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edgeyk.ca

Issue 14
June / july 2014
Editor
Laurie Sarkadi
editor@edgeyk.ca
Photographer
Pat Kane
patkanephoto@arcticmail.com
Design
Janet Pacey
design@edgeyk.ca
Ad Design
Jillian Mazur
ad_design@edgeyk.ca
Advertising Manager Jeremy Bird
jbird@vergecomms.ca
Sr. Contributing Editor Jack Danylchuk
Publisher
Brent Reaney
breaney@vergecomms.ca
Copyright 2014 by:

CONTENTS
Contributors:
Bill Braden
Brad Dahr
Janet Dean
Catherine Dook
Anthony Foliot
Nicole Garbutt
Fran Hurcomb
Brian Kinzie
Loren McGinnis
Elizabeth McMillan
Coty Mitchell
Rassi Nashalik
Steve Schwarz
Bill Stirling
Tim Van Horn

Front Edge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Contributors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Edgeitorial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Found Food. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
How to Build a Pond Sailor . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Pssst. Wanna Buy some Fish?. . . . . . . . . . 17
Keep Calm, Ride On. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Is there any Wild left in the Wildcat?. . . . 26
YK’s Newest Hangout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Past Blast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Where do You Fit in Canada’s
Cultural Mosaic? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Planespotting 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Twitter Glitterati. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
EDGE YK’s Guide to Best Outdoor
Dates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

All rights reserved.
ISSN 1927-7016 (Print) | ISSN 1927-7024 (Online)

Cover photo and mosaic by
tim van horn
Yellowknife portraits
as part of the
canadianmosaic.ca
project.

Gain a New Perspective
from the Water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Dook’s Look Back – A Bus Ride
Through Hell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
How I Got Here – Rassi Nashalik. . . . . . . 73
On Edge: Loren McGinnis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Old Town Versifier: The Summer
Student. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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Summertime,
and the lovin' is easy
Here it is. The naturally caffeinated June/July issue. You all know what happens this time of year after the street
dust settles and another two-bit American city claims the Stanley Cup. Television loses its allure, computers go
to sleep, and Yellowknifers take to summer…well, like ducks to water.
Water is everywhere. Lucky us. And it’s amongst the cleanest in the world. Whether you dip a cup into a lake or
dip a paddle, or maybe just gaze from behind those Ray Bans at the sloshing, sparkling wonder of it all from the
new deck at the Wildcat (see page 26), it’s aqua-rush time. For the uninitiated, one of Yellowknife’s pre-eminent
outdoorsman, Bill Stirling of Overlander Sports fame, shares his favourite after-work paddles on p. 67.
Then EDGE YK ventures into uncharted waters with romantic advice on the best summertime dates in and around
the city (p. 58). Whether you’re already hooked up or looking to impress, why not make this the summer of love?
We wanted to spread some love this issue to say thanks for all the support you’ve shown the magazine, so
we’re throwing you a big party! Saturday, June 21st there will be free busses and free admission to the EDGE YK
Solstice Slam at the Folk on the Rocks beer garden site – near the water, of course. Wake Up Hazel will open for
Yellowknife’s celebrated hip-hop artist, Godson, under the midnight sun. See pages 24-25 for details, and a peek
at the EDGE YK Solstice Party Playlist we’ll spin to get things started.
If you can’t make it out (and you better have a good excuse!), chances are Elizabeth McMillan will be tweeting
about it. If you still don’t understand ‘the Twitter,’ check out Elizabeth’s guide and see who she crowns YK’s social
media mavens on p. 49 (hint: modesty is not her strong suit).
There’s a lot to love, and celebrate, in this issue. I’m truly smitten. Enjoy the unfrozen ice everyone. Safely.
Laurie Sarkadi
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It’s Construction Season!
Find current information on road closures and
delays on the City of Yellowknife’s social media.
@OurYellowknife

City of Yellowknife

Look out for these Construction Projects this summer:

Paving

• Bromley Drive
• Bromley Court
• Knutsen Court
• Reservoir Road

• Pilot’s Monument Area
• 52nd Avenue
• Niven Phase 6

Water, Sewer, and Paving Work

• Franklin Avenue between Old Airport Road and the Curling Club
• Taylor Road between the Multiplex and City Garage
• Lanky Court

Water Treatment Plant Construction
• Tin Can Hill area

Northlands Infrastructure Upgrades
Government Dock Improvements

For more information, email
construction@yellowknife.ca
or phone 920-5600

yellowknife.ca

Bill
Braden

Bill’s passion is telling visual stories. He's a freelance
photographer and writer working mainly in the resource
and corporate markets, and has to his credit On Good Ice, a
photo-story book about the iconic ice roads to the diamonds
mines. Bill, 60, will mark 50 years living North of 60 this
August, (see Blast Past on p. 37). billbradenphoto.com

Nicole
Garbutt

Nicole Garbutt is a born and raised Old Towner. An artist
in many mediums, she works primarily as a makeup artist
and body painter. Her work can be found at facebook.com/
NGmakeupartistry. Writing this piece was a challenge as
the Wildcat is so close to her heart (p. 26). Come visit her
this summer at the cafe and she'll make sure your pint glass
stays full.

Rassi
Nashalik

Rassi Nashalik hosted the daily TV news program CBC
Igalaaq for 19 years before her retirement in April. Born in
Pangnirtung, she spent the first 10 years of her life moving
with her family by dog team and boat to hunting camps.
She writes about those experiences, and the fearful time of
being taken away to attend public school, on p. 73. She lives
in Old Town.

Tim
Van Horn

At age five, Alberta-born Tim Van Horn had already taken
his first photograph and had decided on a life path as a
“cameraman.” Growing up and traveling in the Canadian
military, Tim was hooked on movement and cultural
experience, and wanted to create a lifetime journey as a
photojournalist. Tim sees the Canadian Mosaic Project
(p. 39), as his creative-tour-of-duty to unite the country.
canadianmosaic.ca

Brian
Kinzie

Despite his contribution to “Yellowknife’s Best Outdoor
Dates” (p. 58), the closest thing to a date that photographer
Brian Kinzie has been on in Yellowknife was a four-day
canoe trip. The outcome of that trip convinced him
to move to Yellowknife after completing a diploma in
Commercial Photography in Montreal. Since his arrival
last summer he has worked to document and champion
the esoteric things that make Yellowknife unique, such
as salvaged dump scores, local food progenitors and
disappearing shacks. briankinzie.com

4801 Franklin Ave

(blue building across from YK Centre)

Phone: 867-873-5944

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sensational
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EDGEitorial

Bicycles deserve
better
Maybe it’s easier to confuse want with need when you’re
spending money that’s not your own. Governments
are noticeably prone to melding notions of community
needs and wants with political agendas, especially
around issues like public safety.
We all want safe streets. There is a long list of rules
intended to preserve order and protect motorists,
pedestrians and cyclists from each other. Speed limits,
traffic lights, sidewalks and segregated traffic lanes are all
part of the package.
Before the big bicycle comeback, separating the slow
and vulnerable from people in a hurry was simple. Cars,
trucks and buses kept to the road. Pedestrians ruled the
sidewalks. The return of the bicycle as a quick and cheap
urban transportation option complicated the equation.
Bicycles are too fast to safely share space with
pedestrians, too slow for riders, unless they are couriers,
to feel comfortable on the same road with motorists,
who are the principal cause of grievous injuries to cyclists
– with or without helmets.
Jurisdictions where bicycles are regarded as recreational
toys that children outgrow and roads are the exclusive
domain of motor vehicles have been slow to
acknowledge and accept two-wheeled commuters.
Yellowknife remains ambivalent on the subject.
The ongoing debate over how to accommodate bicycles
during the five months of the year the city’s climate
permits them has produced a patchwork of disconnected
trails and paths. A proposal to mark out bicycle routes
with painted lanes on city streets was reduced to a few
signs that are well away from any beaten track.

More recently, there was a proposal to set out a bicycle
lane on the Franklin Avenue hill, but that was abandoned
because of the street’s advancing state of disrepair. It’s not
clear how the Franklin bicycle lane would have passed
through downtown, where metered parking is sacred
ground to merchants.
In the strangest compromise yet in Yellowknife’s bicycle
lane saga, it was decided that 52nd Avenue could work
as an alternative to Franklin Avenue. To the amazement
of bicycle commuters, council voted to direct $500,000
of its over-budget paving program to bicycle lanes on the
street where cyclists are rarely seen.
These won’t be simple painted lines in the curb lane, but
paved paths for cyclists and pedestrians, separated from
the road by a landscaped patch of vegetation. The idea,
apparently, is to offer as much security as possible to
any cyclists who choose to detour from Franklin to 52nd
Avenue.
This manifestation of concern is misplaced. Riding a
bicycle is inherently risky, requiring a sense of balance,
some judgment and a bit of athleticism; it’s a little dirty
and a little dangerous – the sort of thing that vexes
mothers and attracts the attention of meddlesome
politicians. Given its solitary nature though, the risk is
mostly personal.
It’s not known how many miles of bicycle lanes could
be painted for $500,000, but evidently that sort of
calculation isn’t important when you’re spending public
money and avoiding the fundamental issue: the bicycle
is a legitimate alternative to a car or truck and deserves
space on the street.
– Jack Danylchuk

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