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ka. “Our goal (in bringing national artists) is to find a real diverse selection of senior, established artists that are bringing something to the Yukon and inspiring our artists,” explains Alexander. “We try to get artists from every Yukon community here. For artists outside of the Yukon, it is a juried process,” she says. Categories include visual artists and craftspeople, storytellers, performing artists, and filmmakers. “We are looking for culture-bearers and knowledgekeepers,” she says. One of the growing aspects of the festival is the cultural presentation program, which happens throughout the day. This includes language labs and talks on the porcupine caribou. “It doesn’t (just) have to be traditional knowledge, it can be current things that are happening in communities,” says Alexander. “There are a large number of artists trying to preserve the more traditional (aspects), but then there are young artists bringing their current lives and a more

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Folk Art in the Forest

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by David Hou

Peace, Clarity and Open-Mindedness

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The opening reception for Yukon artist Mark Preston’s new art show is Jan. 19 at Yukon College

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Abstract panel, hand cut ragbond paper

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ooking out my window at pristine snow, there are no human footprints on the forest floor. White, frosty, elemental, shadow. I can only imagine that similar images influence the spectacular work of Mark Preston. Mark Preston’s newest body of work entitled White Space will be on display at the Hilltop Bistro, in the Yukon College Whitehorse campus from January to the end of semester in May. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5pm to 7pm at the Bistro. Preston’s contemporary pieces are inspired by minimalism and abstraction. Minimalist art sets out to expose the essence of a subject by eliminating all nonessential features. The all-white motif in much of Preston’s work

symbolizes peace, clarity and open-mindedness. Work is often left unnamed to encourage viewers to interpret the pieces for themselves. Preston is a multidisciplinary artist and works in a variety of mediums. I love his architectural drawings. Believing architecture is a form of sculptural practice, he includes architectural design in his artistic repertoire. Art takes many forms and architecture is art with a practical function. Mark Preston was born in Dawson City in 1960 and he is of Tlingit ancestry. Preston studied silver carving with Gitksan artist Phil Janze while he attended K’san in Hazelton, B.C. He also has studied wood carving techniques. Influences include Michelangelo, da Vinci, Picasso, Bill Reid and Ted


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Abstract drum, stretched hide Abstract panel, handcut paper Harrison to name a few. Last year was a busy time for this outstanding Yukon artist. He had a solo show as well as a group show at the Fazakas Gallery, which is a contemporary and First Nations gallery in Vancouver. I spoke to LaTiesha Fazakas in Vancouver. “His (Mark’s) minimalistic approach is the most successful I’ve seen,” Fazakas says. Preston was a featured artist at the Toronto Art Fair in October. This event is a great showcase for artists, as Canadian and international collectors and dealers attend. His work is included in the personal collection of Sara Diamond, who is the president of OCAD University, and is also herself an artist. Recently, Preston collaborated with fellow Yukon artist Colin Alexander. The art piece, called “New Moon,” was on display at Baked Café and Bakery. Working with Alexander proved a creative way to explain what Preston’s art is all about. Alexander took a white panel of Preston’s art and

painted what inspired him at the time. “New Moon” means to help people understand Preston’s minimalist approach to First Nations Art. The two artists plan more collaboration in the future. Preston attended the 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony in Winnipeg in December. So many talented people come together for this great event. One of Preston’s glass works was gifted as part of the awards ceremonies. I recently saw a picture of the glass sculpture – stunning work. Preston’s long list of accomplishments and his body of work is a wonderful testament for the Yukon, its environment, its people. Hilltop Bistro visitors will be able to visit White Space art exhibition a few times over the months it is displayed. I know viewers will take something different away with them each time. More understanding, more appreciation of a minimalist view; the beauty of white. Nellie Dale is an writer/artist living in the boreal forest north of Whitehorse.




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derful on its own merits, but it is so close to Star Wars without being Star Wars that it left me with a feeling of lacking instead of excitement. This plot is not for the faint of heart, and it chugs along a clunky meandering path until act three where it hits its stride. The age of light-hearted, plucky heroes with a heavy back stories has sadly come to an end, replaced by grim and dour types who are reluctantly thrown into a difficult situations and grit their teeth through it. On its own this movie would probably rate high in my book, but when compared to Star Wars as a whole, it ends up being a steady reminder of what it isn’t. I would recommend checking this movie out, but it is not for the devoted Star Wars fans. I give this movie 3.5 out of 5 absent lightsabers. Dave Blottner has lived with his wife and two children in Whitehorse for over 10 years, he is an avid movie connoisseur.


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ukon College is expanding their offerings in one of the hottest (pardon the pun) arenas today: climate change. Often described as one of the greatest challenges of our time, humaninduced climate change is already having major impacts on northern communities and ecosystems. Many factors will determine how the trends we are witnessing now will play out in the future and there is an increasing recognition among governments, NGOs and industry that literacy in climate science is no longer an option but a necessity. Communication, between the scientists studying the changing climate and the rest of us - including those we trust with important decisions, can be fraught, however. This, says Dr. Katrine Frese, instructor and coordinator of the new post-degree certificate in Climate Change Policy is why the college chose to focus on policy instead of science in expanding its educational programs. “Many MA programs focusing on climate science already exist in Canada,” she says, “but there are problems in science communication. Our focus is on liaising with and communicating the science to decision makers.” The new program is aimed at professionals already in the workforce and while the qualifications listed in the course description include a university degree, Frese says that relevant work experience will be considered as well in order to capture the widest range of students. You don’t have to have a science background to take the program either, in fact it is aimed at providing a bridge between the

world of climate science and those involved in policy development. This gap can be large, and the ambition of the program to cover all aspects from critically evaluating the latest in the rapidly evolving field of climate science through to policies on adaptation and mitigation is as well. “We can’t cover everything,” admits Frese. “It’s a huge topic, complex, even intimidating – but we hope to have a pretty broad spectrum by the end of the first year.” Frese explains that the dynamic natures of both climate science and policy mean that learning to critically evaluate what one hears and reads will be a key skill, and that even from the teacher’s perspective striving to give an unbiased education on the subject is a challenge. As the academic world of climate science and society’s responses evolve, so too will the program. “This [year] is the first iteration,” says Frese, “the program will be able to change and grow over time.” She cites anticipated student feedback and the dynamic nature of the subject as the drivers of the course’s evolution. Some of this student input could even be current or past experiences from their professional lives, says Frese. This, added to the course material that is primarily drawn from case studies of climate change responses in the Yukon will help to make the lessons as relevant and comprehensive as possible. Ultimately, she would like to see policy development become a ‘social process of decision making’, not just something that happens from the top down. As with other liberal arts courses

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college-based Yukon Research Centre and Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) to develop the program over the past 12 months. From her own background in the natural sciences as a geologist she says she is fascinated by the systems on the planet and thinks that climate literacy is incredibly important to understanding where political actions come from. She sees a huge need for climate policy to integrate western science and indigenous knowledge, and hopes that graduates of the course will be able to better navigate the interplay of engagement, politics and communication that are necessary for policy to be developed as living documents. “It shouldn’t just be a piece of paper,” she says of the ways we choose to respond as a society to these important issues, “it should be something that is revisited, has responses assessed, and revised over time.” Frese hopes to see more and more positions related to climate change showing up in all the governments in the territory, and also that this kind of education will support a growing thread of climate literacy running through the offices of those that make decisions affecting our communities. If the mixed crowd that showed up for the information session about the program on January 10 is indicative, that just might happen. Check out Yukon College’s webpage for more information on the program.


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Lunches 12:00 pm Duska Head Start and will feel more confident about transforming Sat, Jan, 21 Patrick Jacobson 7:30 pm Best Family Learning Center Bring a bag lunch true happenings into true prose and have fun Western Gold Rush Inn and come learn Southern Tutchone with in the process. Sat, Jan, 21 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in our special guest speakers. Call Erin Pauls Sun, Jan, 22, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 the Boiler Room for more information 633-7816. All Kwanlin pm Arts Underground Non-instructed open Sat, Jan, 21 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 pm citizens and staff are welcome! studio. Participants are welcome to use Jarvis Street Saloon Fri, Jan, 20, Dialogue Series: Partnerships the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and Sun, Jan, 22 Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 in Environmental Science 12:30 pm Yukon some tools are available for purchase. Every Hotel College Learn about creative initiatives Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Sun, Jan, 22 Peggy and Roxx 7:30 pm Best of scientists and educators in Yukon and Western Gold Rush Inn Alberta. A chance to meet with other science Sun, Jan, 22, Chimps in Space: A Century Mon, Jan, 23 Ladies Night with DJ Carlo minds in the North, building relationships and of Apes in Research 7:30 pm Beringia Centre Join Andrew Westoll as he traces the 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon capacity for education and research. In the medical research community’s complicated Tue, Jan, 24 Patrick Jacobson 5:30 A2206 (Lecture Hall) relationship to the chimpanzee, from early pm Tony’s Pizza Local singer/songwriter Fri, Jan, 20, Go Nuts: Student psychological experiments, to the chimp’s performs acoustic versions of his original Choreography Showcase 7:00 pm Yukon central role in the US Space Race, to their songs and a variety of covers every Tuesday Arts Centre Performances by EMYS: Rise; Focus; Fly, BYS Cypher Citizens: Beat Street role in HIV/AIDS research. 8676672979 night. patrick@patrickjacobson.com




Sun, Jan, 22, Japanese Conversation Classes Whitehorse, Yukon Email Fumi Torigai the Instructor at jcayukon@gmail. com for more info. Fumi Torigai, Instructor. 393-2588 Mon, Jan, 23-28 Pivot Theatre Festival Yukon Arts Centre A series of solo and duo performances created and performed by five theatre artists. The festival spans seven days of diverse and entertaining theatre. Featuring NeoIndigenA, A Brimful of Asha and Public Secret Mon, Jan, 23, Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 am Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867-668-6280 or toll free: 888668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon, Jan, 23, Southern Tutchone Language Classes 5:30 pm Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Please contact Chantelle for more details by email cblackjack@taan.ca or phone 668-3613 ext 607. Light dinner will be provided. Mon, Jan, 23, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com Mon, Jan, 23, Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Mon, Jan, 23, Public Secret 6:15pm and 8:15pm Nakai Theatre Pivot Festival Presents - Part art installation, part live performance, Public Secret is an uplifting, multidisciplinary and immersive show that will invite 20 audience members at a time to lose themselves in real-life stories and experiences of one of the most fascinating yet taboo topics of our culture.. Tue, Jan, 24, Pivotal Words 6:00 pm Woodcutter’s Blanket Pivot partners with Brave New Words for spoken word event where writers and storytellers from all genres share their work. Tue, Jan, 24, Knitting Circle & Fibre Arts Classes 7:00 pm Heart Of Riverdale Free Drop-in & Minimal Cost Workshops. Crochet, work on your own special fibre arts projects ‘in community’. Wed, Jan, 25, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed, Jan, 25, Public Secret 6:15 pm and 8:15pm Nakai Theatre Pivot Festival Presents - Part art installation, part live performance, Public Secret is an uplifting, multidisciplinary and immersive show that will invite 20 audience members at a time to lose themselves in real-life stories and experiences of one of the most fascinating yet taboo topics of our culture. Wed, Jan, 25, Artefact or Artefunction 7:00 pm MacBride Museum Relax with a glass of wine and dessert while you use your knowledge and creativity to determine fact from fiction with these strange and wonderful artifacts! Wed, Jan, 25, Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring 2017 session for this auditioned a capella choir for mixed voices, call, or email to schedule an audition or for more information. 667-7049 Wed, Jan, 25, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room

Sat, Jan, 21, Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:30 am MacBride Museum 867667-2709, ext.3 parents and children explore the animal gallery together. Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. Sat, Jan, 21, Boreal Kids Funshops 3:00 pm Breath of Life Collective Each class introduces children to yoga while following along to stories, enjoying mindful games and ending with a final relaxation. This course benefits 5-12 year olds, Taught by Sylvia Gibson Tue, Jan, 24, Science Magic Shipyards Park All ages. Have fun with science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Lets stretch our minds and grow, free and drop in! Two times during the day at 1:30 - 2:30 pm and 3:15 - 4:00 pm. Wed, Jan, 25, Girls Group 5:00 pm Heart Of Riverdale Dinner at 6 with Jess Stone Bus tickets are available. Come by and share your ideas and we’ll put them into action!


Wed, Jan, 18, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Thu, Jan, 19, Sundogs Toastmasters Club 12:00 pm Sport Yukon A lunch time session to learn the skills, practice the speaking, receive the feedback to improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Thu, Jan, 19, Shut Up and Write! 2:00 pm (co)space coworking space` This event helps spike individual productivity by using the Pomodoro Technique as a group, to keep ourselves accountable. We’ll do 4 rounds of 25 minute focused sessions followed by a 5-minute break. Thu, Jan, 19, Monthly Coalition Meeting 5:00 pm CYO Hall Monthly Coalition (Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition) meetings are held every third Thursday. Everyone is welcome! Thu, Jan, 19, Midnight Sun Toastmasters Club 5:30 pm Yukon College Room A2714. An after work meeting to help you gain confidence in public speaking, improve communication and add to your leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Thu, Jan, 19, Editing and Organizing Your Documentary with David Hamelin 5:30 pm The Creative Lab Learn how to process and manage large amounts of content to make your post production run smoothly and efficiently from the start. Call to register or for more information. 496-2978 Thu, Jan, 19, Paddlers Abreast AGM 5:30 pm Whitehorse Public Library AGM followed by a GM. Potluck appies. All welcome Sat, Jan, 21, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:30 am Emergency Measures Organization YARA’s breakfast at the A&W. Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon often join. Sat, Jan, 21, Yukon Soccer Association AGM 11:00 am Sport Yukon Email yukonsoccer@sportyukon.com for more information. Sat, Jan, 21, PFLAG Meeting 7:00 pm Yukon College Support for those struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity in themselves or someone they know. Everyone welcome Sun, Jan, 22, Taxes for Writers Workshop Mondays - Friday Family Free Play Drop10:00 am Yukon College Mindy Abramowitz appears via Skype for an informal Q&A, in 12:30pm Saturdays 10-2pm. Family Email for tickets at FoWLtaxes4writers@ Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 This mail.com drop-in includes reading time, free play and Tue, Jan, 24, Amnesty International interactive activities. All Ages Welcome.. Wed, Jan, 18, Girls Group 5:00 pm Heart Of Writing Circle 7:00 pm Whitehorse United Church Writing letters to support and protect Riverdale Dinner at 6 with Jess Stone Bus human rights worldwide. 667-2389 tickets are available. Come by and share Wed, Jan, 25, Northern Voices your ideas and we’ll put them into action! Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Fri, Jan, 20, Parent-Child Mother Goose Supportive members will help you develop 10:30 am Heart Of Riverdale No Cost for your public speaking, communication and these sessions, but registration is required. leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867Register online or call 867-393-2623 if you 689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com need assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months. Wed, Jan, 25, LGBTQ2S Prism Group Sat, Jan, 21, Family Free Play Drop-in 4:00 pm Yukon College Meet in the YCSU 10:00 am Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 Student Lounge, all welcome! /668-6535 This drop-in includes story time, Wed, Jan, 25, Yukon Orienteering Association AGM 7:00 pm Sport Yukon free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Sat, Jan, 21, Ball Pit Fun 10:00 am Heart Of Riverdale The play area features tonnes of climbing and scurrying equipment for playful monkeys. Parental Supervision Required.





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January 18, 2017

The Streetlight Blues


You really can have too much of a good thing

by Darrell Hookey

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used to stand at my son’s bedroom window, when he was two or three, and look northward to see stars,” says Forest Pearson, a resident of downtown Whitehorse. “Then the streetlights were switched and we couldn’t do it anymore ... we couldn’t see the stars anymore.” The streetlights on Pearson’s street were changed to LEDs five years ago as a pilot project. They are 40 per cent cheaper to operate, they last longer, require less maintenance and give off lots of light. For those who like the perceived safety of bright streetlights, the switch seemed like a winner. But ... “these lights have a significant blue component,” says Pearson. “And blue light scatters more and your eye is more sensitive to blue light and it effectively blinds you more than other lights.” The brightening of the night sky by streetlight and other city lights is called “light pollution” and it has become more and more of an issue in society. A year ago, when the Yukon Astronomical Society was formed, Pearson joined as a member and now heads up its Light Pollution Abatement Project. That’s right: the good folks who like to study the lights in the sky needed to advocate for an appropriate amount, and quality, of light on our Earth. The more skyglow there is from unnecessary and improper lighting, the further out astronomy enthusiasts have to travel away to get a good view of the night sky. “At first, it was not an activity the society wanted to put forward right away,” says Catheryne Lorde, a director. “Going into some activism in the first year would be a challenge. “But if we didn’t act right away, we would be stuck. LED lights last a long time, so we would be screwed for 10,15, 20 years.”

Jay Massie, the manager of ATCO Electric Yukon, holds the latest technology in street lighting: a directional LED that matches the warm glow of the streetlights they will replace The streetlights on Lorde’s street were part of the pilot project, too. She rejoiced when one of these blue-rich lights burned out… and was saddened when it was fixed. They are very much like those blue headlights you see coming at you on the highway. “They are horrendous,” says Lorde. “They impede your vision of the surroundings. If there is any wildlife coming toward you, forget it.” Pearson’s team gathered up the latest research and prepared a white paper to be presented to the City of Whitehorse, ATCO Electric Yukon, Yukon Energy Corporation and a few communities. It was sent out last April. The research included standards set out by the International

Dark Sky Association and calls for the 3,000 Kelvin lighting that appears warmer, more orange. “The City of Whitehorse said, ‘Oh good, this is timely, we don’t have these standards... thanks for this,’” recounts Pearson. “The Yukon Energy Corporation was a little more disappointing. They said they are going to keep doing what they are doing.” But, ATCO surprised them with an email that said, “Okay, thanks. Sure, we will adopt the 3,000 Kelvin.” Jay Massie, manager of ATCO Electric Yukon, says he remembers receiving the research paper. “It was quite good to see,” he says today. “It was in line with the direction we were heading.” As of one year ago, LEDs will be exclusively used for new street-

lights. “Since (the pilot project five years ago), like with any technology, they’ve gotten better,” says Massie. “They were blue, but now they are closer to the orange colour of the old High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting.” When replacing streetlights, the Transposition Association of Canada standards call for uniformity. HPS has an orange glow and, now, the LEDs are manufactured with a warm glow. But Pearson’s work isn’t done yet. His team needs to spread the word that “directional” lighting is important, too. Lights need to illuminate just the roadway. Driving above the Alaska Highway, on Robert Service Way toward the Hamilton Blvd extension, he points to the streetlights on the

right. They are directional so the light shines down onto the road, but because the top of the lamp is covered, the light does not shine upwards. It leaves the sky above the streetlight dark. On the left, the old HPS lighting remains. Getting out of the car at the roundabout, looking down, you can see the HPS lights, but not the new directional lights. The HPS lights are not covered at the top, so light beams up as well as down. But looking down onto the directional lights, you only know they are there because the road underneath is lit – looking down onto them you don’t see light shining up. Yet both sides of the road are well-lit. This is a test that the Yukon Government asked for. As an alternative to the blue LED lights Massie wanted to try out the latest technology before using them on the Alaska Highway. Another step to combat light pollution is for communities to consider if they need streetlights on roadways that don’t have pedestrians. Or turning some off after a certain hour at night. This will benefit Yukon tourism as night sky viewing will be enhanced. The skyglow from Whitehorse, itself, extends from Carcross to Marsh Lake and to halfway down the Takhini Valley. “I was in Portland, Oregon, a big city, but I could see the Milky Way,” says Pearson. “They only have street lighting at intersections. “A good measure for suburban areas is can you see the Milky Way.” Returning from our trip to the top of Robert Service Way, we pass by the Yukon Energy Corporation hydro facilities. Pearson looks out his window and sighs, “Why do they light up an empty parking lot?” Darrell Hookey is a Whitehorsebased writer. Questions and comments about his stories can be sent to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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January 18, 2017

From the Arts with Nicole Bauberger

What Masks Reveal


t the Northern Front Studio this January, you can visit a variety of inner worlds in Whitehorse resident Claire Strauss’ exhibition of facebased wall sculptures, called The Mask Within. The main part of this show consists of clay-based forms that all make reference to the face, though oftentimes very subtly. These are not masks you could take off the wall and wear, but these masks have a different purpose. Strauss’ inquiry and interest turns inward. This is a sculptural show that uses artwork to look into the heart, and finds fer-

tile ground there. Strauss made these sculptures as part of her grieving process after the death of her father, Arthur Penner. Each one offers a world of its own. To the basic clay body she adds polymer clay and natural materials to express the poetry of each piece. In some of the pieces she thumbs her nose at permanence, as one is forced to do when confronting mortality. In “Dandelion Dreams,” tendril- and leaf-like hair rendered in clay surrounds a serene, pale ceramic face with closed eyes. A dried, unblown dandelion seed head hovers at

the mouth. The soft darkness at the centre of the seeds evokes the shadow of the mouth and of breath, at the same time as it acknowledges that the slightest breath will cast it all to the wind. “So fragile…” reads the handwritten tag beside the piece, which, in the same format as others throughout the show, identifies each work with title and a few reflective lines. Photos of Arthur Penner accompany the show, pinned on jute twine laundry-line style, as well as a handwritten letter to Penner from his daughter. In this letter, she speaks of a “silent film

“Raven’s Tears” casts wonderful shadows in addition to its own form and story them. In “Raven’s Tears” a branch sprouts out of a raven face with drops of lapis lazuli suspended from it. In “What bugs me…,” insects drawn on the clay surface complement a small wasp’s nest at the mouth. The Mask Within continues until January 30th at the Northern Front Studio in the Waterfront Station, located at 110 2237 2nd Ave. It’s open Monday to Friday during business hours. Sometimes the staff work outside the office, so if you come by and the door isn’t open, try again. It’s worth it.

of memories;” how she misses the shape of his eyes, the tips of his ears. I, personally, can relate to the desire after the death of a beloved parent to find his face in other places; to pull it out of wet clay, to retrace his marks in the world. To encourage others to remember him, too, because it cannot be done justice just by one person. And in the end, to find the clearest image inside myself. That is one possible interpretation of the show’s title, I think. While this art show is part memorial for father, each Arts Strauss’ Underground piece creates its own whimsical world, incorporating a joy beyond the bounds of grief. Many people attended the opening, and as the many red dots on the tags bear witness, they found magic that they wanted to bring home with

Nicole Bauberger is a painter, writer and performer living in Whitehorse.


In “Dandelion Dreams,” Claire Strauss’ artistic decisions evoke a poetic sense of life’s fragility

Claire Strauss’ grieving process for her father inspired her show, called The Mask Within, which is on exhibit at The Northern Front Studio in the Waterfront Station; photos from his life accompany the exhibit

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Seasonal Recipes with Sydney Oland

Vietnamese Style Leftover-Chicken Lettuce Cups


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ettuce cups are a great food for when you feel like you may have been over-indulging. They’re also a super flavourful and fresh way to serve any sort of leftover chicken you may have – or a great way to spice up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I’ve listed my favourite ingredients and given this version a Vietnamese flavour, but you can include any sort of vegetable that’s in your crisper or that your family enjoys. You can even switch out the lettuce cups for a thin type of cabbage, like savoy. This recipe for the Vietnamese dipping sauce called nuoc cham is as simple as it gets, but you can also serve these lettuce cups with a jar of hoisin, sriracha, or your favourite peanut sauce with great results. Or if you’re in the mood to empty out the fridge a bit, throw all your Asian sauces on the table and mix and match.

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2-3 cups shredded leftover chicken 1 cucumber, thinly sliced 1 cup sliced carrots 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced 1 cup bean sprouts 4 sprigs fresh mint, finely chopped ¼ cup chopped cilantro ½ cup chopped peanuts 1 head lettuce (iceberg, Bibb and romaine all work well) wedges of lime, to serve

1. Arrange the chicken, cucumber, carrots, scallions and bean sprouts on a platter. Place the mint and cilantro on a separate plate, and the peanuts in a small bowl alongside. Arrange the lettuce on a separate platter. 2. To make the nuoc cham, whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and water together


until the sugar is fully dissolved. 3. Encourage your dining companions to make their own lettuce wraps that suit their own tastes. I think the best way to start is to pile everything in a large lettuce cup and drizzle the dressing on top – but to each their own! Garnish with lime slices and serve. Serves 4

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2:00 pm – Gulîstan: Land of Roses (CAN/GER, 86 MIN)

8:00 pm – John K. Samson & the Winter Wheat

6:45 pm – Angry Inuk (NU, 92 MIN)

One of Canada’s finest lyricists, singer/songwriter John K. Samson returns to the Yukon to kick off ALFF 2017! With guest Rob Dickson.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s documentary challenges the southern world to reconsider its preconceived notions of the commercial seal hunt. Audience Award winner at the 2016 Hot Docs Festival. Director and executive producer in attendance.

In the mountains and deserts of Kurdistan, female PKK guerillas are fighting ISIS. A startling, intimate and immersive documentary. Kurdish w/ English subtitles.

SATURDAY, FEB 4 | MULTIPLE VENUES 2:00 pm – Rise: Standing Rock (ON, 54 MIN) Venue: Old Fire Hall, Free Screening Rise is a new Viceland/ APTN series that examines Indigenous culture and acts of resistance. This episode focuses on protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

4:00 pm – ALFF Pitch Event Venue: Old Fire Hall (90 MIN) , Free Admission Yukon filmmakers vie for two production prizes (each worth $7,500 in cash and services) for their next short film. Pitches are presented to a panel of guest filmmakers in front of a live audience.

8:00 pm – Sinister Oculus (NWT, 60 MIN) Venue: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Live Cinema Performance. Special event tickets: $22 for double bill. A collective of seven Yellowknife artists fuse rock, jazz and classical with live video mixing and spoken word in a cathartic, multi-sensory experience.

Dead North Film Festival (NWT/YT, 60 MIN) A selection of short films from festivals past in the genres of Sci-fi, Horror and Fantasy, curated by Yellowknife’s Artless Collective.

SUNDAY, FEB 5 | YUKON ARTS CENTRE 11:00 am – The Sun at Midnight (NWT, 93 MIN) Drama shot in Fort McPherson about an unusual friendship between a hunter obsessed with finding a missing caribou herd and a teenage rebel who gets lost while on the run. Director in attendance.

1:15 pm – Pour la Suite du Monde (QC, 100 MIN) This 1963 NFB feature-length documentary is the story of what happened when old-timers from Île-aux-Coudres were persuaded to revive a local whale-catching practice. French w/ English subtitles.

3:30 pm – Window Horses (BC, 85 MIN) Beautifully animated film about young girl’s journey toward selfdiscovery. Invited to a poetry festival in Iran, Rosie must confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself. Stars Sandra Oh, Don McKellar and Ellen Page. English, Farsi, Mandarin w/ English subtitles. Guests in attendance.

5:30 pm – Quebec My Country Mon Pays (NS, 89 MIN)


John Walker’s cinematic love-letter to Quebec is about growing up during the Quiet Revolution and the Anglophone exodus that followed in the 1970s and 80s. Director in attendance.

12:00 pm – Yukon Documentaries (YT, 58 MIN)

8:00 pm – La La Land (USA, 128 MIN)

Venue: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

A throwback to the classic Hollywood musical that cleaned up at the Golden Globes. Emma Stone, an aspiring actress, and Ryan Gosling, a dedicated jazz musician, are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Pictures Don’t Lie (20 MIN) Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in elder JJ Van Bibber tells the story of his life during a century in the Yukon Territory. Underdog (10 MIN) Yuka Honda is a dog musher who’s life goal is to complete the Yukon Quest.

Shift (28 MIN) Aboriginal youth construct 100 kilometers of biking trails on Montana Mountain. Winner of audience choice award at Banff Mountain Film Festival 2016. Directors in attendance

2:00 pm – Putuparri and the Rainmakers (AUS, 97 MIN) Venue: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre The traditional rainmakers of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert have fought a twenty-year battle to win back their traditional homeland in a powerful documentary that has been 20 years in the making. Walmatjarri and English with English subtitles.

5:00 pm – Arctic Secrets: Yukon Wild (YT/ON, 48 MIN) Venue: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre This episode of the nature series that explores the Arctic region takes viewers on a stunning trip into the Coast Mountains to reveal the lives of keystone species; sockeye and chum salmon, grizzly bear and bald eagles, during the fall spawning season. Director in attendance.

7:30 pm – New North Collective Venue: Yukon Arts Centre An evening of music, storytelling and media art that explores ideas of north. From a northern perspective. Featuring: Diyet, Graeme Peters, Pat Braden, Carmen Braden, Robert Van Lieshout, and Jan de Vroede. Projections and video by media artists Lia Fabre-Dimsdale, Barbara Hinton, Aidan Cartwright and Jay Bulckaert.

TUESDAY, FEB 7 | YUKON ARTS CENTRE 12:00 pm – Limit is the Sky (BC/AB, 107 MIN) An unflinching portrait of six young Canadians, including refugees from the Middle East and Africa: a diverse, ambitious lot driven by the seductive lure of big cash in Fort McMurray.

WEDNESDAY FEB 8 | YUKON ARTS CENTRE 12:00 pm – Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. Leonard Cohen (QC, 49 MIN) The Canuck cousin to the Dylan doc Don’t Look Back, is a portrait of a young virtuoso meandering the lime light in Montreal university halls, coffee shops and his own bathroom. Screens with the animated short I’m your Man (QC, 5 MIN)

2:00 pm – The Apology (QC, 106 MIN) Korean and Chinese ‘comfort women’ share their personal stories of sexual slavery during WWII and their quest to receive an apology from the Japanese Government. An audience favourite at Hot Docs Film Festival 2016.

5:30 pm – I am the Blues (QC, 106 MIN) A powerful ‘fly on the wall’ journey through the swamps, juke joints and moonshine soaked BBQs of the American South to visit the last original blues devils, many in their 80s and still working. Director in attendance.

8:15 pm – Maliglutit (Searchers) (NU, 94 MIN) Inuk filmmakers Kunuk and Ungalaq (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) return with a knock-out Arctic epic set in 1913 and inspired by the 1956 John Ford western. Inuktitut w/ English subtitles.

THURSDAY, FEB 9 | YUKON ARTS CENTRE 12:00 pm – Black Code (ON, 90 MIN) Nicholas de Pencier (cinematographer of Watermark) examines the complex global impact that the Internet and social media has had on matters of free speech, privacy and activism.

2:00 pm – Two Lovers and a Bear (QC, 96 MIN) A hypnotic romance about star-crossed lovers (Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan) who find that even the icy expanses of the Arctic offer little refuge from their pasts.

January 18, 2017




12:00 pm – RiverBlue (BC, 83 MIN)

The life of legendary Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis is painted in exquisite detail in this impeccably written and acted biopic. English actor Sally Hawkins’ portrayal of the spirited Maud is an unforgettable performance. People’s Choice Award, VIFF 2016.

RiverBlue spans the globe to expose one of the world’s most polluting industries; fashion – in particular, the production of cheap blue jeans. Producer, Lisa Mazzotta in attendance.

8:30 pm – Manchester by the Sea (USA, 137 MIN)

A smartly written and inspiring drama based on the true story of a promising 18-year-old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of sarcoma.

After the death of his older brother Joe, a Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick forcing him to confront his shattered past.

FRIDAY, FEB 10 | YUKON ARTS CENTRE 12:00 pm – To the Ends of the Earth (BC, 80 MIN) The rise of extreme (non-conventional) oil, the end of economic growth, the people on the margins (Nunavut, Peace River Region, Utah) caught in the middle.

2:00 pm – Before the Streets (Avant les rues) (QC, 95 MIN) A Cree man kills another man during a robbery and flees into the forest. Returning to his village he tries to redeem himself using traditional cleansing rituals. ‘Best Canadian Feature’ at Whistler Film Festival 2016. Atikamekw and French w/ English subtitles.

3:00 pm – Kiss and Cry (ON, 95 MIN)

5:00 pm – Weirdos (ON/NS, 85 MIN) It’s the weekend of the US Bicentennial and 15-year-old Kit is running away to Sydney with his girlfriend Alice in a journey that reveals some hard truths. Daniel MacIvor and Bruce MacDonald’s sweet film about growing up gay in 1970s Cape Breton.

8:00 pm – American Honey (USA, 162 MIN) A teenage girl gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she crisscrosses the Midwest with a band of misfits in this ‘On the Road’ for a new generation. Cannes Film Festival 2016 Jury Prize Winner.

TICKETS AND PASSES Individual Film Tickets $15 regular / $13 YFS member or senior / $10 youth under 16

Weekday daytime screenings at YAC and KDCC $12 regular / $10 YFS member, senior, youth under 16

Five Film Pass ($55) & Ten Film Pass ($100) On sale at yukontickets.com, Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground

Special Presentations

5:00 pm – Bluefin (PEI) + HAND.LINE.COD. (NL) (65 MIN)

10:30 am – My Life as a Zucchini (SUI/FRA, 70 MIN)

Set in ‘the tuna capital of the world,’ North Lake, PEI this doc explores the baffling mystery of why the normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans.

John K. Samson & the Winter Wheat (YAC) $35 Sinister Oculus (KDCC) $22 (includes Dead North film screening) New North Collective (YAC) $25

This stop-motion film with mature themes follows a young boy coming of age in an orphanage. Ages 10+. French w/ English subtitles.


HAND.LINE.COD. On the coast of Fogo Island, cod fishermen have

Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping is an audacious investigation into the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping; an invisible industry with a massive ecological footprint that also holds the key to our economy. French, Spanish and English w/ English subtitles.

returned to a traditional catching method.

7:00 pm – Toni Erdmann (GER, 162 MIN) A practical joker and retired art teacher disguises himself as a flashy businessman to get attention from his corporate-ladder climbing daughter,. This comedy was the most talked-about film at Cannes 2016. Unforgettable. German and Romanian w/ English subtitles.

10:00 pm – Gimme Danger (USA, 108 MIN) Indie film darling Jim Jarmusch brings the story of the legendary Detroit proto-punk band, The Stooges to the screen, to hilarious and entertaining effect.

SATURDAY, FEB 11 | YUKON ARTS CENTRE 10:00 am – Long Way Home (FRA/DEN, 81 MIN) Free Screening. From the filmmakers that brought us Ernest & Celestine and Song of the Sea comes a stunning animated film about a girl’s quest to reach the North Pole to discover the fate of her grandfather.


12:00 pm – Freightened (ESP/FRA, 90 MIN)

2:00 pm – Moonlight (USA, 115 MIN) Chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Winner of the Golden Globe for best dramatic motion picture.

4:30 pm – Aim for the Roses (BC, 102 MIN) In 1976, Canadian stunt man Ken Carter declared his intention to jump a mile over the St. Lawrence in a rocket powered car. In 2008, Vancouver composer Mark Haney made a concept album in tribute. This ‘musical docudrama’ is about both men. Guests in attendance.

7:30 pm – I, Daniel Blake (UK, 100 MIN) British master Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at Cannes for this timely drama about an aged, ailing handyman’s battle to survive after being denied his government health allowance.

Online at yukontickets.com, in person at Arts Underground and Yukon Arts Centre Box Office or by phone 867-667-8574 (10am–3pm). We encourage you to pick your films and get your tickets before the festival or at less busy times during the festival. This enables us to start the films at their scheduled time, which makes everybody happy. Thanks and enjoy the festival!

Read more about the films, find out about festival guests, watch trailers and buy your tickets online at

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by Ken Bolton

Pivot Fest 2017 offers

January 18, 2017

a smorgasbord of contemporary performance art

The Pivot Theatre Festival - Nakai Theatre’s annual performance showcase - begins a seven-night run this weekend in multiple Whitehorse venues. In addition to smaller-scale offerings such as a theatrical pub walk, an evening of spoken word material and a “speed-friending” event called Stranger Connections, the festival will feature the three major pieces, including:

PHOTO by courtesy of Why Not Theatre

Ravi Jain with his mother Asha, the title character in A Brimful of Asha, which is part of Nakai’s Pivot Festival next week

A Brimful of Asha:

charm and humour ensue when cultures and generations collide When Canadian-born actor and director Ravi Jain travelled to his ancestral homeland of India to conduct a series of stage workshops in 2007, he knew he’d be meeting a woman his parents hoped he would marry. Since his graduation from theatre school, they had been urging him to get married, but he wanted to wait a few years while he established his own company, Why Not Theatre. “I was open to thinking about it, but I wasn’t ready by any means to get married,” he says. “I wanted to spend at least a year and a half to meet the person, date them, get to know them. For them, it was you meet and within two days you have to decide. And that’s crazy.” Unbeknownst to the 27-yearold Jain, his parents had made travel plans of their own, determined to nail an engagement in place without delay.

“What ended up happening was that they were just pressuring the situation a lot harder than I had anticipated, and went to great lengths to try to make it happen. A lot of that happened behind the scenes and I didn’t know about it.” Jain returned to Toronto horrified, but the friends he told about it found the story funny. He began thinking about turning the experience into a play. “That same year, I took a show to the Dublin Fringe Festival, and saw a show where a choreographer had done a show with his Mom, and I was really moved by it. And I thought, ‘I should do something with my Mom,’” he says. When he told his mother he planned to write a play to tell the world what a bad mother she was, her response was direct. “She said, ‘You’re an idiot. If I was onstage with you, the audience would agree with me.’ I thought, ‘OK, let’s try this,’ and we just started from there.” Theatre played no part in Jain’s family life, and his mother, Asha, had never set foot onstage before.

But she took to it like a pro. “We worked on it together and we built it together. The writing was done through improvisation. We would sort of stop each other and tell each other what was a better thing to say.” But when it’s your own story, your own theatre company, and you’re one of the actors, what is like to direct a novice who happens to be your mother? “Terrible,” Jain laughs. “She really doesn’t obey the rules of the theatre. She never wants to rehearse. She works to her own schedule, and is not very accommodating about that. So that can be infuriating,” he says. “On the other hand, it’s a lot of fun. One great outcome is that I get to see an audience experience my mother. They love her. To see your mother make a crowd of 300 people laugh every night is pretty awesome.” What does Asha Jain do to earn those laughs? “I say to people it’s expert clowning, because she’s totally present in the moment and just really saying what she thinks. And it happens to be so honest, people have to laugh at it.” Since its debut in 2012, A Brimful of Asha has garnered widespread acclaim across Canada and elsewhere. Following performances in Ireland and England this spring, it will be one of seven Canadian plays Soulpepper Theatre takes to New York City in July. Jain attributes the play’s popularity among diverse audiences to the fact that it reflects the dinner-table conversations that many families have while they’re sorting through generational and cultural differences. “The entire show is really an homage to the stories we tell around the table, and the theatre that happens in our homes in our daily lives. Sharing that is a really beautiful, very simple act.” As for the play’s title character, has the theatre bug bitten her after five years of experience? “There may be a part of her that wants to do another story, and we’re kicking around some ideas. But at the end of the day, I don’t think for her it’s so much about acting,” Jain says. “It’s really about meeting people and the connection she gets with an audience. That’s the

thing she really enjoys. She’s always been a people person, and I think that’s the bug that she wants to seek.” A Brimful of Asha will be at the Old Fire Hall from Thursday to Saturday, January 26-28. Show time is 7:30 p.m.


One woman’s dance journey to connection and renewal Two broken legs and a fractured collarbone at the age of three might easily have squelched Santee Smith’s innate love of dance. Instead, they had the opposite effect. “I had all of my injuries in the span of a year. That really took a toll on my body, so that’s one of the reasons why I started into formal dance training, to strengthen my body.” Now one of Canada’s most accomplished dancers and choreographers, Smith doesn’t even remember when her passion for dance began. “As soon as I could walk, my tie was to music. As soon as I heard music, apparently, I would be just lost in movement. So the accidents were kind of like a blessing in disguise, because I was able to get some dance training.” While the specialty of the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre she founded in 2005 is marrying indigenous dance forms with contemporary dance, Smith’s own formal training was quite different. Growing up as a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, near Brantford, Ontario, the young Smith had no access to contemporary dance, which was available only in large cities such as Toronto and New York. Even six years of training with the National Ballet of Canada did not expose her to much in the way of contemporary dance. What she did have was an ongoing exposure to the traditional dances of her community. “I never trained in any formal contemporary dance. My work comes through my individual exploration of how I like to move, and also my study of indigenous dance styles,” she explains. “When I did my very beginning choreography, it looked very balletic, but I was telling the creation story of Sky Woman. The

other one I did at the beginning was a trio of Corn, Beans and Squash (the traditional Three Sisters of indigenous agriculture and nutrition), which are represented in the female body.” For her, the fusion in her work is not so much a technical matter of specific dance genres as it is about narrative and content, and how that is embodied in the dance itself. “It is what it is; it comes out through the body and through the telling of the work.” After her formal training, Smith worked in indigenous theatre with the Toronto-based Native Earth Performing Arts while she was deciding on a career. “I came back into dance when I was asked to choreograph. So that evolution started fairly slowly, and I was still exploring and not quite sure where my path would lead me.” During two years of caring for her new daughter, she says, she spent much of her time dreaming of what she wanted to do for her first independent choreography. “I had already been working on developing a piece about an Onkwehon:we story, and it turned into a family creation story.” That work, named Kaha:wi (pronounced “ga-HA-we) after her grandmother, made its debut at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2004,and led to the incorporation of the company by the same name a year later. “I wanted to be able to tell our indigenous stories in mainstage theatres across Canada and around the world, really. It was a part of the dream, the vision, and I still keep working the dream. I still keep trying to make that happen,” she says. “Going on 11 years now, we’ve been building a repertoire body of work, and we’ve been touring internationally. So it’s had a really nice growth since 2005,’ she says. In the Mohawk language, Smith explains, the word Kaha:wi means “to carry”, which she sees in both literal and metaphorical senses. “It can be metaphorical in many ways, in particular because the community is matrilineal. It’s the woman who is carrying forward all our lineage and our genealogy and our understanding of cont’d on page 13...

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Public Secret:

Speaking about what usually goes unspoken Whitehorse artistic collaborators Selene Vakharia and Chelsea Jeffery will make a return appearance at Pivot Fest with an immersive piece that addresses one of the most uncomfortable subjects of all: human mortality. Last year, the duo presented the Death Sex Money Salon, which Vakharia terms “an exploration of the three most taboo and most fascinating topics” of everyday life. “This one’s going to be the next iteration of it. As we were having more conversations with people about it, the death, dying and afterlife part of it really stood out, so we decided to focus entirely on that and really dive as deep as we could into it.” The new work, called Public Secret, ramps up both the site specific nature of its predecessor, and the level of interactivity with the audience.

Dancer-choreographer Santee Smith in Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s production of NeoIndigenA PHOTO: David Hou

“That’s the kind of performance that we really are passionate about, and when we started collaborating, we were really interested in that idea of having something where the audience was participating, and not just observing.” Rather than unfolding in a traditional performance space, the work will take place in three heritage buildings in Shipyards Park, the old Pioneer and the Chambers and Jenni houses. “Each of the buildings contains installations that people can physically interact with. Those are combined with audio elements that reflect the kind of conversations that we’ been having with people around death and dying,” Jeffery explains. “There are also performance components, so people will be kind of interacting with the performers as well.” Vakharia picks up the narrative. “The way it’s structured is very much a ‘choose your own adventure’ for the audience. While there’s some structure to it, in the sense that there are scripted performances, there are also unscripted performances that adapt to the audience’s needs,” she says. “The audience can follow the

PHOTO: Davidson Photography

A private moment in a blanket fort at last year’s production of Death Sex Money Salon. A similar site will be available this year for Public Secret path that they find most interesting, so no two shows are really alike, and even if an audience member went back for a second time, it would be a different experience for them.” The collaborators say the piece has evolved from what was originally conceived as a fairly light look at a sombre topic to something more meaningful as they talked with other people and explored their own beliefs and thoughts about death and dying. The result, they say, retains an uplifting and hopeful element, but is aimed more at the kind of discussion they hope to stimulate. “I don’t think it became darker, but there are definitely some moments that are heavier, or sad, and it does reflect people’s feelings of grief,” Jeffery says. “There are also moments that are very hopeful, and all the parts that were pretty heavy have been paired with something that brings in that element of hope and support.” Jeffrey says the people who were interested in talking with them tended to be those who had had really deep and meaningful experiences with death. “Maybe they’ve had someone very close to them die and that was obviously a very difficult experience, but they’ve come out of it with some kind of understanding, or some kind of different perspective on life, so there’s always that element as well.” Parts of some of those conver-

sation will be available in audio form. Others have been incorporated into scripts that will be read by actors. The program will also include a number of non-actors sharing their own perspectives on the subject. Audience members are free to participate, or just observe. “It (death) is kind of the biggest public secret, where everyone’s going to go through it and everyone’s thinking about it, but no one want to talk about it,” Vakharia says. The intention behind the piece, she adds, is to help provide people with the beginning of a framework for thinking and talking about mortality. With that, they can “really deal with and feel supported about their own death that’s going to happen, but also about others in their lives who are going to pass away. So they don’t have to go through as rough a time, or as terrible a grief as you would feel when you don’t ever face it.” Performances of Public Secret will take place Monday, January 23 at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m., and Wednesday, January 25 at the same times. The final performance will be Friday, January 27 at 9:30 p.m. Only 20 tickets are available for each show. Ken Bolton is a former coeditor of What’s Up Yukon, who telecommutes to work from his home southeast of Whitehorse.



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Wed, Jan, 18, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Fri, Jan, 20-22, Gold Nugget Mixed Bonspiel Atlin Rec Centre Contact Lynn at 250-651-7663 to enter a team or for more information. Wed, Jan, 25, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre


Fri, Jan, 20, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Sat, Jan, 21, Women’s Yoga 9:00 am Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Sat, Jan, 21, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, Jan, 23, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, Jan, 24, Women’s Yoga 7:00 pm Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Tue, Jan, 24, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club


Wed, Jan, 18, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Jan, 18, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Jan, 18, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Jan, 18, Sewing Group 6:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Wed, Jan, 18, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Jan, 19, CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Jan, 19, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Thu, Jan, 19, Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Jan, 19, Stockstill and Rose Tour 6:45 pm Carcross Community Centre A variety of traditional and original tunes ranging from bluegrass and western swing, to gypsy jazz and Eastern European tunes. Tickets at the door. Thu, Jan, 19, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat, Jan, 21, Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Jan, 23, Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Jan, 23, AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Jan, 24, Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Jan, 24, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Tue, Jan, 24, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Jan, 24, Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building

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Tue, Jan, 24, Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Jan, 24, Tlingit Language Game Nights 6:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Jan, 24, Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed, Jan, 25, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Jan, 25, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Jan, 25, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Jan, 25, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building


Mondays-Fridays Kids Club After School Program 3:30 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Ages 5-12, snacks provided


Wed, Jan, 18, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Jan, 19, Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri, Jan, 20, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Jan, 20, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Jan, 20, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, Jan, 20, Harmonica George McConkey 6:00 pm Westminster Hotel In the Tavern Sat, Jan, 21, Painting 1:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Paints, brushes and easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Sat, Jan, 21, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Jan, 21, Annual “Double Bob” Potluck 6:00 pm Dawson City Community Library “Double Bob” Potluck, in celebration of the birthdays of Robert Burns and Robert Service. You are welcome to recite a favourite poem! 867-993-5571 dclib@ klondiker.com Sun, Jan, 22, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Mon, Jan, 23, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Jan, 23, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867-993-2520 Wed, Jan, 25, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.


Wed, Jan, 18, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 am Faro Community Library For Babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Jan, 18, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Fri, Jan, 20, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sun, Jan, 22, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun, Jan, 22, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Wed, Jan, 25, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 am Faro Community Library For

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Wed, Jan, 18, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Thu, Jan, 19, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu, Jan, 19, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, Jan, 19, Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Jan, 19, Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Fri, Jan, 20, Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sat, Jan, 21-22, Rawk Camp Champagne And Aishihik First Nation - Haines Junction Office Please register with the Youth Centre at 634-2012. Sun, Jan, 22, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-634-2360 Mon, Jan, 23, SafeTALK 12:30 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre To register or inquire email: lcampbell@cafn.ca or phone 336-3283 Mon, Jan, 23, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Wed, Jan, 25, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed, Jan, 25, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre


Fri, Jan, 20, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Jan, 21, Tot Group 10:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Jan, 21, Pick-Up Hockey 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Ice hockey season is upon us! We welcome all players of all skill levels to drop by the rink. We use small modified nets. Sun, Jan, 22, Drop in Badminton 11:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Jan, 24, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Tot Group 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca Tue, Jan, 24, Darts Night 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre We’ll be doing a quick orientation for those who haven’t played before and playing 301. The bar will be open for a beverage while we play.


Fri, Jan, 20, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun, Jan, 22, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Jan, 24, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus


Fri, Jan, 20, Learning Lions Homeschoolers Get Together 3:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Tue, Jan, 24, Home Brewing Specialty Beers 7:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Local beer experts Intro and how to. With a follow up tasting on Feb 11, 17. Please register 667-7083 or Email lmca@ northwestel.net





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Thu, Jan, 19, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sun, Jan, 22, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Lukes Church 867-993-5381 Tue, Jan, 24, Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center


Tuesday - Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Jan, 18, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Jan, 18, Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 pm Tagish Community Centre Wed, Jan, 18, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed, Jan, 18, Tagish River Habitat Protection Area (HPA) and Tagish Local Area Plan Joint Creative Management Planning Meeting 6:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Discuss creative solutions from Tagish residents and other users to solve previously identified issues for inclusion in the management plan. for more information visit http://www. tagishriverhpa.com/. Wed, Jan, 18, Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Sat, Jan, 21, Open Exercise Program 10:00 am Tagish Community Centre Come and sweat out the winter blues with us! For more information call 399-3407 Sat, Jan, 21, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Jan, 25, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Jan, 25, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday.


Wed, Jan, 18, Stockstill and Rose Tour 6:45 pm Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre A variety of traditional and original tunes ranging from bluegrass and western swing, to gypsy jazz and Eastern European tunes. Tickets at the door.


Daily at 12-4pm & 6-8pm Yukon`s Northern Lights Showtimes -Two scheduled shows /day 1pm and 6:30 pm – will show on request for large groups as well.Northern Lights Center Features the amazing phenomena known as the ‘Northern Lights’ or ‘Aurora borealis’, the Northern Lights Centre boasts state-of-theart panoramic video and surround-sound systems. Thu, Jan, 19, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Jan, 19, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Thu, Jan, 19, Drop in Curling 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Drop in rates apply, so please stop at the front desk before you head to the ice. Sat, Jan, 21, Ladies Time Out Breakfast 8:30 am Andrea’s Hotel Come out for a relaxing time of inspiration, fun, and encouragement. For more information call Ruth Holt 536-7726 or Ruth Wilkinson at 536-4542” Sun, Jan, 22, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Jan, 23, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, Jan, 24, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Tue, Jan, 24, Drop in Curling 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Drop in rates apply, so please stop at the front desk before you head to the ice.




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January 18, 2017


Daily Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM. No Swim Sundays Mon-Thu Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Haines Borough Public Library Hours: MonThu 10-9 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:30-4:30 | 766-2545 Wed, Jan, 18, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Jan, 18, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 18, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Jan, 18, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 18, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 18, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Thu, Jan, 19, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Jan, 19, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Jan, 19, Rivertalk 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Jan, 20, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri, Jan, 20, Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 am Haines Chamber Of Commerce

Fri, Jan, 20, Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Jan, 20, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat, Jan, 21, Tai Chi 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Jan, 22, Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Jan, 22, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Jan, 22, Bible Club & Christian Education 12:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Mon, Jan, 23, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon, Jan, 23, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Jan, 23, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Jan, 23, Mother Goose Stories and Songs 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Jan, 23, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Jan, 23, Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Jan, 23, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Jan, 23, Adults Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Jan, 23, Portage Cove Interpretive Trail and Harbor Park Community Meeting #1 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Jan, 24, Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center Tue, Jan, 24, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 25, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Jan, 25, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 25, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Jan, 25, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 25, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 25, Portage Cove Interpretive Trail and Harbor Park Community Meeting #2 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Jan, 25, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar


Wed, Jan, 18, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan, 18, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed, Jan, 18, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Thu, Jan, 19, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan, 19, Toddler Yoga 9:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre 907-983-2679 k.nelson@skagway.org Thu, Jan, 19, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu, Jan, 19, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan, 19, Easy Does it YogaRestorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan, 19, Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Jan, 20, Spinning w/ Dena 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Jan, 21, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Sat, Jan, 21, Bouncy House Fun Time! 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sat, Jan, 21, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Jan, 21, Volleyball For Adults 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, Jan, 22, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Mon, Jan, 23, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jan, 23, Easy Does it YogaRestorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jan, 23, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mon, Jan, 23, Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tue, Jan, 24, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan, 24, Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan, 25, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan, 25, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed, Jan, 25, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up



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January 18, 2017

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feed the birds in winter because it makes me feel good to do it and the birds certainly seem to enjoy it as well. Squirrels certainly take advantage of the situation, but seem to be much less interested in the feeders that do not contain sunflower seeds. Squirrels can also be stopped by blocking their access to the feeders, but that takes some ingenuity on your part because they are both smart and agile. At home we have six feeders with suet/seed blocks in two of them and a seed mixture (no sunflower) in the other four. At our cabin we have 25 to 30 feeders featuring suet/seed blocks,

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straight sunflower seeds, mixed seeds and fine seeds such as Niger. After hunting I also hang out moose shoulder blades and lots of moose meat scraps with fat attached. The moose bits can be squeezed into the wire mesh suet boxes or just hung over branches, but should be high enough to avoid attracting foxes or coyotes. Meat and fat can also be hung in the plastic mesh bags that oranges come in. For the cabin I buy a big bag of the inexpensive cat kibble and the whiskey jacks are on the porch every morning waiting for some kibble to be poured into the level frying pan I have hanging from a porch rafter. Sparrows and chickadees also get into the kibble crumbs when the whiskey jacks are done. I quite often refill that pan over the day. The squirrels also like the kibble and it wasn’t long before they had figured out how to access it. Feeding on the ground under the hanging feeders are a regular group of grouse, which alternate with varying hares. The grouse and hares are usually present at very first light and also at dusk.

It is common to have 50-60 various birds at the feeders and on the ground cleaning up the spillage. It is common for us to see sparrows, chickadees, juncos, groups of 1520 bright red grosbeak and their mates, some siskin, redpolls, the occasional magpie and of course ravens – who like to sneak in and tip over the feeders to eat from the ground. A variety of different feeders are available in the big-box and pet supply stores; in addition, they can easily be made from well-rinsed bleach or cooking oil containers. A lid or pot hung upside-down over a smaller dish makes a very sturdy feeder. Suet blocks are frequently on sale in boxes of 10 or 12 at a much reduced price. You can make them at home if you have the time and the inclination, save your bacon grease or shortening after use – or just buy cheap lard and melt it in a large pan. Add enough seeds to thicken the mixture and let it cool until almost solidified. There are a few ways to make this mixture accessible: spoon this onto balls and put in mesh bags, roll large pine cones in the mix or when close to hardened, cut it into pieces to use in the wire-mesh suet boxes. Ravens are very hard on anything containing suet. They will destroy it in minutes, so hang it where it’s harder to reach, such as under an eave or on an inner branch of a willow bush or other shrubbery. In order to not provide an attractant for bears, I do not put out bird feed from late April until late August. Larry Leigh is an avid angler, hunter and all-round outdoors person who prefers to cook what he harvests himself. He is a past president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and retired hunter education coordinator for the Government of Yukon. Please send comments about his articles to wild@whatsupyukon.com.

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January 18, 2017

Skiing With Our Dog

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Parka enjoying the view from on top of Upper Valley Ridge at Mount McIntyre


hitehorse is not only lucky enough to be situated on Canada’s crowning jewel of cross country ski trails, but to have approximately one third of that jewel welcome dogs! My dog happily wags her tail at the signs of going for a walk: puffy coats, warm socks and bulky mitts all point towards her happy future. But when the skis come out… that tail goes into maximum overdrive. She bolts around the house, not caring where she’s going, as long as she’s going somewhere to express her intoxicating level of excitement. In that dog mind of hers, which has come to link stray shoes with chew toys; door knocks with villains; garbage with entertainment; and the roast turkey on the kitchen table with her own dinner; she has also come to realize skis mean Mount McIntyre. Mount Mac means no longer having to toddle along with slow poke owners. No, no, no!

Mount Mac means freedom, where she can sprint along on endless trails to her heart’s content. Mount Mac means there are more dogs to be meet and more smells to smell. It’s a dog’s Happiest Place on Earth – making Mount Mac a dog’s Disneyland. The problem is with my dog in the Disneyland of Mount Mac, I no longer have that calm puppy, sitting and looking up at us with patience and loyalty. Nope. Now I’ve got the rebel trying to see if she can leap out of the closed windows before we can open the car door. But we’ve learned from our mistakes. Now, driving over we devise a state of the art, tactical strategy, that would flabbergast the most qualified of special agents. One person, normally the strongest and most willing to take a paw to the face, is assigned to hold the dog, while the other two

back-flip out of the van ninjastyle. (Okay, maybe not quite like that – but that’s the same efficiency and urgency that we’re operating on.) We haul the skis, poles and snacks, and huff it to the trailhead. Meanwhile the unlucky dog handler struggles to negotiate the leash and walks the dog through the parking lot. Correction: the dog drags them through the parking lot. Then comes the magic moment. After holding the dog back and back and back, we only need to do one more thing: unhook the leash carabiner and hear the satisfying “click.” Like the bark of a gun, she’s off running the race of her life. But she isn’t racing like humans. She isn’t running to win anything. She isn’t running for glory, for fame, for a prize. She is running for the love it; the love of the snow beneath her paws and the limitless forests just begging her to come and explore. No destination in mind, no end in sight, just a joyful sprint with the wind. That’s Mount Mac to our dog. And yes, that joyous sprint occasionally leads her to drop a stick in the tracks, which we’ll grumble, stop and throw back into the bush. However, to bask in the excitement of the ski trails, I offer Mount McIntyre my sincerest gratitude. Thank You. Tess Casher is a high school student and new Yukoner interested in exploring the north.


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January 18, 2017

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awson City finds itself with a brand new lease on winter sports life this year – artificial ice has come to town. Considering how much ice there is in the north, the need for artificial ice sounds odd, but for those who partake in hockey and curling, the arrival of fake ice is what they have been waiting for. “I found it ironic that in Toronto, I could play hockey year round, then when I moved to within 500 clicks of the Arctic Circle, my hockey season runs from December to March,” says Danny Dowhal, a player with the Oldtimers hockey league. “Now that we have artificial ice, I’m thrilled to be playing more hockey.” Before the fake ice was installed at the Art and Margaret Fry Recreation Centre, Dawsonites had to wait until it was cold enough outside to freeze the ice inside. Once it got too warm outside, the games were over. But technology has solved that problem. The new system uses a series of pipes laid out on top of a gravel pad, along with a chilling unit outside the curling rink that pumps glycol through the pipes, keeping the ice consistently cold.

“We’re now on the same footing as any other arena in Canada,” says Paul Robitaille, marketing and events manager for the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA). Robitaille is not sad to see natural ice disappear. “Real ice has its limitations,” he says. “It takes longer to freeze and it doesn’t work with warmer temperatures.” He recounts how one year, his hockey team had to skate over dirt patches during a tournament because of above zero temperatures outside and melting ice inside. Artificial ice, says Robitaille, is more consistent and the quality is better. And with the new ice, the season can now start as early as Oct. 1st, says Robitaille, who also sits on the board of directors for both the Dawson City Curling Club and the Dawson City Hockey Association. The extended season allows the players – and organizers of tournaments and events – to plan for fall to spring participation rather than a narrow window of only three months. “We couldn’t bid on some curling events because we couldn’t guarantee there would be ice

come the time,” says Robitaille. “A quality ice is a quality product. With a guarantee of ice, we can now host events throughout the winter and diversify our offer to visitors.” Dawson City typically hosts seven to eight tournaments and bonspiels annually. Robitaille is hoping that, along with more teams from outside being encouraged to come for tournaments, if there is a guarantee of ice, Dawson can now bid for other events that were usually scheduled during a time when the old ice was unavailable. “There were certain age groups that we could never get because we just couldn’t host a tournament at that time of year. It just opens up those possibilities.” This, he says, creates opportunities for tourism that the community didn’t have before. Gabriela Sgaga lives off the grid in her West Dawson cabin with her sled dogs. She enjoys mushing, skijoring and writing about everyday life in the Yukon. Please send comments about her articles to dawson@whatsupyukon.com.

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