January 2013 Archives

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Kelowna to get new waterfront marina

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An artists rendition of the 5 million dollar marina and pier to be built this spring and summer in downtown Kelowna (Courtesy Westcorp)

A Calgary company, Westcorp, is preparing to start construction on a new 5 million dollar pier and marina on Kelowna's waterfront. In fact, some of the work has already started.

Gail Temple, Westcorp's Director of Development, says they are currently building two pontoons at its facilities in Calgary and it hopes to start construction on the city's waterfront next month.

Gail dropped by our studios, which are just two blocks from the new marina site.

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International students see cuts at Okanagan College

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Paying higher fees and getting fewer services is a complaint coming from some International students at Okanagan College in Kelowna.

In 2010, 455 international students were enrolled at the college, but that declined over the next two years to 353 foreign students.

The decline has translated into what the college calls  "restructuring.", But international students like JingWei Wu call it a cut to services.

Wu has attended the College for six years, first as an ESL student and now studying Business Administration.He tells Chris Walker what has been happening.

Then Chris is joined by Russ Winslade, the Acting Director of Okanagan College International to explain what's happening from the college's perspective

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UBC Okanagan to help Princeton health care crisis

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Emergency room at Princeton General Hospital is closed 4 nights a week( Courtesy CBC)

The town of Princeton has turned to researchers at the University of B.C. Okanagan to try to figure out how to fix health care problems in the community.

Since May, people in Princeton have had to make due with an emergency room that's closed 4 nights a week and they have been lobbying and meeting with the Interior Health Authority and provincial government officials to change that, but there's still no solution.

So community leaders decided to bring in some expert help by calling researchers from UBC Okanagan to brainstorm ways to improve health care in Princeton.

C.B.C. Reporter Brady Strachan spoke to people in Princeton about the issues.

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Forest fires, Smoke, Asthma and your health

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Okanagan Mountain Park fire from 2003 (Courtesy CBC)
There is new research for people who live in regions where forest fire are common and it examines the impact of smoke on your health.

The work was done by the BC Centre for Disease Control, which found a link between wildfire smoke and breathing problems, in particular Asthma.

Past research data came from hospitals and emergency rooms, but the latest study measures the impact of smoke in a different way.

Doctor Catherine Elliott, an epidemiologist with the BC Centre for Disease Control says it gives us a clearer picture of the health issues created by forest fire smoke.

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16-year-old with a passion for fashion

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A collection of women's fashions designed by 16-year-old Quinn Collier of Kamloops modeled by family and friends. (Courtesy of Quinn Collier)
It may be snowy and grey outside, but in the world of fashion, it's spring as designers unveil their collections for 2013.

16-year-old Quinn Collier of Kamloops designs and sews women's clothing and does it with passion

He enlists his friends and his sisters as models, then throws splashy semi-annual fashion shows in his parent's living room.

The C.B.C.'s Shelley dropped by his home on Friday night and found the stage lights hot, the music throbbing and the crowd pumped.

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Scoping the joy of target practice

Gord Marano displays some of the guns he used for target practice. He is the range director of the Oceola Fish and Game Club near Kelowna.(courtesy of Gillianne Richards)

The debate around guns in North America is always "lively", especially with the recent mass shootings in the United States.

The focus in the U.S. is centered in the debate over the right to bare arms as guaranteed by that country's constitution.

But what if you are not part of that culture and you have never imagined yourself laying down a box ammunition at the local gun club for the fun of it; in other words, target practicing.

Gillianne Richards spent a morning with Gord Marano, the range director of the Oceola Fish and Game Club in the Okanagan.

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The sinking pirate ship of Kootenay Lake

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The Obsidian, in its glory days before it took on water and partially sank on Saturday and Sunday on Kootenay Lake near Nelson, B.C. (Courtesy of Joe Hawes)
It's all hands on deck as folks in the landlubbin' town of Nelson try to save a local landmark.

On Saturday and Sunday that local landmark, a privately owned model pirate ship moored on Kootenay Lake, started taking on water and ended up with a severe list.

The water logged vessel, built by Gary Ramsbottem of Nelson, has caught the attention of local mariners who would prefer not to see it in Davie Jone's locker. 

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Riding the old rail trails of Southeastern B.C.

The Myra Canyon Trestles and rail trails are part of a network of old railways that run throughout Southeastern B.C. (Courtesy CBC)
Southeastern B.C. is full of railways that were built, used, then quickly abandoned.

What's left is a ghost rail system servicing ghost towns, communities that vanished along with their rail links.

Those trails wind their way from the Okanagan through the Boundary and Kootenay regions to the Alberta border.

Ron Spence, a former professor at Okanagan College spent a summer exploring some of those railway trails.

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Controversial hearings held in Kelowna

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Presenter Neil Cadger giving views to the joint review panel at the N.E.B.'s Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings (Courtesy CBC)

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Protestors outside of a Kelowna Hotel during Joint Review Panel hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project (Courtesy CBC)
The Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel hearings in Kelowna only lasted a day, but there was no shortage of controversy associated with them.

The panel and presenters were in one hotel while the public was required to watch via video link in another hotel two kilometers away.

That decision to exclude the public prompted a letter from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association saying the action to keep the public away might just be illegal.

Josh Paterson, the Executive Director of the association spoke with Chris Walker about that issue and C.B.C. Reporter Brady Strachan joined Chris to talk about the actions of protestors.

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Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings in Kelowna

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The Joint Review Panel for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project holds hearings in Kelowna(Courtesy CBC)

Some 30 presenters were allowed to speak to the National Energy Board's joint review panel  in Kelowna, but the general public was kept out because of security concerns on Monday.

One day of hearings was held in the city into Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project that would move Alberta oil to B.C.'s north coast at Kitimat.

Originally, the public was welcome, but last Friday the panel decided the hearings would be closed with presenters will allowed in and the public listening to an audio feed in another location.

First we heard from Kristen Higgins, the Communications Officer for the National Energy Board and then from one of the presenters, Sheila Polito.

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Kelowa duo create Trailer Park Boys board game

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Ever want to run a scam by siphoning gas, stealing grocery carts or recycling old bar-b-cues?

Why buy Park Avenue when you can buy the whole park, the trailer park that is.

Now you can with the Trailer Park Boys Board Game created by Dave Phelps and Derek Hodgins.

The two Kelowna men are such fans of the show they have created a game called The Plan: Freedum 35.....freedom spelled with a u, all based on the characters and story lines of the popular television show.

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Young farmers share skills and issues

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28-year-old Jennay Oliver is an orchardist and vegetable grower in West Kelowna. 31-year-old Jordan Marr is a vegetable grower in Peachland. (Courtesy of CBC)

Working the land is often seen as romantic by being able to grow beautiful local produce. But the truth is that it is hard work that can be destroyed by a hail storm, frost or bad wind.

More than 50 young farmers spent this Saturday and Sunday at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna sharing their skills and experience on dealing with common issues.

They billed it as a young agrarians mixer and sleepover.

Two of those young growers dropped by to talk about the weekend. Jordan Marr works his vegetable crops in Peachland and Jennay Oliver is an orchardist and vegetable grower from West Kelowna.

If you would like more information on what they are up to, go to www.youngagrarians.ca

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Auditor General tests B.C. Government

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B.C's Auditor General John Doyle continues his role of keeping the provincial government's feet to the fire

Despite all the controversy surrounding his possible re-appointment, Doyle has uncovered serious problems with a provincial database used to manage criminal cases.

The system, known as JUSTIN, was implemented in 2001, allows a case to be tracked from the initial arrest through to a final judgement by the courts.

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UBC Professor spikes education peace plan

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The BC Government wants a ten-year labour contract with B.C. teachers which it calls "Working Together for Students".

Key elements include dedicated funding, an Education Council to give teachers a voice on policies and indexed compensation.

However the BC Teachers Federation questions the government's motivation saying it was blindsided by the sudden announcement while teachers have been working on a framework agreement with school trustees.

Charles Ungerleider, a former Deputy Education Minister under the NDP, is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC.

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Cranbrook teen heads to Taiwanese science fair

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Cranbrook student Keltie Murdoch(center), Fort St. John student Kevala Von Volkenburg(center right), and delegate Sandi Lavery(right) were selected to represent Canada at the Taiwan International Science Fair in February 2013.(Courtesy SD#5 Southeast Kootenay)
Keltie Murdoch of Cranbrook is heading to Taiwan with her award-winning science project and another student from Fort St. John next month.

They are going to an international science fair and the project they are taking is no simulated  volcanic eruption or a light bulb powered by a potato and pennies.
Science projects have come a long way and Keltie's is no different in that she has modified the traditional idea of a heat pump to warm a home.

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Interior Health restricts Summerland care home

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A senior's home in Summerland has some work to do before new clients can move in.

In fact, the Summerland Seniors Village is barred from accepting new clients until further notice.

This directive from the Interior Health Authority comes after it investigated the death of 91-year- old resident Alfredo Bonaldi.

He was left unchecked in his room for two days and he wasn't discovered until his family began asking about him.

Karen Bloemink, Interior Health's Regional Director for Residential Services, spoke with
reporter Brady Strachan.

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Alfredo Bonaldi's family is pleased the Interior Health Authority is taking action but they want legislation to force private care homes to comply with all the rules. Edi Inglis is Alfredo's daughter

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Icy sidewalks are heated in countries like Norway

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Ice and snow on the sidewalks of Kelowna and other communities in B.C's southern interior make it treacherous for anyone venturing outside, especially those who need a little help getting around.

But many Scandanavian cities have perfected the art of de-icing sidewalks by heating them.

Eva-Britt Kornfeldt is the project manager with Visit Oslo in Oslo, Norway.

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Southern Interior cities want cheaper 911 service

911 service costs skyrocket in the southern interior of B.C.(Courtesy CBC)
Cities from Kamloops, through the Okanagan and into the Kootenays subscribe to the regional service.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan in partnership with the Kelowna RCMP administers the emergency 911 call centre for 9 regional districts.

But the RCMP recently stated the cost per 911 operator is going up to almost $126,000, an increase of 42 per cent for the 12 operators on staff.
Dan Ashton, the chair of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, says local governments are looking for cheaper ways to provide the service.

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UBC Okanagan researcher questions fish oils

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Fish oil might not be the cure all for good health(Courtesy CBC)
For decades, people thought fish oil was a sort-of cure all that was good for the heart, mental health, joints and a help for many inflammatory diseases.

Now, a UBC Okanagan researcher is calling into question the value of fish oil supplements.
Sanjoy Ghosh has studied diets and saturated and unsaturated fats since 2003.

His research shows fish oil might not be the "magic pill" to good health, in fact it might even do more harm than good.

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Granite Creek Estate winery destroyed in fire

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Firefighters try to stop the fire that destroyed the main building of the Granite Creek Estate Winery. (Courtesy Heather and Gary Kennedy)

What took years to build and grow, took a just night of fire to destroy.

Now Gary and Heather Kennedy, the owners of Granite Creek Estate Winery in the Shuswap, have to decide what they are going to do.

The fire destroyed the winery's main building that housed the crusher, bottler and most of the wine they have been making. Some of the vintage lost was 5 years old.
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Kelowna home trashed in teen party

Vandals at a Kelowna house party threw a wide-screen TV out the window, according to the homeowners. (Makal Mann)
They did not come to party; they came to destroy and they left $20,000 damage after 100 people crashed a teenager's party in Kelowna last Saturday night. Police say word of the gathering spread on Facebook.

Katie Poppy and her partner were skiing at Big White at the time and were called home early to a house that was severely damaged.

Their teenage son has some explaining to do.

Chris Walker also spoke with Susan Foisy, a family support worker with the Bridge Youth and Family Services group in Kelowna about how to prevent these devastating events.

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Shuswap RCMP deal sobering drug message

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It's the first time any one can remember the Salmon Arm RCMP holding a meeting where they invited everyone in the community.

Parents, children, seniors and anyone who was interested were invited to learn about the area's illegal drug problem.

Police wanted to teach people about the drug issues, what they are doing about it and what the community can do to help law enforcement officials deal with the problem. 

Daybreak's Leah Shaw was one of the 75 people who showed up.

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Federal Liberal leadership contenders tour B.C. Interior

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Martha Hall Findlay and Justin Trudeau are working their constituencies, drumming up support for their leadership bids.

They are two of the nine people going after the title of leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Martha Hall Findlay was in Kelowna on Tuesday and stepped into our studio.
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Justin Trudeau was in Kamloops, heading to a gathering at the UBCO campus in Kelowna late Tuesday.

Both spoke with Chris Walker.

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Kelowna groups seeks sobriety without religion.

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A Kelowna group wants to help people deal with their addictions the secular way, without any higher power. 

The Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group doesn't question the fact that it can be a long fight against addictions.

But, the group says organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous can be very spiritually oriented and Van Hill, who speaks for the Kelowna group says that isn't for everyone.

So the group has assembled another way to help fight addictions such as alcohol.

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More complaints against Ontario natural gas seller

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A Creston woman, Beth Kastelan, who runs a clothing store says she's being scammed after she got a bill that is triple what she would normally pay.

Her natural gas was being sold to her by Active Renewable Energy of Ontario.

More than two dozen people in the Kootenays, including Kastlan, say their signatures were forged on contracts.

The gas marketer is accused of at least eighty cases of forging signatures and has been under investigation by the B-C Utilities Commission since 2010.

Beth Kastelan and Alison Thorson, the Director of Policy Planning and Customer Relations with the B.C. Utilities Commission explain what has been happening.

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B.C. Fruit Growers sow seeds of their future

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On Saturday, the B.C. Fruit Growers Association held leadership elections with high hopes for a better future.

The group elected Jeet Dukhia of Vernon.

The election was required after former president Kirpal Boparai resigned last fall.

The organization, that represents many of the growers in B.C.'s southern interior, has had a tumultuous year with leadership a key issue.

The industry also faces financial challenges and it needs to rebuild and restore its credibility with both growers and the government.

The organization's annual general meeting was held In Penticton on Saturday and Sunday and Scott Trudeau covered it.

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Hockey Night in Canada Rug on Mindbreakers

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Hockey Night in Canada modern logo round rug. Bring the game home with you this season. diameter = 27" circumference = 94"
It's time to roll out the carpet. It's not quite the red carpet, but it's a great addition to any hockey fan's home.

As a special bonus this week, our Mindbreakers champ not only receives a Daybreak mug, but a genuine Hockey Night in Canada Signature rug.

This little beauty is 68 centimeters in diameter. For those of you who prefer imperial measure that is 27 inches.

So take a crack at our Mindbreakers questions this week. That is just before World Report at 6:55 PST, 7:55 MST. It's a mug and a rug to warm your cold winter's night.

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Personal data compromised for 583,000 students

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Part of a release from the Canadian Government with details on security breach of information on 583,000 student loan borrowers(photo courtesy of CanLearn)

Hundreds of thousands of student borrowers in Canada have had their private information lost.

It happened in November when a hard drive carrying information on 583,000 Canada Student Loan borrowers was misplaced.

The security breech includes information on people's Name, Address, Date of Birth, Social Insurance Number, and student loan balances.

The breech affects people who had student loans between 2000 and 2006, and a class action law suit has been started.

One of those people is Vincent Jones of Kelowna.

He speaks with guest host Rebbeca Zandbergen.

She also speaks to Chester Wisniewski who is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada on what steps people can take to protect themselves.

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Bowling with 89-year-old Andy Danyleyko

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Andy Danyleyko poses at the Capri Valley Lanes in Kelowna


Bowling has fallen a bit out of fashion. But if you head over to the Capri Valley Lanes in Kelowna, you'd never know that. Dozens of seniors gather daily to bowl here. Andy Danyleyko plays with a team called The Horseshoe Club. Guest host Rebecca Zandbergen stopped by the bowling lane this week, and met up with Andy and his team.

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Wine Country Half Marathon set for Kelowna

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Train up your running legs; A new half marathon is set for Kelowna this September.

It's called the Wine Country Half Marathon.

But, it is being held just a month before another big race, the BMO Marathon and just two weeks after the Apple Triathlon.

Tom Keogh, the event director for the BMO Marathon, talks about whether there are enough runners and volunteers to support another major race.
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In this second interview, the City of Kelowna defends its decision to give the go ahead for another long distance race.

Don Backmeyer is the Sports and Events Development Manager for the city.

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Lance Armstrong's impact on professional cycling

Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, right, interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong during Monday's taping of the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas. (George Burns/Associated Press - Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc.)

Lance Armstrong has told Oprah Winfrey Thursday night what and why he did it. 

He described his doping and cheating as one of world's most well known professional cyclists.

His revelations raise many questions about the future of the sport.

Cathal Kelly, a sport columnist with the Toronto Star, examines some of those questions.

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Kelowna couple finish year of living local

Farmer's market produce becomes an important part of people trying to eat and live local. (Amber Hildebrandt/CBC)
About six years ago, a book called "The 100-Mile Diet" brought the eat local movement to the mainstream.

Its Canadian authors, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon wrote about eating food produced within 100 miles of their home.

Fast forward to 2012, when a couple from Kelowna decided to take the "eat locally for one year" one step further; Not only did they eat locally, but they lived locally, too.

That year wrapped up Tuesday, and Kyla Jackson and Adam Gowenlock joined Daybreak guest host Rebecca Zandbergen to talk about what living and eating locally was like for them.
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Hundreds of parents fight Rossland school closures

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School District 20 considers reorganizing its schools in Rossland. (Contributed by School District 20)
Hundreds of people turned out to an emotional meeting in Rossland Wednesday night to hear
about the possible closure of local schools.
The District 20 school board is considering three options that include re-configuring existing schools, and bussing kids to nearby Trail.

Darrel Ganzert, the chair of the Kootenay-Columbia school district, says as many as 500 people showed up.

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Westbank First Nation chief supports Shawn Atleo

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Westbank First Nation Chief, Robert Louie (Contributed by: Westbank First Nation)
The Assembly of First Nations could be in trouble.

There's dissension among the assembly chiefs, growing discontent with First Nation leaders at the grassroots level while some leaders try to win concessions from Ottawa.

Against this backdrop, AFN leader Shawn Atleo says he needs a medical break
and is taking time off. His condition and length of his absence isn't known, but Westbank First Nation Chief  Robert Louie stands firmly behind him.

He explains why to Daybreak guest host, Rebecca Zandbergen.

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10-year-old gives Vernon council climate change lesson

Neave Allen with her grandmother Huguette Allen, outside city hall in Vernon Monday. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

Not every 10-year-old understands climate change -- and it takes something else to petition local government leaders to take action to fight it.

But that's exactly what a student at Beairsto Elementary School, in Vernon, did this week.

Monday, Neave Allen addressed Vernon City Council and gave city leaders a list of things they could be doing to reduce greenhouse emissions and protect melting arctic ice for polar bears.

In the following audio Neave explains her concerns to city council, then Daybreak guest host Rebecca Zandbergen speaks with her and her mother Martina about why Neave took action.

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Promise of Plenty: Panel discussion

Daybreak South looked at the highs and lows and the future of the orchard industry.
To wrap it up we convened a panel to look at what orchardists need to do be successful.
Richard Bullock is a retired orchardist who used to run Kelowna Land and Orchard, which his family founded in 1904.
At the other end of the spectrum, 32-year-old Sukhpahl Bal is much closer to the beginning of his career than the end.
He's a 4th generation orchardist who is taking over the management of his family's orchards here in Kelowna.
And finally, Judie Steeves is a reporter with the Kelowna Capital News, where she has been covering agriculture in the Okanagan for almost two decades.
Daybreak South host Chris Walker began the discussion by asking Richard Bullock about the changes he's seen during his time in the orchard industry.

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Daybreak South host Chris Walker continues the discussion by asking about the recent problems with the B.C Fruit Growers association and the Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-operative.

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Kelowna tops list of Canadian cities with the most drunk drivers

Kelowna has earned the unfortunate distinction of having the most drunk drivers in Canada.
Statistics Canada says drinking and driving has gone up by 50 per cent in B.C as a whole.
But among all cities in Canada, Kelowna has the highest rate of drunk drivers caught by police.
In 2011, Kelowna reported 583 incidents for 100,000 people.
Daybreak South host Chris Walker speaks to Kelowna mayor, Walter Gray.

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Indo-Canadians crucial to future of orchard industry

This week Daybreak is taking a look at the fruit industry; how it evolved and where it's going.

In this segment, we look at how Indo-Canadian growers have become dominant players.

Over the decades, people have come from other parts of the world to make their living growing fruit in the Okanagan.

One of the latest waves of immigrants came from India and Pakistan. Now, Indo-Canadians make up about 50 per cent of fruit growers.

All told, they farm 60 per cent of the orchard land in the valley.

Daybreak's Christina Low took a look at how they've become a dominant force.

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Migrant workers backbone of B.C.'s fruit industry

This week Daybreak is taking an in-depth look at the fruit industry with a series called "Promise of Prosperity.

The industry certainly wouldn't be where it is today with the work of migrants. So for our first segment, host Chris Walker speaks with Mario Lanthier.

Mario has lived in the valley for more than 30 years and runs Crophealth advising and research. He has written about the different waves of migrant labour in the fruit industry.

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Kimberley cancels International Accordion Championship

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The hills around Kimberley won't be alive with the sound of accordion music this summer.

After 39 years, the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships are no more.

The organizing committee announced the cancellation over the holidays.

Bill Baerg was there at the very beginning and he was on the committee at the end, and spoke to Daybreak host Chris Walker about why they had to cancel the tradition.
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Classic video games take over Kelowna art gallery

Left: Cale Atkinson, 28, artist. Right: Jessica von Innerebner, 34, artist and organizer of Pixel Culture exhibit at the Alternator Gallery. (Adrian Nieoczym/CBC)

Donkey Kong and other classic video games from the 1980s are the inspiration behind a new art show.

Pixel Culture opens Friday night at the Alternator Gallery in Kelowna.

It features the work of 27 local artists, "celebrating the love for classic video games. From Super Mario to Monkey Island, these games of the 80's helped shape a generation of youth and taught us just what a pixel could do" says the gallery's website.

Daybreak's Adrian Nieoczym went down to the gallery and met up with Jessica von Innerebner and Cale Atkinson -- two of the artists who contributed to the show.
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Rossland Mayor responds to conflict of interest claims

About 60 residents of Rossland, B.C., grilled their mayor for two hours last night about a former city building inspector who billed the municipality for $185,000 in contract work while he was still working for the city.

Here's the audio from Chris Walker's interview with Mayor Greg Granstrom Friday morning:

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After that interview, Chris spoke with city councillor Kathy Moore:

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Pet oxygen masks supplied to Kootenay fire departments

Scruffie, a model pooch, is fitted with a specially-designed oxygen mask by a firefighter in Saskatoon. (CBC)
First responders are equipped with life saving gear for humans, but when a home goes up in flames, pets can be affected as much as the people.

So a family from Cranbrook has stepped in to help.

Gary and Sharon Marasco run a pet care centre, and have donated "pet care kits" to fire departments in the East Kootenays.

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Economics look up at the 'fiscal cliff' from the Canadian side

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden makes a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2013 (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
Late Wednesday night, American president Barack Obama signed the bill that averted the so-called "fiscal cliff."

In fact, the country toppled over that cliff for a moment on Tuesday after lawmakers missed a midnight deadline, but the U.S. Congress reached a compromise that allowed the country to scamper back onto the ledge.

World markets reacted with short-lived gains, but there are other cliffs looming -- and debt ceilings too!

To help make sense of all this drama and what it means for Canada, Daybreak host Chris Walker brought former chief HSBC economist David Bond and assistant professor of economics at UBCO, Ross Hickey, into studio.

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Walter Gray's vision for Kelowna in 2013

Mayor Walter Gray (City of Kelowna)
It has been just over a year since Walter Gray returned to office as Kelowna's mayor.

So with a new year just getting underway, we're checking in to see how things are going, and where they'll be headed in the next year.

The mayor speaks with Daybreak host Chris Walker about the upcoming provincial election, creating a second road link to UBC Okanagan and his take on legalizing marijuana.

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Royal B.C. Museum puts family history records online

Registration of death for Sidney Smith Abar of Cranbrook, B.C. (Royal BC Museum genealogy database)

While federal government cuts are making it more difficult to access family history records, the Royal B.C. Museum is taking a step in the opposite direction.

It just recently made original historical records of births, marriages and deaths in B.C. available online.

Ann ten Cate is a museum archivist and genealogy search expert at the Royal B.C. Museum. She explains why the museum decided to create its new genealogy database.

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Home remedies: healthy alternatives or hokum?

Some home remedies for colds have been handed down for generations and work. Others just seem silly. How do you sort through the science and cold-lore? (CBC and Libby A. Baker/Wikimedia Commons)
hen the sniffles or a sore throat hit, some of us turn to the drug store, others head straight to their home remedy.

Whether it's soaking our socks in vinegar or resorting to onions or oil or oregano, some of us believe those home remedies work like a charm.

James McCormack teaches pharmaceutical science at the University of British Columbia. He suggests people should seek out the science behind these popular old wives' tales.

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