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December 2012 Archives

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Prince George's Loss Victoria's Gain

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A changing of the guard on morning radio.  Hear to fill us in is our news editor and anchor Pamela McCall and Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener.

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BCAS responds to medivac concerns

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(Photo: BC Ambulance Service 2012)

Some people are criticizing the BC Ambulance Service's response in Fort Nelson.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with BCAS Director of Critical Care Transportation Dan Froom:

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How are you preparing for dooms day?


If the end of the world is right, Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski has more how to plan for the best last bash.

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And how have you planned for the apparent doomsday?  Let us know!  Call the Listener Line: 1-866-340-1932.

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Last Minute Book Ideas



Seasonal gift ideas bookmarked for you!  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with our book panelist Andrea Palmer from the Prince George Public Library.

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Medivac Service Major Health Problem: local councillor

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Air Ambulances like the one above transport patients. (Photo: BC Ambulance Service 2012)

Grounded and poor medivac service for emergencies.  It's the plight of patients in Fort Nelson.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with local politician Kim Eglinski of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality about why she says the community has had enough.


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Prince George band cera prepare for final show

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cera's Jamie Bell and Gordon Price in our CBC studios.

Prince George rockers cera are calling it quits after three years, three albums, and a passionate fan base. Singer/guitarist Jamie Bell and bassist Gordon Price told Betsy Trumpener why breaking up is hard to do.

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Here's a preview of cera's final show on December 30 at the ArtSpace in Prince George.

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Prince George neighbourhood thinking about seceding from city

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This rural neighbourhood is thinking about seceding from Prince George. (Google Maps)

Residents of the rural Haldi Road neighbourhood in Prince George are frustrated over plans to open an addictions recovery center in their neighbourhood. Earlier this year, some residents took the city to court for violating its official community plan in rezoning the property to allow it to be built. The judge ruled in their favour, and ordered the city to overturn a zoning amendment for the property. The city is now considering changing the official plan so that the centre can be built. If that happens, resident Jack Nylund says they may try to secede from the city. He spoke with Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener.

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A history of gun control in Canada

As the town of Newtown continues to mourn the deaths of 20 children and six adults, some are questioning gun laws here in Canada. Debate over the long-gun registry is just the latest struggle our country has faced. In his book "Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada", R Blake Brown challenges Canadian myths about our relationship with guns. Betsy Trumpener spoke to the Saint Mary's University history professor.

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Two to Tango: dancers get ready for "Boogie with the Stars"

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Dance North instructor Peter Whedon takes school district trustee Trish Bella through the steps of the tango in preparation for "Boogie With the Stars."

For the third year in a row, Dance North is teaming with Spirit of the North for "Boogie With the Stars", a dinner and dance with an element of competition. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata went to a top-secret dance studio to find out how one team is preparing.

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Terrace woman launches website to help families of Newtown shooting

Tanya Specialny is a Terrace mother who, like many others, reacted to the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut with shock and sadness. Now she's taking actions with a website entitled: "Hand in Hand for Sandy Hook Elementary's Fallen Angels." She's hoping to raise funds for the affected families, the students and the faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary. She spoke with Betsy Trumpener.

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Prince Rupert project ensures kids from underprivileged families can give gifts this Christmas

An anti-poverty organization in Prince Rupert set up a unique program this year. Instead of having people donate gifts to give to underprivileged children, they asked for gifts that underprivileged children could give to the adults in their life. It lets without the funds to buy presents for people in their lives get in on the Christmas giving. Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski went along.

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Daybreak celebrates Tea Day


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This Andrew Kurjata. This is him pouring tea on International Tea Day.


Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata sometime goes Internet surfing. And when he surfs, he sometimes hits a big wave news item. This time he catches on to International Tea Day. He shares what he found with Leisha Grebinski.

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Union and mine go head-to-head over Chinese miner controversy

As B.C. unions and HD Mining continue their court battle over the hiring of Chinese workers for a Tumbler Ridge coal mine, it has been revealed that there are plans to train Canadians for the jobs but they won't start work for four years. For reaction, Betsy Trumpener spoke to Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, and for explanation she spoke to HD Mining vice-president Jody Schimkus.

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Are random drug tests legal?

With the rise of the oil and gas industry, there's also been a rise in company's that administer drug and alcohol tests on behalf of companies. But a recent court decision in Alberta may limit the ability of companies to submit their workers to random testing. Betsy Trumpener spoke to Eric Adams, an associate professor in the faculty of law at the University of Alberta, about what's at stake.

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Author transitions from dark poetry to "Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug"

Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug

Susan Musgrave is known for dark poetry and novels tackling stories of drug dealers and death row. But now she's tackling an even tougher audience- toddlers. She spoke with Betsy Trumpener about her new book, "Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug."

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Backyard hockey rink at risk of being shut down in Prince Rupert

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Members of the "Prince Rupert Seawolves" play in the Stigivants' back yard rink. (George Baker)

Jonathan and Terena Stigivant built a hockey rink in their backyard for their four children and other neighbourhood kids to practice their ice skills. But the city of Prince Rupert says it breaks local bylaws, and want it moved. Daybreak's George Baker brings us this story.

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Haida president Guujaw steps down after twelve years

Guujaw spent thirteen years as president of the Council of Haida Nations. In that time he oversaw the return of Haida Gwaii forestry to the Haida, helped end the black bear hunt, and convinced the provincial government to recognize the Queen Charlotte Islands as Haida Gwaii.

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Highway fire leads to dramatic rescue

It was an extremely scary moment on highway 37 between Terrace and Kitimat when John Tyler and two other people spotted a cloud of orange flames up the road. As they approached, they realized it was a burning vehicle. John Tyler tells us what happened next.


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For unemployed, Northern Gateway pipeline offers hope

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Dakota MacDonald, 19, walks his little sister Layla MacMillan, 6, to school every morning. But he'd rather be working, and he thinks the Northern Gateway pipeline could offer that opportunity. (George Baker)


The City of Prince Rupert officially opposes Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project, and many in the community are vocal opponents. But nineteen-year-old Dakota MacDonald is one of those who sees the project as an opportunity to get off unemployment and move into a career. Daybeak's George Baker brings us his story.


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Tumbler Ridge coal mine a "dream" for Chinese worker

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Hoy Juh Lee recently arrived in Tumbler Ridge from China. (CBC)
The controversy about over 200 Chinese miners coming to work at a coal mine in Tumbler Ridge continues in court this week, but a dozen of those workers have already arrived in the northeastern community. CBC's Greg Rasmussen visited the community where he spoke to supporters, detractors, and Hoy Juh Lee, a 24-year-old Chinese worker who says coming to Canada is a "dream" for him and his family.

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What is it like to get a surprise cheque from a millionaire? We find out

Bob Erb, of Terrace, B.C., has been writing cheques to local charities and businesses after winning a $25-million Lotto Max jackpot on Nov. 2.
Bob Erb, of Terrace, B.C., has been writing cheques to local charities and businesses after winning a $25-million Lotto Max jackpot on Nov. 2. (CBC)

Terrace's Bob Erb is making headlines after winning a $25-million Lotto Max jackpot and then sharing his newfound wealth by showing up unannounced at local charities and businesses to make sizeable donations.What does it feel like to sit sit down for lunch and walk away thousands of dollars richer? We find out by speaking to some of the people Erb has written cheques to.

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Workers happy Burns Lake mill will be rebuilt, but emotional toll still high

On Tuesday, Hamptom Affiliates announced it would be rebuilding its Burns Lake mill that was destroyed in an explosion and fire earlier this year. The sawmill will be 2/3 its former size and have fewer employees. Forklift operator Melvin Joseph is on the recall list, but he's not sure he will return because of the emotional impact of knowing two co-workers lost their lives. As he told Leisha Grebinski, "Their souls are still out there." Listen to the full interview below.

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Shoes of women killed by violence on display in Prince George.

From soccer cleats to slippers, 85 pairs of shoes are on display throughout Prince George. They represent the 850 women in BC that have died due to violence.

Daybreak's Marissa Harvey speaks with some people who have been personally touched by violence at the University of Northern BC, where one of the displays is located.

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Peace River high school's face teams by getting new mascot

North Peace Secondary is the only high school in Fort St. John. And the students wanted the school to put its best face forward to the outside area. Unfortunately, its image needs a makeover. Their mascot -- or rather two mascots -- are a bit of a sight for sore eyes. The school's Graphic Design teacher Jennifer Andrews decided it was time to rebrand.

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Northern Development Initiative Trust filing for foreclosure on downtown land

A piece of land in downtown Prince George is now the center of a court case. The story involves a prominent local businessman, the province, the city of Prince George, and the taxpayer-funded Northern Development Initiative Trust. Daybreak's Wil Fundal brings us the story.

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Adoptive parents worry about release of "sociopathic" animal killer

Warning: this story could be disturbing to some listeners.

Last week, CBC broke the story that a 22-year-old B.C. woman who has admitted to taking delight in killing animals and fantasizing about shooting homeless people is set to be released on probation with strict conditions. Kayla Bourque will be released in the Lower Mainland in two months. But the Prince George couple who adopted her years ago are concerned she hasn't received the treatment she needs to deal with her homicidal tendencies. In an exclusive interview, the parents spoke to Daybreak reporter Marissa Harvey. They spoke on the condition of anonymity, and their voices have been changed to protect their identities. They do not share the same last name as Bourque.
 
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The Playlist: Canadian Christmas

For December, we're putting together our favourite CanCon Christmas tunes.

  • We kick things off with a Wham! cover from Ohbijou: "Last Christmas."
  • You might remember the Crash Test Dummies for going "Mmm mmm mmm", but they also have a great rendition "The First Noel."
  • Here's one from a trio of east coast musicians: Rose Cousins, Jill Barber, and Meaghan Smith with "The Little Drummer Boy."
  • A request from McBride's Joyce Godfrey: Roy Forbes' "Mincemeat Pie" (or the cover by Susan Englebert).
  • Brian Burke from Quesnel request "Mary's Boy Child", so we played a CanCon rendition from Nova Scotia's Ginty.
  • At the suggestion of Jennifer Ferries, one chanteuse covering another: Joni Mitchell's "River" as performed by Sarah McLachlan.
  • Lawrie Fawcett in Massett has a tough one: a live recording of Holly Cole, Rebecca Jenkins, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Jane Siberry and Victoria Williams singing "Carol of the Bells" of of the 1994 album Count Your Blessings.
  • A short but sweet modern classic: Ron Sexsmith and "Maybe This Christmas."
  • Here's one for everyone on the west coast: Said the Whale and "Christmas Under the Clouds."
  • Here's one from Stan Rogers we hope isn't too close to home: "At Last I'm Ready for Christmas."
  • Deborah Leonard request Sharon, Lois and Bram's rendition of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
  • Catherine Hallady, who writes "I love 'Do you hear what I hear' performed by Canadian artists...Beverly Mahood, Julian Austin, Jason McCoy, Adam Gregory, and Michael Burgess."

  • From Tom Clement: Bruce Cockburn's "Mary Had A Baby."
  • And our most requested song: Tom Jackson's "The Huron Carol."