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The Klondike Sun Wednesday, April 20, 2011 online

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New Hospital’s Construction Season Begins Story & photo By Dan Davidson With spring in the air in Dawson City, excavation and foundation work has begun on the new 24,000 square foot (2600 square metres) replacement for the aging Dawson City Health Care Centre. Designed by Stantec/Kobayashi Zedda Architects, the building will be constructed by Dowland Contracting Ltd. at a cost of $22.2 million, according to the Yukon Hospital Corporation. The complete cost for design, planning and start-up equipment is $28 million, which the YHC has borrowed from the banks. The new building will not only replace the existing facility, which was constructed in 1969 and has been upgraded many times since, but will add additional services. Continuing services will be community nursing, emergency medical services, remote video conferencing (tele-health) services, and space for a resident doctor’s clinic and retail pharmacy. There will also be spaces added for visiting specialists such as dentists, ophthalmologists, audiologists, language pathologists, and others, who currently have to work out of the Robert Service School, the Dawson Community Library, or other rental spaces when they visit town. The new building is intended to be able to handle cases from Pelly and Mayo as well as take overflow from Whitehorse General Hospital should the need arise. The YHC’s website lists the following benefits which will come to the North Yukon region and Dawson because of this project: - 24/7 acute health care in a brand new hospital - Less travel to Whitehorse and outside of the territory by having more comprehensive care in your community - More local options for palliative and respite care - New programs implemented closer to home such as First Na-

tions Health Programs, Dietician, Therapies, Lab/Xray Tech. Archeological work was completed on the site, which displaced a children’s playground that has been an extension of Minto Park for many years. Following that process the summer of 2010 was devoted to preparing the site and backfilling the pad. There has been much local concern about this project. It was not over the need for a replacement and upgrade, but over the location, a subject on which the government and the YHC refused to have any consultation. Among the concerns: - The loss of the children’s playground. This has since been replaced adjacent to the town’s swimming pool. - The presence of noisy events such as baseball tournaments and the Dawson City Music Festival right next to a hospital. YHC has indicated that the building has been designed to buffer the noise and that this will not pose a problem. - The contrast between this building and the Old Territorial Administration Building, one of Dawson’s most striking Gold Rush era structures. The town’s

Historic Advisory Committee has laboured with the architect to keep the new building sympathetic to the Fuller designed OTAB, home of the Dawson City Museum - The lack of appropriate parking on residential 6thAvenue, when the parking for the existing ce ntre is barely adequate of a wider street. Access to the new hospital and its parking will be from the lane behind the Museum. The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2012, with an opening date in that fall.

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TIAY Conference coming in May Whitehorse – Yukon tourism business owners, operators and industry leaders can expect to welcome an engaging slate of guest speakers at the 2011 TIA Yukon Spring Conference and AGM, to be held May 5 to 7 in Dawson City. This year’s conference agenda features two keynote speakers, including world-renowned eco-tourism entrepreneur John Caton. As Managing Director of the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort near Tofino, British Columbia, John will be sharing his expertise in offering sustainable 5-star wilderness vacations. “John is a force in Canada’s tourism industry, and one of its iconic characters” says Rod Taylor, Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon, “He has created a product that is recognized the world-over and enjoyed by the world’s most discerning clientele. His love of the Yukon and intense desire to see our industry flourish here will make for a compelling keynote address and workshop.”

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IN THIS ISSUE: Hospital & TIAY............ 1 DCAS gets Approval... 2 Foreign Workers . ....... 3 Uffish Thoughts.......4-5 Submissions.................. 5 Housing Situations..... 6 Yukon Queen II............. 7 Tourism Adventure.... 8 Privacy & Employment.... 9 Yukon Education...... 10 DCMF & Library........ 11

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DCAS Gets a Vote of Confidence Story & Photo By Dan Davidson If the “voice of the membership” section of an annual general meeting is the place on the agenda where concerned members bring up all the shortcomings and pitfalls that an organization has fallen into over the last year, the Dawson City Arts Society (DCAS) must be doing just fine. The meeting itself was well attended, with about 30 people in the ballroom at the Oddfellows Hall. The dreaded election of a new board was a relative breeze. In fact, two boards were filled, since the same meeting picked the membership for the ODD Gallery board. And when it came to the voice of the membership section, it was a bit like the chorus of the old western tune: “where seldom is heard a discouraging word.” “I’d like to congratulate the board and all the employees,” said John Steins, one of the people who helped to found DCAS in 1998. “It’s amazing how much

you offer the community.” Penny Soderlund, who spearheaded last month’s celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, commented on DCAS’s willingness to partner with other events and organizations, as did Glenda Bolt, the manager of the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. “When you’re programming,” said Bolt, “you don’t get to do what you’re programming. It’s sometimes hard to keep your enthusiasm going because you’re always serving others.” She complimented Tara Rudnickas and Jenna Roebuck, who do the legwork and implementation for the DCAS’s program arm, the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC). “These two have a knack of making things exciting and they just get better, never bitter.” Elaine Rohatensky, a newly elected member of the ODD Gallery board, was very enthusiastic. “It’s my first year in Dawson. What a wonderful thing to come to Dawson and have such a fabu-

lous organization and what it brings to the community at different levels. There’s something for everybody.” DCAS is a non-profit organization that has sheltered both KIAC and the ODD Gallery under its umbrella and provided the inspiration from which the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA, formerly the KIAC School of Visual Arts) was born. In 1998 it acquired and began the renovations that saved the Oddfellows Hall and turned it into KIAC’s headquarters. A few years later, the same process was used to transform the Old Liquor Store into SOVA. KIAC now oversees a yearly schedule that keeps spawning annual events: the Dawson International Short Film Festival, the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, the Youth Art Enrichment Program, Summer Youth Art Camp, the ODD Gallery, and the Gallery’s Natural and Manufactured project. During the last year there have been music lessons (guitar, piano and fiddle), a budding lo-

DCAS Board at AGM: Caili Steele, Rian Lougheed-Smith, Kit Hepburn, Gail Calder, Peter Menzies (president), Karen Dubois (Exec. Dir.), Tim Jones, Leslie Grant.

cal orchestra, dance classes, visual art for all ages, several film workshops, a 48 Hour Filmmaking Competition, a photography course, and the members’ art gallery. The building also plays host to music and drama performances, a winter bi-weekly film night and monthly community coffee houses from September through May. There is also the Artist in Residence program out of Mccaulay House, which is shared during one residency period with the Dawson City Music Festival to bring in a Songwriter in Residence. DCAS obtains 72% of its revenue (from a total of $691,380.56 in 2010) from Yukon government funding and hopes over the year ahead to raise more money on its own through a sponsorship drive. In particular, executive director, Karen Dubois, told the group that DCAS needs to raise an additional $25,000 in order to be able to provide salary in-


creases for its staff. “I’m happy to report that we actually have staff who have stayed on for three years. At two years they get an increment and after three they get a few more holidays. At four years they’ll get another pay increment. This is great except that we (the organization) aren’t getting any increase in our core funding, so we have to come up with the money to cover those increased costs ourselves.” Elections saw the following joining the ODD Gallery board: Michael Edwards, Jen Laliberte, Kit Hepburn, Eryn Foster, Evan Rensch, Dan Sokolowski, Rian Lougheed-Smith, Aubyn O’Grady, Evelyn Pollock and Elaine Rohatensky. The DCAS board now includes: Peter Menzies, Caili Steele, Rian Lougheed-Smith, Gail Calder, Kit Hepburn, Leslie Grant, Lulu Keating and Emma Tius. There is one vacancy still to be filled and the executive positions have yet to be assigned.




Canada and Yukon sign agreement TIAY Conference coming in May on Temporary Foreign Workers Whitehorse - The Governments of Canada and Yukon have signed an agreement that gives Yukon a role in managing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program within the Territory. Senator Daniel Lang made the announcement in late February with Patrick Rouble, Yukon Minister of Education and Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. Senator Lang spoke on behalf of Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “The Government of Yukon has a role to play in protecting temporary foreign workers from exploitation and in identifying how immigration can help address gaps in its labour market,” said Senator Lang. “This agreement formally recognizes these roles.” The agreement will improve the responsiveness of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program by providing Yukon with

a greater role in helping these workers come to Canada. The Government of Yukon will be able to recommend the entry of some temporary foreign workers without requiring a Service Canada assessment of whether there are Canadians or permanent residents available to fill the vacant positions. Such exemptions will be determined according to criteria to be set by the territorial government, in line with its economic plans and priorities. “This agreement provides one more tool for Yukon’s labour market stakeholders to address Yukon’s labour market opportunities, both now and into the future,” said Minister Rouble. “Our first priority is to work with underrepresented groups in Yukon to meet labour force demands and turn to temporary foreign workers when the need arises.” “Today marks an important step in making the Temporary Foreign Worker Program more responsive to Yukon’s par-

ticular labour needs. Meeting those needs translates into more opportunities for all Yukon residents,” the Senator added. The agreement provides a framework for closer cooperation between the two levels of government to better educate employers and potential workers about their rights and responsibilities. A number of innovative pilot initiatives are also planned as part of the agreement. These initiatives are designed to respond to region-specific issues concerning temporary foreign workers, and are aligned with the economic and social development priorities of Yukon. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is driven by employer demand and aimed at filling identified labour shortages where no suitable Canadian workers or permanent residents are available.

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Featured on the must-stay lists of Forbes, Condé Nast and National Geographic, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers vacations of a lifetime, while conserving the land and helping British Columbia’s tourism industry become a world leader in sustainability. John’s career path included real estate, gentleman farmer and music mogul, before he and his wife Adele began planning for a luxury eco-tourism destination. After meeting entrepreneur Richard Genovese, who had his own dream for an eco-resort, the Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge was born. John is excited to return to the Yukon for the TIA Yukon conference where he will introduce us to a world few have the privilege to experience, and speak to our potential here in the territory. TIA Yukon’s ability to attract keynote speaker John Caton is made possible through strategic partnerships with industry sponsors including Northwestel and Air North, Yukon’s Airline. “We are very pleased to once again sponsor the TIA Yukon Conference keynote address,” said Anne Kennedy, Northwestel Director Communications “TIAY has arranged for a dynamic keynote speaker who is well-respected in the tourism industry. John Caton will undoubtedly present some stimulating ideas to this year’s conference attendees. As an industry leader, his insights into business, particularly tourism in Yukon, should be very interesting to hear.” In addition to networking opportunities, the 3 day 2011 TIA Yukon Spring Conference will host the Annual General Meeting the Yukon Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala, as well as interactive workshops and panels to explore industry sustainability, best practices, and innovative product development.




Opinions in the Sun

Uffish Thoughts: Shining a Light on the Klondike Sun By Dan Davidson The dozen or so people who started the Klondike Sun back in 1989 were in our final planning stages about this time 22 years ago. We had it in mind that we would become the public history of the community and a more permanent and lasting record of current events than what existed at the time. The good ladies of the Nutty Club had wearied of producing the Klondike Korner and were happy to turn their mailing list over to us. We set up shop in the back rooms of Sunset Hall, the seniors club that used to be beside Macdonald Lodge, and began working. We had thought to be a 16 page paper coming out once a month. We never got there. It was always 24 pages or larger and there was pressure from the beginning to come out more often. We had support from the half dozen stores which distribute the paper for a small percentage return to them on the cover price. Eventually we had the support of the City of Dawson, which rented us the space from which we have been working for the

last nearly 20 years now. To clear up any misunderstandings, we do pay rent on this space and are not supported by the City in any way other than through the advertising they buy from us. The same is true of the advertising from the territorial and federal governments. Government advertising of some sort makes up the bulk of our ad revenue. We had always hoped to be a sort of business directory for the town, but most businesses prefer to spend their advertising dollars on magazines with wider circulation. If that changed, we could afford to hire more staff for longer hours at better pay and come out weekly. There is easily enough going on in the town to make a 16 page weekly paper viable, but the advertising is not there. We are also the home for a number of community organizations that promote their efforts though the free column space that we offer, though we do ask them to pay for their advertising. We currently have a smaller board, largely composed now of people who are young enough

to have been my students during my teaching career. Of the original board members Palma Berger still serves as a volunteer and I still act as editor, a task I shared with Kathy Gates for the first several years. Our current board consists of Miles Kenyon, Megan Graham, Florian Boulais and Aubyn O’Grady. If you look at other boards around town, you will see some of these names repeated a number of times. These are people who are willing to invest time in a worthy cause. Palma is an honorary director. We started last year with two additional members, but Allie Winton is out of town studying, and Tara Borin has recently withdrawn to deal with the important matter of becoming a mother. Both have said they consider themselves to be on leave and both still contribute as volunteers. Palma works with former board members Colleen Smith and Judith Blackburn-Johnson to manage our subscription list of about 145. Barb Hanulik (usually known here as the Bandit) was a stalwart at this job until she had to withdraw for health reasons. She says she’s coming

back after her hip replacement surgery. Perennial winter resident Karen MacKay does our local distribution deliveries during the months she lives here. Evan Rensch is our current office and advertising manager. Karen McIntyre’s It Figures Bookkeeping handles our financial affairs. Board member Florian Boulais provides our technical support and John Steins maintains and posts the back issues on our website. A number of grants from YTG have enabled us to digitally scan our first seven years of back issues, and these are in the process of being posted to our website, and another front page from this project can be found in this issue. We don’t set the local agendas, but we try to keep people informed as to what they are. We have an AGM coming up sometime in June. Think about joining us. It’s a bit of work sometimes, but it’s very rewarding. Note: This is a slightly amended version of the report I presented to the second Partnership Forum of the Klondike Development Organization on April 15, 2011.

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Victims of Crime Act proclaimed

WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon proclaimed its new victims of crime legislation on April 8. The Victims of Crime Act was assented to in the Yukon Legislative Assembly and the regulations were established in March 2010. “Proclaiming the Victims of Crime Act is an important step towards implementing the government’s Victims of Crime Strategy,” Horne said. “This legislation is critical to ensuring that victims are treated with courtesy, compassion and respect.” The new act contains a victims’ bill of rights which affirms a victim’s right to information and consideration during the justice process. The act also establishes the duties of the victim services director to provide services to victims of crime. Creating new legislation was one of the options presented in the Victims of Crime Strategy, strategy, which was released in August, 2009. The strategy also lays out the framework for improving services to victims in the communities and increasing government partnerships with First Nations and non-government organizations.

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Council’s job is to protect its residents Ed. note: This is a letter to Dawson City Mayor Peter Jenkins and town council. Re. Slinky Mine development permit. I refer to the (attached) letter from the Yukon government’s community services branch dated Jan. 12, 2011, confirming the government’s position that a development permit is required for mining activities within municipal boundaries. In addition is the recently issued Department of Energy, Mines and Resources guidance sheet for “Quartz Mining Land Use Application Process Within Municipal Boundaries”. It also advises proponents to “acquire advice or direction on municipal development permitting requirements” and to “ensure that the municipal planning office is aware of the land use activities that are proposed even if you do not require a mining land use authorization from the government.” This has a number of implications for the City of Dawson and the issuance of a conditional municipal development permit for the Slinky Mine project. Firstly, I’d appreciate confirmation from council that a development permit is required for any mining activity within municipal boundaries. There seemed to be some uncertainty within council stemming from comments indicating that “mining could go ahead without a development permit” and council’s “hands are tied” on the matter. The government’s letter is unequivocal in its intent. This

should be the position adopted by the City of Dawson, notwithstanding the intricacies of legally non-conforming uses in this situation. Secondly, I appreciate the work council undertook to ensure conditions could be included in the development permit issued to the Slinky Mine. However, these were apparently constrained by a notion that these conditions could not be more stringent than those normally required by the Yukon government or previous City of Dawson permits. Thus, these were restricted to protection of municipal infrastructure, and failed to address concerns regarding residents’ safety and quality of life. Given that the government acknowledges the rights of a municipality to issue development permits, and the conditions therein, I appeal council’s decision to limit conditions and request that council review the existing permit. I also seek assurances that council will add further and more stringent conditions as suggested by residents during the development permit appeal process. I’m sure residents will be willing to provide further input to assist council to help reduce the adverse impacts of mining. During previous meetings, council advised that legal action was being taken against Mr. Carey in relation to infringements on a right-of-way, among others. Can council update residents on this case? If it has not been resolved, then why does council feel it appropriate to issue

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a development permit while taking legal action against the proponent? It does seem absurd to allow an individual to mine while council is actively pursuing legal action against him for prohibited activities at the same location. I believe council has the right to rescind and withhold the development permit until the matter is legally resolved, and I appeal to council to do so at the earliest opportunity. A major issue with the current process of free-entry staking is that there is no need for prior consultation with any level of government, municipalities or residents, nor compensation, when acquiring mineral rights, irrespective of location and the number of claims. Nowhere in the process is there a point where local councils or public can question or review the staking. Given that mineral staking is a land-use based activity, there seems to be merit in requiring a development permit to enable staking to take place within municipal boundaries. This would require the thresholds in some local bylaws to be amended, but would provide the municipality and residents notice of intent to stake

and the opportunity to review these and further proposals at an early stage. Perhaps the simplest way, however, to currently curtail the adverse impacts of mining within municipalities is to simply remove vulnerable areas from staking. This is actively being pursued by the City of Whitehorse, and has been a topic of discussion at other locations. Ongoing negotiations with municipalities and residents and the Yukon government seem to indicate a willingness by the territory to reach an agreement on the issue. I urge council to enter into similar discussions to allow the City of Dawson to have areas exempted from mineral staking. The issue of mining within municipalities was brought to the attention of the Association of Yukon Communities. I’d be grateful for an update on the progress of those discussions and on any developments or action that has taken place. Finally, council did not have the appetite to pursue the legal argument of “intensification of use” in classifying the Slinky Mine proposal as a new use and thus no longer legally non-conforming.

Council was apparently split on this issue and decided not to seek further legal advice despite support for that option from at least two councillors. Given the recent upturn in the debate as a result of cases such as the Slinky Mine, and Spruce Hill and Mt. McIntyre in Whitehorse, I urge council to reconsider its position and revisit the relevant case law. Indeed, I wish to appeal to council to rescind the permit until it carries out a comprehensive review. There are more than reasonable grounds on which to withhold the development permit on this basis. The health and safety of residents and visitors will be put at great risk if the Slinky Mine proposal goes ahead. Council has a duty of care to protect residents as much as possible, and invoking the intensification of use argument eliminates threats to resident welfare. Tomorrow, residents (including myself) will be appearing as delegates at the City Of Dawson mayor and council meeting to raise some concerns and issues. Jim Taggart Dawson City

What to SEE and DO In Dawson Now

This free public service helps our readers find their way through the many activites all over town. Any small happening may need preparation and planning, so let us know in good time! To join this listing contact Tara Borin at

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) - Odd Gallery: Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 5 pm Sat noon - 5pm. Visit for current exhibitions and programming information. Dawson City International Short Film Festival - April 21-24, multiple locations. Check for more details. Dawson City Rec Department - Drop-in Badminton Mondays in the RSS Gymnasium Families from 6:15-7:15 p.m., Adults from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Fitness Classes Mon, Wed and Fri 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Ancillary Room. $2 drop-in fee or $25/6 weeks. For more information on these and other available programs, please contact the Rec Department, 993-2353 Dawson City Museum Theatre - Please see for upcoming show titles. Westminster Hotel - Barnacle Bob in the Tavern, Thurs. - Sat. nights, 4-8. In the lounge this month: Friday nights, the Greasy Band, Saturday nights featuring Harmonica George. Music starts at 10 p.m. Dawson City Chamber of Commerce - Regular meetings 2nd Wed. of each month. Dawson City Community Library - Open Mon - Fri, noon to 6:30. Conservation Klondike Society Depot Hours - Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed: 1-5 pm, Tues: 3-7 pm. Donations of refundables may be left on the deck during off hours. Info: 9936666 Good Friday and Easter Services at all the Churches - check for times. St. Paul’s Sale of Clothing: Tuesday Apr. 26, 2-5 PM and Sat. Apr. 30, 2-7 PM at the Richard Martin Chapel (next to the Thrift Store). Giant Yard Sale - TH Lot @ 10:30, Saturday April 30, a TH Singer’s Fundraiser. Spaghetti Dinner - TH Hall, April 30 - 50/50 draw, KMA Relay 4 Life Tea, Silent Auction. Contact Madeleine @ 993-7137.



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Bonanza Gold is Open for Locals who Need Break-up Refuge Story and photo By Dan Davidson The ice bridge hasn’t become unsafe yet, but there are slushy spots near the bank on the Dawson side of the Yukon River by late afternoon if the sun shines all day, so people who live in West Dawson, but work in town, are beginning to think about where they will live during the several weeks before and just after breakup, which came on April 30 last year. Some people stay with friends, and quite a few spend the time living in hotel rooms. One of these places is the Bo-

nanza Gold Motel, just on the far side of the Ogilvie Bridge that leads into town. Gail Hendley says the rumours circulating that her hotel doesn’t have rooms for this service this year are not accurate. They may stem from recent news reports that have suggested her hotel is completely booked by construction crews for the summer. “No. I told them I’ve got a lot of my rooms booked, but I’m saving the main building for visitors and tourists and locals. So I’ve got 15 rooms that are not going to be booked up by crews.

“The rest of them – they’re booked, I’m happy that they’re booked. I’ve got three or four locals in right now. I’ve even got one over in the east wing where there’s no water and sewer.” She’s heard and seen the rumour. “Somebody put it on Facebook and I heard all about it.” It may have been partly inspired by the fact that she put bookings on hold for about a week at one point while she figured out how to juggle the vari-

ous demands she was facing. “I had to figure out my registration. I was going nuts with all the people that were staying here, all the people that wanted to stay here, and the crew that had booked. “It took me, oh, a week, week and a half to get it all sorted out and then I started telling West Dawsonites, whenever I saw them, that I have some rooms.” “I still have four or five rooms set aside for West Dawson, but I haven’t heard anything. I guess

that rumour really spread.” The hotel is designed so that parts of it can be shut down when they are not needed in the off-season, but this year she had a third of the west wing addition open all winter due to staking and exploration crews. “I finally had to open the rest of it because things were getting so desperate. “When people hear rumours they should not expect them to be 100% true.”

annually. Ryan pitched his concerns about the shrinking Dawson accommodation market to the local chamber of commerce last summer. Wood says it has grown more critical this year. In her letter to council she wrote: “Shawn and I estimate there will be approximately 100 employees working with our companies this summer. We may be one of the larger employers in Dawson this coming summer season. “Our biggest struggle is with finding accommodation for our staff when they arrive in Dawson and when they are working from town and on days off. “Dawson benefits when our guys come to town. Lots of times they don’t feel like cooking and even if they do, they go and buy groceries. They support the hardware store. They go to the Raven’s Nook and buy stuff. They spend a fair amount of money.” Interviewed on April 14, Wood noted that some of their

seasonal employees, young people for the most part, have found that they enjoy the Dawson lifestyle and have chosen to spend the winter here after the exploration season ended. The ten that did so had to face the problem of a lack of housing choices. “This young group of people brings lots of energy and ideas to a town looking to encourage a younger demographic to call Dawson home.” Wood said she and her husband have been trying to raise the level of concern on this issue since 2008, when Underworld Resources (now owned by Kinross) first began to look like a promising development. The exploration that led to these developments was carried out by Ryanwood, and Shawn Ryan has been much honoured by the Yukon and national mining community for his work during the last year. Accepting his awards, he has always been quick to share the glory with her.

Their proposal to council would require a zoning change to allow them to build one house, described in the application as a “24 foot by 40 foot” unit, to allow their employees to have a place to live, especially during the shoulder seasons in the spring and fall when tent dwelling can be unpleasant. Wood said that the summer problem has been growing annually since the closure of Tent City in 2005. “There was a big gap when that closed. I really hope that people are not being gouged due to lack of availability. It’s an issue which has now burst its bubble. It has been there and

everybody’s talked about it for a long time, but now it’s jumped the queue. There’s got to be infrastructure for young people who want to come in and want to make Dawson their home and be able to afford to do that at the same time. ” When the proposal first came to council on March 9, it was received very positively and the process to expedite a zoning amendment was approved in less than 15 minutes. The amendment received first reading on March 23. The public hearing required for a zoning amendment was held on April 19. Comments may still be accepted at City Offices.

Ryanwood Moves to House Employees in Dawson By Dan Davidson

As spring moves towards the beginning of the mining season, one company is already concerned about where it is gong to house some of its staff in Dawson during the times when they are not in the field. Shawn Ryan and Cathy Wood operate several companies in the Yukon and have land in the Callison Industrial Subdivision (on Raspberry Lane). They have an application before Dawson’s council for a zoning amendment to allow them to build some staff housing on their industrial lot. Ryan and Wood operate Ryanwood Exploration Inc., 44049 Yukon Inc. and Wildwood Exploration Inc. themselves and are in partnership with Isaac Fage in GroundTruth Exploration Inc. In the mid-1990s they began their business with two field assistants. More recently they have had 30 to 50 seasonal employees and about 20 working



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Difficulties see major hotel put up for sale By Justine Davidson in the Whitehorse Star on April 8, 2011 Continuing opposition to the Yukon Queen II tour boat and a disastrous season of washouts on the Taylor and Top of World highways last summer have prompted Westmark Hotels to put one of its local properties on the market. The Holland America Lineowned company is selling the Klondike Inn, one of two hotels it owns in the capital city, located at the corner of Second and Fourth avenues. Having come on the market in February, it is currently listed at $6.8 million, making it the most expensive piece of property currently listed in the territory. “Things are a little uncertain with the Yukon Queen, so that plays into it,” Stephen Leonard, Westmark’s vice-president, said Thursday of why his chain is selling the 99-room hotel. He was referring to the cruise the company operates on the Yukon River between Eagle, Alaska and Dawson City, which is a major draw for tourists. Holland America representatives have said in the past that the company would have to “reconsider” its Yukon operations if it couldn’t run the cruise. “And the highway washing out

last year really threw a wrench in our plans,” Leonard told the Star. Last summer, a series of washouts and highway closures on the road between Fairbanks, Eagle, and Dawson meant Holland America had to charter planes to take their tour guests from Alaska to the Klondike, a trip they would usually make by bus. Other travellers simply cancelled their plans. Leonard said the company lost “over a million dollars.” “We helped pay for Joe Sparling’s new 737, that’s for sure,” he added, referring to the president of Air North. As for the Yukon Queen II, it remains a hot-button issue. For years, the Yukon Environmental Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), the territory’s environmental screening agency, has been trying to come up with a decision on whether the high-powered catamaran is unduly harmful to the river ecosystem, and if so, how to mitigate the damage. “For several years, we’ve been trying to mitigate what the Dawson First Nations think we’re doing to the river,” Leonard said. “That’s been hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we have to ask ourselves, ‘Where is this going to stop?’” “I think the Yukon Queen has

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been a challenge for (Holland America),” Dee Enright, the Tourism Industry Association of Yukon’s vice-chair, said today “And while we appreciate YESAB’s need to assess these projects ... the process needs to be more efficient.” The Tr’ondek Hwech’in in Dawson has been one of the Yukon Queen’s most vigorous detractors. It claims the wake from the vessel is eroding the river bank, while the boat’s jets suck up and kill juvenile salmon. If that is the case, Holland America would need special permission to operate from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which regulates any activities causing the death of fish. In 2009, the First Nation accused Holland America of stalling the YESAB review so it could keep operating the vessel without the OK from Fisheries and Oceans. Holland America responded by saying that any delays were caused by YESAB’s Dawson of-

fice, which was unable to come to a conclusion on the file and passed it up to the board’s executive committee in early 2009. The second factor, Holland America said, was the fact the company was not even sure it would run the vessel in 2009 because of extensive flood damage in Eagle. Meanwhile, the tourism industry went so far as to say the loss of the Yukon Queen would be “catastrophic”. According to TIAY, Holland America accounts for a quarter of the visitors to the Yukon, who go on to spend an estimated $12 million a year Yukon-wide. The company employs the equivalent of 200 full-time employees, and pays almost $1 million a year in wages, Enright said. “And they spend about $11.5 million in promoting the Yukon,” Enright said. “... If that were to stop, it would definitely have an impact.” The potential sale of the

Klondike Inn should not be seen as evidence Holland America is pulling out of the Yukon, Leonard said. He noted the company is currently investing money in the Westmark Whitehorse, and said any money the company has ever made in the Yukon has gone directly to improving its properties here. Already, tour sales for the coming summer are higher than last year’s, Leonard said, and the Klondike Inn is booked until September, when a new owner could take possession. Under Holland America, the Klondike Inn is open from midMay to mid-September. It used to be open year-round, and once hosted one of the city’s most popular night spots for young people. Once the hotel is sold, Leonard said, Holland America would likely enter into negotiations with the new owner to continue housing its guests there through the summer months.



An Early Adventure in Yukon Tourism by Dan Davidson

Watching visitors to town wander about taking pictures of things which seem quite ordinary to those of us who live here is a reminder to us all that Dawson is a rather special place which still has a hold on the imaginations of people who come to see us in all seasons. It started early. Not counting the fact that most of the Gold Rush stampeders who tramped and sailed here in 1898 left with no more profit than the memories of their trip, we had tourists early on. In a book called Two Women in the Klondike: the story of a journey to the gold fields of Alaska (a common mistake in early accounts) Mary Hitchcock tells of the trip she made with her friend Edith Van Buren in the same year. Hitchcock was the widow of a naval officer and Van Buren was the great niece of the former US President Martin Van Buren. They had previously travelled together in China and Egypt, but their experience in the North was something quite different. In a spirit not unlike those modern travellers who arrive in their land yachts, complete with every modern convenience, the two embarked for the Klondike by boat, armed with good china, polished silver, walking sticks, matching hats, a movie projector that ran on gas, a circus tent, a gramophone, a Great Dane named Ivan, and the workings of a bowling alley. They set up residence in a full-sized circus tent in what would now be West Dawson, hired locals to act as servants and spent the summer holding court there, returning to the

south when winter approached. Hitchcock immediately set to recording their adventures in her book, which was published in 1899. Van Buren wrote a letter, published in the New York Times on February 19, 1899, to protest the satirical remarks in a New York Times review from February  5, 1899. The writer, one Harry Suydam, had poohpoohed the notion that there was any adventure in the two society ladies’ Klondike trek and had suggested they had taken a valet and a maid with them. Van Buren indicates that things may have been a bit more rustic than might be thought from the general descriptions of their journey that you can find these days on the Internet. “We lived in a tent,” she wrote, “without flooring, and with no beds but pine boughs. For a time we had a servant, but he caught the gold fever and went off to the mines.” While they arrived in Dawson on a barge, their departure was more in the spirit of the stampede. “We left Dawson,” Van Buren wrote, “after a heavy snow Sept. 23, and certainly no one could envy us our trip up to Lake Bennet, with no beds but a bit of canvas, no mattresses, blankets or pillows – no conveniences.” It was snowing at Bennett and the two society women went over the Chilkoot Pass along with a group of disappointed miners, “being afraid to be left behind.” There were, she wrote, no distinctions of social class on this hike. 
“We went along with the miners all the way, and I did not see one who was not able to take a bite and sup at the same table

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with us, and a bunk as we were obliged to spend the night at log cabins, thirty-six of us, men and women in the same room.” So, as I said at the beginning, Klondike tourism goes back a long way. As we approach the coming season, I’ll spend a few words on the history of the journey it’s taken since then. (This article originally appeared in What’s Up Yukon.)



Yukon Information and Privacy Commissioner Says Watch Out for Fraudulent Emails The Yukon Information and Privacy Commissioner is warning Yukoners to be extremely cautious about responding to emails that request personal or financial information. Tracy-Anne McPhee’s comments follow a massive data breach involving Epsilon, a marketing services company based in the U.S. Epsilon manages email databases for thousands of companies, including some based in Canada, and sends billions of emails per year. Companies whose databases have been breached include Air Miles, Marriott Hotels and Barclays Bank. Epsilon announced last Friday that it is investigating the breach of client data, which exposed customer names and email addresses. The breach could allow hackers to send highly-personalized emails to victims. Such emails look like a message from a legitimate retail, financial or government organization but they are not. The phony emails ask victims to provide or verify personal information such as credit card or banking information or a social insurance or PIN number. The information can be requested in the email itself, on a phony website that the victim is directed to, or via a phony “customer support” telephone number. If the victim provides or confirms this information, it can be used to steal their identity or money. “No legitimate business will ask you to provide this kind of personal or financial information by email,” said McPhee. “To avoid being victimized by this type of fraud, do not respond to an email, telephone call or voicemail message that asks you for personal information such as an online password, a debit or credit card number, or a PIN number. You should also avoid using the phone number provided until you first check if the number is legitimate.” More information on how to protect yourself from fraudulent emails and telephone calls is available at the website of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada: TipSheets/TSETFraud-eng.asp or by calling the office of the Yukon Information and Privacy Commissioner at 867-667-8468. The Yukon Information and Privacy Commissioner is an independent authority responsible to the Legislative Assembly. Her role is set out in the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (ATIPP) Act, which has the dual purposes of making public bodies more accountable to the public and protecting personal privacy. Under the terms of the Act, the Commissioner provides oversight and is responsible for monitoring how the Act is administered to ensure that its purposes are achieved. Her role as access/privacy regulator mandates her to conduct reviews, investigate complaints and comment on the access and privacy implications of proposed legislative schemes or government programs.

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Measuring the Worth of the Fraser Reports By Dan Davidson Anyone who wants to know the worth of the Fraser Institute’s pronouncements on the Yukon’s education system should begin by looking at the organization’s statement of purpose, easily found on its website: “The Fraser Institute measures and studies the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on individuals and society.” Just look at the phrasing and understand the tone of their thinking. Its motto, posted next to its name: “A free and prosperous world through choice, markets and responsibility.” Read further and you basically learn that the institute believes that the free market, those wonderful people who brought us the recession of 2008, and are ultimately responsible for all those Canada’s Economic Action Plan signs that now litter the landscape, can do no wrong. Conversely, almost anything that a government agency can do, unless it is somehow in support of private enterprise, can-

not possibly be done right. So it should not come as a surprise to anyone that the institute would love the Yukon government’s position on natural resource exploitation while at the same time continuing to hack away at the territory’s public school system. When it comes to education, the institute is all about freedom of choice and letting the market rule. In other words, it loves private schools and charter schools, the latter being a quasi-private innovation that still allows the school to tap government funding for its endeavors. The purpose of the institute’s annual reports on education is simply to advance the notion that public schooling is bad and private or charter schools are better. Since both of the latter institutions get to chose who their students are, and are generally supported by parents who value education highly, it should come as no surprise that they get better results than the public schools, who are required to deal with everyone. “Everyone” includes a good many people who value educa-

tion, but it also includes those who do not, or whose families continue to suffer the generational trauma of the residential school system. In my own three decades as a teacher it was a simple observation to see that I had my best outcomes with students who came from families where education was a valued priority rather than a negatively viewed obligation. In the legislature, opposition members would do well to remember that the Fraser Institute is not their friend. It may have handed them a stick with which to beat the government over the head this month, but if they were in power it would hand the same stick to the other party. As for the government in power, Minister Rouble would do well to cease the duck and cover routine that has been the Yukon Party’s response to bad news in this area ever since that other Fraser Report, the one delivered by the Auditor General in 2009. It has been some years since the Dept. of Education has done its own tracking report to find out what has happened to Yukon


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students as they make their way through the school system and beyond. Such a study would be a complex matter and would produce a result far more nuanced than the Auditor General’s simple statistical breakdown, which was based on how many Kindergarten students managed to walk across the stage at the end of Grade 12. To be realistic about this, one must then ask a number of questions. • How many students were held back one or more years but did eventually graduate? • How many were accelerated and graduated ahead of their original peers? • How many moved to other towns? • How many moved to other provinces, or even to other countries? • How do we massage the stats to deal with those we cannot track because of those moves, privacy legislation being what it is? • How many died (because this does happen)? • How many dropped out of school, but eventually went back for a GED upgrade and finally


took further training? After all these things have been taken into account, what is the final outcome? As far as I am aware, no one has done such a study. Until they do, we really don’t know much of anything definitive about how well Yukon schools are doing. On the other hand, I can look out at the world and see the number of my former students who are leading productive, fulfilling lives. I see some of them every day here in Dawson. Others stop for long conversations when I meet them in Whitehorse. Others have become Facebook friends decades later. I’m not saying there is no room for improvement in delivery and innovation in programs. I’m certainly not saying that something should not be done to make Robert Service School so attractive that parents will not be tempted to ship their children off to the Big City (noting that the Fraser Instritute is hardly kinder to the high schools there). I just don’t believe that the system which helped to nurture “my kids” can really be all that bad.




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Artist Profile: Coole & Downes

Artist Profile: Tim Hus

“I’ve been looking for 30 years for a young guy who’s proud to write songs about our country. I’d like to pass the torch to Tim Hus” - Stompin’ Tom Connors

Coole & Downes is the unlikely combination of two of Toronto’s most remarkable roots musicians. With the Foggy Hogtown Boys, the Crazy Strings houseband at the Silver Dollar, or on his own, Chris Coole has carved out a niche as Toronto’s best banjo player. But unlike most hotshot banjo dudes with incredibly deep repertoires, Coole’s also a remarkable, songwriter; his only solo album, Old Dog, is perhaps the most underrated roots release in Canada over the past few years, tasteful and deep. Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman on over 75 albums from artists such as Jenny Whiteley, Jim Cuddy, Sylvia Tyson, and Justin Rutledge. Simone Schmidt is the other half of Coole & Downes. Whereas Chris is a Toronto musical veteran, Simone is one of the scene’s brightest new flames, a true original. Her songwriting is uncompromising and penetrating. With her band, One Hundred Dollars, and solo, Simone writes heartbreaking, journalistic and hyper-specific story-songs about the things we don’t like to talk about. Her stage presence is beyond compelling – it’s confrontational. Punk rock posture and grit. But her voice and phrasing are pure country – like Loretta Lynn, like Tammy Wynette. In high school, Simone would show up late for her Thursday morning classes because she’d been out the night before watching High Lonesome Wednesdays at the Silver Dollar, with Chris Coole on banjos. These shows cemented her lifelong love of country, old-time, and bluegrass; in Simone, Coole found a remarkable new voice and a true appreciator of the genre. Although there are no duo recordings behind them, these are two of the most exciting musicians in Canada, and we’re excited to see what they do at this year’s DCMF!

Among other things, Tim Hus has made a living as a long-haul truck driver, a commercial fisherman, a sawyer, a well driller, and a tree planter. Now he makes a living by singing songs Canada across the country and around the world, but very little has changed; Hus still brings genuine respect, warmth, humility and professionalism to the job each day. Like long-time friend and collaborator Corb Lund, Tim Hus is part of the increasingly rare breed of traditional Canadian Country & Western singers. Not the Nashville-aping, CMT-minded, million-selling pop country on the radio, but a brand that is heard played live, in saloons and dive bars, at work camps and campfires. The sort that has to pass muster, live and in person, with real miners, haulers, brawlers, hard-livers. Tim tells these truly Canadian stories with grace and aplomb. The lineage of this tradition goes back to Stompin’ Tom Connors, and Tim’s got the Stomper’s approval, having spent the last summer as Tom’s tour opener in arenas and concert halls across the country. Unlike many, Tim’s Canada includes the North. He’s got the obligatory song about the Klondike gold rush, told from the perspective of a beleaguered stampeder, of course – but he’s also got a song about long-haul trucking up the Dempster. He’s kicked up dancefloor dust at Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks festival, and lit up dark Yukon saloons in January. Sometimes it’s hard, stuck way up here in the North, to feel like we’re part of the same Canada as our friends in Halifax, or Thunder Bay, or Grand Prairie. It takes songwriters like Tim Hus to connect us – to weave our stories together into a national tapestry.

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As part of “Yukon Writers’ Festival 2011”, the Dawson City Community Library is pleased to announce a reading/lecture entitled “An Ocean of Hope” by award-winning journalist and author ALANNA MITCHELL. This will be held Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:30 PM.   Alanna Mitchell is a journalist and author who writes about science and society.  Her latest book, “Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis”, won the Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in the U.S. and was short listed for Canada’s Lane Anderson Award for best science book.   She grew up in Saskatchewan and lives in Toronto.

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Mean max for March:      -7.5    Warmest 2011: +9.0 28+29th       Normal mean max:  -3.6   Extreme max: 11.1 1994 31st 
Mean min for March:      -26.6   Coldest  2011:  -42.0 3rd        Normal mean min: -20.2   Extreme min: -45.2 1987 05th Mean for March:  -17.1                                   Normal mean:   -11.9


Rain   0.0                     Rain normal     0.3mm           Extreme daily rain      4.4mm 1999 23rd Snow    2.6cm                   Snow normal     12.8cm          Extreme daily snow      12.0cm 1979 19th        1.4cm 16th 2011 Snow water equivalent 0.8mm Snow normal water equivalent 11.1mm Extreme precipitation 13.6mm 1988 16th Snow on ground end of March 2011 30cm   Normal snow on ground end of month 45cm Extreme snow depth March 131cm




Twenty Years Ago in the Sun

The Sun celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009 and we are re-printing our front pages from 20 years ago as a souvenir of our lively history. Back issues are being archived on our new website from 1989 to the present. Visit for research. This is a great resource for students, writers and historians, and also for prospective tourists with an interest in Dawson City’s life. The Sun has obtained funding in late 2009 from the City of Dawson, YTG’s Heritage Branch and the Community Development Fund to conserve and archive the early issues and make them available once again in the public domain.




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There is a wonderful legacy Of which I wish to tell About a beautiful lady That we loved so well Her strength lives within us And grows stronger each day Her honor still lingers Though her life has slipped away I miss the sound of her laughter And her stern lectures too! I miss hearing her say, “I love you” She fought a good battle Then gave up the fight To rest in the arms of Jesus What a beautiful sight In our hearts her memory Will always stay Nothing could ever take Her remembrance away

Forever in our hearts, John, Susan & family

Sara Tilley wasn’t a stranger to the North when she came to Dawson. Though she was born in St. John’s, where she now lives with her partner, Craig, and their cat, she spent most of her early childhood in rural and isolated communities in Newfoundland, Labrador and the Northwest Territories. Her first novel, Skin Room, is informed by her sense memories of what it was like to be one of the few white children in an Inuit village, though she was there several years longer, and had a much more pleasant experience than Teresa, the disturbed teenager of her novel. Dawson was different for her, however. “Oh yes, definitely. First of all, there’s no wind here, and there’s trees. I lived on the tundra so it was always windy, and that makes it so much colder. It was very barren. The landscape. The only thing here that’s reminded me of it, really, is walking on the river – that feeling of just white, going on forever. ‘This is a much bigger town. It feels like a full settlement, with everything contained within it.” She pays a lot of attention to physical surroundings. While the people and the plot of Skin Room are fictionalized, she says she wanted to make the landscape and the feel of Sanikiluaq as accurate as possible. She lived there quite happily between the ages of 7 and 11, whereas Teresa moves there when she is 11 and doesn’t make it intact through an entire year. The book fuses memories from Sanikiluaq and Nain, Labrador, where she lived before that. Characters have also been created from bits and pieces of people she knew and she agrees that no one is safe if they are in the sights of a writer. “Dawson has the feeling of a town in Newfoundland. There’s a very relaxed way that people and there’s a lot of eccentricity that’s just allowed to be. There’s no worries about how you want to live. You just do your thing.” She found that the variety of colours used on houses here – something you see a lot of in Newfoundland – made her feel at home. What also felt familiar about the place was the fact that it so resembles the photo research that she did in advance of her arrival. “I knew that would be the case, but it’s different being put in the reality of it. Those two things combined made it feel very familiar right away.” Her personal connection to Dawson is through her ancestor,

William, known as Duke, who arrived here in 1906, missing just about every opportunity to make his fortune, but eventually heading home with a lot of memories. She came across his cache of journals and letters in 2004 – some 200 pages in all - and spent a year sorting them out and establishing the chronology. They form the basis of the book she completed in first draft while she was here. She had about 100 pages when she arrived and she credits the residency with allowing her the focussed time to get the rest done. “I know I wouldn’t be that far along if I hadn’t been able to come to the residency. It’s been a really productive time. I haven’t gotten to do that in a long time. It’s been many years.“ In a sense this was a chunk of time for her, and she says that’s how she tends to handle the projects that aren’t connected with her regular work of running a theatre company and teaching clowning. She has written or co-written ten plays, is the Executive Director of Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador, and runs the She Said Yes! Theatre company. Leaving most of that on hold for three months is not something she can do very often and the Berton House residency provided that space in her life. In the last week of her time here she was already filling up her daybook and knew she would hit the ground running in St. John’s the morning after she got off the plane. Duke’s story poses challenges for her that she’s not sure she was ready for earlier. It will be different in tone and style from the two voices (an older and younger Teresa) in Skin Room. “This is so much different. It’s a male voice. It’s historical. His language and his voice are so

distinct. I was a little afraid to take it on. It felt like robbery in a way. I had to come to terms with that and make it my story, in a way. Not trying to tell the literal story of this person. It’s more of a fictional alternate history” As with Skin Room, Duke’s story is the story of a dysfunctional family and of an individual trying to work things out in that context. Tilley was a bit worried about that but has decided that the story and the people are sufficiently different that she’s not repeating herself So far she hasn’t changed the names of Duke and his brother or some of the people they meet. “I have to talk to my family about this and see what they think. I certainly couldn’t change Duke’s name because it’s so important to him as a character. It’s like this noble, sort of, title, but he doesn’t feel that way about himself at all. He feels misnamed. I think that’s key to how he operates in the world.” The main narrative of this novel will be a straight line from 1906 to 1913, when he left the North, but it will probably be broken into by flashbacks to when he was a child and reflections of the older man looking back on his youth. The book’s layout will be odd. Duke didn’t use a lot of punctuation in his own writing and she’s thinking the pages may look a bit like poetry. He uses space to punctuate. He crosses things out and changes his mind about a word or a phrase. She’s trying to reflect that. There’s no date for DUKE yet but she’s hoping to send it round to publishers sometime in the fall. Given the rave reviews and awards that she won for Skin Room, there should be lots of interest.




CFYT 106.9 FM Program Profiles In each issue of The Klondike Sun, we’ll be profiling programs on CFYT 106.9FM, Dawson’s community radio station. You can listen to CFYT on your FM radio, the DC TV Channel 11 Rolling Ads, and online at This issue, get to know Jenna Roebuck of Spires and Spindles Tim Jones and Megan Graham of Nuggets. Name of DJ: Jenna Roebuck Name of Show: Spires and Spindles Day and time the show airs: Saturdays, 2-3 pm On CFYT since: 2005 Description of your show: A fusion of minstrel-fresh beats, psychedelic dirges and feminine folk mewlings.

Genres of music typically played on your show: Renaissance Faire Folk. What are some of your current favourite artists: Lots of Peaking Lights, Deerhunter and Silverchair.

What are your top 5 “desert island” albums?: The Pentangle-The Pentangle, Arthur RussellWorld of Echo, Michael Hurley – Hi Fi Snock Uptown/ Armchair Boogie, Joni Mitchell-Blue, Townes Van Zandt - Flyin’ Shoes, Angels of Light- Everything is Good Here, Please Come Home, Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out , Fairport Convention- Liege and Leif, Six Organs of Admittance-School of the Flower, Dr. Dre- 2001, Nick Drake- Bryter Later, Zombies- Odyssey and Oracle, Grateful Dead- American Beauty, Beach Boys - Pet Sounds, Sonic Youth-Dirty, Big StarRadio City, Entrance-The Kingdom of Heaven Must be Taken by Storm What do you like best about being on CFYT?: To quote Alexandria from this season of ANTM: “What would I not like about it?”

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What has been your favourite on-air moment?: Consistently struggling awkwardly to navigate the airwaves. What do you do when you’re not on the air?: In my work as a French Duke, I mostly lie in hammocks and eat soft cheeses. Name of DJs: Tim and Megan Name of Show: Nuggets Day and time the show airs: Saturdays, 4-5pm On CFYT since: March 2010 Description of show: (Tim) An international duelling banjos. (Megan) An international duelling banjos. Genres of music typically played on your show: (Tim) Canadian alt country, grunge, indie rock. (Megan) Chillwave, oldies but goodies, dad rock, soul.

What are some of your current favourite albums?: The Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic, Destroyer – Kaputt, Cass McCombs – Wit’s End, B.A. Johnston – Stairway to Hamilton. (Megan) tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l , The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing, Colin Stetson - New History Warfare - Judges, Vol. 2. What are your top 5 “desert island” albums?: (Tim) Eric’s Trip – Love Tara, Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator), Herman Düne – Not on Top, Jon-Rae and the River – Knows What You Need, Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Tonight’s the Night. (Megan) Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic, Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food, Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest, Beach House – Teen Dream, Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

What do you like best about being on CFYT?: (Tim) Our regular callers – it’s nice to know that Dawson City pizza tastes better because of my musical choices. (Megan) I agree with Tim—CFYT listeners are the greatest!

What has been your favourite on-air moment?: (Tim) Jenny Omnichord teaching Megan how to play her bizarre instrument. (Megan) The time Fred Osson accidentally left his grocery list in the CFYT station and I read it on air, the time when Tim’s mom and my dad called in, the time I played Lady Gaga on our first show and Aaron Burnie and Ben Shore made fun of me about it in the General Store, the time we asked if anyone wanted a postcard when we went on vacation and Tim fielded a call from someone who he thought said her name was “Cupcake.” We addressed the postcard to Cupcake. What do you do when you’re not on the air?: (Tim) Yell at the Toronto Blue Jays on TV and carry sound equipment around town. (Megan) I am the Administrative Assistant at KIAC. I also eat buffalo chicken nuggets, watch old episodes of Home Improvement on CMT, and play oboe in the Dawson City Orchestra.

“The Spirit of Dawson” Thursday April 21th 6:00-7:00 7:00-8:00 8:00-10:00

Steve and Nathan - Sports Talk Radio Rosie and Capri - The Cat’s Meow Ben - Party Time Machine

Friday April 22th 1:00-3:00 3:00-5:00 5:00-6:00 6:00-8:00 8:00-9:00 9:00-10:00

Jay - The Theme Scheme John - On the John Tara - Tara’s show DJ Itunes Sonny Boy Williams - Rockin’ Blues Show Jim - Psychedelic

Saturday April 23th 10:00-12:00 12:00-2:00 2:00-3:00 3:00-4:00 4:00-5:00 5:00-7:00 7:00-9:00

Jason - Foxy’s Breakfast Aaron - True Colours Jenna - Spires and Spindles Freddie - The Howling Revivalists Hour Of Power Tim and Megan - Nuggets Chris - Southside City Swag Jen - The Cave of Spleen

Sunday April 24th 12:00-1:00 1:00-2:00 2:00-3:00 3:00-4:00 4:00-6:00 6:00-8:00 8:00-10:00 10:00-12:00

Mike - The City Mic CKLB - Ends of the Earth Julie - Francopen Kerry & Jackson - Yukon SOVA Radio Program Aubyn - Diff’rent Strokes Kit - Meat and Potatoes Ben and Brendan - The Kings of Dawson City Charles - Last Chance

Tune your dial to 106.9 FM or Cable Channel 11 (Rolling Ads) in Dawson City, or listen live over the internet at!


Hunter Gatherer By Allie Haydock

“The Big Salad…Dressing Debate” I have never understood why people buy pre-bottled salad dressings. I recognize that it’s easier and more convenient, but they are really gross. Having grown up in the time of “The Classic Salad” - romaine lettuce with tomato wedges, cucumber disks, maybe the odd sliced raw mushroom doused in Italian dressing (it still exists at bad restaurants and in developing countries), as an adult I have made assembling good and tasty salads a high priority in my daily cooking. Exciting combinations of vegetables, fruits, nuts and cheese can make a salad a complete meal in itself, which can be a nice change for lunch or a light dinner. Living as far north as we do it is amazing how much fresh produce is available, and without getting into GM foods and NAFTA, let us appreciate that we can eat fresh greens all year ‘round. Getting back to the dressings, it is so easy to make your own which only makes your food taste about a million times better and you’re not messing around with hydrogenated oils and preservatives and all the other hidden ingredients your body doesn’t want. Here are two dressing recipes that will keep refrigerated for 3 days and can be easily modified to reflect your personal tastes or what you happen to have on hand. Balsamic Vinaigrette 1/3 cup olive oil ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey 1 garlic clove, minced ½ tsp ground black pepper

- whisk all ingredients together or shake in a jar with a lid - drizzle over or toss throughout a green salad such as sliced pears, toasted walnuts and shards of fresh parmesan over fresh baby spinach Caesar Dressing (This recipe has been adapted from Chris Levett’s highly acclaimed formula…you’ll have to ask him for it yourself, it just wouldn’t be right for me to give it away.) 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp anchovy paste 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tbsp mayonnaise dash Worcestershire ground black pepper - combine ingredients and toss over torn romaine lettuce and croutons - for a low-fat version, cut the olive oil in half and use non-fat yogurt in place of mayonnaise – it will be a little thin but will still taste good To Make Croutons: - Drizzle olive oil over a couple of slices of bread (stale is better) - Season with salt and pepper, minced garlic or spices of your choice - Cut into small pieces and bake on a cookie sheet at 450 until browned – you may want to turn them over once

The Ups and Downs of a Former Beatle FAB: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney By Howard Sounes Doubleday Canada 634 pages $34.95

I was alternately impressed and annoyed by this book, which seems fitting, because the author is by turns impressed and annoyed by Paul McCartney. Sounes views his subject as driven, controlling, self-indulgent, pot-addled, a talented performer, inspired, a lazy genius, a philanthropist, a tightwad, a spendthrift, a womanizer and a dedicated family man. In this book, as in others, McCartney comes across as the Beatle most determined to keep the group together and to have them actually performing again after years of nothing but studio work in the latter part of their time as a band. To write “nothing but” sounds disparaging, I know, considering the worth and variety of the albums that followed their decision to stop touring, but McCartney seemed to feel there was an energy that came from actually doing the music live. Working as a unit rather than laying down separate tracks had a magic of its own. Sounes begins with the familiar story of the lads growing up in Liverpool, how they became infatuated with music, how their school studies languished, and how they began the long road to “overnight success”. There were the touring gigs in the United Kingdom, the hothouse madness of Hamburg and the series of important personal contacts, particularly with Brian Epstein, that set them on the path to superstardom. Inevitably there were the wedges that drove them apart.



Bookends with Dan Davidson

Ringo was always the least important member in terms of decisions. George was always the youngest. Paul and John made more money and were locked in a kind of love-hate relationship over status and leadership. Sounes spends nearly half the book on the Beatle years, fairly noting that Paul was not the first Beatle to walk away, merely the one who put what everyone else seemed to be doing into words. If you enjoyed any of those Wings albums that sold so well and got so much airplay in the 1970s and 80s, then you have to end up being a bit annoyed by Sounes’ dismissal of almost the entire recording history of the band. There are some songs and some albums that he likes, but he dismisses much of the work as sentimental and mawkish. He is equally dismissive of a lot of McCartney’s solo work, though I do tend to agree with him that several of the later albums, which he likes, have more musical and lyrical weight than some of the earlier stuff. Reacting to some of his assessments made me spend some time listening to the later Beatles’ material and post-Beatles’ material in sequence, and I can see what Sounes means when he says that McCartney often leaves out the extra 15% of effort that Lennon & McCartney put in. He needs a second opinion and no one dares to give it to him. Beatle Paul gets away with a lot of stuff that he wouldn’t be able to get away with if he were not PAUL MCCARTNEY. Even those producers and collaborators with a lot of experience of their own seem to lose their nerve when it comes time to tell McCartney that something isn’t working. Sounes makes a great deal of McCartney’s generosity to others, which is something the former Beatle does quietly. There are the family pensions, houses, gifts of vehicles, bailing people out when they need it, looking after friends, and donating large sums to projects in his home town. On the other

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side of that there is the fact that he underpaid the other members of Wings during much of the band’s existence, a habit he seems to have corrected in dealing with the musicians who now accompany him on his major tours. Like many rock stars, the youthful McCartney indulged himself with a lot of willing female companions, and was famously unfaithful to Jane Asher, the young actress to whom he was engaged during much of the Beatle period. All that changed when he finally hooked up with Linda, and he appears to have been devoted to that marriage even to the extent of making a musically untalented person a regular member of his band. The account of Linda’s last days is very touching. Sounes also chronicles the disastrous second marriage to Heather Mills in some detail, giving a picture which is fairly sympathetic to McCartney, though with a tone of “how could he have been that stupid?” mixed in. McCartney’s later touring career has included an increasing percentage of Beatles’ material and Sounes concludes that, with George and John both gone, it is Sir Paul (since 1997) who will carry that weight of nostalgia for as long as he continues to perform. At the age of 68 it doesn’t seem likely he will be doing that for too much longer.



OPEN STUDIO: Evan Rensch: First off, I know both of you live in Ontario - have you been to the Yukon before? Angela Joosse: Yes actually, my parents came up here on a road trip when I young – I was less than a year old. We had an old van that was converted into a camper. We traveled all over the Yukon and Alaska – including a stop in Dawson. I took my first steps in the Yukon! Marcia Connolly: [I lived in Whitehorse and Inuvik as a small child], and I do remember Dawson a bit. My great-great uncle was a prospector and had a cabin on the Dome Road. When my family came up here in the 1970’s they were able to locate it, but I haven’t been able to find it since coming back as an adult.

ER: How did the two of you start your artistic collaboration?

AJ: We met each other for the first time at a filmmaking retreat in Mount Forest, Ontario. One afternoon we started conversing and realized that we had a number of shared interests in terms of work we wanted to make. MC: The first film we made at this retreat was kind of a game, playing around with different techniques. We’ve continued that way of working during this residency – we made a film going up the Dempster which


An Interview with KIAC Artists in Residence Marcia Connolly & Angela Joosse

used a mask to cover part of the lens. We shot half of the frame for the drive north and flipped it to the other side for the return trip south.

ER: What else have you been working on in Dawson? MC: The longer-term film project that has emerged from these experiments is called “Inter-irruptions: a Dawson City Film Sampler” [working title]. We love this idea of a “sampler” – it will serve as a diary incorporating all the different experiences we’ve had here. Because Dawson is such an inspiring town, everyday we get a new idea - its hard to focus on just one thing.

Festival is this weekend. What are you going to be doing during the festival?

MC: We’re both going to be on the juries selecting the prizewinners (Don’t tell

results of what we’ve done here, but who knows what state it’ll be in? We’re still working on it every day.

ER: What are some of the differences of working on projects collaboratively?

MC: I like to think of it as an “inter-cranial explosion”! That’s why we’re calling our film “Inter-irruptions”. I’ll have an idea, then tell Angela and she gets it immediately. It’s like skipping stones – she’ll take my idea and bring her own thoughts to it. You might say that we start at “7th & Princess” (Macaulay House) and eventually our idea builds up to become the Midnight Dome.

AJ: Yes, all the excitement of being welcomed into AJ: We end up in a total the community has really zone when we’re shooting energized us. and start syncing in a way Photo credit: Deborah McIntosh, Peabody’s Photo Parlour We’ve almost suffered that would never happen from having too many ideas, anyone!). On Sunday [April 24] otherwise. We’re conversing being too exciting about all the we’re also going to be giving the whole time in this language potential work we could make. a talk at KIAC and show the that sort of develops on its own This residency has been work that we’ve made here – it’s truly collaborative. amazing for us – we’ve been in Dawson, plus some of our given the freedom to play previous films. ER: In an age when filmmaking around. For most of the year, is very “tech-heavy”, you seem we both have other work that ER: Are you going to show the to work with old-fashioned demands our attention, so we premiere of your “film sampler” equipment and the most don’t get this opportunity very movie? basic materials. Why is this often. appealing? AJ: We’re going to include it, ER: The Dawson City but it likely it will still be a MC: I love how 16mm film International Short Film work in progress. You’ll see the cameras force you think

differently. Because I work as a video journalist for CBC, I wanted a break from the video camera and I totally relish using film. You can’t shoot endless amounts of garbage – you really need to think about what you’re doing.

AJ: Yes, the contraints of having a hundred feet of film per roll can actually be liberating you don’t end up with a pile of footage you need to work with at the computer later. You have to tune into what’s going on around you more closely. ER: What have been your Dawson highlights?

MC & AJ: We hiked to the fire tower at the top of the Dome, had a moose rib dinner, went to a scotch club and multiple house concerts, danced at the Pit, Lip Sync, saw the northern lights three times, the list goes on… We’re blown away by the arts community here - everybody’s a talented painter, musician, or filmmaker. Everyone is so involved in the community and constantly volunteers for everything, its crazy. It’s been overwhelming for us to see how generous and hospitable people are here, and how interested they are in what we do.

Joose & Connolly’s residency began March 2nd and continues until April 27th.



Eye on SOVA

Our Feathered Neighbours: The White-Winged Crossbill by Tara Borin Though many of us are feeling like spring has been put on hold, there are sure signs all around to remind us of the changing season: the lingering daylight, budding willows, and the increased variety in bird species. In my walks and in the yard I’ve noticed quite a few Whitewinged Crossbills. Loxia leucoptera is a member of the finch family. They closely resemble the Pine Grosbeak, a finch we see all winter long. Pine Grosbeaks are larger and have a shorter, stubbier bill. Perhaps most striking about the Whitewinged Crossbill is its sharp, curving bill, the top crossing over the bottom, giving the species its moniker. Males of the

species have a bright red head and breast, with black wings and tail. Two white wing bars are visible on both males and females of the species. Females and juveniles have a yellowisholive head and breast. A little further to the south, the Red Crossbill is distinguished by their lack of white wing bars. Their uniquely adapted beaks allow the crossbills to get at the seeds found in cones. A single

C artoons Roache’s Corner by Mike Roache


by Rheas Flanagan

crossbill can consume up to 3000 seeds a day! They can be seen foraging in small groups for cones on the ground, but more commonly hang off of cones still in the trees. Perhaps there are so many around this spring due to a bumper crop of spruce cones. Keep your eyes open along the highways for flocks of Snow Buntings, identifiable by their starkly contrasted white and black wings. As more open water appears over the coming weeks, we can expect to see the water birds moving in. Maybe we’ll even have a repeat appearance of the Snow Geese that stopped for a visit last spring!

Last week at SOVA: Missing Smokes, Broken Mirrors, and Grad Photos Well, our last class has come and gone but we are far from being finished! This in the next coming weeks will be touching up our past projects for display in our year end show, happening on April 28th. We’ll also be completing our final Over the Wire project in collaboration with the Centre for Land Use Interpretation. For this project, we have been instructed to photograph three different land use sites in the area that are important as to mining, tourism, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, or Historic Sites in Dawson. This last week certainly has been eventful. We had a very colourful photo shoot for our grad poster, which ya’ll will be

Elwood by Bryley

Tundra by Chad Carpenter We don’t have permission to use Tundra onlilne. Nemo’s Notions

seeing around town very soon. Conservative candidate Ryan Leef poked his head into the gallery while we were showing off our prosthetics projects and he seemed… confused, but impressed. (It is unclear whether he was impressed by the new building or by our sculptural skills). After our last 3D class we were treated to a round across the street from Veronica. Drinking and Drawing is something that will hopefully continue on throughout the summer. So mark the 28th on your social calendars, there will be openings at the SOVA gallery, the ODD gallery and various other locations around town starting at 7pm (and yes there will be wine).



Klondike Sun Classifieds Churches ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH


Corner of 5th and King Services: Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, Sat. & Tues. 7 pm, Wed. to Fri. 9:30 am. All are welcome. Contact Father Ernest Emeka Emeodi for assistance: 993-5361

Monday Thursday - Apr 21, 6:30 PM Good Friday - Apr. 22, 2:00 PM Easter Vigil - Apr. 23, 9:00 PM Sunrise Service - Apr. 24, 7:30 AM at Crocus Bluff Easter Sunday - regular service at 10:30 AM


Located on 5th Ave across from Gold Rush Campground. Sunday worship at 11 am. Everyone is welcome. Pastor Ian Nyland 993-5507 ST. PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH

Sunday Services 1st and 3rd Sundays, 10:30 am. Morning Prayer 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 am. Holy Eucharist 5th Sundays - 10:30 am. Special service.

Additional TV Channel Listings (from page 17) 7 - Dawson Dome Camera 9 - Preview Guide 11 - Rolling Ads 12 & 13 - Possible Local Programming


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Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services


Individual, couple, family, or group counselling. A highly confidential service located in the Waterfront Building. We are a non-profit organization with a sliding fee scale. To make an appointment call 9936455 or email dawson@ See our website at www.manyrivers. Alcoholics Anonymous

On 3rd Ave next to the Westminster Hotel. Call 993-5346

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New Beginnings Group meets Thursdays 8 pm, St. Paul’s R. Martin Chapel kitchen, Church St. North Star Group meets Saturdays 7 pm at the Community Support Centre, 1233-2nd Ave, call 993-3734 or 5095 for info.

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Klondike Outreach Job Board Open Positions:

Automotive Mechanic Barista/Front Counter Person Bartenders Carpenter Clerk Childcare Workers Commercial Sewing Machine Operator Cooks Custodian / Guide Deli Person Dishwashers Door Staff Driver / Swamper Enumerators Front Desk Clerk Housekeepers/Room Attendants HVAC Technician (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) Journeyman Labourer Maintenance Person Night Auditor Oil Burner Technician Servers Sessional Instructors Summer Camp Coordinator Tour Guide

Positions with Closing Dates:

Home & Community Care Coordinator: April 20 @ 4 Summer Camp Youth Art Assistant: April 21 @ 4:30 Recycling Depot Attendants: April 21 Tender Horticultural Services: April 28 Heritage Interpreter: May 4 @ 4 Producer: May 6 Maintenance Assistant: May 13 @ 4:30 Counterpersons/Cashiers: May 15 Ice Cream Cone Maker: May 15 Driver Guides: May 15 Fleet Detail Crew: May 15 Tombstone Guide: May 15 Prep Cook / Server: May 30 Bakery Assistant Chef: May 30 Deli Person/Cashier: May 30

Student/Youth Positions

Special Events Coordinator: April 20 @ 4:30 Summer Youth Programs Coordinator/Instructor: April 21 @ 4:30 Production Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator: April 30 Special Events Assistant: May 13 Tour Guide

Positions Out of Town: Dishwasher Enumerators Gas Attendant Housekeeper Tire Repair Person Various Mining Positions Mine Technical Assistant Industrial Electrician

For more information on these and other positions, come into the Klondike Outreach office next to the Territorial Agent/Liquor Store. (853-Third Street).

Hours/Contact Info: • Monday-Friday: 9-noon and 1-5 pm Closed weekends and Stat Holidays • Phone: 993-5176 ~ Fax: 993-6947

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The Klondike Sun’s deadline for ad and story submissions is Friday, April 29, 2011 at Noon for the Wednesday, May 4, 2011 edition. Ad rates available upon request. Classified ads are $6 for 50 words per issue.

Email: Telephone: (867) 993-6318 Fax: (867) 993-6625




P.O. Box 308 (1336 Front Street), Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0 Tel: (867) 993-7400 ~ Fax: (867) 993-7434 NEW WEBSITE: (updated regularly)

BYLAW NOTICE Pursuant to the requirements of Section 294(1) of the Municipal Act, The Town of the City of Dawson hereby gives notice that City Council is considering an amendment to the Zoning and Heritage Management Bylaw, which if passed, would result in ‘temporary worker housing facility’ as a discretionary use within the Industrial Business Zoning (MI). For the purposes of this amendment, Temporary Worker Housing Facility is defined as, group housing managed by an employer to house its workers for a limited period of time or on an ongoing seasonal basis. The City of Dawson would like to thank all those who participated in the past years’ Doors Open Dawson event. This unique event enabled residents and tourists alike to view and experience firsthand, Dawson’s flourishing historical buildings, displays, exhibits and guided tours. The City of Dawson and Parks Canada believe this event will better serve the community as a biennial event rather than an annual event. We look forward to seeing you at the next Doors Open Dawson event in 2012.

­TENDER NOTICE The City of Dawson is now accepting sealed bids for:

Cable Technician Services Tender packages can be picked up at the City of Dawson Office located at:

The current uncertainty over housing availability in the City of Dawson means that almost certainly some people will not be able to find a place to live in the midst of the mining season. All interested persons may inspect the proposed Zoning amendment between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday at City Hall, 1336 Front Street, Dawson City. Any person wishing to make a submission respecting the proposed zoning amendment may do so. Written submissions should be submitted in writing to City Hall or P.O. Box 308, Dawson City, Y0B 1G0. The amendment will be brought forth for second reading at the next City Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 PM. For further information, please contact Micah Olesh, Community Development Officer at 993-7400 or at

1336 Front Street Box 308 Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0 Sealed Bids, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the tender, are to be delivered to the City of Dawson office no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, April 29, 2011. The City of Dawson reserves the right to accept or refuse any or all bids. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OFFICE AT 993-7400.

The City of Dawson Recreation Department is pleased to introduce a Commemorative Bench Program. We are inviting the community to participate in the program by making a donation of $850 to cover the cost of a locally handcrafted bench and a brass plague engraved with your personal inscription.  For more information on this program please contact Marta at 993-2350 or by e-mail at

Klondike Sun ~ April 20, 2011  

News and events from the capital of the Klondike.

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