katherine Mackwood is cernible whispers filled the voices, male or otherwise. three times higher than the higher among the aboriginal the president of the Yukon air: “cock-blocker.” Katz said he didn’t say Teacher’s Association. She He asked how many people provinces, but lower than the population, and it is tied up it would be easy. But studtwo territories. with poverty and alcohol helped organize the sympohad never heard the term, ies show that most men are There were microphones abuse. Katz said layers of his- sium, and she has a personal silently uncomfortable with and less than 10 hands were set up through out the room tory, culture and race need to connection to the cause. She sexist comments or behavraised. “It’s not a complito encourage conversation be acknowledged – there is too took to the floor and ment,” he said. iour. Katz said the solution is to and testimonial. Annie Blake, no “one-size fits all” formula spoke about her experience “It’s not that men don’t to address the role of men in an abusive relationship. want to speak up,” he says, have strong male role models a First Nation woman from Old Crow, said her tight-knit, and women in communities. Mackwood wants to equip “it’s just that they don’t think at all levels of society who they have permission.” vocally encourage “cockisolated community makes it “People are uncomfortteachers with the ability to Special for the News


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Officials defend property assessments Ashley Joannou News Reporter


overnment officials say there are no plans to change the territory’s property tax system. Whitehorse lawyer Graham Lang has suggested it is time to overhaul this regime, given his findings that some Whitehorse

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residents pay considerably more in property tax compared with others owning homes of comparable market value. In particular, owners of mid-ranged Granger houses pay $600 more than owners of homes that fetch comparable prices in Porter Creek and Riverdale. Assessed values are part of the equation that the city uses to determine how much property tax residents owe. Kelly Eby, the director of the property assessment taxation branch, says he doesn’t think there is a desire for change. The valuation process looks at the value of the land and the property’s replacement cost, less depreciation, Eby explained. The Assessment Taxation Act guides all that. It was last amended in 2004. “In certain areas in the city, they’re going to have higher values based on the replacement

cost, less depreciation,” Eby said. “For example in the Riverdale neighbourhood, some of the buildings there are 45 years old in comparison to a neighbourhood such as Copper Ridge where there’s new homes, to a 15 to 20-year-old home.” He said it’s a mistake to compare the way homes are assessed with the market value. One looks at how much the market is willing to pay for a property and the other is set out by legislation, he said. Eby, who is the chief territorial assessor and has been assessing properties for more than 10 years, thinks the current system is the right one for the territory. “I think the intent is to fairly distribute the taxes that individuals will pay. So, let’s say, the owner of the $800,000-valued home wherever in the city, is not paying similar to the owner of the $50,000 home in the city,” he said.

The system works in the Yukon for a number of reasons, he said. “We don’t see huge market value changes as you may in other areas. It aids municipalities in their budgeting. It aids property owners ultimately in the taxes they pay,” he said. “It is also very hard in areas such as Old Crow or smaller communities to develop some sort of a different approach to the valuation that would be fair and equitable to all of them.” With so little market activity, there is no other approach to valuation that could be used, he said. The government is working constantly to come up with the most accurate replacement value for properties, he said. “The assessors have a great resource because they are out in the field quite a bit looking at new buildings plus they have discussions with contractors. We review

lumber reporters, CPI (Consumer Price Index) and various other tools.” Property owners also have the option of disputing their assessment. When the notices go out every year in December, residents have 30 days to lodge a complaint. Rural and municipal properties are assessed on alternating years. More complaints usually come during a municipal year, Eby said. In some cases, the sides are able to come to an agreement before having to go to a hearing in front of a review board. “When we go to the review board, for the most part, unless we haven’t been able to communicate with the property owner, we’re comfortable in supporting the value,” Eby said.

offices. President Craig Hougen said he couldn’t discuss personnel matters he Great Northern Ski Society of the now-defunct group. owes more than $13,000 in He said the society always placed unpaid employee wages, according the highest priority on its staff. to the government’s employment The government’s director of standards branch. employment standards, Michael A certificate was issued last week. Noseworthy, was equally tightAt this point in the process, little lipped about specific details in the more than the society’s name and a case. dollar amount appear on a publicly Speaking generally, Noseworthy available list at the department’s said the amount on a certificate could refer to one employee or multiple employees. After a complaint is received, the department will investigate, he said. If investigators conclude wages are owed then a certificate is issued. The employer has 28 days to ap• Hand Saws • Chain Saws peal the decision or come to some • Circular Saws • Carbide Saws sort of agreement. • Lawn Mowers • Grass Shears If there is no agreement, the case • Scissors • Hair Clipper Blades can be brought to the Yukon’s Su• Knives • Axes • Chisels preme Court where more informa• Planer Knives • Meat Grinder Blades • Meat Saws • Skates tion would be made public.

The ski society was issued its certificate on Feb. 12 for $13,796.86. Great Northern Ski Society, a non-profit group, was responsible for operations at Mount Sima until it very publicly ran into money troubles. With debts exceeding $400,000, the ski society announced its intention to dissolve at the end of June and the resort ceased operations on July 2. After a successful fundraising campaign, Sima was able to reopen this winter, this time under the control of a new group, Friends of Mount Sima. But the original operators cannot officially dissolve until all debts are paid off. Hougen said he couldn’t answer questions about how much money is still owing “until we have a chance to analyze this additional information that came in.” He said paying off the debt is something that is being worked on constantly. Aside from the bills, there are a lot of other things being done, he said. “There’s all kinds of transactions

that need to occur in order, first of all, for GNSS to close down and secondly, to transfer all of the assets to Friends of Mount Sima. There is a fair amount of work on that. Every week there is more work being done on that.” Ideally, everything will be wrapped up by mid-summer, he said. Hougen said this latest hurdle will not get in the way of the end goal – to dissolve the group and transfer all assets to the new operator. “This particular certificate will not impact our ability to wind down Mount Sima. It may take a little bit longer.” Since taking over this winter, Friends of Mount Sima have had some very public financial successes. Earlier this year Sima sold more than 900 season passes. That’s believed to be the most ever in its 21-year history. “At GNSS we’re delighted with the success Friends have had this winter,” Hougen said.

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EDITORIAL End the property tax prejudice


ranger residents are getting ripped off by the City of Whitehorse. That conclusion is hard to escape, anyhow, following a commentary by real estate lawyer Graham Lang published in last Friday’s News. He crunched some numbers and concluded that the average home in Granger pays nearly $600 more in property tax than homes of equal market value in Riverdale or Porter Creek. This imbalance is plainly unfair. After all, if we’re going to impose taxes for arbitrary reasons, why stop with Granger residents? We may as well charge a special tax on redheads and cat owners while we’re at it. The reasons for this wonkiness seems to lie in how properties are assessed in the Yukon. While the provinces have long used a variety of methods to determine the market value of a property for tax purposes, here in the Yukon, assessors base their calculations on murky formulas that try to determine the replacement cost of a home. For reasons that remain unclear, this has resulted in assessment values rising out of tandem with market values in more recent neighbourhoods, like Granger. Territorial officials defend the current system. They say their assessed values are accurate – and, by inference, that the market is wrong. Forgive us if we’re skeptical. Lang reached this conclusion with a few calculations that anyone can follow. He looked at a sample of similarly priced homes in each neighbourhood, then compared the sale prices to the assessed values of the homes. Assessors, meanwhile, reach their own numbers with some

voodoo that nobody but them really understands. By similar methods, territorial officials are able to assign with a straight face “market values” to newly developed land, when in fact there is no market for land, as the city and territory control all development. We’re not suggesting assessors are deliberately skewing prices. But this seems to be yet another case of the Yukon continuing to use an archaic set of hand-me-down rules we inherited from the provinces, long after other jurisdictions have updated their own laws. In 1995, Alberta abandoned our system in favour of market values. Ontario made a similar switch in 1997. B.C. also looks at the market value of a home. Both the territory and the City of Whitehorse seem to share some blame with this mess, as both levels of government contribute to the formula used to calculate property taxes: assessment rates are multiplied by the city’s mill rate to see how much tax is owed. It’s the territory’s side of the equation that looks broken. But it’s the city that actually decides how to determine its taxes, and it’s this level of government that reaps the rewards. City council should get the ball rolling by asking administration to try to verify Lang’s findings. If his conclusions do hold up, councillors should keep in mind that it usually takes a swift kick in the rump to get the territory to fix something, and put their boots to the cause. Lang, being an unabashed right-winger, has a distinctly conservative solution, which bears a passing resemblance to Margaret Thatcher’s muchreviled poll tax. Homes that use similar services would Publisher

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pay similar rates, but pricier homes would not necessarily pay more. Lang sees tying home values to municipal taxation as an illconceived method of redistributing wealth. Such efforts are best pursued by the territory, he reckons, which has access to reliable income data. We’d frame things differently. As a matter of fairness, most residents have no problem with the wealthy paying a bigger share of the costs of snow clearing and keeping the Canada Games Centre’s lights on – indeed, that seems to be the arrangement for property taxes pretty much across Canada. And let’s keep in mind that property taxes, even when pegged to the value of a home, are considered by economists to be regressive: poorer homeowners pay a larger share of their income than wealthier homeowners. Lang’s solution would only make this imbalance even more unfair. It’s also important to note that fees for water, sewer and garbage delivery are already broken out as separate fees, set by usage and building type, rather than home value. With all this in mind, movReporters

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ing our assessment system to market prices seems like a far safer solution. A truly fair property tax arrangement would also see rural residents living near city limits paying similar taxes, but, as Lang has pointed out, that isn’t the case. Residents of Golden Horn and Marsh Lake pay half the property taxes of their neighbours in Wolf Creek and Mary Lake, thanks to the arbitrary distinction of which side of the city boundary these neighbourhoods fall on. Lang’s solution to this problem makes sense: the territory and city should strike a deal in which these similar neighbourhoods pay similar property taxes, with the additional funds reverting to the city. It remains to be seen whether our politicians have

the guts to act. After all, if Granger residents see their taxes drop by $600, other neighbourhoods will see taxes rise. And Golden Horn and Marsh Lake residents would not be pleased to see their property taxes double to match what’s paid by their neighbours. Thankfully, the Yukon government has some self-interest at stake, at least when it comes to sparing Granger residents from being over-taxed. Having to pay an arbitrary $600 surcharge each year is the sort of thing you remember during a territorial election. And, as it turns out, Granger voters make up a good chunk of the riding of Mountainview. That makes their MLA none other than Premier Darrell Pasloski. (JT)

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Trading water for fuel is fracking crazy The report notes that close to half the oil and gas wells recently by DAVID fracked in the U.S. “are in regions SUZUKI with high or extremely high water stress” and more than 55 per cent are in areas experiencing drought. In Colorado and California, almost all wells – 97 and 96 per cent, respectively – are in regions with high or extremely high water stress, meaning more than t would be difficult to live 80 per cent of available surface without oil and gas. But it and groundwater has already would be impossible to live been allocated for municipalwithout water. Yet, in our mad ities, industry and agriculture. rush to extract and sell every A quarter of Alberta wells are in drop of gas and oil as quickly as areas with medium to high water possible, we’re trading precious stress. water for fossil fuels. Drought and fracking have A recent report, “Hydraulic already caused some small comFracturing and Water Stress,” munities in Texas to run out of shows the severity of the problem. Alberta and B.C. are among water altogether, and parts of California are headed for the eight North American regions examined in the study by Ceres, a same fate. As we continue to U.S.-based nonprofit advocating extract and burn ever greater amounts of oil, gas and coal, for sustainability leadership. climate change is getting worse, One of the most disturbing findings is that hydraulic which will likely lead to more fracturing, or fracking, is using droughts in some areas and enormous amounts of water in flooding in others. areas that can scarcely afford it. California’s drought may be





Teachers are no substitute for involved parents Our knowledge about job performance is encyclopedic. We know that the working environment plays a role, as does the interaction with colleagues and superiors. In a nutshell: We know that a worker performs best when he is content in every aspect of the job. We also know that a worker performs best if there are no troubles bothering her outside the job. Distractions of any kind are anathema to gold-medal performance. Students frequently say that if they were getting paid to be in school, they would put more effort into their work, be on time, and such. Well, they are getting paid. Room and board, clothing, taxi services, vacations, Internet and cellphone access are all things that adults provide. But kids don’t get these things for free. In exchange, they have to work – more specifically, they have to play and they have to learn. There’s nothing trivial about either of these things. Through playing and learning they are acquiring skills, insights, knowledge, ways to behave, morals and values. And, like (most) adult work, this is necessary work. It needs to be accomplished so that society has the workers needed to provide all the goods and services that we rely on today in the years to come. Is it not conceivable that one would want to keep all distractions, or at least most, away from the individual in such a job, in this case, from the child? Is this not what adults are supposed to do for their young ones? In most cases the kids are not responsible for the problems that occupy them anyway, and so cannot do much to change things. It is up to responsible adults to step up.

the worst in 500 years, according to B. Lynn Ingram, an earth and planetary sciences professor at the University of California, Berkeley. That’s causing a shortage of water for drinking and agriculture, and for salmon and other fish that spawn in streams and rivers. With no rain to scrub the air, pollution in the Los Angeles area has returned to dangerous levels of decades past. Because of lack of information from industry and inconsistencies in water volume reporting, Ceres’ Western Canada data analysis “represents a very small proportion of the overall activity taking place.” Researchers determined, though, that Alberta fracking operations have started using more “brackish/saline” groundwater instead of freshwater. The report cautions that this practice needs more study “given the potential for brackish water to be used in the future for drinking water” and the fact that withdrawing salty groundwater “can also adversely impact interconnected freshwater resources.”

Kids’ minds today are frequently occupied by issues that impede learning: not enough food, domestic security threatened by divorce, abusive parents, overstressed parents, outright poverty, no responsible adult on hand, nobody to trust – and more. Add to that the regular topics of childhood and teenagehood and you can imagine how little space in a child’s mind is left for school stuff. “Occupied” space means that the space is taken. Nothing or nobody can move in until the space is vacated again. As long as their minds are occupied, kids simply don’t have the capacity to do their job. School, specifically the adults there, can alleviate a few of the problems that keep kids from focusing on their job. They can feed the kids a breakfast or a lunch. They can help them through the maze of teenage issues. They can lend an ear and provide advice. They can instill values and morals. But they cannot be parents for the student; they cannot tackle the big problems. Students, like any other workers, need to have their minds free from distractions in order to do their jobs. School success is directly proportional to the amount of mind space that kids have available. Just like in any other job. Berndt Schmidt Whitehorse

Some good reasons to be emotional I am often irked by the rhetoric that comes from our current governments, both local and federal. In particular the use of the word

“emotional.” Favouring the original Peel plan, having doubts about allowing fracking in our territory, about rushing into LNG consumption, about exponential expansion of the tar sands, about drilling in the Arctic Ocean, etc. is sure to get one condescendingly labelled as “emotional.” Also the use of the word “balanced.” In considering these matters our leaders claim to be scientific, rational, unbiased, “balanced.” The irony is, of course, that the cold, scientific, rational, and overwhelming evidence suggests that carrying on and even increasing our use of increasingly disruptive fossil fuels has our planet in a state of extreme stress. These activities cause increased levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses that cause rising sea levels (glaciers, polar ice, and permafrost are melting), oceans are becoming increasingly acidic (today’s young people might live to see the destruction of the earth’s coral reefs), storm systems are getting stronger (storm damage in all areas of the world is increasing), etc. It’s hard to imagine any reasonably aware person not being conscious of these “scientific” facts. In light of these facts it is particularly insidious that the current government suppresses, defunds, and muzzles real scientific inquiry into these matters. Like someone said, “The numbers don’t matter.” I think the definitions of “anger,” “frustration” and “sadness” would all qualify as emotions. All this scientific inquiry is making me emotional. Pete Beattie Whitehorse

Although B.C. fracking operations are now mainly in low water stress regions, reduced precipitation and snowpack, low river levels and even drought conditions in some areas – likely because of climate change – raise concerns about the government’s plan to rapidly expand the industry. The report cites a “lack of regulation around groundwater withdrawals” and cumulative impacts on First Nations lands as issues with current fracking. Ceres’ study only looks at fracking impacts on freshwater supplies, and offers recommendations to reduce those, including recycling water, using brackish or wastewater, strengthening regulations and finding better ways to dispose of fracking wastewater. But the drilling method comes with other environmental problems, from groundwater contamination to massive ecosystem and habitat disruption – even small earth tremors – all done in the name of short-term gain. It’s important to heed the conclusions and recommendations of this study and others,

but given the problems with fracking, and other forms of extraction, we must find ways to control our insatiable fossil fuel demand. That burning these – often wastefully – contributes to climate change, and our methods of extraction exacerbate the problems, should make us take a good look at how we’re treating this planet and everything on it, including ourselves and generations to come. It’s a reminder that we need to conserve energy in every way possible. In the short term, we must realize that we have better ways to create jobs and build the economy than holding an “everything must go” sale on our precious resources. In the longer term, we must rethink our outdated economic systems, which were devised for times when resources were plentiful and infrastructure was scarce. Our highest priorities must be the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil that provides food and the biodiversity that keeps us alive and healthy. With contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

this problem is as simple as changing our electoral system to one of proportional representation (PR). A Electoral reform would end false majority is impossible within PR systems. ‘false majorities’ Instead, the coalition governments they create produce policy And now we settle in to the long, representative of a wider crossneedless and money-wasting grind of a court battle for the Peel. Such a section of the electorate that put shame the Yukon Party cannot acthem there. They are more inclusive cept the fair and balanced final recgovernments. ommended plan of the commission, PR systems are being used by and has no qualms about fighting over 100 democratic nations around the will of Yukoners in court. the planet right now. In fact, Canada I think it important to clarify is one of only three countries left still just how it is that the Yukon Party using this antiquated system. Even can get away with governing with such disregard for the concerns of a the countries liberated from behind the iron curtain deliberately sidemajority of Yukoners. And yes, I’m stepped our false majority electoral talking about our flawed electoral machine, and chose a system of PR. system. Scotland, Wales and New ZeaWith our first past the post (FPTP) system, the Yukon Party, land, the last countries to adopt a with less than 40 per cent of the system of PR in the 1990s, convote, is somehow granted more than ducted polls on voter satisfaction 50 per cent of the seats in the legisla- after a couple years with their new ture, which means they govern with systems. There was an overwhelm100 per cent of the power. This “false ing majority of support in all three majority” is a natural product of our countries to continue with their outdated electoral system. more fair and inclusive systems. It sounds bad enough in prinIf we had been using a system of ciple, but just look how the actual PR with our last territorial election, events of our last territorial election we would not be out in the cold unfolded. in protest of ourgovernment. We Darrell Pasloski was undeniably would be out in the cold in joyous deceptive about his true intent for the Peel while campaigning because celebration of the adoption into he knew it went against the wishes of policy of our collective handiwork – a majority of us and would be detri- the final recommended plan of the mental to his party getting elected. commission. And then, freshly elected and I think it’s time the leaders of flush with the confidence of a false all our political parties state their majority, Brad Cathers unveils their position on electoral reform, and, if true intent to mine the Peel. And they remain unaccountable. There is elected, whether they will begin the nothing within the workings of our process of reform leading to a more legislature that can be done about it. fair and inclusive system of democI don’t know of even the weakest racy. definition of democracy that can Jim Borisenko include such deceitful governance. I am convinced the solution to Tagish Lake


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Save the Ross River bridge Open letter to Yukon cabinet: I remain extremely disappointed that meetings and correspondence over the past six months have not been able to correct the wrong turn taken by the Yukon government last September 2013. I met with Harvey Brooks, Jack Bowers and Janet McGillivray to inform them of the opportunity to save the Ross River bridge, but was advised that funding for repairs was not available. The peer review did not address real options for repair but also got caught up in false economics for an unnecessary upgrade. This was opposite to what the government had requested and promised. I have re-stated this strongly to you in an open letter so that it does not go unnoticed again. It is time for ministers to understand what is happening here, and the difficulty we are having in dealing with costly economics of climate change. I trust that you will find it timely to revisit this issue again, with demolition costs at hand to be received this week. The footbridge served to link the north to the south side of the Pelly River, and its relevance to tourism, good First Nation relations, and shared year-round access to Yukoners is duly noted. I don’t know why the Yukon government would want to reduce opportunities to have access to the north side of the Pelly at this critical time in mining promotion and negotiations. Federal funding would certainly be helpful to offset the minor cost of modest repairs to keep this valuable bridge in service. The footbridge is safe with modest action as the enclosed summary will present to you. I trust that the assembled information, and the costs associated for demolition versus repair, will give you the opportunity to keep your word and repair this bridge. Notably, you have not offered any replacement or put any value on tourism value of this iconic landmark. I regret that with no return calls or follow-up from Yukon Party ministers that I have had to resort to CBC Radio and an open letter to Community Services Minister Brad Cathers to put facts on the table and have this issue addressed openly. You deserve a final opportunity to fulfill your commitment. I will also be presenting this viewpoint again to Community Services and Mike Johnson, deputy minister of Highways and Public

Friday, February 21, 2014

Works. I look forward to a reconsideration of decisions made hastily last July/Aug/September that are harmful to Yukoners. I will also be raising the dangers of outsourcing critical decisions to consultants in other provinces this week at a lunchtime meeting with Yukon’s property management division. Example: having 14 buildings in Dawson reviewed by Manitobans at twice the price of Yukon professional architects and engineers is deplorable. The deliberate war being waged on local consultants is unnecessary and duly noted. It is not yielding dividends, only hardships. Many consultants have been excluded from any work with property management in their declared “scorched earth” policy to not directly hire local consultants. I trust a vigorous response will also help deal with this unfruitful turn of events as well.

YCS urges the select committee to accept the chief’s invitation and travel to the Fort Nelson area, to see how the fracking industry operates there. Furthermore, the fact that Yukon government and the BC Oil and Gas Commission have recently decided to cooperate reinforces the need for more information about who is responsible for health and other impacts from fracking. During the public proceedings, a representative from the BC Oil and Gas Commission declined questions about public health impacts and climate change because he stated that other departments within the BC government are responsible for those areas. We need to hear from the BC government departments that are monitoring and managing human health impacts and greenhouse gas emissions related to fracking. YCS notes that “the select committee’s mandate will enable it to undertake activities with the goal Robert Wills, P.Eng., Struct. Eng. of gaining a science-based underFaro / Whitehorse standing of the technical, environmental, societal, and regulatory Fracking committee has aspects of hydraulic fracturing. Committee activities will include more work ahead of it facilitating education, information sharing, and conducting stakeholdThe Select Committee on the er and public consultations.” Risks and Benefits of Hydraulic Currently, the committee is Fracturing has heard from experts planning to hold public meetings and stakeholders in camera at the in only two communities outside of legislature and during the public Whitehorse: Watson Lake and Old proceedings and has posted most Crow. Hydraulic fracturing in the of the material it has received on exploration for, and development its website. These are important of, oil and gas would have profound steps and the Yukon Conservation effects on the entire territory and Society congratulates the commiton all Yukoners. For this reason, tee upon its progress so far. YCS urges the select committee to YCS does, however, urge the hold public meetings in all Yukon select committee to continue work- communities. ing to inform its members and the Many Yukon communities are Yukon public about the risks and either within or close to sedimentbenefits of hydraulic fracturing. ary basins identified as having The presentation shared by proven or probable reserves of oil representatives of the Fort Nelson or gas. At a minimum, the select First Nation in the recent public committee must travel to these proceedings alerted the committee communities. All Yukon people and the Yukon public to serious would be affected by hydraulic inadequacies in British Columbia’s fracturing through increased truck ability to safely regulate fracking. traffic, impacts to air, water, and Their presentation described an wildlife, and increased greenhouse environmental and socio-economic gas emissions. Therefore all Yukon nightmare of irresponsible develop- communities should have the opment with little monitoring or portunity to have public meetings enforcement, and no consideration attended by the select committee. of how cumulative effects of exPublic meetings should be tensive industrial development are held in the town hall style, where impacting watersheds, ecosystems, presentations by the committee can wildlife populations and First Naserve as starting points for public tions aboriginal rights and title. discourse.

The minimum wage should be a living wage We look forward to your response on this vital issue: will you ensure that all Yukoners are fully consulted about the possibility of hydraulic fracturing in the Yukon by holding public meetings in all Yukon communities? Sebastian Jones Yukon Conservation Society

Premier should stick to being a pharmacist Open letter to Premier Darrell Pasloski: Here is what I would like to say to you about the Peel River watershed. You know and have heard people talk about why they want this area protected. I personally have written to your government many times as have many others in my community and from across the Yukon. We have all told you about how our ancestors have lived throughout the Peel: where they hunted and fished, their campsites, their gravesites, and the many trails out there that they walked on. Now you have opened it up. You are going to destroy our history. You are going to pollute the pure water, and make people sick who live downstream. Those people in Fort McPherson live on the Peel River, and they depend on that water to be clean. I feel that you should protect 100 per cent of the Peel River watershed, but you have only protected tiny bits and pieces. This leaves our legacy open to destruction and goes against what the people have said to you and your government over and over again. The Peel is too important to allow this, and you should know that as the leader of this territory, it is your job to listen to the people and do what is right. Before you were premier you were a pharmacist. You used to help people and answer their questions. Now you ignore the people you used to talk to, including me. Instead of helping people you are turning your back on us. In closing, you should really go back to being a pharmacist. There you can go back to helping people, and listening to them, instead of ignoring them through your politicians and bureaucrats.

The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition wishes to state its support for the current movement across Canada and the United States for an increase to the hourly minimum wage rate. We recognize that current rates are inadequate and do not come close to a living wage. According to Living Wage Canada, a living wage is calculated as the hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers have been added to the family’s income and deductions have been subtracted. The living wage gets families out of severe financial stress by lifting them out of poverty and providing a basic level of economic security. In the Yukon, the minimum wage sits at $10.54, behind Nunavut and soon Ontario, whose rates sit at $11. The lowest rate is found in Alberta at $9.75. It is to be noted that the Yukon is one of only two jurisdictions (the other being Nova Scotia) which provide annual increases to its minimum wage tied to the Consumer Price Index. It is clear, however, that because these rates have not been adjusted until just recently, they have not kept up with inflation. Anti-poverty advocates, including the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, consistently propose that the rates across Canada should be raised, and raised to a level that will allow working people to live with a basic level of economic security. Living in poverty does not just have a negative impact on those who are directly affected, there is also a huge cost to society when inequality exists. We are all affected. To quote a recent opinion piece published in the Globe and Mail by Dr. Gary Bloch of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto: “a 2008 study by the Ontario Association of Food Banks estimated poverty adds over $7 billion to Canadian health-care costs every year. The overall cost of poverty in Canada, to the public and private spheres, is estimated at up to $85 billion per year. Analysts have demonstrated that programs to alleviate poverty can pay for themselves through, for example, increased tax revenues, reduced health costs, lower crime and increased productivity.” We at the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition could not agree more. Jean-Francois DesLauriers Member, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition

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Obama presses Harper on climate change sit down at Three Amigos Summit Mike Blanchfield Canadian Press

TOLUCA, MEXICO .S. President Barack Obama used the podium of the Three Amigos summit on Wednesday to push Prime Minister Stephen Harper to work with him on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saying the science that supports climate change can’t be denied. Obama gave Harper a primer on reducing greenhouse gases as he answered a question about why he has not approved the Keystone XL pipeline. “Stephen and I, during a break after lunch, discussed a shared interest in working together around dealing with greenhouse gas emissions. And this is something that we have to deal with,” Obama said as he shared the stage with Harper and the Mexican prime minister at a joint news conference. A readout on the 30-minute meeting from the Prime Minister’s Office made no mention of that conversation. “I said previously that how Keystone impacted greenhouse gas emissions would affect our decision. But frankly, it has to affect all of our decisions at this stage because the science is irrefutable,” Obama said. He said increasing “severe weather patterns” has “consequences for our businesses, for our jobs, for our families, for safety and security.” “It has the potential of displacing people in ways that we cannot currently fully anticipate and will be extraordinarily costly. So I welcome the work that we can do together with Canada,” Obama added. Obama said he wants to promote economic growth, but that has to be balanced against eventually transitioning away from the use of fossil fuels. “We only have one planet,” he said, adding “we do have to point to the future” to influence other big emitters such as China and India, and “have leverage” over them. Harper replied that Canada and the U.S. have a “shared con-


Keystone wasn’t mentioned at all publicly, in fact, until the final news conference during which the Canadian media contingent raised it with both Harper and Obama. The president, as expected, noted that the pipeline was at the mercy of an approval process that he acknowledged Harper might find “a little too laborious.” “But these are how we make these decisions,” he said. Earlier, Obama told a business forum that the United States, Canada and Mexico will always have “parochial interests.” Obama said that the trade between the three countries is part of an integrated supply chain that allows them to sell their products and services around the world. “We have every incentive to make this work,” Obama said, urging the business audience at the summit to help push for progress. “If in fact we’re going to continue to build and strengthen Sean Kilpatrick/CP ... then you can’t just leave it to politicians alone,” he said. “When Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with U.S. President Barack Obama during the North people understand what this American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico, on Wednesday. means in terms of job creation a cern” about climate change. He Earlier on Wednesday, the two strolled through the Cosmo Vital when they hear that from you, it’s also appeared to make a subtle leaders projected a bit of genuine Jardin Botanico, an enormous that much more persuasive.” dig at the long approval process warmth after arriving at the sum- Toluca greenhouse renowned During their meeting, Harper Keystone has faced. mit in this Mexican city. for its spectacular stained glass and Obama discussed and The prime minister also It may have been the sunny, windows. strongly condemned the violence pointed out that the most recent high-altitude climes in the scenic “My brother-in-law is Cataking place on the streets of State Department report gave the Spanish colonial corner of Toluca, nadian, so you know I have to Ukraine, and discussed issues of Alberta oilsands a good grade on the hometown of their host, like Canadians,” Obama said to shared concern, including the environmental impact. Mexican President Enrique Pena laughter. ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership “As you know, a couple of Nieto. But he added that the fact that negotiations, the global economy, years ago we moved to reform our Or it may have been the fact Canadian and American men’s and border infrastructure and system so that we have a single that both Harper and Obama and women’s hockey teams are security. (environmental) review wherhad staked out their positions in soon facing off in the ongoing The two leaders held their ever possible – a single review, advance on the divisive Keystone Winter Games could cause him to bilateral meeting a few hours after a multidimensional review that XL pipeline project: the prime Harper sat down with TransCan“not feel as warm toward Canahappens over a fixed timeline,” minister wants approval, the ada officials in nearby Mexico dians until the Olympic matches Harper said. City – and just as a judge struck president wants to respect the ap- are over.” “And I think that is a process proval process. Harper echoed Obama’s light- down a Nebraska law that allowed that is tremendously useful in The president then had afhearted tone during his own brief the pipeline to proceed through the state. giving investors greater certainty fectionate words for Canadians comments. That ruling that will undoubtin terms of the kind of plans and for Harper, calling him “Barack, it’s always great to see they may have in the Canadian “Stephen” at one point during you, and I like my brother-in-law edly lead to even further delays for the controversial project. economy.” his remarks after the two leaders too,” Harper said.


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Brazeau lands new gig at Ottawa strip joint Steve Rennie and Ben Makuch Canadian Press

OTTAWA atrick Brazeau has gone from sitting in the Senate to helping run a strip club. The suspended senator, who faces criminal charges in connection with the expense scandal that roiled the august upper chamber last year, is now working as a manager at an Ottawa strip joint. Brazeau has been spotted inside the Barefax Gentlemen’s Club in recent days, but he declined Wednesday to speak to reporters camped outside the establishment who trailed him inside to the door of his office. Carmelina Bentivoglio, the daughter of the club’s owner, said Brazeau interviewed for a job as a day manager two weeks ago. He’ll be responsible for “scheduling, hiring, firing, inventory – just like any


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Suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau has found work at the Bare Fax strip club near Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

other job,” she said. He’ll oversee between 25 and 30 employees in his new job, which he started Monday. “He was looking for a job, was

speaking with my family member. He knew that I was looking for somebody,” Bentivoglio said over the din of a pulsing pop-music beat.

“So it just kind of landed on us, really. That was it.” Brazeau is on three months’ probation, like any new hire, she said. And as far as special skills he might bring to the operation? “Probably public speaking,” Bentivoglio said. “He probably will be good with customers.” Working at the Barefax is the latest in a string of odd jobs for Brazeau since he was suspended from the Senate last fall. He took to Twitter to find work and tried his hand as a columnist for the Halifax version of Frank magazine, a separate entity from the Ottawa publication of the same name that first reported on Brazeau’s new job. But the magazine canned him after one-and-a-half columns, prompting an apology from the editor for subjecting readers to Brazeau’s “narcissistic ramblings.” Brazeau has been without a steady Senate paycheque since his

suspension in November. Prior to that, his pay had been docked to recover more than $48,000 in inappropriate housing and travel expenses. Earlier this month, the Mounties charged Brazeau and former senator Mac Harb with one count each of fraud and breach of trust in relation to their travel and living expense claims. The Mounties allege that Brazeau fraudulently claimed his father’s home in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence, although he was rarely seen there and lived primarily just across the river from Ottawa in Gatineau, Que. Recent media reports also suggest Brazeau and his estranged wife have been missing mortgage and loan payments and may now face losing their house in Gatineau. The disgraced senator is also facing charges of assault and sexual assault as a result of an incident last February.

Average middle class family income in Conservative budget called ‘make believe’ Dean Beeby

two kids. In those budgets, the putative annual tax savings were $3,105 and $3,200 for these OTTAWA families, including tax breaks for iddle-class families are children’s fitness and arts lessons. struggling economically, Michael and Kate – with but at least one of them is doing $100,000 in joint income – were quite well, thank you very much: dubbed an “average” family when the working parents with two the series got underway in 2012. kids who appear as a fictitious But a closer look at these example in the federal budget couples’ changing salaries shows each year. some whopping increases, far Critics say the family’s rapidly above inflation and out of step rising income is a complete ficwith the workplace experience of tion as well. many ordinary Canadians. Last week’s budget document The woman’s earnings have introduced Blake, Laurie and their shot up to $72,000 in 2014, from children, a made-up family pull$60,000 two years earlier, a 20 per ing down $120,000 in combined cent salary hike. salary – and enjoying $3,400 in The man’s salary has gone to annual tax savings, thanks to $48,000 from $40,000 over the Conservative policies. The previous two budgets pro- same period, also a 20 per cent increase. vided similar examples: Michael Along with those big income and Kate in 2012 and Thomas and Colleen in 2013, each with hikes come added “savings” in Canadian Press



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taxes. The family has saved $111 more on GST over the three budgets, for example, based on Conservative sales-tax cuts from previous years. Income-tax relief is about $100 higher in the last year alone, a result of the notional rise in salary. The 2010 and 2011 budget documents do not contain thumbnail sketches of any madeup family, and the 2009 document had three different family examples not related to the latest series. The family tax-saving numbers, rising to $3,400 from $3,100 over the last three budgets, have frequently been cited by Conservative government officials – including by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a Calgary convention last fall. “A typical family of four pays more than $3,000 less in taxes than when we came to office,”

Harper said Nov. 1 in a keynote speech to party faithful. “That’s car payments for a year.” The New Democrat finance critic calls the Finance Department numbers a fantasy. “It shows that their tax policy is based on make-believe accounting,” MP Peggy Nash said in an interview from Toronto. “The Conservatives are out of touch with the average family ... by claiming they’ve increased their incomes that dramatically over the last few years.” “It’s simply unrealistic,” she said, also accusing the government of fudging employment numbers to burnish their economic credentials. A Finance Department official defended the salary numbers, saying they were based partly on Canada Revenue Agency data, derived from tax returns, and from private-sector economists’

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This week’s hot trend in Washington: dissing NAFTA for political gain Alexander Panetta

on issues like labour and the environment that were not in NAFTA,” said Ben Rhodes, the WASHINGTON deputy national security advisor, here’s been lots of talk this aboard Air Force One en route to week from the U.S. administhis week’s Three Amigos summit. tration about NAFTA’s shortcomNot all Democrats were conings and the ways it can be fixed. vinced. Make no mistake: this talk is “Nonsense,” Rep. Louise about the next trade deal, not the Slaughter of New York told Polast one. litico this week. The president and some of “In all the time I’ve been in his allies have been pointing to Congress, I have never seen a perceived faults with the North trade bill that benefited the AmerAmerican Free Trade Agreement, ican producer or the American not in a bid to rip up the 20-yearworker. It’s all been giveaway, and old deal but in an effort to sell we really can’t afford that anymore,” she said. “People are sick the idea that the Trans-Pacific and tired of the one-way trade Partnership might make things deal.” better. Past polls have suggested that, The target of that sales job: unlike in Canada, NAFTA is the administration’s own allies in unpopular in the U.S. The survey Congress. numbers, at the same time, have President Barack Obama shown support for the idea of admitted as much during a news more trade with Canada and conference with his Canadian and Mexico. Mexican counterparts Wednesday, Eduardo Verdugo/AP Fans and foes of free trade when he made a glancing referPresident Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the end of the North American point to different aspects of the ence to his failure to get congres- Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico, on Wednesday. The leaders met in part to highlight the NAFTA legacy. sional fast-track authority to economic cooperation that has grown since NAFTA joined the U.S., Canada and Mexico 20 Under the pact, all three negotiate the 12-country TPP. years ago. countries have had positive GDP Unlike most cases of gridlock growth nearly every single year, in Washington, in this instance, contracts. “I’ve said this to some of my about losing jobs or outsourcing and have seen a boost in trade it’s mostly Democrats who are Some of his aides have also need to understand some of the own constituents who are opand in the manufacturing index. resisting the president and mostly old agreements put us at a disad- said he would make good on posed to trade,” Obama said. At the same time income Republicans who are supporting a 2008 campaign promise to vantage; that’s exactly why we’ve inequality has deepened – most his trade efforts. “Those who are concerned got to have stronger agreements.” improve the labour and environsignificantly in the U.S., and to a mental standards in NAFTA. He said future trade pacts lesser degree in Canada. The gains Obama’s trade secretary raised would provide better protection in the economy are being claimed some eyebrows earlier this week for intellectual property; more by a smaller segment of society. open markets for U.S. agricultural by suggesting that the process Facing headwinds in Congress, would reopen NAFTA – someproducts; and more opportunithe Obama administration now ties for government procurement thing Obama famously, and quite seems poised to enter the upcomcontroversially, promised to do in ing round of TPP talks without his first presidential campaign. fast-track authority. Another Obama ally has since That means that any pact could shed some light on what that be tossed into disarray at the 11th meant. hour, with Congress rejecting or The deadline to file your annual Ben Rhodes suggested that amending parts of it. The Demthe TPP, which would include Employer’s Payroll Return / Contract ocratic-controlled Senate has all Canada and cover 40 per cent but extinguished any hope that it Labour Report 2013/2014 is Friday of the world’s economy, would might relinquish its constitutional Unique and original work finally provide the redress that the right to amend and revise trade February 28, 2014. president was talking about. by Yukon Artists agreements via a fast-track bill. “We see this as an opportunity But some trade-watchers have Artists Working for Artists to introduce elevated standards downplayed the importance of that. Robert Wolfe, a professor at Queen’s University and former Canadian foreign-service officer, said in a recent interview that the administration appears to be keeping Congress in the loop during negotiations in order to limit the chance of a late-stage rejection. He also said fast-track bills can actually make things more difficult – by imposing on U.S. negotiators specific, tough demands that limit the chance of an agreement. In this case, he said, negotiators LUNCH MON-FRI can enter TPP talks without being 120 Industrial Road Whitehorse YT 11:30am - 2:30pm shackled to the positions laid out Phone 867-393-4848 by Congress in a fast-track bill. Canadian Press


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Kyiv sees deadliest day yet in 3 months of protests: Medic says at least 70 protesters dead Yuras Karmanau Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine earing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine’s embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 70 people dead and hundreds injured. Video footage on Ukrainian television showed shocking scenes Thursday of protesters being cut down by gunfire, lying on the pavement as comrades rushed to their aid. Trying to protect themselves with shields, teams of protesters carried bodies away on sheets of plastic or on planks of wood. Protesters were also seen leading policemen with their hands held high around the sprawling protest camp in central Kyiv. Ukraine’s Interior ministry says 67 police were captured in all. It was not clear how they were taken. An opposition lawmaker said they were being held in Kyiv’s occupied city hall.


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Activists pay respects to protesters killed in clashes with police in Kiev’s Independence Square. Fierce clashes shattered a brief truce in Ukraine’s besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people.

President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition protesters who demand his resignation are locked in an epic battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million that has divided loyalties between Russia and the West. Parts of the country – mostly in its western cities – are in open revolt against Yanukovych’s central government, while many in eastern Ukraine favour strong

ties with Russia, their former Soviet ruler. At least 99 people have died this week in the clashes in Kyiv, a sharp reversal in three months of mostly peaceful protests. Now neither side appears willing to compromise, with the opposition insisting on Yanukovych’s resignation and an early election and the president apparently prepared to fight until the end.

Thursday was the deadliest day yet. An AP cameraman saw snipers shooting at protesters in Kyiv and video footage showed at least one sniper wearing a Ukraine riot police uniform. The carnage appears to show that neither Yanukovych nor the opposition leaders appear to be in control of the chaos engulfing Ukraine. Dr. Oleh Musiy, the top medical co-ordinator for the protesters told the AP that at least 70 protesters were killed Thursday and over 500 injured, and the death toll could well rise further. There was no way to immediately verify his statement. Earlier in the day, an Associated Press reporter saw 21 bodies of protesters laid out Thursday on the edge of the capital’s sprawling protest camp. In addition, one policeman was killed and 28 suffered gunshot wounds Thursday, Interior Ministry spokesman Serhiy Burlakov told the AP. A truce announced late Wednesday appeared to have little credibility among hardcore protesters at Kyiv’s Independence Square campsite.

One camp commander, Oleh Mykhnyuk, told the AP even after the truce, protesters still threw firebombs at riot police on the square. As the sun rose, police pulled back, the protesters followed them and police then began shooting at them, he said. The Interior Ministry warned Kyiv residents to stay indoors Thursday because of the “armed and aggressive mood of the people.” Yanukovych claimed Thursday that police were not armed and “all measures to stop bloodshed and confrontation are being taken.” But the Interior Ministry later contradicted that, saying law enforcers would get weapons as part of an “anti-terrorist” operation. Some signs emerged that Yanukovych is losing loyalists. The chief of Kyiv’s city administration, Volodymyr Makeyenko, announced Thursday he was leaving Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. “We must be guided only by the interests of the people, this is our only chance to save people’s lives,” he said, adding he would continue to fulfil his duties as long as he had the


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and heavy smoke from burning barricades at the encampment belched into the sky, the foreign ministers of three European countries – France, Germany and Poland – met with Yanukovych for five hours after speaking with the opposition leaders. The EU ministers then returned to speak again with opposition leaders. The 28-nation European Union began an emergency meeting on Ukraine in Brussels to consider sanctions against those behind the violence. The latest bout of street violence began Tuesday when protesters attacked police lines and set fires outside parliament, accusing Yanukovych of ignoring their demands to enact constitutional reforms that would once again limit the

president’s power. Prior to the deaths Thursday, the Ukrainian Health Ministry said 28 people have died and 287 have been hospitalized this week. Protesters who have set up a medical facility in a downtown cathedral so that wounded colleagues would not be snatched away by police say the number of injured are significantly higher – possibly double or triple that. The Caritas Ukraine aid group praised the protest medics but said many of the wounded will need long-term care, including prosthetics. The clashes this week have been the most deadly since protests kicked off in November after Yanukovych shelved an association agreement with the European Union in favour

of closer ties with Russia. Russia then announced a $15 billion bailout for Ukraine, whose economy is in tatters. The political jockeying for influence in Ukraine has continued. In Moscow, the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin was sending former ombudsman Vladimir Lukin to Ukraine as a mediator. President Barack Obama stepped in to condemn the violence, warning Wednesday “there will be consequences” for Ukraine if it keeps up. The U.S. has raised the prospect of joining with the EU to impose sanctions against Ukraine. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia will “try to do our best” to fulfil its financial obligations to Ukraine, but indicated Moscow

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people’s trust. Another influential member of the ruling party, Serhiy Tyhipko, said both Yanukovych and opposition leaders had “completely lost control of the situation.” “Their inaction is leading to the strengthening of opposition and human victims,” the Interfax news agency reported. The parliament building was evacuated Thursday because of fears that protesters would storm it, and the government office and the Foreign Ministry buildings in Kyiv were also evacuated. But a parliament session convened in the afternoon, with some pro-government lawmakers heeding the opposition’s call to work out a solution to the crisis. As the violence exploded


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Fierce street battles in Ukraine put its future at stake and raise fears of messy breakup Vladimir Isachenkov And Maria Danilova

tors saw Yanukovych’s move as a betrayal of national interests Associated Press and submission to Moscow, and demanded that that he reverse his KIEV, Ukraine decision. Their number swelled erocious street battles beto hundreds of thousands after tween protesters and police a brutal riot police crackdown in the Ukrainian capital have and their demands have quickly left dozens dead and hundreds become more radical to include wounded in the past few days, Yanykovych’s resignation and raising fears that the ex-Soviet early elections. nation, whose loyalties are split between Russia and the West, Roots of violence is in an uncontrollable spiral of The rallies, which were violence. initially peaceful, spilled into vioFollowing a shaky truce lence in January after parliament, Wednesday, fighting flared up dominated by Yanukovych’s again with renewed fervour. Both supporters, passed repressive laws the government and the opposiintended to quash the protest. tion blame each other for widely For several days in January, radiusing firearms. The opposition cal protesters hurled firebombs said the government used snipers and stones at police, who retalito shoot protesters from roofs of ated with stun grenades, tear gas buildings around Independence and rubber bullets. At least four Square, known as the Maidan, people died and hundreds were which has been the epicenter of injured. the anti-government protests. Fighting ceased after YanukHere is a guide to the crisis. ovych made some concessions, including the retraction of the Divided country repressive legislation and the The protests erupted in Noouster of his prime minister. The vember when President Viktor opposition kept pushing for conYanukovych abruptly refused to stitutional changes that would sign a long-anticipated political limit the presidential powers, association and free trade agree- and the refusal by pro-Yanukment with the European Union, ovych’s lawmakers to endorse the opting instead for closer ties with amendments triggered the latest Russia. Yanukovych is widely spasm of violence that began despised in Ukraine’s west, but when the demonstrators assailed has strong support in his native police who fought back. Russia-speaking east, as well as Unlike last month, firearms south. were widely used this time, The pro-Western demonstra- resulting in a much higher death

bursements pending the outcome of the ongoing strife. The European Union and the United States have urged Yanukovych to negotiate a peaceful end to the conflict. But numerous visits to Kyiv by Western diplomats have achieved little result so far. Exasperated, Washington and the EU warned Yanukovych they would introduce sanctions against those responsible for the latest violence. Sanctions including travel bans and asset freezes could force Yanukovych’s hand by hitting powerful tycoons whose support is essential for his rule.


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Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of Ukraine’s current unrest.

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Protesters have seized government buildings in most western toll. the Polish-Lithuanian Comregions of Ukraine, where public monwealth. Except for some Pitched battles led to further western regions, which were part support for Yanukovych is close radicalization and made both of Poland between the two world to zero, declaring themselves insides unwilling to compromise. wars and then became part of the dependent from the central govThe opposition would accept Soviet Union, Ukraine remained ernment. They seized hundreds nothing but Yanukovych’s resigof firearms at police and security under Moscow’s control until nation. The president is apparagency headquarters and sent the 1991 collapse of the Soviet ently prepared to fight until volunteers to join battles in Kyiv, Union. the end. President Vladimir Putin sees according to the government. In the Russian-speaking east close economic and political ties Global power plays and south, where the majority of with Ukraine as essential for the Both Russia and the West have success of his project to build an the population depends on trade made vigorous efforts to draw alliance of ex-Soviet neighbours. with Russia and supports close Ukraine into its orbit – and that ties with Moscow, pro-Western Russia has done its best to tug of war continues in the crisis. derail Ukraine’s pact with the EU demonstrators have little public Moscow sees what is now with a mixture of trade sanctions following. Some officials and Ukraine as the birthplace of Rus- and promises. After Yanukovych lawmakers there have urged sian statehood and the Russian Yanukovych to quash protests in spiked the deal, Moscow offered Orthodox Christianity. Most of Kyiv at any cost. a $15 billion bailout to help modern-day Ukraine came under Ukraine avoid an imminent deThe sharp divide between east the control of the Russian czars fault, but so far has only provided and west has fueled fears of a messy breakup of the country. in the 1700s after being part of $3 billion, freezing further dis-

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Saving Iran’s biggest lake is priority for new president

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OROUMIEH, Iran he first cabinet decision made under Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, wasn’t about how to resolve his country’s nuclear dispute with world powers. It was about how to keep the nation’s largest lake from disappearing. Lake Oroumieh, one of the biggest saltwater lakes on Earth, has shrunk more than 80 per cent to 1,000 square kilometres (nearly 400 square miles) in the past decade, mainly because of climate change, expanded irrigation for surrounding farms and the damming of rivers that feed the body of water, experts say. Salt-covered rocks that were once deep underwater now sit in the middle of desert. Experts fear the lake – famous in years past as a tourist spot and a favourite stopping point for migrating flamingos, pelicans and gulls – could disappear within two years if nothing is done. “The lake is gone. My job is gone. My children are gone. Tourists, too,” said Mozafar Cheraghi, 58, as he stood on a dusty platform that was once his bustling teahouse. Less than a decade ago, he recalled, he hosted dozens of tourists a day, with his two sons taking them on boat tours. His children have since left to pursue work elsewhere. “I sold a dozen boats and kept half a dozen here, hoping the water will return,” he said. “But it didn’t happen.” Rescuing the lake in northwestern Iran, near the Turkish border, was one of Rouhani’s campaign promises, and his new cabinet promptly decided to form a team to invite scholars to help find solutions. The president is putting an emphasis on tackling long-neglected environmental problems critics say were made worse by his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. An engineer with an appetite for giant populist projects, Ahmadinejad pursued policies that led to the expansion of irrigation projects and construction of dams. “Rouhani stands by his campaign promise to revive the lake,” Isa Kalantari, a popular scholar appointed by Rouhani to lead the rescue team, said at an international conference in Oroumieh this week. The gathering brought experts from Iran and around the world to discuss the best options for reversing the trend and saving Iran from a major environmental and economic disaster. “Don’t blame nature and drought. Human beings, not climate change, are responsible for this situation. We dried up the lake because of our excessive demands and wrong methods. Now, we have to revive it ourselves. Five million people have to leave this region if the lake dies,” Kalantari said. Kalantari and his team are to come up with a final rescue plan by


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May. Twenty proposals are on the table for saving the lake, including cloud-seeding to increase rainfall in the area and the building of pipelines to bring in more water. Experts have also proposed the creation of other industries to reduce reliance on agricultural water. The government has already begun a project to raise public awareness and encourage farmers to abandon wasteful practices and adopt drip irrigation systems that save water. It is also urging farmers to switch to less-thirsty crops. Wheat and pistachios, for example, use less water than sugar beets. In the village of Govarchinghaleh, near the lake, Nader Hazrati and his son, Ali, grow grapes and almonds. “A decade ago, this was a green area. Now it is not because of decrease in rainfall. With the level of water in the lake going down, water in wells has gone down too. If we dig deeper, the water gets very salty and isn’t fit even for agricultural use. Our grape and almond harvest has fallen dramatically,” Ali said. Ali, 27, said salty winds have killed some of his almond trees. The effect on crops has prompted many villagers to leave the place

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The nature of a good drive The authors of The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist have dedicated a chapter to their book to the many wonders, big and small, found along Yukon’s stretch of the Alaska Highway. Darrell Hookey

mind and you don’t have to keep track of every kilometre.” So, at the rest stop at Rancheria Falls, the traveller knows the “If you stop to take a breath, you spruce-pine forest grew following will smell the fragrance of subal- a fire a little more than 100 years pine fir and, if you look carefully, ago, and the forest floor is covered you will actually see a few young in those “boreal stalwarts” of firs growing slowly in the shade bunchberry, crowberry, lingonof the pines, patiently waiting for berry and Labrador tea. their time in the sun.” The Cannings then suggest – Rest Stop, Rancheria Falls that although the wheelchairaccessible falls are “undeniably hat, right there, that is beautiful,” it is the geological what makes The New B.C. story underfoot that is really Roadside Naturalist a diffascinating: you can walk over ferent kind of read than what you the Cassiar Fault, here, where a would get from a kilometre-bycollision of the westward-moving kilometre treatment of the Alaska North America and northwardHighway. moving Pacific plate shifted the This new book tells a story of very land 50 to 100 kilometres each section of the highway, using away. the English language in an unThe fault “reveals itself ” as a abashedly eloquent and fun way. 50-metre-wide deformation of “No, we had no formal training granite that shows a “stretched, in writing,” says Syd Cannings, the crystalline fabric” that tells you co-author who is responsible for the active fault was shearing as it the Yukon addition to the book. was cooling. “My older brother (Rob), who This, the Cannings tell the is a fantastic writer, schooled us readers, is “the edge of North well and I learned how to write America.” concisely and clearly.” Who knew? When he says “us,” he means It’s an interesting story that his identical twin brother, Cannings says was told using as Richard, who teamed up with little “scientific jargon” as posCannings 11 years ago to write sible. But, when scientific jargon the first, Yukonless, B.C. Roadside is necessary, it is explained in Naturalist. their conversational style. Both books were written to tell For example, at the highest the stories of what drivers and point of the Alaska Highway, at passengers can expect to see out the pass between the watersheds their windows as they drive B.C., of the Muskwa and Toad Rivers, and now Yukon, highways. the traveller will see hoodoos. “I like to write that way,” says These are described as “erosional Cannings. “I think most people features that are created where like to read a story; it has more the soft sediments on a hillside impact that way. are almost entirely washed away, “As the driver, you set the book but those protected by a cap of out at breakfast in the morning rocks or more resistant sediments and you read that portion of the remain.” chapter before you go. Later on, they use the word “You then have something in “community” to describe the ecoSpecial for The News


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system of the Takhini Salt Flats. “To be honest,” says Cannings, “that is a scientific term. “Botanists use the word ‘community’ in a very specific sense. “I know it has other meanings and connotations of living together and working together, but I did use it as a scientific word.” Speaking of science, Can-

nings uses it as a defence when he declares that Snag, Yukon was not the coldest spot in North America. “Snag is still officially the coldest place in North America,” he says quickly. “I’m a biologist, so I can’t comment exactly on why. “Temperatures were taken by thermistors and probes, but it did Your Community Newspaper. One Click Away.

not have an official weather station at the time.” This particular “blasphemy,” on Page 261, is said to have occurred at Mill Creek, British Columbia, on Jan. 7, 1982. It was a calm, clear night when the intensely cold air drifted into the deep valley (which is what happens occasionally to Mary Lake, causing it to be 10 degrees colder than the rest of Whitehorse). The temperature hit -71 degrees Celsius, a full eight degrees colder than Snag’s record. As a biologist working on endangered species for Environment Canada in Whitehorse, Syd Cannings would take the time to drive south whenever needed. He would use a recorder to collect his thoughts on what he saw. When he saw something interesting about, say, geology, he would call up his geologist friends and ask them to explain it to him. Perhaps it wasn’t interesting, but they would tell him if there was something else that he missed in that area. Once he got over the occasional writer’s block, he would “blurt it all out until I got tired of it.” Then he would email it to his brother down south, who is a consulting biologist who assesses endangered species and organizes broad-scale bird population surveys. “He would have a fresh look at it and vice versa.” If it is any indication, his biologist friends have been buying their new book “like hot cakes.” “It is a biased sample,” says Cannings with a laugh. Another test will be today at noon, when Cannings will sign books at Mac’s Fireweed Books in Whitehorse. Darrell Hookey is a freelance writer living in Whitehorse.


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Banff bears use highway crossings to find mates Bob Weber Canadian Press

BANFF, Alta. hy did the bear cross the road? A new study suggests that at least one reason bears in Banff National Park are crossing the Trans-Canada Highway is to find mates – vindication for a series of wildlife crossings installed by Parks Canada on the busy route to try to keep bears on either side of it genetically linked. “It is clear that male and female individuals using crossings structures are successfully migrating, breeding and moving genes across the roadway,” says the paper published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, Britain’s national science academy. The Trans-Canada Highway cuts through the heart of Banff National Park. For decades, scientists have been concerned that Canada’s busiest east-west road link was isolating grizzly and black bear populations on either side of it – especially after high wire fences were built along the road to reduce wildlife traffic deaths. So between 1982 and 1997, more than two dozen underground and overhead crossings were built to allow wildlife to move northsouth. In 2006, University of Montana ecologist Mike Sawaya began a three-year research project to see if the crossings were working. After analyzing DNA from nearly 10,000 hair samples collected from strategically placed strips of barbed wire, Sawaya has concluded that they are. Last summer, he published research proving that bears were using the crossings. His latest paper suggests they’re crossing for more than a patch of tasty berries. “We found enough movement and migration across the highway to infer that, yes, the crossing structures are allowing the transfer


of genes.” Sawaya said that grizzlies on either side of the road had been slowly becoming more genetically distinct from each other, although the effect wasn’t pronounced in black bears. DNA analysis of the hair samples shows that the two ursine neighbourhoods are gradually coming back together again. “The grizzly bear population was fragmented and we’re starting to see it be restored,” said Sawaya. “If the crossings continue to work the way they are, I think we’re going to see the dissolution of that genetic structure over time.” The research team even documented how individual bears – both black and grizzly – were able to mate with a number of different females and wound up with offspring on both sides of the highway. Previous research conducted in California had suggested the only animals that use crossings are juveniles too young to breed. Sawaya found that wasn’t true. Almost half the black bears and more than one-quarter of the grizzlies that crossed were successful breeders. In fact, males who crossed most often seemed to be the ones with the most offspring. And Sawaya said it’s probable that the crossings are being used by other animals such as wolves, lynx or cougars for the same purposes. “Certainly, you can draw more conclusions about other carnivores and other species that have similar characteristics. This is very indicative of how these crossing structures would perform for other large mammals.” It’s good news for wildlife managers looking for ways to mitigate the effects of roads through wilderness. Parks Canada now has a total of 44 Trans-Canada crossings in Banff, almost one every two kilometres. The solution was expensive – the overpasses cost about $1 million

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each – but Parks Canada carnivore specialist Jesse Whittington said they were worth it. “For the first couple years, they didn’t look like they worked very well,” he said. “Over time, grizzly bears have learned to use them on a

regular basis.” Whittington said the model has already been used in the U.S. for pronghorn antelope. “There are people looking to Banff from all over the globe to see how well these crossings are

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Conservatives eye Arctic reindeer reserve for oil and gas exploration Steve Rennie Canadian Press

OTTAWA racts of land that had been set aside for reindeer grazing in Canada’s North have instead been offered up by the Conservative government for oil and gas exploration, newly released documents show. Companies interested in obtaining petroleum exploration rights in the Mackenzie Delta and Beaufort Sea region of the Northwest Territories were asked last year to nominate blocks of land that they wanted to see included in a subsequent call for bids. Reindeer-grazing reserves near the communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk were among the lands that were included in that call for nominations, pending a necessary amendment to an order-incouncil imposed in 2010. Documents show officials at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada have discussed just such an amendment in order to allow the reindeer-grazing land to be included in the bidding for exploration licences.


“Most Crown lands in the Mackenzie Delta are withdrawn from disposal under an order-in-council to allow for a reindeer-grazing reserve,” says a briefing note to a top department official from last August. “These lands have been included in the call for bids, pending amendments to (the order-in-council) to confirm the Crown’s ability to dispose of these lands for oil and gas exploration. “While the timing of these amendments remain uncertain, should these lands become available for issuance they may be included in the call for bids and a note to potential nominators is included in the call to this effect.” The Canadian Press obtained the documents under the Access to Information Act. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office said the move is part of the government’s effort to balance resource development with environmental protection. “The government of Canada continues to deliver on initiatives under the Northern Strategy to realize the economic and social aspirations

boundary. The region hasn’t always been home to reindeer. In the late 1920s, caribou became scarce and the people of the Mackenzie Delta, who depended on the caribou for food, began to starve. So in the early 1930s, the Canadian government bought some 3,000 reindeer from a company in western Alaska and hired Sami herders from northern Europe to bring the animals to the delta, thousands of kilometres away. When they finally reached Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press their destination, the herders Prime Minister Stephen Harper greets workers on the taught the locals how to care Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway in Inuvik in January. for the reindeer. Tracts of land set aside for reindeer have been opened The program never really up by the government for oil and gas exploration, took off, but descendants of newly released documents show. the original herders remain there today. of Northerners,” spokescompanies have asked to bid One of them, Lloyd Binder, woman Erica Meekes said in on it. a reindeer herder from the an email. The Mackenzie Delta region Mackenzie Delta region, said “This includes issuing exis a trove of oil and natural any concerns about openploration licenses in the North gas. After decades of starts ing the land to oil and gas while implementing measures and stops, the National Energy exploration would likely be that ensure the protection of Board in 2011 approved a “streamrolled.” our Northern environment.” 1,200-kilometre natural gas “We can work around it, While the reindeer-grazing pipeline that would start at I think,” Binder wrote in an reserve land was included in the Beaufort Sea and continue email. “We are in the survival last year’s call for nominasouth through the Mackenzie business and oil/gas will run tions, the government says no Valley to the northern Alberta out in a decade or three!”

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she said she was also changing her Facebook identity from Female to TransWoman. Facebook, which has 1.23 billion active monthly users around the world, also allows them to keep their gender identity private and will continue to do so. The company does not routinely publish data about users, and had no early figures about people changing their gender identity or leaving Facebook on Thursday. The Williams Institute, a thinktank based at the University of California, Los Angeles, estimates there are at least 700,000 individuals in the U.S. who identify as transgender, an umbrella term that includes people who live as a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth. The change at Facebook drew dozens of appreciative postings on the company’s diversity website, although some pointed out the need to make relationships gender neutral, rather than using terms such as son or daughter. Others asked for sexual orientation options. The company said they were already working on it. The move by Facebook represents a basic and yet significant form of recognition of the nation’s growing transgender rights movement, which has been spurred by veteran activists and young people who identify as transgender at younger ages. The Human Rights Campaign last year found that 10 per cent of the 10,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender youths it surveyed used “other” or wrote in their own gender terms. Blogger and computer coder Meitar Moscovitz, in Santa Fe, N.M., was “underwhelmed.” “This isn’t about Facebook being inclusive,” he said. “It’s about Facebook making sure people remain ignorant of exactly that facet; that they are categorizing you anyway. The more informa-

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Special blend of milk just for girls? Animal moms customize their milk depending on baby’s sex Lauran Neergaard Associated Press

WASHINGTON special blend of mother’s milk just for girls? New research shows animal moms are customizing their milk in surprising ways depending on whether they have a boy or a girl. The studies raise questions for human babies, too – about how to choose the donor milk that’s used for hospitalized preemies, or whether we should explore gender-specific infant formula. “There’s been this myth that mother’s milk is pretty standard,” said Harvard University evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde, whose research suggests that’s far from true – in monkeys and cows, at least. Instead, “the biological recipes for sons and daughters may be different,” she told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Friday. Pediatricians have long stressed that breast milk is best when it comes to baby’s first food. Breast-fed infants are healthier, suffering fewer illnesses such as diarrhea, earaches or pneumonia during the first year of life and less likely to develop asthma or obesity later on. But beyond general nutri-


tion, there have been few studies of the content of human breast milk, and how it might vary from one birth to the next or even over the course of one baby’s growth. That research is difficult to conduct in people. So Hinde studies the milk that rhesus monkey mothers make for their babies. The milk is richer in fat when monkeys have male babies, especially when it’s mom’s first birth, she found. But they made a lot more milk when they had daughters, Hinde discovered. Do daughters nurse more, spurring production? Or does something signal mom prenatally to produce more? To tell, Hinde paired with Kansas State University researchers to examine lactation records of nearly 1.5 million Holstein cows. Unlike monkey babies, calves are separated from their mothers early on, meaning any difference should be prenatal. Sure enough, cows that bore daughters produced about 1.6 per cent more milk. Since cows lactate for 305 days, that adds up. More interesting, cows often lactate while pregnant – and those that bore a second daughter in a row produced almost 1,000 more pounds of milk over nearly two years than those

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that produced only sons, Hinde calculated. Back to the monkeys – where Hinde found still more differences in the quality of the milk. Milk produced for monkey daughters contains more calcium, she found. One explanation: Female monkeys’ skeletons mature faster than males’ do, suggesting they need a bigger infusion of this bone-strengthening mineral. Human girls’ skeletons mature faster than boys, too, but there haven’t been similar studies of calcium in human breast milk, Hinde said. Mothers’ milk even affects babies’ behaviour, she said. Higher levels of the natural stress hormone cortisol in milk can make infants more nervous and less confident. But boys and girls appear sensitive to the hormone’s effects at different ages, her latest monkey research suggests. One previous study of human babies has linked higher cortisol levels in breast milk to cranky daughters, not sons, but Hinde cautioned that testing cortisol reactions at only one point in time could have missed an effect on younger or older boys. What about boy and girl twins? Hinde can’t answer; the monkeys she studies seldom have twins. Nor can she explain

why the animals show these gender differences. “It’s something highly personalized for that mother and that infant at that time point. That’s an exquisite thing,” Hinde said, who wants to see similar study of human breast milk. Because high-quality breast milk is particularly important to the most vulnerable infants, she wonders whether premature

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The case of the 200-year-old typo Ashley Joannou News Reporter


ithout the benefit of a delete key, typos can come back to haunt you for centuries. A Carleton University professor is certain a misplaced letter on a nearly 200-year-old map has resulted in a point on the Yukon coast being incorrectly labelled. Chris Burn is asking the government to change that. The question surrounds Calton Point, a spot on the territory’s coast that extends towards the southeastern corner of Herschel Island. Or maybe that’s Catton Point – with two Ts. Therein lies the problem. Officially, Canada has used the former spelling for about the last 50 years. But Burns insists Catton is the right way – named after an astronomer from the 1800s. In July 1826, Capt. John Franklin led two boats along the northwestern coast of North America. His trip, designed to fend off Russian claims to the area, would be the first by a European to go along the Arctic Coast west of the Mackenzie Delta. He named things as he went. From the very beginning, there was confusion over the name for the point in question, Burn said. Franklin’s text from his voyage identifies it with the two Ts, but the accompanying map has that pesky L. Typos back then weren’t easy to fix, Burn said. “The map that accompanies the text was made as an engraving. They had to make a whole plate with the map on it and then print that.” To try and decode which spelling was correct, Burn – an expert on Herschel Island with the university’s geography and environmental studies department – started looking at other accounts of the area. “Once I started to look at the journals of other people who had travelled along the coast in the 19th century, some of them used one word and some of them used the other,” he said. The first edition of Canada’s Topographic System Map from 1962 had the two Ts found in Franklin’s text. But later that same year, the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names sided with the L on the original map. It has been that way ever since. In a paper published by the Arctic Institute of North America, Burn argues the point was actually named after Reverend Thomas Catton, a fellow of the

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Carleton University professor Chris Burn believes a historical map-making error on a point of Yukon’s northern coast needs to be corrected.

Royal Society and president of St. John’s College in Cambridge from 1819 to 1822. The Royal Society is an academic association in the U.K., one of the oldest societies still in existence. The society welcomed members who would become among the most influential scientists of their time. This includes luminaries like Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin and the first microbiologist, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. It turns out that 12 of the 21 places Franklin named in the Yukon were named after scientists who were also fellows of the Royal Society, Burn said. Catton fits in with that theme. There is no fellow on record with the last name Calton. According to Burn’s research, Catton was an astronomer and one of the first members of the Astronomical Society in 1820. Catton was a teacher at St. John’s College, where John Herschel was a student. Catton likely taught Herschel astronomy, Burn said. “When Franklin put Catton Point, he put it pointing at Herschel Island. He connected the two people in proximity because they had been closely associated with each other,” Burn said. Lastly, Burn argues, Catton had been made a fellow of the

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Explorer Capt. John Franklin gave the point in question its name. It has been a point of confusion ever since.

Royal Society very shortly before Franklin himself received the same honour. “So he was probably in that group of people with whom they all met from time to time. I think he probably knew him, I don’t have that for sure, but I

think he probably knew him,” Burn said. Changing names on maps is not an easy task. Burn’s request first went to the Yukon government’s heritage resources unit. The process starts with the

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Blind cows Tricia, left, and Sweety get acquainted at the shelter in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

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Tricia, who was born blind, has Associated Press been at the Watkins Glen, N.Y., sanctuary since 2008, when she wo blind, aging cows were 350 was saved from slaughter. miles apart, distressed and facThere was red tape galore, ing a dark future. medical exams for Sweety, and What happened next is a love finally a road trip to pick her up story starring, not cows, but rescu- Feb. 4 at a veterinary hospital in ers who worked across internaLachute, Quebec. tional borders for nearly a month Sweety arrived late that night to bring the bovines together. and had to be given a cloth coat It started when Sweety, an because she had lived in barns her 8-year-old Canadian cow with a whole life and her fur wasn’t thick hoof infection, was rescued from enough for the cold. the slaughterhouse by a horse The two cows mooed at each sanctuary in Ontario. Workers at other from separate corrals before Refuge RR put out the word to the they were united the next day. small legion of folks devoted to Nose to nose, Sweety, tall and saving aging farm animals that she bony with a white triangle patch needed a permanent home. on her forehead, bumped into Farm Sanctuary in New York Tricia, shorter and thicker with is just such a place and they had black-and-white body swirls. They a 12-year-old Holstein named nuzzled one another. Tricia, who seemed lonely and It didn’t take long for them anxious after losing her cow com- to become BFFs (bovine friends panion to cancer a year ago. Cattle forever), shelter spokeswoman are herd animals and she was the Meredith Turner said. only one at the shelter without a Sweety is still bumping into partner. things, but Tricia often guides her “It was exciting to think that by clear of obstacles. giving Sweety a new life, we might They eat and walk together and also give Tricia another chance to even bed down in tandem. enjoy her own,” said Susie Coston, Love may be blind, Turner said, national shelter director for the but for shelter workers, it was a sanctuary. matter of seeing and believing.

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dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico. MEXICO CITY Previously, the remains of dogs rchaeologists on Friday anhave been found accompanying nounced the discovery of “an human remains or as part of offerexceptional” ancient burial site under ings, experts with Mexico’s National an apartment building in Mexico Institute of Anthropology and HisCity containing the remains of 12 tory, or INAH, said in a statement. But this is the first time a group of dogs has been found buried together at one site. “This is definitely a special finding because of the number of dogs and because we have found no connection to a building or with the deceased,” said archaeologist Rocio Morales Sanchez. Aztecs believed dogs could guide human souls into a new life after death on earth, and could guard pyramids and other monuments when buried under them. The dogs were buried at around the same time in a small pit between 1350 a 1520 A.D., the heyday of the Aztec empire. The team of archaeologists determined when the dogs were buried through ceramics and other items found in nearby pits under the apartment building in the populous Mexico City borough of Aztacapozalco, Sanchez Morales said. Michael E. Smith, an anthropology professor at Arizona State Associated Press


University who was not involved in the project, said the discovery is important because it is the first such find. “This is not the first time a burial of a dog has been found, but it is the first find where many dogs were carefully buried together, in a setting that is like a cemetery,” Smith said. Morales Sanchez said they will need to dig deeper to see if there are other items that could help them find out why the animals were buried in that area. Smith said it will be important to see the results of the analysis of the bones. “That work will tell us about the breed of these dogs, and it may tell us how they were killed,” he said. “The full significance of the finds is rarely obvious at time of excavation; the analysis will give the full story.” Archaeologist Antonio Zamora, who works at the excavation site, said a biologist told the team the remains belonged to medium-sized dogs with full sets of teeth, likely common dogs. Aztecs kept pets Techichi dogs, a breed with short legs believed to be an ancestor of the Chihuahua dog, and Xoloitzcuintlis (shoh-loh-eetsKWEEN’-tlees), whose remains can be identified because of the loss of some of their teeth during adult age.

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Alaskans have enjoyed good earthquake luck since 1964 by Ned Rozell


SCIENCE A t the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s largest earthquakes, State Seismologist Mike West says Alaskans might learn a lesson from New Zealand. Here in this land at the meeting point of two restless crustal slabs,

no one has died by earthquake since 1964. The magnitude 7.9 Denali Fault earthquake zipped a jagged line through 200 miles of glacier ice and tundra in 2002. A magnitude 7.5 earthquake ruptured just off the coast of Southeast Alaska in 2012. But the immense energy of both earthquakes rippled away from our towns and cities. “If you’re not careful, the takehome message is that magnitude 7.5’s don’t hurt anyone in Alaska,” West says. “That’s tremendously naive.” West, state seismologist and head of the Alaska Earthquake Center, points to an event in New Zealand Peter Haeussler/U.S. Geological Survey

A crack in the Alaska Range’s Canwell Glacier shows the energy released by the magnitude 7.9 Denali Fault earthquake that shook Alaska in 2002.

that could happen here. In February 2011, a 6.1 earthquake near Christchurch killed 185 people (115 when a six-story building collapsed) and destroyed thousands of homes. Christchurch is similar to Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su area in that it sits on soils that quiver like a mudpie during a big earthquake. “Coastal rainfall, river basins and permafrost conspire to ensure that soils in these areas are saturated and ripe for magnified ground motion,” West says.

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Our good fortune in contrast to Christchurch’s has come down to a simple roll of the geologic dice. Our recent earthquakes with the power to shake down buildings have ripped high in cold mountains and deep beneath the sea floor. West says seismologists are also to blame for earthquake complacency when they say that the energy released in 1964 reduces the risk of a great earthquake in the same place. “A magnitude 8 is reasonable in this area, and no one should bet against a magnitude 9 elsewhere in the (Aleutian) arc,” he says. Alaska has come a long way since 1964, when there were two work-

Since the late 1970s, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute has provided this column free in cooperation with the UAF research community. Ned Rozell is a science writer for the Geophysical Institute.

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Yukon and the flu epidemic of 1918 – Part 1 HISTORY

in the crowded military bases, where soldiers were being trained, or prepared to ship out, it spread like wildfire. Two deaths became 20, followed by 100, followed by by Michael Gates hundreds, then thousands. City after city became overy 1914, the population of burdened with the sick and dying post-gold-rush Yukon had as the plague spread. Within six dwindled to a few thoumonths as many as 50 million sand. News of the war overseas siphoned off hundreds of healthy succumbed to the disease worldwide. In America, newspapers Yukon men who volunteered for service. As the war progressed, the reported that influenza took twice federal government tightened the as many lives as the war did. People were becoming sick and purse strings and slashed the civil dying faster than the system could service. handle. Overworked doctors and In October 1918, as the war nurses also became sick and many was winding down, the Princess died from the dreaded virus. The Sophia, a coastal passenger ship, sank not far from Skagway, taking bodies piled high as the death hundreds of Yukon citizens down toll mounted. Undertakers were with her. How could things be any swamped. Coffin-makers couldn’t worse for this northern outpost of keep up. Gravediggers were becoming too sick to bury the dead. civilization? In New York City, a steam Word filtered into the Yukon shovel was used to excavate of a terrible plague spreading trenches into which to pile the around the world like wildfire. It thousands of bodies that were pilwas called “Spanish Influenza,” ing up. Some cities were close to because Spain, being a neutral social collapse because of influcountry not cloaked by wartime enza. censorship, openly reported on Authorities feared that the a spreading epidemic. Combatants on both sides of the trenches truth of the epidemic would only foster panic during the state of censored news about the terrible war. Officials lied to the public plague that was sweeping the Submitted photo about the severity of the outbreak, In just 24 weeks, as many as 50 million people around the battlefields, laying low reserve but the growing piles of corpses troops and crippling the civilian world died of the Spanish Flu in 1918. told the story and made the public population. It first appeared in prevalent in Eastern cities and information. In Philadelphia, for distrust official assurances. Panic early September; by November, we may expect it in the West.” To example, where a corrupt adminreports of the epidemic were com- widened as the “Spanish Influprevent the spread, they advised enza” spread its deadly tentacles istration got much of its financial ing in from all over the world. isolation, covering coughs, the Symptoms resembled the com- around the world. backing from the saloon-keepers, three C’s (clean mouth, clean skin bars and saloons remained open mon flu, but varied in intensity. Calls for volunteers fell upon They included headaches, loss and clean clothes), good ventiladeaf ears because people feared throughout the epidemic, and of energy, coughing, chills and tion, washing of hands, and using officials recommended alcohol contagion. Those who did offer extreme fever. The deadly illness only eating utensils that had been as a cure or preventative for the to help often fled from the awful took its victims in two differsight (and smell) of the dead and washed. dreaded flu. ent ways. The first occurred dying. No one knew what caused Those who were still healthy, With growing apprehension within the first two days, when it. No one could prevent it. No and those who attended to the Yukon citizens read letters telling patients would literally drown in one knew how to treat it. sick, covered their mouths and of the sick and dying Outside, their own blood. This cause of “The epidemic began in Eurnoses with gauze or cloth masks, and perused the newspapers with death was the prevalent source ope,” stated the British Columbia but they were of no value in predread the autumn of 1918. Were of mortality among the military. Board of Health, “…and has venting the spread of the disease. they, too, to be stricken by the The second, which afflicted the crossed the Atlantic. It is very Some authorities spread misdeadly virus? Seattle fell to the flu civilian population, occurred after a week, when patients, apparently recovering from the influenza, developed a secondary infection 3 All orders cut to your specifications. and died of pneumonia. 3 We use only Grade “AA” Gov’t Inspected Meat In normal seasonal influenza, those under five years of age and st those over 65 are the hardest hit. In this epidemic, the worst hit were the young and healthy – Chicken Pack Deluxe Pack those between 20 years and 50 Econo Pack $ $ $ years of age. 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in October. Mid month, 75 residents had died; by the end of the month, 350 had succumbed. Alaska was not spared either. Juneau reported three cases at the end of October. There were eight cases on December 14 and over 100 a week later. The remote city of Nome was hit by the scourge, despite quarantine of all passengers arriving by boat. There were no cases October 22, but by November 8, there were more than 300. The December 23 issue of The Dawson Daily News reported that there had been 1,000 deaths in the Nome area. Even if this number was exaggerated, it must have terrified Yukon. Fairbanks placed sentries on all the trails into town and imposed a five-day quarantine, but the dreaded flu still appeared. Influenza knew no class boundaries; anyone could be stricken regardless of race, gender or social class, although some groups were hit more deeply than others. Native communities throughout Alaska were decimated. In one settlement, only a half dozen survived. In another community, 22 of 24 adults had perished, leaving 16 orphans. Of 10 villages visited by one doctor, three were wiped out entirely, while the other settlements suffered 85 per cent mortality. Children whose parents had died then starved or froze to death. The Dawson Daily News and Whitehorse Star reported the mounting death toll from around the world. Yukon citizens waited with uneasiness. They could feel the circle of death closing in from all directions. Next week, I will tell you how they dealt with the deadly plague. Michael Gates is a Yukon historian and sometimes adventurer based in Whitehorse. His latest book, Dalton’s Gold Rush Trail, is available in Yukon stores. You can contact him at

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Our leaders aren’t royalty, so there’s no need to fawn what rules must be followed in order not to offend, or attract the attention of the Secret Service? Should she extend a hand to the president, or wait until by Judith he does so? Is it permissible to look him full in the face, or Martin should she cast her eyes down demurely while murmuring a polite greeting? Are the rules the same for his wife? And speaking of greeting, DEAR MISS MANNERS: If one’s assumption would be that a lady is being presented to the “Good evening, Mr. President” president of the United States would be acceptable for him, and his wife in a formal setting, but how does one address his




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wife? Mrs./Madam President? Mrs. First Lady? Mrs. Obama? (My assumption is that “Hey Michelle” would not be a good idea.) I want to make my country, and Miss Manners, proud. GENTLE READER: A worthy thought, for which Miss Manners thanks you. She presumes that you also take pride in being the citizen of a country that distinguishes respect from obsequiousness and allows us to look our leaders full in the face. After some debate, our Founding Fathers ruled that court etiquette, with its flowery titles and knee-bending to superiors, was not fitting for a dignified republic. Therefore, our highest official is not His Extraordinarily Important Worship, but, as you note, simply “Mr. President.” His wife, although popularly known as the First Lady, is legally a private citizen with no official title to go with what have come to be enormous responsibilities. The only concession is that she is THE Mrs. Obama, as opposed to any other lady who might happen to have that surname, so should be addressed in writing, as well as face-to-face, without using a given name. Woodrow Wilson’s wife had two sets of cards: “Mrs. Woodrow Wilson” after he left office, but just “Mrs. Wilson” during his presidency. And don’t worry about the handshake. Royal subjects are forbidden to initiate any form of touch with their sovereigns, but Americans find that their leaders, being politicians, are only too eager to shake hands. He will probably have his out faster than yours. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Somehow I missed the memo that desserts in restaurants are a communal affair. We are able to go out to dinner only on special occasions,

and I limit my alcohol intake to be able to afford dessert. If I order soup, it will always come with one spoon, but the waitstaff almost always decides for me that my small, expensive dessert should come with a spoon for each person at the table. I have had people take three or four bites while telling us about their co-workers who came in today with the start of a flu bug. I am tempted to make a preemptive strike and tell the server that if he brings everyone a spoon, fine, just bring two desserts and I’ll take the second one off the tip, but I know this is not only rude, but also allows for who-knows-what to happen to the food before it is served. Do you have any suggestions for me? GENTLE READER: Yes: Stop threatening the waitstaff, and not just because you suspect them capable of nasty reprisals. Although Miss Manners shares your dislike of the automatic assumption of sharing, a great many people do ask for extra spoons, and it is not a high crime to hope to save a trip. However, she will protect you from sharing your goodie. Just make your pre-emptive strike a bit less harsh. You could say good-naturedly to the server, “Thank you, but I’m sure this is so good that I’ll want to devour it all,” and to your companions, “Does anyone else want to order one?” DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I visited a museum with my mother, we noticed other visitors taking photos of the exhibits with their cellphones. My mother and I were taught never to take photos in a museum, that it deprived the museum of its “product,” as it were, and could damage antiquities. Is this no longer the case? The docents and guards did not correct the photographers, and

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Elijah Smith, Jack Hulland win at basketball championships Tom Patrick News Reporter


awks and Eagles were flying high at the Yukon Schools’ Athletic Association’s Elementary Basketball Championships. The Jack Hulland Hawks and the Elijah Smith Eagles got their talons on gold with big second halfs in the finals at Porter Creek Secondary on Saturday. Both the Hawks and Eagles defeated teams they had lost to in roundrobin play earlier in the tournament. The Elijah Smith Eagles defended their title from last year with a narrow 19-18 win over the Takhini Elementary Timberwolves in the girls final. “We were a long shot to win,” said Eagles coach Rebecca Bradford-Andrew. “We had been doing semi-well, but we didn’t expect to win gold. “We won as many games as we lost and we just came here to have fun, teach the girls how to enjoy basketball for next year.” The final was a back-andforth battle with the teams trading the lead like a hot potato late in the game. The Timberwolves ended the first half up 13-6 before the Eagles began to spread their wings. Elijah Smith went on a ninepoint run to tie the game 15-15 on a basket from captain Emily Johnson. Takhini took back the lead on a free-throw and basket from Tugugin Swan to make it 18-15. Johnson put in two freethrows to pull within one before taking a rebound down court, draining a jump shot for the game-winner with 35 seconds left on the clock. “I think in the first half they were just warming up,” said Bradford-Andrew, who coached the team with Kasia Leary. “In the second half they got a little hungry. They pulled it together towards the end, started working better as a team and were very supportive of each other. “In the first half they were working on that.”

Hawks fly off with gold After finishing with silver last year, the Jack Hulland Hawks improved with gold this year. The Hawks defeated the Christ the King Wolverines 3120 in the boys final. “The boys worked hard all year, they practised hard, they played hard, they had a good attitude and they learned a lot,” said Hawks coach Valerie Ireland. “They improved a ton and

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A Jack Hulland player looks to pass during the boys final.

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Jack Hulland Hawks player Seth Carey drives to the hoop during the boys final at the YSAA Elementary Basketball Championships on Saturday at Porter Creek Secondary. The Hawks defeated Christ the King.

I couldn’t be happier for them. They are a great group of boys.” “We lost to Christ the King in round-robin play, so the boys knew what they were up against in the final and they came out with a fire in their belly,” she added. The Wolverines took their one lead of the game on a basket from Logan McKay to make it 11-9 late in the first half. The Hawks took back the lead in the dying seconds of the half on an end-to-end rush from Brett Walchuk to make it 13-12. Jack Hulland expanded the lead throughout the second half, mostly scoring with drives through the key. The Hawks used their speed and fast breaks to widen the gap while the Wolverines couldn’t buy a basket in the second half.

“They are a fast team,” said Ireland. “I’ve been coaching Grade 7 for a lot of years and I’ve never seen a team run and gun and be so fast down the court. It’s just purely instinct – drive to the hoop, drive to the hoop. They are so good at seeing lanes and getting the ball down the court fast.” A Hidden Valley/Holy Family mixed girls team won bronze with a 17-12 win over Whitehorse Elementary School. Similarly, Hidden Valley defeated Whitehorse Elementary 15-13 in the boys’ bronze game. Contact Tom Patrick at Tom Patrick/Yukon News

Elijah Smith Eagle Landyn Blisner looks to score in the girls final. The Eagles beat Takhini Elementary 19-18.


Yukon News

Friday, February 21, 2014

Beatty, Johnsgaard win hardware at Scandinavian Cup Tom Patrick News Reporter


ahria Beatty and Knute Johnsgaard are fast on snow or slush. The two Whitehorse crosscountry skiers sped through slush to medals at the Scandinavian Cup in Priekuli, Latvia, over the weekend. “The snow is more like slush mixed with ice,” said Johnsgaard in an email to the News. “Since I’m used to skiing in such perfect conditions in Whitehorse, I’m still getting used to the challenging conditions. Apparently I’m getting better now though.” Better indeed. Johnsgaard won silver in the 10-kilometre skate on Sunday and bronze in the 10-kilometre classic on Saturday. Beatty skied to gold in the women’s five-kilometre classic on Sunday for her first openwomen’s victory of her career. The Scandinavian Cup, which is the equivalent to Canada’s Haywood NorAm Series, is nicknamed the “B Tour” with the Olympics considered the “A Tour.” Because of a lack of snow, the weekend’s races in Priekuli were held on a man-made 2.5-kilometre loop. The two Whitehorse skiers are currently in Madona, Latvia, for more races and will travel to Otepaa, Estonia, this weekend. Beatty skied to 25th in a sprint on Wednesday and 29th in the 10-kilometre free on Thursday. “The races in Latvia last week were preparation races for the more important/competitive races (Wednesday and Thursday) and on the weekend,” said Johnsgaard. “Unfortunately I picked up

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Whitehorse cross country skier Dahria Beatty stands atop the podium after winning a race in the Scandinavian Cup in Priekuli, Latvia on Sunday.

a cold yesterday so I’m sitting out today’s race. Hopefully I can recover in time to race this weekend in Otepaa. There is a classic sprint and a 20-km classic mass start.” Beatty and Johnsgaard qualified for the Scandinavian Cup with strong performances at the U23 and World Junior Championships events in Val di

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Mountain bike club wants your votes Tom Patrick

Success Project, a Carcross/Tagish First Nation project founded in 2005 aimed at creating an extenhe Contagious Mountain Bike sive trail network on Montana Club wants Yukoners to get Mountain in Carcross. online and vote for them in the “We had lots of ideas for Mountain Equipment Co-op’s putting that money to work in Dirt Search Contest. Whitehorse, but we felt this was The Whitehorse-based club is an ideal opportunity to give back one of 10 mountain bike clubs in to a First Nation that has done Western Canada hoping to receive so much for Yukon trails,” said the most online votes and pocket Contagious president Sierra van $10,000 for trail creation. der Meer in a news release. “It’s “We’re up against Vancouver, also a show of appreciation for Calgary, Edmonton and Whistthe investments that the fedler, which has the world’s largest mountain bike club,” said Conta- eral, territorial, and municipal gious’ Jane Koepke. “The compe- governments have made to help tition is really stiff, to say the least. the Yukon become an amazing home for all trail enthusiasts. We “We’ve been running a pretty just want to do what we can to aggressive campaign. I’m hazarding a guess that we’re going to contribute.” The trails on Montana Mounbe in the top two, top three for tain are already highly regarded. sure.” In 2011 the International If Contagious wins the contest Mountain Bicycling Association next week, the club doesn’t plan inducted the Mountain Hero Trail to use the winnings for Whiteon Montana Mountain into its horse trails. The club will donate the money to the Single Track to Epic Trails category. News Reporter


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happy to nudge the Swedish rock out of the way, but was short and Canada had to settle for one after a measurement. The Swedes went down 4-3 but high-fived because they had hammer. Jones nailed a pressure draw with her last rock of the ninth. That piled the pressure on Prytz, given the plethora of Canadian rocks in the house. The Swede wrecked her shot and Canada stole two. Prytz looked to the skies, as if wondering what she had to deserve such a fate. The Swedes have a rich history in curling at the Olympics, winning gold in 2006 and 2010 (via Anette Norberg) and bronze in 1998 (Elisabet Gustafson). Sigfridsson has lost four world championship finals: as third in 2002, lead in 2009 and as skip with her current team in 2012 and 2013.

blanked. Canada capitalized in the fourth when Sweden’s Maria Prytz – throwing fourth – jammed on a double attempt with last rock and Jones drew for a deuce and a 3-1 lead. With Lawes and Officer struggling and Sweden holding hammer, Jones faced a house with three Swedish rocks counting as she threw her last stone. She hit and stuck, but leaving Sweden shot rock. Prytz tried to remove Canadian rocks for a big score but had to settle for two and a 3-3 tie. The sixth and seventh were blanked as the Swedes put rocks in the house and Canada cleaned them out. In the eighth, there was more action in the house. After freezes by Canada and Sweden, each team had a rock around the same distance from the button. Jones tried to draw for a possible two,

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        

               

      

 

           

              


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WASHINGTON, DC n one country, it’s a relatively popular niche sport with a passionate following. In the other, it’s an identity-shaping national obsession depicted on the $5 bill. Those hockey worlds will collide for the second day in a row today as the U.S. and Canada face off in the men’s Olympic semifinal. One American website has expressed amusement over hockey’s ability to bring the neighbouring country to a standstill. After the women’s final it ran a series of videos under the headline: “Canadians Freaking Out Over Winning Hockey Gold Is Just Fantastic.” That Deadspin post said: “People spend their whole lives looking for something to love like Canadians love hockey. So what happens when you throw in a sudden death win for a gold medal?” It even showed images of the Canadian politician perhaps best known in America – Rob Ford. Next to an image of Ford joyously bouncing up and down, the site expressed concern over the toll being taken on the Toronto mayor’s knees. Canadians from coast to coast will be hoping for another moment just like that today. The Americans tuning into the game would prefer a reversal of fortune. The contest gives the U.S. a chance to avenge a stunning collapse in which the Canadian women scored three late goals to win the gold. For the second day in a row, people from both countries will watch the game together near the White House. The Canadian


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Natalie Spooner of Canada gets a hug as she leaves the ice after the medal ceremony for the women’s gold medal hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia.

embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue will host a hockey-watching event as it often does for high-stakes Canada-U.S. games. The street’s most famous resident won’t be at the party. But Pennsylvania Avenue dweller Barack Obama will be looking to win back a case of beer from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, after he lost one in Wednesday’s bet. Even their former spokesmen have gone double or nothing. When Canada beat the U.S. men for the gold in 2010, the president’s then-spokesman Robert Gibbs was forced to wear a Maple Leaf jersey to a White House press briefing. He and longtime Harper aide Dimitri Soudas have repeated their bet: the loser must wear the jersey, while the winner gets a bottle of wine. If history is any guide, the odds are longer on the American side. Canada beat the U.S. in the first Olympic hockey final in 1920. It won the last two times they faced in a final, in 2002 and

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2010. And there were a number of shellackings in between. The U.S. did win at Squaw Valley in 1960, and at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. But when it comes to obsessing over the game, it’s no contest. A Harris poll last month suggested hockey was the favourite sport of five per cent of Americans. This placed it sixth, after NFL football (35 per cent), Major League Baseball (14 per cent), college football (11 per cent), auto racing (7 per cent), and pro basketball (6 per cent). About one in 600 Americans were registered to play hockey last year, or 0.0016 per cent. That’s compared to 1 in 55 Canadians, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation. Still, the Americans are catching up in raw numbers. There were 510,279 Americans registered to play last year according to the IIHF, compared to 625,152 in Canada. The numbers actually flattened out last year in the U.S., after significant increases. That growing enrolment is already reflected in the NHL, where more than one-fifth of the players are now American compared to the minuscule numbers of generations past. So maybe the basketballloving U.S. president isn’t quite a hockey fanatic, and maybe there’s no evidence yet that Obama will even watch the game he’s got a case of beer riding on. But some Americans clearly do care. Just ask Madeleine Albright. The former secretary of state tweeted her congratulations to the Canadians yesterday and offered words of consolation to her own side. “Tough game – but very proud of #TeamUSA,” she wrote. “Rematch in 2018.”





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Sudoku Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit


To solve Kakuro, you must enter a number between 1 and 9 in the empty squares. The clues are the numbers in the white circles that give the sum of the solution numbers: above the line are across clues and below the line are down clues and below the line are down clues. Thus, a clue of 3 will produce a solution of 2 and 1 and a 5 will produce 4 and 1, or 2 and 3, but of course, which squares they go in will depend on the solution of a clue in the other direction. No difit can be repeated in a solution, so a 4 can only produce 1 and 3, never 2 and 2. © 2013 The Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency. All rights reserved.

Puzzle A

Puzzle B CLUES ACROSS 1. Belaya river port city 4. Arbitrageur businessman 7. Leavened bread 8. Exploiters 10. 7 deadly 12. Minimal unit of metrical time 13. 12th Jewish month 14. Our 50 states 16. Fiddler crabs 17. Them in Spanish 19. Texas Gov. Richards CLUES DOWN 1. Not visible or perceived 2. A ribbed woven fabric of silk, rayon or cotton 3. Growth rings 4. Volcanic mountain in Japan 5. Rebroadcasts a show 6. A British suspender 8. Fringe-toed lizard 9. Oceans 11. Molten metal scum residue 14. Atomic # 106 15. Mountain peak covering

20. Single integers 21. Areas of a city 25. Goat and camel hair fabric 26. Misery resulting from affliction 27. Icelandic island 29. Publisher Adolph 30. Oxalis crenata 31. A major division of geological time 32. Edith Bunker actress 39. Parent organizations

41. Express pleasure 42. Entrap 43. Fabric with a corded surface 44. A food additive to enhance flavor 45. Database management system 46. Betel palm genus 48. Notch 49. Hungarian is a Finno-_____ language 50. A right angle building extension 51. Burgh on the Firth of Clyde 52. Owed as a debt

18. Request for quiet 19. Macaws 20. Lyric poems 22. #8 potassium rich fruits 23. Star Wars’ __-Wan Kenobi 24. Express wonder 27. Works a garden’s soil 28. Alias 29. Opening 31. Bones 32. Harlenquinade clowning (Mid. Eng.)

33. Lose resilience 34. Syrian pound 35. Finishes 36. Held over 37. Brass that looks like gold 38. Cuddle 39. Small sailboat 40. Dorsal plates on anthropods 44. A waterproof raincoat 47. Latin: around time of

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Office Space fOr LeaSe Above Starbuck’s on Main St. Nice clean, professional building, good natural light. 3 different offices currently available. Competitive lease rates offered. or C: 333.9966

3-BDRM UPPER level downtown, bright & clean, heat inclʼd, avail immed, $1,700/mon. 334-5448

SKYLINE APTS: 2-bdrm apartments, Riverdale. Parking & laundry facilities. 667-6958 HOBAH APARTMENTS: Clean, spacious, walking distance downtown, security entrance, laundry room, plug-ins, rent includes heat & hot water, no pets. References required. 668-2005 $600, $800, $900, ROOMS. BACHELORS. 1-BDRMS. Clean, bright, furnished, all utilities incl, laundry facilities. Close to college & downtown. Bus stop, security doors. Live-in manager. 667-4576 or Email: WEEKEND GET AWAY Rustic Cabin-45 minutes from town Hiking Trails in the summer Skiing in the winter Includes sauna. Reasonable rates. Rent out by the week or for a weekend. 867-821-4443

Beautifully finished office space is available in the Taku Building at 309 Main Street. This historic building is the first L.E.E.D. certified green building in Yukon. It features state of the art heat and ventilation, LAN rooms, elevator, bike storage, shower, accessibility and more.

Call 867-333-0144

1-BDRM APT in Porter Creek home, bright/non-basement, sep ent, bath, kitchen, L/R, shared laundry, N/P, N/S, $950/mon incl utils. 668-2773

ATLIN GUEST HOUSE Deluxe Lakeview Suites Sauna, Hot Tub, BBQ, Internet, Satellite TV Kayak Rentals In House Art Gallery 1-800-651-8882 Email:

ARE YOU New to Whitehorse? Pick up a free Welcome to Whitehorse package at The Smith House, 3128-3rd Ave. Information on transit, recreation programs, waste collection & diversion. 668-8629

Horwood’s Mall Main Street at First Avenue Coming Available Soon! Two small retail spaces. 150 & 580 sq. ft. (Larger space faces Front Street)

For more information call Greg


RIVERDALE: FURNISHED room, N/S, N/P, no drinking, clean, quiet home, serious inquiries only, $600/mon. 667-2452 3-BDRM APT in a house, 2 full baths, dbl garage, shared laundry, N/S, pets negotiable. Refs & DD reqʼd, avail immed, $1,650/mon + utils. 334-1907 Available Now Newly renovated OFFICE SPACE & RETAIL SPACE Close to Library & City Hall A short walk to Main Street Phone 633-6396 RENDEZVOUS PLAZA on Lewes Blvd, Riverdale Lots of parking 1,100 sq ft (previously flower shop, studio) 7,000 sq ft (previously Frazerʼs) Call 667-7370

LARGE ROOM in PC, newly renoʼd, shared accom, avail Mar 1, $750/mon all incl. 668-7213

ROOM IN Copper Ridge, clean, good neighbourhood, $649/mon incl hydro+heat, email if interested:

2-BDRM BSMT suite, Granger, clean & bright, new renos, private ent, laundry room, N/S, N/P, avail immed, $1,100/mon + utils & dd. 667-4463

LARGE HOME in Watson Lake, 2 acres near airport, wood boiler/oil backup heat, $1,000/mon + utils, Lelah 1-780-632-9618

3-BDRM 2-BATH new townhouse Porter Creek, avail immed, $1,600/mon + utils & dd. 334-8088 WANTED: FEMALE roommate, prefer over 50, to share 2-bdrm apt beside Riverdale Super A, basic cable & utils incl, $450/mon + $450 dd. 335-8915 ROOM IN Northland, smokerʼs home, everything included, avail Mar. 1, $750/mon. 668-4776

1-BDRM SUITE D/T, responsible tenant, N/P, N/S, avail Mar 1, $850/mon, utils incl. 456-3003, lv msg

1-BDRM SUITE, PC, newly renoʼd, large bedroom, close to bus, quiet, drug/alcohol free, $850/mon w lease, $900/mon without. 334-2490, for more info

FOUND A Ford car key on Chadburn ski trails, attached to a binder clip Julie 335-9396

ROOM FOR rent, N/S, N/P, immed, $750/mon. all incl. 393-2275

NEW 2-BDRM mobile home in Barnoff, N/S, N/P, $1,550/mon incl utils. 334-4187

for rent for rent Please call Kevin at 334-6575 for more information.

Approx. 1650 sq ft

of high-end office space available immediately. Independent HVAC system, elevator accessible, excellent soundproofing, move-in ready.

Please call Kevin at 334-6575 for more information.

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Coyote Video Goody’s Gas Green Garden Restaurant Heather’s Haven super A Porter Creek Trails north Mac’s Fireweed Books Ricky’s Restaurant Riverside Grocery Riverview Hotel shoppers on Main shoppers Qwanlin Mall superstore superstore Gas Bar

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MCCRAE SUBDIVISION, large heated workshop with small office, $1,500/mon. 332-3100 1-BDRM HOUSE, small, clean, Carcross Cutoff, office, big kitchen, livingroom, laundry, large deck, big yard, N/S, N/P, $1,100/mon + utils, 456-2634

3-BDRM 1 bath house, Granger, main floor on 2nd storey, huge beautiful deck off kitchen, large yard, private paved driveway. avail Mar 1, $1,500/mon + utils. 633-4778

of high-end office space with fantastic views available immediately. Elevator accessible, excellent soundproofing, large windows, lots of natural light.

TAKE BACK your power! Renters, reduce electricity, heat & water costs with Quick Start Home Energy Kit, 393-7063 or for free kit. Being energy efficient is quick & easy!

MT LORNE Community Centre, 1-bdrm apt, 25 min south of Whitehorse, avail early March, N/S, N/P, $850/mon incl utils, for info check or call 667-7083

RENT ONE of our cozy cabins with sauna for a weekend getaway Relax and enjoy the winter wonderland on the S. Canol Road 332- 3824 or

Approx. 750 sq ft

ROOM IN bright 2-bdrm apt, Riverdale, top floor, fully furnished, laundry, N/S, N/P, near Super A & bus, $600/mon incl utils. Andrea 335-6789


Kopper King Hi-Country RV Park McCrae Petro Takhini Gas Yukon College Bookstore


1-BDRM APT 20 mins south of Whitehorse, kitchen/living room, partly furnished, N/S, $750/mon + utils & DD. 456-2135 after 7:00pm 3-BDRM BSMT suite, c/w washer, dryer, fridge, stove, private driveway/entrance, storage shed, N/P, N/S, avail Feb. 15, responsible tenants, $1,800/mon incl heat, elec, satellite TV. 336-2996 4-BDRM, 2-BATH house, Riverdale, 1,200 sqft on pocket park, large fenced yard, car port, all appliances, large deck, avail Mar 1, $1,600/mon + utils. 393-2739 1-BDRM, FULL bath in CR, bright, fully furnished. sep entry, green belt, N/S, N/P, $1,250/mon incl heat/hydro/wifi. 335-2288 4-BDRM, 2.5 baths, newly renoʼd, 2 car garage, fully fenced backyard, storage shed,  N/S, N/P, avail Apr. 1. $1,600/mon + utils. 633-3719 3-BDRM 3 bath condo in Copperidge, avail immed, 1,550 sq ft, laundry, stainless appliances, 2 masters, N/S, no parties, pets negotiable, $1,900/mon + utils (elec) 334-1184

THE YuKon nEws Is Also AVAIlABlE AT no CHARGE In All YuKon CoMMunITIEs AnD ATlIn, B.C.

6-BDRM HOUSE, Riverdale, close to bus, N/S, N/P, no drinking, avail Mar 15, $2,100/mon + utils + dd. 334-1704 NEW LG bach suite in Cpr Rdge, sep entry, 4 appliances incl w/d, N/P, N/S, refs reqʼd, $1,000/mon + utils, 335-7633 16X24 CABIN on acreage, outhouse, blue jug water, wood stove heat, 45 min from Whitehorse, power included, mushers welcome, $700/mon. 336-3383 1-BDRM SUITE, Porter Creek, avail Mar 1, nice upstairs unit, own laundry, bbq deck, big windows, N/S, N/P, refs reqʼd, $900/mon + elec (heat), 335-5232 1 & 2 bdrm units available, DT & Hillcrest, heat & hot water incl, $900 to $1,200, N/P. 668-2416 1-BDRM SUITE, Porter Creek, newly renovated, large bedroom, close to bus, clean, quiet, drug/alcohol free, $850 with lease, $900 without, 334-2490. See for info FULLY FURNISHED room for rent with single bed, avail Apr 1 or earlier, $600/mon incl utils, cable, wi-fi, 456-7855 1-BDRM LAKEFRONT suite on beautiful MʼCLintock bay, 30 minutes from Whitehorse, great recreational area, furnished, $1,200/mon incl utils, 334-5055 or 333-0050

MARRIED, PROFESSIONAL couple (age 27) seeks furnished room/ suite in Whitehorse May 1 to August 31, both working full time for Yukon Govt, clean, responsible, N/S, N/P. Refs avail, 350-360-7693

Real Estate HAINES JUNCTION, 2-storey 2-bdrm house, contemporary design, open concept, 10-acre lot, cul-de-sac, fire-smarted around house, 85% completed, 1,350 sq ft, $275,000 as is. 634-2240 3-BDRM 2 BATH house, suite in bsmt, large corner, 2 driveways, treed lot, close to bus/schools, 49 Redwood Street,  s/w  corner of Redwood/Larch, open to reasonable offers. 633-6553 45ʼ HIGHWAY trailer converted to house, bathtub, toilet, kitchen, woodstove, reinsulated, c/w motorhome converted to water tank, nicely done, moveable, wherever you want, $17,900. 333-0717 4-BDRM 4-BATH executive style home, nearly 4,000 sq ft on 1 acre Watson Lake shore, many custom features, approx 1,200 sq ft shop, finished 320 sq ft cabin, extensive landscaping, $499,000 furnished, 536-7636

2 BEDROOMS in Riverdale house beside park, fully furnished, close to bus, DD, N/P N/S, $480/room/mon + utils, avail immed, 336-0368

MARSH LAKE, .86 acres level lot high overlooking lake, well treed, small cabin weather-clad, 9 Raven Crescent, New Constabulary, $75,000.00 obo. 333-9976 or 633-3537

1-BDRM BSMT suite, private ent, small office, shared laundry, newly renoʼd, N/S, N/P, responsible tenant, dd&refs reqʼd, $1,200/mon. 668-7418

2-BDRM 1-BATH half-duplex in Hillcrest, beautifully renovated, expanded, greenbelt, 1,600 sq ft. hardwood throughout, finished basement, quiet, $319,000. 335-6802

1-BDRM BSMT suite, Porter Creek, newly painted, w/d, basic cable, electric & water incl, N/P, no parties. $1,050/mon. 335-1154


FURNISHED ROOM in large home incl all utils, TV with cable, wifi internet, phone, laundry/parking available, $650/mon. 667-7733 3-BDRM DUPLEX in Crestview, attached garage, large kitchen, N/S, N/P, $1,400/mon + utils & DD. 393-3117

Wanted to Rent HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE Mature, responsible person Call Suat at 668-6871 2 PERSONS require place to call home around Whitehorse, something a little out of town, must be pet-friendly, contact 587-340-0695 1-BDRM 335-0164

BACHELOR suite or cabin.

A Professional at Your Side 867.334.1111 ®

Action ReAlty

667-2514 Whitehorse, yukon

Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

RIVERDALE LOT, cleared, serviced (new, upgraded), south backyard, alley, 50x100. 21 McQuesten, quiet street, close to trails. $169,900. Build in Riverdale! TUMBLEWEED, TINY house on trailer, 162 sq.ft. main, 72 sq.ft. dormered loft, spacious. R-30, propane F/P, modern kitchen, window seat, table, Incinolet toilet, Bosch on-demand hot water, more. $75,000 3-BDRM 2-BATH home, Copper Ridge, mahogany wood/tiled floors upstairs, open concept living/dining, master has walk-in closet, new appliances, large fenced back yard. $439,900. Lisa 335-1572

Help Wanted 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.

New mining operation located in the Dawson City mining area is currently seeking:

• Cook • Cooks Helper/Cleaner • experienCed dozer operators • 40 ton roCk truCk operators • pa rt time Camp maintenanCe person Competitive wages, all operating experience is an asset. operating season is approximately from april to mid-october. please send resume to:

5-Bdrm porter creek with suite!


id# 143610


#6 - 5 thompson road Whitehorse 867-633-4433 COZY HOME On 1/2 ACrE, MArSH LAKE

SIGN # 143609

$406,900 36 Tamarack Drive Whitehorse


Are you a motivated, organized and energetic team player committed to personal growth with an active interest in vision, fashion and health? Do you enjoy helping people with your excellent communication skills? Then this exciting and challenging job is for you! Experience with computers, cash and excellent customer service will be an asset. Training will be provided as needed. Extended health and dental benefits are available. Closing DATE: MonDAy FEb 24, 2014 Probation period: 6 months Hours: 40.0 hrs/week Apply in person to Reception, email or fax with resume and cover letter: 2093 second Avenue, Whitehorse, yT y1A 1b5 Fax: 867-667-6526 Email: no PHonE CAlls PlEAsE.

EmploymEnt opportunitiEs At Yukon Energy, we believe that we are the employer of choice in the Yukon. We foster a respectful and positive work environment making it a rewarding place to work. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits and generous northern and travel allowances. So take the next step in your career path and join our team of skilled and dedicated employees.

Maintenance Mechanic Full Time, Permanent

This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled trade professional to join our mechanical maintenance team. The Mechanic performs journey level mechanical work in the installation, repair and maintenance of various pieces of generating prime movers (hydro, diesel, natural gas and wind) and auxiliary equipment.


Home Inspections Property

Optometric Assistant/ Licensed Optician

Whitehorse, Yukon Salary Range: $74,639 – $87,809 plus benefits

House Hunters 3 Bdrm, 3 LeveL SpLit GranGer Condo


Yukon News

Friday, February 21, 2013

Buying or Selling? Good information ensures a smooth transaction.

No SurpriSeS = peace of MiNd

• Pre-Sale or Purchase visual inspections of structure and systems • Commercial Maintenance Inventory Inspections • W.E.T.T. Inspections of Wood and Pellet burning stoves / fireplaces

Call Kevin Neufeld, Inspector at

867-667-7674 • 867-334-8106

Mobile & Modular Homes Serving Yukon, NWT & Alaska

This position requires regular travel throughout the territory and periods of stand-by coverage. We are looking for someone with: Journey certification as an Industrial Mechanic and several years related experience. Strong computer and interpersonal skills and a proven track record and commitment to working safely are required. Experience in gas fired generation would be an asset.

Systems Control Centre Operator Permanent Full Time Position

Whitehorse, Yukon Salary Range $74,639 to $87,809 plus benefits This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled trade professional to join our operations team. The Systems Control Centre Operator works to ensure the safe, reliable and efficient management of Yukon Energy’s power grids. This position will be required to work 12 hour rotating shifts. We are looking for someone with: Power Engineering, or journey Electrical or Powerline Technician certification and several years related experience. Strong computer skills in Windows based applications and strong communication skills are required.


ID# 143619


55 Judas Creek Dr, Marsh Lake Whitehorse 867-660-4817

667-7681 or cell 334-4994 23 Lorne Rd. in McCrae

To apply to either of these positions, submit a covering letter and resume by 5:00 pm, February 24, 2014 to Human Resources via fax to (867) 393-5334 or email us at We appreciate all responses; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Yukon News

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council

117 Industrial Road, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2T8 Telephone: 867.668.3613


Friday, February 21, 2013

ELECTRICIAN WANTED Journeyman, commercial work Email resume to


Minute Recorder Ta’an Kwäch’än Council requires a Minute Recorder for Council Meetings, the Elders’ Council Meetings and other meetings as may occur from to time. Council meets at least twice a month in the evenings usually from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.; Elders Council meets at least once a month usually for the entire day from 9:30 – 4:00 p.m. The ideal contractor will possess excellent written communication skills. Must be flexible, extremely well organized and have experience working in a cross-cultural environment.

Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic/Welder

Des professionnels engagés Conseils en développement de carrière

Permanent Full Time

Création, amélioration et traduction de CV

40 hours per week – 10 hours per day; Sunday to Saturday 7am - 7pm

Simulation d’entrevue

If you are interested, please submit a proposal including previous minute recording experience, a sample of your minute-taking style and your expected fee.

The TKC Preferential Hiring policy will apply. SUBMIT PROPOSALS BY FEBRUARY 24, 2014 by email to: Legislation and Policy Analyst:

Salary Range $32.09 to $37.76 / hour. This is a unionized position and contract negotiations are in progress.

Des services personnalisés et des ressources utiles.


Direction de l’enseignement postsecondaire

CENTRE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE 302, rue Strickland, Whitehorse (Yukon) 867.668.2663 poste 223

Employment Opportunity

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.

Instructor, Heavy Equipment Technician

Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) School of Trades & Technology Ayamdigut Campus (Whitehorse) Term to June 30, 2016 with the possibility of an extension $72,629 to $86,462 per annum Based on 75.0 hours bi-weekly Competition #: 14.19 Initial Review Date: March 3, 2014 Yukon College is seeking an Instructor to join CNIM. CNIM’s comprehensive skills and trades training offers students access to training opportunities that are nationally recognized and uniquely customized for the North. In addition to training, the centre facilitates access to applied research specific to the Northern minerals and mining industry. With your extensive knowledge and hands-on experience, you will be conducting practical and theoretical training as well as ensuring that equipment and shops are conducive to a quality learning environment for students. In addition you will maintain the highest safety standards. The ideal candidate will have certification as a Heavy Equipment Technician certification (Red Seal) including extensive experience in an industrial/commercial/mining environment. Teaching experience and/or teaching qualification would be considered an asset and/or additional certificates of qualification in other mechanical trades would be an asset. Please visit the departmental website for information on the Heavy Equipment Technician Program: http://www.

Employment Opportunity

The City of Whitehorse offers a competitive benefits and leave package. Apply to careers@ by 11:59pm March 9, quoting 013-OPS14. For details, visit:

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.

Payroll Clerk

Financial Services Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus Permanent Position Salary: $52,574 to 62,592 per annum Based on 75 hours bi-weekly Initial Review Date: March 03, 2014 Competition No.: 14.16

Assistant City Engineer

As a part of the financial services team, the Payroll Clerk, under the supervision of the Payroll Officer will be responsible for accurate and timely processing of an integrated payroll system by ensuring compliance with payroll and accounting principles and standards.

The City of Whitehorse offers a competitive benefits and leave package.

This will include processing the student training allowance and casual payroll, general ledger reconciliations, generating reports, calculating remittances, responding to inquiries, issuance of T4/T4A’s and communicating effectively with employees. As the ideal candidate, you will have related post secondary coursework along with relevant accounting support experience which has provided you with a full understanding of the payroll process. This will be combined with exceptional attention to detail with a high level of accuracy, a strong customer service attitude and a strong working knowledge of related software and automated financial systems. Canadian Payroll Association Certification may be considered an asset or willingness to acquire.

Yukon College offers a comprehensive benefit package.

Candidates without the formal coursework but with similar experiences as noted above may also be considered.

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:

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:

Permanent Full Time 35 hours per week Salary Range $56.98 to $64.17 per hour.

Interested candidates should forward applications/ resumes, clearly outlining how their experience and education meet the position requirements, to: by 11:59pm March 3, quoting 002-ENG-14. For details, visit: 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 WORK ROOM full of miscellaneous mechanics tools, carpentry tools, hand saws, power tools, electric sanders, electric drills, paint dryer, new spray painter  etc. 633-6553 MOULINEX MASTERCHEF 850 food processor, makes juice, slices, chops, $100 obo. 667-6752

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

5ʼ X 8ʼ area rug, off white, $25. 667-7705 PANASONIC FAX with phone and copier, 633-6553 TED HARRISON print, “Carcross Church”, professionally framed, $300. 660-4806 MOVING OUT sale, construction tools, home furniture, truck rims, lots of other stuff, make an offer. 336-1318 KENMORE HUMIDIFIER, gently used, 700sqft coverage, c/w extra filter, paid $140, asking $40. 821-6011

KENMORE DRYER, front loader, works great, $300. Also nw pump out of Kenmore washer, $40. 332-7797

ACOUSTIC GUITAR, good condition with case & strap, $100 firm. Text anytime or call after 7:00pm. 335-0233

HOTPOINT (GE) washer & dryer, 8 years old, works great (we upgraded) $300 obo for both. 334-5323


DRYER, ELECTRIC top loading standard size in good working order, $50 or $75 delivered in Whitehorse city limits. Phone # 633-5552 HOTPOINT CLOTHES dryer, almond colour, $50 668-4575

2 WATER pumps, 1 1/2” Homelite, 2 1/2” Briggs and Stratton trash pump. 633-6553

SINGER CONFIDENCE quilter sewing machine, 99 stitches, instruction book included. 668-5786

TVs & Stereos

PRINTS ALL framed, with glass and signed by artists: Jim Robb, Moon Over The KLondyke and Caribou Crossing. Robert Bateman, End of Season Grizzley. 633-6553

YELLOW ROSE china 8-place setting incl dinner plate, side plate, bowl, cup/saucer, no chips or cracks, crazing on 1 saucer, $95. 821-6011

3 TON chain hoist, new, 30,000 BTU  propane forced air heater,  new. 633-6553

365 HUSQVARNA chain saw, $600 obo. 335-0164

Paying cash for good quality modern electronics. G&R Pawnbrokers 1612-D Centennial St. 393-2274 BUY • SELL • LOANS

BAFFIN SNOPACKS Boots, sz 12, Arctic type, new, $90. 660-5101

ELECTRIC TRAINS, 0 gauge, engines, rolling stock & accessories. 633-6310

WOOD LATHE with bench, 3/4 hp, adjustable speed, $250. 660-5101 ELECTRIC FIREPLACE, new, still in box, cost $300, asking $150. 668-6033 RENDEZVOUS DRESS, blue velvet/gold trim, evening gown, size 8, c/w feather hat, purse, pic at Sequels, $200. 667-6752 TWO TOPOGRAPHIC Yukon River map books printed on waterproof paper, Whitehorse to Carmacks/Carmacks to Dawson City, retail $27.50 ea, both for $30. 633-3113 SOFT TUB approx 12 yrs old, pump, hard articulated lid, liner, ground fault switch replace, some chemicals incl, $1,600 obo, 660-5703, 333-0763 2 8ʼ metal posts, new, $85 new ea, asking $60 ea. 668-2659 CHIMINEA OUTDOOR fireplace, cast iron made, chimney & cap, large screen log door, 24”x24”x55”high, $75. 334-8520 GORILLA GRIPPER, save your back, great for packinåg drywall of other sheeted goods, like new condition, retailed at $57 ea, asking $50 for the pair, 335-0177 BLACK LEATHER Granny boots, sz 10, never worn. 667-6587


Yukon News

Friday, February 21, 2013

2000 HONDA generator, low hours, $1,000 obo. 335-0164

STEREO SYSTEM incl JVC AM/FM computer-controlled receiver w 5-band equalizer, JVC double cassette-deck, audiotape selection, continuous play, Yamaha 5-CD players, 2 BSM speakers, $200 obo. 821-6011

QUEEN SIZE air mattress, new, still in box, c/w air pump. 668-5786

PANASONIC DVD Surround sound system, like new, $50. 668-5882

PORTABLE MEDICAL O2 set up, comes with 2 tanks, very clean, $200 obo. 633-3392

Computers & Accessories

RACING-TYPE DOG sled made entirely from birch, suitable for 1 or more dogs, QCR rails with plastic runner inserts, weight appox 25lb, $1,000 obo. 668-4876

APPLE MACBOOK, 13” laptop, $1,000 new, asking $325. 633-3053

CRAFTSMAN 37” snowblower, like new, used only 10 hrs, still under warranty to Oct, 2015. $550. 667-6562 SMALL DECORATIVE bird cage suitable for budgie or canary, $25. 333-0239 2007 HUSQVARNA 395 xp-g, 30” bar, heated handle, runs like new, $500 obo. 335-3467 TWO LIKE new, never worn in Whitehorse, beautiful graduation gowns, 1 ballgown, 1 mermaid style, sizes 8 & 10, $200. 668-5882 DOWN SLEEPING bag, older but plenty warm, $50. 660-5101 LARGE BIRD cage, 22”x36”h, heavy duty cage c/w stand, suitable for small parrot, $50. 333-0239

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

FIREWOOD FOR SALE Beetle killed Approximately 20-cord logging truck loads $150 per cord Delivered to Whitehorse Call Clayton @ 867-335-0894 Cheapest wood from Haines Junction!! CGFJ WOODCUTTING SERVICE Delivered $220 - 16” lengths $200 - 4ʼ lengths Prompt, friendly service Dry timber, money-back guarantee Prices vary for Communities 689-1727

OLDER VIOLIN with case for sale, $350 obo. 334-2418

MINK STOLE in mint condition, 668-2461 for details

Electrical Appliances

YAMAHA PORTABLE keyboard, model type PSR-E323, 61 keys, used twice, c/w stand, mint cond, asking $350. 335-5085

ELECTRIC BARBEQUE, used once, great for balcony, $75. 667-7705

FREE MICROWAVE, older model, but works fine. 633-3154

GUITAR RAVEN A-series 6-string with case, offers. 660-5101

The Northern Cultural Expressions Society (NCES) delivers cultural programming to First Nations youth, provides counselling services and assists clients in overcoming substance abuse and in pursuing wellness and healthy lifestyles. The emphasis on programs is on cultural expressions that enhance confidence, builds skills and abilities of youth. This programming is funded through the National Crime Prevention Centre.

Resilience Counselling Support Worker The position of Resilience Counselling Support Worker: • Develop relationships with program participants; • Provides informal support and counselling for program participants; • Helps clients identify personal strengths/resilience factors; • Engages in one on one and small group coaching and counselling for project participants; • Works with staff on client advocacy, case management, & program development; • Organizes and maintains confidential participant files; • Provides team leadership and problem-solving with program participants; • Assists with gathering and reporting statistical data on a database for clients. Hours of Work: 37.5 hours weekly Rate of Pay: Annual wage $47,000 - $51,000 Term: March-November 2014. (May vary with funding availability). Benefits: Health plan, WCB, CPP, EI, vacation pay Education Required: BA Counselling Psychology, BSW or Diploma Social Service Work Experience: 3 years or more working with Yukon First Nations Youth At Risk The NCES Preferential Hiring Policy will apply, which gives qualified First Nation applicants first preference. Please send your cover letter and resume to by Monday March 3rd 2014. If you have any questions please contact the Chief Administrative officer at 633-4186. We thank you in advance for your application but only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

DONʼS FIREWOOD 100+-cord bucked firewood always available No-charge emergency delivery Kwanlin Dun/Social Services Wy wait? Prompt delivery $240/cord City limits No excuses 393-4397

Tucker & Company has a full time position available for a


Duties include reception, filing, preparation of correspondence, daily banking and rounds, maintenance of office supplies and other tasks assigned by Lawyers and legal assistants. Candidate must be comfortable working on computers, organized, reliable and able to multi-task. Experience is not required; however administrative skills will be an asset. For more information please contact Kelly McGill at Tucker & Company, 667-2099. You may submit your resume directly to Please provide resume and cover letter by Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. 102-205 Hawkins St., Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1X3 Ph 867-667-2099, fax 867-667-2109

PIANO TUNING & REPAIR by certified piano technician Call Barry Kitchen @ 633-5191 CORT X2-SA Limited Edition electric guitar with new Spyder IV 30 amp, great cond, $300. 335-8844

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

Employment Opportunity

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.

Coordinator/Faculty Advisor

Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP) School of Health, Education & Human Services Applied Arts Division Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus Permanent Position from: June 9, 2014 Salary: $72,629 to $86,462 per annum Based on 75 hours bi-weekly Initial Review Date: March 14, 2014 Competition No.: 14.15 The person in this position will coordinate and teach within the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP). His or her coordinating duties will include: reviewing curriculum; building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders (e.g., Yukon’s K-12 teaching community, the Department of Education Public Schools and Yukon First Nations); and liaising with the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education. As a faculty advisor, he or she will be responsible for teaching, supervising and counselling teacher-learners in the areas of academic requirements and professional growth. The successful candidate will have a PhD, EdD or Master’s in Indigenous Education, Teacher Education or Indigenous Teacher Education and experience teaching in the K–12 and post-secondary sectors, coordinating educational programs/ projects, and developing community links and partnerships with First Nations communities. A valid driver’s license is required. Experience teaching preor post-service teachers and knowledge of Yukon First Nations and distance learning methodologies and technologies will be considered assets. 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:


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FIREWOOD for sale $200/cord for 8 foot lengths $250/cord for stove length Text or Call 334-8960

DONʼS FIREWOOD customer appreciation. One lucky person who takes delivery of our seasonʼs 750th cord of firewood receives that cord free of charge. Thanks! Don at 393-4397



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

Friday, February 21, 2013 FIREWOOD FOR SALE Standing dry from Haines Junction $250/cord cut and delivered Prompt delivery Steelwater Contracting Phone: 334-9867 DIMOK TIMBER 6 CORD OR 22 CORD LOADS OF FIREWOOD LOGS BUNDLED SLABS U-CUT FIREWOOD @ $105/CORD CALL 634-2311 OR EMAIL DIMOKTIMBER@GMAIL.COM

now Hiring: trips and tours Coordinator North 60 Petro Ltd. is a home heating delivery and bulk fuel Transportation Company having a fleet of 16 plus truck and tractor combinations. We are currently looking to hire a journeyman mechanic to diagnose, service and maintain our current fleet. The ideal candidate will have a commercial or heavy duty journeyman certification, experience with diagnosing electronic controls on Cummings and Caterpillar engines, experience with major driveline repairs and overhauls. Class 1 driver’s with air endorsement and PMVI qualifications would be an asset. Candidate must have the willingness to work overtime as required. This is a full time position based in Whitehorse. Wages are based on our collective agreement. We also have an excellent benefit package with tool allowance. PLEAsE subMIT yOuR APPLICATION by: MARCH 14, 2014 North 60 Petro Ltd. Attention: sharon Ness 146 Industrial Road Whitehorse, y.T. y1A 2V1 Phone: 867-633-8822 or Fax: 867-633-8841

Employment Opportunity

Want to join our growing team? Up North Adventures has an opening for a Trips and Tours Coordinator. This is a full-time, permanent position available immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full job description available by emailing: Fluency in English is mandatory. Ability to communicate in German, French, Spanish or Japanese considered a strong asset. Think you’re a good fit? Please email your resume and cover letter outlining your relevant education and experience to:

no later than 5:00 pm Friday, February 28th, 2014.

Yukon’s Adventure trAvel outfitter P: 667-7035 A: 103 Strickland W: /upnorthadventures H: Mon-Sat 10-6 @UNAYukon

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)

First Nations Leadership Training (FNLT) Program School of Community Education & Development Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus Hourly Rate: $32.30 to $36.33 Competition No.: 14.14 Initial Review Date: March 3, 2014 Yukon College is looking for interested, qualified candidates to deliver the First Nations Leadership Training (FNLT) program, which consists of one-day courses in the following subject areas: • Fundamentals of Governance and Public Administration • Roles and Responsibilities of elected and Appointed Officials • Strategic Planning and Prioritizing • Implementation, Legislation, and Policy • Personal Challenges of Leadership Applicants should have relevant education and experience with an emphasis on First Nations governance and agreements. Previous experience working with First Nation governments, organizations and/or communities would be considered an asset. For additional information please contact: Michael Kulachkosky, Instructor/Coordinator Email: Phone: (867) 456-8577 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:

Employment Opportunity

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: Casual Hire On-Call Administrative Assistant

School of Health, Education & Human Services Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus Hourly Rate: $24.99 Competition No.: 14.13 Initial Review Date: February 24, 2014

Yukon College is looking for an on-call Administrative Assistant to assist as needed, with providing a broad range of support services to the division, primarily administrative in nature. This will include assisting and directing enquiries from students, staff and the public; and assisting with general office needs. We are looking for an individual who has previous experience in a support position in an office environment with the ability to multi-task various office procedures, to provide excellent customer service in a multi-cultural environment, good bookkeeping skills and a working knowledge of word-processing using Microsoft Word. 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:

036 STIHL 2ʼ bar & chain, new, $75. 336-0460 DRY SPRUCE FIREWOOD $250/cord Call David 335-3616

HURLBURT ENTERPRISES INC. Store (867) 633-3276 Dev (867) 335-5192 Carl (867) 334-3782

✔ Beetle-killed spruce from Haines Junction, quality guaranteed ✔ Everything over 8" split ✔ $250 per cord (2 cords or more) ✔ Single and emergency half cord deliveries ✔ You-cut and you-haul available ✔ Scheduled or next day delivery


Cheque, Cash S.A. vouchers accepted.

Guns & Bows GRIZZLY BEAR hide, tanned, dark brown, 7ʼ. 633-2346 Case cutlery, high quality hand-crafted pocket and hunting knives available at G&R Pawnbrokers 1612-D Centennial St. 393-2274 BUY • SELL • LOANS The Patty Maker We process wild meat. We offer: Cut, grind, cut & wrap Fresh sausages 1/4 lb patties All natural casing Werner Fischer 7 Locust Place (off Ponderosa) 633-2346 RENDEZVOUS SHOOTING Sport & Memorabilia Show, Saturday, February 22 10:00am-4:00pm, Whitehorse Rifle & Pistol Clubhouse, for tables/info call Len 633-6094 BRAND NEW bushnell scope (banner) 3-9x 40mm including mounting rings, all-around big game scope, great for muzzleloaders or centerfire rifles, $90. 335-0177 PELICAN 2- rifle hardshell case, used once, water and dust proof, one of the best cases made, over $300 new, $150 firm. 335-0176 SAVAGE 338 Mag, c/w Bushnell scope, black Syn stock, $1,000; 303 w scope, $250; BND 303, $200; Ranger single shot 22, $125; Stevens 410 bolt action, $125. Exc cond. 332-7321 WANTED TO buy.  Long bow left over 45 pound draw.   Call 667-6778 LONG GUNS for sale, 303 British, 30-06; 223 Rem; 35 Rem, c/w scopes and reloading dies; also 12/20 shotgun. Call 668-5268  to view and for prices, PAL required BLACK WIDOW recurve bow RH and 2 sets limbs 45 and 50 @28. Excellent condition. Call 668-5268  to view and for price.

Wanted WANTED: LIONEL, MTH, Marx, American Flyer, O gauge electric trains. 633-6310 WANTED: IGNITION coil/system for Rotax 377 for C1995 Skandic 380 in good working condition, Stefan at 867-456-7505 or 867-335-5969 WANTED: LOOKING for Jim Robb original artwork.  Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery is curating an exhibit featuring artwork by Jim Robb this summer.  Call Jessica Vellenga (867) 393-7109 for details WANTED: ADJUSTABLE trailer drop hitch ball mount for 2" receiver, looking to raise the trailer ball about 10-12". $25 range 334-6087 I AM looking for a lift from Whitehorse to Skagway as soon as possible. I share the gas. Thank you.

Cars TOYOTA RAV4 97, well-maintained, non-smoking, 5-spd manual, have all receipts, winter tires, AWD, cruise, roof rack, hidden hitch, 262,353 km, uses 10L/100 km (highway). $4,000. 332-4919 2007 DODGE Caliber, like new condition, 128,000 km, standard, heated seats, remote start, 6 CD stereo, 2 sets tires, $9,500 obo. 333-0236 or 456-4112 2004 HONDA Civic Lx, 88,000 km, c/w 17" Maxxim Ferris rims on general altimax Hp tires, original wheel set included, $7,200 obo. 335-5036

2007 TOYOTA Tundra 4X4 crew cab, V8, auto, loaded, dealer serviced, matching canopy, 2 sets wheels/tires, 150,000kms, exc cond, $25,000. 334-8912 lv msg

SALES • BODY SHOP • PARTS • SERVICE 2008 GMC Envoy SLE, GREY ..........................................................................$16,500 2005 Honda Pilot EX, black ..........................................................................$13,900 2008 Arctic Cat M1000 Snowmobile ................................................... $7,500 2007 Pontiac Torrent, aWD, RED..................................................................$12,995 2005 Ford F350 Crewcab, 4X4, DiEsEl .................................................$10,500 $ SOLD! 2007 Kia Spectra 5, 5-spEED, RED................................................................. 6,595 IN-HOUSE FINANCING AVAILABLE!

2012 CHEVROLET Sonic LT, blue, new condition, great on fuel, full warranty, 17,470 kms, 668-6639 2009 NISSAN Sentra 4-cyl, fuel efficient, 49,000km, auto, $9,000. 336-2607 2007 PONTIAC G5 4-dr sedan, manual locks/windows, auto, 116,626km, summer /winter tires, $6,500 obo. 333-0274 2007 TOYOTA Matrix, std trans, exc running cond, $7,500. 633-2740 2006 CHEV Aveo, standard, new windshield, runs good, 93,000km. $4,995 obo. 335-5452 2002 MUSTANG GT, 8-cyl standard, low kms, great cond, $8,500. 633-2740 2001 WHITE PT Cruiser, summer/winter tires on rims, command start, well kept. 668-7418 2000 HYUNDAI Accent GSI, 5-sp manual, 2-dr, 126,000 kms, $1,800. 668-7190, after 5:00pm 1998 PLYMOUTH Breeze, auto, 4-cyl, 4-dr, 186,000kms, new battery, wheel bearings, CD, winter/summer tires, remote start, great basic commuter, $1,800. 336-1684 1997 CAVALIER 4-dr auto, 2.2L 4-cyl, 244,000kms, good on fuel, newer cylinder head, brakes, winter tires, $1,700. 333-0564 VINTAGE 1985 Citation II, restored with low kms, $1,400 obo. 668-3243

the yukon’s best pre-owned vehicles!

2005 F350 diesel Lariat, 4wd, long box, fully loaded, all engine updates, orig owner, exec cond, 160,000kms, $18,500. 334-9436 or 667-4463 2005 FORD E350 Cube Van, Turbo Diesel, 16', 125,000 km, well maintained, excellent condition, priced to sell, $9,900 + GST, firm. 335-5237

2008 Toyota Corolla SE

2005 GMC Sierra, crew cab, leather, Bose stereo, lots of miles, regularly serviced, runs good, $6,500. 334-5739


2004 CHEV cube van 16ʼ, 143,000km, $9,800, 2000 F-450 cube van, 285,000km, 23” box, $10,900, 1989 E-350 cube van, 16ʼ box, $3,900. 333-0717

4 door, Auto, White


2014 Dodge Dart SXT $

2004 DODGE 1500 4x4 Laramie, fully loaded with extras, 185,000km, $12,500, call or text 867-334-2846

2014 Chrysler 200 LX LEASED Auto, White,

2004 GMC Sierra 4.8L 1500 parts, 112,000 kms on all parts, 2wd trans, complete motor, diff, fuel tank & pump, rims, tires and more, reasonable offers. 334-6776

2014 Jeep Cherokee North Edition

2003 CHEV Silverado 2500HD, Duramax diesel, crew cab 4X4, fully loaded, leather interior, heated leather seats & mirrors, exc cond, $13,900 obo. 332-880

Black, Auto




4x4 Auto, Black



*Vehicles mAy not Be exActly As shoWn


OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK In-House Financing Available

For Quick Approval call: 668-5559 #4 Fraser Road, McCrae, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5S8 EMAIL:

2012 4X4 Toyota Tacoma, access cab, 4-cyl standard, new snow tires, good cond, $23,000 obo. 633-3347 2009 DODGE Caravan with stow and go seating, 134,000km, new all season tires, $12,000 obo. 333-0236 or 456-4112 2009 TOYOTA Tacoma club cab, 4-cyl, RWD, auto, c/w canopy, $14,000 obo. 399-3332

2003 CHEV Silverado, runs good, needs minor work, 2-wheel drive, open to reasonable offers or trades, 390-2313 2002 CHEV Silverado 4x4 ext cab, 4-dr, V8 auto, cruise, new Wrangler tires, $5,999. 667-7777 or 336-2029 2002 DODGE short box quad cab 4x4 1500 lifted, awesome truck, 200,000 kms, $7,000 obo, 390-2313 2002 FORD F150 7700 edition, 194,000 km mechanical A1, good winter tires, good cond, lots extra parts, $6,000 obo. 336-1318 2001 CHEVY Ventura van, power sliding door, 4 individual seats & rear bench, 144,000kms, $3,500. 633-2346 2001 DODGE Dakota Sport RT, 5.9L, auto, new tires/windshield, low kms, exc cond, $6,500. 633-2740

2008 GMC Sierra 4x4 2500 ext cab long box, great shape inside & out, $15,000 obo. 334-4923

2000 FORD Excursion SUV, 130,000kms, seats 8, very clean inside & out, $8,900. 334-1006

2007 FORD Ranger Sport supercab, 145,000 km mostly highway, runs great, 2 sets of tires incl studded winter, $9,500 obo. 335-7640

2000 INTERNATIONAL 4700 deck truck, ready to go to work, lots of new parts, mechanic owned and operated, Beaver tail. 335-7510

✔ I50 point comprehensive vehicle inspection ✔ 3 month or 5000 km limited powertrain warranty ✔ 10 day or 1000 km Vehicle Exchange Privilege ✔ Car Proof verified report ✔ Complimentary Roadside Assistance ✔ Nitrogen inflated tires ✔ Full tank of fuel ✔ First two oil changes FREE



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Friday, February 21, 2013

2000 TOYOTA Tundra SR5, 2wd, 4.7L V8 auto, canopy, tow pkg, new windshield/winter tires, clean in & out, 117,000 miles, $6,000 obo. 334-8604 lv msg 1999 DODGE Ram 1500 SLT 1/2 ton, 4X4, ext cab, 4-dr, V8 auto, c/w canopy, new Michelin tires, all power equipped, $4,299. 667-7777 or 336-2029 1999 GMC 3500 HD flat deck, 6.5l diesel, a/ trans, 2wd, new tires, brakes, shocks, front end, steel deck, trailer hitch, wired for tr brakes, $5,700. 633 5578 or 335-7454 1999 JEEP Grand Cherokee Limited, 4.7L PowerTech V8, Quadra-trac ll 4x4, fully loaded, heated leather seats, exc cond, recent engine rebuild, $4,800. 336-1684

DODGE CUMMINS parts, turbo, intercooler, fresh air intake. 633-6502 PLOW TRUCK, 1989 Dodge Power Ram 4x4, short box single cab truck, Meyer hydraulic plow, $4,500. 334-1006

Auto Parts & Accessories GOODYEAR NORDIC 4 non-studded 15” winter tires/steel wheels, Chev/Buick 5-bolt pattern, approx 70% tread remains, $375. 821-6011 FULL SIZE truck bed liner, fits 1974-1996 Ford, $200. 633-2580

Employment Opportunity


Yukon first nations preferential hiring policy is applicable and must be clearly identified on application.

Closing Date: Location: Hours:

Until filled Whitehorse 37.5 hrs/week, term to July 21, 2014, (with a possibility of extension)

Job Summary: Under the direction of the Director of Self Government Secretariat (SGS) and in compliance with directives provided at the Land Titles Committee meetings, the Special Project Manager is responsible for the implementation, coordination and reporting on the Self Government First Nation (SGFN) Land Titles Act and Land Registry System project. The Special Project Manager will provide secretariat functions in compliance with the SGFN Land Titles Committee directives and according to available project funding and work plan activities. Maintaining effective communications with the Land Titles Committee members and SGS staff is essential to ensure optimum flow of critical documents, compliance with work activity or financial timelines, monitoring the project budget and maximizing quality assurance of deliverables. This position will be responsible for monitoring and supporting SGFN disbursements in a timely fashion and will provide regular financial updates. Occasional travel to communities may be a requirement. Additional Information: Only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information and job description, please contact Renie Bruton at 867-393-9206 or email at Please submit applications and/or resumes to: Name: Renie Bruton Address: Council of Yukon First Nations, 2166 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 4P1 Phone: (867)393-9206 Fax: (867)668-6577 E-mail:

Love Mom

piece of mind

1998 DODGE 3500 diesel 5.9L, under 240,000kms, flat deck, many extras, $12,500 obo. 336-0460

Employment Opportunity

Aboriginal Criminal Courtworker

Nervous about your credit? No problem! call us!


Trucks 2009 KIA Borrego, 4WD, 7 passenger, auto, new tires, tow hitch 5,000lb, full winter package, heated front seats, cruise, 4-wheel ABS, many extras, $18,500 obo. Bob @ 333-9242


Chantal Beaudin

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, keyless entry, etc., 120,000 km. $17,500. 660-4806

For being so steadfast and successful in your academic pursuits to reach your goals in Physiotherapy.

2006 FORD F-250 supercab 4X4, 5.4L, auto, 147,000 kms, 8' box w/liner, fiberglass cap w/rack, electric brake, tow package, summer/winter tires on rims, new windshield, clean truck, $14,900. 335-0277

2004 Chantal completed Grade 12 from E.E.T. 2009 Received her B.Sc. in Pysiotherapy from University of Ottawa. 2012 She completed a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at University of Queensland, Australia. 2013 Pursued and successfully completed her 2nd Masters of Musculo – Skeletal Physiotherapy.

2003 CHEVY Silverado ext cab 1500 4x4, V8, new trans, new tires w rims, heated leather seats, Bose speakers, box liner, tonneau cover, extra tires, $8,000 obo. 334-4878 2009 F350 Lariat 4x4, 80,000 kms, full warranty (2015), fully loaded, exc cond, heated leather seats, 8ʼ box, tow package, camper ready, $24,900. 336-0405

We Sell Trucks! 1-866-269-2783 • 9039 Quartz Rd. •

Presently, gaining more experience in her field working with a professional football team in Australia. Well done Chantal, love from your family.

Closing Date: Location: Salary:

Until filled Whitehorse Level 7

Job Summary: Under the direction of the Manager of Justice, the Courtworker is responsible for attending regular court sessions in Whitehorse, Carcross, Teslin, Haines Junction, Burwash and Beaver Creek; Assisting First Nation citizens charged with a criminal offence; Assisting First Nation citizens with obtaining legal assistance and/or making referrals to appropriate supports and resources; Assisting the client in understanding their rights and responsibilities in the court process; Speaking to client matters in the courts; Working closely with private and government agencies, court personnel, First Nations and the RCMP; Promoting practical community-based justice initiatives; Attending regularly scheduled meetings pertaining to First Nations community justice; Maintaining daily records and logs, monthly statistical forms and reports and filing system for the program; Ensuring that all such records are kept accurate, up to date and in strictest confidence. Other related duties, as required. Additional Information: Only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information and job description, please contact Renie Bruton at 867-393-9206 or email at Please submit applications and/or resumes to: Name: Renie Bruton Address: Council of Yukon First Nations, 2166 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 4P1 Phone: (867) 393-9200 Fax: (867) 668-6577 E-mail:


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Pet of the Week! LOST/FOUND LOST

• Downtown area, 2 yr old, grey and white, female DSH very fluffy answers to Jewels, if found contact Patty @667-6994. (18/02/14)


• Granger, small grey/white female cat, DSH, no collar contact Hauff or Holly @ 668-3372 (10/02/2014)


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) • 6 months old, female, Husky / labX, blonde ( Winnie) • 1 yr old, female, blonde, husky/ lab X (lucky) • 2 yr old, neutered male, black and white, husky X (D.o.G)


• 11 month old, neutered male, DlH, grey (Deegan) • 6 months old,DSH, grey and white, neutered male (moss) • 2yr old, DSH, grey and white, neutered male (Sappy)

• 1 yr old, neutered male, Pekingese, white and brown (christmas) • 5 months old, male, husky, white (cupid) • 3 yr old, neutered male, GSD/ rottweiler, black and brown ( trouble) • 8 months old, neutered male, StaffordshireX, black ( tank) • 3yr old, neutered male, akita, grey and white (a.J.) • 4 mos old, female, husky X, blonde (Bianca) • 2 yr old, spayed female, blue heeler, black and white (mc) • 10 weeks old, female, golden retriever X, blonde(tig) • 10 weeks old, male, golden retriever X, blonde (Kozik)

Hi-Rise & Cab Hi - several in stock View at 393-8100 WANTED: 15" Volkswagen rims with studded winter tires, $100-$200 range. 334-6087

Pets Canines & Company Puppy & Obedience Level 1 Feb 25, April 15 Private Lessons Behaviour Modification FCI/WUSV/MEOE certified Bronze Master Trainer Serving the Yukon since 1992 caninesandcompany 333-0505 or 668-4368 Yukon Kennel Club is pleased to host “Come Meet the Dogs” March 1, 2014, 12:00noon-4:00pm Takhini Arena Mezzanine More than 25 different breeds will be showcased! Bring the entire family to meet some awesome pups, get some wet kisses! Entry by donation. Some fantastic prizes to be won! For more information or to get involved: 3/4 PUG & 1/4 chug pups 8-wks old, 4 males 1 female, have their first shots, call 633-5362 for appt. to view SIBERIAN HUSKY to give away, 4-yrs old, great dog, well-trained, very good with people, serious inquiries only. 336-1318

Hi! I’m Cece! If you’re looking for someone to love I am it! At the moment I have a bad hair cut but hopefully when I get some of this weight off, I won’t need them anymore. I would do well in a single cat household, the staff aren’t too sure about dogs just yet. How about coming down to visit? I really like to meet new people!

PUGS, 11 weeks old, 2 males, 1 female, have all shots, $400. 633-5362 to view.

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/

633-6019 126 Tlingit Street

2006 VESPA LX motor scooter, red, 298,000kms, as new, $2,900. 335-4768 RONʼS SMALL ENGINE SERVICES Repairs to Snowmobiles, Chainsaws, Lawnmowers, ATVʼs, Small industrial equipment. Light welding repairs available 867-332-2333 lv msg

Gently Used





TRUCK CANOPIES - in stock * new Dodge long/short box * new GM long/short box * new Ford long/short box

• 4 yr old, neutered male, husky, black and white (rikki) • 10 weeks old, female, golden retriever X, black and tan, (Bobbi) • 7 weeks old, female, corgi X, black and brown (Pippa)


Atv’s: 2009 Yamaha Big Bear 250 ..........................................................$3,499 2009 Yamaha Wolverine 450 .......................................................$4,999

snowmobiles: 2007 Yamaha Apex Gt 121" .........................................................$5,999 2008 Yamaha Phazer Mtx 144" Timbersled Suspension ..........$6,499

• 2 yr old, DSH, white and black, neutered male (tom) • 3 yr old, DmH, black and white, spayed female (cece) • 3 yr old, DSH, white and black neutered male (Jax)

2009 Yamaha Nytro Rtx Se 121" Sno X Edition 1275km ...........$7,999 2012 Yamaha Nytro Xtx 144" Speed Racer Edition ...................$9,999 2012 Yamaha Nytro Mtx 162" 270hp Turbo ..............................$15,999 2012 Yamaha Venture TF ............................................................ $9,799

motoRCYCles: 2000 Yamaha 650 Vstar ............................................................... $3,499 2008 Yamaha Wr450 Offroad .......................................................$4,499 2008 Honda Shadow 750..............................................................$4,999

SPECIAL • Homes needed for retired sled dogs. they would make excellent pets. Please contact 668-3647 or

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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1997 YAMAHA Venture 600 twin, 2-up, great cond, $2,000 obo. 334-1006 2003 RXI Yamaha 1000 turbo sled, for parts or rebuild, low miles, $1,500. 334-5739 1994 ARCTIC Cat Puma, 2-up, $1,700 obo. 633-5791 2004 MOUNTAINCAT, 800 long track snow machine, great cond, 1,000 miles, $3,600. 333-0192 2013 RMK Pro 800 153' mbrp cann , shovel bag, extra belt, 2 jugs oil, low kms hardly used, $9,500. 334-2384

2008 Yamaha R6 Canadian Edition .............................................$7,999

SMALL PULL-BEHIND snowmobile trailer, good for ice-fishing, $100. 456-2218

2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1100 ........................................$8,999

2010 TUNDRA Sport snowmobile, 550F, exc cond, low kms, $5,900. 334-8854

2012 Yamaha Bw50 Scooter ....................................................... $2,499 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.

2001 POLARIS 800 RMK 151” track, black, low miles, exc cond, $3,000 obo. 334-4477

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 .............................................................$3,999



(867) 668-2101 or 1-800-661-0430

1 KM south of Robert Service Way, Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, Y.T.

1999 SUMMIT X 670 HO, Twin Jaws pipes, 4" block, Pro taper bars, all very good cond except 1cyl low compression, not seized, $1,250 obo. 334-6776 2005 ARCTIC Cat M7 for parts or need new engine, rest in good shape, want to sell asap $1,800 obo. 336-1318 2008 POLARIS Dragon 800, 155” track, fresh rebuild, many extras, $7,500 obo. 334-7670

PROJECT SLED, 1998 Formula Z chassis with GPZ 1100 street bike engine, (motor mounts, drive train, hood, complete) 334-6776

MINING PROCESSOR for sale, c/w 10-yard hopper, auto feeder, 16ʼ long x 6ʼ diameter trammel, 3/4” screen, New Zealand-type sluice box 8ʼx12ʼ, $62,000. Call Al, 456-4905

2013 550 F Expedition, 2,000 miles, $7,000 obo. 335-0164

1970S KOEHRING hoe, 22 tons, 28ʼ reach, 1 1/3 yard bucket, 3304 Cat engine, $7,000. 333-0564

2003 SKI-DOO Summit 550 fan w/reverse, $3,500. 660-5660 2001 MOUNTAIN Cat 800, 3,100 miles, very good cond, $2,100. 333-0564 KINGCAT 900, lots of extras, lots of power, fox shocks all around, low kms, ready to rock, $4,500. 390-2313 WANTED: OLD double-track skidoos, running or not, phone 668-2332 WANTED: LATE 60s or early 70s snowmobile, any condition, seeking Elan parts. 633-5480 2003 ARCTIC Cat Mountain Cat 600, $1,900. 633-2346 1980 SKI-DOO Citation, runs well, good cloth on seat & rack, $500 obo. 393-3638 440 CHEETAH Touring Package Deal, low km, well maintained, runs great, c/w cover, extra oil, belt, new Skimmer on Teflon runners, rear cargo box, $1,850 firm. 335-5237 2008 YAMAHA Nytro custom, ported polished head, shaved 20 thou, k&n intake, hindle exhaust team roller clutch, Diamond S tunnel, 1.75 race track, float x shocks, many extras, $9,500 obo. 334-5613 2008 SMALL dirt bike, 90cc, $350. 668-3243 1999 POLARIS Sportsman quad, auto w/reverse, 4X4, new tires/battery/winch, high-low range, $3,300. 333-0239 SKIMMER, STAND behind style, box is 65”l; 21"w; 19"h, exc cond, $300. 821-6011 2010 ARCTIC Cat M8 Sno Pro, low kms, $7,000. Trev @ 867-689-8738

Marine PROFESSIONAL BOAT REPAIR Fiberglass Supplies Marine Accessories FAR NORTH FIBERGLASS 49D MacDonald Rd Whitehorse, Yukon 393-2467 WANTED: 9-11ʼ inflatable, pref clip-in floor, motor mount, oar locks, must be in good shape, well-done patches OK; also 4-7hp outboard motor in good cond w inflatable or sep. deal. 667-2607 1980 24ʼ Sea Ray cabin cruiser, dual 170hp Mercruiser 470s, lots of recent work, 44 mph, very fun, $7,000. 333-0564 NEED TO repower? V-8 marine engine w/ OMC inner & outer transom assembly, can use omc or volvo penta outdrive w/transom assembly, $5,500 obo.  633-6502

Heavy Equipment 2007 HM 400 Komatsu 6X6 rock truck in Whitehorse, $130,000, can finance to right person on rental purchase, lots of mining equipment, Wes at, or 250-235-3333


Yukon News

Friday, February 21, 2013

GAS-POWERED 225 amp arc welder/gen set on four wheeled hitch pull trailer. 633-6502

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 CARHAULER, 16', tandem axle, electric brakes, $2, 500. 335 9934 PJ TRAILER 2008, 20ʼ tandem axle flat deck, 13,800 gvwr, 16" rubber, 2 5/16 ball, brakes on all 4 wheels replaced 2012, bearings done 2012, $4,500. 633-5470 ATV TRAILER, 4ʼ long, 38” wide, $450 obo. 336-0460 2009 JAYCO JayFlight BH27' trailer, exc cond, & 2009 Ford Super Duty Long Box 6.4L diesel truck, exc cond, 128,682kms, mostly hwy, 334-6724 for details/viewing 1999 25ʼ Espre travel trailer, great cond, little use, new batteries/flooring, $8,500 obo. 334-7713 2007 LANCE truck camper, 1181, largest in class truck camper (dually preferable), TV, generator, awning, electric jacks, queen bed, 30lbs propane bottles, AC/furnace, slide out, full washroom, $19,900. 780-986-4674 2010 CARGO max 6x10 V nose, exc cond, spare tire, aluminum ladder rack, $3,500 obo. 336-1318 9 1/2ʼ fully loaded camper, $750 obo. 334-3822 WANTED: INEXPENSIVE, simple camper or wall tent. 336-2108

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: GRANDPARENTS AND extended family: Having problems with access or custody? Contact Grandparents Rights Assoc. of Yukon, meetings as needed. 821-3821 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 LEARN ENGLISH free! Classes every Friday at 7.00pm. Call 335-5443 for info

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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

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HORAIRE PISTE Chilkoot/Log Cabin: Multi-usage sauf du 7 au 9 février et du 28 fév. au 2 mars : activités non motorisées. 867-667-3910 CHILKOOT TRAIL/LOG Cabin: Non-Motorized Weekends: Feb 7-9 & Feb 28-Mar 2. Other weekends & weekdays: Multi-Use. For info: 867-667-3910 SUPPORT GROUP for People who have had a diagnosis of cancer. First Monday of each month, Copper Ridge Place, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Next meeting February 3, 2014. Info: 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 PORTER CREEK Community Association meeting Monday, March 3rd, 5:15 pm at the Guild Hall. More information 633-4829. Everyone Welcome. Come show your support Yukon Kennel Club is pleased to host “Come Meet the Dogs” March 1, 2014, 12:00noon-4:00pm Takhini Arena Mezzanine More than 25 different breeds will be showcased! Bring the entire family to meet some awesome pups, get some wet kisses! Entry by donation. Some fantastic prizes to be won! For more information or to get involved:

February 24, 1941 February 12, 2014

We announce with great sadness the passing of our brother, John Cletheroe from a massive heart attack, in the Philippines. John’s ashes will be brought back to the Yukon in the spring at which time he will be laid to rest beside his mother, Amy, at Lake Laberge, as was his wishes. An announcement will be made for the date of interment and for the gathering of family and friends in the spring. He leaves behind his loving partner Edna and her family in the Philippines, his children, Dean & Tanya, his sisters Frances, Alice and Violet. His sisters in-laws Luoise and Elsie, brothers in-law, Dean and Ronald and many nieces, nephews and the many, many friends he made while working for years in North America and overseas. Contract for further information 867-668-2216.

Edward “Bruce” Sova May 24, 1946 – February 14, 2014


dward Bruce Sova was born in Port Radium, NWT on May 24, 1946 to Leola and Gordon Sova. They later moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Bruce spent his childhood. He had many happy summers and made wonderful memories while spending time with his Grandparents on their farm in Oak Point, Manitoba. In 1972 Bruce followed his brother Gerald and sister Carol to the Yukon. He worked at Kelly Douglas until its closure, and then moved to Yukon Office Supply until his retirement in 2010. Bruce loved softball. He started off as a player, and then coached softball for a number of years. Some of the teams he coached represented Yukon at both Western and National Championships. His passions were fishing, camping, traveling and most of all being with his family and friends. Bruce was the life of a party; he had a wonderful sense of humor, and gave wise counsel. He was generous and thoughtful in nature to all who

knew him. Bruce passed away on February 14, 2014 with his loving wife Janice, and daughter Kimberly by his side at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is predeceased by his mother Leola, father Gordon, sister Gail, brother Gerald and brothers-in-law Brian and James. Bruce leaves behind Janice his loving wife of 44 years, his daughter Kimberly, brother Mark, sister Carol, sisters-in-law Irene and Charlene, nephews Colin, Andrew, Dylan and nieces Chrissy, Lorraine, Cara and Colleen and their families, Uncle Stan and Aunt Ada and their family, and cousin Brian and wife Margaret and their family. He will also be dearly missed by his beloved dog Maggie. To honour Bruce’s wishes there is to be no service. In lieu of flowers donations in Bruce’s name may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at

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YUKON CONSERVATION Society AGM, Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 5:30pm. 302 Hawkins St. 668-5678 for more info YUKON WHOLISTIC Health Network Annual General Meeting, 7:00pm, Wednesday, March 5, Whitehorse Public Library. Everyone welcome!  667-6030 for more info SAVATE IS an empty handed fighting form using the feet, the hands, and other body parts Come try at Aikido Dojo on Baxter St. Thursday, 6:00pm to 7:30pm. AURORA BRIDAL FAIRE is searching the community looking for musicians who perform at weddings. If you're a professional musician or band that loves to do weddings and would like to do more, join us at the Aurora Bridal Faire. Call 633-5656 or email Aurora Bridal Faire March 8th, 2014, Kwanlin Dun Centre. Are you getting married soon? Or are you a friend or mother of the Bride to be? Register the Bride for the Aurora Bridal Faire at "Hello Gorgeous" and receive special  gifts and the chance to win fantastic prizes. or facebook/Aurora Bridal Faire

pubLIC TENDER MAINTENANCE OF THE ROSS RIVER SOLID WASTE FACILITY Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 27, 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 Anderson at (867) 456-6542. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Community Services

HOSPICE WORKSHOP "LIVING with Loss" Thurs Feb 27, 6:30-8:30pm for anyone living with personal loss or supporting others who are grieving. Register: 667-7429, F .H. C O L L I N S Secondary School Parent/Teacher/Student conference Thursday March 13, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Friday March 14 10:00am-1:00pm. No classes for students on March 14, but students may attend either session, no appt required THOMSON CENTRE requires a volunteer for our small, in-house store. An enjoyable, social, rewarding experience! Wednesdays 12:00–2:30. Previous experience not required.  Call Kathy at 393-8629 Rise & Shine Story Time: Wednesdays, February 5-March 12, 10:30am–11:15am, stories, music, finger plays & crafts for children 3-6 years & caregivers, registration necessary, space limited. 667-5239 BARN DANCE Sat. Feb 22, Old Fire Hall. Gordon Stobbe, master fiddler and caller, Barndance Band & Fiddleheads, adults $10, youth $5, families $25, tickets at the door. 633-4501 BRING ON THE BRIDE and her many fun friends. A special day with Bridal dresses, photographers, caters, venues, tent rentals, party planners, decorations.  Facebook/Aurora Bridal Faire March 8th, Kwanlin Dun

TAGISH PANCAKE Breakfast! February 23rd, 9:30am-12:00pm, Tagish Community Centre. $8.00 per adult, $3.00 per child. Everyone is welcome to attend INSCRIPTION À la maternelle 4 ans en français langue première. Jardin dʼÉmilie à lʼécole Émilie-Tremblay, jusquʼà la fin février 2014. Visitez ou 667-8150 pour tous les détails PADDLERS ABREAST Recreational Paddling: register till March 2nd by email: or telephone: Claire 393-1949 or Karin 393-4726 For breast cancer survivors and supporters. 4 sessions at the Canada Games Centre, weekly paddles May and June SUGAR SHACK at Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous February 21-22-23, Shipyards Park. Come treat yourself to maple taffy on snow, maple baked beans and other maple products. Information: HOOTALINQUA FIRE Protection Society AGM and open house, Tuesday, March 4, 6:00pm, Hootalinqua community hall and firehall (across from Takhini Gas). Everyone welcome. Refreshments and door prize THE HOURS That Remain, by Keith Barker, inspired by The Highway of Tears, directed by David Storch, March 5-8, YAC, 867 393-2676, THE HOURS That Remain by Keith Barker, inspired by The Highway of Tears, directed by David Storch, Feb 28 & March 1, Danoja Zho (Dawson City)


QUEER YUKON: upcoming events for the LGBT community and allies. Feb. 21st Rendezvous Drag Dance at the T&M, tickets $15 at Baked Cafe.


SCULPT WINGED creatures with Sandra Storey or make silver jewellery with special guest instructor Mathew Nuqingaq @ Arts Underground, March 1 weekend. For information/ registration call 667-4080


TAKE NOTICE THAT a proceeding has been commenced against you as Tenant, by Malamute Saloon Ltd o/a Takhini Mobile Home Park as Landlord, in the Territorial Court of Yukon, under File Number 13-T0064. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT further proceedings in the above designated application are scheduled to be heard on 10 March 2014 at 2:00pm at the Law Court Building at 2134 Second Avenue in the City of Whitehorse. IN THE EVENT THAT you wish to participate in the continuation of the said proceedings on 10 March 2014 at 2:00pm you should contact the Territorial Court as soon as possible prior to the date above set out concerning the filing of affidavits or other documents or evidence which you may wish to present to the Court in response to the claims of the Landlord. IF YOU FAIL to respond or if you fail to attend at the continuation of proceedings on 10 March 2014 at 2:00pm at the Law Courts at 2134 Second Avenue in the City of Whitehorse, the proceedings may continue in your absence and the Court may make any orders requested by the Landlord and justified by the information before the Court.

FEB. 26, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre 7:00 pm, Sharon MacKenzie, BC educator “Intergenerational learning,-engaging youth & elders together in awareness of senior/elder abuse”. Free, L'AFY & YPLEA sponsored 393-2044 SALSA YUKON February Latin Fiesta, come dance to great Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton and Merengue music, February 22 8:30pm -12am, Antoinette's restaurant, 4021-4th Ave, for info PEER FACILITATED Support Group for People diagnnosed with cancer, first Monday of each month, Copper Ridge Place, 7:00pm-9:00pm, next meeting March 3, 2014. Info: FREE WIGS, hats and head coverings for people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. For more information email: GENUINE SOURDOUGH pancakes Tuesday March 4th, 5:00pm-7:00pm, adults $10, seniors $7, kids 12 & under $5, max family price $25, United Church, elevator access. 667-2989


Heritage Centre Landscape Design Teslin Tlingit Council is seeking the services of a qualified consultant to develop a Landscape Design for a portion of the site of its Heritage Centre in Teslin, Yukon. For more information, or to request an electronic copy of the R.F.P., please contact: Adam Grinde, Director, Capital and Infrastructure Ph: 867-390-2532, ext. 388 E-mail:

PROPOSAL DEADLinE: Friday, February 28, 16:00 (4:00 PM)

JAZZ IN the Hall featuring the Jazz Kids. Thurs, Mar 6, 7:00pm cabaret, Old Fire Hall. Tix $5 at the door

Bookkeeper Taking new clients 393-3201

JAZZ ON the Wing with Diana Panton & Canadian Jazz Masters. Sun, Mar 9, 7:30 pm cabaret. Arts Centre. Tix YAC Box Office, Arts Underground or door

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

12TH ANNUAL Disability Expo, March 12, 2014, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Center THE STRENGTH of Silence retreat Sat. Mar. 1, 10am-3pm, lunch provided. Quiet time for reading/writing. Whitehorse United Church, 667-2989. Free.

Services SHARPENING SERVICES. For all your sharpening needs - quality sharpening, fair price & good service. At corner of 6th & Strickland. 667-2988 BUSY BEAVERS Painting, Pruning Hauling, Snow Shovelling and General Labour Call Francois & Katherine 456-4755 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 VEHICLE LOANS Bear Country Pawn is offering vehicle loans up to $10,000 Must have stable employment and chequing account Call 335-5500 THOMAS FINE CARPENTRY • construction • renovation • finishing • cabinets • tiling • flooring • repairs • specialty woodwork • custom kitchens 867-633-3878 or cell 867-332-5531 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: - INSULATION Upgrade your insulation & reduce your heating bills Energy North Construction Inc. (1994) for all your insulation & coating needs Cellulose & polyurethane spray foam Free estimate: 667-7414

PASCAL PAINTING CONTRACTOR PASCAL AND REGINE Residential - Commercial Ceilings, Walls Textures, Floors Spray work Excellent quality workmanship Free estimates 633-6368 TITAN DRYWALL Taping & Textured Ceilings 27 years experience Residential or Commercial No job too small Call Dave 336-3865 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 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 KLASSIC HANDYMAN SERVICES “HOME RENOVATION SPECIALIST” “SPECIALIZING IN BATHROOMS” Start to Finish • FLOORING • TILE • CARPENTRY • PAINTING • FENCING • DECKS “ONE CALL DOES IT ALL!! DON: 334-2699 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


Teslin Tlingit Council

Friday, February 21, 2013

Project Description: Provide water delivery to Keno residents on the basis of a maximum of three times per week ensuring compliance with all the regulations for delivery of bulk water. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 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 Rob Anderson at (867) 465-6542. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:


Light Welding Repairs Available

Friendly Service at Affordable Rates Please call ahead for appointments

PHONE: (867) 332-2333 • FAX: (867) 633-6830

Authorized dealer for Sun & Snow Parts & Accessories for Snowmobiles & ATVs. Authorized dealer for Laser Sales small engine parts supplier.


60 Below Snow Management Commercial & Residential

Snow Removal Community Services

(867) 336-3570

Parking Lots, Sidewalks, Rooftops and Sanding

FRABIL ICE tent, new, $100. 335-0164

T.E.A.M. HEATING Oil Burner Services Certified Journeyman O.B.M. Light commercial & residential Installation/Repairs and Service Licensed and Insured 867-334-1680

Licensed and Professional Automotive Repairs 20-year Journeyman Mechanic Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm Call Brian Berg 867-633-6597

Property Management for Condos Accounting, Contractors, Reserve studies. North of 56 Property Mgmt Call 332-7444

Lost & Found


LOST: BLACKBERRY phone, Bob Marley sticker on back, weekend of Aug 10th/2013. Accidentally left on rocks in pullout near Brookʼs Brook on southeast shore, Tagish Lake, reward offered, need contact #s & photos. If found call 336-4245

QUALITY YUKON MEAT Dev & Louise Hurlburt Grain-finished Hereford beef Domestic wild boar Order now for guaranteed delivery Payment plan available Samples on request 668-7218 335-5192

SNOW CLEARING/REMOVAL Sidewalks, Driveways, Parking lots, Compounds Private and Commercial Properties Fast and reliable service Aurora Toolcat Services 867-334-8447 NORTHRIDGE BOBCAT SERVICES • Snow Plowing • Site Prep & Backfills • Driveways • Post Hole Augering • Light Land Clearing • General Bobcat Work Fast, Friendly Service 867-335-1106


FINISHING CARPENTRY & RENOVATIONS For Clean, Meticulous & Tasteful Quality Work INTERIOR Design & organization of walk-in closets, laundry & storage room, garage Kitchen & Bathrooms, Flooring, Wood & Laminate, Stairs. EXTERIOR Decks, Fences, Insulation, Siding, Storage Shed DIDIER MOGGIA 633-2156 or cell 334-2156

LOST: DARK leather dog leash 6' with brass clip on Sunday February 9 on dog walk in bush near Mountain View Drive/ Whistle Bend roundabout. Call 335-2006 FOUND: PAIR of prescription glasses near Subway (Liquor Store parking lot), purplish lenses, damaged arm. Contact Yukon News at 667-6285 LOST: CAMERA tripod at Grey Mountain Overlook Wed Feb. 18th around 11:00pm while taking pictures of Northern Lights. 456-2986 to return

Business Opportunities VILLAGE BAKERY Haines Junction Lease or Sale for 2014 season Email for details

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Friday, February 21, 2013

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Sports Equipment MENʼS SNOWBOARD boots, Firefly, sz 11.5, exc cond, still in box, $50. 456-2218

WHITEHORSE - ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER Love Jeans? Warehouse One is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic retail supervisor to join our team. We offer our team members great sales and leadership training, a positive work environment, and a 50% off employee discount.

PAK CANOE, exc cond, used once, c/w custom made reinforced knee boards, folds up to lg duffel bag size, $1,850. 821-6011 WANTED: MEN'S hockey helmet. 336-2108 WANTED: ELECTRIC bike. 393-1953

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 SWEET JUICY Yukon-grown free range pork for sale. No hormones, no antibiotics. 20 lb or more, $6/lb. 393-1939

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 ONE-PIECE BOYʼS snowsuit, size 3T, Molehill brand, pretty new, $60. 393-2630 2-SEATER BIKE trailer, CCM, pretty new, $300. 393-2630 KELLY CARRIER, adjustable for babies/kids up to 50lb, c/w rain shield/backpack style diaper bag, zippers onto system, great for hiking, $350 new, asking $150. 334-5323 GRACO SNUGRIDE 35 infant car seat with base, used 1 year, never been in accident, $300 new, asking $150. 334-5323

Childcare ROSIEʼS DAY HOME Opening May 1, 2014 Day/Night/Weekend Spots available Call 668-3448

Furniture BLACK ENTERTAINMENT centre, $40. 393-2630

LARGE WOOD office desk and matching credenza, two large metal filing cabinets. 633-6553 DINING TABLE 46X72 or 46X92 w self storing butterfly leaf, solid red birch framing w American Cherry veneer over lumber core, Italian rustic finish, $950. 660-5152 LEATHER COUCH (7ʼ) & love seat (5ʼ), dark brown, and ottoman table, all in good shape, paid over $2,000, asking $1,000 for the set. 334-5323 OAK CHINA cabinet with matching table and chairs, new condition, $250. 667-7705 KITCHEN STORAGE unit, 2 drawers, bottom lg drawer w pull-out shelf, good for counter extension, 23.5”w, 24”d, 35”h, $50 obo. 821-6011 SKLAR PEPLAR dining room suite, oak veneer/ash, 63”x42” pedestal table, 2 extensions, 6 chairs, hutch upper, 4 doors/glass shelves, hutch bottom, 3 drawers, 2 cupboards, $1,900 obo. 821-6011 KROEHLER LOVESEAT, high quality construction, smoke/pet free home, factory Scotchguarded, 65.5”l, 35”w, 35.5”h, antique pattern jade/salmon/cream, $300. 821-6011 MAHOGANY STORAGE cabinet, mahogany veneer on plywood (not particle board), 3 adjustable shelves per side, 48”w, 16.5”d, 41.75”h, $145. 821-6011 FREE - kingsize box spring. 667-6616 SINGLE BED, cherry wood head & foot board, with nearly new foam top mattress, $250. 668-4575 SMALL BLACK desk/table, no drawers, great as a computer desk or extra table, $40. 334-2788 CHAIR WITH wooden arm rests, suitable as dining room chair or for desk, fabric seat, metal legs, $25. 334-2788


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

REqUEST FOR PROPOSAL VIABILITY ANALYSIS OF A SOUTH-EAST ALASKA AND YUKON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR Project Description: The project will assess the viability of an electrical and telecommunications development corridor connecting Whitehorse, YT to Skagway, AK for the general public of Alaska and Yukon in terms of its financial, economic and technical feasibility. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 25, 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 Shane Andre at (867) 393-7070. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted.

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 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

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The Yukon government has recently received an expression of interest (EOI) for the development of an eco-wilderness resort at Stoney Mountain on Millhaven Bay near Carcross. As part of the process, the Yukon government is required to determine if there are other private interests that may wish to submit a competitive proposal. Information on the size, scope and vision of the proposed project can be found at: project-proposals/the-lodge-at-stoney-mountainproposal/ Interested parties are requested to advise the Energy, Mines and Resources Land Management Branch, in writing by 4:00 p.m. February 28, 2014 to: Director, Land Management Branch (K320), P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6 For further information please contact the EMR Land Management Branch at 667-3150 or call toll free 1-800-661-0408.



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