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A heartfelt poem by Murray Martin, to remind us all to be careful at Christmas time by Murray Martin Editor’s Note: Our team here at What’s Up Yukon is publishing Murray Martin’s poem as a reminder for everyone to drive responsibly, at all times of the year. Remember that stop checks occur all year and frequency will increase during the holiday season in the Yukon.

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n the early 1970s my brother was killed shortly before Christmas by a drunken driver. He left behind four children, one of whom was a police officer in the city they lived in, back in Ontario. I sat down and wrote the following poem. It was played over the Orillia, Ontario radio just before Christmas for a number of years. In the background was playing Silent Night.

On the Other Side of the Coin There are shouting joys of laughter in the local pub this night The closing down of the spot checks have been tied up nice and tight So drink up my lads and spend your money fast Let’s toast to the halt of the spot checks, now isn’t that a blast.

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Who says I can’t drink and drive, I’ve done it many times I haven’t had an accident or have I paid a fine So I drink a half a dozen, sometimes more or less. When half cut, who says I’m not driving at my best Curse those stupid spot checks, we could only drink a few We were forced to save our money, what a stupid thing to do It meant more money for Christmas and maybe shoes for little Sue I had to miss the merry making, and well, Sue’s old shoes will do. We don’t need those spot checks, they spoiled all our fun So drink up my hardies, those spot checks were so dumb Now we can down all we like, the beer, the rye, and the rum. Hell, now it’s time for closing, but we have nothing to fear So merry Christmas and a good old drunk New Year

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Sure I can drive Harry, I’ve only had a few A half dozen more or less and stop saying my time is due. I can drive with the best of them, I’ve done it time and again I’ll drive right past that cop and there is not a thing he can do What do you mean, slow down for that corner, I didn’t see no kid Wh-wh_what was that thump I heard – and stop saying I hit a kid Stop saying I shouldn’t drank so much, there is no more spot checks to run So Merry Christmas and drink up, there is still that fifth of rum. An hour past and a knock did come upon the household door A policeman with hat in hand, asked to come in and close the door Your little girl was hit by a car and left there in the snow They say it was a drunken driver, but there is little more we know You see, the spot checks are cancelled, and we have no more control. The hospital was silent as he walked through the door He reached out and took the hand that seemed to be growing cold I waved to you dear Daddy, as I saw your car draw near I guess you didn’t see me, it’s your merry time of year He stood there shocked, as her eyes closed and her little hand grew cold If only there had been a spot check, he would not have drank so bold.

Murray Martin is a former Ontario Conservation Officer and a long standing member of The Outdoor Writers of Canada.


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The Lights of Life opens at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday at the Elijah Smith Building

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he holiday season is a time of celebration. It is a time for friends, family and loved ones. But for Hospice Yukon, it is the time of year to offer support to grieving Yukoners during the Lights of Life, the original support program launched by Hospice Yukon. The Lights of Life enters its 27th year this month and has adopted the theme of “Passages” for this year’s event. Banners and plinths painted by Hospice volunteers will display beautiful quotes to complement the traditional trees. “The tradition has stayed the same,” said Debbie Higgins, communications coordinator at Hospice Yukon. “Some people come every year. “It’s really a healthy ritual in a tough time of the year. There’s a healing power of seeing all the tags.” To take part in the Lights of Life individuals simply write a message on a remembrance tag to a loved one who has passed and hang it on one of the many trees around Whitehorse – locations include the Whitehorse General Hospital, Macaulay Lodge, Copper Ridge Place, Thomson Centre, Yukon College, and more. It has become a simple and meaningful way to honour and remember the lives of loved ones

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Yukoners are encouraged to write a remembrance message to loved ones and hang it on the trees people may be missing at this time of year. This year’s event launches at the Elijah Smith Building on December 14 at 12:15 p.m. “The opening ceremony will have the Persephone Singers and

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some poems and readings,” Higgins said. “Often families will come as a way to introduce children to loss.” In addition, Higgins noted that the specialty display around this year’s theme will be located at the Elijah Smith Building and Hospice volunteers will be available to support, listen and share stories. Throughout the year, Hospice Yukon provides many programs in addition to Lights of Life in support of grief. The variety is quite broad and they try to have something for everybody, recognizing that each individual deals with things in their own way. One such program is the “Living with Loss” workshop that happens

PHOTO: Sarah Lewis four times each year at the Whitehorse Library. “Living with Loss is a program that promotes healthy living with grief,” Higgins said. “It’s a great two hour session on supporting yourself and others in times of loss. The next one will be in February.” Many Yukon communities host their own memorial rituals around this time, as well. The Lights of Life trees will on display until December 21. For a full listing of events and locations, as well as programming available through Hospice Yukon, visit their website at HospiceYukon.net. Danny Macdonald is the editor of What’s Up Yukon. He is a lifelong Yukoner, who is active in sports, community organizations and Yukon’s events scene.

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fter all the bazaars and seasonal open houses are done, and folks are just about ready to settle down at home waiting for Christmas Morning to arrive, there is one more thing that happens for quite a few folks in Dawson. The various churches will have their own late evening services on December 24, but earlier on Christmas Eve, they all get together at Saint Paul’s Anglican Church for a celebration that includes them all: the Ecumenical Christmas Eve Pageant. The place is generally packed, with standing room along the outer walls being at a premium. The pageant itself became a slide show many years ago, back when it took two slide projectors to pull it off. This move was taken back in the days when the pro-cathedral did not have a good heating system and the service itself needed to be over by the time the heat generated from the Herman-Nelson heaters had faded enough that the congregation could see its breath. The rationale was that the event could proceed much more efficiently if there were no costume changes needed on the actual evening. That, and shuffling

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posed some problems for the photographers, as those long afternoon shadows kept getting in the shots. Sunday afternoon traffic, at what can be a busy intersection, meant that some pictures had to be re-shot, because trucks and SUVs just can’t be morphed into camels and donkeys. But, on the whole, we managed to pull the whole thing together in just about three hours. The other big part of the service, aside from the usual Bible readings and a short sermon by whichever pulpit incumbent happens to be the latest arrival to town, is the ecumenical choir, which hasn’t started practicing, yet, as I write this column on November 9. It will cram in six or seven practices over the next three weeks, starting on November 18. The service itself begins at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but you’d better arrive early if you want to have a seat. After three decades in classrooms in Beaver Creek, Faro and Dawson, Dan Davidson retired to continue writing, as he had been all those years. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@whatsupyukon.com.

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flowed into the pond held speckled trout that often decked my dinner plate. But modern times have seen forestry harvest extend right down to the beaver ponds, making it less attractive to wildlife. The lack of progress to protect wetlands has worked against the beaver, as well as all wildlife. In short, the real enemy to beaver and all wildlife is the human thrust of development to benefit humans alone, and that is a sad state of affairs. I have had the good fortune of working with beaver. Fortunately, I have had experience with dynamite prior to being a Conservation Officer, so I could miniPHOTO: Pixabay mize the impacts. Later when I was stationed in eastern Murray became the go-to beaver dam removal expert in eastern Ontario Ontario I was often delegated to blowing beaver dams that had volution is an amazing thing gers in falling a tree in a chosen caused flooding in rural areas or and for the beaver, it has direction. The tree that has been near bridges. One such beaver dam had been taken millions of years. chiseled away to a point of being built under a wooden bridge on a unstable, will unfortunately fall in Once almost 8 feet long some thousands of years ago, now the any direction what so ever, some- township rural road not far from the city of Cornwall, Ontario. beaver, even though it continues times killing this would be logger. I was notified by the district ofThe beaver is a vegetarian. to grow all its life, it will be lucky fi ce to remove the dam. The next That being so, it does not survive if it reaches four feet in length on tree bark alone, but whatever morning I was planting a couple and hardly more than 65 pounds. sticks down very low in the dam to If it reaches 10 years old, it’s vegetation that might be handy. Next in line is the beaver dam. simply loosen the dam to crumble pushing its limit. An adult beaver will have Indeed a beaver dam is a sight to and flow out. I placed a cap in the dynamite webbed hind feet that could really see. The dam location is measure a good 10 inches long and strictly by chance and not derived and heard someone call me from up on the bridge. It was the townabout half that wide. Of course by engineering brain choice. ship road superintendent. As for intelligence, the beathis is a big advantage for a rodent My morning drink was milk, that spends most of its time in the ver’s smarts are only about one where his was far stronger and he half of a good family dog. water. I have some doubt about the had already consumed his daily As to the food of a beaver, it is the bark of poplar, aspen, willow future of beaver. On one side limit. He told me he had come birch and other such soft wood they are possibly the most bene- down to get the damn beaver trees. I have yet to see an ever- ficial creature to all wildlife in- dam out himself and had planted green tree that has been cut down cluding fish, mammals and birds. 5 sticks in there the night before. I immediately called the office They build ponds where there had by beaver and eaten. Although lacking in great brain never been a pond. On a former to notify them I no longer would power, the beaver is quite good in property I had back in Ontario, have anything to do with removhis field of survival. For instance, there was such a beaver pond. I ing the dam as the township road if much of its food trees have would sit on the edge of the bush supervisor had put far too many been eliminated over the years, a watch the geese build a safe sticks in the dam and would be blowing it himself. I walked back the beaver will build water canals nest out in the large pond. Deer would come down and to my cruiser sat down on the seat that may go back a few hundred feet back in the bush to reach drink the water and chew on the and true to the superintendent’s word, he removed the beaver dam other available food trees of its aquatic plants. On the edge of the pond was a along with the bridge . liking. It will float larger limbs You might say “I’ll be damned.” out to build the dam as well as tall dead white pine tree that the add to its food storage. The bea- falcons would sit and look for an Excuse the pun. ver stands little chance against unsuspected muskrat to show its its many large predators, but can head. I would watch as the bats and stand its ground with its chisel Murray Martin is a former teeth against the smaller preda- swallows would fly in a twisted Ontario Conservation Officer fashion, catching the flying insects tors such as mink. and a long standing member of Now to dispel a myth about that were part of the pond life. The cold water stream that The Outdoor Writers of Canada. beaver. They are far from log-

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Festivus for the rest of us Or your other holiday of choice by Michael Bramadat-Willcock

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hristmas is in the air and for many Yukoners that means either a chance to reconnect with family and friends, deepen their faith in Christianity or a combination of the two. For people from all denominations and belief systems it’s a civic holiday that can mean an extra day or two off work or the chance to rack up some overtime hours. Of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas. For those Yukoners without cultural or religious ties to the holiday, the Christmas season can also serve as a reminder of their minority status in North America. Connecting with their own religious heritage becomes important at this time of the year. For Rick Karp, director and founder of the Jewish Cultural Society of the Yukon and president of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, the chance to bring more awareness to Jewish history in the Yukon came in 2008 with the rededication of a long-lost Jewish cemetery in Dawson City called Bet Chaim. Karp got wind of the lost cemetery from an American traveller and went looking for it with a team of fellow Jewish Canadians. «I wasn’t gonna let the Americans get to it before us,» said Karp. They literally stumbled upon

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the ruins. “As we were looking one of us tripped and fell. We bent down to help him up and there it was. The gate to the cemetery!” In July of 2008 they cleared a path to the site and cleaned up the area and a rabbi was flown to Dawson for a rededication in August that summer. The incredible find invited a renewed interest in the Yukon’s Jewish history through the Jewish Historical Society of the Yukon. The organization created a mobile display showcasing their research that travelled around Canada. Karp later founded the Jewish Cultural Society of the Yukon in 2013. There is thought to be only one man of Jewish origin in Dawson City today, and approximately 25 in Whitehorse. Although, at one point during the gold rush, Karp said, there there were over 200 Jews in the Yukon. There is no Jewish temple in the Yukon currently, but their relatively low numbers haven’t stopped the community from getting together and organizing. Karp helps organize a yearly Passover Seder at the Whitehorse United Church that is open to the public. In 2018 Passover starts on March 30. “Around 40 people attended the last one. (Both Jewish and non-jewish). We bring in traditional Jewish food like matzoh and ge-

PHOTO: courtesy of Rick Karp filte fish,” said Karp. The Jewish Cultural Society will be doing something new this year, too, with their first Purim celebration in Whitehorse. Commemorating the victory of Esther over an advisor who wanted to kill the Jews of Persia, Purim is a boisterous affair sometimes called the Jewish Mardi Gras. In 2018 the festival of Purim runs from February 28 to March 1. “It’s going to be a lot of fun! Especially for the kids. They get to make a lot of noise,” Karp said. The Christmas season coincides roughly with Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. The holiday lasts for eight days. This year Chanukah starts on December 12. The Jewish Cultural Society will be having a private dinner on December 15 for members of the local community.

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remain indebted to scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe of the American TV show Seinfeld for popularizing his family tradition of Festivus in the 1997 episode The Strike. Festivus is celebrated on December 23 as a non-denominational alternative to the gaudy commercialism that the Christmas season has come to represent. The holiday has a steady following and was described by the American journalist Allen Salkin as, “the perfect secular theme for an allinclusive December gathering.” It works great for multi-denominational family get togethers. For more information on how to celebrate Festivus, Google it!

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Not your grandma’s chamber music

Problematic Orchestra set to perform at Yukon Arts Centre on the winter solstice by Amy Kenny

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usical ear candy – that’s how Daniel Janke describes the Problematic Orchestra. “It’s pretty wacky music,” he said of the 20-person chamber music group he directs. “Some of it is very playful, as the title implies. “It’s not often you get a chance to enjoy such a large ensemble, and one that performs in almost a gymnastic way, musically.” Yukoners will have the chance to hear the group at the Yukon Arts Centre December 21, when the Longest Night Society presents the Problematic Orchestra at its annual winter solstice event. Janke, who moved to the Yukon in the ’80s, says the solstice event started in 1995, though it looked a bit different at the time. Back then, the focus was on storytelling as well as song. The event took the odd hiatus over the years, and now exists primarily as a musical evening. Janke says that, with the exception of a 16th century arrangement by Claudio Monteverdi, the concert features work exclusively by northern composers. These include Carmen Braden, Olivier de Colombel, Scott Maynard and Andrea McColeman. As well, the orchestra will perform a commission Janke worked on for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. That piece was commissioned for the TSO’s Canada Mosaic – a Canada 150 performance featuring new music from composers from every province and territory. It culminated in a performance at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall in early November. The music on December 21, pre-

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The Problematic Orchestra performs on last year’s winter solstice sented in partnership with the TSO, will be a mash-up of classical that also blends folk and pop. That’s the hallmark of the Problematic Orchestra, Janke said. It’s not your standard chamber music. In fact, the show, which typically sells out the 425-seat Arts Centre, has been attracting more and more young people each year. So, too, has the orchestra itself, said Janke, who has a background in jazz and folk. “We’re starting the process to see if we can build a semi-professional chamber orchestra in the Yukon,” he said, noting more and more people are coming to the territory every year – people who have studied music and want to be part of something like the Problematic Orchestra. Building it up simply depends on how many musicians are here and want to play.

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“It’s all kind of a work in progress,” he said. Right now, the orchestra is focussed on rehearsals for the solstice. They started the last day of November, which Janke said is a bit late, but all the music has been written and the orchestra is feeling good. For more information go to YukonArtsCentre.com.

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Sat, Dec, 16, Art Taster 1:00 pm Paint Party Yukon Showing you how to simplify one of Emma Barr’s images so u can create a nice magnetic painting in one hour! Until Wed Dec.20 Commissioner of Yukon’s Youth Art Exhibit Yukon Arts Centre Fri Dec. 1 to Sat, Dec, 30, Ritual: Yukon Art Society Members’ Show Arts Underground Purchased works can be taken home immediately in time for gift giving. Thu, Dec, 7 – Sat.Feb.24 Janet Macpherson: Bestiary Yukon Arts Centre Animals are similarly allegorical, touching on ideas of global migration, the environment, and our relationship to all living things. Thu, Dec, 7 – Sat.Feb.24 Simon James Gilpin: Wilderness, City Yukon Arts Centre Explores the theme of natural landscape and how it is opposed to human made environments Until Thu, Dec, 21, Eleanor Rosenberg Yukon Arts Centre Canadian illustrator doing illustrations, paintings and art from Vancouver, Whitehorse and Brooklyn. Until Sun, Mar, 4, On Our Way Home Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Showcasing new acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.

LIVE MUSIC

Wednesdays Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Thu, Dec, 14 Christmas Hip Hop Show 7:00 pm Splintered Craft Same format as last month: With a ton of featured artists, then a free for all jam at the end. Thu, Dec, 14 Jam Night with Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu, Dec, 14 Joe Loutchan - Fiddler on the Loose 9:00 pm 98 Hotel Thu, Dec, 14 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, Dec, 15 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, Dec, 15 Handel’s Messiah - Sing Along 8:00 pm Whitehorse United Church Featuring the Messiah Chorale, My Fabulous String Quartet, organist Barry Kitchen and soloists Karen Zaiden, Morgan Traynor, Michael Marino and Kyle Macdonald; conducted by Rachel Grantham. Fri, Dec, 15 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Fri, Dec, 15 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Dec, 16 Chantal Kreviazuk 8:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter is here singing songs from her latest albumn Hard Sail. Get tickets online. Sat, Dec, 16 Broken Sky Vinyl Release Show 8:00 pm Hamilton and Son Guitar Shop The vinyl release of the new record ‘Broken Sky’, Declan O’Donovan brings an intimate performance for his final show of 2017. Sat, Dec, 16 Handel’s Messiah - Concert 8:00 pm Whitehorse United Church Featuring the Messiah Chorale, My Fabulous String Quartet, organist Barry Kitchen and soloists Karen Zaiden, Morgan Traynor, Michael Marino and Kyle Macdonald; conducted by Rachel Grantham. Sat, Dec, 16 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Dec, 16 A Funky Soul Mission DJKJ 10:00 pm Antoinette’s Restaurant +19 event Sun, Dec, 17 Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 Hotel Sun, Dec, 17 Sunday Jam and Open Mic 7:00 pm Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill Hosted by local musicians, until late, drink specials. Sun, Dec, 17 Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Sun, Dec, 17 Chantal Kreviazuk 8:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter is here singing songs from her latest albumn Hard Sail. Get tickets online.

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Mon, Dec, 18 Cafe des Voix - Christmas Voices 7:00 pm Baked Cafe Enjoy a night of jazzy Christmas vocals. Tue, Dec, 19 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.

GENERAL EVENTS

Daily, until Wed.Dec.20 Spruce Bog Christmas Boutique Westmark Whitehorse A wide variety of gift items from 30 wellknown artisans to choose from! Daily, Until Dec. 19 12 Days of Christmas Market 10:00 am Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Yukon artisans gather to showcase and sell artwork, crafts, food, and more! 10am – 9pm M-F, 10am – 7pm Sat/Sun. Wed. To Sat., Until Dec.16 Good People 8:00 pm The Guild Hall Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. Wednesdays Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wednesdays Whitehorse United Church Choir Practice 7:30 pm Whitehorse United Church Wednesdays Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Wed, Dec, 13, Drinking with Scissors 8:00 pm The Social House December’s event features Christmas projects. Kits with everything you need to make some awesome crafts will be available Wed, Dec, 13, TED Talk Huddle 3:30 pm (co)space coworking space` Each week we’ll select a new topic/Talk and hang around to discuss! You never know what amazing things some shots of mid-week creativity will spark. Wed, Dec, 13, Country Music Christmas Party 7:00 pm MacBride Museum An evening of 1970s-style holiday cheer. Country Music Christmas Concert with Hank Karr and Friends. Wed, Dec, 13, Drinking with Scissors 8:00 pm The Social House December’s event features Christmas projects. Kits with everything you need to make some awesome crafts will be available Thu, Dec, 14, Mini Giant Rendezvous Holiday Bingo 4:00 pm Elks Lodge 306 Doors will open at 4 pm with games starting at 6 pm, There will be early bird, regular games, bonanza and lots of door prizes! Thu, Dec, 14, Red, White and Merry 5:00 pm Arts Underground A casual happy hour gathering. Thu, Dec, 14, Hand Games 5:30 pm Kwanlin Dun Health Centre For more info contact Winston Smarch at 633-8422 Thu, Dec, 14, Yukon Tech Collective Meetup 6:00 pm (co)space coworking space` Meet with like minded people that love to talk and show off some cool tech! Reach out to andrew@yukonstruct.com for more information. Thu, Dec, 14, Chess Corner 6:30 pm Yukon College Chess played in room A2101, beginners welcome, welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. Thu, Dec, 14, Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab 7:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre Gurdeep Pandher and group dance with bhangra students, also featuring Fiddleheads and Bhangra-Blues Fusion Dance Thu, Dec, 14, Christ Church Cathedral Choir Practice 7:30 pm Christ Church Cathedral Fri, Dec, 15, 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, Dec, 15, Afternoon Tea and Hymn Sing 2:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral Fri, Dec, 15, YCS Year End Party 5:00 pm Yukon Conservation Society All are welcome. Refreshments are provided. The recipient of the 2017 Gerry Couture Stewardship Award will be announced. Fri, Dec, 15, TGIF Christmas Party 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 For members and signed in guests, for membership details email branch254@ northwestel.net or call 667-2800

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Fri, Dec, 15, PIHD- Peter Pan Screening 7:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. A delight for children and adults alike. Sat, Dec, 16, Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 am The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat, Dec, 16, Festive Hand Felting 1:00 pm Arts Underground Learn how to make felted critters and turn them into tree ornaments. All supplies are included. Register by calling 667-4080 Sat, Dec, 16, Queer Holiday Hangout 6:00 pm Whitehorse, Yukon There will be cookies to decorate and games to play, contact Stephanie at queeryukon@yahoo.ca for location and party details. Sat, Dec, 16, Crib Tournament 6:15 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 Crib tournaments every Saturday - Member and non-members welcome. Sat, Dec, 16, Ladies Night 8:00 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Sun, Dec, 17, 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, Dec, 17, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 pm Arts Underground Non-instructed 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. Sun, Dec, 17, Japanese Conversation Classes 3:00 pm Multicultural Centre of the Yukon Call 393-2588 or email Fumi Torigai the instructor at jcayukon@gmail.com for more info. Mon, Dec, 18, Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 am Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867-668-6280 or toll free: 888668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon, Dec, 18, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com Mon, Dec, 18, Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Mon, Dec, 18, Wood Lathe: Wood Bowl Workshop 6:30 pm YuKonstruct Makerspace This training is only available to YuKonstruct members. Not a member, sign up online or email hello@yukonstruct.com for more information. Tue, Dec, 19, Common Threads 9:30 am Christ Church Cathedral Chat, Coffee, Knit, Crochet, for more information call the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 393-8005 Tue, Dec, 19, Second-hand Clothing Bazaar 5:30 pm Whitehorse Seventhday Adventist Church All the funds we raise to toward projects in our community. Everything goes by donation and all donations go toward our refugee sponsorship fund. Wed, Dec, 20, TED Talk Huddle 3:30 pm (co)space coworking space` Each week we’ll select a new topic/Talk and hang around to discuss! You never know what amazing things some shots of mid-week creativity will spark.

KIDS & FAMILIES

Monday & Fridays, Parent and Tot Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 0-4 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Tuesday & Thursdays Drop-In Floor Hockey 3:30 pm Canada Games Centre For youth (ages 8-18) drop-in floor hockey in the Flexihall, it’s fun and free!! Tuesday & Thursdays Youth Drop In 5:30 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 10 - 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Wed, Dec, 13, Toddler Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free dropin. Contact 667-5239 for more information. Wed, Dec, 13, Trivia Night With Ta’an 5:30 pm Youth of Today Society Snacks, pop and juice provided. Come hang out and take your chances with our tough, tasking, titanic, tremendously troublesome Trivia

Fri, Dec, 15, Book Signing “Moon Bread: A Story of the Phases of the Moon” 4:30 pm Mac’s Fireweed Books Kids, families, teachers, librarians and star gazers are invited for a reading, coloring pages from the book. For more information please call Dianne at 335-4512 or email di45anne@hotmail.com. Fri, Dec, 15, Rudolf’s Ball 6:00 pm Hidden Valley School Music, Dancing, Food, Silent Auction, Call 334-4224 for more information. Fri, Dec, 15, One Starry Night - Living Nativity 6:00 pm Holy Family Elementary Experience the town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born! Fri, Dec, 15, Girls Club Christmas Party 7:30 pm Bethany Church Call 668-4877 for more information. Sat, Dec, 16, Ball Pit Fun 10:00 am Heart Of Riverdale The play area features tonnes of climbing and scurrying equipment for playful monkeys. Parental Supervision Required. Sat, Dec, 16, Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:30 am MacBride Museum Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. This is a family event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sat, Dec, 16, Family Free Play Drop In 12:30 pm Family Literacy Centre Read, make crafts and participate in imaginative play. Sat, Dec, 16, Kids Christmas Party 1:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 For members and signed in guests, for membership details email branch254@ northwestel.net or call 667-2800 Sat, Dec, 16, One Starry Night - Living Nativity 1:00 pm Holy Family Elementary Experience the town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born! Sat, Dec, 16, Family Drop In 3:00 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 9 and under, must be accompanied by a parent. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Sat, Dec, 16, Boreal Kids Funshops 3:00 pm Breath of Life Collective Stretch and breathe along to boreal forest themes and stories! Email thebreathoflifestudio@gmail. com to register. Sat, Dec, 16, Santa Land & Festival Lights Tour 3:30 pm Whitehorse, Yukon FREE activities include photos with Santa, kicksledding, tobogganing and hot apple cider. Sat, Dec, 16, One Starry Night - Living Nativity 6:00 pm Holy Family Elementary Experience the town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born! Sun, Dec, 17, Beringia -The Board Game 12:00 pm Beringia Centre 667-8855 A truly interactive gaming experience that will take you back in time to a world where a scimitar cat could send you back three spaces. Ages 6 and up. (Regular admission applies) Sun, Dec, 17, Kids Kreate! 1:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre A free art making class for kids average age 4-11! All kids must be accompanied by an adult, dress for a mess. We will be making wearable sculptures and noise makers with artist Helen O’Connor. Sun, Dec, 17, Indoor Drive In 1:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum Build your own boxcar and race it, then watch some National Film Board cartoons (appx 40 mins) Everyone welcome, Free! Sun, Dec, 17, One Starry Night - Living Nativity 3:00 pm Holy Family Elementary Experience the town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born! Sun, Dec, 17, Christmas Classics 5:00 pm Baked Cafe How the Grinch Stole Christmas Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (starring Yukon Cornelius) A free, all ages event. Sun, Dec, 17, One Starry Night - Living Nativity 6:00 pm Holy Family Elementary Experience the town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born! Mon, Dec, 18, Baby Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for ages 6 - 24 months & caregiver, Free dropin. Call 667-5239 for more information. Wed, Dec, 20, Toddler Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free dropin. Contact 667-5239 for more information.

MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS Wednesdays, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com

Wed, Dec, 13, Introduction to Blueprint Reading 8:00 am Coast High Country Inn This course is ideal for those who have little or no background in blueprint reading. For info email info@trainingnetwork.ca or call 604-293-2339. Thu, Dec, 14, Writing Effective Letters, Scope Documents and Reports 8:00 am Coast High Country Inn Learn to tailor your writing for your audience and purpose. For info email info@trainingnetwork.ca or call 604-293-2339. Thu, Dec, 14, Sundogs Toastmasters Club 12:00 pm Sport Yukon A lunch time session to learn the skills, practice the speaking, receive the feedback to improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Thu, Dec, 14, Midnight Sun Toastmasters Club 5:30 pm Yukon College Room A2714. An after work meeting to help you gain confidence in public speaking, improve communication and add to your leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Sat, Dec, 16, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:00 am A&W Restaurant Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon and those are interested are welcome Sat, Dec, 16, Solstice Haiku Discussion Group 3:30 pm Family Literacy Centre Sat, Dec, 16, 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, Dec, 19, Green Drinks! 5:00 pm Coast High Country Inn Everyone is welcome! Network with a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government, consultants, business, and more! Tue, Dec, 19, Brave New Writing Workshop 7:00 pm Brave New Writing Join us to work that creative muscle in a warm and supportive environment. This is a guided creative writing workshop using prompts to inspire, engage, and explore. Bring your favourite journal and a pen and get ready to write. Admission by donation.

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A new craft beer in town

Details about the brewery Location: 2A Collins Road (he’s not open to the public just yet, but he will be in the future.) Tentative opening date: December 18 Available: Yukon Liquor Store

Born and raised Yukoner Matt Waugh is starting Deep Dark Wood Brewing Matt Waugh is launching Deep Dark Wood Brewing Company beer, brewed in oak barrels

All his beers will be bottled and not available in kegs. For more information about what’s going on with Deep Dark Wood Brewing Company you can check out their Facebook page.

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here’s a new brewery opening in the Mount Sima area. Deep Dark Wood Brewing is hoping to be open and available to the public around Christmas. Owner and operator Matt Waugh will be producing sour beers using open casks and wild yeasts. Waugh is a born and raised Yukoner, who worked for the government and after a few years of home brewing decided to leave the government life and branch out into beer. After working for Yukon Brewing he moved to Winterlong as their lead brewer for the past three years. This will be his first foray into brewing for himself. Matt will be producing sour beers and will focus on using local

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ingredients, like honey and fruit. “It is a beer town, it’s a beer territory,” Waugh said. He isn’t concerned about being the third local brewery on the scene. He is hoping his unique flavours and fermentation process will set him apart from the others. “I’m going to use a two tiered process” he said. His beer will start with lab cultures, but they will all have open fermentation in oak barrels. “Eventually I’d like to do full-on spontaneous fermentation,” Matt said, but that will be a bit down the road. Deep Dark Woods Brewing will be starting with a few base sour beer products, but Waugh will be focusing on doing lots of limited

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Wild Game Recipes with Sydney Oland

Caribbean stew meat with coconut dumplings L

ong stewed, and heavily seasoned braises aren’t what comes to many people’s minds when they think of Caribbean food. Grilled fish and chicken, lovely fresh shellfish tend to be the first dishes that are recalled when thinking of last year’s vacation. But these spicy, savoury braised meats are very common all over the Caribbean, in fact you’ll find pigs feet and ox tails as much as you’d expect to find grilled fish. This dish is spicy – so if you aren’t a fan of heat remove the seeds from the jalapeno or omit it altogether. These dumplings are on the heavy side, which makes this a great meal to reheat or even to stock your freezer with. And while that big list of garnishes seems like overkill the freshness really adds balance to the hearty braised meat and dumplings in the stew. Serves 4

Caribbean stew meat with coconut dumplings INGREDIENTS

Chopped and ready for the pot

Let the meat marinade while you prep all the other ingredients

Add everything to the pot and bring to a simmer

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Aromatics for the stew

1 ½ pound stew meat (bison, moose, caribou, deer, etc.) 1 Tbsp ketchup 2 Tbsp sugar 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp dried thyme 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp oil 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped 1 small green pepper, finely chopped 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 celery rib, finely chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped ¼ cup chopped cilantro 4 cups stock or water 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp coconut milk Salt and pepper, to taste Toasted coconut, to garnish Chopped cilantro, to garnish Chopped scallions, to garnish Lime wedges, to garnish

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Toss together meat, ketchup, sugar, ground cinnamon, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce so that the meat is evenly coated.

2 to brown, about 5 minutes. Add jalapeno pepper, green pepper, ginger, garlic, celery, onion and half of Add oil to a pot and place over medium high heat until shimmering, add meat and cook until beginning

the cilantro and continue to cook until the vegetables begin to lose their juices. Add stock or water and bring to a simmer. Cover and let simmer over medium low heat for 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Serve with all sorts of garnishes to top the stew with

To make the dumplings mix together flour and a pinch of salt then add the coconut milk and knead until the dough comes together. Bring to stew to a rapid simmer and add all the dumplings. If there isn’t enough liquid in the pot add some more stock or water so that the dumplings are all covered and simmer dumplings 10 minutes. Taste the seasoning and adjust as necessary and serve immediately with all the garnishes at hand so people can top their own plates.

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

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my daughter graduated last year, and I knew it was time. I opened October 1, 2016.

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NG: When the kids were little. It’s been well over 10 years of knowing that this would eventually happen – or wanting it to happen, at least. I don’t know that I would have even committed last year, except my husband was like, “I’ve had enough of listening to you talk about it. Our daughter is just about done school. You need to do this.”

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NG: Really good. It’s funny because there are still people who don’t know that I’m here. But then there are people who know I’m here and know what I sell and are just avoiding it because they say they’ll want everything. [laughs] I had a really good first year. Going into it, you just don’t know what to expect. I know that I love this stuff. But you’re kind of scared — you’re thinking, “I don’t know if everybody else is going to love the same thing I do.” But it’s been really good. RR: You also do crafting workshops, right?

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Niki Greenough: It’s rustic country décor that you just can’t find (in Whitehorse). Before, I was tired of shopping Outside. This is what my house is like, so any time I ever wanted to buy something, I had to wait until I went south once or twice a year. I would make sure that I flew with an empty suitcase. Lots of people aren’t online shoppers, myself included. I like to see things in person, pick them up, have the whole experience. It’s a different kind of shopping. I’ve wanted to open a store like this for forever. I always knew that this would be what I would do after my kids were done school. My son graduated the year before last and

NG: Yes. They’re really popular. I draw the patterns, and Challenge [Disability Resource Group] cuts all my pieces out of wood. When people come for the workshops, I’ll give them a stencil and show them how to paint so that the wood looks rustic. And they take it home that day. Last year, we offered just one workshop a week and everyone was booked completely. So this year I started doing two scheduled classes a week and a kids’ class on the weekends. I also offer private classes. I’ve had a couple of businesses do it as a team-building exercise. I’m glad I chose to do both the crafts and the store, because it fills my need for something pretty and also my need to be able to make it. cont’d on page 13 ...

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RR: What did you do before this? NG: Admin. My husband owns Fountain Tire so I did paperwork there, which I still do. RR: Was it hard to find this space? (Behind the Barn is located beside the Kopper King on the Alaska Highway.)

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NG: No. I knew I didn’t want to be on Main Street. Having furniture, I wanted it to be easy for people — you don’t have to circle the block 50 times to find a parking spot. I had a look at this place and it looked way different than it does now. It was all black, black ceiling, black walls. And yet I could totally see how it would work. Three five-gallon cans of white paint and about six loads of garbage to the dump later, this is what it looks like.

Niki Greenough is the owner of Behind the Barn, a rusticdécor store on the Alaska Highway in Whitehorse

NG: I think I’ve been most surprised by how busy the craft classes are — how much people really want something to do that’s different, besides going to a show or going out for dinner or to the bar. People want to be creative, but they don’t necessarily want to have to have all the stuff it takes to do a craft. They can come here, pay the one price, and then take their piece home with them. I’ve had so many people come and say, “There’s no way I can make that.” I guarantee you, when you leave here, it will look just like that, if not better. Sometime it’s a little tricky to convince people that they just need to come try it. That’s what I tell them: so long as you can follow instructions, you’ll be good.

NG: I go to gift shows, but I do try to get everything from Canadian vendors. Most of it comes from Ontario, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary. Most of my big furniture, like the big hutch behind

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t’s been 20 years since Thomas de Jager first discovered the Yukon. Today, he runs his successful business Yukon Wide Adventures that gives locals and tourists the opportunity to enjoy the Yukon’s outdoors. Thomas, originally from Monheim, Germany first came as a tourist through Alaska and the Yukon in 1996. His parents were avid kayakers and canoers and got him into these sports. At six years old, he started competing and has continued ever since. This year his team won first place in the Yukon River Quest. De Jager started out like many who are captured by the Yukon spell and did a work exchange to be able to experience the Yukon. Work exchange is a way for travellers to fund their travel and also experience a culture and country by working in exchange for accommodation and food. De Jager worked on a ranch for food and accommodation on the Takhini River. But in 2002, at 34 years old, he thought, “I needed to change something in my life. Things were not going as they should.” He had been helping out with a company called Log Cabin Ad-

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ventures. Founded in 1991, it was a family-run business that claims to be one of the first adventure companies in the Yukon. In 2002, Thomas bought the business, even before he had his visa arranged and founded the new company Yukon Wide Adventures in 2003. “Like all dreamers who come here, I sold everything I had in Germany in 2003 and had $7,000 in my pocket,” he said. “I flew to Vancouver, bought a Jeep Cherokee and two canoes and had less than $2,000 to run my business.” He still has photos of the two canoes strapped to his jeep in 2003 and the trunk filled with everything he owned. A new life means going all in. He sold his jeep last year to an ex-employee and it has made its way to Central America. It can be a scary decision in life even starting a small business, particularly in a remote place and being far from your family, friends and original home. But fortunately for de Jager, his paddling background in Europe and Condor flights meant a successful first year of business, where he tripled revenue from the business’ previous years. “Without this, I would’ve been bankrupt,” he said.

The success with tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the Condor flights have continued to grow his business. These tourists have been fundamental for tourism and are drawn to the Yukon through the stories they grow up with of the Klondike and Jack London. “Yukon is a word that due to the stories stands for adventure, the wilderness,” De Jager said. “People want to experience this.” Fortunately for de Jager he met his wife Kelly in 2006. Originally from Cold Lake, Alberta she was working for Up North Adventures and had been studying and working in outdoor adventure tourism. They had their first date at Kopper King pub and married in 2007. Ten years later they have four children. Unfortunately, one of the biggest obstacles that they faced and continue to face today, surfaced in 2007, when an incorrectly placed epidural left Kelly paralysed. Eventually she could walk again, but there are ongoing issues. She still cannot feel anything around her waist and along her left leg and foot; a big issue when it comes to the cold and any sort of activity.

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It has caused her outdoor career to come to an end. Over the last decade they have had to downsize their personal lives while trying to run the business and almost being broke from medical costs. At one point they lived in a small one bedroom cabin in Gruberville. It has been not only a financial challenge, but has also impacted their personal and family life. De Jager wouldn’t change a thing though. “It has been very difficult but I wouldn’t still be here if I hadn’t met my wife. Family is so important,” he said. Running a family business can be tough, but the future hope is to create enough revenue to have more staff and then be able to spend time with family. Two years ago they bought their current downtown location and have been restoring it and opened in June 2017. Its incredible location opposite the Tourist Information Centre allows for tourists to step across the street to inquire and shop at their authentic store front. So what are the keys to being successful, particularly in a place

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like the Yukon? Coming from Germany, like many other immigrants here, you bring a different work ethic and experience and, as de Jager said, “Being in tourism, you serve people first then yourselves. I hear many say they ‘cannot do it,’ but they aren’t trying. If you want something done, then you need to do it yourself.” Another point is that you must assess your priorities. “Look at the business first, before yourself,” de Jager said. “Be in it with your heart. It’s your passion. It is my entire life.” So what is his advice to others, whether born and raised Yukoners, from other parts of Canada or the world? “If you want to start here, take over an existing business. Competition is much harder now than when I started.” It’s evident that if you want something in life, no matter what obstacles are thrown at you, you can make it happen if you have the passion and drive. If you don’t believe that, then meet with Thomas de Jager.

Kylie Campbell is an Australian writer and photographer exploring the Yukon.


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A recap of the events that took place during the 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence by Reem Girgrah and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, consider concrete actions to eliminate violence and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. In the Yukon, the increasing number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in our territory is unacceptable. Today that number sits at 41. Finally, on December 7 the Girls and Trans Rainbow Youth Group at the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre screened the documentary film Becoming More Visible at Epic Pizza. In the Yukon, we have seen positive moves forward and advocacy for the basic human rights and dignity of our trans and gender non-conforming community members over the past year. The screening of this film by the group was definitely timely, especially with the recent apology from the federal government. Becoming More Visible shows the challenges and joys transgender people experience in becoming their true selves. The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Jack Drescher, who is a New York-based psychiatrist and psychoanalyst specializing in gender identity and sexuality, stating the statistic that 41 per cent of transgender people attempt suicide. (May 13, 2016) By showing Becoming More Visible there was the underlying hope to normalize what it means to be transgender, reducing the violence, stigma and concerning statistics. Resources and more information about this film can be found at BecomingMoreVisible. com. With the 16 Days of Action to End Gender-Based Violence wrapped up, let’s encourage dialogue and healing, honour resistance to violence, and work together to create social change to make our community a safe(r) place for our women, girls, trans, and gender non-conforming community members every day.

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his year’s 16 Days of Action to End Gender-Based Violence was packed with some powerful events. The kick off at Epic Pizza featured the local talents of Emily Ross and the Ukes of Hazard. Following the kick off there were a series of film screenings, a lunch-and-learn event about Yukon Women in the Sex Trade, the consent crew at Yukon College, workshops held by Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE), and the December 6th vigil to honour the victims of the 1989 Montreal Massacre and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Yukon. There were a number of events that definitely need to be highlighted, especially if they were missed. The first was the return of the Be More than a Bystander program, with retired 2011 CFL Grey Cup Champion J.R. LaRose speaking to youth in Whitehorse, Watson Lake and Haines Junction. “I have had a lot of memorable experiences,” Larose said in an interview with Sarah Murphy. “The biggest thing is to try and give hope. I remember being that kid and feeling alone. It takes a lot of strength and courage to do that.” His advice for anyone who wants to make an impact? “That every single person can have an impact in creating that safe respectful environment… we all have the ability to speak up… it’s as simple as intervening, stepping in when our friends are making the sexist jokes and taking a stance for something because, at the end of the day, if no one is willing to do it the stats continue to get worse and this job is meant to create that type of change by standing with women and not against them. We need people who are willing to go against the grain.” The Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, Les EssentiElles, and the Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society coordinated a letter-signing campaign to apply bylaws that could improve women’s safety in local taxi cabs. The campaign was spurred by the most recent allegations of sexualized assault by a local taxi driver. The group presented the

Be a Better Man challenges men to take action to end gender-based violence letters and 10 recommendations to Whitehorse City Council on December 4. The third event that stood out was the White Ribbon Yukon screening of the film A Better Man at the Old Fire Hall. Attiya Khan, who is co-director of the film, interviews her ex-boyfriend who physically and emotionally abused her during their two years together when she was 17 years old. She says on the website for the film, that “A Better Man documents a personal experiment for me and my abusive ex-partner — a step towards understanding and accountability. By getting closer to the truth of what survivors experience, and of why men choose to use violence, we can help stop the abuse. I hope that sharing my personal search for justice and healing will contribute to the struggle to end domestic violence.” Once the film was finished a number of folks stayed behind to debrief and discuss what could be done in our community to encourage more action on behalf of men to end gender-based violence. Resources and more information about the film can be found at ABetterManFilm.com. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women was observed on December 6 at noon. Community members gathered at the Legislative Building to honour the 14 lives of young women taken in 1989 at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. December 6 is a day on which communities can reflect on women

Reem Girgrah is the Court Watch Volunteer Coordinator at the Yukon Status of Women Council. Originally from Ottawa/unceded Algonquin territory, if she isn’t advocating for human rights you can find her stand up paddling.

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Wednesdays, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre Sat, Dec, 16, Saturday Sewing 10:00 am Atlin Rec Centre Every level of experience, from absolute beginner to advanced sewer, is welcome! Sun, Dec, 17, St. Martins Anglican Church Service 10:00 am St. Martins Anglican Church Sun, Dec, 17, Atlin Christian Centre 10:30 am Atlin Christian Centre

BEAVER CREEK

Monday & Fridays, Tot Time 9:30 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Tuesday & Saturdays, Volleyball 8:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club

BURWASH LANDING

Wednesdays, Culture/Craft Night 6:30 pm Jacquot Hall Wednesday evenings, join the fun starting new projects. Held in the Youth/Elders room Tuesdays & Thursdays, Learn Southern Tutchone 8:30 am Jacquot Hall Tuesdays 4 pm until 5 pm and Thursdays from 9 am until 10 am, held in the Youth and Elders room.

CARCROSS

Tuesday & 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 Wednesdays, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wednesdays, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen.cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wednesdays, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wednedays, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Dec, 14, Executive Council Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Dec, 14, CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Dec, 14, Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Dec, 14, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat, Dec, 16, Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sun, Dec, 17, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviour’s Church 867-668-3129 Mon, Dec, 18, Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Dec, 18, AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Dec, 19, Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Dec, 19, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Dec, 19, Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Dec, 19, Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Dec, 19, Tlingit Language Game Nights 6:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Dec, 19, Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251

CARMACKS

Tue, Dec, 19, Village of Carmacks Council Meeting 7:00 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre

DAWSON CITY

Until Dec, 16, Patterns of Migration by Robert Hengeveld KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture The project ‘Where Phantoms Meet’ consists of two meticulously recreated boulders. These erratic rocks rest on the floor, motionless. The calm is periodically interrupted as the boulder picks up off the ground and begins to move and pivot about the space. Wednesdays, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Dec, 14 RSS Christmas Concert KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Dawson City Thu, Dec, 14 Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Dawson City Fri, Dec, 15 The Executives 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Dawson City Fri, Dec, 15, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Dec, 15, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Dec, 15, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Dec, 16, Christmas Boat Parade Dawson City Sat, Dec, 16, Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Building 11:00 am KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Call 993-5005 to register. Sculptor and filmmaker Veronica Verkley in creating your own ‘animate-able’ needle-felted animal with an internal, then shoot short

animation sequences. All materials provided. Sat, Dec, 16, 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, Dec, 16, Glass Mosaic Ornaments Workshop 1:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Sat or Sun, call 993-5005 to register. Sat, Dec, 16, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Dec, 16, Cocktail Night 5:00 pm Eldorado Hotel In the Sluice Box Lounge, from classics over hot/desert drinks, to a featured special. Sun, Dec, 17 Soul Sunday with The Sweet Nuggets 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Dawson City Sun, Dec, 17, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun, Dec, 17, Glass Mosaic Ornaments Workshop 1:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Sat or Sun, call 993-5005 to register. Sun, Dec, 17, The Nutcracker Returns! 7:00 pm Diamond Tooth Gerties Performed by a local cast, the story follows Clara and the Nutcrackers adventures on Christmas Eve. After defeating the evil Rat King in battle, they travel to the Land of Sweets. Sun, Dec, 17, Prime Rib Dinner 8:00 pm Eldorado Hotel Mon, Dec, 18, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Dec, 18, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Tue, Dec, 19, Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867-993-2520

FARO

Wednesdays, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 PM Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Wed. Dec.13, Broomball 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Check out the Yukon’s coolest sport! Grab sticks and balls and have some fun! Thu, Dec, 14, Parents and Tots 10:00 am Faro Recreation Centre Join us in song, socializing, play and lots of giggles and fun. Thu, Dec, 14, Faro Carpet Bowling 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre All welcome. Fri, Dec, 15, Seniors Cribbage 2:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 15, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sun, Dec, 17, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun, Dec, 17, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 9942442 994-2442 Mon, Dec, 18, Hockey 7:30 pm Faro Recreation Centre Tue, Dec, 19, Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Tue, Dec, 19, Parents and Tots 10:00 am Faro Recreation Centre Join us in song, socializing, play and lots of giggles and fun. Tue, Dec, 19, Faro Carpet Bowling 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre All welcome.

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Wednesday, 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. Wednesdays, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed, Dec, 13, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Dec, 14, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu, Dec, 14, Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Thu, Dec, 14, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, Dec, 14, Women’s Circle 5:30 pm Mun Ku Email elskloppers@gmail.com for more information. Thu, Dec, 14, Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Fri, Dec, 15, Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sun, Dec, 17, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-634-2360 Mon, Dec, 18, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Mon, Dec, 18, Yoga with Marguerite 5:15 pm Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Tue, Dec, 19, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Dec, 19, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall

MARSH LAKE

Thu, Dec, 14, Sing in the Choir 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre For more information email Sarah Sage at marshlake@gmail.com. Fri, Dec, 15, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre

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Sat, Dec, 16, Kids Christmas Party 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Children’s entertainment, crafts and a visit from the Jolly old elf himself, Santa!! Email sasha.pumphrey@gmail.com to RSVP Sat, Dec, 16, Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@ gmail.com Sun, Dec, 17, Drop in Badminton 12:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Dec, 19, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Dec, 19, Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@yogawhitehorse.ca Tue, Dec, 19, Darts and Games Night 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre We’ll be doing a quick orientation for those who haven’t played before and playing 301. The bar will be open for a beverage while we play.

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Fri, Dec, 15, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 17, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Dec, 19, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus

MOUNT LORNE

Fri, Dec, 15, Learning Lions 1:30 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre All homeschoolers welcome, and those interested in homeschooling, will be teaching food preservation with the kids for more information call. Agnes 667 7083 Mon, Dec, 18, Yoga and Meditation 7:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre All levels welcome— beginners and co Please register lmca@northwestel.net Or agnes 667 7083

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Wed, Dec, 13 – Fri.Dec.15 Diabetes Awareness 12:00 pm Old Crow Community Center A hot lunch and discussion about diabetes to learn more on choice to prevent or minimize diabetes. Thu, Dec, 14, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Fri, Dec, 15, Diabetes Awareness 12:00 pm Old Crow Community Center A hot lunch and discussion about diabetes to learn more on choice to prevent or minimize diabetes. Sun, Dec, 17, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue, Dec, 19, Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center

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Wednesdays Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wednesday & Saturdays, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Thu, Dec, 14, Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Thu, Dec, 14, Catch Kids Club 4:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Snacks, crafts, field trips and lots of fun games. Email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more information. Sat, Dec, 16, OsteoFit 10:00 am Tagish Community Centre Sat, Dec, 16, Youth Music School 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more information. Sat, Dec, 16, Pickleball 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis. Sat, Dec, 16, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sun, Dec, 17, Pancake Breakfast with Sunday Morning Trivia: Tagish 9:30 am Tagish Community Centre Third Sunday of every month. September 20th Trivia Theme is “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?’ 399-3407 recreation@tagishyukon.org Sun, Dec, 17, Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 4:00 pm Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 633-4903 tagishcc@gmail.com Wed, Dec, 20, Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 pm Tagish Community Centre

TESLIN

Wed, Dec, 13, Annual Christmas Lighting and Hay Ride 6:00 pm Teslin Village Fire Bay For more info call 390-2530 Thu, Dec, 14, 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, Dec, 15, Free Skate 12:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Fri, Dec, 15, Girls Club 6:00 pm Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 335-4250 for more information. Fri, Dec, 15, 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, Dec, 19, After School Sports K - Gr. 4 3:30 pm Teslin Rec Center

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Tuesday & Thursdays, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Wednesdays Toddler Activities 10:30 am Watson Lake Recreation Centre Call Meaghan at 536-8023 for more information. Wed, Dec, 13, Community Christmas Dinner 5:30 pm Morgan Chaddock Community Hall Thu, Dec, 14, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Dec, 14, Parents and Tots 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Join us in song, socializing, play and lots of giggles and fun. Fri, Dec, 15, Skate With Santa 3:30 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 15, Christmas Cookie Swap 6:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sat, Dec, 16, 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, Dec, 16, Drop In Basketball 1:00 pm Watson Lake Secondary School Sat, Dec, 16, Family Christmas Party 2:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Snacks, crafts games and fun, ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Sat, Dec, 16, Christmas Caroling 7:00 pm Wye Lake Park Dress warmly. RSVP to Meaghen 536-8023 Sun, Dec, 17, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Dec, 18, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, Dec, 19, Parents and Tots 10:00 am Watson Lake Recreation Centre Join us in song, socializing, play and lots of giggles and fun. Tue, Dec, 19, JES Christmas Concert 6:00 pm Johnson Elementary School Tue, Dec, 19, Town of Watson Lake Council Meeting 7:00 pm Town of Watson Lake

HAINES

Until Sun. Dec. 17 Music playlists Chilkat Center For The Arts Daily Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre, Mon/Wed 11-12:30 & 5:30-7 | Thurs 11-12:30 | Fri 12-1:30 & 5:30-7 | Sat/Sun 1:30-3 #907-766-2666 Daily Haines Public Library Open Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-8 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:30-4:30| #907-7662545 Monday, Wednesday & Fridays Tai Chi - Advanced 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Monday & Wednesdays Tai Chi - Adv. Beginners 11:45 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Monday & Tuesday Adult Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tuesday & Thursdays Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tuesday & Thursdays Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Monday & Wednesdays Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wednesday & Fridays Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wednesdays, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Wed, Dec, 13, Yoga with Melina 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 13, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Dec, 13, Holiday Cards 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Dec, 13, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 13, HBSD Music Festival 5th Grade thru 12th 7:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Dec, 14, Strength & Stretch - Lobby 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Dec, 14, HJF Rehearsal 3:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Dec, 14, Adults Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Dec, 14, Culture Film- 2.6 Million Acres: The Story of the Chilkat Tlingits’ Lands 7:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Dec, 15, Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 am Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri, Dec, 15, Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Dec, 15, Lego time 3:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library

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Tue, Dec, 19, Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:15 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Tue, Dec, 19, 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.sheldon@ttc-teslin.com Tue, Dec, 19, Volleyball Night 7:00 pm Teslin School Please call the Rec Centre for more info and to sign up so we can make the teams.

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Fri, Dec, 15, Possible HJF rehearsal 7:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat, Dec, 16, Tai Chi 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat, Dec, 16, Holly Jolly Follies 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Dec, 17, Yoga with Melina 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Dec, 17, Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Dec, 17, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Dec, 17, Bible Club - Sunday School 12:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Dec, 17, Holly Jolly Follies 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 18, Strength & Stretch - Lobby 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 18, Mother Goose Stories and Songs @ Library 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Dec, 18, Christmas Caroling at Senior Center 1:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Dec, 18, Read Aloud: Best Christmas Pageant Ever 3:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Dec, 18, Chritmas Movie 4:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Dec, 18, Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Dec, 19, Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center

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Mon.- Fri. Mom, Dad & Me Toddler Time 9:00 am Skagway Alaska Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Call 907-983-2679 for more info. Monday & Wednesdays, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Monday & Wednesdays, TRX Suspension Training 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Monday & Wednesdays, Hatha Yoga w/Sherry- ALL Levels 6:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wednesday & Sundays, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Tuesday & Thursdays, Spinning w/ Katherine 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tuesday & Thursdays, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tuesday & Thursdays, Mat Pilates 7:15 am Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles. Tuesday & Thursdays, Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tuesday & Thursdays, Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tuesday & Thursdays, 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. Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 13, Spinning Noon Xpress 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 13, Holiday Crafts for Kids 3:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Ages 5-12. Children under 5 must have a parent or guardian supervising at all times. Wed, Dec, 13, Aerial Fabric 5:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre This is an unstructured class to work on things you would like to improve on or trade Wed, Dec, 13, Christmas Hymn Sing and Caroling: 6:30 pm First Presbyterian Church of Skagway Singing hymns with local musicians and caroling around town Wed, Dec, 13, “Walk Your Own Camino” with Dianne Homan 7:00 pm Skagway Public Library Author Diane Horman to hear her talk about hiking the Camino de Santiago and read from her book “Walk Your Own Camino”. Thu, Dec, 14, Skagway’s Winter Birds: 6:00 pm Skagway Alaska Held at the STC Tribal House, a slideshow of winter birds common in Skagway and Southeast Alaska for a fun and entertaining evening. Thu, Dec, 14, Easy Does it Yoga- Restorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 6:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 15, Spinning Noon Xpress 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 15, Aerial Fabric 5:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre This is an unstructured class to work on things you would like to improve on or trade Fri, Dec, 15, Gentle Flow 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A gentle and calming practice that combines breath with movement. Sat, Dec, 16, Bouncy House Fun Time! 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sat, Dec, 16, The Ugly Sweater Family Xmas Dance: 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fun Finger Foods, Hot Chocolate Bar, Holiday Cookies and Punch! Live Holiday Music with Jaun Solo to sing along and dance to as well! Tickets at the door. No alcohol will be served. Sat, Dec, 16, Volleyball For Adults 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Dec, 16, 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, Dec, 17, Christmas Stories with Reba 3:45 pm Skagway Alaska Join the amazing and highly entertaining Reba for an afternoon of storytelling. FREE Sun, Dec, 17, Chamber of Commerce Open House and Tea 3:00 pm Skagway Chamber of Commerce Enjoy holiday refreshments and learn more about the opportunities available at your local Chamber of Commerce. Mon, Dec, 18, Restorative - Yin Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Levels 9:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 18, Spinning Noon Xpress 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 18, Hatha Yoga w/Sherry- ALL Levels 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 18, Acro Jam 6:30 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 Mon, Dec, 18, Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Dec, 19, Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Dec, 19, Let it Roll - Hatha Flow with Foam Roller 6:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Hatha Flow practice followed by foam roller and pinky balls.


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About Icycle Sports Icycle Sports has bicycle sales, servicing and rentals in the summer and in the winter. Their products include fat bike (sales, service and rentals), cross country and backcountry touring skis, alpine and alpine touring/ telemark ski sales and service. They are located at 9002 Quartz Road.

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in his basement in Riverdale. In 1999 they opened their first location on Wood Street, then had How’sBUSINESS multiple locations until 2006 when they moved to their current location on Quartz Road. Since its inception, it has undergone many changes, including a change in ownership. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jonah Clark has owned and owned and managed Icycle Sports since 2012. “In my early 30s I realised I needed to do something more

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with my life,” Clark said. “I always thought I could open a bike shop, it’s always been a dream.” “It’s an incredible amount of work. It’s not that easy to start a bike shop”. Things like inventory, access to brands, existing competition, etc. “Taking over ownership and responsibility was daunting.” Clark has a philosophy degree and has worked as a bike messenger and mechanic. In his position as a bike messenger, he learned how to run a business. “You learn to have an affinity for working for yourself, managing your time and your job,” Clark said. “I really enjoyed working for myself.” He has always ridden a bike and used to compete in cross-country racing in Manitoba. Clark came up to Whitehorse to visit a friend in April 2005. “I walked into Icycle Sports and asked for a pedal to fix my bike – and asked if they needed a mechanic,” Clark said. “The wages were better up here; so I flew home, quit my job, packed my stuff and drove back to Whitehorse.” His plan was to work “just for the summer” in 2005 as a bike mechanic, but like many, the spell of the Yukon captured him and in 2006 became service manager at Icycle Sports. “I love Whitehorse, it has amazing access to nature and outdoor sports.” In 2006, Icycle Sports went on to sell winter products such as Nordic skis and snowshoes, broadening their

product lines and enabling a year round business. They introduced fat bikes to Whitehorse in 2007. “The initial challenge was to convince hard core bikers to ride in winter, and the first four to five years it

as skiers require products earlier in the year. In 2016, as they were looking further into winter business products and servicing, a change came about. “Last year out of the blue, we heard Up North (Adventures)

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Jonah Clark is the owner of Icycle Sports wasn’t successful,” Clark said. But after this period of time fat bikes became popular and has allowed for Icycle Sports to run a bike shop in the winter. In addition to the changes over the years, Icycle Sports has benefited greatly from the growth of Mount Sima and their with preseason training camps. These have created busy times in November

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was stopping their winter business, this allowed us to expand into backcountry and avalanche touring equipment,” Clark said. This is the just the most recent step that lead to business growth. There have been many challenges and a common one for the Yukon is staffing. “Staffing is difficult as the products and servicing are highly technical,” Clark said. “I came up with a strategy to increase winter business, such as fat bikes, which allowed for ongoing service business. There is a constant challenge with seasonal change over and levels, so now there are more year-round permanent jobs. “When people do leave you need to see it as an opportunity to bring new skills, background, knowledge,” Clark said. “You need to make a fun workplace, pay staff

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well and invest in them.” Not only does Icycle Sports provide a variety of advanced equipment and services, but they also involve themselves heavily in the community. “We try to sponsor everything we can. We help where we can,” Clark said. “Typically we try not to turn people down. “In this type of community it’s important to support each other. Successful shops are engaged in the community.” Staff are involved and engaged with the community from the mountain bike clubs and trails at Mount McIntyre. “We helped the Single Track to Success program work with suppliers to get bikes cheaper for the volunteers involved in that project,” Clark said. He added that they continue to sponsor athletes and have a sponsorship program. Mountain bike trail development is expanding. It’s no longer just Whitehorse and Carcross, but also developments out in Haines Junction and Dawson City, which allows for a stable growth in products and also servicing. “Back in the day when I moved here, you had to know somebody who knew where the trails were. It was like an initiation into being a Yukoner,” Clark said. “Then the City of Whitehorse got involved and categorised, improved and developed trails in Whitehorse. This allowed mountain biking to explode here with the accessibility and safety.” The future for Icycle Sports is to expand further into winter business with backcountry skis and snowboards and add more advanced winter servicing.

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