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March 2013 Archives

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Interviews:

Geeks Unite!

Romance, superheroes, horror, and fairy tales.  Graphic Novels have it all.  Daybreak's Robert Doane pulls back the pages on the 4-coloured marvels and speaks with the Prince George Public Library's Andrea Palmer for more.

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Help write "Northern Pothole Blues"

What happens when you turn potholes into sweet, sweet music?  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with singer/songwriter Kevin Hutchings.

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Singer-songwriter Kevin Hutchings is hoping to get some stories to help him finish writing his new song "Northern Pothole Blues." Here's his start:

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If you have suggestions for stories or lyrics, email daybreaknorth@cbc.ca and we will send them along to Kevin.

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Defending "Pipe Trouble"

As we heard on the show yesterday, a pipeline video game is fast becoming a hot button issue for mayors in the Peace region.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Pipe Trouble developer Alex Jensen for his take.

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Jay Hill disputes Conflict of Interest ruling

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Ethics commissioner says former Prince George-Peace River Conservative MP Jay Hill used his former position to assist his spouse and her employer regarding a forthcoming energy deal. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)


Statement by Jay Hill 

In late May, 2011, I learned of a pending joint venture agreement between a Canadian natural gas company and a foreign, state-owned energy company. This transaction represented approximately $1B in natural gas reserves located in my former constituency in northern BC and was to be announced to the public within days. 

Based on my 17 years as a Member of Parliament, the majority of which I served as party Whip or House Leader, I made the decision to contact three of my former colleagues to give them a heads-up of the pending announcement. This is a common practice in government, as Ministers and senior staff are often given advance notice of pending deals or business negotiations. 

At the time I placed calls to the federal Ministers, my wife was employed by a public and government relations firm engaged by the Canadian company participating in the joint venture. That said, at no time did I or my spouse receive any credit, benefit or financial remuneration, personally or professionally, for making these calls. 

In politics, perception is reality, and in this case, the federal Conflict of Interest & Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson and her colleagues have determined I was in contravention of the Act by taking "improper advantage of my previous public office." 

I strongly dispute this conclusion, and the process and methods she undertook to arrive at her decision. 

In conclusion, I would like to apologize to the Prime Minister and my former colleagues for any inconvenience this situation may have caused.


You can read more on this story at cbc.ca/news.

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Upset over pipeline bombing videogame



Blown up to mega-bits.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener has more on how a video game is angering some people in the peace region.  She speaks with Mike Bernier, the Mayor of Dawson Creek and the BC Liberal candidate for Peace River South.

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For more, visit TVO takes down pipeline bombing game from its website and Suzuki charity denies benefit from game with pipeline bombs

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The Playlist:

The Playlist: Honky Tonk Canada

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It's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll: it's honky tonk, and we're collecting the best this country has to offer.

 
photo by Walter Strong in our Flickr pool

  • "I'm A Honky Tonk Man" by 8-Track Favourites
  • "Young Lust" by Luther Write and the Wrongs
  • "Never A Forced Smile" by Daniel Romano


  • "Drink It Like You Mean It" by Corb Lund
  • "Small Towns and Big Dreams" by Paul Brandt

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"If you're on income assistance, we want to get you trained up" MP Bob Zimmer

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Last week's federal budget included $241 million over five years for job training for aboriginal youth who are receiving income assistance. Critics view it as paternalistic and some First Nations are upset they weren't consulted about the plan, but Conservative MP Bob Zimmer tells Betsy Trumpener he sees it as a benefit to all.

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Vancouver Sun editor wants to educate readers about northern B.C.

Fazil Mihlar says articles and op-eds extolling the good sides of Prince George provide a more nuanced view.

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One of the articles highlighting the benefits of Prince George in the Vancouver Sun's BC 2035 Series.


If you've picked up the Vancouver Sun lately, you may have noticed a series of articles and op-eds extolling the virtues of Prince George and the rest of northern B.C. Associate editor Fazil Mihlar says the series is providing a more nuanced view of the city, but Prince George Citizen editor Neil Godbout says the stories are "patronizing." Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata spoke to Mihlar about the articles, and the criticism.

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Related interview:
Northern B.C. needs to say "yes" to resource development: pundit

External links:

Vancouver Sun articles:
Affordable Prince George offers family balance
Metro, Prince George increasingly interdependent

Prince George Citizen editorial:
Blinded by the Sun



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UNBC president welcomes Wood Innovation announcement

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A Wood Innovation and Design Centre for Prince George has been promised since 2009. In 2011 Premier Christy Clark re-committed to the project. (submitted photo).
MLAs Shirley Bond and Pat Bell are set to make an announcement about the long-awaited Wood Innovation and Design Centre that has been promised for downtown Prince George. One of the most-touted tenants of the building is the University of Northern British Columbia. President George Iwama shared his thoughts on the project with Betsy Trumpener.

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Kitimat mayor, Rio Tinto Alcan don't know what public port announcement means

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Mayor Joanne Monaghan would like to know what a federal government announcement making the Port of Kitimat public means for her community (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press).

When the federal government announced that the Port of Kitimat would become public it took a few people by surprise- including Kitimat's largest employer, and it's mayor. Joanne Monaghan tells Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata that not only did she not get any prior warning about this announcement- she still hasn't been able to find out what it means for her community.


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The Playlist:

Spring has sprung playlist

Sorry birds no more treats 


 With the slush building up and a few signs of warmer weather, it's time for spring to spring! Our spring playlist wants songs for the season. Call in your suggestions at 1-866-340-1932, email daybreaknorth@cbc.ca, or tweet @daybreaknorth.


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Researcher says even $100,000 not enough to retain rural doctors

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The B.C. government says it will pay family doctors $100,000 to move to 17 select rural communities in B.C., including places like Burns Lake and Chetwynd. But an east coast researcher questions whether financial incentives are enough to attract and retain rural doctors. Maria Mathews spoke with Betsy Trumpener.

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Photo: money I'll never get to spend by brian.ch on Flickr

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Workshop wants to move beyond "he" and "she" on the gender spectrum

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Hal Zelinski, Jan Kupp and Bryn Hanks are organizing a workshop on gender identity in Prince George.


We are used to categorizing people as "him" and "her". But a Prince George workshop taking place Thursday wants to teach people about the other parts of the gender spectrum. Hal Zelinski, one of the event organizers, spoke with Andrew Kurjata.

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The workshop on gender identity is at St. Michael's Church in Prince George Thursday, March 21 at St Michael's Church from noon to 4:30 pm.

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Monument planned for Prince George plane crash

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This newspaper headline from 1965 describes the fatal plane crash near 100 Mile House (image courtesy Ellensburg Daily Record).

The crash of Canadian Pacific Airlines Flight 21 is one of Canada's greatest air disasters. The flight was heading to Prince George from Vancouver when a bomb exploded, killing all 52 people on board. The story is beginning to fade from memory, but Ruth Peterson hopes to change that. She spoke with Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener from 100 Mile House, near where the plane crashed.

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Associate dean not surprised at the number of doctors who don't wash hands

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Dr. Paul Winwood displays a book written by a northern student to encourage hand-washing.


Yesterday on Daybreak we reported that B.C.'s infection investigators say almost sixty per cent of northern doctors fail to wash their hands before and after treating patients. Dr. Paul Winwood is associate dean of the Northern Medical Program in Prince George. He says he disappointed but not surprised by the findings- and he has some thoughts on how they can improve. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener.

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Minister says government is making a safe system safer with tanker rules

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Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel in Vancouver on Monday.

On Monday, Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver helped announce a "world class" tanker safety system for B.C.'s west coast. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener about the plan.

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You can read more about the federal government's system at cbc.ca/bc.

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Salt Water Brothers: extended interview

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Jeremy Pahl and Spencer Greening are the cousins behind the Salt Water Brothers


The Salt Water Brothers are actually cousins who call Hartley Bay home. They are also a musical duo who started out with death metal but have since transitioned to a rootsier sound. They spoke with Betsy Trumpener about preserving their Tsimshian First Nations heritage, touring with white supremacist bands in South America, and why Elvis is still king on the reserve.

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Northern doctors worst for hand-washing

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A recent review of handwashing in northern hospitals found 30% of hospital staff don't wash their hands before and after treating patients- and doctors are the worst offenders. Betsy Trumpener brings us the story.

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(Wash Your Hands Say Yeah image by Stewf)

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UNBC course revives Dakelh First Nation canoe carving

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This piece of public art designed by Robert Frederick and Jennifer Annaïs Pighin depicts a traditional dugout canoe. Now Frederick and Pighin are teaching UNBC students how to create actual cottonwood canoes. (photo by Andrew Kurjata)


A special course at the University of Northern British Columbia is reviving a Dakelh First Nation tradition. It's been fifty years since a traditionally carved cottonwood canoe sailed the Fraser River. Now, students at UNBC are being taught the skills by elder Robert Frederick. Marissa Harvey brings us the story.

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Daybreak North takes over North By Northwest

On Saturday, March 16, Daybreak host Betsy Trumpener guest-hosted North by Northwest, British Columbia's weekend arts and culture show. She showcased the cultural happenings of the north, including a northern medical student who rhymes and raps, Persian New Year Prince George style, First Nations musicians who once found themselves touring with a white supremacist band, and a discussion with writer and professor Sarah de Leeuw about whether storytelling can improve health care.

You can listen to the whole thing and download a podcast at cbc.ca/nxnw.

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Should machetes and bear spray be restricted?

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The city of Williams Lake is hoping to crack down on violent crime by asking the province to restrict the sale of bear spray and machetes. RCMP Inspect. Warren Brown says machetes and bear spray are often used during violent crimes because they can be easily purchased. But the proposal also has some worried about their safety from wildlife in the region. Jacques Drisdell is a former member of the RCMP and he currently teaches safety courses with the Williams Lake Sportsmen Association. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener about the proposal.

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Prince George Sikh Youth wants to bridge the faith gap between generations

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When Manpreet Sidhu was just sixteen, she and her sister formed the nonprofit Prince George Sikh Youth. She tells Betsy Trumpener why her faith is important to her, and how she hopes to reach young and old alike with her organization.

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You can learn more about Manpreet and Prince George Sikh Youth at pgsikhyouth.blogspot.ca.

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Reaction to goodwill funding to clean up debris

With the size of the problem still unknown, Japan is donating a million dollars to help remove tsunami debris from B.C.'s shores.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Masset Mayor Andrew Merrilees for more.

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Reincarnated people live in north: UNBC prof

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Antonia Mills, UNBC Professor (Photo Credit: CBC/Andrew Kurjata)

The sweet hereafter and life everlasting.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with UNBC professor Antonia Mills, who studies and teaches courses on reincarnation. 

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Disharmony sparked by Prince George project

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The site of the old Prince George hotel and the future site of BC's Wood Innovation and Design Centre (Photo Credit: CBC/Wil Fundal)

Ex-finance minister Kevin Falcon has been put in the media spotlight saying Premier Christy Clark 'overstepped' fiscal boundaries with promises about the building of the wood tower in Prince George.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with the CBC's Dan Burritt for more.

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Clinics with no doctors

We've heard of Doctors Without Borders, but what about patients without doctors?  The north is short almost 50 physicians and that's leaving thousands of Prince George patients with nowhere to turn.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener has more on a clinic that's filling the gap. 

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Missed connection, musically

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The story of a Kitimat musician who recorded two albums of classic material.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata has more on his disappearance.

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Redemption and renewal through sweat

Sweat and prayers.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener introduces a piece produced by news reporter Marissa Harvey.  It's about a group of former inmates finding renewal through a sweat lodge ceremony.

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The Playlist:

Getting Stoked on Daybreak!

We get you pumped up to get stoked!  Our playlist theme tags along with any good winter sport.  Let us know what gets you going.  Call the Listener Line:   1-866-340-1932.  Or find us on Facebook and Twitter @daybreaknorth. 

Track ONE:   Electric City | Grand Analog and Shad

Track TWO:   Ready Teddy | Little Richard



Track THREE:   Graveyard Shake | The Deadly Snakes

Track FOUR:    Little Bones | Tragically Hip


Track FIVE:   Float On | Modest Mouse

Track SIX:   Mosh Pit | MIP Power Trio

Track SEVEN: Midnight City | M83

Track EIGHT: Rosalita | Bruce Springsteen

Track NINE: Moon Music | Absolute

Track TEN: Stompa | Serena Ryer

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Shining light on dark world of body removal

Dark work on the road.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with associate producer George Baker about why crime scenes and tragic car accidents have developed a profitable industry.

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Dodging the jab can endanger health: Dr. Paul Offit



Some doctors are warning that a conference being held this week at Simon Fraser University could endanger the health of Canadians.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Dr. Paul Offit, author of "Deadly Choices:  How the Anti Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All."

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Daybreak SPECIAL | Live in Kitimat

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Some Daybreakers at Constant Cravings in Kitimat, B.C. (Photo Credit: CBC/George Baker)

Kitimat is set to boom... or is it?  Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski speaks with associate producer George Baker about the challenges of a growing community. 

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How to Kill Time at a Work Camp

Alcan modernization workers enter Kitimat looking for a good time.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener and Leisha Grebinski introduces a piece produced by associate producer George Baker.

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From Fiji to the North Coast

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Raymond Raj of the Kitimat Fijian Asociation set to talk with Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski (Photo Credit: CBC/George Baker)

Raymond Raj left Fiji, then Vancouver, to find a home on the shores of the Douglas Channel.  Leisha asks him why he's staying in Kitimat when so many other Fijians left.

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Kitamaat Village on LNG

Haisla people on the coast are partnering with the natural gas industry to make sure profits and jobs stay on these shores.  Leisha speaks with Ellis Ross, chief councillor of Kitamaat Village for more.

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Eden Robinson on LNG

Haisla author Eden Robinson makes her home in Kitamaat Village.  And she's cautious about the changes her community has been quick to embrace.  Betsy has her perspective.

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Coping with Demands of Boom

Escort services, increased substance abuse and hiked rental prices: welcome to the dark side of the boom. We'll hear how growth in small towns isn't all roses.  Leisha speaks with Margaret Warcup, executive director of Kitimat Child Development Centre.

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The Trickle Down Effect

We're talking about the rise of small business in Kitimat.  Leisha speaks with associate producer George Baker about how big business is making small business grow.

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Surviving the Bust

Town going bust?  Maybe try opening a spa.  Leisha speaks with Andrea de Sousa, owner of Vitality Massage and Spa.  De Sousa thrived in a time of economic doom.

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And a special thanks to associate producer George Baker for his work in producing this radio special.  As well, thank you to our technician John Henderson for his help.

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Return to "Twinkletoes"

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Jeff Scott learns to sit ski at Twinkletoes. He became a quadriplegic after a snowboard accident in Revelstoke (Photo Credit: Jeff Scott)

We'll hear about an accident that led Jeff Scott back to the Twinkletoes run on Smithers' Hudson Bay Mountain.  Here's Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener with more:

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For more information, visit Live it! Love it! Foundation.


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Icing a Tough Controversy

A northwest B.C. hockey team obliterates its competition but still ends up the loser.  Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski speaks with sports reporter Anna Killen for more.

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"I almost broke my butt": sledding without a sled

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Isaac and Eva Wright don't let the icy hills deter them from sledding even if they don't have sleds (Photo Credit: CBC/Andrew Kurjata)

When the snow is replaced by ice, you don't need a sled.   At least that's according to our next two guests.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata brings us this installment of our series "Last Run."
 
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Isaac Wright sliding down the icy hill (Photo Credit: CBC/Andrew Kurjata)

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Mike Morris vs Bobby Deepak

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Mike Morris and Bobby Deepak speaking with Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener (Photo Credit: CBC/Wil Fundal)

Ethnic outreach has turned to questions of ethics and outrage. Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with the candidates running in the Prince George-Mackenzie riding.

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I thought it was an essential service: Dawson Creek mom

What measures would you take to avoid paying big bucks to bus your children into the school?  Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski speaks with Naomi Skopnik, a Dawson Creek mother, about potential fees for school bus services. 


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Skijoring in Prince George

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Amanda Fraser-Doyle and her dogs Smith and Cico (Photo Credit:   CBC/Adrian Mrdeza)

Harness up the hounds.  It's time to slip, slide away on a skijoring trip on a Prince George swamp.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener introduces our first piece on our Last Run series, produced by Adrian Mrdeza.

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What is intimidation of the justice system?

It was September 2011.  A Prince George lawyer was asssaulted outside the courthouse.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with reporter Marissa Harvey for an update.

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Turning passion for powder into a business

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Left to Right: Kris Pucci, Dean Wagner, Derek Kormendy (Photo Credit: CBC/Leisha Grebinski)

The slopes are their specialty.  We'll meet the North Coast men who are building custom skis and boards in their basement.  Daybreak's Leisha Grebinski has more on the company called Divide.

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