August 2012 Archives

September 4 - 7

Finding child care is a struggle for many families in Vancouver. Long waitlists and high prices are at the core of the problem. Join us for a special series this week on the Daycare Dilemma on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition and CBC Television. We'll profile innovative ideas and find out why they're not more widely used.

Tuesday September 4
The Early Edition: We'll take a tour of the Ritchie Bros. Auction facility and find out what makes their child care model work.

CBC News Vancouver: Corporate Care - Why do so few companies offer on-site child care for employees? We'll talk with a nurse trying to start one at St. Paul's Hospital and tour Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, one of the few successful facilities. Plus an expert explains why bylaws and restrictions make this option not feasible to many.
Wednesday September 5 
The Early Edition - We'll speak with Pam Preston, the Director of the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, to get the big picture on daycare safety issues.

CBC News Vancouver: Inadequate Inspection - Vancouver Coastal Health has just started publishing daycare inspection results online, but critics are arguing that they are flawed. We'll look into their claims that reports only cover bare basics and overlook quality concerns and why operators are worried they might be red-flagged for things they had already fixed. 

Thursday September 6 
The Early Edition - Victoria Sopik, the CEO of the expanding daycare chain Kids and Company, will join us to discuss the costs of private child care.

CBC News Vancouver: Costly Care - As Kids and Company opens its fifth facility in the Vancouver area, we tally up the costs of child care and debate whether the current $70/day prices of some private companies means that the goal of daycare at $10/day in British Columbia is unlikely.

Friday September 7
The Early Edition - CBC Vancouver reporter Steve Lus shares with us the details of the new timeshare-model at the UBC daycare facility and who can benefit from it.

CBC News Vancouver: Daycare Timeshare - We'll explore the new timeshare style daycare model being set up at UBC that is meant to benefit parents working part-time or from home. Plus, we'll investigate if child care companies could benefit from a similar model. 

Join The Early Edition's Rick Cluff for this special series on CBC Radio One

You can also tune in to CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm with hosts Tony Parsons and Gloria Macarenko for more on this special series. 

Is BC's public education system broken?

As the kids head back to school, CBC Radio One's On The Coast examines B.C.'s public education system with a special public forum on Wednesday, September 12.

Join host Stephen Quinn and his special guests to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the current public education system, and where we go from here. Our panelists include  Ann Whiteaker, past president of the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils; Jerry Li, Grade 11 student from Surrey; Chris Kennedy, superintendent, West Vancouver School District; and Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute 

Join this candid discussion which takes place from 4:00 - 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 12 at Vancouver Technical Secondary School at 2600 East Broadway, Vancouver. You can also weigh that day in during a live online chat on our homepage or on Twitter by using the hashtag #otcforum and follow along with @CBCStephenQuinn@CBCVancouver.   

RSVPs are now closed but you are welcome to down to the forum. Admission is free and open to the public. 
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The Business Laureates of B.C. Hall of Fame is an initiative created by Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) to honour BC business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to our province and country. The Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the positive legacy they provide to enterprising youth of British Columbia. In 2012, Brian Canfield, Dave Ritchie, and the late Milton Wong were the honoured Laureates..

Each year, new Laureates are nominated by their peers and chosen by an independent Laureate Selection Committee representing BC's foremost business, academic, and media institutions.   

Winning Laureates will be announced in November 2012. The gala dinner and induction cremonies will take place in May 2013.  Proceeds from the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame support the efforts of JABC in developing and maintaining high quality business education programs for youth. 

Nominate a business leader today - nomination period closes September 7.
Join us for the 2nd annual Glitter 'n Green 2012 Bloom Gala at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens on Thursday, September 13. 

Hosted by CBC News Vancouver'
Gloria Macarenko and BC Almanac's Mark Forsythe, the evening will be filled 
with fabulous food, drink, a live auction and the musical stylings of RazzMaJazz. 

All this and more will charm your senses as we raise funds to support and sustain the ongoing educational programs offered by the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association.
Tickets available at the Van Dusen Garden's Visitor Centre and online at
 Presented by your local McDonald's ® Restaurant 

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CBC Music's Musical Nooners presented by your local McDonald's® Restaurant, returned to our outdoor stage this summer. Music lovers enjoyed 35 free noon hour concerts from local and international artists.

You can relive the memories with our photo gallery, and visit CBC Vancouver's profile on to check out our 2012 Musical Nooners playlist.


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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? 

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekend provides an unprecedented level of networking, team building, learning, and life changes for its attendees and their communities. Sometimes a company emerges, sometimes one doesn't, but every time people leave with more experience, insight, knowledge, friends, and resources than they came with. It comes to Vancouver August 17 - 19, 2012.

Why should you get involved?
  • Meet other startup enthusiasts such as developers, business managers, marketing gurus, graphic artists
  • Build a startup in less than 54 hours
  • Opportunity to present in front of local startup investors 
  • Winner of Startup Vancouver has opportunity to present in front of international investors at Launch@Grow Party
Sound like fun?  Make sure you have a seat and register at Vancouver Startup Weekend.

salmon arm 190x106.jpg2012 marks the very special 20th Anniversary of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival -- a landmark year sure to amp up the celebration.  With an incredibly diverse 2012 line-up that crosses cultural boundaries and presents new forms of music while simultaneously embracing the Festival's roots (& blues!),  Roots and Blues 20 promises to be the most spectacular Festival to date with performances by Serena Ryder, Kelly Joe Phelps and The Trews, Buckman Coe and many more!

A musical feast with course after course of amazing performance, this year's program is sure to sate any listener's appetite. 

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