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October 2011 Archives

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Tales from the Vault:

The lepers of D'Arcy Island

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Stephen Ruttan, the local history librarian with the GVPL, tells the story of the D'Arcy Island leper colony in his latest instalment of  his online series, "Tales from the Vault." 







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A cop campaigns for legalizing pot

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David Bratzer is a Victoria police officer who is also running as a candidate for the Victoria school board. He discusses why he believes  it's time  for the sale of marijuana to be legalized.









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Reviews:

Gormenghast

 

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Monica Prendergast reviews the William Head production of "Gormenghast"

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Sharing the Square, reviving canoe culture, farm dumping and retooling sawmills

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Ken Kelly discusses how plans are shaping up for the Downtown Victoria Business Association's new skating rink in Victoria's Centennial Square, where Occupy Victoria protesters remain encamped.






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Tyrone Marshall, the co-ordinator of Tseshaht Recreation, talks about the tradition of long dug-out canoes and how his Port Alberni first nation wants to rebuild their culture of carving and paddling. 
 
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What's in the fill? Lana Popham, the NDP Agriculture critic, raises concerns about what exactly is being dumped on agricultural land such as the former  Babe's Honey farm.

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Western Forest Products vice-chair Lee Doney explains why the company  is making a $200 million investment in Island sawmills to make BC lumber a better fit for the Asian market.

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Raw log exports, Dean Fortin and the Friday panel

Raw log exports from an ecological perspective. We hear from Ken Wu at the Ancient Forest Alliance.
 

The occupation continues, but for how long? We hear from the Mayor of Victoria.

The stand off between teachers, school boards and the B.C. government got a good deal more tense this week. Our Friday panel takes look at that.

 

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Legalizing marijuana, report cards, deer cull and Thomas Mulcair

A B.C. coalition argues it's time to legalize the sale of marijuana. We meet an Island cop who's a member of the group. 
 
We find out what the Teachers Federation thinks of changes to the College of Teachers and the  move to force teachers to write report cards.
 
We find out how the City of Cranbrook will carry out it's first deer cull.

 
He's a big fish in Quebec's NDP pond. Now MP Thomas Mulcair is now running to be the national leader of the New Democrats and he's out to raise his profile across the country. We meet him on the morning of his Victoria visit.

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Occupy Victoria update, troubles at CLBC and culling urban deer

With the so-called occupation of Victoria's Centennial square swelling, we'll talk to city councillor Jeff Young about how long it can go on.
 
Sixty-five group homes have closed, and Community Living BC is under an internal review. We'll talk to the interim CEO.
 
Is it over for ungulates in Victoria? We'll hear whether the CRD will ask for permission to cull urban deer.

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Reviews:

The Fall of the House of Usher

 

 

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David Lennam reviews Giggling Iguana's Halloween production Fall of the House of Usher.

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Adel Younis, Friday political panel and George Sirk on owls

With one foot in Tripoli. We speak with a Victoria resident who now hopes to return home to Libya following the death of Moammar Gadhafi.
 
A shipbuilding bonanza for B.C.and a good news break for Premier Christy Clark and her Liberal government. Discussed in detail by our Friday political.
 
Going to the birds.  Our resident naturalist George Sirk joins us to talk about Victoria's burgeoning barred owl population.

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Coleman on Crystal Pool, Glacier Media and Tundra the wolf

Victoria's Crystal Pool is sorely in need of replacement, and could present real hazards, according to a new report. We talk to city councillor Chris Coleman.
 
With many Island newspapers set to get new ownership, we'll hear how the workers are feeling about Glacier Media. I'll to the president of the union that represents staff at the Times Colonist.
 
Terrifying  predator, or saviour of ecosystems and threatened species. On National Wolf Awareness Week we'll speak with a scientist and an educator about the two personalities of the wolf and meet a real live wolf-dog. 

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Times Colonist sale, Crystal Pool safety, salmon virus and stripper history

Hawking papers. The Victoria Times Colonist and many other island papers have been sold. We'll hear about their new owner, Glacier Media.
 
Taking voters for a dip. Victoria's Crystal Pool is promising to become an election issue, with new questions being raised about how safe it is and how much of a money pit it might become. We speak to mayoral candidate Paul Brown. 
 
A potentially lethal virus that can devastate salmon farms has been reported on our coast for the first time. What could it mean for B.C. Salmon farmers? We speak to Stewart Hawthorns of Greig Seafoods

 
Vegas North. With strip clubs shutting down in this province due to lack of interest we'll take a look back at the heyday of burlesque and striptease after World War ll.

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Esquimalt policing, Duncan teacher goes public and bye bye peelers

The City of Esquimalt could be looking at replacing the Victoria Police with the RCMP. We'll hear from one city-council candidate that thinks that information should be made public before the election.
 
A teacher from Duncan goes public to say the kids in her class aren't learning because they don't have enough help.  
 
Goodbye peelers? With one of the last strip clubs on the Island shutting down, we'll find out what is happening to the business of stripping, later in the show.

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Reviews:

Love Kills

David Lennam review Phoenix Theatre's Spotlight on Alumni production of 'Love Kills'

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North Island MP John Duncan, social media complexities and occupying Victoria

North Island MP John Duncan on the BC Treaty Commission

 Most people have plenty of Facebook friends, but how about enemies?  We'll look at how social media can create villains out of the innocent.   

Occupy Victoria. We talk to one of the local protesters who took part in what turned out to be a global event ithis weekend.

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Political Panel, rocking the Arctic and methamphetamine lessons for police

West Shore RCMP Corporal Kathy Rochlitz talks about why local police and emergency personnel are learning from U.S. counterparts about  combating methamphetamine abuse in a three-day awareness training session. 

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The political panel looks at the progress, or lack of it, on first nations treaties, and the state of negotiations with teachers.

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Victoria music collector and producer Jason Flowers talks about meeting and recording with Inuit heavy metal band Northern Haze, a rock band from Nunavut and the first known rock band to perform heavy metal in their indigenous language.

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Smart Meter petition, remembering Alex Campbell, assessing treaty progress and Sliammon treaty

It worked for the opponents of the Harmonized Sales Tax. Now, critics of BC Hydro's Smart Meter program are hoping the B.C. Recall and Initiative Act will also help them stop the installation of the wireless devices outside every home in the province. Walter McGinnis is the spokesperson for StopSmartMeters.ca

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With the death this week of Alex Campbell Sr., the founder of Thrifty Foods, we hear about his role as a philanthropist and the future of the enterprise that he built into one of the Island's most successful businesses. Interviews with Greater Victoria School Board trusteee Michael McEvoy and and Jeff Archer, an associate professor at the Royal Roads associate faculty of management. 

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Mary Polak, B.C.'s Aboriginal Relations Minister, discusses the state of treaty negotiations in this province following comments by the head of the B.C. Treaty Commission, Sophie Pierre, who called for the treaty process to change or be shut down.

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Roy Francis, senior treaty negotiator of the Sliammon First Nation discusses their long path to getting official title to their traditional territory.

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Election turnout, cutting military jobs, Warrior Games and missing women

 UVic professor Michael Prince discusses the low voter turnout for municipal elections and an upcoming forum about local government's role and citizen engagement. 

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John MacLennan, national president of the Union of National Defence Employees, talks about rule changes that affect part time civilian employees for the Canadian military, and their eligibility for full-time positions.

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Strong body, strong culture. Steve Sxwithul'txw discusses Warrior Games, a new national television show about traditional Aboriginal sports, based in Victoria.

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Funding inequality. Many of the groups who've pulled out of the missing women commission say they're upset the government isn't paying for their lawyers. Lawyer Clayton Ruby gives his perspective.

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Reviews:

The Flying Dutchman

 

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Monica Prendergast reviews Pacific Opera Victoria's production of The Flying Dutchman 

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Empress car-charger, missing women, wheelchair basketball, nearly Nobel and open data.

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As the missing women's commission begins in Vancouver, a Victoria advocate for sex workers talks about whether about whether it can be salvaged from the criticism that has surrounded it.

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Reporter Michael Tymchuk tries out Victoria's recreational wheelchair basketball program, which is looking for new participants with or without disabilities.

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For more information, check out Victoria Wheelchair Sports, or call 250-418-0489

Gregor speaks with Sebastien Fabro, a Victoria man who helped author a Nobel-prize-winning study on the expanding universe which received this year's award for physics.

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Victoria councillor Marianne Alto talks about the purpose and the potential of putting all of the city's data online under her Open Data proposal.

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NDP critic on RCMP future, Political Panel and former addict turned scientist and author

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The political panel turns their attention to some of the more controversial comments coming from the mouths of politicians this week. 

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Marc Lewis was an addict who used everything from heroin to LSD.  Now he's a professor of developmental psychology and neuro-science. He talks about his journey and his new book, Memoirs of An Addicted Brain.

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Avatar Grove, Saanich invasive species, surveying cyclists and provincial police force

It looks like there'll be no paving or parking lots in the Avatar Grove.  Ken Wu of the Ancient Forest Alliance reacts to a government proposal to protect the old growth trees near Port Renfrew.

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Cory Manton, Saanich Horticulture and Natural Areas Manager, talks about how Saanich wants to yank the welcome mat out from under invasive species of wild plants and animals in the region. 

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How do you get from here to there? A new CRD survey seeks to answer that question. Robert Lapham, the CRD Regional Planning General Manager, talks about the CRD Origin Destination Survey.

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A look at the pros and cons of replacing the RCMP with a provincial police force, with Philip Jamieson, a retired Saanich Police Inspector, and the former head of the Canadian Police Association.
 
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Coming Up:

Coming Up

Tuesday: We'll hear the latest from Parliament on Ottawa Reports. Khalil Aktar's food column looks at the difference between real ice cream and so-called "frozen desserts". Plus, volunteers saving lives on the water...we'll head offshore with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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Safe consumption, Clean Farm and African school

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Children in Kubian in front of their school - built with donations from a Shawnigan Lake arts group. 

Dr. Patty Daly, the top doctor for Vancouver's Coastal Health Authority, talks about options for safe consumption sites following the Supreme Court of Canada Victory for Insite.

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Cleaning up old farms: Khalil finds out about an initiative to collect out-of-date farm chemicals on Vancouver Island.

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School was IN for the first time starting today in a small West African community - thanks to the efforts of a Shawnigan-Lake based arts group. Lynn Weaver talks about the Matoto project.

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Unsterilized surgical tools, shipyard competitor, The Flying Dutchman and Secret Shopper scam

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Several patients in Port Alberni are being monitored after a mix up concerning unsterilized surgical equipment.  Ellen Brown, the site drector at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni, explains what happened.

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It's a battle for the right to build Canada's future naval fleet. Three Canadian shipyards are being considered by Ottawa for multi-billion dollar contracts. CBC Reporter Rob North reports on one of them - the Halifax Shipyard. 

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Wagner comes back to Victoria in  Pacific Opera Victoria's season opener. Gregor speaks with director  Glynis Leyshon about the challenges of mounting The Flying Dutchman.

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Go Public reporter Kathy Tomlinson brings the story of a Delta woman who says a transaction at Vancity helped scammers get her money in what's known as  the "Secret Shopper Scam". 

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Reviews:

Theatre Review - The Melville Boys

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David Lennam reviews Langham Court's The Melville Boys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hundreds join CBC 75th Anniversary Open House



What a wonderful day! 

More than 800 listeners came down to CBC Radio's Pandora Avenue Station to meet and chat with hosts and staff. 

There were prizes, treats and many people took a turn behind the microphone to record a station ID (Listen to hear them on the air around 7:10 every weekday morning). 

Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald's clever science-themed creation won the hosts' apple-pie baking contest. The judges were CBC/CHEK anchor Tony Parsons, Monday mag editor Grant McKenzie, reporter Lisa Cordasco, CBC radio news editor Catherine Rolfsen and poet Wendy Morton.

Dozens of backyard apple varieties were identified by experts at the BC Fruit Testers table while the muffins from Camosun sold out and the apple cider supply was drunk dry at the LifeCycles table.

Thanks to our audience helpers: Kim Meldrum, Ebony Johnson, Francisco Melara, Matt Mathiason, Coleen Rabatich and Joan Athey.

And thanks to everyone who came for making it a great 75th anniversary party. 

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Replacing the RCMP, native property rights, safe injection options and Hutterite fish farm

Former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford discusses that province's experience in replacing the RCMP with an expanded provincial police force in the 1990s.

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First Nations lawyer and UVic professor Judith Sayers talks about federal legislation aimed at improving property rights for aboriginal women in Canada. 

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Victoria City Councillor Phillippe Lucas talks about the potential for a safe injection site, or sites in Victoria following the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in favour of Vancouver's Insite facility.

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Per Heggelund talks about an on-land closed-tank coho salmon farm operating at a Hutterite colony in Montana. 

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Wish you were here: CBC Victoria Open House

CBC Radio Victoria's Open House is on today, Saturday Oct. 1 at our 1025 Pandora Avenue Station. You can check it out on the live webcast (above) or you're invited to come on down from 10 to 2 to meet on-air hosts, take a turn behind the microphone and win a prize.  Hope to see you here!