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May 2012 Archives

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Salmon and the battle for ocean food

Brendan Connors, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Resource and Environmental Management is studying the feeding habits of Pink and Sockeye Salmon. He says this relationship could be key to understanding the decline of Sockeye in BC.

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Enbridge amps up pipeline PR campaign

Enbridge has announced it will spend millions of dollars in attempt to convince the public to support the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. Tom Donoghue is president of Donoghue and Associates. He talks about what Enbridge needs to do to win the hearts and minds of the public.

 

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Cheslatta hold ceremony to reconsecrate washed-out graves

The Cheslatta Carrier Nation is holding a "Return of the Spirits" ceremony to reconsecrate the graves lost to decades of flooding. Mike Robertson talks about what will take place at the ceremony, as well as the recent discovery of 25 bones near Cheslatta Lake.

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Disciplining "bad apples" in the RCMP

Inspector Keith Redl is in charge of Operations at the Prince George RCMP. He explains the current process for disciplining RCMP members, in light of on-going controversy around allegations of misbehaviour and misconduct.

 

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Prince George councillor unveils seven-point plan for fixing roads

Roads in Prince George have become a pain point for residents, as well as councillor Brian Skakun. He's unveiled a seven-point plan for fixing roads, which includes selling city property and implementing a gas tax. He explained his ideas on Daybreak North.

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Shipwreck survivor recalls ten days lost in Hecate Strait


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Jesse Brillon and his two friend Brian and Dave Martynuik went prawn fishing earlier this month. But after an accident, they wound up shipwrecked in the Hecate Strait. They survived ten days at sea, in part by eating seaweed. Jesse Brillon recounts his story.

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Gang expert pens book on Canadian gangs

Mark Totten, one of Canada's experts on gangs, has written a new book on organized crime called "Nasty, Brutish and Short: The Lives of Gang Members in Canada."

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Biking to work in Northern BC

As Bike to Work Week kicks off in communities across the province, a panel discussion addresses the challenges and benefits of two-wheeled commuting. Panelists include Jordan Bateman, BC Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, and Jonathan Gilman, a former cyclist now in Dawson Creek.

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What do Employment Insurance changes mean for you?

The Canadian government has announced changes to the Employment Insurance program in the country. There will be new categories of claimants, and new expectations for the sort of work those on EI should be accepting. To explain, we spoke with Arthur Sweetman, a professor in the department of economics at McMaster University and an expert on Canada's E.I. system.

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B.C. government says without more immigrants, business will leave the province

According to a report from B.C.'s Immigration Task Force, the province needs more immigrants immediately or businesses will be forced to shut down or leave the province. We spoke to John Yap, B.C.'s Minister of Multiculturalism and task force chair about why he thinks this is the case, and why immigration is the solution.

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But for some recent immigrants, it's another story. Romana Pasca works as an employment counsellor at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society in Prince George trying to connect newcomers to Canada with meaningful work.

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You can read the task force report on the B.C. government website.

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New national database for missing persons

A new national database seeks to connect police officers, coroners and missing persons investigators across the country. Inspector Carole Bird, who oversees the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains, talks about the new database.

 

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Taking advantage of the high price of gold

As gold prices climb, more and more people are looking to cash in by selling their trinkets and jewelery.

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Looking back at the Lakeland sawmill fire, one month later

Daybreak North Reporter Wil Fundal provides an update on the tragedy at the Lakeland Sawmill, which went up in flames on April 23rd, 2012.

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Scientist estimates impact of tsunami debris on Haida Gwaii

Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Richard Thomson provides an update on the latest research on tsunami debris form last year's disaster in Japan.

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B.C. government combines jobs fair with rock concert

"I've always felt like a bit of a Meatloaf," says Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell in this interview about a traveling jobs fair that looks to rock stars for inspiration. Can rock make work more exciting for young people?

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Are two-and-a-half months enough time to plan for future of forestry?

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The B.C. government has created a special committee to evaluate the timber supply in the province. This is after a leaked report revealedthousands of forestry jobs are at stake. MLA John Rustad is on the committee.He joined us on the program.

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Environment Canada makes summer weather predictions for northern B.C.

For many, the May Long weekend the unofficial beginning of summer. But with all the snow dusting the north, it's hard to imagine. Dave Phillips is Environment Canada's senior climatologist, and he came on the show to talk about what we can expect for summer 2012.

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Professional photographer captures the personalities of rescued dogs



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Chris Purves makes his living photographing purebreds at dog shows, but he has a soft spot for mutts, as well. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata where Chris was taking part in an event called "Puparazzi."

We also asked our listeners to share their pet photos. Here's a few of them:

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Blue Grass Festival in Hixon

Hixon is holding its seventh annual Blue Grass and Country Jamboree this weekend. Organizer Ken Merrit talks about how the festival started, and how it has grown.
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A tree planter's thoughts on proposed EI reforms

Sean Ruck works as a tree planter in Northern BC. He weighs in on the Federal Government's plans to expand the definition of what "suitable work" is when it comes to Employment Insurance.

 

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Pipeline parallels: The Mackenzie Valley pipeline and the Northern Gateway pipeline

It's been 35 years since Thomas Berger released his report on the Mackenzie Valley pipeline. Berger offers his perspective on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in light of his experience.

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Looking back at Slave Lake, one year after the fire

It's been one year since a forest fire tore through Slave Lake, Alberta. Kyum Shogren fought the fires in Slave Lake and looks back at that experience. Meanwhile, the Peace Region is experiencing a high fire season so far.

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B.C. NDP opposed to Northern Gateway pipeline project, B.C. Liberals continue to not take a side

There is less than one year left until the next provincial election. B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix has come out against the Northern Gateway pipeline, but the premier Christy Clark refuses to take a position. We heard from both of them.

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Fort Nelson man rescues moose drowning in ice water

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Chris Gale usually hunts moose, but when he saw one that had fallen through ice on Muncho Lake, he sprang into action.

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Robson Valley man has held over one thousand hummingbirds

Curtis Culp has captured and held hundreds of hummingbirds in his backyard in Dunster. It's not just a hobby-- he's helping research the tiny birds.

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Should B.C. cities get more tax dollars?

This week, mayors from across the province are meeting at the first ever B.C. Mayor's Caucus. One of their main focuses will be getting more money for infrastructure like roads and flood protection. Prince George mayor Shari Green is on the steering committee, and she joined us in studio to explain why she thinks the organization is needed. Also taking part in the discussion was Jordan Bateman, the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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Man missing after Prince George airport fire was charged in Alberta one year later


It was first believed that Vernon Martin died in a fire that destroyed this hangar at the Prince George airport in December 2009. The hangar has just finished being rebuilt. But Martin's body was never found and he has since been charged with two sexual assaults. (Wil Fundal/CBC)

In 2009, the Northern Thunderbird Air Hangar at the Prince George airport burned down. Police thought hangar co-owner Vernon Martin died in the blaze, but after an extensive search of the site, human remains were never found. Now, CBC News has learned that Martin was charged with sexual assault in Alberta one year after the fire. Wil Fundal explains.

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Vermilion RCMP Corporal Gordon Yetman speak to CBC's Wil Fundal about charges against Vernon Martin.

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UNBC forensic anthropologist speaks with CBC's Wil Fundal about the search at the NT Air Hangar fire in Prince George.

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Are RCMP spying on First Nations in northern B.C.?

A news report released yesterday alleges police are spying on northern B.C. First Nations opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Daybreak spoke to RCMP superintendent Paul Richards about the report, Wet'su'wet'ten hereditary chief John Riesdale for his reaction, and David Harris, former chief of strategic planning for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and current director of the international and terrorist intelligence program at Insignis Strategic Research, who says such surveillance is to be expected.

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Japanese tsunami debris causing clean-up problem on Haida Gwaii



Haida Gwaii's beaches are being consumed by a swarm of Japanese debris. That is leaving local government there looking for answers as to how to clean up the mess --  and who will pay for it. We spoke with Chief Administrative Officer for the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District Joan Merrick and Old Masset commercial fisherman Bruce Stuart-Burton about the problem.

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Fort St James man pulls off daring water rescue

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Blake Olesiuk is being called a hero. On May 5, he was on the road between Fort St James and Prince George when a car in front of him plunged into the water. After that, instinct took over and Olesiuk sprang into action. He joined Daybreak to share his story.

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Red Chris mine responds to Tahltan challenge

The Red Chris mine has the green light, but Imperial Metals still faces steep challenges. Yesterday, company spokespeople met with members of the Tahltan First Nation opposed to the copper-gold mine. Byng Giraud is Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Imperial Metals.

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Lawyer says until they fix their roads, cities need to stop spending money elsewhere

Glen Nicholson has had enough of gaping potholes in Prince George. He's determined that unless cities stop spending money elsewhere, roads will continue to fall into disrepair.

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Tahltan Nation worried Red Chris mine will damage Sacred Headwaters

The controversial copper-gold Red Chris mine project looks to be going ahead. It has already faced one Supreme Court case in 2010, now the Tahltan Nation say they're looking at every option to try and stop the development again because of the environmental risks it poses. Anita McPhee is President of the Tahltan Central Council.

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Prince George woman calls for more support for mental health

Imagine choosing between feeding your cat... and feeding yourself. One in five Canadians struggles with their mental health and some wind up in exactly that situation. Emily Moliere works with the Prince George Mental Health Consumers Council, and she joined Daybreak this morning.

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Should marijuana be legalized in B.C.? The case for and against.

For today's panel, we took a look at whether marijuana could and should be legalized. To get into the issue we were joined by Jodie Emery, owner and operator of Cannabis Culture Magazine and the wife of B.C.'s so-called Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, and Darryl Plecas, the University of the Fraser Valley's RCMP Research Chair.

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UNBC student uncovers the hidden First Nations history of Barkerville

Barkerville historic town is B.C.'s biggest historic site. It tells the story of the gold rush in the Cariboo, but it largely ignores local First Nations history. Mica Jorgenson is a graduate student at the University of Northern British Columbia who has taken on this hidden history for her master's thesis.

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Is fracking linked to earthquakes?

Recent headlines seem to contradict each other when it comes to linking fracking and earthquakes-- so how do you figure out the science behind the news? To help, we spoke with Pro Public journalist Abrahm Lustgarten.

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You can find Abrahm's work on fracking at propublica.org.

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Are B.C. mills safe?

After four lives have been lost to two mill explosions, questions are being raised about general safety in British Columbian mills. To delve into the issues they've observed, we spoke with Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson and safety consultant Ian Rood. They both say there's room for improvement.

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