May 2012 Archives

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UBC Okanagan student returns from Everest expedition

Everest expedition team members arrive at the Pyramid Laboratory, at an altitude of 5,050 metres. (Contributed by: UBC Okanagan)

A team from UBC Okanagan is on Mount Everest right now, studying how the human body reacts to altitude.

 Third year kinesiology student Lauren Ray was part of that expedition, but unfortunately, she had to leave Mount Everest early -- and in quite a hurry.

She's back home now in Nelson, which is where Daybreak host Chris Walker reached her by Skype.
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Kelowna mayor Walter Gray makes Gay Pride proclamation

Walter Gray (City of Kelowna)
With the stroke of a pen, Kelowna mayor Walter Gray has extended an olive branch to the city's pride community.

When Gray was first elected in the 1990s, he was denounced by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal after he insisted he should not be forced to sign a city proclamation for Lesbian and Gay Pride -- taking issue with the word "pride."

From that point forward, he refused to issue any city proclamations for any groups.

Fifteen years later, it's a whole different story. The mayor has signed a city proclamation declaring August 12 to 19th Pride week in Kelowna.

Walter Gray explains his change of heart, to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Prof says Cummins' views could cause chaos in B.C.

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The leader of B.C.'s Conservative party is clear; John Cummins says both the Liberals and the NDP in this province have it wrong, when it comes to First Nations title and rights.

He spoke Tuesday on Daybreak about aboriginal title and rights and what exactly the Supreme Court of Canada is saying on the issue.
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Mr. Cummins made a number of assertions in that interview, including the suggestion that treaty negotiations should start with the assumption that aboriginal title doesn't exist.

To get another view on what he said we have reached Doug McArthur, a professor of Public Policy and Aboriginal Policy at Simon Fraser University.

He's been involved in land claims negotiations, and is a former Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in B.C.

He told Daybreak host Chris Walker Cummins would cause chaos in B.C. if he were elected premier.
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Uninhabited areas can now be incorporated in B.C.

An aerial view of the site planned for Jumbo Glacier Resort near Invermere, B.C. (Jumbo Glacier Resort)

No residents.

No elected council members.

The province can now create a "mountain resort municipality" with zero population.

Recent changes to the Local Government Act allow the province to incorporate an uninhabited area and appoint a mayor and council.

Under the old act, mountain resort municipalities had to have a resident base.

The changes alarm Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, who says creating a municipality without a population is ridiculous and designed to avoid the public process on land use zoning for developments like Jumbo Glacier Resort.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke to Gerry Taft, and brings his questions to Minister of Community, Sports and Cultural Development, Ida Chong.
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Chances are you, or someone you know, has been bullied. And as public awareness grows, the call for solutions is getting louder. All week long, Connect with Mark Kelley on CBC News Network is taking a closer look at the problem in a series called BullyProof. Daybreak Host Chris Walker spoke with Mark Kelley.  After that interview, he spoke with the Okanagan's own Trevor Knowlton, who started a program called

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Municipalities consider stricter smoking bylaws


The places where smokers can legally light up have shrunk in recent years.

There are smoking bans in restaurants and bars, beaches and parks and around the entrances to most public buildings.

Now, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Lung Association of B.C. are pushing for even tighter bylaws.

A letter outlining their suggestions for a Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Places bylaw is before Kelowna city council, and will be discussed by municipalities across B.C. in the coming months.

Scott McDonald is the President and CEO of the Lung Association of B.C., and explained what changes they have in mind to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Thompson Rivers hikes fees, students speak out

Graduates from the Masters of Business Administration in front of The Brown Family House of Learning on June 9, 2011. (Thompson Rivers University/Flikr)

Thompson Rivers University students are not happy.

This coming September they face a two per cent increase in tuition and ancillary fees, and parking fees will double from three to six dollars a day.

Dustin McIntyre, president of the Thompson Rivers University Student Union says tuition fees have increased by about 200 per cent over the past decade, and believes the university hasn't done a good enough job in exploring other revenue sources compared to other B.C. universities.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Dustin McIntyre, as well as the university's Vice President of Advancement, Chris Seguin.
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Kelowna General Hospital set to move operations, patients

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The new Centennial building of Kelowna General Hospital (Chris Walker/CBC)
It's pretty much universal; We all hate moving.

But imagine if your house had 250 truckloads of stuff, and what if you had to save lives, dress wounds, and change bedpans all at the same time?

That's the task facing Kelowna hospital this weekend, as they move into their new building and lab.

To help, they've called up a unique moving company. Daybreak host Chris Walker went to the new hospital and sat down with their main moving man, Mike Shebib.
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Province considers BYOB for B.C. restaurants


If you've traveled out of province, you may have enjoyed a restaurant meal with your own bottle of wine.

The practice is known as corkage, and it's not allowed in B.C., but an Okanagan wine maker has sparked a discussion that may see that changed.

Sandra Oldfield is the owner of Tinhorn Creek Vinyards in Oliver. She floated the idea on twitter, under the hashtag "BC Wine Chat" -- and it got a huge response.

And now, minister Rich Coleman says the province is considering the idea as part of the government's review of liquor laws in B.C.
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Cawston Avenue one year on

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Daybreak's Chris Walker spoke to residents along Cawston Avenue in downtown Kelowna to find out what they think of the new $5.5 million multi-use corridor.

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Rocky Mountaineer service disrupted by CP strike

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The Rocky Mountaineer website reads "The only way to experience the Rockies," but the CP Rail strike has cut down on that experience.

The strike prevents the Rocky Mountaineer from using CP rail tracks between Kamloops and Calgary and rail passengers have to be bused over that portion of the journey.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Ian Robertson, spokesperson for Rocky Mountaineer, as well as Bryan Pilbeam, the vice president and general manager of National Hospitality Group which runs Hotel Thompson in Kamloops. 

That's one of the Kamloops hotels that accomodates Rocky Mountaineer passengers.
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Calling all Hot Shots!

Daybreak wants you to capture an image that says to you "summer's on its way."

Don't be tempted by pretty flowers or boats on a lake, look for the more subtle signs; Maybe a close-up of a red, stuffy nose (someone with summer allergies) or like Daybreak guest host Valerie McTavish's shot of a kid swimming in Okanagan Lake earlier this week....without a wet suit!

Get your photos in by Thursday, and on Friday we'll pick a winner and award a prize package! Send them to

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Climber from 1st Canadian expedition talks Everest deaths

A Canadian was among a group of climbers who died Saturday while descending from the 8,850-metre Everest summit. (CBC)
Mount Everest has become a busy place.

When Canadian,Shriya Shah-Klorfine, died Saturday, she was one of about 150 climbers who tried to reach the mountain's summit that day.

It was a lot less crowded in 1982 when the first Canadian expedition reached the top of Everest.  

Pat Morrow was the photographer on that trip. He went on to become the first person to climb the famed seven summits - the highest peak on each of the seven continents.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Pat Morrow from his home in Invermere.
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Moveable Feast Pt. 1: Kelowna's Kasugai gardens

Kasugai Gardens Kelowna BC Canada in late Winter 2011 (Russ Dionne/Wikimedia Commons)

Ernest Hemmingway said anyone lucky enough to have lived in Paris in their youth would carry that experience for the rest of their lives. He called the city A Moveable Feast.

Daybreak contributor Gillianne Richards is a writer and artist who grew up in the Okanagan. She claims the visionaries, artists and culture of Hemingway's Paris are no greater than the treasures found in her own backyard.

In her new series, Moveable Feast, Gillianne uses the Okanagan as a backdrop to dive into the culture and people that makes this region rich.

In the first episode she explores a Japanese-Canadian oasis in the heart of Kelowna, the Kasugai Gardens are celebrating their 25th year.
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Organic orchardist opposes nonbrowning apple


Genetically modified apples could soon be coming to a store near you.

Summerland's Okanagan Specialty Fruits, has genetically engineered a non-browning apple.

The company recently applied to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for permission to plant its trees.

But Linda Edwards hopes the CFIA turns down that application. She's an organic orchardist and  is also the author of Organic Tree Fruit Management, a reference manual for organic fruit producers.

She explained her concerns to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
And he took those concerns to Okanagan Specialty Fruits president, Neal Carter.
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More Than One Way Home:

More Than One Way Home Part 2: Radical Hospitality

Rev. Karen Medland of the First United Church gathers with children during a Sunday service (left), and the church's book club displays their latest read by renowned theologian Marcus Borg. (Madonna Hamel/CBC)

In the second of Daybreak contributor Madonna Hamel's faith and spirituality series she spent a couple of days with Rev. Karen Medland of the First United Church on the corner of Richter and Bernard.

She learned about the practice of 'Radical Spirituality' and the belief in being God's co-creators.

Reverend Medland began a guest lecture series that welcomed renowned theologian and author Marcus Borg to speak on the idea of being a co-creator and what that means in terms of creating a heaven on earth (as opposed to waiting for a reward in heaven).

Marcus Borg's latest book is called "Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words have Lost Their Meaning and Power," and the book is now one on the reading group's list at the church.

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Past Episodes of More Than One Way Home:
     - Part 1: Native Spirituality

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Kamloops hostage-taker killed in fiery explosion

What remains of a woman's home after a hostage taker sets off fiery explosion in her Kamloops neighbourhood. (Leia Hutchings/CBC)

One man is dead, but a woman and her family managed to escape a violent hostage-taking in Kamloops, B.C. Thursday night that ended with an explosion destroying a family home.

The incident began late early Thursday evening when a neighbour saw a man armed with a long gun burst into the home in the 1400 block of Cannel Drive.

That man rigged himself, the woman's home and a vehicle outside with explosives, and officials had to evacuate 15 homes in the suburban neighbourhood.

Kamloops assistant fire chief Mike Adams speaks explains what happened to the CBC's Pamela McCall.
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Arson allows Chase museum to bring new life to history

Renovations inside and outside the museum in Chase, B.C. (Leia Shaw/CBC)

Last summer, the unthinkable happened. Not one, but two fires were deliberately set at the museum in Chase, B.C..

Shortly after the second blaze, we learned most of the artifacts - all the history, photographs, and collections from the region - had been saved.

Nearly a year later, Daybreak contributor Leah Shaw stopped by the museum to see how staff were faring with bringing the museum back to its former glory, and discovered the story has taken a turn from a story of misfortune to a tale of opportunity.
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Farmers dread return to PST/GST, losing tax breaks

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Ranchers and Fruit growers are not looking forward to life after the HST.

On Monday, the B.C. government introduced legislation to bring back the PST and GST.

Tax exemptions for goods and services that existed prior to the HST days will be reinstated, and a new online system will be introduced to cut down on the paperwork for businesses.

But that won't be enough for fruit growers like Christine Dendy, who is a cherry grower in Kelowna.

She campaigned to keep the HST, and explains why to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Racy book hot item in the Okanagan
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British writer E L James' "Fifty shades of grey" trilogy has taken pop culture by storm.

All three books are now sitting in the top three spots on the Canadian best sellers list.

The books have been dubbed "mommy porn" for their discussions of spanking, sex and submission.

Some U.S. libraries have actually banned the books for their steamy subject matter.

So how has the Okanagan Regional Library dealt with that controversy? Barbara Jo May, Kelowna's adult collection librarian explains.
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TIME Magazine's controversial cover

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Next week's cover of TIME magazine cover is getting plenty of attention.

Even before the magazine has hit the stands, the image of a pretty, fit mother nursing her three year old son, who's standing on a chair has been making waves.

The corresponding article is about attachment parenting -- the parenting theory made popular by Dr. Sears, but the swirling controversy is all about the image on the cover.

Ingrid Tilstra is a lactation consultant and part of the breastfeeding support group called La Leche League Canada.

She explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker how she feels about what the article contributes to the perception of breastfeeding, and the continuing conflict between what's best for baby, and what's socially acceptable.
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Escape from Camp 14

Escape from Camp 14 tells the story of a young man who was born and raised in a North Korean prison camp, and escaped.

The story is a chilling reminder of the horrors happening right now within North Korea, and should be a clarion call for people of conscience everywhere. 

The book does a good job of recounting life inside the camp, and is an engaging read.  It's perhaps a bit too engaging, though, in that it doesn't provide the necessary historical and sociological background necessary to appreciate the inner workings of the North Korean prison system.

I found myself yearning for a more substantive exploration of Shin's psychological shock and subsequent transformation, and thought the author, having completed the narrative arc, brought the book to a rushed conclusion.

Still, this is a book well worth reading.  Bring a strong stomach -- it depicts a living nightmare. It's a good companion to the excellent Orphan Master's Son.

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Raudz shakes up liquid love for Mother's Day

Gerry Jobe from Raudz Regional Table mixes up some special Mother's Day cocktails. Daybreak's Jackie Sharkey samples his rose-rhubarb margarita. (CBC)

Mother's Day is Sunday, and if you've got breakfast in bed planned go ahead -- but skip that mimosa.

Gerry Jobe from Raudz Regional Table in Kelowna joins Daybreak host Chris Walker in studio to shake up some liquid love just in time for Mother's Day with a rhubarb-rose margarita and his take on a French '75 cocktail.
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Jack Lee McLean uncovered in the East Kootenay

Jack Lee McLean paintings (Contributed by: Tim Ross)

A few weeks ago, Daybreak collected some incredible stories about discoveries our listeners have made in the course of renovations.

We have one more to share today, from Tim Ross who lives in the rural East Kootenay community of Wycliffe near Cranbrook.

While renovating his garage he found nine oil paintings, signed by well-known Western artist, Jack Lee McLean.

He tells that story to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Keeping migrant workers safe

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The exploitation of migrant farm workers is a big concern in the Okanagan. Advocate Sandra Diaz Hart says on some orchards, labour regulations and health and safety guidelines are ignored.

Diaz is the rural outreach worker for the Penticton women centre and advocates for migrant farm workers.
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In B.C., those workers are protected under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, the same given to all British Columbians.

So what happens if an employer violates those regulations?

To answer that question, Daybreak host Chris Walker reached B.C.Labor Minister, Margaret MacDiarmid.
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Dutch marijuana policy not so tolerant, says activist

Medical marijuana patient Kevin Brown smells marijuana available at The Apothecarium Medical Cannabis Dispensary in San Francisco, Dec. 15, 2011. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
Since the mid-1970s pot has been openly sold in "coffee shops" around the Netherlands, but Dutch authorities are not necessarily as tolerant of marijuana as it might seem.

This month, the government began cracking down on the sale of marijuana to foreigners.

Derrick Bergman is the co-founder of the Dutch non-profit organization, the Society for the Abolition of Canabis Prohibition.

He spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker by Skype in Eithoven, the Netherlands.
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Okanagan-Coquihalla MP defends omnibus bill

Conservative Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas (Contributed by: Dan Albas)
The NDP calls it a Trojan Horse, and environmental groups are launching a frontal assault against it.

The 400-page omnibus bill now before Parliament includes a host of changes to Canada's environmental regulations, including repealing the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act and overhauls the Fisheries Act.

On Monday, Peter Robinson, the head of the David Suzuki foundation told Daybreak his group and several others are proposing a blackout campaign. They want Canadians to "black out" their websites June 4th, to protest the omnibus bill.

Tuesday, Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for Okanagan Coquihalla, defended his government's omnibus bill to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Core Canadian values at risk, say environmental groups

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A group called Blackout Speakout has launched a national campaign in The Globe and Mail and La Presse today.

The coalition of environmental advocacy groups, including The World Wildlife Fund, the Sierra Club, the David Suzuki Foundation and Greenpeace, has taken out full-page ads that warn two core Canadian values -- nature and democracy -- are at risk.

Peter Robertson is the CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation. He explains their concerns to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Biologist travels the globe chasing invasive species

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Whether we know it or not, we humans are regularly introducing species into foreign environments.

Sometimes it's intentional, out of necessity or amusement, but often it happens inadvertently, thanks to the ballast water in our boats, for instance.

According to the new book, "The Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons," these organisms have the potential to be just that: killers.

Author Glen Chilton tells Daybreak host Chris Walker about his trip around the world in search of these creatures.

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Former PC fisheries minister slams Harper's changes to act

The former Tory minister who drafted Canada's Fisheries Act is openly criticizing his successor over proposed changes to the legislation.

Three decades ago, Tom Siddon was a federal cabinet member in Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative government.

Now, he's taken to speaking out against the current Conservative government's environmental record, and is especially critical of changes to the Fisheries Act now being debated in the House of Commons.
It's part of a controversial omnibus bill that deals with a wide range of issues.

Tom Siddon now lives in Kaleden and is a director with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. He also sits on the Okanagan Basin Water Board and spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Award-winning wines: are they really the top bottle?

Acclaimed wine writer and sommelier, Natalie MacLean.
The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival starts Thursday and runs through next week, kicking off tonight with the Best of the Best Wine Awards and Reception.

Award-winning wines often end up in the liquor store with a ribbon around their neck, and there are lots of ribbons to go around.

Wine awards are in the same category as, say, gas prices and Cadbury caramel -- how they work is one of life's great mysteries.

So Daybreak has called in a professional to help sort through the stash of ribbons and medals.

Natalie MacLean is an acclaimed wine writer. She's a sommelier, the author of Red, White and Drunk All Over and Unquenchable, and is the winner of four James Beard Journalism Awards.  She's also the editor of the largest Canadian wine web site.

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More Than One Way Home:

More Than One Way Home Part 1: Native spirituality

Judy Goodsky, mediator and teacher and her healing and teaching tools, with drum in foreground. (Madonna Hamel/CBC)
More Than One Way Home is a new series on CBC Radio in Kelowna that takes a look at different faiths and spiritual practices in the Okanagan, specifically Kelowna.

Over the next couple of months Daybreak contributer Madonna Hamel will be taking us to church. We'll also explore other places of worship and reflection to find out what it means to be a 'believer' these days.

In the first of the series, we begin at the beginning, with a look at Native sprituality.

The piece features drumming from the open drumming session held at Kelowna's Metis Society every last Tuesday of the month. You'll hear drumming from Metis Curtis Smith, who discovered the drums while in prison and went on to help 'drum others back from the brink' of suicide and despair.

As well, Native mediator and teacher Judy Goodsky talks about the Medicine Wheel and the healing wisdom and medicine offered to us by all living beings.
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In that piece, Native teacher Judy Goodsky talks about the native belief that all animate beings "have a gift...and it's up to us to find ours."

In our next episode of More Than One Way Home, airing May 16th, Reverend Karen Medland of the United Church takes up the notion of personal gifts and co-creation, as does theologian Marcus Borg, speaking in Kelowna as part of the United Church's guest lecturer series.

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Anthropologist says corporate-world culture clash behind Taseko letter

It's a classic case of culture clash.

According to Taseko mines president, Russell Hallbauer, First Nation spiritual and cultural concerns have no place at environmental hearings looking into his company's proposed Prosperity Mine.

He thinks the review panel should only consider "scientific" or "objective" evidence.

Hallbauer outlined his views in a letter to federal environment minister, Peter Kent, which was recently made public.

To give some perspective on this clash of worldviews, Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Charles Menzies, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia, where he specializes in natural resource policy and studies natural resource dependent communities.
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Motorcycle 'skid lids' banned in B.C.

As of June 1, 2012, the helmet on the left will be illegal in B.C., while the two on the right will be allowed within the new regulations as they offer better protection for riders. (Jeff Davies/CBC)

B.C. has introduced new motorcycle safety regulations that will ban novelty helmets and require all riders to wear protective headgear that meet international safety standards.

Starting June 1st, motorcyclists found wearing so-called skull caps and beanie helmets that don't met the new regulations will be fined $138, said Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond.

For his view on this Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Peter Twidle, a motorcycle instructor with the non-profit Kelowna and District Safety Council.
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Taseko asks feds to disregard aboriginal spirituality in mine review

The president of Taseko Mines has asked Environment Canada not to give aboriginal interests special consideration at an upcoming federal review panel.

The environmental review for Taseko's new Prosperity Mine project near Williams Lake will begin once the panel is appointed.

And the company is asking the federal government to put a limit on first-nations influence and input.

It says this would ensure the panel appears fair and balanced.

This all comes from a letter written (below) from Taseko Mines president Russell Hallbauer to Environment Minister Peter Kent in November that has been leaked to Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson. He spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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