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Ashcroft residents unhappy with slogan change

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The Village of Ashcroft's new billboard and slogan (Contributed by: candcsigns.com)

What is wellness, anyways?

That's what some Ashcroft residents want to know after their village recently changed its slogan to "Ashcroft - Wellness Awaits You."

The village's slogan used to be "Historic Ashcroft" and the new tagline doesn't sit well with shop owner Doreen Lambert.

So she's doing something about it and taking on city hall, as she explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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Flooding cancels Canada Day in Sorrento

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The Canadian flag flies near the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

As Canada Day nears we thought we'd take a look at our country's future.

Daybreak's Madonna Hamel corralled a random sample of Kelowna's teenagers, who told her  what they say it means to be Canadian.

Meanwhile, flooding in the Shuswap has cancelled Canada Day celebrations in Sorrento, after high water cut off access to local roads and submerged the fireworks launch dock, says organizer Reuben Pauls.
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Vote for Kamloops athlete to carry our flag!

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CBC Sports is holding a vote to find out who YOU think should carry the flag in London 2012.
Kamloops mountain biker Catharine Pendrel is in the final, up against Simon Whitfield.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

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Province plans to decomission dangerous dam

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Marshall Lake, near Greenwood B.C. (Contributed by: Marshall Lake Stewardship Group)

After the collapse of the Testalinden Dam in Oliver, the province did a safety audit of all the dams in B.C.

When that audit was complete, one dam stood out as the most rickety -- and the most dangerous: The Providence Dam on Marshall Lake lies upstream from the city of Greenwood in the West Kootenay.

The province owns the dam -- and over the years, let it fall into disrepair. Now they want to dismantle it.

They gave the City of Greenwood 18 months to decide if it wanted to take over the dam and bring it up to snuff, and the deadline for a decision is July 13th.

In the meantime, local activists are lobbying to preserve the dam and keep the lake as is.    Christopher Stevenson heads the Marshall Lake Stewardship Group, and explained why to Daybreak host Chris Walker.    
 
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The calf roping debate Part 1: is it inhumane?

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Tie down calf roping at the Williams Lake Stampede (Contributed by Williams Lake Stampede)

The Williams Lake Stampede starts Friday, and everywhere there's a rodeo, there are people who say it's cruel.

The Vancouver Human Society wants calf roping banned saying its inhumane, but with the Williams Lake Stampede kicking off Friday and the Calgary stampede starting in a matter of days... cowboys have no intention of stopping.

Peter Friker is the Communications Director for the Vancouver Humane Society, which spent 10 years working to get the Cloverdale Rodeo to ban calf roping.

He explained their concerns to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Moveable Feast Pt. 3: the art of laundry photography

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[Left] Photographer Kim McMechan tries all angles to capture the perfect laundry shot (Gillianne Richards/CBC) [Middle] Gillianne's picture of laundry flapping in the wind. [Top and bottom right] Clothes drying in the wind and sun (Submitted by Kim McMechan).

Taking a picture is easier these days than ever before.

But if you're not the type that likes to bury their nose in a camera manual, it can be easy to get lost in all the buttons.

Moveable Feast columnist Gilliane Richards recently hit the backroads of Kelowna with local photographer Kim Mcmechan, on a mission to capture people willing to openly air their dirty - and clean - laundry for a photography project.
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Interactive NFB documentary wins Cannes award

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A unique Canadian documentary has just won big at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

It's called Bear 71, and it's an interactive documentary like nothing you've ever seen before, that tracks wildlife in this age of networks, surveillance, and digital information.

Leanne Allison, of Canmore, is the co-director of Bear 71, and spoke about the project with Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Vernon man sets world speed record on longboard

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Micho Erban abord his longbard (Contributed by: Micho.com)

That's what it going 130 kilometers an hour down a highway on a longboard looks like.

The man on the board is Mischo Erban from Vernon, and last week he cracked a world speed record. A video of this feat has gone viral on YouTube.

Erban, has been dubbed "the human race car," and spoke to host Chris Walker by Skype.
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Houseboats aid in Shuswap flooding rescue

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Sicamous residents Jeff and Michael Milne sandbag their home in preparation for flooding on June 25, 2012 (Leah Shaw/CBC)

More 350 people are still out of their homes in Sicamous.

Heavy rains over the weekend washed out roads and bridges and closed highway 97A, and houseboats were used to rescue folks living in the 2 mile and 6 mile areas after they were were cut off from the road.
 
Tod Kyllo is the owner of Twin Anchors Houseboat in Sicamous. He spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Flooding causes major damage in Shuswap



This weekend the Shuswap and North Okanagan saw between 60 and 80 mm of rain over 36 hours, turning already swollen waterways into monsters.

That water left Steve Wowk and other residents of Swansea Point on Mara Lake, cut off after the flood washed away part of Highway 97A, as he explains to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Southern Interior flooding hotsheet

Province-wide flooding resources:

Latest flood warnings and advisories (B.C. River Forecast Centre)

Highway flood advisories (TranBC)

Latest road closures (DriveBC)


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Schools closed in Sicamous

Sicamous-area schools closed until further notice.

Parkview Elementary, StrongStart, the Alternate School, Eagle River Secondary and the Sicamous Learning Centre are CLOSED until further notice.
School buses will not be running in this area.
 
Arrangements are being made for Eagle River Secondary students, who have English 12 and Science 10 provincial exams on Monday, to write their exams in Salmon Arm.

A bus will leave Eagle River Secondary at 8:45 a.m. to transfer those students to Jackson campus of Salmon Arm Secondary to write their exams.

Students will be returned to Eagle River Secondary at approximately 4 p.m.

For those students who wish to get to Salmon Arm on their own please be at Jackson campus (551 14th St NE - near the hospital) at 9:30 a.m. for the English 12 exam and 12:45 p.m. for Science 10.
 
If you are unable to make this exam schedule, students may write these exams in August. 

Please check the school district website www.sd83.bc.ca/ for any updates.

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Kamloops councillor tired of marathon meetings

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Feel like this when you sit down at a work meeting? You're not alone. (Audin Malmin/Flikr)
"When will this meeting ever end"?

Some Kamloops city councillors are not just silently mouthing that phrase. In the past few months there have been some marathon council sessions, lasting over 12 hours.

So they held a meeting ... to talk about tightening-up their meetings.

It took them more than an hour of discussion to figure out that the problem is they talk too much.

Pat Wallace is a long-time city councillor who believes silence is sometimes golden. And explained why to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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First Voices: Episode 4

It is National Aboriginal Day in Canada.

Across the country, there will be celebrations, some of them in an aboriginal language.

There are 34 First Nation languages in British Columbia -- that's 60 per cent of Canada's total -- and some people are on a mission to make sure those languages don't disappear.

People like Carleen Thomas, who teaches 3 and 4-year-olds at a preschool for the Tsleil-waututh Nation in North Vancouver.

UBC students Kendall Walters and Lucas Powers were invited to listen.
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Past Episodes of First Voices:
     - Episode 1: Kamloops teacher determined to save native tongue
     - Episode 2: Developing First Nations language mobile apps
     - Episode 3: Bringing aboriginal language to the dinner table

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Flooding concerns persist in southern Interior

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Riverside Park in Kamloops has been closed to the public after high water flooded the park, submerging park benches and trees. The pillar on the left marks previous flood years. 1999 at the bottom followed by 1972, 1948, and up at the top, the 1894 flood level (Submitted by: Jonah Birchwater)

The B.C. government has issued an Evacuation Alert for people who live along the Shuswap River. The alert covers an area from Sugar Lake near Cherryville to Mabel Lake near Enderby and on to Mara Lake.

Emergency Info B.C. says low lying properties are especially vulnerable. Sandbagging stations have been set up in Cherryville and Grindrod.

In Kamloops meanwhile, both the North and South Thompson Rivers are spilling over their banks.

The city has closed its boat launches and provided sandbags to people living along the waterfront.

To check on water levels and how people are doing Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Mel Norman, who lives on Mable Lake, and Richard Gale who lives on Furrer Road next to the South Thompson River, in Kamloops.
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Roller derby takes off in the West Kootenay

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(Photos contributed by Megan Cole/Nelson Star)

There has been resurgence in roller derby in B.C.

The sport, popularized in the 1970's, is back and bigger than ever. This time around it's a true sport, not theatre - and it's being driven by women.

Nowhere is roller derby hotter than the West Kootenay - which hosted the Western finals this past weekend.

Our reporter in the Kootenays Bob Keating was there and brings us this feature report.
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First Voices: Episode 3

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The Bent family: Liz, Levi, Leroi, Chantae and cousin Vanessa Kruger. Leroi shows off his dancing stick and sister Chantae smiles for the camera (Adrian Nieoczym/CBC)

Thursday is National Aboriginal Day, and this week, Daybreak has been taking a look at efforts to keep aboriginal languages alive.

Today, we head to the Marron Valley, near Penticton where Daybreak's Adrian Nieoczym recently visited with a First Nations family. 

The Bent family is teaching their young children both English and Nsyilxcen, showing them the aboriginal language is not just for ceremony, but for all occasions, including the dinner table.
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Past Episodes of First Voices:
     - Episode 1: Kamloops teacher determined to save native tongue
     - Episode 2: Developing First Nations language mobile apps

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Revelstoke Dam opens the floodgates

It can't quite compare with Niagara Falls, but there's been quite a waterfall coming from the Revelstoke Dam this week.



For the first time since 1997, BC Hydro has opened the flood gates and is spilling up to 42,000 cubic meters every second from the Revelstoke Reservoir.

Jennifer Walker Larsen speaks for BC Hydro, and she's the one who took that video. She spoke to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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UBC-O prof offers unique fly fishing scholarship

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Ben Louis, a master of education student, with Vicki Green, associate professor of education and scholarship donor. (Submitted by: UBC Okanagan)

Most scholarships give out money, but one UBC-Okanagan professor has started an endowment fund that not only hands out cash, but also an outdoor fly fishing adventure, a night stay at a local ranch -- including a fishing trip -- and even a fly rod, reel and line!

The scholarship was donated by Vicki Green, an associate professor of education at UBC Okanagan, and explained the inspiration for this scholarship with Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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First Voices: Episode 2

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Lorna William (Contributed by: Canadian Council on Learning)
National Aboriginal Day is Thursday, and this week Daybreak is looking at efforts to keep aboriginal languages alive.

British Columbia is home to 34 First Nations languages -- that's 60 per cent of Canada's total -- but those languages are in danger of disappearing.

Only about five per cent of B.C.'s aboriginal people can speak their native language fluently.

Lorna Williams has dedicated her career to changing that.

She is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning at the University of Victoria, and is also a member of the Lil'Wat First Nation near Lillooett.

Past Episodes of First Voices:
     - Episode 1: Kamloops teacher determined to save native tongue

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Kelowna to make it easier to build secondary suites

The City of Kelowna may have a "sweet" deal for people who want to renovate.

Council is considering several changes to the by-laws for secondary suites.

The new rules will shorten the approval process by 10 weeks and drop the cost of applying to build a secondary suite.

The city hopes these changes will create more affordable housing in the community, as Mayor Walter Gray explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Assisted suicide decision "short-sighted"

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West Kelowna resident Gloria Taylor has been given the right to die.

On Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in her favour, finding that the law banning assisted suicide is unconstitutional.

In her decsion, Justice Lynn Smith said the law discriminated against physically-disabled people who are unable to commit suicide as able-bodied people can.

Hal Spellicy is a member of the ALS community, his sister Anne has lived with ALS for 23 years.

As he tells Daybreak guest host Valerie McTavish, he feels this decision is short-sighted and will pave the way for the abuse of people with disabilities.
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First Voices: Episode 1

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Students at South Kamloops Secondary School perform a traditional song (left). Ted Gottfriedson teaches the Shuswap language to students in grade 8-12. (Shelley Joyce/CBC)
Aboriginal Canadians are gearing up for a big cultural celebration; Thursday is National Aboriginal Day.

Activities are planned right across the country from traditional feasts to singing, dancing and socializing, and it's a safe bet some of that will happen in First Nation languages.

Keeping those languages alive has become a struggle.

This week, Daybreak is taking a look at some of those struggles with a series First Voices, beginning with a visit by Daybreak contributor Shelley Joyce to a classroom in Kamloops where a First Nation's teacher and his students have taken up the fight.
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Armstrong auctioneer at international championship

An Armstrong man may be the next big thing on the auctioneer stage.

Last year, Rod Burnett, of Valley Auctions, won the International Livestock Auctioneer Championship at the Calgary Stampede.

Here's a taste of his award-winning call. That call got Rod a pass to California this weekend to compete against 32 others for the title of World Livestock Auctioneer Champion.

That's where Daybreak host Chris Walker reached him on Friday, as he prepared for the first day of competition.
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Community plan makes room for Kelowna Mountain

A major development south of Kelowna will have to find a way to work with the regional district.

The Kelowna Mountain Development has been fighting against the Central Okanagan Regional District's Official Community Plan for the south slopes.

Supporters of Kelowna Mountain have said an OCP will stop all development in the area, but the majority of regional district directors didn't buy that argument.

Thursday night, they passed the official community plan. Daybreak's Christina Low was there and explains what happened to host Chris Walker.

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Father's Day and the Flying Chicken Story

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Looking for a Father's Day gift to let Dad know he's the all-time best? Check out this tutorial on how to make a Cogsworth-inspired air freshener! http://goo.gl/OcQNr (CBC)
Friday on Daybreak, we put out a call asking you to contribute your favourite stories about dear old dad. Take a listen to these touching, and funny, stories.
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We weren't able to read all your stories on air, but be sure to check out these submissions, including the fabulous Flying Chicken Story from Heather Parlane in Kelowna.

Ruby Kidd-Swanson, Enderby, B.C., writes:
My dad was the best!! Being just a wee girl i used I used to like to comb his hair, this one day, i put curlers in his hair , tied a kerchief around his neck and even added a little lipstick. so there was a fellow coming to our farm to look at some pigs we had for sale. Needless to say, my dad not thinking went out to talk to this fellow and there he was, curlers, lipstick and kerchief still on. I can just imagine what this fellow thought !!!!!! never ruffled a feather on my dear dad!!!!! this is just one fond memory I have of this great man in my life!!!

Heather Parlane in Kelowna, B.C. writes:

Families usually have at least one memorable occasion during their formative years together that becomes a delight for both the resident storytellers and listeners alike.  At our family gatherings, which now reach into the twenty plus range, my brother is still asked to grace us with his rendition of our family's classic, The Flying Chicken Story.  It never fails to captivate and delight the diners.  It truly must be a perfect dinner time tale.  ...
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Ancient petroglyph returned to Cariboo

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Canoe Creek First Nations welcome the return of an ancient petroglyph. (Dene Moore/CBC)

After spending almost 90 years in the Lower Mainland, a 6-tonne petroglyph was welcomed home to Churn Creek in the Cariboo on Wednesday.

In 1926 it was moved from the banks of the Fraser River in the Cariboo to Vancouver's Stanley park.

The petroglyph is covered in drawings that likely predate the Europeans arrival in B.C., and has special significance for the local First Nations.

Daybreak contributer Dene Moore explains.
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Vernon BMX rider an Olympic contender

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Vernon BMX rider Connor McCormack (Contributed by kelownabmx.com)
The summer Olympics will include a BMX event for the second time this year, with Canada holding one spot in the men's category.

On Wednesday, Cycling Canada released a short list of three riders who will compete to be the one who gets to represent Canada in London.

One of those riders is the Okanagan's Connor McCormack, he spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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Students urge Cranbrook to deal with poop problem

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Pick-up your poop!

That's what kids at T.M. Roberts Elementary in Cranbrook want from dog owners in their neighbourhood; The school's playground is littered with dog poop!

So the students have written Cranbrook City Council asking it to help stop the mess.

Daybreak host Chris Walker caught up with some of those civic-minded students, and began by asking eight-year old Brayden to explain why he wrote a letter.
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Homeowner offers free beer as sale incentive

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Condo owner Curtis Allen is offering a free six-pack a week to the person who buys his 3-bedroom condo in Kamloops (freebeerhouse.com)

Curtis Allen bought his Kamloops condo when he was 19, two years later, he's moved to Kelowna and is ready to sell.

The problem? There are three other condos in the neighbourhood also up for sale.

And while cracking open a beer one afternoon he hit upon a solution to make his home stand-out from the rest, as he explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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Liberals looking to start anew with fresh leadership

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Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae won't run for the federal Liberal Party's leadership. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Bob Rae will not be the next leader of the Federal Liberal party.

Rae has been the Liberals' interim leader since Michael Ignatieff stepped down last spring after losing his seat in the House of Commons in the 2011 federal election.

But the CBC has learned Rae will not run to be the permanent federal party leader.

Islam Mohamed, the president of the Kelowna-Lake Country Federal Liberal Association says he thinks this means Rae understands there's a need to take the party in a new direction, with a new face, a new leader and a new voice that hasn't been heard before.
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Kelowna men flee from Mantracker

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Two Kelowna men were hunted by trackers on horseback in the BC wilderness.

And they wouldn't have traded it for anything.

Buddies Les Allen and Tyler Harris were part of the Outdoor Living Network reality show Mantracker.

It recently filmed in the Barriere area and Les and Tyler were the prey. They spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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B.C. apples gain from Ontario frost

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Mother Nature giveth and she taketh away. 

Apple growers in Ontario say frost has damaged about 85 per cent of their crop, but Ontario's misfortunes could mean gains for Okanagan growers.

Brian Gilroy chairs the Ontario Apple Growers association and Kirpal Boparai is the President of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, they explained

They joined Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Lobby group demands more government disclosure

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Two years ago this week, the Testalinden Dam above the town of Oliver collapsed. The mudslide destroyed five homes. It turns out the provincial government knew that there were problems with the dam for decades, but officials did nothing to warn the public.  The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association wants the privacy commissioner to examine five similar cases, as well.  Vincent Gogolek is the association's executive director. He spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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WorkSafeBC takes on workplace bullies

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WorkSafeBC is expanding its protection of BC workers. Soon, anyone who believes they've been bullied or harrassed in the workplace will be able to file a claim.  Bill 14 expands compensation for workers suffering from mental stress. It takes effect July 1st. William Duvall is a labour and employment lawyer with Fasken Martineau. He spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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Osoyoos Indian Band nixes proposed halfway house

A second public hearing into a proposed halfway house in Osoyoos was supposed to be held on Thursday night. The Osoyoos Indian Band is looking to establish and run the halfwasy house. But, at the last minute, the band pulled the application and the hearing was cancelled. Clarence Louie is the band's Chief and he spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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Do we drink too much water?

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Most of us are familiar with the good old eight-by-eight rule when it comes to water consumption.
That is: drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day. But according to a new editorial in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, those guidelines may be off base. Cathy Richards is the Community Nutritionist for Interior Health Authority in Kelowna. She spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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Home from Everest

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PhD students Chris Willie (left) and Kurt Smith, both from Kelowna, on the last stretch of the epic eight-day hike to the Pyramid Laboratory near Everest Base camp. (UBCO)
Kurt Smith has just returned home to Kelowna from the highest mountain in the world. Kurt is a PhD student in the department of health and exercise science at UBC Okanagan. He was part of an international team that spent three weeks at the Pyramid Research Lab on Mount Everest. He spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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An Irish inspiration

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This Friday, Project Literacy Kelowna is celebrating 25 years of work in Kelowna. The organization is recognizing the volunteers who help people with reading, math skills and more. The Words and Wine Gala features food, drink and music by Irish singer songwriter Julie Feeney. The internationally acclaimed musician is flying in from New York just to play the show. Robert Jung helped bring her here. He spoke with Daybreak's Chris Walker about how he discovered Julie's music during a difficult time in his life.

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Here's a link to Julie performing Life's Nudge.  Also, tune in to Radio West on Thursday for a feature interview with Julie Feeney.

She's also performing at the Towne Centre Mall in Kelowna at noon on Saturday.


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Moveable Feast Pt. 2: fiddling around

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Gilliane Richards (left) jamming with violin teacher Shamma Sabir (right), pictured beside Gillian's 100-year-old fiddle.

Gillianne Richards had never taken music lessons before, so she made up for it by putting her three kids in every one she could find.

Now, finally, she's had the courage to take classes herself and shares the joys and terror of taking up the violin, in this second edition of her arts column, Moveable Feast.

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Original Abortion Caravan activist horrified at pro-life tour

"The New Abortion Caravan" is making it's way across the country, driving two cargo trucks carrying anti-abortion messages and bearing graphic images of aborted fetuses.

The Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform says the point is to shock people into realizing the disturbing truth about abortions.

The group started in Vancouver and will travel across the country, ending in Ottawa.

And if their journey sounds familiar -- that's because it is.

Their campaign is modeled after the ORIGINAL abortion caravan, the first national feminist protest which toured Canada in 1970.
  
A protest with the exact opposite position on abortion.

Margo Dunn was on the original abortion caravan, and told Daybreak host Chris Walker she's horrified by the methods used by the centre to further its cause.  
 
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Psychologist says Magnotta likely has personality disorder

Police are working as fast as they can identify the body parts delivered yesterday to two Vancouver schools.

Early Tuesday afternoon, a hand and a foot were sent to St George's junior school and False Creek elementary. 

Officials this morning say the packaging and addressing labels are similar to ones believed to be sent by Luka Magnotta last week to Liberal and Conservative party members.
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Dr. Michael Woodworth is a registered psychologist who studies psychopathic behaviour as a associate professor of psychology at UBC Okanagan.

He tells Daybreak host Chris Walker if Luka Magnotta is responsible for these crimes, he is likely diagnosable with a narcissistic, and possibly sadistic personality disorder. Woodworth also says that narcissism ironically may have lead to Magnotta's arrest in Germany.
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More Than One Way Home:

More Than One Way Home Part 3: Mediums, witches and shaman

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(left to right) Victoria Willard, Diane Morrison and Lois Gueret at The Threads That Bind Us bookstore in Vernon, B.C. (Madonna Hamel/CBC)
"So a medium, a witch and a shaman walk into a church..."

It's a new-age take on an old joke. But nobody is the butt of the punch-line, because for the three women in the third of Madonna Hamel's faith series, "'we're all in this together."

In this edition of our series More Than One Way Home, we check out that box marked "other" on Census Canada's religion survey.

The episode looks at the ways people are incorporating elements of alternative spiritual and healing practices into their lives.

Madonna spoke with Lois Gueret, Diane Morrison and Victoria Willard to find out how and why they left the church to get back to God.
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Past Episodes of More Than One Way Home:
     - Part 1: Native Spirituality
     - Part 2: Radical Hospitality

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Schoening Funeral Service pays last respects to Kamloops

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A view of the chapel at Schoening Funeral Services Ltd. in Kamloops, B.C. (Contributed by: Schoening Funeral Services)

A Kamloops family-owned business is about to change hands.

This isn't your run-of-the-mill mom and pop operation -- more like a brother and sister act.

Their business has been lucrative, it's recession proof, and there's never a shortage of customers.

Still, Paul Wright and Sandra Ervine have decided it's time to sell Schoening Funeral Services, and explain why to Daybreak contributor, Shelley Joyce.
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Extreme endurance exercise harmful to your heart

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Turns out constant training for long-distance events, like marathons and bike races, may not be making us healthier.

A new study in the June issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings takes a look extreme endurance exercise. It finds that people who chronically train for long distance races may actually be damaging their hearts.

Daybreak's Shelley Joyce spoke to fitness buffs about how they feel about the news, and host Chris Walker speaks with Gareth Jones, an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at UBC Okanagan.

Gareth teaches his students about the benefits and risks of exercise on the heart, but he can personally relate after learning he has heart damage he suspects is due to endurance Nordic ski training.
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Rattlesnake turns up on Kamloops doorstep

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Gerald Yantz (left) and Nick Ostoforoff (right) capture the rattlesnake found on Nicole Chiasson's front step (pictured with daughter Novaleen Chaisson and son Adrian Chaisson) (Contributed by Nicole Chiasson and Shelley Joyce/CBC)

A Kamloops mom was shaken last week when an uninvited guest turned up on her doorstep.

Nicole Chissaon lives at the Country Trailer Park with her husband and two kids. She was returning from a walk with the family dog to find a four-foot rattlesnake curled up near her front porch.
 
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Meanwhile, Frank Ritcey is mad about snakes, and his home in Kamloops is the perfect place to pursue his passion.

There are six species in the surrounding area, and on Sunday he set out to find all six, as part of the first-ever "Herp Day."

Frank explained Herp Day and his innate love of snakes to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Anti-abortion caravan rolls through Kelowna

A Calgary-based anti-abortion group will be driving two large cargo trucks around Kelowna on Monday.

The trucks (pictured after the jump -- click "read more") show full-colour images of aborted fetuses, and will be driving through the streets of downtown Kelowna.

Daybreak host Chris Walker interviewed Stephanie Gray, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform.

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'Bob the barber' gets a bionic chair

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Barber Bob Egrly shows off his new hydraulic chair that allows him to manoeuvre around his customers, including John Harrision a patron of 25 years (Brady Strachan/CBC)

All Bob Egley wants to do is get back to cutting hair.

For forty years he was known as 'Bob the Barber' in Enderby, trimming countless heads of hair.

In 2010, he had to hang up his shears, after a double-leg amputation.

But now, the Can-Assist team at the University of Victoria has stepped in and designed him a state-of-the-art hydraulic chair that allows him to manoeuvre around his customers.

CBC reporter Brady Strachan tells his story.
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