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May 2013 Archives

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Romeo Dallaire hopes to inspire UNBC students

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Lieutenant-General (Ret) and Liberal Senator Romeo Dallaire (Photo Credit:   National Speaker's Bureau)

From the front lines of battle to the University of Northern B.C.  Romeo Dallaire speaks to graduates at convocation.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener shake hands Mr. Dallaire. 

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For more information, visit CBC News Indepth: Romeo Dallaire


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Teach high school students to drive: Fort St. John Chamber

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Learner's and New Driver's sign (Photo Credit: ICBC)

From graduated licenses to graduates with licenses.  A northern B.C. chamber of commerce calls on the province to move driving school over to high school.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Kathy Miller. 

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For more information, visit ICBC's website on the graduated licensing program (GLP) in B.C.

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Vanderhoof band helps Daybreak with new show theme

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Rosewood's Diary sits with Daybreak host Betsy Trumpener (Photo Credit: Rosewood's Diary/Facebook)

Daybreak has a new sound for morning northern B.C. radio.  We're featuring Vanderhoof big audio dynamite Rosewood's Diary.  Betsy Trumpener speaks with the band's lead singer and songwriter Greg Ventin.

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What do you think of our new theme?  Tell us what you think by visiting our Contact Us page, commenting at the bottom of the page, or by calling The Listener Line 1-866-340-1932.  While you decide, here's some inspiration.  Take a listen to Hey Shame by Rosewood's Diary:

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Babies in jail: revisiting a now-cancelled prison program

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In 2008, BC cancelled the mom and baby program after trying it out for 4 years. That decision faces a challenge in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. (Photo: valentinapowers/Flickr)

A B.C. Supreme Court case is underway in Vancouver to determine if mothers in jail will be allowed to care for their infants. The last woman to take part in the mother-baby program was Lisa Whitford of Prince George, who was convicted for manslaughter. Daybreak spoke with her about the experience of raising a child in prison, as well as her lawyer Bruce Kaun.

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For more, visit Babies-in-prison program prompted few safety concerns

You can also see a feature interview on The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.  Visit The fight to keep babies behind bars

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Embracing opportunity: First Nation entrepreneurs prepare for a natural gas boom

Natural gas fever is striking the North Coast.  And young aboriginal men and women want a piece of the action.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener introduces a piece produced by George Baker.

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Acoustic Songs Playlist

Daybreak is going unplugged with our Acoustic Songs playlist.  Whether they're tunes to play around a campfire, or songs that gives a different appreciation and depth to your favourite songs, we have them.

Track ONE:   Needle and Damage Done by Neil Young



Track TWO:   Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out by Eric Clapton

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Staying safe while getting your sweat on

Prince George RCMP are warning joggers and runners after two recent sex assaults.  In light of that, Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener has more, and tips on staying safe while enjoying your time outdoors.

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Tradition-rich musical meets high-tech treadmill

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Andy Beesley poses on his treadmill desk (Photo:   @BetsyTrumpener/Twitter)

It's a treadmill transformation all for the love of Les Misérables.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener meets Andy Beesley; he's a thinner thespian, thanks to his high-tech treadmill desk.

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Will ocean iron dumping continue despite firing?

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U.S. businessman Russ George, chief scientist and CEO for the HSRC, has been fired (CBC/HSRC)

The end of a relationship may not be the end of the dump.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Jim Thomas, research program manager for the ETC group.

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For more, visit Leader of B.C. ocean fertilization project fired.

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Do memorandums of understanding with China have any meaning?

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Dan Harris, Lawyer and Public Speaker
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From the University of Northern BC to Barkerville, organizations throughout northern B.C. are signing Memorandum of Understandings with Chinese counterparts. But what do these agreements actually mean? Lawyer and ChinaLawBlog.com author Dan Harris says, "not much."  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata spoke with him for more..

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RCMP say anniversary of Madison Scott's disappearance a time to watch for "odd" behaviour

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Madison Scott was last seen on May 28, 2011 (Photo: madisonscott.ca)

Nearly two years ago, Madison Scott disappeared.  The 20-year-old was from Vanderhoof.  RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk says police still believe someone has information in her disappearance, and tells the public to watch for behaviour changes among people they know. Listen to the clip below for more.

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Scott's family and friends are holding a poker ride.  If you'd like more information, visit madisonscott.ca

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Girl Guides gather in Prince George

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Badges on Sharron Callahan's poncho (Photo Credit:   Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

There's a giant campfire for girls from Quesnel to Mackenzie in Prince George.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Sharron Callahan, Girl Guides of Canada's Chief Commissioner.

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Quesnel land slowly slips away

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West Quesnel (Photo Credit: quesnel.ca)

Families are hopeful about a solution to stop land erosion that is putting their homes at risk. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Jack Marsh, the project manager for the Land Stability Project.

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For more, visit 750 homes sliding away in Quesnel, B.C.

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Drug kills unsuspecting users in Prince George

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Mark Barnes likens the effect of taking a 72-hour fentanyl patch in one sitting to putting a plastic bag over your head.

It's called Fentanyl and it's now killing unsuspecting street drug users in Prince George, B.C.  Betsy Trumpener introduces a piece produced by Daybreak's Adrian Mrdeza.

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For more, visit Fentanyl-related deaths spark warning in Prince George

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From Alaska to Chicago by dogsled via northern B.C.

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A Trail of Two Telegraphs (Credit:   Caitlin Press)
From dangerous mules, to fire ballons launched to burn B.C. forests.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Telkwa writer Jane Stevenson about her latest book.


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City of Prince George employee suspended as RCMP conduct investigation

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The City of Prince George has confirmed an employee is suspended as a result of an RCMP investigation. The written statement from the city is below:

"The City is aware of the ongoing RCMP investigation. Upon learning of that investigation, the City took immediate steps to ensure that public trust was not compromised. While we are unable to comment on individual circumstances due to privacy laws, we can confirm that the City is conducting its own independent investigation. As part of that process, it has suspended one individual without pay, pending completion of its investigation. The City has and will continue to take steps to protect the public interest."

City councillors contacted by CBC indicated this is a matter being handled by city management and would not comment. Fire chief John Lane directed questions to city spokesperson Chris Bone. Bone has stated that beyond the official statement, there will be no new information or interviews available at this time. 

RCMP are expected to release an official statement later today.

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The Playlist:

Motorcycle Tunes!

We're letting our hair flow through the air, and blasting our boom boxes to hear songs that remind us of motorcycle ridin'.  Here's the list of songs on our playlist:

Track ONE:   Against the Wind performed by the C-WEED Band

Track TWO:   Steppenwolf with Born to Be Wild



Track THREE:   Freewill by Rush

Track FOUR:   Fire by Kasabian

Track FIVE:   Blue Theme by David Allan & The Arrows

Track SIX:   Tom Petty's Running Down a Dream



Track SEVEN:   1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Track EIGHT:   Neil Young with Unknown Legend

Track NINE:   Karyn Ellis with Motorcycle Ride

Track TEN:   Bob Segar's Roll Me Away



Track ELEVEN:   Arlo Guthrie's Motorcycle Song



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Heading to the Dentist's chair for a check-up

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Gloria, a grade 3 student at Quinson Elementary poses with College of New Caledonia dental hygiene student Denise Densmore (Photo Credit:   Adrian Mrdeza/CBC)


It's time for a check-up!   We head to the College of New Caledonia to get our teeths cleaned.  Andrew Kurjata introduces a piece produced by Daybreak's Adrian Mrdeza.

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Moving from a dark chapter in Williams Lake

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Site of former St. Joseph's residential school (Photo Credit: Marissa Harvey/CBC)

Reconciling the past.  Hundreds gathered in Williams Lake to share their stories of abuse.  Betsy Trumpener introduces a piece produced by Daybreak's Marissa Harvey.

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Cutting out bureaucratic bafflegab at city hall

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A copy of the Notice of Motion for a Plain Language policy in Calgary.


A "plain language" policy is aimed at cracking down on technical words and acronyms that make most people's eyes glaze over. Alderman Druh  Farrell  is behind the policy. She spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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Reuniting at site of former residential school

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Site of former St. Joseph's residential school (Photo Credit: Marissa Harvey/CBC)

A commemorative monument has been erected in Williams Lake.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with northern reporter Marissa Harvey who was there for the ceremony.

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BC Votes 2013, Interviews:

Oilsands advocates happy with election, but Alberta should apologize to B.C.: professor

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B.C. premier Christy Clark has said her province doesn't need Alberta.
The election of the B.C. Liberals to government on Tuesday is the outcome wanted by oilsands advocates, says University of Calgary political science professor Barry Cooper. But as he tells Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata, not all is well in B.C.-Alberta relations.

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RCMP watchdog investigates abuse allegations in northern B.C.

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An RCMP watchdog will be investigating allegations that mounties in northern B.C. have raped and tortured First Nations women and girls. In a statement posted online (external link), the chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) says the investigation is in response to a report by Human Rights Watch entitled Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada (external link).

However, report co-author Megan Rhoad doesn't think the commission will do an adequate job investigating the complaints. She spoke with Betsy Trumpener, as did CPC director of operations Richard Evans.


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You can hear an interview with Meghan Rhoad the day the report was released in our archives.

For more on this story, visit cbc.ca/bc.

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BC Votes 2013, Interviews:

Fracking, pipelines and forestry with MLAs Shirley Bond, Mike Bernier, Coralee Oakes, Mike Morris and Robin Austin

The story of Tuesday's election was the surprise win from the B.C. Liberal party. They swept most of northern B.C., with the exception of the northwest where the NDP retained three seats.

Mike Bernier: "Best practices" needed for fracking


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Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier (mikebernierbc.ca)














Mike Bernier is the mayor of Dawson Creek and a first-time B.C. Liberal MLA for Peace River South. He plans on stepping down as mayor. He also says he's committed to supporting "best practices" for fracking. He spoke with Andrew Kurjata.

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Bob Simpson says voters will regret their decision, Coralee Oakes wants to be a strong voice for the central interior

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Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes (coraleeoakes.ca)

















Coralee Oakes was elected as the B.C. Liberal candidate for Cariboo North, beating independent incumbent Bob Simpson. While Simpson predicts voters will regret returning the Liberals to power, Oakes told Betsy Trumpener that Simpson has been a great advocate for the region, and she plans on carrying on some of his work.
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Shirley Bond says the five conditions for a pipeline have yet to be met

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Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond (shirleybond.com)















Shirley Bond is a long-time B.C. Liberal MLA and cabinet minister. Despite this, she tells Betsy Trumpener she never felt safe during the campaign. She also recommits to the Liberals five conditions for supporting a northern pipeline project.

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Mike Morris steps into Pat Bell's shoes
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Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris (bcliberals.com)














B.C. Liberal Mike Morris takes on a big role, replacing outgoing cabinet minster Pat Bell in Prince George - Mackenzie. He spoke with Andrew Kurjata about his priorities, as well as how being a MLA is going to affect his work as a trapper.

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Robin Austin promises to keep fighting Enbridge
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Skeena MLA Robin Austin (robinaustin.bcndp.ca)













While most of northern B.C. voted in the B.C. Liberals, the northwest once again elected NDP MLAs. They include Robin Austin, incumbent in the Skeena riding. He says the fight against the Northern Gateway pipeline will continue, in the legislatures and possibly in the courts.

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Northern political panel: can we all just get along?

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Bruce Strachan, Tracy Summerville, and Peter Ewart in CBC Prince George the morning after a surprising provincial election.

UNBC professor Tracy Summerville, former cabinet minister Bruce Strachan and columnist Peter Ewart weigh in on the surprise results of the B.C. election, low voter turnout and whether we can all get along.

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Learning guitar at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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William Alexander George and Ralph Joseph with "Rose." (Andrew Kurjata)


Two hundred people are taking part in Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's second visit to Prince George. Residential school survivors are giving testimony to abuses they suffered at the schools. Charlie Joseph and Lucille Duncan shared their stories of languages lost and being told they were from the devil.

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While powerful stories were being told inside the hearings, outside an impromptu gathering of musicians took on a more celebratory tone. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata spoke with William Alexander George, Ralph Joseph, and Marvin French.

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BC Votes 2013:

British Columbia Votes 2013

Tuesday May 14 is Election Day. You can vote from 8 am until 8 pm.

To find out what you need and where to go to vote, visit elections.bc.ca.

For complete coverage as it happens, tune in to CBC Radio, Television, and cbc.ca/bcvotes starting at 7:30 pm.

If you want to catch up on our election coverage, you can hear our interviews with party leaders Christy Clark, Adrian Dix, John Cummins and Jane Sterk.

You can also hear all-candidate debates for Prince George-Valemount and Cariboo North and explore other stories on the issues facing the north.

You can also take part in CBC's Vote Compass and listen to our complete Reality Check series putting the platforms and promises of all the parties to the test.

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Is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission doing its job?

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission Commissioner, Chief Warren Littlechild, looks on from behind a First Nation's bentwood box during a commission forum in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday March 3, 2011. (Darryl Dick/CP)

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was created to learn the truth about what happened in  residential schools and to inform all Canadians about their findings. It is in Prince George Monday and Tuesday this week. It is an emotional process, but Queens University professor Sam McKegney has some questions about its effectiveness. He spoke with Betsy Trumpener.


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Learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in our features section.

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Every CBC Reality Check from the B.C. Election Campaign

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Spending promises, budgets, and credit ratings were all on the Reality Check team's radar (Reuters).

Throughout the provincial election campaign, CBC's Reality Check team have been taking a close look at the claims and promises made by all the parties to find out whether they are based on fact or spin. Reporter Steve Lus shares some highlights with Andrew Kurjata:

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You can find every Reality Check below:

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Enbridge, Interviews:

After touring Kalamazoo River, Terrace fire chief urges northwest to take another look at Enbridge

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A Canada goose covered in oil attempts to fly out of the Kalamazoo River in Marshall, Mich., Tuesday, July 27, 2010. An estimated 877,000 gallons (3.3 million litres) of oil leaked from an Enbridge pipeline into the river, coating birds and fish. (Jonathon Gruenke/Kalamazoo Gazette/AP Photo)

Enbridge recently invited leaders from northern B.C. to tour the Kalamazoo River so they could observe the companies clean-up efforts following a 2010 spill that shut the river down for almost two years. While Terrace city council is opposed to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, they sent deputy fire chief David Jephson for his observations. He tells Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata that his message now is for people in the northwest opposed to the project to take a closer look at the facts.

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B.C. language related to WWII Navajo code finally cracked

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The Tahltan language is similar to Navajo, whose difficulty to learn was portrayed in the film "Windtalkers."
Tahltan is a British Columbia First Nations language related to Navajo. Navajo was adapted as a code during World War II because it is notoriously difficult to crack. So, too, is Tahltan but now  Oscar Dennis thinks he has figured out the patterns that make it work- and he hopes in doing so he can revive a language on the brink of disappearing.

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Cariboo North all-candidates discussion

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Independent incumbent Bob Simpson, B.C. Liberal candidate Coralee Oaks, and B.C. NDP candidate Duncan Barnett discuss their platforms in the B.C. 2013 election.

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Still at Sea: The Queen of the North

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A lifejacket from the Queen of the North ferry floats in the waters of Wright Sound near Hartley Bay, B.C., on March 22, 2006. (CP Photo Archives/Richard Lam)

She had a fear of boats but her best friend convinced her it was safe. Her best friend was wrong. The ferry ride to Vancouver Island on the night of March 22, 2006 would result in a sinking ... two deaths and a trial. And for the ensuing seven years, Trina Benedict would struggle with what she saw and the injuries she sustained. As a passenger aboard the Queen of the North, Trina Benedict has never spoken publicly. Today, with the jury in the BC trial now sequestered, she shares her story in a documentary produced by Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener for CBC's the Current. Listen to the full story on their website

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Prince George-Valemount all-candidates discussion

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B.C. Liberal candidate Shirley Bond, B.C. NDP candidate Sherry Ogasawara, B.C. Conservative candidate Nathan Giede, and Christian Heritage candidate Donald Roberts discuss their platforms in the B.C. 2013 election.

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Learn more about Prince George-Valemount on CBC's B.C. Votes website.

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Quesnel seniors make their voices heard in provincial election

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Some seniors find themselves eating cat food to save money (Wikimedia commons)


Peter Nielson knows seniors who have chosen to eat cat food because they can't afford tuna, and chosen to wet themselves because washing up is cheaper than buying adult diapers. He says it's a struggle for many to pay rent, find affordable housing, pay for medicine, and find transportation. Now he's leading a push to make sure the needs of seniors won't be ignored in the provincial election. Marissa Harvey went grocery shopping with Peter to hear their stories.

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Final arguments being heard for Queen of the North trial


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Karl Lilgert's defense has rested its case. Crown lawyers are expected to make their final arguments Friday. CBC's Belle Puri, whose been following the trial, breaks down what's next for Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener.

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Prince Rupert family still seeking answers into Justin Brooks death

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Justin Brooks' mother Cheryl Ryan (centre) is hoping to get answers for her son's death on Prince Rupert's waterfront. (photo: George Baker/CBC)

The death of 21-year old Justin Brooks is still unsolved. But his family is joining with the families of other young aboriginals who have died on Prince Rupert's waterfront for a vigil Saturday. CBC's George Baker speaks with Brooks' mother Cheryl Ryan.


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Enbridge, Interviews:

Simon Fraser report expects 15 spills per year from Northern Gateway

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Tankers would use Douglas Channel to gain access to the terminus of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline at Kitimat, B.C. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

A new report from Simon Fraser University claims there is at least a 90 percent probability of an oil tanker spill if the Enbridge plan for the Northern Gateway pipeline goes ahead. The report's lead author is Tom Gunton, director of the resource and environmental planning programme and former deputy environment minister for the NDP provincial government. He spoke with Andrew Kurjata.

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Loss and love inspire Francois Lake's Rachelle Van Zanten

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The cover of "Oh Mother".
Francois Lake's Rachelle Van Zanten just released her third album, and compared to previous work it's a little more reflective. That's because of personal changes in her life for better and for worse.

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Independent Investigations Office explains report on fatal RCMP shooting of veteran

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Canadian Forces veteran Greg Matters was getting treatment for his PTSD at the time of his death. (Photo courtesy of Matters family)

On Wednesday, B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office released its report into the fatal shooting of Prince George military veteran Gregory Matters by RCMP. Richard Rosenthal is Chief Civilian Director of the office. He told Betsy Trumpener what the report found and what's next in the investigation.

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Independent Investigations Office clears RCMP in Prince George shooting death

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has concluded its investigation into the fatal shooting of Greg Matters by RCMP in Prince George. The office is not speaking to media until later this morning, but you can read the full report online and stay tuned to CBC throughout the day as the story to develops.

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BC Votes 2013:

After Greyhound cuts, transit in northern B.C. a growing issue

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Service reductions posted at the Greyhound station in Prince George (Shaam Semere/CBC)

Throughout this election, we're bringing you the stories behind the biggest campaign issues, but today something not many candidates are talking about. Inter-community transit has been a concern throughout northern and rural communities, particularly along the so-called Highway of Tears. Despite calls for increased transit options, recent reductions at Greyhound have left people with even fewer choices for getting from point A to point B. Andrew Kurjata brings us their story.

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