Today is Director di Armani’s birthday.
As a freelance writer, she became a voice for the mining industry. Her numerous analyses on such subjects as mining, law, economy, politics, justice and firearms have appeared often in the Yukon News and the Whitehorse Star; some articles were syndicated in national and international publications and posted on various Internet Websites. From her mining-related articles and personality profiles came her first book, Cashing In, a definitive history of the hardrock mining industry. It was followed by two more books bearing Northern themes: Adventures of Chuchi, a delightful children’s novel about an adorable Siberian Husky always in trouble; and Edward Hadgkiss: Missing in Life, a biography that probes the pilot’s and girlfriend’s mysterious disappearance after surviving the crash of his Harvard on a remote island of coastal British Columbia. Gaffin has also contributed to two other books: Writing North, an anthology showcasing contemporary Yukon writers; and Up From The Permafrost, a collection of reflections on learning as told through short stories and art. Sadly, the Yukon and Canada degenerated slow-motion into a place she no longer recognized nor understood. Her latest book-length project, Justice Served Up Yukonslavia Style, was motivated by a strong sense of justice to somehow right the wrong of a Yukoner criminally convicted in Canada’s highest court for a law that did not exist.