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April 2013 Archives

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MAC sufferer denied possible relief

We hear from a patient who can't get access to a drug that could help relieve an unusual, life-changing chronic disease.

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Parksville-Qualicum and North Island

Meet Parksville-Qualicum candidate Liberal Nick Facey and North Island NDP Barry Avis.

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Better Living

David Lennam reviews two new shows.

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Wednesday

Up on Charters Creek. We'll find out why the salmon of Sooke have a few more places to stay.

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First Nation voter apathy

Reporter Lisa Cordasco looks into why voter apathy is so prevalent in Vancouver Island's aboriginal community.

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Esquimalt-Royal Roads

Meet the Candidates. We hear from Independent Josh Steffler and the NDP incumbent Maurine Karagianis.

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Powell River-Sunshine Coast

You can't get there from here. We speak with the Liberal and NDP candidates of Powell River-Sunshine Coast.

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Tuesday

Workplace whiners. Everyone has them, but are they just annoying or do they hurt the bottom line? Jobs guru Jennifer Newman stops by for some advice to cork that whine.

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A stall for Victoria food carts

We talk to one food cart owner who can't find a permamenent space to operate and get an update on that food cart pilot project pitched by a city councillor last year.

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Saanich South and Victoria-Swan Lake

Rishi Sharma is the Liberal candidate for Saanich South, and Spencer Malthouse is the Green candidate for Victoria-Swan Lake.

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The panel looks at the budget and the pipeline

Is that budget really balanced? And saying "No" to another pipeline. Those are two developments on the election trail this week. The Friday political panel tells us what they make of it all.

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Cowichan

A conversation with BC Liberal Steve Housser and Green Kerry Davis.

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Monday

Instant diagnosis. We talk to a researcher at the University of Victoria who has just secured a big grant to support the development of a low-cost device that has the potential to transform the fight against Dengue fever.

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Juan de Fuca

A panel discussion with Green Carlos Serra NDP incumbent candidate John Horgan.

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North Island

A panel discussion with NDP incumbent Claire Trevana and BC Conservative Bob Bray.

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Meet the candidates - Nanaimo North Cowichan

A panel discussion with NDP incumbent  Leonard Krog and BC Liberal Walter Anderson.

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Meet the candidates for Esquimalt-Royal Roads

A panel discussion with BC Liberal Chris Ricketts and Green Susan Low.

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Thursday

A campaign to house homeless people in San Diego is slowly turning things around for that city. Could the same sort of plan be used here in Victoria? We'll talk to somebody who thinks they might.

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Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Our theater critic, Monica Prendergast, reviews the latest Belfry Theatre production, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."

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Fighting for drugs that help

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) is a serious infectious disease. Getting approval from Health Canada to obtain a drug that shows promise for treating MAC is proving difficult.

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Meet Victoria-Swan Lake candidates

We talk with Rob Fleming, NDP candidate, and Christina Bates, Liberal candidate, from the Victoria-Swan Lake riding.

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Meet the candidates - Nanaimo North Cowichan

We talk with Bryce Crigger, BC Conservative candidate, and Ian Gartshore, BC Green Party candidate in Nanaimo.

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BC Credit union using Temporary Workers Program

We talk to a BC Credit union about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and why they couldn't find workers in Canada.

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Meet the candidates in Parksville-Qualicum

We head to the riding of Parksville-Qualicum and talk with David Coupland with the BC Conservative Party and Michelle Stilwell, candidate for BC Liberal Party.

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Meet Comox Valley candidates

We hear from the Liberal incumbent Don McRae and NDP challenger Kassandra Dycke, both campaigning in the Comox Valley.

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Political panel on B.C. election campaign

Our political panel discusses Liberal Leader Christy Clark and NDP Leader Adrian Dix yesterday on the hustings in Dawson Creek and the Comox Valley.

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Forestry platforms to keep status quo

Who says forestry isn't an issue in this provincial election? Coming up we'll hear what B.C.'s Community Forest Association says is missing from the parties forestry platforms.

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Nanaimo-North Cowichan

NDP Doug Routely and Green Mayo McDonough

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The temporary foreign workers among us

Temporary foreign workers aren't just miners and bank IT workers. We hear about how they could be pouring your double-double at Tim Hortons or wrapping your Subway sandwich.

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The Belfry premieres a new musical

A preview of the Belfry's newest show. Gregor chats with Bruce Ruddell one of the creators of 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart'.

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An end to honour boxes?

Thieves pilfering produce from roadside farm stands that operate on the honour system are forcing some Central Saanich farmers to close them. We hear from farmer and former mayor Jack Mar.

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Thursday

A dispute over a swimming hole has become a complicated triangle involving local residents, a private developer and the Comox Valley Regional District. We dive into that story.

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Freedom to be a bong

One person's mascot is another's nuisance. We find why Esquimalt is considering putting restrictions on people dressed up in costumes to promote a business.

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Island marathoner Tim Roberts

We hear from one of hundreds of Vancouver Island residents who were participating in the Boston Marathon when two explosions turned the event into a horrific tragedy.

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Wednesday

A preview of the locally written musical premiering at the Belfry this week. We speak with Let Me Call You Sweetheart writer Bruce Ruddell.

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Making art out of a tragedy

A Japanese student is creating art from tsunami debris, in the hopes of raising awareness of the tragedy in Japan and Canada.

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Colwood ferry cancellation

The boat don't float there no more. We speak with Colwood mayor Carol Hamilton about why the imminent shut-down of a commuter ferry is just another problem for Westshore traffic.

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NDP reveals intentions to 'repurpose' funds

In politics, when is a promise not a promise depends on which party is saying what and when. We have a look the possible demise of a Liberal education grant program. We hear from former NDP party leader Carole James.

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Tuesday

Making live music accessable. We'll hear about a campaign to reform BC liquor laws to allow more all-ages live music.

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A looming coal armada

In just a few years many large coal-bearing ships will be sailing past our shore. We'll speak with a NPR science reporter about what the impact might be.

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Politics and paradox

The Premier takes to TV sell her message. The NDP promises to tax the rich while gving tax breaks to movie studios. Our political panel gives this week in politics the once over.

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Tadpole photographer hits the big time

From the muddy depths of Cedar Lake, to the glossy pages of National Geographic. We meet island photographer Eiko Jones.

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North island 911

Butt calling. It sounds rude, but it is actually a serious problem for emergency officials. We find out what it is, and what you can do about.

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Monday

Listen up, Via Rail. We'll  find out why a group of Nanaimo-ites is petitioning VIA to support passenger rail service on the island.

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Dr Saren Azer

A doctor from the Comox Valley helps refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria. We get a picture of what it's like for the innocent victims of this civil war.

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Councillor Ben Isitt speaks out against Shawnigan dump

Victoria area politicians are being asked to take a stand against shipping contaminated soil to the Cowichan Valley. We find out why.

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Thursday

Peas at last. A long-running dispute over an illegal farm in Lantzville has been resolved. We'll talk to the town's mayor.

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Mohsin Abbas

Fighting for education in remote Pakistan. A Victoria filmmaker sets out to tell the story of Malala Yousafzai and has just returned from Pakistan's Swat Valley.

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Shawnigan Lake dump proposal

Can thousands of tonnes of contaminated soil be dumped on a watershed, without harming the drinking water beneath? We'll hear an expert medical opinion about a proposal creating quite the controversy in the Shawnigan Lake area.

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Roundhouse in Victoria

Khalil Aktar asks architect for his latest plans to develop the Roundhouse in Victoria.

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Adam Kreek's capsize and rescue

Adam Kreek talks about his failed attempt as part of the first crew to row from Africa to the USA. Their boat was hit by a rogue wave on Saturday and ended the trip.

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Tosca

Monica Prendergast reviews Pacific Opera VIctoria's production of Tosca.
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Cyber safety

Following a CBC report that young kids are being targetted by sexual predators on online gaming sites, we heard from police officer turned cyber-security expert, Darren Laur.

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What is NDP's election platform?

Our political panel reviews the latest developments in B.C. politics.

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Shawnigan Lake dump plan

Digging up some answers about a controversial plan to dump contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Lake watershed. We speak to the minister responsible.

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Overpaid credit union directors?

Are the directors of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union getting paid too much for their efforts? We hear the debate behind an effort to take away the board's powers to approve their own compensation levels.

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Nanaimo emergency room emergency

BC's emergency room doctors are declaring an emergency, especially in Nanaimo. We find out how bad the situation is and then talk to Health Minister Margaret McDiarmid.

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Campaigning for carbon offsets

If a carbon-offset falls in the forest does anybody hear? We ask climate scientist Green Party candidate Andrew Weaver.

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A safe baby program

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

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Tuesday

The Craigflower bridge closes to traffic this week We'll talk with the Mayor of Saanich about plans to ease the commute.


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Treading a fine line between free and hate speech

A racist letter to the editor of the Nanaimo Daily News last week prompted a strong reaction. We talk to journalist and author Terry Glavin the consequences of publishing the opinion piece.

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Muzzling Canadian scientists

University of Victoria law student Clayton Greenwood has just published a report on the federal government's policy of restricting scientists from talking to the media.

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Wednesday

The federal government is currently running ads in newspapers, featuring land for sale on First Nations reserves. It's land for sale, but not for everyone.