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February 2013 Archives

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Feeding cows or making politics

The mayor of Saanich weighs in on the feed lot operation that's moved into a residential neighbourhood.

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Food Matters:

Is it horse meat?

Is it time to take a look at where you buy your meats? Don Genova gives helpful advice.

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Turning pain into power

In honour of Pink Shirt Day, we talk with poet Shane Koyzcan about his new video about bullying and how he handles bullies today.

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Liquid natural gas and global economics

The BC Government has put a lot of faith in the future of Liquified Natural Gas. But will global economics throw a wrench in those plans?

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Saanich council on the new feed lot

A feed lot has moved in among residential homes in Saanich. We speak with a Saanich Councillor about the issue.

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Bringing the cows home

We talk with a farmer who's opening a feedlot on his agricultural land in Saanich, despite the concern of his neighbours.

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Fueling the future

We ask energy minister Rich Coleman about developing liquid natural gas and the costs to B.C.

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Bookclub:

Beyond the Home Ranch

BC books columnist Nikki Tate comments on a new book, "Beyond The Home Ranch" by Diana Phillips.

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BC Green Party turns 30!

Celebrating a milestone. The Green Party turns 30. We hear about its ups and downs from Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May.

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Mrs Queen's Chump

Jeremy Hspeler Boutlbee, author of "Mrs. Queen's Chump," has written a military memoir about his military service in the dying days of the British Empire and during the Mau Mau rebellion.

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Contemporary blacksmiths

Jake James, Jorgen Harle and Silas Maddox are part of a contemporary blacksmith's group meeting in Metchosin.

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Film Reviews:

Dark Skies and Snitch

Katherine Monk reviews 2 new movies, "Dark Skies" and "Snitch."

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Food Matters:

"Dine Around" on Vancouver Island

Food Matters columnist, Don Genova, fills us in on what's happening this year at "Dine Around."

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Coal mine in Comox Valley

Plans for a coal mine near Fanny Bay in the Comox Valley have already attracted plenty of attention and plenty of opposition.

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Hikes in MSP premiums

Hikes in yesterday's budget mean MSP premiums will have nearly doubled in a decade.

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BC budget and vulnerable children

Minister of Children and Family Development, Stephanie Cadieux, explains the Liberal budget and how it might solve serious gaps in the province's child welfare system.

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BC budget and business in Victoria

Getting down to business. We hear from Bruce Carter at the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

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Bruce Ralston on the BC budget

Bruce Ralston outlines the NDP's reaction to the budget and explains what he would have done differently.

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Polling the public on the BC budget

Mario Canseco, Vice-President of the Angus Reid Public Opinion poll reports.

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State of the Arts:

Homelessness installations

Jennifer Chrumka, speaks with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness about new their new public art installations that will remind the public that people are still homeless in our city.

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Remembering fire victims

Remembering lives cut short. The director of Pacific Rim College will tell us how the school is coping with the loss.

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Mary Walsh's one woman show

"Dancing with Rage" is Mary Walsh's new one-woman show. Mary performs in Victoria this week.

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Meteor explosion over Russia

A meteor exploded over central Russia, setting off a series of explosions and injuring more than a thousand people.

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Anne Michaels awarded UVic honorary doctorate

Novelist Anne Michaels is a master of telling stories woven with historical events.

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Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

Victoria city councillor Shellie Gudgeon's nomination to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority board is causing a fair bit of controversy. We hear what she'd like to accomplish in the position.

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Resurrecting the Roxy

A theatre company in Victoria is raising money to buy the Roxy Theatre. We talk to the Blue Bridge founder Brian Richmond about what's behind the move.

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Film Reviews:

Safe Haven and A Good Day to Die Harder

Katherine Monk reviews two new films.

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A valentine to Chris Hadfield

Setting their phasers on stun. Victoria techies have sent a video valentine to astronaut Chris Hadfield and it's distinctly lacking in roses.
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Liquefied natural gas

We'll hear from the Suzuki Foundation, for a word of caution as B.C. jumps headlong into the world of liquefied natural gas.

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Victoria Reads

The Greater Victoria Public Library is asking YOU to choose the winner of CBC's Canada Reads. We'll hear about the results of their own online contest.

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Bucanagrams

Saying "I love you" with pickles! We hear about a Victoria band that's offering singing telegrams for Valentines Day, with a twist.

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Bookclub:

Sara Cassidy

Reading with relatives. B.C. book reviewer Nikki Tate-Stratton will be by with a look at some books by Victoria author Sara Cassidy that all feature the same family.

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"Slick", "Windfall" and "Seeing Orange" are all published by Orca Books.

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Barney Bentall's Valentine song

Vancouver singer-songwriter Barney Bentall just released a video for the song St Valentine's Day, shot entirely on his cell phone in Italy.

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West My Friend's new video

West My Friend's Take it Slow
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Time For Wine:

Valentine's Day wines

Troy Townsin recommends several B.C. wines for the most romantic day of the year.

Cherry Point Estate Cowichan Blackberry Dessert Wine - $20

Sumac Ridge Pipe 2006 and Black Sage Road Pipe 2007 -  $25

Gray Monk Odyssey Rose Brut 2009 - $20

Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 2010 - $25

Calona Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011 - $16.99

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B.C. liquor laws

A long list of liquor policy changes was announced by the B.C. Government today. We talk about how that news will affect local businesses and and you!

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A candidate shortage

The B.C. Liberals still haven't announced candidates in half of the Island ridings. Rob Shaw of the Times Colonist has been looking into the reasons why.

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A salmon's sixth sense

A new study shows that salmon can sense magnetic fields to know where to return to spawn. We hear from one of the researchers.

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Film Reviews:

Side Effects and West of Memphis

Katherine Monk reviews 2 new films, "Side Effects" and "West of Memphis."

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Street survival

Navigating life on the street. A survival guide for Victoria's homeless population was released today. We hear about the diverse team of people that made it happen.

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Leap of faith by Harbour Publishing

The Sunshine Coast's Harbour Publishing has bought Douglas and McIntyre. We talk to BC's newest publishing mogul.

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Baseball Hall of Fame

BC legend, Nat Bailey, was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame today. We hear about the White Spot founder's rich baseball legacy from writer Tom Hawthorn.

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Romantic Victoria

Victoria has recently been ranked as Canada's most romantic city. We meet a couple of Vancouver Island romance writers who happen to be married to each other.

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Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, we talk to local historian Ron Nicholson about the underground railway and his family connection to it.

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Food Matters:

A Year of the Dragon/Family Day meal

Bringing two holidays together. Don Genova presents a Family Day menu with a Chinese New Year theme.

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Victoria bikeability

Biking down Shelbourne is not everyone's idea of a pleasant ride but that might all change with a new bike lane plan for the traffic-heavy stretch.

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A pot economy

If marijuana was legalized what would it mean for BC's economy? We find out from economics professor David Scoones.

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Wonder woman Trina Robbins

Comic book legend Trina Robbins is in town promoting a documentary and American comic book superheroines. We'll hear about her fight to break into the male-dominated business.

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Is the nickel next?

Now that the penny's gone, could the nickel be next? If MP Pat Martin get's his way, your pocket change will look a whole lot different.

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TED moves north

TED, the California-based conference of ideas is happening in Vancouver this spring. We find out more from curator Chris Anderson.

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State of the Arts:

The Voice++ Festival

We hear about a music festival in Victoria that's all about exploring the possibilities of the human voice.

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A descendant of King Richard lll

Digging up her royal roots. Historians are abuzz with news that bones unearthed in England have been traced to King Richard III. We hear from the Vancouver Island woman who's a descendant of the notorious monarch.

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Coming Up:

Monday

Body-checking reality check. A new study shows hockey parents and fans support a ban on body checks in minor hockey. We'll hear from one of the minor leagues.
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Victoria Film Festival

Film Festival super-fan, Jason Whyte, shares his picks for the 2013 Victoria Film Festival.

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Talking with Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is the middle-east correspondent for the UK newspaper The Independent. His book is "Arab Awakening, But Are We Hearing the Truth?"

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Veterans Skiing

All week on Mount Washington, disabled veterans have been strapping on the skis and boards.

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Sound City, A Royal Affair, Rust and Bone

Katherine Monk reviews a documentary film, Sound City, and two movies, A Royal Affair and Rust and Bone.

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Life Saver

Imagine you are heading home from a highschool when you see a man lying at the side of the road. That's what happened to Thomas Ottewell. What Thomas did next saved the man's life.

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Pot Job

Weeding out the competition. The liquor control branch in Washington state has a unique job opportunity. They're hiring a Marijuanna Consultant.

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Best Buy

Having a bad day at Best Buy. The electronics retailer shuttered three Vancouver Island stores without notice. It is part of a country-wide contraction.

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Gottacon Game Convention

Rolling the dice, shuffling the deck and picking up the wii-motes. A big gaming convention is coming to Victoria this weekend.

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Softening up on smart meters

BC Hydro is backing off from taking a hard line on smart meter holdouts, at the behest of BC's energy minister. Times Colonist reporter Rob Shaw explains.

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Food Matters:

Sustainable seafood

Diving into the sustainable seafood pool. Two major retailers join in the effort to change. Don Genova has details on Food Matters.

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