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February 2013 Archives

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Cracking the spine of literacy

Provincial funding cuts for literacy mean some non-profit groups that teach people how to read and write will have to cut back or shut down.

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Dementia Action Plan

Jim Mann is hoping to get a Dementia Action Plan on the front burner for British Columbia.

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Star Park

If you want to see the constellation Taurus, perhaps the best viewing place is Victoria's Cattle Point. We find out about efforts to designate Cattle Point as an official dark sky park.

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Exporting logs

David Gray, Executive Vice President of Mill and Timber, in Surrey, says too many logs are exported to China and BC's mills could close as a result.

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Horse business

Twelve draught horses hit the unemployment line this past weekend in Victoria. We talk with the owner of a horse drawn carriage company about what happens to the horses, when the business starts to fail.

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"A GP for Me" program

The shortage of family doctors in B.C. is not news to anyone who's tried to find one in recent years. Last week the B.C. Government launched a new program called "A GP for Me" with the aim of connecting a family doctor to every resident who needs one.

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Reviews:

In The Next Room, aka the Vibrator Play

Our theatre critic David Lennam reviews the latest Theatre Inconnu production.

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BC set decorator Jim Erickson wins Oscar

BC set decorator, Jim Erickson, wins production design Oscar for the film, Lincoln.

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Seniors advocate

Carole Pickup, former Saanich Councillor and Coordinator of the Seniors Entitlement Service in Victoria, comments on the creation of a senior's advocate in the latest BC budget.

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Residential school deaths

More news about the number of First Nations children who died while attending native residential schools, which operated across the country from the 1870's to the 1990's.

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Technology and the brain

How is all this instant information and multi-tasking affecting the way our brains work?

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Mike De Jong explains the BC budget

The BC Liberals table a lean budget in the lead up to the spring election. Mike De Jong, BC's Finance Minister, explains how this is an election budget.

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Bruce Ralston critiques the BC budget

The BC Liberals bring in a balanced budget. The NDP say they'll do the same. NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston explains.

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Columnists:

Helen's Necklace

David Lennam reviews "Helen's Necklace," a Quebec play on now at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.

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Cowichan School Closures

Will First Nations schools be the first to be closed in the Cowichan Valley? The District is looking at closures to balance the budget and an all-aboriginal school could be shut down as a result.

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The political panel on LNG

Prosperity, or fantasy? Our Friday panel takes a look at the government's promise of a brighter economic future through liquefied natural gas exports.

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BC Hydro responds to smart meter prevention guards

Yesterday we heard from a welder who has designed a guard to prevent old hydro meters from being removed. Today we hear from BC Hydro.

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Island airline expansion

Passengers flying to and from the island will have a hot option this summer because WestJet has chosen Victoria and Nanaimo to launch its new Encore regional service. We hear from Victoria Airport Authority hear Geoff Dickson.

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A guard to prevent smart meters

A Victoria-based welder has a solution, and is advertising a way to shield your old B.C. Hydro meter from being removed.

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Reviews:

Albert Herring review

Monica Prendergast reviews Pacific Opera Victoria's production of 'Albert Herring'

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Albert Herring director Glynis Leyshon

From Wagnerian grandeur to a gentle romance in the English countryside. That's the directorial switch of Glynis Leyshon as she tackles the latest production of Pacific Opera Victoria.

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The All-Native Basketball Tournament

Two of the defending champions in this year's All-Native Basketball Tournament are from Vancouver Island. We check in with former player and coach, Ken Bedard about the competition.

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Coming Up:

Tuesday

Keeping a better record. BC's information and privacy commissioner wants changes to how government does business. We'll hear from Elizabeth Denham.



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A world without pennies

We talk to Victoria Chamber of Commerce head Bruce Carter about how businesses are dealing with the disappeance of the penny.

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Pender Island mineral rights

After free miners spread fear by staking mineral claims on several Pender Island properties, the Islands Trust says enough is enough. We hear from trustee Gary Steeves.

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Documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart

"Sharkwater" filmmaker Rob Stewart is back with a new documentary that takes another view of environmental destruction. REVOLUTION examines the consequences of deforestation, species loss, pollution and ocean acidification. 

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Criminals with mental illness

What happens when a person convicted of murder is found to be insane? Last week the story of a Sooke man who killed his mother with an axe was splashed across the headlines. We speak to the clinical director of the psychiatric hospital where Alex Conte now lives.

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Fish pollution

A Norwegian ship has been fined $70,000 for dumping oil off our coast. The ship dumped hundreds of litres of liquid including unrefined Mexican fish oil, leaving a slick some 56 km long.

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