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January 2012 Archives

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Three dogs shot rural Peace community

The small rural community of Montney, near Fort St. John is in shock. Three dogs- all family pets- were shot within a week. Now, others are worried about the safety of their other pets.

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Rio Tinto Alcan returns land to Cheslatta

It's a move sixty years in the making. On January 30th, Rio Tino Alcan announced it will return over four thousands hectares of land to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation.

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Homemade tires make for safer winter biking

 

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Most people don't even consider biking in the winter. Most people wouldn't consider making their own studded tires if they did.

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Northern colleges struggle with budgets

Will class be dismissed for good? That's the concern at a couple of northern campuses.

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Alberta group raises concerns about fracking

Fracking is surfacing as the hot election issue in Alberta's heartland.

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Deaf Prince George hunter featured on TV

Prince George has a new star of the small screen. Greg Blackburn is a deaf hunter. He's featured on this weekend's episode of "Canada in the Rough," a GlobalTV hunting adventure show.
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First responders still dealing with trama of mill explosion

It's been one week since a mill explosion rocked the town of Burns Lake. But its impacts are still being felt by those who were first on the scene.

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Timber supply poses risk to Burns Lake's future

As Burns Lake residents rally to rebuild, questions are being raised about whether the mill will be rebuilt, as well. The lumber supply, in the region, has been dwindling for years.

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Lucy the Goose is back home in Fort St. James

The goose is back to roost. When we last checked in on, Lucy the Canada Goose, she was being carted away by government agents to an undisclosed location.

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Burns Lake mill worker still hopeful

Syd Neville's life has changed dramatically in the last week. On Friday, he was burnt in a devastating explosion at the Babine Mill.

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Kitimat Reception Issues

We are experiencing satellite interference problems in Kitimat since January 11. 
Our technicians have a filter on order and expect it in by the end of this week or beginning of next. We hope to have these issues resolved as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience as we resolve this issue.

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U.S. foundations share common causes with Canada

There is growing interest about who is bankrolling opposition to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline. And who is investing to help Enbridge see this project through.

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Lac La Hache author combines murder with a writer's group

Meet Bunny, Mariah, Sari and Jemima. A wannabe murderer; closet lesbian; sentimental poet; and newspaper columnist with writer's block. Those are the character that weave together a Cariboo writer's latest novel.

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Burns Lake grapples with loss of mill and workers

The village of Burns Lake is in mourning. The B.C. Coroners service says two people have now been found dead within the rubble of a burned-out sawmill in Burns Lake.

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The faithful in Burns Lake are turning to their church for comfort in the wake of a devastating tragedy. A fiery explosion destroyed the Babine Forest Mill on Friday.

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CNC research could change face of northern forests

As the winter warms up from last week's deep freeze, John Neumann is thinking about the long-term rise in temperature. He wants to know what trees we should be planting today to keep the forest industry going fifty years from now.

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Burns Lake struggles with aftermath of mill explosion

Nineteen workers are hospitalized, and two still missing after an explosion and fire at a sawmill in Burns Lake. The fire subsequent fire tore through the Babine Forrest Service Mill around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

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Now the community is looking for answers about what happened, and why.

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Burns Lake's mayor is offering support to community.

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Smithers becomes darling of the talkshow

The Grey is opening in theatres this Friday. It's a blockbuster film starring Liam Neeson, Dermont Mulroney, and... the community of Smithers. And it's resulted in a lot of attention for the tiny town.

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Cars get the cold shoulder in winter chill.

It's sooo cold out, even the cars are feeling it. Dead batteries and split radiators are making themselves known across the north.

 

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Protestors show up at Enbridge hearings in Prince George

A bitterly cold, dark night didn't stop protesters last night in Prince George.

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One Enbridge supporter finds opposition intimidating.

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Smithers man jumps in frozen lakes for fun and work

If you haven't noticed-- it's a little cool out there. But that's not stopping Walter Booker from heading out to the river, breaking through the ice, and then jumping in.

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City of Prince George eliminates 28 jobs

Prince George city hall will have to trim its staff by 28 positions this week. Wednesday Jan. 17th, mayor Shari Green announced staff layoffs to cut costs.

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Fort St. James woman fights to get her goose

Diane VanderWiel is fighting to get her goose loose. Lucy is a Canada goose who's lived on Diane's farm since she was just a gosling But last week she was plucked from her five-acre home by conservation officers because keeping migratory birds breaks federal rules.

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Northern B.C. gets a cold snap

Lets be honest here. IT'S COLD!!! Every region across northern BC is trembling at the outdoor temperatures.

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Same sex marriages in question for non-Canadian residents

It seems the dust has settled a little bit over last week's same-sex marriage spat. It started after a federal government lawyer reportedly told a foreign lesbian couple, married in Canada, their union isn't considered official and they couldn't divorce because same-sex marriage isn't recognised where they live.

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Americans in Canada face tax problems

The Peace Region has strong ties to the United States. Most notably, the Alaska Highway leading from Dawson Creek to our southern neighbour's northern state. For years, people of the Peace moved fluidly between Canada and Alaska... Working, living, even having kids. But now that's causing problems.

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Harley Bay stands against Northern Gateway


Many B.C. First Nations are strongly opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Hartley Bay is one community on the North Coast stands on the front lines of the battle.George Baker files this report.

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Northern Conservative and NDP MP's have differing views on Enbridge

The Conservative government is tinkering with the federal regulatory approval process. It's looking at limiting the amount of people allowed to speak during oral hearings.

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Northwestern B.C. continues to have its say on Enbridge

We are on Day three of the marathon that is the federal government's review of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline. But it's Day one that continues to make waves.

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Shortage of skilled workers could come to Cariboo

The Peace is struggling with a lack of skilled workers... Now, one industry expert is telling Prince George to prepare for a possible shortage of its own.

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Enbridge hearings underway in Kitamaat Village

The costs and benefits surrounding Enbrodges' proposed northern gateway project continue to be discussed in Kitimat. It is the 2nd day, of panel hearings in Kitamaat Village.

 

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Joint Review Panel hearings on Northern Gateway pipeline set to begin

Joint Review Panel hearings on the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project are set to begin in Kitamaat Village this morning. CBC reporter Betsy Trumpener is there, she sets the scene.

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Albertan mayor sees benefits of pipeline project

While opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline project spills over in B.C., in Alberta it's just the opposite. You are much more likely to find a supporter of the plan on that side of the border. Among them is Trevor Thain, mayor of Whitecourt-- a town directly on the Albertan side of the proposed pipeline route. He explains his position.

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Political cartoonist pokes holes in pipeline

Gerry Hummel is a Kitimat-based political cartoonist. He joined Carolina DeRyk for a chat about his take on the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

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NDP MLA says Christy Clark should know British Columbians oppose pipeline

Robin Austin is the NDP MLA for Skeena. He says British Columbians oppose the project, and Liberal premier Christy Clark should know that by now.

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Enbridge spokesperson says more education needed about pipeline project

Paul Stanway is a spokesperson for Enbridge and its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. While he acknowledges opposition to the project exists, he thinks the people of British Columbia and Canada will recognize the benefits outweigh the risks as the hearing process proceeds.

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Haisla First Nation oppose Northern Gateway pipeline project

The Haisla First Nation have supported economic projects in the past, including the Kitimat Liquified Natural Gas pipeline. But as chief councilor Ellis Ross explains, they don't feel the benefits of the Northern Gateway pipeline project outweigh the risks to land and sea.

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Kitimat Chamber of Commerce has members for and against pipeline

As the economics and impact of the Northern Gateway pipeline project are discussed, the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce is taking a neutral position. Tony Brady is the president, he explains why membership is divided.

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Former oil and gas employee opposes Northern Gateway Pipeline project

Floyd Crawley has been on both sides of a pipleine, having spent much of his working life employed by the oil and gas industry and as a shareholder of Spectra Energy. But now he's getting ready to speak out against the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project. He joined Carolina DeRyk to explain why.

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Alberta solution could work for B.C.'s stray cats

Fur can sometimes fly when people in the north talk about how to deal with feral cats. Many solutions have been suggested, but strays still roam many northern streets.

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Enbridge pipeline divides the north

As the Enbridge Panel Hearings get underway this week in the north. Daybreak is embarking on a journey of its own.

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Cats becoming a problem for Prince George neighbourhood

It's a game of cat and mouse for a Prince George woman dealing with cats dumped at her home. Lesley Kerr lives at the Sunrise Valley Mobile Home Park near the local SPCA, and she says people dumping the animals in her neighbourhood is becoming a problem.


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Look behind the public opinion polls about Enbridge, says professor

An Ipsos-Reid poll seems to indicate public support for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project in British Columbia. UBC's George Hoberg thinks there's more to polls than meets the eye.

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Lichen named in memory of Fort St James man

In August, we brought you the story of the naming rights for B.C. lichen being up for auction. Now, the winner has been revealed.

Randy Sulyma was a lichenologist from Fort St James who passed away suddenly in a car accident. As a tribute his family began fundraising to name the lichen after him. But it wasn't easy: his mother Sylvia Sulyma spoke with Carolina DeRyk.

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Cat lover commissions Napoleanic-era portrait of her pet



Jenifer Norwell is an associate producer on the CBC show Daybreak North. She also really, really likes her pet. So when she commissions a 17th-century style portrait of him, she sets out to discover: is this about her pet? Or about her?

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The atomic option for oil extraction

Once upon a time, the Albertan government was considering accessing crude in the oil sands... by using atomic bombs. And it came closer to happening than you might think. Author Brian Brennan joined Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata to share the story.

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You can find Brian Brennan's book, "The Good Steward: The Ernest C. Manning Story" at his website, BrianBrenning.ca.

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Unseasonably warm winter causes problems for truckers and pond hockey

The province in the midst of an unseasonably warm winter. This is causing some problems for John Reed, as he tries to organize a pond hockey tournament in Prince George later this month.

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And it's not just outdoor enthusiasts being bothered by the balmy climate. Maryanne Arcand is the executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association, and she says it's interfering with the industries ability to do its job. And to make matters worse, CBC senior meteorologist Claire Martin says the warm weather may not disappear anytime soon.

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Pro-oil sands group launches ad campaign targeting foreign influence

The pro-oil sands group Ethical Oil has launched an ad campaign it says outs some opponents of the project as nothing more than Canadian puppet organizations. Kathryn Marshall is their spokesperson, and she joined Carolina DeRyk.

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Ethical Oil can be found at ethicaloil.org.

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Music, motherhood, and McBride with Sasha Lewis

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Sasha Lewis (photo by Andrea Blair photography)

Sasha Lewis was raised in McBride, but headed south to nurture a child and a musical career. Now she's back with her daughter and some new inspiration. You can find Sasha's music at sashalewis.com.


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At a crossroads over C-Sections

    More than a quarter of woman in the north deliver their babies by C-section.
    That's a stat that Northern Health is hoping to change.
    The health authority is looking to cut C-section births in the region by 2 per cent by 2013.
    Rose Perrin is the executive lead for Northern Health's perinatal program

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A $72 billion problem

Alberta Energy hopes British Columbians can get behind Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline -- it could lead to a huge windfall for Alberta's oilsands producers. Carolina de Ryk asks why British Columbians should care?

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Coast Guard staff set to be cut in B.C.

The Canadian government is set to reduce the amount Coast Guard communications and traffic staff in B.C. Allan Hughes is the regional director for the union representing some of those staff, and he says this move could affect marine safety in the province.

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New Year, New B.C. Ferries CEO

Mike Corrigan has taken on the role of CEO of B.C. Ferries. He joined Carolina DeRyk to talk about his plans for the crown corporation, and how they will affect northern communities.

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Countdown is on for 2015 Winter Games in Prince George

It is now just three years until Prince George plays host to one of the largest events to come to the city. The 2015 Canada Winter Games will see thousands of visitors, and Host Society CEO Stuart Ballantyne still has a lot of preparation to do, especially when it comes to fundraising and ski hills.

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