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February 2012 Archives

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Nanaimo ferry terminals, George Abbott, school memories

The Duke Point Terminal has been a lonely place for the last two months. Not a single ferry has sailed in, and not a single car has waited in line. And when Duke Point was closed due to a hard landing by the Coastal Inspiration on Dec 20, 2011, many people were concerned that Departure Bay would not be able to handle the traffic of two terminals. But what first looked like a traffic nightmare may have become an opportunity to rethink ferry service in the Hub City. Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan explains.

 

 

The BC Government has introduced legislation aimed at bringing an end to its dispute with teachers. The legislation imposes a cooling off period that suspends all strike and lockout activities. But, it does not impose a contract. Instead it calls for the appointment of a mediator to develop non-binding recommendations by the end of the school year. BCTF President Susan Lambert comments.

 

 

The first of the Truth and Reconciliation hearings wrapped up today on North Vancouver Island. Almost two dozen residential school survivors testified at the two day event hosted by the Kwakiutl community at Fort Rupert. Christine Wata Joseph was there for the entire time. She is the community's traditional medicine woman and one of the first to make a presentation yesterday morning. She was also was one of the official translators, for those wanting to hear the testimony in the Kwakiutl language.

 

 

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Bookclub:

Hiromi Goto's "Half World" and "Darkest Light"

Many works of young adult literature involve journeys into imaginary worlds. This week on Titles and Tate, our regular book reviewer Nikki Tate-Stratton tells us about Hiromi Goto, a BC author, whose work takes readers to some pretty interesting places.

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Time For Wine:

B.C. wine grapes -- Merlot

This season Troy Townsin looks at wine grapes that make up the bulk of BC's vineyards. This week he focuses on Merlot, a wine grape that is widely planted in British Columbia.

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Former residential students reconciliation

As Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins gathering Island stories about the legacy of residential schools, CBC reporter Catherine Rolfsen looks at aspects of reconciliation.

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Time for Wine, Elizabeth May, and Reconcilation

Our Time for Wine columnist, Troy Townsin, takes a look at the wine grapes that make up the bulk of B.C.'s vineyards. Today we focus on a wine grape that is widely planted in British Columbia -- Merlot.

 

 

Allegations surrounding automated phone calls in the last federal election are ringing loudly in Ottawa this week. Complaints about phone calls redirecting voters to the wrong polling stations have been made in as many as 40 ridings across the country. And Canada's only Green Party MP says her riding was targeted too. Elizabeth May is the Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and the leader of the Green Party.

 

 

It's been an emotional day at the Truth And Reconciliation hearings in Port Hardy. The TRC is on Vancouver Island this week and listening to former residential school students tell their stories. Today, the commission heard from survivors at the the Kwakiutl First Nation, at Fort Rupert, near the Port Hardy airport. Davina Hunt is a band councillor and one of the key organizers of this event.

 

 

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Truth and Reconciliation and seal repellent

There is a lot of discussion right now about the trauma of sexual abuse with the release of the interim report of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission in Canada. Many of the residential schools in BC were run by churches, including the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church has been dealing with on-going cases of sexual abuse within its own parishes, including parishes here in Victoria. A series of lectures called "Healing the Church: Lessons from the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis" will be given by Sister Nuala Kenny, a medical doctor and professor Emeritus of bioethics at Dalhousie University.

 

 

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been travelling the country, gathering stories about the legacy of residential schools and the commission released an interim report today in Vancouver. The commission will be in Port Hardy for the first of several hearings on Vancouver Island. In her ongoing report, CBC news reporter, Catherine Rolfsen, talks about aspects of reconciliation.

 

 

Transient Killer Whales make underwater noises after they have successfully caught, and killed, an animal. And if you are a passing seal, this is your cue to get out of the area. A Comox inventor has decided to use these orca sounds to scare away seals from fishing lines. His invention is called the "Orca-stra." We hear from its inventor, Ron McDonough.

 

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Film Reviews:

Goon and Wanderlust

It's no secret that hockey can sometimes be seen as a violent sport. But now on-ice fights and penalities are hitting the big screen with the in-your-face comedy "Goon." And if the idea of hockey going Hollywood isn't up your alley, our movie reviewer Katherine Monk has a mellower pick. "Wanderlust," starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, may be your kind of film. 

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Not Young Not Old :

Finding funky and fashionable clothing

Star Weiss tells us where the best place to shop is for the over-40 crowd.
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B.C. teachers, Truth and Reconciliation, and media "spin"

Legislating teachers back to work. The minister of education, George Abbott, has made a move in the contract dispute.There isn't much chance of a settlement. For reaction to today's developments we talked with Susan Lambert, President of the BC Teacher's Federation.

 

It's a chance for former residential school students on Vancouver Island to have their stories heard and recorded. Starting next week, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will visit several island communities. At hearings across the country, emotions often run high. Many former students bring in statements of abuse and how residential schools have continued to affect their lives. CBC news reporter, Catherine Rolfsen, has been following this story here on the Island.

 

You can call it "controlling the message" or "spinning the story." Both the media and all levels of government come under frequent fire for how issues are presented. In Victoria there is a forum to discuss how this perception of "spin" colours our view of the justice system. Ian Haysom is one of the panelists for the event. He is the news director for Global News.

 

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Graham, blue bridge, budget, business and higher education

They were looking for riot gear and discovered something else. Victoria's police chief Jamie Graham received a reprimand today. This was after a loaded gun was found in his car. Lisa Cordasco, reporter for CBC Radio, explains.

 

Workers are scrambling under and over the Johnson Street Bridge, prepping the 88 year old structure for demolition. Barricades are up, heavy equipment is running, and a football field sized barge is snuggling up to the doomed bridge. Mike Lai is the Johnson Street Bridge Project Director for the City of Victoria.

 

The provincial government released it's 2012 budget this week. There are some interest groups that are on-board with Minister Kevin Falcon's decisions. Iain Black, president and CEO of the Vancouver Board of Trade and John Treleaven, president of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

 

It's being called one of the toughest BC budgets in many years. The document tabled by finance minister Kevin Falcon put a focus on fiscal prudence rather than spending. The government is looking for "efficiencies" in post secondary education. That caught the attention of Jim Reed, president of BC Colleges.

 

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Food Matters:

Backyard gardening

Dishing the dirt on successful organic farming. Don Genova talks about back-yard gardening movements on the Saanich Peninsula.

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CRD deer cull, HMCS Vancouver, and Andrew Weaver

When it comes to the future of deer in the CRD opinions run strong and contrary especially when it comes to discussing a possible cull. Some think the thousands of does and bucks are a nuisance wandering into city centres and destroying crops on Saanich farms. Others think they are living animals that deserve our care and protection. John Ranns is the chair of the Planning, Transportation & Protective Services Committe for CRD.

 

Last Sunday there was a warm welcome-home for the crew of HMCS Vancouver. Everyone from high-ranking generals to eager young kids greeted the members of the Canadian Forces as they disembarked. The ship was deployed to waters around Libya last summer. David Mazur is the commanding officer of the HMCS Vancouver.

 

As though the discussions over climate change weren't complicated enough already, one of the world's top climate scientists has taken a close look at the burning of coal, natural gas and oil to see which fossil fuel would trigger the biggest increase in world temperatures. You might be surprised by the results. Andrew Weaver is a climate modeller who teaches at the University of Victoria. He was a lead author in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group that, with Al Gore, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

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B.C. Budget and reactions

The Provincial government revealed its budget for the year today. We're still in a deficit but the government plans to be back in black by 2013 or 2014. And to help get there, the government plans to basically sell stuff off. Here is a excerpt of Finance Minister Kevin Falcon speech, introducing the budget.

 

Three reactions to the budget follow. They are from:

*Bruce Ralston, the NDP finance critic and the MLA for Surrey - Whalley,

*John Cummins, the leader of the BC Conservative Party and

*Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Representative for Children and Youth, Province of British Columbia.

 

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Baseball, movie reviews, and internet freedom

The romance of a summer afternoon at the ball park was sorely missing last year in Victoria. The Victoria Seals had vacated their home at the Royal Athletic Park. With them went the peanuts and cracker jacks. But the ballgame may be back. A new venture is in the works for a new baseball team in time for the 2013 summer season as part of the West Coast League based in Portland. Ken Wilson is the president of the West Coast League. He explains. Next Tom Hawthorn, freelance writer and baseball fan, discusses the game and venue in Victoria.

 

Katherine Monk reviews movies for CBC every week. She's also a national film writer for Postmedia news. She reviews "W-E," Madonna's new film about the relationship between Wallace Simpson and Kind Edward VIII and "In Darkness."

 

When Public Safety minister, Vic Toews, introduced the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act he probably didn't expect this kind of reaction.Thousands of Canadians are voicing displeasure with Bill 30 with the help of Twitter and a healthy dose of humour. People are using the tag "Tell Vic Everything" to share the most banal details of their lives. For awhile it was the number two trending topic on Twitter world wide. Lindsey Pinto is with Open Media, a group that lobbies for internet freedom.

 

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Bookclub:

Charlotte Gill wins BC National Book Award

Charlotte Gill's book, "Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe," has won her the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

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Not Young Not Old :

Skiing

With more 65 plus skiers on the slopes than ever before, how are BC ski resorts responding to the Baby Boomer bump?
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Avatar grove, skiing seniors, and Buck oranges

It's a grove of 900 year-old cedars near Port Renfrew and has attracted the attention of everyone from eco-tourists to Al Jazeera.The BC government announced Avatar Grove will be protected from logging. Ken Wu is celebrating this decision. He has spent years advocating for preservation of the area. He is the co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance.

 

With more 65 plus skiers on the slopes than ever before, how are BC ski resorts responding to the Baby Boomer bump? Can we still expect to see discounted senior passes, or is that a thing of the past? Star Weiss has looked into it. She's our Not Young Not Old columnist.

 

They have an unmistakably sweet taste people on Vancouver Island have come to love. Now the California growers behind Buck Brand oranges are giving back to the community. They are taking part in a fundraiser for local hospitals. Grower Lisle Babcock explains.

 

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State of the Arts:

Fashion Recycling

Reuse, recycle and redesign. Jennifer Crumka, State of the Arts columnist, discusses how designers are "up-cycling" new fashions in Victoria.
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Food Matters:

Studying advertising and childhood obesity

Studying advertising and childhood obesity. On Food Matters, Don Genova looks look at research that has made the link between the two.

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Kids' food ads, a stone circle and fashion recycling

Food companies spend billions of dollars a year to advertise their products. Some of that marketing is targeted towards children, even if the foods advertised aren't necessarily part of what health care professionals call a balanced diet. Don Genova looks at one of the first studies to link advertising to childhood obesity.

 

On a desolate and windswept plateau in the High Chilcotin, lies a mysterious circle of white stones. The stones are the size of large couches. Each weighs up to ten tonnes. The circle is almost 30 metres wide. So who, or what made this structure? Andrew Okulitch of Salt Spring Island has a good idea. He's an emeritus scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada.

 

Reduce, re-use, and re-cycle -- important aspects of every industry. In Victoria local fashion designers are now making an effort to cut down on waste, re-use materials, and "up-cycle." Jennifer Crumka, our State of the Arts columnist, tells us how designers are doing this.

 

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"Songbird Delivery," seniors' advocate, and Belfry "repudo" app

A box of chocolates is delightful, but think of the calories! Flowers are always nice, but maybe a bit predictable. An unusual gift on Valentine's Day could come from Katherine Trajan, the owner of "Songbird Delivery" in Victoria. She explains.

 

The B.C. government has outlined a plan to improve services for seniors, including the creation of a new position for a senior's advocate. The plan comes on the same day as BC's ombudsperson released a report outlining the challenges seniors face in B.C. Susan Brice, director of Silver Threads in Victoria, an organization that provides activities and services to people over 55, discusses her reaction to today's announcement.

 

It's a phone application with a funny name. Repudo is a app for smart phones that is being used right now by the Belfry Theatre in Victoria to hide free digital tickets throughout the city. The theatre believes it's the first time this service has been used here. Mark Dusseault, publicist at the Belfry, explains.

 

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Love poems, Jamie Graham, and HMCS Cornerbrook

B.C. book reviewer Nikki Tate Stratton has a romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Love poems! "The Wild Weathers: A Gathering of Love Poems," edited by Ursula Vaira and published by Leaf Press, includes the work of many B.C. poets. Most of these poets, interestingly enough, are women.

 

It's a change that could expand the responsibilities of the police in BC. Last week we heard there would be a review of the provincial justice system. It includes a look at whether police or the crown should decide when charges are laid. Jamie Graham welcomes a change to our current system. He is the chief of police in Victoria.

 

The HMCS Cornerbrook, one of 4 Canadian submarines, hit the ocean floor off the B.C. coast last year. The damage is worse than first reported and pictures are now showing a gaping hole in the hull. David Pugliese is a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and lives in Victoria. He brings us the latest news on the state of the sub.

 

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Bookclub:

Love poems for Valentine's Day

Our B.C. book reviewer Nikki Tate Stratton has a romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day. It's hard to imagine a more romantic way to share time with your sweetie than by reciting a bit of love poetry. Nikki introduces us to "The Wild Weathers: A Gathering of Love Poems," edited by Ursula Vaira.

 

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Michael Enright, Linda Blair and Nancy Argenta

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Interviewing a CBC icon. Host Michael Enright is in town for the Transmission Global Summit. We'll talk about the conference and his career in journalism.


Spinning around. Actor Linda Blair, best known for her role in the Exorcist will be at the Victoria Film Festival tonight. She joins me in studio beforehand.

 

The Pacific Baroque Festival is celebrating music from France during the reign of the Sun King, Louis the 14th. Nancy Argenta is a well known Canadian soprano. She teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and has been helping prepare several of the soloists for the performance

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Not Young Not Old :

A senior-friendly community

Aging populations. Communities are often caught off guard when it comes to planning for their older residents. We'll speak to our Not Young Not Old columnist Star Weiss about how one small Vancouver Island municipality is tackling the challenge of becoming an "age-friendly" community

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Baroque festival, Steve Nash contest winner, a senior friendly community and Vander Zalm libel

This year's Baroque Festival will transport the audience to the court of the Sun King Louis the 14th. We get the details from virtuoso violinist and musical director, Marc Destrube.

 

Making commercials with Steve Nash. A Victoria man has rapped his way into meeting his basketball hero.

 

Communities are often caught off guard when it comes to planning for their older residents. We'll speak to Star Weiss about how one small Vancouver Island area is tackling the challenge of becoming an "age-friendly" community.

 

Getting a verdict. Former premier Bill Vander Zalm has been found guilty of libel. We'll talk to legislative columnist Les Leyne about\ the case and what it means

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Film Reviews:

We Need To Talk About Kevin and Safe House

Katherine Monk reviews 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' and 'Safe House'
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Linda Blair turns heads at CBC Victoria

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Former child actor Linda Blair of The Exorcist, dropped by for a chat with Jo-Ann. She is in town for the Victoria Film Festival

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State of the Arts:

transmission: GLOBAL SUMMIT 2012

Brainstorming with creative giants. State of the Arts columnist Jennifer Chrumka takes you to Transmission - a gathering of artists and innovators in Victoria who are shaping the future of the creative industries

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Food Matters:

Sustainable shellfish

Cracking into the story behind the origins and sustainability of B.C. shellfish. Don Genova will have that story on this week's Food Matters.

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Sustainable shellfish, Langford growth, transmission festival and Victoria amalgamation

Cracking into the story behind the origins and sustainability of B.C. shellfish. Don Genova will have that story on this week's Food Matters.

 

Saying good-bye to the "dog patch". We'll speak with Langford mayor Stuart Young about the population growth that is changing one of the fastest growing cities in Canada

 

Brainstorming with creative giant. On this week's State of the Arts with Jennifer Chrumka we'll take you to Transmission - a gathering of artists and innovators in Victoria who are shaping the future of the creative industries.

 

Sharing ideas about sharing services. Last night there was a public meeting on amalgamation in Greater Victoria. We'll find out what topics came up.

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Victoria amalgamation, new Our Place director and B.C family study

Amalgamation of Greater Victoria communities is the hot topic at a public meeting this week. We'll speak to one of the organizers.

 

Running our place. We meet the new Executive Director of the Victoria drop-in centre.

 

Making families a priority. A new UBC study says Canadians want more support for day-care and parental leave, even if that means fewer dollars for healthcare

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Aboriginal law, Powell River business plan and bicycle house moving

Suggesting a better way. A retired judge says our justice system is 'bad medicine" for Aboriginal Lawbreakers. We'll talk to him about his controversial prescription for a cure.

 

Doing business with a difficult ferry. We find out how businesses in Powell River handle intermittent ferries and high transport costs.

 

Packing-up with pedal power. We hear all about a young Victoria woman who found a unique way to move all her belongings from one house to another

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Victoria Film Festival and the future of natural gas energy in B.C.

The Victoria Film Festival is on until February 12. The city is buzzing with documentary and independent films, music and, of course, a couple of celebrities. John Threlfall, a freelance arts reporter, tells us what to look for in the days to come.

 

Reducing power reserves to sell natural gas -- B.C. premier Christy Clarke has changed B.C.'s goals for power self-sufficiency in order to push ahead with three liquid natural gas plants. John Axsen, assistant professor of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, discusses the environmental risks. Terry Lake, B.C.'s Minister of the Environment, explains the government's perspective.

 

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Film Reviews:

Albert Nobbs and Chronicle

Katherine Monk reviews 'Albert Nobbs' and 'Chronicle'

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Teacher job action, B.C. conservatives and 'Blues Brothers' director John Landis

Gaining admission. The B.C. School Trustees Association is raising concerns that the ongoing labour dispute by BC teachers could hurt students looking to go to university outside the province. We'll hear rom an admissions officer at Queens University whether that's the case.

 

Gaining momentum. With the NDP doing well in the polls, the B.C. Conservative party is also winning over voters. We'll talk to their leader John Cummins.

 

Quoting the Blues Brothers. The director who made the movie about Jake and Elwood, as well as Animal House is coming to Victoria. We meet John Landis.

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Not Young Not Old :

Intergenerational households

In-laws, parents, grandparents and teenage kids all under one roof.  Star Weiss takes a close look at a family who is doing just that, .... very successfully.

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Coming Up:

Friday

The iconic movie The Godfather turns 40 this week. So our pop culture columnist will be taking a look at how Hollywood portrays the mob. And this weekend marks the centennial birthday for Duncan. We'll find out how the community is going to celebrate.

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A grandparents support line, Canpages lay offs and Victoria collects

It's a way to give grandparents raising grandchildren much needed support. A  new phone line for extended relatives who have taken over childcare was created in response to the need. We get feedback. 

 

Ringing an end to the biggest book in your house. Canpages has laid off hundreds of workers all over the country, including in Victoria. So we are asking, is this the end of an era for the big yellow telephone directory?

 

Touring the living rooms of strangers. Arts columnist Jennifer Chrumka takes us to an exhibit where some of Victoria's most remarkable private collections are on display.

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Food Matters:

Shrimp

Sitting down at the table. On Food Matters with Don Genova, we'll talk about why your choice of the shrimp you eat is no small concern.

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Bookclub:

Ferry Tales by Philip Vannini

Collecting ferry tales. A Royal Roads professor has interviewed hundreds of people who use the BC Ferries. He's published a new book with those stories.

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Children and stress, too many teachers and Catalyst Paper troubles

Stressed out parents may be unknowingly stressing out their kids. That's according to David Code, author of "Kids Pick Up on Everything: How Parental Stress is Toxic to Kids".

 

How many teachers are too many? We speak with the Dean of Education of Vancouver Island University.

 

Waiting for news from Catalyst Paper. We'll talk to the mayor of Powell River about what's at stake after one union rejected a new labour contract.

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