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November 2011 Archives

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Risks of Enbridge high says environmental group

The Enbridge Gateway Pipeline project is just too risky. This according to a report released by the Living Oceans Society. The report claims that the risk of environmental disaster due to a pipeline leak, or tanker spill, is just too high.

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Prince George doctor goes off call

A northern doctor has packed in her pager, after 22 years of serving patients on-call at the hospital in Prince George.

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Movember wraps up with a shave

Across the north, upper lips are getting ready. After a month of Movember, the time has come to shave.

 

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Daybreak North Host Robert Doane shows off his Movember 'stach. (Jenifer Norwell/CBC)

 

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Displaced Prince George tenants want rent money back after fire leaves them homeless

A group of evacuees in Prince George hope their rent money did not go up in smoke when their homes did. Tenants of Victoria Towers were forced out of their homes on November 3rd, and now they want their damage deposits and November rent back. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata spoke with some tenants as they plan to take action to get their money.

Betsy Trumpener also spoke with Tom Durning of the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre in Vancouver to find out what rights tenants have in this sort of situation.

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You can learn more about tenant rights at tenants.bc.ca.

See also: Victoria Tower Tenant Attempts to Move On After Fire

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Vanderhoof pulls together over tragedy

It was a solemn weekend for some people in Central BC.
Sunday, November 27th marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Loren Leslie.
In an unrelated case, November 28th marks the six month disappearance of Madison Scott.
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B.C. to study the effect of gas industry

The BC government is set to study whether gas drilling in the northeast is harming human health.

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B.C. Liberals look north for jobs plan

The B.C. Liberals are set to unveil a series of ads aimed at educating British Columbians about job opportunities in northern B.C. But what will that plan look like? Susan Cudahy is the CEO of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation, and she would like to see the province improve infrastructure so people can head north to work and leave their families in the south.

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Dawson Creek mayor Mike Bernier also welcomes the plan, but he would rather see full families head north.

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Victoria Towers tenant attempts to move on after fire



It's been called one of the worst urban disasters in Prince George's history. Early this month, a fire at the Victoria Towers apartment building forced 100 residents out of their homes. In the weeks since, no one's been allowed back to live in their apartment, and dozens of people are still homeless. Among them is Tony Wedinga. He invited Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata along. as he packed up his apartment in an effort to move on.

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Over 20 whales spotted near Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve



Imagine this: over 20 whales breaching, tail slapping and generally frolicking. That's what a group of scientists and conservation crew members witnessed earlier this week. It's a rare occassion to see so many transient orcas at play with each other.Debby Gardiner witnessed the rendezvous. She studies the ecosystem of the island for the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Carolina De Ryk spoke to her this morning.

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B.C. children still falling behind

It's a failing grade for B.C when it comes to child poverty. That's the conclusion of the 2011 Child Poverty Report Card.

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If Robert Redford speaks about Enbridge, should we listen?

Robert Redford filming in downtown Vancouver recently (CBC)

Robert Redford has turned his sights on fighting the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project. But why should we care what celebrities have to say about political, economic, or environmental issues? We spoke with Andrew Cooper, professor and author of the book "Celebrity Diplomacy," about the phenomenon of celebrity activists.

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Robert Redford's column in the Globe and Mail

Andrew Cooper's website

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21-year-old man becomes mayor of Burns Lake

They call him Landslide Luke. Luke Strimbold is possibly the youngest elected mayor in B.C. history.He spoke with Daybreak following his win.

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Prince George man starts B.C.'s first Arabic-language newspaper

Sam Batarseh thinks British Columbia's government should spend less time focusing on attracting Asia, and more reaching out to the Middle East. Until it does, he's running www.mahjer.com, B.C.'s first Arabic-language newspaper. He lives in Prince George, and he joined Betsy Trumpener in studio.

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Shari Green unseats Dan Rogers to become mayor of Prince George

After one term on council, Shari Green has unseated incumbent Dan Rogers to become mayor of Prince George. She says she's excited about bringing the city new opportunities.

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Dan Rogers says he was aware that he would have a hard fight if he wanted to get re-electected, that he's proud of his time as mayor, and that he owes time to his family.


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Re-elected Quesnel mayor Mary Sjostrom says it's time to move on

Mary Sjostrom has been elected for a second term as mayor of Quesnel. This comes after a campaign that questioned her handling of the city's finances, but as she told Carolina De Ryk, she feels it's time for the city to move on.

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Taylor Bachrach new mayor of Smithers

Taylor Bachrach managed to unseat incumbent Cress Farrow to become mayor of Smithers. He says some primary concern for his term will be how to deal with the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline Project and affordable housing. He spoke to Carolina De Ryk shortly after his win.

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Lori Ackerman elected mayor of Fort St John

After spending the last three years as a councilor, Lori Ackerman has been elected as mayor of the energetic city. Carolina De Ryk spoke to her shortly after he win.

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2011 Northern BC Municipal Election Results

To hear interviews with our election night winners, scroll down or go to our 2011 election interviews page. For election night results, click here.

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UNBC professor says snow, roads a big factor in municipal election campaigns

UNBC political science professor Jason Morris joins us for a look at the issues facing municipal candidates around the north. His take? Weather is a big one.

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School boards are important elections to watch

School board elections are seen by some as the minor leagues of municipal politics.But former trustee Lois Boone says with a bigger budget and the future of education in their hands, school boards are ignored to the detriment of the communities they serve.

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Enbridge environmental assessment to put need before environment

It's in the fine print. Gerald Graham says look -- there. That's where those interested in the Northern Gateway pipeline project will find out how the project could be judged.

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The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is responding to criticisms that its review process of Northern Gateway is flawed.

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Aboriginal candidates run for northern councils

There aren't too many Aboriginal faces on city councils around the north. But some candidates are trying to change that.

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China's imports of wood increase but concerns remain

China's imports of B.C. wood could more than double by the end of 2011. Export analysts believe that trend will continue -- and will help thrust B-C into the role of Canada's top exporting province. But there are some concerns about how long China can continue its thirst for housing.

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Prince George man goes online to fight city

You can't fight city hall, the saying goes. But don't tell that to Laurie Macintosh.

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Vanderhoof improves access to "rape" kits

Pressing charges in a sexual assault case is never an easy decision. But for some women in northern B.C., the choice is made harder by a lack of qualified doctors.

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Terrace Mayoral candidates panel

There is a mountain of an issue in Terrace's municipal election. Efforts to save local ski resort -- Shames -- is a leading issue this year. And some residents say they are basing their vote for Mayor on who will do more to save the operation.

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We took the question about Shames Mountain and asked Terrace mayoral candidate Merv Ritchie what he thought.

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Unfortunately, we were unable to contact the remaining mayoral candidate, Don Dunster.

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Japanese debris to hit B.C.'s coast

Twenty million tons of debris is heading to North America. Amongst the rubble are pieces of homes, boats and photographs. They are the remnants of lives lived before the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami on March 11th earlier this year.

 

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Kitimat candidates debate community's future

It's been a roller coaster three years in Kitimat. The Eurocan pulp mill closed. Plans to construct the Kitimat LNG terminal continue to move forward. And Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline places Kitimat at the centre of International controversy.

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Quesnel mayoral race gets ramped up

Regardless of who becomes the next mayor of Quesnel, they will be no stranger to city hall.

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B.C. Fisheries Survival Coalition supports Supreme Court decision

Lax Kw'alaams members won't make a dime from next year's First Nation salmon fishery. The Supreme Court of Canada sunk the band's application to have the traditional fishery deemed commercial.

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Missing women called to be election issue

Brenda Wilson continues her fight to honour her sister Ramona. This time she's doing it by raising the specter of the Highway of Tears as a municipal election issue.

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Fort St. John mayoral race gets energetic

We know one thing about the Fort St. John mayoral race... After November 19th, the city will have a new mayor. Bruce Lantz is not seeking re-election and now three people are vying for the top job.

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Prince Rupert mother remembers

Remembrance Day iss a day that holds special significance for Prince Rupert's Marg Logan. Her family connection to the Canadian Armed Forces stretches almost 60 years.

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Chetwynd struggles with lack of housing

There's no place like home... But for many people in Chetwynd, they'd just settle for a room. Unfortunately, housing of any kind is in short supply. That's why the district is meeting with industry, developers and special interest groups.

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Smithers mayoral race heats up

The land of milk, honey, mines and money. For many Smithers is the pinnacle of paradise. But with mining booming and the proposed Enbridge pipeline looming, The race for mayor has some added elements this time around.

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Fracking criticised by think tank

Fracking is facing new criticisms. On November 9th, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report condemning the process as unsustainable.

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Prince George mayor defends record

There are six candidates making their bid to be Prince George's mayor. Current mayor Dan Rogers is running again.

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Greenpeace founder changes direction

Patrick Moore no longer chains himself to the idea of stopping energy development. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace, but he's since parted ways with that organization and its ideology.

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Prince George orchestra looks for new conductor

It's not quite Canadian Idol. But the search is on for the next big musical name in B-C's northern capital. The Prince George Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new conductors. Daybreak's Jenifer Norwell went to a rehearsal to find out more about the search.

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This is That discovers beaver fighting in Fort St. James

The beaver is Canada's national animal. But in Fort St. James, it's a national shame.

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Greenpeace raises concerns about biomass

European Biomass Exchange began trading this week in Amsterdam. And Northern B.C. is the ground-floor of Canada's burgeoning play in that market.

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Mount Milligan Mine moves ahead

It's the first new metal mine to be built in B.C. in the last 15 years. And for the communities of Fort St. James and Mackenzie, Mount Milligan could be a golden opportunity.

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Wes Carson stands at the Mount Milligan mine site (Jenifer Norwell/CBC)

 

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Anemia salmon virus sparks fear in Alaska

There is fear today that the deadly anemia salmon virus could be spreading throughout B.C.'s waters. A Fraser River coho was found to be carrying the virus earlier this week. That's after two Central Coast sockeye made international news waves when they were discovered to be carrying anemia.

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