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July 2013 Archives

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Are you missing an emu? A trucker found it near Prince George, B.C.

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Emu on a forest service road between Prince George, B.C. and Quesnel, B.C. (Photo Credit: Juan Huidoboro)

Somewhere in the backwoods of northern B.C., there is an emu on the loose.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to the man who saw it.

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Can an escaped emu survive in the woods of northern B.C.?

We also spoke with Dan Minz. He used to operate an emu farm in Hixon. He told us about his hunt for this eum, and what he thinks its chances for survival in the wild are.

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World's biggest fly fishing rod is missing its hook

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World's Largest Fly Fishing Rod (Photo: Panoramio/andybremner1983)

Ray Makowichuk can't fix the fly on the world's biggest fly fishing rod because the rod's hook is missing.  He speaks with Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener for more.

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Regional District of Fraser-Fort George will not help local man keep styrofoam out of the dump

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Do you have enough styrofoam to cover this greenhouse? (Photo: Matthias Zapletal)

Last month, we told you about a Prince George man on a quest to collect your styrofoam.  Matthias Zapletal isn't happy with the Regional District of Fraser Fort George because it denied his request to set up a collection bin for styrofoam at a local landfill.  He speaks with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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Official Response from the Regional District of Fraser Fort George

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Regional District Fraser Fort George denies request


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Covert World War II special forces members from Dawson Creek honoured by U.S. army

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A ceremony honouring Peace-region members of the First Special Forces Unit of World War II is being held at the Alaska Highway House in Dawson Creek.


The First Special Service Force was a U.S.-Canadian unit formed during World War II for specialized combat and covert operations. It included five members from the Peace region of B.C. and Alberta, including Geoffrey Hart. It wasn't until years after his father's death that John Hart learned more about the unit, and what his father did. He spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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Geoffrey Hart and other unit members are being honoured at the Alaska Highway House at 2 pm on July 29. There will also be ceremonies in the United States.

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Want to donate blood? Peace residents have to drive 5 hours to do so


You've may have heard the commercial above. While residents in B.C.'s Peace want to donate, they can't.

Barbara Smith wants to donate blood.  She lives in Pouce Coupe, B.C.  But she has to drive to Prince George, 5 hours away, to do so.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to her, and also introduces Marcello Domingez of Canadian Blood Services.

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People living in northeast B.C. have to drive to Prince George, B.C. to donate blood. (Photo: © Google Maps)


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Northern B.C. dig finds outerspace rock

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The community of Tumbler Ridge may want to add exploding meteors to this image after a recent discovery at a dinosaur dig site. (Photo: trmf.ca/James Whiddon)

A dinosaur digger has turned his eyes to the stars.  That's because Richard McCrea, who is the curator of paleontology at the Tumbler Ridge Museum, found space rock at a recent dig.  He speaks with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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Shootings and violence worry daycare in Fort St. John

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Oscare Daycare in Fort St. John, circa 2009 (Photo Credit: © Google 2013)

Oscare Daycare has been at its location near downtown Fort St. John for 25 years, but two shootings and other violence in recent weeks have prompted them to look for a new home.  However, with 80 children in their care, finding the right space isn't easy.  Supervisor Laura Clayson speaks with Betsy Trumpener.

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Prince George mayor Shari Green on a royal Prince George

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It's official: the royal baby is Prince George.This is welcome news to mayor Shari Green, who told Daybreak earlier this week that she sees benefits to sharing a moniker with the future king. Host Andrew Kurjata introduces her take.

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Stay tuned to CBC radio and television today: we will have reaction from city leaders and citizens to the news. And let us know what you think on Twitter.

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Police and Diane Nakamura urge caution during Neckao River float

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"I took a look at the river and I started to cry," says Diane Nakamura (Photo: CBC/Wil Fundal)

A recent spike in drownings has officials urging caution during this weekend's unsanctioned Nechako River float.  This year, Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Diane Nakamura who almost drowned while floating down a Prince George river.

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We also spoke to the organizers of the annual "Giant River Float" last year. You can hear that interview at Prince George river float attracts R.C.M.P.

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"Boo" the grizzly cub orphaned in Cariboo now in Golden, B.C.

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It was ten years ago that 'Boo' the grizzly bear was orphaned when a poacher shot his mother near Barkerville. Now he's in Golden, B.C. (Photo: CBC)

How a bear cub's 'grisly' beginning has turned into a decade of Golden years.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Ross Prather, manager of the Grizzly Bear Refuge Kicking Horse Resort.

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Hearings in Williams Lake draw fierce debate from proponents and opponents

To the drawing board and back.  What do locals think about the revamped New Prosperity Mine?  Betsy Trumpener introduces a piece produced by Daybreak's Marissa Harvey.

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For more, visit B.C. mine proposal public hearings draw hundreds.

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Would a Royal Prince George be good for the city of Prince George?

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#HMSLancaster celebrates the arrival of the #Royalbaby (Photo: Twitter/@RoyalNavy)

Royal watchers are waiting for their first glimpse of the baby boy born to Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and to learn the name of the child who is now third in line to the throne.

Oddsmakers say the safest bet for the new Royal baby's name is "George."  If this happens, the young Prince George will share a name with the city of Prince George in northern British Columbia.  Already, Twitter and Google searches are full of results of people speculating about the name, drowning out conversation about city of Prince George.

So would a royal Prince George be good or bad for the city of Prince George?  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata and Betsy Trumpener asks royal watchers Richard Fitzwilliams of London and Dan Davies of Fort St John, as well as Prince George mayor Shari Green.

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For the latest on this story, visit CBC News Royal Baby LIVE

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Northern B.C. sign stirs up controversy in Burns Lake

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Gwyn's Green Grocer owner Gwyndolyn Nicholas is shocked by the backlash created, after an erroneous post about her sign went viral on Facebook. (Photo Credit: Lakes District Clean Waters Coalition)

Gwyn's Green Grocer is writing a letter of appeal to the village of Burns Lake to allow her to keep a sign she posted.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Gwyndolyn Nicholas about why one sign has stirrred up some controversy.   

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For more, visit Facebook anti-Enbridge sign backlash hits B.C. village.

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Prince George has one of three drive-in's left in B.C.

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View of the drive-in theatre in Prince George, B.C. (Photo Credit: Ryan Vankosky)

The Prince George drive-in has been around for around a quarter century.  Betsy Trumpener introduces a piece by Daybreak intern Meghan Mast about the little drive-in that could.

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First Nation working with industry for more control over land

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A map shows the territory covered under Treaty 8 from the Department of Indian Affairs circa 1900 (Photo: courtesy Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department)

For years, Lana Lowe of the Fort Nelson First Nation found that if Government and industry wanted to develop on traditional land, they would go ahead and do it despite opposition.  So she decided to work with industry instead.  She spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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'Last chance' collection expedition results released

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The Site C project in northeastern B.C. would be the third hydro dam on the Peace River. (Photo: BC Hydro)

Thousands of insects have been gathered in the Peace.  The collection includes flies, spiders, and little critters that don't resemble anything you've ever seen before.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Claudia Copley from the Royal B.C. Museum.

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Telkwa, B.C. councilor wants more changes to increase rail safety

Canada's largest rail operators are strengthening its safety procedures in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec derailment and fires.  But Rimas Zitkauskas doesn't think it's enough.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata spoke to the Telkwa, B.C. councilor.

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For more, visit CN and CP tighten safety rules after Lac-Mégantic disaster.

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B.C. lawyer closely watching '60's Scoop' trial in Ontario

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against the federal government can proceed to trial.  And B.C. lawyer Jason Murray is following the case closely.  He spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata about why. 

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For more on this story, visit First Nations '60's scoop' lawsuit heads to trial.

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City of Prince George deactivates Facebook and Twitter accounts

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The City of Prince George has deactivated its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

If you want to "like" the city of Prince George, you may have some trouble. The city has disabled its Facebook page and Twitter account while it reviews its use of social media. In an email, communications staff say

"The City of Prince George is evaluating its use of social media. During the assessment phase, our Facebook and Twitter accounts will be dormant. Members of the public can continue to comment electronically by clicking on the Feedback link located at the bottom of the City of Prince George's homepage at www.princegeorge.ca"

It is not known whether the accounts are permanently deleted or simply disabled. Prior to this move, the Facebook page had over 2,000 fans and the Twitter account had over 1,000 followers.

The city declined to answer questions about the evaluation process.

What do you think? Should cities be on social media? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter. And if you think social media is a waste of time you can email daybreaknorth[at]cbc.ca or call us toll-free 1-866-340-1932.

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Blanket maker replicates Nisga'a blanket for museum exhibit

How to make a carbon copy replica of a rare Nisga'a blanket.  That's exactly what Fran Johnson is doing.  She's sewing the present to the past.  And she spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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Paralyzed ravens a big mystery in B.C. Peace region

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More than 30 paralyzed ravens have been dropped off at Leona Green's wildlife rehabilitaton centre since May. (David Iliff, License CC-BY-SA 3.0)

A wildlife caretaker is trying to solve a mystery:  what is paralyzing ravens in B.C.'s Peace region?  Leona Green has seen 30 paralyzed ravens since May.  And she's never seen anything like it in her 30 years of working with animals.  She spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata.

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For more, visit Raven paralysis proved in B.C.'s Peace Region.

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'Heavy cannabis use is related to lung cancer' says UNBC professor

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UNBC Associate Professor Russ Callaghan tracked marijuana use and lung disease (Photo Credit: CBC/Andrew Kurjata)

New research from a professor at the University of Northern B.C. shows a link between marijuana use and lung cancer.  It's one of the first studies of its kind in 40 years. 

And as the debate in B.C. over decriminalizing the drug continues, researcher Russ Callaghan hopes it will give people a better understanding of the health effects of cannabis. 

Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with the associate professor at the Northern Medical Program for more.

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For more, visit B.C. pot petition would end enforcement of possession laws.


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'Les Mis' opens in Prince George

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Cast of Prince George production of 'Les Mis' in Wells, B.C. (Photo Credit: Eryn Collins)

Amateur producers can now buy the rights to produce Les Misérables.  And a northern BC group of singers and actors is part of the elite troupe who can perform it.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata introduces a piece by Wil Fundal

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For more information or if you'd like to buy tickets, visit Studio 2880 in Prince George, B.C.

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Can natural gas save BC Hydro? Bill Bennett thinks so.

The province's energy minister says L.N.G. will help pay down some of B.C. Hydro's debt.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to Bill Bennett for more.

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Search and rescue crews don't have the right tools: B.C. New Democrats

B.C. New Democrat David Eby wants to know why search crews in the province don't have the tools they need.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to Eby after a team from Idaho was hired to search Francois Lake for Syd Neville at the family's expense.

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For more on this story, visit Body of man missing for 29 years recovered from B.C. lake

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Is it ethical to celebrate the colonial era?

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In recent years, Barkerville has placed more emphasis on the Chinese community that arrived in B.C. during the gold rush era (Barkerville Historic Town)

The ethics of celebrating colonization in art.  Danette Boucher is a Museum Theatre Specialist who wrote an op-ed about that very subject.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with her about her piece.

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'Whoa! I've been hit by lightning'

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Raw video of Nels Hansen speaking to CBC

Yes, you read that right.  A Prince George, B.C. man is recovering after being jolted.  Daybreak's Adrian Mrdeza spoke to Nels Hansen about what happened.

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For more, visit 'Whoa! I've been hit by lightning,' says B.C. man

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The Playlist: True Patriot Love

http://youtu.be/EL3HcS9cHFsAs we head for Canada Day, we're putting together the perfect mix to make you feel proud to be Canadian.

We kick things off with a few modern classics.

"True Patriot Love" by the Joel Plaskett Emergency

It doesn't get much more Canadian than learning the words to the Canadian and American national anthems from TV.



"Canadian Girls" by Dean Brody

Smithers-born Dean Brody may have made it big in Nashville, but he wears his love of Canada on his sleeves, as evidenced by this honky-tonk tribute to a girl who knows her Stompin' Tom and toques. 



"Oh Canada" by Classified

If anyone can turn the national anthem into a hip-hop beat, it's Halifax's multi-talented Classified (warning, this song makes a couple of adult references). 


"Weighty Ghost" by Wintersleep

This song was featured prominently in the movie One Week, which featured Joshua Jackson motorcycling across Canada. Say what you will about the plot, the scenery is stunning. Thanks to @DChutter for the suggestion.


"Highway of Heroes" by the Trews

Listener Mike Nichols suggested this one, writing

"I'd like to request the song, "Highway of Heroes", by the Threws, for your Canada Day playlist. This song says so much about we Canadians. When other countries were trying to bring their fallen soldiers home in secret to avoid bad press Canada honoured our fallen.  People came out in all kinds of weather, lining the highway and overpasses, to hold the flag and salute our fallen soldiers. I feel this song says a lot about what it is to be Canadian."



"Fogarty's Cove" by Stan Rogers

The first five tracks on our playlist are from the last ten years.  We go back even further in time to some Canadian classics.  This one comes from Sheila Gosgnach.


 

"The River" by Joni Mitchell

Known now as a mainstream holiday song, the River has been covered by a multitude of artists, including Sarah Mclachlan.   The song is actually from Mitchell's 1971 album Blue.  Although never released as a single, it became one of her most famous songs.  This request comes courtesy of Joyce Godfrey. 



"Log Driver's Waltz" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle 

Any kid with one channel, growing up in Canada, will remember this National Film Board classic.  One Daybreak listener asked her husband for a patriotic classic.  He suggested this one.  In its traditional glory.  Here it is.

"Running Back to Saskatoon" by the Guess Who

With shout-outs to Moose Jaw, Red Deer, and even Terrace, they don't get much more Canadian than the Guess Who and "Running Back to Saskatoon."  

"Western Skies" by Blue Rodeo

The entire country is pretty great, but here at Daybreak we're partial to the West. So are Blue Rodeo.


"Canada's Really Big"/"Rocks and Trees" by the Arrogant Worms

Listener Zoe Robertson Sikora writes "For the songs that make me proud to be Canadian, how about the Arrogant Worms' song 'Canada's Really Big'?" And since it's such a short time, we added "Rocks and Trees", as well.

"Rest of My Life" by Sloan

Sloan has been exploring pop, punk and power rock for the better part of three decades, and they've built a devoted following around the world all from their home base that they pay tribute to in this song, attesting that one thing they know about the rest of their lives- they're going to spend it in Canada.

"Coast to Coast" by Compadres

A fusion of the folk music of James Keelaghan and the Latin-flavoured music of Oscar Lopez, Compadres is listener Deborah Leonard's pick for songs that make her proud of the country. The title's appropriate, even if it's missing a coast.

"One Great City" by the Weakerthans

Siobhan Crawford writes, " "I would like to suggest (if it hasn't already been) the Weakerthans song 'One Great City!'. It may not seem overly patriotic but it embodies the Canadian tendency towards self-deprecation." We agree.

"Your Rocky Spine" by the Great Lake Swimmers

From their name to their lyrics, this group is inspired by and pays tribute to the geography of Canada.

"Out Past the Timberline" by Murray Mclauchlan

Listener John Howarth says "Out Past the Timberline" is a song that says "what Canada is and what we stand for.'"


"Blow at High Dough" by the Tragically Hip

If any band is quintessentially Canadian, it's the Tragically Hip. Many of their songs document the Canadian experience, but this one was also featured as the theme song to Rick Mercer's sitcom "Made in Canada" so we went with it.

"Life is Like Canadian Football" by the CFL Sessions

The CFL Sessions is a musical project from Henry Adams Svec, who created a series of songs inspired by the Canadian Football League. He says that unlike other professional sports, the players in the CFL seem to do it more for the love of the game than money or fame, and so is emblematic of Canada.


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Nishga Girl now has a fixed address

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The Nishga Girl will be moved to the Canadian Museum of History (Photo:   Canadian Museum of Civilization)

An ending to a story we brought you last month.  The Nishga Girl now has a fixed address.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Harry Nyce for the details.

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Implement recommendations of Missing Women's Commision: Stewart Phillip

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Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief Union of BC Indian Chiefs in Prince George, B.C. (Photo Credit: CBC/Andrew Kurjata)

Still forsaken.  Seven months after the Missing Women's Commission filed its report, recommendations haven't been implemented.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

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For more, visit B.C. accused of stalling on Pickton inquiry recommendations

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This man wants your styrofoam. All of it.

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Do you have enough styrofoam to cover this greenhouse? (photo courtesty Matthias Zapletal).

While most people simply thrown their styrofoam out, Matthias Zapletal of Prince George wants more. Much more. He's even tried to get the garbage dump to collect it for him (they won't). He spoke with Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata about his plans for the packaging material, and why it's so hard for him to get it.

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If you have styrofoam for Matthias to use, he can be contacted at matthias.zapletal@gmail.com.

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Thousands of First Nations Elders gather in Prince George

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BC Elder's conference in Prince George, B.C. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@KCreamore)

They've come from all over the province to be part of the 37th Annual Elders Gathering.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata introduces a piece produced by Associate Producer Shaam Semere.

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The conference also made history with a unique musical collaboration; it was called the 'Prince George Symphonic Lheidli Tenneh Orchestra.'  Andrew introduces this piece produced by Daybreak Intern Meghan Mast.

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For more information, visit 37th Annual BC Elder's Gathering

With files from Marissa Harvey.

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Prince George mayor talks higher prices for city fields, pools, and business licences

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Prince George Mayor Shari Green (Photo Credit: princegeorge.ca)

The city of Prince George has wrapped up its marathon session on core services review. Among the decisions made were higher fees for city ice rinks and sports fields, higher fees for business licences, and a return to pay parking in downtown Prince George. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Prince George mayor Shari Green for about the decisions.

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You can read the staff report on the core services review online by visiting Core Services Review Plan. You can view an archive of Monday's meeting on the city of Prince George website.

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Pipelines still remains the safest option: Deborah Yedlin

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An estimated 2,000 people in Lac-Mégantic, Que., were evacuated following the explosion and subsequent fires. (CBC)

The train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec is raising concerns about how we move crude oil across the country.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Calgary Herald business columnist Deborah Yedlin.

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For the very latest, visit Devastated Lac-Mégantic waits for word of its missing

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Learning to carve dugout canoes

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Public art designed by Robert Frederick and Jennifer Annaïs Pighin depicts a traditional dugout canoe (Photo Credit: CBC/Andrew Kurjata)

An update now on a story we told you about a unique dugout canoe carving course in Prince George, B.C.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata introduces a piece produced by Marissa Harvey.

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Striking it rich and catching gold fever

Barkerville could still have a billion dollars worth of gold.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Jacy Schindel, director of a documentary about the people still hoping to strike it rich.

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And for more, check out the teaser below, or visit Wilds to Riches


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Do something or we will: Haisla Nation Chief Councillor

A grizzly and her cub have taken up residence in Kitimaat Village.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation to find out why they're still roaming the streets.

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Trying to volunteer but 'not allowed' to do anything

Imagine joining a board only to find out you aren't allowed to know who else is on it. Oh- and you never do anything. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Gale Inkster for more.

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Struggling to honour a fallen firefighter in Mackenzie, B.C.

Ross Kennedy was a firefighter in Mackenzie.  He died because of cancer.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata spoke to his wife, Sharon Kennedy, about her fight to honour her husband as a Canadian Fallen Fighter.

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Residents outraged over new bylaws on inspections

Rural home owners and the regional district are at odds over the messy state of home inspections in the Peace. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata has more on the war over building bylaws.

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Port Simpson woman finishes epic swim, spends 26-hours in ocean

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Dayna Mackay swims 58 kilometres from Prince Rupert to Port Simpson (Photo Credit: George Baker/CBC)

We've captured an epic swim in the ocean.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata introduces a piece produced by associate producer George Baker.  Here is Dayna Mckay's story:

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Dayna Mackay swims with youth in Ocean (Photo Credit: George Baker/CBC)

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Prince George hiker gets help from Saskatchewan

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Dana Meise, who has been hiking across the country for the past five years, had his gear destroyed on the Onion Lake Cree Nation. (CBC)

A northern B.C. hiker's most treasured possessions went up in smoke at a rodeo in Onion Lake in Saskatchewan.  But that hasn't stopped Dana Meise's world-record attempt.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata has more.

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For more, visit Cross-Canada B.C. hiker's stolen gear replaced by donor