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May 2013 Archives

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Predictions for the next cabinet

BC's new government has yet to be sworn in and we've already had indications of fights to come with the teachers' union. Our political panel shares thoughts on what the future holds.

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Louise Arbour in Victoria

Rubbing shoulders with Milosevic...An unusual number of illustrious Canadians will be in Victoria this weekend for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. We talk with Louise Arbour about her address.

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Monday

Game, set, mis-match? Should the Cedar Hill ball diamonds in Cedar Hill Park make way for clay tennis courts? We hear one more voice on this controversy from Saanich.

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Support for the Cedar Hill clay tennis court proposal

We hear from Clay Court society spokesperson John Miller.

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A visit to the Juan de Fuca logging site

So what is really going on out beside the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and Trail. We sent Michael Tymchuk out to find out how logging might be affecting this contentious parcel of land.

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Friday

Whose bums are filling seats on Victoria buses, locals, or cruiseship passengers? The union at BC Transit says tourists get seats, while local residents wait.

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The Elk Falls LNG proposal

Liquefied natural gas at Campbell River? That could be the plan for Catalyst Paper's old Elk Falls site. We get the latest from energy activist Arthur Caldicott.

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Saanich clay courts

Tennis anyone? A proposal to build eight clay courts in Cedar Hill is being debated by Saanich.  We'll hear from former councillor Carol Pickup.

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Low tide week

This week tides around coastal B.C. will be at their lowest point of the year. We talk to tidal expert Richard Dewey about the ebb and flow.

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Thursday

Serving up a debate over proposed clay tennis courts in Saanich. Is Cedar Hill Park an appropriate place to volley, or should it be preserved as greenspace? We hear from the Clay Court Society.

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Saanich community police plan

Community policing sounds warm and fuzzy, but what is it exactly? That's what the Mayor of Saanich is wondering. He's asking the public for ideas, as he ponders where to spend crime fighting dollars in the municipality.

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Lafarge clarifies Texada coal shipping plans

A tenfold increase in coal shipments in the Straight of Georgia. It's in the cards and we find out more from the company hoping to ship the coal in and out of Texada.

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Wednesday

Should Cedar Hill be covered in clay for tennis or remain green? They're debating in Saanich. We'll rally to that story at 7:15.

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Coal port controversy

A proposal to build a new coal terminal in Metro Vancouver and on Texada Island is causing concern.

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British Columbia's first synagogue turns 150

British Columbia's first synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El, was built in Victoria and turned 150 on Sunday.

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Renaming other Vancouver Island landmarks

First it was Mount Douglas. Now First Nations on the Saanich Peninsula now want to replace the colonial names of two other familiar landmarks.

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The political panel looks east

Who would expect that politics in Toronto and Ottawa would make British Columbia look tame? Our Friday panel offers their take on the Mike Duffy senate expense scandal, as well as Toronto mayor Rob Ford's recent problems.  

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Tuesday

The prime minister is home again. We'll find out if he speaks to the senate scandal.

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Books:

Jay Ruzesky

We hear from the island author Jay Ruzesky who re-visits the steps of his long-lost relative and Antarctica explorer Roald Amundsen.

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Friday

The secret life of an antarctic dog handler. We'll talk about adventurer and gentleman spy Cecil Meares.

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A chastened NDP

Taking the blame We speak with longtime NDP insider and journalist Bill Tieleman about what's ahead for chastened New Democrats leader Adrian Dix and his party.

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Celebrating the Queen and more

Victoria Day is the occasion for Canadians to honour the birthday of their reigning monarch. But a group of prominent Canadians want to ask the Queen to share that day with Canada's First Nations.

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Logging near the Juan de Fuca trail

Developer Ender Ilkay purchased land in 2007 from Western Forest Products. A few years ago he unsuccessfully tried to rezone the land to build a resort. Ender Ilkay explains this latest development.

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Set back for King Coal on Vancouver Island

We hear from one of the companies seeking approval for a coal mine near Fanny Bay.

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Rounding up banned pesticides

It's time to round up banned pesticides in the Comox Valley. We talk with a landscaper who says she sees lots of illegal products still being used in her community.

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What's next for the Green Party?

Before the vote, Green Leader Jane Sterk suggested she might step down as leader if she didn't win in her riding. After consultation within the party, she's confirmed she will stay on as leader. Jane Sterk explains what's next for the BC Green Party.

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Boulders Climbing Gym is busy

This weekend the climbing wall will be very busy as it hosts the 2013 Canadian National Climbing Championships.

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Environmental fallout from the election

The Liberals won the election. What do environmentalists think will happen now? Emma Gilchrist speaks for the environmental group, Dogwood Initiative.

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Election surprise

Our Friday panel looks at how the B.C. election turned out so dramatically different from the way the polls, the press and the pundits predicted.

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North Cowichan grow-op concerns

Changing federal rules about growing medical marijuana has one Island community scrambling to control a possible proliferation of grow ops.

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From Hunan to the Hub City

Nanaimo seems destined to be on that list of high end cities served by a Chinese travel agency called Suzhou Youth Travel Services.

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Thursday

We'll hear from the island author who re-visits the steps of his long-lost relative, Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the south pole. Jay Ruzesky, is the author of "In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage." 

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Election 2013:

Another victory which defied the polls

Why did the Liberal majority seem to take everyone by surprise? We talk to Stephen Carter who was Alberta premier Alison Redford's campaign strategist.

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Election 2013:

A disappointment for the NDP

Change, but not the kind the New Democrats hoped for. We speak with re-elected NDP MLA for Juan de Fuca, John Horgan.

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Election 2013:

Surprising the pollsters

We get election result reaction from Angus Reid's Mario Canseco.

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Thursday

Changing federal rules about growing medical marijuana has one Island community scrambling to control a possible proliferation of grow ops.

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Proposing a new capital

What if the capital city wasn't the capital city any more? We'll ask the National Post writer and former Victorian Tristin Hopper why he thinks the seat of BC government should move to the mainland?

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Renaming Mount Doug

When it comes to Mount Doug, what's old is new again. Some First Nations want the older indigenous name of Pkols to be used instead of the newer colonial name.

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Wednesday

A premier in waiting and a new government to organize. That's where we stand in B.C. this morning. The people have spoken, we'll find out what they said.

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Tuesday

What if the capital city wasn't the capital city any more? We'll ask the National Post writer, and former Victoria native Tristin Hopper why he thinks the seat of BC government should move to the mainland?

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Reviews:

The Golden Dragon

Monica Prendergast reviews Theatre Inconnu's production of The Golden Dragon.

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Not voting to make a point

Why don't half the eligible voters in B.C. exercise their franchise? We hear from two non-voters about their reasons they are 'voting for nobody'

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Out with the in-camera

Taking the hinges off the doors. We talk to a local politician who says too much city business is done in-camera, behind closed doors.

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Race to the End of the Earth

We get a behind the scenes look at the new Antarctic exhibition opening this week at the Royal BC Museum.

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Election 2013:

NDP election ads hitting harder

So with the ads hitting harder and the polls getting tighter, what does it mean for the outcome on election night next Tuesday? For some insight we were joined by our political panel.


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Election 2013:

He wants to be premier

Adrian Dix, leader of the NDP, makes his case to become the premier of British Columbia.

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Freeing Lolita

Florida is no place for a nice gal from the Salish Sea. We get an update on efforts to free Lolita a southern resident killer whale, from an aquarium in Miami.

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Cowichan and Nanaimo Independents

Brunie Brunie is an independent candidate in the riding of Nanaimo. Heather Alanna Campbell is an independent candidate in Cowichan Valley.

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Election 2013:

Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Ida Chong is the Liberal incumbent and Jessica Van Der Veen is the NDP candidate in Oak Bay Gordon Head.

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Election 2013:

Oak Bay-Gordon Head

A panel discussion with Green Andrew Weaver and Conservative Greg Kazakoff.

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Election 2013:

Victoria-Beacon Hill

A panel discussion with two Victoria-Beacon Hill candidates: Liberal Karen Bill and John Shaw of the Communist Party of BC.

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Thursday

When you cast your ballot on May 14. what issue will be top of mind for you? Jeremy Allingham, takes a closer look at the HST and the BC election.

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Election 2013:

Saanich South

A discussion with two candidates: Green Adam Olsen and NDP Gary Holman.

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Election 2013:

Saanich South and Saanich North and the Islands

Joshua Galbraith is the Conservative candidate in Saanich South. Stephen P. Roberts is the Liberal candidate in Saanich North and the Islands.

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Wednesday

Getting to know the leaders. Stephen Smart spends some quality time with those who want to lead the province.  We meet the leader hoping for a break through; Jane Sterk with BC's Green Party.

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Island gang crackdown

Getting tough on gangs. Police forces on the Island and the Mainland are going public in an effort to control gangsters and gang crime.

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Election 2013:

Michael Butler

The B.C. Liberal government era by the numbers. We talk to the former head of research for the Ministry of Finance about what really happened with spending and revenues over the past dozen years.

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Tuesday

The buses have been picked, but there is a dispute about who will drive them. We'll hear about plans for bus service to Ogden Point.

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Community efforts to prevent "date rape" drugs

Jennifer Chrumka finds out what bar owners have done to prevent "date rape" drugs at local clubs. We also hear from the Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre, who are working to eliminate sexual violence.

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Election 2013:

Powell River-Sunshine Coast and Saanich North

We hear from Powell River-Sunshine Coast Green Richard Till and from Saanich North and the Islands Independent Scott McEachern.

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Losing one's sense of smell

We find out when the inability to smell can be a health and safety problem and what doctors can do about it.

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A morning walk with Reverend Al Tysick

Gregor goes on an early morning ride with homeless advocate Reverend Al Tysick.

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Election 2013:

Comox Valley

A candidate panel, with Comox Conservative Diane Hoffman and Green Chris Aikman.

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Election 2013:

Victoria-Beacon Hill

We meet two of the candidates in Victoria-Beacon Hill: Green Party leader Jane Sterk and the incumbent and former NDP Leader Carole James.

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Election 2013:

"Date rape" drugs in Victoria

Jennifer Chrumka brings us a story on the regular use of so-called "date rape" or "predatory drugs" in Victoria. We hear the account of a UVic student who was drugged while out celebrating her graduation.

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Monday

We'll hear about an innovative youth program in a community where, a year ago, a series of suicides among First Nations teenagers  prompted the declaration of a state of emergency.