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November 2011 Archives

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Leasing the CPR terminal, leaking oil tanks, revisiting a crisis and rallying for legal aid

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Journalist and UVic writing instructor Sean Holman discusses questions surrounding the Provincial Capital Commission and the competing bidders to rent the PCC-owned CPR Steamship Terminal on Victoria's harbourfront.


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Kelsey Wiedner talks about the trouble with old oil tanks that remain buried and often forgotten in back yards on the Island. The problem became a nightmare for one Saanich homeowner last week when more than 1,000 litres of heating oil leaked from an underground pipe and ended up in Swan and Colquitz Creeks.

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What happens to a First Nations crisis after the media goes home? Bob Chamberlin, the chief of the Kwicksutaineuk/Ah'Kwaw'Ah'Mish First Nation talks about what has changed in his community of the north coast of Vancouver Island, seven years after their mouldy houses and undrinkable water made the national news. 

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Paul Pearson of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia discusses the dispute over legal aid spending and today's planned rally at courthouses around the province.

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A Midsummer's Night Dream

David Lennam reviews Kaleidoscope Theatre's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream

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Homes for Comox's homeless, Denman ferry, bottle battle and Canada's climate commitment

Tom Grant of the Dawn to Dawn non-profit group in the Comox Valley says the best way to help the homeless is to find them a home. He talks about their work and its challenges. 

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Richard Goode, the president of the BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union, talks about what will be lost if BC Ferries finds a private operator to run its proposed cable ferry on the Denman Island to Buckley Bay route. 

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Who exactly is cashing in the deposits on your blue box bottles and cans? Reporter Jason Proctor takes a look at the battle for recyclables, and why some binners want the more fortunate to back off. 

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Canada is in the hot seat in Durban, South Africa this week and next at the UN climate change conference. Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent says his government won't make a second commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. UVic climate scientist Andrew Weaver shares his perspective.

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Seniors housing, salmon surplus, Occupying Xmas and debating homelessness in Courtenay


 If not Oak Bay, then perhaps Colwood? Gregor speaks with Howard Johnson, the CEO of the Baptist Housing Society about the future of the proposed facility for seniors with dementia which was rejected by Oak Bay Council last week.

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Gregor speaks with Ian Robert of Marine Harvest Canada about a global oversupply of farmed salmon that has lead to job and production cuts on Vancouver Island.

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Anushka Nagji,  a participant in the People's Assembly of Victoria, talks about the local "Occupy" protesters' shift from Centennial Square to the Santa Claus parade and shopping malls to spread the anti-consumerism message.

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 A failed attempt to build a rental complex in the City has upset a prominient homeless advocate. Mayor-elect Larry Jangula discusses the extent of homelessness and local efforts to address the issue. 

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Denman cable ferry, Political Panel and Smart Meter strategy

Five private ferry operators say they are interested in operating the BC Ferries route between Denman Island and Buckley Bay, where BC Ferries is proposing to replace it's existing diesel powered ship with a cable ferry. BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall provides an update.

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As the fall session of the legislature wraps up, the political panel looks at a controversial hiring and the statistics on the first year of those controversial new drinking-driving laws in B.C. 

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Walter McGinnis of Stop Smart Meters talks about the citizen group's strategy to eventually use the province's Recall and Initiative Act to try to get rid of the devices that BC Hydro is installing at every building in B.C.

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Rejecting Oak Bay Lodge, reviving the waterfront, banning anonymity and poaching deer


In a vote that split the council, Oak Bay has rejected a proposal for an expanded facility for seniors with dementia. Khalil speaks with outgoing mayor Christopher Causton, who supported the proposal. 

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As the Provincial Capital Commission considers bids for leasing the historic CPR terminal on the waterfront, Victoria businessman Matt MacNeil makes his case for a comprehensive plan for revitalizing the city's Inner Harbour. 

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 What's in a name? Well, one B.C. newspaper chain thinks making people use their real ones is the key to cleaning up abusive online comments. Black Press journalist Tom Fletcher talks about the move. 

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B.C. Conservation Officer Peter Pauwels  talks about the problem of  poachers who are illegally hunting deer  in urban areas of Victoria. 

 
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Nanoose logging reaction

Protesters in Nanoose Bay have been trying to prevent the local first nation from logging in an area called District Lot 33. They they don't begrudge the band it's economic opportunity, but think the government should let the Nanoose log somewhere else. A reaction from Forest Minister Steve Thomson,

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Graham Hill on the E&N railway

 Westshore politicians are worried that the push for an light rapid transit  system in Victoria could derail plans for repairs to the Victoria-Courtenay rail line.  We'll talk to View Royal Mayor Graham Hill about why he thinks the E & N is more important.

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Inter-generational beds at the Nanaimo Hospital?

Sick to their stomachs. How did an elderly patient with a contagious bacterial infection wind-up in the pediatrics ward at a Nanaimo Hospital? A concerned parent speaks out.

 

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Plans for Oak Bay Lodge - Tara Ney

No room at the lodge. In their final meeting, Oak Bay's current council shot down plans for care centre for seniors with dementia planned for the former Oak Bay Lodge site. We'll hear from a councillor who opposed the project.

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Reviews:

The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Jitters

Monica Prendergast reviews the Belfry production Jitters and Langham Court's The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

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Another war in the woods

War in the woods. Protestors are putting themselves in the way of controversial plans to log in a forest near Nanoose Bay.

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New Victoria councillor Shellie Gudgeon

A conversation with newly elected Victoria councillor Shellie Gudgeon

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New Tofino mayor Perry Schmunk

A tide change in Tofino. A conversation with new mayor Perry Schmunk about how he expects to handle issues such as affordable housing and tsunami planning, differently from his predecessor.

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CBC Radio Victoria Presents....

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A Christmas Carol 

Featuring Shelagh Rogers, Arthur Black,
Gregor Craigie and Jo-Ann Roberts

All Proceeds to benefit Our Place Society

Tuesday December 13
 7:00 PM 
Alix Goolden Hall 

With music from St Andrew's Elementary Family Choir, Open Door Choir and The Victoria Good News Choir 

Tickets $15 Adult, $5 Children


Tickets available at:Our Place Society,  919 Pandora Avenue, 
or Christian Book and Music Store, 3082 Blanshard Avenue

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Municipal election reaction: Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Colwood, Campbell River

Council veteran Geoff Young topped the polls in Saturday's Victoria election, while three other incumbent council members were unseated by newcomers. Young gives his perspective on the outcome and the challenges ahead for Victoria's city government. 

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Saturday's municipal election saw three first-timers elected to Victoria's city council. We hear from two of them, Ben Isitt and Lisa Helps. 

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Paul Brown lost his bid for Victoria mayor - he ran with the promise of making the city of Victoria more accountable and transparent. Brown offers his perspective on the outcome in an election-night interview. As well, Dean Fortin, re-elected for a second term as Victoria mayor, talks about the challenges ahead. 

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An interview with re-elected Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard, who  overcame a serious challenge by former Saanich councillor and former NDP MLA David Cubberley for the mayor's job Saturday night. 

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Gregor speaks with  Nils Jensen, a long-time councillor in Oak Bay who defeated fellow councillor Hazel Braithwaite in a closely fought contest for the mayor's job.

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The City of Colwood has a new mayor. Carol Hamilton talks about the challenges ahead for the municipality, and about overcoming  family tragedy.

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Campbell River's new mayor - pending a likely recount - is businessman Walter Jakeway. He talks about his priorities for the "River City".

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Election Connection

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On The Island and All Points West continue to bring reaction and follow-ups to the November 19th municipal elections across the Islands and Sunshine Coast. 

Stay tuned for the latest interviews and stories on your community, or check out our Election Connection to listen online.

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Election Connection:

Sooke mayoral race

The region's youngest municipality, incorporated in 1999, has a wide-open race for mayor with the departure of incumbent Janet Evans. Gregor speaks with mayoral candidates Wendal Milne and David Bennett.

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Oak Bay mayoral race

In Oak Bay, current mayor Chris Causton is not running again and rampant deer are getting top billing as an election issue. Mayoral candidates Nils Jensen and Hazel Braithwaite discuss their platforms.

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Juan de Fuca Electoral Area

Will a hiking trail become the deciding factor in a election race this Saturday? Gregor speaks with Alanda Carver and incumbent Mike Hicks, candidates for Regional Director for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. 

 
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Political panel, sex workers' program threatened and TEDx comes to Victoria

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View of Centennial Square and Occupy Victoria tents Thursday morning (Ken Kelly/DVBA)

Politics and the Occupation: Our Friday panel takes a look at the global protest's impact in local politics, and new rules for paying government employees' legal bills.

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Two agencies helping sex-trade workers in Vancouver are out of cash and shutting down. Gregor speaks with Marion Little, executive director of PEERS, which does similar work in Victoria, and with a former sex trade worker who went through PEERS job training program.

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Victoria's version of the global gathering of big ideas takes place this weekend. Gregor speaks with UVic writing professor David Leach who will be presenting a talk on using old ideas to refine modern urban spaces.

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The Leafblower Challenge, RCMP harassment probe and autism technology

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Leaf blower versus rake: Gregor and Khalil compete to see which one is faster at clearing the CBC's front lawn of leaves.





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CBC National Reporter Greg Rasmussen discusses the new priority placed on investigating sexual harassment claims within the RCMP, announced this week by the force's newly appointed commissioner Bob Paulson.

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Gregor speaks with Jim Tanaka, the director of the UVic Centre for Autism Research, Technology, and Education about new methods under development for helping people with autism.

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Victoria's mayoral race

Affordable housing.  Half a billion dollars in needed infrastructure upgrades. Rising taxes. Gregor hears from three candidates for Victoria mayor: Incumbent Dean Fortin, Victoria consultant Paul Brown and local business owner Steve Filipovic.

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Port Alberni's mayoral race

A proposed coal mine south of Courtenay is creating lots of controversy, including in the Port Alberni mayoralty race. Gregor gets the positions of the three candidates,  Ken McRae, Jen Fisher-Bradley and John Douglas.

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Esquimalt Village project referendum

When voters in Esquimalt go to the polls Saturday, they'll have a referendum question to consider. All Points West host Jo-Ann Roberts gets the story on the  Esquimalt Village Project from CBC reporter Keith Vass.

 
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Reviews:

Mary's Wedding

Monica Prendergast reviews Pacific Opera Victoria's original opera Mary's Wedding.

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Construction forecast brightens, challenging suicide laws and adults in the children's ward

There are brighter days in the forecast for B.C.'s construction industry according to construction industry analyst Mark Casaletto, Vice President of Reed Construction Data. 

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With the debate over assisted suicide back before the courts, Gregor speaks with  Chris Considine,  the lawyer who took the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada back in the 1990s.

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NDP health critic  Mike Farnworth responds to concerns about adults - including one with a C Dificile infection - being placed in the children's ward at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

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Campbell River mayoral race

Campbell River voters will go to the polls on Saturday to pick yet another new mayor. Reporter Dan MacLennan provides a picture of community's four-way race for mayor.

 
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Vic PD's regional strategy, Nanaimo's pediatric problems, Tofino's downtown plan

Victoria police  have launched a flashy new website outlining a strategic vision for the next decade.  And every page sports the phrase "regional police force."  Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham explains the plan to make this Canada's safest region. 

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Dr. Bob Burns of the Vancouver Island Health Authority responds to concerns raised about adult patients being placed in the children's ward at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, and the diagnosis of one of those adult patients with the infectious illness, C Dificile.

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Tofino resort owner Robert Brown discusses the plan to 'vitalize' the west coast surfers' paradise.

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Adults in the pediatric ward, java wars, gerrymandering allegation and Victoria magazines

Pediatricians at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital are upset that adult patients are being placed in a special ward built for children. Gregor speaks with Dr. Jane Pegg  about their concerns.

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Canada's coffee wars are heating up. Starting today, Tim Hortons will be offering espresso at some locations, something McDonalds has added to its menu too. Colin Newell of Victoria's coffeecrew.com website offers his insight into what's going on. 

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The Green Party's Elizabeth May has accused the Conservative Party of manipulating the riding boundaries to their own favour in the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding. Gregor speaks with political analyst Eric Grenier.

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A peek inside the latest edition of several of the region's magazines. Gregor speaks with Anne Mullens of Boulevard Magazine, Bryan Hartz of Douglas Magazine and Leslie Campbell of Focus Magazine.

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Saanich mayor's race

 Saanich is  one of the races to watch in the Nov. 19th municipal election. For the first time in several elections, the island's largest municipality could have a close contest for the mayor's job. Keith Vass reports. 

 
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Election Connection: "Slumlord" seeks council seat

Victoria City Council candidate Robin Kimpton has been called a slumlord and has clashed with City Hall over the condition of his properties. He speaks with Gregor about his legal troubles with the council he wants to join, and his approach to creating affordable housing. 

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Mt. Douglas stormwater, vets' tough transition and remembering World War One

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The Reverend George Oliver Fallis, leaves for World War One (British Columbia Archives)

Bob Bridgeman of the Friends of Mt. Doug Park talks about his groups call for  better storm water management to protect  salmon stocks in Douglas Creek and stop pollutants from washing up on public beaches.

 
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Tim Black, a UVic psychology professor, talks about new research on the challenges facing military vets making the transition to civilian life.

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Jim Kempling, a UVic history graduate student and a retired Colonel, discusses the fading public memory of Canada's experience in World War 1. 

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Shelter celebration, supporting families, Denman Island debris and salmon disease denied

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Michael Tymchuk dropped by the first birthday party for the Rock Bay Landing Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing complex on Ellice Street in Victoria, and speaks with manager Don McTavish.







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"Families first" is a current B.C. government theme. But how can local governments support families? Rupert Downing of the Community Social Planning Council, talks about a forum on city halls and families in Victoria today (Nov. 9).

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No one likes a litterbug, especially when it involves four tonnes of debris. An update on a story we told you last week about the garbage from shellfish farms that have washed up on the shores of Denman Island.

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B.C. salmon farmers say the latest government tests contradict claims of a deadly fish disease in our waters. Gregor speaks with Mary Ellen Walling, executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Federation.

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Colwood: the race for mayor

The mayor's job is up for grabs in Colwood. The sitting mayor, Dave Saunders, announced he wouldn't run again. The three candidates vying for the prize weigh on issues including rapid transit, Smart Meters and transparency in city council proceedings. 


Brian Tucknott has been a Colwood councillor since 2008.

Jason Nault was a 3 term Colwood councillor, from 2000 to 2008.

Carol Hamilton was also a Colwood councillor from 2005 to 2008.

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Ending the occupation, drugs at the protest, veterans' cuts and offshore fish farms

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Gregor speaks with Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin about the plans and the reasons for ending the Centennial Square "Occupy" protest encampment.

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Gregor speaks with Michael Blais, president of The Canadian Veterans' Advocacy Group, about cuts to support for injured soldiers.

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Andrea Langlois, communications manager for AIDS Vancouver Island, discusses drug use and drug users at the Occupy protest in Victoria's Centennial Square. 

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An Oregon-based company is considering putting an offshore fish farm in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, not far from Port Angeles. Gregor gets the details from John Bielka, the general manager of Pacific Aquaculture.

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Rookery Nook

David Lennam reviews the University of Victoria production 'Rookery Nook'

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U.S. deer deluge, real estate disclosures, new opera debut and NDP candidate Nathan Cullen

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Gregor speaks with biologist Tom Rooney, a deer specialist at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio, about the growing populations of the animals in states such as Montana, Michigan and Wisconsin, and efforts to control them. 



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A Victoria man goes public with his story about buying a house with basement flooding problems that were not disclosed by the seller. CBC Go Public reporter Kathy Tomlinson looks at how even hard and fast real estate disclosure rules aren't always a guarantee. 

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 An opera for Canada, and for Remembrance Day: Composer Andrew McDonald and conductor Timothy Vernon talk about the First World War and Mary's Wedding, a new work commissioned by Pacific Opera Victoria.

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Federal NDP leadership hopeful Nathan Cullen is the only B.C. candidate so far. He talks about his priorities and his qualifications for leading the party. 

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Night of Real Radio:

Civic Panelists Anne Mullens and Les Leyne

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A discussion of civic matters with guest panelists Les Leyne and Anne Mullens

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Night of Real Radio:

Don Genova cooks with squash

Don Genova demonstrates what to do with squash on CBC's Night of Real Radio in Victoria.

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Night of Real Radio:

Wayne Johnston

An interview with author Wayne Johnston at CBC's Real Night of Radio in Victoria.

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Night of Real Radio:

Gregor gets the pronunciation blues

Gregor performs the CBC Pronunciation Blues (with a help from Jean Paetkau and Todd Butler)

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Night of Real Radio:

George Sirk

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Birdman and naturalist George Sirk makes an appearance at the Night of Real Radio.

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Night of Real Radio:

Simon Whitfield

Olympian Simon Whitfield talks about whether being a father has affected training for competition.

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We're experiencing technical difficulties due to heavy snowfall on our satellite dish on the Malahat. Our live streaming is not affected by the problem. 


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As municipal election candidates get their election machines in motion, we at CBC's On The Island and All Points West will be bringing you special web coverage of the 2011 municipal elections across the Island.

Stay tuned for the latest on the candidates, the top issues, and on election night, results as they become available.

All that and more available on our special Election Connection page

Who's running in your local elections? You can hear the candidates pitches on our Election Soapbox

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Murder by text, obstacles facing occupiers and political panel

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The horrific story of the murder of Langford teenager Kimberly Proctor is in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine this month. Best-selling author David Kushner wrote the article, "Murder by Text". He speaks with Gregor.

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Gregor speaks with three members of the People's Assembly of Victoria who continue their occupation of Centennial Square despite the cut off of water and electricity by the city and the Capital Regional District. 

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The political panel looks at infighting over the award of a job skills training contract, bonuses for BC Hydro executives and the latest Angus Reid poll which shows B.C. Liberal support  dropping and a rise in the fortunes of the B.C. Conservatives. 

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BC Transit review, NDP candidate Peggy Nash, debunking biomass and ghost-hunting

 Looking under the hood at BC Transit: Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom discusses his order of an independent review for the body that runs the buses and plans rapid transit for Victoria and other B.C. communities.

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Parkdale-High Park MP Peggy Nash is running for the federal New Democratic Party leadership. She speaks with Gregor about her reasons for running on a campaign stop in Victoria. 

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Greenpeace campaigner Nicholas Mainville says biomass isn't so green after all. He discusses concerns about the move towards burning wood as a "clean" alternative to dirty fossil fuels.

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Halloween might be over but the scary stuff is continuing at the Maritime Museum this weekend. Medium Dawn Kirkham talks about the ghost-paranormal investigation taking place at the museum Saturday night. 

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Election Connection: Securities offense dogs North Cowichan candidate

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 North Cowichan council candidate Michael Ruge discusses his political ambitions and his past problems with the B.C. Securities Commission. Those problems include a 25-year ban from the B.C. Securities market for defrauding investors in a hedge fund offer, and an unpaid financial penalty imposed by the Commission.







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Sponsoring refugees, shutting Public Eye, debating libraries and Russell books turns 50

Several Vancouver Island communities are sponsoring Iraqi refugees. Ekaterina Pak of the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program talks about what makes for a sucessful settlement.

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 After years breaking stories on the B.C. political scene, Sean Holman explains why he is putting his Public Eye blog on ice. 

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Maureen Sawa, CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library, discusses about the latest strategic plan for the GVPL, and the voices that are saying libraries are an institution whose time has passed. 

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Khalil speaks with Andrea and Jordan Minter, owner/managers of Russell Books, as the store celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Campers' rights, palliative care, online haberdashery and talking about teen suicide

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Lawyer Catherine Boies-Parker talks about whether the city can enforce it's anti-camping bylaw on the protest in Centennial Square. She is one of the lawyers who successfully challenged the city's outright camping ban three years ago.

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Dr. David May talks about the efforts and challenges of improving palliative care in Powell River and other small communities. 

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Your suit is in the mail - Kyle Vucko, the founder of the online suit maker Indochino, discusses the growth of the company that was started by two UVic business grads.

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Ashley Anness talks about creating a facebook group called Comox Valley Suicide Awareness in response to the deaths of several teens in the Comox Valley and efforts to start a discussion about the often hidden problem.

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