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May 2011 Archives

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Jean Crowder's new job, medical admissions cheating and Sooke's sewage treatment

Jean Crowder's new job: As Parliament prepared to resume on Thursday, Gregor hears how the New Democrat MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan's responsibilities changed May 2 when her party went from fourth place to Official Opposition.
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Two BC men are charged with fraud in an elaborate attempt to cheat the Medical College Admissions Test Exam. Jason Proctor tells the story.
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A tale of two sewage treatment systems: While plans for the Capital Region inch forward, the Sooke district is preparing to lock into a long term contract with the private company operating their system - if the voters don't object. Gregor speaks with Sooke mayor Janet Evans.
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 One man, two wives and a ghost, plus lots of Noel Coward's witty dialogue as Blithe Spirit opens the Blue Bridge theatre season in Victoria. Gregor speaks with director Glynis Leyshon.
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Belmont students protest overcrowding, and a 5 year-old's fossil find

Hundreds of high school students in Langford took to the streets Friday afternoon to get the attention of the provincial government and, they hope, some action to replace their old and overcrowded school

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Ryder Hesjedal isn't the first islander to make a name for himself in cycling. Nicholas Tuele of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame tells the story of William -- "Torchy" -- Peden.
    Back in the 1920's and 30's the redheaded Victoria cyclist was a superstar... the Lance Armstrong of his day, some have called him.   
    Peden was the king of the six day race... a sport that took over venues like Madison Square Garden in New York, and was widly popular before World War Two.
    For a few years, only Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig made more money than Torchy Peden, in the ranks of North American athletes.
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First time lucky.. five year old Ronan Wardroper goes fossil hunting for the first time, and turns up an 80-million year old fossil for a large ammonite, not far from Duncan.
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Should the Capital Region compost bio-solids, aka human waste, for use in agriculture?
    Some say it's a sustainable way to deal with a product that is troublesome to get rid of.
    Others, like CRD director and Victoria city counsellor Phillipe Lucas, say biosolids are laced with chemicals and drugs, which pose a serious health risk if spread on agricultural land.
    A handful of cities in Canada, though, have been composting biosolids for several years, including  Kelowna, Edmonton and Moncton, New Brunswick.Gregor speaks with the chairman of the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission.
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Riding with Ryder for the Tour de Vic and the panel on HST reform

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Tour De France cyclist and Metchosin native Ryder Hesjedal leads Gregor and some of the riders through Beacon Hill Park in advance of the race.
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Ryder Hesjedal's Tour de Victoria facebook page

The political panel takes a look at the repositioning of the Liberal government and the NDP opposition with the introduction of a new-look Harmonized Sales Tax.
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Nora Young, the host of CBC's Spark discusses about what the future looks like for up and coming young journalists who are entering an industry undergoing profound transformation. 
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Springtime means baby animals are making their first appearance, including a baby donkey at the Beacon Hill Children's Farm in Victoria. CBC Intern Colleen Rabatich meets the newest member of the petting zoo's animal family.
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Launching water taxis in Victoria and reaction to "HST Reform"


Didn't like that the first version of the Harmonized Sales Tax? Well how about HST 2.0? We get reaction to the HST reforms from NDP leader Adrian Dix, Smart Tax Alliance spokesman Woody Hayes and Victoria residents.
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They call it biosolids, but it's actually processed human waste. Yesterday there was considerable debate about the stuff at the Capital Regional District. Geoff Young discusses the outcome.
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And a taxi cab that floats.  Details on a new water taxi service for downtown Victoria.
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What would you do with a lottery jackpot?

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Unimaginable wealth:  We all dream of it, but David Rennie of Campbell River has won it with a $35-million-dollar weekend jackpot. 
Author Chris Gudgeon talks about what happens to the lives of lottery jackpot winners. 

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Using human waste as a fertilizer on a farmers field: It's a pilot project  that is being considered this morning by the Capital Regional District.
Victoria councillor Philippe Lucas is raising a stink over any attempts to use human waste as fertilizer.
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And, we ask seaplane passengers what they think of paying an extra $9.50 to fly to Vancouver.
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Giants in the Bay

A really big comeback: We'll find out what's behind the return of humpback whales to the waters of Cowichan and Maple Bays in recent days, after an absence of many decades. 
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The Westshore area in Victoria has one of the fastest growing school populations in B.C.but it's having trouble convincing the province it needs more and better high schools. We hear why some local school officials and politicians are giving the province a failing grade in this subject.   
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Jack Purdy bought many properties in Bamfield, but residents are concerned about what will happen to them now that the Alberta business man is facing legal and financial troubles. 
 
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Here's a previous story by reporter Chris Brown about a dramatic humpback whale rescue:

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Coming Up:

Coming Up

Tuesday: Ottawa Reports, Khalil Akhtar's food column, and we'll hear about efforts to revitalize downtown Tofino.

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Victoria MP Denise Savoie to become Speaker of Canada's 41st Parliament?

speaker-milliken.jpgWhat happened to the money that was promised for improved services when the B.C. government hiked fees for residents of long-term facilities? The care home providers say they never got it - Vancouver Island Health authority's Marguerite Rowe begs to differ.

They've changed the leader, they might change the name - but can the B.C. Liberals change the polls with their reinvention of the party? Our political panel weighs in.

Victoria MP Denise Savoie throws her hat in the ring to become Speaker of Canada's 41st Parliament.

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Eaglet rescue with crane - in progress May 19th

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Columnists:

Jesse Hirsh: Google's new software-less laptop

Tech columnist Jesse Hirsh explains how Google wants to make backing up your documents a thing of the past with it's "Chromebook". 

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Jesse Hirsh can be reached via his website jessehirsh.ca

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Should Premier Christy Clark be rocking BC Ferries' boat?


What would the NDP do with BC Ferries? MLA Gary Coons elaborates.

 Russ Courtnall discusses how a celebrity golf tournament will help people with severe mental illnesses in the capital region.

When an earthquake or disaster hits our shores, are you prepared to help the most vulnerable members of your family? The SPCA's Penny Stone has some advice.

And saving an eaglet: an update on the effort to untangle an very famous eagle chick from a tangle of fishing line.

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Check out the Sidney eaglecam and other B.C. eagle webcams on cbc.ca's Screech Hollow site.

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Rapidly ready for the LRT

Rapidly ready for LRT. The Victoria Regional Transit Commission is hopping on board a billion dollar plan for Light Rail Transit. We hear from Frank Leonard.

Ed Helfrich of B.C. Care Providers on  what happened to the money that was promised for improved services when the B.C. government hiked fees for residents of long-term facilities

No more bottle drives for this sports group. We find out how one young teen came up with a new way to raise funds for recreational activities.

Confused by the new interchange when you drive to the Victoria airport? You won't be for long, says the new airport CEO.


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Tsawwassen mega mall proposal

Sandra Danco is the new director at Our Place, Victoria's shelter for the poor and homeless

Leif Bogwald is a young professional who has raised $400,000 to restore the heritage train station in Nanaimo, even now that the train isn't running.

They say it will be one of the biggest shopping malls in the province, and Vancouver Islanders will be one of the target markets. The proposed Tsawwassen mega mall.

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Reviews:

Steel Magnolias

David Lennam reviews Chemainus Theatre's Steel Magnolias.
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A good death

Dr. Carmen Johnson wanted to work in palliative care and loves this area of medicine because she says nothing is more rewarding than helping a person who is in pain feel comfortable.

Joel Hayhoe is bicycling across Malawi and plans to return next year to operate local bike tours because he wants to help raise funds for the people there.

Hervey Simard says that Victoria needs to start incorporating social media into its natural disaster planning because during a tsunami or earthquake, texting, twitter, and youtube may be the only way to get survival information to and from the public.

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The CBC Radio web series A Good Death: Palliative Care in Canada

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The future for island rail service

Supervised injection sites, island rail service and the Friday political panel
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The Raven Underground Coal Mine Project

Rising sea levels on the Gulf Islands,the proposed Raven underground coal mine and another set of E.J. Hughes paintings go up for auction.
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Getting to higher ground

A play about cigarettes and mental illness, the government's new smoking cessation initiatives, rising sea levels, military kids and ladybugs.
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Discovering Mitlenatch Island

Rising sea levels, the future for forestry and discovering Mitlenatch Island. 

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Victoria's first LRT

School class sizes, Victoria's first light rapid transit train car, and cruise ships in small Island ports. Also "Pornography" by Theatre Inconnu and Victoria Operatic Society does "Broadway: Decades in Revu."

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Good news and bad news about the HST

The Hawaii Mars water bomber goes to Mexico, Cleve Dheensaw on the WHL and the Friday political panel

 

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Meet the new ferry commissioner

Voices from a Victoria transit open house, BC Ferry's new commissioner Gord Macatee, Lyme Disease and a soccer league for the homeless.

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Four more years of the Colwood Crawl?

Tofino says no to the Coldwater Classic, conservative MP John Duncan, Central Saanich mayor Jack Marr on Woodwyn Farm and royal wedding food

 

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Orange, Green and Blue

Election outcomes with Denise Savoie, Elizabeth May and Bruce Hallsor.
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The cost of raising the minimum wage

The cost of raising minimum wage, a UNBC political scientist analyzes the federal election campaign and the royal wedding as seen by a local Victorian.

 

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