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hen Barry Bellchambers acquired the Whitehorse Lions Pool in 2004, filled it, and created the Yukon Convention Centre, he had a vision of bringing live music to the Yukon. Classic rock bands like April Wine, Nazareth, Randy Bachman, Steve Earle, and Dr. Hook all performed in Whitehorse as part of Bellchambers’ efforts. That era of flying in live music has long passed, but the Coast High Country Inn, in partnership with Air North Yukon’s Airline, is planning to resurrect big rock shows at their new for 2018 branded Coast Convention Centre. This new era of live music launches in January with The Trews performing, and is just the beginning according to Northern Vision Development’s Food and Beverage Manager, David Branigan.

“The Trews on Friday, January 12th are the first offering and a crackling way to kick things off,” Branigan said via email. “Other acts we are negotiating with are Alan Doyle, Delhi to Dublin, 5440, DOA and Doc Walker, with a DJ set scheduled for Halloween (2018).“ The Trews are a hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia with five studio album releases and multiple Juno nominations to their credit. Their first two albums, House of Ill Fame and Den of Thieves, both went gold in Canada. While they’re described as hard rock, they don’t really consider genre when creating songs, according to guitarist and founding band member John-Angus MacDonald. “I guess generally we still live in the hard rock world,” MacDonald said via email. “We just write the kind of songs we write, and play how we play, and it comes

out sounding how it does. What we’ve been most interested in over the years is evolving as songwriters and being more effective communicators.” The Trews got their first big break in 2002 when they won Rocksearch, a high-profile contest held by a radio station in St. Catharines, Ontario. Since then, they’ve been part of some big events, but the best part of performing is their relationship with their fans at their concerts. “We’ve had so many memorable concert experiences, from opening for the Rolling Stones, to playing for the Canadian troops in Dubai, to sharing the stage with Bruce Springsteen during his encore,” said MacDonald. “But mostly I enjoy our own headlining shows the best. It’s great when the stage is yours and you’re free to let the night take you where cont’d on page 2 ...


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it will.” The Trews have toured extensively, and, while this trip is their first visit to the Yukon, they’ve been to Canada’s North before. The band performed in Yellowknife just this past summer for the first time and also performed in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2011. The Yukon trip is still a bit of an adventure, though. “Having never played up there before, we’re not too sure what to expect, but we’re looking forward to figuring it out,” MacDonald said. “Hopefully there will be a little time for some sight seeing and what not.” Their success on the Canadian rock scene has translated into new opportunities for MacDonald and he’s branched out into production. “I’ve been doing a lot of producing for other acts and bands over the past five years or so,” MacDonald said. “The most well known being the Glorious Sons, whose debut EP and subsequent album, The Union, I produced.” The Trews will be one of the largest rock acts to perform in Whitehorse in a few years and may be the start of a new era of live music acts in the Yukon. Anyone looking for more information about the concert can contact the Coast High Country Inn at 867667-4471 and tickets are available through

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Winter’s white on white... cont’d


efore I was married, and my wife Lisa and I moved to the Yukon, my home was built on the northern borders of the Township of Oro-Medonte, in Central Ontario, where I just happened to be the deputy mayor. It is a land of rolling hills, valleys and rippling cold water streams, where many a speckled trout had graced our dinner table. It is beautiful at the time of year when the hardwood tree leaves turn the township into blazing shades of orange red, brown and yellow. Driving down the rural roads within the valleys and hills I realized that the “Great One, on high,” must favour those of us who were blessed to live in this peaceful rural township. On one occasion, as I looked out my living room window, the blazing colours had all turned to white, buried under a foot of snow. How dreaded cold it seemed. I reached into my pant pocket for a hanky and when pulling the hanky out, I turned my pocket inside out. The inner side of my pocket was absolutely white. When I looked outside of the window again at the snow covered valley below, I realized that this is what the “Good Maker” had done to old Oro-Medonte. He simply turned the summer inside out to give nature a welldeserved rest. I poured a fine sip of Crown Royal 8 and 18, put another log on the fire in the fireplace, sat back in my chair, and for the first time in years, thought winter wasn’t so bad after all. There was a time when I enjoyed snowshoeing in a winter wonderland… yes, that’s what I had once called it “a winter wonderland.” I put my fine drink down, got out of the Lazy Boy chair, walked to my office closet and pulled out some of my old winter clothes. Next I went to the garage and took down from the rafters a pair of old traditional snowshoes, opened the door of the dog run and called to my German shorthaired pointer (the second one I had in my life): “Hunt ’em up.” Baron bounced from his heated dog house, all 75 pounds of muscle

that wound up on my lap while I was knocked spread eagle on my back in the snow by a dog that was eager to get to the bush. I‘m sure he was telling me to get with it; winter is ours to enjoy. I pulled the snowshoes on and we headed down into the forest of large hemlock and pine trees that towered high in the valley. “Hunt ’em up,” I again I hollered to Baron, even though he was already doing so. “A fine upland bird dog,” I said to myself, even though it wasn’t birds he was hunting, but rather it was more like squirrels and mice in brush piles. My first dog, called The Barron, would have put his head down with his paws covering his eyes, to see his name’s sake hunting squirrels and mice. But, it didn’t really matter as we were out there enjoying the outdoors and each other’s company. As we traversed the valley and looked up at the high banks, I could see the red winter berries standing out bright against the winter snow. Somehow the red winter berries stood out much brighter than the artificial Christmas lights that adorned our Christmas tree. Now I could appreciate what nature could do as it decorated itself with Christmas ornaments abound. As we walked along the valley, the silence of the snow covered ground seemed as rewarding as the rustle of the autumn leaves. As we walked alongside of the ice covered beaver pond, the old beauty of winter rushed back to me once more. The quacking of the ducks and geese was now absent, but had been replaced with a silence so beautiful. In the middle of the pond, the now empty geese nests I had built last spring were topped with mounds of snow. As we crossed the ice I picked up some snow, made a snow ball and tossing it into the air, I hollered “Fetch!” to my loyal hunting pal. No sooner had the snowball hit the snow packed ice, Baron had a mouthful of snow. Much to his curiosity, nothing remained in his mouth. Twisting around in a few circles and looking for the ball

that had eluded him. He looked back at me and seemed to be asking where that confounded ball had disappeared to? We walked to the edge of the deer yard, and I sat down under a large white pine tree, whittled out a couple dry sticks piled some dry pine needles under the sticks and built myself a small fire. I once again found myself in a state of supreme and beautiful solitude. The small fire would neither boil a pot of water nor even warm my hands, but its small glitter, that I watched with half closed eyes, gave me a warm feeling inside. High above, a hawk swooped down into a small clearing and clutched a mole as it carelessly crossed an open space on top of the snow. Nature was now writing me a book about the nature of things, that few other eyes would ever have the pleasure of witnessing. Small flakes of snow started to fall that seemed to magnify the beauty I was being blessed with. My cup certainly runneth over. I became overwhelmed with the feeling of “Peace on Earth.” If only I had my axe, I could have cut a few dry logs to build a warmer fire. No doubt I would have spent the night there, as I had a number of years ago. Watching the shadows dance in front of one’s own camp fire, as well by chance, hearing the howl of a wolf in the opera of the wilds, is a moment known only to those who dare to venture into the winter white backcountry. The light of day had fast diminished and was replaced by a full moon. I longed to stay and spend the night there in the grasp of this winter wonderland. Alas, Baron and I started

back to the waiting living room fireplace. As I walked along the side of the open trout stream of the valley, I remembered how, just a few months ago, nature wrote its book in blazing colours. Now, as she cleverly turned herself inside out, she wrote the pages white on white. Add a friend who understands and a dog that often stands on your snowshoes. Light a fire and stay until the shadows dance on the white coloured snow and the curious animals advance. Stay until the pages unfold, until solitude becomes a peaceful trend. Then you will experience “peace on earth, to men of goodwill.” Murray Martin is a former Ontario Conservation Officer and a long standing member of The Outdoor Writers of Canada.

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Whitehorse walks by Jenny Trapnell


n a city renowned for its trails, Whitehorse has several informal walking groups to help us connect socially – and stay fit mentally and physically – all year-round. Most Sundays and sometimes Wednesdays, Peter Long and his partner, Wynne Krangle, plan “Blue Moon” hikes with a group of friends and “anyone willing to join us.” The walks (Long uses “hikes” and “walks” interchangeably) began on a “blue moon” five years ago. “Most people don’t want to hike alone, either for safety or because they don’t know local trails,” Krangle said. Using an informal mailing-list of more than 100 people, Krangle sends out details of upcoming hikes

mid-week. “On average two to seven people will show up, depending on the weather and route,” Long said. One sunny September afternoon saw 23 hikers enjoy the trails connecting the hospital with Long Lake. Many routes are easy and chosen for their scenic views. Others, like the still-under-construction Grey Mountain’s Summit Dream Trail, “are also fun for their exercise value,” Long said. Dogs are welcome if they’re under control. Long sometimes leads walks with the Elder Active Recreation Group on Tuesday afternoons (twice weekly in summer). He plans routes that reduce falling hazards, with

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easy-to-follow maps. “A few walkers are over 80,” explained Long. “They’re my role models because I want to be that active at 80, too!” Long won’t engage in the politics of motorized versus non-motorized trail use, but does press the City to consider walking routes in trail and neighbourhood plans. His comprehensive website offers information on “almost 100” local walks. Long is always updating and mapping newly-discovered trails, preferring “loop” routes for his site. A recent Blue Moon hike explored Crestview’s trails. “It’s the Wilderness City – we have the start of an awesome network of trails,” he says. Whitehorse resident Susan Gleason started the private Face-

PHOTO: Jenny Trapnell book group Happy Hikers Yukon to connect with “like-minded” people who want to hike. The all-ages group helps its 117 members organize trail hikes, and encourages carpooling to trailheads. For a faster pace, there’s the Whitehorse Walkers. Formed 15 years ago, the women’s group meets Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for two-hour speed-walks, starting from the Visitor Information Centre. The “out and back” routes usually cover 10-12 kms along Schwatka, Long Lake or Grey Mountain roads, followed by a leisurely lunch. The group has helped launch some accomplished race walkers and teams, but itself is not competitive. Ella LeGresley, a former fast cont’d on page 7...

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Whitehorse walks! ... cont’d

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Whitehorse Walkers (l-r) Jane Haydock, Bonnie Love, Susan Dennehy, Maggie Griffiths, Becky Streigler, Ruth Hall, and Tanya Astika crest the Long Lake Rd on a November walk. The group has been meeting every Saturday morning for almost 15 years for speedwalking and good company walker, also organizes an informal group of mostly women day-hikers. They head out Mondays and Fridays on various trails around Whitehorse, and sometimes Carcross (“for the coffee”). And Hospice Yukon offers walking sessions

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on the Millennium Trail during the spring and fall for those who have lost loved ones or beloved pets. “We know that nature heals,” said program manager Barb EvansEhricht. “And people feel better when they are not alone in their grief.” Friendship, camaraderie and good conversation keep many groups walking. “It helps get us through life’s ‘rough patches’,” observed Ruth Hall, who hikes with Whitehorse Walkers. The year-round groups are informal, inclusive and welcome new members, though a certain level of fitness is needed to sustain faster or tougher walks. Interested walkers should consider if they’re physically ready

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Ride for Dad Comedy Night will tickle your prostate and your funny bone

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he 2018 edition of Ride for Dad Comedy Night returns to the Yukon Convention Centre on January 19 and 20. Celebrating it’s fifth year, the comedy gala has grown into its own as one of Ride for Dad Yukon’s premier fundraising events. Since it’s inception the event has helped Ride for Dad Yukon raise tens of thousands of dollars for the continued research and awareness of prostate cancer. Roughly half of the proceeds from fundraisers like the comedy nights are put back into awareness campaigns while the rest is invested into the Yukon community. “We have put about half of our money each year away to work towards building enough to invest in research and treatment options for Yukon men. The comedy nights have brought in about as much fundraising as our ride day,” said vice chair Sean Secord. The comedy event was created by the Ride for Dad Yukon board as a way to broaden their scope of prostate awareness to a wider group of Yukoners. “Five years ago, the board was discussing how to include Yukoners not connected to motorcycles and how to extend what Ride for Dad does to be year-round, and what would help in the dark days of winter,” said Secord. “The obvious answer was comedy.” According to Prostate Cancer Canada one in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Their statistics show in 2017 that an estimated 21,300 men will have been diagnosed with the disease and 4,100 men will die from it. It also states that prostate cancer has been declining by 3.3 per cent since 2001, which inspires Ride for Dad Yukon to keep putting on quality events like the comedy nights. “Cancer is not funny. However, participating in an event that helps raise money and awareness toward preventing and beating



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cancer is exhilarating” said Secord. “The entertainment has always been top-notch, and we still manage to get in some awareness information as well as some recognition to our board, volunteers, and sponsors – without whom we could not do this.” For the show’s fifth anniversary, Ride for Dad Yukon de-

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cided to splurge a bit and hired two top Canadian comic headliners Dave Hemstad and KatieEllen Humphries to perform. “It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Yukon,” Hemstad said. “I’m certainly excited to be coming back. This sounds like it’s

going to be a great event, for a great cause. And Katie-Ellen is a really fun person and comedian who I respect a great deal.” Katie-Ellen Humphries, who is a CBC Debaters regular and a feature performer at the Just For Laughs Winnipeg and Halifax comedy festivals, is also excited to return to the Yukon.

“This will be my third Ride for Dad Comedy Night and having had a chance to be part of the actual ride this summer, I got to see the incredible community and impact of the event first hand,” Humphries said. “It means a lot to me to be asked back and to be able to, in a small way, help contribute to the wonderful Ride for Dad fundraising efforts and to raising awareness of important men’s health issues. I adore Whitehorse and am thrilled to be returning to the Yukon, this time with Dave Hemstad, a personal favourite and one of the top acts in the country. I can’t wait.” Yukon comedians Jenny Hamilton and James Boyle will be rounding out the event offering the audience a local taste of comedy. Hamilton has had a breakout year in her stand-up career with her performance on The Debaters in Vancouver on Nov 22, and Boyle continues to turn heads and make a name for himself. With the success of their comedy nights, Ride for Dad Yukon will keep rolling down the fundraising highway. “We intend to continue to put on quality events… to benefit Yukon men and families who may be healthier – or even alive – because of our efforts and successes,” Secord said. Ride for Dad Comedy Night takes place Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20 at the Yukon Convention Centre, which is located at 4051-4th Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at

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Whitehorse EVENTS ART SHOWS Until Wed, Dec.20 Commissioner of Yukon’s Youth Art Exhibit Yukon Arts Centre Sat, Dec, 23 & 30, Jan, 6 & 13 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 Sat, Dec, 30, Ritual: Yukon Art Society Members’ Show Arts Underground Purchased works can be taken home immediately in time for gift giving. Until Thu, Dec, 21, Eleanor Rosenberg Yukon Arts Centre Canadian illustrator doing illustrations, paintings and art from Vancouver, Whitehorse and Brooklyn. Fri, Jan, 5, ‘ReMatriate’ Exhibition Opening 5-7 pm Arts Underground. Until Jan, 30 ‘ReMatriate’ Exhibition, Edge and Focus Galleries at Arts Underground Until 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. Until 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 Sun, Mar, 4, On Our Way Home Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Showcasing new acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.


Tuesdays & Thursdays 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. Wednesdays Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Thursdays & Sundays Jam Night with Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Fridays Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Fridays & Saturdays Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sundays Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 Hotel Sundays Sunday Jam and Open Mic 7:00 pm Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill Hosted by local musicians, until late, drink specials. Thu, Dec, 21 Problematic Orchestra 8:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre Building on the long-standing solstice tradition, The Problematic Orchestra highlights the holiday season with what is sure to be a remarkable repertoire. Tickets online. Thu, Dec, 21 Hippologists’ Solstice 8:00 pm The Social House A swingin’ strings band playing a combination of covers and originals; stompin’ fiddle tunes alongside our take on songs from Roger Miller, Vulfpeck and even Bruce Springsteen. Cover is by donation! Thu, Dec, 21 Joe Loutchan - Fiddler on the Loose 9:00 pm 98 Hotel Fri, Dec, 22 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Dec, 22 Black Dog Album Release & Fundraiser 8:00 pm Elks Lodge 306 A night of music including a silent auction, and merchandise table with all proceeds going to Leahanna Dickson to provide a better quality of life after her accident. ALL AGES Fri, Dec, 22 A Tacky Christmas with Ukes of Hazard 9:00 pm The Social House Featuring guest appearances by some drunk Christmas carolers, dancing elves, DJ Frosty and the ‘Big Guy’ himself... Eggnog and cookies will also be available. Thu, Dec, 28 Joe Loutchan - Fiddler on the Loose 9:00 pm 98 Hotel Fri, Dec, 29 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Dec, 29 New Years Eve Eve Eve 8:00 pm The Cut Off Restaurant Featuring Soda Pony & The Sweety’s First Show! Tickets at Hamilton & Son Guitar Shop Sun, Dec, 31 New Year’s Eve Party 8:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 Hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing guaranteed! Mon, Jan, 1 Jam Session 6:00 pm 98 Hotel Thu, Jan, 4 Joe Loutchan - Fiddler on the Loose 9:00 pm 98 Hotel Fri, Jan, 5 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Jan, 5 The House Cats 7:00 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Fri, Jan, 5 & Sat. Jan. 6 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Jan, 6 Coffee House & Open Mic Night 7:30 pm Whitehorse United Church In the basement of the United Church, 633-4255



Sun, Jan, 7 Ryan & Brigitte 7:00 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu, Jan, 11 Joe Loutchan - Fiddler on the Loose 9:00 pm 98 Hotel Fri, Jan, 12 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Jan, 12 The Trews 8:00 pm Yukon Convention Centre Fri, Jan, 12 Soda Pony 7:00 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Sat, Jan, 13 Bergmann Duo 8:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre Two piano Duo, dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences for more than two decades. Sun, Jan, 14 Jennihouse 7:00 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn


Wednesdays Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 6336081 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 Thursdays Hand Games 5:30 pm Kwanlin Dun Health Centre For more info contact Winston Smarch at 633-8422 Thursdays 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. Saturdays Crib Tournament 6:15 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 Crib tournaments every Saturday - Member and non-members welcome. Sundays 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+ Until Thu, Dec, 21 Lights of Life 12:15 pm Elijah Smith Building Write the name of your loved one who has died on a tag and hang it on a Lights of Life tree. 667-7429 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. Wed, Dec, 20, Die Hard Christmas 8:00 pm The Social House A Christmas party is interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. 114 minutes Free admission + popcorn Thu, Dec, 21, Free Yukoner Day MacBride Museum Every 3rd Thursday of the month. Sat, Dec, 23, Dusica’s Music Studio Student Christmas Recital 3:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre Share Christmas spirit through music of young artists. Everybody is welcome! Fri, Dec, 22, Repair Cafe at YuKonstruct 6:00 pm YuKonstruct Makerspace Sun, Dec, 24, Christmas Eve Services 11:00 am and 5:00 pm Whitehorse Baptist Church Sun, Dec, 24, Christmas Carol Service 6:30 pm Yukon Bible Fellowship Candle lit Christmas Eve service, we will sing carols and have tasty treats. All welcome. Sun, Dec, 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7:00 pm Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Candlelight service with carols & communion 668-4079 Sun, Dec, 24, Christmas Pageant 7:00 pm Whitehorse United Church Featuring the youth of our church, this year’s theme is faith and science All are welcome. 667-2989 Mon, Dec, 25, Christmas Day Candlelight Service 11:00 am Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Candlelight service with carols & communion 867-668-4079 Wed, Dec, 27 to Fri. Dec. 29 Penny Pop-Up Choir Nakai Theatre sing songs from the 3penny Opera – Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s 1928 masterpiece. 393-6040 Thu, Dec, 28, Available Light Film Cinema The Princess Bride 4:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Rated: PG 98 mins Thu, Dec, 28, Available Light Film Cinema - Lady Bird 6:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California. 94 mins Rated: 14 Accompaniment Thu, Dec, 28, Bah Humbug Comedy Holiday Show 8:00 pm The Social House Come laugh the night away with 5 of the Yukon’s favourite funny people. Tickets online or if available at the door

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Mon, Jan, 1, Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee 2:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building All are welcome to this free, public event. Sun, Jan, 7, Baby Canvas Top Slippers with Chantelle Blackjack 10:00 am Yukon Inn Plaza Make a pair of comfortable and functional canvas top slippers for babies. All skill levels welcome, ages 16 and up. All materials provided. To register email or call 334-5752 Sun, Jan, 7, Life Drawing Drop-in 7:00 pm Arts Underground Life Drawing is every first Sunday of the Month and is non-instructional. Andrew Sharp is the host. A live model will pose each session. Cost is $5/hour to help pay for the model. Mon, Jan, 8, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: Mon, Jan, 8 & 15, Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Mon, Jan, 8, Available Light Cinema: Jane 6:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research. 90 min rated PG Tue, Jan, 9, NFB Film Club: Angry Inuk 7:00 pm Kwanlin Dun First Nation Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. Free, Everyone Welcome, seating is limited come early. Sun, Jan, 14, Drum Making with Joe Migwans 10:00 am Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Create either a Ceremonial Drum or a Song Drum. All skill levels welcome, ages 16 and up. All materials provided. To register email Sharon@ or call 334-5752 Sun, Jan, 14, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 2:00 pm The Old Fire Hall 2 hours and 50 minutes, brilliantly funny situation comedy, captured at The Old Vic theatre in London.


Mondays & Fridays, Parent and Tot Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 0-4 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Tuesdays & 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!! Tuesdays & Thursdays Youth Drop In 5:30 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 10 - 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Fri, Dec, 22, Drain & Train Christmas Daycare 12:00 pm Top Dog Training Academy A structured afternoon filled with obedience, individual play, agility and off leash socialization. Call 334-7924 or email to register. Fridays Girls Club 7:30 pm Bethany Church Call 668-4877 for more information. Saturdays 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. Saturdays 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 for more information. Sun, Dec, 24, Toddler’s’ Service 9:30 am Whitehorse United Church 667-2989 Christmas songs, telling the Christmas story, prayer, and a snack Sun, Dec, 24, Snow-globes, Science and Snowtime! 12:00 pm Beringia Centre 667-8855 Snow-globe making, film La Guerre des Tuques (in French), and Snowtime! (English version of the French film: La Guerre des Tuques) Admission by donation to the Whitehorse Food Bank Sun, Dec, 24, Toddler’s’ Service 4:00 pm Whitehorse United Church 667-2989 Christmas songs, telling the Christmas story, prayer, and a snack Wed, Dec, 27, Toddler Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Contact 667-5239 for more information. Thu, Dec, 28, Dusk’a Head-Start - Monthly Luncheon 11:30 am Duska Head Start and Family Learning Center Please join us to celebrate our children’s success each month! The food is GREAT, our salmon have hatched and the children will be signing a traditional Southern Tutchone song. All families are welcome - “It takes a community to raise a child” For more information call 393-3775

Fri, Dec, 29, Drain & Train Christmas Daycare 12:00 pm Top Dog Training Academy A structured afternoon filled with obedience, individual play, agility and off leash socialization. Call 334-7924 or email to register. Sat, Dec, 30, Classic Cartoons and Toaster Tarts 9:00 am Beringia Centre 667-8855 Whether you were a participant in the Great Stocking Experiment or not, come enjoy a laid back cartoon-laden Saturday with us. Admission by donation to the Whitehorse Food Bank Sat, Dec, 30, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Family Day 1:00 pm Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Traditional Games, Storytelling, Elders Present. Meals provided with refreshments. All ages welcome. Location changes call 633-7688 for details. Sun, Jan, 7 & 14 Wee Moves 2:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum AGES 3-5, an interactive afternoon of play and science exploration Leave the kids in our capable hands and run your Sunday errands or stay with us and get your hands dirty. Save your spot by registering at Tue, Jan, 9, Beginner Program Tennis 9-12 year olds at 4pm, 6-8 year olds at 5pm, Yukon College Starting January 9th – March 13th To register email Fri, Jan, 12, Parent-Child Mother Goose 1:30 pm Heart Of Riverdale No Cost for these sessions, but registration is required. Register online or call 393-2623 if you need assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months.


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Hunting in the Yukon

December 20, 2017

Part Two

Human migrations changed hunting

Editor’s Note: Part 1 can be found in the November 1 issue of What’s Up Yukon or online at

by Manfred Hoefs


old-mining in the Yukon River watershed took place well before the Klondike discovery. It started in the Forty-Mile River in 1886 with 600 miners participating, and Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka (1892) described 100 to 200 miners working the exposed river bars on the Teslin, Salmon and Stewart Rivers. However these were relatively small events compared to the discovery of Gold in the Klondike region in 1896, which brought huge numbers of people to the Yukon. The Dawson City area had a population of about 500 in 1896, but it grew to possibly 40,000 by the summer of 1898. All these people had to be fed. There was no agriculture in the Yukon to produce food; it had to be imported or procured by hunting Yukon’s game. The government therefore allowed the sale of game meat starting in 1897. Initially explorers, prospectors and miners had obtained their meat by trading will local First Nation members, but the sheer volume of people that settled in the Klondike made that method inadequate, and in response a new profession came into being: that of the commercial meat hunter. Initially, this new method of getting meat for the population was a “free-for–all” approach with no licence requirement nor restrictions on number of game killed and sold. However, in 1920

Manfred and Hanne after a successful harvest years ago

– when the gold rush was over and Yukon’s population had dropped to about 4,000 – licence requirements were made mandatory. Then, in 1947 commercial hunting was made illegal. There has been much debate

about the numbers of animals killed and the potential impacts on the affected population. However, with no records on harvest being kept any estimate can only be an educated guess, which also has to consider the growing num-

ber of imported, domestic animals. A fairly reliable information source was Tappan Adney – an American journalist who spent the gold rush years in Dawson and had a close relationship with local Han

PHOTO: Hoefs’ family collection First Nation members. He claimed that in 1897-98 there were 150 moose were killed around Dawson, while the number of caribou would be in the cont’d on page 11...


Human migrations changed hunting ... cont’d hundreds as well, but the harvest number was greatly influenced by migration routes through the area, particularly the location of their river crossings. No doubt the moose and caribou populations declined and hunters had to travel ever increasing distances to find them. However, declines can also be the result of displacement through disturbances and destruction of habitat. At the time, the forests along the rivers were essentially destroyed by frequent fires. These fires were caused by campfires getting away – since they were not properly put out by the newcomers. Habitat was also disturbed by firewood cutting for dozens of steamships that went back and forth between Dawson and Whitehorse. These old forests often had a ground vegetation of lichens and were used by caribou as winter range. Hunting due to the Gold Rush had a significant impact on wildlife, but it was only one historic migration of people that impacted wildlife in the territory. At about the same time that the gold rush occurred, whaling activity in the Beaufort Sea took place. It had come late to the Yukon – from 1890 to 1907 – after more accessible whale populations in the North Pacific had been depleted. Whaling is a dangerous type of hunting with the whale being the largest mammal on earth living at high sea, and the hunting

Manfred after a successful moose harvest needed to be a well-coordinated team effort. The Beaufort Sea has only two species of whales:

the beluga or white whale, which can only be hunted by the local Inuvialuit population, and the

bowhead whale, which was severely depleted during the late 18th century. It was temporarily protected, and is now hunted again by special permit from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Bowhead is one of the largest whales, reaching a length of 20 m and weight of 75 tonnes. Recent information claims that it can reach an age of 200 years. Pauline Cove at Herschel Island, Yukon Territory was discovered to be an ideal harbour for whaling ships to over-winter. Up to 15 ships per year did so, and raised the local population to over 2,000, consisting whalers, traders and local Inuvialuit hunters. These ships were in the harbour for nine months at a time. All these people had to be fed with game meat and only caribou were in the area in any number. However, during winter the caribou moved south. The Inuvialuit did most of the hunting and as winter came they had to travel many miles to find any caribou. This annual hunt depleted the herd and the caribou stopped coming, even though the coast was their favourite calving area. Very long trips became necessary to get meat. Fortunately, whaling came to an end when an artificial material had been invented to replace the use of whale bone. The whalers left and so did the local Inuvialuit. Once being permanent residents along the

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coast from the Mackenzie delta, across the Yukon into Alaska, their tribe had a size of about 1,200. Many of them were infected with European diseases brought in by whalers, for which they had no immunity. Many died with only about 200 surviving. All left the Yukon and made the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories their permanent home. Currently, the Yukon coast has no permanent settlements, but the former residents come back periodically for hunting and fishing purposes. There has been much debate about the impact whalers’ migration had on the caribou herd – now referred to as the Porcupine caribou herd. The size of the herd at the time is not known, nor the total annual harvest. If the whalers took 2,000, the Inuvialuit tribe hunting yearround would have taken many more, given their much higher number of hunters. On their migration south to winter ranges, the caribou will also have come into contact with PHOTO: Bruce interior native hunters. It Barrett is not unreasonable to suggest that the annual hunting losses were around 10,000, and if the herd’s size was only 100,000, this harvest was too high. Manfred Hoefs is a retired biologist and who lives with his wife Hanne on the Takhini Hotsprings Road. These articles are condensed excerpts from his new book, Yukon’s Hunting History.


December 20, 2017

Off the page and onto the screen

The 48-Hour Filmmaking Challenge happens Jan. 12 to 14 in Whitehorse and Dawson, then the films will be screened Jan. 18

by Michael Bramadat-Willcock

get your ideas out there,” Sokolowski said. «It’s always a really enjoyable screening.” Some of his personal favourites from past screenings have included,

lenge from wherever they are in the Yukon, Canada or abroad. “People from other communities are welcome. Anybody who wants do do it, really.»

The event is really there to support first time filmmakers. It can be a big boost to see your work on a big screen for the first time.” O’Connor said that she encour-

Meagan Deuling and Moriah MacMillan PHOTOS: courtesy of the Yukon Film Society


et your cameras rolling and warm up your gear because the annual Yukon 48-Hour Filmmaking Challenge starts on Friday, January 12. It’s a yearly teamup between the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City and the Yukon Film Society in Whitehorse. The event gives participants two days to complete a short film with a maximum length of five minutes on (almost) any subject and submit it by the Sunday deadline. The films are entered into a competition for the chance to win any or all of three prizes. The number-one winning entry – which is decided by a jury – is to be be screened at the 2018 Dawson City International Short Film Festival and the 2018 Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse. The winners of the two Audience Awards are decided (by mob-justice) with Whitehorse and Dawson audiences voting on the outcome. Dan Sokolowski, a producer and coordinator at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City, said that although “hometown crowds” do sometimes vote along party lines, the numbers tend to balance out both in terms of talent and audience. “Most years it’s a pretty even split between the two communities,” he said. So you get a fair shot wherever you’re based. The screenings happen simultaneously in Dawson and Whitehorse on Thursday, January 18 at 8 p.m, giving participants a bit of Yukon exposure, win or lose. “It gives filmmakers have a chance to get their ideas off the script and on screen. It’s a way to

Hot Nutz, produced by Moriah MacMillan, Genevieve Doyon, Meagan Deuling, Jessica Gilray, John Alderson and Rebecca Manias, won the 48 Hour Challenge 2016 “Hot Nuts,” which is based on life in Dawson, and a Canada 150 themed short about the Calgary bartender who invented the Caesar. “I love the originality!” he said, noting that one of the big draws to the challenge is the spontaneous creativity that comes from last minute thinking. “A lot of people start off like a painter with a blank canvas,” he said. “You can start with a blank screen and let the ideas flow from there.” Sokolowski tells would-be participants not to feel intimidated by the project. “Dive in, don’t be afraid. Everybody has the same time limit.» With easy file transfers facilitated by the internet, Sokolowski said that anyone can join the chal-

January 31st marks the end of my term as the 25th Commissioner of Yukon. Serving this office has been a profound honour for both Dale and I. Over the past seven years I have had the pleasure of spending time with folks across Yukon and recognizing their outstanding acts of contribution to our community. Yukoners have welcomed me into their homes with a warmth and kindness that define us as a community, and as a Territory. I could not have imagined a better way to end my career in the public service. I would like to thank each and every one of you for making this the best job in Yukon.

All genres of film are accepted (with the should-be-obvious exception of anything pornographic) and Sokolowski has seen all kinds of submissions. “We get animation, comedy, drama… it’s very open.” Yukon Film Society Programs Coordinator Helen O’Connor said that she’s excited for her first 48-Hour Filmmaking Challenge. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the creativity,” she said. “The short deadlines really get the fire going. People really step up. “It’s a great event for first time filmmakers. We have equipment available to rent, some really nice cameras, and Takashi (Simon-Sakurai, technical support at the Yukon Film Society) will be happy to help with tech support on the Sunday.

ages people to get out of their comfort zones and work with what they’ve got. “Also, it would be really fun to have more submissions from youth in the communities,” she said. “The screening at the KDCC is a bit of a party. It’s a lot of fun. It gives people a chance to network and get out of the house in the wintertime. There’s a bar and snacks, too, “It’s a nice, accepting venue for filmmakers.” All material used in the shortfilms has to belong to the filmmakers or be cleared for use and copyright. Participants can plan filming locations, scripts and casting in advance, however all filming and editing must be done within the allotted timeframe. Participants are given 48 hours

from the time of registration to submit the final product via DV tape or Quicktime file on Sunday, January 14. Submissions can be made by groups or individuals and participation is open to people of all ages. Footage needs to be shot during the 48 hour time period with a 20 per cent limit on archival material. Participants are given a surprise prop at the registration deadline and that prop has to be incorporated in the film. People who need to borrow equipment should book it ahead of time, because of a limited number of rentals available. Some limited tech help is also available through KIAC in Dawson and the Yukon Film Society in Whitehorse. The competition starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 12. The completed films will be shown simultaneously in Whitehorse and Dawson City on January 18 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre and the KIAC Ballroom in Whitehorse and Dawson City respectively. For more information visit or enquire at the Yukon Film Society in Whitehorse or at the KIAC in Dawson City before January 12.

Michael is a journalist and researcher based in Whitehorse. He cut his teeth as a documentary filmmaker in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal and Tibet. He worked as a journalist in Quebec before moving to the Yukon.

I invite you all to please join me at my closing levee

January 1, 2018 at 2:00pm. In the foyer of the Yukon Government Main Administration Building.

December 20, 2017



December 20, 2017

Registration is NOW OPEN for the ultimate winter "Pool Party"! Yukon's Law Enforcement Torch Run, powered by Whitehorse Home Hardware, presents its first ever

POLAR PLUNGE! Saturday, December 30th 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM in the Yukon Convention Centre parking lot. Getting involved is real simple, all you have to do is raise at least $100 in pledges and you can take the plunge to support Special Olympics athletes.

Talk about FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON! All participants will get an Official Polar Plunge toque...proof that you challenged Yukon’s winter to support Yukon’s athletes with an intellectual disability. 1 Return Airfare ticket with Air North (for anywhere they fly, including Ottawa!!!) Goes to the person who raises the most money in pledges. (must raise a minimum of $800 to be eligible)

Also, come on out and plunge dressed as your favorite superhero and you can take home a prize fit for a Superhero, like you!

For those of you that want to tackle the “Chilly Plunge” with co-workers, be our guest, the more frozen folks, the better! Let us know you are part of a team and if you collectively raise more than any other team, we’ll give you an office pizza party! There will be a live DJ cranking out tunes and a hot tub for exclusive use for our participants, post plunge. All the action starts up at noon, Sun or Snow!

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December 20, 2017


Ris à l’amande (Danish rice pudding) This dessert is similar to risengrød and is offered to the nisser (gnomes) on Christmas Eve in Denmark

by Sara Nielsen


his dish is French in name, but it’s a very fun Danish family tradition. For years, I could not eat it after overindulging as a kid, desperate to find the whole almond hidden in the dessert. Now I’m more strategic. If you’re really good at deflecting attention and hiding it in your mouth, you can slip it to a child undetected.


This recipe serves 6 to 8 people.

2 No poking around in the bowl!

Cook for 1 hour: 125 g (1 cup) short-grain rice 1 L milk

1 A witness must be present when placing the single, whole almond into the pudding. 3 Whoever gets it should hide it until the pudding is gone and everyone is stuffed and stumped as to who has it. 4 The host can’t win the gift, which is traditionally a marzipan pig – presuming the winner ate the most?

Add to warm pudding, stir, cool: 3 Tbsp sugar 1 vanilla bean (scraped, or 1 tsp vanilla) Fold in: 500 mL whipped cream 100 g slivered, blanched almonds 1 whole, blanched almond (see rule #1, above)


Ris a l ’ama nd

Ris à l’amande

Serve cold. Let guests serve themselves (see rule #2, above). Top with: Warm bing cherry sauce (available canned), or Warm wild cranberry sauce (our Yukon-ised version) It’s also delicious served warm with cinnamon-sugar and a hunk of butter.

Værsgo’ og glædelig jul! (Enjoy! Merry Christmas!)

PHOTO: AilinParsa via Wikimedia Commons Sara Nielsen is a What’s Up Yukon reader who submitted her recipe as part of our readers’ holiday recipes.

As we move into 2018 it’s a time for new beginnings. Best Wishes This Holiday Season To the many wonderful people I have had the pleasure of working with over the past years. Just Call Karol at 333-9552

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December 20, 2017


Hot Dickens Cider by Danny Macdonald

and to all a much deserved January rest!

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Ingredients: 6 ounces brandy (regular or specialty like Yukon Brewing’s anniversary edition) 2 cups apple cider 8 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp cloves 6 ounces spiced rum (optional)

up with around the house. This Hot

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recipe “borrowed” from my brother. It’s a wonderful warming drink that carries a kick that can help you get some much earned holiday rest. If mulled wine isn’t your thing and you’d like an alternative to keep warm while in hibernation, this might be to your taste. Serves 6

Method: Add brandy, apple cider, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks into a pot on low heat. Warm the mixture Reduce heat and warm until the cinnamon sticks begin to unroll, about 15 minutes. Strain cider to remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks. Pour into mug and add a fresh cinnamon stick to serve. (Optional: For an extra kick, add 1 ounce spiced rum prior to serving.) 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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f you’re not the imbibing type, or the idea of raw eggs turns your stomach, this isn’t the recipe for you. But if you’re fond of a drink and like to try new things, then this traditional uncooked egg nog might be right up your alley. We all know raw eggs can carry lots of nasty things (like salmonella), but very few bacteria can survive the presence of alcohol. If you don’t believe me google it – it’s fascinating. Think of egg nog as a way of preserving the summer’s bounty (dairy, eggs) for the winter. Lots of recipes actually suggest aging eggnog for weeks (and even months) – but it’s still raw eggs, so personally I wouldn’t go past a week. The longer the nog sits the more the flavors blend and the more it naturally thickens, so definitely let it sit for at least a few hours, and ideally overnight before you have a taste. If you’re going to let your nog age for more than a day, then freeze the whites until you’re ready to use them. Or use them for something else – to be honest egg whites very rarely make it into my nog. Egg whites are a lot of whipping, and when it comes to cocktails sometimes I just want to relax. As always, consuming anything with raw eggs does have some sort of risk. So if you can, use local, organic eggs if possible. And just be aware that consuming raw or undercooked eggs can possibly increase your risk for certain types of food-borne illnesses. Especially if you have a medical condition. Serves 4

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Old time treats



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ack in the 1930s and 40s mom baked her own goodies and desserts were homespun and knowing just what was in those delightful desserts. They also tasted far better than the modern off-the-shelf desserts. The following will prove the point.

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PACZKI (A TRADITIONAL POLISH DOUGHNUT) Make a paste and let rise : 1 ½ cup lukewarm milk, 1 package of yeast, some flour . In a large bowl, blend 1 cup melted butter, 2 ½ cups white sugar, 6 large eggs, 1 ½ cups milk, ½ cup brandy, 1 tsp salt, nutmeg and lemon flavouring and enough flour to make a nice bun dough. Let rise: set the dough in a warm spot, cover, and let it sit until double in bulk. Punch down, repeat above, then roll out and cut into rounds. Let rise again and fry in hot lard. Set the cooked paczki on paper towels to absorb the oil, and roll in sugar while they are still warm.

dry ingredients. Chill ½ hour. Roll out dough and cut. Bake in moderate oven .

DELICIOUS BUTTER COOKIES You will need: ½ cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp vanilla 1 ½ cups flour 2 tsp baking powder

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Method: Cream butter, add sugar. Add egg and beat. Now add vanilla. Add


DATE COOKIES You will need: 1 tsp soda 2 tsp of boiling water 1 pound of dates ¼ pound walnuts, chopped ½ cup cherries 1 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp salt

cookie sheet. Bake at 400ºF. RUM BALLS You will need: 1 cup Vanilla Wafers, finely crushed 1 cups icing sugar 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts 2 Tbsp cocoa 2 ½ Tbsp light corn syrup 3 Tbsp cream 1 Tbsp rum ½ cup icing sugar maraschino cherries quartered Method: Combine all ingredients except the icing sugar and the cherries. Mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Press ¼ cherry into each ball. Keep in tightly covered container in refrigerator. They improve with age. Yield: 2 ½ dozen. JUMBO RAISIN COOKIES You will need: 2 cups of seedless raisins 1 cup water 1 cup shortening 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 4 cups flour cont’d on page 21...

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1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda Pinch of salt 1 ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp allspice 1 cup chopped nuts Method: Boil 2 cups of seedless raisins with 1 cup water for 5 minutes. Let cool. Cream 1 cup shortening with 2 cups sugar. Add eggs, vanilla and the raisins mixture. Mix together the dry ingredients,

FRUIT COOKIES You will need: 1 cup shortening ¾ cup brown sugar 1 egg yolk 1 tsp vanilla 1 ¾ cup flour ¼ tsp salt ½ cup chopped dates ½ cup raisins ½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup cherries 3 slices candied pineapple, chopped � cup nuts Method: Cream shortening and brown sugar until light. Stir in egg yolk and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375ºF for 10 minutes. PINEAPPLE NUT DROPS You will need: ⅓ cup butter ½ cup sugar 1 egg ½ cup of canned crushed pineapple, drained ½ cup chopped nuts 1 ¼ cup pastry flour ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp baking soda

Traditional butter cookies are a staple at Christmas

Method: Mix 1/3 cup butter, ½ cup sugar, 1 egg, ½ cup crushed pineapple, ½ cup chopped nuts, 1-1/4 cup pastry flour, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp. soda. Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and beat, then add pineapple and nuts. Add dry ingredients and beat well. Drop from a teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375ºF for 10 to 15 minutes.

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The Yukon’s

Part 2 of 6

Magnificent 11

Klondike Highway (#2) and Silver Trail Highway (#11)

by Doug Sack

the Yukon, Stewart and Pelly Rivers via ice bridges in the winters and ferries in the summers until the three large bridges were completed and painted by 1960. United Keno Hill Mines at Elsa quadrupled their ore production, thus income, when the road and bridges were opened and they could move their product by land rather than seasonal water. The slow sternwheelers caused a huge logjam of ore bags at Mayo Landing waiting for shipment to smelters in Montana, which cost the mining companies a fortune until the Yukon finally modernized and joined the 20th century by building the road. However, to look at the volume of tourist traffic today, when only one mine is operating, you would think it was all planned as a tourism project. But it wasn’t.

PHOTOS: courtesy of Government of Yukon

The Silver Trail Highway explores the Mayo mining district that was active before the Klondike Gold Rush From a comfortable, 21st century perch, the casual Yukon visitor might mistakenly assume The Klondike Highway (Highway 2) was planned to be a Skagway to Dawson tourist route, roughly following the journey made by the stampeders in 1898, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was never a Point A to Point B highway – more like a giant game of connect-the-dots. The Whitehorse-Tagish-Carcross loop of Highway 2 was actually part of the Alcan (Alaska Highway) construction in 1942, the meat of the road from Whitehorse to Mayo began in 1947 with the post-war revival of the old Treadwell Mine on Galena Hill near Keno City eventually putting the Sternwheelers out of business by 1955 – which was also when the Stewart Crossing to Dawson section opened. But it wasn’t until 1978 that the last stretch between Carcross and

Skagway was finished and opened in 1979 that you could actually drive from tidewater at Skagway to the goldfields of the Klondike. None of the construction was done for tourism reasons. It was all about wartime emergency and routine mining access, yet today it is known as “The Money Road” to tourism businesses and workers because of the huge number of worldwide tourists who disembark in Skagway and scatter all over the North, particularly Dawson and Alaska, to distribute their wealth into the northern hinterlands. The toughest part of the entire 705 km uncoordinated project was the first 39 km (24 miles) out of Skagway, which was begun in 1950 on the side of a mountain and abandoned until the mid-1970s. Through most all of the 1950s, there was road access from Whitehorse to the silverfields and goldfields across the territory, crossing

The Silver Trail (Hwy 11) on the other hand, is a highway that is geared towards tourists. It was named and promoted in 1979 when the Klondike Highway connected the locations and changed the numbers of the various sections. The Silver Trail was definitely directed at tourists and has proven to be successful, though on a small scale when compared to Dawson and the Klondike. The “Silver Trail” itself is a short loop of road which begins and ends in Mayo, a brief diversion from the Dawson trek with an entirely unique Yukon perspective. Keno City, which resembles Dawson’s old buildings – but not location since it’s on top of a mountain rather than a riverbank – might have the best mining museum in the Yukon but definitely has the best pizza. Mike Mancini is the third gen-

eration descendant of an Italian including Big Alex MacDonald, immigrant who brought a secret who became known as the “King family recipe for pizza sauce from of the Klondike.” They were the old country to Keno, and he the first to arrive on the scene makes pizza like it’s the 19th cen- in the Klondike because it’s all downriver from Mayo to Dawson. tury. His reputation in the tourist Make no mistake about it: road age is worldwide and people come construction did not create tourfrom everywhere to eat pizza in ism in Dawson. Tourists began arriving almost immediately, in some Keno, it’s that good. Many writers, including this cases in the same boats as the gold one, are incapable of mentioning seekers, and it carried on throughKeno City without discussing piz- out all of the 20th century. Howza. Indeed, Highway 11 should ever, travel by sternwheeler was have been dubbed “Pizza Trail.” primarily for the affluent who had They also have a great little home- the time and money for slow water made campground by a babbling travel. The Alaska and Klondike highbrook with fish in it and a new (old) bar with entertainment. The Klon- ways opened the territory up for dike Highway is second in import- the mobile masses, especially afance only to the Alaska Highway in ter the dredging company, Yukon the makeup of modern day Yukon Consolidated Gold Corp ceased for road travel, but their histories operations in 1966. Dawson was on the cusp of behave nothing in common. The Alcan was under a serious wartime dead- coming a ghost town if it didn’t line in 1942 and got there in an as- turn to summer tourism. It all tonishing six months, but the Klon- began with the restoration of the dike Highway meandered all over Palace Grand Theater and hasn’t the countryside and took a quarter slowed down since, thanks to the of a century to finally connect the constant flow of seasonal money dots between Skagway and Dawson. arriving via the Klondike HighYou’d never know it to drive way, the second most importthe two of them today, but ant road of The Magnificent 11. that’s the way it happened. Next: Campbell Highway (#4) and Silver was discovered at Keno in Nahanni Range (#10). 1919 and then at Elsa in 1929, but it was gold that started it all. Long before the Klondike strike in 1896, the Stewart River was called Doug Sack, 70, is the editor “Grubstake River” because a prosof Sourdough Chronicle, the pector could always spend a season quadannual newsletter of the washing out bar gravels to finance Yukon Council on Aging. his next project. Before that, he was young. Before getting rich in the Klondike, many of the veteran miners spent hardscrabble years in There are stunning views along the Mayo district,

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t’s been just 10 years since Amazon sold its first Kindle reader devices and the market for ebooks exploded. Not that there weren’t ebooks before that. The Palm series of personal digital assistants (PDAs) made ebooks possible as early as 2002, and my own experience with them goes back that far. There are a number of writers – Lee Child is one – that I have only ever read in ebook form. These days, I have hundreds of books in digital form, and the main disadvantage with them is recalling which reading platform (mainly iBooks, Kindle or KOBO) they are stored under. One of the advantages, with Amazon, at least, is the creation of what might be seen as a new form of chapbook, which, in printed form, was a very early type of popular literature. Yukon author Eva Holland has taken advantage of Amazon’s Kindle Singles format to produce what might have been a 45-page volume about the early history of Arctic exploration. The Italian airship, Italia, managed to reach the North Pole successfully in 1928, but ran into trouble on its way home and crashed on the Arctic pack ice. The expedition was led by General Umberto Nobile, who survived and was rescued, along with eight other members of his crew. Nobile had a troubled relationship with Roald Amundsen, the first man to sail the Northwest Passage and the first to reach the South Pole. He had been a partner on one of Amundsen’s later expeditions and each blamed the other for the generally poor showing of that particular expedition. No one really knows why Amundsen decided to mount an expedition to rescue Nobile. Was it

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truly a humanitarian urge or a desire to show up his younger rival? At any rate, the rescue mission was unsuccessful and no one knows, to this day, just what happened to his plane, a Latham floatplane. It was seen by observers to fly into a thick fog bank and nothing was ever seen of it again save for a single airplane pontoon found floating some time later. Nobile and some of his men were rescued by others, while the Italia, and those who had remained trapped on the airship, were never seen again. During the Authors on Eighth walk along our Writer’s Block in August, as part of the annual Discovery Days events, Holland read a chapter from her Kindle ebook to an audience of some 25 or 30 outside Berton House, where she spent a short residency last summer. It was exciting enough to encourage me to pick up the ebook and take it along during our vacation trip. That’s another advantage of ebooks. They take up no space at all when you’re packing to travel. 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

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The Yukon Hospital Foundation extends its sincere appreciation to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers, attendees and participants who came together to make the 2017 Northwestel Festival of Trees such a success!

Thank you for your time, your talents and your incredible support. Tree Sponsors Air North, Yukon’s Airline Ajax Steel Limited Alkan Air and Whitehorse Motors Ltd. CIBC EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. Goldcorp Inc. Lumel Studios and the Yukon Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Northern Vision Development LP Northwestel Pelly Construction Ltd. RBC Royal Bank and Ashley HomeStore unFURled YTA/ YRTA Yukon Teachers’ Association/ Retired Teachers’ Association Yukon Brewing Yukon Doctors Yukon Yamaha

Goldcorp BAH Humbug Cocktail Stan Thompson - Master of Ceremonies Roxx Hunter Trio

Save on Foods Seniors Soiree Honourable Doug Philips - Master of Ceremonies Suzuki Strings Association of the Yukon Hank Karr and Company

Alkan Air Grand Ball Rock Shannon Fraser - Master of Ceremonies Hayley and Co. Major Funk and the Employment

Wreath Sponsors Angellina’s Toy Boutique Corked and Opimian Society Yukon Due North Maternity Hello Gorgeous Hospice Yukon Society Murdochs Partenariat Communaute en sante and - partners Sandor’s Clothing Save on Foods SHE Consulting Stantec The Deli CafÈ & Eatery Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. Whitehorse Subaru - YHF make Yukon College

Giving Tree A&W Air North Alpine Bakery Asahi Ya Japanese Restaurant BBQ King Blackbird Bakery Cafè Balzam Earl’s Epic Pizza Extreme Pita Farmer Robert’s Store Gold Pan Saloon Java Connection KFC Klondike Rib & Salmon M&M

McDonald’s Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters North Dragon Restaurant Panda Panda Noodle House Quiznos Save-on-Foods Subway The Deck Tony’s Pizza Wolf’s Den Restaurant

Corporate Table Sponsors Air North Alkan Air Arcrite Northern Ltd ATCO Ben’s Electric CIBC Crowe MacKay Driving Force/Klondike Motors Finning Goldcorp Midnight Sun Drilling Inc. Northwestel Nuway Crushing NVD Pelly Construction RBC Remax RyanWood Explorations Inc. Skookum Asphalt TD Canada Trust Urban Realty Victoria Gold Whitehorse Motors Yukon College Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce Yukon Government Yukon Yamaha/Totaltrac

Raffle, Door Prize and Silent Auction Providers Absolute Physiotherapy Asahi Ya Restaurant ATCO Bear’s Paw Quilts Bombay Peggy’s Boston Pizza Cadence Cycle CafÈ Balzam Charlotte’s Gold Originals Earl’s EECOL Electric Fountain Tire with freight by Griffiths Heating & Sheet Metal Fountain Tire/Behind the Barn Grace Space Head to Toe Hurlburt Enterprises Inspired Interiors Jacobs Industries Klondike Business Solutions Klondike Rib & Salmon Lackowicz & Hoffman Lamarche and Lang Leona Watson M&M Meats Midnight Sun Emporiurm Muktuk Adventures North of Ordinary Paradise Alley Physio Borealis

Seasons Galleria Shelley MacDonald Jewellery Sky High Wilderness Ranch Sportees Stephanie Ryan Sundog Retreat Takhini Hot Springs The Feed Store The Frame Shop The Indian Craft Shop Tyler Olson Unity Clothing Westmark Dawson City White Pass and Yukon Route Whitehorse Physiotherapy Winterlong Brewing Wolf’s Den Restaurant

Tree Decorators/Designers Ajax Staff Charlene Morgan Jasmine Sangria Karen Geiger Lalena marshall, Amanda Barnett, Rosie Stuckless Lea Pigage Luanne Baker-Johnson and Lumel Crew Marsh Lake Tents & Events Retired Teachers Group Tara Kolla Hale The Staff of Northern Vision Development

Event Supporters Adams Family - Alkan Air Grand Ball Martini Bar Alkan Air - Grand Ball Sponsor Casa Loma - Band Supporter Cathie Archbould - Festival Photographer Dean Swaykoski - Culture Cruiser Eclectic Video - Steve Philip Inkspirationz Graphix Jill Pollack & Co. Mortgage Specialist Photo Booth Sponsor Karen Forward Kobayashi & Zedda Architects - Wine Sponsor at Grand Ball Luanne Baker-Johnson and Lumel Crew Manitoulin Transport - Tree Delivery Marsh Lake Tents & Events - Helen, Ray and Crew - Décor for all Festival Events Nuway Crushing - Alkan Air Grand Ball Champagne Reception Omni Productions - Bill Charon, Roly Mitten and Crew Rick Massie - Festival Photographer Riverstone Dental - Photo Booth Sponsor Rotary Club of Whitehorse - Santa Breakfast Save on Foods - Seniors Soiree Sponsor Tom Patrick, of Star Flower Photography - Alkan Air Grand Ball Photo Booth Photographer Total Trac Yukon Inc. - Alkan Air Grand Ball Champagne Reception Tyler Olson - Grand Ball Auctioneer Urban Realty - Band Supporter WGH Finance - Kelly Steele, Kate Davidson, Gayle Alford, Anne Hotte and Corinne Delaire

What’s Up Yukon Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce BAH Humbug Supporter Whitehorse Star Yukon Dentistry - Photo Booth Sponsor Yukon Government - Venue Host Yukon News Yukon Yamaha - Alkan Air Grand Ball Champagne Reception

Volunteers Arjay Hill Ashley Broughton Breda McIntyre Brooke Graham Charlene Morgan Christopher O’Brien CIBC Staff - Tree Wrapping Deb Ryan Fraser Pearce Justin Peterson Kelty MacGillivray Kim Brown Lalena Marshall Lea Pigage Leah Ott Marla Matthew McIver Maureen Turner Max Zaparinuk Minister Dendys Minister Frost Minister Mostyn Minister Streicker Nadia Skofenko Nikhil Kothari Northern Lights School of Dance Northwestel Christmas Tree Mascots Paolo Gallina Patti Balsillie Penny Rawlings Premier Silver Sheena Greenlaw Tiffany Frasher Walter Brennan WGH Finance Staff – Gayle Alford, Kelly Steele, Kate Davidson Yukon Doctors, Nurses and EMS Simulation Demo

Foundation Board Andrew Anderson Chris Milner Dr. Quong Jason Bilsky Lori Duncan Philip Fitzgerald Steven Bartsch Wendy Tayler

We apologize if anyone has been missed. Please let us know if you should have been on this list.


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12-13 Commercial Curling Bonspiel 26-28 (S)Hiver Winter Arts Festival 26-28 DC Men’s Hockey Tourney

February 6-10 9-11 16-18 22-25

Yukon Quest Layover Oldtimers’ Hockey Tournament Peewee Hockey Tournament 119th International Curling Bonspiel

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Women’s Hockey Jamboree Trek Over the Top Snowmobile Run Thaw di Gras Spring Carnival Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race DC Int’l Short Film Festival


December 20, 2017


Yukonʻs Best Friend: DOG CULTURE

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by: Jackie Taylor

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS From the Board and Staff at the Yukon Convention Bureau! Yukon hosted 8 Conferences in September, October, November 2017. Yukon benefitted with $1.6 Million economic impact and 1245 visiting delegates. YCB submitted 23 bids, 9 were awarded, 9 are still pending. Weʼre working hard to make a difference and are looking forward to what 2018 brings!

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What’s Up Yukon is pleased to partner with Yukon Transportation Museum’s Dog Culture Display, “Yukon’s Best Friend: Doggedness in Love and Labour”. Your photos will be on display at the dog culture exhibit so be sure to stop in. We are open every day from 10-6 and Tuesday from 10-8. Selected submissions many appear on both partners’ social media and inside What’s Up Yukon’s printed issue and website! That’s right - your pooch will be appreciated by all!

NOTE: YCB will be closed Dec 22-Jan 1, 2018. Re-opening Jan 2. We'll be available by email:

Hurlburt Enterprises Inc. May the light and warmth of the season bring comfort and joy to your family and friends! Hurlburt Enterprises Inc. has served homeowners, industrial contractors and builders in the Yukon for nearly 30 years, providing reliable products and services you can trust.

to all our generous donors over the holiday season! Special shout out to Klondike Pest Control for your very generous donation! Happy Holidays from the staff and board at

We would like to thank Yukoners for their support and patronage over the years. We take great pride in helping everyone to keep their homes warm and cozy. IMPORTANT TO NOTE we will be closed as of December 22 and reopening January 2 HAVE AN EMERGENCY?

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Wednesdays, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre Saturdays Saturday Sewing 10:00 am Atlin Rec Centre Every level of experience, from absolute beginner to advanced sewer, is welcome! Sundays St. Martin’s Anglican Church Service 10:00 am St. Martin’s Anglican Church Sundays Atlin Christian Centre 10:30 am Atlin Christian Centre Wed, Dec, 20, TRX Suspension Training 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mon, Dec, 25, Potluck Christmas Dinner 3:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Call Lynn 6517663 for more information. Tue, Jan, 2, Atlin District Board of Trade 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre


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


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.


Mondays AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tuesdays Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tuesdays Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tuesdays Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 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 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. 821-4251 Wednesdays, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wednesdays, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wednesdays Tlingit Language Game Nights 5:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thursdays Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Thursdays CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thursdays Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tuesdays Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Saturdays Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sat, Dec, 30, Annual Sliding Party 1:00 pm Carcross Hot chocolate, snacks and free taxis to the top! Mon, Jan, 1, CTRRC Mtng 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Jan, 2, C/TFN Communication Team Mtng 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Jan, 3, School Council 7:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sun, Jan, 7, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviour’s Church 867-6683129 Thu, Jan, 11, Executive Council Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building


Fridays The Executives 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Mondays & Fridays Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mondays & Fridays Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Tuesdays Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at) 867-993-2520 Wednesdays, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Wednesdays 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. Thursdays Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fridays & Saturdays Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Saturdays Cocktail Night 5:00 pm Eldorado Hotel In the Sluice Box Lounge, from classics over hot/dessert drinks, to a featured special. Sundays Soul Sunday with The Sweet Nuggets 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel


Sundays St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Thu, Dec, 21, YouTube Karaoke Holiday Edition 10:00 pm Westminster Hotel Fri, Dec, 22, Santa Skate Dawson City Arena Sun, Dec, 24, Prime Rib Dinner 8:00 pm Eldorado Hotel Thu, Dec, 28, The Sun at Midnight 7:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture An unexpected friendship between a hunter obsessed with finding a missing caribou herd and a teenage rebel who gets lost while on the run. Sun, Dec, 31, New Years Eve Dance Party 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel DJ Whitebread Soundwave, We’ll have complimentary bubbly to toast the new year. Open until 3 am! Mon, Jan, 1, Recreation Board Meeting 5:30 pm Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre Recreation board grants are due the Thursday preceding each meeting Wed, Jan, 3, YEU Local Y026 (Klondike) monthly meeting 7:00 pm YTG Property management building Tue, Jan, 9, Dawson City Council Meeting 7:00 pm Dawson City Town Hall The meetings are aired live on Dawson City TV Channel 12. Council holds a Question Period at each meeting that takes place towards the end of the meeting. This provides the public an opportunity to ask Council questions. 867-993-7400 Fri, Jan, 12, Yukon 48 Film Challenge 5:30 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 48 hours from the time of registration to hand in a final Quicktime file on Sunday, January 14th, 2018, call Takashi at 3933456 to register.


Tuesdays Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wednesdays, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 PM Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Thursdays Faro Carpet Bowling 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre All welcome. Thursdays Parents and Tots 10:00 am Faro Recreation Centre Join us in song, socializing, play and lots of giggles and fun. Fridays Seniors Cribbage 2:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Fridays Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sundays Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Sundays Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sat, Dec, 23, Community Skate 1:00 pm Johnson Lake Campground A bon fire, hot dogs, hot chocolate, a fun skate with friends, sign out skates and helmets at the rec centre. Call 994-2375 for more information. Thu, Dec, 28, Environment Club 3:45 pm Del Van Gorder School Sat, Jan, 6, Learn and Play Squash Day 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Call 9942375 or email to register.


Mondays Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tuesdays Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Tuesdays Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Wednesdays, 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 Thursdays Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Thursdays Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thursdays Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thursdays Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome Thursdays Women’s Circle 5:30 pm Mun Ku Email for more information. Fridays Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sundays St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-6342360 Thu, Dec, 21, Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Sun, Dec, 31, 1st Night New Years Eve Family Celebration 7:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Family fun, snacks and fireworks! Everyone is Welcome! Wed, Dec, 27, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Jan, 4, Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Wed, Jan, 10, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre


Tuesdays 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. Tuesdays North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre

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Tuesdays Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ Fridays Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Saturdays Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 Sundays Drop in Badminton 12:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sundays Zumba Classes with Mariana Giaccaglia 3:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Thu, Dec, 21, Sing in the Choir 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre For more information email Sarah Sage at Wed, Dec, 27, Marsh Lake Community Society Meeting 7:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre All Welcome to attend. Wed, Jan, 3, Waste Mgnt Society Meeting 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Jan, 9, Local Advisory Council 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre followed by hot apple cider and refreshments. 6604999


Tuesdays Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus Fridays Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sundays St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746


Sun, Jan, 14, DPSAY - Carbon Hill Race Day 9:00 am Lorne Mountain Community Centre 6-10 miles, depending on Skijorers, recreation class or Kids 100 yard dash. Concession open, all kids under 16 must wear helmets, following the races we will close out the day with an Awards Ceremony!


Tuesdays Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Thursdays Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sundays St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381


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 3993418 Saturdays OsteoFit 10:00 am Tagish Community Centre Saturdays Pickleball 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis. Wed, Dec, 20, Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 pm Tagish Community Centre Wed, Dec, 20, Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at Thu, Dec, 21, Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Thu, Dec, 21, Catch Kids Club 4:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Snacks, crafts, field trips and lots of fun games. Email for more information. Sat, Dec, 23, Youth Music School 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Email for more information. Thu, Dec, 28, Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Mon, Jan, 1, Carcross Tagish Renewable Resource Council 12:30 pm Tagish Community Centre All welcome to attend. Wed, Jan, 3, Tagish Advisory Council meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at Sun, Jan, 7, Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 7:00 pm Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 633-4903


Thursdays Badminton Nights 7:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Thursday, bring your racket or just bring yourself for some swift fun! 335-4250 Fridays 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. Fridays 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 Fri, Dec, 22, & Fri, Dec, 29 Free Skate 12:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Tue, Jan, 9, After School Sports K - Gr. 4 3:30 pm Teslin Rec Center Tue, Jan, 9, 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 Tue, Jan, 9, Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:15 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250


Mondays & Thursdays Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tuesdays & 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 Sundays St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 5362932 Saturdays Drop In Basketball 1:00 pm Watson Lake Secondary School Wed, Dec, 20, Toddler Activities 10:30 am Watson Lake Recreation Centre Call Meaghan at 536-8023 for more information Fri, Dec, 29, Holiday Hockey Jamboree 12:00 am Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sign up at the door, Kids free skate between games (ages to be determined) Concession will be available all weekend. Tue, Jan, 2, Town of Watson Lake Council Meeting 7:00 pm Town of Watson Lake


Daily Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre, Mon/Wed 11-12:30 & 5:30-7 | Thurs 11-12:30 | Fri 12-1:30 & 5:307 | Sat/Sun 1:30-3 #907-766-2666 Daily Haines Public Library Open Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-8 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:304:30| #907-766-2545 Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Tai Chi Advanced 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays & Wednesdays Tai Chi - Adv. Beginners 11:45 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays & Tuesdays Adult Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mondays & Wednesdays Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays & Thursdays Strength & Stretch - Lobby 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Tuesdays Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center Tuesdays & Thursdays Tai Chi Beginning 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wednesdays Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Wednesdays Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wednesdays Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wednesdays & Fridays Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wednesdays & Sundays Yoga with Melina 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fridays Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Saturdays Tai Chi 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sundays Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Wed, Dec, 20, Christmas Caroling at Haines Assisted Living (HAL) 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Thu, Dec, 21, HAC - Solstice Theater 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Dec, 22, Haines Basketball Boys Film Night - 2nd show 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Dec, 22, Haines Basketball Boys Film Night - Matinee 3:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Dec, 24, Christmas Eve Services 3:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Jan, 2, Legion Monthly Membership Meeting at Legion Hall 6:00 pm American Legion


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. Mondays & Wednesdays, SpinFlex w/ Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mondays & Wednesdays, TRX Suspension Training 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mondays & Wednesdays, Hatha Yoga w/ Sherry- ALL Levels 6:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wednesdays Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Tuesdays & Thursdays, Spinning w/ Katherine 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tuesdays & Thursdays, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tuesdays & Thursdays, Mat Pilates 7:15 am Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tuesdays & 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.

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wednesdays & Fridays 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 Thursdays Easy Does it Yoga- Restorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 6:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fridays Gentle Flow 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A gentle and calming practice that combines breath with movement. Saturdays 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. Saturdays Volleyball For Adults 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Saturdays Bouncy House Fun Time! 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sundays, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Wed, Dec, 20, Christmas Hymn Sing and Caroling: 6:30 pm First Presbyterian Church of Skagway Singing hymns with local musicians and caroling around town Wed, Dec, 20, Spinning Noon Xpress 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 21, Relax into Winter 5:45 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Celebrate the first day of winter with self care and reflection. All levels are welcome. FREE Fri, Dec, 22, Spinning Noon Xpress 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 22, Holiday Spinning and Gentle Yoga 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre A gentle beginner friendly yoga practice to relax you for the long weekend ahead. FREE Sat, Dec, 23, Family Bouncy House and Holiday Ice Skating 1:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre An afternoon of Bouncy House Fun and Holiday Ice Skating, Holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies! Free Sun, Dec, 24, Business Owners Open Houses Skagway Alaska Local businesses stay open for last minute gift shopping offering good cheer and refreshments to show their appreciation for all your support! FREE Sun, Dec, 24, Christmas Eve Service 9:00 pm Skagway Alaska At the Presbyterian Church Sun, Dec, 24, Eagles Christmas Pageant 7:00 pm Eagles Hall Join family and friends this Christmas Eve to watch one of the most anticipated events of the season. Free Tue, Dec, 26, Family Ski & Bonfire 12:00 pm Skagway Alaska Bring a dish to pass! At the Brady/Alderworks Cabin in Dyea. Dress warm. Wed, Dec, 27, Dream Catchers 1:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 27, Spinning Noon Xpress 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 28, Vision Boards – New Year Intentions 1:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre For kids 5-12, Create the life you want, set goals and manifest your dreams. Combine colorful images and words into a beautiful intention setting collage for 2018. Fri, Dec, 29, Spinning Noon Xpress 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 29, Family Inline Skate 3:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special lighting and fun music, everyone welcome, free. Sat, Dec, 30, Vision Boards – New Year Intentions 1:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre For Teens & Adults, Create the life you want, set goals and manifest your dreams. Combine colorful images and words into a beautiful intention setting collage for 2018. Sun, Dec, 31, Undo and Renew Gentle Yoga 3:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Undo the effects of holiday stress and renew for 2018 with an afternoon of self care.E Sun, Dec, 31, New Year’s Eve Party 8:00 pm Elks Lodge Skagway Hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing guaranteed! Tue, Jan, 2, Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan, 2, Let it Roll - Hatha Flow with Foam Roller 6:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Hatha Flow practice followed by foam roller and pinky balls. Mon, Jan, 8, 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, Jan, 8, Restorative - Yin Yoga w/ Jeanne- ALL Levels 9:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jan, 8, Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan, 9, Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan, 9, Let it Roll - Hatha Flow with Foam Roller 6:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Hatha Flow practice followed by foam roller and pinky balls. Mon, Jan, 15, 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, Jan, 15, Restorative - Yin Yoga w/ Jeanne- ALL Levels 9:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jan, 15, Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre


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Thursdays Yukon Christmas Bird Counts 12:00 am Whitehorse, Yukon All are welcome, to participate or organize a count in your community email yukonbirdclub@ Thursdays One Hour Drop In Classes Barreilates 5:15 pm Long Lean Mean Fitness This class sculpts, tones, and gives you a strong core. Register online or call 334-3479 for more information. Fridays Golden Horn Judo 3:30 pm Golden Horn Elementary Fridays & Sundays COBRA FS 8:00 pm N60 Combative Arts Fridays & Sundays Ladies Grappling 6:00 pm N60 Combative Arts Sundays Pre School Martial Arts 3:30 pm N60 Combative Arts Sundays Carcross Kickboxing 12:30 pm N60 Combative Arts Sundays Carcross Kids Kickboxing 11:30 am N60 Combative Arts Wed, Jan, 3 AST 1 Snowmobile Whitehorse, Yukon Register online. Wed, Dec, 20 Youth Aikido 6-12 years 5:30 pm Aikido Yukon Dojo Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). 667-4690 Tue, Jan, 9 Beginner Salsa and Bachata Class 7:45 pm Leaping Feats Creative Danceworks Pre-requisites: A fun, positive & polite attitude. Email salsayukon@gmail. com for more information. Thu, Jan, 4 NorAms - Whistler Biathlon Range Thu, Jan, 11 Beginner Cardio Tennis 5:00 pm Yukon College Starting January 9th – March 13th To register email TennisYukon@

Wellness LISTINGS Mondays & Fridays, Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 pm Whitehorse Food Bank Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children 334-9317 Tuesdays Weight Watchers 5:00 pm Yukon College Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration, room A2202. 403-473-0645 blong@ Tuesdays or Wednesdays 6 Days of Christmas Tuesdays 5:30 pm Dec. 26-31, Wednesdays 9:30 am Dec. 27-31 Alpine Bakery Six days of fun, accessible, all-levels yoga will increase your strength, flexibility, balance, awareness and laughter. To register call or email 393-4440 Wednesdays, The Counselling Drop-In Clinic 10:00 am Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Free Drop-In counselling is offered every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm. Wednesdays, Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 am Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed, Dec, 20, Lunchtime Hatha Yoga 12:00 pm Rooted Tree Massage & Yoga Suitable for all levels including those with some yoga experience. Call 334-8599 or email to register Wed, Dec, 20, Slo-ga 6:15 pm Long Lean Mean Fitness Recover from winter and gain strength for the holidays. Call 334-3479 or email info@ for more info. Fri, Dec, 22 & 29 Meditation & Movement 7:00 pm Rooted Tree Massage & Yoga A combination of meditation and yoga, free, call 334-8599 or email for more info. Sat, Dec, 23, Red Tara Practice 12:30 pm VajraNorth Everyone welcome. For more info contact 667-6951 (Cheryl Buchan) 633-3715

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with joy and wonder from our family to yours.

Step Outside with Larry Leigh

Yukon Share: Harvested gamemeat sharing program only the Off The Hook butcher shop, with plans to involve other interested butcher businesses next year. At the time of writing this article, up to 2,000 pounds has been donated this season.

garding distribution of these wild meats. As an example, the uninspected meat can only be doled out to individuals, not to licensed kitchens in the Yukon. Only government inspected meat can be prepared for service to the public. The Whitehorse General Hospital’s First wild game program operates under a special authorization and will have more meat available through this new program. Food banks or local governments can act as distribution centres provided the meat is only distributed to individuals. It is intended that the meat packages will be marked as uninspected and include minimum internal cooking temperatures before being eaten. The NGOs involved are giving consideration to administering this program in the future. This would include developing promotional materials, communications strategies to hunters and the public and managing the finances such as repayment of licensed Yukon meat processors for the cost of cutting, processing, packaging and freezing meat donated to the program.

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fter a few years of effort trying to put this plan together, the Yukon is now up and running with a “Hunters For The Hungry” type of meat sharing program. “Hunters For The Hungry” is in place in all 50 states in the United States and a similar effort in about half of the provinces in Canada. It is quite successful in all areas and in Texas, 9 million servings of venison have been provided to those in need. In the Yukon, this is a cooperative effort with Conservation Officer Services, the Yukon Fish and Game Association and the Yukon Outfitters Association working together on this pilot version of the program. The intent of this effort is to establish a simple way for hunters who wish to donate some of their harvested wildlife to those less fortunate. There are no butchering costs to the hunter for the donated meat. A hunting family may realize at the end of a hunt that they now have more wild meat than they can readily use. In worst case scenarios, this can sometimes lead to meat wastage or spoilage due to “freezerburn,” which is caused by poorly wrapped meat or simply being in the freezer for too long. This new program is an opportunity to donate some or all of the meat thought to be more than needed. Donated meat may have been boned out by the hunter, but can only be processed (butchered and ground) by a licensed butcher. This supports long standing hunter education efforts regarding the care and handling of wild meat and reinforces positive messaging regarding the intrinsic value of wildlife. Availability of wild meat to those less fortunate, and also aboriginal dietary programs at Yukon hospitals, puts wild game meat onto more dinner plates enhancing the true value and respect for this lean and organic meat. This first year effort involves

Meals like moose stew will become available to those less fortunate Of that, 1,000 pounds of this has been processed into ground meat and has been distributed. Ungulates (moose, caribou, elk, deer and bison) are the accepted meats; bear is not accepted. There are some Environmental Health Services regulations re-

“Hunters For The Hungry” is in place in all 50 states in the United States and a similar effort in about half of the provinces in Canada.

Happy Holiday Season to all! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year 2018 Dr. Mélanie Lachapelle | Dr. Brenna MacPhail | Dr. Jonathan Hawkins Closed December 25-26 & January 1, Open regular hours December 27-29 (867) 667-2272 |

Larry Leigh is an avid angler, hunter and all-round outdoors person who prefers to cook what he harvests himself. He is a past president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and retired hunter education coordinator for the Government of Yukon. Please send comments about his articles to

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4pm The Princess Bride

Dir. Rob Reiner, 1987, 98 min.

This beloved classic fairytale based on the 1973 novel written by William Goldman begins with a grandfather reading his favourite book to his hardto-impress grandson. This book, he promises, has everything – “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” “Bracing humor and foolery.” ~ Los Angeles Times

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Dir. Greta Gerwig, 2017, 94 min.

Christine (Saoirse Ronan), affectionately known and self-proclaimed as Lady Bird, is an ambitious, bright, and precocious high school senior. She fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf). Longing to break free of suburban Sacramento Christine dreams of a different life while navigating the awkward space between adolescence and adulthood. Funny, incredibly personal and immensely relatable, Lady Bird is sure to be one of the defining coming-of-age films of its generation. New York Film Critics Circle named Lady Bird Best Film. “Stand out brilliant performances” Tix:

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December 20, 2017


Christmas Insomnia? We have an event for that T

he annual Christmas Insomnia Soccer Tournament is a little known tradition that dozens of Yukon families have been participating in for more than a decade, held over three days each holiday season. What began as a fundraiser for a Canada Summer Games team in 2004 has The Fellowship of the Big Squish - 2016 Men’s gradually become an Champs (l-r back: Jonathan Hawkins, River end-of-year mainstay Walton, Julien Revel, Graham White, Sam for university students Lindsey, Donny Richardson, Calef Staples / returning home on break, youth teams front: Marshall Ewing, Matt Thomson, Boris looking to develop Hoefs, Ammon Hoefs, Rahul Kumar) their skills, and even a few hangers-on who aren’t quite ready to homage to the late hours the games hang up their cleats.   can extend into, with some years Spencer Rich was the coach as many as 13 teams competing for of the Canada Games team that the championship. The games are launched the tournament. “I think fast paced and scheduled tightly. we had eight teams the first year...I Despite the busy time of year, was part of the group that ran it for Yukon soccer superfan Don Barker a couple of years after that, then says he can’t think of a year he has the Senior Metro League took it missed the event. Barker’s son grew over. So, this year will be the 13th up playing the sport in the Yukon one.” and has since moved south, but Current organizers Haley Stal- that doesn’t stop him from cheering labrass and Alejandro Pulido (with from the bleachers each December. help from Harrison Kwok and Willie “It really is amazing to watch Quarton) secure the space, spon- the players change over the years sors, referees, and create sched- – and not just their soccer skills,” ules for the men’s and women’s Barker said. “You get to know all teams that register themselves for these kids and appreciate seeing the event. In addition to the many them turn into really great men and hours spent managing logistics, women.” they all play as well. The Yukon soccer community is “I like to organize events and a tight knit group, and still grieving I’ve played in this tournament since the recent loss of one of their own. I can remember, so I knew how it Donny Richardson was a skilled had been run in the past,” Stallab- player and beloved teammate who rass said. “I moved back home after passed in January 2017. university in 2013, so I volunteered As the most recent recipient of the following year and have been the Most Valuable Player award, doing it since.”  this year marks its renaming in his Pulido added, “I’ve always loved honour. A lifelong soccer player, the fast pace and high intensity of Richardson delivered a nail biting the tournament. It’s been a great performance in goal as his team way to get people together over “The Fellowship of the Big Squish” the Christmas season and see some fought to play in, and eventually friendly faces returning for the holi- win, the championship game on the days.” men’s side. The tournament’s name pays The 2017 final will feature a mo-

PHOTOS: courtesy of Insomnia Soccer

by Emily Hoefs

Charly’s Angels - 2016 Women’s Champs (l-r: Camille Galloway, Sam Wintemute, Meg Lanigan, Desley McLeod, Jaylene Kelly, Anna Janowicz, Jamie Joe Hudson, Line Jensen) ment of silence prior to kick off, and each player in the tournament will sport a jersey bearing his name and number, thanks to the generos-

ity of his long-time employer Kluane Drilling Ltd. 2016 sponsors included True Scale Design and Consulting, Home

Hardware, Yukon Brewing, The Soccer Shoppe and Yukon Built, with organizers seeking new opportunities each year. Anyone interested in becoming a player, volunteer, sponsor or just enjoying some of the action can find updates and info on the Yukon Soccer Metro League Facebook page. Games will take place December 29 to 31 at the Vanier Catholic Secondary School gym. Emily Hoefs is a soccer player, coach and enthusiast, as well as a writer. She lives in Whitehorse with her husband, son and too many dogs.

Wishing you all the joys of the holiday season and the best in the New Year. Thank you for your continued support and we are excited for what is to come.

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December 20, 2017

‘Canadian Ice Man’ tells his story

The Long Ago Person Found on a glacier in 1999 was celebrated at the Haines Junction Mountain Festival Dec. 8-10 with the launch of a book about the ancestor Part 2 of 2

by Michael Bramadat-Willcock


iane Strand, director of community wellness at the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, was working as a Heritage Resource Officer with CAFN during the project. She said that the physical body of an Indigenous ancestor is a powerful confirmation of identity for Yukon First Nations people. “The story of the Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį (Long Ago Person Found) really affirms what storytelling is. Here’s a human body confirming our way of life and the stories we’ve been told. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the smarts of my ancestors who knew how to read the land and who had to survive in minus-60-below-zero weather.’’ Richard J. Hebda, curator of botany and Earth history (emeritus) at the Royal British Columbia Museum, said that the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) participation “…made for a much richer and greater voyage of dis-

covery” for the scientists who studied the Long Ago Person Found. “The experience drove home the importance of working with people of the land. It’s a collaboration between two ways of knowing. They (the CAFN) were able to tell us things that we wouldn’t have otherwise known about their history and really enriched the study.” By looking at clues such as traces of minerals in the man’s digestive track Hebda and his team were able to discern that he had likely grown up in a coastal area, but spent some time inland. Pollens on his clothing showed that he died during the summer. The mix of coastal and interior possessions, as well as diet, showed that he travelled between communities. Likely from the coast toward the interior. ‘’You can’t go anywhere without leaving microscopic traces.’’ For example, Hebda said they were able to tell where the man had his last drink of water because of resi-

work will serve as an example for institutions seeking to undertake meaningful and collaborative research in partnership with First Nations in Canada.” The 700+ page book features contributions from First Nation citizens and other experts drawn from a mix of scholarly and oral traditions. It is edited by Richard Hebda; Sheila Greer, CAFN heritage manager; and Alexander P. Mackie, formerly with B.C. Archaeology Branch. Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį: Teachings from Long Ago Person Found is available at Mac’s Fireweed Books and Coles in Whitehorse and you can check to see if it has arrived at the public library in your community. The book is also available for purchase online through the Royal B.C. Museum at

due from an algae in his gut. And while the glacier on which the Long Ago Person was found has since melted, the takeaway from the project across the board has been a new and more collaborative approach to research in Canada. “This discovery reaffirms our historical tie to the land,” CAFN Dän nätthe äda Chief Steve Smith said in a statement. “It led to important discussions about respectful, culturally appropriate treatment of the find and artefacts. And it also helped us to build a unique partnership with the Royal B.C. Museum and other outside experts, balancing traditional values with more scientific approaches.” Jack Lohman, CEO of the Royal B.C. Museum echoed Chief Smith’s sentiments: “The backdrop to this time period has been of mounting global recognition of Indigenous rights and the urgent need for environmental protection. It is my hope that this timely

PHOTO: courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum

Editor’s Note: This is part two of two highlighting Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį: Teachings from Long Ago Person Found. It was introduced during the Haines Junction Mountain Festival, which took place December 8 to 10. Part 1 is available in the December 6 edition of What’s Up Yukon.

The 700+ page book features contributions from First Nation citizens and other experts drawn from a mix of scholarly and oral traditions

Michael Bramadat-Willcok is a journalist and researcher based in Whitehorse. He cut his teeth as a documentary filmmaker in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal and Tibet. He worked as a journalist in Quebec before moving to the Yukon.


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to our fellow Yukoners, and visitors from near and far. Thank you to all those in the tourism sector who have worked to make this year a successful one! The tourism industry is a vital part of our economy, and benefits all of us.

On behalf of Klondike Visitors Association’s staff, corporate members and board of directors we wish you all a Merry Christmas. We’d like to take this time to thank our community for being one-of-a-kind and welcoming visitors to the best place in the world throughout 2017. To our visitors, friends and those who have yet to visit Dawson City, we hope 2018 brings you here to enjoy everything our community has to offer. Whether it is for the 40th anniversary of the Dawson City Music Festival (what a milestone), to celebrate our designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (we expect to hear in July 2018), or just to be in a community where you will feel right at home (any time of year), know that you are always welcome.

WTAY is looking forward to another year representing Yukon wilderness tourism operators. Our fantastic members are leading the way, as socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable businesses, and we hope to continue to foster these beliefs and practices.

Happy Holidays! We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. We’ll continue providing a unified voice for the Tourism Industry in the Yukon. Over the holidays, our office will be closed December 22 - January 3.

The Department of Tourism and Culture wishes our colleagues, industry partners, Yukoners and visitors a very merry and safe holiday season. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and wish you all the best for a successful tourism season.

Merry Christmas Everyone From the board and staff of the Yukon Convention Bureau. Please note our office will be closed December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018. Re-opening January 2. We look forward to what 2018 will bring!


December 20, 2017

Shooting the lights out in the dark

The 4th annual Lights Out Invitational Basketball Tournament is happening Jan. 19 to 21 by Danny Macdonald


he Lights Out Invitational Basketball Tournament has helped turn the lights on for the adult basketball community in Whitehorse. The tournament, cleverly named due to the lack of light in January and how a player can shoot the lights out on the way to the championship, has grown over the years from its humble, four team beginnings in 2015. Now armed with a title sponsor, Kilrich Building Supplies, and participants from outside the territory, the basketball community is poised to build off of its success. Colin LaForme has been one of the key organizers since the first event and is excited about the growth of basketball. “When we started the tournament, the only men’s basketball we could play was pickup on Tuesday and Saturdays,” said LaForme. “But we knew there were more people in town who could play a weekend tournament, so we decided to host and see what happened. “That first year was three Whitehorse teams and a mixed team from Old Crow and Dawson.” The Old Crow/Dawson team won the inaugural tournament and the success provided momentum to form a men’s league in Whitehorse. From there, they continued to build and had six teams attend the second event, including a team from Yellowknife, who won. That continued success served as more motivation and the third tournament expanded even fur-

year is to include youth, according to LaForme. “We would like to grow the tournament and have the men’s and women’s divisions going at the same time as high school games,” he said. “Youth players help out during the tournament now. It’s part of building the basketball community.” Spectators are invited to attend and entrance is by donation, all of

which goes towards the tournament fundraising efforts for youth teams. Last year, they managed to raise about $1,000 dollars for youth basketball in the Yukon. Anyone looking for more information, wanting to help out with the tournament, or interested in getting involved with adult basketball can email the organizers at YukonMensBasketball@

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.

ther. “Last year we had seven teams and the first Whitehorse team winning the tournament,” LaForme said. “For the first time, we had also had a women’s tournament of five teams. “It was the first year as a real tournament that you envision. We had Kilrich join as a title sponsor and we had prize money for winning teams.” The men’s league has now expanded to eight teams with a broad range of skills. There are ex-professionals and also beginners just getting into the game. “We’re always looking for new players,” LaForme said. This year’s event may have as many as nine men’s teams and six women’s teams, with possible en-

The 4th annual tournament takes place in January PHOTOS: courtesy of the Lights Out Basketball Tournament

tries from Alaska and the Northwest Territories. The format will include round robin pool play, followed by elimination playoffs. Games will take place at all three high schools during the January 19, 20 and 21 weekend. The next steps beyond this

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December 20, 2017

Welcome 2018, farewell Commissioner Phillips

PHOTO: Office of the Commissioner of Yukon

Commissioner Doug Phillips speaks at the 2017 Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee

The annual Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee on Jan. 1 will also be a retirement party for Commissioner Phillips by Danny Macdonald


ccording to the Yukon Commissioner’s office, the New Year’s Levee is an old tradition that dates back to King Louis XIV of France and was first introduced in Canada when fur traders would pay respect to their government representatives on New Year’s Day. The annual event has evolved from these beginnings and the levee this January 1st will have a new highlight as well. It will be Commissioner Doug Phillips’ seventh Commissioner’s Levee, and

also his last in the role, so it will be a chance to recognize his retirement. According to Phillips, the levee has traditionally been well attended with 250-300 Yukoners joining him at the event. The event has become a way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the New Year – and an opportunity to celebrate Yukoners and the territory. Phillips appreciates his time as Commissioner and the opportunity it has provided to connect with Yukoners and get an even

better understanding of the amazing people who live here, particularly through the Commissioner’s Awards. “I start to read their (Commissioner’s Award) nomination, and I’m forever astounded by how this person who I thought did one thing has done things for so many organizations throughout their life,” said Phillips. “You start to realize that one of the reasons this is such a wonderful place to live is because of people like this.” Phillips is also happy to have

changed how the Commissioner’s Awards are presented and by personalizing it for the individual. Recipients are asked how they’d like to proceed and have chosen a variety of locations and methods including at the levee, the Office of the Commissioner at Taylor House on Main Street and Fifth Avenue, or simply at home with family and friends. Moving the Commissioner’s offices to their new home at Taylor House is also one of the accomplishments during Phillips tenure and he’s very proud to have found the office a permanent home. “Prior to moving, one of the questions I’d get is ‘Where is the Commissioner’s office?’” Phillips said. “The last permanent location for the Commissioner’s office was in Dawson City when the government was located there.” As well, Phillips established a Commissioner’s Youth Showcase to support talented youth in the arts field and more than 150 Yukoners have gone through the program. Many of those youth have gone on to other projects in their fields and Phllips hopes that the showcase has played a part in their success. This year’s levee will feature performances by youth showcase alumni Selina Heylingers, Madi Dixon, Sarah Ott and the Klondike Highland Dancers. Annually, the Commissioner’s Levee also features a presentation of the Governor General’s Academic Achievement awards. Phillips does have one piece of business he feels he leaves undone. Together with the other territories commissioners, he has been working to rename the position. Commissioners have become a commonly used term across the country and this has lead to confusion when working with his peers,

the lieutenant-governors in the provinces. “It is a bit confusing. So I’ve been working with the federal government and others on the possibility of a name change,” Phillips said. “We used to have a government leader and now he’s called the territorial premier. And it does make a difference in people interpreting what your role is and your job is. We do the exact same job as (the lieutenant-governors) do in the south, and yet we are called commissioners. “What’s really interesting about the Yukon is that the Yukon Commissioner’s name has changed seven times since 1898. “And in fact, prior to the three territories being broken up over the years there was a lieutenantgovernor of the northern territories. “My argument is that if you do the job, the name of the position should be aligned consistently.” The Commissioner’s New Year’s Levee is a free event taking place on January 1, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Government of Yukon Main Administration Building. Yukoners are invited to join to celebrate the new year and the accomplishments of their fellow Yukoners, while enjoying some of the hearty appetizers that will be available. For more information, you can contact the Office of the Commissioner at 867-667-5121.

Danny Macdonald is the Editor of What’s Up Yukon. He’s going a little crazy as this is his fourth article in this issue. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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February 9, 2018 MERRY CHRISTMAS

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