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February 2014 Archives

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Conservative MP speaks out over feds' decision

A conservative member of parliament is speaking out against a decision by the federal government to reject the $1.5 (b) billion dollar New Prosperity gold-copper mine for a second time.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Dick Harris, who represents Cariboo-Prince George. 

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Charles Sagar, N-town, and a little known piece of black history in Prince George

WARNING: Some readers might find the language offensive

For the final day of black history month, Daybreak shares a little-known story in Prince George. In 1921, Prince George's city council told police to crack down on crime, urging them to focus specifically on the black community.

In doing so, they used a racist term, drawing the umbrage of Charles Sagar. Sagar was an African-American who had been a pioneer in the theater community of Chicago before coming north to make his fortune. He was working as a barber when he heard about council's targeting of the black community, and in response he wrote a letter to the editor arguing against that sort of racial language.

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Guests:

Music:

  • "Double Fudge", composed by Joe Jordan, performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
  • "Pekin Rag", composed by Joe Jordan, performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
  • "Sweet Betsy from Pike" by Richard Gilks
  • "Barber Soul" composed by Gioacchino Rossini, remixed by Phillipe Falcao
  • "Nostalgic Barber" by Gioacchino Rossini


The letter is posted below. Again, this is a historic record and contains language some readers may find offensive.

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More students leaving northwest B.C.

Yesterday, we told you about tenants in Kitimat being 'renovicted' as the economy grows.  Today, we head to Terrace, where students are leaving the city. Daybreak's George Baker speaks with Art Erasmus, the chair of the Coast Mountain School District, about why some students are saying rent is just too high to stay. 

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Residents being 'renovicted' in northern B.C.

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Some apartments at Kuldo Suites in Kitimat, B.C. now rent for $3,200; they were $425 18 months earlier (Photo Credit: CBC/George Baker) 

Renters in Kitimat, B.C. are fighting back against sky-rocketing rental prices.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Prince Rupert host George Baker about why renters are gearing up against 'renovictions.' 

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Police see increase in mental health-related calls

Prince George RCMP has been getting more calls related to mental health.  And officers have seen an increase especially since last summer.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Superintendent Eric Stubbs to find out why. 

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Council defers decision to buy new snow clearing equipment

Prince George, B.C. city council has deferred a $6-million-dollar request to replace the city's aging snow clearing equipment.  But it also heard how staff didn't do enough to clear snow effectively during snow storms in January.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to councillor Brian Skakun, who was at that meeting. 

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Are there 5-star restaurants in Prince George?

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Prince George, B.C. blogger reviews local restaurants (Photo Credit: Tumblr/Prince Gastromone) 

Eating his way to the best of Prince George, B.C.  A local blogger puts PG's restaurants to the test.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Chris Dias of Prince Gastronome. 

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Getting help for kids with special needs

Getting support for parents of kids with special needs is a challenge.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Terry Robertson of the Vela Microboard Association for more. 

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Surviving 10 days on a remote island

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Jesse Brillon and his two friends Brian and Dave Martynuik were stranded on Banks Island, in the middle of Hecate Strait, for 10 days in May 2012. (Google maps)

On this week's Story Exchange, we feature a Prince Rupert man's harrowing journey just to stay alive.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata has more. 

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Hoobiyee: celebrations at Laxgalts'ap

It's a brand new year for the Nisga'a.  Daybreak's Wil Fundal speaks with Andrew Robinson, chief of the Laxgalts'ap Village Government, about the Hoobiyee celebrations.  

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Prince George boom results in third church service

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Westwood Church in Prince George, B.C. (Photo Credit: westwoodchurch.bc.ca)

Packed to the rafters.  We find out why a Prince George, B.C. church is adding a third service in just a few moments.  Daybreak's Wil Fundal speaks with Mark Wessner, pastor at Westood Church. 

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An open invitation to help fulfill autistic boy's birthday wish

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Eleven-year-old Jeaden and his mother, Jolene Paquette. Jolene is organizing a huge twelfth birthday bash for Jeaden in Prince George, B.C., on March 29th. (photo submitted)

Daybreak's Wil Fundal introduces a piece by reporter Marissa Harvey. She spends some time with autistic 11-year-old Jeaden Paquette and his mom. Jaeden's birthday wish is to have lots of people show up at his party after being disappointed in years before. His mom invites all of Prince George, B.C., to this year's birthday to fulfill that wish.

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Paying Their Share

Thomas Valentine weighs in on BC's LNG tax regime, which was announced in the 2014/2015 provincial budget.  Valentine speaks with Daybreak's Wil Fundal on what the taxes really mean for LNG development in the province.



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K9 Kelp: making a deal with the dragons

You've probably heard of Dragon's Den on CBC Television.  Daybreak's Wil Fundal introduces a piece produced by Shaam Semere, about Prince George entrepreneur Patricia Carr, who will pitch her kelp based products for dogs.

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Say goodbye to large secondary suites in Dawson Creek

Daybreak's Wil Fundal talks to Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead about a decision to put new limits on secondary suites there. Bumstead says the city is getting too dense as temporary workers move into the area.

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Patrick Levesque's search for his biological mother

Former Terrace resident, Patrick Levesque, tells us how he suspected - correctly - that he was adopted.  Daybreak's Wil Fundal brings you this edition of The Story Exchange, and the path Patrick took to find his biological mother.

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A foray into the underworld of Ingress

Ingress is an augmented reality game, played on computers, but integrating real world places in Prince George, B.C., and worldwide. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Audrey McKinnon as she takes a trip behind the war.

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Terrace wants to become economic trade zone

Terrace is looking to bring a little bit of Chinese economic muscle to the Skeena Valley.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to Dave Pernarowski, local mayor, about the plan.

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Illegal pirate bike trail

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Krow Cunningham stands on pirate trail (Photo Credit: CBC/George Baker)

We go deep in the woods to a pirate trail for mountain bikes. And it's not strictly legal. Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata introduces a piece produced by Associate Producer George Baker.

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Jian Ghomeshi says he'd like to come Prince George in 2015

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Jian Ghomeshi is the host of the wildly popular CBC program Q, heard on radio stations across the country and around the world. He is currently in Sochi providing cultural coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, so the question is: will he be coming to Prince George for next year's 2015 Canada Winter Games?

"It is something we've talked about," he says. "I'd really like to get there. I've only ever been to Prince George once in my life with my band back in the day, Moxy Fruvous, we played there, and I had a particularly good experience there and so I hope we can make it happen."



However, with requests from cities and events all over North America it can be difficult to accommodate everyone.

"There's only so many places we can go each year with the show and so you guys should step up the campaign. It's like an Olympic bid, getting Q to come to the city."

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What would you say or do to convince the producers of Q to visit Prince George in 2015? Email daybreaknorth@cbc.ca or tweet us @daybreaknorth. We'll round-up the best ideas and pass them on.

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UNBC responds to food fight

The food fight continues.  We told you the story of why some students at the University of Northern B.C. weren't pleased with a new food plan.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata continues the conversation with Aaron Leblanc, UNBC's director of ancillary services.

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Former Denny Morrison coach reacts to silver medal

He's Fort St. John's silver boy.  Denny Morrison took the silver medal in the 1,000 metre speed skating event.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Richard Stickle, Morrison's former coach, for reaction.

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For the more coverage on the games in Sochi visit: CBC Olympics

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BC Education Minister defends letter

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B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender is under fire for an email he sent to B.C. teachers. (CBC)
Some teachers are calling BC's Education Minister 'patronizing' and 'tyranical.'  
Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to Liberal MLA and Education Minister Peter Fassbender about a recent email directed to BC teachers that he says he wrote in order to create a less combative relationship between teachers and the government.  

However, Prince George School District Teachers' Association president Tina Cousins says there's better things that could be done than write emails. 

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Reaction to aboriginal football logos & names

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All-Native Basketball Tournament Athletes make their way in Jim Ciccone Gymnasium (Photo Credit: CBC/George Baker)

Indians, Braves, Seminoles, Fighting Sioux, Redskins.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks to George Baker, our Prince Rupert, B.C. Associate Producer, about how aboriginal athletes feel about aboriginal logos in professional sports.

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Looking for northern B.C. love

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Simple Scented Playdough Valentine's Day Craft (Photo Credit: CBC)

Feel like Valentine's Day is crashing down upon your soul?  Fear not.  Our special Love in the North panel has some thoughts.  Amanda Follett is the unofficial ambassador of love in the north, and Diandra Oliver is the organizer of Read Dating.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with them.

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Food fight at northern university

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Pulse On Dining (Photo Credit: UNBC.ca)

There's a food fight of sorts at the University of Northern B.C. in Prince George.  The university has a new food services contract, but some students aren't happy about it.  Daybreak's Andrew Kurjata speaks with Kirk Walker, a student at UNBC.

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And for more on UNBC's meal plan, visit Fall 2014 Meal Plan

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Skidegate Saints returning to the All-Native Basketball Tournament looking to 3-peat


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For the Haida, basketball is an indelible part of their culture. No wonder the Skidegate Saints are the two-time defending All-Native Basketball Champs. Andrew Kurjata gets help setting up the 55th Annual ANBT with Saints centre Jason Alsop. 


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In Northern BC, it's cold outside.

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No matter what corner of Northern B.C. you are hanging out in, it is cold. And lots of people, pets and wildlife are trying to just get through it. 

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A Prince George-Pete Seeger singalong

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The late Pete Seeger has a little know Prince George connection. Back in the early 1970s, he shared the stage with Pete Blanding -- a local musician. Pete Blanding's daughter Amy is also a musician and she joins Andrew and Betsy for a Seeger singalong. 

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Enbridge gives $100,000 to Coast Mountain School District

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Is it the right fit for the right need -- or simply a way of buying off a community that opposes Enbridge's Northern Gateway project?
We speak with public relations specialist Mark Wolfe about Enbridge's $123,000 donation to the Coast Mountain School District.

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Prince George woman is set to take on the Iceman after losing 100 pounds

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Swimming used to make her physically sick.
That was before Tracy Arrowsmith lost 102 pounds one year and four months ago.
Now she's much lighter, and all set for the Prince George Iceman this Sunday.
She'll be swimming on a relay team. 
But first, we speak with Tracy Arrowsmith. 



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Read dating for love in Prince George


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Reading out loud is frowned upon in the library. But dating? Well the Prince George Public Library is all about it. PGPL communications coordinator Andrea Palmer explains


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Large pipeline burst kept under wraps for four years

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It's taken four-and-a-half years--and we're just learning about one of the largest pipeline ruptures in the past decade.
TransCanada pipeline in northern Alberta broke in 2009.
It caused flames 50 metres tall and leveled two hectares of forest.
CBC just obtained the report this year.
CBC News reporter Amber Hildebrandt has more. 


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Prince Rupert police find stolen hunting rifles across the street from where they were stolen


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A stack of stolen rifles is now safely in police hands. 
Officers discovered the rifles in Port Edward last week. 
But aren't saying much about the discovery...
Only that it might be connected to a rash of break and enters last year. 
Daybreak's George Baker is following this story. 



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Joint Review Panel:

Feb 4, 2015 Daybreak Panel

Sarah de Leeuw and Wil Cadell tackle Canada`s foreign spy service spying on Canadians, booze on the offer at Prince George hockey games and weather or not celebrity overdoses deserve as much reverence as addicts who die in the VLA. 

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Mystery skull is leading to a dead end for Prince George investigators

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An unexpected discovery in the woods has turned into an unsolved mystery. 
RCMP and Coroners Office have hit a dead end with the case of a human skull found in Prince George last year. 
CBC Northern Reporter Marissa Harvey has more. 


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Seven-year old DJ from Smithers hosts his 100th episode today

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DJ Ari Rath hosts Little Guitar Monsters on Smithers public radio. Today is his 100th show. We got him up early to introduce our first song of the morning. He speaks with his colleague Andrew Kurjata. 

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Vanderhoof dogs are getting their owners in trouble

If your dog chases after wildlife, you could end up paying thousands of dollars in fines.
You might even spend a year in Jail.
Last week, the Conservation Officer Service in Vanderhoof received a number of complaints regarding dogs chasing deer.
Gary Vanspangen is a conservation officer in Prince George.


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Being out of the closet is still no walk in the park in The Peace


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Denny Morrison won't just be carrying Canadian pride at the Winter Olympics.
Fort St. John's speed skating legend says he's also supporting gay pride at the games. 
It's a bold move -- two weeks before he is set to compete in a country hostile to gay rights. 
For more on this, we are joined by Andre Hall. 
He is the president of the Peace Rainbow Centre Society.
We've reached him by phone in Dawson Creek. 


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STORY EXCHANGE: Juan the Emu

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Man drives truck.
Man sees bird.
Bird becomes the talk of the town.
Why?
To quote the man who saw the bird: It's a freakin' Emu.


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At Home in the Hood, podcast:

At Home in the Hood Podcast: Download Stories from Prince George's VLA





The VLA neighbourhood in Prince George is named after the Veterans' Land Act, and was created as a place for soldiers returning from World War II to make their homes.

Today, it has a reputation for crime, gangs, and poverty.

In this special series, Daybreak goes inside one of the most notorious neighbourhoods in British Columbia to get the stories behind the statistics.


By popular request, we have created a podcast version of our entire series for you to download and listen to on your computer, iPod, iPhone, Android, or other portable music player or smartphone.

download the mp3  |  open in iTunes  |  find more stories from the VLA

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About the VLA

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The VLA neighbourhood in Prince George is named after the Veterans' Land Act, and was created as a place for soldiers returning from World War II to make their homes. Today, it has a reputation for crime, gangs, and poverty.


It has some of the highest crimes rates in the city dubbed "Canada's Most Dangerous" three years in a row.

It has some of the poorest families in Prince George, and a decade ago was found to be the worst in the province for healthy child development.

The Fraser Institute consistently ranks schools in the VLA near the bottom of its school report.

Average home prices are less than half than in other neighbourhoods in the city.

It also home to many innovative social programs, creative people, and community-minded citizens who are proud to call it home.

In this series we explore both sides of the VLA, and ask what's in its future.



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