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October 2012 Archives

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Roosevelt Elk

They're big, they have horns and they're destroying crops. No we're not talking about deer. We hear the pros and cons of a limited hunt for Roosevelt Elk in the Cowichan Valley.

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Friday

From a ranch near Merritt to the ballroom of Government House. New Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will be installed today and she says she'll bring her rural roots with her to Victoria. CBC TV's Gloria Macarenko pays a visit.

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Bob Plecas in New York City

A New York storm report from former political panelist Bob Plecas.

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Saanich emergency preparedness

Heeding the wake-up call. Saturday's massive earthquake served as a trial run for emergency planners. We hear what went right, and what needs work on the Saanich peninsula.

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Tofino mayor Perry Schmunk

Sounding the sirens and heading for high ground. We get an update from the mayor of Tofino where the recent tsunami advisory prompted a precautionary evacuation.

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Kim Westad in Tofino

Victoria journalist Kim Westad was in Tofino during the Haida Gwaii earthquake. She spoke with On the Island's Deborah Wilson about response to the tsunami advisory that followed.

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Realtor's records reveal history

Kathryn Bridge of the Royal B.C. Museum talks about the stories that 125 years of donated real estate company records tell, about the history of Victoria and B.C.

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Political Panel: Who's a free-enterpriser anyway?

The political panel looks at the BC Liberal convention's "Free-Enterprise Friday" and Opposition leader Adrian Dix's position on possible tax increases under an NDP government. With Norman Spector, Martyn Brown and John Heaney.

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Reinstating photo radar

Transportation minister Shirley Bond discusses the pros and cons of reinstating photo radar on BC highways.

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Taking a jab at mandatory flu shots

Drug policy researcher Alan Cassels on why flu shots for health workers should not be mandatory.

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Mental health first aid

Training you will really use. We find out about Mental Health First Aid courses.

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A thinking person's guide to doomsday

A new TV series explores the origins and implications of the apocalypse. It was written and hosted by Victoria's Brian Paisley. We meet him.

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Benula Larsen

We hear from a teacher who was herself a victim of bullying, and her lesson for parents on how to break the vicious cycle.

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Reid Johnson and Dr Perry Kendall on flu shots

Roll up your sleeve and get the shot. That's the advice from health officials in the province. Next we hear from a union that is challenging the push for immunizations

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Tuesday

Becoming your worst monster. On Halloween Intrepid Theatre in Victoria will transform into a movie studio where kids get to star as monsters in their own horror movie!

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Tuesday

Roll up your sleeve and get the shot. That's the advice from health officials in B.C. But we'll hear from a union that is challenging the push for immunizations.

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The Northern Gateway pipeline protest

From Pamela Anderson to Michael Moore, a range of celebrities have thrown their support behind a rally against pipeline expansion in this province. We get all the details from Victoria councillor Ben Isitt.

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A west coast seaweed industry

A solution to the stink. We meet a man with an inventive and potentially lucrative solution for the seaweed that rots along our coast.

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Political Panel: Teacher truce and going prorogue

The political panel looks at Premier Christie Clark's goal of a 10-year teacher contract, and the Ontario Liberal premier's move to prorogue the provincial legislature. 

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UVic seeks funding boost

UVic President David Turpin makes the case for increased support to B.C.universities as post-secondary presidents appear before the provincial Select Standing Committ on Finance and Government Services. 

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Coming up Monday: marriage fraud

On Go Public we hear from an Island pensioner who claims he fell victim when his Russian bride ditched him - now the government wants him to repay benefits she received after she left. 

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Carbon tax success

New research shows B.C.'s carbon tax has dramatically reduced gasoline consumption in the province. We hear why the report author Brandon Schaufele is calling the results "shocking."

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The Great Shake Out

Dropping, covering and holding on. An international earthquake drill taking place in the region this morning offers unique challenges for universities. We'll find out how they are preparing.

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Protecting girls from online harassment

Many Amanda Todds. We hear from Diane Sowden, a crusader against child sexual exploitation,  about the extent of online harassment and humiliation of young girls and women and what can be done about it.

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John Horgan on Malahat safety

NDP MLA John Horgan on improving safety on the Malahat.

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Iron oceans

Dumping iron in the ocean to combat global warming. It happened off the B.C. coast this summer, much to the condemnation of many in the science community.

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Vanessa Downie

A week after fifteen year old Amanda Todd took her own life, people will gather for vigils in her name all across Canada. We speak to the Victoria organizer.

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School wifi

Turn on. Tune in and better plug in too. A top Swedish scientist adds his voice to those warning against the use of wi fi devices in Victoria schools. We hear from him.

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Malahat barriers

Another tragic crash has raised concerns about safety on the Malahat. We hear from the Patrick Livolsi from the Ministry of Transportation about plans to increase safety on this vital stretch of Vancouver Island highway.

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Reviews:

Dracula and The Mystery at the Hungry Heart Motel

David Lennam reviews Giggling Iguana's Dracula and Peter and Chris: Mystery at the Hungry Heart Motel.

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Testing the "Liberation" treatment for MS

Dr. Anthony Traboulsee discusses the  the national clinical trial that he will be leading into the experimental "liberation" vein-widening procedure for MS patients with a condition known as CCSVI or Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency.

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Political Panel: Tory trouble and government ads

Political panelists Martyn Brown, Norman Spector and John Heaney on the continuing battle within the BC Conservatives, feel-good government advertisements and the province's performance at the Enbridge pipeline hearings. 

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Councillor calls for sewage plan halt

Saanich councillor Vic Derman explains why some mayors and councillors in the Capital Region are questioning the rush for the sewage plan.

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North island bonspiel madness

We find out how the folks at the Campbell River Curling Club are going to try to break a Guinness World Record.

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Oak Bay sewage treatment

We hear from Oak Bay mayor Nils Jensen about the dubious distinction of being the municipality facing the highest price for treating their wastewater.

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Is E. coli the new normal?

How E. coli contamination is the new normal and why it has been for a long time. We find out more when we speak with UVic microbiologist Ed Ishiguro.

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Hard times at the food bank

Less of everything at the Victoria Mustard Seed. We find out how a drop in donations is leading to job cuts.

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The CBC Massey Lectures 2012 Contest

The CBC Massey Lectures this year feature physicist Neil Turok, on "The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos." 

 We've got tickets to give away to his Vancouver lecture, entitled "What Banged," on October 16th at the Chan Centre at UBC. By entering the contest here, you'll be part of our daily draw for a pair of tickets, and at the same time you'll also be entered for the grand prize, along with entrants from across Canada.

Grand Prize: A six-day trip to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. You'll meet Neil Turok - Perimeter Director and 2012 CBC Massey Lecturer - and tour the largest centre for foundational physics research, training and educational outreach. Next, you'll fly to CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. You'll wander through the largest science experiment of all time, and the site of the recent Higgs boson particle discovery. This trip includes airfare from anywhere in Canada, ground transportation, accommodation, and meals. See Official Contest Rules & Regulations for exclusions.

 Tickets for the Vancouver event are also available for purchase.

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Monday

The BC government announced today that nurse practitioners will be able to admit and discharge hospital patients, under new rules. We'll hear what that means for health care on Vancouver Island.

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Local beef

We talk to a Vancouver Island meat processor about the market for meat that doesn't come from the shuttered XL Foods plant in Alberta.

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Ben Isitt

Vying for Victoria. We hear from the latest entry into the contest to represent the NDP in the federal byelection in Victoria.

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Reviews:

84 Charing Cross Road and POV's Macbeth

Monica Prendergast reviews two shows in Victoria.

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Rain shortage raises water concerns on islands

Mary Cooper of the Mayne Island Integrated Water Systems Society talks about concerns over ground water supply and dying trees on some of the islands.

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Political Panel: Clark in Alberta and MLA code of conduct

A review of Premier Christy Clark's Alberta adventure and healing victoria's "sick" culture with our new political panelists: John Heaney, Norman Spector and Martyn Brown. 

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Fish out of water

Water water everywhere but not enough for fish. We speak to Lantzville biologist Dave Clough about how our finned friends are faring during this ongoing dry spell

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Mary Polak on rising ferry fares

B.C.'s Transportation Minister says the province can't afford to subsidize nearly-empty ferries and some tough decisions are ahead.

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Medical Tourism:

CCSVI treatment

We hear a Courtenay woman tell of her experience with the experimental vein-widening procedure that will now be studied in Canada and then talk to her surgeon about what he has learned after performing hundreds of operations.

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A Green coin toss

Victoria Greens had a tie on their hand when they voted on a candidate over the weekend. We hear which one of the two equal nominees got the nod.

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Tuesday

Why are the simplest questions sometimes the toughest to ask? CBC's Amanda Lang joins us to talk about her new book, "The Power of Why."

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Victoria's FOI limits irk BCCLA

Michael Vonn of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association weighs in on the City of Victoria's move to restrict Freedom of Information requests from a local magazine. 

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Thrifty's response to beef recall

Ralf Mundel, Thrifty Foods Director of Marketing, discusses how to identify beef that is affected by the massive recall over E. coli contamination from an Alberta meat processing plant, and what consumers should do with beef purchased from Thrifty's. 

Detailed information on the beef recall involving XL Foods is available from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at  www.inspection.gc.ca
 
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The freedom to refuse

Victoria city council wants to limit the number of Freedom of Information requests it accepts from a particular media outlet. We hear from councillor Marianne Alto.

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Shifting the MS paradigm

B.C. and Quebec have announced that they will be conducting federally-funded trials of the MS treatment known as CCSVI. But MS sufferer Dr. Bill Code says the trials won't go far enough.

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