May 2012 Archives

cbc_radio_one.pngTo all of our listeners in Lillooet and surrounding areas, beginning June 1st, tune in to CBC Radio 1 at 92.7 FM. We are pleased to offer this stronger signal to serve you better. Be sure to tune in to all of your CBC favourites including Daybreak South, BC Almanac and Radio West at 92.7 FM.
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Are you the new Dorothy?

Do you have what it takes to be the new Dorothy?  CBC is launching a nationwide search for Dorothy to appear on CBC Television's "Over The Rainbow", hosted by Daryn Jones, and star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Canadian production of The Wizard of Oz.

To find out if you have what we're looking for to be the new Dorothy, visit therainbow.  
You can submit your performance online with the Ticket to Oz contest. The online audition is open until June 6.  Good luck!
JCook plain image_blogimage.jpgCBC Music presents award-winning guitar phenomenon Jesse Cook at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on December 16.  The Blue Guitar Tour is in support of Jesse's eighth studio album, set for release in September.

Tickets are on sale now.  Visit CBC Music for more Jesse Cook.  

bhangra_Logothumbnail.jpgFrom May 31 - June   10, 2012, dance to your heart's content with over 200 of the best Punjabi dancers and musicians from around the world as the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival heats up the city with music, dance and folk drumming. The VIBC Society has expanded this year's Festival beyond downtown Vancouver, holding five out of 13 festival events in the City of Surrey for the first time.

Be sure to join us for the VIBC's newest event, Celebrate the Harvest, a Bhangra block party in Surrey where the beats, rhythms and movements of Bhangra will have your heart racing: Saturday, June 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Central City Plaza.
Free events, lunch time concerts and lots more! Be sure to check out all the activities at City of Bhangra Festival.

VanBoardTrade_Logo.jpgOn June 20, business growth and change expert Mark Thompson will help celebrate The Board of Trade's 125th Annual General Meeting and welcome incoming chair, Ken Martin, and board of directors.

Thompson is an international expert advisor on leadership and has worked face-to-face with many of the world's best global leaders and entrepreneurs, including Sir Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Michael Dell, and Bill Gates.

In his first keynote address to The Vancouver Board of Trade, Thompson will drive compelling themes, including boosting profits in volatile markets, building world class teams and leveraging change into opportunity.

Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:00 AM - Wed Jun 20, 2012 02:00 PM
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - 900 W. Georgia Street

For more information and to register please go to Vancouver Board of Trade website.

VPC-Logo-thumbnail.pngA little bit of heaven is coming to Victoria Saturday June 9th, when the Victoria Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Peter Butterfield presents Bach's transcendent Mass In B Minor at the First Metropolitan United Church. This meld of music and spirituality is enhanced with an orchestra and internationally-known soloists including Anne Grimm, soprano, Sarah Fryer, mezzo soprano, Benjamin Butterfield, tenor and Nathaniel Watson, bass. Nearly 80 voices will be raising the roof! Tickets are $30/$15 and youth under 12 are free available from Munro's, Ivy's, Cadboro Bay and Tanners bookstores and Long and McQuade.

For more information please go to:

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Does geographic concentration of one cultural group promote segregation? What are we doing to encourage integration and belonging in Metro Vancouver?

Stephen Quinn from CBC Radio One's On The Coast hosts a candid discussion about the benefits and challenges of ethnic enclaves in our communities.

It'll be frank, provocative... and free.

Date: Wednesday, May 30

Time:  5:00pm- 6:30pm (Doors:  4:15pm)

Place: CBC at 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Email: to RSVP to attend.

The forum will be broadcast live oCBC Radio One at 88.1FM and 690AM.  A live webcast will also be available at

Join speaker Kenan Malik as he discusses "What's Wrong with Multiculturalism? A European Perspective"

This free lecture  is presented by the Laurier Institution, UBC Continuing Studies, CBC Radio One and the Georgia Straight on Sunday, June 3, 2012, 7-9pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,

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How should European societies respond to the influx of peoples with different traditions, backgrounds and beliefs? What should be the boundaries of tolerance in such societies? Should immigrants be made to assimilate to Western customs and norms or is integration a two-way street?

Such questions lie at the heart of the 'multiculturalism' debate that currently grips many European nations. Thirty years ago multiculturalism was seen as the answer to many of Europe's social problems. Today it is seen as the cause of myriad social ills. Why the change? Are the critics right that multiculturalism has failed? And are there any European lessons for Canada?
Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. His books include From Fatwa to Jihad (2009), Strange Fruit (2008), Man, Beast and Zombie (2000), and The Meaning of Race (1996).

FREE ADMISSION -  Doors open at 6pm, tickets available at the door. For more
information: call 604.822.1444.




Tsunami Motorcycle-blogpost.jpg is looking for your pictures or video of tsunami debris from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami.  Experts estimate more than 1.5 million tonnes of tsunami debris is drifting across the Pacific Ocean toward the west coast and could continue to do so for years to come. has developed a feature called Tsunami: Lost and Found, displaying photos of found debris on B.Cs coastline. The public can upload photos and/or video along with a description of items they find at

Stay tuned for details on special programming around the tsunami debris found on our coastline on CBC Radio One in B.C. 

Coverage anchored by Ian Hanomansing begins Sept. 19

May 14, 2012 - Veteran anchor Ian Hanomansing will host expanded CBC News Nowcoverage from Vancouver, the national broadcaster announced Monday.
The CBC News Now expansion is slated to launch Sept. 19 on the 24-hour news channel.

"It's going to be live in primetime Monday to Friday and it's going to be the only news program that's live from Vancouver in primetime across the country, so I think that's the most exciting thing," said Hanomansing.

He said the expanded coverage will increase CBC News Network's ability to cover late-breaking news from Western Canada and around the world.

"All the networks, certainly by 10 p.m. Pacific time, are either shut down or have a skeleton staff at that point," he said.

"But we'll be live on the air and so it doesn't take a big story for this program to be able to adjust to it and certainly on the big stories, we are all in place."

'Around the clock' coverage

With more live programming than any other news network in Canada, CBC News Network is Canada's top source for breaking and up-to-the-minute news.

"We are a country spanning six time zones in a 24-hour news world," said CBC News general manager and editor in chief Jennifer McGuire.

"This expansion of CBC News Now is part of our ongoing commitment to better inform Canadians around the clock and across the country."

CBC B.C. managing director Johnny Michel called it "an incredible opportunity" to give western Canada a strong voice.

"The announcement today demonstrates, without a doubt, CBC's commitment to being deeply rooted in the regions and keeping Canadians connected," he said.

'Not a lot of jobs like this'

The show's format is yet be determined, but Hanomansing said it will include weather, sports and breaking news.

"This is one of the really exciting things about this project -- we don't exactly know what the format is. And it's going to be a process here with the executive director, with me and with the other staff that they're hiring," he said.

"We will adopt a lot of the basic format of News Now with two big exceptions -- one is it's night time, it's primetime, and I think the viewer has a different expectation of primetime than they do in the morning. And the second thing is it's based in Vancouver."

Hanomansing has had a long and award-winning career with CBC News, including a Gemini Award for Best News Anchor in 2008.

He said he's looking forward to the challenge of working on the program from the ground up.

"I've never had a job quite like this. I was an anchor for a long time but anchoring, you yearn for the opportunity to do ... the breaking news, unscripted stuff," he said.

"This job will have virtually no reading. It's not a newscast, it'll never be a newscast, so it's a lot different that way ... I feel like this is not going back to the anchor desk but it's taking on a role that I've never had, and really there are not a lot of jobs like this."

Ian Hanomansing blog photo.jpgVeteran anchor Ian Hanomansing will host expanded CBC News Now coverage from Vancouver.  The CBC News Now expansion is slated to launch Sept. 19 on the 24-hour news channel.

"It's going to be live in primetime Monday to Friday and it's going to be the only news program that's live from Vancouver in primetime across the country, so I think that's the most exciting thing," said Hanomansing. 

He said the expanded coverage will increase CBC News Network's ability to cover late-breaking news from Western Canada and around the world.

With more live programming than any other news network in Canada, CBC News Network is Canada's top source for breaking and up-to-the-minute news.

Read more about the expansion here.

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Once a week, from April 24 to May 29, CBC's Rebecca Makonnen hosts Rendez-Vous  on CBC Radio 2.

Each episode of Rendez-Vous features a meeting of two musicians from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, who come together to create and perform in a spirit of sharing and exploration.

April 24- Episode 1: Le Vent du Nord and Harry Manx

May 1- Episode 2: Alpha Yaya Diallo and Jérôme Minière

May 8- Episode 3: Kiran Ahluwalia and Alexandre Désilets

May 15- Episode 4: Alex Cuba and Salomé Leclerc

May 22-Episode 5: Elage Diouf and Johnny Reid

May 29-Episode 6: Bïa and David Myles  

Discover these exclusive recordings including original compositions, duets, and covers, all performed with true creativity and verve.

Visit and for exclusive videos from the sessions.

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Take steps to help end global poverty at the 28th annual World Partnership Walk on Sunday, May 27th at 10:00 am Lumbermen's Arch, Stanley Park.

An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the Walk is organized by volunteers in ten cities across Canada, and attracts thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to some of the poorest communities in the world. The Walk has raised over $60 million and 100% funds raised go directly to international development programs.

It's a family and dog friendly event with a 5 km walk, live entertainment, fun activities, great food and lots more! Registration is FREE.

Go online now to sign up, form a team, donate, volunteer and learn more. Connect with friends, family and co-workers - get on your walking shoes and take steps for positive global change!

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Maple Leaf Youth Awards - Guest speaker Craig Kielburger

The Maple Leaf Youth Awards recognize student's contribution to Canada. Join us and share your pride in Canada and commitment to the future leaders of our great country.
Four awards worth a total of $4000 will be presented: Three Maple Leaf Youth Awards celebrating exceptional achievement by Canadian youth and one Prix Feuille d'érable celebrating French literary excellence.

Guest speaker: Craig Kielburger
Co-Founder, Free The Children
Co-Founder, Me to We
Recipient of The Order of Canada

At the age of 12, Craig Kielburger founded Free The Children, an international charity that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. He is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that provides people with better choices for a better world. Each year, Craig organizes Free The Children's We Day, reaching 70,000 students in person and more than five million through televised broadcasts.
Topic: Youth as Agents of Change
Location: Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
Time: 5 pm - 7 pm

The event will be emceed by CBC News Vancouver 's Senior Meteorologist- Claire Martin

For complete details on event and award registration check out the Canadian Club Vancouver website.

                                           Join Emcee Tony Parsons (CBC News Vancouver cohost) and 

Jun.Acheivement blog logo.png Guest Speaker, General Rick J. Hillier

  (Retired), Former Chief of the Defence Staff

   for Canadian Forces at this gala event.

2012 Business Laureate of BC:

Brian A. Canfield, C.M., O.B.C., D.Tech 

Dave Ritchie

Milton K. Wong, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D.  (1939 - 2011)

Time:  6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Dinner
Place: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame is an initiative created by Junior Achievement of British Columbia to honour BC business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to our province and country. Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. 

For complete details on this event go to: |

Special Series - May 8-11 Grey Area: The business of seniors care

seniors.jpgJoin us for a special series onThe Business of Seniors Care. Find out who's profiting, how best to navigate the system and the realities of residential care. All this and more on CBC Radio 1, CBC Television and online.

Tuesday May 8: The Early Edition - 6:40 am
Business in Vancouver's Joel McKay will join us for look at the Big Business of seniors care. We'll find out who's winning and who's losing in the push to a profit from a demographic tide.

BC Almanac - 12:30 pm
Margaret MacGregor of the UBC Faculty of Medicine has done research that shows for-profit companies deliver inferior care for seniors. David Hurford of the BC Care Providers Association says for profits serve a crucial role in the system. They'll discuss the issues and take listener calls on BC Almanac at 12:30.

CBC News Vancouver: 6pm on CHEK and after hockey on CBC Television
The reality of residential care. Who's paying what and the role of private operators in the public system.

Wednesday May 9: The Early Edition - 6:40 am
For Rebecca Maurer the sandwich generation experience came sooner than expected. The Early Edition's Geoff Turner shares her emotional experience in the worlds of public and private seniors care.

CBC News Vancouver: 6pm on CHEK and after hockey on CBC Television
Navigating the system. What is the process when a person needs residential care? How do you choose the best option?

Thursday May 10: The Early Edition - 6:40 am
The system of seniors care can be a nightmare to navigate. But that struggle has produced another business opportunity. Rick Cluff will talk to Barbara Kirby and learn just what a "Certified Professional Consultant on Aging" does for seniors.

CBC News Vancouver: 6pm on CHEK and after hockey on CBC Television
BC's Ombudsperson has issued hundreds of recommendations to improve the system. What is the government's response?

Friday May 11: The Early Edition - 7:10 am
All week we've heard about the difficulties of the system of seniors care. On Friday, Rick talks to Health Minister Mike DeJong about what the government is doing to make the system work. We'll get his thoughts on the role of private business in seniors care and we'll learn how the province is responding to the Ombudsperson's calls to action on senior's issues.

CBC News Vancouver: 6pm on CHEK and after hockey on CBC Television
Campuses of care. How to plan for the future so increasing health care needs don't mean uprooting your life.

To see extended video and an interactive map of long-term care facilities in the Lower Mainland, go to



DOXA 2012 is bigger and better than ever! With over 100 films and 76 screenings throughout Vancouver, you don't want to miss this year's festival! The Opening Night Gala features a digital interactive film - NFB's Bear 71 with the life of a grizzly bear documented in more than 1 million motion captured images.

Check out the website for full details on all the great films!

Dates: May 4th - 13th, 2012

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