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October 2011 Archives

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Fort Nelson mayoral race is about likes and dislikes

Fort Nelson Mayor Bill Steeeper has a unique re-election campaign. His motto: 'you don't have to like him to know he's the man for the job.' But he says he's positioned the community to prosper. And he'd like to continue that job.

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Prince Rupert fish plant closes

October 31st marks the final day for J.S. McMillan's fish plant in Prince Rupert. The conveyor belts will soon be paralyzed after forty years of pulling. Shovels will no longer splash around ice boxes.

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Happy Halloween!

For the day of ghosts and ghouls, we spoke with a Prince George makeup artists who's spent time working in the film industry. She also took the time to decorate associate producer Andrew Kurjata's arm in a monstrous way. Here's the result:

You can see more of Mandy's work on her Facebook page.

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Enbridge prepares for statements at its environmental review

Enbridge believes the deck is being stacked against it. Four thousand people have signed up to give oral statements during the Northern Gateway environmental review. But the oil pipeline giant openly questions the motives behind the unprecedented interest.

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Quesnel councillor questions city's praise

Usually a public pat on the back is seen as recognition of a job well done. Not in Quesnel. At least that's the opinion of Ron Paull.
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Sexting is a grey area for northern teens

Northern B-C parents may not be aware of what's appearing on their teenager's cell phone. The Prince George RCMP say teens in the north are exchanging sexual images on their Androids, i-Phones and Blackberries. It's called sex-ting.

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U.S. Consul reassures Canadians

The spectre of a tax on U-S bound cargo shipped through the port of Prince Rupert looms. Or does it?
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Prince George catering company helps with mental illness

A Prince George catering company is serving up a great opportunity for people with mental health . Two Rivers Catering offers clients a chance to gain real-world experience. The Canadian Mental Health Association launched the project earlier this year.

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Allen Zgaga works with his staff at Two Rivers Catering

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Taseko pushes forward on controversial mine

It's potentially one of B-C's deepest Gold and Copper deposits. And Taseko isn't giving up on its proposed Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake.

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B.C. mushrooms head to Asia

Northern B-C is busy exporting everything from grain to coal to lumber off to Asia. But every autumn, our region also ships out a very tasty cash crop.

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Salmon anemia virus continues to raise concerns

There are growing fears in North America about the salmon anemia virus. Senators in the United States are calling on government scientists to develop a response to the newly discovered virus. They fear anemia could wreck the salmon industry in the Pacific Northwest.
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Robson valley community wants its own graveyard

She'd be spinning in her grave if she had one. And that's just the problem. For more than a decade, the community of Tete Jaune Cache hasn't had a public cemetery.

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Northern B.C. reacts to Gadhafi's death

Moammar Gadhafi is dead. And reactions across the world are mixed.

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Northern mayor reacts to acclamation

For some norther mayors, October 14th was the big day, not November 19th. That's because there was no one else who wanted the job.

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Prince George moves online to raise spirits

#Iheartpg. It's the handle for a twitter campaign aimed at raising spirits in crime-ravaged Prince George. Tweeters are exchanging messages on what they like about B-C's northern capital.

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Closure doesn't help people get over grief

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Getting over a death is easier said than done. Especially when the grief is over a murdered child.
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Peace farmers want change to the Canadian Wheat Board

Change is blowin' in wheat. On October 19, legislation that could alter the Canadian Wheat Board was tabled in the house of commons. If the bill passes, farmers would be able to sell their wheat on the open market.

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Future of B.C. Hydro program left in question

Employees of the Peace-Williston Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program are still fishing for answers. They've just received layoff notices from its employer, B-C Hydro. The utility plans to replace staff with contractors who will take over the program.

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Family responds to four charges of first murder

Cody Ledgebokoff has been charged with four counts of first degree murder. People living in northern BC are trying to make sense of it all.

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A fed bear may not be bad for bears

Many of us are familiar with the adage - A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear. But are these the bear necessities?

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Prince George man faces four charges of murder

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Cody Alan Legebokoff

Three more charges. All homicide. Yesterday, police connected the murder of 15 -year-old Loren Leslie of Fort Fraser with three other unsolved homicides in Prince George. 21-year-old Cody Alan Legebokoff is already in custody in Prince George awaiting trial in the case of Loren Leslie. Now he's facing three NEW counts of first degree murder.

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Municipal candidates get their nominations in

All the names are in and the campaigns begin. October 14, 2011 was the last day that people could submit nomination papers to run in the upcoming municipal election.

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Prince George library celebrates a century

History can come alive in the pages of a book. And nowhere is it known better than the Prince George Library.

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Prince Rupert port could hurt Prince George air

We brought you the story of how Port of Prince Rupert's success is attracting the attention of U-S politicians. Some Prince George residents are paying attention, too.

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First Nations health breaks new ground with a new health authority

It's a major shift in First Nations health. Aboriginals in B-C will take charge over their own health care system with the help of the province.

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Bears being killed in Peace gas fields

Bears are under fire in the Peace. Increasingly bears and oil are mixing on gas developments in the northeast. And that could be leading to an open season on the creatures.

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Pine beetle changes B.C.'s landscape

The sea of red trees is gone, but the legacy of the beetle remains. That's the subject of a new book, "Empire of the Beetle."

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Prince Rupert port thinks U.S. ports have the advantage

These are flourishing days for Prince Rupert's container port. Fairview terminal ships more and more goods to the U-S midwest each year. And that success is grabbing the attention of American lawmakers.

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Northern Exposure Contest Winners

The Northern Exposure Photo Contest ran for a mere two weeks, but we received over 150 contest entries. In the end, we could only choose three.

We should mention that this was a close, close contest. We loved every photo that came in, and when we had people voting on their favourites there were over 50 picks. So thank you to everyone who entered, we loved seeing pictures from your backyard and the stories that went with them.

Without further ado, here are our winners:

Auroras at Charlie Lake by Steve Milner

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Morning Sunrise on Mt Ida and reflection in Jarvis Lake by Keith Monroe

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Slim Creek by Doug Keech
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Doctors less likely to believe pain if patient is disliked

 

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 Dr. Ken Prkachin (UNBC)

Pain hurts. But what stings even more is when your doctor doesn't believe you because he doesn't like you.

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Premier's jobs plan needs more power

3 new Site-C dams. That's the estimated amount of power needed to supply Premier Christy Clarke's job plan. The power cost of 3 new liquefied natural gas plants, eight new mines, and increased gas and oil extraction could be huge.

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Canadian government subsidies could be hurting U.S. ports

U.S. lawmakers fear american ports are losing ground to their Canadian counter-parts. The Federal Maritime Commission want to know if its because of government subsidies. Business at the Port of Prince Rupert continues to grow. And congressmen in the U.S. believe it's because of an unfair playing ground.

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Pidgeon makes its roost in a Peace hotel

A different kind of guest has taken rooms at the Northwinds Lodge in Dawson Creek. But it looks like the feathered friend has no intentions of leaving.

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400 Nisga'a return home decades after being taken away to residential schools

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"The Journey Home" is a gathering of about 400 Nisga'a to their ancestral land in the Nass Valley. The visit is about seeing, hearing, and healing for the residential school survivors. Daybreak's George Baker was there.

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Why was CBC off the air?

Listeners across northern B.C. spent much of yesterday wondering why they couldn't hear CBC on their radio. It turns out that the Anik F-2 satellite had turned its back on us-- literally. Telecommunications analyst Carmi Levi explains what happened.


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Prince George mosque opens

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For years, Muslims in Prince George have had to worship in rented halls and basements. But this week,  a new northern mosque opens. Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener spoke with project leader Firas Mansour.


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Dick Harris wants to make it harder for convicted criminals to access EI

Dick Harris is the MP for Cariboo - Prince George. This week, he introduced a private member's bill aimed at making it more difficult for convicted criminals to qualify for employment insurance. He joined Daybreak to explain why.

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Dick Harris' website is DickHarris.ca.

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King James Bible turns 400

It is the most popular book of all time, and this year, it turns 400. We spoke to professor Gerald Hobbs about the enduring relevance of the King James version of the Bible.

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Matthias Rock rocks Prince George

From his days in a horror punk band to his current role as a venue manager, Matthias Rock has played a big role in the Prince George music scene. Now he's released a new album with a band taking his name, and he was our guest on the Daybreak Shuffle.

You can find the band on ReverbNation.


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Canuck Dan Hamhuis looks forward to new season

The Vancouver Canucks are back. Smithers' very own Dan Hamhuis is in the line-up, and he says this year he doesn't want his team to be second-best.


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Documentary examines power production in the Peace

Earlier this week, Peace Out opened to a jampacked audience at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The documentary looks at how energy is being extracted from the northeast, and its impacts. We spoke to director Charles Wilkinson.


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Animals get blessings in Prince George

 

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It may not have been Noah's Ark But it was definitely a start. Last night the auditorum of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince George was full of fur.

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Women's treatment centre moves foward

A proposed addiction treatment centre has been given the green light by Prince George city council. It voted six to three in favour of the Northern Supportive Recovery Centre's zoning request.

 

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President of the B.C. Teachers' Federation Speaks Out

Susan Lambert is the president of the B.C. Teachers' Federation. She spoke to Carolina de Ryk about the current dispute happening in B.C.

 

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Looking for support for Enbridge

Enbridge has been working hard to win over the hearts and minds of communities alongside the route of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project. CBC National reporter Chris Brown headed up Highway 16 to find out if the company is getting any support.
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