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February 2012 Archives

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Prince George kids learn alternative to gangs

It's anti-bullying day in the province, but in Prince George there's a focus on keeping kids out of gangs.

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Teachers and government still at impass

B.C.'s Labour Relations board has ruled teachers can walk out of the classroom for three days, but the Liberal government has introduced legislation trying to prevent them from doing just that.

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Haida still stand against Enbridge

The Enbridge public hearings dock in Old Massett on Tuesday, February 27th.
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Kitwanga man tackels illicit drinking

Drinking is a hard demon to deal with. Illicit drinking is even worse.

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Carbon tax debate continues

The carbon tax is again fueling discussion.

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Global fish stocks depleting?

Dirk Zeller is a senior fellow at the University of British Columbia's Sea Around Us Project who says governments around the world need to monitor fish stocks more closely.

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Hockey death sparks conversation, music

When Vancouver Canuck Rick Rypien passed away, it prompted Bryce Lokken to turn to music. Lokken has now released a song, and he's hoping it will prompt a larger conversation about mental health. He spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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"Rick" can be found on iTunes, with proceeds going to Mindcheck.ca.

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Alaskan sea lions head to British Columbia for better food

New research suggests Alaskan sealions could be in decline because they are eating what amounts to junk food. Andrew Trites is the director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, and he told Carolina De Ryk about his team's findings.

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Sewage used as fertilizer sparks blockade near Prince George

A group of concerned residents in the Salmon Valley, near Prince George, is refusing to let a local farmer spread treated stabilized human sewage on his fields. Jenifer Norwell went out to meet some of the blockaders about their concerns.

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A New Name for Prince George?

A business professor has suggested Prince George change its name in an re-branding effort for the city. In this segment, Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata takes to the streets of the northern capital to find out how residents would react to such a change, plus we read listener suggestions for new names.

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Could Prince George Job Cuts Cost Cash?

Janet Bigelow is president of the union representing employees of the City of Prince George. City council in Prince George eliminated 28 positions in an effort to trim nearly $2 million from its budget, but Bigelow argues that in the long-run, these cuts could cost the city money and more.

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Energy panel discusse B.C.'s future

From fracking to hydro to proposed pipelines, northern B.C. is at the centre of the province's energy boom.
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Prince George considers dike options

Prince George city council wants to borrow 3.5 million dollars for its River Road dike project.
The city will need to come up with that money to recieve grants from the federal and provincial governments.

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Enbridge hearings resume in Prince Rupert

The Enbridge Joint Review Panel hits Prince Rupert on February 17th.

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Report critical of B.C. forest policy

B-C's forests are running out of timber. A new report from the province's auditor general has found the economy may be at risk because of the province's approach to monitoring timber supply and replanting forests.

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Haida regalia returned

Some runaway regalia has just been returned to a Haida Gwaii artist.

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Firearms association happy long gun registry is closer to being scrapped

The long guns registry is one step closer to being scrapped.
Yesterday the bill to kill the controversial registry was passed in the House of Commons.
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Lack of translation of First Nations languages draws concerns

As the Enbridge joint review panel prepares for hearings to begin in Prince Rupert tomorrow, questions are being raised about what's actually being recorded.
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Municipalities consider position on Enbridge pipeline

The political landscape over the Enbridge Northern Gateway project appears to be shifting. For years, municipal leaders in B.C.'s northwest have avoided taking a position on the project.
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North Delta students reach out to Burns Lake

The tragedy that rocked Burns Lake is still sending ripples across the province. So much so that a school in North Delta is raising funds to help their northern neighbours.

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Site C still opposed by some Peace residents

It's an issue that's been churning up the waters in the Peace region since the 1970's. Earlier this week a joint federal and provincial environmental assessment was announced.

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Terrace votes against Northern Gateway

Terrace city council has voted to oppose Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

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China fracks its own natural gas

Stephen Harper has returned from his visit to China. While there, the prime minister promoted Canada's energy capabilities. But it's not as if China isn't capable of producing its own energy.

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Prince George Iceman has 25 year legacy

The 25th Iceman wasn't as wintery as it could have been, but it had one of the best turnouts ever. Frank Blues helped found the event and is still competiting. Daybreak's Jenifer Norwell met up with him at the pool.

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Inquest into forestry death begins

Charles Henry Engelbert died almost 2 years ago. He was a tree faller - respected by friends and colleagues as a safe, productive, happy worker. And he was just 29-years-old when he was critically injured while falling trees on a forestry worksite north of Williams Lake.

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Haida to use culture to help with math

Aboriginal children on Haida Gwaii now have a math book that uses culturally familar settings. Instead of math question asking about two trains leaving a city at different times and different speeds.

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Five die in firey crash on highway 97

Five Prince George residents are dead following a highway accident yesterday.

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Dawson Creek might change summer schedule

School calendars could be getting an overhaul. In Prince George, school district 59 is discussing an expanded spring break for the upcoming year. And in Peace River South, they might be throwing out the traditional school year altogether.

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Two Peace cities vie for Westjet

Westjet has plans to take to rural skies. Employees of the company voted to launch a regional airline.

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Mystery may be solved over missing yellow cedar

You see them less and less. Yellow cedars are a beautiful and coveted wood. But they've been dying off in alarming numbers for over a century.

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Prince George lawyer takes ICBC to court

A Prince George lawyer is taking on the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia-one page at a time. Garth Wright took the corporation to court after it refused to pay a 25-dollar photocopying bill.

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Fields stores closing

It's been a focal point of the community for years. The Fields store in the village of Masset has been a trusted place to shop for everything from underwear to canned ham.

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Canada's economy at risk because of energy policy: economist

On Tuesday February 7th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will bring Canada's so-called "national priority" to the attention of China. The Conservative Leader is in China to discuss the future of energy and economic relations with the superpower.

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Prince George can learn from Sweden

Vaxjo is a small city in Sweden with a large forest industry. It's considered one of the greenest cities in Europe, with eighty-percent of their heat coming from renewable energy sources.

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First Nation youth are basketball obsessed

All Native Basketball Tournament takes place in Prince Rupert. Teams from Alaska, the Central Coast and Inland have won top honours in the past, while the Friendship House Chiefs have struggled. However, players say this year is different.

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City of Prince George cuts environment division

In an effort to cut costs, the city of Prince George has cut its entire environment division. This has some organizations worried about the city's future. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata shares the story.

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Burns Lake prepares for funerals of two mill workers

It's a time of mourning and reflection in Burns Lake. The funerals of Carl Charlie and Robert Luggi both take place this weekend.

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Proposed Prince George club draws controversy

Does Prince George have a shortage of clubs?

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Girls correctional facility closing in Prince George

Come mid-February young girls in jail don't have a place in Prince George. The provincial government has axed the local facility, and the young females held there will be shipped down to a youth containment centre in Burnaby.

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Quesnel shop closing after thefts

Kyla Pinyon fullfilled a lifelong dream last year. She opened a high-end boutique on the main drag in Quesnel. But, that dream turned into a nightmare after the store was broken into five times.

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Sawmill relocation not supported by all in Crescent Spur

A bid to relocate a sawmill in Crescent Spur is cutting up the tiny community. The owner wants to move the mill to another site the region -- just a few kilometres from its current site. But opponents fear the move could ruin their livelihood.

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B.C. Civil Liberties not happy with Commission's report on RCMP

A report from the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP cleared Prince George police yesterday. They were investigating the death of Clayton Alvin Willey.

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