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March 2013 Archives

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The use of excessive force

Tyler Archer's controversial arrest by Victoria police went viral on YouTube in 2010. We hear from his lawyer Richard Neary about yesterday's ruling by the Police Complaints Commission.

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The Friday panel on carbon neutrality

Our political panel takes a look at the furore that's erupted over John Doyle's audit of B.C.'s carbon-credit program.

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Tuesday

Union membership has long been a fact of life in many professions. But will the attitudes of young workers to unions change that?

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Thursday

Talking curling with a legend. Jennifer Chrumka interviews her grandfather who happens to be the oldest curler in the world. This in anticipation of the men's world curling championships that start this weekend in Victoria.

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Free range parents

We talk to a Saanich mother about the consequences she faced after letting her two children play unattended in a local park.

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Delaying the bad news

Victoria Councillor Geoff Young weighs in on whether the city manager should have shared information about rising bridge costs, earlier then she did.

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Aquaculture and climate change

One of the province's major salmon farmers takes issue with industry critics and says aquaculture is a good way to tackle climate change.

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Mayor explains delay in budget overrun info

Did Victoria's city manager hold back key information about bridge budget overruns from council until after the last election? We hear from mayor Dean Fortin.

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Wednesday

Safe babies. A program for babies born with addictions at the University of Victoria has been so successful it's being exported to Alberta. We'll talk to the woman who developed the program.

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Sea otter recovery

How many is too many? A new study looks at how recovering populations of sea otters are affecting the coastal environment.

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Saanich owlet webcam

Birdwatchers and owl lovers in Victoria have been captivated over the past few weeks by three great horned owlets via webcam. We'll hear from one of the keenest observers.

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Tuesday

Batter up! Big-league ball is back in Victoria. We'll talk about the boys of summer with Victoria Harbourcats GM Holly Jones.

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UVic using bio-mass fuels

The University of Victoria is committed to heating with cleaner fuels.

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Panel discussion on upcoming BC election

Our political panel discuss the latest poll this week from Angus Reid, which suggests support for the Liberals is 20 points behind the NDP.

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Shortage of rental suites

We ask a city councillor, Chris Coleman, about the critical shortage of rental units in Victoria.

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Sewage sludge debaters

A proposal to create bio-gas out of sewage sludge is fueling a debate between Esquimalt and the CRD.

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BC Parks reservations system

Long-weekenders who look online to book a campsite, won't have much luck getting one locked down. BC Parks will tell us why campsites have filled up so quickly and if there are any alternatives.

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Panama Flat plans

Saanich is looking to the public for ideas on what to do with the former blueberry farm known as Panama Flats, so long as their ideas involve farming. We talk to councillor Dean Murdock.

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Monday

Temperatures rising around Shawnigan Lake. Local residents say their watershed is in jeopardy as contaminated soil is dumped in a nearby quarry. We'll talk to the Environment Minister about all the dirt.

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Woman's group supports new family act

Big changes to B.C.'s family law came into practice this week. We examine how the new legislation allows police to act more quickly in family violence issues.

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Spill prevention 2.0

The federal government introduced new oil-spill safety measures this week. Will they go far enough to safeguard our coast? We ask Green Party leader Eliazabeth May.

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Tuesday

We'll talk to Saanich North MLA Murray Coell about the decision to leave provincial politics.

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Low income pet owners

Looking after those who need our help. We drop by a clinic and food bank set up yesterday to help pet owners who are homeless or on a low income.

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Reviews:

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

David Lennam reviews Phoenix Theatre's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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Touring the new public market at the Hudson

Work is underway at the Hudson building to have a wall to wall food market open this spring.

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Political panel on Liberal's ethnicity scandal

Our political panel will be here to do some finger pointing of their own, politely, of course.

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HMCS Regina homecoming

The HMCS Regina docks in Esquimalt after more than eight months at sea. We talk to the wife of one of the sailors.

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Erik Lindquist

Who says a sewage plant has to look as unappealing as its purpose? We talk to the man behind a unique design for the CRD's wastewater treatment facility in Esquimalt.

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Monday

BC's justice minister, Shirley Bond, discusses the new "Family Law Act," that comes in to effect Monday.

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Thursday

Telltale tape. Activists say they've found logging tape around an area of old-growth forest near Cathedral Grove. We'll check in with the Ancient Forest Alliance about plans to log the area.

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Challenging Proposition 8

That's the famous line from "8" a play about the successful legal challenge to California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. Tonight several UVic law students are staging a reading. We hear from a couple of them.

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Emergency doctor Kevin McMeel

Emergency department doctors have launched a campaign to alert the public that there are big problems in BC's emergency rooms. They say the provincial government can heal all.

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Discovery Islands clear cutting

Are BC Liberal forest policies killing the eco-tourism industry in the Discovery Islands? A group of local businesses think so, and they're sharing their opinions with anyone willing to listen.

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Ucluelet tsunami debris

Ucluelet's Mayor says the Western coastline of Vancouver Island is still strewn with debris from the Japanese tsunami two years ago and it's about to get worse.

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A Pacific Training Centre for the Blind

We hear from a Victoria woman who wants to establish a national training centre for the blind here in Victoria.

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Wednesday

We learn about the genetic link that autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia may have in common.

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The North Star of Herschel Island

It's a long way from Victoria to the arctic, but an important part of Arctic history is now a fixture in Victoria's inner harbour. Gregor meets owner, caretaker and author Bruce MacDonald.

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Reviews:

The 39 Steps

David Lennam reviews Langham Court Theatre's The 39 Steps.
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Tuesday

The clean-up continues. Ucluelet's Mayor says the Western coastline of Vancouver Island is still strewn with debris from the Japanese tsunami two years ago and it's about to get worse.

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Friday panel on 'oral culture'

Our political panel is here with a look at a tangled land deal in Prince George and implications of an "oral culture" in the B.C. Premier's office.

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Closed pen aquaculture report

It works but it's not financially viable at least not yet. That's the cue-card version of a House of Commons' standing committee's conclusion on closed-containment fish-farming. We hear from an industry representative.

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Divina Domingo

A Saanich landed immigrant has been trying to sponsor her young son to come to Canada for three years now. CBC investigative reporter Natalie Clancy has been looking into her case to try and find out why the government is keeping this familiy apart.

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Following the Swedish forestry model

Swede-landia! Never mind trying to emulate everything Portland does. Today we hear from a veteran forester who says this province should model itself after Sweden.

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Friday

Good intentions gone awry.  A BMW was anonymously donated to Oak Bay United Church but in order to sell the car, the church needs to find the owner. 

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Thursday

From a Canada Post controversy on the Sunshine Coast to tales of history on the Islands. Madeline Green has that and more on this week's press review.

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CNG powered buses

The future is now when it comes to mass transit in Nanaimo. The city soon will be sporting buses powered by compressed natural gas. That story pulls up to the curb later in this half hour.

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Grocery store gambling

Would you like a lottery ticket with that lettuce? Gambling in grocery stores has just gotten a little easier. We tell you why.

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A hefty bill for Colwood

The Mayor of Colwood says imagine money flying out of your wallet for something you may never use. Most of Colwood is on septic, but it's just been handed a bill to help pay for Greater Victoria proposed new sewage system.

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Privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham

BC's information and privacy commissioner wants changes to how government does business. We hear from her.

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Columnists, Reviews:

Little Sweep

Theater critic, Monica Prendergast, gives the children's opera, "Little Sweep," a thumbs up for the Belfry production.

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Making a splash

A Vancouver company has tidal power projects destined for various locations around Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.

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Training the Island's future physicians

Dr.Marcus Barron and Dr. Marci Fukunaga are doing their two-year residency here on the Island, including at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
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Politcal panel discuss Liberals' apology

A leaked plan for the Liberals to score "quick wins" with ethnic voters prompts an abject apology from Premier Christy Clark and government MLAs. Our Friday panel examines the political fallout.

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Government broadsides navy ship builders

The plan to build navy ships on the west coast took a few broadsides in Parliament. But the company that got the contract to build the new ships is firing back.

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