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August 2012 Archives

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Shirley Bond takes hope from surprise Alberta election results

Christy Clark and Alison Redford may not see eye-to-eye on everything, but the B.C. Liberal leader may be hoping she has one thing in common with her eastern neighbour: the ability to surprise the pundits. After a series of high-profile exits this week, experts don't see much hope for the Liberals to form government next year.

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Bond remains optimistic

But Prince George-Mount Robson MLA Shirley Bond, who is already Minister of Justice and Attorney General and now acting Finance Minister, remains optimistic. She joined Betsy Trumpener this morning to explain why she plans on running in the next election, and why she doesn't think it's a given her party will be sitting in the opposition chairs.

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More on pit bulls

We are getting lots of listener comments on the question of breed specific legislation, particularly the issue of whether pit bulls should be targeted as a dangerous dog. This story has been covered by other CBC BC programs as well. One of the most interesting is this analysis from On the Coast's Matthew Lazin-Ryder of whether there is a media bias against pit bulls. Take a listen to his conversation with Stephen Quinn:

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Book Panel: Books for men

Today on our Book Panel, we discussed Books for Men. Here are our panelist picks from the Prince George Public Library's Andrea Palmer and Erin Pfliger. Listen to the discussion before, and click on the book titles for more information from the website Goodreads.

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Andrea started out with "Men behaving badly" and recommended The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell:
The Outlaw Album: Stories

Erin's first pick was Born to Run by Christopher McDouggal, an inside look at the secret world of intensive runners and superathletes.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Andrea's second pick was pop-culture writer Chuck Klostermann's latest, the Visible Man.

The Visible Man

Finally, Erin put forward the pop culture phenomena and graphic novel The Walking Dead from Robert Kirkman.
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Bonus! Our stock guy Steve Boker recommends the work of Wilbur Smith.

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Live from the Northwest Passage, the search for Sir John Franklin

It's been one week since the launch of the largest search yet for the so-called "holy grail" of shipwrecks. The disappearance of two British ships under the command of Sir John Franklin is one of Canada's greatest mysteries. The HMS Terror and HMS Erebus set sail in 1845 in search of the Northwest Passage. . . but were lost at sea. Now, two new ships have set out as part of a Parks Canada mission to find what remains of the doomed Franklin fleet.  The CBC's David Common is on board one of them -- an icebreaker named the Sir Wilfrid Laurier. We reached him by satellite phone this morning.

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Learn more on the CBC special site, Searching for Franklin.

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Two Prince George men charged with Fort St. John bar brawl death

Thirty-nine-year-old Chris Ball of Calgary was allegedly sucker-puched to the head outside a Fort St. John bar last July.

The physical trauma of the fight sent Ball into a coma and he died a week later in an Edmonton hospital.
  
Two Prince George men now face assault charges.

But the victim's brother, Jonathan Ball thinks that's not enough and that the issue of bar room brawls needs to be more addressed in a systematic way.

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Enbridge Joint Review panel excludes Nathan Cullen from participation

The Enbridge Joint Review panel refuses to allow Nathan Cullen, the federal NDP MP and House Leader of the Official Opposition, to cross-examine Enbridge and federal departments because his list of questions was deemed "irrelevant."

Cullen wanted to pose several questions in the next round of Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings.

That, however, is not going to happen.

Cullen joined Daybreak North to tell us more this morning.

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Historic, rural school demolished in Giscome

 

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A school built in 1937 was demolished last week in Giscome, a small community just east of Prince George.

Students in the community will use two portables to attend class until a new school can be built. However, there is no guarantee when and if a new school will be constructed in the community.

Daybreak's Julia Kalinina traveled to Giscome to find out what the demolition means to the small community.


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Neglected fire inspection at destroyed Burns Lake mill blamed on jurisdictional confusion

The Babine Forest Products Mill in Burns Lake made national news, when it exploded last January, killing two men.

New findings show that the mill may never have been inspected for adherance to fire safety regulations.

Jim McBride is the fire chief for the Village of Burns Lake volunteer fire department and spoke to Daybreak to clear up confusion about what may be at fault for the neglected inspection.

 

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BC nurses' union upset by new policy of compulsory flu shots for hospital staff

This flu season, all health care workers in the province will be required to get flu shots or wear masks.
 
The new policy is meant to protect vulnerable patients. 

But the BC nurses' union is upset by the new compulsory flu shot policy, because they feel it unfairly punishes nurses who don't want to get the vaccine for various reasons.

Margaret Dhillon, an executive councillor with the BC Nurses' Union, spoke to Daybreak North about the new policy.

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Norwegian mother-daughter team researching road trips on the Alaska Highway

A Norwegian mother-daughter team is putting themselves as subjects in their own research.

The pair traveled up the Alaska Highway this summer to research the way people experience road trips.

They spoke to Daybreak North about their findings from Haines, Alaska.

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The Playlist: High School Songs

Now that our Ultimate Canadian Hip-Hop playlist is closed, we're going back.. to school. We want to hear your musical memories from high school: old favourites, prom anthems, or even the song you're now ashamed you ever loved. Email us at daybreaknorth@cbc.ca, call 1-866-340-1932, or tweet us your pick @daybreaknorth. You'll have a chance at a Daybreak mug, plus the opportunity to relive your high school memories.

Track #1 "Never Give Up on a Dream" by Rod Stewart (1981)
Track #2 "The Best Was Yet to Come" by Bryan Adams (1982)
Track #3 "Be True to Your School" by the Beach Boys (1963)
Track #4 "Fire" by Arthur Brown (1968)




Track #5 "Chain Gang" by Sam Cooke (1960)
Track #6 "Old School" by Hedley (2008)
Track #7 "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses (1987)
Track #8 "School Days" by Louis Jordan
Track #9 "This Is Me In Grade 9" by the Barenaked Ladies

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Wood bison population benefits from northern B.C. forest fires

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Forest fires are helping wood bison gain new ground in northern B.C.

Multiple forest fires have been raging in the Fort Nelson area, but that doesn't have locals worried. In fact, many get excited whenever a new fire breaks out. That's because it's hoped the fires will help in the reintroduction of the wood bison, who were eliminated from the area in the early 1900s. Sonja Leverkus is a PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University, and professional biologist who's working with the Fort Nelson First Nation, and she told us more.

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Prince Rupert ice rink runs out of ice

The only ice rink in Prince Rupert has a big problem: their ice machine is broken. And that's throwing the winter sports schedule into turmoil. CBC's George Baker explains.

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Where does swimmer's itch come from?

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Signs are up at B.C. lakes warning of swimmer's itch. In most cases it's a minor annoyance, but still one people want to avoid. And the best way to do that is understand where it comes from. Turns out, snails have a lot to do with it. For more we reached Bruce Leighton of Simon Fraser University.

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Undiscovered spiders in B.C. mountains



Many people try to avoid spiders, but as CBC's Bob Keating told Betsy Trumpener, some researchers in B.C.'s mountains are seeking them out- and finding more than they expected.

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Fifty-year-old bakery could be leaving downtown Prince George

A long time Prince George bakery could be closing its oven doors for good this fall. Financial pressures have forced the owner of the Ritz Bakery to put his business up for sale. The bakery has been a fixture in downtown Prince George for over fifty years, famous for its cakes, breads, and hand-made doughnuts. Daybreak's Marissa Harvey spoke with the owner of Ritz Bakery, Anthony Cote, just as a fresh batch of bread was coming out of the oven.

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Prince George newspaper editor publishes second of teen fiction trilogy

Neil Godbout is the editor of the Prince George Citizen, wielding a sharp red pen by day. By night, he is a teen fanstasy author.

He joined Betsy to talk about the second novel of his teen fantasy lit trilogy.

 

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Enbridge, Interviews:

CBC reporter explains why DFO Canada cannot provide risk list to pipeline panel

If approved, the Enbridge Northern Gateway project will cross more than 1,000 streams and rivers.

That's why the Joint Review Panel studying the proposed dual-pipeline wants a comprehensive list of risks tied to the project.

But Fisheries and Oceans Canada says it can't provide one and insteada insists that it will work with Enbridge to ensure the project is done right, once it is given the green light.

CBC reporter Kurt Petrovich is following the story and spoke with Daybreak North to share his knowledge.

 

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Considering an oil refinery in Kitimat

BC newspaper goliath David Black wants to become an oil industry giant. He has proposed a $13 billion dollar oil refinery for Kitimat, which, if built, would surpass the next-biggest refinery in BC tenfold.

Daybreak heard from Black and Michael Ervin, an oil industry analyst from Victoria, who considered the proposal and provided context.

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Decision to close popular walking trail divides Fort St John

City workers in Fort St. John are planning to rip up a popular trail in town. City council voted in favor to decommission the East Bypass walking trail because it is considered hazardous.

However, some Fort St. John residents are protesting the closure and have started a movement to keep the popular trails open.

Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman and protester Pat Ferris joined Daybreak North to talk about the issue.

 

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Northern BC action camp against energy pipeline attracts American activist

American activist Xander Knox visited a northern BC action camp near Houston last week.

The camp focused its discussions and planning on a response to the Northern Gateway pipeline.

He described his experience at the action camp to Betsy Trumpener on Daybreak North.

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Masset Mayor Thinks Ferry Ride to Haida Gwaii Should Be Free

Decreases in tourism on Haida Gwaii over the past few years are being blamed on high ferry prices.

Masset mayor Andrew Marilees thinks that the BC government should subsidise the cost of ferry transportation to the archipelago to reverse the downward trend in tourism.

Betsy Trumpener found out more about his idea on the show.

 

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Should businesses pay for being stinky?

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A haze over Metro Vancouver (CBC file photo)

Vancouver stinks. Maybe not all of it, maybe not all the time, but enough that it's a full-time job just to deal with. Ray Robb has that job. He's the Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Manager for Metro Vancouver. And the costs of dealing with smells in the Lower Mainland have gotten so high that Ray is working on a new bylaw that would charge companies for emitting foul odours. He told Betsy Trumpener more.

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Latte-sipping complainers

 

 

 

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Calgary Herald columnist and political science professor Barry Cooper thinks he's got British Columbians opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway project pegged: they are latte sipping-complainers.

Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski speaks with the controversial professor.

 

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B.C.'s forestry future

 

 

 

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Ravaged by the outbreak of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, BC's forests are in decline. And with it goes the forestry industry. Betsy Trumpener speaks with Special Committee on Timber Supply Chair John Rustad.

 

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Pinched :

Does brewing your own beer save you money?

In this week's "Pinched" column, Shiral Tobin explores the popularity of brewing beer at home. She asks whether or not home brewing actually saves you money.

 

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Does brewing your own beer save you money?

In this week's "Pinched" column, Shiral Tobin explores the popularity of brewing beer at home. She asks whether or not home brewing actually saves you money.

 

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Residential school survivors want former school torn down

Residential school survivor and Chief Councillor of Lower Post Peter Stone wants the former Lower Post residential school torn down because of the negative and painful memories it holds.

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Trapping on the Rise in BC

There is growing in interest in trapping in BC. Demand for furs is steady in Europe, and especially in China. BC Trapping Association President Mike Morris takes about the appeal of the life of the trapper.

 

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A Case for Direct Flights From Prince George to Frankfurt

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Prince George city councillor Albert Koehler wants to see direct flights from Prince George to Frankfurt because he believes it will help create mutual benefits for the economies of the Northern BC and Germany.

 

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Blogger Rates Prince George Restaurants

Chris Dias, also known as Prince Gastronome, is a Prince George blogger on the hunt for the best restaurant in Prince George. So far he's rated all the non-franchise restaurants in the city. His blog can be found here: http://princegastronome.tumblr.com/
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Love on the Midway

Romantic hopefuls took part an event called "Ferris Wheel Speed-Dating" at the Prince George Exhibition. Due to some technical difficulties, the ferrris wheel was out of commission. The mini dates took place on the "Puppy Love" ride instead.

 

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French biologist thinks northern B.C. grizzly bears should be world attraction

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Grizzly bear and cup (photo via HelloBC)

Jean Louis has been studying the grizzly bears near Stewart, B.C., for close to a decade. He thinks they are a world treasure, and is worried by what he thinks could be a population decline in recent years.

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How to use bear spray properly

















If you go out in the woods today, you could encounter a bear, especially in northern B.C. But even if you have bear spray to protect yourself, do you know how to use it? Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener didn't, so she got a lesson from conservation officer Gary van Spengen.

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At the edge of performance art

CR Avery is heading to Haida Gwaii's Edge of the World music festival. And to say that his music styling is a mystery is putting it mildly. At one time spoken word, at another time hip-hop and then slipping into a world of blues, Avery isn't tethered to one musical post. He explains his rationale for this genre discord in this week's Daybreak Shuffle.

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Life as a carnival

Kathy Anderson's career choice may puzzle some people. But she never thinks twice about following her father's path... despite it meaning traveling in the world of Ferris wheels, popcorn and stuffed animals. Anderson travels with West Coast Amusements -- a carnival. It's life she was born to live.

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Privatizing Nisga'a Land

The Federal government is considering changes that would allow band members to buy and sell land on reserves.

Daybreak spoke to former Chief Manny Jules who says that the privatization of First Nations reserve land is a good idea.

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Prince George Exhibition marks its 100th year

The Prince George Exhibition is about to get underway.  This year the annual fair marks a huge milestone - its 100th anniversary.

Daybreak's Marissa Harvey visited the exhibition grounds where a bunch of piglets and ducks were getting ready for their racing debut.

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Prince George RCMP investigate baby for sale online

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The front page of the Facebook buy and sell group where a baby was posted for sale.



RCMP are investigating how a Fort St John baby came to be on an online buy-and-sell site in Prince George. Thy are using the incident as a reminder of the hazards of not enabling privacy protections for social media.

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Drought in Dawson Creek causes water restrictions

It's another dry summer in the Peace Region, and that's had a significant impact on the Kiskatinaw River. It's Dawson Creek's main source of water, and the city has had to impose water restrictions on its residents and industry. We spoke to Dawson Creek mayor Mike Bernier.

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The energy operations in the region are also being affected. The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission issued a notice today, requiring all oil and gas operators in the region to suspend all short-term water withdrawals.  Only operators withdrawing water from dugouts, or the following rivers are exempt from the suspension: Peace River, Halfway River, Pine River, Sikanni Chief River, and Muskwa River.

The notice points to Fort St. John and Fort Nelson only receiving 30 to 40 per cent of normal rainfall, which has caused several rivers to be near or below record low flows for this time of year.

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Urban Aboriginal youth in Prince George learn to skin bison


Hadih House in downtown Prince George has a number of programs aimed at connecting young urban Aboriginals with their culture and traditions. To this end, a number of young people recently picked up skinning knives to carve a buffalo hide for the first time. Daybreak's Marissa Harvey was there.

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Prince George prisoners grow gardens for homeless shelters

Inmates at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre are getting dirt under their fingernails tending to a garden and greenhouse. Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski visited some of the imprisoned planters.

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