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olour your way across the north!” Erin Dixon’s Yukon themed, travel friendly adult colouring book is great for any season.

rin Dixon is an artist with a passion for Yukon landscapes. “I was into colouring before it was hot,” she says with a laugh. A self described avid colourer, Dixon noticed a vacancy, “I know that colouring is really popular right now and I wanted to fill the void for Yukoners and visitors wishing for a Yukon colouring book.” The sketches are drawn by hand from photos that she took around the Yukon. “All the images in the book are based on my photos or photos of my friends. My family travels around the territory pretty extensively in the summer, finding new places to camp. It’s also an excuse to take pictures or quick sketches for my paintings when I can.” Dixon says that the dark, cold month of February is the perfect colouring season, “For me, this is the time of year I turn to brighter colours, especially for my art. I think a lot of Yukoners have taken up colouring to beat the blues this time of year too. It’s very meditative and colouring with bright colours can lift a person’s mood.” The colouring book is built for practicality. With the active lifestyle of the average Yukoner in mind. The coil binding makes it nice and portable as it lays flat and you can fold it in half. Dixon says that she always takes her sketchbook and colour supplies with her when she goes camping. “I know a lot of Yukoners are also on the go and we seem to be very transient people, lots of travelling. It’s a good size to throw in your backpack or take on the plane.” She says that the book is great for tourists and Yukoners alike, “a little piece of the Yukon” that you can send to family and friends out of Territory. Dixon is happy with sales so far, “I’ve sold about 600 copies. I think people are buying it because it’s unique.” She published her first edition last Spring. Her friend Jenifer Davidson from JD Design-

PHOTOS: courtesy of Erin Dixon work did the layout and digitization. Dixon is in the process of putting together volume two, which she hopes to have out by the early summer. She plans to one day expand her operation with paint by the number kits and a watercolour paper version. Tombstone Reflection - Coloured by Erin Dixon, photographed by Erin Dixon. “When I’m in Tombstone Territorial Park, the sky always amazes me. It seems so close, and the clouds seem to be moving so fast. When I coloured this one, I picked out a bunch of different shades of purple and lavender to highlight the sky which was doubled in the reflection.” Fireweed - Coloured by Erin Dixon, photographed by Erin Dixon. “I am an artist who uses pretty unusual colour combinations, but for the fireweed picture, I wanted to keep it traditional. The Fireweed is our territorial flower and means many things to the people who live in the Yukon, so I wanted to keep the colours more realistic.”

Kluane Lake - Coloured by Erin Dixon, photographed by Erin Dixon. “I wanted to capture the wind and the waves on Kluane Lake when I drew it, but when I coloured it, I really wanted to accentuate how blue the water is. I also made the scene a sunset for a pop of colour and I love the gradient from yellow to orange with the pink mountains.”

Wild Rose and The Midnight Sun - Coloured by Mike Corcoran, photographed by Mike Corcoran. Erin Dixon’s uncle Mike lives in Edmonton and has never been to the Yukon, but he loves to colour! “He said he really liked that they were small enough to finish in a sitting and let him express his artistic tendencies without too much pressure!” Erin Dixon is a member of Yukon Artists @ Work, a local artist’s co-operative. Dixon writes about her adventures on her blog www.yukonbutterflies.com and she can be reached at yukonbutterflies@hotmail.com. Colour the Yukon is available for sale at Mac’s Fireweed. Michael is editor at What’s Up Yukon. He’s a journalist based in Whitehorse. Lifestory available on request.

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Take a Midwinter Break

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inter cold and dark got you down? Yukoners can lift their spirits and take a mid-winter break at this year’s Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. Preliminary events are already solidly underway, such as the Can Can Kick Off, which took place Feb. 9 and the Queen’s Fashion Show, which happened Feb. 11. There’s still lots of amazing things to do, though, before the official Rendezvous week opens on Feb. 17. “Her Majesty’s Royal Feast is a brand new and exciting event,” says Dave Blottner, executive director of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. This event will feature a five course meal catered by six local restaurants, with a speech by the Rendezvous Queen and a string quartet. The event will take place at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “It’s a rather direct contrast to something like the Sourdough Sam event,” Blottner says with a laugh. The Sourdough Sam event is a series of events which searches for the “primo” iconic Yukon Man though a series of rather unorthodox challenges. Interested persons can catch them Thursday, Feb. 16 at The Boiler Room for trivia and karaoke at 8 p.m., and at several other events spread out over the course of the Rendezvous week. Another popular preliminary event is the Rendezvous Pub Crawl, he says, which happens Friday, Feb. 18 and starts at The

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Yukon Rendezvous Community Challenge Boiler Room. It’s the fourth year the event has taken place and is so popular that tickets for it are already sold out, he says. Another Rendezvous event to look out for this year includes the

Rendezvous Queen’s Coronation Ball, says Blottner. The event features the crowning of the 2017 Rendezvous Queen. There will be music provided by The Big Band and ballroom dan-

cing. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Later that night, the “premier Saturday night show” will be happening at the Ice Wireless tent, Blottner says, featuring the Vancouver band The Written Years. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for this event. “We’re going to pack that tent,” he says. “It’s going to be a great show.” Blottner says he expects a great festival overall this year. “We’ve had the usual difficulties with putting a festival together, of course,” he says. “But with it being Canada’s 150th birthday and having a community that loves Rendezvous, we’ve had a great year with everyone pitching in.” Blottner says that last year’s unusually warm weather forced the 2016 festival to actually make snow for the event, an issue he doesn’t expect to be a problem this year. “It was almost too warm last year… but if the weather continues to cooperate this year like it has, we won’t have any trouble with snow… a balmy -10 would be great,” he says. A full list of preliminary and festival events, including ticket information and pricing, is available online at www.YukonRendezvous.com. Lori Garrison is a Yukoner without a cause. She is currently on hiatus in Mayo, Quebec.

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allory Pigage is a 26-year-old woman with an apartment in downtown Whitehorse, a large network of friends and her own business. A true Yukon success story, Mallory is determined to focus on her capabilities rather than her limitations, and has made a name for herself within the community despite challenges. After graduating from high school, Mallory advocated on her own behalf for the right to attend the Workplace Readiness Program at the Yukon College to help her hone her skills. She became the first person with an intellectual disability to be enrolled in the program. After living in residence at the college for four months, she knew independent living was right for her, and worked toward building and maintaining a life that supported her goal. She connected with the Yukon Association for Community Living and was able to secure a job at Bear’s Paws Quilts through their Ready, Willing and Able Employment Support program. In a video testimonial on the Community Living website, Mallory tells the camera, “My favourite thing about my job is being included in the community.” Although working at the local quilting store was rewarding, it wasn’t the challenge that Mallory was looking for; she had bigger dreams. She set her sights on starting a business of her own. In Mallory’s own words, “I like to be in charge. I also like meeting new people.” With this in mind, Mallory did her research to find out what her community needed. At first she 8:54 AM approached businesses with the idea of a courier service: perhaps she could help them with mail outs, recycling, distributing fliers or running other errands? But the consensus was clear: what businesses needed help with most was postering. Seeing an opportunity to fill a need, she launched Mallory’s Postering Service.

Mallory Pigage places a client’s poster on a prominent advertising spot in Whitehorse She now works up to six hours a day, three days a week providing a valuable service to over 30 clients. She has even attained the status of being an Approved Vendor with the Yukon Government, allowing any branch to contact her to advertise their programs, and freeing up their staff to work on other tasks. This work is not only rewarding for her, but it is also helping her to learn new skills from customer service to mastering her own bookkeeping system. Being her own boss allows Mallory the freedom to set her own hours and work around her needs, setting a pace that works well for her. Offering businesses an à la carte menu of possible locations and packages, Mallory distributes hundreds of posters every week all over town. She focuses on responsible postering – never covering over someone else’s poster, and ensuring that her clients’ posters are taken down after their events are over. In nine months her business has become so successful that she is even contemplating hiring a second staff member to help meet demand. “I have been growing my business,” Mallory says. “The challenging part remains being outdoors in all kinds of weather.” Like any other challenge how-

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Cedric Wants You Mature but unpublished Yukon writers now qualify for a B.C.-based literary competition by Ken Bolton

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hoooo the heck is Cedric, anyway? We’ll come back to that later. About a year after Beth Hawkes moved to Salt Spring Island with her husband, she saw a small ad in the Gulf Islands Driftwood about a literary competition for unpublished B.C. writers over the age of 50. “I just looked at the ad, and in my stomach I said, ‘I could do that’. I didn’t weigh it this way and that, or hesitate,” Hawkes says. “I put the deadline in my calendar and started to kind of muse on it and pull a document draft together.” Last May, Hawkes submitted a story about yearly seasons and life seasons to the second edition of the Cedric Literary Awards. “I sent it in almost on the wire, and then I let it go, like throwing a little boat out onto the water.” In September, the executive director of the non-profit society behind the awards, Veronica Osborn, called to say her story, Seasons, had made the short list in the creative non-fiction category, and to invite her to the award ceremony. “To be perfectly honest, I was so pleased to be shortlisted and be part of the party, that was enough to celebrate. When I was announced as the winner, I truly was gobsmacked,” Hawkes says. “It turned out to be quite an exciting moment for me. More than anything else, I think it inspired me to continue to write in as an honest and grounded way as

I could, and then maybe just keep throwing my bread upon the waters.” The Cedrics were launched in 2014, the brainchild of Victoria entrepreneur Peter Dale, who is also behind the award’s sponsor, Betterthan50.com, a web-based information resource for the 50plus demographic based in the B.C. capital. Osborn says both the website and the literary awards reflect the belief of Dale and his partners that this age group is an “underrepresented, unrecognized segment” of society. “I think his idea was a sound one. It was one that was born out of just encouraging this particular segment of our population in a way that would be meaningful to them,” she says. The competition accepts raw or edited manuscripts in three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, written in either English or French. There is also a separate award for First Nations writers in any of those genres, with a $3,000 top prize in each category. In its first two years, it was open only to B.C. writers. This year, it has been broadened to include unpublished writers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. Osborn says the goal is to go nation-wide by the year 2020. Hawkes says she has always been drawn to literature, and has a degree in linguistics. While she had done some writing as part of her job, most of it was of a journalistic nature.

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“I didn’t go public in any way with what I call my personal creative writing. That was always on a private side of my desk. It wasn’t really until retirement that I sort of felt the pull to write for my own selfknowledge and awareness,” she says. “I think in many ways you need to find a way to slow down and be quiet and disconnect yourself from your working role. It takes some time to resettle into yourself and really communicate honestly from your own life.” An avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, Hawkes says the more she works in the realm of creative non-fiction, the more interested she becomes. “It seems to be one of the genres of our time. I think people are really being drawn to think more about truth and fiction, and where they meet, and what our personal stories have to offer and inspire us.” As people age and let go of career and child-rearing responsibilities, Hakes suggests, they have less to prove to others or themselves. “It’s more a process of dismantling our egos than building them up. So, there’s something very freeing and invigorating about losing fear of self-expression at this time,” she says.

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Salt Spring Islander Beth Hawkes won the $3,000 first prize for creative non-fiction in the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards. This year, the competition is also open to Yukon writers “Something they were brilliant to do in creating the awards was to say, ‘Here’s a pathway to putting your voice out - a voice that has experience and has taken part a lot in the world.’ Which leads us back to Cedric. When Dale recruited Osborn to organize a new literacy award program, he provided her with the logo of an owl, which traditionally represents wisdom, tenacity, and knowingness. “The name Cedric just came

straight out of Peter’s head. We like to think that he can become a recognized symbol,” she says. Deadline for entry to the 2017 Cedric Literary Awards is midnight, May 1. For competition details, and to see Hawkes’ winning entry, go to http://www.thecedrics.ca/ Ken Bolton is a freelance writer who lives southeast of Whitehorse.

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Luke Healy’s graphic novel How to Survive in the North will brighten your winter in less than 200 pages by Vanessa Ratjen

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While some of the connections feel a little far-reached, this is an immensely enjoyable book. Author Luke Healy complements the

How to Survive in the North was written by Ireland-based cartoonist, Luke Healy, and published November 15, 2016 by Nobrow Press. Vanessa Ratjen is a reader and a writer. She’s done both in Nova Scotia, the Yukon, and on Vancouver Island, where she currently resides in a yurt.

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weight of emotional turmoil with a simple aesthetic design. The tight blocks of picture strips are uncluttered with straightforward character design and a modest colour palette. Cleanly drawn, the pictures are quite charming and engaging. Healy uses a change in colour tones to shift between the three narratives, each one is matched with its own level of darker or lighter hues. With easily comprehensible transitions and a simple design you can flow through the pages of How to Survive in the North a little quicker than your average graphic novel, which is good because it’s a bit longer than the average one, too. If you’re new to graphic novels, I suggest this one as a great introduction to the genre! How to Survive in the North offers only a brief overview of those historical northern expeditions, it’s a great instigator for further research. I am definitely looking forward to reading more about Robert Bartlett, Ada Blackjack and other explorers, and, I believe, kindling a larger curiosity in a topic is always the sign of an author’s job well done.

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and drift 1,000 miles off course, and how Ada Blackjack fends off Arctic Hysteria, polar bears and scurvy in her struggle for survival. Intermittently, we come back to modern-day Barnaby reading about their journeys as he struggles to come to terms with the consequences of an illicit love affair in his own life.

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ow to Survive in the North is a graphic novel where three northern tales — two historical and true, one fictional and set in presentday — are woven together in an artistic cartoon arrangement. While the title suggests the book may provide guidance through an icy winter, it’s more likely to urge you to consider life choices rather than give you palpable know-how. Intertwining Robert Bartlett’s failed expedition to Wrangel Island in 1913, the 1921 expedition of Ada Blackjack, and the personal dilemma of an American university professor in 2013, the book contemplates how significant our own faults or virtues are in the outcome of a situation. Thematically tied to the Arctic, the stories are loosely paralleled through the theme of decisionmaking and consequence. In 2013 the fictional Sullivan Barnaby is forced to take a mandatory sabbatical from his tenure teaching position at a New Hampshire university. After discovering his office was previously occupied by the intrepid arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Barnaby delves into a personal research project. He starts frequenting the library, scouring the journals of northern expeditions to learn everything about his predecessor. This segues into the two historical vignettes the book covers. We read (and see) the reallife story of Robert Bartlett and his crew who become ice-bound

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he equipment needed to start out fishing can be very expensive and it’s really easy to spend a lot more than you need to. One of the first things a prospective angler needs to learn is that the huge rack of lures and accessories was made more to catch you than to catch fish. There are five or six tried and true fishing lures that will get you catching fish. Even people with minimal experience can pick out a Five of Diamonds, a Red and White, a Williams Wabler, a Mepps Spinner, a floating Rapala and an Apex. With just these six and a bit of luck you’ll catch all the fish you are allowed. Each of the above comes in different sizes and weights, but choosing mid-size/weight will keep you going until you learn more. I checked out the “Big Box” stores in town and they have quite an array of fishing kits or sets which include, rod, reel (with line) and packs of hooks, sinkers, floats and Power Bait packs. These kits start out with collapsible kids’ units ready to fish for under $35. They are certainly not high-tech or unbreakable, but with a little supervision and guidance a toddler can enjoy the excitement of hooking tonight’s supper. Sets for youth or beginner adults run from about $50 and up including hooks, bait, sinkers etc. A novice can go straight from the store to the water and start fishing immediately. Spinning reels are probably a little easier to learn on, but these sets are available with level-wind reels as well. Trolling sets with stiffer rods and heavier reels are also sold all set up and ready to go at a very reasonable price. Salmon sets including line and essential basics are priced at about $80. Fly sets are also on the rack. I was quite surprised by the

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of care it will last a number of years. These sets are also inexpensive enough that you can have one or two tucked away for when angler visitors arrive without any tackle. It is so easy to spend a fortune at the lure display rack, but if you start off with the five suggested items you can keep the price down to an acceptable level. Lures are available in blister packs of three to five and that lowers the price of each lure. Ballpark prices as follows: Spoons are $4 to $10, crankbaits $6 to $20, Apex $6 to $12, spinners $4.50 to $10, leaders $4 to 15 for a 5-pack. Landing nets (which aren’t essential considering Yukon’s catch and release requirements) start at about $50 and go way up into the $100s.

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Wed, Feb, 22 Jazz for Rendezvous - Two Piano Tornado 6:00 PM Wheelhouse Restaurant Featuring Annie Avery & Grant Simpson 456-2982 Wed, Feb, 22 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous’ Superstar! 7:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre Come out and cheer on talented Yukoners as they vie for the top prize in the competition! Wed, Feb, 22 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, Feb, 22 Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon

goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat, Feb, 18, 3rd Annual Rendezvous Pub Crawl 7:00 PM Yukon Inn Starts in the Boiler Room, purchase tickets online or the YSR until Fri, Feb, 17, Art Exhibition - Yukon office. 667-2148 Archives Collection - Posters Arts Sat, Feb, 18, Sourdough Sams - Talent/No Underground In the Hougan Heritage Gallery. Talent 8:00 PM Lizards Lounge Cover charge until Sun, Apr, 30, Landmark Exhibition at the door. Yukon Government Administration Building Sun, Feb, 19, Japanese Conversation An exhibition of new acquisitions to the Yukon Classes Whitehorse, Yukon Email Fumi Permanent Art Collection. Torigai the Instructor at jcayukon@gmail. until Sat, Feb, 25, Second Nature: FERAL by com for more info. Fumi Torigai, Instructor. Veronica Verkley Yukon Arts Centre Dawson 393-2588 City-based artist Veronica Verkley includes a Sun, Feb, 19, Batman Lego Movie (Free projected stop motion animation film and its Screening) 10:00 AM Qwanlin Cinema Centre intricate sets within an immersive soundscape Youth & Emerging Leaders ages 12-30 Entry filling the darkened room. until Sat, Feb, 25, Art Exhibition - Philomena Wed, Feb, 15, Spanish Conversation Group for the first 75 youth & emerging leaders who 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration arrive will get to see the show! First come first Carroll - Drawing with Colour, Light Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633serve! Ourvoicesyukon@gmail.com for more and Time Arts Underground Small works information photography series are stories in light, line and 6081 Terry or Michèle Sun, Feb, 19, Queen’s Tea & Social 12:30 texture. These stories inhabit your soul too. The Wed, Feb, 15, Her Majesty’s Royal Feast 6:00 PM Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre For PM Coast High Country Inn In the Ballroom, show will be on until February 25th. tickets purchase online or stop by the YSR purchase tickets online or stop by the YSR Until Sat, Feb, 25, Art Exhibition: My Own office, call or email for more information. 667- office, call or email for more information. 667Realities - Jackie Olson Arts Underground 2148 2148 Reflections of the realities of self. My work Wed, Feb, 15, Yukon Pub Trivia Night 7:00 Sun, Feb, 19, Whitehorse Scrabble Club speaks to the layering and camouflage of life. 1:00 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Are you As one experiences life’s challenges, you build PM MacBride Museum Test your knowledge of all things Yukon in this pub-style quiz night! a wordy person, put your words to the test and up a wall of defense to protect the tender first Bring a team or come alone and we’ll match join the Scrabble Club. Must be 19+ layers: trust, innocence, love. Sun, Feb, 19, Royal Canadian Legion until Mon, Feb, 27, Art Exhibit - Make Strange you up. Crib Tournament 1:00 PM Royal Canadian Yukon Arts Centre Presented in the Yukon Arts Wed, Feb, 15, Drunken Lectures: February Edition 7:00 PM Baked Cafe Night of exciting Legion - Branch 254 Call the Legion for more Centre Community Gallery works by Michel educational entertainment. Perfect V-Date information 667-2800 Gignac with lovahs from other mothas and/or BFFs. 8 Sun, Feb, 19, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 not-quite sober speakers, 8 topics, 8 minutes PM Arts Underground Non-instructed open each. studio. Participants are welcome to use the Wed, Feb, 15, Chamber Choir Rehearsal studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some Wed, Feb, 15 Jazz Wednesday 6:00 PM 7:45 PM Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday Wheelhouse Restaurant Featuring Fawn 2017 session for this auditioned a capella except long weekends. $5/hour. Fritzen, vocals and David Restivo on guitar. choir for mixed voices, call, or email to Sun, Feb, 19, Sourdough Sams - Bare ‘N 456-2982 schedule an audition or for more information. Boot 8:00 PM Lizards Lounge Cover charge Wed, Feb, 15 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 667-7049 at the door. 667-2148 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! 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Beginners & Visitors running house band in the Yukon - Traditional Thu, Feb, 16, How to Create a Culture Welcome. For more information email: fiddle music and more - jigging is encouraged that Supports Change 9:00 AM Westmark tjbowlby@gmail.com and limericks are the norm. Whitehorse Immerse yourself in the Mon, Feb, 20, Euchre Night 6:00 PM Royal Thu, Feb, 16 Jam Night with Scott Maynard knowledge of better practices in change and Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn conflict management during this interactive Tue, Feb, 21, - 23, International Snow Thu, Feb, 16 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM learning experience! Call for more information. 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Thu, Feb, 16, Chess Corner 6:30 PM Tue, Feb, 21, CAFN Alsek Moose Fri, Feb, 17 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner Management Strategy Planning Meeting 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Whitehorse Public Library Chess played upstairs at the Library, beginners welcome, 6:00 PM Yukon Inn We are looking for your Listening welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. guidance and discussion on how CAFN will Fri, Feb, 17 Rob Dickson 7:30 PM Best Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of be managing your future moose harvest. Call Western Gold Rush Inn Dixie Smeeton at 634-4200 ext. 252 or 456Fri, Feb, 17 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson strategy. Thu, Feb, 16, Strength & Style Competition 6885 for more information. 8:30 PM Town & Mountain Hotel 7:30 PM Dirty Northern Pub Call, email or Tue, Feb, 21, Knitting Circle & Fibre Arts Fri, Feb, 17 Steam Punk Ball 9:00 PM Jarvis register online. 667-2148 Classes 7:00 PM Heart Of Riverdale Free Street Saloon Featuring Leg Up Hands Down Thu, Feb, 16, Sourdough Sams - Trivia/ Drop-in & Minimal Cost Workshops. Crochet, playing live, dress up win some prizes! Fri, Feb, 17 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Karoeke 8:00 PM Whitehorse, Yukon Location work on your own special fibre arts projects ‘in to be announced, cover charge at the door. community’. 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Wed, Feb, 22, Spanish Conversation Group Sat, Feb, 18 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Fri, Feb, 17, 3rd Annual Rendezvous Pub 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration Jarvis Street Saloon Crawl 7:00 PM Yukon Inn Starts in the Boiler Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633Sun, Feb, 19 Open Mic Night 3:00 PM 98 Room, purchase tickets online or the YSR 6081 Terry or Michèle Hotel office. 667-2148 Wed, Feb, 22, A Tale of Samurai Cooking Sun, Feb, 19 Driftwood Holly and Crazy Fri, Feb, 17, Salsa Social 7:00 PM Leaping (Free Screening) 6:30 PM The Old Fire Hall Horse 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon, Feb, 20 Ladies Night with DJ Carlo 9:00 Feats Creative Danceworks Dance to the best During the Edo Period of Japan, an excellent Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba songs. Email cook marries the heir to a renowned cooking PM Jarvis Street Saloon salsayukon@gmail.com for information. family. However, her husband is a terrible Tue, Feb, 21 Patrick Jacobson 5:30 PM Fri, Feb, 17, Sourdough Sams - Lip Sync chef. Japanese with English subtitles. PG. 122 Tony’s Pizza Local singer/songwriter performs Battle 8:00 PM Lizards Lounge Cover charge minutes Light refreshments! acoustic versions of his original songs and a Wed, Feb, 22, Reception - From Vimy variety of covers every Tuesday night. patrick@ at the door. 667-2148 Sat, Feb, 18, Stop Communication to Juno 7:00 PM MacBride Museum A patrickjacobson.com Breakdowns - Couples workshop 10:00 AM special reception marking the opening of this Tue, Feb, 21 Classical music by Michael Ignite Counselling You will learn how turning national travelling exhibition and educational Cameron 6:00 PM Earls Restaurant your attention towards what is working in your campaign. Light refreshments served, Tue, Feb, 21 Ryan McNally 7:00 PM Dirty relationship helps turn fiery and argumentative business attire expected. 667-2709 Northern Pub Acoustic jazz and blues, exchanges into positive relationships built on Wed, Feb, 22, Chamber Choir Rehearsal sometimes electric rockabilly and swing, even solutions that work for you and your partner. 7:45 PM Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring old time banjo/fiddle tunes and Cajun. 335-7640 2017 session for this auditioned a capella Tue, Feb, 21 Top 40 Dance Tunz with Jon Sat, Feb, 18, Learn German 10:00 AM Alpine choir for mixed voices, call, or email to Steel 9:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon schedule an audition or for more information. Tue, Feb, 21 Yukon Live Music - Ginger Jam Bakery Learn German in a fun way with Renate - beginner to intermediate. 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lright ladies, we are going on as soon as this song is over. Tallies, you’re up first. Shorties, get ready to go on right after them. I know we are all tired and looking forward to getting out of these shoes, but just keep smiling, we’re almost at the finish line,” one of the choreographers shouts into a whirling mass of skirts, feathers, and adrenaline that is this year’s Air North Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Can Can Line. The dancers huddle in a cramped hallway behind the scenes at their 12th venue of the day. Six months ago this group of accountants, policy analysts, nurses and stay-at-home moms were just regular Yukoners like you and I, but now they have become Yukon celebrities with requests for pictures everywhere they go. How did this happen? Through courage, hard work, and an undying determination. Can can hopefuls audition in August of each year and the lucky few are invited to sign on for 90 minute rehearsals twice weekly, running from September to February. The can can is designed for amateur dancers, which is what makes these women so amazing; these are not girls who have spent their lives dancing – some have never even taken a dance class before. What the choreographers and can can manager look for is personality and teach-ability over talent. They value girls who can make a mistake and move on with a smile, girls who are genuinely happy to be there and who support those around them, because being on the Rendezvous can can line can be a whirlwind experience, and while you can teach coordination and poise, you can’t teach the ability to roll with the punches. What does it Take to be a Can Can Dancer? Six months of determination, of going straight to practice after work, of trying that spin and

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Can Can girls (from left) Silver Streak Sara, Razzle Dazzle Rachel and Vivacious Vixen Val are in high spirits on board an Air North Flight skirt flip over and over again until you get it just right. It means that when you hit the stage at Can Can Kickoff and the schedule shifts into overdrive for the rest

of February, you can be proud of the character you have worked so hard to become. You learn in amazement what your body is actually capable of. Your alter ego

takes to the stage like she had been there all her life, and you truly become that character the moment your costume goes on. But there is more to can can

than the stage. There are also the unlikely bonds you form with the other members of the line, fellow Yukoners that you might otherwise have overlooked in your busy life. Here you have built lasting friendships and formed a kinship with all can can alumni – a, who are a fierce group of women bonded together through a mutual experience that can only truly be understood by those who have lived it. You may have helped to spread Rendezvous spirit in Ottawa or Old Crow (and you may know what it feels like to beg a security guard at the end of a long day to please have mercy and let you keep your shoes on through the metal detector so that your tired feet won’t swell), You may have taught 3rd graders how to kick the can can at Grey Mountain Primary, you may even have sung a song to dance the can can to while performing for the elderly at the Thomson Centre because the sound system was broken and you didn’t want to let them down. Everyone’s experience on the line is a little different, but all of them become lasting memories that will stay with you a lifetime. So remember when you see these tenacious ladies on the stage at the Rendezvous main tent, or performing at an event at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, that they are ordinary people who have transformed into performers in a very short time through a lot of hard work. Maybe give them an extra loud hoot of encouragement, because your smiles and cheers make it all worthwhile. If you are interested in getting involved with next year’s Air North Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Can Can Line, please email canager@ yukonrendezvous.com.

Bonnie Tucker is a Whitehorse based writer and dance enthusiast.

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Potato Chip Tortilla Española with Lemon Garlic Aioli T

ortilla española, tortilla de patatas, Spanish omelette – it has many names but this simple dish made of eggs and potatoes is considered one of the corners of Spanish cuisine. And while traditionally it’s made with thinly sliced potatoes, an all American potato chip makes a great stand in.

The first time I came across this version was in The Family Meal by Ferran Adria, and since then I’ve adapted it many times to serve many tastes. This simple version to feed a group is by far my favourite. It’s a great dish for a holiday weekend, when potato chips are generally around and often go a bit stale. My preferred chip is plain and ruffled, but anything will work. From kettle cooked to dill pickle – I’ve tried a ton a variations and never been disappointed. PHOTOS: Sydney Oland

Ingredients for tortilla española

Preparing the tortilla

INGREDIENTS Tortilla Española Serves 4

3 Tbsp olive oil 2 scallions, finely sliced 8 eggs, beaten 4 cups potato chips Salt and pepper, to taste

Lemon Garlic Aioli

½ cup mayonnaise 1 clove garlic, finely chopped ½ tsp grated lemon zest Juice of ½ lemon Salt and pepper, to taste

Potato chips soaking in eggs

Tortilla just out of the oven

METHOD

1.

Set oven at 400ºF. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to an ovensafe non stick pan and place over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering add half the scallions and cook stirring often until the scallions are soft, about 4 minutes. Then remove from the pan and let cool.

2. Combine beaten eggs and po-

tato chips in a large bowl and fold gently until the chips are covered in egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add cooked scallions.

potato/egg mixture and cook until the edges begin to set, then place the pan in the oven and cook until the centre of the eggs are just set. About 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully invert onto a cutting board.

4. To make the lemon garlic aioli,

Tortilla española sliced

whisk together mayonnaise, garlic, lemon zest and juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Serve the tortilla warm or at

room temperature with remaining sliced scallions and aioli alongside.

3.

Place pan back over medium heat and add remaining olive oil, when the oil is shimmering add the

Sydney Oland is a recipe developer who lives in Whitehorse. Her work can be found in The Boston Globe, Seriouseats.com as well as other publications.

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inter is the time for socializing around the wood-stove at the cabin or just in the living room at home. We all want to be warm and welcoming, but when people “just drop by” we get nervous about what we can feed them as far as snacks and appetizers are concerned. Certainly there are lots of packaged items which we can keep in the freezer, but nothing beats something you can quickly whip up from your freezer full of wild game, birds and fish. Fish, grouse breasts or any wild meat that isn’t very thick and sealed in a Ziploc can be thawed fairly quickly in a pot or sink of warm water. Half an hour at most usually has it ready to go. Microwave thawing seems to be a science that I haven’t mastered, as everything is at least partly cooked when I am done and that is not good. Arctic Grayling reportedly don’t freeze well, but are still readily available in open water such as Teslin River at Johnson’s Crossing. These tasty fish are great skinned and boned, cut into

1” squares, rolled in Shake & Bake Pork and deep fried. This also works for pike or burbot, which are more likely available in your freezer. Thaw pike or burbot and cut into 1” wide strips, wrap in ½ cooked bacon. Marinade in Zesty Italian, Sun-Dried Tomato or any other of your favourite dressings and cook on the BBQ or broil in the oven. Try pike or burbot fingers rolled in finely crushed Ritz crackers and deep fried. Any of the plastic jars of sprinkle on spices/flavour enhancers will work, depending on your taste buds. Grouse breast slices can be used instead of fish and are delicious. Don’t listen to all the negative comments about spruce grouse, as they are delicious even late in the season when they eat what gives them their name. Any of the big-game red meats cut in smaller pieces and marinated will please your guests and your own personal palate. Sadly, ducks and geese are not common in Yukon freezers, but if you are fortunate enough to have some of your own – or as in my

case, I have a friend in Alberta sends a cooler full every year – breasts from these critters can be deliciously used in the above described “bacon-wrapped” appies and nobody will say no to another one. With sliced duck or goose breast appetizers, a chunk of pineapple included in the bacon wrap with your choice of sauce – hot, medium or mild – will take it over the top. Try a slice of apple or even a sliver of sweet potato instead of, or as well as, the pineapple. After a few surprise visits by friends you’ll be wanting to try these and other quickly-made treats. Be adventurous. 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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High on Life

A personal account of winter recreation at the Skagway Summit, the Haines Summit and Bear Creek Summit by Jozien Keijzer

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etween the years of 1991 and 2011 my husband and I used to pack up our son and drive to a mountain summit a few times every winter. They were once our favourite places to be: those white wide-open expanses. An active community of winter lovers is still going to the summits: skiers, snowboarders, snow kite boarders, snowshoers, sledders and probably more, maybe even hikers like myself. And I wonder if there are still snow cave dwellers, in the snow berm. I think those were school kids digging out snow caves, to camp out that way. Apparently, people have always gone to the summits. In 1999, the “long ago person,” called Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi in Southern Tutchone, was found by local hunters. He was found on the Haines Summit and his remains were carbon dated as up to 550 years old. John Briner, a Skagway resident since 1997, has been cross-country skiing on the summit every single year he has been living in Skagway. He tells me the people have probably gone skiing on the Skagway Summit since the Klondike gold rush. The backcountry skiers are a close-knit community of Alaskans and Yukoners. For the residents of Skagway, the summit is a half hour drive; for people from Whitehorse, it’s two hours. In 1991 my husband, Don, myself, and our baby Alexander would drive over the Haines Pass and enjoy the absence of everything except white snow and blue sky. We even enjoyed the allwhite of white outs or fog. Our goal in those days was to enjoy a winter weekend on the coast in Haines. We were quite naive and actually didn’t know there were people gliding in this white world – cross-country skiers – but we could see the possibilities. In the following years, we took some kind of sledding device. In those days, it was a GT-snow racer.

At the Skagway Summit, you only have to step out of your car for your first run down towards Summit Lake. Around 1999, Jim Parkinson, our dear friend who has since passed away, bought a Bravo, a small snowmobile. He persuaded us into coming with him to the Skagway Summit. Instantly we were hooked. Around 2000, Alexander became a devoted snowboarder. He and I would climb up the mountains on the summits and the snow was surprisingly hard and easy to walk on. He would snowboard down, and, initially, I would take my downhill skies, but being used to groomed slopes, I found the skiing surprisingly difficult and I mostly stuck to hiking or cross country skiing. Don would watch the snowmobiling action. Once he and Alexander actually saw a snowmobile rolling down from the mountain on the west side of the road at the Summit Lake parking lot. It flew over the highway and landed somewhere at the lake. Luckily the driver was still high up on the mountain. Interestingly enough, it was decided soon after that that we would like a snow machine and Don bought an Indy 500 skidoo. We also discovered the amazing Bear Creek Summit. This summit is less accessible, but closer to home for us. Jim Parkinson especially liked to drag us out on Easter, as that is when it was “really” happening. The parking lot on the Skagway summit would be full of campers. If we were lucky the sun came out, and we would lounge in sun chairs and drink beer. I loved it because it reminded me of beach tourism at it’s best. I loved it all: waking up frozen (we camped without a camper) and starting the van to warm up. Then, I would wind my way through the campers to find Cherlynn (a neighbour) and her sister, for a morning walk.

We would watch the slow waking up of this makeshift village: the rumble of snow machines being started and the laughter and chatter of the children. Alexander would climb the slope with his snowboard, or be towed up by a willing snowmobiler, hooking up in the process with other snowboarders. I would hike, crosscountry ski or ride with Don and Jim - whatever I fancied. If you are into “summit sports” you will know of the dangers beyond rolling a skidoo. If you are not, but would like to try, for your own safety, please educate yourself, as it is not a danger-free destination. On Jan. 11 What’s Up Yukon published had an excellent article about avalanche education. But avalanches are not the only hazard. Just stepping off the road, thinking you are stepping on what looks like solid snow, you could fall into a tree well or, once you are on your way, you could step off an invisible cliff. And do not get lost in a white-out. It is essential to be aware of weather conditions. When I check the webcam from Fraser Camp, (Skagway Summit), first I get a frosted image and it looks like the eye of the webcam is frozen over. But on a later date I see it is still providing imagery of the conditions at that moment. And check the road reports: the highways could be closed, due to weather. My husband Don prided himself on finding clear weather. In fog, when the air surrounding you is as white as the snow, you are not going very far. We would first always go to the Canadian/American border, but then would backtrack to Fraser, B.C. or even Log Cabin. We would never cease to find a sunny, or at least clear spot, somewhere. Somehow, for us, Bear Creek Summit always had clear skies, and less people for that matter. I love Bear Creek Summit; it’s more remote and, probably due the fact

Frozen waterfalls along the Klondike Highway towards Skagway

‘High marking’, snowmobiles leaving tracks on the Skagway Summit

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Johnson’s Crossing Lodge offers a cozy vibe, friendly hosts, and homemade cinnamon buns by Aislinn Cornett

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Sandy and Frank Ruether, the owners of Johnson’s Crossing Lodge, welcome visitors to enjoy the scenic view

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tepping into Johnson’s Crossing Lodge nestled off the Alaska Highway at historic Mile 836 feels more like walking into your mom’s living room than a highway lodge. Vintage tins and rusted relics line the shelves overtop a cozy room with tables and chairs. A table top is scattered with hundreds of puzzle pieces waiting to find their perfect fit. Varnished salmon plaques hang on the walls, and a comfy, old-fashioned couch sits invitingly in front of a large screened television which recounts the day’s news. The air is filled with the scent of brown sugar and cinnamon, a telltale sign that the lodge’s signature cinnamon buns are nearing golden brown completion. Everything about this place sings of home, except perhaps, for the truck driver tucking into a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast before he heads south to Montana. The classic, timeless and homey feel of Johnson’s Crossing Lodge is exactly how owners Sandy and Frank Ruether wanted it to be. “It’s an experience when you come here,” says Sandy. “It has to be a destination.” If the artifacts, home baked goodies and kick-your-heels-up vibe wasn’t enough to convince you of the destination, one window glance to the Teslin River and expansive Teslin River Bridge will have you wanting to hunker down at this picturesque lodge for an hour (or maybe a few). As soon as you walk through the lodge’s front door, you’ll notice that Sandy and Frank are proud supporters of local artists. A cozy nook at the shop’s front boasts jewelry, candles, jams, honey,

soap, knitwear, cards and other goodies from more than 40 Yukon artists. “I really take pride in being a Yukoner, and I wanted to honour the artisans here in the Yukon,” Sandy says. “I want to display their art as beautifully as I can.” Call it kismet, a stroke of luck, or fate, but for Sandy and Frank, coming to own and run the historic Johnson’s Crossing Lodge in June 2014 was no accident. This becomes apparent as Sandy explains that they first met when they were both 20 years old, and though they didn’t reunite and marry until 23 years later, their paths always crossed over the years. “We were always missing each other in some form,” says Sandy of their star-crossed relationship. But this time, it seems that the husband and wife duo have hit their mark. “We were in the right place at the right time I guess,” says Sandy of taking over the lodge, after it had previously been shut down for a few years. Or as Frank often says, “There I was on a Sunday with nothing to do…” For Frank, who was born in Fort Nelson and spent most of his youth driving up and down the Alaska Highway, the lodge brought back a sense of nostalgia. He used to unload groceries here during his long-haul trucking days. For Sandy, who was working for Yukon Housing in Teslin at the time, the lodge provided a closer spot to work than the commute from Whitehorse. Sandy also used to own the popular oasis, Penny’s Place, located in Pelly Crossing. The small, antique building was well known to locals and drivers traveling to and from Dawson City. She ran

the quaint eatery for nine years, until she closed shop and moved to Faro. With Frank’s knowledge of highway lodges and cafés over his years of trucking, and Sandy’s know-how of running her own café and business, the pair seem a business match made in heaven (though the humble twosome would never admit it). “It seemed like a shame that the property was sitting here vacant and nobody was doing anything with it,” says Frank. Frank and Sandy bought JC Lodge in fall 2013. Originally, the pair thought they might own the property and not run the business, but when vehicles started pulling in nonstop, it became apparent that the operation of the business was integral to the land acquisition. Frank says with the help of some good friends, who provided cleaning and free labour the first summer before they opened, things just fell into place, and for that support, they are grateful. “Lots of people have known this place to be a highway lodge because it has been one since 1949,” Sandy explains. She says some travelers, especially Americans, have been visiting Johnson’s Crossing for 30 to 40 years. Seventy-five percent of the lodge’s customers are Americans, but the lodge also sees plenty of Canadians, international travelers and of course, Yukoners. “It really is a staple of the Yukon,” Sandy says. A new lodge was constructed in 1996, and though it reopened in 1997, the hours were often irregular, leaving highway goers questioning whether the lodge was open or not. “People often don’t know what

day of the week it is when they travel, so the open/closed thing doesn’t work,” explains Sandy. “We didn’t want people to think, oh, they’re closed again.” So, when Frank and Sandy took over the lodge, they made the decision to keep it open year-round, snow flurries or shine. Johnson’s Crossing Lodge is even open on Christmas day, a testament to their commitment to serving locals and weary travelers. While June and July marks the height of their summer heyday, Sandy and Frank rely predominantly on locals and neighbouring residents from Watson Lake, Teslin, Little Teslin and Marsh Lake for the duration of the year. The lodge hosts and caters meetings in their comfortable environment, and in the future, Sandy hopes to showcase more artistic and wellness workshops to draw people in from the communities. January and February are the slowest months for business, but Sandy and Frank note that, “There are always people on the highway, and it’s nice to be there for people that break down on either side of bridge.” Their year-round “Open” sign makes Johnson’s Crossing an idyllic pit stop for winter sledders and dog mushers heading up the South Canol, and in the summer time, for canoers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts. “There’s nothing better than a homemade burger and fries after getting out of the bush,” Sandy affirms. The lodge features five cozy rooms year-round and in summer (from May to September) a treed RV park with showers and laundry facilities. “We want Yukoners to have a place to call home,” the couple says. Many people may be familiar with Johnson’s Crossing Lodge as the location where Yukon author Ellen Davignon was raised, and where she later raised her own family while operating the lodge. Davignon’s connection to the lodge is still strong, so much so, that she came to the lodge to teach Sandy how to make the well-known, iconic cinnamon buns. “When you make cinnamon buns, you have to go by feel,” Sandys says of the process. “It’s a

connection you have with the baking.” The sinfully sticky buns, which are the lodge’s top seller, sell by the trayful in summer. “People come here from everywhere for them and that was before we took over,” Sandy says. She believes that because she was trained by the best, the cinnamon buns remain some of the Yukon’s best. Along with cinnamon buns, the lodge serves other sweet treats like scones and strudels, as well as homey comfort foods like all day breakfast, fresh sandwiches, soups, beef stew, chilli and burgers. Most menu items are made from scratch, including the burgers, soups and chilli, and are available seven days of the week. The lodge also has off sales. Sandy spends most of her time in the kitchen baking, and Frank is known for his beef stew and soup concoctions, which he jokingly titles “awful darned good soup.” They recently hired a part-time cook to help on select days of the month, allowing the business owners a little more flexibility in their schedules, which is crucial when you’re running a business every day of the year. Despite their hard work ethic and loyalty to Yukoners, the strain of constant work doesn’t seem to show on Frank and Sandy, who are all warmth, smiles and jokes with regular customers and newcomers, alike. “The best part of the job is meeting people and having conversations that you normally wouldn’t have, conversations that seem random, but really aren’t,” Sandy says. Frank and Sandy encourage locals to come down for a hearty meal, and to experience the comfortable, home-like energy they have created in the historic space. Artists who are interested in selling their works, as well as musicians, entrepreneurs and those with workshop ideas, are invited to stop by Johnson’s Crossing Lodge and talk to Sandy. “Even though we’re old and dilapidated, we’re still looking for new things to do,” laughs Frank. Aislinn Cornett is an art therapist, writer, artist and adventurer born in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Active Interest LISTINGS Wed, Feb, 15 Ultimate Frisbee 12:00 PM Canada Games Centre Ultimate is a sport played with a disc (frisbee). Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Players from the Yukon Ultimate Frisbee Association are often present to help facilitate games and teach newcomers, so don’t be shy! Wed, Feb, 15 Velocity Practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Feb, 15 Aikido Yukon Kids Advanced Classes 4:30 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Level: Yellow+ belt. Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). (867) 667-4690 info@ aikidoyukon.ca Wed, Feb, 15 Pursuit Practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Feb, 15 YASC hosting Lacrosse drop in 4:30 PM Canada Games Centre Join us in the flexihall. Participants must be 12 years old or older, have a day pass from CGC and participants are encouraged to bring a helmet and gloves. Wed, Feb, 15 Scottish Country Dancing 5:30 PM Elijah Smith Elementary School Adults of any age. Families welcome. No experience necessary. For more info call Pat at 668-4976 or Kat at 334-1547. Wed, Feb, 15 Adult Biathlon 6:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Feb, 15 Adult Drop In 7:45 PM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Wed, Feb, 15 AquaRunning 8:40 PM Canada Games Centre Run with zero impact! Swimming ability not required. Comfort in deep water recommended. Thu, Feb, 16 - Sun, Feb, 19 Yukon Curling Seniors Championships Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Thu, Feb, 16 Velocity Practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Thu, Feb, 16 YASC hosting Arctic Sports drop in 5:30 PM Canada Games Centre Join us in the flexihall. Participants must be 12 years old or older, have a day pass from CGC. Thu, Feb, 16 Bouldering with ACC 7:30 PM Yukon College Email for location, membership details info@ accyukon.ca Thu, Feb, 16 Youth Drop In 7:45 PM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 10 - 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Fri, Feb, 17 Polarettes – Mid-Season Competetion Polarette’s Gymnastic Club All athletes attending Gymnix must attend, all parents welcome to attend to watch. 668-4794 polarettesgymnastics@gmail. com Fri, Feb, 17 - Sun, Feb, 19 Non-Motorized Only Weekend Chilkoot Trail Every third weekend is designated non-motorized only for the entire Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Email klonsnow@yknet.ca or call 6677680 for more information. Fri, Feb, 17 Pickleball 9:00 AM Canada Games Centre Pickleball is paddle sport combining elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Pickleball is played on a doubles badminton court over a slightly lowered badminton net. The wiffle ball is played back and forth over the net using a hard paddle. Though it is similar to tennis, it is about 1/3rd of the court size and speed of tennis.

Fri, Feb, 17 Pre-School Drop In 10:00 AM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 18 months to 6 yrs, parent must accompany child. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Fri, Feb, 17 Golden Horn Judo 3:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary Fri, Feb, 17 Aikido Yukon Teenager Class 13+ 4:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). (867) 667-4690 info@aikidoyukon.ca Fri, Feb, 17 Huskies vs Sparta Game 1 6:45 PM Takhini Arena Fri, Feb, 17 Kayak Polo (age 16+) 8:00 PM Canada Games Centre Paddle with members of the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club. Some gear is available subject to attendance rates; please bring your own if available. Sat, Feb, 18 - Sun, Feb, 19 Yukon Biathlon Champs Biathlon Range Sat, Feb, 18 Archery Coaching Clinic 9:00 AM Elijah Smith Elementary School A beginner archery instructor course! To register call the office at 6682840. Sat, Feb, 18 Learn to Play Table Tennis 1:30 PM Whitehorse Elementary Enter through the back door, Saturdays until March 18, Call 668-3358 or 3330299 for info. Sat, Feb, 18 Rugby Drop-In 3:30 PM Canada Games Centre Join other rugby enthusiasts for a game of non-contact rugby scrimmage Sat, Feb, 18 Huskies vs Sparta Game 2 6:15 PM Takhini Arena Sun, Feb, 19 Adult Soccer Drop-In 9:00 AM Canada Games Centre Join in a pick-up game of soccer or practising soccer skills or start a game. Sun, Feb, 19 Velocity Practice 10:30 AM Biathlon Range Sun, Feb, 19 Pursuit Practice 10:30 AM Biathlon Range Sun, Feb, 19 Bears Practice 1:30 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Feb, 19 Disc Golf 3:30 PM Canada Games Centre Come and practice your Disc Golf game with our driving targets. A time to work on different discs and throws Sun, Feb, 19 Ultimate Frisbee 5:00 PM Canada Games Centre Ultimate is a sport played with a disc (frisbee). Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Players from the Yukon Ultimate Frisbee Association are often present to help facilitate games and teach newcomers, so don’t be shy! Sun, Feb, 19 Pickleball 6:00 PM Canada Games Centre Pickleball is paddle sport combining elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Pickleball is played on a doubles badminton court over a slightly lowered badminton net. The wiffle ball is played back and forth over the net using a hard paddle. Though it is similar to tennis, it is about 1/3rd of the court size and speed of tennis. Mon, Feb, 20 Pre-School Drop In 10:00 AM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 18 months to 6 yrs, parent must accompany child. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Mon, Feb, 20 Velocity Practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range

Wellness LISTINGS Wed, Feb, 15, The Counselling Drop-In Clinic: Yukon Distress and Support Line 10:00 AM Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Free DropIn counselling is offered every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm. Wed, Feb, 15, Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 AM Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Thu, Feb, 16, Yin Yoga 10:00 AM Breath of Life Collective Yin Yoga is a powerful practice that counterbalances our busy lives and the more active styles of yoga. 6 weeks, Taught by Jonathan Henkelman, email for more information. Thu, Feb, 16, Beginner Yoga with Tammy 7:30 PM Alpine Bakery Increase flexibility and strengthen body and mind. Thursdays from January 12 to March 2 -eight sessions. Call or email to register. 336-4461 tammy.reis37@gmail.com Fri, Feb, 17, Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 PM Whitehorse Food Bank Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children 334-9317 Fri, Feb, 17, Body Talk - Art Therapy 2:00 PM Whitehorse, Yukon Art therapy group for women 19+, examine and learn about body image through art. To register call Kim at 667-2970 ext 234 Fri, Feb, 17, Yin and Tonic 5:45 PM Breath of Life Collective You will be guided through a Yin practice thoughtfully designed to take advantage of a tonic of subtle touch and light massage. You will leave this class with a deep sense of self and relaxation.

Gray Management Services offers a complete residential property management package for House & Condo Rentals Mon, Feb, 20 Pursuit Practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Mon, Feb, 20 Aikido Yukon Kids Beginner Classes 4:30 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Up to Yellow Belt. Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). (867) 667-4690 info@ aikidoyukon.ca Mon, Feb, 20 AquaRunning 8:40 PM Canada Games Centre Run with zero impact! Swimming ability not required. Comfort in deep water recommended. Tue, Feb, 21 Disc Golf 12:00 PM Canada Games Centre Come and practice your Disc Golf game with our driving targets. A time to work on different discs and throws Tue, Feb, 21 Junior and Adult Tennis Lessons 4:00 PM Yukon College Junior lessons Tuesdays 4-5 pm and 5-6 pm, adult lessons 6-7 pm. Certified coaches. Tue, Feb, 21 Junior Shooting Program 7:00 PM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Youth aged 1020, parent permission required, Registration fee applies. Participants will learn about gun safety and marksmanship. 667-6907 or 689-5967 Tue, Feb, 21 Youth Drop In 7:45 PM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 10 - 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Tue, Feb, 21 Rugby Drop-In 9:15 PM Canada Games Centre Join other rugby enthusiasts for a game of non-contact rugby scrimmage Wed, Feb, 22 Ultimate Frisbee 12:00 PM Canada Games Centre Ultimate is a sport played with a disc (frisbee). Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Players from the Yukon Ultimate Frisbee Association are often present to help facilitate games and teach newcomers, so don’t be shy! Wed, Feb, 22 Velocity Practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Feb, 22 Aikido Yukon Kids Advanced Classes 4:30 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Level: Yellow+ belt. Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). (867) 667-4690 info@ aikidoyukon.ca Wed, Feb, 22 Pursuit Practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Feb, 22 YASC hosting Lacrosse drop in 4:30 PM Canada Games Centre Join us in the flexihall. Participants must be 12 years old or older, have a day pass from CGC and participants are encouraged to bring a helmet and gloves. Wed, Feb, 22 Scottish Country Dancing 5:30 PM Elijah Smith Elementary School Adults of any age. Families welcome. No experience necessary. For more info call Pat at 668-4976 or Kat at 334-1547. Wed, Feb, 22 Adult Biathlon 6:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Feb, 22 Adult Drop In 7:45 PM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Wed, Feb, 22 AquaRunning 8:40 PM Canada Games Centre Run with zero impact! Swimming ability not required. Comfort in deep water recommended.

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Sat, Feb, 18, Stop Communication Breakdowns Couples workshop 10:00 AM Ignite Counselling You will learn how turning your attention towards what is working in your relationship helps turn fiery and argumentative exchanges into positive relationships built on solutions that work for you and your partner. 335-7640 jvanviegen@ignitecounselling.ca Sat, Feb, 18, 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, Feb, 19, Booty-Core Bootcamp 10:45 AM Peak Fitness This strength based Bootcamp is specifically designed to target your glamour muscles: The booty, arms and abs. To reserve your spot preregistration is required, and payment is to be made in full! Drop in is not guaranteed as space is limited. Call 668-4628 for more information. Sun, Feb, 19, Gentle Yoga 12:30 PM Breath of Life Collective This class will be rejuvenating and healing to the body. Everyone welcome - Beginners encouraged! For Six weeks. Taught by Jolene Ross Mon, Feb, 20, Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 PM Whitehorse Food Bank Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children 334-9317 Mon, Feb, 20, Shamata Meditation 5:15 PM White Swan Sanctuary Group meditation all levels welcome Mon, Feb, 20, Buddhist Meditation Society 5:15 PM White Swan Sanctuary All are welcome! Mon, Feb, 20, Overeaters Anonymous Meeting

7:30 PM Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Overeaters Anonymous Meeting every Monday Please ring the buzzer if the door is locked. Tue, Feb, 21, Whitehorse Connects 1:00 PM Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Free services are provided to the poor, working poor and homeless of our community. Call 335-1428 or email whitehorseconnects@gmail.com for more information. Tue, Feb, 21, Weight Watchers 5:00 PM Yukon College Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration, room A2202. 403-473-0645 blong@weightwatchers.ca Tue, Feb, 21, Golden Horn Yoga 6:00 PM Golden Horn Elementary Terice 668-6631 Wed, Feb, 22, The Counselling Drop-In Clinic: Yukon Distress and Support Line 10:00 AM Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Free DropIn counselling is offered every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm. Wed, Feb, 22, Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 AM Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed, Feb, 22, LGBTQ2S Prism Group 4:00 PM Yukon College Meet in the YCSU Student Lounge, all welcome! Wed, Feb, 22, Red Tara Meditation 6:00 PM White Swan Sanctuary Everyone welcome. For more info contact Vicky 633-3715

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YUKON See It Here

Hello Everybody, We invite you to share your photos of Yukon life. Email your high-resolution images with a description of what’s going on to editor@WhatsUpYukon.com.

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This picture is a selfie, hehe. It was taken on January 8th while walking my dog along the millennium trail downtown at -30.

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Dawson artists use sculpture, photography, video and more to explore whether the “Golden Age” of selfies is now, or long gone.

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A Klondike Korner with Dan Davidson

Shedding a Little Light on a SAD Season

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ince last November the Dawson City Community Library and the Whitehorse Public Library have been helping to shine a little light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and possibly other mental health problems. About a year ago, the staff at the Francophone Health Network (Partenariat communauté en santé) were working their strategic plan, with a specific focus on mental health services. “We realized,” said director Sandra St-Laurent, “that we were doing a lot to improve access to the services, but then we were thinking that we’d really like to have something prior to treatment.

The snowy owl image on the Luminothérapie bookmark was provided by Yukon artist Nathalie Parenteau.

“We found out that Luminothérapie, you know, Light Therapy, could be used for treatment for some people. Seventy percent of people with SAD respond specifically to the light therapy, so we decided to give it a try.” They consulted with Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s Chief Medical Health Officer, and he thought it was a worthwhile experiment. The next question was where to put the devices so that they could be used by the most people and at times when people might need them the most. Libraries seemed like a good idea, and St-Laurent found references to it having been tried that way in Edmonton and Winnipeg. “Lots of people go to the library. To get light therapy to work you have to sit there for 20 minutes and have the light, not in your eyes, but across your face.” In a library you could do that while reading a book or magazine, so it seemed a good fit. There’s no fee to enter a library, and the hours are a bit different that daytime working hours. Going to a library means the people are getting out of their solitary ruts, seeing other people, asking to use the light, and finding out what is going on in town from all the posters and advertisements that are on display. Whitehorse Public Library saw the point and agreed right away. The Dawson City Community Library – a combined public and school facility – is governed by a joint library board composed of the public and some school staff, so St-Laurent made a trip to the Klondike in November and was delighted to find that the board was enthusiastic. At the Whitehorse Public Library the experiment started out with two lamps and was apparently so popular that someone took one of them home. The library is hoping it will be returned, and the folks at the Francophone Health Network are thinking about re-

PHOTOS: Dan Davidson placing it. The Carex SunLite costs about $150. At the Dawson City Community Library, public librarian Dan Dowhal says the light station on the second floor mezzanine is getting a good deal of use. It’s off to one side of the landing by the stairs, outfitted with a comfortable chair, pamphlets explaining how to use the lamp and even a book on SAD. It has also made a trip or two into school classrooms. During this first year of the project, no one has been keeping any statistics or gathering comments, so St-Laurent doesn’t have anything definite to report about how it’s working out. Next year they will try to keep track and perhaps find other places where this therapy might work. This project will run until the end of February, after which the real sun takes over.

Dan Davidson retired from 32 years of teaching in rural Yukon schools, but continues writing about life in Dawson City. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@whatsupyukon.com.

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Community EVENTS ATLIN Wed, Feb, 15, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre Wed, Feb, 22, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre

BEAVER CREEK Fri, Feb, 17, Tot Time 9:30 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Sat, Feb, 18, Women’s Yoga 9:00 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Sat, Feb, 18, Volleyball 8:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, Feb, 20, Tot Time 9:30 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, Feb, 21, Women’s Yoga 7:00 PM Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Tue, Feb, 21, Volleyball 8:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club

CARCROSS Wed, Feb, 15, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 AM Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Feb, 15, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Feb, 15, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Feb, 15, Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Wed, Feb, 15, AA Carcross 6:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Feb, 16, CPNP Lunch 12:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Feb, 16, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Thu, Feb, 16, Sewing Nights 6:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Feb, 16, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat, Feb, 18, Traditional Handgames 1:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sat, Feb, 18, Youth Drop In 8:00 PM Carcross Community Centre Sun, Feb, 19, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 AM St. Saviour’s Church 867-668-3129 Mon, Feb, 20, Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Feb, 20, Rock Wall Climbing 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Mon, Feb, 20, AA - Tagish 7:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Feb, 21, Elders Breakfast 10:00 AM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Feb, 21, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Tue, Feb, 21, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Feb, 21, Excellence Group 5:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Feb, 21, Sports Night 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Feb, 21, Tlingit Language Game Nights 6:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Feb, 21, Archery 6:30 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Feb, 21, Women’s Group 7:00 PM Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed, Feb, 22, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 AM Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Feb, 22, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Feb, 22, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Feb, 22, Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Wed, Feb, 22, AA Carcross 6:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building

CARMACKS Mondays-Fridays Kids Club After School Program 3:30 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Ages 5-12, snacks provided Tue, Feb, 21, Village of Carmacks Council Meeting 7:00 PM Carmacks Recreation Centre

DAWSON CITY Until Sat, Feb, 25, Art Exhibition - The Golden Age of Selfies KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Some say Robert Cornelius shot the first photographic selfie back in 1839, so the Golden Age of Selfies may be long gone. But we sure like making them. Wed, Feb, 15, Freehand Embroidery with Artist-in-Residence Anna Taylor 5:30 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Learn a sample of stitches from running and split stitch for line work to decorative stitches like French knots and woven stitches. Suitable for all skill levels.

Wed, Feb, 15, CFYT Trivia 8:00 PM The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Feb, 16, Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 PM Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri, Feb, 17, - 19, 2017 Pee Wee Yukon Cup Dawson City Arena This event has been a fantastic experience the brings players and communities together for the past several years from throughout Yukon, northern British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Alaska. We will send out registration information shortly. if interested contact Meaghen @ 536-8023 Fri, Feb, 17, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Feb, 17, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Feb, 17, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, Feb, 17, Harmonica George McConkey 6:00 PM Westminster Hotel In the Tavern Sat, Feb, 18, 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, Feb, 18, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sun, Feb, 19, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Mon, Feb, 20, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Feb, 20, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Tue, Feb, 21, Step n Strong 7:00 PM Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867-993-2520 Wed, Feb, 22, CFYT Trivia 8:00 PM The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.

FARO Wed, Feb, 15, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 AM Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Feb, 15, Carving with Peter Kazda 3:00 PM Yukon College Faro Campus Will be doing carving with wood, and if there is an interest, with soapstone. Wed, Feb, 15, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Thu, Feb, 16, Old Timers Hockey 7:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 or email recreation@faroyukon.ca for more details. Fri, Feb, 17, - 19, Seniors Whitehorse Trip Faro Recreation Centre Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Fri, Feb, 17, Seniors Crib and Cards 2:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Fri, Feb, 17, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Sat, Feb, 18, Art Sessions 1:00 PM Yukon College Faro Campus Where people gather to paint, crochet, knit etc. Sat, Feb, 18, Public Skate 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Every Wednesday from 5-7 and Saturday from 1-3. Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Sun, Feb, 19, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 AM Church of Apostles Sun, Feb, 19, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 AM Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Mon, Feb, 20, Learn to Skate 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Email recreation@ faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Mon, Feb, 20, Old Timers Hockey 7:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 or email recreation@faroyukon.ca for more details. Wed, Feb, 22, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 AM Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Feb, 22, Carving with Peter Kazda 3:00 PM Yukon College Faro Campus Will be doing carving with wood, and if there is an interest, with soapstone. Wed, Feb, 22, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting.

HAINES JUNCTION Wed, Feb, 15, Adult Volleyball 6:30 PM St. Elias Community School Wed, Feb, 15, Birds in High Places: The Ecology and Conservation Value of Northern Mountains for Avian Biodiversity 7:00 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus An exploration of northern alpine avian adaptations, and the implications of climate change for avian diversity. 867-667-2979 yukonscienceinstitute@gmail.com Thu, Feb, 16, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 AM Mun Ku Thu, Feb, 16, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 PM Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, Feb, 16, Open Mic 7:30 PM St Elias Convention Centre

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Thu, Feb, 16, Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School Fri, Feb, 17, - 19, Yukon Native Bonspiel Haines Junction Community Centre Fri, Feb, 17, Story Hour 10:00 AM Haines Junction Community Library Sun, Feb, 19, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-634-2360 Mon, Feb, 20, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Mon, Feb, 20, CAFN Alsek Moose Management Strategy Planning Meeting 6:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre We are looking for your guidance and discussion on how CAFN will be managing your future moose harvest. Call Dixie Smeeton at 634-4200 ext. 252 or 456-6885 for more information. Tue, Feb, 21, - 22, Financial Literacy Workshop Da Ku Cultural Centre Learn how to manage your money! We will discuss everything from creating a budget to paying off debt and saving for the future. Tue, Feb, 21, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Feb, 21, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 PM Takhini Hall Wed, Feb, 22, Adult Volleyball 6:30 PM St. Elias Community School Wed, Feb, 22, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 PM St Elias Convention Centre Wed, Feb, 22, CAFN Alsek Moose Management Strategy Planning Meeting 6:00 PM Champagne Hall We are looking for your guidance and discussion on how CAFN will be managing your future moose harvest. Call Dixie Smeeton at 634-4200 ext. 252 or 456-6885 for more information.

MARSH LAKE Fri, Feb, 17, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Feb, 18, Tot Group 10:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Feb, 18, 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, Feb, 19, Drop in Badminton 11:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Feb, 21, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Feb, 21, Tot Group 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Feb, 21, Yoga 5:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca

MAYO Fri, Feb, 17, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 PM Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun, Feb, 19, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Feb, 21, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 PM Yukon College Mayo Campus

MOUNT LORNE Sat, Feb, 18, 2017 Lorne Mountain Classic Ski Race 12:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Register by calling 667-7083 or Email lmca@ northwestel.net

OLD CROW Thu, Feb, 16, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Sun, Feb, 19, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 AM St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue, Feb, 21, Gym Night 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center

TAGISH Tuesday - Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Feb, 15, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Feb, 15, Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 PM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Feb, 15, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed, Feb, 15, Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Sat, Feb, 18, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sun, Feb, 19, Pancake Breakfast with Sunday Morning Trivia: Tagish 9:30 AM Tagish Community Centre Third Sunday of every month. September 20th - Trivia Theme is “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?’ 399-3407 recreation@ tagishyukon.org Sun, Feb, 19, Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 7:00 PM Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 6334903 tagishcc@gmail.com Wed, Feb, 22, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Feb, 22, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday.

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Thu, Feb, 16, Community Meeting 5:00 PM Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre Discuss road improvements, connector road, drainage ditches. Light dinner served, rides available, call 390-2530 for more information. Thu, Feb, 16, Badminton 7:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Every Thursday, bring your racket or just bring your self for some swift fun! 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Fri, Feb, 17, Youth Club 8:00 PM Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 335-4250 for more information. Tue, Feb, 21, Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:15 PM Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 3354250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Wed, Feb, 22, Bootcamp in the Mezzanine 6:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Lee Randell joins us every Wednesday, come down for a fantastic workout! 3354250 teslinrec@teslin.ca

WATSON LAKE 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, Feb, 16, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Feb, 16, Body Fit 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Thu, Feb, 16, 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, Feb, 18, 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, Feb, 19, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Feb, 20, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, Feb, 21, Body Fit 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Tue, Feb, 21, Town of Watson Lake Council Meeting 7:00 PM Town of Watson Lake Tue, Feb, 21, 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.

HAINES 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: Mon-Thu 10-9 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:304:30 | 766-2545 Wed, Feb, 15, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Feb, 15, Tai Chi 10:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 15, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 PM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Feb, 15, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 15, Sword Class 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 15, KHNS Board Meeting 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 15, Open Mic Nite 10:00 PM Pioneer Bar Thu, Feb, 16, Strength and Stretch 11:00 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Feb, 16, Tai Chi 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Feb, 16, Rivertalk 8:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Feb, 17, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri, Feb, 17, Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 AM Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri, Feb, 17, Story time 12:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Feb, 17, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat, Feb, 18, Family Workshops 2:00 PM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Family workshops we will explore the history and art of the Chilkat Valley using stories, songs, snacks, guest speakers, collection examples and hands-on activities. Sun, Feb, 19, Sunday Worship 11:00 AM Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Feb, 19, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Feb, 19, Bible Club & Christian Education 12:30 PM Haines Presbyterian Church Mon, Feb, 20, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon, Feb, 20, Tai Chi 10:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Feb, 20, Strength and Stretch 11:00 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Feb, 20, Mother Goose Stories and Songs 12:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library

Mon, Feb, 20, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Feb, 20, Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Feb, 20, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Feb, 20, Adults Jujutsu 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Feb, 21, Women’s Fellowship 3:00 PM Haines Senior Center Tue, Feb, 21, Tai Chi 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Feb, 21, Youth Movement BASEMENT 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Feb, 21, Oscar Shorts Film - Haines Arts Council 8:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 22, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Feb, 22, Tai Chi 10:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 22, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 PM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Feb, 22, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 22, Sword Class 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Feb, 22, Open Mic Nite 10:00 PM Pioneer Bar

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Wasting Away in Geezerville with Ken Bolton

The opposable thumb was not actually a Canadian invention A

sk any randomly-selected group to name mankind’s greatest invention, most will probably say the wheel. Fire doesn’t count; it was discovered, not invented. If you ask about the second most important invention, the answers will range widely: the lever, the pulley, the cotton jenny, moveable type, the internal combustion engine. Someone will inevitably say sliced bread, but that’s just silly. The opposable thumb. Now, there’s a great invention. It lets us grip tools, hold hands, unscrew pickle jar lids, add a pinch of salt, or create a buffer between hammer and nail. We turn it up to indicate approval, down to signal rejection. We point it sideways to solicit free rides. But useful as it is, the opposable thumb was not invented by mere mortals. Credit for that belongs elsewhere. Our species prides itself on the inventiveness that has allowed us to survive and prosper. Necessity is the mother of invention, we her willing handmaids. Mind you, in our market-driven world, it often seems invention gives birth to necessity. Was there really a burning need for the Pet Rock, the hula hoop, the ShamWow, or a fourth down in football? Maybe not, but they still got invented. Canadians are no slouches when it comes to inventing things of both real and dubious value. Not surprisingly, given our climate and inclinations, the snow

machine, the snow blower, the electric car heater, table hockey, the curved hockey stick, the jockstrap, the hockey mask, and instant replay all originated here. So, alas, did the frozen dinner, instant mashed potatoes, and poutine. While we’re in the kitchen, it’s worth noting that Canadians invented the garbage bag, the blue recycling box, the egg carton, the electric oven, and Easy-Off to clean it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize the Canadarm is a homegrown product, but many people don’t realize Canadians also gave the world the prosthetic hand, the electric wheelchair, the cardiac pacemaker, the electron microscope, sonar and the antigravity suit. Most of us know insulin was a Canadian discovery, but what about kerosene, the light bulb, the fingerprint reader, the paint roller, the alkaline battery, the jolly jumper, or the electronic organ? New Zealand deserves the blame for Daylight Savings Time, but Canada can proudly lay claim to introducing universal standard time. But two Canadian innovations above all bind and uplift our world: the zipper and the Wonderbra. Mankind’s third greatest invention: Canada, eh?

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“Necessity is the mother of invention, we her willing handmaids.”

Ken Bolton is a freelance writer who lives southeast of Whitehorse.

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Bugaboos

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e begin the next day by eating cereal with rehydrated milk powder, gathering our things and setting out. The hike and scramble to the base of the climb involves navigating past several glacier pools, ascending a snow ramp in crampons, and scrambling up a loose low-angle rock slab. Upon reaching the saddle between Bugaboo Spire and Crescent Spire, we continue up an easy section of the north-east ridge to the start of the technical climb. When dawn arrives we discover two other climbers ahead of us; while we wait, we put on our harnesses, decide who will lead first, then we rack up and take in the sights. The saddle already provides us with our first peek behind the cirque: more mountains, spires, and glaciers, oh my! Our friend Jeremy leads the first five pitches (each pitch being about 45 meters long), making quick progress. The two climbers ahead manage to get off-route, which gives me the opportunity to pass them as I when I take hold of the ‘sharp-end’ (take the lead). Most of my pitches are relatively easy and we gain a lot of vertical mileage quickly.

Taking the Kain Route

Byline: Alex Weber

View from the scramble approach to northeast ridge of Bugaboo Spire

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Taking the Kain Route ... cont’d Mandy traversing un-roped to south summit of Bugaboo Spire. This was one of the more terrifying experiences

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u Mandy Wong belaying Jeremy on first pitch of north east ridge of Bugaboo. Applebee Campground is just visible in background, just to the right of her smile The last bit of climbing to the top is incredibly exposed and thrilling; I am practically tripping over my arms in my excitement to reach the summit. Once at the top we take in a 360 degree view. I feel relief, sheer joy with finally succeeding in standing on the tippy-top of a ‘true’ alpine route. Unfortunately, due to the large time-commitment of the route, we can’t stay for long. Unlike a lot of big routes, where you can rappel down the way you came up, the recommended way off of Bugaboo Spire is to traverse over to the south summit, and then descend the ‘Kain Route’, a popular and easy way up the south ridge. Our troubles begin immediately, as we rappel too far off of the north summit. I must climb back up, through an unknown finger-crack, to gain the easier scramble. After this hiccup, we do a mix of unroped and roped-up simul-climbing, based

mostly on how exposed and unsafe we feel. Reaching the South summit requires multiple sections where we have to choose whether to take the time and rope-up and cross safely or just scramble and trust our skills. After one particularly long traverse we arrive at another rappel station, which we descend and then must make a decision: rope up again to do a small but exposed traverse to the south summit, or cross untethered and try to block out the fear of the potential death-fall. For some reason we choose the latter, which we immediately regret. The scariest move involves stepping out onto a less-than-ideal ledge, with no solid hand-holds, over a void. Beneath us, emptiness looms. A slip, or simple mistake will mean my life, and lifelong emotional trauma for my friends. Fortunately, we all make it across safely and gain the south summit. From here the Kain Route

is relatively safe and straightforward. Upon reaching the saddle between Bugaboo and Snowpatch Spire, we have to descend a very steep snow face, which requires crampons and the readiness to self-arrest ourselves with our ice axes in case we slip. In the end the route has taken us 14 hours, camp-to-camp. Shortly after we arrive at base camp and start to make dinner the second wave of friends arrive, looking more haggard from the hike-up then we do from our climb. We share stories and swap hugs. We learn that our friend Dan has heroically carried up a small can of condensed milk. I do not know how to express how absurdly marvelous this is. There is quite possibly nothing better than condensed milk in your coffee in the early hours of morning in the alpine. Regaling our newly arrived friends with our story of Spire

conquest, the excitement for the what is to come over the next few days is palpable. I honestly just want to sleep in and do nothing.. But the weather report dictates that I use all of my energy reserves to take advantage of this incredible bounty.

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