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May 2012 Archives

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Rekindling war memories at Uno Fest

Actor Julia Mackey on returning to Victoria with her award-winning Uno show, Jake's Gift, about a little French girl and a Canadian veteran who returns to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day.
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Assessing need for needle sites

Lawyer Scott Bernstein of the Pivot Legal Society looks at what has been learned from the closing of Victoria's fixed needle exchange four years ago, and the survival of the Insite safe consumption facility in Vancouver, despite court challenges.
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Medical Tourism:

Canadian MS sufferers reject registry

Bill Code, a Duncan doctor who has multiple sclerosis, talks about a new warning against experimental surgery for the disease and why many Canadian MS sufferers don't believe it.

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Protecting heritage lighthouses

It's a beacon of hope for lighthouses. Senator Pat Carney sheds light on the federal Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.

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Nuking American Bullfrogs

Saving the world from a nuclear catastrophe by killing bullfrogs. Gregor talks with Stan Orchard, Victoria's bullfrog eradication specialist about his most recent job involving an American nuclear reactor.

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Bastion Square pretty in pink for Ryder

Pretty in Pink: Bastion Square will be decked out in the colours of the Giro D'Itallia race this weekend to celebrate the victory of Ryder Hesjedal. Jon Watkin, with the Robert W. Cameron Law Corporation cycling series, talks about the month-long Victoria International Cycling Festival.

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Parent group calls for wifi-free schools

John Puddifoot, director of the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, explains why the group is calling for the creation of wi-fi and cell phone-free schools. 

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Medical Tourism:

What makes Ryder ride, and MS surgery effectiveness

Victoria cycling coach Lister Farrar talks about the making of a bike racing phenomenon, and Ryder Hesjedal discusses this weekend's victory in the Giro d'Italia.

They are seeking "liberation" from the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, but what are they finding? Tony Traboulsee, director of the UBC Hospital MS clinic, talks about the MS patient registry and their findings on the efficacy of the surgery.

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Political Panel on Catalyst Paper woes and Hydro rates

The Political Panel looks at the latest setback in efforts to keep Catalyst Paper afloat, and the question of whether the provincial government should intervene in corporate bailouts or Hydro rate-setting.
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Stars come out for David Foster gala in Victoria

Khalil speaks with 16-time Grammy winner David Foster who's in Victoria marking the 25th anniversary of his foundation with a gala weekend.
 
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Also, on All Points west this afternoon we'll have live reports from a special David Foster event down by the Legislature.

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Coming Up:

Thursday

The province's welfare reforms are getting mixed reviews. Join us at ten to eight when we speak with BC's Social Development Minister about the recent welfare changes, and whether the government is planning on instituting more.

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Sooke grads set record

A record number of aboriginal students will be graduating this year from Sooke's Edward Milne Community School. We speak with two of them, Mahalia Nahanee and Brody White.
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Medical Tourism:

MS surgery warning

A warning against experimental multiple sclerosis surgery: Gregor speaks with bioethicist Leigh Turner about the growing concern in the U.S. about the so-called "Liberation therapy" that has been sought by many Canadian patients. 
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Diversifying Port Alberni

Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas talks about efforts to diversify the economy in a community shadowed by continued uncertainty over the future of Catalyst Paper, a major employer and source of tax revenue. 

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Sailing in search of tsunami debris

A research vessel from the U.S. is sailing the Pacific Ocean this month and next in search of debris from Japan. Gregor speaks with Marcus Eriksen, the man leading the expedition. Listen audio (runs 7:52)

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U.S. officers join patrols in Canadian waters

Canadian and U.S. law enforcement officials are jointly patrolling our waters to catch criminals crossing the border. Joe Oliver, the director general of the RCMP's Border Integrity Program, talks about the pilot project that is currently being examined by Parliament.
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Winds speed tsunami debris arrival

Debris from the Tsunami in Japan is starting to show up on the shores of North America. Researcher Richard Thomson with the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, talks about the latest predictions from the scientists who are tracking the movement of debris.
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Victoria Day Parade pix

An estimated 65,000 spectators saw a plethora of floats and marching bands at the 2012 Victoria Day Parade on Monday - did we see you there? We'd love to post some of your favourite photos from the parade. Just email them to victoria@cbc.ca

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Political panel discusses "new" BC sales tax

Is it better? Is it stupid? The political panel takes a look at the "new" Provincial sales Tax and the latest political opinion poll.

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Cowichan school trustees

School trustees in the Cowichan Valley say they can't do their job with the money they have from the province. So they've passed a deficit budget which leaves them in peril of breaking the law which demands school boards balance their budgets. George Abbott, BC's minister of education gives his reaction to the Cowichan decision.

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"Battleship," "The Dictator" and "Bernie"

The summer silly season at the movie kicks into overdrive this weekend. There's "Battleship," "The Dictator" and "Bernie." Taking us from battles to books is our film reviewer, Eli Glasner.

 

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Reviews:

Shirley Valentine

Monica Prendergast reviews Nicola Cavendish in the Blue Bridge Theatre production of "Shirley Valentine."Listen audio (runs 6:57)

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Island flying ace recalls downed fighter plane

With the discovery of a well-preserved World War Two fighter plane in the Egyptian desert, Comox resident "Stocky" Edward recalls his fighter-pilot career and the possibility he flew the recovered Kittyhawk P-40 fighter before it crashed in the Sahara Desert.
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Rail restoration plan challenged

Is the plan for restoring the Island's railway getting off track? Jack Peake, the chairman of the E & N Railway Action Group, says plans to spend $15-million on replacing railway ties along the the length of the route is the wrong way to go about restoring train service.
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Tales from the Vault:

Black pioneer Mifflin Gibbs

Local History Librarian Stephen Ruttan tells the story of the remarkable acheivements of businessman, city councillor, and black pioneer Mifflin Gibbs.
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Turpel-Lafond on Cowichan suicides

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the province's Representative for  Children and Youth, talks about her review of children and youth who have taken their own lives and the emergency declared by leaders of the Cowichan Tribes First Nation over a cluster of suicides and suicide alerts in their community.
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Personal info at risk under proposed drug bill

Micheal Vonn of the BC Civil Liberties Association says that the B.C. government's Bill 35 threatens the confidentiality of our personal medical records because it gives the government almost unlimited powers to share or even sell Pharmanet data.
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Reaction to return of the Provincial Sales Tax

The long-awaited legislation to axe the harmonized sales tax has been tabled in the legislature: Gregor gets reaction to the change from John Winter, president of the BC Chamber of Commerce, and Bill Tieleman, a strategist with the Fight HST campaign.
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Earthquake-risk school list shortened

The long list of schools at risk for earthquake damage in B.C. just got a whole lot shorter.Education Minister George Abbott explains why.
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Reining in the municipal tax breaks

Victoria Councillor Geoff Young talks about why municipal decision makers are reconsidering their tax-waiver policy - again.
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Political Panel on remaking the B.C. Liberals and BC Ferries

Introducing the build-it-yourself political party: The Friday panel looks at the BC Liberals' move to open up everything from their name to their policies to public input, and changes to B.C. ferries on the way.

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Exploring the "unbuilt" Victoria

The Victoria that could have been. A new book takes a look at the scores of proposed developments in Victoria that never saw the light of day. Gregor speaks with author Dorothy Mindenhall.

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Defending Glenlyon Norfolk school's tax break

Private school, public subsidy: The head of Glenlyon Norfolk school in the Fairfield neighbourhood responds to critics of the $56,000 property tax break received under the City of Victoria's exemptions for non-profit groups.
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Lekstrom on ferries cash infusion, fare increases, service cuts

Ferry fares will continue to rise, but more slowly, and sailings will be cut on some routes. B.C. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom talks about these and other changes outlined in the amendments to the Coast Ferry Act introduced in the legislature Wednesday.
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Settling condo disputes gets easier

Tony Gioventu, the Executive Director of the Condominium Owners Association of British Columbia, discusses changes to regulations aimed at improving the process for solving strata disputes. Tony Gioventu, the Executive Director of the Condominium Owners Association of British Columbia, discusses changes to regulations aimed at improving the process for solving strata disputes.
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Oak Bay developer defends controversial design

A home under construction in Oak Bay is attracting protest over its modern design amid more traditional homes. Gregor speaks with the developer, Rajinder Sahota.

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Reviews:

Brigadoon

David Lennam reviews the Victoria Operatic Society's production of 'Brigadoon'.

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Mayors' support grows for regulating pot

Parksville Mayor Chris Burger talks about about why support for decriminalization of marijuana is growing among local government officials.
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Raeside's Ferry Tales

A gifted visual pundit, Adrian Raeside is published in almost 300 newspapers and magazines around the world, but his latest compilation chronicles the unique character of coastal B.C. living. Gregor talks with him about No Sailing Waits and Other Ferry Tales, just published by Harbour Publishing.
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Tax break for private school opposed

Should an exclusive private school get a tax break from Victoria's city hall? Bill Sudds, who lives in the Gonzales neighbourhood of Fairfield, close to Glenlyon Norfolk private school, says no.

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Sudds voiced his objection to city council, which is reviewing its policy of "Permissive Tax Exemptions" to dozens of non-profit groups. You can see details of the exemptions in the latest Public Bodies Report from City Hall (for 2010), starting on page 10.

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Tales from the Vault:

"Worst Canadian" Trutch shaped B.C. aboriginal relations

Joseph Trutch was a key figure in B.C.'s early years, but he's been nominated as the Worst Canadian. Stephen Ruttan, the Greater Victoria Public Library's local history librarian explores the controversial life of  the province's first  Lieutenant-Governor.
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Political Panel on pipeline politics

 When is a pipeline a hot potato? The political panel looks at the legislative sparring over the northern gateway pipeline proposal, and the shuffling of personalities at the B.C. Liberal Party's headquarters
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Royal Bay development and the Colwood Crawl

The westshore communities of Langford and Colwood are growing at a record rate. Now the sale of Colwood's Royal Bay property could mean hundreds, maybe thousands, more homes in the area. Dan Spinner, CEO of the Westshore Chamber of Commerce, talks about what this big development could mean for commute times to and from the Westshore.
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Dix defends NDP pipeline opposition

This week, B.C.'s Official Opposition officially declared its opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline. NDP Leader Adrian Dix discusses whether we should have more refineries here rather than pipelines shipping Alberta crude to China.
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Renovation uncovers City Hall history

Khalil Akhtar dropped in for a look inside Victoria's old city hall where workers are tackling seismic upgrades and uncovering hidden bits of the building's heritage.

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Beware the raccoon roundworm

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Veterinarian Sue McTaggart discusses the risks of the raccoon roundworm. It has killed two dogs in North Saanich and she is worried the problem is more widespread than we realize.
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Reno-viction attracts political attention

Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming talks about the efforts to keep residents of the Quadra Villa apartment complex from becoming homeless after the owners issued eviction notices to allow renovations. 
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Aquattro residents meet over home invasion

Colwood Councillor Shari Lukens discusses a meeting of residents last night at the Aquattro condominium complex in Colwood Condominium, where two residents were assaulted in a home invasion last week.

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Octopus attacks seagull

Ginger Morneau talks about the life-and-death struggle between a seagull and an octopus on the Ogden Point breakwater that she witnessed, and photographed. 

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Reviews:

1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible

Monica Prendergast reviews Langham Court Theatre's season closer, '1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible'.

  

 

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