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BC: On The Island

On The Island is a lively and informative blend of news, reviews and interviews, designed to keep Victorians informed about the issues that matter to them.

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Shooting range operator defends kids shooting Uzis

The operator of an Arizona shooting range where a girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor says he still believes there is nothing wrong with a 9 year-old firing a machine gun.

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Alternative medicine

Hear why two prominent U.S. scientists want to pull the plug on research into alternative medicine.

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Smokey Robinson

Motown icon Smokey Robinson discusses his prolific career and new album of duets.

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Frosh Week Prohibition?

Is enough being done to curb the drunken and out of control behaviour during university orientation?

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Judy! -- The Life Story of Judy Garland

David Lennam reviews the latest Blue Bridge production, "Judy! The Life Story of Judy Garland."

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Grace Islet dispute

The province says it won't get involved in a dispute involving a native burial on Grace Islet. So at least one Island politician says expropriation is the solution.

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Decommisioned Martin Mars water bombers

World War II Martin Mars water bombers are no longer contracted by the BC government to fight forest fires, despite the fact that forest fires are worse this year.

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Is it fair to sell a gift?

That's one of the frustrations the Mayor of Tofino is feeling about Monks Point. The Tofino heritage site might be sold by The Land Conservancy, or TLC for short, to help pay off it's debts.

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Medical tourism examined

We check out a new website that will help people considering surgery outside of Canada assess the risks and potential benefits of medical tourism.

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Schooling potential politicians

What if politicians had to go to school to learn how to be good politicians. That's the goal of a course being offered this week.

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Sweet solution for honey bees

Mention honey bees and golf courses don't automatically come to mind. Don't tell that to the Royal Colwood Golf Club, which will soon be home to million honey bees.

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Paperless lawyer firm

This is the only law firm on the island that operates without a physical office.

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Reconciliation on the pitch

We hear about a unique anniversary and tournament for a Victoria aboriginal soccer club.

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Lernu Esperanto

People from around North America are in Victoria this week learning the most widely spoken artificial language.

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Brian Thom

What will the landmark Tsilhquotin Supreme Court decision mean for the BC treaty process here on the island? I'll ask an anthropologist and former treaty negotiator.

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Making a grad dress out of duct tape

Duct tape has been used for everything from repairing rocket ships in space to the pipes under your sink. But to make a grad outfit? We've got a story that will stick with you.

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Exodus to private schools

Is the decade-long strife in BC's public education system prompting an exodus to private schools? We speak with one educator who made that journey himself.

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Changing the game with the Tsilhqot'in decision

Is the Supreme Court decision on aboriginal title a "game changer" for first nations and industry? Today's panel looks at what it means for B.C. and the Northern Gateway pipeline

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Cobble Hill's most prominent daughter

Frances Kelsey has been honoured by a US President and saved countless lives she remains almost unknown and without honour in her homeland. We talk to a Victoria man who's planning to change that.

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An anti-spam law primer

Ottawa's new anti-spam legislation comes into effect next week. So will that mean the end of electronic junk mail? We get a primer.

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Mr Floatie speaks out again

With Esquimalt balking the building of a centralized sewage treatment, we find out what Mr. Floatie, aka James Skwarok, thinks should happen next.

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Students discuss teacher strike

The four scariest words in the teachers dispute with government: "Class size and Composition". We hear about what this means to students.

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Mediator Lorne Slotnick

In light of the B.C teacher's labour dispute with the government, we talk to a professional mediator about the processand pain of bringing two very different sides together.

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Landmine activist Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan

In 1997, Canada hosted a convention to eliminate landmines around the world. The Ottawa Convention is under review in Mozambique this week. We talk to a Victoria activist who is attending the conference.

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Grace Islet archeologist Eric McLay

Should a private home and a First Nations burial area co-exist? We get perspective from an archaeologist who has seen the bones at Grace Islet.

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Football or soccer?

You say football, I say soccer. Let's call the whole thing off. But not until we hear from a soccer historian on why most North Americans call it soccer.

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Saanich school chair Wayne Hunter

When the teachers settle, who will pay the bill? We ask the chair of the Saanich School Board.

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Les Miserables in Chemainus

David Lennam reviews the Chemainus Theatre's production of Les Miserables.

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An island legion closes

The Royal Canadian Legion in Duncan is closing it's door. We speak to the President about what this means for our military veterans.

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Getting ready for the battle over bitumen

A quiet "maybe" for a heavy oil pipeline and a resounding pledge to block it, physically or in the courts. Our Friday panel looks at what's ahead for the Enbridge Northern Gateway project.

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Students weigh in on the teacher's labour dispute

We get student perspectives on the dispute that has shut them out of their schools and its impact.

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Air Canada executive talks up Rouge

Air Canada has started a new type of airline service called Rouge. And it certainly has some air travellers seeing red.

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Sitka founder goes into lure business

A local entrepreneur is branching out from his retail roots to his very own fishing lure and sales are off the hook. We speak with Andrew Paine.

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Miracle cure or snake oil?

As stem-cell researchers from around the world gather for a conference in B.C. we speak with a legal expert about how to distinguish hope from hype.

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Music teacher Andrea Blair

A music teacher at Gordon Head has devised a way to help her student with dyslexia to interpret sheet music. CBC producer Kate Wiley gets a private concert.

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Debating defensive urban architecture

Spikes where once a tired soul might have sat or slept. We join the debate over what they call "defensive urban architecture"

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Remembering Cumberland's Chinatown

The Village of Cumberland has a plan to commemorate the early Chinese and Japanese migrants who worked the local coal mines back in the day

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Monica Prendergast reviews Langham Court Theatre's production of the 1966 Tom Stoppard play.

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Washington wades into sewage scrap

We hear from King County Executive Dow Constantine why he wrote to Premier Christy Clark about Victoria's sewage treatment woes.

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Panel looks at teachers strike and Northern Gateway

Snap quiz time: Students, can you spell "escalation"? Our political panel looks at the implications of the looming all-out strike by B.C. teachers and the premier's sidestep over a personal connection to a proposed oil refinery.

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Saanich sewage options

What's in the pipe for sewage treatment options? We speak with Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard about the latest development in the debate, and what it means for the region's largest municipality.

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Using a Gladue report

A convicted murderer is in the midst of a sentencing hearing in Duncan and we hear references to a Gladue report. We hear from an advocate who believes the Gladue process is vital in ensuring justice for aboriginal people before the courts.

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Sue Rodriguez lawyer Chris Considine

Terminally ill patients in Quebec now have the right to choose to die. We talk to the man who represented Sue Rodriguez, a well known right-to-die advocate, about what this decision means to those wanting to end their lives in B.C.

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HarbourCats manager Jim Swanson

Batter up. It's baseball season once again in the provincial capital. We meet the HarbourCats new general manager.

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Digging up whale bones

It's a long way from being a carcass in Sooke to a display in Nanaimo, but a grey whale is making that journey.

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Stiking teachers and pipeline decision

Our political panel Norman Spector, Elizabeth Cull and Martyn Brown discuss issues of the week.

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Margaret Jenkins School turns 100

Nearly two dozen relatives of the original Margaret Jenkins will descend upon the school that is named after her to celebrate it's hundredth year.

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Looking at ocean radiation

Marine chemist Ken Buessler is in Victoria to give a talk about ocean radiation. We hear from him.

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Supporting the resource sector

When it comes to B.C.'s resource industry, former Premier Dan Miller thinks city folk are missing the big picture. We hear why.

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Ancient ticks preserved in amber

Lyme disease was first identified 40 years ago, But it turns out it's been around for at least 15 million years.

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