December 2012 Archives


January 26, 2013
11 am - 3pm
Registration for the event opens January 7th. Call the Surrey City Centre Library to reserve your spot (604) 598-7426.

Imagine that you could go to your local library and check out a person just like a book. What stories they'd tell!

Join CBC Vancouver and Surrey Libraries as they host a Human Library Project. Over 20 books of various age, sex, and backgrounds will be available. You can participate in a one-on-one conversation with the "book" of your choice and get to know the real story, rather than their stereotypical character. 

Have a question? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are unable to make it to our Human Library Project on Saturday, January 26, you can still participate by joining the live national discussion with the human books that will be available online! For more information, click here.

About The Human Library Project

The Human Library Project is an international organization that creates mobile libraries where humans undertake the role of books. Library visitors have the opportunity to speak informally with the human books to hear their story. The diversity of books promotes dialogue, challenges prejudices and breaks stereotypes by promoting tolerance and understanding. 

The Human Library Project was first established in Copenhagen in 2000 by a group of young people who wanted to fight against the homophobia and anti-Islam sentiments they saw around them.  Since then, there have been Human Libraries in 27 countries around the world. 

Titles and Descriptions

Yonah Martin - then a middle school teacher in Coquitlam - was at a pizza joint when she got the call from the Prime Minister, inviting her to be the first Canadian of Korean descent in parliament. Four years later, she's still making strides on the Hill. 

Female firefighter 
When Nancy Innes joined the Surrey Fire Department in 1992, there were no female firefighters in Surrey - or anywhere else in the Lower Mainland. Today, she's an acting fire captain, with many a story to tell. 

Transsexual woman 
Gayle Roberts was a teacher in Vancouver for 33 years: 27 as a man and six years as a woman. As a young boy, she believed it was shameful to want to be a girl, so she grew up thinking it was something she had to cure. 

Military trauma surgeon 
Ross Brown joined the Canadian navy in 1979. His military career includes rescuing 100 Vietnamese boat people in the South China Sea, serving at medical facilities in Bosnia and Afghanistan and establishing the Canadian Forces Trauma Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. 

Turban-wearing Sikh woman 
Gursimran Kaur has never plucked an eyebrow or shaved a leg. This wasn't unusual for a devoted Sikh in India, but it was more of a challenge for a high school student in Surrey. Now in her 20s, preserving all of her hair - and wearing a turban - has been a choice all her own. 

Eric Dorchester was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer nearly two years ago. He was told the best way to deal with it was to remove his leg. Today, he wears a prosthetic with a hydraulic knee - and still feels the toes he no longer has. 

Alcoholic in recovery 
Sean Cuthbert grew up feeling like he didn't belong - and thought that alcohol would help. After 15 years of alcoholism, and as a result, losing relationships, jobs and almost killing himself in a motorcycle accident, he got sober. 

Little person/para-swimmer 
Teenager Danielle Kisser has found her place in the world of sport, even though she's just four feet tall. She has played soccer, softball... and even made the high school basketball team - despite shocking her would-be coach when she stepped on the court. Now she's concentrating full-time on para-swimming and the next Paralympic Games. 

Muslim scholar 
Even in high school, Aasim Rashid's peers saw him as the go-to person to talk with about their problems. Years of Islamic studies later, he has earned the prestigious title, "Mufti", giving him the authority to rule in religious matters - and help bridge the complex issues that develop when Islamic law meets life in Canada. 

Vince Stancato couldn't even walk into a hospital before he took up this career, but now death is just another day on the job. It's a job that's never predictable and one that he describes as "incredibly interesting". His tales from the workplace leave no doubt as to why he's the most popular guest at dinner parties. 

Former exotic dancer 
Trina Ricketts was studying English literature and women's studies at university when she danced her first shift. She made the same money that one night that she made in two weeks at her part-time sales job. The empowerment she felt from exotic dancing convinced her to quit her part-time job the very next morning. 

Jaymie Matthews knew he wanted to study the stars from as far back as his memory extends. Now a regular NASA collaborator, he remembers hanging out in the local cemetery at night with his department-store telescope, when he was just eight years old - much to the irritation of the local police. 

Former neo-Nazi 
Once a skinhead recruiter for the White Aryan Resistance, Tony McAleer says he felt his first spark of connection and compassion when he first held his newborn daughter. Now he speaks in high schools and youth custody centres about leaving the movement and inspiring compassion. 

Female plumber 
Cathy Minty was married for 12 years, with five kids, when her husband left abruptly. With no means, at the time, to support her family, she has gone from not even knowing how to operate a drill to being a second year apprentice plumber - and a force to reckon with on the job. 

First Nation council woman
By 17 years old, Joanne Charles was running the family business. After graduating college in business management, she helped aboriginal small business owners get start-up grants. But her most fulfilling work has been helping first nations people connect with their roots. 

Gay RCMP officer 
Tad Milmine spends a lot of time speaking to school kids about his experience as an outcast: someone who didn't fit in and who became a victim of bullying. He has now found his place in life and is realizing his dream as a police officer. 

Blind person with guide dog 
Tommy Leung wasn't concerned that it was getting harder and harder to see clearly; he figured that doctors could fix whatever was broken. But irreversible glaucoma stole his sight and sent him into a deep depression. Twelve years later, he is completing his master's degree in counselling, between trips to China to work at a school for the blind and navigating the world with his guide dog, Macbeth. 

Ex-gang member/ex-convict 
Jim Mandelin speaks to school groups and organizations about being abused as a child, bullied in school and finding acceptance and belonging by a biker gang. His violent lifestyle led to a brush with death that has turned his life around and encouraged him to share his story and inspire others. 

Live-in caregiver
When Annabella Villalom left the Philippines to find work, her daughters were ages four and six. Thirteen years later, she is still sending money back to the Philippines for her daughters, while working as a live-in caregiver, looking after two young children.
Recently homeless
Not long ago, Trevor Carruthers was living on the streets, spending his nights at a BMX track in Surrey. Before that, he was married, had two kids and worked in sales, making up to $10-thousand a month. He's now off the streets, living in a recovery house and looking to the future.

Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. The hit show Arctic Air is taking off for its second season this January on CBC Television, and CBC Vancouver wants to give you the chance to be the first to see it in BC with the stars of the show!

Experience this free premiere event, with the stars of Arctic Air - Adam Beach, Pascale Hutton, Kevin McNulty and others. You'll even get to ask them your questions about all the twists and turns in this season's exciting storyline. 

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6 pm

Where: Studio 40, CBC Vancouver (700 Hamilton Street)

This exclusive event is now sold out! The only way left in is to win! We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets on Twitter and 2 pairs on our Facebook page. Tell us why you love watching Arctic Air by 6 pm on January 8th and we'll select four winners. Be sure to hashtag it #ArcticAirPremiere@CBCArcticAir and @CBCVancouver on Twitter and "Arctic Air on CBC" on Facebook.

Follow the conversation about the event live via our Twitter hashtag on Wednesday night!
2012 BIV 40 under 40 190x106.jpgCBC Vancouver is proud to support the annual Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 Awards in its 23rd year celebrating the great success of the innovative and ambitious business individuals under 40 in the city.

Every year, Business in Vancouver highlights the achievement of BC's outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public or private business and non-profit sectors. Winners are announced in BIV's Special Forty under 40 issue distributed mid-December, 2012 and honoured at a celebration award event in late January 2013.

Winners are under 40 and have demonstrated excellence in business judgment, leadership and community contribution. Get to know some of this year's Top 40 business achievers better on CBC News Vancouver, as they feature one of the winners on their evening newscast all week long.

For a full list of the Top 40 winners and their business achievements, visit
Chor Leoni Men's Choir presents two nights of their seasonal performance "Luminous Light". 

Tuesday December 18, 2012 • 7:30pm *SOLD OUT!*
Wednesday December 19, 2012 • 7:30pm *SOLD OUT!*
Doors will open at 6:45pm for both shows.

St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St at Burrard, Vancouver

The longest night of the year draws nigh. The darkness is palpable as the Earth collectively holds its breath, awaiting the subtle planetary shift that turns the planet back towards the sun, warmth, and light. Luminous Night focuses on the sacred light of Christmas as well as Solstice traditions. Come and be warmed as Chor Leoni's sound enwraps you in traditional favourites and new works, including the radiant Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph-Vaughan Williams.

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It's that time of year! It's cold and dark outside so cozy up with special CBC radio, television, and music programming all month long.

CBC Radio

December 7
Kicking off the festivities is our annual Food Bank Day. Tune in to CBC Radio One across BC and CBC News Vancouver for special programming all day long..

December 17
You helped us decide on the lyrics, and now you'll be able to listen to On The Coast's "A Very Vancouver Christmas" song. CBC's Jon Siddall is writing the holiday tunes and Dan Mangan will be lending his voice. You'll be able to listen to the song on CBC Music starting on December 18. 

December 25
2PM: Rex Murphy hosts "Christmas and Classics". An amateur pianist and informed music lover, Rex has until now kept his passion for music under wraps. However, this holiday season, Rex will share an hour of Christmas music, stories, and classics from his own collection. 

10 PM: Feliz Navidad" is a one hour Christmas special hosted by Tom Landa featuring seasonal music with a Latin feel from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain and Canada, stitched together with engaging stories from countries where Christmas is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

December 26
4 - 5 PM: On The Coast parenting columnist Michelle Eliot explores what parents can learn about connecting with their kids in the wake of the Amanda Todd tragedy.

January 1, 2013
6 - 9 AM: Join On The Coast's Matthew Lazin-Ryder as he hosts the first morning show of the year, focusing on the events and trends that are sure to make headlines in 2013.

Some of your favourite CBC shows are getting in the spirit this season. Kicking off the festivities is a Dragons' Den Holiday Special on December 5, followed by an entire week of holiday episodes on Steven and Chris beginning December 10. On December 11 you can also watch the annual one-hour holiday special from 22 Minutes

You can get your fill of holiday films on CBC this winter. Check out the special two-hour movie A Heartland Christmas. Plus, catch all your favourite classics including Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Rudolph and more.
For the full television holiday program guide please visit Holiday Magic on CBC.

Holiday music 24/7? It can happen. Head over to CBC Music for seasonal favourites all month long on the "Classical Holiday Stream".

Special broadcast includes Daybreak Kamloops and Radio West

November 30, 2012 - Join your favourite local CBC Radio personalities at the Tournament Capital Centre on December 7 for the 26th anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada's Food Bank Day.

"This is a very special year for us in Kamloops," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia. "With the opening of our Kamloops bureau and launch of Daybreak Kamloops in September, this is the perfect opportunity to support this important community need."

CBC Radio One's Daybreak Kamloops broadcasts from 6 am - 8:30 am with host Shelley Joyce and musical guest Sabrina Weeks of Spring Cat Bounce.

The Okanagan's afternoon show Radio West with host Rebecca Zandbergen will be live from 4 pm - 6 pm. The show will feature choral music to get you in the holiday mood, interviews with local food bank volunteers and a special performance by Kris Ruston.

The public is encouraged to come down, join in the activities and make a donation to the local food bank.

CBC/Radio-Canada in BC has raised well over $3 million for British Columbia food banks. For more information and to make a donation, visit

For more information on CBC Radio in BC, visit


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CBC English Communications
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Host Chris Walker welcomes singer Andrew Allen to help raise money for local food banks

November 30, 2012 - December 7 marks the 26th anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada's Food Bank Day, and this year, CBC Kelowna's radio show Daybreak will welcome the public to an open house from 6 am - 9 am. Host Chris Walker will be joined by musical guest Andrew Allen for a special live broadcast held at the CBC Kelowna studio located at 243 Lawrence Avenue.

"Kelowna residents have always shown tremendous support of CBC's annual Food Bank Day," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia. "As the need for food banks continues to grow, we look forward to welcoming the public in support of this important cause." 

The Okanagan's afternoon show Radio West is going on the road for a special broadcast from Kamloops's Tournament Capital Centre from 4 pm - 6 pm. Hosted by Rebecca Zandbergen , the broadcast will feature choral music to get you in the holiday mood, interviews with local food bank volunteers and a special musical performance by Kris Ruston.

The public is encouraged to come down, join in the activities and make a donation to the local food bank.

CBC/Radio-Canada in B.C., has raised well over $3 million for British Columbia food banks. For more information and to make a donation, visit 

For more information on CBC Radio in B.C., visit


For more information, please contact:

Asifa Lalji, APR
CBC English Communications
Twitter: @CBCVancouver
November 30, 2012 - Join CBC Radio One's Daybreak North hosts Betsy Trumpener and Leisha Grebinski for a special live broadcast on December 7 from 6 - 8:30 am. The public is also invited to an open house from 7 am - noon to raise money for CBC/Radio-Canada's Food Bank Day at CBC Studios in Prince George.

"The need for food banks continues to grow in BC," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia. "We are pleased to be able to work with the community for this important cause."

Betsy will broadcast from CBC's studio in Prince George located at Unit 1, 890 Victoria Street and will be joined by Nova Voce choir, Jeremy Stewart, and Raghu Lokanathan. A CD & book sale will be held to raise money.

Leisha will be live at Cowpuccino's Coffee House located at 25 Cow Bay Road, Prince Rupert.

The public is encouraged to come down to either location, make a cash or food donation and enjoy some light refreshments.

CBC/Radio-Canada in BC, has raised more than $3 million for British Columbia food banks. 

For more information and to make a donation, visit

For more information on CBC Radio on BC, visit
CBC Radio One can be heard on 91.5 FM and 860 AM in northern BC.


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Asifa Lalji, APR

CBC English Communications

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Annual fundraiser includes CBC's Peter Mansbridge, George Stroumboulopoulos and more

November 27, 2012 - CBC/Radio-Canada opens its doors on December 7 for the annual Open House and Food Bank Day.  The public is invited to the Vancouver Broadcast Centre on 700 Hamilton Street for tours, live broadcasts and the opportunity to meet their favourite local and national personalities. 

"This event is a huge success every year with hundreds of people touring the building and meeting our local and national personalities," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC-British Columbia. "The result has been hundreds of thousands of dollars in generous donations for those in our communities who need food."

CBC Vancouver's Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Johanna Wagstaffe, Shane Foxman, Rick Cluff, Mark Forsythe and Stephen Quinn will be joined this year by some of CBC's biggest network personalities.

Peter Mansbridge, host of CBC's The National and George Stroumboulopoulos from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight will be joined by Arctic Air's Adam Beach and Pascale Hutton, to help lend support to raise funds for food banks in B.C.  Also joining us for this great cause are Yannick Bisson from Murdoch Mysteries, Graham Wardle from Heartland, David Chilton from Dragons' Den, Erica Johnson and Tom Harrington from Marketplace and CBC Sports' Brenda Irving

"Food bank usage has gone up again this year in B.C.  There are more middle class people finding it just too difficult to manage their household expenses without help from food banks" says Marilyn Herrmann, President of Food Banks B.C.

Rick Cluff, host of The Early Edition starts off the day of live broadcasts at 5:30 am followed by a special joint broadcast of BC Almanac and North by Northwest from 12 - 3 pm.  On The Coast and All Points West will continue the live experience in Studio 700 from 3 - 6 pm. Special guests and performers include Chor Leoni, Chad Brownlee and The Odds. The evening ends with CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm live from the news set and CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing live from Vancouver from 5 - 6 pm. 

The public will be able to participate in tours of the building starting at 8 am, including a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art integrated newsroom and will meet CBC hosts and reporters along the way.

CBC /Radio-Canada in B.C., has raised well over $3 million dollars for food banks throughout B.C. Food banks can use their wholesale buying power to purchase three dollars' worth of food for every dollar donated. Food Bank volunteers will be on site accepting donations.

For more information about CBC/Radio-Canada's Open House & Food Bank Day and to make a donation online now go to

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