October 2012 Archives

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A somber Halloween for Armstrong, B.C.

Taylor Van Diest died in hospital after she was beaten on Halloween night in Armstrong, B.C. (Facebook)
One interior community is approaching Halloween with an entirely different perspective than others in B.C.

Last year a local teen was killed in a violent attack in Armstrong, B.C.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Van Diest was wearing a zombie costume and walking along rail road tracks that cuts through Armstrong when she was attacked. People in the community lived in fear as the police investigation dragged on.

Finally, 6 months later, 26-year-old Matthew Forester from Cherryville was arrested in connection with the killing.

Now Halloween is here again.

CBC reporter Brady Strachan took a trip to Armstrong to gauge the feeling of people in the community.
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Facebook becomes useful trial tool for lawyers

Facebook has become a useful tool for lawyers as they research witnesses in their cases (Joerg Koch/AP)
The Ashlee Hyatt murder trial continues this week in Kelowna.

Hyatt was killed outside a house party in Peachland in 2010, when she was 16. Another teen, who was at the party, has been charged with second degree murder in her death.

This week, the court heard from a witness who was also at that house party, and defense lawyers used the girl's own Facebook posts against her, challenging her credibility.

Christopher Considine is a criminal defence lawyer who has used social networking sites as a tool in trials.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with him earlier and began by asking how social media has changed the work of lawyers like him.
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B.C. care aid refuses to get flu vaccine

B.C.'s provincial medical health officer has given all health care workers a choice: either get a flu shot or wear a protective mask during flu season.

B.C. is the first province in Canada requiring health care professionals to be vaccinated, but this policy isn't sitting well with some health care professionals.

"Karen" works in a senior care facility in Kelowna. We're not identifying her because she fears losing her job by speaking out.

Daybreak host Chris Walker also spoke to B.C. provincial medical health officer Perry Kendall, who responds to some of her concerns and explains why he's not giving health care professionals the freedom to choose for themselves.
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From conception to carving: A very CBC Halloween


Daybreak was a little... possessed by the Halloween spirit this year. And our pumpkin certainly has CBC pride!

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Widespread liability if public gets sick from bad water

As you heard on Daybreak on Monday, the South East Kelowna Irrigation District is in a bit of a bind.

In order to meet federal and provincial water treatment standards, it needs to upgrade its system. But last week, ratepayers opposed the district's attempt to borrow the money to make that happen.

The irrigation district's general manager told us he's hoping senior levels of government will eventually give them grants to pay for the upgrades, but in the meantime, the project is on hold.

What was unclear though, is who would be liable should someone get sick from drinking the water.

To help unravel that mystery, Daybreak host Chris Walker was joined in studio by Nelson Jatel, member of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and currently working on his master's degree in water governance at UBC Okanagan.
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China treaty exposes Canada to million-dollar liabilities

The Canada-China Investment treaty, the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (or FIPA, for short), comes into effect on Thursday.

And depending on your point of view, that's either very good, or very bad, news.

Federal NDP trade critic Don Davies has some major concerns with the treaty.

He says the agreement makes taxpayers liable for million-dollar lawsuits from Chinese investors against the federal and provincial governments and doesn't give Canadian investors in China those same protections.

He's also urging the minister for International Trade, Ed Fast, to postpone the ratification of the investment treaty.

Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver-Kingsway, in Tokoyo, Japan where he's part of a Canadian trade mission.
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Be sure to check out our continuing coverage of this story:
China investment treaty good for Canada, says Kelowna MP
China trade agreement: what you need to know

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Flu vaccine may reduce risk of heart attack and stroke

New research says the flu vaccine may be good for heart health (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

There could be yet another reason to roll up your sleeve and get the flu shot.

Beyond avoiding coughs and sniffles, the vaccine has been linked to reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.

That's according to research presented Sunday at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Toronto.

To find out more about the study Daybreak reached senior author Dr. Chris Cannon, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a cardiologist at  Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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Kelowna irrigation district can't afford clean water

The South East Kelowna Irrigation District is often under boil water and water quality advisories.(CBC)
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District is in a bind.

Its water doesn't meet either Federal or provincial standards or provincial treatment guidelines, but it can't upgrade its water system because ratepayers opposed the district's attempt to borrow $15.3 million for improvements.

The water district is frequently under a boil water or water quality advisory.

The Interior Health Authority issues operating permits to water purveyors. Dan Ferguson, the Assistant Director of Health Protection, Environmental Health Operations, explains what other options the irrigation district might have.

And Toby Pike is the General Manager of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District speaks to Daybreak host Chris Walker in studio.
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China investment treaty good for Canada, says Kelowna MP

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sunday, September 9, 2012. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Before the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect on January 1, 1994 there were years of discussion and debate.
But that's not happening with a new investment agreement between Canada and China.

The Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement or FIPA comes into effect later this week, but there's been no public consultation and no debate in parliament.

Opponents, including an Osgood Hall professor with an expertise in international trade, say it will leave Canada open to lawsuits from Chinese investors -- lawsuits that restrict our ability to assert Canadian sovereignity over natural resources.

Ron Cannan, the Conservative MP for Kelowna-Lake Country, recently wrote an editorial about the agreement, saying the new treaty is good business for Canada.

He explains the government's take to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Also, see: Five things to know about the Canada-China investment treaty

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Small tsunami waves hit B.C. after 7.7 quake

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At least three tsunami waves have been reported on the British Columbia coast, following a 7.7-earthquake that struck near Haida Gwaii on Saturday night.

The waves have not caused any damage, but there have been evacuations in Haida Gwaii and Port Edward, near Prince Rupert. Officials say it's not clear how many people have been driven from their homes.

"It looks like the damage and the risk are at a very low level," Shirley Bond, British Columbia's minister responsible for emergency management said. "We're certainly grateful."

Kelly Kryzanowski of Emergency Management B.C. said an evacuation centre had been set up on Haida Gwaii.

"Power in some areas is sporadic. There are challenges with telecom. We have not had any reports of damage," Kryzanowski said.

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B.C. tsunami advisory

Storify: B.C. tsunami advisory (with tweets)

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Kelowna ghostbusters say they help spirits move on

Is the Kelowna Public Library haunted? Take a listen and find out for yourself...(CBC)
A Kelowna couple doesn't need halloween for ghosts and spirits.

Mike Rowland and Gail Foster say they are ghost busters and ghost whisperers. They run a business called "Healing Haunted Houses" and their mission is to free the world of these spirits.

Our psychic reporter Christina Low tracked the couple down at Kelowna's public library.

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China trade agreement: what you need to know

The Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) comes into force on November 1st.

While to some, it's a logical trade agreement with a growing economic partner, others feel it's high treason.

The government says it will make Canadian companies globally competitive, but critics say it's a sweeping abrogation of Canadian sovereignty -- with dire consequences for B.C. taxpayers.

In a recent newspaper editorial, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan called those concerns "regressive misunderstandings" based on "minformation."

Gus Van Harten is an associate professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He teaches international investment law and international financial governance, and spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

And see below for the text of the Canada-China agreement, from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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Man dies in downtown Kelowna house fire

Fire inspectors say while the man's mattress was burned, they believe he likely died of smoke inhalation. (Kathryn Marlow/CBC)

A man has died early Friday morning in a house fire in downtown Kelowna. 

The fire started just after 4 a.m. PT in a home on Saucier Avenue. When the Kelowna Fire Department arrived, Platoon Capt. Henry Roelofs says there was light smoke in the carport of the two-storey house, which appeared to be coming from the lower part of the building.

"We found very little fire as such, one of the rooms had blackened quite a bit, and they'd used a tiny bit of water to extinguish the remaining fire that was still in there," said Roelofs.

Firefighters contained the fire to one bedroom, and found a man, believed to be in his 40s, lying on the floor.

Roelofs said it's likely he died from smoke inhalation, not flames from the fire -- which investigators believe started in his bedroom.

"A fire like that, because it's being contained it lacks oxygen fairly quickly so it will just sit there and smoulder, but in the process there's a lot of black smoke that comes up and it's the smoke that eventually will cause somebody to succumb," said Roelofs.

Investigators are now looking into the cause of the fire. Though the man's mattress was burned, Roelofs said they don't believe it was where the fire started.

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Province rejects Okangan 'Stop a bully' service

The principal of Summerland Secondary school says his 'Stop a bully' site has completely changed the culture of that school. Last year they had just one online bullying complaint, and it was a false accusation. (Contributed by: www.stopabully.ca)

The province is looking for someone to create a confidential online service where kids can report bullies -- but is it trying to reinvent the wheel?

The province put out a request for proposals at the end of August for a site that would allow students to confidentially and anonymously submit reports of school-related bullying.

Trevor Knowlton, a teacher in Summerland, bid for the job. He's the founder of stopabully.ca, a site he's run since 2009 that allows students to report bullying anonymously, and then forwards those reports to the respective school principal.

Trevor's bid was rejected, because the Ministry of Education said he did not have enough experience to run the program.

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Defeating the workplace bully

Bullying doesn't always stop once you graduate, there are workplace bullies too. (istock)
Bullying has been in the news a lot lately - after the suicide of B.C. teenager Amanda Todd, but bullying doesn't just happen online or at school

It's also a problem in the workplace that too often seems to go unchecked. It could be a bullying boss with high standards, who uses fear and punishments to get results or a coworker sabotaging or undermining another's work or reputation.

Here to talk about why that is and what to do about it is our workplace psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Newman.

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Babies born good, with innate morals

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 That's a clip from the documentary "Babies: Born to be Good?" that airs tonight on CBC's "The Nature of Things"

The documentary takes a scientific look at whether humans are born with morals, where our notions of good and bad come from, and how old we are before we can distinguish between right and wrong.

To find out more Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Eileen Thalenberg, the documentary's writer and director.
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B.C. author and publisher react to D&M bankruptcy

Book lovers are still trying to digest news that Douglas and McIntyre Publishers has filed for bankruptcy protection.

D&M is one of Canada's largest independent publishing house, it also publishes under the Greystone books label.

Over its 41 years the company has worked with many well known authors including Dick Cannings of Naramata, who has eight titles with Greystone books.

Daybreak also spoke with  Randall McNair, who runs Oolican Books, an independent publisher in Fernie.

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Liquor board cracks down on wine auctions

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The B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch says charities cannot auction or raffle off privately donated wines. (cobalt123/flikr)
The B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch is cracking down on charities that auction off privately donated wines.

Just this week, the Belfry Theatre in Victoria was forced to cancel its fine wine auction fundraiser.

The Liquor Control Branch issued them a letter, prohibiting the theatre company from auctioning any wine that hadn't been directly purchased from the province.

That includes all wines donated direct from wineries or individual collectors.

John Skinner is the owner of Painted Rock Estate Winery in Penticton, and has donated to the Belfry's annual event for the past three years.

He tells Daybreak Host Chris Walker the move is laughable and the province needs to get with the times.

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Growth in Okanagan agriculture outpaces overall economy

Lee Cartier says agriculture's contribution to the economy goes beyond the raw product. For example wine grape growers contribute $28 million directly to the economy but once the whole "value chain" is accounted for, the contribution is close to $250 million (Jackie Sharkey/CBC)
Agriculture has long been a bedrock of the Okanagan economy, but in recent years, the common perception has been that agriculture is a struggling industry.

So it might surprise you to find out that growth in the Okanagan's agricultural sector, is actually outpacing growth in the overall economy.

That's according research by Lee Cartier, a professor in the Okanagan College School of Business.

Cartier has just received a $25,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to do more work in that area.

He explains why we underestimate the economic value of the agriculture industry to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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How the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly became WW3

That video clip is from U.S. President John F. Kennedy address to the nation exactly 50 years ago today Monday.

It was the first time he publicly annouced the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba, which became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Don Munton is an Arthur Schlesinger fellow at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and co-author of the book The Cuban Missile Crisis.

He says there are some common misconceptions about the Crisis, including the role Canada played and how close the crisis came to starting World War Three.
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Taking a stand on sitting down: one man's experiment

Standing desks are believed to be better for your health (Angus McIntyre/Flikr)
There's a silent killer in the workplace, slowly scraping years off the lives of desk-bound employees, and it's a health threat most of us take sitting down.

Studies show that too much sitting can raise blood pressure, increase blood sugar and damage our hearts.

It might be water cooler talk in your office, leaving some considering stand up desks, walking meetings, maybe even more coffee breaks?

A.J. Jacobs is the author of Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest For Bodily Perfection. He spent a year trying out all sorts of health fads to see what worked best.

His book includes a chapter on the perils of sitting and even jimmied together his own version of a stand-up desk to see if it would improve his health.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with A.J. from his office in New York.
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Social seniors healthier and happier, says StatsCan

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Mavis Close (left), a volunteer with the Friendly Visitor Program and Evelyn Blaine past program Coordinator with the Friendly Visitor Program (Contributed by: Nicole Peters, South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society)
It turns out, the road to health and happiness is paved with an active social life.

That's according to a new Statistics Canada study that shows seniors who had more social interactions saw themselves as healthier and happier than those who spent more time alone.

That's nothing new to the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society, the non-profit organization provides outreach programs for seniors -- like the Friendly Visitor Program that brings volunteers and seniors together for regular visits.

Daybreak spoke to a volunteer with the program, as well as Nicole Peters, the program outreach coordinator for the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society.

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Phone app could help kids block bullying


The recent suicide of Amanda Todd has sparked a lot of conversation in the media and among families about bullying, leaving some parents to wonder how to protect their children.

It's a type of bullying they never had to go through when they were young, the kind that happens on cell phones and through social media.

Frithjof Petscheleit, a social media consultant in Kelowna, blogs and tweets about new apps he discovers and he's found something he thinks could help.

It's called Mobiflock, and Frithjof explains how it works to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Should you try to get ahead at work by staying behind?

Should you burn the midnight oil to get ahead at work? Workplace psychologist Dr. Jennifer Newman gives her take. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

So, you want to get ahead at work but you don't know how to do it.

Some say be efficient and leave work on time, others say stay at your desk longer than anybody else and come in on the weekends.

So which is best: efficient time or logging "face time?" Workplace psychologist Dr. Jennifer Newman gives her take.

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Museums must turn to private industry for funding

In 2010 the Britannia Mine Museum got a $14.7 million facelift, largely funded by mining companies. (Contributed by: Britannia Mine Museum)

Many museums have been struggling to stay afloat -- especially in small rural communities.

Thursday in Kamloops, delegates at the B.C. Museum Association conference will discuss what museums can do to stay alive.

Kirstin Clausen is the Executive Director of the Britannia Mine Museum on Britannia Beach, on Highway 99 near Squamish.

In 2010 the museum got a $14.7 million dollar facelift and it was mining companies how provided much of the funding for that renovation.

Clausen says governments aren't funding museums like they used to, and it's now more important than ever for them to turn to the private sector for cash.

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Kelowna teens have little empathy for Amanda Todd

Port Coquitlam, B.C., high school student Amanda Todd's killed herself following years of blackmail and bullying. (CBC)
Provincial and Federal politicians are looking for ways to deal with bullies in the school system.

Premier Christy Clark believes the answer lies in the education system. Reports indicate she wants to invest $2.2 million train teachers to deal with bullying and to develop an online reporting tool.

These strategies come in the wake of Amanda Todd's suicide last week.

We weren't allowed into any Kelowna public school classrooms so Daybreak's Christina Low spoke to some high school students outside a Kelowna secondary school.

They had a different take on the situation, saying strategies in schools aren't the answer, rather they say the answer is to help kids become emotionally stronger.
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Love-struck B.C. elk relocated after harassing cattle

A bull elk in the South Caribou is likely licking his wounds and wondering about his lost love this week.

Earlier this month Conservation Officers removed the 900lb love-struck playboy, with a 6-point rack, from his stomping grounds at the 100 Mile Ranch.

The mature bull elk had claimed a herd of cattle as his own, and quickly became the talk of the town at 100 Mile House as he pushed the cattle into an area on the edge of 100 Mile House, near Highway 97.

Greg Messner is the manager of 100 Mile Ranch.
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CBC uncovers more unwarranted parking tickets

A Diamond Parking sign in Vancouver, B.C. (CBC)
Sometimes we bring you a story that just seems to touch a nerve. 

CBC News has received several more complaints from drivers after an investigation in September featured motorists who said Diamond Parking is issuing questionable parking tickets.

Since then, we have heard from hundreds of listeners and many more drivers have come forward to complain they got tickets from Diamond Parking Service when they did not park in an illegal spot.

Investigative reporter Natalie Clancy has been following up on those tips from the public, and told Daybreak host Chris Walker what people can do if they get a bogus parking ticket.

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Penticton waterfront opponents misinformed, says councillor

Lakeshore Drive and Okanagan Beach on Okanagan Lake in Penticton, B.C. (Contributed by: Darren Kirby/Wikimedia Commons)
Wednesday night Penticton City Council will turn to the people to find out what they'd like to see on the waterfront.

Council wants to talk about options to improve the look and feel of its beachfront.

The proposed improvements have caused waves of discontent, and some of that discontent flowed over in a protest on the weekend.

Monday, Daybreak spoke to the organizer of this weekend's rally. Penticton city councillor Gary Litke sits on the Waterfront Enhancement Committee.

He tells host Chris Walker many opponents are misinformed about the project, and the city has received a $1.2 million grant from the provincial government to make environmental improvements to the waterfront.
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Separating Scotland not a good move, says expat

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond holds a copy of the agreement on a referendum of independence for Scotland, during a news conference at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh on Monday. (David Moir/Reuters)

After years of fierce debate, Scotland will finally have a chance to vote for it's independence.

Monday, Britain's prime minister David Cameron and Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond signed a referendum agreement.

The referendum will allow Scottish citizens to vote in late 2014 on whether they want to become their own country.   

Ian Middler is a retired teacher living in the Okanagan who is originally from Aberdeen, Scotland. He doesn't think separation will benefit Scotland, and says the country should stay with Britain.

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Funding needed for front line 'Stop a bully' programs

Stopabully.ca creator Trevor Knowlton says more funding is needed for front line programs, like his, that help kids and their schools stop bullying. (Contributed by: stopabully.ca)

An Okanagan website has been overwhelmed after the death of a Vancouver teenager.

Amanda Todd committed suicide after posting a video describing how she was mercilessly bullied and shunned at school.

Stopabully.ca allows students to anonymously report bullying and forward details to their school principals.

Trevor Knowlton is a teacher at Summerland Secondary School and is the founder of the Stop A Bully website. He says he's pleased with the issue is getting attention in Ottawa, but is calling for more funding for front line programs.

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Penticton plans to change Okanagan Lake beach

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This illustration by the City of Penticton outlines some of the proposed plans for Lakeshore Drive and the West Okanagan Lake waterfront (Contributed by: City of Penticton)

Cliff Martin spends about 100 days a year at the beach. Most of that is at Penticton's Okanagan Lake, where he spends afternoons building sandcastles with his 6-year-old daughter.

So when the City of Penticton put forth two plans to change the look and feel of his "home beach" Cliff took action.

He passed around petitions, drew up alternate plans and held protests -- the one this weekend drew 150 people.

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All four concepts for the West Okanagan Lake Waterfront Project will be on display starting Tuesday.

Wednesday night, the city will hold a public forum on the West Okanagan Lake Waterfront project at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. PT.

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Health Minister apologizes for spinal surgery delays

B.C. Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid.
For a week, Daybeak's series Backbone, has highlighted the stories of two Okanagan teenagers who required spinal surgery, but did not get it here in B.C. because of long delays.

Instead, they turn to Shriners Hospitals in the U.S.

For one of the teens, Walid Khalfallah, the delays had heartbreaking consequences. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.

All week, Daybreak's requests for an interview with B.C. Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, were turned down.

So Daybreak host, Chris Walker, caught up with the minister at a ground breaking ceremony for the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre in Kelowna.

Dr. MacDiarmid says she's sorry Khalfallah had to wait so long to get his surgery.

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NDP says spinal surgery waits unnaceptable

Walid Khalfallah before his spinal surgery that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His case is highlighted in Daybreak's Backbone series. (Family photo)

Our series Backbone has been chronicling the stories of two Okanagan teenagers who required spinal surgery, but did not get it here in BC.

Instead, they turned to Shriners Hospitals in the US.

We've heard how two independent reports found the health care system failed these boys and their families.

We also got an explanation from BC Children's Hospital, where officials say improvements have been made.

The Ministry of Health sent a letter of regret to one of the moms featured in our stories. It acknowledged the family's "difficult experience" with the health care system.

Next up is Mike Farnworth. He's the health critic for the NDP and he spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.


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Okanagan Film Festival left without public venue

The on-again, off-again, Okanagan Film Festival is off again, sort of.

The problems started when Kelowna's Paramount Theatre closed its doors on the Festival. That decision was partly based on the inclusion of the documentary "Donkey Love," a film about bestiality.

Organizers had hoped UBC Okanagan would be more welcoming.
But the university says there's not enough time left for them to host the festival.

So now the festival, which was supposed to start on Oct. 11, is being turned into a private event.

Leo Bartels helped screened documentaries for the Festival.

He was also the board of director's for an earlier incarnation of the festival. He chatted with Daybreak host, Chris Walker

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B.C. Children's Hospital responds to criticism

B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

Two Okanagan children needed spinal surgeries from B.C. Children's Hospital.

But according to the Patient Care Quality Review Board, both the hospital and the Provincial Health Services Authority failed Walid Khalfallah and George Webb.
Both boys ended up at Shriners hospitals in the U.S.

George had a favourable outcome while Walid had complications and is now a paraplegic.
The Patient Care Quality Review Board investigated both cases.

The recommendations it made in 2009 in Geroge's case, mirror the later report on Whalid's treatment.

In part three of our series, Backbone, Daybreak host, Chris Walker, speaks with B.C. Children's Hospital vice-president for medical affairs, Tex Kissoon.


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Breaking workplace rules and getting away with it

Do you work with someone who gets away with breaking all the rules at work.

People who are late, take long lunches, and are ALWAYS on break.

But somehow,  they don't get into trouble.
Our new workplace psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Newman, chatted with Daybreak host, Chris Walker, about workers who flaunt the rules and never pay.


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Iconic Kelowna paddle-wheeler on the move

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Tugboats manoeuvre in next to the Fintry Queen. (Chris Walker/CBC)
Kelowna's iconic paddle-wheeler, the Fintry Queen, has sailed for the first time in three years.
The vessel had been moored at a downtown dock ever since the courts seized it iin 2009.

But on the morning of Oct. 11, it was moved so the city can begin work on a downtown marina.

Before the move, Daybreak host, Chris Walker spoke with the City of Kelowna's property manager, Ron Forbes.

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Then Chris made his way down to the dock to speak with the Fintry Queen's official sales agent, Andy Schwab.


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Timber supply report gets lukewarm reception

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Mountain pine beetles killed these Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) trees in Prince George, BC. (Wikimedia commons)
Beyond the Beetle is the title of the new timber supply report just released by the B.C.Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

It's a response to the recommendations made by the Special Committee on Timber Supply.

Among other things, it announces a climate change resiliency program, more money for a fertilization program and discussions on how to better target silviculture resources.

John Betts had been hoping for something bolder and with more depth.

He's the director of the Western Silviculture Contractors Association. He shared his thoughts with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.


Read the report here.


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Surgery delayed with heartbreaking results

Walid Waitkus at the beach before his surgery.

Two Okanagan families with children needed spinal surgery at B.C. Children's Hospital, but neither received the care they needed so they both ended up at Shriners hospitals in the US.

In episode one of our series, Backbone, we heard the story of Donna Webb and her son George.

George's operation was a success.

In episode two, Daybreak's Christina Low brings us a story with a different ending.


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Bestiality doc derails Okanagan Film Festival

Filmmaker Daryl Stoneage, in a scene from his movie, Donkey Love. (Different Drummer Films)

The Okanagan Film Festival International's plan to screen a controversial documentary about bestiality in Columbia has forced it to find a new home on the eve of its scheduled start.


Daybreak caught up with the manager of the Paramount Theatre in Kelowna, which has refused to host the festival.


After that, Daybreak host, Chris Walker, spoke with film festival organizer, Jeremy Heymen and the person responsible for suggesting the film, Leo Bartels, as well as the filmmaker, Daryl Stoneage.


WARNING: This story deals with sexual themes. Listener discretion is advised.


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Washington to vote on same-sex marriage

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Same-sex marriage supporter, Pastor Percy Watkins. (Bob Keating/CBC)

In about a month Americans go to the polls to chose a president.

But that's not all they'll vote on.

Our neighbours in Washington State will also vote on whether to allow gays and lesbians to legally marry.
It's a question that divides Americans and has been voted on in dozens of states - never passing.
The CBC's Bob Keating took a trip to Spokane Washington and filed this story:


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A look back at first Canadian expedition to Everest

Pat Morrow, on Everest, 1982 (CBC Archives)

Thirty years ago this week, Canada conquered Mount Everest.

Mountaineer Laurie Skreslet was the first to reach the summit, and BC's Pat Morrow followed.

Their triumph was the work of sixteen Canadian climbers. But one of those climbers didn't come home.

Daybreak host, Chris Walker, has his story and the story of the secret he took up that mountain.


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Mom says B.C. health care system failed her son


The week after Thanksgiving, Donna Webb and her son, George, will be making their last trip to Seattle for post-op follow up.
George was successfully operated on at Shriners Hospital two years ago. He had scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine.

Donna says the health care system in B.C. has failed children who need spinal surgeries. Daybreak's Christina Low has put together a series looking at how these children fell throught the gaps.

Here is the first episode of Backbone.

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10,000 km mental health journey rolls into Kelowna

Ashley Gilbank is rollerblading across Canada to raise money for youth mental health.

On June 4, Ashley Gilbank of St.John's Newfoundland strapped on her roller blades and pointed them west.

She's been blading ever since.

Her mission is to help raise awareness and funds for youth mental health.

She will complete the 10,000 km journey when she reaches Mile 0 in Vancouver.

On Oct. 4 she rolled into Kelowna. The next morning she dropped by the CBC studio for a chat with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.


The Skate 4 Life 2012 website can be found here.

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Local meat doesn't necessarily mean safe meat

Local meat doesn't mean safer meat, according to one B.C. abattoir owner. (CBC)
In the wake of the massive XL beef recall, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of local meat.

The conventional wisdom seems to be that it's safer than meat from large processing plants.

The province''s  new minister of agriculture is even talking about expanding local sources of meat here in B.C. as the province prepares to take on more of the inspections now done by the federal government.

But abattoir owner, David Fernie, says more local meat isn't necessarily safer meat.
In fact, he says, the province should be looking at big plants like XL Meats for examples of how to do things right.
Fernie runs an abattoir near Williams Lake, and is the past president of the BC Association of Abattoirs.

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Things to read among the falling leaves



With the autumn fully underway now, Daybreak host, Chris Walker, invited Barbara Jo May in to talk fall books.


She's the adult collections librarian at the Okanagan Regional Library.

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B.C. gets ready to take over slaughterhouse inspections

B.C. will soon take over responsibility for some meat inspections. (Jim Cole/Canadian Press)

The regulations governing meat production in Canada are a confusing patchwork that overlap jurisdictions.
But some responsibility is slowly shifting from the federal government to the province.
Norm Letnick is BC's minister of agriculture. He's also the Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. He explained what's happening to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Ragweed may not be all bad afterall

Ragweed pollen, which causes allergic reactions, usually starting in August, is enlarged about 2000 times by a scanning electron microscope. (Left: iStockphoto. Right: Estelle Levetin, University of Tulsa)

Ragweed is the bane of alergy sufferers everywhere. One plant can produce a billion grains of pollen in a season.

That's a billion reasons it's a pest to humans.

But a new study shows that ragweed isn't always so mean.
In fact, ragweed is rather friendly -- especially to fellow ragweed, and, oddly enough, to mushrooms.    

John Klironomos is a professor of biology at UBC Okanagan who worked on the study. He dropped by CBC Kelowna to talk about it with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Disney waddles to success in Kelowna

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Club Penguin allows children to assume the identity of a cute little penguin and chat with others, hit the disco floor, decorate a penguin abode, ride bobsleds and throw snowballs at other penguins. (Disney)


The Disney Corporation is one of Kelowna's bigger employers. The city is also the centre for Disney's online studios.

It all started seven years ago with a little game called Club Penguin. IIt now has millions of players around the world.

So what made it so successful?

Dave Krysko is one of the founders of Club Penguin. He dropped by the CBC Kelowna studio for a chat with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Trudeau generates excitement among Liberals

Justin Trudeau speaks during question period in the House of Commons. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Justin Trudeau has a good name, good looks and lots of charm.

But does he have the chops to lead a complex organisation like the Liberal Party of Canada? A party that's troubled, unpopular and broke?

Ahead of Trudeau's expected entry into the Liberal leadership race, Daybreak host, Chris Walker, spoke with Dr. Islam Mohamed. He's the president of the Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal riding association. 

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Hunters find Penticton man's remains


The remains of Albert Chretien have been found.

They were discovered by hunters in Merrit Mountain in Northern Elko County in Nevada.

Chretien and his wife Rita became stranded in Northern Elko Country in March last year, while travelling from Penticton to Las Vegas.
Rita was rescued after spending 48 days in their vehicle but Albert went off in search of help to get their vehicle unstuck and went missing.

MariAnne McKown is the Editor of the Elko Daily Free Press. Her paper has been covering this story and she talked with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Penticton group looks to open homeless shelter

It started as part of her job with the Ministry of Social Services but has grown into a calling.

Passing out blankets and warm clothes with her husband and friends wasn't enough, so she's formed The Lighthouse Low Barrier Shelter Group.
It's a non-profit group aimed at creating a new shelter in the city and she told Daybreak South host, Christ Walker, what it's all about.

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B.C. teachers create Northern Gateway lessons

The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline would run from Alberta to the B.C. coast, carrying oil to tankers for export to the U.S. and Asia. (Enbridge)

The Northern Gateway pipeline project has created a huge debate in many parts of this province.

Now a teacher from Kelowna and a colleague from northern B.C. are working on lesson plans to bring that debate to the classroom.

You can see the teaching materials on the B.C. Teachers' Federation website.

The Kelowna teacher was unavailable for an interview, but Daybreak host, Chris Walker, spoke with the head of the BCTF, Susan Lambert. 

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