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A pedestrian was hit by this SUV on Fourth Avenue near the Yukon Inn on Wednesday and later died in hospital. Police are seeking eyewitness accounts of the incident.

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Ray Street. There is a crosswalk in the area. But Hoogland, citing the pedestrian who was struck by investigation, would not confirm GMC Jimmy while crossing whether or not the man was using Fourth Avenue on Wednesday has it. died. “We’re talking to witnesses and Whitehorse RCMP Const. reviewing video,” he said. Dean Hoogland confirmed the Chief coroner Kirsten Macdeath, saying the 69-year-old man donald said Thursday she was not died sometime Wednesday afterreleasing the man’s name. noon or early evening. While his immediate next of Few details are being released kin has been informed, the family by police. Hoogland said the case asked for time to tell others outis still being investigated. side the territory. Police were called to the scene The man was living in WhiteWednesday at about 11:20 a.m., horse but has family in Alberta, after the man was struck while she said. crossing the road on Fourth AvThe driver of the small SUV enue between Second Avenue and was sober at the time of the crash, News Reporter


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Haines Junction man who has spent much of his life rescuing others now needs some help of his own. A fundraiser is being organized for long-time helicopter pilot Doug Makkonen, who fell ill recently while visiting the U.S. and spent five days in a coma. Makkonen went to Arizona in late November after his wife, Adaire, was in a truck accident. He wanted to be with her and help her drive back, said friend Marinka Darling. Rather than make a beeline back to the Yukon, the couple decided to first visit Las Vegas a few weeks ago, Darling said. But then Makkonen fell very ill. He was in a coma for five days. When he awoke he was transferred to a different facility in Las Vegas. Medical costs were about $10,000 a night. On Wednesday, he was medevaced from Las Vegas to Kelowna General Hospital, at a cost of

about $30,000. From his bedside, Adaire told the News her husband is still very sick. “He came down to rescue me, I was in a truck accident and tore my arm all up, my rotary cuff and bicep. I was having trouble driving so he came down to rescue me and bring me back home,” she said. “He said, ‘While we’re here, let’s have a little break.’ Then he got the flu bug, then he went downhill from there. He was feeling better and we got to Vegas Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning he was in a coma in the hospital.” Now she’s just trying to get him home, she said. Makkonen has been a fixture in Haines Junction for decades. He has often been recognized for his work with search and rescue. In 1996 he received a commissioner’s award for bravery after rescuing four Austrian tourists stranded on Mount Logan in Kluane National Park. According to a summary from the commissioner’s office, Makkonen had to wear an oxygen

mask as he guided the helicopter in the thin air, “casting a 25-metre cable down and hauling the climbers to safety.” The group had about 20 minutes left before they would have died. Darling said Haines Junction residents have already stepped up to help. “The community has responded tremendously,” she said. A bank account has been set up to collect donations. The Scotia Bank account number is 709200524085. Make cheques payable to “For the benefit of Douglas Makkonen.” This account is being administered by Bill and Marinka Darling, P.O. Box 5322 Haines Junction, Yukon, Y0B 1L0. Cheques can be mailed or dropped off at Mile Post 1020 Alaska Hwy, 5 km north of Haines Junction, past the pullout, first house on the right. For more information call: 867-634-2266 or 867-335-9714 or email Darlingmarinka@hotmail. com Contact Ashley Joannou at

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Old Crow winter road open for business Jacqueline Ronson News Reporter


n Wednesday afternoon Lisa Marino, an owner and operator with Mercer Contracting, was busy in the company’s yard organizing trucks headed for Old Crow. A flat-bed tractor trailer was packed high with construction materials ordered by the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and a shiny white pick-up truck – a new toy for some lucky Old Crow resident. Earlier that day Marino had seen off the first three trucks headed for Eagle Plains to spend the night before the long trip over the 260-kilometre winter road to Old Crow.

“It was a really good feeling,” said Marino. “It was really nice to see that all come together, and three trucks off and on their way. It’ll be great to hear Thursday night, or Friday sometime, they’re there and getting unloaded.” The $1.4 million Old Crow winter road has officially opened. It’s the first time in a decade the community has been connected to the rest of Yukon by road. But don’t start planning a road trip; the route is not open to the public. Instead, it will be used to haul in equipment and supplies that will generate economic activity in the community for years to come. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is bringing in construction supplies for a new store, new fuel storage tanks and new housing. Community residents have ordered in big-ticket items like appliances, vehicles and outboard motors – things that would cost a small fortune to ship in by air. The First Nation even hired a truck on behalf of its citizens to ship personal items, free of charge to the community. Vuntut Gwitchin had planned to build a road last winter, but it was cancelled a few weeks before construction was scheduled to begin. “Really it’s good that it didn’t happen last year,” said Randy Shewen, who was hired by the First Nation to manage the project. “As it turned out, weather conditions weren’t great … and people just weren’t ready to go.” Getting a winter road built is only part of the battle. You also have to give all the government departments, companies and people who might be interested in bringing stuff in enough time to plan and budget for projects that are potentially years down the road. Now that all the potential users have had an extra year to get their ducks in a row, it seems the Old Crow winter road project is set for great success. Shewen estimates that about 50 trucks will travel the road over the three-week period that it is open. For perhaps the first time ever, a significant amount of material will be coming out, too. About half of those trucks will come back out loaded, said Shewen. Waste oils, lubricants, and scrap metal will be shipped out of the community for proper disposal. A couple of trucks have already driven

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A trailer bound for Old Crow loaded with building supplies and a new pickup truck sits at Mercer Contracting in Macrae on Wednesday. For the first time in a decade, trucks will roll in to Old Crow this week on a winter road.

the road as a test run, and arrived in Old Crow Tuesday, said Shewen. “Apparently they had to add a bit of ice thickness to the first crossing of the Porcupine River, but other than that … all indications are that the road is now ready to drive and it’s in good shape.” Getting the road into shape is no small feat. The route is the same as it has been for previous winter roads. It generally follows historic tote roads, survey and seismic lines cut during oil and gas exploration activities in the 1950s through 1980s. A team of people from Old Crow led the way, using a combination of maps, memory and GPS technology, said Shewen. “You really rely on those people, because they’re as close as you’ve got to experts.” The road is a lot like a flat ski run, he said. “It’s built with grooming equipment from ski hills. It’s actually a lot like a ski hill or a cross country ski trail.” The first step is to plow most of the snow off the ground. That lets the cold air get into the soil, previously insulated by the snow. Solid, frozen ground is key to a good solid road. Then snow is moved back onto the road surface and packed down to a depth of at least 10 centimetres. This helps ensure that vegetation isn’t disturbed by the heavy trucks barrelling along above the surface. The hardest parts of the road to build are the creek and river crossings. There, the banks must be built up with snow and water to allow a smooth transition from ground to ice and back. Still, on some of the steeper grades a Caterpillar tractor will be required to drag each of the trucks up, one by one. The trucks will travel the one-lane road in convoys of about a dozen vehicles. Everybody must get all the way to Old Crow and back out to Eagle Plains before the next group can go. A one-way, 260-kilometre trip is ex-

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A campsite seen during the winter road construction.

pected to take 12-18 hours, if everything goes well. The full round trip should take four days, including unloading and loading back up in Old Crow. The truckers must be prepared for anything. A small breakdown could see the convoy stuck for days, and the whole project brought to a stand-still. “Delays can really impact our success,” said Shewen. Logistics in Old Crow is another significant challenge, he said. “If you can imagine eight or 10 trucks showing up – they have to be unloaded. Just that many trucks in Old Crow is a significant amount of traffic.” There has to be the people and the equipment on the ground ready to unload and receive the goods. And there has to be somewhere to put everything, said Shewen. Old Crow doesn’t have room to store 50 truckloads of stuff

at random. “You have to do it quickly, because you want to get those trucks back on the road and get them out for another load,” he said. The road will also have to be maintained between trips. “No doubt it’s going to be pounded out by these truckloads,” he said. Maintenance is done with graders, “more or less like any other road,” said Shewen. Water trucks will be used to shore up creek crossings and embankments. And once that’s done, it’s time to do it all over again. Four convoys are scheduled to make the trip before the expected closure date in three weeks. The road will then return to nature, until next time. Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

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Currently at Minto the company is mining the open pit at a reduced rate as it waits for permits to expand into new deposits. Milling, however, continues at capacity as ore coming out of the pit is combined with stockpiles. Capstone hopes to have new permits in place by August. At that point it will be able to take advantage of new pockets of higher-grade ore, said Burnett. (Jacqueline Ronson)

Sexual harassment case appealed this week Multiple appeals of a human rights board’s decision from 2012 were heard this week in Yukon Supreme Court. On August 12, 2012, the Yukon Human Rights Board of Adjudication found that Mark Hureau sexually harassed Devon Hanson when she was his employee at the now-closed Intersport in March 2010. Hanson was 18 and Hureau 43. He was also her basketball coach around that time. The board ordered that Hureau to pay Hanson three months of lost wages as well as her costs. The two-day appeal hearing on Wednesday and Thursday is not discussing what did or did not happen between the two. Under the laws in question, it can only focus on whether the board followed the right legal rules when coming to its decision. Hureau’s lawyer, Jim Tucker, told the court he is asking that the decision be set aside, rather than have a new hearing. If he gets his way, it will be up to the Yukon Human Rights Commission if it wanted to try the case again. The commission presented a cross-appeal in court. It is questioning the decision by the board


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Streicker strikes back on fracking Jacqueline Ronson News Reporter


he benefits of fracking are not worth the risks, says John Streicker, the Whitehorse city councillor and climate change expert. Streicker is a professional engineer and scientist who has been researching and lecturing on climate change for more than 20 years. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of natural gas extraction that requires pumping a pressurized slurry of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to release gas trapped in the rock. Yukon’s legislative assembly currently has a committee tasked with assessing the risks and benefits of allowing fracking in the territory. Streicker has come under fire from some in the anti-fracking camp for a submission he made to that committee earlier this month. The brief submission suggested that the Yukon government must carefully monitor and regulate any natural gas development that is permitted to occur in the territory. Left unchecked, methane leaks from gas production could result in far worse consequences for climate change compared with other fossil fuels. Given this as evidence, Peter Becker wrote a commentary in the Whitehorse Star alleging that Streicker is “continuing a multiyear lobby campaign in favour of gas fracking in the Yukon.” But Streicker does not support fracking in the Yukon or anywhere, he told the News in an interview this week. Based on the science he has seen, the risks of fracking are greater than the benefits, in the short, medium and long term, he said.

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Whitehorse councillor John Streicker doesn’t support fracking in the territory, despite recent attacks from critics claiming otherwise.

In the long term, the environmental risks are the greatest, said Streicker. In the medium term we need to focus on getting away from fossil fuel energy. In the short term, the environmental risks are too high and evidence suggests that natural gas may not be a better alternative to other fossil fuels in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, he said. There are three main areas of risk with fracking, said Streicker. The first is the amount of water used in the process. Hydraulic fracturing requires large volumes of water, which are ultimately

removed completely from the water cycle. “That’s a big concern. If we had a lot of wells, that’s probably too much water. But that’s what you have to figure out. How much is too much?” The second risk is the potential for groundwater and surface water contamination. “The chemicals that you tend to use in a frack job often have some toxic and even poisonous elements to them – biocides and other things that are there in small quantities, but it doesn’t much matter because they’re toxic.”

Industry proponents say that the risk of contamination is small, but Streicker says there are too many ways that things can go wrong. Plugging wells after production has stopped is not a long-term solution, he said. “Those plugs, they need to last forever. If the plugs go, if the wells deteriorate over 50 years, 100 years, they’re a liability.” The third risk is that methane leaks through the production, distribution, storage and use of natural gas could result in far worse climate change consequences than other fossil fuel options.

Methane is a greenhouse gas 80 to 85 times more potent that carbon dioxide over a 20-year horizon, according to the International Panel on Climate Change. If methane leaks, or fugitive emissions, are any higher than 0.4 per cent of production, natural gas is no better than other fossil fuel alternatives, according to Streicker’s submission to the committee. He noted that while fugitive emissions are hard to track, academic studies in the U.S. have measured leakage rates between 1.5 and 11.7 per cent. A study out of Stanford University published this month in Science magazine found that, due to higher than previously estimated methane leaks, natural gas is worse than diesel as a transportation fuel in terms of climate change. No jurisdiction in North America, to Streicker’s knowledge, has any regulations about acceptable thresholds for methane leaks, he said. His key message to the committee is that, before any natural gas activity is allowed to occur in the Yukon, baseline data must be collected and regulations must be in place setting limits for fugitive emissions. If regulating and monitoring the industry and holding it to those standards is to cumbersome, then that’s further evidence that “we shouldn’t be doing it,” said Streicker. Those regulations need to be in place whether or not fracking is allowed in the territory, because methane leaks from conventional natural gas production poses the exact same risk, he said. Contact Jacqueline Ronson at

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EDITORIAL Yukon’s Catholic school boards are out to lunch Let us be thankful that Catholics are particularly adept at overlooking violations of their faith, when it suits their fancy.


e hope the leaders of Yukon’s Catholic school boards have prayed a few Hail Marys for themselves lately, for they have failed to make the well-being of students their priority, preferring instead to fixate on a few passages of scripture that a dwindling number of people, including their fellow Catholics, actually believe. The boards are asking the Yukon government to set aside the new policy that’s explicit in its support of gay students. They say an older policy suffices, by making more general comments about supporting all students. The Catholic school chairs insist they just want to see all kids treated equally. By this, they mean that they are offended by the notion of providing special protections to gay students, who are particularly prone to depression and suicide. At the risk of sounding preachy, how shameful. Thankfully, the current atmosphere at Vanier Catholic Secondary School is, as we understand it, a nurturing, non-judgmental place for all students. That’s a big turn-around from the grim reports that emerged from the school last school year, when a conservative tilt by the school leadership led gay students and their supporters to protest how they had been treated, and to form a gay-straight alliance. Now the school chairs want to remove the rules that would require the school to allow a GSA. Church leaders maintain that Catholics don’t view sexuality as

a key part of one’s identity. This claim is betrayed by their obsession with sexual misconduct, as they see it. It’s also a polite way of skating over the fact that the Catholic church views homosexual acts as depraved and sinful. Indeed, they would prefer to not even say the word “gay” aloud, preferring the mealy-mouthed expression “same-sex attraction.” This view of sexuality is, in the memorable words of the American writer Andrew Sullivan, a dead end for humanity. Sullivan knows something of the matter, as a gay Catholic. “My childhood and adolescence were difficult to the point of agony, an agony my own church told me was my just desert,” Sullivan writes. “But I saw in my own life and those of countless others that the suppression of these core emotions and the denial of their resolution in love always leads to personal distortion and compulsion and loss of perspective. “Forcing gay people into molds they do not fit helps no one. It robs them of dignity and self-worth and the capacity for healthy relationships. It wrecks family, twists Christianity, violates humanity. It must end.” Maybe it’s unsurprising, given this, that researchers with the University of British Columbia recently found that schools that have had gay-straight alliances for at least three years see fewer students commit or attempt suicide than those without. Curiously, the drop in both Publisher

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suicides and suicide attempts extended to straight students as well as gay students, showing that the mental health benefits are shared across the board. Yet, despite this, our school council chairs hold the miserly view that treating gay students differently is akin to special treatment and is somehow unfair. If there’s reason to be hopeful, it’s found in how so few Catholics actually believe the core tenants of their faith when it comes to sexual matters. Last year, Pope Francis sent bishops around the world to poll ordinary Catholics on how they understand and practice church teachings on marriage, sex and other issues related to the family. “The results, at least those reported by bishops in Europe and the United States, have been eye-opening,” the Associated Press recently reported. “Bishops themselves reported that the church’s core teachings on sexual morals, birth control, homosexuality, marriage and divorce are rejected as unrealistic and outdated by the vast majority of Catholics, who nevertheless said they were active in parish life and considered their faith vitally important.” Let us also be thankful that Catholics are particularly adept at overlooking violations of their faith, when it suits their fancy. Staff at Vanier, after all, are apparently able to mumble their way Reporters

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through instructing students on how to use a condom, despite the church’s prohibition on spilling the seed. Presumably, this ability to look the other way when it’s convenient can be similarly applied to a gay-straight alliance. Indeed, that should be the price of having the school continue to receive public funds. Catholic conservatives are free to hold their beliefs, of course, but publicly funded schools are no place for them to be projected when they conflict with Canadians’ broadly shared understanding of equality and human rights. Most Canadians, meanwhile, have made peace with the idea of treating gay people as equals, and that is a massive accomplishment worth celebrating. Over the past 20 years, our federal conservative politicians have gone from condemning gay rights to trumpeting them, as the National Post’s Jonathan Kay has noted. Say what

you will about Stephen Harper’s government on the accountability and environment files, but it has taken special measures to admit gay Iranians as refugees and strongly condemned anti-gay laws in Russia and Uganda. It must be a lonely time to be a social conservative. If the Catholic school board chairs were in touch with their constituents, they would understand that most parents don’t enroll their kids in Whitehorse’s Catholic school with the expectation that the staff follow every letter of the Book of Leviticus. They do so, by and large, because the schools are strong on academics and screen out the riff-raff. This foolish battle with the department only helps to continue to raise a question that the school chairs certainly don’t want to answer: just why does the Yukon need a publicly funded school system for Catholics in 2014, anyway? (JT)

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Crash Dixon pilots Yukon economy into nosedive per cent. Here’s the test. Do you: A. Do nothing, tossing your by Keith economists’ forecast in the shredHalliday der and telling them to go back to their data cave. B. Send out a press release entitled “Ec. Dev. Minister Currie ‘Crash’ Dixon pilots Yukon economy into abrupt nosedive.” C. Tell your minister to face the music and take accountabilo you have what it takes ity, equipping him with some to be a communications (hopefully) plausible lines that strategist for the Yukon he will be holding more meetgovernment’s cabinet office? ings and attending more conferHere’s a scenario to test your ences than ever to kick-start the skills: the previous September, economy. your government put out a D. Send the minister to an news release trumpeting its new undisclosed location, put out a economic forecast. It had lots of bare-bones news release without positive quotes for the minister his name in it on the Monday such as “Yukoners continue to after Rendezvous, and offer your enjoy a growing economy, low economists as fresh meat to the unemployment and strong pros- opposition and media wolves. pects for the future.” It also fore(B) is tempting, but only a cast 2014 growth of an impressive good idea if you already have the 8.8 per cent, which is how fast the job and want to make a career Chinese economy grows and is change. (A) is the easy choice, more than triple forecasts for the and likely popular with many rest of Canada. communications strategists, but Fast forward to February. Gov- doesn’t sound very dynamic at a ernment economists turn up in job interview. (C) is painful, but your office. They have done the lets the minister show character math and updated their forecast, and display his mastery of the file slashing expected 2014 growth even in a difficult situation. more than five points to just 3.3 It turns out, at least for the



current cabinet office, the correct answer is (D). They released their four-sentence news release the Monday after Rendezvous without mentioning Crash Dixon. They rolled some defenceless government economists out in public, and NDP leader Liz Hanson duly put a few bullets into them. According to the CBC, she even went so far as to allege that the downgrade was due to either faulty math or an effort to mislead the public. You can call economists a lot of things, but accusing them of faulty math really makes them mad. Fortunately for her, economists aren’t a very large percentage of the electorate. We shouldn’t make too much fun of Crash Dixon either. I’m not even sure that’s really his nickname. And it’s not easy being minister of economic development. In good times, your masters tell you to go out and take credit for growth even though most people know it’s because of transfer payments and global mineral prices. Then, in bad times, you have to dodge and weave to avoid the people who believed you the first time and think you actually make some kind of difference to the economy.

That’s enough about the antics of our political class. Let’s look at the new forecast. Cutting the growth forecast from 8.8 per cent to 3.3 per cent is a hefty downgrade, but even 3.3 per cent is more than most European countries can hope for next year. At least it’s positive. The new forecast updates assumptions across a wide range of factors, including global economic growth rates, metal prices, energy prices and exchange rates. The forecasters expect exploration expenditure to be similar in 2014 to what we saw in 2013, while development spending by mines is expected to increase slightly. Gains in both population and retail sales are expected, as are border crossings. Inflation in the Yukon is expected to be a bit more than the national average. We already know that transfer payments from Ottawa will be going up $38 million. However, we also know that several Yukon mines laid people off in 2013 and that the hiring outlook for 2014 is murky. The owners of the Minto mine also recently announced their Yukon operations lost money in 2013, which is not confidence-building news. The forecast also notes that the construction of the new F.H.

Collins school will contribute to gross domestic product, although the new forecast cuts estimated total building permits for 2014 from $125 million to $85 million. That’s a hefty cut for local contractors. Overall, the revised forecast probably can be summed up as “it could have been worse.” Businesses and individuals would be wise to keep in mind the possibility of what economists call “downside risks” before making major investment decisions. The forecast notes the potential impact of global growth slowdowns, commodity price volatility and potential hikes in interest rates. As for the government’s communications strategies, if you have better ideas than (A) to (D) above please send them to the cabinet office. The economists are probably already in their data cave working on the September 2014 update of their forecast and it’s never too early to write the communications plan. Keith Halliday is a Yukon economist and author of the MacBride Museum’s Aurore of the Yukon series of historical children’s adventure novels. You can follow him on Channel 9’s Yukonomist show or Twitter @hallidaykeith

B.C.’s oil and gas commission far from ‘world class’ Rick Griffiths

Yukon’s legislature on Jan. 31. Among their statements: he recent agreement be1. “We (B.C.) need to build a tween Yukon and B.C. to legislative framework to respond co-operate on the regula- to unconventional approaches” tion of the oil and gas industry (i.e. hydraulic fracturing) to is a clear indication of the Yukon exploit oil and gas. One would Party government’s agenda. have thought that having proFirst, this announcement gressed well down the hydraulic comes at a very critical juncture fracturing road that B.C. would while the select committee of have had such a framework in the Yukon legislature is considplace long ago. ering the risks and benefits of 2. No baseline water studhydraulic fracturing, but before ies existed prior to beginning it has concluded its assessment, fracking in B.C. Wouldn’t a its consultation with Yukoners “world class regulator,” seekin their communities and before ing to protect the province’s it has reported to the legislature. most important resource, have The announcement suggests undertaken studies to determine that the Yukon Party has decided water quality and characteristics to press ahead with oil and gas before permitting development? development using hydraulic (Baseline studies can be used to fracturing, making the select measure the effect of developcommittee’s work mere window ment on a water source.) dressing. 3. Of the “produced water” Is this another Peel consulta- that returns to the surface after tion in the making? fracking, “65 per cent is disposed Secondly, Ron Sumanik, of ” in open storage ponds. director of oil and gas resources (Although lined, serious leaks with Yukon’s Department of have occurred and the liners Energy, Mines and Resources, can break down over time. This claims the B.C. Oil and Gas produced water cannot be reCommission is a “world class leased into the environment as it regulator.” The commission’s contains highly toxic chemicals, CEO, Paul Jeakins, and Kevin including known carcinogens). Parsonage, supervisor of field Environment Canada has just engineers and technical invesconfirmed what other studies tigations, spoke to the select have previously indicated – that committee during hearings in tailings ponds from the Alberta


oil sands are leaking toxic chemicals into groundwater that seeps into the Athabaska River. 4. Although intensive fracking has been going on for close to a decade, raising significant concerns over the health of workers and residents, B.C.’s oil and gas commission is only now “starting to work with health authorities in northeastern B.C. to look at health effects.” 5. B.C.’s oil and gas commission has “just acquired the tools” to monitor leaking wells. Rick Chalaturnyk, a geotechnical engineering professor who spoke to the select committee, said that all wells will leak overtime. Leaking wells permit the escape of methane and other greenhouse gases, and put at groundwater at risk. 6. B.C.’s oil and gas commission couldn’t or wouldn’t reveal the percentage of non-compliant wells. There is a minimum period against disclosure of three months to two years. In 2012, there were over 800 deficiencies found in just over 4,200 inspections. “But it is not possible to find details of the violations, or which company is responsible, because the commission will not provide that information,” the Vancouver Sun reported in February 2013. 7. B.C.’s oil and gas commis-

sion could not speak to how the cumulative emissions from the projects they have approved will contribute to greenhouse gases and to Canada’s ability to meet its target to reduce emissions from 2005 levels by 17 per cent by 2020. With the catastrophic consequences of climate change evident on an almost daily basis, an assessment of these emissions is a necessity. In addition, B.C.’s oil and gas commission did not mention that it is facing a lawsuit from Ecojustice “for granting repeated short-term water permits for use in fracking – a violation of the provincial water act.” Short-term water permits are meant to be of short duration, for months or up to two years, but this regulator has allowed approvals of up to five years, contrary to B.C. law. One of the significant problems associated with this “world class regulator” is that it is a single regulatory agency. As it stands, the regulator assesses industry applications, is supposed to consult with First Nations, approves water permits and licences and monitors and ensures compliance. It’s a clear conflict of roles. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives suggests “compliance and enforcement

in the natural gas sector should be separated from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission” and made part of the Ministry of Environment. According to the presentation of Fort Nelson First Nations, also given to the select committee, there are several deficiencies in the regulatory regime administered by B.C.’s oil and gas commission, with a lack of consultation and accommodation being a prime example. Fort Nelson’s First Nations have seen oncerobust caribou herds decimated and an environmental disaster in the making. What is clear is that this “world class regulator” is running well behind the industry that it is meant to oversee, that it is too closely aligned with the very industry it is meant to be monitoring, that it is not transparent when it comes to fracking violations, and that the public cannot depend upon them to protect the public interest first. If this is “a world class regulator,” then world standards have declined sharply, and we in Yukon have to be seriously worried about this agreement and its implications. Rick Griffiths is a member of Yukoners Concerned about Oil and Gas Development and has lived in Whitehorse over 40 years.


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this spot. “Caribou used to migrate Yukon, 2025. Dempster Highway, through this area in the tens of thousands. It was an absolutely about 100 km south of Eagle awe-inspiring sight. Plains. “Depending on the season you “I used to come here when I could smell the life on the land, was your father’s age. the flowering plants and the ber“I often came here to drop off ries. or pick up people that went on “That rotten egg smell that canoe trips in this area. you smell now, wherever you go, “That doesn’t happen much is hydrogen sulphide, deadly to anymore. The magic is gone. humans and other animals. “It may be hard for you to “It is incredible to realize that imagine, looking around now, but this area had remained unthis country, even at the beginchanged since the last ice age over ning of your life, was incredibly 10,000 years ago and then, in just beautiful and unspoiled. the last 10 years… this.” “All these roads and cut lines “How did this happen?” that you see every mile or so, with “The government of the day, drill sites and pump stations, didn’t exist when you were a baby. corrupted by the money and power of the huge multinational “It makes me sad that you energy companies, ignored the never had the opportunity to see wishes of the people and allowed it before all this. this to occur. “Just 15 years ago you could “They promised jobs and stand right where we are standing money. now and imagine that you were “Now the jobs are gone, the the first person ever to set foot on

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There is a renewed awareness of promoting cities and towns to achieve more pedestrian traffic as compared to vehicle use. On a recent trip to Whitehorse it was apparent that walking distances were hampered by inaccessible walkways. The planners could zero in on what can be achieved, for all around healthier commuters. Chris Flaherty London, Ontario

Our MP should keep his commitments Open letter to MP Ryan Leef: Firstly, let us thank you in advance for tabling the petitions, on March 4, supporting electoral reform that we presented to you back at our meeting on January 22. As you know, at that meeting we discussed electoral reform. We were under the impression that you agreed with the unfairness of the last election, when 30 per cent of the vote got 100 per cent of the power. Many of the problems that we are seeing in the world today can be linked directly to the lack of representative democracy that is fair, transparent and accountable. While you were in town last week we tried to get a follow-up meeting to get clarity about your stance on electoral reform and to talk about Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act. This is a bill that greatly concerns us, and it is simply not

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Ruling sends French language case back to square one These people should now understand that their actions only reinforce the public perception of arrogance, elitism, selfishness and greed. Why should any group get a disproportionate share of the funds that we receive to educate all children? If they want a special and different treatment, then there is a whole province they can go live in. Bonus, they speak only French there. Perhaps it’s a language barrier to understanding, so: Ces personnes doivent maintenant comprendre que leurs actions ne font que renforcer la perception du public de l’arrogance, l’elitisme, l’egoïsme et la cupidite. Pourquoi un groupe devrait obtenir une part disproportionnee des fonds que nous recevons a eduquer tous les enfants? S’ils veulent un traitement special et different, il ya toute une province, ils peuvent aller vivre po. Bonus, ils parlent seulement le français. A maintenant? M. Peltier Whitehorse

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here’s an endangered species roaming the forests from Haines Junction to Whitehorse these days – the solitary and elusive independent Yukon woodcutter. At least that’s how Dev Hurlburt sees it. The Whitehorse entrepreneur hopes to revolutionize the firewood business in the territory, by making the small-timers obsolete. If Hurlburt has his way, the days of waiting nervously for your “wood guy,” as your pile diminishes into kindling and bark scraps, while the thermometer drops, are over. “In the Yukon, firewood has always been a hobby business for people,” said Hurlburt. “It was always used as a part-time, in-fill kind-ofjob, everyone from the school kid to the guy who sobered up once in a while and needed some bucks… that’s just reality.” He recalled the days when a person in need of firewood would head to a local watering hole. “The Casa Loma used to be the firewood

store, you’d go in there and if anyone was sober enough to remember you, you’d get your firewood.” A match made in heaven. As any wood-burner knows, things go along smoothly for awhile, and then… “Too cold, can’t work.” Or, “Truck’s broke, can’t work.” Or, “Too warm, can’t work.” Or, “Had a stroke, can’t work.” All valid excuses, sure, but these are the pitfalls of relying on a oneman operation. “Woodcutters had a bad name, firewood had a bad name,” said Hurlburt. “People paid high prices for oil or propane or electrical because they didn’t want the hassle of waiting for firewood.” Hurlburt’s solution? A giant supply of firewood, enough to last all year, in one place, easily accessible. A quarter million dollars in fullsize logs sits in Hurlburt’s yard in the Ibex Valley outside Whitehorse, with more arriving every day from Haines Junction. Dimok Timber and Bear Creek Logging bring the logs in, and Hurlburt and his two employees buck, split and deliver the finished

product. For Hurlburt, it’s a way to keep himself and his employees busy in the winter months. In the summer he’s selling and installing tanks, pumps, hoses and boilers, and farm equipment. If the firewood idea takes off, he hopes to bring on a couple more workers. “If we get it up to 4,000 cords a year, that’s two more full-time jobs.” Bringing in a processing machine from Wisconsin – a semi-portable unit that cuts to a desired length, and then splits the log – was the biggest expense outside of the logs themselves. “It’s a huge risk, a huge investment – so it’s gotta work,” said Hurlburt. Until now, no one has had the backing to build a pile of wood this big, and even if they did it would have been nearly impossible to do so. Restrictive short-term logging permits were the norm for many years, and debates over what to do with nearly 400,000 acres of beetlekilled forest raged between prodevelopment and conservationist camps.

“If you go down to B.C., they’ll give you a wood supply for 20 years,” said Hurlburt. “Here companies have fought for years to get a two-month supply.” Things have improved, according to Hurlburt, and loggers are now permitted for three or four years, so they can finally commit to bring in the quantity that Hurlburt needs to provide his service. Harvesting the wood is a seasonal operation. The ground in the deadwood areas is soggy, so it needs to be frozen to get in and out. It also helps minimize tearing up the surface with vehicles. But getting any economic benefit out of the killed wood is a race against the clock. “As the beetle-killed wood gets older, it deteriorates – it gets punky, rotten,” he said. “The big wood is not as prime as it was 10 years ago.” Now that he’s got a decent supply at hand, it’s time for phase two. Hurlburt puts on his salesman hat. “I’ve learned in business that people are looking for fast, good and cheap,” he said. They are fast: having the wood

on location means an order can be processed same day, and delivered the next. “We’re too fast for some people,” laughed Hurlburt. The product is good: “You can come and look at the wood before you buy it,” he said. “Who does that?” Cheap? Well, economies of scale take care of that one. Even the waste can be sold. “We’ve got all this sawdust over here – for people who have gerbils or whatever.” It’s better than buying a bail of straw for $10. A big bag of this would last a month. He is still looking for a use for some of the larger scrap wood and bark. In the end, the difference is reliability, something Hurlburt has learned in decades of business. “I answer the phone. I’m putting my name on it.” “I guarantee that any day in November, you can buy wood from me,” he said. “How do you do that? You’ve got it sitting in the lot.” Contact Ian Stewart at


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Bears from space: scientists try to count polar bears using satellite imagery Bob Weber

Rowley Island was selected as a site because Stapleton knew it was flat, free of snow in the hey look like tiny white summer and popular with bears. specks on a mottled grey He thought bears would show up background. well on the uninhabited expanse They’re polar bears seen from of rock and gravel between Baffin space – using the newest tool in Island and Melville Peninsula. the kit for scientists to monitor Satellite images with resolution Canada’s populations of the as tight as half a metre are commighty Arctic predator. mercially available. Stapleton pur“They really do stand out as a chased two sets, one taken August bright white dot against that dark 2012 and one a month later. grey landscape,” said Seth Staple“It’s not rocket science,” he ton, a University of Minnesota said. scientist pioneering the technique. “This is a really simple idea. All High-resolution satellite imwe did was compare the two images are being increasingly used ages and look for the white spots by scientists to get a look at anithat changed between image A mals living in remote, expensive- and image B. to-reach places. They’ve already “If there was a white spot that been used on penguins, walruses, was on image A that was in the seals and whales. right spot, the right shape, the Stapleton, who specializes in right colouration, but was not on new ways to estimate bear popula- the second image, then that was tions, said the idea to use satellite a pretty good indication that that photos came up one day while he was a polar bear.” was in the field with a colleague. The scientists later flew over “We jokingly discussed, the island to ensure they hadn’t wouldn’t it be funny if we could been fooled by bear-like objects do this one day with something such as large, light-coloured rocks like Google Earth,” he said. or chunks of ice. As it happens, a researcher who Stapleton said using satellite has done other work with satellite images has a lot of advantages. imagery teaches at the same uniIt doesn’t disturb the bears and versity. They got together, came is safer for humans. It’s cheaper up with a research plan and took and easier to set up than tradit from there. itional aerial surveys, meaning Canadian Press


scientists can check on all populations more often than the current rate of once every 15 years. But it only works on clear days and on terrain that contrasts with the bears. “We’re a long, long way from detecting bears on snow and ice.” Nor is a simple count enough information to assess a bear population, said Andrew Derocher, a University of Alberta polar bear expert. “We need much more information to make an assessment of status – body condition, movements and distribution, reproductive rates, age structure,


survival rates, sea-ice conditions and harvest rates,” he said. “Without additional context and a comprehensive monitoring plan, remote sensing of polar bears can only provide some limited insights.” Still, Derocher agrees that satellite counts could eventually become a useful tool to track population trends. “My guess is that our methods will ultimately be non-invasive and … remote sensing will be part of the tools. “The imagery available from remote sensing is improving year by year. Eventually, I’m sure tech-


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Polar bears near Churchill pose for Google’s Street View Michael Oliveira Canadian Press

for people to become connected to the … polar bears and the unique ecosystem that very few people get to actually go see.” Wright says the footage recorded by Google will also be used by researchers to track the effects of climate change in the region. “It’s one of the most southern (polar bear) populations – that and the southern Hudson Bay – and because of that we’re seeing climate change impact that population due to this ice-free period of time,” she says. “The breakup is happening earlier in the midsummer … and The Canadian Press essentially the less time bears A polar bear investigates a vehicle recording imagery for spend on the ice the less time Google Maps in Churchill, Man. they have for feeding primarily.” Wright says the Google Maps male polar bears sparring. to see their size and the power,” project creates a baseline that is Wright says. critical for understanding and “You get a sense of how these “It connects people to the Arc- communicating the impact of animals interact with one another and you also have the opportunity tic, the imagery is really spectacu- climate change on polar bear lar, and so there’s this opportunity habitats.

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Federal government rejects proposed B.C. mine on Oct. 31, 2013. That report found the project VANCOUVER would cause “significant adverse he federal government has effects” on water quality, fish and again rejected a proposed fish habitat in a lake of signifi$1.5-billion, open-pit, cance to area First Nations. gold-copper mine in British The site is 125 kilometres Columbia’s Interior over envisouthwest of Williams Lake, B.C., ronmental concerns, a decision and is the tenth largest undevelcritics are celebrating but one the oped gold-copper deposit in the company vows to fight. world. Environment Minister Leona Following the report’s release, Aglukkaq said Wednesday evenTaseko applied to the Federal ing that her ministry has rejected Court for a judicial review of the the New Prosperity Gold Copper assessment, arguing the panel Mine for a second time because used the wrong information in it will cause significant adverse drawing its conclusions. environmental effects that can’t Brian Battison, vice-president be mitigated. of corporate affairs at Taseko, Just four years ago, the minsaid the company is “terribly istry rejected the project because disappointed,” but added WedTaseko Mines Ltd. planned to nesday’s announcement is not drain a lake to use as a tailings the end of the project because it’s pond. too important for British Colum“The Government of Canada bians and residents of a region will make decisions based on the known as the Cariboo. best available scientific evidence “We’re going to continue while balancing economic and with our existing judicial reenvironmental considerations,” view, which is currently before said Aglukkaq in a news release. the courts,” he said. “That will “The government will concontinue to run its course, and tinue to make responsible consideration will be given to resource development a priority what other course of action may and invites the submission of be available to us.” another proposal that addresses Asked if the company would the government’s concerns.” submit another proposal, BatAglukkaq said in making the decision, the federal government tison replied, “I’m not saying we won’t, but we’ve been down that considered and agreed with the conclusions of an report released road before.” He said the process by the Independent Review Panel has cost the company millions of Canadian Press


dollars. Battison said the decision will be “tough news” and a “shock of disappointment” for the thousands of Cariboo residents who have supported the mine. “It’s a significant event in the life of mining in British Columbia, and it will have a profound effect on the attitude investors have towards the province,” he added. But Tsilhqot’in Tribal Chairman Joe Alphonse said members are excited about the announcement, which was big news to the community, and it’s time to celebrate. He said he’s no longer worried about the project moving forward. “I think if you’ve had two scathing reports like this come out, you know, I think that speaks volumes about any possibility of moving forward on this project by anyone,” he said. “So we have comfort in that.” Alphonse said certain areas should remain untouched, like Fish Lake, but the Tsilhqot’in have been developing their own mining policy. “We would be open to mining proposals if companies come

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Geo-engineering guru accused of misleading Haida corporation


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the company to proceed with the experiment. The document said George contributed little and did VANCOUVER not have the expertise he claimed. n American businessman “During the ocean voyage and involved in a controversial ship preparations, Mr. George ocean fertilization experiexhibited a tendency to behave ment off the British Columbia in a manner that was irrational, coast misled his Canadian partunprofessional and offensive to ners about his credentials and is others, and engaged in certain essentially holding the scientific inappropriate conduct including experiment hostage, the man’s a physical assault upon the project estranged partners allege in court leader, which resulted in the early documents. termination of the voyage,” the Russ George launched a civil 21-page document alleged. lawsuit last month against the George and his company, Haida Salmon Restoration Corp. Ocean Pastures Corp., “simply and others involved in the condid not possess the technology troversial experiment, which saw and know-how that they had 100 metric tonnes of iron dust previously represented to (Haida dumped into the Pacific in July Salmon) they possessed,” said the 2012 in the belief it would feed court document. salmon and capture carbon. Once the experiment came to George’s suit claimed he was light in the media, George made wrongly “frozen out” of the “public statements that were venture and subjected to “false, false, exaggerated, embarrassdefamatory and malicious” acing or otherwise inappropriate,” cusations by his former partners. the Haida corporation said in its But the corporation filed a recourt filing. sponse this week in B.C. Supreme The response alleged George Court, alleging George made false removed equipment and data and misleading claims to persuade from the company’s shuttered Canadian Press

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Sudden shutdown of Mt. Gox a lesson for Canadian Bitcoin enthusiasts: experts Linda Nguyen

ing and selling, you have to have them stored there at least for a small amount of time.” TORONTO The risk with leaving money he head of the Bitcoin Al- languishing with a third-party liance of Canada says the is that if the site shuts down, the collapse of a major curinvestment can be gone with it. rency exchange in Japan, followThat appears to be what haping months of secret catastrophic pened at the Tokyo-based Mt. losses, serves as a warning to Gox where it’s estimated as many those who buy and trade in the as 740,000 Bitcoins are missing, popular digital currency. roughly translating to hundreds Anthony Di Iorio, the execuof millions of dollars’ worth of tive director at the non-profit losses. organization, advises that the The company posted a meslesson to be learned is that large sage Tuesday that it has susamounts of Bitcoins should not pended all of its transactions – a be left on any exchange or service move that followed the resignadue to possible security risks. tion Sunday of the exchange’s “The great thing about Bitcoin CEO Mark Karpeles from the is that you can be your own bank board of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group seeking worldwide legitand nobody has access to your imacy for the currency. funds,” he said Tuesday. Mt. Gox’s website was re“But if you are putting them turning a blank page Tuesday in an exchange, and you’re buy-

“A center point of any currency’s existence is that users have faith in its stability as a medium of exchange. When you need your currency, it needs to be there for you. Mt. Gox has been having trouble obtaining their Bitcoins for some time now and now it looks like they won’t get their Bitcoins at all,” she said. “This will decrease trust in Bitcoins.” On Bitcoin exchanges, the currency’s value fell to about US$470 from US$550 on Tuesday, a figure already down more than 50 per Frank Jordans/AP Photo cent on the price of $1,200 per Attendees of the Inside Bitcoins conference in Berlin examBitcoin reached on Mt. Gox three ine Bitcoin buttons. The website of major Bitcoin exchange months ago. Mt. Gox is offline amid reports it suffered a debilitating Bitcoin was started in 2009 theft of the virtual currency. as an unregulated currency, free of control from governments after it had imposed a ban on ing San Francisco-based wallet and central banks. There are an withdrawals earlier this month. service Coinbase and Chinese estimated 21 million Bitcoins in Prominent members of the exchange BTC China – sought circulation, but statistics on their Bitcoin community – includto shore up confidence in the usage are unreliable. currency by saying Mt. Gox’s Some countries, including collapse was an isolated case of mismanagement and not indica- Russia, have effectively banned THE BANFF CENTRE PRESENTS 2013 / 14 tive of the success, or endurance, the currency. It is not recognized of the virtual currency. as legal tender by the Bank of Di Iorio said the collapse will Canada and, in other jurisdicserve as an important lesson tions, authorities are weighto consumers about how their ing whether to try to tame the Bitcoins are secured. marketplace through licenses or “People are really going to be other mechanisms. looking at their security and they To access Bitcoin, users set are going to probably using this up and manage a digital walas warning that their security is let and can process transactions up to snuff,” he said. using their smartphones. The “I think the biggest thing is digital currency is seen as more that this is not a problem with convenient than other forms of Bitcoin itself. It’s a problem with payments because they can be a private company.” sent directly and instantly from But others view the troubles one person to another and do not THE WORLD’S BEST with Mt. Gox as the beginning of the end for the popular digital include processing and other fees MOUNTAIN FILMS usually charged by banks or third currency. parties. Lisa Kramer, an associate Its proponents argue that the finance professor in Toronto, said currency’s design is difficult to the shut down is not a surprise counterfeit and manipulate. because Mt. Gox has been dealing Its popularity has grown in with serious security issues for Canada, with nearly 150 Canseveral months, including users recently being banned from mak- adian businesses currently acing withdrawals. cepting Bitcoin as a form of pay“Bitcoin has been operating in ment, according to the Canadian limbo for some time. The writing Bitcoin Business Directory. has been on the wall,” said Lisa Canada was also the first Kramer, with the Rotman School country in the world to introduce of Management at the University Bitcoin ATMs last year an now in of Toronto. Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. “A lot of economists had been But critics have argued that predicting that Bitcoins days are Bitcoin’s flexibility has come at numbered.” a price, making the currency Kramer said people use Bitcoin extremely volatile. Two Different Nights of Award Winning Mountain Movies! due to convenience and ease, and The currency has also been Show #1 Thursday, March 13th, 7:30 PM ★ Show #2 Friday, March 14th, 7:30 PM Mt. Gox shows that these reasons associated with the black market, may no longer apply. Brought to Yukon by: specifically its use in the nowdefunct online drug marketplace Silk Road. Last month, the vice The new Yukon home of chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation was arrested in New York on $17 for 1 show, $27 for both • Tickets and film information at Coast Mountain Sports charges of money laundering. Canadian Press






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Connected ‘things’ on the Internet can provide information about their users LuAnn LaSalle

television set, or your scale?” asked Haley. “Today, there’s not a lot of benefit to that. They’re MONTREAL probably not going to attack until s objects like TVs they can figure out a way to make and alarm systems money.” But Haley said information continue to get can be collected about individuals connected to the Internet, and businesses from their conmore money and personal nected “things.” information are potential“What is happening to this ly out there for hackers to data? Is it secure?” For example, smart TV makers exploit and companies to could potentially sell informaprofit from, experts say. tion to advertisers about what The growing network consumers are watching, he of connected objects is said. Would health information referred to as the “Internet be sold based on data gathered of Things” and it’s estimat- from a connected scale, about a person’s weight or how much she ed there will be billions exercises? Could hackers exploit of web-enabled devices this information? by 2020, such as fridges “If that data is running around and other appliances, the Internet because it’s easier to wristwatches, thermostats, access and use, it almost always means that it’s easier for others weight scales, and so on. to access. What are the repercusSoftware security companies have started to see threats to con- sions of that?” Haley said. Internet equipment maker nected security cameras, Internet routers and even baby monitors, Cisco has estimated that there said Kevin Haley, a director with will be 50 billion “things” connected to the Internet by 2020. Symantec’s security response For businesses, intellectual team in Culver City, Calif. Unlike for computers and mo- property could be at stake. bile phones, there’s no anti-virus Hacked security cameras can software to prevent hacking on give criminals or competitors those devices. access to how products are made, “Will someday, somebody said Haley. attack your refrigerator, or your He said when he talks to busiCanadian Press


ness people about this he can “see their jaws drop.” “It’s not a PC so you never thought you had to worry about it and now you do.” Last year, a Texas couple reported that their daughter’s connected baby monitor had been hacked and the hacker took control of the camera, spying on the child and saying sexually explicit things. Home routers that get computers and other devices on the Internet can be a weak spot for hacking. Consumers should change the default password on their routers to make them more secure, said Haley. It’s up to consumers to be proactive and check manufacturers’ websites for any vulnerabilities with connected objects, at this point, he added. But Queen’s University Prof. David Skillicorn said consumers often choose convenience over security when it comes to embracing technology. “So there isn’t going to be a huge amount of push back from consumers,” said Skillicorn, who teaches in the university’s school of computing in Kingston, Ont. “I think at the moment that people dive in thinking, ‘Wow, that’s cool,’ without stopping to think about what else is going on here.”


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Yukon Gold shines a light on Dawson’s placer miners Meagan Deuling Special for the News


old miners are a tightlipped bunch. Neighbours don’t talk about their gold, or how much money they make. So when a TV producer approached Dawson City’s Knutson family and asked if they’d be willing to have cameras follow them around in order to tell the story of real-life gold miners, Marty Knutson’s first response was “there’s no goddamn way I want to show-off what I do.” Karl Knutson, Marty’s son, figures it’s because mining’s a private enterprise, and it always has been. The younger Knutson, more open to new ventures, convinced his father to give the TV show a chance, and “before we knew it, there were cameras in the yard.” The push-and-pull between father and son is the crux of the conflict in the Knutsons’ scenes of the resultant reality TV show, Yukon Gold. The younger Knutson says it’s natural drama. He says there’s not a lot he can teach his dad: “His way is likely the right way. But I can be stubborn and so can he.” The Knutson son’s goal is to prove he can lead a crew on the second season of Yukon Gold. Knutson says the show is a true portrayal of life in the gold fields, and the late spring and low gold prices of last year plague each of the four crews depicted on the reality-drama. The show came into existence as a result of producer David Paperny’s trip to Whitehorse to

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Dawson’s Karl Knutson and his crew dig for gold in the second season of the History channel’s reality series Yukon Gold.

lead workshops during the Available Light Film Festival a few years back. Paperny met “some miners who were great storytellers.” Paperny says the story of real gold miners had yet to be told on TV, which is a result of the

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isolation of the Yukon goldfields, as well as the aforementioned culture of privacy amongst the miners. But the producer said, “the more I got to know them, the more I wanted to work with them.” Paperny was allured by the pure fact that “these people make money by digging gold out of the dirt.” And, as so many storytellers have been, Paperny was swept up by life in the North, and the culture of the gold miners. He says nothing is scripted or set up: “we just follow them around and document them.” Knutson says of the camera people, “It’s kind of stupid, you know, you got the three stooges there all the time, you don’t want

‘em there, but when you see yourself on TV it’s kind of interesting.” The miners are followed around by cameras, and they participate in the editing process. Paperny says the discussion and negotiations are endless. “We make hay with problems, or challenges they face, but we don’t stretch it out, otherwise our partnership won’t last.” Nobody is sure if there will be a third season of Yukon Gold; it depends largely on the rating of the second season, which premiered Feb. 26 on the History Channel. Knutson doesn’t know that he’d be willing to participate in a third season, even if the second one goes well. He says, “they’ll

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plays Siggy, wife of the slain King Earl Haraldson. Donal Logue (King Horik) and Alexander Ludwig (Lagertha’s grown son Bjorn) are two other prominent Canadians in the cast. Every word of the first two seasons has been written by creator Michael Hirst, an English screenwriter best known for the feature Elizabeth and the series The Tudors. Hirst was very involved in casting and knew finding Lagertha would be a challenge. “We got offered lots of beautiful young models, but I don’t quite see that myself,” says Hirst, interviewed on a fur-filled dwelling on the show’s enormous sound stage. “I mean, I like them, and we might use them in the show, but not for this character.” Lagertha, a legendary figure in Viking history, had to look “kick ass” says Hirst, like she’s raised two kids and killed people in battle. “A lot of these girls, they don’t look like they ever did any of those things, really.” A Canadian producer suggested Winnick, mentioning that the Toronto-native was a black belt in taeKwondo. A test, involving two scenes, was set up on Skype. “One was this kind of tender little innocent love scene thing and the other one was a speech from the throne,” says Hirst, “and she totally screwed up the intimate thing. She couldn’t do it at all, it was rubbish. But when she sat on the throne,” he says, “blew you away! Blew you away!” Hirst told Winnick, “‘we can teach you that other stuff, but we can’t teach someone to have presence.’ You know, of that age, to be a queen.” Winnick is looking less-thanregal on a location at a picturesque farm north of Dublin. A scene on horseback has just been blocked by Canadian director Ken Girotti. While, as the locals say, the Irish weather changes

every ten minutes, it is warm in the sunshine on this October day. Winnick is taking no chances, though, with five heat packs buried underneath multiple layers of fabric and fur. The 36-year-old Torontonative is also smeared with movie mud and nicked all over with faux battle scars. “There are no mirrors on this set,” she says. “You forget you have blood and dirt all over your face. I love getting dirty for this job though; it’s part of the character.” Lagertha divorces Ragnar (common practice in Viking times) and becomes an Earl in Season Two. In this scene, she’s part of a three alliance force and leads her own army. A hostage exchange is taking place. “Women were very empowered back then,” she says of the early medieval drama, which takes place at the beginning of the ninth century. That suits Winnick, who really does have a third degree black belt in taekwondo as well as a second degree black belt in karate. Her whole family, including three siblings, got into martial arts when she was seven. She earned her first black belt at 13 and was operating three different martial arts schools by the time she was 21. After training director David Cronenberg’s daughter at a summer camp, Winnick started teaching martial arts on movie sets as a personal trainer. She later whipped Jennifer Jason Leigh into shape on Cronenberg’s Existenz. So playing a Viking warrior seems about right-even if she’s a little embarrassed about the name of the horse she’s riding in this scene. “Sparkle,” she says. “Sparkle the warrior horse.” Interviewed on a rolling green farm field that looks like it could spring from a calendar shot, Gilsig says her character, Siggy, is in “an on-and-off relationship” as Season Two begins with Ragnar’s brother Rollo (played by Clive

Standen). Her wily character also schemes with others to solidify her position. Season Two, she says, “is really about me seeing if I can beat the system.” Seems she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. “Siggy’s really dirty this year,” she teases. “You gotta use what you got. Am I right?” The character has been through a lot, including the loss of her daughter, so not much intimidates her anymore. “She’s unflappable,” says Gilsig. “I mean, what are you gonna do? Kill her?” In order to do Vikings, the Montreal native has had to commit half of each year to working in Ireland, thousands of miles from her home in Los Angeles. Some would see it as disruptive, but Gilsig says there are advantages to working far from Hollywood. In L.A., “we’re asked to promote things constantly, so you’re always reflecting on what you’ve done, which is not a great way to work. It’s really good to just do it, and let it be.” She’s also okay with being a little hard to reach. “It’s kind of nice, because we can really immerse ourselves in the world, and I think that makes the show better.” The former Glee star has met with fans of the series at ComicCon and marvelled at how knowledgeable viewers were about Viking times. “If we had been at all inauthentic, they would have exposed us,” says Gilsig, who found many viewers had read up on Norse history. “They really knew the show and knew the characters.” All that attention, she says, “makes us want to do better.” So far the attention to detail is paying off: Vikings finished last season as Canada’s No. 1 rated specialty entertainment drama. Vikings airs at 10 p.m. Thursday on History.

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Tragedy and triumph: the legacy of Romania’s lost children in Canada Dene Moore Canadian Press

VANCOUVER hen the Iron Curtain was torn down almost 25 years ago, the images shocked the world: tens of thousands of Romanian children warehoused in cold, grey institutions, sometimes stacked six to a bed. Malnourished and ailing, children rocked themselves in silence on thin, threadbare mattresses. Most didn’t talk or cry. There was no point. No one was listening. “Three-year-olds didn’t chew because they’d never had solid food,” says Lucy LeMare, an associate professor at Simon Fraser University, near Vancouver. Bottles were often tied to cribs for babies to feed themselves. “Nobody held it for them, or fed them or held the child. If the baby could cope with it, good; if not, they got sick and died,” says LeMare. Under Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, the number of state orphanages had swelled to more than 600 grossly underfunded institutions. After he was executed by his own people on Christmas Day in 1989, childless western families flooded the country to adopt. Canadian families took in more than 1,400 children from Romania in 1990 and 1991, roughly half of them from orphanages. The circumstances presented a tragic and unprecedented opportunity to assess the long-term


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Sonya Paterson, right, and her adopted daughter Carmen Paterson in 1990.

impact of deprivation in early childhood, and Simon Fraser researchers have spent the past two decades studying the adoptees’ development. They surveyed them as toddlers, then twice as school-aged children and again around 17. They’re now beginning a new survey with the hope that, as adults, the former Romanian orphans may be able to shed light on what helped and what hampered their ability to cope with

their early trauma. The research so far has reaffirmed – in the extreme – that the scars of early neglect run deep. The most recent survey, published in 2007, found that about 40 per cent of Romanian adoptees had been diagnosed with a mental disorder, compared with 15 per cent among the general youth population in Canada. “When people saw those images after the fall of Ceausescu,

they looked at those babies and thought, ‘What that child needs is love and I’m going to love that child and everything is going to be OK,”’ LeMare says. “It turns out that that’s not always the case. Everything isn’t always OK and what they need is actually more than just a loving home. In fact, the kinds of challenges and difficulties of those kids make it very challenging to provide a really warm, supportive and loving home.” Within a month of Ceausescu’s death, Sonya Paterson was in Romania. Over the next few years, through her charitable organization, she would help 350 Canadian and U.S. families adopt about 500 children. “It was so overwhelming,” she recalls. “The kids are there with their little pyjamas on, in their cribs, sleeping in their own excrement and urine. Horrific conditions.” In 1990, she and her husband, David, adopted Carmen. “We adopted, as we were aware, children that were going to have special needs.” Researchers found the challenges were directly proportional to the amount of time the children spent in the orphanages, and the effects didn’t recede with time. The last study found the need for services actually increased as the children became teens. The difficulties came into a glaring spotlight last year in British Columbia when a young woman named Kayla Bourque was sentenced for the torture

and killing of her family pets. The judge was told that Bourque, whose own defence witness testified she was a psychopathic sexual sadist, had been adopted at eight months from a Romanian orphanage. Bourque’s was an extreme case, LeMare says. “I would hate for anybody to get the impression that all of the Romanian adoptees are sociopaths, because they’re not,” she says. “But given the early experiences of some of these children, they were very extreme. The deprivation, the horrific conditions they came from, I suppose in some ways we ought not to be surprised that some of them have really extreme disorders as adults now.” There are university graduates, young parents and role models among the adoptees. But there are also a higher-than-average number of people with developmental disabilities, mental-health issues, criminal records and social struggles. Paterson’s own daughter, Carmen, faced difficulties, and Grade 12 marked the beginning of a decade-long “identity crisis” that strained their relationship to the maximum. Today, they are reunited and Paterson is proud of her daughter. “Our environment affected us, but it is not who we are,” says Carmen, now 28. “You get to choose. You get to live your life based on who you are – not based on your environment and not based on what anyone else says.”


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McCarthy, chief numismatist for Kagin Inc. of Tiburon. “Their concern was this would change the way everyone else would look at them, and they’re pretty happy with the lifestyle they have today,” he said. They plan to put most of the coins up for sale through Amazon while holding onto a few keepsakes. They’ll use the money to pay off bills and quietly donate to local charities, Kagin said. Before they sell them, they are loaning some to the American Numismatic Association for its National Money Show, which opens Thursday in Atlanta. What makes their find particularly valuable, McCarthy said, is that almost all of the coins are in near-perfect condition. That means that whoever put them into the ground likely socked them away as soon as they were put into circulation. Because paper money was illegal in California until the 1870s, he added, it’s extremely rare to find any coins from before that of such high quality. “It wasn’t really until the 1880s that you start seeing coins struck in California that were kept in real high grades of preservation,” he said. The coins, in $5, $10 and $20 denominations, were stored more or less in chronological order in six cans, McCarthy said, with the 1840s and 1850s pieces going into one can until it was filed, then new coins going into the next one and the next one after that. The dates and the method indicated that whoever put them there was using the ground as their personal bank and that they weren’t swooped up all at once in a robbery. Although most of the coins

were minted in San Francisco, one $5 gold piece came from as far away as Georgia. Kagin and McCarthy would say little about the couple’s property or its ownership history, other than it’s located in Gold Country, a sprawling, picturesque and still lightly populated section of north-central California that stretches along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, set off the California Gold Rush of 1848. The coins had been buried by a path the couple had walked for years. On the day they found them last spring, the woman had bent over to examine an old rusty can that erosion had caused to pop slightly out of the ground. “Don’t be above bending over to check on a rusty can,” Kagin said she told him. They were located on a section of the property the couple nicknamed Saddle Ridge, and Kagin is calling the find the Saddle Ridge Hoard. He believes it could be the largest such discovery in U.S. history. One of the largest previous finds of gold coins was $1 million worth uncovered by construction workers in Jackson, Tenn., in 1985. More than 400,000 silver dollars were found in the home of a Reno, Nev., man who died in 1974 and were later sold intact for $7.3 million. Gold coins and ingots said to be worth as much as $130 million were recovered in the 1980s from the wreck of the SS Central America. But historians knew roughly where that gold was because the ship went down off the coast of North Carolina during a hurricane in 1857.



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Dogs don’t really feel shame, experts say Sue Manning was the first and is among the most popular sites. Since Pascale Lemire started LOS ANGELES it in August 2012, it has received he next time you start more than 58 million page views shaking your finger and and more than 65,000 submisshouting “Shame on you!” sions. A submission has to come because your dog chewed up with a photo showing the dog’s your favourite fuzzy slippers, just guilty look. remember that no matter how Lemire, who lives in Vancouver, guilty your dog looks, it doesn’t British Columbia, also published know what your rant is about. a book called Dog Shaming, which Behaviourists insist dogs lack hit the New York Times bestseller shame. The guilty look – head list in January. cowered, ears back, eyes droopy “I don’t think dogs actually feel – is a reaction to the tantrum you shame,” Lemire said. “I think they are throwing now over the damknow how to placate us with this age they did hours earlier. sad puppy-dog look that makes “Just get over it and remind us think they’re ashamed of what yourself not to put temptation in the way next time,” said Dr. Bon- they’ve done. My guess is that their thinking is: ‘Oh man, my nie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Vet- owner is super mad about something, but I don’t know what, but erinary Medicine and executive director of the American College he seems to calm down when I give him the sad face, so let’s try of Veterinary Behaviourists. that again.”’ But scientific findings haven’t She thinks the online dog put a dent in the popularity of online dog shaming sites like dog- shaming memes are all in good and shameyourpet. fun. “People come for a laugh com or videos like those posted and camaraderie,” Lemire said. on “They see that their dog isn’t the In the photos and videos, dogs only one who does awful things. wear humorous written “confesPeople don’t shame their dogs out sions” and often are surrounded of anger, they do it out of love.” by the remnants of their misAnother dog owner helped get deeds. There is no question that celebrities into the trend. In late in some photos, they look guilty of eating, drinking, chewing, lick- 2011, Jeremy Lakaszcyck of Bosing or destroying something they ton started putting shaming vidshouldn’t have. eos of his lemon beagle, Maymo, Associated Press


on YouTube. Four months later, Ellen DeGeneres ran one of them on her show and comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted it. The popularity of the videos soared, Lakaszcyck said. He also submitted photos to Lemire for, which made Maymo even more famous. Maymo has a naturally sad or guilty face and senses something is wrong if Lakaszcyck speaks in a stern voice. “They know when their owners are angry. “Maymo can sit for quite a while looking sad because he’s a ham. It’s natural, and he knows a treat is coming. His tail usually wags through the wait. It’s like he’s happy on one end and sad on the other,” he said. One of the first scientific studies on the “guilty dog look” was conducted in 2009 by Alexandra Horowitz, an associate professor of psychology at Barnard College in New York City. One of her books, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, included the findings. In the study, she used 14 dogs, videotaping them in a series of trials and studying how they reacted when an owner left the room after telling them not to eat a treat. When the owners returned, sometimes they knew what the dogs had done and sometimes they didn’t and

sometimes the dogs had eaten the treats and sometimes they hadn’t. “I found that the ‘look’ appeared most often when owners scolded their dogs, regardless of whether the dog had disobeyed or did something for which they might or should feel guilty. It wasn’t ‘guilt’ but a reaction to the owner that prompted the look,” Horowitz said. “I am not saying that dogs might not feel guilt, just that the ‘guilty look’ is not an indication of it,” she added. She also believes there is a difference between guilt and shame. Dogs can certainly learn from bad behaviour, but rewards or punishment are most effective right after the wrongdoing, said

Beaver, the veterinary professor. “The farther it gets from that, the less connection is made with the behaviour,” she said. At some point, your dog will probably cower, waiting for you to complete your meltdown, ditch the negative voice and lose the nasty body language, Beaver said. But you do wonder what other emotions dogs lack besides guilt. “Humans have a natural desire to know what an animal is thinking, and yet we are limited to reading body language and measuring physiological reactions,” Beaver said. The bottom line is: “We will never truly know because we cannot ask them.”

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Death of snake handling U.S. pastor doesn’t shake faith of fellow believers “People think they will stop handling snakes because someone got bit, but it’s just the opposite.” Travis Loller

Century, according to Paul Williamson, a professor of psychology at Henderson State University hree days after pastor who, along with Hood, co-wrote Jamie Coots died from a a book about snake handlers rattlesnake bite at church, called, “Them That Believe.” In mourners leaving the funeral the 1940s and 1950s, many states went to the church to handle made snake-handling illegal (it’s snakes. currently illegal in Kentucky), but Coots, who appeared on the the practiced has continued, and National Geographic Channel’s often law enforcement simply Snake Salvation, pastored the Full looks the other way. The basis for the practice is a Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name passage in the Gospel of Mark. church founded by his grandfather in Middlesboro, Kentucky. In the King James Version of the The third-generation snake hand- Bible, Mark 16:17-18 reads: “And these signs shall follow them that ler was bitten during a service believe; In my name shall they on Feb. 15 and died later at his home after refusing medical help. cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take Now his adult son, Cody Coots, up serpents; and if they drink is taking over the family church any deadly thing, it shall not hurt where snakes are frequently part them; they shall lay hands on the of services. sick, and they shall recover.” “People think they will stop Snake handling gained mohandling snakes because someone got bit, but it’s just the opposite,” mentum when George Hensley, a Pentecostal minister working said Ralph Hood, a professor of in various Southern states in the psychology at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, who has early 1900s, recounted an experibeen studying snake handlers for ence where, while on a mountain, decades. “It reaffirms their faith.” a serpent slithered beside him. Hensley purported to be able to The practice of snake handling in the United States was first handle the snake with impundocumented in the mountains of ity, and when he came down the mountain he proclaimed the East Tennessee in the early 20th Associated Press


truth of following all five of the signs in Mark. Hensley himself later died from a snake bite. Today the practice is most common in Southern Appalachian states, and snake handlers often use native rattlesnakes and copperheads. Such churches are independent, and often call themselves “signs following” churches. Andrew Hamblin, who costarred on Snake Salvation, said he was with Coots when he died. “I held him in my arms when he took his last breath,” said Hamblin, who is pastor at the Tabernacle Church of God in the nearby community of LaFollette, Tenn. He believes that Coots, 42, would have died Feb. 15 no matter what; If not by a snake, then a stroke or some sort of accident. “God’s appointed time of death trumps everything,” Hamblin said. Williamson said believers describe the feeling they get when they are handling snake, “Like a high, but a greater high than any drug or alcohol. It’s a feeling of joy, peace, extreme happiness.” He said that many snake handlers believe that when God anoints them, they will be

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protected, but they still recognize there is danger. For instance, if the spirit leaves them and they don’t put down the snake quickly enough, they could be bitten. Coots had handled snakes many years and had been bitten several times, always relying on prayer, and not medical help, to heal him. In The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith, a book focusing on prominent snake-handling families, Coots is interviewed and describes a bite that took part of his finger, saying he had done something he shouldn’t have done (he doesn’t say what) and God was punishing him. Describing another painful bite, Coots says he was bitten after the spirit had moved out of him but he continued holding the snake for egotistical reasons. Hood knew Coots well, and attended his standing-room only funeral service last week. At a gathering at the church afterward, some mourners were handling snakes, he said. “At the service, what everybody recognized and accepted is that he died obedient to God and that his salvation is assured,” said Hood. At church service on Saturday, a week after Coots died, both Cody Coots and his mother handled the rattler that killed his father, said Williamson, who attended the service. Calls to the Coots family have not been returned.

Williamson said he has documented 91 snake bite deaths among serpent handlers since 1919; Between 350 and 400 people die from snake bites in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Williamson said questions of why a snake-handling believer dies from a bite are no different from the questions believers of various faiths have about why bad things happen to good people. Coots’ death was the second snake bite death at his church, which was founded in 1978. Melinda Brown, a 28-year-old mother of five, died in 1995, two days after she was bitten by a rattlesnake during a service. Coots was then a 23-year-old pastor, and Brown spent the two days it took her to die at Coots’ house. At the time, Coots told reporters that Brown had decided to put her fate in God’s hands rather than go to the hospital. “Everything that happened, where it happened, was the Lord’s will,” Coots said. Brown’s husband, John Wayne “Punkin” Brown, continued to handle serpents after his wife’s death. He was killed by a snake in 1998, at the age of 34, while preaching at an Alabama church. His last words to the congregation were, “No matter what else, God’s still God.”

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Yukon and the flu epidemic of 1918 – Part 2 HISTORY

however, influenza made a quick arrival in the territory. There were cases reported at Carmacks on the Whitehorse-Dawson Trail, and Mr. and Mrs Alguire, the propriby Michael Gates etors of the Nordenskjold Roadhouse, came to the hospital in he Spanish Influenza Whitehorse for treatment. Local epidemic of 1918 broke resident Mrs. Jack Oliver was so out on the eastern Ameriill that she too had to be moved to can seaboard in early September. the hospital, and Charley Baxter, The deadly virus spread rapidly the big game outfitter and the and within weeks, reports from hunting party he was guiding had various cities and military camps to remain at Bear Creek, en route confirmed the news that this epito Kluane Lake, for several days demic was highly contagious and until they recovered from a bout killing people in large numbers. of the flu. The residents of the Yukon Michael Gates collection The hardest hit, however, was learned about this lethal scourge This was the Whitehorse hospital at the time of the influenza epidemic in 1918.  the First Nation population. Dr. from reports in newspapers, and Clarke rushed to Champagne on letters sent from friends and loved Mary Mark what the capacity of ment for influenza. While stating from a minor cold. Three people May 25 to deal with an outbreak; ones Outside. By November, the that there was no serum to treat in Skagway, however, died from 37 natives were afflicted. He sent Dawson Daily News issued reports St. Mary’s Hospital was if they had to deal with an outbreak in the illness, an unproven serum the deadly virus. of influenza cutting a swath for a nurse and a cook to tend to the gold rush capital. Ninety beds, developed in Kingston was sent Finally, inbound passengers around the world. Dr. Alfred the sick. By the time they arrived, and eight staff, was her reply. to the Yukon as a precautionary were allowed into Whitehorse Thompson, Yukon’s member of there were 48 stricken, and the Maltby also contacted local measure. At the end of January, for their quarantine period. On Parliament, confirmed the dire first death. Fifteen cases were rebusinesses and determined that the annual winter patrol to Fort April 18, the quarantine was situation in a letter he wrote to ported at nearby Mendenhall, and 15 additional beds, 15 mattresses McPherson carried 100 doses of lifted in Skagway, and Whitehorse another three at Canyon Creek. one of his colleagues in Dawson and 25 sets of blankets were avail- the serum, wrapped in buffalo followed on May 2. During the City. Members of his family had According to the Anglican Church able if needed. With an estimated robes with a small charcoal foot critical period, from November also been stricken. newsletter Northern Lights, there 10 per cent of the population warmer to prevent the serum 1918 to May 1919, not one case of were eventually11 victims at The Yukon took action likely to be stricken with the flu, from freezing. influenza was reported anywhere Champagne. November 9, when R. B. Knight, would these be enough? Pressure mounted to remove in the Yukon. By the spring of acting gold commissioner, issued Almost a year later, influenza Dawson City continued to the quarantine in Skagway, which 1919, the virulent virus that had a notice to the assistant medical struck again. Residents from the function normally. Christmas occurred February 22, but a swept the globe had mutated health officer for Whitehorse, Dr. native community at Carcross fell was enjoyed without the spectre month later, with an outbreak and lost its potency. The Yukon W.B. Clarke, to take all necessary sick while working in Skagway. of death, and the arrival of the of 50 cases in the coastal Alasseemed to be spared. steps to prevent the spread of They were sent home before they New Year was celebrated with the kan port, the incoming train Before freeze-up each autumn, had recovered, and the entire influenza. Dr. Clarke was in close annual masque ball at the Arctic was intercepted by the local when river transportation came village was infected, save one indicommunication with Dr. Gable, Brotherhood Hall on New Year’s Mounted Police, and a temporto an end, Dawson City stockpiled vidual, and four died, including the medical health officer in Eve. ary quarantine was established in essential supplies in large wareKate Carmack. The nearby resiSkagway, where all incoming pasEarly in the New Year, 1919, Carcross for the thirty incoming houses in sufficient quantities to dential school was also afflicted sengers were placed in quarantine word was received that the “Cop- passengers. The line of defence last through the winter. During and one student succumbed to for five days. No cases had been per River Indians” were suffering was drawing closer and closer to the height of the epidemic, the pneumonia caused by influenza. reported so far. from influenza. Instructions Whitehorse. gold rush town was secure in its After the post gold rush deFearing the worst, the govern- were sent out to discourage any This temporary Carcross quar- isolation. With only one means population, the wartime exodus ment started making preparacontact with them that winter. antine station proved inadequate of access, via rail to Whitehorse, of men, federal government tions. Thinking that contagion When a report reached authorand inconvenient; requests were and then five days by sleigh over spending cuts and reduction of could be spread by handling ities that a party of Chilkat Tlingit put forward to move the quaran- the snow-covered winter trail to the civil service and the tragic incoming mail, Dr. Gable at Skag- from Haines had set out to visit tine station to Whitehorse. Mean- Dawson, it was possible to control loss of so many citizens with the way had all mail from Juneau and Champagne, the Mounted Police while, Alaska Governor Riggs the spread of infection in the tersinking of the Princess Sophia, the Haines fumigated. Outside mail, were sent to intercept them. A imposed a five-day quarantine on ritory. Yukon was spared, almost, a final which took more than five days in temporary quarantine station was all outgoing and incoming traffic That, combined with the cotransit, was not considered to be a set up in the village until January at Skagway. Despite large alarmordinated efforts of the adminis- indignity – the deadly influenza health risk. 17. Travelers were also intercepted ist headlines on the front page of tration during this period, meant epidemic of 1918. Michael Gates is a Yukon historian If the epidemic reached the at the town of Forty Mile, where the Dawson Daily News March that the Yukon was one of the few and sometimes adventurer based in Yukon, would the territory be only the mail carrier was allowed 21, there was not one actual case jurisdictions on the planet, during Whitehorse. His latest book, Dalprepared for the onslaught? In to proceed into the Yukon. of influenza in the territory. Dr. the critical six months, that was ton’s Gold Rush Trail, is available in Dawson, Territorial Secretary J. Yukon stores. You can contact him at Advice from Ottawa was conClarke, who was reported to have not ravaged by the pandemic. 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Measuring progress with GDP is a gross mistake by DAVID SUZUKI




overnments, media and much of the public are preoccupied with the economy. That means demands such as those for recognition of First Nations treaty rights and environmental protection are often seen as impediments to the goal of maintaining economic growth. The gross domestic product has become a sacred indicator of well-being. Ask corporate CEOs and politicians how they did last year and they’ll refer to the rise

or fall of the GDP. It’s a strange way to measure either economic or social wellbeing. The GDP was developed as a way to estimate economic activity by measuring the value of all transactions for goods and services. But even Simon Kuznets, an American economist and pioneer of national income measurement, warned in 1934 that such measurements say little about “the welfare of a nation.” He understood there’s more to life than the benefits that come from spending money. My wife’s parents have shared our home for 35 years. If we had put them in a care home, the GDP would have grown. In caring for them ourselves we didn’t contribute as much. When my wife left her teaching job at Harvard University to be a full-time volunteer for the David Suzuki Foundation, her GDP contribution fell. Each time we repair By Accident We Shall Meet in McCrae Industrial area for a FREE estimate.

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The GDP replaced gross national product, which was similar but included international expenditures. In a 1968 speech at the University of Kansas, Robert Kennedy said, “Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things … Gross national product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities ... and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. “Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our

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Kluane squirrel observatory yields ever more surprises


through six or seven years. About a decade ago, it appeared that climate change was having an impact on squirrel mating patterns, in part because of fluctuations of cone supply. The media broke the story but he squirrels of Mile 1044 then, after another decade passed, on the Alaska Highway further data revealed that the new have kept scientists and mating and birthing trend was graduate students hopping for reversing. more than 20 years. The Kluane “I’ve always advocated, you Red Squirrel Project is continually let the data speak for itself… you generating intriguing, sometimes don’t want to build up a story headline-making, data about and then stick to that story, (if the ecology, evolution and behaviour. facts change.) As long as you have One story about red squirgood solid data I have no probrels almost inevitably leads into lem with people changing their another. A journalist may start minds because the data tells them out attempting to explore one different.” particular observatory-related Access to long-term data academic paper about Tamiasrecently led to another excitcurus hudsonicus but will quickly ing series of experiments. Ben become immersed in the details Dantzer, then a graduate student of other major discoveries about from Michigan, devised ways of the small mammals. determining how females can be In this case, a pursuit of the proactive when educating their story behind Linking Intraspecific Stan Boutin/University of Alberta pups to survive in the face of Variation in Territory Size, Cone Four recently tagged juvenile red squirrels: If they have a very stressed mom their chances of competition. Supply, and Survival of North surviving will be better than if they have laid-back parents. “What we know is the growth American Red Squirrels (in the rate of kids produced by these Journal of Mammalogy) quickly nor are they a significant indicathan keeping tabs of big creatures other experiments of a subset of various mothers can be highly yielded Density Triggers Maternal tor species in times of troubling like bears and moose, says Boutin. animals. variable. Sometimes they grow Hormones that Increase Adaptenvironmental issues, Boutin says. “The way we operate is that we That data helps prevent jumprapidly. Sometimes they grow ive Offspring Growth in a Wild They are, however, diurnal; they have a series of grids. They are all ing to seemingly obvious conclua bit more slowly,” says Boutin. Mammal (Science Magazine/Scikeep busy during the daytime. mapped out. We try to mark all sions. For instance, in the research The conditions they meet after ence Express). They do not hibernate in winter. the squirrels that live in that area that led to Linking Intraspecific leaving their parents vary with the “The reason we became And they are relatively short lived. of real estate and know where Variation in Territory Size, Cone density of cone crops. An espeinvolved in studying red squirA student can observe an individ- they live and where their middens Supply, and Survival of North rels from the beginning was our ual’s birth, growth, mating and are located. We trap all of the American Red Squirrels, a simple cially bountiful cone year, a mast year, is followed by a bumper year interest in characteristics that ultimate fate over two or three individuals regularly, in particuand basic question was asked. If individuals have that make them years, or about the time period of lar the females, to track carefully an animal has more spruce cones of babies and every piece of real estate becomes chocker block full special squirrels relative to other their graduate studies. when they get pregnant and when available in its cache, is it more of squirrels. squirrels,” says Stan Boutin, a Those interested in evolution, they drop their babies. We’ll put likely to survive the winter than The young squirrels face biological sciences professor with who need to observe changes a collar on the female, follow her one with fewer cones? more competition. Their moms the University of Alberta. Boutin from generation to generation, to her nest, climb up into the tree Elementary? “To our surprise respond to the increasing din has been involved with the project want a species whose lifespan, and get those babies enumerated the correlation wasn’t very good,” of territorial chatter by generatmating and birth cycles are quite and weighed.” since its beginning in the late says Boutin. “The only big difing more stress hormones. They short. And squirrel science is 1980s. In two or three weeks, when ferences that we found were that economical, much less expensive Squirrels are not endangered, the pups have grown some, the youngsters, the young of the year become more demanding when teaching survival skills to their scientists return and affix colour- that were setting up their own coded, numbered ear tags to territories, tended to have smaller young. Those young perform more effectively than other genthem and then keep them under territories than any of the adults erations, those not raised in such observation. in the system and fewer cones in crowded conditions by demand“So we gather all that data in Porter Creek the midden.” ing moms. Secondary School a very consistent fashion every Young squirrels have it rough “The final experiment gave year out there. Then grad stuoverall. They make up the majorwill be holding females little bits of peanut butter dents come into the system with ity of the 50 per cent of squirrels laced with the hormone and lo projects they like to pursue.” that don’t survive through a year. and behold those females that And that, says Boutin, is a great The average lifespan for a red got the extra jolt of hormone had strength of the squirrel project. squirrel is two to three years and their kids grow more rapidly.” There’s lots of overall long-term females produce two or three Without enough baseline data, data to refer to when conducting young a year. A very few make it (Student-Parent-Teacher) common sense might lead an observer astray. Most people would Weds., March 12 And Thurs., March 13 think that stressed mothers would 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM 5:00 to 8:00 PM be more likely to have babies that performed poorly, says Boutin. 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Friday, February 28, 2014

A walk through the UAF Cold Preserve

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A very cold spot on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

cold enough that I walk in rather than ski. A trail designated for dog walking offers the straightest by Ned line, just more than one mile. Rozell The dog-trail network consists of a few loops through the heart of the North Campus area. In winter, boots and paws press a path one foot wide in the snow. In summer, the trail is spongy and wet. The permafrost beneath the Labrador tea and tamarack t’s mid-February, 118 miles holds surface water like a plastic from the Arctic Circle. Time liner. Wetness, and the mosquito for a walk to work. habitat it fosters, keeps people out The trail through the borin the summertime. eal forest is right outside my Today the mosquitoes are door. The North Campus of the sleeping beneath 20 inches of University of Alaska Fairbanks snow. But their time is coming. is 1,100 acres of spruce trees, ski Now arcing four fingers (13.5 detrails, two lakes, an exotic tree grees) above the horizon, the sun plantation and a few dozen subtle reaches through sprucetops for a research projects. Some are hum- butterfly kiss to the cheek. ming, twirling, measuring. Others Squeaking down the path of are stained by leaf litter, falling new snow, I turn onto a spur trail back to the soil. broken by someone on snowOn a campus of about 2,250 shoes. Though I traveled it two acres, only 10 per cent is roads, days ago with my dog, a spiky parking lots and clusters of build- three inches have fallen since ings. My office and destination is then. The snow makes a hollow in one of these developed areas sound as the trail suspends me a called West Ridge. A north-facing foot above frozen tussock tundra. window there provides a view After their seeds helicoptered of the same forest I see looking down on a forgotten wind, a south from the kitchen table. The few forehead-high black spruce North Campus is quiet enough pioneered here amid the tusthat if I see any creature except a socks. Some of these trees, thin raven during a morning comas broomsticks, were alive when UAF was established in 1917. mute, it’s a surprise. After the path through shadSome days, like this one, are




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owed forest, the open landscape is jarring for both its brightness and its slap of biting air. I like this ephemeral path because the snowshoer walked right through what I call the UAF Cold Preserve. On topographic maps, this bald wedge of tundra looks on topographic maps like a white splotch of frostbite on your cheek. For the last decade, Japanese scientists doing research at the International Arctic Research Center have used instruments here to sniff for carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. Their 20-foot tower also holds four thermometers at different heights. Whether by design or chance, they have placed their instruments in the mouth of the cold drainage, where dense air oozes from the surrounding forest onto the white deck of Smith Lake. This morning in the UAF Cold Preserve, at nose level it is minus 33 degrees Celcius. A few weeks ago, it was minus 43 degrees here. This windless pool shows the unique upside-down atmosphere at the junction of the Chena and Tanana river valleys. Because of the box created by local hills and so little sunlight to stir the air, severe temperature inversions settle in here until wind or warmer weather kicks them out. The scientific proof of the temperature inversion reveals itself at the end of my walk. When I reach work and step out of my down clothes, I click to my bookmarked online thermometers. At the same time the Cold Preserve was minus 32, air at the top of the Elvey Building, 200 feet higher, was minus 20. 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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RECREATION Sochi Olympics a ‘fantastic experience’: Nishikawa

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Whitehorse’s Emily Nishikawa, left, with teammates at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, earlier this month. Nishikawa was the first Yukoner to compete in cross-country skiing since 1992.

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Amanda Ammar and Heidi Widmer placed 49th and 52nd, respectively. here were tough conditions, “The 30-kilometre was one tough terrain and a little of the toughest races I’ve done,” tough luck, but Whitehorse’s Em- said Nishikawa. “My body wasn’t ily Nishikawa had a blast at the feeling as good as I was hoping, Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. but I was still able to push myself “It was a fantastic experias hard as I could go. I am proud ence, I had an amazing time the of myself for toughing it out whole time I was there,” said on a really hard course. It was Nishikawa. “The whole lead-up a huge improvement from last to the Olympics as well was just year’s 30-kilometre at the world incredible. I’m so fortunate for champs, so I have to be happy the opportunity to compete at the with that. It was another beautiOlympics. ful day, but it was fairly hot again “It was so special, all the supas it has been throughout the port I had, and feeling all the sup- Games.” port from back home from the She led the Canadian team Yukon. It was special to share my with a 42nd-place finish in the experience with everyone. It was 15-kilometre skiathlon on Feb. 8 amazing to feel that support.” in her first Olympic race. The 24-year-old returned from She then produced the fastest her first Olympic Games on Wed- lap for Canada in the women’s nesday and is back in Canmore, 4x5-kilometre relay a week later Alta., where she trains with the on Feb. 15. Unfortunately, Nishiknational team. awa’s speed didn’t help the team’s She led the Canadian team in placing, finishing 14th at the bottwo races in Sochi, but missed her tom of the field. best event due to illness. In between the two races she Nishikawa finished the Games fell ill with a flu bug and missed with 47th place in the 30-kiloher best event, the 10-kilometre metre skate on Saturday. She classic. She took first place in the was the second Canadian behind classic at Canada’s Olympic trials teammate Brittany Webster in last month in Canmore. 46th, while fellow Canadians “I was sick for the classic race, News Reporter


which (technicians) struggled with the wax,” said Nishikawa. “All the races I competed in I had great skis, so I wasn’t really affected by the tough conditions. “They had two or three bad days, but they really pulled it together and the skis were amazing by the end of the Games. “It was really tough for everybody. The Norwegians had a team of like 25 wax technicians and they still missed it in the relays.” Wax technicians had an unsolvable problem on their hands at times in Sochi. Warm, sunny conditions on one side of a mountain would make snow there vastly different from cold, shady conditions on the other side. Whitehorse’s Alain Masson was on the hunt for fast skis as a wax technician for Team Canada in Sochi. “We had issues with waxing in some of the events early in the Games, which we corrected, but unfortunately that affected the results,” said Masson. “Because of the location of Sochi being so far south and the intensity of the sun, some sections of the course was amazing and other sections, which were on the north side of the mountain, stayed really cold and dry. So it produced some

really challenging conditions.” Sochi was Masson’s fourth Olympic Games as a wax technician for Canada. He has also competed as an athlete at three Olympics in cross-country skiing and cycling. “The Games, not talking about cross-country skiing or results, were great. It was very well organized. Our accommodations, the food, the transportation was very good, much higher than expectations. The venue was fantastic. So it was a great Games,” said Masson, who expressed disappointment no Canadian cross-country skier came home with a medal. “From the performance perspective, we had much higher expectations in cross-country skiing with some of our male athletes, but that did not happen and was disappointing.” As Emily rests up for the Haywood Ski Nationals next month, her brother Graham is preparing for his trip to Sochi. Graham has been selected for Canada’s team for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi March 7-16. Graham will be a guide for famed Paralympian Brian McKeever of Canmore, Alta. “It’s a totally new and exciting event and I’m very honoured

that they wanted me to come along,” said Graham in a recent interview. “It is very rewarding helping other people out. It’s a nice change taking the focus off myself. “Brian and I have been really good friends the past 10 years. We made a good situation work where I joined their training group and we trained together all summer.” Emily was the first Yukon cross-country skier to compete at the Olympics since Jane Vincent and Lucy Steele at the Albertville Games in 1992. She and a team of Yukon skiers will race at the Haywood Ski Nationals in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, March 15-22. “I didn’t get out to any hockey games, but I got to see some speed skating events,” said Emily of Sochi. “Just being part of the Canadian Olympic team was really cool. The closing ceremony was an amazing show. It was really cool to walk in with the whole team and experiencing the feeling of being at the Olympics was really special.” Contact Tom Patrick at


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Hilderman heading to fifth senior curling nationals Tom Patrick News Reporter


eorge Hilderman will take a new team to the Canadian Senior Curling Championships next month in Yellowknife, N.W.T. The Whitehorse skip and his team of third Doug Gee, second Doug Hamilton and lead Dale Enzenauer earned the spot at nationals with a pair of wins at the Yukon Senior Curling Championships last Saturday at the Whitehorse Curling Club. Next month will be Hilderman’s fifth time at the national championship. His rink defeated Whitehorse’s Team Zealand – skip Gord Zealand, third Herb Balsam, second Bob Walker and lead Clarence Jack – for the spot. “It was hard fought games and my hat’s off to the opposition, they are true gentlemen of the sport,” said Hilderman. Tom Patrick/Yukon News Team Hilderman produced Whitehorse skip George Hilderman won the Yukon Senior Curling Championships at the two straight wins in a best-ofWhitehorse Curling Club on Saturday. three championship between the two teams entered. The Hilderman rink won 9-5 in the morning, scoring three in the ninth end to force the hand-




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he Yukon Youth Climbing Team reached an all-time high recently in Vancouver. The team won three medals, including its first-ever gold, at the Tour de Bloc junior bouldering competition at the Hive Bouldering Gym the weekend of Feb. 15-16. “It was a great experience for the seven (Yukoners),” said team coach Alain Dallaire. “For five of them it was their first experience at a different level climbing competition. The Tour de Bloc is a national level competition. “I brought a bunch of climbers who next year I can hopefully bring to two or three of those ones. It was a pretty successful trip.”

Yukon’s Amaya Cherian-Hall delivered her team’s first gold medal at the competition that saw 130 climbers take part. She placed first in the female youth junior. “She was off before Christmas doing a semester at sea and was off sailing around the world with the program, and she just came back the second semester,” said Dallaire. “That’s a really good result for her. She did quite well.” Cherian-Hall competed at the Tour de Bloc last year, finishing middle of the pack. She was the overall winner of a Yukon climbing event last year. The Yukon team also came away with a silver and bronze. Fin Matrishon placed second in the male youth B division and Cassie Wright placed third in female youth A division. Teammate Gen-

tianne Graham was close behind Wright in fourth. Other Yukon results include Calden Hoefs and Tynan LeongBest coming fourth and fifth, respectively, in youth junior male, and Henry Beairsto sixth in the male youth A division. Vancouver wasn’t the first successful trip for the Yukon Youth Climbing Team this season. They took three top-five finishes at the Rock Dump Climbing Competition in Juneau, Alaska, last November. In those top-five finishes, Wright took third place in the open women division. Climb Yukon will host the Yukon Open bouldering championships next Wednesday at 6-9 p.m. at F.H. Collins Secondary.

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Changes to athlete’s retirement plans a small step to helping with finances Romina Maurino

athletes for the future. “The funding is a huge problem for national team athletes, so TORONTO any move to increase money or he medals, the tears and money to help athletes is am imthe pride may be what portant one,” said Thomas Hall, most Canadians remember an Olympic medallist in sprint from the Olympics, but when the canoe who retired from paddling glory fades, athletes need to plan for retirement, just like everyone in 2012. “It is nice that it opens room else. in the RRSP, but … I know for A recent policy change by Ota fact that, for the 10-plus years tawa will make it easier for them I was on the national team, the to invest in RRSPs but, given the best year I ever had was when I meagre earnings of many amawon an Olympic medal … and I teur athletes and their focus on still finished with plenty of debt. planning for the short term, it’s a challenge to financially prepare There just aren’t that many athCanadian Press


letes making that much money,” said Hall, who also works with Canoe Kayak Canada and AthletesCAN, two organizations that support athletes. Under Canadian tax rules, athletes competing for Canada are able to take income from endorsements, prize money or speaking engagements and place it in an amateur athlete trust. It’s a tax-free shelter until they take it out - and allows them to grow those funds on a tax-free basis while they compete. But since RRSP contributions are based on earned income, none of that money could be used toward a contribution calculation, which means athletes had less RRSP room. In the federal budget tabled Feb. 11, Ottawa changed the rules so that any income put into an amateur athlete trust can now qualify as earned income and help determine the athlete’s RRSP contribution limit. Jamie Golombek, a tax expert

with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, said it was a positive move by the government in assisting athletes to reach solid financial footing. “This is just a policy change to not penalize these individuals who have contributed much to the Canadian athlete profile around the world (but) typically don’t earn large amounts of money,” Golombek said. “It never really made sense why you had athletes earning this income, setting it aside into a government-sanctioned amateur athletic trust, and yet they were not able to later on put that money into an RRSP. This levels the playing field between athletes and other Canadians who earn money and are able to then use that earned income to contribute to an RSP.” Peter Donnelly, director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sport Policy Studies, said such changes are positive, but they don’t go far enough to support

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

Two small retail spaces. 150 & 580 sq. ft.

$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:

For more information call Greg

SKYLINE APTS: 2-bdrm apartments, Riverdale. Parking & laundry facilities. 667-6958

Coming Available Soon! (Larger space faces Front Street)


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

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 HOBAH APARTMENTS: Clean, spacious, walking distance downtown, security entrance, laundry room, plug-ins, rent includes heat & hot water, no pets. References required. 668-2005 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 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

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.

3-BDRM UPPER level downtown, bright & clean, heat inclʼd, avail immed, $1,700/mon. 334-5448 RIVERDALE: 2-BDRM bsmt suite, open concept, N/S, N/P, laundry facilities, shed, close to hospital/schools, $1,100/mon + utils. 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

1 & 2 bdrm units available, DT & Hillcrest, heat & hot water incl, $900 to $1,200, N/P. 668-2416

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

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

ROOM FOR rent, N/S, N/P, immed, $750/mon. all incl. 393-2275 LARGE ROOM in PC, newly renoʼd, shared accom, avail Mar 1, $750/mon all incl. 668-7213 MARSH LAKE, 3-bdrm 2-bath house, washer/dryer, N/S, avail immed, $1,100/mon + elec & dd. 864-4499

ROOM IN 3-bdrm condo in Ingram, heat & TV incl, $800/mon. 333-9987 1/2 DUPLEX, 2-bdrm, wood/oil heat, new carpet, pets ok, $1,350/mon. 334-1816

ROOM FOR rent, everything included, $600/mon. 336-1695

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

Approx. 750 sq ft

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


Call 867-333-0144

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

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

Approx. 1650 sq ft

Please call Kevin at 334-6575 for more information.

Please call Kevin at 334-6575 for more information.


3-BDRM, 1.5 bath condo, Takhini, close to bus, school, N/S, N/P, $1,500/mon + utils & dd. 334-7987 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

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

for rent for rent

Office Space for Rent 550 sq. ft., ground floor Wheelchair access Close to Law Centre, City Hall $25/sq. ft. includes heat, power, taxes, basic janitorial, free off-street parking with plug-in 335-3123

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 FULLY FURNISHED room for rent with single bed, avail Apr 1 or earlier, $600/mon incl utils, cable, wi-fi, 456-7855 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 LAKEFRONT suite on beautiful MʼCLintock bay, 30 minutes from Whitehorse, great recreational area, furnished, $1,200/mon incl utils, 334-5055 or 333-0050 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 1-BDRM BSMT suite, Porter Creek, newly painted, w/d, basic cable, electric & water incl, N/P, no parties. $1,050/mon. 335-1154

VALLEYVIEW, 3-BDRM, country kitchen, d/room, 5 appliances, basement, oil heat, N/S, N/P, refs&dd reqʼd, $1,600/mon + utils. 668-6147 SMALL HOUSE/STUDIO, downtown, furnished, refs reqʼd, $900/mon incl utils, $450 dd. 668-4321 WALK IN basement suite, Porter Creek, N/S, no dogs, laundry & cable incl, $800/mon incl utils. 633-3155 5-BDRM 2-BATH house, Riverdale, 1,900sqft, fully fenced back yrd, storage shed, greenhouse, appliances, N/S, responsible tenants, avail Mar. 1. $1,800/mon + utils. 668-5530 or 633-2363 1-BDRM BASEMENT suite, Porter Creek, bright, clean, N/S, N/P, no parties, $950/mon, responsible tenants, avail March. 667-2046 NEW BACHELOR suite, bright, new appliances, fixtures, kitchen, bathroom, private ent, deck, green belt, laundry access, N/S, no parties, $950/mon incl heat, hydro, wifi, cable. 335-4446 3-BDRM TRAILER, Crestview, fully furnished, w/d, N/P, avail early March, $1,100/mon incl utils, $550 dd required. 335-5310

Wanted to Rent HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE Mature, responsible person Call Suat at 668-6871 1-BDRM 335-0164

BACHELOR suite or cabin.

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 DUPLEX in Crestview, attached garage, large kitchen, N/S, N/P, $1,400/mon + utils & DD. 393-3117

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

FURNISHED ROOM in large home incl all utils, TV with cable, wifi internet, phone, laundry/parking available, on bus route, $650/mon, no dd. 667-7733

MOBILE HOME, Takhini Trailer Park, new siding, flooring, 12ʼx22ʼ addition, bathroom, upgraded windows & electrical, new water & sewer pipes, $55,000 obo. 332-8258

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Friday, February 28, 2014 DOWNTOWN 2-BDRM condo for sale, 3rd floor, good views, approx 1,040 sqft, in-floor heating, elevator, no shared walls, available March 16, 2014, $334,900.00. Call or text 332-1400

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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.

Administrative Assistant

Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus Permanent Position Salary: $52,574 to $62,592 per annum (Based on 75.0 hours bi-weekly) Competition #: 14.21 Initial Review Date: March 12, 2014 Are you looking for a new challenge to apply your administrative skills? This position requires someone who embraces new technologies, meets crucial deadlines, produces accurate work, possesses strong writing skills and enjoys being the first contact for Yukon College’s newest Centre (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 mining and apprenticeship training, the Centre facilitates access to applied research specific to the Northern minerals and mining industry. As the administrative assistant, you will be supporting the day-to-day administration of the Centre by providing administrative support for the CNIM executive director, staff, students/clients and partners. The ideal applicant will have certification in office or business administration coupled with related administrative experience. Experience taking comprehensive minutes and basic bookkeeping skills are required. Candidates with an acceptable combination of experience and education 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:

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

A Professional at Your Side 867.334.1111 ®

Action ReAlty

667-2514 Whitehorse, yukon

Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

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 Fax resume to: 867-993-2336 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. ELECTRICIAN WANTED Journeyman, commercial work Email resume to

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.

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CLARK BUILDERS Now Hiring in Whitehorse and Yellowknife Project Managers Project Coordinators Estimators Superintendents Apply at Amber Enterprises is looking for: CAMPGROUND ACCOMMODATION ATTENDANTS, NOC #6435 May till Nov, full time, shift work. Requirements: Front desk customer service, accommodation registration, barista, and office staff Must speak English with a second language preferred (German, French, Spanish) Contact: Apply with cover letter, resume, and references. Amber Enterprises is looking for: SEASONAL LIVE-IN ONSITE CAMPGROUND OFFICE MANAGER NOC #0632 $12.50 per hour. May till Oct, full time, shift work. Requirements: Accommodation Registration Management, Payroll, Scheduling, Staffing, Customer Service Must speak English and also have one of the following: German, Spanish or French Contact: Apply with cover letter, resume, and references.

2007 HUSQVARNA 395 xp-g, 30” bar, heated handle, runs like new, $500 obo. 335-3467

ENVIROLET COMPOST toilet, new, never used, electric,  waterless, c/w  venting pipe, $2,400 obo. 633-6502

TWO LIKE new, never worn in Whitehorse, beautiful graduation gowns, 1 ballgown, 1 mermaid style, sizes 8 & 10, $200. 668-5882

FIREPLACE, PROPANE, cast iron, gray, $1,195. 332-6116

MOVING OUT, home furniture, area rugs, camping gear, fishing net 100ʼ, new, lots of other stuff. 393-3113 for info.

Electrical Appliances

DE-HUMIDIFIER, BARELY used, $40 obo. 633-6244

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

3 GRANITE counter tops, 8ʼ sections, radius edges, light rose color, open to offers. 821-2938

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

MOCCASINS, 335-9934

HOTPOINT CLOTHES dryer, almond colour, $50 668-4575

SZ 10,

moose, $100.

is looking for a Permanent Part-time


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 ARCTIC SPA HOT tub cover, 1 yr. old, fits 88”x88” tub, $1,000 new, asking $500. 667-4910 BAFFIN SNOPACKS Boots, sz 12, Arctic type, new, $90. 660-5101 WOOD LATHE with bench, 3/4 hp, adjustable speed, $250. 660-5101 YOUTH GAUNTLETS, rabbit fur suede, imitation shearling lining, $185, baby slippers, beaver trim, $80. 335-9934 SPIRIT MASK, “Blind Fisherman”, painted cedar carved by Calvin Morberg, $350. 335-9934 SIZE 10 Canvas Tops, moose + #10canvas, by Daisy OʼBrian, $150. 335-9934 LEATHER TEDDYBEAR, mooseskin and beads, $100. 335-9934 SINGER CONFIDENCE quilter sewing machine, 99 stitches, instruction book included. 668-5786 QUEEN SIZE air mattress, new, still in box, c/w air pump. 668-5786 365 HUSQVARNA chain saw, $600 obo. 335-0164 ELECTRIC TRAINS, 0 gauge, engines, rolling stock & accessories. 633-6310 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

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Senior Advisor to Chief & Council

Term Full Time Salary: $70,821.44 - $82,851.07 Location: Haines Junction Under the direction of the Chief, this position provides a wide range of administrative and analytical self-governance support to the Chief that includes strategic thinking on new directions for the organization; project design and project analysis including financial review. As well this position will assist in fostering good public relations with citizens, staff and other governments. This position works in Haines Junction in a normal office setting and requires occasional overtime. Position is regularly required to meet regular and ad hoc deadlines in the production of materials and information. A high level of concentration is required while conducting research. Frequent travel can be expected, including accompanying the Chief or Council members to meetings as required. The incumbent will frequently interact with people of different culture and values. Stress may be encountered when responding to inquiries or interacting with people of different values We offer a competitive benefits package with RRSP plan, group health with Sun Life, and a travel benefit. Education and Experience: Successful completion of a Degree in Public Administration, Political Science or a directly related field combined with Human Resource & Financial experience at a senior level with Self Governing First Nation governments. Executive level experience working with First Nations governments in a political and administrative capacity. Fluent in English is a requirement. Condition of Employment: Criminal Record Check Possess a valid Yukon Class 5 Driver’s License CAFN’s Human Resources Policy will apply. For complete job description please check the CAFN website at or contact below.

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

Application deadline: 4:30 p.m. on March 20th, 2014

SMALL DECORATIVE bird cage suitable for budgie or canary, $25. 333-0239 LARGE BIRD cage, 22”x36”h, heavy duty cage c/w stand, suitable for small parrot, $50. 333-0239 DOWN SLEEPING bag, older but plenty warm, $50. 660-5101

First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun is seeking 3-4 interested individuals to serve as Trustees to the NND Investment Trust for terms of 3 years. Please send your resume and cover letter with attention to: Executive Director, Brenda Jackson First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun Box 220, Mayo, Yukon Y0B 1M0 Or email to:

Closing date for applications is March 31, 2014 by 4:00 PM.

The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon is looking for great candidates like you!

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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

nacho nyäk Dun

We offer a competitive wage based on retail experience.

KENMORE HUMIDIFIER, gently used, 700sqft coverage, c/w extra filter, paid $140, asking $40. 821-6011

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

First nation of

Bring resume or letter of interest with references to Manager at Mac’s Fireweed Books 203 Main Street ❧ Whitehorse

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


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Send Applications and/or resumes to: Kathy Brown Champagne and Aishihik First Nations 304 Jarvis Street Whitehorse Yukon Territory, Y1A 2H2 Fax: (867) 667-6202 Phone: (867) 456-6879 Cell: (867) 332-5247 Email:

The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA Yukon) forges a common voice and actions to influence, promote and assist the development of tourism in the Yukon. TIA Yukon is looking to fill two positions:

Membership and Community Relations Officer

The Membership & Community Relations Officer is a communication and event planning-focused position. They are responsible for establishing, maintaining and strengthening relations with the tourism industry, government and general public. They communicate the activities of the organization and provide support to members of TIA Yukon.

Office and Programs Coordinator The Office & Programs Coordinator provides comprehensive administrative and secretarial support to the office of the Executive Director and is often the first point of contact for individuals contacting TIA Yukon via telephone, email or in person. This position is responsible for administering and auditing all TIA Yukon programs. For Full job descriptions and details please visit email cover letters and resumes to deadline For applications is march 7th, 2014 at 5:00pm.

YEU Staff Positions Yukon Employees’ Union (YEU) Yukon Employees’ Union occasionally invites YEU members to backfill YEU staff positions on a temporary basis. These positions can include:

Membership Services Officer Executive Assistant Financial Officer Union Advisor Intake Advisor Communications Officer Executive Director

If you believe you have the qualifications to fulfill any of the roles above and would like to be added to an eligibility list, please submit your resume to , send it through the mail or drop it off in person to: Yukon Employees’ Union 201-2285 2nd Avenue Whitehorse Yukon, Y1A 1C9

Only members of Yukon Employees’ Union will be considered for the eligibility list.


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ELECTRIC KITCHEN range, top line GE Profile, glass top with bridge burner, triple surface unit, warming zone, convection oven, $400 obo. 633-5419

TVs & Stereos

PANASONIC DVD Surround sound system, like new, $50. 668-5882 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 SANYO TV, 32” screen, excellent picture and sound, am upgrading. $160 obo. 633-6355

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

SANYO TV, 32” screen, excellent picture and sound, am upgrading. $160 obo. 633-6355

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

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 TENOR RECORDER, Clarinet size, nickel flaps on lower notes, c/w case & beginner book, beautiful sound. $55.00 obo. 633-6355


Tu Lidlini Petroleum Inc. General Delivery, Ross River, Yukon Y0B 1S0

Truck Drivers Needed

Required Qualifications: • Clean Drivers Abstract – must supply an updated copy with resume • Class 3 Drivers Licence with an air ticket • Must be physically fit • Must be willing to work long hours • Some travel is necessary Please submit your resume attention: Kim Redies at Tu-Lidlini Petroleum or by email:

PIANO WITH Bench, Mason & Risch, full keyboard, 39 & 3/4“ high, motivated to sell, $800 obo. 633-6355 OLDER VIOLIN with case for sale, $350 obo. 334-2418 PIANO TUNING & REPAIR by certified piano technician Call Barry Kitchen @ 633-5191 ACOUSTIC GUITAR, good condition with case & strap, $100 firm. Text anytime or call after 7:00pm. 335-0233 GUITAR RAVEN A-series 6-string with case, offers. 660-5101

Firewood 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 for sale $200/cord for 8 foot lengths $250/cord for stove length Text or Call 334-8960 FIREWOOD FOR SALE Standing dry from Haines Junction $250/cord cut and delivered Prompt delivery Steelwater Contracting Phone: 334-9867

Deadline to apply: March 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Friday, February 28, 2014

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: Curriculum Developer(s) School of Academic & Skill Development Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus Hourly Rate: $32.30 to $36.33 Competition No.: 14.17 Initial Review Date: March 10, 2014 Yukon College is looking for interested, qualified candidates with relevant education, experience to develop curriculum in the following subject areas: Office Administration for First Nation Governments Automotive Maintenance – Skills for Employment The ideal candidate(s) will have a post-secondary degree preferably at the graduate level with experience delivering adult educational programming. For additional position information please contact: Gabriel Ellis, Instructor/Coordinator, School of Academic and Skill Development Email: Phone: (867) 456-8641 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:

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.

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 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 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 ANDYʼS FIREWOOD SERVICE February 1st Price Drop! Limited time quantity offer Haines Junction Standing Dry Fully stacked, measured cords $220/cord - 7-cord loads $230/cord - small orders Stock up now! 667-6429 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 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

Guns & Bows Case cutlery, high quality hand-crafted pocket and hunting knives available at G&R Pawnbrokers 1612-D Centennial St. 393-2274 BUY • SELL • LOANS



GRIZZLY BEAR hide, tanned, dark brown, 7ʼ. 633-2346 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 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. MARTIN SABRE compound bow, lots of accessories, target block, Pelican case, complete kit, $400, will consider trade for equivalent value rifle/shotgun. 335-6008 text or call BENELLI NOVA 12ga shotgun, 3 1/2” chamber, 28" barrel, 3 interchangeable chokes, camo pattern, exc cond, $500. 634-2559 WINCHESTER MODEL 1906, .22 pump action rifle, mfg in 1913, PAL required, $500 firm. 333-9056

Wanted WANTED: FOOT pedal for sewing machine, 3 prongs, 7A 125V, 335-9934 WANTED: ALL-AMERICAN canner with room for 7 quart glasses, 335-9934 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 I AM looking for a lift from Whitehorse to Skagway as soon as possible. I share the gas. Thank you. WANTED: ADJUSTABLE trailer drop hitch ball mount for 2" receiver, looking to raise the trailer ball about 10-12". $25 range 334-6087 WANTED: GOOD used breadmaker, reasonable price. 633-2751 ANYONE INTERESTED in forming a calligraphy group, could meet afternoons, to include simple lessons & displays. Pat @ 667-4141 WANTED: WITNESSES to accident Sunday Feb 23 2014 approx 0945 hrs at lights at 2 Mile Hill and Chilkoot Way, involving  beige Kia Sorrento and black Dodge Ram truck. Contact 667-7830 WANTED: USED bricks for outside landscaping project. Happy to pick them up. 660-5844 WANTED: OLD-FASHIONED typewriter in good working order, reasonable price. 668-6871 WANTED: 335-9934

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Cars 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

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 2011 CHEVY Aveo hatchback, auto, 27,000kms, summer/winter tires on rims, great gas mileage, must sell, $8,500 obo. 334-1006 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


1997 CAVALIER 4-dr auto, 2.2L 4-cyl, 244,000kms, good on fuel, newer cylinder head, brakes, winter tires, $1,700. 333-0564

2012 CHEVROLET cruze great on gas, c/w heated steats, summer/winter tires, $19,000 obo. 336-4886

1997 H Y U N D A I Tiburon, green, 220,000kms, nice little car but needs trans work, $850. 334-5209

2009 NISSAN Sentra 4-cyl, fuel efficient, 49,000km, auto, $9,000. 336-2607 2007 HONDA Civic, 4-dr, auto, new windshield, all power options, good tires, lots of service records, clean, runs great, 200,000km. 667-4463 2007 TOYOTA Highlander SUV, winter & all season tires, tow hitch, approx 128,000kms, $14,000 obo. 332-4143

1997 INTREPID Sport, 114,000kms, great shape, inspection done, runs & drives exc, $2,500. 335-3868 1994 FORD Tempo in running/driving condition, will need some work on front end, $300. 667-2876 leave msg

2006 CHEV Aveo, standard, new windshield, runs good, 93,000km. $4,995 obo. 335-5452 2006 FORD Focus Hatchback Coupe, under 90,000km, new winter tires, set of all seasons, new battery/alternator, dealer maintained, $7,500 obo. 335-8203 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 2002 C H R Y S L E R Concorde LX, 117,000kms, super clean, body/glass spotless, well maintained, $3,800. 335-3868 2002 HONDA Civic 4-dr standard, new clutch, new windshield, winter/summer tires, 170,000kms, good clean car, $4,500. 334-9436 or 667-4463 2002 NISSAN Sentra SER Spec-V, manual, 197,500 kms, power all, sunroof, cold air intake, headers, 8" factory subwoofer, command start, etc. 668-7382 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

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1994 MITSUBISHI Gallant, new trans, P/W, P/L, sunroof, Alpine stereo, winter/summer tires on rims, good cond, $1,800 obo. 336-3570 1992 SENTRA classic, selling for parts, good motor, trans, new tires, good battery, interior in exc cond, will deliver, $300. 821-2938

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1989 TOYOTA Corolla, runs, $1,000 obo. 668-7987

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VINTAGE 1985 Citation II, restored with low kms, $1,400 obo. 668-3243

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2012 4X4 Toyota Tacoma, access cab, 4-cyl standard, new snow tires, good cond, $23,000 obo. 633-3347 2011 DODGE 1500 quad cab, short box, 4X4, fully loaded, sunroof, trailer pkg, box cover, factory warranty, offers or will consider older mini-van as part trade. 456-2043 or 333-0403


• Downtown area, 2 yr old, grey and white, female DSH very fluffy answers to Jewels, if found contact Patty @667-6994. (18/02/14) • mendenhall area, 3 month old puppy, female white and brown patches answers to Daisy, if found contact raymond @ 6687291. (22/02/14) • crestview area, 7 month old, DSH female black and grey with a little orange behind the ears , no collar answers to Skittles,

if you found contact marie@ 667-2024. (22/02/14)


• Granger, small grey/white female cat, DSH, no collar contact Hauff or Holly @ 668-3372 (10/02/2014) • cowley creek, medium, black and white akita and Husky, wearing a blue harness contact rebecca @ 403-891-4827 (14/02/14)


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) • 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, male, Golden retriever X, blonde (Kozik) • 4 yr old, neutered male, husky, black and white (rikki) • 7 weeks old, female, corgi X, black and brown (Pippa) • 7 weeks old, female, beardog collie X, black (molly)

2009 DODGE Caravan with stow and go seating, 134,000km, new all season tires, $12,000 obo. 333-0236 or 456-4112 2009 KIA Borrego, 4WD, 7 passenger, auto, new AT tires, tow hitch 5,000lb, full winter package, heated front seats, cruise, CD/MP3/USB/AUX/SAT, 4 wheel ABS, ESC, DBC, $17,500 obo. 333-9242 2008 GMC Sierra 4x4 2500 ext cab long box, great shape inside & out, $15,000 obo. 334-4923 2007 3500 Dodge Laramie diesel, low mileage, 2 sets tires on rims, winter studded and summer, $38,000 obo. 336-1701 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 2006 CHEV Equinox AWD, 168,000kms, fully loaded, AC, pwr windows, locks, seats, sunroof,  6 CD changer, new windshield, great cond, $8,400 obo. 334-7842 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

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• 7 weeks old, male, beardog collie X, black (Gil) • 7 weeks old, female, beardog collie X, black (Deema) • 7 weeks old, female, beardog collie X, black (oona) • 7 weeks old, male, beardog collie X, black and brown (Goby) • 7 weeks old, female, beardog collie X, black (nonny) • 7 weeks old, female, beardog collie X, black (Snail)

Hi! I’m Pippa! I’m new here to the shelter life, I came in with my sibling, so the staff here are still getting to know us. Once they know more information about us they will update. I’m in general now and I would love to meet new people.

• 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) • 2 yr old, DSH, brown spayed female (minou)

• 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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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 2004 DODGE 1500 4x4 Laramie, fully loaded with extras, 185,000km, $12,500, call or text 867-334-2846 2004 F250 Ford super duty 4door 4x4 XLT short box with bed liner gets 19 miles/gal ready for trailer hauling with electric brake, $11,900 obo. 456-4981 2003 CHEV Silverado 2500HD, Duramax diesel, crew cab 4X4, fully loaded, leather interior, heated leather seats & mirrors, exc cond, $13,900 obo. 332-8801 2003 CHEV Silverado, runs good, needs minor work, 2-wheel drive, open to reasonable offers or trades, 390-2313 2003 FORD Excursion XLT, V10 gas, exc running cond, seats 8, removable rear seat, rear split doors with hatchback, incl tow pkg, $8,500 obo. 667-7733 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

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

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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 1995 CHEVROLET 1500 4X4 c/w box liner, canopy, tow hitch, truck rack, new winter tires, two spare rims, well maintained. $4,500. 668-5701 1995 FORD F250 Econoline van, runs, needs windshield/battery, insulated, and 1994 Ford Aerostar, runs, needs TLC, must go, info 333-9358

2009 Yamaha Big Bear 250 ..........................................................$3,499 2009 Yamaha Wolverine 450 .......................................................$4,999

PLOW TRUCK 1989 Dodge Power Ram 4x4 short box single cab truck, Meyer hydraulic plow, $4,500. 334-1006


PLOW TRUCK, 1989 Dodge Power Ram 4x4, short box single cab truck, Meyer hydraulic plow, $4,500. 334-1006

2007 Yamaha Apex Gt 121" .........................................................$5,999 2008 Yamaha Phazer Mtx 144" Timbersled Suspension ..........$6,499 2009 Yamaha Nytro Rtx Se 121" Sno X Edition 1275km ...........$7,999 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 Yamaha R6 Canadian Edition .............................................$7,999 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1100 ........................................$8,999 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.

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

2001 GMC Jimmy SLS, 4.3L, V6 auto 4X4, auto start, overall great cond, low kms, $3,000 obo. 668-4315

2008 Honda Shadow 750..............................................................$4,999


2005 FORD E350 Cube Van, Turbo Diesel, 16', 125,000 km, well maintained, excellent condition, priced to sell, $9,900 + GST, firm. 335-5237

2001 CHEVY Ventura van, power sliding door, 4 individual seats & rear bench, 144,000kms, $3,500. 633-2346

2012 Yamaha Nytro Xtx 144" Speed Racer Edition ...................$9,999


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

2002 F250 Lariat, ext cab long box 4x4, 225,000km, tow package, camper package, leather, $7,900 obo. 668-5882


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DODGE CUMMINS parts, turbo, intercooler, fresh air intake. 633-6502

2010 DODGE 3500 dually, all options incl DVD entertainment centre, rear heated seats, B&M gooseneck hitch, only 29,000kms, replacement cost $88,000 + GST, asking $57,750. 334-4206

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



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Auto Parts & Accessories TRUCK CANOPIES - in stock * new Dodge long/short box * new GM long/short box * new Ford long/short box Hi-Rise & Cab Hi - several in stock View at 393-8100 FULL SIZE truck bed liner, fits 1974-1996 Ford, $200. 633-2580 GOODYEAR NORDIC 4 non-studded 15” winter tires/steel wheels, Chev/Buick 5-bolt pattern, approx 70% tread remains, $375. 821-6011 WANTED: 15" Volkswagen rims with studded winter tires, $100-$200 range. 334-6087 TRUCK TOPPER/CANOPY, heavy duty, side sliding windows with screens, front sliding window, back window with lock, 98"x72"x22", dark red, $650 obo. 660-4646 4 M O T O M A S T E R all terrain tires, 225/75R16, studded, 3,000km, 4 steel wheels (rims), 5 lug bolt pattern, 4.5" or 114.3mm, fits on Jeeps and many others, $650. 660-4646 2 SETS summer tires, Goodyear Wrangler, P275/65R18, 1 set new, other set used 1 season, $700 & $500. Pat 332-3438

QUAD TIRES, 2 tires 25x8-12, 2 tires 25x12-10, $350 for all. 633-6502


KTM OWNERS: new WP rear PDS shock spring, #69N/mm, $100. 334-4477

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

KIDʼS SNOWMOBILE Arctic Cat Snowpro 120, bought new 14 months ago, $2,200. 334-1006


2013 550 F Expedition, 2,000 miles, $7,000 obo. 335-0164 2003 SKI-DOO Summit 550 fan w/reverse, $3,500. 660-5660 WANTED: OLD double-track skidoos, running or not, phone 668-2332 KINGCAT 900, lots of extras, lots of power, fox shocks all around, low kms, ready to rock, $4,500. 390-2313

PROFESSIONAL BOAT REPAIR Fiberglass Supplies Marine Accessories FAR NORTH FIBERGLASS 49D MacDonald Rd Whitehorse, Yukon 393-2467 21ʼ CAMPION Fishing Machine 210, walk around with cuddy, 225 Merc outboard on transom, GPS, fish finder, marine radio, 2 live wells, trailer, $11,000. 333-0740 or 333-0745

2001 MOUNTAIN Cat 800, 3,100 miles, very good cond, $2,100. 333-0564

2002 16.25ʼ Harbour Craft boat & trailer, 50 HP Johnson & 9.9 hp Yamaha, down rig, new winch, life jackets, exc cond, $14,000. 334-8912 lv msg

TO GOOD home, hamster & accessories, $15. 633-4391

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

1980 24ʼ Sea Ray cabin cruiser, dual 170hp Mercruiser 470s, lots of recent work, 44 mph, very fun, $7,000. 333-0564

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/ RONʼS SMALL ENGINE SERVICES Repairs to Snowmobiles, Chainsaws, Lawnmowers, ATVʼs, Small industrial equipment. Light welding repairs available 867-332-2333 lv msg

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 2003 ARCTIC Cat Mountain Cat 600, $1,900. 633-2346 WANTED: LATE 60s or early 70s snowmobile, any condition, seeking Elan parts. 633-5480

1980 SKI-DOO Citation, runs well, good cloth on seat & rack, $500 obo. 393-3638 1999 POLARIS Sportsman quad, auto w/reverse, 4X4, new tires/battery/winch, high-low range, $3,300. 333-0239 2010 ARCTIC Cat M8 Sno Pro, low kms, $7,000. Trev @ 867-689-8738 SKIMMER, STAND behind style, box is 65”l; 21"w; 19"h, exc cond, $300. 821-6011 2001 POLARIS 800 RMK 151” track, black, low miles, exc cond, $2,700 obo. 334-4477 2007 BRP 400 Outlander quad, $4,000 obo. 336-1701 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 2010 KAWASAKI KLR 650 cc, 1,850 kms, on/off road, XL pants, jacket, helmet, saddle bags, exc cond, $5,400. 334-8912 lv msg

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

August 22, 1938 – February 25, 2014

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

Campers & Trailers 2002 10 1/2ʼ Frontier camper, $6,500 obo. 336-1701 TAITʼS TRAILERS Quality new and used Horse * Cargo * Equipment trailers For sale or rent Call Anytime 334-2194 Southern prices delivered to the Yukon

9 1/2ʼ fully loaded camper, $750 obo. 334-3822 WANTED: INEXPENSIVE, simple camper or wall tent. 336-2108 2007 30ʼ gooseneck tri-axle trailer, 7,000lb axles, trailer racks all around, trailer brakes, $10,500 obo. 334-9054 2006 STARLITE enlosed cargo trailer, 14ʼ inside, 6ʼ wide, man door & side, exc cond, $4,700. 334-8912 lv msg 4' X 8' utility trailer, 2" hitch receiver, small heavy duty trailer, $250 obo. 660-4646 SNOWBEAR UTILITY trailer, 4' x 8' deck, 2,090 lb axle, weighs 450 lbs, $1,150 obo. 660-4646 COLEMAN TENT trailer, spacious, bright, sleeps 7-8, king bed, queen bed, table to bed, couch to bed, 2 awnings, outdoor shower, indoor/outdoor cooking, toilet, $7,900 obo. 334-7842

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March 7th, 1933 – February 20th, 2014 It is with heavy hearts the family of Martha Buyck (Hagar) announce the passing of their mother, she went quietly in her sleep at the Whitehorse General hospital.

Terry Wilson Carlick July 26, 1982- February 29, 2004

Viewing will take place Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 from 7:00pm-9:00pm in Whitehorse at the Heritage North Funeral Home. The Funeral will take place at 2:00 PM in Mayo, Yukon on March 1st, 2014 2:00 PM at the Mayo Community Hall, reception to follow burial services.

Ten years after… When we gaze through the ten years we often wonder what life could have been. Your son TJ’s up and coming 10th birthday. Your sister Melissa completed her Masters Degree. Your Mom & Dad still keeping the home fires going.

Love you always.

Mom, Dad, Sister Melissa and Son Terence ( TJ)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Marius Murphy on Tuesday February 25, 2014 at Whitehorse General Hospital at the age of 75 years. Marius was born on August 22, 1938 in New Richmond, Quebec to James and Alexandra Murphy. Marius worked in the military for 3 years before coming to the Yukon in 1974. He was a truck driver and equipment operator for White Pass & Yukon Route until 1986 and retired with YTG in 2003, residing between Whitehorse and Faro during his life in Yukon. Marius’s passions were airplanes, driving, flying, boats, and fishing on one of his many favourite lakes, Fish Eye Lake. Marius is survived by his wife of 18 years Jovita Murphy, children Peter, Manon, Joanne, Alain, Shannon, Maribel, and Jeffrey, brothers Vernon and Ronnie, sisters Joyce and Marielle, grandchildren Tara, Erica, Derrik, Crystal, Michael, Christopher, Ashley, Tanya, Alicia, Michelle, Shawna, Shelby, Antonia, Morgan, Carl, JJ, Ino, and Ann. Marius is pre-deceased by his parents James and Alexandra Murphy.

A funeral service for Marius will be held Saturday March 8, 2014 Faro Catholic Apostle’s Church at 2pm Refreshments to follow the service at Sportsman’s Lounge in Faro, Yukon.

1970S KOEHRING hoe, 22 tons, 28ʼ reach, 1 1/3 yard bucket, 3304 Cat engine, $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

2008 SMALL dirt bike, 90cc, $350. 668-3243

Marius Joseph Murphy

8ʼX12ʼ DOUBLE wide quad trailer, seldom used, $2,800 obo. 336-1701

Heavy Equipment

18ʼ FREIGHTER canoe & trailer, 20 hp Johnson, exc cond, $3,200. 334-8912 lv msg

5 HUSKY puppies, 8 weeks old, 2 male, 3 female, $100 ea. 332-8945

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Marius’s family would like to say thank you to Dr. Danusia Kanachowski and Dr. Jonah Merek, and to all of the staff and nurses of Whitehorse General Hospital and Faro Health Center for the care you have provided Marius and his family members.

Ethel Johnston September 16, 1931- February 11, 2014 With great sadness we announce the passing of Ethel Johnston. Ethel was born on September 16th 1931 in Prince George BC. to Gladys Harbottle and Oliver Wilson. Ethel was a twin and grew up with many brothers and sisters. She spent her whole life in Whitehorse Yukon, where she married Ken Johnston (now deceased). They had 4 children, Bobby, Sandra, Kenny and Barbara. Ethel was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Royal Purple for many years. She was an avid gardener and could make anything grow. Ethel had an amazing connection to the earth. Ethel also loved to dance, laugh and help out where ever she could. Ethel is survived by her 2 daughters Sandra Washington and Barb Jewell, her 4 grandchildren Andrea Jones, Mike Albertini (Astra), Amanda Johnston and Robert Dawe, and her 5 great grand children Ryan Jones, Ashley Dewar and Tao, Gage and Kinsley Albertini A service will be held in the spring. The Family would like to thank the staff of Copper Ridge place for their unending care and support. Time has passed, the wheel has turned. It is time for me to move on . I will walk hand in hand with the Ancient Ones, and with my Ancestors that came before me. Let my Family and Friends Mourn my passing but not my loss, and let them heal knowing I will see them again. Time has passed, the wheel has turned. It is time for me to move on. (Mai)


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20ʼ SPRAY foam insulated car hauler/cargo trailer, would double as great tool trailer, $7,500. 334-4206 14ʼ SPRAY foam insulated cargo trailer, great tool trailer, has ramp door, $6,500. 334-4206 SWS TRAILER, 2 axles, 7000lbs, enclosed cargo mate, 20ʼlx81/2ʼwx7ʼh, barn doors, $10,895. 332-6116

Coming Events ATLIN - GLACIER VIEW CABINS “your quiet get away” Cozy self contained log cabins canoes, kayaks for rent Fax/Phone 250-651-7691 e-mail sidkatours@ GRANDPARENTS AND extended family: Having problems with access or custody? Contact Grandparents Rights Assoc. of Yukon, meetings as needed. 821-3821 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

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: 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. YUKON WHOLISTIC Health Network Annual General Meeting, 7:00pm, Wednesday, March 5, Whitehorse Public Library. Everyone welcome!  667-6030 for more info

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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 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 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,

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Phone: 867-667-6285 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2E4


12TH ANNUAL Disability Expo, March 12, 2014, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Center

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Action Circle. Letter writing to protect and promote human rights worldwide, Tuesday, March 25, Whitehorse United Church (upstairs) 7:00pm-9:00pm.   Call 667-2389

THE STRENGTH of Silence retreat Sat. Mar. 1, 10am-3pm, lunch provided. Quiet time for reading/writing. Whitehorse United Church, 667-2989. Free.

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.

JAZZ IN the Hall featuring the Jazz Kids. Thurs, Mar 6, 7:00pm cabaret, Old Fire Hall. Tix $5 at the door "YUKONERS CONCERNED" will present a 45 min science-based power point presentation on the consequences of fracking at the Carmacks Recreation Centre (upstairs) Thursday Mar. 6 at 7:00pm ELIJAH SMITH School Council regular Council meeting, March 4, 2014 at 6:30pm, School Library. Everyone is welcome DOCUMENTARY FILM Yukon Parle Français, March 5, Old Fire Hall, 7:30 pm. This tells the story of Francophones who fell in love with Yukon and decided to settle. In French, free

YK-AK COFFEE House, Sat. Apr. 19, 2014. Open Stage By Invitation, bring potluck 4:30PM, help set-up 5:30PM, 7:00PM show! $5 United Church Bsmt, 6th+Main, 633-4255

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

BLACK HISTORY Month event, Friday, February 28th, 2014 from 5pm-8pm, Asian Central & Restaurant (near Quizno's Sub) Free Admission, Contact Leonard Boniface YACA@YACA.YK.NET

CRESTVIEW CROSS-COUNTRY ski group meets Sundays at 12:00 noon to ski Pine Forest Loop, 2-3 hours, free

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:

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

EVEREST NIGHT, dinner and slideshows of Himalayas, April 10, United Church basement 6:00pm, tickets for sale March 10 at Well-Read Books, Fundraising Event for Hands of Hope, 668-7082

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

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

LEARN ENGLISH free! Classes every Friday at 7.00pm. Call 335-5443 for info

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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

INTERESTED IN a Yukon car club with shows, cruise nights, road track, drag strip? Meeting Wed March 5 6:30pm, #7 Chadburn Cres. Kulan industrial (Quantum Machine) More info :

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:

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YUKON CONSERVATION Society AGM, Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 5:30pm. 302 Hawkins St. 668-5678 for more info

THE HOURS That Remain, by Keith Barker, inspired by The Highway of Tears, directed by David Storch, March 5-8, YAC, 393-2676,

CHILKOOT TRAIL/LOG Cabin: Non-Motorized Weekends: Feb 7-9 & Feb 28-Mar 2. Other weekends & weekdays: Multi-Use. For info: 867-667-3910

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FREE WIGS, hats and head coverings for people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. For more information email:

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)

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

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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

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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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

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

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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

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F.H. COLLINS School Council regular meeting, 6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the fine dining room at the school. Everyone welcome COFFEE HOUSE! Sat. March.1, 2014. Featuring: Blue Creek + the Open Stage! Help set up 6PM, open stage sign-up 7PM, 730PM show! $5 United Church Bsmt, 6th+Main, 633-4255 JACK HULLAND School Council, regular Council meeting, March 5, 2014, 7:00pm, School Library. Everyone is welcome HABITAT FOR Humanity Yukon will be holding its AGM March 29, 2014, at the Whitehorse Public Library at 1:00 p.m. Everyone welcome!

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WHITEHORSE: AN illustrated history. Slide Show & Talk with authors Monday, March 10, 7:00pm, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Multipurpose room, free! KDCC & Yukon Public Libraries

Services 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 TITAN DRYWALL Taping & Textured Ceilings 27 years experience Residential or Commercial No job too small Call Dave 336-3865 Licensed and Professional Automotive Repairs 20-year Journeyman Mechanic Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm Call Brian Berg 867-633-6597


Now 2 locations: Porter Creek & Kulan. Onsite & offsite steel containers available for rent or sale.

Phone 633-2594 Fax 633-3915


60 Below Snow Management Commercial & Residential

Snow Removal (867) 336-3570

Parking Lots, Sidewalks, Rooftops and Sanding

Bookkeeper Taking new clients 393-3201 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 LOG CABINS: Professional Scribe Fit log buildings at affordable rates. Contact: PF Watson, Box 40187, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 6M9 668-3632 PASCAL PAINTING CONTRACTOR PASCAL AND REGINE Residential - Commercial Ceilings, Walls Textures, Floors Spray work Excellent quality workmanship Free estimates 633-6368 HOUSEKEEPING/HOME BAKING PREPARATORY COOKING Do you need more time to relax at home? If you need extra hands to vacuum, bake cookies or peel potatoes, call 668-6835 Over 10 years experience 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 SUBARU GURU Fix•Buy•Sell Used Subarus 30 year Journeyman Mechanic Towing available Mario 333-4585

PUbLIC TENDER SERVICING OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS YUKON HOUSING UNITS VARIOUS LOCATIONS, YUKON Project Description: Provide annual maintenance and inspections. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. If documents are available they may be obtained from Yukon Housing Corporation, 410 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, Yukon. Technical questions may be directed to Ted James at 867-334-4401. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:


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Friday, February 28, 2014 SHARPENING SERVICES. For all your sharpening needs - quality sharpening, fair price & good service. At corner of 6th & Strickland. 667-2988 ELECTRICIAN FOR all your jobs Large or small Licensed Electrician Call MACK N MACK ELECTRIC for a competitive quote! 867-332-7879


SNOW CLEARING/REMOVAL Sidewalks, Driveways, Parking lots, Compounds Private and Commercial Properties Fast and reliable service Aurora Toolcat Services 867-334-8447 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 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

Project Description: Operation and maintenance of the Upper Liard Solid Waste Facility. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 13, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location. Documents may be obtained from the Procurement Support Centre, Department of Highways and Public Works, Suite 101 - 104 Elliott Street, Whitehorse, Yukon (867) 667-5385. Technical questions may be directed to Rob Anderson at (867) 456-6542. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:





Project Description: Provision of psychiatric services to inmates at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre (WCC). Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 19, 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 Valerie Mosser at (867) 455-2906. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Project Description: Technical services including engineering and policy advice to the Oil and Gas Resources branch for 2014, 2015, and 2016. 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 Kyle Rolling at 867-667-3565. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:


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Project Description: Provide testing, inspection and maintenance services to sprinkler and backflow systems

Project Description: To provide testing, inspection and certification services to Fire Alarm Systems and Emergency Lighting

Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location.

Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 12, 2014. Please refer to the procurement documents for the closing time and location.

If documents are available they may be obtained from Yukon Housing Corporation, 410 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, Yukon. Technical questions may be directed to Ted James at 867-334-4401.

If documents are available they may be obtained from Yukon Housing Corporation, 410 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, Yukon. Technical questions may be directed to Ted James at 867-334-4401.

The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted.

The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted.

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2014 OGILVIE STREET WEST RECONSTRUCTION UNDERGROUND UTILITIES AND SURFACE WORKS TENDERS will be received at the office of the Manager of Financial Services at City Hall, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1C2 by 4:00:00 PM local time on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Tenders must have the seal of the Tenderer affixed and submitted in an envelope clearly marked "TENDER FOR THE 2014 OGILVIE STREET WEST RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT UNDERGROUND UTILITIES AND SURFACE WORKS". The tender form will detail the actual estimated quantities. However, for general information the project consists of: 1100 m2 750 lm 7250 m2 7300 m2 1350 lm 600 lm 400 lm 350 lm 15,500 m3 14,000 m3

Concrete Sidewalk Barrier and Rolled Curb Asphalt Surfacing Granular Base Crush Gravel Trenching and Backfilling Water Main (Various Sizes) Sanitary Sewer Main (Various Sizes) Storm Sewer Main (Various Sizes) Sub-Excavation Imported Pit Run

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Yukon Water Board – Application Notice Yukon Water Board – Application Notice Office des eaux du Yukon – Avis de demande

Office des eaux du Yukon – Avis de demande

Application Number Numéro de la demande

PM10-002-1 QZ10-042-1

Applicant/Licensee Demandeur/Titulaire

Brad Mackinnon Selwyn Chihong (Advertising Extension)

Deadline for Comments 4:00pm Date limite pour commentaires, avant 16 h

Water Source Location Point d’eau/Lieu

Type of Undertaking Type d’entreprise

Ruby Creek

Placer Mining

March 25, 2014

Don Creek

Quartz Mining

March 10, 2014

Any person may submit comments or recommendations, in writing, by the deadline for notice. Applications are available for viewing on the Yukon Water Board’s online registry, WATERLINE at or in person at the Yukon Water Board office. For more information, contact the Yukon Water Board Secretariat at 867-456-3980.

Toute personne peut soumettre ses commentaires ou ses recommandations à l’Office avant la date limite indiquée sur le présent avis. Pour voir les demandes, consultez le registre en ligne WATERLINE au ou rendez-vous au bureau de l’Office des eaux du Yukon. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec le secrétariat de l’Office au 867-456-3980.

Miscellaneous, Hydrants, Valves, Fittings, Manholes, Catch Basins Tender documents may be obtained at City Hall, on or after 12:00 PM local time Monday, March 3, 2014. A $50.00 non-refundable tender fee will be required. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Tenders, or to accept the Tender which the City deems to be in its own best interest. Tenders submitted by Fax will not be considered. All enquiries to: Steven Bartsch, P.Eng. Associated Engineering 301-4109 4th Avenue Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1H6 Telephone: 867-456-2711 Email:

Dale Cebuliak, CET City of Whitehorse Eng. Svcs. 2121 Second Avenue Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1C2 Telephone: 867-668-8311

NORTHRIDGE BOBCAT SERVICES • Snow Plowing • Site Prep & Backfills • Driveways • Post Hole Augering • Light Land Clearing • General Bobcat Work Fast, Friendly Service 867-335-1106

REqUEsT fOR PROPOsAL ETHEL LAKE CAMPGROUND MAINTENANCE Project Description: For the operations and maintenance of the recreational facilities within Ethel Lake Campground including cleaning, restocking and light maintenance of the campground located 24km off the Klondike Highway at km 524. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 18, 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 Carrie Docken at (867) 993-6850. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

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

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





Project Description: 2014/15 Provision of catering services & maintenance of staff quarters at Ogilvie Camp, km 195.2,Dempster Highway, Yukon Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 17, 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 Val Bumstead at (867) 667-5147. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Project Description: 2014/15 Provision of catering services & maintenance of staff quarters at Klondike Camp, km 65.1, Dempster Highway, Yukon Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 21, 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 Val Bumstead at (867) 667-5147. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

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Friday, February 28, 2014 Recreational Powersports and Marine (RPM) Repairs Service, repair and installations for snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, chainsaws, marine and more Qualified and experienced mechanic Great rates 335-4181 Journeyman Plumber Available for residential and commercial repair, service and installation Prompt, professional, and guaranteed workmanship $50/hour until May 1st Call 335-6982

PubLIC TENDER WHITEHORSE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE - DENTAL SERVICES Project Description: Provision of basic dental services to inmates at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 19, 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 Valerie Mosser at (867) 455-2906. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:




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ELEMENTAL FARM Eat organic, fresh & local this summer! 15-week veggie box program (CSA) Free-range chickens & turkeys Must pre-order by April 1st Email for more information

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Project Description: Provide custodial services, cleaning supplies and equipment at 501 Taylor St, 205 Rogers St, White Pass Building, and Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre,in Whitehorse, Yukon, as per specifications, standards, and task schedules. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 26, 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 Ross Lindley at (867) 667-3175. Mandatory Site Visit on March 11, 2014, meeting at 501 Taylor Street at 10:00 a.m. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Project Description: Provide custodial services for the Core Library, Central Operations Complex, Forest Resources, and Emergency Response Centre, as per specifications and standards. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 24, 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 Ross Lindley at (867) 667-3175. Mandatory Site Visit on Wedesday, March 12, 2014, starting at 1 p.m. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Project Description: Provide custodial services for 113 Industrial Road, Beringia Interpretive Centre, Combined Services, and Whitehorse Weigh Station, as per specifications and standards. Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 24, 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 Ross Lindley at (867) 667-3175. Mandatory Site Visit on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 starting at 10 a.m. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

Project Description: Design, supply and build a solar heating system to reduce heating fuel costs at community swimming pool Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 21, 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 Mike O’Connor at (867) 667-3553. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. This tender is subject to Chapter Five of the Agreement on Internal Trade. View or download documents at:

Project Description: Design, supply and build a solar heating system to reduce heating fuel costs at community swimming pool Submissions must be clearly marked with the above project title. The closing date for submissions is March 21, 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 Mike O’Connor at (867) 667-3553. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. This tender is subject to Chapter Five of the Agreement on Internal Trade. View or download documents at:

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COMPLETE QUEEN-SIZE bedroom set, bed frame, head/foot board, mattress, box spring, dresser mirror, high boy dresser, 2 side tables, all solid wood, exc cond, 335-5388

FOUND: PAIR of prescription glasses near Subway (Liquor Store parking lot), purplish lenses, damaged arm. Contact Yukon News at 667-6285

ANTIQUE LIGHT oak hutch, newly refinished, new glass doors on upper half, 6ʼ wide, will sell top separately for $200 or entire unit for $1,200 obo. 633-6244

LOST: TWO gold rings, Monday, February 14. Reward offered, sentimental value. Call 456-7428

BEDROOM 667-7107

LOST: BLACK menʼs wallet at Supertore or Bigway Feb.22-23rd. Call 456-4246

COUCH & chair, brown w/wood trim, $300. 667-7107

Sports Equipment

2 BEIGE wingback recliners, stylish/cozty, $300 obo; never-used microstereo system $50 obo. Pick up only. Granger. 335-9693 or e-mail:

PAK CANOE, exc cond, used once, c/w custom made reinforced knee boards, folds up to lg duffel bag size, $1,850. 821-6011

HUTCH & end table, $75.

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

FRABIL ICE tent, new, $100. 335-0164 WANTED: MEN'S hockey helmet. 336-2108 WANTED: ELECTRIC bike. 393-1953 JIFFY 30 cc ice auger, two holes drilled, $350 obo. 633-6502

Livestock 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 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 HAY FOR SALE Square bales kept under a shelter Great quality, $12/bale. 633-4496

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

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

Furniture OFFICE CHAIR, brown, adjustable arms, back & seat, $100. 667-7107 BLACK ENTERTAINMENT centre, $40. 393-2630 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 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 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 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 FREE - kingsize box spring. 667-6616 SMALL BLACK desk/table, no drawers, great as a computer desk or extra table, $40. 334-2788 SINGLE BED, cherry wood head & foot board, with nearly new foam top mattress, $250. 668-4575 CHAIR WITH wooden arm rests, suitable as dining room chair or for desk, fabric seat, metal legs, $25. 334-2788 FREE: TEMPUR-PEDIC queen size box spring 633-6787

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION LAN ROOM COOLING - PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING The City of Whitehorse (the “City”) is inviting quotations from interested individuals or firms to provide materials, equipment and labour for the LAN Room Cooling Project located in the Public Safety Building. Interested bidders must submit quotations in writing enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Quotations for LAN Room Cooling” and addressed to the City of Whitehorse, Manager Financial Services, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1C2 before 3:00:00 PM Local Time, Thursday, March 13, 2014. Request for Quotation documents with complete specifications may be obtained by Proponents who are or will be authorized to conduct business in the City of Whitehorse, from the Office of the Manager of Finance at City Hall, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon on or after 12:00:00 PM local time Friday, February 28, 2014. Quotations will be "EVALUATED IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITY OF WHITEHORSE.” Quotations by facsimile WILL NOT be accepted and or considered. All inquiries regarding this Request for Quotation may be directed to the City’s Supervisor of Facility Maintenance at 668-8646 or 334-1129 between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday.

INVITATION TO TENDER TANDEM DRIVE ARTICULATED MOTOR GRADER The City of Whitehorse (the “City”) is inviting tenders in writing from bona fide proponents for the supply and delivery of one (1) each: Tandem Drive Articulated Motor Grader. Interested bidders must submit tenders in writing enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Tender for the Supply of Tandem Drive Articulated Motor Grader" and addressed to the City of Whitehorse, Manager Financial Services, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1C2 before 3:00:00 PM Local Time, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Tender documents with complete specifications may be obtained by Proponents who are or will be authorized to conduct business in the City of Whitehorse, from the Office of the Manager of Finance at City Hall, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon on or after 12:00:00 PM local time Friday, February 28, 2014.

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


February 10, 2014.

all persons having claims against the above-mentioned estate are requested to file the same, supported by Statutory Declaration, with the undersigned on or before march 28, 2014 after which date the said estate will be distributed having reference only to claims which have been so filed.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR YG’S PUBLIC WEBSITE 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 Satnam Gill at (867) 667-8693. The highest ranked or lowest priced submission may not necessarily be accepted. View or download documents at:

all persons indebted to the said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the Estate in care of the undersigned. By shannon Poelman C/o Lamarche Pearson attn: Christine hakim 505 Lambert street Whitehorse, Yt Y1a 1Z8 Phone: (867) 456-3300 fax: (867) 667-7665

Highways and Public Works


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The City of Whitehorse (the “City”) is inviting tenders in writing from bona fide proponents for the supply and delivery of one (1) each: One Tracked Excavator Interested bidders must submit tenders in writing enclosed in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Tender for the Supply of a One Tracked Excavator" and addressed to the City of Whitehorse, Manager Financial Services, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1C2 before 3:00:00 PM Local Time, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.


Tender documents with complete specifications may be obtained by Proponents who are or will be authorized to conduct business in the City of Whitehorse, from the Office of the Manager of Finance at City Hall, 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon on or after 12:00:00 PM local time Friday, February 28, 2014.



Tenders by facsimile WILL NOT be accepted and / or considered.

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All inquiries regarding this Invitation to Tender may be directed to the City’s Equipment Maintenance Supervisor at 867-668-8356 or 867-334-4256 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Thursday.


deceased, late of Whitehorse, in the Yukon territory, who died on

Tenders by facsimile WILL NOT be accepted and / or considered.

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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


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All inquiries regarding this Invitation to Tender may be directed to the City’s Equipment Maintenance Supervisor at 867-668-8356 or 867-334-4256 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Thursday.


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Yukon News, February 28, 2014  

February 28, 2014 edition of the Yukon News

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