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July 2012 Archives

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Contaminated soil site debated

Cowichan Valley regional directors are talking again this week about a proposal that's generated a lot of opposition in the community: a bid to turn a quarry site into a dump for contaminated soil near the Shawnigan Lake watershed. CVRD director Bruce Fraser explains what's on the agenda and what he thinks about the proposal. 

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Police photos prompt privacy complaint

B.C.'s information and privacy commissioner is reviewing the use of automated license plate recognition software by Victoria police, in response to concerns raised about three independent researchers about how the information snapped by police is being collected and used. David Lennam speaks with one of the researchers, Rob Wipond, who is also a journalist for Victoria's Focus Magazine. 

Victoria Police Department Chief Jamie Graham declined an interview on this issue until the OIPC review is complete, but did post this  statement on Facebook in response to Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's announcement. 

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Answering phones and saving lives

On the Island's Sterling Eyford talks to Mark Proulx of the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre to find out what happens when you send out a mayday.

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Assessing Clark's pipeline gambit

Political analyst Norman Spector looks at B.C. Premier Christy Clark's strategy on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and the precedent in the province of Quebec's longstanding veto over Newfoundland energy exports to the U.S.

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Movie reviews of "The Watch" and "The Queen of Versailles"

Katherine Monk reviews the movies "The Watch" and "The Queen of Versailles."

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Balancing the B.C. Legislature

B.C.'s Auditor General, John Doyle, and NDP MLA, John Horgan, on the B.C. Legislature's financial records.

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Plastic beach

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Cleaning up Tsunami debris, Jim Palmer.

Naturalist, George Sirk, on the tide of tsunami debris that's washed up on Thornton Island.

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B.C.'s powers in pipeline decision

Premier Christy Clark says the Northern Gateway Pipeline can't happen without BC's support. Constitutional lawyer Robert Janes discusses the legal powers of the B.C. government to prevent or postpone the  proposed project. 

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Helping toads cross the road

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Cowichan Station resident Kent Ball explains how he is doing his part to ensure a safe crossing for the western toad during the annual migration to a nearby pond.  








 
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"Ineligible writer" Tzeporah Berman questions funding rejection


Denman Island held its 10th Readers and Writers Festival this past weekend. 

Like a lot of events they rely on modest Canada Council grants to help with costs such as travel expenses for their authors. 

But this year the festival organizers were surprised when, a significant part of their grant request was turned down. As well, featured author and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, was rejected as an "Ineligible writer" for Canada Council funding. 

Festival organizer Des Kennedy said it's the first time an author at the festival has been rejected in this way. 

Gregor spoke with Tzeporah Berman.

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Premiers clash over pipeline

Former deputy minister with several B.C. governments, Bob Plecas, on the dispute between B.C. and Alberta premiers regarding the B.C. government's pipeline demands.

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Premier talks pipeline

BC Premier, Christy Clark, on the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

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Pipeline safety standards

Senior vice president of the National Wildlife Foundation's Conservation & Education Programs, Jeremy Symons, on the Northern Gateway Pipeline and the province's conditions to support it.

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Cash pledges could pause

Former Victoria MP, David Anderson, on the federal and provincial promises to fund Greater Victoria's sewage treatment plant.

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Grey whale tale

Port Alberni resident, Shirley Antonelli, tells the story of her encounter with a grey whale.

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Losing sleep

Regular medical commentator, Dr. Peter Lin, on the dangers of prolonged use of sleeping pills and tranqulizers.

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Tofino's sewage treatment

Mayor of Tofino, Perry Schmunk, on the future of Tofino's waste water treatment.

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Sewage science

Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at UVIC, Tom Pedersen, on the CRD's proposed sewage treatment system.

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Mounting Mongolia

Vancouver Island horse rider, Katherine Friedley, speaks with Khalil Akhtar about riding in the Mongol Derby.

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CRD sewage system

Victoria city councillor and chair of the CRD, Geoff Young, on sewage treatment for Greater Victoria.

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Fireman's poll

Mayor of View Royal, Graham Hill, on the outcome of the monthly View Royal council meeting regarding the controversial fire hall.

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The health cost of a good night's sleep

Victoria woman Janet Curry warns of the risks of the highly prescribed class of sleep medication called benzodiazepines.

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What causes landslides?

The landslides in Johnsons's Landing in the Kootenays and Radium Hot Springs in the Rockies are making many British Columbians look up. Erik Eberhardt, the director of Geological Engineering at UBC, talks about what causes landslides, and when.

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Esquimalt still critical as sewage money announced

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins talks about why she's not happy with the Capital Regional District's plans for sewage treatment at McLoughlin Point in her community.

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Sleeping pill overuse on rise

Alan Cassels, a UVic drug  policy researcher, talks about why we should lose sleep over Canadians' growing dependency on powerful tranquilizers and sleeping medications.

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Cowichan district gets balanced budget

Mike McKay, the Surrey School Superintendent who's been appointed to replace the fired Cowichan trustees, talks about the balanced budget he will present for School District 79.

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Snapping turtles show up in local waters

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Common snapping turtle (GregTheBusker/Flickr)

Slow-moving invaders have landed on the Island. Gregor speaks with a government amphibian and reptile specialist about the significance of the discovery of snapping turtles on the Island. 

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Snapping turtles at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre.  ( North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre )

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Legislative reporter leaves 'Dickensian underworld'

He's a familiar voice to CBC listeners  and a veteran of the B.C. Press Gallery. But Legislative reporter Jeff Davies is retiring today. Jeff talks about his office and some of his adventures in covering B.C. politics.

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A lupine discovery

Well-known wolf educator and activist, Gary Allan, on the wolf living on Discovery Island.

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Mustard Seed's summer shortage

Director of the Mustard Seed Food Bank, Brent Palmer, on the Mustard Seed's Christmas in July Food Drive.

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Coming Up:

Tuesday

Stephen Harper is on his annual visit to the Canadian North. We'll find out what's topping the Prime Minister's agenda on his Arctic adventures.

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Shaw Cable radio access

In May, Shaw Cable discontinued access to FM radio stations which subscribers have been receiving for free with their cable service. Because of listener demand, the cable provider has re-instated a few of those stations including CBC Radio One and Two everywhere but Powell River.

Go to their Discontinuation Notice page for the full list.


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Hope but not Compassion

Director of Hope Farm in the Cowichan Valley, Mike Burdge, on the Hope Farm Healing Centre, and it's community.

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Cop consolidation

Mayor of Victoria and chair of the Victoria police board, Dean Fortin, on the amalgamated Victoria-Esquimalt police service.

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Viking goes global

President and CEO of Viking Air, Dave Curtis, on the company's international dealings, and the future of Viking Air.

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Camp Compassion controversy

The tents are up at Woodwynn Farms despite municipal bylaws. We spoke with the people behind Camp Compassion, their neighbours and acting mayor of Central Saanich, Cathie Ounsted.
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Louise Chabros and Richard LeBlanc in front of Camp Compassion.

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A month-long commute

York University film student, Tanner Zurkoski, talks about why he's living in a car for a month in Toronto.

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Doctor deficit

Director for the Victoria Division of Family Practice, Dr. Kathy Dabrus, on the growing shortage of family doctors in Greater Victoria.

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Chinese singing stars

Co-chair of the Victoria Chinatown Night Market, Tony Joe, on this month's night market theme; Festival of Karaoke Stars.


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Reviews:

Of Mice and Men

David Lennam reviews Blue Bridge Theatre's Of Mice and Men.

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Medical Tourism:

Talk to your doc

Medical Tourism researcher, Rory Johnston, on the role of family physicians in patients' medical tourism decisions.

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Cycling for funds

Cancer survivor, Philip Lee, on why he and ten other cyclists from BC are competing in the L'etape du Tour; part of the Tour de France.

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Nash turns Laker

Sportswriter with The Province newspaper, Howard Tsumura, on Steve Nash signing a three year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Is Merv Wilkinson's legacy safe?

Will Merv Wilkinson's legacy be protected as the TLC struggles to contain a financial crisis? We hear from his daughter.

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Dwindling shellfish stocks



We talk to Brian Kingzett from Vancouver Island University, about ocean acidification and how it is threatening the pacific northwest shellfish population.

Details can be found at the Deep Bay Station blog

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Victoria admin costs grow

Consultant and former mayoral candidate, Paul Brown, discusses the large salaries of Victoria civil servants.

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Gas war causes casualties

Owner of Fas Gas on the Pat Bay Highway, Al Cunningham, on the gas price war and why he can't compete with larger gas stations.

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Students tackle Tim's trash

Royal Roads students Grace Campbell and Erin Kerr explain how their group, Recycle the Rim, is trying to persuade Tim Hortons restaurants to reduce the use of disposable coffee cups. 

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Liquor warehouses targeted in strike

Darryl Walker of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union discusses the strategy in the public sector rotating strikes which began July 2. 

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