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March 2012 Archives

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How safe are wooden high-rises?

Plans are underway for a ten-story  Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, with tenders being accepted in the next few months. This centre will be a test for creating a value-added forest industry around tall wooden high rises. But how structurally sound and safe are wooden high-rises? Eric Karsh is co-author of a report on these buildings for the Canadian Wood Coalition, and he shared his thoughts.

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Prince Rupert considers allowing backyard chickens

Prince Rupert council is considering allowing backyard chickens on residential properties. Samantha Lewis is helping spearhead the campaign to permit hens.

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Reaction to Decriminalizing Brothels

Executive Director of the Central Interior Native Health Society Murry Krause discusses the potential impacts on northern B.C. of a landmark Ontario Court of Appeal ruling on brothels.

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Cullen reacts to NDP Leadership Loss, Future of NDP discussed

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen came in third in the NDP Leadership vote. In an interview with Carolina De Ryk, he reflects on the outcome of the vote and the future of the party.


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With Thomas Mulcair now in charge of the NDP, we held a panel discussion on the future of the party. Taking part are former B.C. NDP MLA Lois Boone, former federal NDP candidate and current Houston councillor Jonathan Van Barneveld, and UNBC political science lecturer Jason Morris.

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Pelican brief

Yes, a brown pelican was witnessed waddling on the docks of Port Edward.

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We sent Daybreak's George Baker out to find this wayward bird. He brought along his friend Fisherman Bill [Mounce]. But their detective work was thwarted by a media-shy bird and imposed deadlines. But at the end of the story, George at least had a chance to have a look at this photo, to which he only had one reaction: "What pelican likes to eat porkchops?"
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Early retirement

After nine years and thousands of dollars raised, Indra Egan is calling it quits. The thing is, she's only seventeen. But that hasn't stopped her from putting on the "Indra and Friends" benefit concert every year since she was nine years old

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Moose harrassment

A moose has been shot to death in Prince George. It happened earlier this week on a street in the College Heights subdivision. Todd Hunter is with the BC Conservation Officer Service. He spoke with Daybreak's Wil Fundal to explain what happened:

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Chinese subversion

This is a full-length version of award winning author and investigative journalist Terry Glavin's conversation with Daybreak's George Baker about why Northern British Columbians should consider China's growing interest in Alberta's oilsands.

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Hays Creek revival

Prince Rupert resident Mike Burgess was the lone responder to a diesel spill at a salmon-bearing creek in the City of Rainbows.

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An Irish love story

It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, so we dialed up Colin Walker. He told us the story of how he went from being a lovestruck chef in Ireland to a happily married butcher in Vanderhoof.

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Prince George councilor considers capping election spending

Prince George mayor Shari Green has disclosed her election campaign spending, and it comes to a record $81,147.55. This much money going into a mayoral race has councilor Brian Skakun worried people could be priced out of future campaigns and he's proposing donations caps for the future.

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Kitimat mayor says unemployed southerners welcome, once everyone in the northwest has jobs

The B.C. government has floated the idea of sending unemployed southerners north for job training. Kitimat mayor Joanne Monaghan says it's a fine idea--  but jobs and training should be going to the unemployed in the north before it happens.


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Education Minister George Abbott Discusses Bill 22

The controversial Bill 22 passed in the B.C. legislature this week. In advance of that happening, Education Minister George Abbott spoke with Betsy Trumpener.

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Turning potholes into art

As we discovered in our pothole panel, potholes aren't a problem that are about to go away. So why not turn them into art? That's just what the minds behind mypotholes.com have done at locations around the world. Daybreak host Betsy Trumpener spoke with photographer Claudia Ficca about the site, and to invite her to Prince George.

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Nightclub a no-go

Prince George City Council makes Coyotes Nigh Club roadkill by denying the potential owner's application for a downtown club license. But some residents in the Capital of the North say the city's nightime alternatives aren't much better.

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Potholes cause problems in Prince George

Every spring, potholes cause headaches for residents of Prince George and the rest of northern B.C. Mick Jones is the supervisor of technical services with the city of Prince George, and Will Cadell is the creator of the website "PG Pothole." They joined host Betsy Trumpener in studio for a discussion about the problem.

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A fiery debate

Prince Rupert's emergency buildings are in a crumbly state of disrepair.
The City of Rainbows needs to replace BOTH its Fire Hall and police station.
A proposed emergency services building, which could house both the fire department and police, will cost 6-million dollars.
But the city may have to raise new property taxes before it can put shovels in the ground.
As Daybreak's George Baker discovers, the issue has some locals hot underneath the collar.


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Split boards

The B-C Liberals' Bill-22, which would in part, end the teacher's dispute is having a polarizing effect on this province.
School Boards in Northern B-C are no exception.
For example, the Terrace school board wants the provincial government to end teacher strikes and job action at schools.
School Board 57 Prince George is taking a different position.
The board there wants Bill 22 changed to allow a mediator to decide on salary and class sizes without government interference.
 Chair Sharel Warrington speaks with Daybreak's George Baker

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Richard Dean Zagwyn

It was one of the largest deployments of police resources in the province since Gustafson Lake.
RCMP officers from across BC -- dispatched -- to Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake and the Saikuz reserve.
They were on the hunt for Richard Dean Zagwyn.
The, then 21-year-old shot at police.
He also kidnapped a man.
That was nearly five and a half years ago.
Last Friday, Zagwyn was sentenced for his crimes.
Daybreak's Wil Fundal joins us for the latest.


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Teacher's strike Day 3

It's the third day of the teacher's strike. Daybreak's George Bkaer marches with Pricne Rupert teacher Nick Adey and talks about the future of education...

And...

As teachers continue to march outside schools in northern BC, it highlights a situation many Canadians are familiar with:
Public school teachers and their employers, in a conflict over contracts.
And according to a book on the verge of being published....it's a situation many provinces in Canada have struggled with.
Sara Slinn is the co-editor of "Dynamic Negotiation: Teacher Labour Relations in Canadian Elementary and Secondary Education"
She's an associate professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.


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Teachers panel

A parent, a teacher and a professor all share their points-of-view on the teachers strike with Daybreak North.
Janet Crocker is a communications student and mother of five living in Prince Rupert.
Matt Pearce is a parent, as well as the president of the Prince George District Teacher's Union.
And Michelle Stack is a professor of education at the University of British Columbia.



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Ditching dykes

The City of Prince George wants to borrow 3-and-a-half million dollars for their River Road Dike project.
But before it does, it needs permission from the Prince George taxpayers.
But the way the city is getting approval is meeting with disapproval from one well-known activist.
Eric Allen was one of the city's lead anti-HST organizers.
Now he's turned his attention to the dike project, which he says unnesccesarry

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Robocalls found in Prince George

The controversy over automated phone calls made to voters in the run-up to the last federal election is growing. The calls gave false information - directing voters to wrong polling stations.
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Half of Burns Lake workers back on the job

At the end of January, Pat Bell promised that all the displaced Burns Lake workers would be back to work. The commitment came after an explosion destroyed Babine Forest Products killing 2 employees and leaving 19 injured.

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Northeast Natural gas industry in question without LNG

Natural gas is still a hot commodity for some companies even in a cooling market.

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Prince George musician sings from the heart

 

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Isaac Smeele plays to Carolina DeRyk in CBC's Prince George studio. (Jenifer Norwell/CBC)

Isaac Smeele isn't wasting any time. At just 19 years old, the Prince George musician has written over 400 songs.

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Teachers have voted to strike

Teachers voted 87 per cent in favour of striking. This takes places against the back drop of Bill 22 - government legislation that could take that option away.

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