November 2012 Archives

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Arion farm unique healing opportunity for troubled kids

The animals and therapists at Arion Therapeutic Farm in East Kelowna (Madonna Hamel/CBC)
The first thing you see when you drive up to Arion Therapeutic Farm in East Kelowna is the image of a winged, black horse.

In Greek mythology the horse Arion had a handicapped hoof, but was immortal, and Arion Farm gives its clients a feeling of immortality -- at least for a while --  on its five-hectare property.

It's annual fundraiser is Dec. 1 and 2, and "Winter Wonderland" gives visitors a chance to see close-up what Arion's equine therapists do.

Madonna Hamel visited the farm and got a tour from founder and executive director, Heather Henderson.

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91-year-old falls deathly ill at care home, staff unaware

Promotional video for Summerland Seniors Village

Putting your loved ones in a care home is a heart-wrenching decision, but it's often done with the belief that they will receive better care than living on their own.

This next story may challenge that perception.

Ninety-two-year-old Alfredo Bonaldi is now in hospital in Penticton, unable to speak, his kidneys shut down from a serious infection.

He had been living at Summerland Seniors Village until a week ago, when he was found by family members in his room, near death.

He had stopped showing up for meals -- but staff never noticed.

His daughter, Edi Inglis, explains what happened to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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Great reads from the B.C. Interior

The five contenders for this year's Canada Reads contest have been announced -- and this year it's regional.

Books have been chosen to represent five regions of Canada: the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and North, and B.C. and Yukon.

For some ideas on great books that have come from Interior writers, we turned to author and Okanagan College professor Alix Hawley who suggested these four literary works.

Shelter, by Francie Greenslade
So it Won't Go Away by John Lent
Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson
Traplines by Eden Robinson

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Snowy owls flock to B.C.

A juvenile snowy owl, perched on a lamp post along the William R. Bennett Bridge in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed by: Chris Charlesworth)

There's an invasion of sorts happening in B.C., from Prince George all the way south to Penticton.

Chris Charlesworth has been on the front lines, he's a bird expert in Kelowna.

Daybreak host Chris Walker reached him Wednesday afternoon, and began by asking where he was speaking from.

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Economist says B.C. needs to lay off austerity measures

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Finance Minister Mike de Jong gives his quarterly financial update in Victoria on Nov. 28, 2012 (CBC)
The provincial government has a lot of work ahead if it plans to balance the budget by next February.

Right now B.C. has a deficit of about $1.5 billion, a jump of almost $330 million since the last quarter. That means B.C. now carries a total debt of about $66 billion.

Finance Minister Mike De Jong was vague about just how the government plans to counter the deficit, except to say they'll reduce spending, and Premier Christy Clark says those cuts won't affect health or education.

So is austerity the right move? Ken Carlaw is an associate professor of economics at UBC-Okanagan. He shares his take on B.C.'s financial future.

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Daybreak craves your shortbread cookie recipes!

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December is just around the corner and with it, lots of festive cooking.

This year, Daybreak is looking for THE BEST shortbread cookie recipe.

It seems simple, sure. After all, shortbread is just three simple ingredients: butter, flour and sugar, but mastering this sweet treat can be tricky.

As Chris explains below, we want you to send us recipes for your perfect shortbread cookies. They'll be baked, sampled and judged by a highly qualified group of cookie connoisseurs (who also happen to be on the CBC Daybreak payroll), and a prize will be awarded to the very best.

You can submit them here or to daybreakkelowna AT
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Fire Department plan may be too expensive for Kelowna

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The fire hall in downtown Kelowna. The Fire Department has requested a multi-million dollar plan to upgrade emergency services (PoYang_博仰/Flickr)
A 10-year strategic plan for the Kelowna Fire Department has a long, and expensive list of demands.

Fire Chief, Jeffery Carlisle has requested two new fire halls, relocating a third -- and 40 additional firefighters.

The cost could be huge: an estimated $10 million for the three fire halls, and $4 million a year for the additional staff.

The plan was supposed to debated this week at council -- but it wasn't even discussed. Council they tabled the plan and moved on to other business.

To explain why, Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Gerry Zimmerman, a Kelowna city councillor and the city's former fire chief.

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Clinic hopes to reduce use of psych drugs on aggressive youth

The UBCO clinic will try to wean aggressive children off anti-psychotic drugs (e-Magine Art/Flickr)

A UBC-Okanagan professor says more and more young children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs -- even though they have no history of psychosis.

Instead, the drugs are used to treat aggressive behaviour.

The university has opened a new teaching and research clinic for treating mental illness, and Edward Taylor, director of the School of Social Work, will coordinate the work of physicians, nurses, families and social workers to determine if they can reduce the use of such drugs.

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More Than One Way Home:

More Than One Way Home Part 4: Free Prayer

Bruce Muirhead stands outside his motor home on the side of Dehart Road in Kelowna's Mission neighbourhood. He says a dream compelled him to sit and wait here, offering free prayer. (Contributed by: Bruce Muirhead)

With Part 4 of "More Than One Way Home," Daybreak contributor Madonna Hamel returns with her series on faith and spirituality in the Okanagan.

With her segment entitled Free Prayer, she sits down with Bruce Muirhead -- out in front of his motor home along Dehart Road, in Kelowna's Mission neighbourhood.

After his wife died in 2006, Bruce sold everything and hit the road until one day last summer.

That's when Bruce had a dream that instructed him to drive his motor home to Kelowna, put out a sign that reads "Free Prayer," then sit -- and wait.

Bruce says he asked his friends for guidance and when one of them revealed he'd had the same dream, Bruce figured that was confirmation enough.

Most days Bruce can be seen sitting in one of his lawn chairs, beside his Free Prayer sign, on Dehart between Gordon and Lakeshore Road. That's where Madonna Hamel found him last week.
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Past Episodes of More Than One Way Home:
     - Part 1: Native Spirituality
     - Part 2: Radical Hospitality
     - Part 3: Mediums, witches and shamen

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Jurors underpaid and poorly treated for duties provided

Juries can be subjected to extremely long, graphic, trials for little pay. They are then forbidden from talking about the experience after the fact -- even to counsellors.(Alex Tavshunsky/CBC)

The jurors charged with deciding the Greeks murder trial spent 18 months hearing the facts of the case, then another 12 days sequestered deciding the fate of the five men on trial.

In the end, they convicted all five Greeks gang members: Peter Manolakos, Dale Sipes, Leslie Podolski, Sheldon O'Donnell and Douglas Brownell

Four of the five were convicted of first degree murder, while Brownell was convicted of two manslaughter charges.

All the murders were committed in the Vernon area between 2004 and 2005.

Sonia Chopra, a litigation consultant, did her doctoral thesis on juror stress at Simon Fraser University, and interviewed dozens of jurors for her thesis.

She tells Daybreak guest host, Alya Ramadan, that she believes jurors should be better compensated and better treated for the services they provide society.
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Fire destroys 4 Kelowna businesses, spares Cora's

With less than a month to go before Christmas, Burtch Plaza, on Harvey Avenue in Kelowna is closed.

On Monday, four businesses were destroyed after a fire broke out at the strip mall just outside the city's downtown core

Owners whose buildings weren't hit by the fire or water damage expect it will take at least two weeks before they can get into their businesses, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

CBC's Madonna Hamel went down to the site to talk to onlookers and business owners.

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Unions aim to stop foreign miners' temporary work permits

Canadian unions say the Chinese miners are being paid well below the going rate for the work they do. (David Crigge/Associated Press)
Two unions have won Round One in the fight to prevent foreign miners from working in B.C.

Thursday, a Federal court judge allowed the unions to proceed with a judicial review. The review would investigate the temporary work permits that allow Chinese miners to work at a northern coal mine near Tumbler Ridge.

HD Minining International Ltd. has said it was unable to find Canadian miners with specialized skills for its underground coal mine.

Ross Hickey, an economist at UBC-Okanagan who specializes in labour issues, has been following this controversy, and explains to Daybreak host Chris Walker.

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WANTED: beaver-carcass toting long-distance skiiers

Researchers are looking for volunteers to help them learn more about wolverine migration patterns. (Mats Lindh/Creative Commons)
Wolverine researchers are looking for strong men and women, who love the outdoors and can carry a beaver carcass long distances.

It's a bizarre job description, but wildlife biologist Tony Clevenger is hoping the volunteers can help him track migration patterns of wolverines in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

One of the main focuses of the study is to determine the impact of the Trans Canada Highway on their movement.

Tony Cleaver explains what type of people he's looking for to help him with his research, and then Daybreak host Chris Walker speaks with Cal Sime, one volunteer who's ready to take it on.

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Municipal wastewater having funny effect on fish

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Biologist Bruce Mathieson in his lab at UBC-Okanagan. (Contributed by: Bruce Mathieson)
There's some troubling news for fish populations.

A new study at UBC-Okanagan shows significant changes to male fish living in municipal effluent -- water that's already been treated, cleaned and purified.

Purification systems don't remove things like estrogen from the water, and that's having a funny effect on the fish.

Bruce Mathieson, an associate professor of biology at UBC Okanagan, has been comparing fish found in the City of Vernon's muncipal wastewater and those in a nearby pond. He's found the wastewater appears to be feminizing the fish, and making them larger.

He explains what they've observed to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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School sells off artifacts before demolishing building

Morris Vardabasso at his grad formal at Vernon Secondary School in 1974. He's now the school's principal. (Contributed by: Morris Vardabasso)
The old Vernon Secondary School holds a lot of memories for Morris Vardabasso.

In 1974, he graduated from what was then Vernon's only high school. Today he's the principal.

Over the Christmas holidays, Morris will oversee the school's big move across the field, into a brand new, state of the art building. Then he'll watch as the old building is reduced to rubble in the new year.

Thursday night is the chance for former students and staff to tour the old building and reminisce about the good old days.

Morris shares some of his memories with Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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If you feel like buying a (literal) piece of the school's history, it's selling off bricks, tshirts and flooring from the original building.

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Jumbo 'a good project' insists developer Oberto Oberti

A view from the Glacier Dome at Jumbo (Jumbo Glacier Resort/Flikr), (right) developer, Oberto Oberti (CBC)

Thanks to the B.C. Government, Jumbo Glacier ski resort is a step closer to being built.

On Tuesday the province created a resort municipality on the site, as well as a new mayor, new council and administrator were appointed for this community that doesn't yet have any residents.

Proponents say the designation is essential so that land permits can be issued for development on the site.

Oberto Oberti has been working on the proposal since 1990, and has been the driving force behind Jumbo. Host Chris Walker reached him at this office in Vancouver.
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Theatre Kelowna gets amateurs singing in Snow White

The cast of The Rockin' Tale of Snow White rehearses at Kelowna Community Theatre. The show runs Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, 2012 (Contributed by: John Van Dyk)
If you weren't a child actor, trying out for a play as an adult might feel like a good way to thoroughly embarrass yourself.

Not so, says Daybreak's culture aficionado, Gillianne Richards. She insists if you've always wanted to do drama, but were too afraid to try -- there's a perfect place for you in community theatre.

And Gilliane should know -- she and her entire family auditioned for Theatre Kelowna's Christmas pantomime: The Rockin' Tale of Snow White.

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Staff begin to conjure Jumbo resort municipality

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There may not be anyone who calls Jumbo Glacier Resort Municipality home just yet, but the community now has four government officials.

A mayor, two councillors and an interim corporate officer were all appointed Tuesday when the B.C. government officially named the planned project a resort municipality.

The council and staff will be paid for by B.C. taxpayers, as the community has no taxable population base.

Phil Taylor is a retired chief administrative officer from the Town of Golden and has been hired as the budding town's corporate officer. He explains to host Chris Walker what work lies ahead.

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Violence continues in Gaza, despite ceasefire promise

The latest Israel-Gaza conflict is now into its second week.

Despite signs that Israel and Hamas would agree to a ceasefire Tuesday evening, the violence continued through Wednesday morning.

For a look at the situation in Gaza, Daybreak reached Yousef Al-Helou, a freelance Palestinian journalist based in Gaza City who has also taken part in pro-Palestinian causes.

He's on the ground in Gaza.

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Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have clashed in recent days with a series of airstrikes and rocket attacks, amid threats of a ground war. The maps below show the affected regions in Israel and Gaza as of Nov. 20, 2012 (CBC)

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1955 World Championship defining moment for Penticton goalie

Back in 1955, an amateur team stick-handled its way to the World Hockey Championship, humiliating the reigning Soviet team -- who had taken the gold from the Canadians in their World Hockey debut the year before. 

That hockey team was the Penticton Vees, and their goalie was Ivan McLelland.

He's written a new book about that experience, called "Gold Mine to Gold Medal and beyond," and talks to Daybreak host Chris Walker about the days before goalies wore face guards, and why he turned down a chance at a professional hockey career. 

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Jumbo Glacier Resort municipality 'undemocratic'

The Jumbo Glacier ski resort project in southeastern B.C. would sit on an old sawmill site, and visitors would be shuttled to ski and snowboard on four nearby glaciers. (CBC)
The provincial government has announced Jumbo Glacier Resort as B.C.'s latest resort municipality.

The development was approved in march and will be North America's first year-round ski destination; It will sit on a now-abandoned sawmill site and visitors will be shuttled to ski and snowboard on four pristine glaciers, just west of Invermere in the Purcell mountains.

The resort municipality will be run by an appointed mayor and council, consisting of former Radium Hot Springs mayor Greg Deck, as well as Nancy Hugunin and Steve Ostrander.

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett also announced Phil Taylor as interim corporate officer, which the province says will help ensure the municipality is fully functional by Feb. 19, 2013 -- its date of incorporation.

Invermere mayor Gerry Taft says creating a municipality where there is no population, and giving all the decision-making power to a group of people who have not been elected is undemocratic, and a slap in the face to locals.

He explains his perspective to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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The Jumbo Glacier resort has been in the works for more than two decades. Here's a timeline of its progress.

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Kelowna looks to move heavy truck route out of downtown

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Kelowna city council is considering a plan to reroute truck traffic from Ellis Street (left) four blocks eastward to Gordon Drive (right). (Google Streetview)
Kelowna city council is considering a plan that could eventually stop big trucks rumbling through downtown.

Right now, the most direct route between the city's north end industrial area and the W.R. Bennett Bridge is along Ellis Street.

But the city is trying to make downtown more pedestrian-friendly and that designated truck route cuts right through the city's core.

On Monday, city council will consider a plan that could see Ellis Street closed to trucks within the year, and reroute them to Gordon Drive, four blocks eastward.

Daybreak's Adrian Nieoczym took a walk down Gordon Drive and asked people who live and shop there how they'd feel if truck traffic increased.

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Developers to pay school district before building

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Beginning late-November, developers will have to pay a fee before they break ground, to help pay for future schools in the central Okanagan (Kate Adach/CBC)
Developers will again have to pay more before breaking ground on a new home or building.

Starting next week, the Central Okanagan School District will collect money from developers  that will go toward purchasing land for new schools.

It's a fee that was previously collected back in the 1990s.

To understand why this fee is being reinstated, Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Larry Paul, secretary-treasurer of School District 23.

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UPDATED: Hyatt family reacts to guilty verdict

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Friends and family members started a "justice for Ashlee" campaign in memory of 16-year-old Ashlee Hyatt. (Charrie Hyatt/Facebook)

An 18-year-old West Kelowna, B.C., woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Ashlee Hyatt.

Hyatt was 16 when she bled to death after being stabbed near her neck during a house party in Peachland in 2010.

Ashlee's parents Charrie and Greg Hyatt spoke with Daybreak host Chris Walker about how they feel about the verdict and how Ashlee's death has transformed their lives.

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Thief tries to bum ride after mom catches him on stolen bike

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At one time or other, most of us have had something stolen. And many of us have thought about confronting the scoundrel -- the thief who deprived us of what was once ours.

But given the opportunity, what would you actually do if you saw someone with something you knew had been stolen?

Christina Janes of Kelowna had that very experience Wednesday morning, when she caught a grown man riding her daughter's bike.

The bike had been taken from their yard this summer, just three days after being purchased. She tells Daybreak host Chris Walker about her daring takedown.

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Paralyzed teen joins health care charter challenge

Walid Khalfallah's spinal-curvature condition steadily worsened as he waited for surgery. He is now paralyzed from the waist down. (Family photo)

A paralyzed teenager from Kelowna has joined a constitutional challenge to B.C.'s health care laws.

Walid Khalfallah's story touched many Daybreak listeners. In 2009, the then-13-year-old needed urgent spinal surgery but never got the operation from B.C.Children's hospital.

He finally went to Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Washington, for help -- but there were complications and Walid is now a paraplegic.

The B.C. Minister of Health, Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid apologized for the delays.

But now, Walid's mother, Debbie Waitkus, has signed on to a charter challenge on her son's behalf, launched by private clinic owner Dr. Brian Day.

Daybreak host Chris Walker reached her at B.C.Children's Hospital.

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ManWoman: 1938-2012

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Artist and mystic ManWoman died in Cranbrook last week. Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with Barry Coulter, the editor of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.

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And, check out this great YouTube profile of ManWoman by CBC contributor Arthur Black:

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Dealing with difficult customers

Our workplace columnist, Jennifer Newman, shares advice on dealing with difficult customers at work.

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Teen says she punched but didn't kill Ashlee Hyatt

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Friends and family members started a "justice for Ashlee" campaign in memory of 16-year-old Ashlee Hyatt. (Charrie Hyatt/Facebook)
The teenager accused of killing Ashlee Hyatt at a Peachland house party in 2010 has testified that while she fought with Hyatt the night of her death, she didn't stab and kill her.

Hyatt died on June 2, 2010 after being involved in a fight outside a house party

For the past two weeks, the Crown has laid out its case against the 18-year-old accused of Hyatt's murder, but on Tuesday she took the stand in her own defense.

Reporter Brady Strachan has been following this story closely.
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Deeper deficit preventable says former chief economist

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The road to Canada's economic recovery is now a little longer.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the national deficit now sits at $26 billion, up $5 billion from his estimate in March.

That means Canada likely won't see a surplus until at least 2016, and it's the second time in two years the federal government has had to push back it's goal of getting back in the black.

But David Bond, a former chief economist at HSBC, says there were ways to prevent this and the Harper government's decision to reduce the GST was a mistake.
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Licenses could be pulled for non-compliant daycares

Fifteen of 18 daycares in Kelowna were cited for infractions in their October health and safety inspections by Interior Health (CBC)
There are certain things you wouldn't expect at a licensed daycare:

Steak knives in a bottom drawer that kids can easily access, cigarettes left lying around. And most parents expect their child's daycare to have enough staff on duty, and make plans to replace people who aren't able to make it to work.

But those are just some of the infractions Interior Health inspectors found at 18 Kelowna-area daycares over the past month.

Gretchen Komick is responsible for daycare licensing for Interior Health and tells Daybreak host Chris Walker how and when daycares are reprimanded -- and at what point the health authority shuts them down.
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15 of 18 Kelowna daycares citied for infractions

CBC News has learned 15 of 18 Kelowna daycares failed their October inspections by Interior Health. Some, for incomplete first aid kits, others for leaving cigarettes out in reach of children. (CBC)

CBC News has learned that recent inspections of daycares in Kelowna have revealed serious and ongoing violations.

Interior Health routinely inspects daycares to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.

They've done 18 inspections in the past month, and found violations at 15 of those daycares.

The most serious case was at the West Kelowna Learning Centre, which failed the inspection in eight different categories including: incomplete child records, staff cigarettes accessible to children, and repeated violations for too few staff.

Here's a full list of which violations were found where, but Daybreak host Chris Walker outlines the broad strokes in Part One of this story.
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Hyatt trial testimony 'horrific' says dead teen's friend

Ashlee Hyatt in May 2009 (Charrie Hyatt/Facebook)

The Ashlee Hyatt trial enters what could be the last week of proceedings on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old died after being stabbed at a Peachland house party in 2010, and an 18-year-old Kelowna woman is on trial for Hyatt's second degree murder.

She cannot be identified because she was a minor at the time of Hyatt's death.

Family and friends have filled the courtroom as the trial unfolds, and Samantha Waller has been among them.

She was a friend of Ashlee Hyatt's, and tells Daybreak host Chris Walker about how Hyatt's death has forever changed her group of friends, and how difficult the trial has been for them.
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'Soup Queen' of Kaslo shares her secrets

On Friday, Daybreak got the conversation brewing about favourite chilly-weather soups, thanks to Soup Sister, Jennifer Schell.

That prompted your recipes and suggestions for B.C.'s best soups -- including this email from Marianne Johnstone:
Kaslo has our very own soup expert. 
Hannah runs Sunnyside Naturals and always has a pot of soup on the go, very often with the most alluring aroma. 
She serves it up with a "wagel" and her own special veggie butter.
What surprised me most when I first discovered this gem was that her soup is always vegetarian, no wheat no dairy and she has so many great combinations, some with curry, some with garden herbs. 
If you pass by on an empty stomache you can't resist the waft of warm, comforting goodness. 
Also included, at no charge is a kind word or sometimes a bit of sage advice.
She's my very favourite "queen of soup".

So host Chris Walker phoned up Hana Culen, the "Soup Queen of Kaslo," and convinced her to share some of her secrets.
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Hyatt trial hears recorded testimony from Mike Baxter

Ashlee Hyatt after a dance recital in May, 2009 (Facebook).
The Ashlee Hyatt murder trial in Kelowna has heard heartbreaking testimony from Mike Baxter, Hyatt's former boyfriend, recorded at the preliminary hearing earlier last year.

Hyatt, who was 16, was fatally stabbed at a high school party in Peachland in 2010.

An 18-year-old girl is charged with second degree murder, but she can't be identified because she was a minor at the time of Hyatt's death.

Baxter was the Crown's primary witness, but he was killed in a tragic car accident just a week before the trial began. The jury heard a recording of what he saw, on Thursday.

Daybreak reporter Brady Strachan has been following this trial closely, and joins host Chris Walker.
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Olaus Jeldness statue arrives in Rossland from China

The 4-meter high statue of Norwegian ski pioneer Olaus Jeldness being unwrapped in Rossland on Nov.8, 2012 (Contributed by: Roly Worsfold)
People in Rossland, B.C., think of Olaus Jeldness as the father of skiing at Red Mountain.

But when he arrived back in the 1890's, there was no ski hill, no chair lift and no apres ski, and Olaus was one of the people who helped make the hill and the community what it is today.

Now, the Spirit of Red Social Club Society wants everyone to know what he did, and have commissioned a 4-meter tall bronze statue of the pioneering Norwegian.

It's fresh off the boat from China, and will be installed at the intersection of Columbia and Washington Streets, in front of the old Bank of Montreal building in Rossland.

To understand more, Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with the president of the Spirit of Red Social Club, Roly Worsfold.

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Scrumptious soup ideas for chilly days

Okanagan Apple, Sage & Celeriac Soup (Contributed by: Jennifer Schell/Soup Sisters)

The Spanish have their gaspacho, the Russians their borscht.

The Italians turn to minestrone and, of course, the New Englanders love their clam chowder.

Regardless of our background, we all tend to ladle up some old fashion goodness when the weather turns nippy.
But Daybreak was feeling adventurous and wanted to turn to some soup with a twist.

Jennifer Schell is a food author and the coordinator of the Kelowna chapter of Soup Sisters, which has branches all across Canada and delivers fresh homemade soup to women shelters.

She shares some of her favourite traditional -- and obscure soups, including Okanagan Apple, Sage & Celeriac Soup (see below for recipe)
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Okanagan Apple, Sage & Celeriac Soup
Submitted by Jennifer Schell, Editor, Food & Wine Writer & Soup Sister

A celebration of the Okanagan's harvest season, this soup is a love letter to my orchard roots. Born and raised on an apple farm, it was important for me to contribute a soup recipe that  stars this beautiful fruit. Not only nutritious and delicious, for me the apple symbolizes home, family and love. From my own backyard, I added walnuts, sage, thyme and parsley. Most of the other ingredients are from our local Farmer's Market. Eating local is a joy.

• 1 Large Celeriac, peeled and cubed
• 2 Large Okanagan Ambrosia Apples (or other sweet & sharp apple), peeled and cubed
• 1 medium 'Walla Walla' Onion, sliced
• 10 Sage Leaves
• 5 sprigs of Thyme
• 1.5 litres organic chicken stock
• Extra Virgin Olive oil for roasting
• Salt

Baguette, sliced and toasted
Naramata Bench Blue Cheese (Cambozola or other blue cheese works perfectly)
Walnuts, toasted
Small Sage leaves, fried to crisp
Parsley, finely chopped
Maldon Sea Salt if needed


1. In a large roasting pan toss celeriac, onion, apples, thyme and sage, season with a bit of salt and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
2. Roast at 375, stirring occasionally, until the celeriac has softened but not coloured. Transfer from roasting pan into saucepan and add chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes until apple and celeriac are soft.
3. Remove from heat; use a hand blender to whizz into creamy perfection (make sure to remove thyme twigs).
Prepare Crostini garnish: Toast baguette rounds. Top with a thick smear of cheese, walnuts and a fried sage leaf. Ladle soup into bowls and float Crostini in the centre of the bowl.
Sprinkle with parsley and extra chopped walnuts.

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Down Syndrome doesn't make her different

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Joanna Morris and her boss Sean, at the Pihl Law Corporation office in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed by: Scott Klassen)

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society has launched a huge public awareness campaign.

It wants us all to celebrate the contributions people with Down Syndrome make and know people with the disorder lead rich, full lives.

Down Syndrome is caused by extra genetic material associated with chromosome 21, and many people have health problems as a result.

Joanna Morris is 26-years-old, studied at Okanagan College, works at Pihl Law Corporation in Kelowna, and has Down Syndrome.

Daybreak's Christina Low met with her and her employer earlier this week.
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Veteran shares story, fears he'll be forgotten

Left: Former MP and war veteran Don Cameron is presented with a Diamond Jubilee Medal in October, 2012 (Murray Mitchell/Kamloops Daily News) Right: Cameron remembers his combat tour and his time as a prisoner of war. (Josh Pagé/CBC)
Don Cameron may be 95, but his memory hasn't failed him a bit.

The World War Two veteran remembers his time with a tank regiment 70 years ago. He recalls all of it: from being captured, to the names of the friends he fought beside.

Now he goes through newspapers, marking obituaries for soldiers, and lobbies to get them headstones.

As more and more of our older veterans die, the chances to hear stories like Don's dwindle, and he fears the war will be forgotten slowly once all the World War Two veterans are gone.

Here's his story, as put together by the CBC's Josh Pagé.

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As a web bonus, we are also sharing two more of Don's stories. First, he describes two of the men who didn't make it back home from combat.

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Don also had the opportunity to meet royalty when he was wounded.

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Pot legalization will likely have economic impact on B.C.

Residents of Washington State and Colorado voted to legalize and tax small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. (Canadian Press)

Voters south of the border made another historic decision Tuesday night.

Residents of Washington State and Colorado voted to legalize and tax small amounts of marijuana.

In Washington, 55 per cent of voters approved Initiative 502, legalizing the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by anyone over the age of 21.

Now, pot advocates in B.C. say it's time for this province and country to follow suit -- or suffer inevitable economic consequences.

Jim Leslie is the president of lifeline incorporated, an organization that lobbies and educates on medical marijuana. He's also a former Border Services officer.

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UBC Okanagan students create Ghanaian alphabet

Robyn Giffen and Vida Yakong with the new Nabit alphabet (Contributed by: UBC)
The language was already there. It's called Nabit, and it's spoken by about 10,000 people in northern Ghana.

But Nabit is purely a spoken language. It has no writing system and no alphabet.

That's where UBC anthropology student Robyn Giffen comes in. She's now working with PhD candidate Vida Yakong, who speaks Nabit, and together they're creating an alphabet for the endangered language.

She explains how and why, to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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School district adapts after Bountiful school closure

Children run back to class following a recess break at Mormon Hills school in the polygamous community of Bountiful near Creston, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Bountiful Elementary-Secondary School in the polygamous community near Creston, B.C., has shut its doors without explanation.

Until recently there were two schools there, each run by a different faction in the fundamentalist Mormon community.

One school is affiliated with Winston Blackmore and his followers.

The one that closed was run by the faction affiliated with jailed American polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Daphne Bramham is an author and Vancouver Sun columnist who has written extensively about Bountiful and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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Most of the displaced students now fall under the jurisdiction of the Kootenay Lake School District.

Jeff Jones is the district superintendent, and explains how they have had to adjust to challenges presented by the influx of students from a unique lifestyle.
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Kelowna makes plan to standardize 5 water utilities

The City of Kelowna's Integrated Water Supply Plan looks at the best, but lowest-cost, solutions for providing safe water to Kelowna residents. (CBC)
Kelowna's five major water districts in Kelowna face a lot of challenges, and struggle to meet provincial water quality standards.

Four out of the five don't have protection against water-bourne pathogens like crytosporidium.

The problem, is that purveyors like the South East Kelowna Irrirgation Distirct can't afford the millions needed to upgrade their systems.

On Monday, Kelowna city council got a look at the 300+ page Integrated Water Supply Plan. It examines the best, and the lowest, cost solutions for providing safe water to Kelowna residents.

Andrew Reeder is the Utilities Planning Manager for the City of Kelowna. He explained part of the plan to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.

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Kelowna man lands in New York, finds Marathon cancelled

Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The 43rd New York City Marathon was cancelled on Friday. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes and livelihoods last week when it slammed into New York.

Now it's dashed the hopes of runners who traveled to NYC for the world-renowned race.

On Friday, under public pressure, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the event, saying it was not the time to hold a marathon.

Nathan Larente of Kelowna planned to run the marathon and only discovered it had been cancelled when he got off the plane Friday night.
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CBC Middle East correspondent returns from Syria

Aleppo, Syria is one of the oldest cities in the world, but its history is gradually being lost to the bombings, fighting and rubble of a civil war.

But the losses in that country go far beyond buildings. It's estimated 36,000 people have died in the 19 months since the conflict began.

CBC Middle East Correspondent Derek Stoffel recently returned from several days in Aleppo province, and speaks to Daybreak host Chris Walker, from the CBC bureau in Jerusalem.

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Turmoil plagues B.C. Tree Fruit Cooperative


The Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative is once again in the headlines.

In October, it kicked out Kirpal Boparai, the current President of the B.C.Fruit Growers Association -- revoking his membership and cancelling their contract to market his fruit.

Then at its annual general meeting, members voted in a new director and new vice president, and passed a motion that tried to force Boparai to step down.

Then last week the new board fired the CEO and operations manager.

Daybreak's Christina Low has been investigating the reasons behind the internal turmoil and explains it all to host, Chris Walker.

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For a better understanding of the financial and operational problems facing the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, see the highlighted sections of this report, prepared by the B.C. Fruit Growers Association.

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Mother sues school district over bullied son

A mother in Salmon Arm is taking the local school district to small claims court.

Leanne McIvor alleges that the school district failed to properly protect her son from bullying, and as a result she's had to pull her son out of class and home school him instead.

She is suing for loss of wages because, she says, she is unable to work. Daybreak's Adrian Nieoczym has been looking into this story and explains it all to guest host Alya Ramadan.

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American downhill skiier wants to race men

American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn poses with her World Cup trophies in Schladming, Austria in March. (Armando Trovati/Associated Press)
American downhill skier Lindsey Vonn is blowing away the female competition.

So she wants to race against the men at the World Cup Downhill in Lake Louise later this month.

Her request has opened up a whole can of worms and raised questions such as if the race would give her an unfair advantage. It's the same course she would race in the women's event six days later.

Olympic skier and gold medalist Senator Nancy Green Raine gives her take on Vonn's request.
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Merritt rancher becomes B.C. lieutenant-governor

Prime Minister Stephen Harper names Nicola Valley rancher Judith Guichon as the lieutenant governor of British Columbia. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
Judith Guichon has ranched in the Nicola Valley near Merritt for decades, but Friday, she trades her dusty boots for the Civil Uniform... the official garb of B.C.'s Lieutenant Governor.

CBC Television News Vancouver co-host Gloria Macarenko recently paid a visit to the new Lieutenant Governor at her home, the Gerard Guichon Ranch.

She explains to Daybreak guest host Alya Ramadan how Guichon is bringing her rural roots to Victoria.
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UBC psychology class keeps eye on Hyatt trial

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Friends and family members have started a "justice for Ashlee" campaign in memory of 16-year-old Ashlee Hyatt. (Charrie Hyatt/Facebook)
The crime itself was enough to grab headlines and interest; A 16-year-old high school student charged with stabbing another student at a drunken house party in 2010.

Ashlee Hyatt, 16, died.

The classmate who allegedly stabbed her, is now an 18-years-old and stands trial for second degree murder.

Since the trial started last week, the courtroom has been packed with observers.

Among them have been Stephen Porter, a psychology professor at UBC Okanagan, and his grad students.

He explained why they're paying such close attention to the case, to Daybreak host Chris Walker.
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Cranbrook troupe dances to gold on ship in Hurricane Sandy

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Royal Stewart Highland Dancers at Majesty of the Seas. (Front L-R) Emily Balfour, Katie Saffin, Alexandra Demarchi, Katie Macleod (Back L-R) Rosmarie Saffin, Lisa Beaulac, Jane Nixon (Teacher) (Contributed by: Jane Nixon)

A group of highland dancers from Cranbrook won big this weekend, at the 2012 Sadie Simpson Scholarship competition.

The dance meet was held aboard an 880-ft cruise ship, in the Caribbean Sea.

At the same time as Hurricane Sandy was swirling through that region.

While many competitors fell ill and couldn't perform, the four girls from Royal Stewart Highland Dancers kept their composure.

Katie Macleod got first in the Senior Written Paper and Katie Saffin got fourth in the Junior Written Paper.

Jane Nixon is their instructor, and was on the ship as it was tossed around the Caribbean. She tells Daybreak host Chris Walker about that incredible experience.
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Earthquake dries out northern hot springs

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The hot springs at Hotspring Island in Gwaii Haanas National Park (Contributed by: Parks Canada / D. Kendrick)

Last weekend's earthquake off B-C's north coast has had an unexpected consequence.

A popular natural hot spring in Gwaii Haanas national park - appears to have dried up. Ernie Gladstone, superintendent of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, speaks to Daybreak host Chris Walker at 823 a.m. PT.