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August 2013 Archives

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Helping boys learn

Boys will be boys, but is that enough for them to succeed in school? We hear from the author of a new book who says teachers and parents can help their sons succeed in the classroom. He is Edmond Dixon, author of "Helping Boys Learn."
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Paying for foreign musicians

The cost of bringing foreign musicians to play in Canadian bars and clubs just got a lot higher. We hear what the federal government's new foreign performer fees mean for one local music festival.

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Food Matters:

Food safety in schools

Going back to school for a safer food service system. Don Genova brings us that story on this edition of Food Matters.

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Tuesday

Choosing your own adventure. On today's Wild Isle with Rumon Carter we'll hear about a Nanaimo man who finally completes a personal adventure 10 years in the making.

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Local man remembers historic speech

Reliving the dream. Martin Luther King Junior gave his historic "I have a dream" speech fifty years ago today. We talk to a Victoria man who was there, about the lasting impact of those words.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Remembering Elmore Leonard

On Beyond the Bestseller, Rob Wiersema talks about Elmore Leonard and the effect he had on his own writing.

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The CRD ponders a goose cull

It's not imminent, but it's just one of the options on the table to try to control the population.

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Forestry's future

Researchers from around the globe are at UBC right now to discuss the future of forestry. We check with B.C. based expert David Cohen who is there.

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Band says no to Clayoquot gold mine

There's gold in them hills but the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations say it's not for the taking in Clayoquot Sound. We hear from The band's Natural Resource Manager why they are against a proposed mine.

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Wednesday

More on a growing body of research that's anti antioxidant. We'll find out if you're better off avoiding supplements containing anti-oxidants.

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Losing your spouse to schizophrenia

Do you know the signs of schizophrenia? We meet  a woman who was surprised when her husband developed the disease. Marion Gibson is the author of 'Unfaithful Mind'.

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Volunteer firefighters reach their limit

We hear from Malahat fire chief Rob Patterson who feels like BC's unpaid first responders are being asked to do to much at times.

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New Green leader Adam Olsen

Adam Olsen of Central Saanich has been named the interim leader of the BC Green Party. We find out how he plans to grow the party.

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Tuesday

There's gold in them hills but the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations say it's not for the taking in Clayoquot Sound. We'll hear from the band's Natural Resource Manager what his band values more than gold.

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A report from BC Ferry's AGM

Back from the annual general meeting, Brian Hollingshead brings us his take on pay raises, customer satisfaction and much more.

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Growing up with a gay dad

"Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter" is a performance at Victoria's Fringe Festival. We meet the woman behind the show and find out why she wanted to tell her family's story.

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Small Town, Big Business:

Reg Barber's coffee tampers

Grinding his way into coffee history. We hear about a Saanich man who has helped shape the coffee industry and it's tools of the trade.

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Monday

Fashions in feeding, from table scraps to dry food to raw. What's the best thing to put in your pet's bowl?

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Ferry executive bonuses

Getting executive compensation at BC Ferries back in line. Transportation minister Todd Stone says he's unhappy with the payouts. We hear from him.

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Food Matters, Island Artisans:

Packaging with a lighter footprint

Boxing and kegging your way to a more sustainable wine industry. Don Genova has the story of new ways to enjoy wine by the glass that cut down on its carbon footprint.

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New potato chip flavours

Feasting on her new-found fame. We talk to the Island woman whose potato chip flavour is now in grocery stores across the country. Her invention? Creamy Garlic Caesar!

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Pay-as-you-drive insurance

Getting car insurance is simple. If you were in an accident over the last year, you pay more. If you're young, you pay more. But, a company in Quebec is looking at a way to adjust your rate each month based on how safely you drive.

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Film Reviews:

You're Next and Shadow Dancer

Katherine Monk reviews two new films.

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New hope for Centre of the Universe

The Centre of the Universe is set to close imminently. But we hear about new hope to keep the astronomy education centre alive.

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Friday

Growing up with a gay dad. "Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter" is a performance at Victoria's fringe fest. I'll talk to the woman behind the show about why she wanted to tell her family's story.

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Decomposing composting plans

The Capital Regional District has pulled the plug on the only licensed compost facility on the south island, we hear what the future holds for kitchen scrap programs in the region.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Manlit

Getting the other side of the story. On Beyond the Bestseller our columnist, Rob Wiersema brings us a couple of new titles by and about men.

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Thursday

Getting executive compensation at BC Ferries back in line. BC's Transportation Minister says he's unhappy with the payouts but what can be done about it? We'll speak to him.

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Saving lives with a kill switch

The Transportation Safety Board wants better safety features on float plans after Friday's deadly crash near Tofino. We hear how feasible those changes are.
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Care home security

Caring for the violent and the vulnerable. In the wake of an alleged murder at a Vernon care home, we'll hear about how the province plans to better protect seniors with complicated needs.

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Wild Isle:

Vancouver Island by canoe

Canoeing defined Canadian exploration, but does it have a place on maritime Vancouver Island? Wild Isle columnist, Rumon Carter, explores the Sayward Forest Canoe Route to find out.

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Wednesday

Marion Gibson had been happily married to her husband for twenty seven years when he accused her of trying to kill him. He was a respected scientist, and a good father. What neither of them knew was that he was also a schizophrenic. We will talk to her about the diagnosis, and how it changed their lives.

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Barging Texada coal

Plans to increase coal shipments on Texada Island have met with mixed response. We'll hear from a resident who is against the proposal.

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Sifting through the wreckage

We get the latest from the Transportation Safety Board about the investigation into Friday's deadly plane crash near Tofino.

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State of the Arts:

The Integrate Arts Festival

Re-imagining graffiti. On State of the Arts we hear about a festival that gets people exploring the downtown art scene, both in galleries and on the street.

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Best young rock climbers compete

We chalk it up with the best climbers at the 2013 World Youth Climbing Championships in Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich.

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Bringing the pot to port

A young entrepreneur wants to build a medical marijuana empire in Port Alberni.

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Small Town, Big Business:

Priceless violin makes music again

Adrian Sala, our "Small Town, Big Business" columnist, tells us about a Victoria man who has built a career restoring some of the world's most valuable violas, violins and cellos.

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Blue Jasmine and Fruitvale

Smelling the flowers. Movie reviewer Katherine Monk will be by to talk about Blue Jasmine and Fruitvale.

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Coho and Chinook numbers up

It's been a dismal year for sockeye fishing on the Fraser. But here on Vancouver island, it's a whole different story, with many fisheries having their best year in decades. We find out why.

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Food Matters:

Organic Fair Chocolate

Sampling a better chocolate. On Food Matters Don Genova has the story of an Island chocolate company that helps cacoa bean farmers make a living from their labour.

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Driftwood art by Guthrie Gloag

Driftwood art by Victoria biologist Guthrie Gloag
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The World Youth Climbing Championships

Live video of the World Youth Climbing Championships

The Boulders Climbing Gym

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Tuesday

Buying locally....even when you work for the provincial government. NDP MLA David Eby wants to amend the provincial purchasing handbook to encourage employees to buy locally-made office supplies.

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The Rainbow Family continues their quest

About fifty Rainbow family members have set up camp near Tofino. But it looks like they might not be welcome there either. Reporter Catherine Rolfsen has the details.

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Facts of life? There's an app for that

A University of Victoria professor has created an app to help parents and young kids broach the topic of sex. We get the facts about the birds and bees application.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Books that take a bite out of crime

On Beyond the Bestseller Rob Wiersema talks about books rooted in crime and why people are drawn to them.

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Thursday

Streamlining the process or stifling democracy? The federal government is restricting who can participate in pipeline hearings. We'll hear from the lawyer who is challenging the changes in court.

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Wednesday

Taking a bite out of crime. Today on Beyond the Bestseller our columnist, Rob Wiersema, talks about books rooted in crime and why people are drawn to them.

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Joining the Tyee Club in a big way

Pulling in the big one. A Campbell River father and son netted the biggest Tyee salmon in thirty years. We'll hear about their sixty-one pound whopper.

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Jane Sterk calls it quits

Times Colonist reporter Rob Shaw on Green Party leader Jane Sterk's decision to resign.

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Nixing the headdress as a fashion accessory

H&M has pulled fake feather headdresses off their shelves after complaints. But that's not the only way First Nations culture is being appropriated. We delve into what's become known as the "red-face" controversy.

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State of the Arts:

Crafty Victoria

On State of the Arts we'll hear about a Victoria woman's mission to reach as many kids in Victoria as possible to pass on her love of crafting.

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Beefing up Canada's Pacific defense

Ottawa columnist David Pugliese weighs in on the debate over which coast Canada's naval fleet should be based.

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Men who love The Little Pony

We hear about a new documentary which follows grown men who love the children's TV show. And we'll also find out how Hey Ocean's lead singer ended up at a Brony convention.

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Bookclub:

My Heart is Not My Own by Michael Wuitchik

A new book by a retired Victoria based psychologist takes on the tragic tale of the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. The novel, My Heart is Not my Own, was released today.

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Sean Hogan lends a musical hand

Island musician Sean Hogan has just released a new song as a fundraiser for First Nations flood relief in Southern Alberta.

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Tuesday

We are still seeking entries for the contest to win weekend passes to Otalith Festival in Ucluelet on August 24-25. To  win just tell us your best music festival story in one paragraph. We'll be reading your entries on the air. We will award the passes to the lucky winner on Friday's show. Email your entries to allpointswest@cbc.ca

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Jazz singer returns to woo Victoria

One of the best jazz voices ever to come through Victoria is back to perform Friday night. Emily Braden has lived for the past 4 years in Harlem, New York. She talks about building her career in the Big Apple.

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Locals worried about a Rainbow family gathering

Healing the island or causing chaos? Locals are worried about a Rainbow gathering on Northern Vancouver Island. We'll talk to a proud member of the Rainbow family.

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Food Matters:

Summer reading list for foodies

Food Matters takes a look at reading with a bit of flavour to it. Don Genova brings a list of suggested books for time that is spent in a comfy chair or hammock.

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Your bank account may have been breached

Defending the on-line fortress. The city of Victoria is warning taxpayers to check their bank accounts because of a software breach. We found out how this could have happened and how to prevent it in the future.

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More words on sewage treatment

They are the dirtiest words uttered in the Capital Region -- sewage treatment. We talked with Vic Derman about what he wants the CRD board to know about it.

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Beyond the Bestseller:

Why some writers don't like interviews

Making waves on "Beyond the Bestseller" our columnist, Rob Wiersema, talks about questions some writers don't like when they do interviews. And why they might just have to get over it.

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Beyond the Bestseller:

Interview with Anakana Schofield

Anakana Schofield is the BC author of an acclaimed first novel "Malarky." She's generated controversy through a newspaper column on authors and publicity. This was the focus of Jo-Ann's discussion with Robert Wiersma, APW's "Beyond The Bestseller" columnist. Here's Jo-Ann's full interview with Anakana Schofield.

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Staunching the flow of city spending

A new report recommends getting rid of Victoria's Crystal Pool as a way of staunching the flow of city spending. The Mayor says no, but other councillors are not so sure. We talk with Councillor Shellie Gudgeon.

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Better suicide prevention needed

A young Saanich man died just days after being released from hospital, despite the protests of family and friends who worried he would hurt himself again. Dayne Johnson's mother, Pam, tells us his story.

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Wild Isle:

Father and son take awesome trek to Della Falls

Our "Wild Isle" columnist, Rumon Carter, tells us about his second trip to Della Falls with his dad.

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Coming out in the parish

We talk to a gay man who was a Catholic priest, about his decision to leave the church and what the recent comments from Pope Francis mean for him.

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Small Town, Big Business:

Sending surfboards to the Middle East

Our "Small Town, Big Business" columnist, Adrian Sala, tells us about a Lantzville entrepreneur who's built a thriving international surfboard company.

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Time For Wine:

Roasting marshmallows and toasting a nice Pinot

Our Time For Wine guy, Troy Townsin, has some suggestions for bottles to pack with your tent on your camping trip.

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Food Matters:

Fermenting a better soda

This week on Food Matters, Don Genova bubbled his way into the studio with an intriguing new product.

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Film Reviews:

Two Guns and Rocky Mountain Express

Katherine Monk reviews two new films, "Two Guns" and IMAX movie, "Rocky Mountain Express."

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Time For Wine:

Wines for camping & recipes

Wines for camping:

Gray Monk Pinot Auxerrois 2011 - $17
Elephant Island Blackberry 2012 - $18

Others to recommend:

Haywire Crush Pad Red - $54 (bag in box = 4 bottles)
Muse Marechal Foch Risque Rouge 2009 - $19
Saturna Island Rose 2011 - $14.90
Rocky Creek Wild Blackberry 2012 - $20 (port styled blackberry wine)

Recipes:


Chicken Breasts marinated in Lime and Black Pepper

Juice from 4 fresh limes (or 1/3 cup lime juice)
1/3 cup white or rose wineClick to see savings2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil Click to see savings1 teaspoon sea salt
4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves - pounded to ¼ inch thickClick to see savings

1. Combine the lime juice, wine, sugar, pepper, oil, salt in a large zip-lock bag. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Set aside.
2. Place the chicken in with the marinade. Cover or seal; place in a cooler for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hr.
3. Preheat grill to medium-hot. Remove chicken from marinade and grill 4-5 minutes. Flip the chicken over and grill until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is firm. Goes great with leafy greens or a greek salad or just about anything.
 
Chocolate Stuffed Bananas
 
Banana (peel still on)
Chocolate
Optional (anything delicious preferably that melts (eg. Peanut butter, nutella, smarties, marshmallows)
 
Take a knife and put a slit lengthways down the banana (peel still on) making a pocket. Stuff the pocket with your favorite chocolate (can also add nutella, peanut butter, marshmallows, candy) as desired. Wrap the whole thing (peel still on) well in foil and place in the coals for about 8 minutes. Turn occasionally.  CAREULLY remove from the heat and allow to cool before opening. Serve immediately with a spoon (I like to drizzle a little blackberry port styled wine on mine before eating).
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Back to the future

A group of Finnish actors are traveling to Sointula Island to present a theater piece about the island's fascinating history. We chat with the Finnish creator and the Sointula resident who made it happen.

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Solving the stink over sewage

Newly appointed Sewage Treatment Program Director, Albert Sweetnam, will earn 290 thousand dollars a year. But is he worth it?

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Changing tack

The Education Minister has removed the two elected representatives and appointed a public administrator to negotiate a deal with teachers. We ask why.

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Going strong

Actor Rod Beattie has performed the role of "Walt Wingfield" a staggering 4,500 times. We chat with Rod about his show on now at the Belfry Theatre.

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Mopping up

The fire at a Sooke shopping mall destroyed six businesses, including the office of the Sooke News Mirror. We talked with the publisher of The Mirror.

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Waiting for the money

The deadline is looming for the province to get an offer in for a treasured chunk of Quadra Island. We check in with the owners.

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