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On the Cover Who knows what secrets lurk in the hearts of Yukoners?
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Kennedy’s struggle with sexual abuse perpetrated on him by his junior hockey coach Graham James. Kennedy, now 48 years old, has played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. He’s a strong and vocal advocate for survivors of sexual abuse in sports. “Swift Current is an extremely emotionally powerful experience,” says Pevere. “It exists to help people who have experienced sexual abuse talk about it.” The second film, called The Other Half (2016), is by Canadian director Joey Klein, and starts at 8:30 p.m. The story centres around a couple beset by their own issues. Nickie, (Tom Cullen) is dealing with unresolved trauma while Emily, (Tatiana Maslany) is bipolar. The story explores the space where mental illness and relationships intersect. “Experiencing mental illness can be very isolating. They’re feeling attracted to each other, but also terrified,” says Pevere. Pevere says that while he’s grown weary of film festivals and screenings over the years Rendezvous with Madness is different because it has a raison d’être beyond just filling seats and selling popcorn. “The screenings are always the prelude to a conversation,” he says. “We’re putting something on screen and helping people talk about their experience. We show films so that discussions about recovery can happen.” He notes that film screenings can create a profoundly intimate
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The double screening starts at 6 p.m with Swift Current (2016), by director Joshua Rofé. It’s a documentary about former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy (pictured here in his Calgary Flames jersey). Kennedy was a victim of sexual abuse by his junior hockey coach
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The Other Half (2016), is a film by Canadian director Joey Klein. Nickie, (Tom Cullen) is dealing with unresolved trauma while Emily, (Tatiana Maslany pictured wearing a red headband) is bipolar. Klein will be present for a Q&A after the screening environment through the shared audience experience of watching the movie. He says whether or not you’re struggling with mental illness or addiction yourself, the film can open up the audience to what life is like for those who do. “These experiences can be powerful for many people. It’s an opportunity for useful discourse,” he says. This is the first time that the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival has left Ontario and Pevere is looking forward to taking the screenings around Canada to raise awareness about mental health and addiction. Pevere is currently going through the selection process for the 2017 festival, which received nearly 300 submissions and happens November in Toronto. Picking which films to
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by Michael Bramadat-Willcock repare to be moved, disturbed, engaged. Come for the film. Stay for the conversation,” says Canadian author and media critic Geoff Pevere. Pevere is director of programs for Rendezvous with Madness, a Toronto based film festival focused on movies that delve into the world of mental health and addiction. The festival is travelling across Canada and presenting screenings of films that audiences found impactful. “We’re showing some of the best and most powerful films that we’ve included over the past years.” Two of the films from the 2016 festival will be screened in Whitehorse at the Yukon Arts Centre on Thursday, August 17th, and Pevere will be hosting discussions afterward. “If you think you don’t know anybody suffering with addiction or mental illness you’re not paying attention,” says Pevere. Indeed, more than 10 per cent of Canadians over 15 years old surveyed in a 2012 Statistics Canada study reported “symptoms consistent” with at least one “mental or substance use disorder.” Pevere says that these films “allow people an opportunity to speak up” by creating a safe space to discuss mental health and addiction. The double screening starts at 6 p.m with Swift Current (2016), by director Joshua Rofé. It’s a documentary about NHL player Sheldon
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screen is a process that he says requires keeping a certain emotional distance from the subject matter. Pevere says that there are certain criteria that he looks for when deciding which works to showcase at the festival, “I like when a film has courage and skill.” Hosted by the Yukon Film Society the screenings of Swift Current and The Other Half are followed by group discussions facilitated by Pevere and a Q&A with The Other Half Director Joey Klein. For more information visit YukonFilmSociety. com.
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originally founded by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, of which she is a member. In a few months they accepted it, and Flather attended the launch of their spring titles in Toronto. “As a book, the play is a suggestion – the bones of the story,” says Flather. “But it allows more people to have access to the literature that comes from the theatre.” It also gives performers and educators more choice of contemporary Canadian works to study, read and perform, nationally and internationally. “Publication raises the profile of the work. I would be thrilled to see different interpretations.” Another benefit Flather notes is that “in Whitehorse we’re not on the radar. It’s important for us to get out there and be passionate about why we care. I’m proud of Paradise and no one will know about it if I don’t say anything.” Flather plans to promote Paradise to other companies, theatre schools and festivals. As well, Gwaandak and MT Space are planning a tour in 2018 in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. And Mac’s has more copies in stock. Jessica Simon is a Whitehorse based writer.
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uring the week that leads to the Discovery Days weekend, the Klondike Visitors Association, Parks Canada and the Writers’ Trust of Canada celebrate the writers who have made Dawson City world famous. Part of this event, called Authors on Eighth, is a writing contest that began in June and ended in July, in time for the entries to be judged and then announced during the walking tour on August 17. The challenge was to “Write Like a Legend.” The legends, in chronological order, are Jack London, Robert W. Service, Pierre Berton and Dick North, all of whom lived in Dawson at one time in their lives, wrote about it, and have buildings attached to their names. There’s no plaque on the Fairview Apartments unit on Seventh Avenue that North occupied for a number of years, and where he wrote his last book, Sailor on Snowshoes, but since the Jack London Museum would not have come into being without his contributions, the statement still stands. The other three buildings are all on Eighth Avenue, in a line I usually refer to as the Writers’
Block, beginning with the Jack London Museum and proceeding north to Robert Service’s Cabin and then across the street to Pierre Berton’s House. “Dawson City has inspired people to dream and create for years,” says Paul Robitaille, marketing and events manager for the Klondike Visitors Association. “Authors on Eighth celebrates the rich literary history of the Klondike and showcases current talented writers from around the world.” The two winners (one each for poetry and prose) receive an actual gold nugget and a selection of Klondike books, but all the submissions do get published in the Klondike Sun, the local newspaper. It took nine months to get all the 2016 entries in print. This year the celebration actually began with three nights of 6 o’clock readings (broadcast on CFYT-fm) held at the London, Service and Berton sites, beginning on Monday August 14. On Thursday, August 17 there will be a two-and-a-half hour tour of all three sites, beginning at 2 p.m., featuring abbreviated versions of the presentations usually given by the KVA and Parks Canada at the Jack London Museum and
Robert Service’s Cabin. The last stop is Berton House. Here an introduction to the residence’s history and the writer-inresidence program will be given (by this writer), and the presentation of the poetry and prose awards from the contest. The stop at Berton House will also include a reading by this month’s writer-in-residence, Eva Holland, and a buffet snack table provided by the KVA. There will also a tour of Pierre Berton House, which only happens once per year at this Authors on Eighth event. As this is a residence, it is not generally open to the public. The tour typically attracts 40 to 60 people and is free. For more information about the Authors on Eighth event contact the Klondike Visitors Association by phone at 867-993-5575 or by email at email@example.com.
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tienne Tardif, gloved and clothed in white, his face behind a dark mesh veil, slowly lifts a tray from one of his stacked beehives. He’s in a meadow just off the Annie Lake Road, south of Whitehorse. “Whoah… this is heavy,” Tardif says. He looks closely at the tray, laden with sealed bees’ eggs and larvae, wax, honey and hundreds of focused bees. “God, she’s doing good.” His queen bee is laying eggs like crazy, in a healthy roundish pattern. This means her worker bees are finding enough food to keep her going and the hive is thriving. Tardif has been raising bees in the Yukon for about three years, having first done it in Ontario for several years. He’s one of an increasing number of Yukoners keeping bees as a hobby, though in Tardif’s case, it seems more a passion. “It’s almost like meditation,” he says. “The honey and all that is great, and that’s what everybody asks you about. But the main thing
is,” and he points to the peaceful field framed with mountains, “you’re out here.” The Yukon Agricultural Association has noticed a sustained interest in beekeeping - hobbyists and farmers adding it to their activities, says Executive Director Jennifer Hall. They see Tardif as a local expert. He’s educated himself by constantly reading, observing his own bees, organizing workshops and establishing a network through Facebook, called Beekeeping North of 60 (Yukon). Tardif knew of about a dozen Yukon beekeepers when he first started. There are now many more, he says, judging from the 250 members of the Facebook group, the roughly 60 people who’ve taken workshops over the last two years and the questions he gets. “Now there’s more people with questions like ‘My bees swarm, what do I do?’ or ‘There’s no eggs in my hive, what do I do?’ So there’s more of people asking for help.” Amanda Mouchet is one of the
newbies, in her first year of beekeeping at her home on Cowley Lake. “They’re so important on the planet, so threatened, and this is a small little population of bees we can help host in our garden,” she says. “I think that’s key… if lots of people could have small pockets of them, then we can at least be doing something to sustain them.” The hives are a joint project with a family from Riverdale, says Mouchet, and have provided great learning for her kids. For example, 13-year-old Bella had little interest in the bees at first. Then her queen died. “It became interesting to her as we worked on a solution,” says Mouchet. They merged the queenless hive with another and Bella became keen to see if the bees would cooperate. (They did.) “She would say, ‘Mom! It’s sunny, can we go check?’” Tardif, too, is intrigued by the challenges and mysteries. He measures wind speed around the hives and has installed sensors to
monitor their temperature, humidity and weight. “To me it’s the science and the biology and the why.” He knows the bees love fireweed, a wild source of nectar, so he tosses the plant’s seeds and stems around his property, inviting it to spread. He also has a test garden of scorpion weed, forget-me-nots, comfrey, arugula, borage, white mustard and saskatoons, among many others. It’s a gorgeous place of colour, sweet
smells and constant buzzing, where Tardif can observe where his bees land, what plants they favour. “To me it’s relaxing, just watching the bees.” Mouchet has also relaxed in at least one way: less lawn-mowing. “There are things I’m just letting grow a little more wild… because it’s all food now.” Becky Striegler is a Whitehorse based writer.
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Whitehorse EVENTS ART SHOWS Until Fri, Aug, 25, Maplewish, curated by Maya Rosenberg Yukon Arts Centre In the Community Gallery Until Sat, Aug, 26, Wish 150 Yukon Mosaic Yukon Arts Centre A national initiative created to bring together our communities and inspire for a better future through art and color. August 4-26, 2017. Until Aug, 26 Dennis Shorty My Childhood Memories Arts Underground Until Sat, Aug, 26, Exhibit - Teresa Vander-Meer Chassé - Rez Car Arts Underground Emerging as one of Yukon’s young artists. “Rez Car,” with its satirical wit, provokes imagination amongst viewers and encourages them to see beauty in all objects. Until Sun, Aug, 27, Solo exhibit - Amzie Cooke-Goodall Yukon Arts Centre In the Youth Gallery Until Fri, Sep, 1, Exhibit for Created at the Canyon Northern Front Studio The ﬁnished artwork will be on display at the studio from August 2nd to September 1st. 668 5678
Wed, Aug, 16 Summer Concert Series - Midnight Sons Duo 5:00 PM MacBride Museum Wed, Aug, 16 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Thu, Aug, 17 Summer Concert Series - Hank Karr and the Canucks 5:00 PM MacBride Museum Thu, Aug, 17 Jam Night with Patrick Jacobson 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu, Aug, 17 Power Duo and Thom Coombes 8:00 PM The Beer Tasters’ Social House Thu, Aug, 17 Yukon Live Music Ginger Jam 10:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler room fully electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest co-hosts and performers. Fri, Aug, 18 Parker Thomas Jazz 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse Join Tom Connor, Nick Mah, Adam Cripps and Gui Chan for an evening of Jazz. Jammers are always welcome. Fri, Aug, 18 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 PM Town & Mountain Hotel Fri, Aug, 18 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Aug, 19 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sun, Aug, 20 Open Mic Night 3:00 PM 98 Hotel Sun, Aug, 20 Dessert and Jazz with Fawn Fritzen 7:30 PM MacBride Museum Fawn will be accompanied by a decadent weekly dessert. Join us after dinner on Sunday evenings for an event that will leave you sweeter and richer. Tickets available at MacBride Museum, or by calling 667-2709. Sun, Aug, 20 Ben Mahony 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon, Aug, 21 Cafe des Voix 7:00 PM The Beer Tasters’ Social House Tue, Aug, 22 Yukon Live Music Ginger Jam 10:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler room fully electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest co-hosts and performers. Wed, Aug, 23 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done!
GENERAL EVENTS Mon, Aug, 14, - 18, Street Eats Festival Whitehorse, Yukon Join us outside City Hall for a variety of Street Eats, for lunch AND dinner!
Wed, Aug, 16, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed, Aug, 16, Klondike Cruiser Night! 6:30 PM A&W Restaurant Join Yukon Automobile Enthusiasts as they admire hot cars and talk the talk Wed, Aug, 16, Trail Night-Midtown Boogaloo 6:30 PM Whitehorse, Yukon Looking for volunteers to ﬁll, haul and dump buckets as well as do ﬁnishing work on the trail. Mark your calendars! We’ll have all tools on site so you can ride to the work. Emal cmbcyukon@ gmail.com for more information. Wed, Aug, 16, Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:45 PM Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring 2017 session for this auditioned a cappella choir for mixed voices, call, or email to schedule an audition or for more information. 6677049 Wed, Aug, 16, Cult/Occult: Ginger Snaps + Children’s Day 8:00 PM The Beer Tasters’ Social House The story of two outcast sisters, Ginger and Brigitte, in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. Ginger is savagely attacked by a wild creature. preceded by Fawcett’s largely unseen student horror ﬁlm Children’s Day Wed, Aug, 16, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Thu, Aug, 17, Free Yukoner Day MacBride Museum Every 3rd Thursday of the month. Thu, Aug, 17, - 18, Flamenco Workshop Whitehorse, Yukon Introduction to the sounds and basic steps. Manuel Perez, is the guitarist, and is also willing to do a ﬂamenco guitar workshop. If you are interested please register by email carolina.i.logan@gmail. com Thu, Aug, 17, Art Tasters Series Relief Printing with Martha Richie 1:30 PM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Please call 393-4848 and sign up to conﬁrm your spot, or drop in and check it out. Thu, Aug, 17, Fireweed Community Market Outdoor Market 3:00 PM Shipyards Park Local produce, baked goods, live plants, local meats, Yukon art, crafted treasures and more Thu, Aug, 17, Flamenco with Live Guitar with Lucia Artacho and Manuel Perez 6:00 PM Northern Lights School of Dance Some basic knowledge of ﬂamenco is highly recommended. To register email carolina.i.logan@gmail. com or call/text 335-4640. Thu, Aug, 17, Swift Current 6:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre A documentary exploring former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy’s journey from young hockey player sexually abused by his junior hockey coach. Thu, Aug, 17, The Other Half 6:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre A bipolar woman and a grief-stricken man struggle to forge a simple life. Thu, Aug, 17, Ragtime Revue Dinner Theatre 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse A weekly revue featuring the ragtime stylings of two piano tornado. All dishes are served family style to your table, and includes coffee, tea and water Thu, Aug, 17, Chess Corner 6:30 PM Whitehorse Public Library Chess played upstairs at the Library, beginners welcome, welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. Thu, Aug, 17, Audio Arts Immersion Program 7:00 PM Shipyards Park Bi-weekly workshops where we will learn about different aspects of sound, history, techniques, as well as allow participants to discuss and work on their own projects. Call 457-2582 or email email@example.com for more info.
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Fri, Aug, 18, Final Parade - Whitehorse 10:30 AM Whitehorse Cadets Guests are welcome to come down and watch the parade and help congratulate the cadets on a successful summer. Fri, Aug, 18, Dusk’a Friday Language Lunches 12:00 PM Duska Head Start and Family Learning Center Bring a bag lunch and come learn Southern Tutchone with our special guest speakers. Call Erin Pauls for more information 633-7816. All Kwanlin citizens and staff are welcome! Fri, Aug, 18, Herbal Allies: My Journey with Plant Medicine 6:00 PM Baked Cafe FREE fun & informative public talk on his latest book Sat, Aug, 19, Wild Food and Medicine Herbs & Mushrooms of the Boreal Forest Whitehorse, Yukon Register at: Aroma Borealis Herb Shop, call 6674372 or email Orders@aromaborealis. com Sat, Aug, 19, Auditions for Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet 9:00 AM The Guild Hall To book an audition time or for more information please email email@example.com Sat, Aug, 19, It Takes A Village: Cultural Festival 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Celebrates the diverse cultures found in the Yukon, with live performances, workshops and visual artists. Sat, Aug, 19, Herb & Mushroom Workshop 10:00 AM Whitehorse, Yukon Contact us at 667-4372, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! Sat, Aug, 19, Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 AM The Feed Store Pet Junction All proﬁt goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat, Aug, 19, Dog Talks at MacBride Museum: Gaetan Pierrard 1:30 PM MacBride Museum Humorous and straightforward, Gaetan’s dog ‘tails’ are sure to delight any audience. Bilingual speaker. Sat, Aug, 19, Crib Tournament 6:15 PM Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 Crib tournaments every Saturday Member and non-members welcome. Sun, Aug, 20, Auditions for Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet 9:00 AM The Guild Hall To book an audition time or for more information please email email@example.com Sun, Aug, 20, Whitehorse Scrabble Club 1:00 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Are you a wordy person, put your words to the test and join the Scrabble Club. Must be 19+ Sun, Aug, 20, Focus Group on LGBT Aging in Whitehorse 2:00 PM Whitehorse, Yukon Looking for Volunteers ages 60+ RSVP by emailing Arne Stinchcombe at astinchc@uottawa. ca (613) 697-6763 Sun, Aug, 20, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 PM Arts Underground Noninstructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Mon, Aug, 21, 2017 Partial Solar Eclipse 9:00 AM Shipyards Park See the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. Mon, Aug, 21, Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 AM Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867-6686280 or toll free: 888-668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon, Aug, 21, Discovery Day 5:00 PM Old Log Church Make a kids’ craft or take a guided tour with one of our
knowledgeable staff members. Free coffee, tea, lemonade, and tasty treats. 6682555 Mon, Aug, 21, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mon, Aug, 21, Euchre Night 6:00 PM Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Tue, Aug, 22, Environmental Literacy Workshops 10:00 AM Yukon Learn Call 322-0408 to register. Wed, Aug, 23, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed, Aug, 23, Tea / Auditions 2:00 PM Nakai Theatre 15-20 minute chats in which you can share a bit of who you are and what you do and I will do the same. Register online. Wed, Aug, 23, Klondike Cruiser Night! 6:30 PM A&W Restaurant Join Yukon Automobile Enthusiasts as they admire hot cars and talk the talk Wed, Aug, 23, Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:45 PM Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring 2017 session for this auditioned a cappella choir for mixed voices, call, or email to schedule an audition or for more information. 6677049 Wed, Aug, 23, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room
MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS Thu, Aug, 17, Monthly Coalition
Drop-in 12:30pm Saturdays 10-2pm. Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /6686535 This drop-in includes reading time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome.. Thu, Aug, 17, Wildlife Viewing: Knee High Nature 10:30 AM Middle McIntyre Creek 867-667-8291 Bring your youngsters out for a different naturebased activity each week. Activities and games are designed for kids ages 4 - 6, but siblings are welcome. Thu, Aug, 17, Dinner and a Movie “Italian night” 5:30 PM Yukon Association for Community Living 6674606 Enjoy some Spaghetti and a watch Lady and the Tramp. Fri, Aug, 18, Cooking Program for Teens! 2:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library 667-8900 Free summer cooking program for teens! If you love cooking or want to learn how, and are between the ages of 12 and 16. To register email email@example.com or call 667-8900. Fri, Aug, 18, Mom and Kids Program 2017 2:00 PM Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre 689-5805 This year we will be offering culturally diverse and rich experiences for children 0-8 and their mothers. Including free healthy food and snacks for every participant. Spaces are limited and follows a ﬁrst-come-ﬁrst serve basis. Call or email to register. Mon, Aug, 21, Discovery Days 9:00 AM Beringia Centre FREE admission for all of Discovery Day and atlatl golf from 124. Fun for all ages. Tue, Aug, 22, Science Magic Shipyards Park All ages. Have fun with science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Lets stretch our minds and grow, free and drop in! Two times during the day at 1:30 - 2:30 pm and 3:15 4:00 pm. Wed, Aug, 23, Wildlife Viewing: Mushroom Power Up Environment Yukon ofﬁce 867-667-8291 Local mushroom man Sam Skinner will lead a walk and talk in Whitehorse about the biology and identiﬁcation of Yukon mushrooms.This event reaches capacity quickly you must call to reserve a spot:867-667-8291.
Thursday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM 6210 - 6th ave.
KIDS & FAMILIES Mondays - Friday Family Free Play
Meeting 5:00 PM CYO Hall Monthly Coalition (Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition) meetings are held every third Thursday. Everyone is welcome! Thu, Aug, 17, TechYukon Evening Social 5:00 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Drinks and ﬁnger-food social event in the Town Hall Room. Sat, Aug, 19, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:30 AM Emergency Measures Organization YARA’s breakfast at the A&W. Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon often join. Sat, Aug, 19, 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 Tue, Aug, 22, Amnesty International Writing Circle 7:00 PM Whitehorse United Church Writing letters to support and protect human rights worldwide. 667-2389
Wednesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Pufﬁn (CM, NS) 8:00 PM 6210 - 6th Ave
Friday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM 305 Wood Street - Back Entrance. Saturday Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM, Sara Steel Building 609 Steele St., Main Entrance Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Hospital Meeting Whitehorse General Hospital (OM NS) 7:00 pm - Hospital Board Meeting. Sunday Detox Meeting (OM NS) 1:00 PM 1:00 PM, Sara Steel Building 609 Steele St., Main Entrance Hospital Meeting (OM NS) 7:00 PM Whitehorse General Hospital Monday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM 6210 - 6th Ave Tuesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM 6210 - 6th Ave. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave. Phone: AA 1-888-453-0142 (24 hours a day)
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Klondike Institute of Art and Culture Dawson City, YT
WEEKLY OPEN HOUSE TUESDAYS
FOCUS GALLERY Exhibi� ons DENNIS SHORTY, >> in the Yukon Art Society Gallery: THE SEVEN TEXTILE ARTISTS MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES it Felt” On“How untilDoes August 26th
Exhibi�on closes December 1st, 2012
>> in the Hougen Heritage Gallery: TERESA VANDER-MEER YUKON ARCHIVES
Archival Gold: Favourites the Vault CHASSÉ, REZfrom CAR Exhibi� closes January26th 26, 2013 Onon until August
Open Studio Sessions INTRO TO POTTERY >> Ceramic Open StudioROYLE Sessions << WITH PATRICK Sundays from 2:30 to 6pm Tuesdays, September 5th$5 per hour Oct 17th (7 sessions) >> Acrylic Pain� ng Open Studio << 7-10pm with Neil+Graham $325 GST everyall ﬁrstsupplies and thirdincluded Wednesday of each month 7 to 9pm
$10 perTO 2 hour session INTRO POTTERY
To register call: 867-667-4080 WITH LYNNE SOFIAK Email: recep�email@example.com
Wednesdays, September 6th Oct 18th (7 sessions) 7-10pm $325 + GST all supplies included)
BEGINNER POTTERY LEVEL II
WITH ASTRID KRUSE
Thursdays, October 19November 30 (7 sessions) 7-10pm $325 + GST (all supplies included)
INSTRUCTABLES MINI HACKATHON AUGUST 22
Boys and Girls Club of Yukon
CNC ROUTER 101 AUGUST 24
Ages 11 to 18 Free snack and meal
FIREWEED MARKET REUSE & REPAIR EVENT AUGUST 24 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
When: Wednesdays to Saturdays 3 PM to 9 PM Where: 306A Alexander Street Look for the big green door!
OUTDOOR MARKET 3PM-8PM
MAY 18 UNTIL SEPT 14
REPAIR CAFE DROP IN AUGUST 25
AUGUST 17TH • 4-5 & 6-7 PM.
ALL REGULAR EVENTS 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Create art cards using pen, ink, watercolours, pastels & pencils with Jackie Irvine.
* 12 SPOTS PER SESSION 1ST COME 1ST SERVE *
Monday Closed, Tuesday - Friday 11am - 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 1-9pm
Ph. (867) 393-2824
S! SDAY R U H T
WELDING 101 AUGUST 24
Free Teen Drop In
Web: bgcyukon.com Facebook: bgcyukon Twitter: @bgcyukon
Fireweed Community Market
www.yukonstruct.com firstname.lastname@example.org 135 Industrial Rd.
August 17th – September 23rd
THE NATURAL & THE MANUFACTURED 2017 LEILA ARMSTRONG & LISA HIRMER CURATED BY MARLAINA BUCH Thursday, August 17th 6:30PM Curator’s Talk 7PM Exhibition Reception 10PM Tall Tales for Campﬁres (Front St. Fire Pit)
Aug 17 – Sept 9
KIAC MEMBERS’ EXHIBIT PRESENT / PAST
Opening night: Aug 17 @ 7pm SOVA Gallery hours: Fri-Sat, 3-7
Sat, Aug 19, 10PM at the KIAC Ballroom
RENDEZOUS WITH MADNESS TOUR & YUKON FILM SOCIETY PRESENT KEN FOSTER
Waterfront Station Suite 220 2237 2nd Ave. Whitehorse Yukon Open 9-2 Tue.-Fri.
Dir: Josh Laner / 2016 / Canada / 94 min Introduction and post-screening Q&A with Geoﬀ Pevere
Tel: (867) 993-5005 Fax: (867) 993-5838 Website: www.kiac.ca
Available Light Cinema thursday, aug 1 7 yukon Arts centre
INTRO TO SILVERSMITHING
Interested in displaying your art?
WITH SHELLEY MACDONALD Sunday October 29 OR Sunday November 5 1-5pm $150 + GST (all supplies included)
INTRO TO CARVING
WITH CALVIN MORBERG
Saturday and Sunday October 21, 22 10am-4pm $210 + GST (all supplies included)
WITH PATRICK ROYLE
Sept 16, 17m 29, 30, Oct 1 (see website for times) $335 + GST (all supplies included)
Programs Arts Underground / Yukon Art Society 867-667-4080 ext 22
Rendezvous With Madness: Films on Tour 6 pm Swift Current When he was on his game as a hockey player, Sheldon Kennedy was in complete control. Off the ice, however, Kennedy was living a secret nightmare: he was the victim of sexual abuse perpetrated by his junior hockey coach. This propulsive documentary is about Kennedy’s extraordinary escape from darkness. Author and Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival program director, Geoff Pevere will lead a post-screening discussion. (Dir. Joshua Rofé, 2016, USA/CAN, 75 min) 8:30 pm The Other Half Tom Cullen and Tatiana Maslany give
outstanding performances as two wounded souls in this psychological drama that centres on a passionate love affair between the self-destructive Nickie and a bi-polar Emily. The Other Half is a moving and realistic depiction of how mental illness can affect family and relationships. Writer/Director Joey Klein in attendance for post-screening Q&A. (Dir. Joey Klein, 2016, Ontario, 103 min)
Special ticket pricing: $10/ $8 YFS members, seniors, youth, under-employed. Presented by Yukon Film Society and Workman Arts. Tix: yukontickets.com
Your art can provide a healing space for both patients & visitors at Whitehorse General Hospital. All ages welcome to participate! Join us in providing colour, comfort and hope. To learn more about this opportunity, contact: Crystal Shimoon, Volunteer Services Coordinator Phone: (867)-393-8673 or Email email@example.com
Summer Events In Dawson City ~ Youth Living History Summer Camp ~ AUG 14 – 18: Youths Age 9(ish) to 13(ish) 9 am to 5 pm AUG 19 – 21:
Performances at the Dawson City Museum and Bear Creek Historical Compound Cost: $25 each student 1898 Costume and Prop donations appreciated!
LOOKING FOR YOUTH INTERESTED IN DRAMA/ACTING/HISTORY
~ Discovery Day Pancake Breakfast ~ AUG 21: Bear Creek National Historical Compound 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Sourdough and Buttermilk Pancakes, sausage, juice, breads and jellies. Parking is limited. Please carpool. Afterwards, meet at Discovery Claim for an interpretation program, from 1 to 2 pm, followed by gold panning and a BBQ at Claim no. 6, from 2 to 3 pm.
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Thank you to the many people who have worked so relentlessly to make the 2017 Haa Kusteeyí Celebration a reality. See you in Carcross in 2019! VOLUNTEERS
Ben Bard, Johnny Bob, Mary Bob, Nathan Bob, Veronica Bob, Zethaniel Bosely, Trinity Dewhurst, Leigha Douville, Melanie Douville, Roseanne Douville, Aaron Drake, Hailey Fairclough, Ellen Fournier, Clem Fuxjager, Kelsey Hassard, Duran Henry, Gail Holways, Doug Hogan, Marsha Hotch, Dalyce Huot, Charlotte Jackson, Mildred Jackson, Wendy Jackson, Sophie Jakkial, Charlie James, Helen Jeong, Brandon Johnson, Aggie Johnston, Brandon Johnston, Cassie Johnston, Denise Johnston, Mary Johnston, Charles Jules, Peter Jules, Ryan Jules, James Kawchuk, Aaron Keleher, Jackie Kookosh, Aliesha Kramer, Juanita Kramer, Jade McGinty, Phillip Mcleod, Rachel Morino, Bev Morris, Austin Roe, Rachel Netro, Corinne Sheldon, |MaryRose Sidney, Stephanie Sidney, Chiefy Smarch, Ralph Smarch, Robin Smarch, Tommy Smith, Georgina Sydney, Stewart Tizya, Fay Viennieau, Hannah Vlaar, Henry Vlaar, All Carcross/Tagish First Nation Volunteers, All Taku River Tlingit First Nation Volunteers
Chief Louise Gordon, Taku River Tlingit First Nation, Wayne Carlick, Taku River Tlingit First Nation, Patricia James, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Donna Geddes, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Michelle Parson, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Duane Aucoin, Teslin Tlingit Council, Tip Evans, Teslin Tlingit Council, Carol Geddes, Teslin Tlingit Council
Community Arts & Events Coordinator: Melaina Sheldon Bella Elite Events & Consulting: Katie Johnson Artistic Director: Alejandro Ronceria Production Assistant: Roslynne Hycha Workshop Assistant: Brittany Johnston Kids Programming: Rhoda Merkel Graphic Design: Mary Binsted Designs Research: Linda Johnson Workshop Host: Keduka Jack Stage Manager: Willow Lacosse Sound & Light: Mark Penner, Solid Sound Tents & Décor: Marsh Lake Tents and Events Photographers: Alistair Maitland Photography, Vanessa Aegirsdottir Photography, Erik Pinkerton Photography Videographers: Mike Code, Christ Rodgers, Jessica Hall Facepainter: Amanda Kelleher
TESLIN TLINGIT HERITAGE CENTRE STAFF
Director of Heritage: Tip Evans Administrative Assistant: Roberta Jackson Business / Marketing Manager: Lisa Dewhurst Heritage Sites Officer: Michael Campbell Gift Shop: Pauline Sidney, Corinne Johnston, Billy Smarch, Rita Grant Capital Sites Crew: Bodean Wolfe, Elmer Jackson, Bob Magill, Tom Smith, Butch Douville, Earl Douville, Anthony Johnston Custodian: Mike Miskell
Chief Executive Officer: Chief Richard Sidney Executive Elder: Carl Smarch Kùkhhittàn Executive Councillor: Sandy Smarch Ishkìtàn Executive Councillor: Blair Hogan Yanyèdí Executive Councillor: Duane Aucoin Dèshitàn Executive Councillor: Alex Oakley Dakhl’awèdí Executive Councillor: Ralph Smarch
TESLIN TLINGIT COUNCIL CAPITAL DEPARTMENT
Bodean Wolfe, Elmer Jackson, Bob Magill, Tom Smith, Butch Douville, Earl Douville, Anthony Johnston, Dan Morin, Darren Wolfe, Daniel Smarch, Marie Willow Secord, Dylan Jackson, Cole Dewhurst, Samera Carlick, Cordell Jules, Julian Jules
TESLIN TLINGIT COUNCIL FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Jari Smarch, Carlene Hycha, Matt Hall, Michael Blahitka, Jody Sydney
TESLIN TLINGIT COUNCIL LANDS DEPARTMENT
Richard Dewhurst, Emmie Fairclough, Randy Keleher, Sandy Smarch, Gillian Rourke, Noah Carlick, Suzanna Carlick, Darryl Peters, Dorothy Cooley
Gwaandak Theatre, The Tlingit Language Champions Society, Northern Cultural Expressions Society, Yukon Literacy Coalition, Yukon First Nation Culture & Tourism Association, TNT Contractors, To the T Janitorial, Deadman Creek, Public Safety & Security, EMS-Reggie & David O’Farrell, Fleming Security, Teslin RCMP, Teslin Nursing Station, Government of Yukon, Department of Highways, Village of Teslin Public Works, Teslin Tlingit Elders Council, Teslin Tlingit Youth Council, YTG Museums Unit, Yukon Tourism & Culture, Dań Kwanje’á-Nààn: Voices Across the Water, Teslin Tlingit Council Language Department (Tim Hall)
The Git Hayetsk Dancers (People of the Copper Shield), Has Du Eetíx’ X’aakeidíx Haa Sitee (Alaska), Dakwäkäda Dancers, Dághàalhaan K’e, Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Dakhkà Khwàan Juniors, Taku Kwaan Dancers and the Deisleen Kwaan Dancers.
Common Knowledge, Dena Zagi, Diggawolf, Gerald Edzerza, Grandma Susie & Cache Creek Charlie, Jamie & Josh Tetlichi, Kevin Barr, Leondard Sheldon, Louie Smith, Nick Johnson, Paddy Jim Jr., Sam Johnston, Sean Balsillie, Starr Drynock, T.J. Esquiro, Warren Strand, William Smith, William Greenland
Christine Genier, Elaine Shorty, Eric Morris, Duane Aucoin, Peter Johnston, Sharon Shorty, William Greenland
Blake Lepine, Doug Smarch Jr, Lily Hope and Ricky Tagaban, Northern Cultural Expressions Society (Duran Henry and Steward Tizya), YTG Museums Unit and Yukon Tourism and Culture
YOUTH SONG & DANCE WORKSHOP Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DJ Dash
Margaret Douville, Tom Dickson Jr., Peter Jules & Ryan Jules
Carol Geddes, Kevin J. Mellis, Mique’l & Mike Dangeli
Thank you to all of the Feast Cooks, Cook’s Helpers and volunteers from TTC, CTFN and TRTFN who made the Feasts possible!
August 16, 2017
Sid’s Treasures with Teresa van der Meer-Chassé
Giving That Room Props for Its Good Vibe
Beaver Creek Rendezvous was cancelled 4 years ago, but a wedding in the same venue brought back life, love and laughs
hen the Westmark Hotel in Beaver Creek closed its doors in 2013, it brought an end to the dinner and show extravaganza called Beaver Creek Rendezvous, a tradition that had taken place every year for 22 years. The closure of the Westmark was prompted by Holland-America tours’ decision to cease travel to Beaver Creek. Westmark sold the property to a local couple, Beat Ledergerber and Jyl Wingert. Beat and Jyl have reopened a portion of rooms for traveling visitors and most recently reopened the dinner theatre for a wedding this past month. The marriage of Sid’s son Tuffy Vander Meer to Jane Rogers took place on July 15 in the beautiful venue. But before this wedding could take place, the dinner theatre sat for four years with very little activity. As we cleared what was left in the venue and traces of little
critters, a discarded theatrical prop was to be taken to the dump. But Sid would not let that happen. He saw the prop as a reminder of the past and took it home where it now hangs from the ceiling of his garage. “The plane would crash through the roof every night for 20 years,” Sid says. “The plane crash was the highlight! After being tossed about, it was in pretty rough shape. I had to re-tape some of it.” The prop was created using wood, a tarp, and duct tape. With help from some wedding guests, Sid was able to place it high above in the rafters of his garage where visitors would be able to see the old prop. “The plane is copied after the Queen of the Yukon in the Transportation Museum. It’s the sister plane, it’s the same model as the one Charles Lindbergh did the first solo flight over the Atlantic in 1927.”
The prop is a reminder of the people that made the Beaver Creek Rendezvous come to life, a man who was there since the beginning, Sylvan Demers; the last lead lady of the stage, Lisa Ryan; and pianist and Sid’s good friend, Willy Joosen. On July 15, 2017 the Rendezvous came back to life with what locals have been waiting for: a celebration of love. With a live band gracing the stage, the memory of fun and laughter was brought back to the small community of Beaver Creek. Congratulations to Tuffy and Jane!
PHOTOS: Courtesy of Teresa van der Meer-Chassé p
The marriage of Sid’s son Tuffy Vander Meer to Jane Rogers took place on July 15 in the beautiful venue
Sid van der Meer has collected treasures all his life and this passion has given Beaver Creek’s its very own Museum. In this column Sid recounts stories to his granddaughter Teresa van der Meer-Chassé. u
The prop is a reminder of the people that made the Beaver Creek Rendezvous come to life, a man who was there since the beginning, Sylvan Demers; the last lead lady of the stage, Lisa Ryan; and pianist and Sid’s good friend, Willy Joosen
Get a residential energy assessment done first! An energy assessment provides an excellent analysis of where your home is losing energy and money. The results can help you identify and prioritize your home renovations and energy efficient upgrades. Plus, Yukon government will give you a Good Energy rebate for the assessment. And, your home renovations may qualify for additional energy incentives.
Now that’s Good Energy! For information on all of Yukon government’s energy incentive programs: www.goodenergyyukon.ca.
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August 16, 2017
Seasonal Recipes with Sydney Oland
Roasted Cauliflower with Mint and Pecan Pesto
his is more of a combination of two simple recipes that go incredibly well together – roasted cauliflower with mint and pecan pesto can grace your table in a number of different ways. Toss with hot pasta and served with a bottle of wine for a weeknight dinner, or use a small tubular pasta shape and have it room temperature for a bag lunch or weekend picnic, or serve as a side
with some grilled fish or meat. This combo can really go anywhere and do anything. If you don’t happen to have a huge stash of pecans in your freezer (a Thanksgiving miscommunication at my house) then try almonds or even walnuts. You’re just looking to give the pesto SERVES 4
a toasted flavour and a little texture.
Roasted Cauliflower INGREDIENTS 1 head cauliflower, cored and sliced ¼ cup olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste
Cauliflower drizzled with olive oil and ready for the oven
Adjust oven to 425ºF. Toss cauliflower with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
2 and roast until beginning to Place on lined baking sheet
PHOTOS: Sydney Oland
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Louis Gagnon has been operating his food truck, Garlic A GoGo, for the last 5 years in Whitehorse, and he’s showing no signs of stopping…
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f Louis Gagnon has learned anything from five years of successfully running a food truck in the Yukon, it’s “Batten down the hatches!” Gagnon says this with a hearty laugh, but securing every food item in a food truck, is no joke. In fact, the French Canadian and long time Yukoner, who runs the well-known mediterranean food truck Garlic A GoGo, describes as it as the “number one rule in the food truck industry.” Even after so many years in the business, spills happen. Gagnon describes this year’s experience of turning a corner and losing about 10 gallons of freshly prepared iced tea and lemonade, all over his beloved motorhometurned-food-truck. It’s a good thing he has a wicked sense of humour. “I think I could write a book about the do’s and don’ts of food trucks after five years,” Gagnon says. “I’ve seen my menus fly down the highway; I’ve had my son walk through the ceiling of the truck and plant his foot in tzatziki.” Cuisine casualties aside, business is booming for Garlic A GoGo and as Gagnon attests, it’s been quite a ride. After closing the KEBABery, a restaurant Gagnon ran with his wife in downtown Whitehorse, the pair decided to appease their loyal kebab missing patrons by opening up a food truck. A food truck would grant them less labour and overhead costs compared to renting a pricey restaurant location. Gagnon drove down to Kelowna to pick up an old 1973 Winnebago, and well, the rest is savoury, garlicky history. Almost. Gagnon says the first two years of business as “terrible,” not because their signature Greek fries weren’t flying out the takeout window (they were), but because the City of Whitehorse and local restaurants were originally opposed to the idea of a food truck. Permits were awarded, then revoked. Food carts were common at that time, but food trucks were a bit of an anomaly, and some feared it might take away business from the downtown core. Refusing to be deterred from spreading happiness via hummus
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Yukoners just can’t stop raving about Garlic A GoGo’s signature, Greek fries and shawarma, Gagnon set up shop outside Home Hardware, an opportunity that came about after he saw the building store parking lot as prime real estate to sell his delicious, niche fare. After the manager granted Gagnon a one day parking pass, he overheard customers praising their home improvement purchases and ability to buy lunch, in one convenient location. “The manager told me afterwards, ‘You can park here anytime you like,’” Gagnon says. “It’s a symbiotic relationship where I bring business to them, and they bring business to me.” The match was so harmonious, that Garlic A GoGo remained parked at Home Hardware for four subsequent seasons. Throughout
u that time, Gagnon continue to “battle” with the City of Whitehorse over policy and bylaw changes for mobile food vendors. This year, with Gagnon’s guidance, Mayor Dan Curtis and a new council created the food truck/ vendor project, a law that has seen public spaces designated as parking areas for food truck vendors. “Initially, they wanted to protect the interest of restaurants,” Gagnon says. “Now the City has turned around to embrace food trucks. They understand it’s great for downtown businesses and for tourism.” Nowadays, you can find Gagnon and his 12-year-old son manning Garlic A GoGo at Main Street and Third Avenue from Monday to Fri-
PHOTO: Louis Gagnon day. On weekends, the Mediterranean mobile can be found at Home Hardware and at special events and locations on a “to-beannounced” basis. Gagnon also says that recently he has been receiving calls for corporate events and customer appreciation days, where companies pay for his food truck service, instead of providing a catered lunch service. While he has done small music festivals in the past, Gagnon has found the silver motorhome, dubbed “Homer,” is not made to hold a lot of product, making it difficult to fathom traveling up and down the Alaska Highway to attend such musical events. “I’d need a reefer truck to follow me with chicken and fries
to feed the multitudes,” Gagnon chuckles. “I would love to do Dawson and Atlin, but unfortunately, on a logistics level, it doesn’t make sense.” If you’ve never tried Garlic A GoGo, chances are, you might have heard locals and tourists raving about the sinfully delicious Greek fries, served with spices and a heavenly dollop of tzatziki sauce. “A lot of customers call them crack fries because once you have them, you need them,” says Gagnon. Their shawarma is inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. Another popular menu item is the spicy or savoury fried chicken runners, made from grain fed, fresh chicken thighs. This year, prior to opening season in May, Gagnon started an online GoFundMe campaign where people could buy season passes for Garlic A GoGo. The passes offered 26 meals per card at a discounted rate, an option Gagnon says is great for those who might not carry cash. These season passes sold out in no time. “It just shows how much support I have, that the community would do that in advance,” Gagnon says. And even though he has 35 years of the hospitality industry under his belt from running hotels and restaurants, Gagnon admits he’s still a sucker for compliments. “I’m always asking how the food is because I want to make sure people like the food. It’s a joy to see happy people and to give people good food.” After celebrating five years of his food truck venture, looking ahead, Gagnon envisions a communal Whitehorse food truck park, where multiple food trucks could park in one area of the city. This food vendor collective would bring life to one area and as Gagnon believes, would generate big business and enthusiasm in the downtown zone. “It’s more than lunch, it becomes a destination.” Aislinn Cornett is a Yukon born and raised freelance writer, artist and art therapist currently writing and living on the beach in Mexico.
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ranberries are just one of many berries that you can add to regular recipes for some extra health benefits. But since we are in the midst of cranberry season, why not take advantage of these home grown berries to boost your overall health. At the shops in town and at the Fireweed Community Market at Shipyards Park you can find all sorts of jams, pies and other baked goods made with this lovely berry. Here are some quick recipes on how to enjoy cranberries in a nutritious way. Trail Mix First up, a protein packed trail mix. Nuts are a great way to get protein and essential fats. Add cranberry to the mix and you have also added vitamin C and dietary fibre. For more flavour add coconut flakes or dark chocolate shavings. When creating my trail mix, I like to combine unsalted nuts and seeds, such as cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries – or you can use fresh cranberries depending on your personal preference. Simply combine all the ingredients together in a container, shake and enjoy. Pancakes Another option for a healthy way to enjoy cranberries is protein pancakes with cranberries. There are two ways to make this. You can use a premade protein pancake mix, (protein pancakes are pancakes with protein powder added to the mix) or you can make your own.
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he Yukon’s Discovery Day Holiday is one of those things that it’s kind of hard to pin down. While it was originally fixed to be the third Monday in August when it was established back in 1911, these days it is more likely to be the Monday closest to the actual day – August 16, 1896 - when gold was discovered by George Carmack, his brotherin-law Skookum Jim, and Jim’s nephew, Dawson Charlie, on Rabbit Creek, which was soon renamed Bonanza Creek. Last year, the event was celebrated on Monday, August 15, with all the events finishing up the day before the actual date of August 16. This year, it’s going to be celebrated on August 20 – four days after the actual discovery date. My late neighbour and friend, John Gould, used to get quite annoyed about these shifting dates. His miner’s and historian’s heart felt that the holiday should be on the real day. However, as a society, our collective fondness for long holiday weekends means that only happens occasionally. Putting together the list of the things that are going to happen during the week leading up to the holiday weekend is a chore undertaken by the Klondike Visitors Association. They don’t organize all the events, but act as a coordinating body. Andy Cunningham, the KVA’s marketing and events assistant, has been of great assistance in
preparing this column, but there were still things he did not know prior to our deadline date. For the KVA, one of the big events of the year is the Authors on Eighth writing event (see separate article) and afternoon walk on August 17, when the works of Jack London, Robert Service, Pierre Berton and Dick North will be celebrated along Eighth Avenue. But this year they’re adding a series of three evening readings, one at each site, from Monday, August 14 to Wednesday August 16. These will be broadcast on CFYTfm. The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture will hold the Riverside Arts Festival from the 17th to the 20th. It will include displays and workshops at the Waterfront Park, presentations at the KIAC Building and the ODD Gallery, and the Yukon School of Visual Art, a gallery walk to various sites around the town and the latest edition of the annual Natural and the Manufactured exhibits. For sports fans there will be a fastball tournament from Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20. The Klondike Placer Miners’ Association will hold its Barbecue and Dance on Friday evening. Saturday, August 19 will feature the Discovery Days Parade along King, Front and Princess Streets, winding up at the Museum on Fifth Avenue. There will be speeches, prizes and a birthday cake. For those who prefer running, Run Dawson will hold its Disco
Days Trail Race at 10 a.m. on Saturday. There will be 10 and 5 km runs and a 5 km walk. Dawson has a long history of farming and growing ornamental gardens, and the Horticultural Exhibition will be held in the Waterfront Park on Saturday. The Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre will contribute to the events by holding Dënezhu Bingo from 3 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday. Sunday, August 20 will feature the popular Mud Bog event in the North End, beneath the Moosehide Slide. The Friends of the Klondike Corridor are organizing a Youth Living History Summer Camp from the 14th to the 18th and the youth will be staging performances at the Museum and at the Bear Creek Historical Compound on the 19th and 21st. The Compound will also be the site of a pancake breakfast on Monday the 21st and this will tie into a special presentation at the Discovery Claim and gold panning at the KVA’s Free Claim (Claim #6) that afternoon. That will just about the wrap up the week, bringing it to a close where it all began in 1896. 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 email@example.com.
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St. Elias Gallery watercolour paintings by Brent Liddle, photography by Marty Samis and works by other local artists. Open May to September, visiting hours posted on front door. Located at 117 Auriol Street.
• Yukon Animal Tracks by Anne Macaire • Millennium Mural by the St. Elias Community School • “Skullpture” Series by Shane Willson • Gaia 2009 by Shane Wilson • Lowell Glacier Triptych by Libby Dulac • Millennium Quilt by the Threadbearers Quilting Group Exterior artwork around the community include:
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Artists’ Guild of Haines Junction unique gifts and more, handmade by local artists and craftspeople. Open June to August daily, noon4:00 p.m. in the basement of St. Christopher’s Log Church.
Haines Junction Visitor Information Centre features the work of artists and craftspeople from around the Yukon. A spectacular installation piece by Doug Smarch Jr. is the centrepiece of the space. A large landscape painting depicting the area in winter, by Haines Junction artist Libby Dulac, hangs over the entrance. Rotating displays throughout the centre feature examples of art and craft from around Yukon and selection from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. Open daily mid-May to mid-September 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., located in Da Kų Cultural Centre. Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre Stunning local photography and artwork inspires visitors and offers a rare glimpse into the heart of the land. Open mid-May to late August, daily 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., located in Da Kų Cultural Centre.
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CARCROSS Tuesdays & Thursdays 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 867-399-3321 Wed, Aug, 16, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 AM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Aug, 16, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen.cranﬁeld@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Aug, 16, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Aug, 16, AA Carcross 6:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Aug, 17, Lane Swim 8:00 AM Carcross Swimming Pool Thu, Aug, 17, CPNP Lunch 12:00 PM Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Aug, 17, Sewing Nights 6:30 PM Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Aug, 17, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranﬁeld, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat, Aug, 19, Traditional Handgames 1:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sun, Aug, 20, Lane Swim 8:00 AM Carcross Swimming Pool Sun, Aug, 20, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 AM St. Saviour’s Church 867-668-3129 Mon, Aug, 21, Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Aug, 21, AA - Tagish 7:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 22, Elders Breakfast 10:00 AM Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 22, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Aug, 22, Excellence Group 5:00 PM Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 22, Sports Night 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Aug, 22, Tlingit Language Game Nights 6:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Aug, 22, Women’s Group 7:00 PM Carcross Community Campus 821-4251
CARMACKS Mondays-Fridays Kids Club After School Program 3:30 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Ages 5-12, snacks provided Wed, Aug, 16, Carmacks Rocks 2017 - Dawson Range Field Trips Carmacks Contact Lara by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Wed, Aug, 16, Carmacks Rocks 2017 - Public Open House 1:00 PM Carmacks Recreation Centre Contact Lara by email at email@example.com to sign up.
DAWSON CITY Lane Swim Dawson City Pool Mon/Wed 6:30am8:30am, Mon/Wed/Fri 5:30pm-6:30pm, Tues/Thurs/ Sat/Sun 12pm-1pm Parent and Tot Swim Dawson City Pool Mon/Wed/Fri 5:30pm-6:30pm, Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun 12pm-1pm Public Swim Dawson City Pool Mon/Wed/Fri 1:15pm3pm and 6:30pm-8pm, Tues/Thurs 3pm-5pm, Fri/Sat 1:15pm-3pm Aquaﬁt Dawson City Pool Mon/Wed/Fri 12pm-1pm and Tues/Thur 5:30pm-6:30pm Wed, Aug, 16, Sasquatch and the Unexplained 11:00 AM Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre A North-end walking tour sharing stories of the unfamiliar, stroll with a heritage interpreter up to the base of the Moosehide Slide for a truly super-natural chat about bush man encounters. Wed, Aug, 16, Wild and Rosie Apothecary Program 2:30 PM Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Explore how to create beautiful, natural products with plants from our traditional territory. Wed, Aug, 16, Bannock and Tea 3:00 PM Tombstone Territorial Park Wed, Aug, 16, Beginner Guitar for Kids and Adults with Nijen Holland 4:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Each session consists of 8 - half hour classes, call 993-5005 for more information. Wed, Aug, 16, CFYT Trivia 8:00 PM The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Aug, 17, Authors on Eighth Writing Contest and Walking Tour Dawson City Visit the author’s homes on a walking tour and hear stories of their lives and works. If you are a writer, enter the writing contest. Thu, Aug, 17, - 23, The Natural & The Manufactured KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Exhibit showing until September 23, 2017 Thu, Aug, 17, - 20, 17th Annual Yukon Riverside Arts Festival Dawson City This year’s festival will include an artist demonstration tent, installations, live music, interactive projects, and more. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org Thu, Aug, 17, - 20, Discovery Days Dawson City Historical street theatre, displays, food, and plenty of other special events. Call 993-5575 for more inforrmation. Thu, Aug, 17, Bannock and Sourdough: Food of the trail 11:30 AM Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Learn about the history of these hardy foods of the north and enjoy a cup of campﬁre coffee or bush tea. Free! Thu, Aug, 17, Nature Walk 2:00 PM Tombstone Territorial Park
Thu, Aug, 17, Opening Reception - The Natural & The Manufactured 5:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Exhibit showing until September 23, 2017 Thu, Aug, 17, Kids Swim Movie Night 6:30 PM Dawson City Pool Swim, eat popcorn and watch a movie! Thu, Aug, 17, Guided Hike: Goldensides Trail 7:00 PM Tombstone Territorial Park Thu, Aug, 17, Gallery Hop 7:30 PM Dawson City Interested in participating call 993-5005 or email email@example.com Thu, Aug, 17, Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 PM Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri, Aug, 18, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Aug, 18, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Aug, 18, Nature Walk 2:00 PM Tombstone Territorial Park Fri, Aug, 18, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, Aug, 18, Campﬁre Program 7:30 PM Tombstone Territorial Park Sat, Aug, 19, Guided Hike into the Alpine 10:00 AM Tombstone Territorial Park Sat, Aug, 19, Rendezvous with Madness Film Tour: Ken Foster 10:00 AM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture The Vancouver street artist Ken Foster is a ﬁxture on the mean streets of Gastown, a district legendary for its community of broken souls. As part of the Dawson City Riverside Arts Festival, Documentry 94 minutes Sat, Aug, 19, 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, Aug, 19, Wild and Rosie Apothecary Program 2:30 PM Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Explore how to create beautiful, natural products with plants from our traditional territory. Sat, Aug, 19, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sun, Aug, 20, Klondike Valley Mud Bog Dawson City Visitor Information Centre Monster trucks and other vehicles attempt to race from one end of a mud pit to the other! An annual Dawson City tradition. 993-5053 firstname.lastname@example.org Sun, Aug, 20, Guided Hike: North Klondike Trail 10:00 AM Tombstone Territorial Park Sun, Aug, 20, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun, Aug, 20, Soul Sunday with The Sweet Nuggets 11:00 PM Westminster Hotel Mon, Aug, 21, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Aug, 21, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Aug, 21, Nature Walk 2:00 PM Tombstone Territorial Park Mon, Aug, 21, Guided Hike: Goldensides Trail 7:00 PM Tombstone Territorial Park Tue, Aug, 22, Bannock and Sourdough: Food of the trail 11:30 AM Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Learn about the history of these hardy foods of the north and enjoy a cup of campﬁre coffee or bush tea. Free! Tue, Aug, 22, Step n Strong 7:00 PM Robert Service School For more information email: getrealﬁt(at) me.com 867-993-2520 Tue, Aug, 22, Campﬁre Program 7:30 PM Tombstone Territorial Park
FARO Wed, Aug, 16, Fireside Chats and Bocce Tournaments Campbell Region Interpretive Center Wed, Aug, 16, AquaFit 8:00 AM Faro Recreation Centre Wed, Aug, 16, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Fri, Aug, 18, AquaFit 8:00 AM Faro Recreation Centre Fri, Aug, 18, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Sun, Aug, 20, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 AM Church of Apostles Sun, Aug, 20, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 AM Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Tue, Aug, 22, Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 AM Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided
Shakwak Pool - Family Swim Haines Junction Community Centre Mon/Tues/Fri 11:30am-1pm, Sat&Sun 9:30am-11am Shakwak Pool - Lane Swim Haines Junction Community Centre Mon-Fri 6:30am-9am, Sat&Sun 8am-9:30am Shakwak Pool - Public Swim 6:00 pm Haines Junction Community Centre Mon 1pm-4:30pm & 5:30pm-8pm, Tues&Fri 1pm-8pm, Wed&Thurs 5pm8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-1pm & 5:30-8pm Wed, Aug, 16, Seniors - Drop-In and Activities 1:30 PM Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Arts, craft, ﬁtness, pool tournaments, shufﬂeboard, carpet bowling, and card and board games. Refreshments. Wed, Aug, 16, Community Market! 4:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Please contact Jolene at 335-9769 for more information. To book a booth contact Kari at 335-0440. Wed, Aug, 16, Adult Volleyball 6:30 PM St. Elias Community School Wed, Aug, 16, Floor Hockey 8:00 PM Haines Junction Community Centre Contact elskloppers@ gmail.com for more details, weekly on Wednesday, Friday, until Aug 30 Wed, Aug, 16, Campﬁre Talk - A Peek at the Peaks 8:00 PM Kathleen Lake Campground Adventurers from all over the world come to Kluane to climb the high peaks. Learn how mountaineering has changed over the years around a cozy campﬁre. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Thu, Aug, 17, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 AM Mun Ku Thu, Aug, 17, Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 PM St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Thu, Aug, 17, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 PM Haines Junction Seniors Apartments
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Thu, Aug, 17, Women’s Circle 5:30 PM Mun Ku Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thu, Aug, 17, Open Mic 7:30 PM St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Aug, 17, Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School Thu, Aug, 17, Campﬁre Talk - Caring for Kokanee 8:00 PM Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campﬁre. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Fri, Aug, 18, Story Hour 10:00 AM Haines Junction Community Library Fri, Aug, 18, Friday Night Salmon Bake - BJ Maclean & Sisters of Evolution and Fireweed & Flannel 6:00 PM Village Bakery and Deli Delicious food, live music, call 634-2867 or email email@example.com for more information. Fri, Aug, 18, Floor Hockey 8:00 PM Haines Junction Community Centre Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, weekly on Wednesday, Friday, until Aug 30 Fri, Aug, 18, Campﬁre Talk - Bear With Us: Grizzlies in Kluane 8:00 PM Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campﬁre. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Sat, Aug, 19, Campﬁre Talk - Shakāt; Living the Seasonal Round 8:00 PM Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campﬁre. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Sun, Aug, 20, Music Jam 10:00 AM Village Bakery and Deli Sun, Aug, 20, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-634-2360 Sun, Aug, 20, Campﬁre Talk - Sunday Funday 8:00 PM Kathleen Lake Campground Sundays are for Fun! Medicine making, yoga, hikes, family funday, and a special movie night. Fees may apply. For more info call 841 4500. Everyone is welcome. Mon, Aug, 21, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Mon, Aug, 21, Campﬁre Talk - Dakwäkäda (High Cache Place) 8:00 PM Kathleen Lake Campground Telling stories around a cozy campﬁre. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome. Tue, Aug, 22, Romp and Stomp Music and Movement 10:00 AM Haines Junction Community Centre In the Mezzanine Free, music and movement for kids 0-2 and parents, please bring your own snack and register with Karina by email karinahoward15@ gmail.com Tue, Aug, 22, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 PM Takhini Hall Tue, Aug, 22, Campﬁre Talk - The Climates They Are A-Changin’ 8:00 PM Kathleen Lake Campground In the last number of years, unanticipated ecological changes have been occurring related to climate change we will discuss what’s happening in Kluane around a cozy campﬁre. Bring a mug for tea! For more info call 841 4500 Everyone is welcome.
MARSH LAKE Fri, Aug, 18, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Aug, 19, Tot Group 10:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Aug, 19, Knitting Circle 1:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@ gmail.com Sun, Aug, 20, Drop in Badminton 11:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Aug, 22, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Tot Group 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Yoga 5:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga email@example.com
Tues & Thurs Mayo Aquaﬁt 7pm-8pm Mayo Recreation Centre Mon-Sat Mayo Public Swim Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Mon-Fri 3:30pm-5:30pm, Sat 1:30pm-5:30pm Fri, Aug, 18, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 PM Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun, Aug, 20, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Aug, 22, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 PM Yukon College Mayo Campus Wed, Aug, 23, Lansing Heritage Site Management Plan 12:00 PM NND Government House All are welcome. For more information contact:Heritage Manager 996-2265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OLD CROW Wed, Aug, 16, Community Baseball 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center For more information contact Lindsay Johnston at 966-3261 ext. 275 Thu, Aug, 17, Community Baseball 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center For more information contact Lindsay Johnston at 966-3261 ext. 275 Thu, Aug, 17, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Sun, Aug, 20, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 AM St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue, Aug, 22, Gym Night 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Wed, Aug, 23, Community Baseball 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center For more information contact Lindsay Johnston at 966-3261 ext. 275
Tuesday - Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wednesdays Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wednesdays & Saturdays Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Aug, 16, Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 PM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Aug, 16, Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Sat, Aug, 19, Pickleball 11:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis.
Sun, Aug, 20, 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 email@example.com Sun, Aug, 20, Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 4:00 PM Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 633-4903 firstname.lastname@example.org
TESLIN Thu, Aug, 17, Bootcamp 6:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Every Thursday, come down for a fantastic workout! 335-4250 email@example.com Thu, Aug, 17, Badminton Nights 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, Aug, 18, 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, Aug, 22, Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:15 PM Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250 firstname.lastname@example.org Tue, Aug, 22, Teslin Dance Group Practice 7:00 PM Teslin Healing Centre Every Tuesday evening, for more info contact Melaina at 867.390.2532 ext. 333 or Melaina.email@example.com
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 stateof-the-art panoramic video and surround-sound systems. Daily Public Swim Watson Lake Dennis Ball Swimming Pool 3:30pm - 5:30pm Wed, Aug, 16, Capture the Flag 2:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Thu, Aug, 17, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Aug, 17, Outdoor Volleyball 2:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Thu, Aug, 17, Body Fit 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Fri, Aug, 18, - 20, 2017 Annual Buddy Taylor Slo Pitch Tournament Town of Watson Lake To register contact Cheryl OBrien at 336-1011 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org 336-1011 Sat, Aug, 19, Watson Lake`s Got Talent Watson Lake Recreation Centre Call 536-8023 to sign up! Sat, Aug, 19, Discovery Days Town of Watson Lake Community parade, recreation centre activities, slopitch tournament, skate boarding competition, and a family dinner. Sat, Aug, 19, 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” Sat, Aug, 19, Arts in the Park 12:00 PM Sign Post Forest Every Saturday, live music and entertainment. Sun, Aug, 20, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Aug, 21, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, Aug, 22, Youth Games 2:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Body Fit 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023
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 12:30-4:30 | 766-2545 Mon, Aug, 14, - 18, Alaska Municipal League Conference Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Aug, 14, - 18, Alaska Municipal League Haines Chamber Of Commerce Wed, Aug, 16, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Aug, 16, Tai Chi 10:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Aug, 16, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 PM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Aug, 16, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 PM Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Aug, 16, DIY Cork Boards 5:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Aug, 16, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Aug, 16, Sword Class 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Aug, 16, Open Mic Nite 10:00 PM Pioneer Bar Thu, Aug, 17, DIY Cork Boards 5:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Thu, Aug, 17, Tai Chi 5:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Aug, 17, Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Aug, 17, Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Aug, 18, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri, Aug, 18, Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 AM Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri, Aug, 18, Tai Chi 10:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Aug, 18, Story time @ Library 12:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Aug, 18, Story time 12:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Aug, 18, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Aug, 18, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 PM Haines Borough Public Library Sat, Aug, 19, Haines Farmers Market 10:00 AM Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds (Harriett Hall) Sun, Aug, 20, Sunday Worship 11:00 AM Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Aug, 20, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts
Mon, Aug, 21, Rainbow Glacier Brews Cruise Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Aug, 21, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon, Aug, 21, Tai Chi 10:30 AM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Aug, 21, Mother Goose Stories and Songs @ Library 12:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Aug, 21, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Aug, 21, Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Aug, 21, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Aug, 21, Adults Jujutsu 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Aug, 22, Women’s Fellowship 3:00 PM Haines Senior Center Tue, Aug, 22, DIY Cork Boards 5:00 PM Haines Borough Public Library Tue, Aug, 22, Tai Chi 5:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Aug, 22, Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Aug, 22, Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 PM Chilkat Center For The Arts
SKAGWAY Wed, Aug, 16, TRX Suspension Training 5:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed, Aug, 16, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Aug, 16, Hatha Yoga w/Sherry- ALL Levels 6:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Aug, 16, Acro Jam 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Playful practice that combines acrobatics and yoga. This is an unstructured class to work on things you would like to improve on or trade Wed, Aug, 16, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Wed, Aug, 16, Wednesday Night Blues 7:30 PM Red Onion Saloon Lessons will be taught by Brian Pierson and possible guest instructors. Lesson 7:308:00, Dance 8:00-close. Blues is a partner dance that focuses on connection and musicality. Thu, Aug, 17, Spinning w/ Katherine 5:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Aug, 17, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Aug, 17, Mat Pilates 7:15 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles. Thu, Aug, 17, Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu, Aug, 17, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Aug, 17, Zumba with Keara 5:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Latin�inspired cardio�dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a ﬁtness party atmosphere. Thu, Aug, 17, Easy Does it Yoga- Restorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 6:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Aug, 17, Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Aug, 18, Gentle Flow 6:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre A gentle and calming practice that combines breath with movement. Fri, Aug, 18, Friday Dance Night 9:00 PM Red Onion Saloon Featuring DJ EL-P Sat, Aug, 19, Drag Show Red Onion Saloon Sat, Aug, 19, Bouncy House Fun Time! 12:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sat, Aug, 19, Skagway Garden City Market 3:00 PM Elks Lodge Skagway Skagway Products: Jewellery, Hot Sauce, Candles, Spices, Lip Balms & Salves and more! Sat, Aug, 19, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Aug, 19, Volleyball For Adults 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Aug, 19, Flow and Restore 6:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Powerful vinyasa style class with a focus in strengthening the entire body, ending with restorative/yin style poses to soak in the energy and heat created in the ﬂow. Sun, Aug, 20, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Mon, Aug, 21, TRX Suspension Training 5:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mon, Aug, 21, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Aug, 21, Restorative - Yin Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Levels 9:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Aug, 21, Hatha Yoga w/Sherry- ALL Levels 6:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Aug, 21, Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Aug, 21, Music Mondays 7:00 PM Red Onion Saloon Featuring different musicians each week. Tue, Aug, 22, Spinning w/ Katherine 5:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Mat Pilates 7:15 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles. Tue, Aug, 22, Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tue, Aug, 22, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Aug, 22, Zumba with Keara 5:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a ﬁtness party atmosphere. Tue, Aug, 22, Let it Roll - Hatha Flow with Foam Roller 6:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Hatha Flow practice followed by foam roller and pinky balls. Tue, Aug, 22, Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Aug, 19, 2nd Annual Finding HUP 5k 9:00 AM The Station Bar & Grill Tue, Aug, 22, Skagway Open Mic Nite! 7:30 PM Skagway Brewing Co.
August 16, 2017
Hiking Miles Canyon to Canyon City: A Landscape with a Past The Yukon Conservation Society offers free guided hikes from Miles Canyon to Canyon City Tuesday through Saturday until August 19 If You’d Like to Go
by Jenny Trapnell
PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell
Tannicka Reeves and Tessie Aujla are this summer’s guides for the Yukon Conservation Society’s free hikes program at Miles Canyon. The last hike of the season takes place Aug. 19
ne of the most visited attractions in Whitehorse, the Miles Canyon Suspension Bridge, is a great launching point for interesting half-day hikes.
Located about 10 minutes from downtown by road, the historic 95-year-old suspension bridge (which has been recently repaired) is connected to a wellestablished network of trails east
WILDLIFE VIEWING Mushroom Power Up
Yukon’s Great Salt Lake
Red Fish, Blue Fish!
Local mushroom man Sam Skinner will lead a walk and talk in Whitehorse about the biology and identification of Yukon mushrooms.
Join the Department of Environment biologist and plant enthusiast on a walk through this little-known gem to see rare plants and unique mineralization. August 30 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Takhini Valley. Meet at the Beringia Centre parking lot in Whitehorse.
Fisheries biologists will lead an evening walk to view Kokanee Salmon in their spawning colours at Scout Lake. August 31 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Meet at the Takhini Arena parking lot.
This event reaches capacity quickly you must call to reserve a spot: 867-667-8291. August 23 & 24
For more information find “Yukon Wildlife Viewing” on 1-800-661-0408, ext. 8291 email@example.com
Mark your calendars!
* August 21st Run Wild Fun Run
Fundraiser for Wildlife Rehabilitation * Open daily 9:30am - 6:00pm (867) 456-7300 Yukonwildlife.ca #yukonwildlife on
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of the Yukon River, in Chadburn Lake Park. One of the most popular hikes is a scenic 3.5 kilometre stroll upriver to an abandoned historic settlement, called Canyon City. Located at a dramatic river bend, amid tall aspen, the peaceful setting belies its long seasonal use as a First Nations gathering place for fishing and hunting, and as an historic stopover during the gold rush. Years of archaeological and oral history work indicates First Nations first used the site around 2,500 years ago. Kwanlin, by the way, means “running water through canyon.” A river trail connecting Marsh Lake and Lake Laberge passed right through what in recent history has been called Canyon City. Thousands of stampeders arrived in 1898, awaiting a mandatory escort through the treacherous canyon and White Horse Rapids. Norman Macaulay, a 28-yearold entrepreneur from Victoria, B.C. seized the chance to build a horse-drawn wooden tramway on an old First Nations portage route. He beat out a competitor’s effort on the west side, and made a fortune freighting boats and goods for the prospectors and Upper Yukon sternwheelers, that stopped here. Macaulay got out in 1899 before the gold rush crashed, selling everything to the White Pass and Yukon Route Corporation, which built the railway from Skagway to Whitehorse. Not much remains at Canyon City today. There’s an impressive replica of a tramway car and a midden of rusted cans. However, the Northwest Mounted Police post, and saloon, machine shop and cabin (most travellers used tents) have largely disappeared. Wire from a possible fox farm from the ’20s is flagged in a few spots. Old archeological dig sites have grown over. The Upper Canyon trail is easy to follow on your own, but you can
The free, two-hour nature and history Miles Canyon hikes heading to Canyon City take place twice daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, until August 19. To join the group, meet at the Robert Lowe Suspension Bridge below the Miles Canyon parking lot. For more information contact the Yukon Conservation Society by phone at 668-5678 or by email at info@YukonConservation.org. also join a free, two-hour guided nature hike offered twice daily – Tuesday to Saturday – by the Yukon Conservation Society. The hikes end August 19. Summer guides Tannicka Reeves and Tessie Aujla highlight the area’s natural and human history, covering Beringian Ice Age times through to First Nations and gold rush connections. Reeves is Taku River Tlingit First Nation and knows some fun ways to use soapberries (whip them up with sugar for ice cream or meringue) and spruce sap (like Polysporin). They might also tell you about seeing a mother otter and her two babies swimming below the Miles Canyon Bridge, or show you volcanic ash deposits or trembling aspens that produce sunscreen on their bark. On a recent hike, they also described how they saw a mother otter and her two babies swimming below the Miles Canyon
Bridge, and pointed out volcanic ash deposits and trembling aspens that produce sunscreen on their bark. Reeves also shared traditional First Nation ways to use soapberries (whip them up with sugar for ice cream or meringue) and spruce sap (like Polysporin). There may be more ways to learn about Canyon City and the Miles Canyon area in future. The Kwanlin Dün First Nation land claim agreement addresses planning for future site management and interpretation. The area’s ecological, cultural and historic values are also recognized in the Chadburn Lake Park Management Plan. Hiking this landscape is one way of connecting with its past. Jenny Trapnell put down roots in Whitehorse awhile ago, but still likes to explore.
The Canyon and White Horse rapids Tramway Company delivered tons of goods for prospectors and sternwheelers reluctant to enter the churning fast current of Miles Canyon. The White Horse Rapids were tamed with the construction of the Whitehorse Dam in 1957 and creation of Schwatka Lake behind it
PHOTO: Dawson City Museum, 19188.8.131.52
August 16, 2017
Wasting Away in Geezerville with Ken Bolton
I Love the Smell of Perfume in the Morning But this year, the festival’s very existence may hang in the balance. Not because of financial irregularities. Not because the lineup is lame – with performers such as former Yukoner Kate Weekes on the schedule, it’s anything but. It isn’t because there may be droughts, plagues, pestilences, or 40-day floods in the weather forecast. No. It’s because a week before the festival, one of the organizers caught wind of the fact that a sweet little critter known as Mephitis mephitis may be lurking on the festival grounds, ready to cause a stink if someone’s pedal steel disturbs the sleep of her
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black and white-striped kits. Did rain and mud scupper Woodstock? Nay, nay. Did a stabbing at a free concert in Altamont, California the same year spell curtains for the Rolling Stones? No way. But could an agitated Momma skunk make central Canadian folkies run for the hills, apologizing as they go? Maybe yes, maybe no. If she does, I can’t wait to read the official report to the event’s funders. Stay tuned. Our resident Geezer lives southeast of Whitehorse. You can contact him via editor@ whatsupyukon.com.
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hose of us who relish a good outdoor music festival – especially of the grassrootsand-granola variety – have learned to endure any number of indignities in the pursuit of someone else’s towering art. Long, blistering weekends with no shower facilities, and nothing more than Ian Tyson’s Navajo rug between you and a colony of red ants? No problem. Some ginger-haired goddess you’ve never heard of has a hammered dulcimer and a lifetime of repression to share? You’re there for her, as if she were Jane Siberry herself. Mile-long lines for the Porta Potty, and not enough patchouli in the universe to mask the experience? What does it matter?
There’s a vendor near the instrument lockup selling a kale-andtofu burgers to die for. Sleepless hours in the rockstrewn camping area, while some tone-deaf balladeer one site over keeps your 7-year-olds, Ziggy and Stardust, awake till dawn assaying the only two chords he knows? Small beer. It’s festival weekend, man. Go with it. The acme of outdoor concerts (albeit of the rock persuasion) was the weed-laced blowout in Max Yasgur’s cow pasture in Sullivan County, New York, in August of 1969. Despite rain, mud, heroin overdoses, two live births, and threats of National Guard intervention, the show went on. And on. For four historic days. Don’t believe me? Watch the
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See the Amazing Journey Yukon Energy is hosting a Yukoners Appreciation Night at the fish ladder on Aug. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m.
A young hockey fan has a close look at a Yukon River Chinook salmon at the Whitehorse Rapids Fishway’s viewing windows
ow’s the time to visit the Whitehorse fish ladder. This month the Yukon River Chinook salmon are migrating through Whitehorse, and the Whitehorse Rapids Fishway, located in Riverdale at the end of Nisutlin Road,is a good place to seem them in action. The wooden fish ladder is the longest of its kind in the world at 366 metres long. It was built in 1959 to help Chinook get up and around the newly constructed Whitehorse Rapids dam. The hatchery located just downstream of the fish ladder, incidentally, was built in 1984 to help replace young Chinook fry that are lost in the dam’s turbines. The fish ladder features three big windows where you can watch the salmon in a gated holding tank that the salmon enter about halfway up the ladder. About 1,500 Chinook are expected to come through the fish ladder this summer, with the peak run – about 100 a day – taking place in mid-August. The Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) is the largest salmon and undertakes the longest migration in the world: 3,200 kilometres from the Bering Sea to spawning beds in Yukon River tributaries above Whitehorse. It does all this swimming upstream and without eating.
Other species that use the ladder include lake and rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, inconnu and northern pike. (One year a beaver got caught in the tank.) The fish ladder, which is also called a fishway, offers a host of charts, maps, aquariums, videos, an underwater camera, displays, a gift shop and helpful and knowledgeable staff. The best time to get to see a salmon is when the facility opens at 9 a.m. says manager Elizabeth MacDonald, as Chinook arriving at night will not have been released yet. Males are a striking orange and have hooked mouths, females are slightly smaller and lighter with bellies ripe with eggs. Before the viewing tank is opened, each fish is examined to identify their sex, age, condition and type (“hatchery” or “wild”). Hatchery fish are missing the small adipose fin, near the tail, which was clipped when they were young fry, as a marker for monitoring. During the run, wild salmon will also be taken for hatchery broodstock. The hatchery releases about 50,000 fry each spring in the same creeks as their wild “siblings” and the mature fish form about half of the returning run each year. The historical and cultural importance of the salmon to First Nations people is highlighted at
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by Jenny Trapnell
an Elders’ Tent, with photos and exhibits of harvesting with fish wheels, traps and gaffes. It’s is erected on the path below the centre on the way to the lower viewing platform. Ta’an Kwach’an elder Julia Broeren, and Sarah Snowdon, from the Kwanlin Dun First Nation share their salmon stories Wednesday and Friday afternoons here. Yukon Energy is hosting a Yukoners Appreciation Night on Wednesday, August 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring cake, lots of live salmon viewing, and door prizes. And it’s rumoured Whitehorse Rapids Hatchery Manager Lawrence Vano, who’s been helping maintain the kings and other Yukon fish stocks for over 30 years, will get some special recognition. The Whitehorse Fish Ladder is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until August 21 and then it will change from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 4. Entrance is a suggested donation of $3. Family passes are $10. For more information about the Whitehorse Rapids Fishway call 633-5965. Information is available online at the Whitehorse Fish Ladder Facebook page and through the Yukon Energy webpage (www. YukonEnergy.ca and click on “Sustainability”). Jenny Trapnell is a Whitehorse based writer.
The Whitehorse Rapids Fishway operated by Yukon Energy helps Yukon River Chinook salmon bypass the Whitehorse Dam and continue their migration to spawning grounds upriver
The Elders Tent is set up near the Fish Ladder on a path with colourful art work leading to an outside viewing site
Fishway Manager Elizabeth MacDonald chats with Whitehorse Rapids Hatchery manager Lawrence Vano and Sven Pauken
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with him who were trying to talk him into saving the woodpeckers. Since it concerned my job, which was bulking out the golf course, he invited me along for the tour. There was a spot on the course where we had been instructed by Jack’s design coordinator, a Belgian named Dirk, to leave four dead trees standing pending project during the afternoon, so I was fine with her suggestion a decision by Jack. The environI decided to approach him that because I was tired and hungry mentalists figured the four trees evening at the official “welcome after a long day pushing dirt in were prime woodpecker habitat, to Whistler” cocktail party. the hot sun, but Jack wasn’t. He which they probably were, but Unfortunately, I had no time growled and said, “Excuse ME, they were also located right next to go home and clean up for the young lady, but I would say he’s to three tees and two greens and party, so I walked into the affair the only person in this room who everybody in Canada knows how in my dirty work clothes because IS dressed appropriately. We ARE loud woodpeckers peck when I wasn’t going home without say- building a golf course, you know.” woodpeckers peck wood. Can you iming hello to my old agine standing buddy from Ohio. over a putt or tee I walked right up shot with a colony to him while he of woodpeckers was chatting with hammering away Caleb, my boss nearby like pneu(but also a good matic jackhamfriend), and said: mers? So Jack was “I’ve got one for listening to the you, Jack. Loenvironmentalists santiville Country making their case Club, Cincinnati, for the woodpeckearly ’60s, you er habitat on his were partnered While many former PGA players who morph into course designers golf design and liswith Bob Kepler.” when their playing days are winding down are more ceremonial than tening studiously He listened politely, smiled hands-on, Jack is not. He actually oversees every phase of construction and thoughtfully to their opinions at Kepler’s name, and the “Jack Factor” is part of the Nicklaus Design protocol before asking one but looked slightly bored until I said: “I was your Some of my co-workers, the of them: “Are woodpeckers an encaddy that weekend.” finish shapers who had quit work dangered species around here in This animated him and he early to be ready for the party, need of protection?” and the boss laughingly said to Caleb, “You told me the next morning that the eco responded, “Heavens, no, know you’re getting old when a only time Jack appeared to have they’re ubiquitous to all of British guy with grey hair tells you he any fun at the soirée was when he Columbia. They’re everywhere.” caddied for you when he was a and I and Caleb were laughing and Jack excused himself from the little kid,” and we had a great telling stories about that long-ago conversation and asked one of the shapers to come walk away from chat for a while before the PR gal Pro-Am, and the birth of Jack Jr. in charge of the affair made the It stuck in Jack’s mind and the crowd with him. When they mistake of saying the following to every subsequent visit to the con- were beyond earshot, he whisme within earshot of The Golden struction project (eight in total) pered out the side of his mouth Bear: “Excuse me, Doug, but he made it a point to detour to to the dozer operator, “The next you’re not dressed appropriately my dozer to touch bases. Some of time you come by here with your for the occasion and I’m going to those brief visits were just football machine, waste those four snags.” Final score: Bears 4, Woodhave to ask you to leave.” chit-chat. He’s a Miami Dolphins fan because of his lifelong friend- peckers 0. While many former PGA players ship with Don Shula and his home in Florida, but I’ve remained loyal who morph into course designers to the Bengals. Other conversa- when their playing days are windtions were about the task at hand. ing down are more ceremonial On one of his visits, he had a than hands-on, Jack is not. He big contingent of Vancouver and actually oversees every phase of Whistler environmentalists along construction and the “Jack Fac-
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by Doug Sack
lthough I can’t absolutely verify the factual accuracy of the following “claim to fame,” if I’m not the only person who had the unique opportunity to caddy for Jack Nicklaus both before he won his first professional major (1962 U.S. Open) and after his last (1986 Masters), I’m certainly one of the very few fortunate enough to do so. And, although I’ll be 70 years old on my next birthday, I recall both (with the help of some very old notes) as if they happened yesterday. Here is how both transpired: By the time Nicklaus Design was hired by Vancouver entrepreneur Caleb Chan to design and build a new golf course to promote his real estate project in Whistler in the early 1990s, I was well established as the local sports editor – with a secondary occupation. In the winters I covered World Cup ski racing in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and in the summers I ran bulldozers building mostly construction footings for new hotels – but also golf courses. Accordingly, I was on the crew building the Nicklaus course for Caleb and was looking forward to Jack’s first inspection visit early in the three year project. I was curious to renew our brief (two day) acquaintance from 1961, fully expecting to have been forgotten long ago as just some Cincinnati kid who caddied for him when he won Losantiville. I was too busy behind what would become the 11th green when Jack and his entourage walked the
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tor” is part of the Nicklaus Design protocol. The construction supervisor, Bo McIvor from Kelowna, Dirk the design consultant and even the shapers themselves could provide their own interpretations of the blueprints but no aspect of the course was considered finished until Jack signed off on it. Dirk figured Jack had a photographic memory. After one helicopter tour on his arrival, he mentioned a tiny adjustment to a sand trap he had directed earlier, but which wasn’t done, yet. Dirk had to admit it slipped his mind. His attention to construction detail was as legendary as his 18 majors. After three years of creative construction and one summer to let it grow in, the course was finally ready to play and Caleb invited me to join him in a twosome for the first-ever round on Nicklaus North in August, 1995, primarily because he wanted a full feature in the paper – which I would have done anyway. But I had two other goals in mind. The first was to set the (unofficial) course record – a once in a lifetime opportunity. All I had to do was beat Caleb, a 12 handicap, and the record was mine. I was an 11 at the time and playing well, but I gargled the peanut butter under the pressure of making history and shot 46 on the front nine to his 39 and don’t even recall our final scores because he cleaned my clock and I have a selective memory: I forget things I don’t want to remember, like Vietnam, bad rounds of golf and ex-wives’ lawyers. The second was to ask Caleb if he could arrange things with Jack to let me caddy for him when he came to town for the official opening of the course a year later on August 5, 1996 which was also a twosome, just Caleb and Jack. I figured it would make a fun feature for my sports pages to compare Jack’s current game to when he was a rookie starting out. Caleb contacted Jack with the idea and he was all for it so the second go-round of caddying was on. Doug Sack is a retired word junkie (sportswriter) who can’t quite kick the habit. He lives like Grizzly Adams in a secluded bush cabin outside of Whitehorse with his pet squirrels.
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Whitehorse Confessions Facebook page gives residents a place to unload without naming names
by Michael Bramadat-Willcock Who, dear readers, knows what secrets lurk in the hearts of Yukoners? We may never learn the true form of the mysterious keeper of our confessions. One thing however is for certain. The Shadow knows…
ot a juicy story that you’re just aching to tell the world, but you don’t want your fellow Yukoners knowing who leaked it? You’re in luck. Because there’s a Facebook page for that. The salacious Whitehorse Confessions page is a never ending source of entertainment for your editor. Journalists by their very nature love a good scoop. I couldn’t help but wonder, with a bit of avarice, how things look from the other side of the curtain. The sheer amount of dirt must be truly delightful! What makes the mysterious individual(s) behind Whitehorse Confessions tick? What motivates them? Or are they just doing it for the lulz? So I set out to find some answers. Conveniently, I didn’t have to venture any further than my computer screen. After a brief back and forth through messenger, the page admin at Whitehorse Confessions agreed to be interviewed. In keeping with the spirit of the site, the editorial “we” agreed to interview the site’s shadowy overlord anonymously as “anonymous.” Who, dear readers, knows what secrets lurk in the hearts of Yukoners? We may never learn the true form of the mysterious keeper of our confessions. One thing however is for certain. The Shadow knows… Of course I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t ask whether they’re a front for the KGB. Did they evade the question? Decide for yourselves. What’s Up Yukon: What are some of your favourite confessions so far. Do you have a favourite story? Anonymous: It would be hard to pick and choose. At first I wanted to make a list of “great” confessions, but that’s a subjective thing. Some of the funniest/worst ones are what I like to call the “Sunday morning hangover” confessions - ones that have trickled in during the wee hours of Saturday parties and events. It’s like drunk texting, only they needed to tell the whole town. What’s Up Yukon: What inspired the page? How long has it been running for? Anonymous: I didn’t make the page originally, but I think it started in 2015. I took over the page about a year ago. There’s lots of similar pages for towns and cities all over the place, so it isn’t necessarily unique to Whitehorse. I think a few colleges and universities have their own versions, too. What’s Up Yukon: On average, how many confessions do you get in a week? Anonymous: 100 to 200... There was a really busy time when there were like 400 over a weekend, I think it was a full moon. What’s Up Yukon: What’s your favourite part of being an Anonymous page admin?
Anonymous ...the fact that everyone thinks it’s some amazing or glamorous gig! Actually, I really like when people don’t follow the obvious instructions and message the page directly. Not how it works, bud. There is a total fascination with grammar and spelling errors in the confessions. People just love to correct and make fun of the silly mistakes. What’s Up Yukon: Knowing what you do about the citizens of Whitehorse, what do you think about the place? Love it or hate it? Anonymous: I grew up here so I want to say none of the confessions really surprise me... let’s just say you get to see “all aspects” of the community, ha ha! Sometimes you get weird ones that make you scratch your head. It’s great here, but some people evidently cannot handle it. What’s Up Yukon: Do your friends and family know you’re Anonymous or do you keep it a secret? Anonymous: Oh yeah, it’s not really that big of a deal to me if people close to me know. It’s really not as amazing or mysterious as you’d think, and I don’t have some sort of huge insider knowledge on stuff. What’s Up Yukon: How do you pick the best confessions and how do you ﬁlter them? Anonymous: Well, it’s easy to forget that since this is a Facebook page, we have to operate under Facebook rules. A lot of people get really upset that their confession isn’t posted, and 99.9 per cent of the time it’s because it’s straight-up trash talking, sexually explicit, racist, full of swears, about specific people, etc. In the past, the page was redflagged a whole bunch of times over these and had temporary suspensions over specific confessions. I had to crack the whip a bit. I have a very detailed disclaimer and [a detailed list of] what gets accepted under the pinned post on the page. In the past, the page was really famous for trash-talking and overall nasty posts. I’ve tried cleaning it up a bit, and slowly the bad confessions stopped coming in. As a result, there seems to be several new likes per day. I basically post everything that doesn’t violate the Facebook rules! What’s Up Yukon: How has the page changed and grown? Anonymous: Adding onto my last answer; back when there was a few hundred likes, the page was way different. Quite frankly, it was pretty trashy and got a really bad reputation. Now we just passed 6,000 likes and we reach thousands of people per post. You have to be careful what you allow to be posted, and always need to remember the growing audience. I’d like to think the constant growth is due to the fact it isn’t just a convenient place for people
to bitch each other out anymore. What’s Up Yukon: Are you a front for the CIA or the KGB? (we have to ask) Anonymous: You’ve probably seen me in the grocery store... What’s Up Yukon: Have you ever been contacted by law enforcement asking for information about any of the confessions? If so how did you react? Anonymous: I don’t want people to get the idea that I have a bunch of secret information about crimes. I actually rarely get confessions of this nature. Anything related to murders or crime or gangs I do not post to the page. What’s Up Yukon: What’s your message to the world? Anonymous: Be good to each other! We all need a place to unload from time to time. In a place where everyone knows everyone safe spaces to vent or tell a funny tale without fear of prying ears can be hard to come by. Churchgoers might prefer the comfort of a priest or pastor, pious Jews might talk to their rabbi or Muslims to an imam. However, thanks to sites like Whitehorse Confessions there’s an option for the rest of us – and it’s so much more juicy!
Oct 14th-19th, 2017
Michael Bramadat-Willcock is editor at What’s Up Yukon. He’s a journalist based in Whitehorse. Lifestory available on request.
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The Week that was…
A week filled with copious amounts of tasty food, hot springs, a comedy show, helicopter and boat rescue training and a paddle on the Takhini River!
very week I spend in the Yukon, the more I fall in love with this Northern magical place. I feel lucky to call this place home. This week was spent doing more Yukon Search and Rescue training and volunteering at the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Wednesday was Yukon Search and Rescue’s monthly meeting and training night. We explored the equipment available and met other members. As the week progressed to Thursday, the heat wave punched Yukoners in the face with a record 30 degrees in Whitehorse. At work, many were commenting on how hot it was, and being from tropical Queensland, I stated “You don’t know hot.” They laughed and said “We may not know hot; but you don’t know cold.” True. Friday came along and I drove out to Haines Junction for the music festival. It’s the furthest north I’ve been from Whitehorse. The drive was hot, but beautiful, and as I approached Haines Junction for the first time, the Kluane mountains were vibrant in the beating sun. My home for the weekend was the Kluane RV Kampground, which has a number of nestled camp spots with very chill and friendly workers. I met a lady who was also attending the festival, so we decided to split the costs of a pitch by sharing it. I realized I was already late for my volunteering shift, so I started hauling myself in search of the festival venue. I arrived at the convention centre and thought to myself, “A festival indoors!?” I had been picturing a bunch of hippies sitting in a field listening to music. How wrong I was. I spent the evening helping out with the ticket office, meeting new people and hearing the
music from a distance, while no incidents happened while being a first aid attendant. The evening remained pretty mellow: after working all day, driving here, then doing a volunteer shift, I was ready for bed. I awoke after a good night sleep and set off to get breakfast provided for the volunteers – which was pretty amazing food all weekend. I then decided to check out the Haines Junction tourist office for information on hiking trails. Because staring at those beautiful and challenging-looking mountains makes me want to hike them! My plan was to hike a few hours on Sunday before heading back to Whitehorse. The tourist office is pretty impressive, with friendly staff and lots of interactive information for the Parks – with a 3D model of the mountains – which is so amazing and helpful! After speaking with Parks Canada, I wanted to find out if there was any training they give for helping with information and skills development – like dealing with bears. I went to their mini cinema and watched a pretty helpful video that actually showed what to do and how to determine the type of bear you may be dealing with. By this time it was lunch time, so back to the festival to eat food and then enjoy the shows for Saturday. The first band I went to see was in a church! Yes an actual church. It was a quaint little church with a great set up – old style microphone and all. The first band I saw was the Moanin’ Mountain Boys. And I was gobsmacked by these three young lads from Whitehorse. It’s the kind of music that resonates in your soul and the lyrics send goosebumps all over your skin. Immediately after they finished I
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went to buy their CD and find out when and where to see them next! The festival had so many great performers, but one aspect I loved was the “Showcase.” Anyone could come and perform, in hopes of getting a paid spot at next year’s Bluegrass Festival (the Moanin’ Mountain Boys being the winners from last year). My favourite in the Showcase – who didn’t win, unfortunately – was Jon Marleau and Maddy James who make up the duo Uphill & Still. They are a Canadian and a Brit who met in New Zealand and have spent the last year busking from East to West and now North of Canada. James was also a volunteer at the festival and almost everyone was involved in the festival. There was no division between artists and festival goers. Sitting in a jam session and seeing the incredible talent was truly humbling and impressive. I was constantly being asked if I played. My response would be “Nope. I have absolutely no talent whatsoever.” But I figure if you surround yourself with extraordinary people, you can be extraordinary by osmosis. The evening continued with impressive acts until the festival finished for the evening… but that certainly wasn’t the end of the evening. At the hostel a bonfire and jam session was held with everyone and anyone able to perform while sitting around the fire, having a few drinks. And before you knew it, it was 3 a.m.! Heading to bed and waking up almost at midday, my plans of hiking slowly dissipated. Instead I decided to go check out some of the lakes and went down to Kathleen Lake for lunch. It was raining, but still incredibly beautiful. It was early afternoon and being extremely tired and hungover, it was time to head home and back
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Bluegrass festival Showcase performers Maddy James and Jon Marleau from Uphill & Still
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to reality. Listening to my Moanin’ Mountain Boys on the drive home kept the festival spirit alive. I certainly know what I will be doing next June in Haines Junction! Check out the festival’s web-
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