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November 2012 Archives

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Film Reviews:

Anna Karenina and Killing Them Softly

Katherine Monk reviews two films, "Anna Karenina" and "Killing Them Softly."

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Ken Lavigne performs charity Christmas concert

Ken is hosting his annual Christmas fundraiser concert on Monday night. We talk with him and his vocal coach, Selena James.

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Sustainable forestry on Cortes Island

Rex Weyler, Greenpeace co-founder and Cortes Island resident, is trying to convince Island Timberlands to work with the community to create a sustainable logging plan for the contested forest.

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Urban Older Workers Program

The B.C. government is launching a plan to re-train workers over the age of 55. We get the details from Ralph Sultan, Minister of State for Seniors.

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Paul Spong

Authorities in the US are considering removing Southern resident killer whales from the protected species list. We'll get reaction from orca expert Paul Spong.

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Cortes logging protest

Standing their ground. Protesters are interrupting plans to log a parcel of land on Cortes Island. We hear from Island Timberlands.

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Uniting behind the United Way

Marching with the United Way. We find out how the Canadian Labour Conference is a major supporter of the charity.

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Food Matters:

Urban farming

Digging in the dirt, downtown. Don Genova visits an agricultural enterprise which is having positive effects on the surrounding community.

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Looking for a Qatar hero

The Doha Climate Conference kicked off this week with dire warnings about melting permafrost. We check in with a B.C. Climate scientist about what to expect, and what NOT to expect from Canada at these climate talks.

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Victoria byelection debrief

Claiming a win, even from second place. We look back at the by-election result in Victoria with Uvic political scientist Jamie Lawson.

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Kafka the Musical

Dr. Who fans take note. Music director Murray Gold will join me in studio to talk about his involvement with the iconic British TV show and his new project, a musical about Franz Kafka.

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State of the Arts:

Cracking the Nutcracker

On State of the Arts, Jennifer Chrumka will take us behind the scenes of one of the most celebrated classical ballets.

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Cat adoption program

The BC SPCA is hoping you're in the mood to adopt a cat. They're dealing with a glut of felines right now, and are making it more afordable to adopt one.

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BCFed candidate Michelle Laurie

The BC Federation of Labour members are set to vote on their leadership. We talk to the candidate who is challenging long-time president Jim Sinclair.

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Denman gets a cable ferry

BC Ferries is going ahead with a cable ferry for Denman Island. We hear from the Ferry Corporation and get some local reaction.

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Sitka

Selling Canadian cool. You could travel south today for the deals, or you shop locally, for an internationally-desired brand. We'll get the story on Sitka.

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The return of the PST

A newspaper editorial today suggests that some PST exemptions might not return when the tax does, but is that true? We'll find out from columnist Les Leyne.

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Tuesday

Tired of battling the shopping mall in search of the perfect holiday gift?  Why not just print it out instead?  3D printing has gone from a high end technology for quick industrial prototyping, to the basement hobbyist's cool DIY toy.  Tech columnist Nora Young asks whether this technology could spell a sea change in manufacturing.
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Time For Wine:

Packaging

Time for Wine columnist Troy Townsin continues his look at the wine making process. Today it's all about packaging the beverage.

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Gray Monk Odessey White Brut - $16.99 half bottle, $24.99 bottle, $44.99 magnum

Fort Berens 23 Camels Red -$18.99 a bottle or $399 for a 19.5 litre stainless steel keg

Haywire Crush Pad Red - $54 for a 3 litre bag in a box (= 4 bottles)

Rocky Creek Pinot Gris 2011 - $20 (with a zork cap)

Joie Farm Riesling 2011 - $23

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Film Reviews:

Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook

Katherine Monk reviews movies "Life of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook."

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Elizabeth May wins "Parliamentarian of the Year" award

Elizabeth May, the Saanich-Gulf Islands representative, wins "Parliamentarian of the Year" award from the House of Commons.

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Mustard Seed donation crisis

The Mustard Seed has been dealt a "critical" blow after finding out that there will be no "Navy Lights" festival this year. They're scrambling to make up for $30,000 in lost donations.

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Victoria Symphony premieres new work

R. Murray Schafer is premiering a new work, "Figures in the Night Passing," for the Victoria Symphony.

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Jian Ghomeshi in Victoria

Going back to 1982. CBC host Jian Ghomeshi reads from his new book, and talks about his desire to be just like Bowie

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Oak Bay flood insurance

Cleaning up and then paying up! After the flooding in Oak Bay many are wondering who will foot the bill for damages. We hear from insurance expert David Porter.

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Child Poverty

A new report finds nearly fifteen per cent of B.C. children live in poverty. We talk to Dr John Millar about the public health implications and the possible solutions.

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Food Matters:

Slow cooking

Slow-cooking your way out of the winter doldrums. Food Matters columnist Don Genova will be by with some treats that definitely qualify as slow food.

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The Jumbo Glacier Resort

Building a municipality before a town even exists. The Jumbo Glacier Resort near Invermere now has a mayor and two councillors without anyone to serve. We'll speak with Bill Bennett the minister responsible.

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Saying no to women bishops

The Church of England has decided not to allow women to be bishops. We get reaction from a female priest, with the Anglican Church of Canada.

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Hobbit professor Tim Haskett

Mining Middle Earth. A new course at the University of Victoria is set to delve deep into the writings of Tolkien. We talk hobbits, wizards and orcs with the historian behind the new class.

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Wednesday

Going back to 1982. We'll hear Jian Ghomeshi read from his new book and about his desire to be just like Bowie

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B.C. lottery winner shares his luck

A Terrace lottery winner is sharing his luck with friends, neighbours, and the wider community. We hear from one lucky recipient of a cheque for ten thousand dollars.

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Whipping up the sewage storm

In the upcoming Victoria by-election the sewage treatment project has become a main issue. We'll find out from political analyst Norman Ruff where each candidate stands.

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Bookclub:

Farm memoirs

B.C. book columnist Nikki Tate-Stratton tells us about two books that embrace the agrarian lifestyle.

A Year at Killara Farm by Christine Allen

The Light Through the Trees: Reflections on Land and Farming by Luanne Armstrong.

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Calling women to the bar

A new project from the Law Society of B.C. is aiming to keep women in the law profession longer.

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Tuesday

Janet Rogers will be here with a fresh hit of what's hot on the native music scene. We'll also hear about a new course exploring Tolkien's Middle Earth from the University of Victoria professor who created the course.

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Andrew Wender

Trading attacks. Violence is escalating on the Israel-Gaza border. We check in with a middle-east expert about what might come next.

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Being a teen mom

We get a glimpse into the lives of Victoria's teenage mothers.

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The Dry Wit Cabaret

Translating struggle into laughter. We hear about a big comedy event which takes on the subject of drug addiction and recovery.

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Time For Wine:

Racking, Fining and Filtering

From fermenting to filtering. Our Time for Wine columnist continues a look at the wine making process.

 

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Recommendations:

Calliope Voignier 2011 - $15.99

Clos du Soleil Winemakers Reserve 2009 - $59

Bartier Brothers Cowboy Red 2011 - $23

Inniskillin Okanagan Reserve Merlot 2010 - $17

Ganton & Larson Prospect Winery Council Punch Bowl Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - $13

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Breaking Dawn, Part 2 and Lincoln

Katherine Monk reviews the last of the Twilight movies - Breaking Dawn Part 2, and the bio-epic Lincoln.

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Charity soliciting in the streets

Victoria city councillor Shellie Gudgeon explains why she thinks the city should restrict charities from soliciting on street corners.

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The future of B.C. Ferries

The future of B.C. Ferries has been discussed in small group meetings on Salt Spring Island. Harold Swierenga, chair of the ferry advisory committee, reports what happened.

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A Republican discusses carbon tax

Bob Inglis, former republican congressman, explains the kind of carbon tax he thinks republicans could endorse and what Americans can learn from B.C.'s example.

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Michael Shamata

Scrooging out a new Christmas tradition that ain't so new. Michael Shamata's "A Christmas Carol" finally comes to Victoria.

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Mary Ohara and Reed Oishi

A special ceremony was held on Galiano Island to honour a local woman who was displaced during WWII as part of the Japanese internment. We'll hear from Mary Ohara and her grandson Reed Oishi.
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Gerald Graham

Pumping up the controversy. Dozens of people spoke out today against the billion-dollar sewage treatment plan in Greater Victoria. We'll hear from an environmentalist who's still in favour.

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Food Matters:

Olive oil

Smoothing out the bumps when it comes to choosing an olive oil. A new shop in Victoria educates your palate and your brain when it comes to one of the oldest food products in the world.

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Bob Inglis

Putting a price on pollution. A prominent U.S. Republican is in Victoria today  bringing his conservative perpective to the debate about a carbon tax.  Watch former Congressman Bob Inglis's public lecture in Vancouver live online
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Monday

Troy Townsin will  continue his look at the wine making process and Nikki Tate will join Jo-Ann, with another B.C.book to review and give away to a listener.



 

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Erase bullying dot ca

The B.C. government has unveiled a new website where kids can report their abusers. We'll hear from Education Minister Don McRae about what happens next.

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Professor Bonnie Leadbeater

An anti-bullying summit is being held this week in Vancouver, but what will it accomplish? We find out from bullying expert Bonnie Leadbeater who was there.

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Stuart McLean comes to Victoria

Singing on stage with Stuart. The Vinyl Cafe's Stuart McLean tells us how one lucky high-school student can win the chance to take part in his Christmas show here in Victoria.

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State of the Arts:

The Malahat-Fiddlehead Review

Seeing ourselves through the eyes of others. Victoria's literary journal The Malahat Review swapped writers and content with New Brunswick's Fiddlehead journal this fall. We hear about the result on this week's State of the Arts with Jennifer Chrumka.

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Moore v British Columbia

The Supreme Court of Canada says the North Vancouver school district discriminated against a student with dyslexia. We hear what this means for the rights of disabled children.

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Victory gardens

Gardening expert Carolyn Herriot will join us to talk about the role local food production played during wartime.

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Film Reviews:

Skyfall and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

Katherine Monk gives us her take on the latest James Bond film.

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Decriminalization Down Under

Experimenting with marijuana. We hear about how decriminalization of marijuana played out in Australia and what lessons can be learned.

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Lee-Anne Peters birthday party

It's hard to imagine being only 27 years old and knowing that you're dying. But Lee-Anne Peters of Duncan is making the most of the time she has left. Catherine Rolfsen attends a recent birthday party for her.

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Reporter Rob Shaw

Revealing the truth a little late. Politicians decided last year to give MLA's over 120 thousand dollars if they are recalled from office. We'll hear from the reporter that just broke the story.

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Tuesday

Singing on stage with Stuart. The Vinyl Cafe's Stuart McLean is dropping by, and he'll tell us how one lucky high-school student can win the chance to take part in his Christmas show here in Victoria.

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The RCMP's "It Gets Better Campaign"

Coming out on YouTube. We'll hear from one of the RCMP officers who participated in the latest "It Gets Better" campaign about why she wanted to share her experience of growing up gay.

 

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Janni Aragon on the US election results

After the U.S. election, we'll take a look at the challenges facing the re-elected President Obama and the Republicans as they rebuild.

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Kurt Tousaw

Drug reform advocates in B.C. are celebrating Washington State's move to legalize pot. But could the vote lead to similar changes in our province? We talk to advocate and lawyer Kirk Tousaw.

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Food Matters:

Eggs

Food Matters columnist Don Genova explains eggzactly what is in an egg?

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Canada's best loo

You can have the best if you're in Victoria. Our Langley street public washroom has been tapped as the top toilet in the country.

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Bookclub:

An Irish Country Wedding

Doing the rounds with an Irish country doctor. Author Patrick Taylor drops by to discuss his seventh book in his very successful series about life as a GP in rural Ulster.

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David Puterman in Missouri

America elects a President today but they also elect a bunch of legislators and senators. We check in with a former Victoria resident in Missouri, where a hotly-contested Senate race has pundits watching closely.

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A warning to car renters

We'll talk to the head of the Consumers Association of Canada about how to protect yourself from getting dinged when you return a rental car.

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The Colwood Dairy and Cheese House

One of the oldest buildings in the province is about to be moved to make way for a new development in Colwood. We talk to a heritage consultant Stuart Stark about the archeological treasures they've uncovered on it.

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A same sex wedding in Victoria

Marrying in the midst of an election campaign. People in Washington State not only vote for a president tomorrow. They'll also decide whether to approve or reject same-sex marriage. We hear about two men from Seattle that made the trek to Victoria to say their "I Dos" this weekend in advance of the vote.

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Bookclub:

Breast stories

Speaking out about cancer. We'll hear about a beautiful new book, featuring stories and photographs of women who've survived cancer.

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Bookclub:

Song of Kosovo

Bringing to life a brutal history. Our book reviewer Nikki Tate-Stratton will have her take on Song of Kosovo a novel about a war prisoner in the Balkan conflict.

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Thursday

Experimenting with marijuana. We'll hear about how decriminalization of marijuana played out in Australia -- and what lessons can be learned.

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Geoduck fisherman Al Hertel

We hear from  Sooke fisherman Al Hertel who had a unique vantage point of one of the big aftershocks this week off Haida Gwaii.

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Crunching B.C. job numbers

The province lost thousands of jobs last month. We take a look at what that means for the government, with political columnist Les Leyne.

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Salmon and climate change

The Cohen Commission labelled climate change as one of the biggest threats to sockeye salmon. We hear from Ken Denman from the University of Victoria.

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Time For Wine:

Aging wines in oak, steel or concrete

Troy Townsin continues to look at the winemaking process, this week focussing on aging the wine in oak, stainless steel and concrete. He also recommends are few more B.C. wines.  

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Bench 1775 Chardonnay 2011- $18.90

Mt Boucherie Summit Reserve Chardonnay 2010 - $25

Clos du Soleil Fume Blanc 2011 - $19.95

Kurtis Semillon 2011 - $19.90

Calona Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2011 - $15

 

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What an earthquake sounds like underwater

Earthquake underwater audio
 
(Recorded by Pacific Wild and the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department)
 
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Wreck-it Ralph and The Sessions

Katherine Monk reviews "Wreck-it Ralph" and "The Sessions."

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Elizabeth May on China Trade Deal

Canada is set to ratify a major foreign investment deal with China. Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May, says this should be debated in parliament first.

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Fish Farming

Stewart Hawthorn, board member of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association, says the call for more research on fish farming is valid, but he wouldn't commit to stopping expansion in the Discovery Islands.

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Canada-China Trade Deal

The Canada-China trade deal is discussed by Gordon Houlden, Director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta and a former Canadian diplomat to China.

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Assembling a 'go' bag

Getting ready to get out. We'll have a hands-on lesson about "go-bags", the kit you should have ready to grab in an emergency.

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Cohen Report reaction

We get reaction to the report on the Fraser River sockeye salmon collapse from SFU biologist John Reynolds
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A response from Enbridge

Defending their answers. There have been complaints about Enbridge's responses at the Joint Review panel hearings into the Northern Gateway Pipeline. We get a response from company spokeswoman Janet Holder.

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Food Matters:

Tree Island yogurt

Culturing a new industry. Don Genova has the story of Vancouver Island's first artisan yogurt producers.

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New York storm aftermath

Cleaning-up after the storm. We do another check in with our Victoria correspondant living in New York. Ariel Seideman-Wright fills us in on how things are going in the the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

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Chris Duffy

After a natural disaster, accurate, timely information is crucial. We'll talk to Emergency Management B.C. about their response to Saturday's earthquake and what could be improved.

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