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June 2013 Archives

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Time For Wine:

Award winners and summer sippers

Wine guy Troy Townsin drops by with some suggestions for the summer and the list of the top wines in the province.

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Recommended summer wines

JoieFarm Riesling 2013 - $23

Eau Vivre Pinot Noir 2010 - $19

 

12 winners of the LG BC Wine Awards 2013

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2010 ($33)

Calona Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011 ($15.99)

Church & State Coyote Bowl Vineyard Syrah 2010 ($35)

EauVivre Pinot Noir 2010 ($19)

Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010 ($28.95)

Inniskillin Okanagan Riesling Icewine 2011 ($60) 200 ml

Red Rooster Viognier Reserve 2012 ($21.99)

Red Rooster Syrah Reserve 2010 ($29.99)

Stag's Hollow Cachet #3 Limited Edition 2010 ($49.90) 

Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2010 ($24.90). 

 Synchromesh Storm Haven Vineyard Riesling 2011 ($32)

Wild Goose Mystic River Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2012 ($19)

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Film Reviews:

The Heat and Lone Ranger

Katherine Monk reviews two new films.

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Food Matters:

Food's future

Conceiving the future of food. Today on Food Matters Don Genova reports on how Canadian academics are studying our food systems.

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Grandkids University

Keeping young at heart. We hear about a program at Vancouver Island University that brings grandparents and grandkids together.

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Betting the house on LNG

Liquified natural gas development is being touted as a cornerstone of the province's fiscal future. But how likely is the windfall projected by the government?

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The Elk Falls suspension bridge

Bridging the gap. Campbell River is set to get its suspension bridge over Elk Falls. We hear the details.

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Training post-conflict journalists

A B.C. based reporter explains why she wants to raise money to help emerging journalists from countries like Haiti and Afghanistan come to Canada to study.

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Minister of Core Review Bill Bennett

Pinching pennies for the province. As the the BC Legislature resumes today, we'll ask the minister responsible for core review how he plans to help the government save money and what it means for the civil service.

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Rockland Manor fire

A fire at a rooming house has left seventeen people in Victoria homeless and for many of them, it's not the first time they've been on the street.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Can Lit

Waving our literary flag. Today on Beyond the Bestseller we look at Can Lit from the big names like Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje to what it means today.

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Friday

Our time for wine guy Troy Townsin is back. And just in time to make a few suggestions for the long weekend.

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Whistle-blower or enemy of the state?

We hear about the Canadian connection to American whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Teaching the Tour de France

The Tour de France is one hundred years old this year. And now students at the University of Victoria can learn all about cycling's most prestigious event in a new course. We speak to instructor Emile Fromet de Rosnay.

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Wild Isle:

Family adventures

Adventuring starts early on Vancouver Island for the Collins Family of Cedar. Rumon Carter goes in search of a new climbing bluff and summer family adventure ideas with 6-year-old Liv and 8-year-old Ben on today's Wild Isle.

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CBC Calgary host Russell Bowers

Assessing the damage. The CBC building in Calgary was evacuated this weekend along with the rest of the downtown core. We'll get the view from the ground from radio colleague Russell Bowers.

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How prepared is Canada?

What's the worst that can happen? That's the question experts are asking themselves at an international conference on disaster management in Toronto this week. We find out what the answer is for Canada.

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Calgary resident Christine Sherwin

Cleaning up after the flood. We get an update from the Calgary resident we spoke to on Friday when flood waters had turned her street into a river.

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Wednesday

Touring talents. We hear about LunaFest - a touring film festival of films made for and by women with proceeds funding breast cancer research.

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State of the Arts:

The Copper Owl

We hear about a new music and arts venue in Victoria called the Copper Owl that's opening doors for independent musicians

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Tuesday

We'll catch the latest exploits of our outdoor adventurer Rumon Carter in this week's Wild Isle series. Adventuring starts earlyfor the Collins Family of Cedar. Rumon goes in search of a new climbing bluff and summer family adventure ideas with 6-year-old Liv and 8-year-old Ben.

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A homecoming for the Heliset Hale Marathon runners

Kelly Nakatsuka speaks to community members at the homecoming of the runners who ran the entire length of Vancouver Island in an effort to raise awareness about teen suicide.

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Planning a party at the end of the road

We hear from the organisers of two of Vancouver Island's newest music festivals, about the challenges of planning a party in remote locations.

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Fighting to keep the Centre of the Universe

This week we heard about plans to close the Centre of the Universe facility in Saanich to the public. Today we hear from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada about their fight to keep it open.

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Film Reviews:

The Bling Ring and Monster's University

Katherine Monk reviews two new films.

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Monday

Taking flight. We'll hear about a new music and arts venue in Victoria called the Copper Owl that's opening doors for independent musicians. That's on today's State of the Arts with Jennifer Chrumka.

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World Refugee Day

Forging a long road home. On World Refugee Day, we hear from a family that fled the conflict in Syria for Turkey and is now hoping to make a new life on Vancouver Island.

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Elizabeth May opens her books

Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May, has posted every invoice and receipt for her expenses and she's challenging other MPs to do the same.

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Centre of the Universe no more

The centre of the universe is shutting down at the end if the summer. We'll find out why the national historic site and centre for astronomy education is closing its doors.

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Food Matters:

Craft distilleries

Tippling BC's first craft spirits. Merridale Cidery opens the door to a whole new industry in the province. Don Genova has more on today's Food Matters.

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Friday

Bringing the world to the end of the road.  You may have noticed a host of new music festivals cropping up across Vancouver Island. Rock of the Woods, Tall Tree and now, the Otalith festival in Ucluelet.  We'll bring together some of the organizers, to talk about the joys and challenges of planning a party in paradise.

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Remembering Garde Gardom

The longtime B.C. MLA, Lieutenant Governor and diplomat has passed away. We talk to former colleague Grace McCarthy about his legacy.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Making comics respectable

On Beyond the Bestseller we look at what the success of Neil Gaiman has meant for graphic novels.

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Beyond the Bestseller:

Tidelines filmmaker Andrew Naysmith

Sharing their story with the world. We hear how a three year round the world journey has become a documentary with a message about plastic in our oceans.

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Reviving basic English skills

A comma is the difference between "Let's eat Grandma!" and "Let's eat, Grandma!" We hear an argument for a return to basic English skills in the classroom.

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Thursday

Making the case for public daycare. Victoria city councillor Marianne Alto is asking her colleagues to join a chorus of other municipalities pushing push the province to fund a ten dollar a day option for parents.

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Mayors in trouble

Casting a shadow on the office. We talk to a couple of Vancouver Island mayors about the allegations facing the mayors of Montreal and Toronto, and what the scandals mean for our faith in municipal governments

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No dime no ride

Feeling frustration on the ferries. A young Gabriola resident got stuck in Nanaimo this weekend thanks to what she says is an inflexible frequent user program on BC Ferries. We'll hear from her and BC Ferries.

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A basic arithmetic revival

The Manitoba Board of Education is brining basic arithmetic back into the classroom. We discuss the curriculum changes with a Manitoba teacher.

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Wednesday

We'll be talking to Raffi Cavoukian, the  children's singer known for his lighthearted and happy songs.  But his latest project explores some serious, and much darker territory. He's written a book called Lightweb Darkweb, a critique of our relationship with social media, and its effect on children.

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Remembering Xavier Pelletier

A sixteen year old student from Pacific Christian high school was killed in a tragic accident during the Ride To Conquer Cancer this weekend. I'll speak to the school principal David O'Dell.
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Victoria musician Kathryn Calder

Kicking it up a notch. A film telling the incredible story of Victoria musician Kathryn Calder is looking for a boost. We hear from Kathryn about a new kickstarter campaign for the film which is called "A Matter of Time"

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Royal Roads honouree Lauryn Oates

Royal Roads University is honouring Lauryn Oates for her work to improve education and literacy in Afghanistan. We hear about the positive changes she's seeing in that country.

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State of the Arts:

The Victoria International JazzFest

On State of the Arts we're going to hear about the Victoria Jazz Fest that kicks off this Friday and about a series of free workshops meant to inspire the artist in you.

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That sinking feeling

We told you last week about the navy's troubled submarine fleet. We talk next with Captain Luc Cassivi, Director of the Canadian Submarine Force.

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Sunday evening entertainment

We talk with Victoria comedian, Wes Borg, the co-creator and star of Derwin Blanshard's Extremely Classy Sunday Evening Programme.

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Losing the N

A local driving instructor is calling on the BC government to get rid of the sticker that new drivers have to put on their vehicles.

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Ending the war on carbs

Sports nutritionist Angela Dufour is on a mission to end our war on carbohydrates. We'll get her tips for fueling up whether it's for a marathon or your Sunday stroll.

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T.J. Dawe trips on stage

We talk to T.J. Dawe about his new one man show Medicine. It tells the story of his experience with a psychedelic drug used by South American natives.

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Discovery LNG

Bringing LNG to the island. Calgary company Quicksilver Resources has laid out its plans for building a Liquified Natural Gas facility in Campbell River. We get the details.

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Songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman

Singing with a Nashville star. The Gettin' Higher Choir welcomes Beth Nielsen Chapman to join them on stage this weekend. We meet her.

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Film Reviews:

Man of Steel and This is The End

Katherine Monk reviews the newest Superman film.

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Monday

Remembering a young Victoria resident. A 16 year old student from Pacific Christian High School was killed in a tragic accident during the Ride To Conquer Cancer this weekend. We speak with the school's principal about how the school is helping students deal with the loss.

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The Pirate Pak returns

BC Ferries is making some changes the food that's served on-board. We'll find out what's staying and what's going.

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Investigating the most troubling cases

We speak to a police officer who helped crack a child pornography case in Victoria about why police are only scratching at the surface of these crimes.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Stephen King takes a stand

Bucking the trend. New books columnist Rob Wiersema tells us about a big name author who has refused to publish his latest novel as an e-book.

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Thursday

Tripping on stage. We'll talk to T.J. Dawe about his one man show Medicine. It tells the story of his experience with a psychedelic drug used by South American natives.

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A Rear Admiral defends the fleet

In the face of fresh calls to scrap Canada's trouble-plauged submarine program, we'll hear from retired Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile on why he believes the Navy needs subs and should stick with the ones it has.

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Fighting for their right to call in sick

We hear from the Public Service Alliance of Canada about the the government's changes to sick leave for federal workers.

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Putting an end to homegrown

Medical marijuana users will soon have to get their pot in the post. We speak to Conservative MP Randy Kamp about why the rules are being changed.

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Wild Isle:

The Vancouver Island Spine Trail

On this week's Wild Isle Rumon Carter explores the plan to create a backcountry trail across the entire length of Vancouver Island.

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Bookclub:

Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

The latest novel from Chevy Stevens is set in Victoria. Sleuth psychiatrist, Nadine Lavoie has to deal with demons in her own past.

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Wednesday

A recent court case in Victoria has highlighted the problem of cyber sex tourism and online child pornography.  We'll talk to the police officer who was the lead investigator in that case.

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State of the Arts:

Etsy

Artists on Galiano Island are banding together to sell their artwork on the online marketplace Etsy. We hear how it's opening doors for them.

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Snooze city VIctoria

Causing some excitement in snooze city. We find out why Victoria was added to the list of most boring cities in Canada after the title had already been handed out.

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Pot by post

Medical marijuana patients can't grow their own medicine, only get it in the post. Those are among the new medical marijuana regulations the federal government announced today. We get reaction from researcher Phillipe Lucas.

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Bookclub:

Disaster books

Bringing disasters to life. Nikki Tate tells us about a series of books for kids that takes you from Newfoundland to shipwrecks off the west coast.

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Walk a Mile for Orphans

The Walk A Mile For Orphans fundraiser
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The Heliset Hale Marathon

Running to make a difference. A check in with Tsartlip member Kelly Paul who is half-way through her marathon journey down Vancouver Island, She's raising awarness about suicide prevention along the way.

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Picking her team

Premier Christy Clark announced her new cabinet Friday. We talked with legislative reporter Stephen Smart about what it says about the Liberal government's game plan.

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Superhero

Andreas Jorgensen is a 27 year old Campbell River man who saved his mother's life. What's more, Andreas has a rare form of Parkinson's disease.

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Film Reviews:

The Internship and The Purge

Katherine Monk reviews 2 new movies, "The Internship" and "The Purge."

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Rocking out and the devout

A mini-festival gets underway in Victoria on the weekend. It celebrates links between heavy metal and religion.

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Honouring a Japanese "Schindler"

Victoria MP Murray Rankin honours the compassionate actions of a WWII Japanese prisoner of war camp commander in Shanghai.

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Sailing schooner

The largest private sailing schooner in the world is in Victoria's inner harbour. Kelly Nakatsuka got a closer look at the 300 foot long "Athena."

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Mailing it in

The federal government says medical marijuana patients can't grow their own medicine, they have to receive it by mail. We'll get all the details on the changes from a medical marijuana advocate in Victoria.

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Proposing new ridings

Giving a bigger voice to aboriginals and francophones outside Quebec. That's what a political scientist Mike Medeiros says his proposed new system of ridings would do.

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Food Matters:

The craft beer revolution

Getting bloated. The local beer scene just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today Don Genova skims the foam off the industry as more and more craft breweries open across the province

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Touching ancient ivory

Self-confessed paleocene nerd Sterling Eyford checks out a visiting wooly-mammoth tusk at the University of Victoria.

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Saving Ucluelet's lighthouse

The future of lighthouses looks bleak across much of the country but not in Ucluelet! We hear about the community's plans to turn theirs into a tourist attraction.

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Planet hunter Debra Fischer

Looking for a few good earths. We speak with astronomer Debra Fischer about how finding life in other solar systems will change astronomy.

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What's next for B.C. pipelines?

Now that the B.C. government has come out against the Northern Gateway proposal, we find out what that means for other pipeline projects from columnist Terry Glavin.

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Gender stereotyping in school

Stereotyping little kids. We meet a University of Victoria researcher who has looked at how gender stereotypes can be established in Kindergarten.

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Tuesday

A rookie MP is the secret weapon inThomas Mulcair's caucus and he's from VIctoria. We get the latest on the senate controversy from Murray Rankin.

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Dedicated bus lanes on Douglas Street

Catching a bus to the future. We take a look at the new plans for transit in the Capital Regional District which including dedicated bus lanes on Douglas Street.

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The GG comes to B.C.

Representing the crown in Canada. I'll speak with Governor General David Johnston about a number of events he's attending in Victoria.

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State of the Arts:

Art Now

Celebrating the work and wisdom of the University of Victoria's Visual Arts Faculty. Jennifer Chrumka tells us about a rare group exhibit that just opened there.

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Andrew Weaver on Enbridge

Environmentalists are greeting the BC Government's opposition to the Enbridge pipeline with cautious optimism. We'll ask the Green party's new MLA Andrew Weaver his take. of the project.

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Wild Isle:

Rumon Carter takes the 'wild isle' challenge

David Suzuki asked Canadians to spend a half hour in nature every day in May. We meet a Victoria man who lived to tell the tale and will tell us all about it this summer.

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Enbridge faces their growing opposition

Pushing on against growing opposition. We speak to Enbridge about the future of the Northern Gateway Pipeline since the BC Government has come out against the plan.

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