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The Klondike Sun Wednesday,December 15, 2010 online

VOL. 22 NO. 17 $1.25

May this Season Bring You the Peace of Chistmas and the Hope of a New Year Federal Climate Change Inaction Protested Story & Photo by Dan Davidson Canada’s position on the subject of Climate Change was protested in Dawson on Thursday by a group of half a dozen concerned citizens calling itself the Dawson City Climate Change Circle. The irony of being bundled up in parkas against a breezy -23°C temperature in order to raise awareness of global warming was not lost on protester Sebastian Jones, who has been active in Yukon College’s climate change study for several years. In a press release the group

strongly criticized the federal government’s stand on the issue and cited the recent “fossil” award the country received at the summit in Cancun. “At the opening of the Summit, Canada was awarded three “Colossal Fossil” designations by non-government observers for its conspicuous failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions domestically, and for its attempts to sabotage progress towards a binding international climate treaty to take effect after 2012. Canada has been identified as one of three countries (along with Japan and Russia) that are working behind closed doors

IN THIS ISSUE: 1 - Climate Change Protest 2 & 3 - Garbage Debates 4 - Uffish Thoughts 5 - Letter / Events 6 - Nutcracker / Fish & Bird 7 - Fiddle $ / New Commish 8- Bookends / City News 9 - Our Towns, Our Future 10 - History Fair 11 - Chilly Statue

12 - 21 - TV Guide pages deleted 22 - 20 Years Ago 23 - Two Kinds of Gold 24 - Hunter-Gatherer / A Seed / HSM / Library Notes 25 - Conservation Klond ike & Colouring 26 - Cartoons / Birds / Climate 27 - Classifieds 28 - City Notices

to prevent such a treaty from being signed.” The protestors carried placards with critical slogans: “Canada: winner again! Fossil of the Year!”, “Arctic Meltdown? Not in Our Name”, “Canada = Climate Criminal”. A two-sided pamphlet titled “Climate Sell-Out: Not in Our Name” noted that Canada has even fallen behind the United States in the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and accused the Harper government of taking “an anti-scientific approach to this issue. It has cut

The Dawson City Climate Change Circle protested federal policies on December 9, 2010 funding to numerous research programs and has censured the findings of its own Parliamentary Committee’s study on the impacts of Alberta’s oil sands.” Spokesperson Chris Scott wielded a megaphone to deliver a challenge to Yukon MP Larry Bagnell to step up and lead the Liberal opposition in championing research and action in this matter. “Dawson City is founded on a layer of permafrost that will start to melt if the ambient temperature rises by just half a degree Celsius. Global warming poses an existential threat to this community,

and we will not relent or back down in our pressure tactics until we have secured our future.” Bagnell will be asked to attend a public forum and debate on the subject sometime in the first quarter of 2011. “As northerners and citizens of Dawson, we have decided to take our environmental future into our own hands, and out of the hands of this irresponsible government,” said Scott. The group continued to hand out leaflets during the remainder of the noon hour.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Dawsonites Dispute New Routines for Taking out the Trash Story & Photo By Dan Davidson

Protest over changes to the garbage collection regime in Dawson City appeared to leave both the council members and CAO Jeff Renaud puzzled as to exactly what was happening and why at the last council meeting. The council package for November 24 contained a letter of complaint signed by seven homeowners who were unhappy with the changes in the pickup which have quietly been put in place over the last month. “We would like to address the issue of recent changes made to our garbage collection service,” the letter began. “A select few residents are now required to carry our garbage a block or more away from our houses to be picked up.” Where there are lanes between the avenues in Dawson, garbage

bins are required by bylaw to be erected in those lanes, close to the home, but not intruding in the lanes, and off the main streets. The changes in pick-up mean that residents of some lanes and cul de sacs are now required to move their refuse to new collection bins that have been placed by the city along some of the main streets. Martin Gehrig, Debbie Winston & Ralph Nordling, Helmut Schoener, Beat Kaelin, John Steins, Boyd Gillis, and Torrie & Nancy Hunter are not happy with this change, and signed the letter in protest. “The explanation given is that certain lanes and streets are unsafe for the garbage truck to navigate.” The homeowners don’t believe it. “These same alleys and lanes have been used by the garbage collector for thirty years, in some cases, and now are sud-

At the top of 7th Avenue there is a cul de sac where there are several homes. They all have their own garbage boxes, including the rustic one that can be seen at the entrance to the cul de sac. The new garbage box placed by the city is at the right of the photo, just off the street, beside the entrance to the 9th Avenue Walking Trail, and a good distance from the homes.

denly unsafe?” They point out that much larger fuel oil and propane delivery trucks navigate them safely and that they are not, apparently, considered unsafe for ambulances and fire trucks. Katherine Perry, who has a pull-thru driveway around her house, is also affected and appeared before council to make her own protest. “I learned about this incidentally,” she said. “I was not informed and I do not fit the criteria for the alley way.” It was Perry who pointed out to council that placing collection bins on the main street when there is a lane alternative

is a violation of the town’s bylaws. She said she had had service to her home as long as she had been there, and the garbage contractor had never indicated there was any problem. She has a ploughed circular driveway that enters and exits onto 8th Avenue. “Who made the decisions as to what properties are affected by this?” “Katherine,” said Mayor Jenkins, “we don’t have an answer for you. There’s been some decisions made. Our CAO is going to be meeting with our superintendent of public works and our contractor… and we’re

going to find out and we’ll get back to every one of you that has raised a concern on this issue.” Perry had obtained a copy of Bylaw #80, passed in 1971, which deals with garbage collection services. Section 7 of the bylaw says that “no person shall place or keep receptacles for garbage, refuse or ashes upon any lane or street within the city, but all such receptacles shall be placed or kept at the rear or side of the buildings or premises concerned, or as near the lane as practical …” The newly placed collection bins are on the streets, well away from the houses they are intended to serve. Perry wanted to know how this could have been done in advance of a change in the bylaw. Aside from that technicality, she imagined that the windrows and piles left from ploughing snow in the winter were going to make these bins hard to access. City manager Jeff Renaud said that the situation was odd enough that he was planning to drive the route with the contractor and the driver to see for himself what the problems might be. “In all the years that I’ve been a CAO, I’ve never asked to be taken for a drive on a garbage truck. This’ll be a first for me.” It’s been some years since garbage collection was a major issue in Dawson City, and it’s not likely that the current flap will hasten the demise of the current council, as it did in 2003, but it does raise some interesting questions about how some decisions are being made.

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Trash Talk Continues at Dawson Council tion Board. In the latter case, new regulations allow a worker to protest if he or she feels a situation to be The group which attended dangerous. In the former, there is Dawson council on December a part of the bylaw which speaks 8 hoping to hear that recent to the ability of the collector to changes to the town’s garbage determine if a collection site poses collection routines might be a problem. rescinded went away unhappy Renaud reported that he had travand not quite certain what action elled the route they might take next. with the truck. Almost two months ago it was In his report to determined that certain lanes and council he noted dead-end cul de sacs in the town that, “the tour were not safe for the garbage was exceptiontruck to maneuver in. As a result ally enlightenthe town constructed several new ing. There is collection boxes and placed them little doubt that at points deemed to be convemany of the sitnient for both the residents and the uations constigarbage collector. tute dangerous It turns out that this assumption practices and was unrealistically optimistic. required immeProtests over the new arrangements diate attention. began at the previous council Continuing meeting with a letter signed by a Ralph Nordling worried about lane maintenance and these practices number of affected citizens includthe provision of other necessary services to would constitute ing some people who haven’t been his street. a serious Occuon the same page about anything Katherine Perry, Debbie Winston pational Health and Safety risk and for years. and Ralph Nordling also spoke would leave the City exposed to a At the December 8 meeting against the changes. high level of liability.” former town councillor and retired “Without the garbage truck goHe spoke to the need to reexdentist Helmut Schoener did most ing into these alley ways,” said amine all the alley way collection of the talking. Nordling, “the routes in light of his tour. The natural thing is truck now in use, he noted, was that the alley certainly bigger and wider than ways get main- the one in use in 1971 when the t a i n e d l e s s . bylaw was written. Then you end Given its age, the up with a situa- bylaw should, he tion where your said, be examined e m e r g e n c y by the council’s vehicles such policy subcommitas your ambu- tee and the town’s lance and your a d m i n i s t r a t i o n fire trucks can’t should probably go there.” begin drafting a “They (the replacement. fire trucks) While such a aren’t allowed move would solve in the alleys,” t h e m a t t e r o f Jenkins cut in, whether it is legal though he did to put collection not deal with boxes on the main If it works, don’t fix it, was Helmut Schoener’s the matter of streets (which the opening statement and summation. EMS vehicles, existing bylaw which do use says it is generally the alleys. not when a lane is “If there’s a thing that works, When Nordling pointed this out, available), it will don’t fix it,” he said, elaborating Jenkins replied that the city did not not do much to that the former system of garbage provide medical services. assuage the annoycollection had been in place for Nordling protested that this kind ance of the citizens over 30 years without there being of reply, indicating that neither who have already any problems. Several contractors fire service nor medical services been affected, or have had the job in that time, and would be available on his street, those who might there were, he said, no problems where back lane access is all there be in the future. until the last council let the conis because the houses are at the top Another option tract to a new outfit that lacked the th Avenue, just would be to have of a bluff above 6 proper equipment to do the job. made the situation more serious in WCB’s health and He stressed that Grunt Action, his opinion. safety inspector which relinquished the contract City Manager Jeff Renaud said come to Dawson after some months, had worked a good deal of the problem was and offer an opinvery hard and tried their best, but caused by having to juggle two ion on the matter. that the job was impossible without conflicting pieces of legislation, Councillor Rick a proper garbage truck for hauling. one being a waste collection by- Riemer felt that Since that time, Mayor Peter law dating back to 1971 and the this would likely Jenkins explained, the city has other being quite recent changes in lead to even more been unable to conclude a contract regulations under the control of the annoying changes with Ed Repair, the former contracterritorial Workman’s Compensato the collection tor, and is currently paying for the Story & Photos By Dan Davidson

service on an hourly basis. Schoener called the changes an “unreasonable reduction in service” and asked why the situation had suddenly become a problem this year. “Either you retain the service as it was, or I have to ask for a reduction in my taxes so I can provide my own service.”

route, but Renaud did not necessarily see that this would be the case. What it would do, he said, was put the town in a position of knowing it was safe from potential liability. Katherine Perry, who continues to insist that her ploughed drivethrough access should not be affected by any of this, grumbled, “It sounds like you’re saying there’s

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not much we can do.” No one at the council table, where councillors Wayne Potoroka and Bill Kendrick were also affected by the recent changes, had any real hope to offer. Mayor Jenkins said that nothing was likely to be resolved until the New Year.

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Opinions in the Sun

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Uffish Thoughts: Canada is Probably Not Suffering from a Wonderland Mentality By Dan Davidson According to news reports all over the place during the last few days, the former head of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CSIS), Jim Judd, was frustrated in carrying out his appointed tasks by a combination of factors. He is quoted as complaining about the “Alice in Wonderland” attitudes of Canadians in general and our courts in particular. The Globe and Mail reports that “ he is said to have openly whinged about the Canadian courts and public being stuck in an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ parallel reality where terrorism is no great threat.” While it’s no surprise that the person in charge of our best known (I assume that there are others that are not so public) spy agency would have a certain degree of siege mentality paranoia in his makeup, it is distressing that his literary education should be so shoddy. Alice in Wonderland? Really? I assume he is referring to Lewis Carroll’s Alice, the little girl whose curiosity ended up taking her down a rabbit hole and caused her to sample a number of suspicious substances on the advice of even more suspicious characters. I mean, would you take your

advice from an insubstantial feline or a caterpillar with a drug habit? Would you take tea with a mad hatter when there was a mouse in the teapot? Of course, we did sort of tumble into Afghanistan without fully understanding what was waiting for us over there, and we were prepared to swallow a lot of misinformation about Weapons of Mass Destruction, though not as much as our current Prime Minister was prepared to swallow at the time that he complained loudly when we didn’t follow our American friends into Iraq. But Alice, you see, eventually became very suspicious of everything around her, rebelled against the autocratic and totally inane rule of the Queen of Hearts, took issue with the chopped logic and contradictions that surrounded her, and completely disrupted the court before escaping back to her own proper time and place. This is an Alice that people in authority might want to worry about, though not for the reasons given by Mr. Judd. And that’s just in the Wonderland story. Don’t even get me started on what happened when she went though the Looking Glass, though, as author John LeCarré has made clear, this is an appropri-

ate metaphor to use in reference to the world’s intelligence agencies. It seems much more likely that Mr. Judd really wanted to compare us to Pollyanna (from the 1913 book of the same name), that plucky American heroine who absolutely refused to see the bad side of any situation. She plays the Glad Game, in which she finds the good side of any circumstance. Alice meets the March Hare and the Mad Hatter in John Tenniell’s ilShe is a young orlustation from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. phan who is sent to live with her stern tive spin on the war against terror, If she were around to look at the Aunt Polly in a very straitlaced and but then she would also have found current world situation, I suspect prim Vermont town. As noted in something good about full body that Alice would be more likely to the Wikipedia entry, “when Aunt scans at airports, diminished civil conclude, along with her confidant, Polly puts her in a stuffy attic room rights, and the G20 security fiasco the Cheshire Cat, “we’re all mad without carpets or pictures, she in Toronto. here.” exults at the beautiful view from the high window; when she tries to ‘punish’ her niece for being late to dinner by sentencing her to a meal of bread and milk in the kitchen with the servant, Nancy, Pollyanna thanks her rapturously because she likes bread and milk, and she likes Nancy.” Pollyanna would quite likely have found some way to put a posi-

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Letter to the Sun

Remembering Local Legends about the NWMP Graves

Dear Editor:

I believe we have never met but I have a bit of info that might interest you. I got your e-mail address from moc tel. (Note: Our coverage of the Coffins and Bones from last issue was reprinted in the online Moccasin Telegraph.) I grew up in Dawson 19421952, arrived there from up river at age four, returned from19551968 when I was old enough to take off on my own. I consider Dawson my home town. I’ve always planned to spend my latter years sitting on the river banks there, watching the rivers flow by - but so far haven’t got to it. This info has to do with the recent discovery of bodies in Dawson. During the time I lived in Dawson the slough ran diagonally across south Dawson from the corner of Turner where it intersected with the avenue between Sixth and Seventh to just south of the Anglican Church. It ran behind the old concession buildings in the ball park (between the building and the old swimming pool). It passed under a fairly high trestle for the sidewalk with

hand rails on the East side of Fifth Ave., then passed under Fifth Ave. through a crib-work. The slough was a favourite place for southend kids to play, especially in the spring when it would back up full of water. There was a small lower bench on the south-west side of the slough, maybe seventy-five feet or more towards the river from Fifth Ave. The story we heard as kids was: this is where they buried men they hung and covered them with quick lime. I avoided that spot and when I did go down the slough that far it was on the north-east side. The only hanging I heard about when I was a kid was that of Barney West and I assumed that was where they put him. But considering the late date of his execution he could have been put somewhere else. As the story went, following the murder of the man who had befriended him, and after he had time to sober up and dry out Barney was very remorseful and felt he should die for the deed. He didn’t put up much of a defense and was a willing participant in his hanging.

My mother told me that she knew Barney West when she was a kid. She said kids liked him; he was friendly to them and would give them pie out the back door of the hotel restaurant in Mayo where he was a cook. Dad said he met Mr. Ellis the hangman on the boat when he was going back “Outside” to Vancouver in the fall. He said all hangmen were called Mr. Ellis. (Note: Arthur Ellis was the name under which most federal executioners travelled after 1912, to give them anonymity in the rest of their lives.) My information about the location seems to match up with what was given in the recent news releases, particularly regarding burial at a lower elevation than the present ground level. On the other hand stories are stories, we could have been told these things to try and keep us away from the slough when it was full of water. And one has to factor in a kid’s wild imagination and one’s ability to recall after a lot of years. Alan McDiarmid Whitehorse <>

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. Film Fest Selection Mondays & Wednesdays, Nov. 8th - Feb. 28th 2011, in the KIAC classroom: Help choose films to be screened at the 2011 Short Film Fest. Just show up, or contact Dan at 993-5005/ Senior’s Painting Saturdays 1-4 in the KIAC classroom. $5 fee for supplies, all skill levels welcome. Christmas Motown Revue - Featuring Wilson Williams of the Platters! Dec. 16th, Oddfellow’s Hall. Show starts @ 8 p.m., tickets $20, available at KIAC. SOVA Studen Open House - Friday, Dec. 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Yukon SOVA school. Last Chance Bazaar - Dec. 18th at the Legion, 11-2:30. Community Christmas Eve Service - St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Dec. 24th @ 7 p.m. All welcome! Dawson Curling Club - The ice is in! Team nights every Tues. Drop-in curling Mon/ Wed/Thurs. Any skill level welcome! For info call 993-6262 or visit 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. Hatha Yoga - Monday & Thursday 5:45 - 7 p.m., Saturday 9 - 10:30 a.m. in the Downtown Hotel conference room. All classes cancelled for stat holidays. $10 drop-in fee, or purchase a prepaid card for $50/10 classes. Email for schedule changes. Westminster Hotel - Barnacle and Willie G in the Tavern, Thurs. - Sat. nights, 4-8. In the lounge this month: Thursday night Jazz with Bob, Richard and Joe, starts at 8:30 pm; Live Local Talent Fri. & Sat. from 10 p.m. Lounge now open from 5 p.m. Dawson City Chamber of Commerce - Regular meetings 2nd Wed. of each month. Dawson City Community Library - Open Mon - Fri, noon to 6. 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: 993-6666

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dawson Given Gift of Music and Dance Fish and Bird Wow the Dawson By Danielle MetcalfeChenail Berton House Writer-inResidence

For many, the holiday season is not complete without a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: like snow, eggnog, and candy canes, it is eagerly anticipated by kids of all ages. Thank goodness then, that the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC) was able to bring Whitehorse’s Northern Lights School of Dance (NLSD) back to Dawson on Sunday, December 5th for a magical afternoon of music and ballet. As KIAC Board of Directors president Peter Menzies said in his brief pre-show speech, it was a challenge, but one well worth the effort: “It just shows what is possible when the community gets together to put on these kinds of events.” This community spirit was evident in the number of people who attended and their enthusiasm. Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, which seats about 200 people,

was almost full and the audience was primed for enjoyment. The festive atmosphere began at the door, where people were given oranges to snack on while they admired the Christmas lights and listened to Simon Crelli playing Christmas carols on his violin. The high attendance was also likely due to the fact that a dozen Dawson children were featured as snowflakes, mice and miniharlequin dolls. There were also a few adults recruited locally as party goers (a role they had been rehearsing assiduously for months). The local talent did not disappoint: all performed their parts with panache and the audience spontaneously broke out in applause at the first break in the music, unable to contain their pride in the tiny dancers. The 40 NLSD performers who had bussed up from Whitehorse were also enthusiastically received, and their months of rehearsals certainly paid off. From the maids’ sassy opening dance, to the stunning waltz of the flowers, to the powerful lifts of the Grand Pas de Deux, the dancers were wonderful. Given the NLSD’s emphasis on training their young dancers, this is not surprising. They work their way up through the roles before being

Audience Story & Photo By Dan Davidson

considered for the leads, and even then two dancers are cast for each major role. This way a backup is fully prepared to step in should there be an illness or accident, and both dancers receive the valuable training. The dancers’ skills and grace were certainly on display but so much of the magic of performance is, of course, the scenery and costumes. In this the NLSD’s artistic director, Deborah Lemaire, and her team excelled: the backdrops for both acts captured the imagination of young and old alike, and many of the costumes were stunning with their floating tulle, hooped skirts, and sequins. Sitting in the half dark sipping apple cider while watching the show, it was hard not to feel the spirit of the season. A time when nutcrackers turn to princes, little girls wander through Candyland, and the children of Dawson shine on center stage. ********************

Local performers in the Nutcracker were: Dawson Party Guests: Jenna Roebuck, Will White, Rian Lougheed-Smith Dawson Dancers: Emily Gaw, Oliver Flegel, Jolie Holmes, Jadaka Nagano, Emily Netro, Katilyn Sollosy, Katie Macintosh, Mena Saunders, Macy DeWald-Rose, Kristin Nyland, Jayden Ezzard, Jania Popadynec, Riley Elliott.

If someday we get to meet the entire five piece outfit that makes up Fish & Bird, then we will find out if Adam Iredale-Gray and Taylor Ashton, who founded the group in the first place, did their band mates justice when they introduced them in abstenia. I feel comfortable using that phrase in a review of a band whose stage patter includes words like “plethora” and whose lyrics include references to the Elysian Fields and the Isles of the Blest. In terms of the Home Routes program, with its dedication to House Concerts, it makes sense that the two founding members of the group would make the tour. Another guitarist (Ryan Boeur), stand-up bass (graduate Zoe Guigueno) and drum kit (Ben Kelly) would have left a

Fish and Bird are Adam Iredale-Gray and Taylor Ashton.

lot less room for the audience in the Buhler family’s living room. The band began with Iredale-Gray (fiddle, guitar and banjo) and Ashton (guitar, banjo and lead vocals) although which is fish and which is bird is not clear. What is clear is that they are a very talented duo of folk musicians who can produce quality versions of the band’s recorded material all by themselves. While they had a clear set list for each of the two segments of the evening’s concert, they were not averse to adding a few tunes along the way, including an encore. The evening included most of the 12 songs from their most recent CD, “Left Brain Blues” as well as a few others. Most of the tunes came from the band’s oeuvre, though there was a spirited rendition of the Sherman Brother’s “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from the Disney film “The Jungle Book”. The pair swap around instruments (except the fiddle) with ease and play off each other beautifully. Ashton provided the audience with a short demonstration of the different styles of banjo playing, and demonstrated his skill on the guitar by managing to finish a song with variant forms of some of the chords he had been using when his “A” string broke midway through the next to last tune. He has a versatile baritone voice which ranges from the occasional falsetto down to notes which bring to mind the Crash Test Dummies’ lead singer. Iredale-Gray provides backing vocals and composed the instrumentals. They are a very hands-on band, and their CD case features their own silk-screened graphics, printed on recycled cardboard. Aside from the house concert on December 7, they played for both the town’s daycares the same day, and were introduced to the joys of curling the night before. They had played twelve concerts in the territory since arriving in Watson Lake on November 25 and were off to Old Crow for a final gig the next day. Should they ever manage to bring the entire group north perhaps we’ll get to see the venerable Japanese veggie-oil fueled van referred to so lovingly on their website.

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in OUR community

Klondyke Fiddle School Program Scores Arts Fund $ Press release

Eight organizations will share $113,588 for arts projects featuring festivals, performances, concerts and theatre, the Yukon government announced on December 3. The Yukon Educational Theatre Society received $15,000 for its season of events that promote public engagement and participation: Burning Away the Winter Blues, A Celebration of the Harvest and Winterlude: The New Santa Parade. “Knitting the community together through artful events is the focused intention of Yukon Educational Theatre,” said Arlin McFarlane, the group’s artistic director. “We are seeking to create a northern mythology built on world mythologies. With the assistance of the Arts Fund, we are able to keep kindled and alive the flame of magic and enchantment.” Young people living in Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, Mayo and Dawson City will enjoy music education opportunities such as fiddling, songwriting, and singing through the Klondyke Fiddle School Program. The North Klondyke Highway Music Society received $15,000 to make that happen. In addition, parents, childcare staff and elementary school teachers will receive early childhood education sessions to enhance music opportunities for young children. “We’re thrilled to be receiving funds again in our sixth consecutive year of delivering music education to rural Yukon communities,” said society president Peter Menzies.

“We simply couldn’t do this work without the support of the Arts Fund.” Other fund recipients include: • the Donald Watt Collective ($21,000) for the eighth International Snow Sculpture Challenge; • the Fiddle Kids Organization ($20,000) for artistic development programs; • the Northern Lights School of Dance ($9,800) for its annual Nutcracker tour, this time to Dawson City; and • Ramshackle Theatre ($15,500) to produce a new play, Syphilis: A Love Story. As well, the big band meets the belly dance in the Saba Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble’s concert of new works, for which the group has been given $2,148. Finally, the Whitehorse Poetry Society has received $15,140 to host the third Whitehorse Poetry Festival in June, 2011. The Arts Fund finances group projects that foster the development of the arts in Yukon. The next application deadline is Dec. 15. “Community-oriented events supported through the Arts Fund benefit many Yukoners, whether they are performing and creating as artists, or engaging as audience members,” said Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor. “The Yukon government is pleased to support each of these projects, which reflect the talented and thriving arts community we have in the territory.”


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PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER WELCOMES DOUGLAS GEORGE PHILLIPS AS YUKON’S NEXT COMMISSIONER OTTAWA (November 30, 2010) – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Douglas George Phillips will serve as the new Commissioner of Yukon. He will assume his new duties after taking the Oath of Office in December.  The Prime Minister met with the Commissionerdesignate immediately after his appointment.  “Mr. Phillips brings a wealth of experience to this new position, having contributed to public and community service in Yukon for more than 30 years,” said Prime Minister Harper.  Mr. Phillips was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 1985, and has served in a number of portfolios in Cabinet, including Tourism, Education, Justice and as the Minister Responsible for the Women’s Directorate and the Public Service Commission.  He also served as Government House Leader from November 1992 to February 1996, and as Official Opposition House Leader from December 1996 to April 2000.  Mr. Phillips has also been actively involved in community service in Yukon for many years engaging in wildlife conservation, and, most recently, serving as director of the Yukon Hospital Foundation which he helped found.  He has also served as Yukon Administrator since 2007. Territorial Commissioners are appointed by His Excellency the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister and fulfill many of the same duties as the Lieutenant Governor of a province.  They are responsible for swearing in Members of the Legislative Assembly and Members of the Executive Council, opening the Legislative Assembly and providing assent for legislation passed by the Assembly. The Prime Minister also thanked

outgoing commissioner of Yukon, Geraldine Van Bibber, for her tireless devotion in serving and representing the people of the Territory and helping build a stronger Yukon. ABOUT DOUGLAS GEORGE PHILLIPS   Douglas George Phillips was born in Toronto, Ontario.  Mr. Phillips was first elected to serve in the Yukon Legislative Assembly in May 1985 and went on to be re-elected in 1989, 1992 and 1996.  During this period, he served as Minister of Tourism, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for the Women’s Directorate, Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission.  He also served as the Government House Leader from November 1992 to February 1996, and as the Official Opposition House

Leader from December 1996 to April 2000. Since leaving political life in 2000, he has been active in many local community activities and associations, including serving as one of the founding directors of the Yukon Hospital Foundation.  Since 2004, he has also been an active member and chair of the Land Use Planning Council, set up under the Yukon Land Claims Agreement.  He has also served as Yukon Administrator since 2007. Mr. Phillips’ past community service also includes being director of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (1975-1978), member and president of the Yukon Fish and Game Association (19821985), member of the Yukon Judicial Council (1983-1985), and director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation (1984-1993). Mr. Phillips is married to Dale Stokes and they have five children and five grandchildren.

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The Canadian Railroad Trilogy becomes a Picture Book Canadian Railroad Trilogy Text by Gordon Lightfoot Art by Ian Wallace Groundwood Books House of Anansi Press 56 pages $24.95 “There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run; When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun…” By this point it is well known that Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” exists because it was commissioned from him by the CBC in 1966 to be used as part of a Centennial year broadcast on January 1, 1967. While this might run counter to the notion that singer/songwriters should simply follow their own inspiration, it’s a great example of how a patron may provide the opportunity for an artist to create a masterpiece. In interviews Lightfoot has related that Pierre Berton once told him, “You know, Gord, you said as much in that song as I said in my book.” Berton was referring to The National Dream and The Last Spike, his history of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which came out in 1970 and 1971. The song tells the story of the building of the CPR. While it is a song about triumph over odds and

nation building, it is also a song that celebrates the hardships of the workers who built it, ending with the words, “and many are the dead men too silent … to be real.” Celebrated children’s book illustrator and author Ian Wallace has taken on the task of rendering this story in pictures crammed with symbolism and detail. Each two-page spread illustrates a couple of lines from the lyrics of the song in big, sprawling canvasses that capture the land, the people, and the energy of the railway project. The style is somewhat impressionistic, yet clearly representative in its intention. “Gordon Lightfoot’s words opened up a wealth of possibilities for my imagination,” Wallace writes in the notes at the end of the book. “I have loved the song and admired Lightfoot’s music since I was a teenager in the 1960s. He is a master storyteller and the construction of the railway is a thrilling saga.” Wallace has left nothing to chance as far as interpretation of his pastel chalk illustrations is concerned. In a two-page section at the end of the book he has provided a page-bypage explanation of each spread. Some are straightforward scenes like this mountain picture: “This winter scene of wolves in the Rockies shows some of the magnifi-

cent landscape through which the railway was built. The ambitious construction inevitably disrupted wildlife and the natural world.” Others, like the title page, are more symbolic and fanciful. Here the head of John A. Macdonald seems to emerge from a cloud, or perhaps the smoke from a locomotive. Sir John is looking towards the shore of the West Coast and the Pacific Ocean, while behind him we see the eastern shore of the country, represented by Percé Rock and the Gaspé Peninsula. In another painting we see the dreams of a Chinese railway worker whose mind slips back to scenes of his loved ones “beyond the dark ocean in a place far away” as he sprawls exhausted after a hard day’s work “swingin’ our hammers in the bright, blazin’ sun.” Wallace is also aware of the changes the railway brought to the native people of the west. For the lines “Oh the song of the future has been sung, all the battles have been won…” he provides us with the ironic image of a train chugging across the plains on a track not yet finished. It belches a plume of smoke, which takes on the shape of the nation on the map, black against a brilliant sunset. Facing the track on the left, just past where the last ties have been set down, is a single buffalo, staring at the approaching

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engine. “A lone buffalo confronts a train called Progress,” Wallace writes, “a train that brought the arrival of the prime minister’s national dream and the decimation of a people and a culture.” There is a short history of the

railway project, along with a brief bibliography of books on this subject suitable for children at the end of the book, as well as the sheet music for the song. Now, all we need is for Wallace to tackle the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, another fine Lightfoot song that tells a stirring story.

City to Stop Accepting Credit Card Payments By Dan Davidson Dawsonites who have been used to paying a lot of their city bills by credit card will have to find alternative methods of payment as of January 1, 2011. Until 2010, ratepayers were able to make all major and minor payments, including property taxes, by credit card. When this feature was brought in some years ago it was thought that it would provide an incentive for people to pay their bills more promptly. The property tax option was dropped last year, and the rest – utility, cable television and recreation department fees – will be gone at the end of the year. A memorandum recommending

this direction came from senior financial officer Joanne Van Nostrand on November 24. According to her calculations it is costing the town between $13,500.00 and $15,000.00 in service fees annually to offer this convenience to citizens. “Credit card payments do provide convenience for paying bills, but are a convenience, not a necessity,” she wrote in her report. “There are other options that are as convenient, such as internet or telephone banking, which are of no cost to the city.” Van Nostrand noted that city offices could continue to accept debit card payments, which do not have an attached service fee. City manager Jeff Renaud said

there are some businesses that leave credit card numbers on file to make automatic payments, but that they can make alternative arrangements. Councillor Wayne Potoroka lamented the fact that people would lose the bonus of air mile points, but Renaud responded that it was not the city’s responsibility to give people that kind of a bonus. Councillor Kendrick wondered what impact this would have on people who use their credit cards to stretch their spending in leaner times, giving themselves a window between payments. Mayor Peter Jenkins noted that when the city allowed this option for tax payments, the service charges ballooned to over $30,000.00

a year. Renaud said that in his experience normal sized communities, outside of major urban centers, do not generally accept credit card payments.

“There’s just so much money going out the other side,” he said, “that it’s not worth it.” The policy was approved by unanimous vote.

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What Will Our Towns Be Like in the Future? Story & Photo By Dan Davidson

Members of the Municipal Fiscal Framework Review Committee (MFFRC) met with town and First Nation councils and the public in Dawson on November 30 to discuss topics under the general heading of Our Towns, Our Futures (OTOF). This forum was established as a result of discussions between the municipalities and towns over the general question of “how municipalities can increase their resilience and ensure their sustainability in the face of current day pressures.” (OTOF website). A committee has been touring the Yukon during the last several weeks. It is composed equally of Yukon government and municipal leaders including: Paul Moore, ADM of Community Development; Clarke LaPraire, ADM, Department of Finance; Christine Smith, Director of Community Affairs; John Pattimore, Executive Director, AYC; Valerie Anderson, City of Whitehorse Financial Manager; and Rose Price, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Carmacks. Anderson and Price did not make it to the Dawson meeting, which was also attended by Community Services’ Carolyn Moore and Caitlin Kerwin, who is the Community Advisor appointed to serve Dawson and several other towns. According to the terms of reference, the OTOF report, due on March 31, will be governed by nine principles: Inclusivity, Engagement, Practicality, Accountability, Evidence-based, Partnership-led, Innovation, Inspiration, and Open Communications. Town councils, the committee noted, have control and make decisions related to clean drinking water, sewage, garbage and recycling, recreation, fire departments, land use within town boundaries, town services, roads, tax rates and special events or programs. Towns get their major revenue from a community block funding

grant provided by the territorial government, as well as from taxes, fees and fines. Major costs in all of the towns include aging water/sewer lines, often over 25 years old (with a projected lifespan of 20 to 25 years), sewage treatment facilities (at anything from $5 million to $25 million), operating landfills (at $60,000 to $100,000 annually in the rural areas), recreation centres (at an average cost of $400,000 to operate annually), high power and fuel costs for buildings and equipment. Paul Moore outlined the objectives of the noon hour forum and the other meetings in town, which were intended take a look at the management of the existing municipal infrastructure deficit and infrastructure maintenance; strategies around recruitment and retention of senior managers in rural Yukon; provision of municipal services; fiscal management; funding levels and administration; and local governance. Carolyn Moore outlined the concerns for the discussion that day. How can we plan for selfsustaining communities which have healthy economic development, systems that work, and both citizens and councils that are active and engaged in community affairs? Christine Smith noted that community costs keep rising, often due to the increased expenses created by new and more detailed regulations in many areas. New regulations, she said, often create needs for new staff as well as increased budgets. This frequently means that the budget balancing exercise causes cuts to programs or maintenance. An exaggerated form of this problem happened in Dawson during the two-year trusteeship from 2004 to 2006, when a lot of maintenance requirements were short funded due to the need to manage cash flow in a community that had become bankrupt. During the circle discussion, attended by about a dozen people, a number of issues arose, only some of which actually fall under municipal control.

Is the attempt to chart the future of Yukon’s rural communities as uncertain as this view of Dawson’s Front Street during a recent day of ice fog.

Dawson has experienced a lot of difficulties with its recreation centre in the last decade and the council is planning to lobby for a replacement. Was that a wise decision, some wondered, and should not Dawsonites be prepared to pay more individually in order to have the programs they want? Land for housing is in short supply here, and a former city development officer, Mark Wickham, commented that nearly nothing had been accomplished since the time he started work on the need while at the city. The last major development, which it falls to the Yukon government to provide, was stalled when government planners decided to put a country residential subdivision on top of an active placer mine. There were concerns expressed about the new hospital project. This was not about the need for a replacement for the nursing station, which was clear to everyone there, but for the chosen location, which remains controversial. In addition, tying into the housing issue, people wanted to know where the staff for this new hospital was going to come from, and where they were going to be housed if they

could be recruited. Jim Taggart, who had worked on the Community Sustainability Plan developed in order to access the federal Gas Tax funding, complained that the two councils in power since that plan was adopted by the town and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, seem to have used it only to get money, and not as a planning tool. There were complaints about the level of French services at the Robert Service School, but this is not actually a subject under municipal control. Concerns were expressed about the costs of energy in the Klondike. Paul Moore noted the last increase to municipal grants was three years ago and that the current structure was planned to be reassessed at the end of five

years or two years down the road. This could lead to grant increases, but Moore stressed that simply throwing money at problems did not seem to be the government’s agenda. He wondered if it might not be best for the territory to take over at least some of the higher end items of the municipal list. In particular, he mentioned the landfills. YTG manages close to 20 of these now and it might be advantageous for the rural communities for the territorial government to take them all over. Some local experience with centralized controls in certain other areas made this something of an issue for debate, and the counter argument was that perhaps regional management might be a better answer.

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Faces From the RSS History Fair The annual History Fair was held on December 2nd. The five finalists were : Cassidy Everitt - Gr. 4 (Jacques Cartier) Billy Holmes - Gr. 4 (Henry Hudson) Nyland Zalitis - Gr. 6 (Latvia to Canada)

Caleb Verdonk & Jacob Caley Gr. 6 (Fred Caleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store)

Erin Hilliard - Gr. 5 (The War of 1812)

Runners up were: Jamie Thomas - Gr. 4 (Captain George Vancouver Madisson Betts Gr. 6 - The Goldrush Nugget Necklace

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PICTURES in the Sun

Even the Miner Statue on Front St. was feeling a little chilly last week as tempertures in Dawson sunk to -40Ë&#x161; C! (Photograph by Evan Rensch)


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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 Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. The Sun has obtained funding in late 2009 from the City of Dawson, YTGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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Sokolowski Brings Gold Back To Dawson Story and Photos by Josée Bonhomme

Water license and land use permit applications are one aspect of a 3rd gold rush in our world. These are processed by several agencies, namely boards such as the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB) and the Yukon Water Board which is the final approval body. The Yukon government’s Energy, Mines and Resources staff are charged with regulation and ensuring laws are complied with in a synergistic relationship in support of the placer mining management system. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has an important stewardship role for fish habitat. Environment Yukon apply its science in all relevant aspects of the interaction between mining and nature. Assessments at the YESAB stage take anything from two months to longer depending on the nature and complexity of a proposal. Rapidity in answering requests for additional information is critical, although six months are allowed a proponent

Alpine arnica seen here in second growth with willows in disturbed ground on Bonanza.

to address any questions before a project is cancelled. The process is public, and all information or correspondence submitted for a project is posted on YESAB’s website. The assessment is at no cost to the proponent, and is considered more of a multi-stakeholder service under the Council of Yukon Indians’ Land Claims Umbrella Final Agreement. Environmental reviews are a delegated duty under the Canada Environmental Assessment Act, via the auspices of the Development Approval Process office for the Yukon. The Water Board has been swamped with applications in 2010, not only from the placer mining sector, but also for large

hard rock mining projects. All told this year, 56 applications have been submitted, with 23 of those being for placer mining. Their review and issuance of permitting for water licenses and Class IV land use permits takes from three to six months depending on their workload. This is barring any daunting circumstances. There is a cost for Water Board functions, which covers the water use deposit fee for the first year in a permit (minimum $30), the application fee ($30) and land use permit fee of $250 per five-year period, up to 10 years. The work involved in the preparation of water license and land use permit applications includes a good understanding of the acts and regulations commanding the industry. Mapping and perspective or cross-sectional and plan views of facilities are required. It is important to explain processes and methods clearly so all the reviewers, at whatever level of skill they may be, understand the information. In the Yukon, some 70 people look at applications from a professional or personal point-ofview. For one controversial hard rock exploration project this summer, 700 comments were received from points as scattered as New York City, San Francisco and London, England. This type of public participation is unique in the world. Because of the Umbrella Final Agreement, a democratic and accessible system is in place where public comments can help in directing a project. It ensures that all levels of government and stakeholders get a voice and a chance to look at each project from their area of expertise. Everyone has gone through a huge learning curve over the past five years since YESAB was established. Not only has the process been refined, but proponents have learned to navigate the system better. A specialized vocabulary has now been developed where none existed before to address our specialized industries. We all speak the same language in the Yukon, it’s called creativity. There is a better understanding of the flexibility required in placer mining, in accessing remote hard rock exploration projects, in protecting fish or species at risk. There is a constant exchange of science and knowledge between disciplines to come up with solutions and best practices. The mining industry, and most

goes a long way towards helping her qualify for the next big competition on the schedule – the “To me the most important thing 2011 Parapan American Games in has been the social network and Guadalajara, Mexico. But she adstaying fit. The medals have almits that the possibility of playing ways been kind of an extra”. in this tournament is still far from These are modest words coming certain– there are only five slots on from Dawson resident and table the team available and the National tennis veteran Laurie Sokolowski, Table Tennis Association likely who recently brought home a won’t announce their picks until gold medal from later next year. the 2010 Canadian As always, this Para Table Tennis table tennis champ Championship held emphasizes that in Ottawa on Saturher own personal th day, November 20 . successes could Sokolowski – the not have been sole representative achieved without of the Yukon - was the community’s joined by competisupport. For the tors from BC, Onpast three years, tario, Quebec, and the Dawson CurlNova Scotia. ing Club has genThe gold medal erously provided win came in the the space to fateam event, in which Laurie Sokolowski (left) celebrates her gold medal win with teammates Barry Butler cilitate her table Sokolowski was (middle) and Robert Cloutier (right). tennis group that joined by long-time friend and mentor Barry Butler and newcomer for refining her tournament skills. meets four times a week. Close “It’s always good that I get to friends Karen Dubois, Greg HaRobert Cloutier, both from Ontario. The trio handily prevailed over the go back to Ontario [and play other konson, and Veronica Verkley competition without conceding a disabled players] because it’s a have also all helped out in differdifferent game”, she adds. ent ways from silk-screening her single set. In addition to the competitive jersey, to improving her rackets Due to a lack of female particiappeal, the event also allowed her and wheelchair. pants, the women’s singles event chance to catch up with old friends As Sokolowski proudly admits, was combined with the men to and colleagues, many of whom the honour of becoming a table form a mixed category. Sokolowski have been in the table tennis circuit tennis ambassador thrills her more narrowly missed out on the bronze for decades. As always, everyone than any medal win. in this event, conceding defeat only was grateful to receive the Yukon “It’s important to represent the to the medal winners. souvenirs she gave away. Yukon – going to tournaments Despite the lack of turnout, “I brought some different things helps put the territory on the map Sokolowski sees a bright future from the KVA – fridge magnets, in the sport. This is more important ahead for women’s competitive buttons – different stuff from the to me than ever before. It’s also table tennis in Canada. last tournament in Trois-Rivières. meaningful because there are so “I’m pretty confident that the A couple of people just came back few women in the sport and [these next nationals will have a women’s from the World Championships in medals] put women on the front event. We had enough people this South Korea and they gave away page. It reminds people that we time, but unfortunately someone need them in the sport and they got sick and also there was a curl- some pins, so we did a trade!” Sokolowski’s recent medal win can compete.” ing bonspiel that weekend some by Evan Rensch

people had already committed to,” she explains. The competition was flanked by two days of training sessions led by ex-national team coach Marles Martin and para national head John MacPherson. These sessions were “extremely beneficial” according to Sokolowski and the extra opportunity to play against other wheelchair competitors was invaluable

visibly placer mining in these parts, has come a long way in the last decade or so in adapting methods to prevent environmental damage. The environmental science industry has gained a better understanding of effects of mining and better mitigation techniques Hunker Creek Mine: Hunker Creek placer mine works the benches with re-contouring of which may apply materials to achieve smooth final slopes. Out-of-stream settling of wash water is seen at from one project centre-right, U-shaped to recirculate and recycle. to another. As each placer comes to balancing economic de- J. Bonhomme is principal of a mine is vastly different from the velopments, resource extraction, tiny consultancy specializing in next, that’s where the flexibility and protection of key values of obtaining permits for placer minand creativity come in. The Yu- our ecosystem. ing operations, and at times does kon is getting better at managing work for hard rock exploration all sides of the equation when it projects.

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Hunter-Gatherer By Allie Haydock

I know it’s getting into the Christmas season when people are talking about bake-offs and cookie exchanges, open houses and their menus for Christmas morning. Food is hands down my favorite part of the holidays and the best Christmas recipes are the ones that are only made at Christmas. My grandmother in Nova Scotia bakes shortbread every year and sends jam-packed tins lined with waxed paper across the country, which we all wait for expectantly. It’s so good that I have never tried to make shortbread myself and probably never will – I leave that to the expert. My area of expertise is squares. My chocolate addiction forces me to have a batch of something sweet and sticky on the go pretty much all the time, but Christmas time means I get to break out the really extra-special recipes. This is a basic recipe for Nanaimo bars, dressed up to be a little more festive. Don’t be overwhelmed by the many different steps – they are really quite simple (I should know, I made 16 batches in two afternoons for DCMF a couple of

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years ago). They also freeze very well if you want to plan ahead. And just a heads up: I plan to make these this year with Ovation pieces stuck into the chocolate layer if I can find some. Mint Chocolate Nanaimo Bars Bottom Layer: ½ cup butter ½ cup sugar 5 tbsp cocoa 1 egg, beaten 1 ¾ cup graham crumbs 1 cup coconut ½ cup mint chocolate chips - In a medium saucepan or double boiler melt the butter with the sugar and cocoa - Add the egg and stir until thick and smooth - Remove from heat and add the crumbs and coconut - Stir in the chocolate chips and press evenly into an un-greased 9 x 9 baking pan Middle Layer: ½ cup butter 2 cups icing sugar 2 tbsp custard powder 3 tbsp whipping cream

1 tsp peppermint extract Green food coloring -Cream butter, cream, icing sugar and custard powder together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. -Stir in the peppermint extract and add food coloring until you are satisfied with the color. -Spread evenly over the bottom layer. Top Layer: 5 squares semi-sweet chocolate 2 ½ tbsp butter. -Melt the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler. -Cool slightly and pour over the custard layer, smoothing with a spatula. -Refrigerate until chilled thoroughly or overnight and cut into squares.

Pet of the week

Mooch is a black long haired domestic neutered male with all his shots up to date. Mooch is a very independent cat. He has been at the Shelter for a while now and he gets along with all the other cats, even the rambunctious kittens! Mooch is very mellow and mostly relaxes by the window, dreaming of his future family. He would be the perfect mouse catcher and he is suited for the outdoor and indoor life. If you would like to meet an affectionate but free spirited cat do not hesitate to visit Mooch at the Shelter during our regular public hours.

NothingWill Grow Unless the Seedis Planted By Danielle Ouellet

It is not rare that we can get a greater perspective on something after having taken some distance from it. These days The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) often enters my thoughts. While I always greatly appreciated their contribution to the community of Dawson City, I didn’t see the complete scope of the impact it had upon me. I know of countless people who also appreciate the added value KIAC brings to their life, but lately I am finding out how much I learned because of this embedded art education. (For the readers who don’t know who I am: I lived in Dawson City for 6+ years and I have been gone for a year now.) I now find myself harvesting from this foundation that has built up layer by layer over the years in Dawson, as well as everything else that had contributed up to that point in my life. I love learning. It is as essential for me as eating and sleeping and I think it is always good to be reminded that learning comes in many different forms: school, life experiences, reading, trying new things, being exposed to different art mediums, conversing with someone, sharing thoughts, deepening

understanding, sharing knowledge, being shown how to do something, travels that include getting to know the people of the land, etc… Every time I went to a show or tried an art class or a workshop, I mainly thought about enjoying the moment. Although I knew that there was a little side of it that was therapeutic for me, I had stayed away from some forms of craft due to a silly and simple fact – I was a very perfectionist child who gave up easily and who heard her mom say, “so you think you have to be Picasso at the age of 5?” I can only speak for myself, but I would think it is the same for many, that doing anything artistic is very freeing and so much more if we want to analyse this more deeply. What is so formidable about having an institute like KIAC and now SOVA is the possibility to try on a variety of art forms. Also, in Dawson the opportunities and choices abound with TH’s art and culture, the museum and the community that is so profuse with talented artists. I see artistic expression as a very personal form of communication and creativity as a way to connect to our highest best. It fills you up with vital energy like anything you feel

*Picture by Jayde Dubois

passion for. The greater extent of exposure to a wide range of art I had in Dawson has enlarged my artistic horizon and opened the way for me to find art forms that are perfect for me. I certainly recommend that you try on new things just for fun – anyhow it will at least keep you young! I am still not very good at drawing, but who said that was all there is! The best part of life, to me, is personal growth in any sphere of life and it might as well occur while having fun! When we separate ourselves from a reality and look back on it, we can notice the seeds that were planted and know where some of the emerging fruits came from. (~ Comments can be sent to

The Dawson City Community Library is now accepting applications for a Part-Time Librarian and a Relief Librarian.

Also, for those already planning next year’s calendar, you will want to circle Saturday, January 29. This date has been chosen for the Library’s Résumés may be dropped annual “Double Bob Birthoff at the Library, e-mailed day Bash” in celebration of to Robbie Burns and Robert or sent to P.O. Box 1410, Service. Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0. Watch for details after the Holidays! The deadline for applications will be Friday, JanuDale Overholt & ary 14. Norma Tindall Community Librarians



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A Holiday Tale from Conservation Klondike

Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house were boxes, wrappings and paper strewn about. The stockings now only held empty bottles, candy wrappers and other waste, festive and novel. So many trappings, so much to clean! How to dispose of it, remained to be seen.
 When what to our wondering eyes should appear, but the recycling man, in an electric truck with only two gears! The paper he organized under the tree, and sorted it into categories, three:

one for white office paper, one for paper of the mixed sort 
(wrapping paper, boxboard, and junk mail reports), there was also a pile for newsprint and old phone books, and he kept on sorting refuse, cleaning out nooks!

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The plastic bottles, cans, cartons, boxed drinks and glass he rinsed out, sorted and took off the caps, but he didn’t stop with those the depot would refund, he would leave no recyclable material shunned. He collected the plastic inside the chocolate box, he collected the egg nog containers quick as a fox. he collected clean cling film and plastic bags, he collected clean tin cans, as much as he could drag. He took it all- but the cardboard he leftbecause Conservation Klondike doesn’t take it! He loaded the truck with his recyclable load, then with zero emissions rolled down the road. And I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Happiest Holidays from Conservation Klondike!” If you have questions about recycling in Dawson City, 
Please contact Conservation Klondike at: (867)993-6666 or visit:

A Christmas Colouring Page

brought to you by Conservation Klondike Society!

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Roache’s Corner by Mike Roache


Elwood by Bryley

Tundra by Chad Carpenter

We don’t have permission to use Tundra online

Climate Report

Temperatures for November 2010 Mean Max:       -8.2    Normal mean max:   -13.9 Extreme max: 10.6 13th 1976      Warmest day Nov 2010:      7.0 4th 
Mean Min:        -15.1  

Normal Mean Min:    -21.8        Extreme Min: -47.9 13th 1989     Coldest day Nov 2010:    -32.5 17th      Mean Temp:       -11.7   Normal Mean Temp: -17.9

Precipitation for November 2010 Rain:   0.0mm                   Normal:          0.0                     Record (one day):                0.2mm 9th 1987 
 Snow:    31.4cm 21.0mm   MWE    

Normal:         35.8cm 25.8mm   MWE     Record  (one day):               23.8cm 25th 1986 Extreme daily precipitation:     19.8mm 19th 1987

MWE = Mean water equivalent i.e. melted snow Most precipitation for one day November 2010:   5.8cm  (4.0mm mwe 
)23rd 2010. Snow on Ground last day of month:                27cm Average snow on ground last day of month:        30cm    Extreme snow on ground last day of month:        48cm

Nemo’s Notions

Our Feathered Neighbours:

The Christmas Bird Count by Tara Borin

Each December, birders everywhere take part in the annual Christmas Bird Count. The tradition began in December 1900 when ornithologist Frank Chapman suggested identifying and counting birds as an alternative to popular “side hunts”, where teams would compete to see who could shoot the most game. That first census had 27 participants, from Toronto, Ontario to Pacific Grove, California, who catalogued a combined 90 species. Over the last century, the Christmas Bird Count has grown to include volunteers all across Canada and the United States, with new counts happening in South America and even Antarctica. The information collected helps researchers and conservationists monitor changing bird populations and what the changes may indicate about things like habitat destruction and water quality. In the past, information gleaned from the census has highlighted species in decline, sparking hunting bans and conservation efforts. Last year marked Dawson’s first official Christmas Bird Count, organized by Sebastian Jones. 14 participants counted 450 birds of 8 different species, counting within a 24 km radius centered on Bear Creek, extending to include Henderson’s and West Dawson, but not Sunnydale. This year’s count will work within the same radius. On December 19th, you may count from the warmth of you own home, making sure to note that birds seen were at your feeder. If you’d like to count birds in the field, make sure to note your location and approximately how much distance you covered. If there is water nearby, note whether it is frozen or open. Record your start and finish times as well as the weather. Count every bird of each species only once: so if you are counting birds at a feeder, and a group of a half dozen redpolls visits, count them only once, not each time they return! If there are more on some visits, count the largest number. Any noteworthy species sighted within three days of the 19th may also be recorded seperately. Participating birders can meet at the College at 7 p.m. on the 19th to share results and a little food! If you are unable to make it, please send your results to

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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 DAWSON COMMUNITY CHAPEL 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 10:30 Christmas Services Friday, Dec. 24 Community Christmas Eve Carol Service @ 7:00 p.m. Candlelight Service @ 11:00 p.m. No service on Christmas Day

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Real Estate

Many Rivers

FOR SALE BY OWNER 1 1/2 COMMERCIAL LOTS O n 3 rd A v e n e x t t o t h e Westminster Hotel. Call 993-5346

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 993-6455 or email dawson@manyrivers. See our website at www. Alcoholics Anonymous 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, 2nd floor (use outside stairs). Call 993-3734 or 5095 for info.

Call for Submissions Are you going on vacation and looking for a new experience? Professional artist/photographer looking for people willing to be photographed during their vacations this winter and spring. Results will be published and shown in exhibitions across the country. Open to all kinds trips and people. Check out for details.

K londike Outreach Job Board Open Positions:

Bank Manager Bartenders Commercial Sewing Machine Operator General Assistant Retired male teacher would like to spend some time in Dawson HVAC – journeyman City in dead of winter for a month Outreach Family Support Worker or two starting in January. Badly Plumber – journeyman

In Need of Accommodation

needs accommodation, perhaps room & board or just room with kitchen access or apt. if price is right. Contact Ted Fraser at 780568-4390 (home), 780-933-6561 (cell) or

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Business Directory

Positions with Closing Dates: Airport Supervisor – Dec 15 Manager of Marketing and Events – Dec 16 Building Maintenance Technician – Dec 17 at 3:00pm Rink Assistant – Dec 17 Programs Manager – Dec 20 For more information on these and other positions, come into the Klondike Outreach office next to the Territorial Agent/Liquor Store (853-Third Street). Klondike Outreach hours: Monday-Friday 9-noon and 1-5 pm Closed weekends and Stat. Holidays Phone: 993-5176 ~ Fax: 993-6947 Website: E-mail:

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

Some Holiday Messages From Your Fire Department A Holiday Gift Idea

A Fire-Safe Holiday

Looking for a holiday gift that shows you care. A smoke alarm is a terrific idea. Nine out of ten home fire deaths occur at night when people are asleep. So this holiday season, give your friends a present that protects and watches over them all year round....A smoke alarm.

“People gathering together is the real joy of the holiday season. Take a few moments to protect your friends and family from an unexpected tragedy. Test the smoke alarms in your home to make sure they’re working, and be certain everyone in your family knows and practices your home fire escape plan.

Candle Care

Christmas Tree Safety

Candles are a traditional and beautiful part of the holiday season. They are also a direct source of fire in your home, so be cautious with them. Use non-flammable holders and position candles a safe distance from your Christmas tree and other holiday decorations. Children are always fascinated by candles and are drawn to them, so place yours safely out of children’s reach.

It’s the holiday season and time to find just the right Christmas tree. Look for one that’s fresh and green. The needles should bend and not snap between your fingers. At home, find a cool spot for your tree, away from heater vents and the fireplace. A dry tree is a serious fire hazard, so water yours often. After the holidays, dispose of the tree safely.



The Town of the City of Dawson is seeking applications for a full-time Building Maintenance Technician. Reporting to the Superintendent of Public Works, this position is responsible for all aspects of City of Dawson Building Maintenance.

The Town of the City of Dawson is seeking applications for a part-time rink assistant. Reporting to the Recreation Manager, this position is responsible for supervising public skating times. This position will be 6-12 hours a week with some weekend work required. Duties include managing the cash register, light cleaning, handing out rental equipment, customer service, supervision of participants and involvement in set-up and take down for recreation events.

Building Maintenance Technician

Qualifications: • Experience and formal training in all aspects of building maintenance with a heavy emphasis on mechanical, heating, ventilation and pumping systems. • Knowledge and experience in carpentry • Confined Spaces Training • Current First Aid and CPR Tickets or willingness to obtain. Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Closing Date: A current resume and covering letter must be received at the City of Dawson Administration Building on Front Street by 3:00 PM, December 17, 2010. For more information, please contact Norm Carlson at 867-993-7400


Qualifications: • Experience in an arena setting • Experience with participant supervision • Volunteer experience • Current First Aid and CPR Certification an asset Salary: $12.00/hour If you wish to speak with someone about this opportunity, please contact Marta Selassie, Recreation Manager at 993-2350.

Closing Date: A current resume and covering letter must be e-mailed to marta. or received at the Recreation and Parks Office located in the Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre by Friday, December 17th. Or by mail to: City of Dawson Office 1336 Front Street Box 308, Dawson, YT, Y0B 1G0 Attn: Marta Selassie Fax: (867)-993-2354

Please be advised that the City would appreciate it if there are no vehicles left parked on the side of the road all season long. It makes it very difficult for the grader operator to do their job with vehicles in the way and it is also a contravention of the Traffic Bylaw. This year the City will be towing all vehicles left on the side of the road, especially during snow removal season, and all costs will be incurred to the owner. We hope to have everyone’s cooperation on this matter.

The City of Dawson Holiday Closure:

Except for emergencies, the City Office will close at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 24th, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 (inclusive).


Klondike Sun, December 15, 2010  

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