Whitehorse Daily Star

We’d like the respect to carry out our choice

To be clear to the public, the owners of the Whitehorse Star are not selling the business, but closing it.

By Whitehorse Star on April 17, 2024

To be clear to the public, the  owners of the Whitehorse Star are not selling the business, but closing it.

The Facebook campaign and the fundraising crusade have been orchestrated without the support, consultation or consideration from the owners of the Whitehorse Star.

Our good faith has been exhausted, and we are no longer open to entertaining further offers.   

We are putting our efforts toward closing the Whitehorse Star in a way that will honour our history, integrity, financial independence and good name.

Which is to say, we will continue to report news and events with an unbiased viewpoint until Friday, May 17.

Some past employees are coming to Whitehorse to help out with our souvenir issue, so it should be one to remember.

During this time, we look forward to celebrating our legacy, our mom, those who came before her and what they stood for, and the independent spirit that the Whitehorse Star has championed all these long 124 years.

We’d like to be given the space – and the respect – to do so.

We wish the creators of “Plan B” the best of luck in rolling out a quality product.

For those who are curious, the iconic motto “Illegitimus non carborundum” was coined by owner/publisher Harry Boyle in 1954, and has been  part of the Whitehorse Star logo for decades.

Here is an excerpt from the Whitehorse Star 100th Anniversary Edition, Aug. 18, 2000:

“Harry Boyle of Vancouver purchased the paper from Tom Bain in October 1954, and the Star took over a new personality reflecting Harry’s own puckish, original wit. It was he who came up with the motto on the Whitehorse Star masthead, still used today: ‘Illegitimus non carborundum’, which really is  fractured Latin and should be the plural ‘illegitimi’, meaning: “don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

(Also, ‘Illegitimus non carborundum’)

Comments (3)

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Patty O'Brien on Apr 22, 2024 at 8:36 pm

Sorry to see you go. I have so many fond memories of working there as a typesetter and layout person and writing a weekly column for years - what an incredible opportunity you provided. Thanks for all the service, amazing memories and for recording the news and happenings of our Territory for over a century with humour, honesty and integrity. What an incredible legacy!

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Guncache on Apr 18, 2024 at 6:03 pm

I respect your decision. I'm sure there were many sleepless nights leading to your decision. There is the saying, "all good things must come to an end ". Hoping your path to future endeavors is unencumbered

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Barbara McLeod on Apr 17, 2024 at 3:04 pm

Well put. Thank you and all the best to you.

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