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March 2012 Archives

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Uvic president addresses security breach

A massive security breach at the University of Victoria was foreseeable and preventable. That's the anaylsis from the province's watchdog. University president David Turpin responds.


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Political Panel

Crossing the floor. The political panel looks at the dramatic political defection of John van Dongen and the missing skytrain ticket.


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"Robocalls" go to court on Vancouver Island

The "robocall" scandal is heading to court on Vancouver Island. Gary Neil of the  the Council of Canadians talks about legal action being taken by one Island voter in the riding won by Conservative MP and cabinet minister John Duncan. 

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Property tax hike opposition growing

Talking about taxes: Bruce Carter, the C.E.O. of Victoria's Chamber of Commerce discusses about growing frustation with the city's continuing pattern of tax increases that are much higher than the rate of economic growth.
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RCMP sexual harassment lawsuit filed

More than 150 women are expected to join a class-action lawsuit filed this week against the RCMP, alleging sexual harassment. Gregor speaks with one of them, a retired RCMP constable from the Island who was one of the first alleged victims to go public about her experience.  
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Invermere's deer-cull lessons

Nineteen deer killed. Forty-five thousand dollars spent. A community divided. Gerry Taft , the mayor of Invermere, talks about the tough lessons learned in their deer cull. 

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Rooting for renters

Tenant's advocate Russ Godfrey on the challenges facing renters in the current market as some city councillors question the need for more rental housing in the city. Listen audio (runs 8:36)

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Conservative leader responds to MLA defection

The BC Conservative Party has gained its first sitting MLA in more than 3 decades. John Cummins, leader of the provincial Conservatives, talks about what it means, and what's ahead for the party. 

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Smart phone security risks

Could smart phones be putting us at risk for fraud and identity theft? Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith of Consumer Protection BC discusses the common mistakes many people make.

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We welcome your feedback on anything your hear on the show. We received this email response to this morning's interview, from listener Brendan Braybrook:

"It is not significantly risky to access your banking data on a smartphone while using an open wifi network, contrary to what your guest stated. The reason is that it's not wifi encryption (WEP, WPA, and WPA2 all have flaws and have been broken) nor the integrity of the wifi access point (which could be compromised) that provides the primary level of security between your device and the bank. It's the layer of SSL encryption which is layered on top of the connection that provides the bulk of the protection.

"The suggestion by Gregor that one not store their banking passwords on their smartphone is far more relevant to security in this case."


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Island MP reacts to NDP leadership results

Jean Crowder, the NDP Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Cowichan, responds to the selection of Thomas Mulcair as the new leader of the party on Saturday.  

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Preventing a coastal oil spill and the Friday political panel

It's one of the worst disasters our coastline has seen. But 23 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill -- have we learned our lesson? With oil tanker traffic along Vancouver Island expected to double soon, conservationists says no. We talk to  Misty MacDuffee with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

 

Our political panel joins us with the latest on the  teachers labour dispute. We'll also talk about the by-election that were announced yesterday in two B.C. ridings

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More on Catalyst, NDP leadership panel and Sisters of St Ann

Another decision day is looming for Catalyst Paper. The company went to court yesterday, asking for permission to sell off it's assets, including mills in Crofton, Powell River and Port Alberni. We get the view from mill floor in Crofton.

 

The next NDP leader, who will it be? Delegates meet in Toronto this weekend to decide. We hear from three prominent B.C. New Democrats ahead of the leadership vote.

 

The Royal B.C. Museum and the Sisters of St Ann announced that years worth of pictures, paintings, artifacts and documents will become part of the museums permanent collection. The CBC's  Sterling Eyford went down to watch the move

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Catalyst worker pay cuts and saving the old Craigflower schoolhouse

Taking a pay cut to keep the mill running. We'll talk to the president of CEP Local 1 in Powell River about the new deal between Catalyst Paper and its unions as the company tries to

 

Making Craigflower less of a wallflower...coming up, we talk to The Land Conservancy about plans to revamp the site of the historic schoolhouse and manor

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Rabbit Hole

Monica Prendergast reviews Langham Court Theatre's production of 'Rabbit Hole'
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Truth and Reconcilation

 
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CBC Victoria takes a close look at the legacy of residential schools, as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission travels up and down Vancouver Island.
 
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Teacher's dispute update, bridge funding and Duncan school of rock

Taking the next step. B.C. teachers are set to vote on their next move in their labour dispute with the province today, and an illegal strike appears to be one of the options. We get an opinion from a public sector labour relations expert.

 

The city of Victoria hasn't given up on convincing the province to fund SOME of the bridge costs. To get a sense of whether they'll have any luck, we talk to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom.

 

Calling young wanna-be rock stars. A school of rock is set to open in Duncan with a legendary faculty. We meet some of the players

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The Marowitz Hamlet

David Lennam talks about the University of Victoria's production of 'The Marowitz Hamlet'
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Teachers, osprey nest, and workfare

Bill 22 means it's now illegal for teachers to go on strike. But the problems at the root of the dispute are far from solved. The BC Teachers Federation have decided their next move is to withdraw work on extracurricular activities.Tara Ehrcke, president of the Greater Victoria Teachers' Association, explains.

 

Until recently, a Telus cell phone tower in Colwood was host to an osprey nest. The company has now relocated the nest for the good of both the birds and technicians. Shawn Hall, spokesperson for Telus, fills us in.

 

The provincial is considering flying people on welfare up to labour-hungry Northern BC. It's still just an idea, but Jobs Minister Pat Bell suggested the government would consider paying the airfare, and in some cases the accomodation and training costs, to help people on social assistance get jobs in the Peace District. Leanne McArthur, owner of McEnna Staffing Resources in Fort St. John, describes the job market in the north.

 

 

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Residential Schools:

Truth and Reconciliation - Luke Marston

The memory keeper. We talk to Coast Salish carver Luke Marston who created the bentwood box that's been travelling with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Dean Fortin, the political panel and Peeked Interest

Victoria City Council is facing some tough questions. As the new Johnson Street Bridge project balloons over budget, the city decides to move ahead anyway. So what went wrong and who should be held accountable? We speak to mayor Dean Fortin.

 

Sending teachers back to work, and flying to the jobless north. Our weekly political panel will take on those topics in the news this week, as well as reflect on Premier Christy Clark's first year in office.

 

 A new social network called Peeked Interest is set to launch at UVic is raising some privacy concerns. We'll speak with the founder

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Rising Blue Bridge costs, Shirley Bond and Tsunami debris

The new big blue is going to cost more green. The cost of replacing the Johnson Street Bridge is set to rise by 15 million dollars, according to a new  report. We  hear from one of the project's constant critics Ross Crockford

 

We've heard mixed reaction from across the country on the new omnibus crime bill passed in the House of Commons this week. Now we get a provincial perspective from Attorney General Shirley Bond.

 

It may be a beachcombers dream but it's a nightmare for those affected by the tsunami that devastated Japan a year ago. We'll hear from Japan's Consul General in British Columbia

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Residential Schools:

Truth and Reconciliation - The Missing Children Project

March 15, 2012 - Gregor speaks to archeologist Alex Maass about 'The Missing Children Project' at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Port Alberni

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Medical Tourism:

Medical tourism: private care and public risks

Valorie Crooks of Simon Fraser University's Medical Tourism Research Group, discusses a new study that explores health and safety concerns for patients who travel outside Canada for surgery, and the risks for our public health care system when the patients return home.

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Medical Tourism:

Why are Canadians seeking surgery abroad?

Too good to be true, or the answer to an overburdened public health care system? Rory Johnston, a Simon Fraser University researcher, discusses a new study which examined the experiences and motivations of Canadian medical tourists.


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Medical Tourism:

Medical heroin, nurses and medical tourism

The needle and the study are done. UBC researchers conclude medical heroin is a more cost-effective treatment for addicts than methadone. We hear how it might influence policy in BC from Dr. Aslam Anis, the provincial health officer.

 

BC nurses' contract expires at the end of this month. BCNU President Debra McPherson says they need 2000 more nurses hired.

 

The Medical Tourism Research Group based at Simon Fraser University has published the first research report on the perceived health and safety risks for B.C.'s medical tourists. Valerie Crooks, associate professor of geography at Simon Fraser University and lead author of the study, explains.

 

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Willie Blackwater, Tofino tsunami warning and learning from Japan

He's the most famous former student of the infamous Alberni Residential School. But Willie Blackwater won't be testifying at the truth and reconciliation hearings in Port Alberni. We hear why.

 

The District of Tofino has two tsunami warning systems up and running. We learn more from Tofino Mayor Perry Schmunk.

 

Learning from disaster. We speak with a woman who was at the tsunami ravaged parts of Japan

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Residential Schools:

Truth and Reconciliation - Willie Blackwater

He's the most famous former student of the infamous Alberni Residential School But Willie Blackwater won't be testifying at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings on Vancouver Island. We hear why
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Tsunami aftermath, political panel and Shawnigan Lake diversion

It's been almost one year since the massive earthquake and tsunami tore through Japan. We talk to a journalist there about how the country has changed since.

 

The week in politics. We've had the walkout and the day of protest and the war of words continues. Who won? We hear from the political panel.

 

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to spare. There's a proposal to divert water from Shawnigan Lake. But  one local politician says the lake is already a glass of water with too many straws

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Geoff Young, Dr Dave Hepburn, George Abbott and Norway

The  City of Victoria needs to cut millions in spending. We'll find out why and how much, when we speak with Councillor Geoff Young.

 

A Victoria doctor has landed a regular gig on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Dave Hepburn will be opening up and saying 'Ahhhh' about his new show.

 

Teachers end their 3-day strike today. We ask Education Minister George Abbott about Part Two of his proposed contract legislation.

 

We speak with a Norwegian dignatory who is travelling around Vancouver Island in support of the salmon farming industry

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David Schreck and rockin' the teacher's strike

It takes two to fail in a job action. We speak with politic pundit David Schreck about why he thinks the BCTF is partly to blame for the current labour problems

 

Rocking the teachers' strike.  We hear how a Victoria music store is giving parents a bit of a break during the three-day school closure by allowing their kids to get their hands on musical instruments

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Port Alberni signage

Getting off the main drag. We find out why businesses in Port Alberni want to put up signs on Highway 4, but the city says no

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Food security

Sewing the seeds of food security as the climate changes. We'll hear from the UVic professor who's studyiung how well prepared the island is to grow its own food in the future

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Crackwalker

Monica Prendergast reviews Theatre Inconnu's Crackwalker
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A new digital news service in Victoria

A new news"paper" is coming to down, but only in digital form. We find out about plans for a MetroNews Victoria edition

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Not so affordable affordable housing

Victoria City Council has just approved the conversion of an old Traveller's Inn into affordable housing units. But who can afford them?

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Wednesday

We'll hear why politicians in Lantzville voted to cut their own salaries. And we'll hear about the Missing Children Research Project and its work to document the deaths of every child who lost their lives in Indian residential schools.

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Political panel does their homework on Bill 22

Education Minister George Abbott's defending his back-to-work legislation in the legislature yesterday. Our political panel has been doing their homework on Bill 22, as well as a highly critical report by the B.C. representative for Children and Youth on the "preventable" deaths of three children.

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Habitat for Humanity Victoria

CBC 's Khalil Akhtar visits with Habitat for Humanity Victoria's new home owner, Marilyn Prior, and Yolanda Mayer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Victoria, to celebrate their recently completed new duplex in Saanich.

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Phantom of the Opera

Opera season in Victoria. While the actors and singers dazzle and entertain the audience, those working behind the scenes say it's backstage where the real magic and mystery happens. Backstage is where you'll find all those people responsible for costumes, props, make up and hair. And that's where the CBC's Jennifer Chrumka takes us to tell the story of a Victoria woman who found her dreamjob in the deep dark basement of the Royal Theatre.

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Mediating the teachers' dispute and selling Provincial Capital Commission properties

B.C. teachers say they'd like a mediated result to the current stand-off but they're unhappy with the mediation offer from the government. Guest host David Lennam speaks with Tom Knight, an associate professor specializing in labour relations at the University of B.C., about the prospects for its success.
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Selling the Capital: Bill Wellburn, the chair of the board at the Provincial Capital Commission, talks about the changes at the public body that is tasked with promoting the capital city, but is now facing downsizing of its properties, it's board of directors, and its powers.
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