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April 2013 Archives

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Faith and pipelines

Andrew Aukema is a pastor with the Christian Reform Church. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener about whether religions should get involved with political issues like the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

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China's Green Fence shuts out Prince George plastic recyclers

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China is cracking down on recycling imports in an initiative called "Operation Green Fence." It
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Ed Shea is storing plastic in his barn until it can be recycled. (Marissa Harvey/CBC)
has major implications for plastic recyclers in British Columbia. Daybreak's Marissa Harvey heads out to the barn of R-3 recycling near Prince George where owner Ed Shea is stockpiling plastic, and Andrew Kurjata speaks with Jerry Powell of Resource Recycling Magazine about what the Green Fence is, and whether there's a future for plastic recycling in North America.


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BC Votes 2013, Interviews:

Interview with B.C. Conservative Party leader John Cummins

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John Cummins is leader of the B.C. Conservative Party. (British Columbia's Conservatives)

John Cummins is the leader of the B.C. Conservative Party. He spoke with Andrew Kurjata about his vision for the province and northern B.C.

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You can also hear interviews with B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark, B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix, and B.C. Green Party leader Jane Sterk. For more election stories, browse our B.C. Votes 2013 archive.

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B.C. Election 2013 panel: Forestry







Forestry is a major part of the economy in B.C.'s north and across the province. With a provincial election underway we invited two people from the industry to talk about what matters to them. Nicholas Dormaar is a third-year UNBC Forestry student. Jeff Lutes is the manager of Blue Collar Silviculture.

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How provincial politics is like A Game of Thrones

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With a provincial election underway, our book panel has some creative choices to get you reading about politics. Andrea Palmer and Erin Pfliger are from the Prince George public library.

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Andrea's picks:

  • Lean In: Women Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • A Fair Country:Telling Truths about Canada by John Ralston Saul

Erin's picks:

  • 500 of the Most Witty, Acerbic & Erudite Things Ever Said About Politics compiled by Iain Dale
  • What is Stephen Harper Reading? by Yann Martel

Both:

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


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Highglen fire update: new homes for pets, new school for students

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Spark the fire-bellied toad is one of a number of class pets who survived a fire at a Prince George elementary school.

On Monday, a fire prompted the evacuation of Highglen Montessori Elementary. Now students are discovering they will have to relocate across town for the forseeable future. Also in search of new space: class pets, including rabbits, a gecko, and a fire-bellied toad. Daybreak's Adrien Mrdeza spoke with one of the parents leading the care efforts, Darci James.

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Prince George neighbourhood lockdown resolved with arrest

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RCMP vehicles on Dezell Drive in Prince George shortly after the Wednesday morning arrest of a man considered armed, dangerous, and unpredictable. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

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Police say they have a history of violence and unpredictability with Robert Lee Milligan, who was arrested in Prince George this morning (RCMP file photo).
A Prince George neighbourhood was locked down Tuesday as RCMP moved to locate a man they considered armed and dangerous. As of 3:30 Wednesday morning the situation has been resolved with the arrest of Robert Lee Milligan. 

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Craig Douglass says their history with Milligan is one of "violence and unpredictability", and this was the primary reason for the steps taken yesterday. He provides more details to Daybreak's Wil Fundal:

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The lockdown began at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, about four blocks north of Quinson Elementary School. The area was closed off to all traffic, with police cars stationed around the perimeter.

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At the time Cpl. Douglass told media police were unable to release any more information for tactical reasons.

Some residents were unable to enter their homes last night and found shelter elsewhere.


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Class pets die in elementary school blaze, classes cancelled

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Officials are unsure if Highglen Montessori Elementary will be re-opened. (Marissa Harvey/CBC)

250 elementary school students are not in class in Prince George today following a fire at Highglen Montessori Elementary on Monday. Classes had finished for the day, but an after-school program was underway when the fire broke at around 3:30 p.m. Students and staff were evacuated, but a number of class pets were left behind. And officials are unsure as to when students will be back in class, and whether it will be in Highglen. School District 57 superintendent Brian Pepper speaks with Betsy Trumpener.

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

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One-year anniversary of Lakeland Mills explosion

It was one year ago today that the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George exploded and burned, killing two, injuring twenty-two, and putting many others out of work.

On our show today we replayed archival tape of the event. You can find the full line-up from our program the morning following the explosion at "Lakeland Mills sawmill and explosion rocks Prince George."

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BC Votes 2013, Interviews:

Interview with B.C. Green Party leader Jane Sterk

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Jane Sterk won the leadership of the Green Party of B.C. in 2007. (Green Party of B.C.)


Jane Sterk is the leader of the B.C. Green Party. She spoke with Betsy Trumpener about her vision for the province and northern B.C.

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You can also her interviews with B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark, B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix and B.C. Conservative Party leader John Cummins. For more elections, browse our B.C. Votes 2013 archive.


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How should news organizations cover tragedies?

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The Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion in Prince George, B.C., occurred in April 2012. (Andrew Johnson/Canadian Press)

People are still in mourning following last week's Boston bombings. This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Lakeland mills explosion and fire in Prince George. When catastrophes happen, people turn to the news for information. But when a story is developing, how do newsrooms react, and what might be improved? Andrew Kurjata spoke with journalism professor Alan Bass.

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The Playlist:

Latino-Canadian Playlist

In celebration of El Sistema visiting northern B.C. we sourced our listeners to put together a playlist of Latino-Canadian music. Here are the songs that made the cut.



1. We kicked things off with Amanda Martinez and "Hasta Que Peda."


2. The next track comes from Carla Moffat, who writes:

"Forca" by Nelly Furtado. Not only is it sung by a Canadian Latina, it was featured at the 2004 Euro Cup championships.  And what says Latino culture anymore than the obsession with football?


3. Benita Le Morvan suggested Rumba Calzada of Vancouver,
 
"I loved dancing to them when I lived there."

We played "Rapid Mambo".

4. Next was a pick from Juan Carlos Lopez who asked for Venezuelan-Canadian Eliana Cuevas and "Luna Llena".

5. Track five came from Ruth Langner, who wrote

"I am requesting any piece from Carlos Bastidas's album Latin Journey.  The title of the album reflects the incredible journey several young Venezuelan musicians have undertaken, to come to Prince George to play with the PGSO."  

We played "Alma."

6. Track six was requested by Jim Caldwell who wanted Diana Krall's "The Boy from Ipanema."  

"The music is sunny and sultry - the perfect jazz rendition."

7. For track seven, Kay Jordan says

"I love latin music and my favorite musician is Alex Cuba from Smithers. Please play one of his many beautiful songs. 'Eres Tu' is a lively one for a sleepy morning.



8. Ron Prochot says Trio Bembe tops his list of Latin Canadian music. Try the track  "Non te Dejes Ganar."

9. Courtesy listener Jo Beattie, a group called Locarno from Vancouver and the song "Candela".

10. And for the final track we present Juno award winning Roberto Lopez Project and "Soy Panamerican."
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Moose population sees dramatic decline, but no solution until after provincial election

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There are reports that the moose population in the Prince George region have declined by up to 50% over the past decade. A symposium to discuss the issue and find a solution was supposed to happen this week, but has been cancelled because of the provincial election. Jim Glaicar of the Spruce City Wildlife Association spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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Northern B.C. millionaire funds 4:20 marijuana events across Canada

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Terrace's Bob Erb made 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.Now, he has plans to fund marijuana-advocacy events across Canada for 4:20, an annual celebration of cannabis culture. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener.

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Symphony connects children from Venezuela's slums to Prince George's inner city

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photo by Adrian Mrdeza


El Sistema is a renowned Venezuelan social program that
fights poverty by providing free instruments and music lessons to any child who wants to learn. Tens of thousands of kids from slums and inner cities and the suburbs take part. Recently a trio of young musicians from El Sistema visited Prince George and played a free show at the drop-in center for low income kids from the city's "hood." Adrian Mrdeza brings us the story.

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After the Boston Marathon bombings, is security for the Canada Winter Games a higher priority?

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Canada Games House in Prince George, courtesy of Prince George Downtown Business Improvement Association.

Twin bombings at the Boston Marathon this week are raising questions about the safety of upcoming events. British police say they're reviewing plans for Sunday's London marathon, and organizers of the upcoming San Francisco Marathon say they're re-thinking security. In 2015, Prince George is hosting the Canada Winter Games. We hear from CEO Stuart Ballantyne and former CSIS intelligence officer Michel Juneau-Katsuya on what needs to be done to prepare.

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BC Votes 2013, Interviews:

Politics of pipelines

CBC Radio is focusing attention on the biggest issues likely to shape the outcome of the elections.  The first in our series is a piece from Daybreak's Marissa Harvey about the politics of pipelines. 

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How outgoing politicians deal with their last days

Some big names in northern B.C. politics are packing it in.  They won't be hitting the campaign trail to seek re-election; Pat Bell, Blair Lekstrom, and Gary Coons are saying adios.  Daybreak's George Baker takes us to the North Coast NDP MLA's last day.

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For a profile of Gary Coons, visit the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia website.

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Cruising for crisis: report

Can BC Ferries stay afloat as it is?  A new report argues the Ferry Corporation is cruising for a crisis.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to Gordon Wilson for the exclusive story.

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How to safely deal with moose

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Being angry when your hungry isn't just a human thing.  We find out why moose aren't the fuzzy, cute and awkward animals we think they are. Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with BC Conservation Officer Todd Hunter.

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Smithers moose on the loose?

An update on this story now.  Daybreak's Wil Fundal spoke to the BC Conservation Officer Service, which confirms the moose has now died.  Here's his conversation with Sergeant Kevin Nixon:

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Here's the story we posted earlier today:

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Moose led out of Smithers, B.C. store with what appears to be an apple (Photo via @aspensmithers)

Harold Gyger witnessed the moose enter... and leave... the Safeway.

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And in case you haven't seen video of the moose, take a look:

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Customer Hannah Dehoog shot a video as a store employee eventually guided the moose back outside with an apple.


Did you see the moose inside the Safeway store in Smithers, B.C.? Comment here, email us daybreaknorth@cbc.ca or find us on our Daybreak Facebook page or on Twitter @daybreaknorth

And for more, visit Moose takes a stroll through B.C. grocery store.

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Hospitals making the grade or not?

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A, B, C... or D.  How many Canadian hospitals got a failing grade?  It's all part of a Fifth Estate special investigation.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Bob Mckeown for the results.

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For more, visit Rate My Hospital.

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Living in South Korea with a Prince George perspective



Will a Prince George woman listen to Kim Jong-un and leave South Korea?  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Mica Jorgenson via Skype.

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Developing Valemount to a world-class ski destination

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Valemount, B.C. (Photo Credit: Northern Development Initiative Trust)

Your next world-class ski vacation might be Valemount.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Bruce Wilkinson, president of the Valemount Ski Society for more.

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Why are aboriginal youth dying on Prince Rupert's waterfront?

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Justin Brooks' baby brother blows a kiss good bye to deceased 21-year-old sibling (Photo Credit: George Baker/CBC)

Three aboriginal youths have died on Prince Rupert's waterfront.  And no one has answers as to how or why.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata introduces a piece produced by associate producer George Baker.

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Snowy owls die in Prince George

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Snowy owls along University Way in Prince George, B.C. (Photo Credit: Roy Rea/UNBC)

Arctic snowy owls flew south for the winter and landed in and around Prince George.  But they didn't fair so well.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with wildlife biologist Doug Wilson for more.

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BC Votes 2013, Interviews:

Christy Clark in Prince George

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Christy Clark in Prince George (Photo Credit: Betsy Trumpener/CBC)

If Northern B.C. is the future of the west coast economy, what does B-C's current Premier envision for the region?  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Christy Clark.

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Moms and Medicine: balancing both jobs

Finding that work-life balance can be a challenge in any field.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Nicole Ebert hear about a new initiative to help mothers in medicine find that equilibrium.

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What is Adrian Dix's vision for northern B.C.?

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Adrian Dix in studio at CBC Prince George.
As leader of the provincial NDP, Adrian Dix could be the province's next premier. So what is his vision for British Columbia's north? He sat down with Betsy Trumpener.

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Be sure to tune in to Daybreak on Friday when we are joined by premier Christy Clark.

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Nature of Things presents pine beetle

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Preview of The Beetles Are Coming (Nature of Things/CBC)

The mountain pine beetle devastated B.C.'s forest industry.  Now, it's hitting primetime TV.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with David York, the producer of The Beetles Are Coming.

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Forest industry looks to 'super cycle'

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Timber, super cycle, economics.  Don't worry, we'll put these together for you.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Russ Taylor, president of International Wood Markets Group.

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National Geographic explorer in residence visits Prince George

From the Darien Gap to Dease Lake, Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with explorer and author Wade Davis, who is turning his attention north.

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If they build it, will northern British Columbians buy?

Natural gas stations for trucks are now a reality in Alberta.  Could this add to the Peace region's already booming market?  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Alicia Milner, President of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance.

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For more, visit Trucking company tests liquefied natural gas fuel.

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Reaction to the letter that sparked national fury

A letter published in the Nanaimo Daily News sparked protests (CBC News).
The analysis after the shock.  A controversial letter to the editor goes viral.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Antonia Mills, professor and acting chair for First Nations Studies at the University of Northern B.C.

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For more, visit: 'Racist' newspaper letter sparks Nanaimo protest.

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Trading in trucks for bus passes

Could a bus service for seniors in Ontario provide a model for the Highway of Tears?  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with John Keith, Manager of Transportation Services at Community Care North Hastings.

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Vanderhoof Swarm

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Vanderhoof Swarm (Photo Credit:   Paul Collard/Vanderhoof)