Just who are the people in your Whitehorse neighbourhood?

CBC released a story recently claiming that fully one-third of Yukoners have criminal records. At the same time, we know that approximately 4,000 volunteers for the Canada Winter Games -- most of whom hail from Whitehorse -- had criminal checks run on their backgrounds. The recent StatsCan census figures show that Whitehorse now has a population of just over 20,000.

So, if one-fifth of Whitehorse's inhabitants are crime-free, and another one-third have records, then ... let me see now ... 1 - 1/5 - 1/3 = 15/15 - 3/15 - 5/15 ... seven-fifteenths, or about 47% of the rest are sitting on the fence. They're the ones to keep an eye on.

To sum up: folks in orange windbreakers are easy marks for the one-out-of-three who are barred from crossing the Alaskan border, and the remainder can't be trusted to help in a pinch.