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September 2012 Archives

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Politcal panel farewells

We say thanks to our longtime panelists; Bob Plecas, Sheila Orr and Elizabeth Cull.

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City of Victoria on FOI

We hear from a City of Victoria spokesperson about council's move to limit freedom of information requests from Focus magazine.

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No FOI for Focus

Magazine editor David Broadland worries about unfair restrictions being made on his journalists when they apply for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Plecas looks back

Retiring, but not shy. We speak with longtime political panelist Bob Plecas about highlights of his time inside and outside government.

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Governments urged to converse with media

Anna Maria Tremonti, host of The Current, talks about why local governments need to be more open with the media and the public.

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New technology solves cold case

Forensic scientist David Sweet discusses the role of DNA in solving one of BC's oldest cold cases.

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The secret life of hummingbirds

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We speak with a bird lover whose fascination with these tiny irridescent creatures has resulted in a trove of rarely seen images and video.

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Victoria Deputy police chief Del Manak

The Victoria police department has released a plan to change the way it operates in the city.

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Lack of support for online optometry

A father speaks out about red tape that means he can't afford glasses for his kids.

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Geoff Plant on decriminalization

Former attorney general Geoff Plant speaks out in support of a move to decriminalize marijuana in B.C.

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Cruise ships in Victoria

Exploring new ideas for expanding the market in Victoria by bringing passengers from cruise ships into the city's downtown core.

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What's next for the B.C. Conservative Party?

Our political panel discusses what's next for the B.C. Conservative Party heading toward the election in May 2013?

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Ending homelessness by 2018

We ask how realistic that goal is and how the Coalition to End Homelessness is doing in the effort to achieve it.

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'Sick' Victoria

Former NDP leader Carole James defends her hometown after Premier Clark accuses Victoria of having a 'sick culture'.

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Driving the Electric Highway

We speak to environment minister Terry Lake  about the roll out of more that sixty electric charging stations on Vancouver Island.

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Huu-ay-aht Nation online voting

Getting online to vote. We find out why the Huu-ay-aht First Nation near Port Alberni is getting members to vote remotely.

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Green Party politics

The Greens are hoping to run a strong candidate in the Victoria riding recently vacated by Denise Savoie. We speak to party representative Jared Giesbrecht.

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Freedom of Information

A watchdog group says more and more people who file freedom of information requests are being told the documents they want, don't exist. We talk to  Vincent Gogolek, executive director of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association,

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Reviews:

RED

David Lennam reviews the Belfry's fall production of RED, a play about the life and work of painter Mark Rothko.

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David Anderson, Bob Plecas and Paul Ramsey

Digging out of the deficit and looking up in the polls. We see what's going up and what's going down with our Friday political panel

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Belfry B 4 Play

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Gregor visits the Belfry Theatre for a discussion of it's latest production RED, and the artist it profiles, Mark Rothko.

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Museum offerings unveiled

Relive the Crusades, or storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day: Sterling Eyford checks out the new exhibits announced by the Royal BC Museum for the upcoming year.

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Vying for the Victoria nomination

The NDP nomination race is heating up for the upcoming federal byelection in Victoria. Former B.C. New Democrat cabinet minister Elizabeth Cull talks about why she wants to become the MP for the riding vacated by Denise Savoie.

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Paying for bigger class sizes

We find out why large class sizes could cost your local school district.

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Savoie's successor

We get a peek at the race that's shaping up in the New Democratic Party for the candidate who will run to replace Denise Savoie as the Member of Parliament for Victoria,

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Thursday

The up-island press review with Madeline Green.

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The flight of the Arrow

The ill-fated Avro Arrow fighter plane is being touted as an alternative to the pricey F-35 aircraft for the Canadian military. Victoria author Chris Gainor looks behind the Avro mythology.

 

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Steady and flat: Victoria real estate's new reality

Carol Crabb of the Greater Victoria Real Estate Board talks about the ups and (mostly) downs of the real estate market and what it might mean for buyers and sellers.

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Coming Up:

Wednesday

The Sultan of Seniors. We'll speak with the new minister of state for seniors, Ralph Sultan

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Sidewalk signs face fees

Ken Kelly, General Manager of the Downtown Victoria Business Association talks about business reaction to potential fees for sidewalk sign displays.

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Mayor defends quake study delay

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin talks about why it took 20 months for council to see a report recommending millions of dollars in earthquake upgrades on city buildings.

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Victoria seismic report

A rumble over earthquake risk: We hear from Victoria city councillor Lisa Helps about a long-delayed report on seismic risk in city-owned buildings.

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Seeking the rooftop singers

The rooftop singers. We'll hear about an upcoming rooftop concert at the University of Victoria and the 1960s concert that inspired it.

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What's a degree worth?

University of Saskatchewan professor Ken Coates looks at the current value of a university education, and how many university graduates are finding themselves working at jobs they could have got without a degree. 

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Clark's cabinet shuffle strategy

Doing the pre-election shuffle: UVic political scientist James Lawson takes a look at the new faces around B.C. Premier Christy Clark's cabinet table this week and how they help position the party for next May's election. 

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Remembering NDP government's last days

Former NDP minister Moe Sihota, about what it's like to serve in a government that is suffering in the polls, and losing ministers every week.

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Non-profit building affordable apartments

The Greater Victoria Housing Society just got rezoning to build another 68 apartments to add to its portfolio of more than 700 rental units. Executive Kaye Melliship talks about how the non-profit group achieves its goal of building affordable rental housing in a region despite high costs for land and construction.

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A trolley tour of 1907 Victoria

A view of how much has changed in Victoria's 150 years: Reporter Sterling Eyford and Gregor take a tour of downtown Victoria circa 1907, via a remarkable six-minute film. 

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A trolley tour of 1907 Victoria

A view of how much has changed in Victoria's 150 years: Reporter Sterling Eyford and Gregor take a tour of downtown Victoria circa 1907, via a remarkable six-minute film. 

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Bridge deadline looms

Victoria has given companies bidding for the blue bridge replacement project a few more weeks to submit a final proposal. City councillor Ben Isitt talks about out what's behind the delay, and the consequences if those bids are over budget. 

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Coming Up:

Tuesday

Atira Property Management is coming under fire from ex-employees and tenants because some of the buildings are unsafe and in disrepair. CBC's Go Public reporter, Kathy Tomlinson, tells a tale of crime in these buildings, which are owned by the taxpayers.