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Interviews: November 2013 Archives

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Prince George realtor heads to Puerto Vallarta dump

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People usually fly to Puerto Vallarta for its beaches. But a Prince George, B.C. woman is heading to Mexico for its dump.  Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener speaks with Barb Robbin, who is also a local realtor, about why. 

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Prince Rupert hockey referee hanging up whistle to avoid abuse

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In Saskatoon, minor hockey games are being cancelled as referees quit to avoid the abuse hurled at them by fans. However, bad behavior in the stands is not limited to Saskatchewan. Prince Ruperts's Patrick Witwicki has been officiating games for over 20 years, and he says he's been in plenty of bad situations. He recalls one game where he and the other game officials had to lock themselves in the locker room to avoid physical confrontation, and weren't able to go home until they received an RCMP escort. Witwicki is now quitting, and says that unless things change he doesn't expect there to be enough referees on amateur ice rinks. Daybreak's George Baker shares the story.

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New 24-hour clinic to serve expectant mothers in Fort St John

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Fort St John is getting a new care model for expectant mothers. Instead of visiting a family doctor, they will visit a 24-hour clinic that has a rotating staff of doctors and other care professionals.

Dr. Richard Moody is chair of the North Peace Division of Family Practice.  He says the model was born out of necessity as the Peace deals with a shortage of doctors. "It just isn't acceptable for ladies to be going from office to office to try to find a doctor to deliver their baby, so we had to create a new system." The recent relocation of Fort St John's hospital was also a factor, as it makes it more difficult for doctors to get from their offices to deliver a baby.

He notes there are downsides to the clinic model, but points out its benefits, as well. The clinic will have nurses, public health, specialists, ultrasound, and eventually nutritionists, mental health, and consultants. "It amounts to one-stop shopping for maternity care."

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