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October 2013 Archives

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Beyond the Bestseller:

Scaring yourself silly

On Beyond the Bestseller we talk about books intended to terrify you. Rob Wiersema looks at what attracts readers to horror and he has a few suggestions of frightening fiction.

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Message in a bottle

When she was little, Jori Phillips wrote a letter, put it into a bottle and tossed it into the ocean. She never thought she'd get a reply to it. Until she did. We hear her amazing story.

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Ryder's former coach comments

We get a reaction to the cyclist's doping from one of his first supporters.

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Making anti-doping rules stick

Ryder Hesjedal admits he took banned substances. We look at possible stronger legal anti-doping measures.

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Fighting off a cougar

We hear the incredible story of the Flores Island woman who survived a cougar attack, after her husband stabbed the hungry animal with a spear.

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Grocery stores could start selling beer and wine

Beer and wine could be for sale in your local grocery store soon. John Yap talks about possible changes to B.C. liquor laws.

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Shaking things up

A new study released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada says we are woefully unprepared for the financial losses a major earthquake would cause.

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Creative Class:

Mandy Leith's Doc Bus

Filmmaker and activist Mandy Leith drove a VW van across the country in an effort to connect Canadians and documentaries. We meet her on today's Creative Class.

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Comox Valley slash fires

A record dry fall and windy conditions have caused several slash pile fires on the Island to re-ignite this weekend. We talk to forest manager Ian DeLisle.

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Time For Wine:

Jobs in the wine industry

Time for Wine columnist Troy Townsin, talks about the growing part the wine industry is playing in the B.C. economy, and offers suggestions on how to be part of it.

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Friday

A 10 year-old transgender girl from Comox started at a new school this week, after being bullied at her old school. Harriet Cunningham wants the BC government to remove gender from birth certificates.

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The Singing for Good fundraiser

A fundraiser this Saturday night at Gorgeous Coffee on Gorge Road in Victoria. Singing for Good features Kaya Fraser, Kate Steele, Anna Frances and Renata Young. They're raising money in support of the Bandwagon Project, an effort by the band The Lion, The Bear and The Fox to bring a mobile music therapy recording studio to Vancouver Island.

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The Shelbourne Valley Action Plan

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There are four scheduled open houses on the draft Shelbourne Valley Action Plan:

Tuesday October 29,  4-8:30 p.m., Cedar Hill Golf Club, 1400 Derby Rd.

Saturday November 2, 2-6 p.m., Gordon Head Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way

Monday November 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m., St. Aidan's United Church, 3703 St. Aidan's Rd.

Wednesday November 6, 3-8 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Cross, 3787 Cedar Hill Rd.

An online survey will be available Oct. 29 to Nov. 25.

Guest Dan Burden is the director of The Walkable and Livable
Communities Institute.

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Flaggers in danger

A construction flagger died after being hit by a truck in Duncan this week. Now flaggers in Vancouver are holding a vigil to bring attention to this dangerous occupation.

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Grant Lawrence's Lonely End of the Rink

CBC radio host Grant Lawrence has writtien a memoir about his complex relationship with hockey and how it got him through his bullied adolescence.

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Small Town, Big Business:

The Vancouver Island Salt Company

On Small Town, Big Business, Adrien Sala brings us the story of an island entrepreneur who turned a bet about salt water into a thriving business.

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Time For Wine:

Halloween-inspired wine recommendations

Monster Skinny Dip Chardonnay 2012 - $17.90
Moon Curser Syrah 2011  - $25
Blue Grouse Winery Estate Ortega -  $19
CedarCreek Pinot Noir -   $25
Lang Farm Reserve Riesling 2012 - $20

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Coming Up:

Monday

Today on Time For Wine, Troy Townsin looks at employment in the B.C. wine industry.
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Film Reviews:

All Is Lost and The Counsellor

We find out whether our movie reviewer Katherine Monk thinks Robert Redford's latest film All Is Lost, sinks or swims.

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Art of the Cocktail

Shaking up the cocktail scene in Victoria and up Island. Don Genova is in with a preview of Art of the Cocktail and a brand new Vancouver Island-made vodka.

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Poster designer Andrew Lewis

Posting some bills. We speak with Victoria graphic designer Andrew Lewis. He just won a gold medal at the International Poster Exhibition of Mexico.

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TED talker Genevieve von Petzinger

Delivering a TED talk. We talk to anthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger about her work interpreting prehistoric cave paintings.

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Friday

Saving the southern killer whales. We'll hear why a Vancouver Island MP is talking in Ottawa about the future of the Orca.

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Victoria's storm water utility bill

Running up a bill for your run-off. The city of Victoria wants to get you ready for your first storm water utility bill.

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Waiting for The Goldfinch

Books columnist Rob Wiersema tells us about an author who's name you may not recognize who has just released a book that is taking the literay world by storm. We are talking about The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

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Bookclub:

Author Elizabeth George

There's a new Thomas Lynley mystery, 'Just One Evil Act' is the 18th book in the series. We'll ask it's author what keeps her coming back to these characters.

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Thursday

A return visit from Genevieve von Petzinger. The UVic anthropologist has just been awarded a TED talk senior fellow.  She'll share her latest research of petroglyphs in Europe. And Don Genova will also stir things up on Food Matters. This week he's diving into the Art of the Cocktail.

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A fog primer

Finding our way. We check in with meteorologist David Jones about this blanket of fog covering the south coast and just how long it might last.

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Catching illegal dumpers in the act

There's a new high-tech tool coming in the war on illegal dumping in the woods near Campbell River. We hear from the volunteers who will be setting motion-sensing cameras near known trash hot spots.

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Creative Class:

Night Shift at the Royal B.C. Museum

Dressing up. the Royal BC Museum gets macabre in time for Halloween with its Night Shift event. Amanda Farrell-Low has more on that.

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The on-line voting report

You can pay bills on your laptop, you can google your blind date on a Mac. But the world may not be quite ready for you to choose your next premier on your personal computer. Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer has just released a report looking at the future of on-line voting in B.C.

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Wednesday

Calling it a race. Victoria's Simon Whitfield has announced he's retiring from competition after a gold-medal Olympic triathlon career, but that doesn't mean he's slowing down. We'll talk to him about what's next.

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Tuesday

Catching them in the act. There's a new high-tech tool to fight the war on illegal dumping near Campbell River. We'll hear from the volunteers who will be setting motion-sensing cameras near known trash hot spots.

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Bookclub:

Author Joseph Boyden

Everyone seems to be talking about award-winning author, Joseph Boyden's latest book. He joins us to talk about 'The Orenda'.

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Changing the course of autism

Creating a better future for kids with autism. We hear about an upcoming conference on Vancouver Island.

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Time For Wine:

Shelling out for a Shiraz

Wine columnist Troy Townsin looks at the price of B.C. wines.

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Calona Gew├╝rztraminer 2012 - $12

Summerhill Cipes Ariel 1998 - $85

Arrowleaf Pinot Noir 2011 - $19

Thornhaven Sauvignon Blanc-Chard. 2012 - $17.90

Gehringer Brothers Classic Auxerrois - $15

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Awakening an archive

You can volunteer to transcribe the Saanich census from 1921. It's a chance to help reveal a bit of local history. Archivist Caroline Duncan explains.

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Small Town, Big Business:

Making great seats for boats

On Small Town, Big Business, Adrien Sala tells us about a local manufacturer making specialized seats for boats.

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Jennifer Walinga gets her due

Former rower Jennifer Walinga was denied an Olympic medal in the nineties due to an injury. But last night the Royal Roads professor was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame teammates.

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Food Matters:

Vegetarian chef Denis Cotter

Don Genova introduces us to a renowned vegetarian chef from Ireland who just might move to our part of British Columbia.

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Film Reviews:

Escape Plan and Watermark

We find out whether our movie reviewer Katherine Monk thinks we should have an Escape Plan for the new Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger film.

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The Victoria Writers Festival

 

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The 2nd Annual Victoria Writers Festival runs Ocbober 17-19 at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus. 
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Coming Up:

Monday

Going off the tracks. After another fiery accident involving oil being shipped by train, we will re-examine Premier Christy Clark's claim that pipelines would be a safer option to ship oil across B.C.

And shelling out for a Shiraz. Troy Townsin will be here with Time for Wine. He looks at the price of B.C. wines.
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The Capital 6 goes black

Losing some big screens. We'll find out what the closure of Capital 6 theatre means for the local film festival.

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Bookclub:

Book prize nominee Kit Pearson

Kit Pearson follows up her novel, 'The Whole Truth' with the sequel, 'Nothing But the Truth'. She drops by to talk about it.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Canadians bag big literary prizes

Rob Wiersema looks at whether Canada is reaping the benefits of Alice Munro's Nobel and Eleanor Catton's Man-Booker Prize.

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Bookclub:

Book prize nominee Polly Horvath

Celebrating the return of Primrose Squarp. We talk to Polly Horvath about her book One Year in Coal Harbour, the sequel to her award winning, Everything on a Waffle.

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Thursday

Tiring of turkey? Don Genova introduces us to a renowned vegetarian chef from Ireland who just might move to our part of British Columbia. That's on today's Food matters.
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Bookclub:

Book prize nominee C. P. Boyko

We talk to C. P Boyko about his collection of short stories Psychology and Other Stories which is nominated for this year's Butler Book Prize.

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Wednesday

Losing some big screens. What will the closure of the Capital 6 mean for the local arts community? We hear from Kathy Kay of the Victoria Film Festival.

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A torah revealed

When Victoria's Congregation Emannu-el sent its Torah scrolls off for restoration, conservationists discovered secrets about its past. We hear more from Rabbi Harry Brechner.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub, Coming Up:

Book prize nominee D. B. Boyko

We talk to C. P Boyco about his collection of short stories Psychology and Other Stories which is nominated for this year's Butler Book Prize.

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Bookclub:

Book prize nominee Lorna Crozier

Celebrating everyday marvels. Victoria poet Lorna Crozier is nominated for her first Butler Book Prize this year. We talk to her about her new book and why it is so hard to categorize.

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Creative Class:

A theatrical collaboration

Amanda Farrell-Low talks about a collaboration between the Canadian College of Performing Arts school and local theatre troupe Atomic Vaudeville.

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Bookclub:

Book prize nominee Sarah Harvey

We talk to Sarah Harvey about her latest teen novel that is a finalist for the Bolen Book Prize.

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Americas Rugby Championship

Canada's senior men's rugby squad is hosting international tournament in Langford. We hear from team manager and Canadian rugby legend Gareth Rees.

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Small Town, Big Business:

KANO apps

Adrien Sala tells us about a Victoria company that has built a wildly successful business creating MMOs, or Mass Multi-player Online games.

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Coming Up:

Tuesday

The NDP's Claire Trevena taking cheap ferries south of the border. We speak with a Washington State politician about how B.C. and Washington could make a better ferry system together.

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Coming Up:

Friday

Today on Small Town, Big Business, Adrien Sala will tell us about a Victoria company that has built a wildly successful business creating mass multi-player online games.

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Transcribing the Saanich Archive

It's a chance for you to help reveal a bit of local history. We hear about a project being launched at the Saanich Archive to transcribe the census from the area from 1921.

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Another way of paying for the pool

We hear from city councillor Geoff Young about the idea of a public-private partnership to help pay for the Crystal Pool.

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Recognizing the 'mistress' of the short story

We speak to author Lorna Jackson about Alice Munro's nobel prize.

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Food Matters:

Celebrating the Apple

Don Genova gets to the core of some delicious recipes you can use.

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Film Reviews:

Captain Phillips and The Right Kind of Wrong

Katherine Monk reviews two new films.

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Keeping the Crystal Pool public

We hear from  local swimming coach Martine Gurrin who doesn't want Crystal Pool to become privately owned.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

The 2013 Giller list

Books columnist Rob Wiersema talks about the Giller prize finalists, who's in who's out.

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The Coastal First Nations go undercover

We hear about an investigation by the Coastal First Nations into who would foot the bill for a large oil spill.

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Thursday

We will be celebrating the apple!  Don Genova is in to talk about a new book dedicated to the fruit. And of course he'll have a couple holiday recipes to offer up.

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Rick Mercer

Ranting about our representatives to hiking by helicopter. Rick Mercer has a jam-packed show to kick off his 11th season tonight. We speak with the man himself.

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A TV culinary pioneer

In the days before the Cooking Channel there was the Galloping Gourmet. We meet Graham Kerr.

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Creative Class:

The Langham Court Theatre turns eighty five

Victoria's longest running community theatre celebrates their eighty-fifth birthday with 'Harvey', it's their second production of this popular play.

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Share Thanksgiving

Sharing the turkey. Victoria needs local families to open their holiday homes to newcomers. Go to Share Thanksgiving to find out more.

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Wednesday

Looking for historic BC artworks? Let me Google that for you. The Royal BC Museum is making some of its collection accessible through the online search giant.

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Going out goose-necking

We hear about a plan by the Nuu'Chah'Nulth Tribal Council to open up markets for goose-neck barnacles locally and overseas.

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Developing Liquid Natural Gas

Assessing the potential and the pitfalls. Companies are lining up to invest tens of billions in BC's emerging Liquefied Natural Gas Industry. But are we paying enough attention to the risks?

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Time For Wine:

Wine festivals in B.C.

Getting festive. Our Time For Wine guy, Troy Townsin, is looking at the growing trend of wine festivals in B.C.

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Tips for cycling in the rain

As the weather turns decidedly autumnal, a Victoria-based online bicycle accessory retailer gives us some tips for cycling in the rain.

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Keeping the speed limit

Reviewing how fast we drive. The provincial government will be asking you if our speed limits too high or too low.

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Small Town, Big Business:

Pocket change heroes

Small Town, Big Business, with Adrian Sala, presents a Victoria man who has combined entrepreneurship and philanthropy to create an online platform to fund schools and literacy programs around the world.

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Film Reviews:

Gravity and Parkland

Letting go. Our movie reviewer, Katherine Monk, describes "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and "Parkland," a film about the assassination of American President J F Kennedy.

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Cat cartoon captivates

Drawing your way into a museum. The artist behind Perogy Cat has a very special gig at the Royal BC Museum.

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Food Matters:

Examining urban agriculture

Draping urban areas in green, edible greens. Today on Food Matters Don Genova introduces us to the editors of a magazine dedicated to examining urban agriculture.

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Mommy wars

Creating a judgement-free zone. One local mom is using photographs to promote acceptance of parenting choices.

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Debating WiFi in schools

The Victoria parent association is asking whether you want WiFi in your kid's school.

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Beyond the Bestseller, Bookclub:

Remembering Tom Clancy

Books columnist Robert Wiersema talks about the bestselling author's legacy.
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Coming Up:

Tuesday

Getting it done. That's the plea from the BC Treaty Commission. We talk to Sophie Pierre, Chief Commissioner about why treaties are taking so long to get resolved.

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Cane self-defense

We hear about a unique self-defense class for seniors turning walking aids into weapons, and get a demonstration from the Langford sensei behind it.

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Tracking illegal wood

Have you ever looked at your coffee table and wondered where it came from? The UBC International Reporting Program asked that question, and you may not like the answers.

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Creative Class:

The First Nations, Inuit and Metis Art Show

Arts reporter Amanda Farrel-Low fills us in on a show happening right now at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

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Coming Up:

Wednesday

Business columnist Phil DeMont on why couples need to talk more and sooner about what they want to do with their 'golden years'.

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No easy ride in the RCMP

Retired RCMP Ian Parsons has recently published a memoir of his time in the force. We hear about it.

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Colin Stewart of Hive

The legendary Hive recording Studio in Vancouver is closing up shop, but co-owner will soon open a brand new studio in Greater Victoria. We meet Colin Stewart.

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Watching the weather

This weekend's storm packed a wallop. Was it a taste of things to come? Environment Canada's Dave Phillips talks about the impact of climate change and how it affects the way we talk about the weather.

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Time For Wine:

Wining and dining

Troy Townsin looks at the growing trend of wineries bringing food in as part of their operations.

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Joie Farm PTG 2011 -  $24  

Highland House  The Laird's Ginger Sweetheart $ 19

Muse Viognier 2012 - $19 

Hester Creek Character Red 2011 -$20  

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 -  $35