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September 2011 Archives

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First Nations women's property rights, Political Panel , injection site ruling and derelict boats

johnduncan.jpg Aboriginal Affairs Ministers John Duncan talks about new federal measures to protect the property rights of native women. This week Duncan, the MP for Vancouver Island North, introduced a bill called the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act.


Indian Affairs minister John Duncan  (CBC)

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The Mounties might get their man, but will they get their  20-year policing contract? The political panel takes a look at the RCMP ultimatum to the B.C. government, and Energy Minister Rich Coleman's answer to the Smart Meter opponents.

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The Supreme Court has affirmed that the Insite facility in Vancouver, Canada's only freestanding safe injection site, can stay open. 
Bernie Pauly of the UVic School of nursing says the decision strengthens a case to open a similar site in Victoria. 

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The federal government has started hauling derelict boats out of some local waters. Bob Gow, the Manager of Navigable Waters Protection Program, explains.

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Defending CLBC, tracking microplastics, hospital on wheels and Alberni homeless plan scrapped

Doug Woollard, a  vice president  for Community Living British Columbia, responds to concerns about the availability and funding of services for people with developmental disabilities.

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Marine researcher Julie Masura  discusses new research into the amount of synthetic debris floating in our Island  waters.

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We step inside a hospital on wheels that can be deployed to a major disaster or emergency.  Gregor gets the tour with  Leanna Appleton, clinical operations director of the province's Mobile Medical Unit.

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Consultant Myron Jesperson explains why an advocacy group in Port Alberni has scrapped plans to house homeless in a building on Argyle Street.

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Ferry CEO resigns, Houston's Smart Meters, creating YIMBY-ism and saving marmots

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BC Ferries will soon have a new captain. David Hahn talks about leaving his job as CEO at the end of the year. 





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Houston doesn't  have a problem - with smart meters: Floyd LeBlanc, a vice president with utility company CenterPoint Energy, about that 
city's experience and with the switch to the wi-fi electrical usage readers.

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Darcie Bennett of Pivot Legal Society in Vancouver talks about a campaign to try to change 'not in my backyard'  attitudes about social services such as needle exchanges.
 
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The Toronto and Calgary zoos have received an award from their peers for their efforts in bringing these mountain rodents back from the brink of extinction. Gregor gets an update on the status of the Vancouver Island marmot from Maria Frank, the curator of mammals at the Toronto Zoo.

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Open House:

You're invited!
CBC Victoria's 75th Anniversary Open House
10 and to 2 pm Saturday October 1
1025 Pandora Avenue


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  • Step into the studio and see how things work.  Release your inner announcer and record a station ID.  Gregor Craigie, Jo-Ann Roberts, Khalil Akhtar, Kelly Nakatsuka, Bob McDonald, Shelagh Rogers, Don Genova and Grant Lawrence will be there giving tips!
  • Bring an apple pie and donate it to the LifeCycles  table to help raise funds. You'll be entered into a draw for a dinner for two and tickets to the November 19 Dee Daniels jazz concert at the Alix Goolden Hall. 
  • At noon, feel the tension as the hosts present their own home-baked pies to the judges, including news anchor Tony Parsons.
  • Any extra apples going to waste?  Bring them too.
  • Mystery apples growing in your yard? A BC Fruit Testers expert will identify them for you.  Bring samples from both sides of the tree.
  • Like exploring by bike? Enter to win two free tickets to the first Sooke Slow Food Cycle event October 9. Check out their display.
  • Apple Muffins don't grow on trees. Apple-blackberry muffins baked by the Camosun College Culinary School will be available for a healthy snack.
  • The prize vault is open for this special occasion.  Try your hand at the lucky draw for a coveted CBC item.

CBC Radio Victoria's 75 Anniversary Open House
10 and to 2 pm Saturday October 1
1025 Pandora Avenue

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Denman cable ferry, Alberni breakfast program, doggie blood donors and creating jobs

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Denman Island ferry (deeanne/Flickr)

Denman Island residents are upset over plans to replace the existing ferry service to Buckley Bay with a cable ferry. Gregor speaks with Tony Law, who chairs the chairs the Denman-Hornby Island Ferry Advisory Committee, and BC Ferry Services spokesperson Deborah Marshall.

 
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Port Alberni School District trustee Glenn Wong talks about the budget shortfall threatening the future of a program that serves up breakfast to students.

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Doggie donors: Nanaimo veterinarian Brent Crutchfield is raising awareness about canine blood donation. She talks about how you and your pooch can help.

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In a time of tumbling stock markets, international debt crises and global financial upheaval, can a provincial job program make much difference? Economist Helmut Pastrick of Central 1 Credit Union weighs in.

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Reviews:

Theatre Review - 'And Slowly Beauty' and 'Shining City'

 

 

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Monica Prendergast reviews the Belfry's 'And Slowly Beauty' and Theatre Inconnu's 'Shining City'

 

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Safety for stoners, Port Hardy E.R., Community Living and disabilities at work

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SFU professor and addictions researcher Benedikt Fischer talks about proposed new  public health guidelines for marijuana users.
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After years of intermittent closures, the Vancouver Island Health Authority has a new plan to keep Port Hardy's emergency room staffed all the time. Mayor Bev Parnham discusses the plan.

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Faith Bodnar, the head the BC Association for Community Living, discusses the state of the backlog in services for people with developmental disabilities, following the announcement of an $8.9-million increase in funding.

 
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Erin Davis of the Disability Resource Centre discusses how training for employers can help reduce the barriers to employment for people with disabilities. 

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Paul Reitsma's comeback bid, political panel and dogfish on the menu

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Former MLA Paul Reitsma is hoping for a political comeback as he runs for Parksville mayor, 13 years after he was forced to resign by the discovery that he had been writing letters to the editor under false names. 

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The political panel reviews Premier Christy Clark's rollout of an ambitious job creation plan for B.C., and the attempted political comeback of former Liberal MLA Paul Reitsma.

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Reporter Michael Tymchuk visits Victoria's Red Fish Blue Fish restaurant to find out why less-popular fish are replacing traditional varieties on the menu as prices rise.

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On the Ledge:

The politics of job creation

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Gregor Craigie takes a look at the hot issue in B.C. politics every Friday

With unemployment creeping higher and world markets collapsing, Premier Christy Clark unveils a new job creation plan for B.C.. How much impact can it have on the job market?

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Investigating serial murders, e-books for high school, solving strata disputes, testing the Volt

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Thirty years after Clifford Olson's child-killing spree, criminologist Rob Gordon talks about what's changed for the better in B.C., and what hasn't.

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Nanaimo English teacher Deborah Graham talks about an on-line credit course for senior high school students that uses only e-books and blogging.

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Greg Steves, executive director of housing policy for B.C., talks about a proposed new tribunal that is hoped to take the pain out of resolving strata disputes.

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The first Chevy Volts were unloaded this week in Victoria. They  were sold before they even left the factory. Victoria is one of only four markets in the country that will be selling the car, for now. Khalil Akhtar tries it out with salesperson Paul Cooke.

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Books:

How to survive an earthquake


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Are you ready for an earthquake? Vancouver Island residents got another reminder of the need to prepare for one with the latest strong tremor off the west coast. The magniturde 6.3 quake shook parts of the Island, Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland on the afternoon of Sept. 9 

Scientists say Vancouver Island and the mainland West Coast are due for a devastating quake anytime in the next couple of hundred years. 

Maggie Mooney is an author who has spent a lot of time looking at the best ways to survive and stay safe in a major earthquake.

Her newly published book is titled "Are You Ready? A comprehensive guide to earthquake prep." It's published by Douglas and McIntyre

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Mayors on police merger, cancer study, supplies for Savory and defending squirrels

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Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard and Victoria mayor Dean Fortin discuss Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham's call for a regional police force for the Greater Victoria area.

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What causes cancer? What can prevent it? The principal investigator for the BC Generations Project talks about a massive new study that will explore environment, lifestyle and genetic connections to cancer and chronic diseases over the next 25 years. 

To sign up for the study, contact:
Toll Free: 1-877-675-8221

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Paying it forward: George Jay principal Leslie Lee explains how an inner city school in Victoria helped out the children affected by a school fire in Langford.

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Naturalist George Sirk talks to Khalil Akhtar about grey squirrels and the debate over a ban on feeding them in Victoria and Esquimalt.

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Regionalizing police, solar cost/benefits, grey squirrel protest and too many fish

Victoria's Police Chief discusses the department's plan to push  for a single regional police force that would be cheaper and more effective than the half-dozen existing forces operating in Greater Victoria. 

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It might help save the environment, but will it save you money? Royal Roads assistant professor Chris Ling talks about the results of a research project that looked at the financial and environmental costs and benefits of solar hot water heating on the Island. 

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It's tough being an eastern grey squirrel. Not only has the province declared the creature unwanted in BC, now Esquimalt resident Steven Kleinman says a new group wants to take legal action against them.

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How many fish is too many? Salmon scientist Kim Hyatt says fisheries researchers are exploring that question with this year's abundant sockeye run on the Somass River.

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Reviews:

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David Lennam reviews the Chemainus Theatre's production of Amadeus. 

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Evolution book, residential school compensation, defending smart meters and counting sea lions

Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be
Victoria-based author Daniel Loxton talks about being unable to find a U.S. publisher for a children's book on evolution. The book was eventually published in Canada and just won a prestigious award.

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Richard Watts, a support worker with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, talks about the deadline for applications to get financial compensation for a generation of people forced into the residential school system.

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BC Hydro spokesperson Fiona Taylor responds to concerns raised about alleged Smart Meter health risks and costs.

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Andrew Trites, the director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, responds to claims that fish farms are killing many more sea lions and harbour seals because their populations are exploding.

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On the Ledge:

Back on the Attack

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Gregor Craigie takes a look at the hot issue in B.C. politics every Friday.

The B.C. Liberals launch an attack campaign a full year and a half before the next election, this time against the B.C. Conservative Party and leader John Cummins. We look at the politics of negative branding and why the Liberals are attacking the B.C. Conservatives.

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Causton on rapid transit referendum and political panel

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Victoria area politicians and ratepayers are asking more questions about the handling of the proposal for a nearly $1-billion light rail transit system. Oak Bay Mayor Chris Causton, the chair of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, talks about the rising costs of an LRT study commissioned by B.C. Transit and whether a referendum is needed to approve the cost. 

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The political panel discusses whether the B.C. government should buy the 236-hectares next to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail that were turned down for development this week by Capital Regional District directors, as well as funding for developmentally disabled adults and a new ad campaign  targeting the B.C. Conservative leader. 

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Explaining the earthquake, MLAs Horgan and Chong on resort decision and Island press review

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Location of Sept. 9 and Sept. 15 earthquake and aftershock  (Natural Resources Canada)

Seismologist John Cassidy explains what scientists are learning from last week's earthquake that shook much of the Island and Lower Mainland.

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Following the defeat this week of a resort proposal for former forest land along the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail, John Horgan, the NDP MLA for the area, discusses the decision and the B.C. government's role.

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Ida Chong, B.C.'s Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development, talks about what can be done to protect former forest lands near Port Renfrew. 

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On the weekly Island press review, Catherine Rolfsen talks about a centenarian who can't stop dancing and a seven year old with a knack for fundraising.

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Canine first aid, resort developer Ender Ilkay and submarine fire

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Robyn Andexser, a certified canine first aid instructor, talks about tips for handling dogs' medical emergencies.

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Developer Ender Ilkay discusses the prospective defeat of his resort proposal for lands bordering the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail near Port Renfrew.

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Defence writer and analayst David Pugliese talks about more bad news for Canada's submarine fleet after the navy's only semi-operational sub was damaged by fire.

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Dogwood resort reaction, students relocated, jobs for seniors and psychedelic therapy

Gordon O'Connor discusses the next move for the environmental group the  Dogwood Initiative, as success appears likely in their campaign to defeat a resort proposal next to the Juan de Fuca trail.

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Jim Cambridge, the superintendent of the Sooke School District, talks about the damage to Savory Elementary School in a weekend fire, and plans for relocating students and restoration. 

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 Tired of retirement?  Jim Tighe talks about a new employment program, launched by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, for experienced older workers and retirees interested in returning to the workforce.

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Doctor Gabor Mate talks about the subject of a speaking event tonight in Victoria called "Out of Mind: The Therapeutic Application of Psychedelics to treat PTSD and Addiction".

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BCGEU negotiations, Juan de Fuca resort vote, Campbell River signs and farmers market

Darryl Walker, the president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, responds to B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon's warning that there won't be extra money for public sector workers with the defeat of the HST and international economic troubles.

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Capital Regional Director Mike Hicks explains his reasons for deciding to vote against resort plans for the Juan de Fuca lands after three tumultuous days of public hearings.

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Mayor Charlie Cornfield discusses plans to crack down on election signs in public spaces and along the waterfront walkway in Campbell River. 

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Victoria Councillor Philippe Lucas talks about efforts to create a year-round farmers market in Victoria.

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On the Ledge:

The cost of cutting the HST

ontheledge.JPGGregor Craigie takes a look at the hot issue in B.C. politics every Friday

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon says getting rid of the Harmonized Sales Tax will cost B.C. more than $2-billion. So how will the government balance the budget in three years, as it's promised to do? 

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Anawim house, teacher strike, Political Panel and Alexandra Morton

Director Terry Edison-Brown talks about the role of Anawim House in providing permanent housing for homeless people for the past 20 years in Victoria.

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Law professor Ken Thornicroft discusses a new labour relations board decision that could mean a walkout lasting  longer than many expect.

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The political panel takes a look at the government's finances and the Order of B.C. flap.

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Biologist and fish-farm critic Alexandra Morton discusses her testimony at the Cohen inquiry into the collapse of the 2009 Fraser River sockeye run.

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Cancelling recess, remembering 9/11 victims, mobilizing aid to Libya

Recess is cancelled in the Cowichan Valley. Joe Rhodes,  the Superintendent of Schools for School District 79, discusses the impact of the teachers' labour dispute.

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Victoria's U.S. neighbors remembering the victims of 9/11. Alan Barnard of nearby Port Angeles talks about a monument going up to commemorate the deaths at the New York World Trade Centre.

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Former MP Dr. Keith Martin talks about his latest mission: Helping to get much-needed medical supplies to Libya.

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Living with cougars, honouring Campbell, Lyme Liberation treatment and memorial trees



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Cougar on Catface Mountain near Tofino  (Ron Wilson)

UVic environmental studies professor Eric Higgs says cougars and other big predators in our backyard are the price of having local wilderness areas.

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With the protest over former Premier Gordon Campbell's Order of British Columbia award, the former chief of protocol for the Province of Saskatchewan talks about how other provinces choose honourable citizens.

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Could a controversial procedure to open blocked neck veins help people with chronic Lyme disease? Gregor speaks with a Victoria mother and her daughter who went to California for treatment.

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Forester Ray Travers explains why planned memorial trees at Victoria High School are drawing some questions from a veterans group.

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Questioning LRT, math app for kids, Juan de Fuca hearing and Victoria's Booker Prize nominee

Waterloo transit critic Peter Shawn Taylor talks about that Ontario city's plans for a light rapid transit system, and why he thinks small cities like Victoria are making a costly mistake by pursuing ambitious light rail plans.

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Tim and Leslee Francis Pelton, a husband and wife team from the University of Victoria, talk about a math app they've developed for kids aged five to 12 to use on iPhones and iPads that help take the fear out of math. 

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Environmental activist Vicky Husband discusses the proposed resort development on the Juan de Fuca trail that is the subject of a two-evening public hearing starting tonight.

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Victoria writer Esi Edugyan talks about her new novel, Half-Blood Blues, and the announcement that she has been shortlisted for the UK's Booker Prize.

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On the Ledge:

Calling off the election

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Gregor Craigie takes a look at the hot issue in B.C. politics every Friday.

Premier Christy Clark put an end to election speculation in B.C. by ruling out the possibility of a fall election and committing to wait until May of 2013.
 
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Public Health Officer on smart meters, political panel and TLC falls short on fundraising

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The experts say its safe, but opposition keeps growing: Provincial Public Health Officer Perry Kendall discusses health concerns about BC Hydro's smart meters.

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What makes Christy Clark NOT run? The political panel takes a look at the reasons behind the premier's decision to pull the plug on fall election plans. 

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Geoff Young, the Chair of the CRD Board, discusses The Land Conservancy's shortfall in fundraising to purchase land near Jordan River.

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Fish-farm study, entangled whale update, cougar hunt questions and cougar victim's mother

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Simon Fraser University biologist Lawrence Dill talks about his report on the possible connection between sockeye salmon deaths and fish farming, which notes that wild stocks have declined wherever open net pen aquaculture is practiced.

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Doug Sandilands, operations director for Cetus Conservation Society, provides an update on the status of an entangled humpback whale and discusses concerns about its survival chances.

 
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As conservation officers hunt for the cougar that attacked a toddler this week, naturalist Paul Paquet of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation questions the likelihood of finding and accurately identifying the animal responsible. 

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Sarah Hagar, the mother of a toddler who was attacked by a cougar this week, speaks about her son's injury and progress in his recovery.

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