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September 2012 Archives

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Facebook court decision helps young cyberbullying victims

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The Facebook logo is shown at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
Educators say a court decision may encourage victims of cyber bullying to come forward.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that a Nova Scotia teenager has the right to remain anonymous in a court battle against a cyberbully.

The teenager launched a defamation lawsuit over a fake sexualized facebook profile created in 2010. She was 15 at that time.

The court ruled in her favour because children have quote "an inherent vulnerability."

John Morrone, vice principal at Davidson Road Elementary in Lake Country, has developed curriculum on "digital citizenry," and says this sends a strong message to bullies that victims won't be re-victimized.

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Get your yodel going at Oktoberfest



In this scene from the movie European Vacation, Chevy Chase's character is about to break into a fight with a bunch of lederhosened lager-schlagers for messing up their folk dance.

The scene was a spoof of the historic German beer drinking celebration, Oktoberfest. Crowds gather to enjoy traditional Bavarian music, dance, activities and eating, all washed down with a surplus of beer.

The annual event is already underway in its home country but mini-versions are starting to pop up across B.C.

In Merritt the 3rd annual Oktoberfest kicks off at the Civic center Friday night. It's put on by The Knights of Columbus who also use it as a fundraiser.

Lea Mack, one of the organizers, put on his best yodel for Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Backpack-toting birds share migration secrets

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[From top left] Captured Swainson's thrush wearing a geolocator, Geolocator compared to penny, Captured Swainson's thrush wearing a geolocator and Swainson's thrush in the wild (Contributed by: Darren Irwin and Kira Delmore, UBC.)

A UBC researcher wanted to learn more about bird migration from Kamloops and Vancouver...

So, she gave the birds little backpacks, of course. The backpacks helped PhD candidate Kira Delmore track the flight patterns of the Swainson's thrush.

She just published the findings of her research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, and explains what she found, to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Four versions of Maggie's Farm!

Here's the Maggie's Farm playlist we mentioned on the show this morning.

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B.C. to focus on 'guns and gangs' not pot, says Bond

B.C.'s municipal leaders agree: Canada's pot laws are outdated.

Wednesday they voted at the annual UBCM convention to decriminalize marijuana.

They say decriminalization would counter the control organized crime has over the $7 billion marijuana industry, and say it's time to study the benefits of regulating and taxing marijuana.

Drug laws are primarily federal, and this puts the provincial government in the middle of the debate, but B.C.'s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Shirley Bond, says, her government will focus on 'guns and gangs,' rather than decriminalization.
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Sun shines on Okanagan grapes

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Cedar Creek winemaker Darryl Brooker, and his daughter, display their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer grapes. (Chris Walker/CBC)
Said Galileo:
    "The Sun, with all the planets revolving around it, and depending on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as though it had nothing else in the Universe to do."

And this September, Galileo's sun has been very kind indeed to the grapes of the Okanagan.

Winemakers are starting to taste those grapes, deciding whether the time is right to harvest.

At Poplar Grove in Naramata, winemaker Ian Sutherland says they'll wait until Monday to bring in their Chardonnay. Here in Kelowna, Cedar Creek is already picking their Pinot Noir and their Chardonnay.

So how does one know when the grapes are ready? Darryl Brooker, a winemaker with Cedar Creek, brought some grapes into the Daybreak studio this morning, and explained to host Chris Walker what to look for.
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Field Trip Pt. 4: Sociologist critical of migrant worker program

Our series, Field Trip, is taking a look at migrant labour in the southern Interior.

Migrants are essential to keeping fruit picked and processed in the Okanagan Valley.

In the past eight years, the number of workers entering B.C. through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program has increased 75x.

This year, over 3,000 workers came through the program.

Supporters say it's a win-win situation for both migrant workers and growers, but critics say there are problems.

Patricia Tomic teaches Sociology at UBC-Okanagan and co-wrote a report that studied migrant Mexican farm workers and their housing conditions, and spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker about her concerns.

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Past entries in Daybreak's Field Trip series:
     - Part 1: Immigrant workers essential for Okanagan farmers
     - Part 2: Mexican migrant workers go missing
     - Part 3: Kelowna farmer helps worker immigrate

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Okanagan MPs split on studying when life begins

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Conservative Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan (second from left) stands in the House of Commons Wednesday night, showing his support for a motion that would examine when life begins. The motion was defeated 203-91 (CBC)

Wednesday night, a motion to re-examine when life begins was voted down in the House of Commons.

Currently, the criminal code says a child becomes a human being when it has fully left its mother's body.

The motion to reconsider that was defeated 203 to 91.

Dan Albas, the Conservative member of parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, voted against the motion, alongside Kamloops-Thompson MP Cathy McLeod, and Kootenay Columbia MP, David Wilkes.

But Ron Cannon, the MP for Kelowna Lake Country, and Colin Mayes, from Okanagan Shuswap both supported the motion.

Dan Albas explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker why he voted the way he did, and how conservations on the issue have strained his friendships.
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B.C. looks to change high school grad requirements

The Ministry of Education wants to improve graduation requirements for high school students across the province.

Among the goals-- increase the skill set of graduating students, and offer them more opportunities to learn trades relevant to their community.

This afternoon in Penticton, a public meeting will be held where community members, educators and students can discuss what's needed.

There are more meetings throughout the Thompson, Okanagan, and Kootenays over the next few weeks, find when that's happening in your community, in the table below   

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Paleontologists make top-secret Burgess Shale discovery

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Paleontologists in the field at the Burgess Shale (Left) L to R: Alan Byers, Cedric Aria and Diego Balseiro (Right) L to R: Michael Streng, Sarah Gabbott and Cedric Aria. (Contributed by: Jean-Bernard Caron, Royal Ontario Museum)

Scientists have made a new discovery high in the mountains of B.C.

They spent part of the summer exploring the Burgess Shale, a fossil site on the western slopes of the Rockies.

Although specific details over what exactly they've found are under wraps, there's growing excitement over what it could mean for the scientific community.

Paleontologist Jean-Bernard Caron led the exhibition. He is the curator of invertebrate paleontology with the Royal Ontario Museum, and explained (what he could about) this discovery.

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Field Trip Pt. 3: Kelowna farmer helps worker immigrate

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Kelowna farmers Patti and Sam DiMaria with their farm manager, Pedro Borja Villaneuva, and his wife, Rosio, daughters Karen and Delila and baby son, Samuel. (Adrian Nieoczym/CBC)

All week we've been bringing you stories of migrant workers, as part of our series Field Trip.

The workers fall under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, which is -- by its very nature -- temporary.

Workers from countries like Mexico come here to work on a farm for up to eight months. Then they're required to go home again. There are no provisions under the program for workers to stay here permanently.

But that doesn't mean it's impossible.

Daybreak's Adrian Nieoczym  recently met up with a Kelowna farmer who sponsored one of his workers and helped him immigrate to Canada.

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Past entries in Daybreak's Field Trip series:
     - Part 1: Immigrant workers essential for Okanagan farmers
     - Part 2: Mexican migrant workers go missing

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A behind-the-scenes look at the B.C. Wine Awards

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The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival kicks off on Thursday with the B.C. Wine Awards.

Right now, wine judges are swirling and sniffing, sipping and spitting, looking for that special vintage.

Daybreak host Chris Walker had the chance to sit in on some of the judging. Each round of tasting is called a "flight." All the wines are anonymous, and it's all double top secret!

Halfway through the tasting, Chris snuck into the secret back room, where the organizers get the wine ready for tasting. Marjorie King gave him the tour.

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Field Trip Pt. 2: Missing Mexican migrant workers

Mexican officials say a number of workers brought into B.C. to pick fruit in the Okanagan have gone AWOL, and it's not clear if the Canadian authorities are even looking for them.

When the harvest is over, seasonal migrant farm workers are supposed to go back home.

Under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, these migrants can stay in Canada for up to 8 months.

But not all migrants leave when their time is up.

This year, more than 3500 Mexicans entered B.C., and 60 per cent headed to the Okanagan.

This year at least 5 of them did not leave when their contract was up.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with SAWP program co-ordinator Edgar Hurtado, who also speaks for the Mexican Consulate.

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Who is Bobby Jack Fowler?

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Bobby Jack Fowler was arrested in Newport, Ore., in 1995. (Lincoln County, Ore.)
Police believe they've got a suspect in a B.C. highway cold case.

The RCMP's E-PANNA squad has been investigating the deaths and disappearances of 18 girls and women, who have gone missing or been murdered along several major highway routes in the B.C. interior.

CBC News has learned that police will announce they have linked American convict Bobby Jack Fowler to the killing of 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen.

MacMillen died in 1974 after going missing along Highway 97, near Lac La Hache, just north of 100 Mile House. She had been hitchhiking, on her way to see friends.

Late Monday, the District Attorney for Lincoln County in Oregon revealed that Fowler -- who died in 2006 -- has now been linked to the murders of several other young women, dating back to the 1990s.

Daybreak host, Chris Walker spoke with Lori Tobias of The Oregonian newspaper, who originally broke this story.
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Field Trip Pt. 1: Immigrant workers essential for Okanagan

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The fruit plant and canteen set up for migrant workers at the Jealous Fruits operation in Oliver, B.C. (Christina Low/CBC)

About 30,000 migrant workers enter Canada each year and head to the fields. In the Okanagan Valley, there's been a steady increase in the number of seasonal workers.

The majority are from Mexico, but over the past few years, growers are also bringing
in workers from Peru, Chile and Guatamala.

In the first installment of our series Field Trip, Daybreak's Christina Low takes us to a cherry orchard during harvest time, earlier this summer.
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Washington to eliminate cattle-hungry wolf pack

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Washington state rancher Len McIrvin says the wolves have developed a taste for his cattle, chewing holes out of their backsides and making the animals very skittish. (Bob Keating/CBC and Jay Kehne, Conservation NorthWest)

A pack of grey wolves known as the 'Wedge pack' is stalking the border area south of Christina Lake, maiming and killing calves.

The slaughter happens almost every night and the pack often lopes back across the Canadian border to safety.

Ranchers say the pack threatens their livelihood and they want it eradicated before the snow flies.

CBC Kootenay reporter Bob Keating went down to Washington and put together this story.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced it had decided to eliminate the Wedge wolf pack.

In a statment signed jointly by Conservation Northwest and the Washinton Cattlemen's Associaton, they say it's clear eliminating the pack is the right move, and say it will help "reset the stage for wolves that are not habituated to livestock to establish themselves in that area."

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Downtown Kelowna advertising lacks diversity

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These are some of the images currently featured on banners around the Kelowna downtown. (Chris Walker/CBC)


Some residents are concerned about the lack of diversity in City of Kelowna banners currently featured around downtown. The campaign is to promote the benefits and businesses involved in the Bernard Avenue revitalization project.

The banners are supposed to reflect people who work, live and frequent downtown.

And almost every subject is a white, able-bodied person.

Kamilla Babahani lives downtown, and walks past those images every day. She says they make her feel like an outcast in her own city, and has written a letter to Kelowna's Mayor and Council.

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Kelly Kay, the business liason responsible for the Bernard revitilizaiton project, says they put out the call to the community at large for people to participate in the photoshoot, and the city worked with the volunteers it had.

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What do you think? Should the city make an extra effort to include minorities in its publications?

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Single dad families on the rise

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Single fathers are becoming more common in Canada. (Contributed/Sheila Steele)

 

The latest census figures show that more and more Canadian families are headed by single fathers.

 

Jeff Hay is a single dad living in Kelowna. He's also a parenting columnist who runs the Dad Vibe blog.

 

He sat down for a chat with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Apple triathalon organizers worry over Ironman

It's official. The city of Kelowna has announced it's putting in a bid for the Ironman Triathlon.

The event is up for grabs, now that the race has wrapped up its run in Penticton.

If Kelowna's bid is accepted, the city will find itself hosting two triathlons every summer, possibly on back to back weekends.

The Apple Triathlon celebrated its 30th anniversary this summer, and organizers worry the event's future could be in jeopardy if the city takes on the Ironman.

Richard Montgomery, president of the Apple triathalon event, explains his concerns to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Johnsons Landing resident reacts to slide prediction


Folks in Johnsons Landing have to live with another dose of bad news.

This summer, debris from the hills killed four people and destroyed several homes, but it's what DIDN'T come down that remains deadly.
 
Tuesday on Daybreak a geotechnical engineer revealed there's a huge unstable mass above the slide area, and it's difficult to predict if or when another slide may cascade down.

So how does one continue living there under such a threat? Angel Ortega runs the Johnsons Landing Retreat Centre, and lives beside the slide zone.
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Lights out for Nelson's free porchlight program

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The City of Nelson has passed a new bylaw to protect it's citizens from a potentially deadly hazard.

Their porch lights.

Back in the early 1900's the city implemented a program that let homeowners run their porch lights free of charge. They were wired separately from the rest of the home... and turned out to be a system that could also be adapted for other uses.

It wasn't uncommon for homeowners and their kids to get creative and try to tap the light socket for free power.
   
Author Kenneth Morrow grew up in the area during the depression and wrote a book about it. His autobiography, A Boyhood in Nelson, describes just how useful he and his brother Bob found the free porch light service to be.

In this segment, Daybreak host Chris Walker reads an excerpt from the book, where Ken describes the finishing touches made to their home made hockey rink.

Then, he speaks with Nelson mayor John Dooley who says the city's quite concerned about the estimated 180 porch lights running on the old system, and explains how they're trying to figure out a way to fix them.
 
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Experts fear second large slide at Johnsons Landing

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The landslide cut through a large swath of trees, clearing everything in its path. (Ministry of Forests)

Johnson's Landing, this summer, has had a heap of trouble. Literally.

A landslide in early July killed four people and destroyed three homes.

Now, scientists are worried about another heap of trouble -- the one that didn't come down the mountainside that morning.

Peter Jordan is a geomorphologist in the West Kootenay.He leads a team that's assessing the stability of the area.

Daybreak host Chris Walker reached him in Nelson.

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Okanagan beach becoming junkyard, says council

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District of Lake Country councilors have given residents until February 2013 to clear the debris from the Okanagan Centre Greenspace (Contributed by: Lisa Cameron)

Lake Country's city council has promised to clean up a cluttered 2km stretch of waterfront.

Known as the Okanagan Centre Greenspace, the trail runs west of Winfield along Okanagan Lake.

It's currently filled with boats, sheds and docks that belong to or were built by private residents.

But city council wants to make the space public friendly again.

The previous council already removed 13 docks from the area, but seven remain.

Now all private docks built along the greenspace will be torn down and all unclaimed furniture, boats and equipment taken away. The city has given owners until February 2013 to claim their stuff, but not everyone thinks the move is a fair one.

Lisa Cameron is the Okanagan Center Representative for Lake Country City Council.

She took Daybreak's Gillianne Richards for walk along the waterfront to show her some examples of the mess, starting with a "colorful" place for a picnic.
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Got a hankerin' for hamburger soup?


In case Chris' story on spending a day with the B.C.Dragoons has you hungry for a bowl of hamburger soup, here's a great home-spun recipe!


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Hamburger Soup
(Makes 18 soup ladles and freezes very well)

1 1/2 lbs of extra lean ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped fine
1 28 oz can tomatoes
2 cups water
3 cans consomme
1 can tomato soup
4 carrots, chopped fine
1 bay leaf
3 sticks celery, chopped fine
parsley
1/2 tsp thyme
pepper to taste
8 TBSP. barley



Brown meat and onions. Drain well. Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
Simmer covered, at least 2 hrs. or all day.

Serves 10.

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Daybreak tags along with the B.C. Dragoons!



On the weekend, Daybreak host Chris Walker was invited to tag along with the British Columbia Dragoons.

He was embedded with 41 Alpha company on a reconnaissance mission in the hills above Summerland.

They started in a soccer park in the town centre, and the mission was to fly helicopter into the hils to secure a strategically important bridge, thereby preventing the enemy from overrunning the Okanagan Valley.

Their "enemies" had no idea we were coming, but Chris and his comrades were ambushed by hamburger soup at the end of their mission.

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Kaslo emergency room reduces hours to 9 to 5

The Interior Health Authority has confirmed it is cutting emergency department hours in Kaslo.

Rather than round the clock, the Victorian Community Health Centre will offer business hours service, 9 to 5 Monday to Friday.

Residents had been hearing rumours of this change.

At a community meeting last night, Interior Health Authority representatives explained what will happen.

Dr. Alan Stewart is Interior Health's senior medical director.
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Peachland evacuees have truck and camper stolen

Terry Mains didn't even get a chance to pack up his valuables when the evacuation order for Peachland residents came down Sunday.

He and his wife were camping and rushed home to find their town was in emergency mode.

That's bad enough.

But as they waited at a motel to get back home, someone stole their truck with the camper on the back.

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Terry and Louise Joyce's stolen camper and Dodge Ram 3500 Dually truck (Contributed by: Terry and Louise Joyce)

The evacuation order has now been lifted and they're back home.

Terry explains what happened to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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GoSango goes out of business

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The GoSango.com website sold coupons for local businesses online. (GoSango.com)


Kelowna-based GoSango has collapsed, says the company's CEO.


The online coupon business, formerly known as Twongo, started in Kelowna in 2010 as a local answer to Groupon.


Before long, GoSango was booming, and had thousands of customers in Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon.


But merchants doing deals with GoSango aren't getting paid. In fact, GoSango owes $200,000 to about 100 local companies.


And this morning, GoSango is officially out of business.


But if you're a customer of GoSango, or any other online company for that matter, you may be interested in what the company plans to do with your personal information.


Daybreak host Chris Walker met the company's CEO Barry Chretien in his empty Kelowna office, and began by asking how GoSango ran out of money.

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UBC Okanagan seeks seniors for intergenerational class

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Contributed by: Martin Dee/University of British Columbia
UBC Okanagan is offering students a new way to learn about the study of getting old.

The Sociology of Aging is a fall course that brings together students ages 18 to 85 and beyond.

Associate professor Mary Ann Murphy originally created a the class for typical college-age students. She then expanded the program to welcome seniors to participate as well.

She received a grant to research the effects of running an intergenerational classroom and the results were impressive.

As she explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker, she's now searching for more seniors for to take part.
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Simple math: why polygamy is inherently harmful

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The social and legal problems associated with polygamy may be a matter of simple arithmetic.

This week a new book is rolling off the presses, it's called A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy.

It's written by Craig James, who led the B.C. government's team in arguing the provincial government's constitutional reference case.

He is also a professor of law at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, which is where Daybreak host Chris Walker reached him.

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GoSango offices vacant as company flounders

The viability of Kelowna-based group buying company GoSango is in serious question today, as its offices sit empty, its staff waits in limbo and its online presence begins to fade.  The company's facebook and twitter feeds are down, and the main website is no longer offering "daily deals."

The group buying business started about a year ago in the Okanagan and quickly grew to markets through the Okanagan and Lower Mainland.

But merchants now say they haven't been paid for the coupons that GoSango sold on their behalf.  CBC spoke with three companies with similar complaints. One of them is Pure Air, a duct-cleaning business in Kelowna. Lane Martin is one of the owners. Daybreak host Chris Walker asked him about his experience with GoSango.

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Chris also paid a visit to the GoSango office in Kelowna.  Here's what happened.

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Daybreak offered GoSango an opportunity to respond on the air.  CEO Mike Minor has so far not responded to that offer, although he did say that GoSango has had cash flow problems.  He said his priority is to keep the website up so that customers CAN access their coupons. And Mr. Minor says the vast majority of GoSango clients and customers are satisfied with the service.
 

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Lessons in rebuilding from wildfire

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The 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park fire. (CBC)

Four homes and several outbuildings were destroyed in the Peachland fire. Three of the homes were occupied.

Now these families will have to cope with their loss.

Janet Berg knows what its like to walk down this road. Her home was among the 239 destroyed in the Okanagan Mountain Park fire nine years ago. She shared her story with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.


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Downtown Kelowna construction to go late

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Construction on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna. (Adrian Nieoczym/CBC)

 

Tuesday marked day 8 of construction along Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna. Fencing is up on both sidewalks between Richter and Ellis Streets. Inside the fences, crews are busy tearing up the pavement. Outside, pedestrians and drivers are having to find new routes to get around.

 

Daybreak's Adrian Nieoczym went for a walk along Bernard, to find out how pedestrians are coping:

 

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The Bernard Avenue revitalization project has a compressed workschedule. To faciliate that schedule, Kelowna city council has changed its noise bylaw to allow late night construction. Daybreak host, Christ Walker, spoke with the city's roads manager.

 

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1,100 Peachlanders allowed to return home after wildfire

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The wildfire above Peachland. (Leia Hutchings/CBC)

 

Returnees remain on evacuation alert. Evacuation orders still in effect for another approximately 400 homes.

 

Here is the latest information from Regional District of Central Okanagan as of 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10:

 

Approximately 1,134 Peachland residents evacuated as a result of the Trepanier Forest Fire are now able to return home tonight. Thanks to favourable weather conditions and excellent firefighting efforts, a portion of the area under Evacuation Order has been reclassified to an Evacuation Alert area. Although residents on the following roads are free to return to their homes, they are reminded that they are on Evacuation Alert and must still be prepared to leave with little notice:

  

  • Peachland Elementary School
  • Clements Crescent, including the commercial area
  • Chidley Road
  • 1st Avenue
  • 2nd Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue
  • 4th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue
  • 7th Avenue
  • Pincushion Place
  • Ponderosa Drive
  • Ponderosa Place
  • Clarence Road
  • Greata Road
  • Lang Road
  • Lornell Crescent
  • Lornell Court
  • MacNeill Court
  • Morrison Crescent
  • Morrison Place
  • Shaw Road
  • Sutherland Road
  • Walker Road

 

The following properties on Trepanier Bench Road:

  • 5149, 5151, 5155, 5161, 5165, 5178, 5180, 5217, 5227, 5237, 5329, 5240, 5250, 5260, 5270, 5280, 5290, 5325, 5335

 

The following properties on Huston Road:

  • 5108, 5122, 5132, 5136,
  • 5146, 5164, 5178, 5192, 5200, 5208, 5216, 5224, 5232
  • 5236, 5242, 5246, 5250, 5256, 5262, 5274, 5280, 5286, 5292
  • 5300, 5334, 5348, 5350, 5352, 5354, 5356, 5358

 

Returning residents are reminded that fire crews will be working in the Evacuation Alert area and to be cautious as emergency crews and equipment may be accessing roads and properties. Residents can expect to see smoke, small open flame or embers. Emergency crews will be monitoring the area through the night. Residents are encouraged to be patient as they may encounter traffic congestion.

416 people remain on Evacuation Order. Complete maps of evacuated areas are available on the www.cordemergency.ca website.

The Evacuation Alert involving properties east of Highway 97 has now been lifted, including the downtown and waterfront areas from Princeton Avenue to Robinson Place, affecting 432 people.

The fire is estimated at 200 hectares in size and is 75% contained.

The three homes within the District of Peachland that were destroyed in the fire are:

  • 5315 Coldham Road (2 residences)
  • 5266 Coldham

 

A fourth home within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area that appears to have been abandoned was also destroyed. Various outbuildings and vehicles have also been impacted.

Emergency Support Services will be closing its reception centre at the Westbank Lions Hall at 6 p.m. tonight, reopening at 9 a.m. tomorrow, September 11, 2012.

For information regarding Peachland Elementary and bussing, please visit www.sd23.bc.ca.

New information and updates on the Evacuation Orders and Alerts will be available on the Regional District Emergency Program website www.cordemergency.ca  and updates will also be there and released to the media as soon as it becomes available. Public inquiries can be directed to 1-877-569-8490.

The Emergency Operation Centre is providing some important information for many of the more than 1,100 Peachland residents that are allowed to return to their home with the lifting the Evacuation Order for the Trepanier Forest Fire.


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Clearwater businesses upset at roundabout proposal

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The crossroads at Highway 5 in Clearwater are the gateway to Wells Provincial Park and the source of much of the town's business.

 

Now, local and the provincial officials are trying to make that intersection safer by getting rid of the intersection altogether.They're proposing a roundabout instead.


But some business owners aren't happy about that and they plan to fight it. Kym Jim is one of them. He attended a public meeting about the roundabout on the evening of Sept. 6.

 

The next morning he spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

 

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Chris also spoke with Rick Blixrud. He's the Assistant Regional Director of the highways department in the Southern Interior.  
 

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Vernon paralympic swimmer enjoying London experience

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Vernon's Sarah Mahain.

17-year-old Sarah Mehain (mee-HAINE) of Vernon is at her first Paralympic Games in London. While she didn't get a medal, she broke the Canadian record for breaststroke and earned several personal bests.

 

She was born with a condition called hemiplegia -- partial paralysis on one side of her body.

 

Still, she's no stranger to competitive sports as she comes from a family of athletes and coaches.

 

She spoke to Daybreak host, Chris Walker, from London.


 

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Bears take up residence in Kamloops

A new family has moved into Kamloops, but no one's rolling out the welcome mat. A mother bear and her three cubs have moved into a residential neighborhood. Earlier this week, a Kamlooops family was trapped in their home while the bears raided fruit trees in their yard. Daybreak reporter Brady Strachan spoke with Mark Ibbetson about his ordeal.


 

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Brady also spoke with Conservation Officer, Darcy McPhee.

 

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Christy Clark unveils her 'renewed' cabinet

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Kelowna-Lake Country MLA, Norm Letnick, is B.C.'s new minister of agriculture.

Premier Christy Clark is calling it a cabinet "renewal." But it looks an awful lot like a good old fashioned shuffle. The premier has appointed some new cabinet ministers, after several high profile minIsters announced they won't be running in the next election.

 

UBC Okanagan political scientist, Wolf Depner sat down with Daybreak host, Chris Walker, to talk about the political ramifications of this latest shuffle.

 

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Chris also spoke with the East Kootenay's Bill Bennett, who returns to cabinet for the fifth time.

 

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As a result of the shuffle, all three Kelowna based MLAs are now in cabinet. Chris spoke with Kelowna-Lake Country's Norm Letnick, who got his first cabinet post as the new minister of agriculture.

 

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Activists demand Kelowna rescind 'Protect Human Life Week'

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The controversial blue, white, and red flag depicts three figures and the word "pro-life" in capital letters. (Kelowna Right to Life)

The City of Kelowna is once again mired in a debate over abortion. Two weeks ago, the city scrapped its courtesy flag program. That, after the Kelowna Right to Life society vowed to fly a controversial flag over city hall.

 

And while the flag program was scrapped, the city's procolmation remains. Mayor Walter Gray has proclaimed the last week of September "Protect Human Life Week." It's the fifth year in a row that the city's has made the proclamation. But pro-choice activists want the proclamation rescinded.

 

Dianne Varga is a community activist in Kelowna. She's one of 28 people who have signed an open letter to the Mayor and she spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.


 

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Watching the Quebec election from Kelowna

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After nine years of Liberal reign, Quebeckers have voted in a minority Parti Quebecois government. The Montreal suburb of St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu has long been considered a swing-vote neighbourhood. In the 1990s, Diane Campeau was the director of the Board of Trade and the director of Tourism for the neighbourhood. These days she's in Kelowna working on her PhD. On election night she was glued to her television. The next day, she spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.


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Incredible Northern lights photograph!

Here's a link to the photo by Lee Orr.

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Farm to Fork around Kamloops

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'Farm to Fork' is a catchy phrase we're hearing a lot this days when it comes to talking about a sustainable agriculture system.  

 

Some farmers and restaurants are trying to make it work in the Kamloops area and food journalist Don Genova was there sampling the end results of farm to fork eating there over the long weekend. Afterwards, he told Daybreak host, Chris Walker, all about it.

 

You can find more from Don Genova at his blog.

 

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Teachers get ready for their first, first day of school

 

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Students and their teachers are back in school. (CBC)

Daybreak host, Chris Walker, marked the first day of school by checking in with two rookie teachers, to see how they feel about standing up in front of their very own class for the first time. He spoke with Danielle Rousseau, from Steeples Elementary in Cranbrook and Rusan Polacik, from Fernie Secondary School.

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