The Klondike Sun Wednesday, May 4, 2011 online edition
Janke Takes MITY Award at 12th Annual DCISFF Story and Photos By Dan Davidson Daniel Janke’s “Finding Milton”, a tribute to the work of peoples’ poet, Milton Acorn, captured the Made In the Yukon (MITY) award in the professional category at the 2011 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. The award (a handcrafted statue which changes a bit from year to year) comes with $1000 cash, a $1000 equipment rental from the Northern Film and Video Industry Association (NFVIA) and a guaranteed screening at the 2012 Tromso International Film Festival in Norway. ‘The quality of the films in the professional category was mind-boggling,” said Dawson City Arts Society (DCAS) execu-
tive director Karen Dubois. “The jury had a very, very difficult time trying to choose two winners. Congratulations to all of the winners for the wonderful films that were made in the professional category.” Daniel Janke reflected on his history at the festival, where he won this same award two years ago. “I’ve been to the festival here probably the last five years in a row. I think it’s because I made a decision five or six years ago that I would make one film a year, whether I needed it or not, and often Dawson was a great place to show a feature. I’ve noticed, over the last five years, an incredible development in the local films, and I just want to say bravo to that. The local films are just getting better. Way to go.”
Second place, which offers $500 cash and $500 worth of video equipment rental from the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) went to Tookie Mercredi’s “Our Changing Homeland, Our Changing Lives”, an account of the last 20 years of dealing with climate change in Old Crow. The MITY Emerging Artist Award was presented to Evan Rensch and Aubyn O’Grady’s “Soft Spoken”, the hilarious antics of a young man learning to ride a bicycle in the winter. This film was a product of KIAC’s mid-winter 48 Hour Film Festival, where it won the audience favorite award and tied for best film. MITY winners in this category receive $300 cash and
series, have booked rooms as well. Brad Whitelaw has been asked not to say too much about the television crew, but was happy to talk about other bookings. ‘With the construction and exploration, we’ve been booked up pretty good,” he says. “We’re still taking reservations, but it’s up from previous years – no doubt.” The hotel isn’t booked solid, but it’s going to be busy. One of the impacts is that his hotel is opening on May 1, two weeks earlier than in other years. “We’ll be open later in the season this year, too.” Whitelaw says he’s also had more advance bookings from tourists. “The prudent business thing to do is to be prepared and we’ll see if this all actually happens,” he says. Helen Bowie hopes that everyone is prepared. “I’ve spoken with a number of hotel owners and I know that a large portion of their rooms are spoken for already. That has to do with the construction.” During the last eight months construction on two major projects – the new Yukon Housing
apartment building and Yukon College – has either been completed or is just about complete. The two larger projects – the wastewater treatment plant and the new hospital – are just now ramping up to go full bore for the summer. Foundation work has already begun on the former project, causing some congestion on Sixth Avenue. The WWTP will shortly be blocking Fifth Avenue and rerouting water and sewer lines there for a brief period while hookups are completed for the next phase of
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Daniel Janke won the MITY Pro Award.
Dawson Faces Summer time Accommodation Crunch By Dan Davidson When it comes to housing and accommodation options for people arriving to Dawson this summer, Chamber of Commerce president, Helen Bowie, is more than slightly worried. ‘”I think we could be in dire straits this summer,” she says. A couple of hotels in Dawson are already booked with construction and exploration crews for the coming summer. The Bonanza Gold Hotel, across the Ogilvie Bridge from the town core, is one on these. Gail Hendley says that Bonanza Gold was unusually busy this winter, being one of the town’s year round hotels. She had to keep portions open that are normally shut down in the odd season. “I’m saving the main building for visitors, and tourists and locals.” Locals, because some people will shortly need a place to stay when the ice bridge closes for good and they have to wait for the ferry to start crossing after break-up. Over town, at the Triple J Hotel, the cast and crew of Gold Rush Alaska, a reality television
The Triple J is one of the hotels that has increased bookings for the summer. its construction. These two large projects will be on the go all summer. Meanwhile mining exploration crews are arriving in town, using this as a staging area. Underwood, the original owner of
the projects now owned by Kin Ross, staged out of here. The group of companies operated by Shawn Ryan and Cathy Wood are expecting to employ about 100 people this summer, moving them in and out of Daw-
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KDO Meeting...................................... 3
History Hunter............................... 18
Uffish Thoughts................................ 4 RSS Cranes.......................................... 6 SOVA Grad........................................... 7 Dyer Talk.............................................. 8 Writer’s Conference........................ 9
Alanna Mitchell.............................. 10
DCMF Profiles................................. 11
Heritage Message.......................... 17
CFYT Profiles.................................. 19
Police Blotter.................................. 21
City of Dawson............................... 24
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$300 worth of KIAC equipment rental. The second place winner was Brendan Reese, with “Thursday”, who received $200 in cash and $200 I KIAC video rental. There was also a MITY Youth Award that went to Rory and Jake Duncan, for “Bear Creek Rocket Cam”, a fantasy in which Bear Creek, the former headquarters of the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corp., became the training facility for Space Program Yukon. The award in this category was $100 in cash. The Lodestar Award was given to Markuu Heikkinen’s “The Old Man and the Lady from Finland”, about the odd relationship between two old people in the remote village of Kainuu, near the Russian border. The final award category was the Audience Choice, which went to the Bella Coola, B.C. film “Cry Rock”, a thoughtful piece by Banchi Hanuse about the efforts to maintain the language and traditional stories of the Nuxalk people. Just prior to the awards ceremony the audience laughed through the screening of a film that was created and edited during the festival itself during sessions with documentary filmmaker Brenda Longfellow. Taking as its inspiration the theories guest lecturer Gwynne Dyer put forward in his book Climate Change, and using a mixture of live action and animation, the video took a humorous peek into a future where all of Dawson slowly sinks into the melting permafrost. Wrapping up the festival, DCAS president, Peter Menzies, outlined the yearly round of programs that DCAS/KIAC was responsible for after 12 years in operation, including this festival, the Yukon Riverside Arts
This year’s Made in the Yukon (MITY) Awards: duct tape, wire and wood all useful for would-be film makers who might get lost in the woods. This year’s model was created by Tao Henderson.
Evan Rensch and Aubyn O’Grady were the MITY Emerging Artists.
Steampunk usher Gord McCrae, glittering Lulu Keating and hat fiend Dan Sokolowski get ready to hand out the awards. Festival, the Youth Art Enrichment Program, Summer Youth Art Camp, the ODD Gallery, the Artist’s in Residence Program and the Gallery’s Natural and Manufactured project. He noted that a lot of the same people who work at these are involved in the Chamber of Commerce, CFYT-fm, the Dawson City Music Festival, the local newspaper and both Robert Service School and the Yukon School of Visual Arts. ‘The group that you’re associating with right now really are making this town a wonderful place to live.” Teams need leaders, he said, and the film festival has been lucky to have Dan Sokolowski
for the last five years. “Dan has brought to this event a quality of service that I think I’m only now starting to appreciate the longer I stay on the board. The festival is like the end of a long road each year because Dan works constantly at developing appreciation for what the festival does and why we get involved in film and video. “He runs at least two courses a year. He’s a tireless volunteer. He’s what some of us call the full package. He raises the money, he finds volunteers, he trains people. And he inspires people to become part of this event.” That speech, of course, was followed by a standing ovation.
The Oddfellows Hall was packed for the final evening.
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KDO Meeting reports on a Busy Dawson City By Dan Davidson The Klondike Development Organization (KDO) held its second partnership forum on April 15 in the KIAC ballroom. Where the first such meeting had been focussed on the KDO and its proposed activities, this second meeting was intended to highlight the activities of the many other organizations in the town. The biggest news of the meeting came from Gary Wilson, the chief executive officer of Chief Isaac Inc., the development arm of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH). Wilson announced that Chief Isaac was now prepared to come on board as a participating member of the KDO. The businesses owned and operated by the first nation employ between 150 and 200 people, depending on the season, so having them involved with the KDO is very important. “In the long term what the first nation wants to see is a place where there are opportunities available for its citizens.” TH is already one of the three founding partners of the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA), as well as running businesses as diverse as Mackenzie Petroleum and Kluane Freight Lines. “The arts community,” said Wilson, “is as important to us as fuel distribution.” TH is embarking on its own look at a regional economic development plan. While this was originally going to be focussed on the first nation as an extension of Chapter 22 of its Land Claim, Wilson says that it is now intended to embrace the entire Klondike community.
Speaking for the KDO, Gary Parker greeted this announcement enthusiastically. Tim Jones gave a brief report on the economic impact of the Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF), which is estimated to bring a million dollars to the town as a result of its three day main event in the summer. DCMF also partners with other local groups to bring events to the town year round. A DCMF study feeding into a larger report being prepared through the Dawson City Arts Society indicates that most respondents felt the festival and its activities were part of what makes Dawson a desirable place to live. Parks Canada Superintendent David Rohatensky began his presentation by noting that he has been “impressed and amazed” by the level of activity in Dawson in the year and a half since he arrived. “We’re looking to enhance Dawson, but we’re building on a very solid foundation.” Parks, he said, needs a work force of about 50 people to accomplish its mandate, which it has been reassessing as part of the development of its new management plan, which is now in draft form. “As an employer I certainly want a happy productive work force and this where our goals mesh up.” He also indicated that Parks is looking at some form of programming for the Palace Grand Theatre and that a request for proposals will soon be going out. Yukon SOVA executive director Eryn Foster spoke about the impact that the college, now
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concluding its fourth year, is having on the community, but warned that finding places to house those students continues to be an issue. The Klondike Visitors Association’s Gary Parker said that the KVA employs around 75 people, most of them seasonally, and continues to be the focus of promotion of Dawson as a destination and puts about $3 million dollars in the community each year. It also sponsors and runs numerous programs during the year, including Jack London’s Cabin and a number of community events. The KVA is about to unveil its Central Point of Sales internet pilot project during the coming week. Karen Dubois, the exec. Director of the Dawson City Arts Society said that DCAS will soon have the results of an economic impact study that it has commissioned. DCAS and KIAC sponsor a large number of annual events now and probably can’t take on more projects without finding more sources of funding. Lou Maxwell indicated that the new Yukon College building is ready for occupancy and that they will be moving in on July 1. Dawson City Chamber of Commerce president, Helen Bowie, mentioned that the chambers 2007 survey was one of the factors that led to the founding of the KDO. The chamber now has a website and the group was reminded that the 25th annual Dawson City Gold Show was coming up from May 20 to 22.
son, They have bought a large house in town and are planning to build further staff accommodation on the property they have in the Callison Industrial Subdivision. The City of Dawson is moving towards making an amendment to the zoning for that area to allow things like this to happen on a case-by-case basis. Even with this activity, Bowie and the members of the chamber are concerned. ‘We can’t help but be short,” she said. “I don’t know what the solution is, but I think the government should think twice about closing the Korbo Apartments.” The Korbo, on Sixth Avenue, is an older building with a number of problems, including a furnace oil leak that was discovered last year, and Yukon Housing has said it will be torn down once the new building on Turner Street is ready to receive residents. Dawson has had a perennial problem with accommodation for summer workers ever since Tent City closed down at the end of the summer of 2004, and Bowie thinks the Korbo could be an answer to that problem, at least for the coming summer. Bowie is hearing from a number of people who are working towards creating temporary living spaces. She herself has con-
verted a portion of the former Dept. of Highways garage from Fifth Avenue, which she has on a lot in Callison, into a two-floor office suite, which will be used by the company that rents the garage portion of the building. Dawson’s council isn’t moving quickly on this issue. Councillor Wayne Potoroka brought forward a couple of motions at the April 13 council meeting. One was to develop a bylaw to permit the establishment of “garden suites”, detached units on a resident’s regular property. Potoroka’s other proposal was to direct the town staff to explore options for expanding the number of days that people could allow visiting RVs (including campers, trailers and tents) to be parked on their property. This was not an action motion but simply a direction to do some thinking about it. Mayor Jenkins spoke vigorously against both propositions and they were tabled for further discussion at a later time. Bowie says she’s hearing that people are talking about acquiring small cabins and fitting them in wherever they can find space. “The overall footprint of Dawson is going to change with all these little things,” she says, and she’s not sure how much of an issue that will be in years to come.
The Korbo Apartment Building is slated for demolition once the new Yukon Housing building is commissioned.
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Uffish Thoughts: Remembering Tent City By Dan Davidson
As we get closer to the time when Dawson sees an influx of summer workers, I thought I would take this week to reflect on the glory that was Tent City. To begin with, there has been a summer housing crunch in Dawson from at least the 1970s on. The shortage of suitable accommodation has led summerdoughs to camp out in shacks, pitch tents, and spread bed rolls where ever they can find a place. We’ve even had people living on rafts anchored in middle of the Yukon River. And could I fail to mention Caveman Bill, who has been living in a couple of caves on the west bank for the last decade? Right now the situation is not as bad as it was two or three years back, or so I would infer from the fact that there was no organized lobby group pushing for summer housing solutions at city council in the summer of 2010, as there had been the two previous summers. From 2005 on those discus-
sions had both locals and summer workers discussing camping options, and presentations at city council often focussed on the good old days. Once upon a time there was Tent City, a place that fit quite neatly into the Klondike ambiance, although the tiny tents that festooned the woods just off the Top of the World Highway across the river were certainly more colourful that those that can be seen in Gold Rush era photographs. Tenting makes a lot of sense in Dawson, if you like that sort of thing. If it doesn’t rain too much, the months of May, June and July can be fine tenting weather. The ferry to town is in walking or biking distance, and hotel owners have been quick to tell me about the number of times they found summer folk washing hair and sponge bathing in their public washrooms. There wasn’t too much complaining because Dawson needs those summerdoughs. There’s no way to support the summer tourist business without staff, and there aren’t enough young people in Dawson to fill all those
jobs. So there was Tent City. It went through a number of phases. Originally it wasn’t too organized, and there are people who wax nostalgic for those days. By the time I got here there were concerns about bear attacks and possible forest fires and the town had taken the administration of the place in hand. A fairly nominal fee was charged to pay for the upkeep, site supervision and garbage collection. The Klondike Sun hires student reporters every summer. One of them lived with his partner in a tree house someone had left behind in Tent City, and loved it until it started getting chilly at night in late August. A couple of others tented there as well. Then came Land Claims, and the area where Tent City had been became the property of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, who vowed to keep it running for a specified term, but who did say they would eventually shut it down. That this deadline arrived about the same time that the
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By the winter of 2005 all that was left of Tent City was a small admin building and a cheerful sign. town council was under siege, and was eventually removed, was an unfortunate coincidence, but the end result was that no replacement for the low cost summer housing option was ever developed. I watched both the trusteeship and the restored council give this some thought and debate, but nothing got done in the end. Is there a connection between the closure of Tent City and the decline in the number of people coming to Dawson to find summer jobs? Some say this is so.
Others say that the wage gap between here and the southern provinces is no longer wide enough to be the lure it was. Maybe it’s a combination, since the wages are okay if your housing costs are close to nothing. At any rate, the days of Tent City are over, and those who do plan a summer in Dawson need to give some advance thought to where they might lay their heads at night. Note: This column originally appeared in What’s Up Yukon.
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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 email@example.com. Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) - Odd Gallery: Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 5 pm Sat noon - 5pm. Visit www.kiac.ca for current exhibitions and programming information. Family Coffee House & Open Mic - Saturday, May 7th, 6:30 PM, ODD Fellows Ballroom. Gwandaak Theatre presents Café Daughter , a play by Kenneth T. Williams. Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Wednesday, May 4th, 7 PM. Tickets $10 ($5 youth/elders) Dawson City Rec Department - Drop-in Badminton, Mondays in the RSS Gymnasium - 6:15- 8 p.m. Kickboxing, Tues & Thurs, 5:30-7:30 PM in the Ancillary Room. For more information on these and other available programs, please contact the Rec Department, 993-2353 Recreation Department After School Programming - Mon: Supervised Playground Time (Grades 1+) 3:30-5 PM, Tues: Girl Power (Grades 6-9), 3:30-5 PM, Wed: Kids Open Gym (Grades 2-5), 2:30 - 5 PM, Youth Weights (Grades 8+), 3:30 - 5 PM, Fri: Youth Open Gym (Grades 5+), 6:15 - 8 PM. Meet at they playground for all events except Friday. Please call the Rec. Dept. for more details, 993-2353. Minor Softball - Season begins soon, call the Rec. Dept to register, 993-2353. 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. Hazardous Household Waste Day - Saturday, May 4th, 10 - 4:30 PM, Quigley Landfill.
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RSS Makes Cranes for Japan The Grade 4 class at Robert Service School completed making 1000 origami cranes which are currently on route to Hiroshima, Japan. This is the 13th annual shipment of cranes from RSS since 1997. Just ask any student from grades 4 to 12 to show you how to make one and they will probably remember. Origami cranes are sent to Hi-
roshima from all over the world in remembrance of Sadako Sasaki who was one of many young victims from the world’s first nuclear bomb detonation on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. The cranes symbolize world peace, good luck and good health. Japanese legend states that if a person folds 1000 cranes, they will get their
wish. The Grade 4 students would like to wish Japan a speedy recovery from the earthquake and tsunami which have devastated the country in recent months.
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SOVA Celebrates its Fourth Graduating Class Story by Evan Rensch Photos by Jay Armitage
The Yukon School of Visual Arts celebrated the accomplishments of its thirteen graduating students with the opening of two student exhibitions on April 28th. In the SOVA gallery, faculty member Veronica Verkley curated a group of twenty-six works (two per student) created over the course of the school year. The range of work spanned the gamut of different media and artistic processes, with animations, metal work, textiles, and collages all on display. The exhibition crawl continued in the ODD Gallery with the seventh Over the Wire project, organized by instructor Charles Stankievech. Over the Wire is an ongoing SOVA project in which established artists are invited to work with students from afar via conference call. The artist assigns them a special project, which results in a final end-of-term exhibition. This particular installment partnered SOVA with the Centre for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), a Los Angeles-based organization “dedicated to the increase and diffusion of information about how the nation’s lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived.” Students were asked to interpret many notable spaces in the Klondike landscape with four subcategories guiding their study: Mining, First Nations, Tourism, and Historical buildings. The resulting exhibition presented an analysis of thirty-six of these locations through photographs, texts, and maps. This year also marked the third annual collaboration between instructor Jen Laliberte’s English class and Parks Canada, who allows the school to hang works within Klondike National Historic Site buildings scattered throughout town. For this year’s installation, students were challenged to create maps that represented their concept of “home” – a guide to these locations was available at both exhibitions for viewers to take along with them. The following day marked the graduation banquet and commencement ceremony, held in the ODD Fellows Ballroom.. Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Elder Clara Van Bibber began the proceedings with an opening prayer and Jackie Olson, TH Director of Heritage gave the keynote speech of the evening. Representatives from each of SOVA’s partner organizations - Robert Joseph (Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in), Dr. Deb Bartlette, (Yukon College), and Kit Hepburn (DCAS) – were also present for the ceremony and applauded the students’ efforts in their remarks. Klondike MLA Steve Nordick also spoke at the event, representing the Yukon Government - YTG is a primary funder of the SOVA Foundation Year Program. This fourth group of graduates marks a special milestone in the school’s brief existence. This spring, SOVA alumni who attended the school when it first opened four year ago are now graduating with their undergraduate degrees at SOVA’s partner art schools across the country.
Above: SOVA graduate Graham Rudge shakes the hand of Yukon College’s Dean of Applied Arts, Deb Bartlette Left: Students Emma Tius, Kerry Barber, and Ellen Friesen display their new diplomas.
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Eye on SOVA It Ain’t Over til it’s SOVA Well, things have finally wrapped up over here at SOVA and there are a few thank-yous in order. First, to the amazing administration staff, Eryn and Ashley for putting up our lack of collective organization and disregard for schedules. To Jay Armitage (don’t worry I’ve signed this column out and will return it to you in two weeks) for answering his phone in the middle of the night and unplugging our hot glue guns.
To Jen for her tireless commitment to improving our grammar and her thoughtful lessons. A thank you to Veronica, whose creativity is mind boggling and whose feedback is endlessly helpful. And of course Charles, whose connections to the art world have allowed us to work with world- renowned artists and organizations, which is a fantastic opportunity as a bunch of first year art students. Thanks to all the support staff, who take care of the building we made art in and on.
And to KIAC, and the City of Dawson.Thanks! We’re a real lucky bunch of students to have been able to study such a supportive arts community. To my fellow students, I’m pretty proud of us! Over the course of this year we’ve all developed unique styles and that’s really something. Good luck to those who are continuing on to a BFA, and to those of you who are staying, I’ll see ya around.
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Dyer tidings for our times By Dan Davidson Gwynne Dyer is better known for his work on military matters and international events. His cogent analyses of the Afghan and Iraqi wars have filled three recent books. That said, climate change was not high on his list of things to write about until some five years ago. (He did say “three years ago” in his lecture, but he said the same thing in Toronto in 2008 when Climate Wars [Vintage] was published, so we need to backdate him a little bit.) In his lecture at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival on Saturday, he said he sort of tripped over the subject while looking for other things. What he discovered was that the Pentagon was looking very seriously at climate change as a potential source of international tension. They were doing it quietly then, because the second Bush presidency had long since pronounced all talk on the subject as “fatally flawed” and it was worth your career to contradict the White House, but they were doing it all the same. Over the next 18 months Dyer talked to about 100 people, scientists and military types working on the subject, as part of his regular travel to feed his twice weekly opinion column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers (including the Whitehorse Star) in some 45 countries. He learned that military folks everywhere were looking at the issue. He discovered that as right wing a politician as Margaret Thatcher had actually set up an institute (the Hadley Climate Centre) to study the matter. He started including the subject in his newspaper columns and began to write a book about it. His lectures on the subject, since the publication of the book, can be found as podcasts (from a three part series on CBC Radio One’s Ideas) and a download video lecture from TV Ontario. His talk in Dawson condensed the main themes of these previous lectures, which are, in turn, scaled down from the 264-page book. He presented his four main conclusions in Dawson. First came the startling news that all the current public discussion on the subject is based on data that was probably collected around 2002 and 2003 and published in 2007. It may have been closer to correct at the time, but it is now out of date and things are progressing much more rapidly than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had predicted. General predictions saw a four-degree increase in average planetary temperature (less over the ocean, more over the land) by 2060. Dyer says it will be closer to seven over land. Worse, most studies agree that allowing the average temperature to rise more than two degrees will push the planet past the tipping point at which natural feedback mechanisms will kick in and take the situation out of our control com-
pletely. Carbon dioxide emissions are the only thing we can control and we need, he said repeatedly, to eliminate them completely. The second conclusion is that the military are right: there will be wars and rumours of wars. There could be wars over food shortages and wars over water rights. There could be failed states. If Iraq had a real army they would probably be fighting with Turkey now over that country’s actions in regards to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which begin in Turkey and run through Iraq. When India and Pakistan begin quarreling over water rights, we have to hope they won’t use their nuclear weapons. It will take international agreements to reduce carbon use world wide, Dyer said. Now is the time to do that, now when the world is relatively peaceful and international bodies still have some influence. When it all begins to unravel it will be too late. His third conclusion is that we will pass the 450 parts per million of CO2 in the air that will take us into crisis. The old industrial nations of the world began the problem, but they are not the ones that will take us over the top. Rapid industrialization in the developing nations of China, India and in South America will make the final push. To get international agreements to restrict CO2 accumulation, the developed world will have to admit that our nations created this problem in the first place, Dyer says. If all the nations have to cut CO2 emissions, we will have to cut more than the developing countries in order to get them to cooperate. They rightfully feel that it’s their turn to prosper, and they’re not going to allow us to forget that we started this mess. As a global culture we are a high maintenance, high energy affair, Dyer says, and we are going to have to replace our coal, oil and gas use by every means possible, including wind, solar, geothermal and, most likely, nuclear sources of energy. Dyer feels that this task can be accomplished, but that we are “a day late and a dollar short” in getting under way. We’ll miss the important benchmarks. The fourth conclusion is that we can buy time through geo-engineering, or, as the experts call it, solar radiation management. The book discusses several methods, but Dyer concentrated on one in his talk. We can mimic the action of volcanoes by injecting sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere where it will create tiny reflective particles that will reduce the amount of direct solar heat reaching the surface. This is not a solution – just a temporary holding action. One reason the experts don’t like to “talk about it in front of the children” is that they are afraid people will assume it to be a magic bullet cure. It’s not, but it would buy us time, Dyer said, to do all the other necessary things that must be done to restore the balance and take CO2 concentrations back below 400 parts per
Gwynne Dyer speaking at the Oddfellows Hall on April 24th. million. There were a few questions at the end of the lecture, but most just expanded on points already made. Canada, Dyer noted, will not be as badly affected as most parts of the world, but we will have to plan to come to agreement with our southern neighbour about water sharing. Our high arctic will, of course, be
more affected than our middle latitudes, and places like Dawson, built on a former frozen swamp underlain by discontinuous permafrost, will have to make some serious adjustments to cope with the problems that may arise. On Sunday a number of people were heard to say that they slept uneasily Saturday night after Dyer’s lecture.
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Thirty-First Young Authors’ Conference Aims to Encourage Writing By Dan Davidson The 31st Young Authors Conference is under way at F.H. Collins Secondary School. Sessions began on Thursday morning with a hearty welcome from perennial MC Jerome Stueart, himself a published writer and currently an instructor at Yukon College, as well as the mentor of a student-writing group in the city. The sixty or so students who arrived to begin two days of workshops and readings were selected from their schools on the basis of their submissions for the conference, which will be judged for one of five writing awards to be presented at the end of the day on Friday. During the two days the students will participate in a series of writing workshops with their assigned mentor writer and also listen to readings of works by all of them. Richard Van Camp is making a return appearance this year, bringing his trademark humour and pithy storytelling and presentation skills to both his group and the entire conference. Now based in Edmonton, Van Camp grew up in Fort Smith, and most of his stories reflect his northern upbringing. He has written novels, children’s books, comic books and short stories. His latest collection is The Moon of Letting Go and his latest novel, The Strongest Blood, will be published in 2012. Alanna Mitchell lives in To-
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ronto and writes about science and society, trying to make the esoteric utterances of scientists accessible to the general public. She will be giving a couple of lectures based on her recent book, Sea Sick: the Global Oceans in Crisis, on behalf of the Yukon Science Institute. To the conference she brings a career of writing literary non-fiction, a fast growing, and sometimes controversial, genre in the nonfiction category. Claire Eamer also writes nonfiction and has produced four well regarded science books for children, the latest being Lizards in the Sky. She also writes regularly for science magazines. She loves doing research for her work and also writes science fiction for young adults. She lives in Whitehorse. Brian Brett is returning to the Yukon again after many years of writing a regular column in the the Yukon News, which he began when he was the Whitehorse Library’s Writer-in-Residence. Brett, who lives on Salt Spring Island, writes poetry, essays, memoirs, and has one mystery novel amongst his list of published work. His most recent book is a memoir, Trauma Farm. Dorris Heffron wrote one of the earliest Young Adult novels (then categorized as “juvenile fiction”) while she was studying and teaching at Oxford. She has also written adult fiction and the research for her latest novel, City Wolves, has made her a rec-
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lish teacher Sara Davidson, who picked up the torch passed by retired long-time coordinator Joyce Sward, who has been hovering in the background since January. The stated objective of the YAC is “to give young writers an opportunity to meet and work with published writers and to meet and share writing and ideas with other students.” It does that well.
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Writing provides an enjoyable learning curve By Dan Davidson
As a non-fiction writer, Alanna Mitchell is motivated by the challenges her work brings. “It’s about a learning curve for me. There are three parts of being a writer that I really love. One is the research, the next is putting it all together in my head and the next is physically writing it. Each one of those is a big learning curve for me. It was a natural.” She took her first degree in Latin literature and English literature from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, odd choices for someone who has ended up writing about planetary science. But her second degree is a bachelor of applied arts in journalism, from Ryerson University in Toronto. Being a lawyer or a doctor would have been a more acceptable path for her parents. “I became a journalist because it was sort of a countercultural thing to do in my family. My dad was a biology professor and my mother is a visual artist. There were certain things that were appropriate careers for the children in my family. Being a journalist was not one of them. It was a bit of a seditious thing to do.” It took some time but her parents finally accepted her choice. “Yeah, they like the books. Ours was a very literate household. Books were a really huge deal for us.” Her career as a writer began at the Financial Post, covering real estate, business and the Canadian banking system. Moving to the Globe and Mail she shifted to social trends and
statistics. Then she moved to Calgary, to become the Globe’s national correspondent there. After six years of that it was back to Toronto, where her focus shifted to the field of earth sciences. After 17 years in daily journalism she left that field to take up writing books and magazine articles about a variety of subjects, with a concentration on environmental issues. Her first book was Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World’s Environmental Hotspots, in 2004. Her most recent is Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean, published in 2008. She has also had several pieces in the Walrus magazine, on topics as various as the HIV/ AIDS epidemic in Africa to disappearing coral reefs. 2009 saw her produce a series of articles in the Toronto Star about brain chemistry and learning, a study funded by her 2008 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, a $75,000 prize with an expense budget of up to $25,000. She speaks on a variety of topics from climate change to neuroscience, and the list of her engagements in 2010 leaves one wondering where she might find any time to write at all. She credits her father, the biologist, for inspiring the shift to science writing. “Every walk in the field with my Dad was a field trip. Every summer holiday was this extended biological discourse. There was always this sense in the household that scientific questions were important questions to explore. “I didn’t become a scientist
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and I’ve never taken a university science course, but I became fascinated by the kinds of questions that scientists are asking. It became clear to me that I could understand when they spoke to me. I could read their papers and translate that into something that the public could pick up. I think it was just bred in the bone.” Once you get past the jargon and the specialized language, and learn to read it the way you can learn to read Shakespeare, Mitchell says there’s an immense, magical world that opens up for you. “Scientists are on the cutting edge of figuring out what’s hap-
pening to our planetary system,” Mitchell says, adding that it’s important to democratize that knowledge so it isn’t limited to just the elite that have studied the subjects in depth. “Most of the science conducted in the world is financed by the public dollar, whether through funding agencies or universities. It’s a public good and because it’s not communicated to the public we’re losing something. Scientists, many of them, are asking questions that are critical to the future of our civilization and, indeed, to life as we know it on our planet. It seems to me that we have a stake in understanding what
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they’re finding out. While she has been in the far north before, this will be Mitchell’s first trip to the Yukon. “I’m looking forward to it enormously. I want to get out on the land and just sort of soak it up. I hope I have time to do that while I’m there. I want to explore, get a sense of what it looks like and how it feels.” Between the Yukon Writers’ Festival and Young Authors’ Conference in Whitehorse and trips to both Haines Junction and Dawson City, her ten days will be fairly heavily scheduled. During the last several years she’s had quite a bit of experience working with students and says she enjoys it. Once again it has provided her with a learning curve and has stimulated her research in her next book project. She describes this as a thought experiment on the topic “what if teenagers ran the world?” “Teenagers have extraordinary brains and we don’t think about that in our society. We think of adolescence as a thing to get over. We don’t think about what’s happening inside their brains. The science on that stuff is absolutely fascinating, I’ve done a bit of writing about that already. “I thought about what would happen to all our social institutions, all of our world’s civilization if, instead of us old people running things, it would be the ones of our species who have the best brains, the most promising brains, what would be the implications of that?”
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Over the coming months, the Klondike Sun will be featuring a number of artists appearing at the 2011 Dawson City Music Festival. To see this year’s complete line-up and buy your tickets, visit the festival’s new website: www.dcmf.com
Artist Profile: Minotaurs Artist Profile: Mr. Something Something A fantastic dance band with a powerful and political live show, Mr. Something Something joins fellow cohorts on the 2011 lineup, MINOTAURS, by taking the revolutionary musical form of Afrobeat to brand new places. Their music gives something for the body and something for the mind. Like inspiration, Fela Kuti, Mr. Something Something uses the irresistible rhythms and interactive performance style of Afrobeat as a vehicle for social justice and environmental activism. Whether tracking the global reach of the military-industrial complex or encouraging the audience to try out the SoundCycle, Canada’s first bicycle-powered soundsystem, Mr. Something Something is all about delivering power to the people, by the people. Western instruments and concepts of improvisation are explored and layered over what used to be called Afrobeat; but the term strains to contain the innovations happening in the rhythm section at every show. It also fails to express in fiery-enough terms the imaginative solo work of respected jazz guitarist Paul MacDougall. Liam Smith dependably delivers basslines designed to induce and sustain a state of ecstatic dancing. The horn section strikes with power and uplifts with melody. And above it all, acting as a lightning rod, is the lyric statement of the case for change and consciousness, passionately delivered by electrifying frontman Johan Hultqvist.
Over the last five years the band has toured relentlessly in Canada, playing more than 500 shows, including appearances at many folk festivals and most major jazz festivals from coast to coast. They’ve received a JUNO Award nomination for World Music Album of the Year and collaborated with a Nigerian Afrobeat griot, Iwukunga the Afrobeat Poet. They’ve played Japan, Europe, and across North America. Now, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Mr. Something Something will be making their first appearance in Canada’s North.
“Its bumpy afrobeat rhythms are built to make us move. Minotaurs is a big shaggy dance band that often diverges from a charted route into a delta of melodic possibilities.” - The Globe and Mail Minotaurs is the new project of long-time Ontario sideman and cult-fave songwriter, Nathan Lawr. As an accompanist for some of the truly great acts of the last decade (Royal City, Fembots, and King Cobb Steelie – the latter of which he appeared with at DCMF 2003), Lawr’s sensitive and creative approach to timekeeping placed him at the forefront of Canadian percussion.
Never content to rest on his laurels, the relentlessly energetic Lawr concurrently carved out a career as a singer-songwriter, releasing three solo records that became campus radio and favourites His debut, The Heart Beats a Waltz, appeared on numerous critical best-of-the-decade lists last year. He’ll be playing songs from these solo records in concerts and workshops in addition to the band gigs, and will show off his velveteen voice and evocative electric guitar style. Now, as a bandleader, Lawr is applying his uncommonly sharp songwriting and melodic sensibility to the Afrobeat rhythmic tradition. Backed by some of the leading lights of Ontario’s music scene, including Kevin Lynn (King Cobb Steelie), Don Kerr (Rheostatics & Ron Sexsmith), Paul Aucoin (Hylozoists, Cuff the Duke, Sadies) and sax go-to-guy Jeremy Strachan (Feuermusik, Canaille, Constantines), this eightto-ten-piece band is a dancefloor powerhouse, with the ability and chops to diverge into improvisational climaxes of incredible might and labyrinthine complexity. MINOTAURS are a dance band, but not a superficial one. Like the band’s main inspiration, Fela Kuti, the urge to dance is political, human potential energy that can be channeled into a revolutionary weapon. Nathan’s a deeply political man, and for the first time, his lyrics reflect it, discussing hegemony, surveillance and regime change in the context of sexual identity, urban riots, and police states. Sonically and lyrically, Lawr and the band are doing important, innovative work; by getting down on the dancefloor, you’re doing your part!
Conference to Highlight Northern Flying Feats Edmonton, AB -- The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) will hold its 2011 conference June 22-26 at the Chateau Nova Hotel (159 Airport Rd.) to explore the theme of “Edmonton: Gateway to the North.” Extraordinary characters and events will be featured – from Wop May, to crashes in the Yukon, to the RCAF in the Arctic – through seminars, a day trip to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, and a Stage & Screen evening featuring tv, film, and theatre productions (and their creators). The conference will coincide with the Alberta Aviation Museum’s last AirFest, and together the AAM and CAHS will honour the following anniversaries with exciting special events: - 70th of the Northwest Staging Route - 90th of the first sub-arctic flight
- 100th of the first public demonstration of powered flight in Edmonton
This event will bring together top-notch speakers as well as heritage, arts, and aviation partners and sponsors from across the country. The CAHS is the world’s premier organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Canada’s aviation heritage. To meet these ends it publishes a quarterly Journal, monthly e-newsletter, and manages several awards. To learn more or register for this event, please go to www.cahs.ca or contact convention chair Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail at email@example.com. (Note: Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail was a Berton House writer-in-residence in the fall of 2010.)
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The Heritage Advisory Committee WHAT IS THE DAWSON STYLE? If you’ve looked into developing property in downtown Dawson City, you’ve almost certainly run across the term “Dawson Style” as it is one of the styles of architecture mandated by our heritage guidelines. The “Dawson Style” is the term given for a contemporary manner of building in Dawson City that is highly respectful of the historic 1896 - 1910 Gold Rush style without attempting to look old [Dawson City Heritage Management Plan, March 2008]. It is a style that complements its neighbouring historic Gold Rush era structures while acknowledging present building methods and occupancy needs. Structures that are built in the Dawson Style mimic historic building components such as materials, scale, siting, signage, and/ or planting schemes but upon close inspection are recognizable as contemporary and new. Commercial, residential, public, and industrial infill structures can be designed in the Dawson Style. For more information on creating your new Dawson Style building, why not pop by the City of Dawson Development Office to get some ideas.
MESSAGE FROM THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Spring is here and everyone is fired up to organise and improve their property. Please be aware, though that plastic sheds cannot be used in downtown Dawson City except as a temporary measure as it violates our Heritage Guidelines. The sheds may only be up for a maximum period of twenty-one days. Micah Olesh
Yukon Territory I fell in love with your breath taking beauty the very first time I set eyes on you. Your snow covered mountain tops breathe the spirit of the north, your rivers sing the song of eternity. Your forests are the guardians of paradise. Time and space become irrelevant in your vast embrace. Ah the traveller who sets foot on you! Blessed is he for his heart may now rest in somthing greater in something that has no name. Frontiers dissolve and my heart begins to sing a song of love and beauty that has no ending and reaches out forming a melody in unison with the spirits of the north, in unison with all the universe. Your vast emptiness to me this is eternal bliss.
Ed. Note: The poem above is by Helga Pfeifer, a German visitor who toured the Yukon last summer. As one can tell, she fell in love with the territory and submitted this piece to the KVA, who graciously forwarded it to us here at the Sun.
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Tara’s Birds: The American Dipper by Tara Borin If my wager in the ice guessing contest was correct, we’ve got another couple of weeks before the river breaks; however, there’s lots of water opening up around the Klondike and certainly in the southern part of the territory. This advents the return of our water birds. I’ve seen and heard from other bird lovers reports of gulls in the final 2 weeks of April, and there are mallards around, too. One little bird I saw recently along the Rock Creek trail was most likely the first return, if it left at all. The American Dipper, Cinclus mexicanus, is noted as the only truly aquatic songbird in North America. At 19 cm from beak to tail, the American Dipper is a chunky bird with a large head and no neck. Both mature males and females of the species are an all-over, sooty grey colour. They have a rather nar-
row, pointed beak, and short wings and tail. Perhaps the most notable thing about these birds is the constant dipping movement they make while in search of food, giving them their name. The American Dipper feeds on aquatic insects and their larvae, dragonflies, worms and also small fish and their eggs. They find their food in fastmoving, clear streams with rocky bottoms, by dipping their heads in the water, sometimes as frequently as 60 times a minute. They are also able to dive and swim under water, moving rocks aside with their beaks in search of their favourite foods. Cinclus mexicanus is a nonmigratory species of bird, although they may move south short distances in search of open water in winter. To deal with cold-water temperatures, the American Dipper has a thick coat of feathers and a
Elizabeth Prohaszka (nee Nemes) March 30, 1936 to April 26, 2011 low metabolism, and is able to carry more oxygen in their blood. Like ducks, they molt their feathers in summertime, all at once. They nest close to their preferred food source, usually in cliffs or high banks, safe from the danger of flood. It is also noted that bridges are becoming a choice location for dipper nest-sites. These very particular habitat requirements somewhat limits their numbers; however, their conservation status is listed as “least concern”.
Long time resident of Dawson City, owner and operator of the Gold Nugget Motel and wife of placer gold miner, Steve Prohaszka, Elizabeth Prohaszka passed away peacefully at Copper Ridge Place in Whitehorse, Yukon on the 26th day of April 2011. Elizabeth came to the Yukon in 1972 when she married Steve Prohaszka. She is survived by a niece in Hungary, Irene Sapka and her children. Many thanks to the staff at Macauley Lodge and Copper Ridge Place for the excellent care she received this past year and the continuing care Copper Ridge Place is providing to her husband, Steve. Mrs. Prohaszka wished to be returned to her beloved home and family in Hungary to be interred at her family plot in Vac. Services will be held at that time.
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History Hunter: New Book reveals the facts of the early days of Dawson by Michael Gates (Originally published in the Yukon News)
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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 http://cfyt.ca. This issue, get to know Christopher G Bluntz of Southside City Swag and Ben Shore of Party Time Machine.
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Business experience background, or and in the community Ability to present and discussand ideasstrong at Boardfinancial meetings, with Chief and Council, Ability to work as part of a team Interest, energy, willingness to learn Please email, mail, orcommitment, fax your resumeand andacover letter by 5:00 p.m., May 17,of 2011, to: “The Spirit Dawson” Ability to present and discuss ideas at Board meetings, with Chief and Thursday, Molly Shore, Executive AssistantMay 5th Council, and in the community
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in 6:00-7:00 Steve and Nathan- Sports Talk Radio Name of DJ: Ben Shore 7:00-8:00 Rosie and Capri- The Cat’s Meow Name of Show: Party Time Machine Please email, mail, or fax your resume PO Box 599and cover letter by Day and time the show airs: Thursdays, 8-10pm 8:00-10:00 Ben- Party Time Machine 5:00 p.m., May 17, 2011, to:Dawson City,Y.T. Y0B 1G0 On CFYT since: March 2006 Description of show: The name Party Time Machine is a bit of Friday, May 6th Fax: (867) 993-6553 a misnomer, I admit. It often lacks club hits and transportational Molly Shore, Executive Assistant 1:00-3:00 Jay- The Theme Scheme qualities, but I try to compensate by playing roughly 2/3 easyEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in 3:00-5:00 John- On the John listening mixed with 1/3 hard-listening, which hopefully = 3/3 5:00-6:00 Tara- Tara’s show PO Box 599 delight? 6:00-8:00 Logan - Fill-In Show Y.T. Y0B 1G0 and Genres of music typically played on your show: FromDawson old-timeyCity, to futuristic psychadelia 8:00-9:00 Sonny Boy Williams- Rockin’ Blues Show everything between, the P. T. M. tries to stick to its motto of “From all 993-6553 ages for all ages.” Requests Fax: (867) 9:00-10:00 Jim- Psychedelic welcome. Email: email@example.com
What are some of your current favourite albums?: Deerhunter – Halycon Digest, Andre Ethier – Born on Blue Fog, Velvet Underground – Loaded, Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night, Sic Alps – Napa Asylum, Grateful Dead – American Beauty
What are your top 5 “desert island” albums?: Hmmm... that’s a tough one. Top 5 albums or top 5 coconut groove island jams? I will go with a mix, in no particular order: Animal Collective – Sung Tongs, Bob Marley – Legend, Stooges – Funhouse, Cocktail Soundtrack, Do Make Say Think – Winter Hymn
What do you like best about being on CFYT?: I like that it forces me to listen to music without any distractions for 2 hours a week. Also, CKRW sucks and the good people of Dawson deserve better. What has been your favourite on-air moment?: That time CFYT had an on-air auction and there was an extended bidding war to stop and restar that (especially) terrible Meat Loaf song.
What do you do when you’re not on the air?: Mostly I take long, solitary walks on the riverfront and think about what it would be like if there was a bridge across the river. I also enjoy making elaborate sandwiches with friends.
Though I keep meaning to create a space in which I can provide track listings and additional info, I have failed to do so due to laziness and procrastination. Mark my words, potential listeners: “I will.” In the meantime, if you are a Facebook user, which the movie The Social Network tells me you probably are, please befriend me to get reminders of when my show is airing. I will be under: Ben Shore. Thanks for listening!
Saturday, May 7th
10:00-12:00 Jason- Foxy’s Breakfast 12:00-1:00 Georgia - Money Where My Mouth Is 1:00-2:00 Simon- The Story Hour 2:00-3:00 Jenna- Spires and Spindles 3:00-4:00 Freddie- Howling Revivalists Hour Of Power 4:00-5:00 Tim and Megan- Nuggets 5:00-7:00 Molly- Fart Barfunkel 7:00-9:00 Jen- The Cave of Spleen Sunday, May 9th 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
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
Tune your dial to 106.9 FM or Cable Channel 11 (Rolling Ads) in Dawson City, or listen live over the internet at www.cfyt.ca!
THE KLONDIKE SUN
WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011
The Dangerous Village of Three Pines
By Dan Davidson
By Allie Haydock
What’s the deal…with tofu? If there is food in particular that gets a lot of consistent negative attention, it’s definitely tofu. It’s also the food that I find people constantly asking how to cook. I don’t eat meat, so I have eaten (and cooked) a lot of tofu, and I definitely understand why it gets so much bad press. It can be soggy, mushy, and tasteless – but it doesn’t have to be. That being said, it seems that people really do want to eat it – they just don’t know what to do with it. Hopefully I can help. It’s important to buy the firmest tofu possible. I don’t think the brand necessarily matters so long as it’s packaged in vacuum-sealed plastic and not sitting in water. I also press it more before I cook it by wrapping in a clean dish towel (not terry cloth) and putting it between two plates with something heavy on the top plate for a few minutes. Tofu will take on the taste of anything you cook it with, so use your imagination, but here are two basic recipes to get you started: Baked “Barbeque” Tofu
1 cake brick tofu ½ cup barbeque sauce * • • •
cut tofu into one inch cubes and put into an un-oiled baking dish toss with barbeque sauce and bake uncovered in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until browned you could serve this tofu with mashed potatoes and a big green salad
I recently made this and stuffed it in a crusty bun with sliced tomatoes and grated mozzarella and put it under the broiler until the cheese was melted.
* I like to make my own barbeque sauce with ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and Worcestershire. A few drops of ‘Liquid Smoke’ also adds great flavor. Stovetop Cumin-Lime Tofu 1 brick firm tofu 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tsp ground cumin ½ cup fresh lime juice 2 tbsp soy sauce • • • • •
cut the tofu into one inch cubes and lightly brown in a pan with a bit of olive oil (about 5 minutes) add the garlic and cook until browning, but not burnt combine the ground cumin, lime juice and soy sauce and add to the pan continue to cook until the liquid has been absorbed (about 5 minutes) serve with coconut rice and sweet potatoes or any other dish with a tropical profile
Still Life By Louise Penny Headline Publishing Group 402 pages $14.99
Discovering a new writer that both of us like isn’t a regular occasion in our family, but it does happen from time to time. We discovered Louise Penny with the fourth book in the series, The Murder Stone (titled A Rule Against Murder in the US edition). In that year, The Murder Stone was selected as one of the Canada Reads choices by CBC, something that doesn’t usually happen to a genre novel. We were both impressed by Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his homicide team. Penny’s version of the Sûreté du Quebec has a different flavour than Kathy Reich’s, but they still sound as if they could be the same organization. Part of the difference is that Penny’s novels have the kind of rural settings that Agatha Christie favoured in her Miss Marple novels. Still Life introduces us to the village of Three Pines, a largely Anglo enclave in the midst of La Belle Province’s English Townships. It sounds like a pleasant enough place, but clearly it’s not a safe one. It’s Thanksgiving Sunday when the residents of Three Pines discover that one of their number is dead. We know about it right away, as Penny adopts an all-knowing narrative voice from page 1. “Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist of Thanksgiving Sunday. It was pretty much a surprise all round Neal’s was not a natural death, unless you’re of the belief that everything happens because it’s supposed to.” This choice of narrative voice allows her to ramble through the minds of the citizens of Three Pines as well as those of Gamache and his squad members. Gamache is well into middle
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age. He’s considered a brilliant detective, but there is some stain on his department record that keeps him from rising above his current rank. (We find out more about that in the next book.) He doesn’t really care about that. He is happy to honour those who have died unnaturally by finding out what happened to them. It is most unnatural that Jane Neal should have been killed by an arrow, though it is a while before that becomes clear. Within a page we leave Gamache examining the body and wander back in time to
meet some of the other residents of the village, people who seem to turn up in most of the books which follow. Over the next 20 pages we learn of a gay-bashing incident in which Jane had intervened, and we learn of her painting, ‘”Fair Day”, which is exhibited to very mixed reactions at the county fair. All of this background turns out to be important in the final solution of the crime. There are a lot of Christielike red herrings in this novel, and the final solution turns on a combination of forensic and intuitional deduction. The book has a leisurely pace, and we spend a great deal of time getting to know the cast of characters. There are a num-
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ber of back-stories and quite a few sidebar relationship plots that keep taking us away from the focus on the murder itself. Life’s a lot like that. How often do we get to focus exclusively on one problem, without any interruptions? Louise Penny is another writer to come to her work as a second career. She spent 18 years after her graduation from Ryerson working for the CBC as a journalist and program host, living in various places all over the country before finally settling in a village south of Montreal, where she lives with her husband. Her first impulse as a writer was to try her hand at historical fiction. When that didn’t seem to be working she turned to the type of writing she had grown up reading, the work of Christie, Georges Simenon, Dorothy Sayers and Michael Innes. This shows in the somewhat old-fashioned and yet timeless quality of her prose. Still Life was a quick success. It was the winner of the “New Blood” Dagger award in the United Kingdom, the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada for best first crime novel, the Dilys Award, the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel in the United States. Subsequent books in the series have also done quite well, and she has won the Agatha Award for Best Novel three times in a row, in 2007, 2008 and 2009. According to an interview on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter Penny’s books have only recently been issued in French translations in the province where they take place.
Breaking news on Louise Penny is that her most recent novel, Bury Your Dead, has just won the Agatha for Best Novel at this year’s Malice Domestic, making the Gamache books the only series to ever win four Agathas. (from CBC.ca on Apr.30/11)
WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011
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Dawson City Police Blotter
Thefts from vehicles/ residences: Dawson City RCMP would like to remind residents and visitors to remember to secure their vehicles. Recently, we have had many reported thefts from unlocked vehicles. Items that are taken include, IPOD’s, computers, clothing, cash and gasoline. Suspects have also entered insecure residences and garages. Items taken include: liquor, cash and tools. If anyone observes any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood, please contact the RCMP by calling 867 993-5555 immediately. If you have information on any criminal activity, please contact the Dawson City detachment by calling (867) 993-2677 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477). Canada Road Safety Week During the week of May 16th - 23rd, 2011, the Dawson City Detachment along with Traffic Services will be conducting numerous check stops through out the detachment area. We will be checking for seat belt use, use of child restraints, speeding, careless driving and goes without saying impaired driving. All Terrain Vehicles on Roadways We would like to remind everyone that if you are going to operate your quad on any road-
Vandals Leave their Mark at the New Playground By Dan Davidson way, you must have a valid driver’s licence and the quad must be registered as well as insured. Helmet use is mandatory on roadways as well the dyke. Police Week Activities On Monday, May 9th, 2011, the Dawson City RCMP Detachment will be hosting a Community Barbeque as part of Police Week Activities. Please join us at the detachment for a hamburger lunch from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Bicycle Rodeo Dawson City RCMP will be hosting its annual bicycle safety rodeo for the Robert Service School. Participants will include Kindergarten to Grade 6 on May 16th. Instruction will be provided on safe riding principles, helmet use and bicycle maintenance. Please watch for the youngsters on the road. Reminder to all: bicycle traffic is to travel with the direction of the traffic, this means you must ride your bike the same direction as the vehicle traffic is traveling. In partnership, we encourage the community in assisting us in detecting and stopping crime. Anyone with information, regarding past or present crimes are asked to call the Dawson City RCMP at (867)993-2677 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (8477) Sgt. Dave WALLACE Detachment Commander
SOVA Exhibition Highlights
The crowd at the ODD Gallery gathers for opening night speeches.
Facebook was buzzing over the weekend with news of the souvenirs left behind by whoever was partying and drinking in the high sheltered “rooms” at the top of the new playground equipment. Visitors have been leaving their mark for a while. The two enclosed, roofed over areas have been “decorated” in graffiti wars, with some original tags scribbled over by others. In the present case, two empty liquor bottles were left perched on the cross beams, one at waist height and the other where some climbing was needed to place it. The top one has some impish graffiti below it: “My bottle. Do not touch, please.” with
an arrow and sketched smiley face. More disturbing however was the mess left at the top of the big whirly tube slide, which is entered from that top room. Nadia Sollosy described seeing toilet paper and something that appeared to be excrement - whether human or animal is not clear - at the entrance to the slide and perhaps part way down. “Poop and toilet paper,” she wrote in a note to this reporter. The Facebook descriptions were more vulgarly descriptive. The toilet paper was gone by Sunday afternoon, but the other material remained. There has been talk of a need for public toilets around the town, but this is hardly what anyone had in mind.
The whirly slide comes off the top of the structure at the right.
Placing this bottle required some climbing.
It’s not certain what this stiff is, but it was placed to look like excrement.
From Page 7
Students Merran Smith, Krystal Manuel, and Aubyn O’Grady pose with their artwork at the SOVA Gallery opening.
THE KLONDIKE SUN
WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011
Busking For Malaria by Jack Amos
My favourite places to busk are outside Bombay Peggys at about Over 3,000 children die every 4:00 on a Friday afternoon (!) and day from Malaria. So, I wanted on the corner of the General Store to put a stop to that. I am 9 years because it is always sunny there. old and this is the beginning of my I love Busking in Dawson City third year that I have been busking. So far, I have raised $755.33 because there is not that many which you can see at: www.Again- people and it is always really, really sunny and all the people are stMalaria.com/JackAmos. really kind to me; thowing money Each mosquito net costs $5.00 into my fiddle case, sometimes and every single penny that is do- even giving me a hug, and somenated goes towards the nets. At times buying me a chocolate bar AgainstMalaria.com you can see and throwing it in. where all the nets go all over the I love Dawson City. world; they are spread throughout Asia, South America and Africa. I have always thought that it was really neat to see where all my money goes to.
C artoons Roache’s Corner by Mike Roache
Elwood by Bryley
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WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011
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 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.
Sincere Thanks To: The Dawson Community Chapel
Thank you for blessing our home with your prayers and true acts of kindness!
A big bear hug must go out to “Jack”, VOGT contracting, Jeff sephenson and Les Keim! With sincere thanks from Chad and Heather Beveridge
A SIMPLE WARNING
To the Crap Artists who defaced the children’s playground behind the pool: We have your DNA samples on file. We’ll be waiting for you. Seriously though, is that really the example you want to set for the kids younger than you? How mean. How utterly sh***ty of you.
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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@ manyrivers.yk.ca. See our website at www.manyrivers. yk.ca/. 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, call 993-3734 or 5095 for info.
On 3rd Ave next to the Westminster Hotel. Call 993-5346
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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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Klondike Outreach Job Board
Open Positions: Automotive Mechanic Bakery Assistant Chef Bakery Helper Barista/Front Counter Person Bartenders Carpenter Childcare Workers Clerks Commercial Sewing Machine Operator Cooks / Line Cooks Counterpersons/Cashiers Custodian / Guide Deli Person / Cashier Dishwashers Door Staff Driver / Swamper Enumerators First Aid Attendants Front Desk Clerks Housekeepers/Room Attendants HVAC Technician (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) Journeyman Ice Cream Cone Maker Labourer Maintenance Assistant Maintenance Person Night Auditors Oil Burner Technician Security Staff Servers Sessional Instructors Stock Clerks Summer Camp Coordinator Tour Guide
Positions with Closing Dates: Tender Horticultural Services: April 28 Summer Heritage Assistant: May 2 @ 4 Recycling Attendant: May 3 @ 4 Heritage Interpreter: May 4 @ 4 Server: May 4 @ 4:30 Summer Daycamp Leaders: May 5 @ 4 Producer: May 6 Caretaker: May 11 @ 4 Visitor Services Attendant: May 11 @ 4 Work Opportunities Supervisor: May 11 @ 4 Door Security: May 11 @ 4:30 Maintenance Assistant: May 13 @ 4:30 Driver Guides: May 15 Fleet Detail Crew: May 15 Tombstone Guide: May 15 Dog Handler: May 22 Gallery & Residency Director: June 17 @ 4:30 Student/Youth Positions: Production Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator: April 30 Land & Resources Officer: May 2 @ 4 Collections Assistant: May 6 @ 4 Special Events Assistant: May 13 Salmon Project Field Assistant: May 13 Library Program Assistant: May 16 Tour Guide Positions Out of Town: Enumerators Various Mining Positions
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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WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011
P.O. Box 308 (1336 Front Street), Dawson City, Yukon Y0B 1G0 Tel: (867) 993-7400 ~ Fax: (867) 993-7434 NEW WEBSITE: www.cityofdawson.ca (updated regularly)
CITY COMMUNITY GRANTS FUND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS A total of $10,205 is available for the May 15th application intake deadline.
QUIGLEY LANDFILL SUMMER HOURS Effective May 3, 2011
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday CLOSED on Sunday and Monday
For further information on funding assistance available through the City of Dawson Community Grants Fund and application criteria or to receive a hard copy of the application form, please stop by at the City office, or call us at:
City of Dawson Community Grants Fund 1336 Front St, P.O.Box 308 Dawson City, YT, Y0B 1G0 (867-993-7400)
Or get the information on-line: http://www.cityofdawson.ca/ Community Grants Policy #09-01
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 plaque engraved with your personal inscription. For more information on this program please contact Marta at 993-2350 or by e-mail at marta.selassie@ cityofdawson.ca.
Papers on energy and climate change released at the Northern Premiers’ Forum (PRESS RELEASE) Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (April 28, 2011) – Territorial premiers released the Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy and the PanTerritorial Renewable Energy Inventory in Yellowknife today at the conclusion of the ninth annual Northern Premiers’ Forum. “These documents underscore the need for northern governments to work together to address climate change and to explore renewable energy supplies,” said Floyd K. Roland, NWT Premier and chair of this year’s Northern Premiers’ Forum.“These papers build on priorities outlined in our Northern Vision document released in 2007. Territorial governments are working together to expand the use of renewable energy in ways that will reduce the cost of energy for residents, communities, businesses and industry in our North.” “Northern premiers believe that a pan-territorial approach to important issues leads to a better quality of life for northerners,” said Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie. “We are committed to working on a strategic common approach to highlight to Canada the unique needs of the North in areas such as health care funding and infrastructure development.” “The predicted effects of climate change stand to have far-reaching effects on the North. Through a collaborative effort, the three territories have prepared these two documents to ensure we both adapt to these changes, and explore our use of renewable energy that will lead us into the future,” said Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak. Territorial premiers have a long history of cooperation and partnership. Premiers Roland, Fentie, and Aariak are committed to working together to improve the quality of life for all northern residents. The Northern Premiers’ Forum not only formalizes the partnership but also provides an opportunity for the territorial premiers to develop northern solutions to issues of common concern. The increasing international attention on the circumpolar world, and the economic, environmental and political significance of the Canadian North in particular, underscores the importance of territories working together.
Published on Jul 6, 2011