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September 2011 Archives

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Author Bruce Fraser, informed dining and school bus literacy

Riding into Chilcotin history. A new mystery looks at the history of the relationship between white man's justice and aboriginal tradition. We'll talk to Bruce Fraser about 'On Potato Mountain'.

Making us eat better. An obesity expert throws cold water on a plan to provide more information about restaurant menus.

Making rowdy kids into readers. We'll hear from a Nelson bus driver who ended behaviour problems by passing around books.


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Injection site safe, Canadian heroines and Nathan Cullen runs for NDP leadership

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Vancouver's controversial supervised drug injection site - InSite - can remain open. For more on the significance of this decision, we talk with Neil Boyd, criminologist at Simon Fraser University.

As part of women's history month, we hear about women who changed our country or committed great feats of bravery. Author Merna Forster shares stories from her new book, "One Hundred More Canadian Heroines."

Nathan Cullen hopes you like an underdog. He is the member of parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley and he just announced he is running for the leadership of the federal NDP. Cullen faces some steep competition from Brian Topp, former President of the party and frontrunner in the race. And other big partly players like Thomas Mulcair are expected to announce soon. To get an idea of what Cullen's prospects are in this race we talk with Norman Ruff, a Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Victoria.

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Informed dining, RCMP contract at UBCM and Smart Meters

It's easy enough to keep track of the calories and sodium in the food you cook at home.But going out for dinner is a different story. Ian Tostensen is helping to roll out a new program for restaurants called Informed Dining.

The federal government has threatened to pull the RCMP from B.C., if the province doesn't sign the contract up for offer. We'll get reaction from Salmon Arm councillor Kevin Flynn who's keeping an eye on the issue.

Getting the buzz on Smart Meters. Today we check in with Ontario, where most homeowners citizens have them installed already.


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Quitting smoking, David Hahn retires and uncovering a Nelson time capsule

Getting some help with butting out. Find out how you can sign up for free nicotine replacement therapies.

It is the latest development in the ongoing debate over the finances of B.C. Ferries. Today CEO David Hahn announced he will be taking early retirement. We hear from political reporter Les Leyne

Last week in Nelson, a time capsule was pulled out from the cornerstone of a church hall that had belonged to St. Saviour's Anglican Pro-Cathedral.Greg Scott is a local researcher, writer and historian.


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Uncovering the Nelson time capsule

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The Nelson Opera House which burned down in 1922


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A little red chair, Dick Cheney protests and the VIHA still born report

A Powell River woman has started a grassroots tourism initiative around a little red chair that has taken on a life of its own. We'll hear about it.

Dick Cheney, the controversial former U.S. vice president is in Vancouver this week. We hear from the event organizer on why she stands by her decision to invite Cheney, amid much protest.

Following up on an stillbirth. We'll have the latest details of a review of a delivery that ended in tragedy at Victoria General Hospital.

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First Nations cookbook, Palestine at the UN and ferry schedules

Ancestral knowledge from one west coast aboriginal community is now going on-line. The Nuu-chah-nulth Traditional Foods Toolkit contains information on harvesting and cooking local produce. The project brought together elders and youth from the Vancouver Island community.

It was an historic day at the United Nations in New York. The Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a bid for full recognition of an independent Palestinian state. He said direct peace talks with Israel have gone nowhere. We talk with Andrew Wender, a history and political science professor at the University of Victoria.

One Vancouver Island resident was recently surprised at how hard it is to get a hold of a paper copy of a BC Ferries schedule. Roma Croy lives in Duncan and she uses the ferry to visit Vancouver and the gulf islands.

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Dog and deer love, dropping g's and tracking your beef

Kate and Pip. No, they are not the Middleton sisters. Kate and Pippen are a dog and a deer whose unlikely friendship has become an internet sensation and the subject of a new children's book.

Comin' up, we'll be lookin' at the way politcal types have been droppin' their G's, tryin' to sound like regular folk.

Keeping track of beef. We'll look at an innovative new program to trace cattle production in B.C.

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The science of Iron Man, finding local apples and fin whales

Bringing comic books to life. We delve into the synapses of the brain
with one neuro-scientist and find out what would happen if we could
bring Iron Man out of the pages and into real-life.

Okanagan fruit grower Joe Sardina clears up the misconceptions of the
availability, or lack thereof, of local apples in B.C .grocery stores.

Spotting a rare whale. We'll talk to the researcher who took photos of
two Fin whales in Robson Bight.


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Hanger Steak recipe


1 Hanger steak


½ cup soy sauce

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

Juice of 1 large lemon (approx. ¼ cup)

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & finely chopped (optional)


1. Whisk all ingredients for the marinade.

2. Lightly score (shallow slashes) both sides of the steak and marinate overnight in fridge or at least 2 hours at room temperature.

4. Grill steak 6 minutes per side for medium-rare.

5. Allow to rest for five minutes.

6. Thinly slice meat across the grain (short side).

Serve with fresh green salad or fingerling potatoes.

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Fin Whales in Johnson Strait

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First sighting of a Fin whale in Johnson Strait (Jared Towers) 
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Canucks return, foreign students and a King James Biblethon

A few months after losing game seven of the Stanley Cup, the Canucks are on the ice again tonight. We'll get a pre-season preview from hockey blogger Joe Pelletier.

Attracting more international students to B.C. The premier announced a plan to boost the economy with increased enrolment. We'll get reaction from the NDP finance critic.

Reading the good book from cover to cover. We'll hear about a week long biblethon to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Translation of the Bible.

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Paul St Pierre, foot passenger ferry, day school survivors and the world's oldest curler

Celebrating the Cariboo and Chilcotin. That's what Paul St. Pierre did for decades in his books and TV shows. Now the region is repaying the favour. We'll hear how.

Testing the waters. One Island MLA wants to see a passenger-only ferry running between downtown Nanaimo and Vancouver.

Looking for justice. Despite today's deadline for Indian residential school compensation a lawyer continues her fight for day school survivors.

The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the oldest active curler in the world. Steve Gittus is 101years old, and is still hurrying hard at the Kamloops Curling Club.


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Nick Bantock retrospective, use of Tasers and new flu season

The very first Canadian retrospective of renowned author Nick Bantock and artist is on at the Penticton Art Gallery. Bantock is perhaps best known as the author of the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy. But he has also penned a couple of dozen other books, including 11 best sellers. He's also a celebrated visual artist, working in a variety of mediums.

The results of a police probe into the use of a Taser on an 11 year old boy in Prince George are in. The boy allegedly stabbed a care worker in his group home. Police recommended no charges against the officers involved. Adrienne Montani is provincial coordinator with First Call -- BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. She's calling for a ban on the use of tasers on children.

Flu season is just around the corner. That means many will soon be lining up for the poke of a needle. But now, Canadians have access to an alternative influenza vaccine. It's less invasive, and for some, more effective. But it definitely comes with a price. CBC's Chris dela Torre explains.

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Feast of Fields Contest Entries

Clint Whitecotton in Cherryville:

I would like to nominate Triple Island Farm for your "Out Standing In The Field" category.

It is owned and operated by the Family Tuijtel in Cherryville, BC and is truly a small family operated farm... Mom, Dad, 2 sons and 2 daughters.

The family moved to Canada from Holland about 10 years ago and recently moved here to Cherryville, where they began a Gouda Cheese operation.

Over the last 2 years, they have successfully transformed rural Cherryville and numerous passers-by into Gouda lovers and have expanded from regular gouda to all flavours of gouda... pepper, garlic and sun dried tomato, chive, herb ... and the list goes on and on.

When they first started production, they couldn't keep up with demand and often were sold out completely.

Now they have a couple years behind them and are doing very well.

They definitely deserve credit for their initiative, perseverance and creativity.

Heather Devereaux in Sooke:

I thought I would mention that I have enjoyed ALM Farm in Sooke and I feel that they are definitely outstanding in their field.

They sell their produce at the Sooke market on Saturday mornings and believe me, you need to be there early!

They sell out very quickly and they have a wonderful selection of produce of every kind imaginable.

I love that they include the edible flowers in amongst the mixed greens, adding great beauty to a tossed salad. It is just an example of their attention to detail.

They are also happy to sell their seeds and share their knowledge about organic farming and they offer many workshops on different aspects of gardening.

I had the good fortune to have a tour of the farm and I was so impressed by the gardens, the animals, the cob house and oven as well as both Mary Alice and Marika who are working hard to make ALM the success that it is.

Farming is such difficult work and I really appreciate these small farms and I hope that they have continued success for many years.

We are so blessed here on Vancouver Island to have so many wonderful small farms to choose from!

Barb Neraasen in East Kootenay:

George McLean of Edgewater, in the East Kootenay, is the farmer who I most admire.

Retired, George still actively farms his 20 plus acres at the foot of the Rocky Mountains where he grows hay and oats for his livestock, alfalpha and wheat for Sylvia's chickens and for human consumption.

George and his wife Sylvia have saddle horses that they ride for pleasure, carriage horses and draft horses.

They also have a small herd of Angus cattle.

He often complains that he's so busy with farm chores he has no time to ride for pleasure.

What makes George so interesting is that he does his farming with horse power, using his tractor only for threshing grains.

He has antique, well-used equipment that he has restored - plows, harrow, seeder, mower, binder and threshing machine, as well as several carriages, a snow plow and a sleigh - all of which he uses around the property.

A sleigh ride on a decommissioned road along the base of the mountains with the sun sparkling on fresh snow is truly magical.

George likes to share his knowledge and skills, demonstrating plowing and blacksmithing at fairs and heritage events in BC and southern Alberta.

Occasionally he enjoys teaching others to drive the draft horses.

In short, he is a very busy man.

Diane Sullivan in Prince George sent in this poem:

This is my tribute to a farmer:

I do not know the name.

He has too many worries

To seek fortune or fame.

She is busy reaping, sowing, and raising

So I can load my plate.

To the long, hard hours

I cannot relate.

From the Prairies to the Peace,

Niagara to PEI

I am very grateful

To the farming gal or guy.

Lindy MacArthur in Victoria:

My favourite Saanich farmer is organic grower "The Red Damsel" ...we just call her Barb.

She farms out of the property next door to The Red Barn on West Saanich Rd.

Our friendly sun-drenched neighbor provides us with a cornacopia of fresh organic vegetables throughout the summer and during harvest time.

You will find her out back lovingly tending to her gardens and berry patches.

Not only does she grow the food we eat, she also bakes organic grained bread, buns, muffins, scones and other treats being turned out almost daily from her home ovens. Barb has always maintained the "co-op" model allowing other small organic local farmers to bring their produce and other unique items to her store.

Also, she stocks organic eggs, lemon curd, garlic, preserves and grains at the Red Damsel....and the store is self-serving with a pot for your coins to make change.

Barb's philosophy is based on mutual trust.

Who needs to shop anywhere else?

It's local, it's fresh, it's organic, it's green and it's loved!

We feel fortunate to have Barb in our neighborhood growing healthy food for our family.

Thank you Barb and Thank you All Points West for your interest in local farmers.

Allison Gratz in Sidney:

I would like to nominate Bob Duncan from Fruit Trees and More in North Saanich BC for special mention.

He is a fruit farmer, experimenter, and visionary.

He has inspired thousands of people to try their hands at growing fruit trees in the greater Victoria area and beyond.

At his demonstration orchard he models how to successfully and simply grow everything from and apples to oranges; peaches to figs, and gives plenty of encouragement and advice to any who ask.

He has over 400 varieties of fruit trees, and adds to the collection every time someone says "are you sure you can grow that in Canada?".

The zero-mile diet just got a lot easier with teacher-farmers like him!

Roberta Rodgers in Fort Steele:

This is about Sharon and Mike Malmberg who have Fort Steele Farm here in Southeast BC.

The praise I offer is this: the farm has been a source of employment for local youth, for many summers, teaching them about the value of hard work and the value of a job well done.

The farm provides excellent produce that is sold in the stand at the farm and taken to the Farmers Market every Saturday from July to September.

If you could follow Sharon for one day in the summer, you would see her up early in the morning in the bakery baking pies with fresh, in season fruit, bran muffins, buns, bread and cinnamon buns.

While in the kitchen/bakery she may also be preparing food for canning or putting up in the freezer.

When baking is done she may be down to the house to work on paperwork or out in the field helping the farm hands with the harvest or weeding or on the tractor moving something.

In the midst of the day Sharon may be out with the bees adding sections to the hives or just making sure the bees are doing well.

Cranbrook and surrounding area residents benefit from the location of Fort Steele Farm through the food brought to the Farmers Market or sold at the farm.

So, what makes this farm any different from other farms?

All farmers love their work, are dedicated to producing a good product and to making sure the customer is satisfied.

Sharon makes Fort Steele Farm different from other farms.

David Heinimann in Terrace:

<p>I was reminded of Tim and Linda Ewert, of Pouce Coupe, or, properly, the Block Line Road, south of Dawson Creek.

Extraordinary people, homesteaders who lived off the grid before it was fashionable, in a mellow log homes nestled at the ends of their fields, on the edge of forest.

They lived bare-to-the-bone, everything homespun, it seemed, and they gave true meaning the word "organic".

We bought half a free-range pig from Tim and Linda--when did you last hear of such a thing?--and would groove out to their bluegrass and conversation and lively kids. Homespun, homegrown, homemade--they personified the joys and the rigour of country living from kitchen to stable to plowrows.

If they're listening--and they likely are, the CBC their one concession to worldliness, I hope they are well, and if things are as they should be, they are, I don't doubt, thriving.

Trish Findlay in Vernon:

I nominate Shelley Baumbraugh and Dave Doran of Deer Foot Farms in Armstrong.

For years been raising wonderful large organic chickens under ethical and humane conditions.

They have worked tirelessly to have farm gate poultry that stresses the birds far less.

They, and other poultry growers from Grand Forks to the North Okanagan have struggled with all the hoops required by government affecting the small farm but were dealt a further blow as their portable poultry abattoir has gone under.

Those who do not know where their food comes from may be content with factory farming.

Those of us who know how amazing real food is and how hard it is to survive on the small farm appreciate the mammoth effort required.

Monica Jackson in Victoria:

I would like to tell you about Farmer Roger of Kalwood Farms in Oyama, BC.

This farm has been producing fruit and beef cattle since the early 1900's.

Now though, he primarily grows wonderful, huge late season cherries.

The cherries are so big that they don't fit into my cherry pitter.

They make a juicy mouthful, some times taking 2 bites to eat.

Roger is constantly trying to improve the process of growing and processing the fruit.

He modifies recycled small tracked vehicles to make it easier when pruning.

Farmers have to be versatile and dedicated.

Susan Calne in Kamloops:

<p>Dieter Dody and his partner Deb, run Thistle Farm just on the banks of the North Thompson river.

He started in 1997 with just an acre and by 1999 was certified organic.

He now manages 6 acres producing amazing high quality vegetables including heirlooms.

He is always at the farmers' market, caters weddings, harvest suppers. and plays host to other culinary events.

He runs a winter delivery service, delivering early in the morning so that the produce doesn't sit on the step all day.

He picked up a goose for me in the Fraser Valley one Christmas and supplies organic turkeys for Christmas and Thanksgiving

Organic farming isn't rare in this area;however having the combination quality, reliability supplied by a couple who are just so so nice, who are never too busy to listen or explain and who allow their produce to speak for itself without banging the organic drum too loudly.

Ron Hackett in Victoria:

My favorite farmer is 'Farmer Jim' Stewart in Valemount B.C. Jim had cows, and chickens, and a couple times a year he had turkeys. He got the chicks by the cardboard box full in the mail. Mrs. Farmer Jim was the Post Mistress back then, but I don't think that had anything to do with Jim getting young birds through the mail. But I always thought it was funny.

We used to get our eggs from Jim. He sold a lot of eggs to the local residents, and it was on the honour system a lot of the time. You'd just take the eggs you wanted, and leave your money in the jar. Valemount was that kind of town. One day Jim was having a real time with his forklift. He could get it started, but it wouldn't run very well at all. I was working with a wonderful company in Valemount as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. A helicopter mechanic. I had a look at the forklift, and played with the carburettor and managed to get it running a bit better. It took a bit more work but to me it was recreational, just tinkering and shooting the breeze with Jim.

Peter Jonker in Meadow Creek:

I'm recommending not one, but three, outstanding farmers: Kate, Fiona, and Rachel-all from the North-Kootenay Lake area. Briefly, these three amazing women have, over a mere two years, fully engaged residents here in a community produce farming operation they have named: "Lakehead & Beyond Produce". At first glance their project looks and feels like a community garden project, but it is clearly becoming a community renewal initiative.

People from Meadow Creek, Cooper Creek, Argenta, and even Kaslo are involved. I bought into the program and, every Wednesday, pick up a box-full of vegetables-lush, crisp, and organically grown.

I'm attaching a couple of photos that say much more than my very brief overview. Congratulations to these awesome gals-risk-takers, hard workers, and wonderful people!

Ellen Connell from Saanichton:

Very recently I was introduced to Farmer Phil of Oldfield Road on the Saanich Peninsula. I have had the tremendous pleasure of enjoying his raspberries, large and luscious and oh so juicy, his blueberries, words cannot describe, and also his chickens oh my goodness. I have been eating chicken for a good many years and I have never tasted chicken like Farmer Phil's, firm, moist and oh so flavorful. At our house we say this is what a happy chicken tastes like. Thanks Farmer Phil for bringing us such wonderful food.

David Spear in Brentwood Bay:

<p>Grant and Barb Smith of Ravenstone Farm raise purebred registered Clun Forest and purebred Navajo Churro sheep and purebred Large Black Hogs.

Ravenstone Farm is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC. just north of Qualicum Beach.

They produce freezer lambs and hogs using ethical and sustainable methods.

Their livestock are raised on grass and forage pastures using a rotational method allowing for antibiotic and hormone free, happy, healthy animals.

They also produce aritisan sausage and charcuterie using their livestock, and available at local farmers' markets.

Sandra Paterson in Okanagan Falls:

This is the first time I have written to your show, but it seemed very appropriate just now as my husband and I have just picked 30 pounds of strawberries at Covert Organic Farms in Oliver, BC.

We go there often throughout the growing season and find a wonderful variety of organic fruits and vegetables available for U-pick.

I therefore nominate Gene and Shelley Covert as Outstanding in their fields.

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Greenpeace turns forty, Tribute to a Farmer and older mothers

Taking on the world.....Greenpeace is one of the most iconic environmental brands on the planet and it all started here in BC. We'll talk to the guy who literally wrote the book on it.

Your entries to the Pay Tribute to a Farmer contest

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a report today that shows women are having babies later, but what are the risks? We'll speak with medical expert Dr. Michael Klein about what the statistics tell us.


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Rugby, teachers bargaining and teen council candidate Grant McLachlan

Team Canada won its first game at the Rugby World Cup last night.  We hear about the game and what's motivating our players down in New Zealand.

Moving away from the bargaining table and into the courthouse. The B.C. Teachers Federation wants ten years worth of back funding from the province. If they get it, what will it mean for other unions at the bargaining table?

Entering the race. Grant McLachlan is running for council in Langford. We'll find out why this eighteen year old wants to enter local politics


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Rick Mercer, Phantom of the Opera and Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Launching a new season. CBC funny man Rick Mercer is back on TV tonight. We find out what's in the lineup.

Singing with a legend. A young B.C. musician gets to sing with a musical theatre star tonight in Kamloops. We'll hear the lucky young singer and the star.

Struggling for answers. BC's representative for Children and Youth released a report today detailing the death of a First Nations infant under guardian care. We'll hear the details and her recommendations.


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The Oliver school fire, taxing sugary drinks and Nathan Cullen

When the high school in Oliver burned earlier today, so did the historic Frank Venables Auditorium. We hear from a longtime Oliver resident about what this loss means to the community.

Obesity-related illnesses cost B.C. hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Kelowna pediatrician Tom Warshawski thinks the province should pay part of that bill.

The NDP Leadership convention may not be until next spring,  but one northern MP is considering putting his hat in the ring. We hear from Nathan Cullen.

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Concussions and reflecting on September 11, 2001

Naznin Virji-Babul, neuroscientist and assisstant Professor at UBC Dept of Physical Therapy, discusses concussions in youth hockey.

While CBC's Shelagh Rogers was broadcasting her morning show, the first plane hit the World Trade Centre. We hear her comments from that time and how it affects her now.

Recalling 9-11... CBC Prince George reporter Pamela McCall reflects on her experience in downtown New York 10 years ago.

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A First Nations media course, new taxes for Americans living abroad and the KHL air crash

We hear from a CBC news reporter and new adjunct professor at UBC about Canada's only course dedicated to improving aboriginal representation in the media.

A new IRS policy is causing headaches for Americans living abroad. We'll hear from a University  economist about what it means for Canadians with dual-citizenship. .

More on that terrible plane crash that killed thirty six members of a Russian hockey team.

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UNBC turns twenty, 'mature' student Ann Hansen and a senior bank scam

Turning twenty UNBC celebrates two decades of classes starting  today. We'll check in with the university's president on 20 years of higher learning in northern B.C.

Fulfilling a lifetime desire...Ann Walsh is definitely older than most of her fellow students at UVic this term. She'll be here to tell us about going back to school at this stage of her life.

Targeting seniors. An elderly man in Victoria got scammed out of two hundred thousand dollars. We'll hear how one bank manager helped stop the scam.

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The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Finalists

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Carla Funk - apologetic (Turnstone Press)
Jack Hodgins - The Master of Happy Endings (Thomas Allen Publishers)
Stephen Hume - A Walk with the Rainy Sisters (Harbour Publishing)
Sylvia Olsen - Working with Wool (Sono Nis Press)
John Schreiber - Odd Ball (Thistledown Press)

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

Kristi Bridgeman, illustrator - Uirapuru (Oolichan Books)
Sarah N. Harvey, author - Death Benefits (Orca Books)
Arthur John Stewart - Odd Ball (Thistledown Press)

The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Union Club on October 12, 2011. Tickets are $15 and available at Munro's, Bolen's, Ivy's or by calling 250-592-1181.  

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An anarchy archive, soothing math anxiety, George Abbott and the Juan de Fuca resort proposal

The University of Victoria is getting a big boost to their anarchy collection and it's going online.

Adding up the stress. We speak with a mom who says pushing higher math in high school could be hurting Canadian ingenuity.

The kids may be back in class but under the threat of a strike. As B.C. teachers cut out administrative tasks in part one of their job action we'll speak with Education Minister George Abbott.

The Juan de Fuca trail and a proposed resort will take centre stage at a public meeting in Sooke. We'll check in with a reporter on the scene.

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International student greeters, David Armstrong and a campus welcome.

Helping new students. We head out to the Victoria International Airport to greet a group of first years who just arrived from beyond Canada.

We speak with Dylan Armstrong's brother about his silver medal win in the shot put at the World track and Field Championships in South Korea.

University-bound students are hitting the road and when they arrive, they'll be a whole lot of shaking going on. We'll find out what preparations are underway at UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna.

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Charity bins, hockey enforcers and the Vancouver riot report

Selling your donations. Charity drop-off bins provide a great way to get rid of your old clothing while helping a local charity. But the clothes you put in those bins may not end up where you think.

Fighting to survive. We'll talk to a former NHL enforcer about the toll being the team's "tough guy" can take.

Looking back at the Stanley Cup riots. This week's review takes a close look at the police response. We'll speak to Rob Gordon of the Simon Fraser University School of Criminology. 

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Public sector salaries, bargaining teachers and Island Artisans goes to Oregon

Paying top dollar for the top jobs. There are new stats on how much the government is paying executives in the public service. Les Leyne will go through the numbers with us.

Coming to agreement or not. We'll take a look at why negotiations with the government seem to be leading directly to a  teachers' strike.

Reaping the harvest. Today on Island Artisans, a summertime visit to a couple of inland islands in Oregon State, where a treasure trove of agricultural delights awaits any intrepid traveler.

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