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October 2012 Archives

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Growing farmers to grow food. A farm incubator program is being proposed for the Cowichan Valley, where aspiring farmers can learn all about becoming a farmer.
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Ariel Seidman-Wright

Bracing for the storm in the big apple. We speak to an actress from Victoria who's living in New York and dealing with the storm.

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Victoria emergency coordinator Rob Johns

This weekend's tsunami scare for North Vancouver Island has many wondering what would happen if a tidal wave threatened the provincial capital.

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State of the Arts:

Remembering Graham Forsythe

We hear the story of this celebrated landscape artist who spent the first half of his life seeing only in shadows and the second half filling canvasses with brilliant colour.

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Nathan Cullen on Northern Gateway

The hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline resumed today in Prince George. We hear from MP Nathan Cullen who was one of those who was asking questions today.

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Mapping wellness in Canada

Victoria has been selected to be part of a nation-wide health survey. Hundreds of people will be asked to participate, beginning next week. Here's a preview of the questions asked.
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Bookclub:

Susan Moloney's best Halloween books

"Rosemary's Baby" by Ira Levin

"The Ruins" by Scott Smith

"Enter, Night" by Michael Rowe

"1408" by Stephen King

"Every House Is Haunted" by Ian Rogers.

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Time For Wine:

Fermentation

Fermenting into fall. Our time for Wine Columnist Troy Townsin will be here, and this week, he'll take a look at the fermenation process and recommend some well-fermented vintages.

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Rocky Creek Pinot Gris 2011- $19.90

Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2010 - $25

Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2011 - $17.90

Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2010 - $30

Rocky Creek Katherine's Sparkle - $30

 

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Bellingham flights

How far off-the-island are people willing to go to get a deal? An American airline is offering unbeatably cheap flights from Bellingham. We talk to a travel agent about the impact it could have on island travelers.

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An underwater pumpkin carving contest

Taking pumpkin carving to the next level. We check in on a Comox Valley competition where carvers tackle the task twenty feet underwater.

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The life of P.K. Page

Chronicling a life. We talk to Sandra Djwa about her new exhaustive biography of one of Canada's literary lions, Vancouver islander P.K page.

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Film Reviews:

Chasing Mavericks and Smashed

Surfing for meaning. Movie reviewer Katherine Monk looks at the films "Chasing Mavericks" and "Smashed."

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Tom Hawthorne's "Deadlines"

Tom Hawthorne writes beautiful obituaries because he believes it enlightens and entertains and fills us in on BC History.

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Ladies Choice

Revamping online dating. We meet the men behind Ladies Choice Victoria, a new dating site where women make the first move.

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Climate Change

University of Michigan professor Andy Hoffman says climate change has become a polarized issue that people take sides on based on culture and ideology, not scientific understanding.

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The importance of culture in the climate change debate.

Exploring the social side of climate change. University of Michigan Professor Andy Hoffman who says culture, not science, is the more powerful force in the climate change debate. Hear what he has to say on the live webcast of the talk he is giving at the University of Victoria this week.
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The Hakai Beach Institute

Creating a science island. We'll talk to the man who poured his own money into setting up an ecology research centre off the coast of Vancouver Island.

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Business backs the pipeline

Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty says the Northern Gateway Project is in the country's best interest. We'll hear his business point of view.

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Helen Austin

Comox Valley singer songwriter Helen Austin is launching her first CD for kids today. She joins us to talk about 'Always be a Unicorn'.

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Food Matters:

Cooking with the October harvest

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Food Matters columnist Don Genova has tips and recipes for cheaper ingredients which are locally produced, including your Halloween pumpkins!

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B.C. book publisher Robert Ballantyne

Venerable  publishing house  Douglas and McIntyre has applied for bankruptcy protection. We'll find out how the rest of the industry is reacting to the news.

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Wine lawyer Mark Hicken

A major fundraiser for the Belfry theatre has been cancelled because they aren't allowed to auction off donated wine. We'll hear about the impact of this little-known liquor rule.

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Presidential debates round three

Looking beyond their borders. Last's night's presidential debate was on foriegn policy. University of Victoria political science professor Janni Aragon will help us determine what it says about America's position in the world.

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Time For Wine:

The crush

Wine columnist Troy Townsin talks about the difference between crush and press wines. 

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Stoneboat Chorus 2011- $17.90

JoieFarm Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 - $40

Laughing Stock Pinot Gris 2011 - $22

Stags Hollow Con-Fusion 2011- $17.90

River Stone Corner Stone 2009- $28.50

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Lauren Fairweather and Sage Birley

Going the distance. We hear from a few of the young protesters who risked arrest to protest the Enbridge pipeline.

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Richard Neufeld

The "Defend our Coast" sit-in has ended. We hear what this act of civil disobedience meant for decision makers at the federal level when we speak with BC Conservative senator.

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Joan and (Grand Chief) Stewart Philip

We hear from a First Nations couple from the Okanagan who travelled to Victoria to show solidarity in the fight against the Northern Gateway project.

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Protest books

Turning the pages around activism. Our B.C. book reviewer Nikki Tate-Stratton shares some novels about peaceful protests.

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Lifting the moratorium

Just off our shores under the sea there's oil. We'll look at the implications of lifting the offshore oil moratorium here in British Columbia.

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Monday


 

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Scenes from the Enbridge pipeline protest

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Mading Ngor

We hear the story of a South Sudanese man whose violent childhood prompted him to train as a journalist in Canada. Now he's being honoured by Royal Roads University.

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Marketplace drills for dentists

The CBC's Marketplace has some advice for your next visit to the dentist. It has found that treatment plans and fees can vary greatly. We'll hear more from a researcher who visited more than twenty dentists!

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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Helping children in crisis. B.C's children watchdog is launching a review into mental health services for young people. We ask her about the red flags she's seeing.

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"Paper Boy" and "Ta Chi Zero"

Katherine Monk reviews "Paperboy" and "Tai Chi Zero."

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"Crossing The Line"

Derek Sanderson tells us how he went from NHL stardom to sleeping on a park bench in just a few short years due to addiction.

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We Day celebrations

WE Day Celebrations in Vancouver brought together 20,000 young people from across B.C. We'll hear from some Island students on their way home from the big event.

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Nanaimo boy suing XL Foods

A Nanaimo boy is suing the meat processing plant after he allegedly fell ill from tainted beef. We hear from his lawyer.

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Round two for the presidential debates

Fighting over facts. The second round of presidential debates featured several lively sparring matches. We'll get analysis of the increasing focus on women from Uvic political science professor Janni Aragon.

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Reporting on a suicide

Media outlets do not generally report on suicides because of a concern that exposure could lead to copycat behaviour. The Canadian Psychiatric Association has a guide for reporters on what it feels are the right ways to report on it. We speak with one of it's creators.

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Bill Gaston

In his latest novel Bill Gaston brings together the stories stretching from a leper's colony on D'arcy Island off Victoria to Nepal. He joins us to talk about The World.

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Food Matters:

The Gold Medal Plates competition

Making an award-winning menu. Tofino chef Nicholas Nutting tosses his toque into the ring for another shot at winning the Gold Medal Plates competition. Food columnist Don Genova tells us more.

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Raffi

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Singing along to children's songs. A big treat for us here on All Points West, the iconic children's performer Raffi joins us in studio.

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Coming Up:

Monday

The Fraser Institute would like us to drill for oil just off our shores. And they point to the country of Norway as a success. We'll get a closer look at how Norway runs their industry.

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Maria and Anna Cragg

Being the solution. Two teenagers in Sidney heard about Amanda Todd's suicide and decided to do act. We hear how they've created a safe, positive space in cyberspace.

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Jill Barber down under

Singer Jill Barber was on the Air Canada flight that assisted in a marine rescue of the coast of Australia this week. We get a first hand account from her.

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State of the Arts:

The First Nations and Metis Art Show

Mixing old and new. An art show in Sidney highlights the best in First Nations art from people right across the country, both traditional and contemporary.

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Murray Rankin

Jo-Ann talks to Murray Rankin, the newly nominated federal NDP candidate for Victoria.

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Sexism in bullying

Amanda Todd's death has triggered a national conversation about bullying. But some say we should be looking at the sexism Amanda endured.

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Michael Dowd

Thanking God for Evolution. We hear from a self-proclaimed evolutionary evangelist who is working to bring an understanding between science and Christianity.

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Time For Wine:

The harvest

Harvesting grapes. Our Time for Wine Columnist Troy Townsin will be by with a look at the local wine harvest and with some recommendations for your wine glass.

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Painted Rock Syrah 2009 - $40   

Hester Creek Reserve Merlot 2008  - $27)

Jackson Triggs Okanagan Entourage Sparkling Chardonnay 2011 - $30  

Clos du Soleil - $28 (half bottle)

Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2011 - $17

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Another closely watched debate

The vice-presidential debates picked up the pace after a lackluster first round. Our resident America-watcher Janni Aragon will help us sift through the reaction.

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Trading ink for oil

Island media mogul David Black held a public meeting recently about his idea to build a refinery in Kitimat. We hear how it went.

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The art of cocktail

Lots of shaking and stirring at the Art of the Cocktail. Mixologist and writer Nick Nemeth gives us a liquid preview.

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Tuesday

Singing along to children's songs. A big treat for us here on All Points West. The iconic children's performer Raffi joins us in studio in our second hour.

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Film Reviews:

Seven Psychopaths and Argo

Katherine Monk reviews "Seven Psychopaths" and Argo."

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Derek's dream comes true

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Allison Metznet, Derek Russell's mom, says Derek was thrilled when he realized his dream of meeting Justin Bieber.

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Concerns about Enbridge Pipeline

The B.C. government says Enbridge isn't taking the concerns of British Columbians seriously. We hear from Geoff Plant, the man spearheading the province's cross-examination.

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Doping cyclists

Several high profile cyclists have admitted doping and they're accusing former champ Lance Armstrong. We take a look inside this scandal with a cycling coach and anti-doping expert.

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Bringing the burger back home

The Canada-wide beef recall has many calling for smaller-scale, local meat production. We talk tofood security expert Aleck Ostry about what needs to change to make that possible.

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Food Matters:

Having your beef locally

Food Matters columnist Don Genova will be by with some tips to help you find alternatives to beef packed in high-volume plants like XL in Alberta.

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Bookclub:

Mark Zuelkhe

Breaking Out from Juno. The latest book in the Canadian Battle Series is one of the nominees for this year's Butler book prize. Mark Zuelkhe joins us to talk about the battles that were the conclusion to D-Day.

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Gay and lesbian travel

There's a conference in Victoria about how to make this region a tourist destination for the gay and lesbian community. We meet the co-founder of Travel Gay Canada.

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Friday

Searching for gold. We'll take a peak inside one of Victoria's hidden treasures -- the masonic temple on Fisgard Street. We'll hear what the lodge has planned for it's anniversary this year.
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Bookclub:

Bill Humber's hockey book recommendations

Dave Bidini - ECW Press - A Wild Stab For It: This Is Game 8 From Russia

Leesa Culp, Gregg Drinnan, Bob Wilkie - Dundurn Press - Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos

Tal Pinchevsky - John Wiley and Sons Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL - the untold story of great escapes

Tom Bartsiokas, Corey Long - Women's Press Literary - Angela James: The First Superstar of Women's Hockey
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A sign of things to come?

Foreshadowing the future. Is this hot, dry spell on Vancouver Island the sign of what's to come? We hear from climate change researcher Richard Hebda.

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Joni Mitchell's creative odyssey

 

 

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A new book about Joni Mitchell details the artistic life of the Canadian-born music legend. We speak with author Katherine Monk.

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Willie Lam and Peter Bowles

Going the distance. We hear about two Victoria men who finished the Good Life Fitness marathon a few days early while raising lot's of money for a good cause.

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E. coli warnings

A Canada-wide e-coli scare has hit Vancouver Island. We hear how the health authority is responding and what you should be doing to protect your health.

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Bookclub:

Kit Pearson

Victoria author Kit Pearson talks about the inspiration behind her depression era novel The Whole Truth and its sequel, Nothing But the Truth.

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Caitlyn Vernon.

Caitlyn Vernon grew up hiking and kayaking on the west coast. She tells us how she drew on those memories in writing an award winning book to inspire today's kids

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Wednesday

Finding reason for optimism. On its 20th anniversary, the B.C. Treaty Commission is celebrating some successes. We'll hear from chief commissioner Sophie Pierre about where the momentum is coming from.

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Rachel Fisher, Heather Stretch and Robin Tunnicliffe

Spilling all the dirt. We talk to the three woman about the book they wrote on their experience as organic farmers on Vancouver Island.

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Victoria micro-lofts

Living in 300 square feet? We hear about the micro-lofts planned for Victoria's Janion building and whether you can afford one!

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Rethinking food

Best-selling author Raj Patel joins us to talk about his quest for local solutions to the global food crises and whether there are any lessons to be learned for Canada's beef industry.

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Tuesday

Foreshadowing the future. Is this hot, dry spell on Vancouver Island the sign of what's to come? We'll hear from a climate change researcher.

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Ideas man Paul Kennedy

CBC host Paul Kennedy is in town to run in the Victoria Marathon. He is giving a talk about Kenyan runners and his work in the African country.

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Bookclub:

Pam Porter

Governor General award winning author Pam Porter's latest book for young adults is written in free verse. We find out why that works so well.

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Film Reviews:

Taken 2, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Frankenweenie

Katherine Monk reviews the latest film releases.

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Debating musical merits

Winnipeg beat Victoria's bid to host the 2014 Junos. We debate the musical merits of both cities.

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Young voters inspired by Justin Trudeau?

Does Justin Trudeau have what it takes to get young people engaged in politics?

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Trudeaumania 2.0

Pop culture columnist and author Geoff Pervere talks about the Trudeau legacy and what that could mean for the son of 'Canada's greatest pop star'.

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"High Steaks" author Eleanor Boyle

Questioning your meat. The Canada-wide e-coli scare is just one side-effect of industrial beef production. We talk to the author of a new book on the meat industry about what we should learn from this recall.

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POV does Macbeth

Toiling with trouble. This week Pacific Opera Victoria presents Verdi's take on the Scottish play. We hear from it's two directors.

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Coming Up:

Friday

It was a close call for the International Space Station this week. It nearly had to adjust course to avoid colliding with debris from an old satellite. We'll find out what scientists are doing about "space junk."
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Youth poet laureate

Searching for the next Shakespeare. The city of Victoria is looking for its first ever youth poet laureate. We hear from two of the judges.

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Rising ferry fares

Ferry fares are going up ridership is going down. There are no easy solutions, but taxpayer advocate Jordan Bateman has some ideas.

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Silken Laumann on Mike Spracklen

Rowing Canada is not bringing back Mike Spracklen, one of the most decorated, and yet controversial coaches in rowing history. We'll hear from Silken Laumann about this decision.

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State of the Arts:

Graphic Novels

State of the Arts Columnist Jennifer Chrumka looks at graphic novels and introduces us to one of Canada's best known cartoonist

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Food Matters:

Pacific Rim food sourcing

Restaurant owners bond together to make sure they get the best local ingredients out on the Pacific Rim. Food Matters columnist Don Genova has an inside look.

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William Deverell

Another Victoria Book Prize nominee is William Deverell. He talks about the latest Arthur Beauchamp novel and his own life so far.

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Film review of "Won't Back Down" and "Looper"

CBC's film reviewer, Katherine Monk, discusses "Won't Back Down" and "Looper."

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Bookclub:

Madeline Sonik

We continue our conversation with Victoria Book Prize nominated authors. Today, Madeline Sonik talks about her acclaimed book of short stories based on her turbulant upbringing.

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B.C. Ferries fare hikes

B.C. Ferries' Commissioner has approved a four per cent fare increase next spring. We find out what's behind the numbers and what it will mean for coastal communities.

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Christy Clark in Alberta

Premier Christy Clark was in Calgary. Her visit included a meeting with Alberta's Premier Allison Redford.The two met for just 15 minutes to discuss their positions on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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TEDx has ideas worth spreading

Some of the world's brightest minds have had their messages broadcast via TED talks online.

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Bookclub:

Esi Edugyan

We begin a series of interviews with authors nominated for this year's Victoria Book Prizes. First up, Esi Edugyan tells us what is means to be honoured at home.

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Wednesday

We take a trip to the West Coast in our Food Matters column.  Don Genova will tell us about a culinary guild in Tofino and Ucluelet that ensures restaurants at the end of the road still get fresh B.C. produce.

 

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MS trials

B.C. will soon host clinical trials for a controversial vein-opening procedure for people with MS. We hear what it could mean for those suffering from the disease.

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The end of an era for the Orange Hall

A much-loved little Victoria music hall is closing this weekend. We reminisce about the venerable venue with bluegrass musician Alan Law.

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Time For Wine:

The growing season

Our Time for Wine guy Troy Townsin joins us from the Okanagan Wine Festival. Today's topic is the growing season. He also tells us about Tinhorn Creek CEO  and wine blogger Sandra Oldfield's Cab Franc Tuesday 2012.

 

He also recommends some new wines:

Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc 2010 - $20

Hester Creek Character Red 2010 $19.90

Quinta Ferriera Syrah 2009 - $29.90 (named Best Red at Fall Okanagan Wine Awards 2012)

Arrowleaf First Crush Red 2010 - $16

Peller Estates Family Series Pinot Gris 2011- $13