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November 2012 Archives

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Political Panel: $1.5B deficit and Green surge

The Political Panel assesses the Liberal government's odds of meeting their balanced-budget pledge, and the Green Party's second place finish in the Victoria byelection. 
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Saving Sidney's movie house

Sandy Oliver, the owner of Sidney's Star Cinema, talks about why community support is being sought to keep the theater afloat and raise money to purchase updated equipment. 

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A CBC Christmas Carol reading

It's become a cherished Christmas tradition. The annual CBC Victoria reading of Charles Dickens'  A Christmas Carol and fund raiser for the Our Place Society. 
 
Your readers this year are Jo-Ann Roberts, Gregor Craigie, Shelagh Rogers, Arthur Black, Bob McDonald, Khalil Akhtar and Kelly Nakatsuka.
 
Wednesday December 5, 2012
7:00PM
Alix Goolden Hall
907 Pandora Ave
Victoria, B.C.
 
Tickets are $15 and $5 and are available at Our Place on Pandora, Lyle's Place on Yates or online at eventbrite.com. There'll be plenty of free parking courtesy of McCall's Funeral Home who have kindly donated use of their parking lot for the evening.
 
 

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Steve Sxwithul'txw and Michele Mundy,

Reflecting the community. We hear about what's behind a dramatic increase in aboriginal people working in the Island's health care system.

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Planting a food forest

The City of Victoria is hoping to create food forests on public land by planting more fruit and nut trees. We talk to a project organizer.

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Do anti-bullying campaigns work?

We take stock of the flurry of anti-bullying campaigns we've seen over the past weeks and ask expert Bonnie Leadbeater if they are working.

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Craft brewer Matt Phillips

Helping out craft breweries or not. B.C. has announced a new policy to help small breweries grow except small breweries say it's no help at all.

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Friday

The week in politics with our regular panel.

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Preventing a backyard oil spill

After a slew of oil tank leaks this year, we get the straight goods on what to do if you think you have a leak.

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Cougar in the city

There has been a number of cougar sightings in Victoria in recent weeks. We talk to a conservation officer about why that might be.

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Thursday

The City of Victoria is launching a program to plant more fruit and nut trees. They are calling it a food forest.

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Victoria transit dispute update

For bus riders in Victoria, there's a chance that your usual bus won't be arriving at your usual stop at the usual time. We get the latest on the ongoing contract dispute between drivers and BC Transit.

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A toxic mystery in Saanich

We speak with a Saanich homeowner who's paying a steep price for an underground oil leak that leached onto her property.

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Lady Windermere's Fan

Monica Prendergast reviews Langham Court's production of Lady Windermere's Fan.

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Unveiling Emily

Unveiling Emily. We'll hear about two little-known masterpieces by Emily Carr that are going up for auction today at Sotheby's.

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Woman Knitting - Repose #3, (lot 98)
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Canal in Brittany, (lot 99)





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Fighting cancer with fish

Fisherman Bob Fraumeni details a fresh herring sale Saturday Nov. 24 in Victoria, with profits going to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. 

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Political Panel: Tax brew-ha-ha and gutter politics

The political panel looks at the backtracking over a tax change that would have benefited a B.C. brewer and provincial Liberal supporter; as well as the politics of sewage in the Victoria federal byelection.

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Workplace gossip

Workplace psychologist Dr. Jennifer Newman talks about this common water cooler pastime.

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Gordon Wilson on ferry terminal tax

BC Ferries recently got a huge tax break concerning it's terminals. It could come out of the pockets of taxpayers living near the those facilities.But former politican Gordon Wilson has a different idea.

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Monday

One month ago a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Haida Gwaii. CBC National Reporter Curt Petrovich just returned from a trip there. He'll tell us what he learned about people's experiences and what scientists are learning.

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Victoria speed limits

Taking the pedal OFF the metal. Victoria wants the province to legislate slower speed limits on urban streets.

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Defending sewage treatment

We speak with Christianne Wilhelmson of the Georgia Strait Alliance, one of the few proponents of secondary sewage treatment still standing.

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Enbridge makes a case

Enbridge spokesperson Janet Holder tells us why the Northern Gateway pipeline should be built.

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Building the new bridge

We speak with Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin about the next stage of replacing the Johnson Street Bridge.

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Reconciling a wrongful hanging

A feast to reconcile one hundred and forty years on. We hear from one of the descendents of Chief Anyitzachist who was wrongfully executed in 1869 for the deaths of two sailors.

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Going Public on Budget Rent a Car - Part 2

Kathy Tomlinson continues to look at questionable business practices at Budget Rent a Car in Vancouver. This time she talks to former staff members.

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A Christmas Carol

David Lennam reviews the Belfry Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol"

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Our political panel asks, if the Feds are okay with a deficit, why isn't the B.C. government?

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An Inconvenient Indian

A history book with a difference. That's how one critic describes Thomas King's new book called "The Inconvenient Indian."

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Scrooge visits the Belfry Theatre

The Belfry Theatre launches its new production of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" in Victoria.

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Golf in the rough

Who's up for a round of golf? Not so many it seems. Bear Mountain has announced it's closing nine holes to make room for a housing development. We'll chat with the publisher of Inside Golf magazine about the sport's diminishing popularity.

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Barb Desjardins

Delaying the delay. We speak with Esquimalt mayor Barb Desjardins about her fight to stop a multi-million dollar sewage treatment plan.

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Thursday

Signed by the Minister - we'll speak with former BC Minister of the Environment Barry Penner, about the debate over sewage treatment in the CRD.

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Preventing backyard oil spills

A neighborhood that is drawing attention to the environmental hazards of home heating oil tanks. We talk to Rob Wickson of the Gorge-Tillicum Community Association.

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Victoria's slimy history

We hear about Victoria's sewage, present and future from Jay Cullen. He's the author of Victoria's Sewage Treatment System: A Brief History of Slime."

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Ghosts of the Plaza

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Ghosts of Plaza co-producer Sadie Forbes, actor Mark Marquette (aka, Pinky McGregor), and co-Producer Sarah Smith.

 

Taking ghost stories to a new, historical level. We get a preview of Ghosts of the Plaza which looks back on 150 years of the working women of Victoria.

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Youthspace

An online support service for youth, based in Victoria, is pioneering a model of crisis support that reaches out to kids across the country. We meet the executive co-director.

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Tale of the golden nemotode

It's a dubious distinction but Vancouver Island is Canada's hotspot for a destructive worm called the Golden Nematode. We'll find out what is being done to eradicate this agricultural pest.

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The Good Person of Setzuan

Monica Prendergast reviews the University of Victoria's latest theatrical production.

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Wednesday

Taking ghost stories to a new, historical level. We'll get a preview of Ghosts of the Plaza which looks back on one hundred and fifty years of the working women of Victoria.

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Transitioning veterans

When you've been through the horrors of combat sometimes the memories are hard to take. We'll talk to someone who is helping Canadian military vets making the transition back to civilian life.

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Political Panel: Repercussions of the U.S. election

The political panel turns its eyes south this morning. What lessons were learned from the US elections? What does Washington state's move to legalize marijuana possession mean for the land of B.C. Bud?

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Jeff Rubin

The end of growth. Jeff Rubin joins me to talk about his new book. It has a scary title but an optimistic outlook.

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Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier

Virtual reality is a technology that almost seems old hat these days. But it got started somewhere, and it's still finding new applications. We meet a man who was there at the very beginning.

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Tuesday

It's a dubious distinction but Vancouver Island is Canada's hotspot for a destructive worm called the Golden Nematode. We'll find out what is being done to eradicate this agricultural pest.

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Mayor Dean Fortin on the blue bridge bids

Will the new Johnson Street Bridge look much like the design presented to Victorians? We find out from mayor Dean Fortin wghat could change when the successful bid is selected.

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A veteran's class action suit

Helping members of the Canadian military who feel betrayed by the federal government. A B.C. law firm is working pro bono, to get more assistance for disabled veterans and active personnel.

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Thursday

The Westlake compositions. We'll speak with the widow of a Victoria man whose parting gift of music will be featured at two tribute performances this weekend.

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Ham radio operator John Fuller

When all else fails, the ham radio operators can get through. We'll hear from the head of emergency ham radio operations for Esquimalt about how they prepare for natural disaster or other emergencies.

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A new cancer screening program

Add another item to your regular checkup. The province is launching an early screening program for colorectal cancer. We find out how it works.

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Blue bridge bids

The bids are in from the three companies vying for the job to build the new Johnson Street bridge, but how different could the successful bid be from the design, and the budget approved by Victoria city council? We'll hear from bridge critic Ross Crockford.

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A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline

Buddy Carter, Hank Williams and now Patsy Cline. Blue Bridge Theatre continues its tradition of shows about artists who die tragically young. Our reviewer Monica Prendergast joins us for her take on the Patsy Cline show.

 

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Going Public on Budget Rent A Car

Customers say they were ripped off by Budget Rent A Car and made to pay for tiny dents and chips on their rental cars. Turns out it's Budget that makes money from those repairs. Kathy Tomlinson will be here with the story on this week's Go Public Investigation.

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Political Panel: Liberal convention and ferry cuts

The Political Panel reviews the BC Liberals' Whistler convention, plans for consultation on ferry cuts, and the paperless investigation of the premier's ex-chief of staff Ken Boessenkool. With John Heaney, Martyn Brown and Norman Spector.

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Met any good books lately?

Gregor speaks with Robert Zacharias, aka "Average White Bus Driver". He's one of nearly a dozen "living books" in the Human Library Project at GVPL Central Library and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on Saturday Nov. 3.

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Dave Hodgins

Is the agency that's supposed to coordinate emergency response in B.C. too bogged down in bureaucracy? We hear from one of the people who helped create it.

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