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July 2012 Archives

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Trans Canada Highway mile zero

The town of Tofino has a small bone to pick with Victoria laying claim to the Mile Zero title.

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Missing the point

David Anderson says the B.C. premier is missing the point about the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Camp Dinosaur

"Camp Dinosaur" is the most popular summer camp ever held at the Royal BC Museum.

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State of the Arts:

Big Mama: The Willie Mae Thornton Story

State of the Arts columnist Jennifer Chrumka meets the cast and asks them why this story continues to inspire.

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Premier's meeting in Halifax

Nick Gamache, producer of CBC's The House, has been watching this week's developments.

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London Blogger

We check in with Kristi Fuoco, Vancouver Sun Blogger, in London at the summer games.

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London summer games anthem

Is London's summer games anthem the worst Olympic song ever?

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Auditing the Legislative assembly

Political columnist with the Victoria Times Colonist, Les Leyne, on the auditor general's report into MLA and Legislative assembly expenses.

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Universal childcare costs

B.C.'s minister of Children and Family Development, Mary McNeil, on the proposal for universal childcare in B.C.

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Cleaning up our act

Marine oil spill expert, Gerald Graham, on the shortfalls of our federal oil spill regulations.

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The Garden Path:

Budding garlic bulbs

Gardener Carolyn Herriot tells us how to grow good garlic.

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The Garden Path:

Slow Baked Garlic

Gardener Carolyn Harriot tells us how to slow bake garlic bulbs.

SLOW BAKED GARLIC

6 bulbs garlic
½ cup (125 mL) olive oil
Salt & pepper
Sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary

 
Preheat oven to 275°F (135°C). Chop ½-inch (1 cm) off the top of the 
bulbs to expose the tips of the individual cloves. Place the bulbs on 
a baking dish. Pour or brush the olive oil over the bulbs. Season 
with salt and pepper. Cover and bake with sprigs of thyme (or 
rosemary) for 25-30 minutes, baste and cook another 15 minutes or 
until soft.
 
Slow baking makes garlic sweet and nutty and takes the bite out of it.
Squeeze the paste from the cloves onto a warm baguette.
 
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Debrief on government deficit

CBC reporter Stephen Smart talks about the BC government's finances.

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Hosting Alberta's proposed pipeline

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is demanding compensation for a proposed pipeline that would carry Alberta oil to Kitimat.

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BC's childcare system

Advocates are pushing for a $10 dollar a day childcare system in British Columbia.

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Food Matters:

Nanoose Edibles

Food Matters columnist, Don Genova shares the quiet, pastoral fields of Nanoose Edibles in all of its summer glory.


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NDP talk pipeline

Leader of the B.C. NDP, Adrian Dix, on the B.C. government's pipeline position.

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Doctors denied dollars

ER physician at Cowichan District Hospital, Jim Halvorson, on his class action lawsuit with the B.C. government.

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Pipeline politics

Professor emeritus in political science at UVic, Norman Ruff, gives a political analysis of the B.C. government's pipeline demands.

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Provincial pipeline position

Executive director of the Living Oceans Society, Karen Wristen, on the B.C. government's stance on the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Scientific sewage

Professor emeritus in the school of earth and ocean sciences at UVic, Chris Garrett, on Greater Victoria's proposed sewage treatment system.

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Conditional oil

Legislative reporter at the Vancouver Sun, Jonathan Fowlie, on the provincial government's five requirements Enbridge must fulfill to build the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Bookclub:

The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

B.C. book reviewer Nikki Tate doesn't lie as she takes us through the pages of The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook.

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Leading ladies

Journalist and associate editor for Boulevard Magazine, Vivian Smith, on the barriers women face in male-dominated fields.

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Metchosin Sheepdog Trials

Organizer of the 20th annual Metchosin Sheepdog Trial, Martha McHardy, talks with Kelly Nakatsuka about the weekend event.

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Baleen breakers

Surfer and owner of Chocolate Tofino, Cam Shaw, talks about his recent encounter with a juvenile grey whale.

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Coming Up:

Monday

Making up for lost savings by working through the retirement years. It's what a new poll says many Canadians are having to do, just to stay afloat. We'll have the details at 4:10.
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Buskers come to town

Executive director of the Victoria International Busker's Festival, John Vickers, and Argentinian soccer ball juggler, Victor Rubilar, talk about The Victoria International Busker's Festival.

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BYOW B.C.

President and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, Ian Tostenson, on B.C. residents bringing their own wine to restaurants.

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Alberta's shifting opinion

Executive director of Public Interest Alberta, Bill Moore Kilgannon, on the shifting opinion of Albertans regarding the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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The Garden Path:

Bountiful berries

Gardener Carolyn Herriot tells us about summer berries.

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The Garden Path:

Berry yummy sponge cake

Preheat oven to 350 (190C)

Lightly grease a 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan
 
1 cup (250 mL) raw cane sugar
3/4 cup (168 gr) butter
1 lemon, peel and zest
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. (30 mL) milk
1 tsp. (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup (175 mL) unbleached white flour
3/4 cup (175 mL ) whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. (7 mL) baking powder
Pinch salt (if using unsalted butter)
 
Beat the sugar and the butter until smooth and creamy. Whisk the eggs, lemon, milk and vanilla extract together. Sift the dry ingredients together. Using a wooden spoon gradually blend the wet and the dry ingredients to form a smooth batter. With a spatula spread this batter into the baking pan. Press fresh berries of your choice generously into the batter to cover. You can use berries from the freezer for year round sponges.
 
Reduce the oven to 325 (160C) and bake for 30 minutes, or until the sponge is lightly browned on top and feels firm to the touch. Test with a toothpick to make sure that the sponge is cooked in the centre. Leave to cool and cut into squares for serving.
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Atleo's re-election

VP of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, and chief of the Kwicksutaineuk-Ah-Kwaw-Ah-Mish First Nation, Bob Chamberlin, on Shawn Atleo's second term as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

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Sentencing Hopley

CBC reporter, Bob Keating, on the first day of Randall Hopley's sentencing hearing.

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Liberal liquor distribution

Leader of the B.C. NDP, Adrian Dix, on the privatization of B.C.'s Liquor distribution system.

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Food Matters:

Cook's compendium

Food columnist Don Genova tells us about his summer reading list.

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Public market progress

Board member of the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society, Stefan Morales, on developing a year-round public market.

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Acidic ocean

CEO of Island Scallops, Rob Saunders, on ocean acidification and what it means for BC shellfish.

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Coming Up:

Friday

Documenting the plight of elephants in the wild. We'll hear from a Saturna Island filmmaker whose been in Thailand for the past two years working on a film "Return to the Forest." We'll talk to her in Chang Mai.
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Summer care

Friends and caregivers of Lee-Anne Peters, Erin Kapela and Corelli Mattice, talk about their fundraising campaign "The Last Summer of Lee-Anne."

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Project Life Saver

Executive Director of the We Rage We Weep Alzheimer's Foundation, Marjorie Moulton, talks about Project Life Saver; a GPS for people with dementia and Alzheimer's.

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State of the Arts:

The Moss Street Paint-In turns 25

On State of the Arts we'll find out how the milestone is being marked and hear from an artist who was there in the early days.

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Restoring the St Margaret School chapel


A decades-old chapel in Duncan is getting a face-lift. Sounds from the site.

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Victoria waste water treatment plant

Langford councillor Denise Blackwell tells us about plans for a new waste water treatment in Victoria.

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Booknibblr

We'll meet the Sooke couple behind booknibblr, a social media site for book lovers.

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Time For Wine:

Ortega and Pinot Gris

Rocky Creek Ortega 2010 $20

Averill Creek Pinot Noir 2008 $26

Blue Grouse Black Muscat 2009 $26

22 Oaks Pinot Gris 2010 $TBC

Alderlea Pinot Gris 2010 $21

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Johnson's Landslide

Soil specialist, Greg Utzig, talks about the massive landslide at Johnson's Landing.

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Buffy Sainte Marie Part 5

Part 5 of Jo-Ann's interview with iconic musician Buffy Sainte Marie.

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Choir crowned national champs

Founder and president of the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir, Cindy Peñafiel, and choir conductor, Wade Noble, talk about winning the national choir championship.

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Film Reviews:

Ice Age Continental Drift and Beasts of the Southern Wild

Katherine Monk reviews two new films.

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BC drinking driving law changes

BC's tough drunk driving rules may have been found partly unconstitutional, but a judge ruled today that the people dinged under the regime still have to pay up. We'll get reaction from the Victoria lawyer involved in the case.

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Buffy Sainte Marie Part 4

Part 4 of Jo-Ann's interview with iconic folk singer Buffy Sainte Marie.

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The Garden Path:

Peas, potatoes and pesto

Gardener Carolyn Herriot  talks about how to make the best of a cool wet spring.

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On the Garden Path pesto recipe

Hey Presto Pesto!

2 cups fresh basil (leaves only)
2 garlic cloves
½ cup (125 mL) chopped almonds, walnuts, cashews or pine nuts (your 
preference)
½ cup (125 mL) olive oil
½ cup (125 mL) fresh Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. (1 mL) salt to taste
 
Whirl basil, garlic and nuts in a processor till blended. Add olive 
oil in a slow steady stream until smooth paste formed. Add Parmesan 
to mix. Cover with a thin layer of olive oil to prevent discoloration 
and refrigerate in an airtight jar. Good for 2-3 weeks. Alternatively 
freeze in ice cube trays and use cubes as needed.
 
Excerpt from 'The Zero Mile Diet, a Year-round Guide to Growing 
Organic Food' by Carolyn Herriot (Harbour Publishing).
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Tla'amin gain self-government

Chief councillor of the Tla'amin First Nation, Clint Williams, on what the newly approved treaty means for his people.

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Buffy Sainte Marie Part 3

Part 3 of Jo-Ann's interview with iconic musician Buffy Sainte Marie.

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Return of the wolves

Hakai-Raincoast Scholar & Assistant Professor in Geography at UVIC, Chris Darimont, on the rise of wolf sightings on Vancouver Island.

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Planning the Salish Express

Mayor of Langford, Stew Young, on the Salish Express, and his city's need of it.

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Food Matters:

Better your barbecue

Food columnist Don Genova gives us some tips on the best accessories to help you enjoy your outdoor cooking this summer.

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Waterworks Garden Art






Comox artist Douglas Walker's Waterworks Garden Sculptures

 
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Buffy Sainte Marie Part 2

Part 2 of Jo-Ann's interview with iconic musician Buffy Sainte Marie.

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Enbridge slipping on oil

The leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, Tom Mulcair, on the Kalamazoo spill, and the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Crude conflict reignited

Conservative Senator, Richard Neufeld, on the Kalamazoo oil spill, and what it means for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. 

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Canadian Open Chess Championships

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Remembering the chief

Curator of archaeology at the Royal BC Museum, Grant Keddie, reminisces about the life of Robert Sam, long-time chief of the Songhees First Nation.

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First Nation electrification

Chief councilor of the Uchucklesaht tribe government, Charlie Cootes, on the village of Elhateese's switch from diesel generators to a new power system.

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Buffy Sainte Marie Part 1

Part 1 of Jo-Ann's interview with iconic musician Buffy Sainte Marie.

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Liberal pride

Interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob Rae, on what brought him to the island and the future of the Liberal Party.

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Bookclub:

The Tinsmith by Tim Bowling

B.C. book reviewer Nikki Tate tells us about Tim Bowling's civil war era novel The Tinsmith.

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Fighting malware

PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, Christopher Parsons, on the DNS Changer malware that could leave thousands of Canadians without internet.

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History of hill racing

Motor sport historian, Vince Howlett, and former sports car racer, Dave Cooper, talk about the glory days of hill racing on Mount Doug Park and across Vancouver Island.

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The Garden Path:

The start of summer





Walking the garden path. Carolyn Herriot starts her summer column with us by inviting us to tour her garden.

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Ryder Hesjedal's dad

Crashing out. Victoria cyclist Ryder Hesjedal has been involved in a huge pile-up at the Tour de France. We'll talk to Ryder's father about the ups and downs of his season so far.
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Film Reviews:

The Amazing Spider-Man and Katy Perry: Part of Me

Katherine Monk reviews the newest Spider-Man movie, and a documentary about Katy Perry's life, on and off-stage.

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State of the Arts:

A plenitude of perspectives

Celebrating diversity. Jennifer Chrumka tells us about a new magazine being launched in Victoria that brings queer writers to the forefront.

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In the belly of a bird

Graduate student at UBC's Department of Zoology, Stephanie Avery-Gomm, on a new study involving seabirds that suggests plastic pollution off our coast has reached surprising levels.

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Big Bad's birthday

Co-owner of the Strathcona hotel, Grant Olson, talks about Big Bad John's 50th birthday, and the landmark's colourful history.

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Food Matters:

20 years of wine

Food columnist Don Genova tells us about an award winning wine from Vancouver Island, and the history behind it.

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Probable god particle

UVIC particle physicist, Michel Lefebvre, on the discovery of a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

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Erecting an aerie

Bird lover, Janis MacDougall, talks about how she and her neighbors built a nest for a homeless eagle family.

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Dramatic return to Canada

Actor and musician, Gary Farmer, talks about his role in Blue Bridge Theatre's production Of Mice and Men, as well as the state of aboriginal rights in Canada.

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Local musician tackles ALS

Victoria musician, Kathryn Calder, talks about her mother's fight with Lou Gehrig's Disease, and how it's affected her recent works.

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Coming Up:

Monday

Tired of lending out your stuff and having it treated badly?

Jane Testar, CBC's expert of etiquette, helps put an end to bad borrowing in this edition of Miss Conduct.

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Soggy summer stalls crops

Owner of Oldfield Orchard in Saanichton, Raphael Guite, on the late summer and what it means for farmers.

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Clark's new press secretary

Professor of Culture and Communications at Royal Roads University, David Black, on Christy Clark's decision to appoint Mike Morton as her new press secretary.

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International Choral Kathaumixw

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The Land Conservancy restructuring

We find out from The Land Conservancy of B.C. head Alistair Craighead about the recent restructuring at the organization.
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Talking tourism

The Canada Day weekend is traditionally the beginning of the summer holidays, and a critical time for the tourist operators. We'll check in with Tourism Victoria head Robert Gialloreto.
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Saltspring Island art show

A chat with Saltspring Island sculptor Kathy Venter.

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Assisted Migration Forestry Trial

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Hey Ocean does Arcade Fire