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December 2011 Archives

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Wednesday. Everything you need to know about snowshoes. We'll speak to camping guru, Kevin Callan, for tips that'll make your next snowshoe adventure more fun

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Reviews:

Eli Glasner's top ten films of 2011

Our film reviewer, Eli Glasner shares his list of the best films of 2011.

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Eli's Top Movie Picks of 2011

1. Cafe de Flore
2. Tree of Life
3. Moneyball
4. Hanna
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
6. A Separation
7. Beginners
8. The Trip
9. Margin Call
10. Kung Fu Panda 2

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The gift of a kidney, tides give global warming preview and Christmas in Delhi


 Kim McQueen, whose daughter is coming home to Victoria after a kidney transplant, talks about receiving the ultimate gift of an organ donation from another family that is experiencing the loss of their own child. 
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 Roy Brooke, the City of Victoria's director of sustainability, talks about how the extremely high king tides occurring right now could be a preview of future sea levels under global warming.  
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Baking and Christmas go hand in hand in many places, but it's a tradition that's not very common in India. But the Christmas baking rush is on for a Victoria couple, Anna and David Hambly, who opearte the Red Moon Bakery in Delhi.
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Snuneymuxw treaty, Liberals' poll plunge, homeless deaths and legalizing pot


Chief Douglas White  talks about the Snuneymuxw First Nation's concerns that the terms of the treaty they signed 157 years ago with James Douglas has not been honoured.

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A warning for Premier Christy Clark: Norman Spector discusses the significance of the latest poll showing B.C. Liberals in second place, and tied with the provincial Conservatives.

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Life and death on the street: Barb McClintock of the BC Coroner's Service and nursing professor Bernie Pauly talk the deaths of homeless people in the region.

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A report out today calls for the legalization of cannabis in Canada. Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback talks about why he's among a group of academics,  law officials and health professionals backing the change. 

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Float home accord, mutiny at Fort and Quadra, defending Kokish development and buying locally

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Jill Stainforth and Curtis Grad discuss the details of a new agreement between Fisherman's Wharf float home owners and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

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Never mind Mutiny on the Bounty, have you ever heard of Mutiny at Fort and Quadra? Gregor speaks with historian and newly-elected Victoria City Councillor Ben Isitt about a mutiny that occurred in downtown Victoria 93 years ago today, as Canadian troops were marching from their camp in Oak Bay to the ship that would take them to Siberia.

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Environment Minister Terry Lake responds to concerns raised about a proposed run-of-river hydroelectric project on the Kokish River near Port McNeill. 

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Kirsten Wright, the owner of Regalia Boutique in Victoria, talks about the growing popularity of buying locally made gifts.

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Homeless gifts, Kokish river hydro, carolling's decline and Hanukkah stories

Dan Hickman talks about  the Homeless Partners wishlist and how Victoria residents are helping meet the Christmas wishes of Victoria's poorest residents.

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Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee talks about concerns that the unusual fish habitat  of the Kokish River, about 15 kilometres east of Port McNeill, will be destroyed by a controversial hydro-electric project that has received approval by BC's Environmental Assessment Office.

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Is the tradition of Christmas carol singing coming to an end? St. Andrew's Principal and choir conductor Keefer Pollard talks about what's lost when we don't sing together.

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As Victoria's Jewish community marks the start of Hanukkah: Shoshana Litman, who is an ordained Jewish storyteller, talks about the significance of the celebration.
 
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Catalyst debt, Canada's pension plan, Nanaimo's earthquake risk and the Dandelion Society

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Gregor speaks with Port Alberni's new mayor, John Douglas, about Catalyst Paper's latest troubles with a missed debt payment last week and less than 30 days to reach a new deal with its creditors.

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Canada's finance ministers are meeting to mull the future of the Canada Pension Plan. Economist Monica Townson talks about the options - she is among a group of experts backing a bigger public pension program.

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Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan talks about plans for an earthquake study of the city's civic buildings after discovering its City Hall Annex building needed millions of dollars in seismic upgrades.

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Reverend Al Tysick, formerly the head of the Our Place drop in and homeless housing facility, talks about his new project to help Victoria's homeless and street community, the Dandelion Society.

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Rail splinter group, tsunami debris and the Political Panel

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Jack Peake talks about why he formed a new group to push for improvements to rail service on Vancouver Island, and why he's now critical of the Island Corridor Foundation, which he co-founded.








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Tofino Mayor Perry Schmunk  talks about why he thinks debris from the Japanese tsunami is already washing up on west coast beaches, and how the town plans to deal with it.  

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As another year in politics draws to a close, the political panel looks at the death of the Kyoto climate accord and the NDP's new confidence.

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Two sides of the pension debate, Port Alberni's Pot Luck Ceramics and the Bipolar Babe


Will this country be able to pay its pension obligations in the future? Finance Ministers will discuss the future of the Canada Pension Plan in Victoria on Sunday and Monday. CUPE union president Paul Moist and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Jordan Bateman weigh in with their views. 

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On the Island's  Michael Tymchuk pays a visit to Pot Luck Ceramics,  to learn about a unique charitable initiative. Community members in the  Port Alberni Fundraising Co-op founded a for-profit business that sells colourful Catalonian dishware, to earn money for non-profit groups.

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 Breaking the silence on mental illness:  Andrea Paquette talks about how her own experience with Bipolar disorder led to the creation of the Bipolar Babe project and a supportive network for teenagers and adults.

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Jack Purdy: Bamfield's absentee landlord

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An interview with Bamfield's embattled landowner

Jack Purdy speaks.
 
He is the Alberta investor who bought up many properties in the west coast village of Bamfield, only to let them fall into decay.
 
Much has been said about him, most of it critical. But we rarely hear from the man himself. 
That is, until last Friday when Gregor Craigie had an extended chat with him.
 
In this full-length interview Jack Purdy has to say about what properties he owns, why he bought them, what he wanted to do with them, why his plans fell through, and what his plans are for the future.

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The view from Bamfield

Reporter Michael Tymchuk talks to Bamfield residents about the legacy of Alberta investor Jack Purdy,  who bought up millions of dollars worth of Bamfield properties and then left them to decay .

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Navy lighting, Mudge Island wharf access, fisheries layoffs and residential schools

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If you think you've got a tough job stringing lights along your gutters, how about decking out a navy frigate? Khalil Akhtar went to CFB Esquimalt to climb aboard one of the ships and check out preparations for the annual Navy Lighting Contest.

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You've heard of the "Bridge to Nowhere". How about a wharf with no road access? Mudge Island resident Jack Schick talks about concerns that their public access road to Gabriola Island could be cut off by a private landowner.

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Gary Corbett, the President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, talks about the impact on the Island of upcoming layoffs in Fisheries and Oceans Canada. More than 400 biologists and other scientists who work for DFO are losing their jobs.


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Gregor speaks with Justice Murray Sinclair,  the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, about why Vancouver Island is the first stop for the commission's hearings, and how it will deal with the painful stories and potential criminal allegations that could emerge.

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CBC does Dickens in Victoria and Port Alberni

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The cast of CBC Radio's A Christmas Carol reading at Victoria's Our Place centre on December 13th. From left to right: Bob McDonald (Quirks and Quarks), Shelagh Rogers (The Next Chapter) , Jo-Ann Roberts (All Points West),  Peter Hutchinson (CBC Victoria program manager),  Khalil Akhtar (On The Island), Lisa Cordasco (CBC Radio News), Arthur Black (Planet Saltspring), Gregor Craigie (On The Island). 

All proceeds from the evening went to support Our Place. 

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CBC Radio and Trinity Church presented a dramatic reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol December 10th at Trinity Church in Port Alberni (Angus St and Fifth Ave). Proceeds went to Young Life Port Alberni, and food donations went to The Bread of Life. The host for the evening was Rev. George Pell. Readers included David Lord, Michael Tymchuk, Jean McIntosh, Winston Joseph, Judith Sayers, Jo-Ann Roberts and Gordon Scoffield, with music from The Trinity Acoustic Group.

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Reviews:

A White Christmas

David Lennam reviews the Victoria Operatic Society's production of A White Christmas

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Online wine sales, Glen Clark returns and addiction treatment group faces crisis

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Venturi-Schulze Winery (Flickr/miss604)

A Prohibition-era ban on tranporting wine or liquor across provinicial borders could be near an end with the passage of a private member's bill in the House of Commons. Gregor speaks with B.C. Agriculture Critic and Saanich South MLA Lana Popham, about the remaining hurdles to changing the law.

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There was a sense of surprise for many when former NDP Premier Glen Clark spoke to delegates at the NDP's 50th anniversary convention over the weekend. Province newspaper columnist Mike Smyth talks about the significance of Clark's first appearance in more than a decade at a party convention. 

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 A victim of its own success? Gordon Harper talks about why his Victoria-area organization, which helps people to get help for addictions and mental illness, is struggling to survive despite huge demand for its services.

 
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Bridge update, the Boomer burden, Romeo Saganash and Alberta anorexia treatment


An update on the status of the John Street Bridge project  from Mike Lai, the Johnson Street Bridge project director.
 
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A wave of baby boomers are set to retire next year, but does that mean a "grey tsunami" is about to hit B.C.'s health care system? MLA Norm Letnick talks about the BC legislative committee he chairs, which is looking into its implications on health care needs in the province.

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He knows four languages, negotiates treaties, defends rights, and was elected as a Quebec Member of Parliament. Gregor speaks with Romeo Saganash about why he thinks he's still having trouble being seen as a "serious" candidate for the federal New Democratic Party leadership. 

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After several attempts at treating her anorexia in B.C., Amber Foster of Comox  speaks with CBC Reporter James Hees about how she is hoping the eating disorders program at the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton can save her life.

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Bridge demolition, Political Panel, fighting in the WHL and curbing emotional eating

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Ross Crockford, a critic of the Johnson Street Bridge replacement, talks about the status of the planned demolition and reconstruction.

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The political panel takes a look at some big numbers in the news this week: pay cuts and payouts at B.C. Ferries and ICBC.

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Fighting in the WHL: Globe sportswriter Bruce Dowbiggin talks about the level of violence in the league that includes the Island's Victoria Royals.

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Beyond counting calories and carrot sticks: Victoria counsellor Grace Gerry talks about "emotional eating" and how to deal with it over the holidays.  

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Ungraded eggs, Victoria trash pick-up, investigating the police and amalgamation


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  Ann Thomas of the Vancouver Island Health Authority talks about why two local markets have received warnings against selling ungraded eggs direct from the farm. 







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 City of Victoria spokesperson Katie Josephson discusses options for trash and kitchen-scrap pick-up and the letter campaign by the refuse-workers' union to retain backyard service for garbage and compost bins. 

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This week Richard Rosenthal was appointed director of B.C.'s first Independent Investigations Office to handle cases of police incidents that result in serious injury or death.  Ian Scott, the head of a similar unit in Ontario, discusses what's ahead for the new director.


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New Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen talks about initiating new discussions about options for policing among the mayors in the Greater Victoria region. 

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Books:

The Good Hope Cannery


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 Author Bruce MacDonald, talks about his book which explores the personalities and history in one of the early enterprises on the B.C. coast. 

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RCMP harassment, Victoria trash talk, new Ferries boss and questioning food banks

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    Former RCMP constables Janet Merlo and Krista Carle talk about the latest developments in the force's response to allegations of harassment of female officers in B.C. They both live on the Island and say they also experienced harrassment within the force. 











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Residents of Victoria are being surveyed this month for their opinions on options for pickup of  trash and kitchen scraps.  Don Sutton, the vice president of CUPE Local 50, talks about why the union is urging residents to support their preferred - and most expensive - option. 

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Gregor speaks with Mike Corrigan who has just been announced as the next CEO of BC Ferry Services. He is replacing David Hahn, who leaves at the end of this year, and taking a pay cut along with the promotion.

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A multi-faith group called Faith In Action is holding a public forum in the new year that will look at the role of food banks, and whether they alleviate hunger. or perpetuate it. Gregor discusses the question with Graham Riches, one of the speakers who is the former Director of UBC's School of Social Work

 
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Sealing out seals, Ecole Polytechnique, crematorium criticism and oil tankers


 Ian Roberts of Marine Harvest  on the company's installation of huge new nets to keep the seals and sea lions out of their fish farm pens as an alternative to killing them.

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Dianne de Champlain of the Victoria Women's Transition House talks about violence against women here in Victoria, on the 22nd anniversary of  the Ecole Polytechnique killings of 14 female engineering students. 

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People in the Cowichan Valley are wondering how a commercial crematorium managed to set up shop in violation of local zoning regulations. Loren Duncan, a director for the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and Dave Johal of the Cowichan Valley Khalsa Diwan society, talk about how the wood-burning crematorium operated by members of the local Sikh community was replaced by H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Services. 

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Are more oil tankers on the horizon for the Juan de Fuca Strait?  Sheila Malcolmson, the chair of the Islands Trust, talks about the concerns of a coalition of local governments and First Nations, following a ruling by the National Energy Board.

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Treating anorexia, oil into biofuel, closing galleries and Christmas between the covers


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Amber Foster, shown at a healthy weight (left) and this year (right) is among a dozen adults with eating disorders who say they were discharged from a B.C. Treatment program despite failing health. (CBC)

Too old and too sick: Cindy Dobbe, the founder  of a Galiano Island anorexia treatment centre talks about why it is difficult to find help for eating disorder sufferers who don't fit into existing programs. 

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A new use for your used cooking oil: Brian Roberts, the Executive Director of Cowichan Energy Alternatives, talks about new vegetable oil collection kiosks that are being installed to turn the kitchen waste into biofuels.

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Arts journalist Amanda Farrell-Low talks about the closing of three local galleries in Victoria, and what it means for the community's arts scene.

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As the holidays loom, the editors of YAM and Boulevard magazines talk about the Christmas-themed features in their current issues. 

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CBC 25th annual Food Bank Show: A family's story, hunger in Victoria, and the Political Panel

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    Brent Palmer, the director of the Mustard Seed Food Bank, talks about the state of hunger in Victoria, and how the economy is affecting the people who use the food banks, and the people who donate to them. 









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Who do you think of when you think of food bank clients?

One Victoria family remembers their own experience, in the year between jobs when they relied on the food bank for support. 

They tell Gregor  their story. 

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Hard times for the B.C. economy, but one enterprise continues to grow : our food banks. The Friday political panel takes a look at the latest news on the B.C. economy and the politics of hunger right here at home. 

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CPR terminal plans, drunk driving ruling, Maritime Museum future and pot prize


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Curtis Grad, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, talks about plans for the CPR Steamship Terminal, after winning the bid to lease the historic harbourfront landmark.

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Robert Holmes, President of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, discusses the potential effect of the court ruling this week that found part of the province's tough drunk driving law is unconstitutional. 
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jon Sigurdson ruled that the law did not give the accused adequate opportunity to defend themselves.

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Praise but no prize: Maritime Museum president Barry Rolston talks about their unsuccessful bid for the harbourfront CPR terminal, and what comes next.

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Pot activist Dana Larsen talks about the Cannabis Cup, an annual event in Amsterdam, and the Vancouver Island seed company that won top prize at the latest event. 

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