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February 2012 Archives

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Residential Schools:

Voices from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings

Former students talk about their experiences in Indian residential schools, at the hearings in the Kwakiutl community of Fort Rupert on Tuesday. The hearings move to Campbell River for Thursday and Friday. Port Alberni and Duncan are also on the agenda, with a final stop in Victoria in April.
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Victoria teachers' strike plans and Robocalls in Saanich-Gulf Islands and

Tara Ehrcke, the president of the Greater Victoria Teachers Association, speaks with guest host David Lennam about plans to escalate their strike, and the B.C. government legislation which will soon shut that strike down and bring in a mediator.
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Kit Spence, the Liberals' campaign manager in the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding for the 2008 federal election, talks about the robocalls that urged voters to cast their ballot for an NDP candidate who had withdrawn from the race. 
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Residential Schools:

Truth and Reconciliation - Anglican priest Lincoln McEwan

A church leader attended yesterday's Truth and Reconciliation hearing in Fort Rupert. We find out why he was there and what he heard from survivors of an Anglican-run residential school
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Residential Schools:

Truth and Reconciliation - Voices from Fort Rupert

Voices from the Fort Rupert Truth and Reconciliation hearings in February, including Barbara Johnson and Daisy Elliot 
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Residential Schools:

Truth and Reconciliation - Christine Wata Joseph

February 28, 2012 - The first of the Truth and Reconciliation hearings wrapped up today on North Vancouver Island. Almost two dozen residential school survivors testified at the two day event hosted by the Kwakiutl community at Fort Rupert. Christine Wata Joseph was there for the entire time. She is the community's traditional medicine woman, and one of the first to make a presentation yesterday morning

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Lekstrom promises Malahat safety improvements

Building a safer Malahat: B.C. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom responds to calls for concrete barriers on the Malahat to prevent head-on collisions.
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Robocall allegations on the Island

Longtime Conservative campaign worker Bruce Hallsor discusses the claims of misleading phone calls to voters in Saanich-Gulf Islands in the 2011 and 2008 federal elections. 
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Residential Schools:

Truth and Reconciliation - Davina Hunt (on All Points West)

February 27 - It's been an emotional week at the Truth And Reconciliation hearings in Port Hardy.They are listening to former residential school students tell their stories. Today, the commission heard from survivors at the the Kwakiutl First Nation at Fort Rupert. Davina Hunt is a band councillor and one of the key organizers of this event
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Residential Schools:

Residential school hearings open on Island

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson talks about the significance of the series of public hearings about native residential schools, getting underway today on Vancouver Island. The Commission is spending today and tomorrow as guests of the Kwakiutl Indian Band in Fort Rupert.
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Artist campaigns for Malahat safety

Chelsey Dollman talks about her facebook campaign to save lives on the Malahat Drive with improved safety measures. It's a plan that has caught the attention of one B.C. cabinet minister.  Listen audio (runs 6:48)

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Residential Schools:

Residential school reconciliation at Quamichan Middle School

Reconciliation in action. Reporter Catherine Rolfsen visits a Grade 7 class at Quamichan Middle School in Duncan, where a new course tackles the residential school legacy.
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Residential Schools:

How reconciliation works - From All Points West

As Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins gathering Island stories about the legacy of residential schools, CBC reporter Catherine Rolfsen talks to All Points West host Jo-Ann Roberts about aspects of reconciliation. 
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The Political Panel on selling harbourfront land, and residential school reconciliation at a Duncan school


Selling harbourfront land privatizing liquor warehouses: The Political Panel takes a look at the B.C. budget and plans to legislate an end to the teachers' dispute. 
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Reconciliation in action. Reporter Catherine Rolfsen visits a Grade 7 class at Quamichan Middle School in Duncan, where a new course tackles the residential school legacy head-on. 
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Residential Schools:

Seeking the truth about residential schools (From All Points West)


Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission is on its way to Vancouver Island. But what's left to learn about residential schools? Reporter Catherine Rolfsen speaks with All Points West guest host Lisa Cordasco about the aim of the hearings and how they are reaching out to residential school survivors.
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Ferries budget squeeze threatens service levels

B.C. Ferries is not getting any extra funding in the provincial budget to keep its fleet running in 2012-2013, even though  the Ferry Commissioner recommended increased financial support from the province, especially for rising fuel prices, in a recent report. Gregor gets reaction from Harold Sweringa, the chair of the Saltspring Island Ferry Advisory Committee.
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Goodbye Big Blue

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First phase in construction of new Johnson St. bridge begins with removal of railway bridge (Lisa Cordasco/CBC)

The old Blue Bridge across Victoria's Harbour has roused unexpected passions in our community. A special documentary marks its passing, as demolition gets underway this week.  
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Residential Schools:

Remembering residential schools

As the Island hearings for Truth and Reconciliation Commission approach, Barney Williams Jr. tells reporter Catherine Rolfsen about why he waited decades to tell his residential schools story, and how that day changed everything. 
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Reviews:

Carmen and Eurydice

Monica Prendergast reviews Pacific Opera Victoria's production of "Carmen" and UVic Theatre Department's production of "Eurydice."
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Decoding B.C. budget politics and former Falcon backer defends defection to Conservatives

Watching the spin cycle: UVic political scientist James Lawson talks about how this budget positions the Liberal government for the election in 2013.
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He was a prominent supporter of finance minister Kevin Falcon's bid for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party. Rick Peterson talks about his reasons for jumping to the BC Conservative Party.
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Deer cull, HMCS Vancouver, and climate modelling

When it comes to the future of deer in the CRD opinions run strong and contrary, especially when it comes to discussing a possible cull. Some think the thousands of does and bucks are a nuisance wandering into city centres and destroying crops on Saanich farms. And others think they are living animals that deserve our care and protection. On Wednesday there will be a public meeting on this contentious issue. John Ranns is the chair of the Planning, Transportation & Protective Services Committe for CRD.

 

This Sunday there was a warm welcome-home for the crew of HMCS Vancouver. Everyone from high-ranking generals to eager young kids greeted the members of the Canadian Forces as they disembarked. The ship was deployed to waters around Libya last summer. David Mazur is the commanding officer of the HMCS Vancouver.

 

As though the discussions over climate change weren't complicated enough already, one of the world's top climate scientists has taken a close look at the burning of coal, natural gas and oil to see which fossil fuel would trigger the biggest increase in world temperatures. You might be surprised by the results. Andrew Weaver is a climate modeller who teaches at the University of Victoria. He was a lead author in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- the group that, with Al Gore, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

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VIHA's amends in Cowichan Valley and Victoria's view on rising sea levels


Even after four years, hard feelings remain about the closing of the Cowichan Lodge in Duncan  by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. VIHA's Marguerite Rowe, executive director for Continuing Health Services, talks about how the health authority has addressed those concerns.
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Roy Brooke, the City of Victoria's sustainability director, discusses predictions at an international symposium that sea levels may be rising faster than expected, and how the city is preparing for the possibilty. 
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Taking down the bridge, taking out the trash and the cost of protecting killer whale habitat

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin talks about the imminent demolition of the rail portion of the Johnson Street Bridge, and last weeks decision to stick with more expensive back yard trash pickup despite survey results that supported a cheaper option. 
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Mike Hicks, a Capital Regional District director and fishing lodge operator, discusses concerns about how a court ruling on protecting killer whale habitat could affect fishing and vessel traffic in our coastal waters.
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Political Panel on judge shortages and tea festival gets a taste of Vietnam

The political panel looks at the judge shortage and court backlogs, the upcoming provincial budget and the harsh critiques of seniors' care and forest management practices dished out to the government by the B.C. Ombudsperson and Auditor General. 
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Victoria's Tea Festival gets a taste of Vietnam, and Gregor tastes and talks tea with Daniela Cubelic, the owner of Silk Road Tea and one of the organizers of the Victoria Tea Festival.
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Cowichan lodge closing criticized and Carmen comes to Victoria

MLA Doug Routley discusses the B.C. Ombudperson's report on the closing of Cowichan Lodge, and the long-term effect of the closing on seniors and their families.
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They're the opera tunes you know, even if you know little about opera. Gregor speaks with Alysson McHardy who sings the title role in Pacific Opera Victoria's presentation of Carmen, which opens tonight (with further performances on Feb. 18, 22, 24 and 28, plus a matinee show on Feb. 26. 
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Trading places with the homeless and creating a downtown free wifi network

Richard LeBlanc, executive director of Woodwynn Farms and founder of the Creating Homefulness Society,  talks about why he is living in a van and giving up his home to a homeless man. 

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Liam McLachlan with the MeshMesh project talks about how a group of volunteers with cooperation from local businesses is creating a free downtown wifi network in Victoria. 

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Debating police powers and training future shipworkers for the Island


Should police get the power to lay criminal charges? Lawyer Paul Pearson argues against the change from Crown-Counsel charge approval, that is being considered in a  review of B.C.'s review criminal justice system. 
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A riveting story: Doug MacLaren of the Resource Training Organization of B.C. talks about the new trades training centre announced yesterday to prepare workers for the Island's share of an $8-billion, 30-year federal shipbuilding contract. 
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Coming Up:

Monday

We'll hear how school kids and therir parents are coping at the start of BC teachers' 3-day strike. We'll also hear from business columnist Donna Guzik and our medical columnist Dr. Peter Lin as well.

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Noise pollution disrupting whales and previewing Legislature's to-do list

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Following concerns about the effect of navy sonar on orcas, Paul Spong at Orcalab discusses about how noise pollution affects marine mammals and what kinds of noises are most harmful.
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British Columbia's MLAs return to the capital tomorrow to resume the legislative session. Ida Chong, the minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development talks about what's on the government's agenda.
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Canadian Navy sonar error and the Political Panel

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U.S. environmentalists are raising concerns about the use of sonar by a Canadian Navy frigate in an area  designated in the U-S, as critical marine mammal habitat. Gregor speaks with Michael Jasny of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and  Scott Van Will, the Commander of the ship in question, HMCS Ottawa. 
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The political panel looks at former B.C. Premier Bill Vander Zalm's libel conviction for defaming a former conflict of interest commissioner, and the B.C. Liberals' latest promise of a balanced budget. 
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Reconsidering rail, west shore's growing clout, run-of-river future and earthquake detectors

Victoria Councillor Ben Isitt talks about why he's pushing council to reconsider their earlier decision, and redesign the Johnson Street Bridge replacement to accommodate railway service. 
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Dan Spinner of the Westshore Chamber of Commerce discusses what the rapid growth of Langford and neighboring municipalities means for the region and its balance of power. 
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Will the B.C. government's new energy strategy mean the end of independent run-of-river power projects? The Wilderness Committee thinks so; NDP energy critic John Horgan responds.
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Geologist Jeff McGuire explains a new underwater installation off the coast of Vancouver Island to provide real-time information on impending earthquakes and tsunamis.
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Painting Victoria's history, Langford's population boom, smoking drug concerns and Island mags

Artist Steve Milroy talks to Khalil about a new mural in downtown Victoria commemorating the city's 150th anniversary. 
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Doing the math: The first results released from the 2011 census confirm Langford as the province's fastest-growing municipality, as well as documenting population declines in some other communities, such as Esquimalt.
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Is the cure worse than the disease? Questions are being raised about one of the stop smoking drugs sanctioned by the B.C.government's official smoking cessation program. 
Gregor speaks with University of B.C. Professor  Barbara Mintzes and Ministry of Health Assistant Deputy Minister Bob Nakagawa. 
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Between the covers: We'll hear what's featured this month in two of the region's magazines, from Focus editor Leslie Campbell and YAM editor Kerry Slavens. 
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Energy policy praised, tracking wild salmon, needle-sharing and Nanaimo's Black history

Gwen Barlee of the  Wilderness Committtee talks about why she thinks B.C.'s new energy strategy, including three proposed Liquified Natural Gas plants in Kitimat, could be good news for B.C. rivers.
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Playing tag with fish: Oceanographer and marine biologist David Welch says it might be possible to understand the impact of aquaculture on wild fish by tagging and tracking the movements of wild salmon.
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UVic researcher Andrew Ivsins discusses new research that shows the sharing of needles among Victoria's intravenous drug users has risen dramatically, along with the risk of disease, since the closing of the city's only fixed needle exchange in 2008.
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Shaleema Gantt, President of the Nanaimo African Heritage Society, discusses some of the people whose stories are featured in a exhibition at the Nanaimo Museum, celebrating Black History Month.
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Failing First Nations children, alleging bank privacy breach and adult eating disorders

mi-bc-archive-turpel-lafond.jpg Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth, discusses a report being presented to the United Nations today which is highly critical of how Canada deals with First Nations children.
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Bankers have access to a lot of your personal information. What happens when they accidentally hand it over to the wrong person? Go Public reporter Kathy Tomlinson talks to two Bank of Montreal customers about their experience.
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This is Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Sally Chaster, who is anorexic and a member of Advocacy for Adults with Eating Disorders in B.C., talks about the difficulty of getting treatment for people over age 24.
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'Namgis eyes expansion, teachers defend job action and political panel

Chief Bill Cranmer discusses the 'Namgis First Nation's plans to expand to the north island, and whether it could save tiny Woss Lake Elementary school.
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Susan Lambert, president of the BC Teachers' Federation, responds to concerns that students are suffering because of the continuing job action by teachers in which they are refusing to perform duties including field trips, recess and report cards.
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The political panel looks at the continued decline in support for the B.C. Liberals, and whatever happened to the plan for private ferry operators on the coastal routes.
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Teachers strike, late French Immersion, helping in Honduras and analyzing amalgamation

Has the contract dispute between the province and BC's teachers reached a breaking point? Amid calls for government intervention, Michael McEvoy, president of of the BC School Trustees Association, discusses concerns about failing communications between teachers and administrators, and the effect on students.
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Judy Mas, Immersion Coordinator for the Greater Victoria School District, discusses the promotion of a later start for French Immersion students.
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Providing aid in a dangerous place: Organizer Ana Clara Sosa Cazales discusses the work of  UVic's Medical Brigades, a volunteer group that offers basic health services in Honduras, the country with the highest per-capita homicide rate in the world.
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As the amalgamation debate revives in the Capital Region, Andrew Sancton, a professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario, talks about the pros and cons of  merging municipalities.
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Catalyst union worries, pension changes, illegal bike conversions and rumbling in Sooke

Catalyst Paper Powell RiverDave Coles, national president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, discusses the future for unionized employees of Catalyst Paper as the company seeks creditor protection. 
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Economist Patricia Croft looks at significant changes to the Canada Pension Plan coming into effect this year.
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Reporter Michael Tymchuk looks into the legal problems encountered by electric bike owners who remove the pedals from their unlicensed vehicles.
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Ken Tapping, an astronomer with the National Research Council of Canada, talks about one possible explanation for reports of mysterious rumbling sounds reported in Sooke in recent days.
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