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June 2012 Archives

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Layoffs for students and workers at a mine near Fraser Lake

Job cuts are impacting a mine near the community of Fraser Lake.
Thompson Creek Metals is laying off students and contract workers after a price drop in Molybdenum.
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Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey: Summer Book Club Recommendations

From Andrea Palmer and Erin Pfliger at the Prince George Public Library

Non-Fiction:
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If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley

Poetry:

The Cinnamon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje

Adult:

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls

Teen:

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Children's:

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
Small Saul by Ashley Spires
Larf by Ashley Spires
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Venue shutdown leaves future newlyweds scrambling in Prince George

The Loghouse Guest Ranch on Tabor Lake in Prince George has been a popular spot for outdoor weddings. But now, people with their big days scheduled there have been told they'll have to move somewhere else.

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Methane fears shutdown a Prince George planer mill, but questions raised about methane gas found in soil samples

There are still many unanswered questions about what caused a deadly explosion at the Lakeland Sawmill in Prince George in April.
The explosion and fire killed two people, and injured several others.
Employees were able to return to work at the mill's planer late last month.
But high levels of methane gas found in soil samples last week forced the planer to shut-down indefinitely.
UNBC Chemistry Professor Todd Whitcombe joins Betsy Trumpener to talk about methane gas, and what if any role it could play in an explosion.
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Prince Rupert allows backyard hens

The City of Prince Rupert approved a new bylaw allowing city residents to raise chickens.
Samantha Lewis had been raising chickens in secret, until now.
She says she's happy about the decision.
She speaks with Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski.

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Block Rocking Beats

This week's playlist is all about songs you'd play at a summer block party, or tunes you'd put on at a barbecue. If you have a pitch, call us at 1-866-340-1932, email daybreaknorth@cbc.ca or Tweet @daybreaknorth.

Week One:

  • "Crabbuckit" by the Good Lovelies
Week Two:

  • "Reflections" by the Brothers Dube
  • "Family Reunion" by Corb Lund
  • "We're Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)" by Trooper
  • "Little Red Boots" by Linda Ortega


Week Three:

  • "Patio Lanterns" by Kim Mitchell
  • "Big White House" by Mark Perry
  • "Let Your Backbone Slide" by Maestro Fresh Wes
  • "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams
  • "Summer of '69" by The Lost Fingers [bonus track]



Week Four:

  • "Blow at High Dough" by the Tragically Hip
  • "At War with the Cynics" by Rich Aucoin
  • "Rock Slow" by the Boom Boom's
  • "Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti
  • "Who" by the Sheepdogs
Week Five:

  • "Oh Love" by Greenday
  • "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys



  • "Steal My Sunshine" by Len
  • "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson cover) by the Lost Fingers
  • "Wasn't That A Party" by the Irish Rovers

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Eurasian Doves are fluttering in larger numbers in the City of Prince Rupert


An invasive species of bird has made its way to northern BC.  The Eurasian collared dove can be found throughout the Prince Rupert region.  Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski has more.
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Northern Gateway Alliance chair, Colin Kinsley claims support of labour leaders

As NDP MP's attend the Joint Review Panel hearings in Kitimat, Northern Gateway Alliance chair, Colin Kinsley weighs in on the politics surrounding the hearings.
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Learn about lawn bowling in Prince George, for free



The Prince George lawn bowling club is offering free sessions to learn about the game.
Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata hit the greens to find out more.


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The little train that couldn't.... this weekend.

A popular Prince George little steam engine will not be tootin' its horn this Canada day long weekend.  Exploration Place Tracy Calogheros joins Betsy Trumpener to explain why
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Tsunami Drift series podcast

In 2011, a tsunami devastated Japan. Now, debris from that disaster is washing up on the shores of Haida Gwaii and the northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. All week, Daybreak North's George Baker put together this series on the consequences of this happening. Now you can download and listen to the whole series.



Be sure to check out our other special series, Cornering Gas.

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Haida Gwaii residents want more help in dealing with Tsunami Debris

As debris continues to arrive on Haida Gwaii, residents are wondering who is ultimately responsible for the cleanup.

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The school bell at Thornhill Junior Secondary rings for the last time.

As students break for the summer, teens at a junior highschool near Terrace are saying goodbye to their school.
Thornhill Junior Secondary is slated for to close this summer.
Students and Teachers say goodbye.
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Python 5000 Demo

The Python 5000 is a pothole patching machine made by a Regina-based company. It came to Prince George for a demonstration. Here are some photos.






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Timber supply committee meeting continues to tour northern BC

A regional battle is brewing over the province's timber supply.
The province's Special Committee on Timber Supply is touring northern BC.
And some communities are concerned about how future timber will be allocated.
Daybreak hears from a Burns lake resident, and the mayor of Smithers Taylor Bachrach
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Enbridge meeting in Fort St James to talk about oil spill preparedness

Enbridge officials are in Fort St. James to talk about oil spill preparedness.
This as Enbridge deals with yet another spill in Alberta.
Daybreak speaks with Lorainne Little.
She is an Enbridge spokesperson in the United States, an expert on the company's clean-up efforts in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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Prince George city councillor in court, to appeal a decision which found him guilty for leaking internal city documents

Prince George councillor Brian Skakun is in court again to appeal,a ruling that found him guilty of breaking the province's Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.
According to the ruling, Skakun broke the law when he leaked internal city documents to the CBC.
The documents related to an RCMP chief disciplined for harassment and an alleged conflict of interest at the detachment.
Despite this, Skakun was recognized with an award, as a whistle blower.
Leisha Grebinski speaks with Marisa Cruickshank
She's a lawyer specializing in local government.
She also wrote a case study on Skakun's trial titled "To Disclose or Not to Disclose."

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Alberta oil spill leaks thousands of litres of crude oil near Elk Point, Alberta

It's the second oil spill in under a month in the province of Alberta.
It happened near Elk Point, Alberta, and the company estimates about 230,000 litres of heavy crude oil were released from the pumping station on the Athabasca pipeline.
Leisha Grebinski speaks with the Calgary Herald's Deborah Yedlin.
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Haida Gwaii beachcombers, comb through tsunami debris

Styrofoam, plastic, wood, a rusted out Harley Davidson motorcycle.
They are the weathered remains of a disaster.
While some of the Japanese debris bobbles its way onto BC's coast might be garbage.
Some of what's making landfall on the misty isles,  represents something more.
Daybreak's George Baker captures these reflections in a little town called Tlell on the Eastern coast of Haida Gwaii.

    
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Tent caterpillars continue to invade the city of Prince George

If you've ever witnessed a tent caterpillar invasion - you won't forget it.
Clumps of wriggling caterpillars falling from branches.
This year, they have again arrived in great numbers across the province and right here in Prince George
The ubiquitous caterpillars are infesting properties and even homes.
We hear from a Prince George homeowner and a Zoologist from UBC
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Family doctor shortage in the north

Over the last few weeks on Daybreak we've heard about a lack of maternity care in Fort Nelson,
A closed emergency room in Fort St James,
And a lack of ambulance service throughout the Peace.
You can add one more missing ingredient in health care to that list:  family doctors.
And this could be the most important piece of all.
Betsy Trumpener spoke with Dr. Ian Shokking 
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Japanese debris enroute to BC coast

Something drifting this way comes.
From the Tsunami ravaged shores of Japan, to the pristine beaches of Haida Gwaii.
An estimated 1.5 million tonnes of debris is headed towards Canada.
But as George Baker learns, some of it may be breezing in much faster than ocean experts had predicted.
This is part one of George's series "Tsunami Drift."
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An ER is closed in Fort St. James because of a chronic doctor shortage

A doctor shortage in Fort St. James has sparked anxiety, frustration and anger.
The community has had only one full-time doctor since February.
Northern Health says it should have five.
As a result, the emergency room at Stuart Lake Hospital is closed this month.
Daybreak News Reporter Marissa Harvey went to Fort St. James.
She spoke to people at the bustling Nak'azdli Health Clinic.


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Researchers in Alberta continue to track Pine Beetle numbers in the province's pine forests

Researchers are out in the Alberta woods this week, taking stock of how many pine beetles survived the winter.
The beetle has wiped out close to 3/4 quarters of BC's pine forests, and about a million trees in Alberta.
As our province looks to what this will mean for our Timber Supply,
Alberta is trying to track where the Pine Beetle is spreading, and what, if any, impact this past winter has had on its population.
Duncan McDonnell is a public affairs officer with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
He speaks with Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener

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A person dies waiting for an ambulance in Hudson's Hope

A person in Hudon's Hope is dead after waiting for an ambulance to arrive. At the time, the community had no doctor and its sole ambulance was in Tumbler Ridge. Karen Anderson is the Mayor of the District of Hudson's Hope. She speaks with Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener

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We will be speaking with B.C. Ambulance on the program tomorrow. In the meantime, they have stated that their thoughts are with the impacted family, and that a paramedic from the community was on-scene within 27 minutes.

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Pipeline police in Alberta

RCMP have created a new INSET team based in Alberta to protect the energy industry and "critical infrastructure" from attacks by "extremists."
   The Alberta squad will include specially trained officers from  from the RCMP, Edmonton and Calgary police, Border services, and CSIS.
To find out what it may mean for northern BC, Betsy Trumpener spoke with terrorism expert Paul Joosse.


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Farmer near Sundre talks about his experience with the oil spill

Wayne Johnson lives on a farm near Sundre. He joined us to speak about how the recent oil spill into the Red Deer River is affecting him. It is estimated that 475 thousand litres of oil leaked into the Red Deer River system. He says it's the third spill he has experienced in the last two decades.

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Breakaway boy scouts

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Members of the 1st Prince George BPSA salute the flag. (photo by Andrew Kurjata)


Just because they follow the tenants of Lord Baden-Powell doesn't mean that every scout group sees eye to eye. Andrew Kurjata spoke to one group that broke away from the Boy Scouts of Canada to join the more traditional BPSA.

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A member of the BPSA displays his staff. (photo by Andrew Kurjata)



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Link: Six cases where the public was not told about potentially dangerous situations

"Request for an Investigation into Disregard of Section 25 of FIPPA by Government Bodies" http://fipa.bc.ca/library/Reports_and_Submissions/Section%2025%20Submission_ELC_FIPA_June2012.pdf

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Westjet in Fort St. John "just makes sense"

Mayor Lori Ackerman says that it's time for Westjet to land in Fort St. John. With a young and growing population, flights out of the city "just make sense," she says.

 

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Revenue share agreement Prince George

A city Councillor says he wants Prince George to get its fair share, when it comes to resource extraction in the Central Interior.
 Prince George councillor Cameron Stolz is calling on the provincial government for a Fair Share Agreement, on any new projects in the Central interior.

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Enbridge, Interviews:

Burns Lake Indian Band considering Enbridge proposal

Earlier this week, Enbridge announced that over half of the Aboriginal communities along the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route had signed on to share in the profits if the project goes ahead. However, they are leaving it up to individual groups to step forward publicly.

Among those who are undecided is the Burns Lake Indian Band. We spoke to chief Al Gerow about why in the wake of the devastating mill explosion earlier this year, his members are considering supporting the project. We also spoke to Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations about why he disputes Enbridge's numbers.

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Doctors Without Borders weigh in on Fort Nelson health services

All week, we've been covering the indefinite suspension of maternity services in Fort Nelson. Today, we heard from someone who's used to situations with less than ideal health care: Dr. Anne-Marie Pegg of Doctors Without Borders.

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NDP responds to Fort Nelson maternity closure

Northern Health says that maternity services in Fort Nelson have been suspended indefinitely. Yesterday, we heard from Liberal MLA Pat Pimm for his take on the situation. In this interview, we speak to provincial NDP health critic Mike Farnworth.

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The Playlist: Roadtrip Songs

  • Summer's starting, and that means it's time to hit the open road. But those long northern B.C. drives require the perfect playlist to keep you going. We're building a list of songs for the street, starting with Hannah Georgas and "Put It In Drive."



We'll be adding new songs every day and posting a full list at the end of the week. Give us your road trip tunes in the comments section, join the discussion on Facebook or use the Twitter hashtag #daybreakplaylist. You can also email suggestions to daybreaknorth@cbc.ca or call toll free 1-866-340-1932.

The List:

Week One:



Week Two:




  • "No Cars Go" by Arcade Fire
  • "When I Sing" by UHF
  • "Two of Us" by the Beatles
Week Three:
 

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Kamloops woman set for Paralympic games

Days before her 21st birthday, Jessica Vliegenthart lost the use of her legs in a workplace accident.The young Kamloops university student was fire-fighting in the Northwest Territories, as a summer job.

Eight years later, Jessica is set to compete in the Paralympic games in London, on Canada's wheelchair basketball team.

She spoke to Betsy Trumpener from Winnipeg, where she is training with her team.

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Author Brendan Lillis speaks about new book, Atlin's Anguish

A devastating place crash shook the community of Atlin in 1986. The crash killed five people, including a local politician and his wife, and three of Atlin's most prominent citizens. Bush pilot Theresa Bond walked away from the crash but had to live with the guilt. Her brother, Brendan Lillis, speaks to Betsy Trumpener about the book he wrote about Theresa's life, titled Atlin's Anguish.

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MLA responds to lack of maternity services in Fort Nelson

Pregnant women in Fort Nelson must travel hundreds of kilometres to seek medical attention and to give birth. Peace Riven North MLA Pat Pimm speaks to Betsy Trumpener in response to the lack of maternity services in Fort Nelson.

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Girls' running group hits PG streets

A group of girls aged 10 to 15 dons running shoes and hits the streets in Fort George park every Tuesday and Thursday to train to a five kilometre race. They call themselves the Pavement Princesses.

The RCMP's Victim Services and Community Policing unit organized the club, which combines physical activity with talks on issues like bullying and drug and alcohol use.

Daybreak's Marissa Harvey joined the princesses for a run in the park and brought us the story of one runner, 12-year old Mackenzie Foster. 

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Lack of Fort Nelson maternity services puts family into debt

Daybreak North follows up on yesterday's story about the lack of maternity services in Fort Nelson, which the northern town's mayor called "unacceptable." In this segment, Betsy Trumpener speaks to one Fort Nelson man who moved into a hotel room in Fort St. John for 23 days so that his wife could give birth close to a hospital that met her needs. The experience forced him to sink $7,000 into debt. 

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Using forestry equipment to study whales

UBC researchers have found an unexpected way to help them study unusual, giant creatures. Zoologists at UBC are using giant x-ray equipment typically used by the forestry industry to study the evolution of feeding mechanisms of baleen whales. Daybreak North host Betsy Trumpener spoke to UBC zoology professor Robert Shadwick to learn more about this innovative use of technology and what it helped researchers find out about the creatures.
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Maternity services in Fort Nelson shut down, mayor says "This is unacceptable"

For over a year, Daybreak North has been covering the lack of services for expectant mothers in Fort Nelson. Now, things seem to be getting worse. A woman had to give birth in a situation that has been described as life-threatening, and mayor Bill Streeper is demanding action. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener.

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Oceanographer's career at risk because of Fisheries Act changes

Changes to the Fisheries Act could mean a career change for those working to protect fish habitats. Barb Fagetter is an oceanographer with Ocean Ecology in Prince Rupert who will be directly affected by the changes. She sat down with Carolina de Ryk at Seahorse Trading Company in Prince Rupert to explain why.

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