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November 2012 Archives

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Playlist for November 30

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A sure sign that summer is well over.


4:00-4:30

Song: Robots
Album: Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Artist: Dan Mangan

4:30-5:00

Song: Goodbye to Sorrow
Album: Brother Sinner & the Whale
Artist: Kelly Joe Phelps

5:30-6:00

Song: Fields of Gold
Album: Live at Blue Alley
Artist: Eva Cassidy

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Katherine Monk reviews Hitchcock and Killing them Softly



This week, Katherine Monk looks at Hitchcock and Killing them Softly.

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Fernie man stands in cold for 13 hours to win snowboard

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Harley Flood (left) and Board Stiff owner, Geof Hare (right) (Photo courtesy Geof Hare)

What would you do to win a snowboard? A snowboard shop in Fernie recently hosted an event called, Last Man Standing. Turns out, Harley Flood was that man. He explained to Rebecca how he won.

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Student-made robots go head to head in RoboCup

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RoboCup competitor Benjamin Landis tweaks his robot

The times have changed. These days, kids build their own robots. This week, about 200 students from around southern BC competed in the 7th Western Canada RoboCup Junior event. Rebecca dropped by the event at Okanagan College.

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Students from Dorothea Walker Elementary School compete in RoboCup


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Playlist for November 29

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4:00-4:30

Song: Ho Hey
Album: The Lumineers
Artist: The Lumineers

4:30-5:00

Song: Believe in Me
Album: Parallel Play
Artist: Sloan

5:00-5:30

Song: Over the Rainbow
Album: The Other Side
Artist: Eva Cassidy

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Training seniors to rejoin the workforce

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Photo courtesy the BC Government

The BC Government announced this week it's spending six million dollars to train people aged 55 and up, to rejoin the workforce. The Urban Older Workers Program will be rolled out over the next two years in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna and Vancouver. Rebecca spoke with Minister Ralph Sultan.

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Canada Reads: The Official Books and Panelists

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We now know who will defend which books in the 2013 "Turf Wars" edition of Canada Reads:

-For BC and the Yukon: Carol Huynh will defend Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse.
-For Prairies and the North: Ron MacLean will defend David Bergen's The Age of Hope.
-For Ontario, Charlotte Gray will defend Jane Urquhart's Away.
-For Quebec, Jay Baruchel will defend Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes.
-For Atlantic, Trent McLellan will defend Lisa Moore's February.

Rebecca spoke with BC panelist Carol Huynh to learn about the book she'll defend:

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Goat with BC roots takes flight from Yukon to Alberta

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'Yukon' is the little guy in the back (Photo courtesy Yukon Wildlife Preserve)

For a Rocky Mountain goat it's a trip like no other: boarding a plane and flying from the Yukon to Alberta. And this little goat has some pretty big roots in BC. Rebecca spoke to Greg Meredith, executive director of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, to find out more.

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(Photo courtesy Yukon Wildlife Preserve)


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Playlist for November 28

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Downtown Kelowna, from Knox Mountain.


4:00-4:30

Song: The Day You Die
Album: Cigarettes & Truckstops
Artist: Lindi Ortega

4:30-5:00

Song: Dear Santa
Album: Christmas at the Grand
Artist: Jason McCoy

5:30-6:00


Song: Wade in the Water
Album: Eva By Heart
Artist: Eva Cassidy

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The man who knows more hockey trivia than anyone else

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Liam Maguire prides himself in knowing pretty much everything about hockey- he even knows more Wayne Gretzky trivia than the Great One himself. Liam joined Rebecca to talk about his new book (Next Goal Wins! The Ultimate NHL Historian's One-of-a-Kind Collection of Hockey Trivia), and to demonstrate his incredible ability to remember everything about hockey.



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Haida artist James Hart's newest carving

Here's a look at that new carving, The Dance Screen by James Hart.

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James Hart on left, Photo courtesy, Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

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Photo courtesy Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery



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The Dish: Breakfast at Kelowna's Hungry Hound

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Owner Matthew Raimer cooks everything himself

This week on the Dish, we're serving up breakfast. Owner Matthew Reimer has been cooking eggs benedict and eggs florentine for ten years at the Hungry Hound Restaurant in Kelowna. Rebecca stopped by for a peek inside the kitchen this week.

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Hungry Hound Owner, Matthew Reimer


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Outdoors guy Dave Quinn's holiday gift ideas

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The Starbird Glacier, on the South Purcells ski tour, as described in Chic Scott's Guidebook, Summits and Icefields 2: Alpine Ski Tours of the Columbia Mountains. (Photo courtesy Dave Quinn)

Dave Quinn says guide books are the perfect gift for that outdoorsy person in your life. Take a listen:

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Here's a list of Dave's suggestions of the best guide books:

Matt Gunn, Hikes Around Invermere and the Columbia River Valley
Janice Strong, Mountain Footsteps
Kathy and Craig Copeland, Where the Locals Hike and Don't waste your time in....
Laural Archer, Northern British Columbia Canoe Trips
Rocky Mountain Books, Mountain Footsteps for the East Kootenays
Gerry Shea, The Aspiring Hiker's Guide 2: Mountain Treks in British Columbia
Chic Scott, Summits and Icefields

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Canoeists on Great Glacier lake by the Lower Stikine River, as described in Laurel Archer's book, Northern British Columbia Canoe Trips (photo courtesy Dave Quinn)


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Linesman returns after restoring power lines in Long Island

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Ryan Waechter at work (photos courtesy Aerial Contrators)

Ryan Waechteris a sub-foreman with Aerial Contractors in Vernon. He and his colleagues just returned from Long Island, where they spent nearly two weeks restoring power lines after Superstorm Sandy. Here is Rebecca's conversation with Ryan.

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The crew from Aerial Contractors


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Playlist for November 27th

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A sweet cat in Nakusp this summer

4:00-4:30

Song: Come On Out
Album: And I Thank You
Artist: The Elwins

5:00-5:30


Song: Out Like a Lion
Album: Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss
Artist: Whitehorse

5:30-6:00

Song: Kathy's Song
Album: Songbirds: The Essential Album
Artist: Eva Cassidy

Song: I'm Goin' Down
Album: Born in the U.S.A.
Artist: Bruce Springsteen

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The Classifieds: Northern fishing lodge for sale

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Photos courtesy Haa Nee Naa Lodge

This week we meet Jennifer Nelson of Prince Rupert. She and her partner are selling their 14-guest floating fishing resort. It's called Haa Nee Naa Lodge and it's on the shores of Dundas Island, northwest of Prince Rupert. Jennifer and her partner opened it more than 20 years ago. Here is Rebecca's conversation with Jennifer.

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Grizzly bear attacks couple outside Kimberley

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Grizzly bears are a subspecies of brown bears. (Ginevre Smith)

An elderly couple is in a Calgary hospital after surviving a bear attack near Kimberley. The attack happened late yesterday afternoon. Rebecca spoke with Sgt. Joe Caravetta to learn more. He's a field supervisor with the Conservation Officer Service in Fernie.

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Rethinking BC's Asia-Pacific History

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Henry Yu

As you've probably noticed, Canada is realigning itself with Asia. Henry Yu says that's not new. He says the Asian world was a big part of Canada's history in the 19th century. That is, until it was shut out. Yu is an historian and professor at UBC. He's currently the principal of the school's St. John's Graduate College.

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Radio West Spotlight: Mark Koenig

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Photos courtesy Mark Koenig



This week, we shine the Radio West spotlight on country music singer, Mark Koenig.

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Playlist for November 26th

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4:00-4:30

Song: Sunrise
Album: Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow
Artist: The Tequila Mockinbird Orchestra

4:30-5:00

Song: Oh My My
Album: Chances
Artist: Jill Barber

5:00-5:30

Song: I'm a Kid
Album: Livin' This Life
Artist: Mark Koenig

5:30-6:00

Song: Songbird
Album: Songbird
Artist: Eva Cassidy


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Playlist for November 23

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The view from Nakusp

4:00-4:30

Song: Ella's Walk
Album: Presenting Ross Taggart
Artist: Ross Taggart

4:30-5:00

Song: Good Time
Album: November Birthday
Artist: Lightning Love

5:00-5:30

Song: Billy the Kid
Album: The Washboard Union
Artist: The Washboard Union

5:30-6:00

Song: Crabbuckit
Album: Let the Rain Fall
Artist: Good Lovelies

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Area M to become Beautiful Nicola Valley North



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(Photo from the Nicola Valley, by Wanderin' Weeta on flickr)

When it comes to municipal government, many B.C. regions have simple names, like "Electoral Area A." Randy Murray represents one such region: Electoral Area M, in the Thompson-Nicola Regional district. But he wants to make that name, and two others, a bit more distinctive. He joined Rebecca to explain.

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Katherine Monk previews weekend movies



This week, Katherine Monks review Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook.

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Weekend Wrap for November 23-25

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In Prince George, take your kids to the book launch for Big City Bees by Maggie de Vries. Listen to her read from the book, see slides of the downtown Vancouver apiary that inspired the book, and learn more about bees. At Books & Company on Saturday afternoon.

In Kamloops, learn more about the rocks in your collection. It's Ask a Geologist Day at the Kamloops Museum. Bring your rocks to the museum on Saturday, between 1 and 3 PM.

Ever seen an NHL player curl? You can in Kelowna this weekend! Local NHLers and their wives will curl to raise money for Movember on Saturday. It's at the Kelowna Curling Club from 6 to 8 PM.

Start your Christmas shopping at arts and crafts events all over the province, including one at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook.



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Unions win another step in effort to halt foreign workers

Unions are fighting to halt temporary foreign workers from working in Tumbler Ridge. Today, they made progress in court. Lawyer Charles Gordon joined Rebecca to explain:


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Local musher and veterinarian to Robert Fawcett sentencing

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Sled dogs rest at a kennel operated by Outdoor Adventures near Whistler, BC, on Feb. 5, 2011. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The former operator of a Whistler sled dog company will spend 3 years on probation. Robert Fawcett must also pay a 15 hundred dollar fine. Fawcett pleaded guilty of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to nine sled dogs. They were killed as part of a cull of many other dogs.

For her reaction to this ongoing story, Rebecca spoke with Dr. Pam Barker. She's a veterinarian and musher in 100 Mile House. She was also a member of BC's Sled Dog Working Group. It developed the province's sled dog code of practice, released earlier this year.

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Playlist for November 22

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5:00-5:30

Song: By the Lake
Album: So Many Days
Artist: Julie Doiron

5:30-6:00

Song: Laundry (I'm Happy)
Album: Good Lovelies
Artist: Good Lovelies

Song: Earthworm Heart
Album: Earthworm Heart
Artist: Tom Fun Orchestra

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Playlist for November 21

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Menu board at Memphis Blues BBQ Restaurant (This week's Dish!)

4:00-4:30

Song: Blackbird on Fire
Album: Spectators
Artist: Amelia Curran

5:00-5:30

Song: Bear
Album: In the Hills
Artist: Shred Kelly

5:30-6:00

Song: Best I Know
Album: Let the Rain Fall
Artist: Good Lovelies

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Regional district's take on Jumbo


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The Jumbo Glacier ski resort project in southeastern B.C. would sit on an old sawmill site, and visitors would be shuttled to ski and snowboard on four nearby glaciers in the Purcell mountains. (CBC)

The Regional District of East Kootenay decided a few years ago to let the province handle decisions on Jumbo. But after yesterday's creation of the resort municipality, many in the Kootenays wondered where their local government was in the decision. Rebecca spoke with district chair Rob Gay to find out.

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Moose on the Loose

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Have you ever driven across the country with a moose head on your van? Tried sailing with a monkey on board? Set fire to a home you're looking after? Those are just some of the travel adventures detailed in Moose on the Loose. Editor and travel writer Matt Jackson stopped by to tell Rebecca some tales.

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As Matt mentioned, he's looking for stories for a new collection about life in B.C. Submit yours!

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The Dish: Pulled Pork

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Memphis Blues' pulled pork and brisket

This week on the Dish, we stop by Memphis Blues BBQ Restaurant in downtown Kelowna. Pulled pork is popular these days: he juicy, tender slow-cooked meat makes a lot of menus. Rebecca met up with owner Andre Thomas, and found out how people like the food.

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Memphis Blues Owner Andre Thomas digs in


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Jumbo becomes a municipality

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The Jumbo Glacier ski resort project in southeastern B.C. would sit on an old sawmill site, and visitors would be shuttled to ski and snowboard on four nearby glaciers in the Purcell mountains. (CBC)


The provincial government has created a resort municipality for Jumbo, proposed home of a year-round ski resort in the East Kootenay. The region, which has no residents, now has an appointed mayor and council. Community, Sport, and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett joined Rebecca to explain. 


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Playlist for November 20

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Kelowna's City Park on a November day.


4:00-4:30

Song: No, My Heart Will Go On
Album: Maintenant
Artist: Gigi

5:30-6:00

Song: Sleepwalkin'
Album: Good Lovelies
Artist: Good Lovelies




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Author Jack Whyte drops by Radio West

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Photo courtesy Penguin Books

Author Jack Whyte has carved out quite a name for himself in historical fiction. He's written more than a dozen books that fit the bill. His latest is set in 14th century Scotland. It's called The Renegade: A Tale of Robert the Bruce. It's the second in Whyte's Guardians Series. Here's Rebecca's interview with Jack Whyte.

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The Classifieds: Yurt for Sale

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Inside the yurt (photo courtesy Christy Luke)

This week, from the Classifieds we meet Grand Forks' Christy Luke. Here's her ad:

32 foot Yurt for Sale: Fully loaded. Interior walls. Kitchen and bathroom sinks. Compost toilet. Hot water heater. Wood stove and chimney. $50,000 original value. Now $25,000. Stored in Grand Forks, BC.

Christy and her husband bought the yurt just two years ago to fulfill a dream. Things didn't go as planned. Have a listen:

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Christy Luke and her husband Mike Elliott



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Winter Wine activities

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Head out to a wine fest and hop on a sleigh ride!


The traditional seasons for wine tourism may have passed, but that doesn't mean it's too late to head out to an Okanagan winery. Our wine columnist Jeannette Montgomery looks at some of the winter wine events on offer:

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Jeannette's recommendations:

-Winter in Wine Country in Oliver and Osoyoos, November 30 to December 2
-Light Up the Vines in Summerland, December 1 and 2
-Holiday Traditions along the Westside Wine Trail in West Kelowna, December 2
-Big Reds at Big White, December 7 and 8



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Playlist for November 19

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4:30-5:00

Song: Moon Trance
Album: Lindsey Stirling
Artist: Lindsey Stirling

5:00-5:30

Song: Make Believe
Album: Make Believe
Artist: Rhoneil

5:30-6:00

Song: Free
Album: Let the Rain Fall
Artist: The Good Lovelies


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Radio West Spotlight: Rhoneil

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Nelson artist, Rhoneil

This week we shine the Radio West spotlight on Nelson's Rhoneil Eurchuk. Take a listen:

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Top wines for under $20

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Wine writer James Nevison has just published his latest edition of Had a Glass, a look at the top wines under $20. He stopped by to tell Rebecca about it:


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We also asked for your recommendations:

-Gato Negro Cab Merlot
-Castillo de Monseran Garnacha
-Rocca delle Macie Sasyr
-Desert Hills Gamay
-Kirkland 2009 Meritage
-Gray Monk Pinot Auxerrois

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Playlist for November 16th

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Listener Troy D. Hunter snapped this shot on Hwy 3, at Kootenay Pass

4:00-4:30

Song: Long and Winding Road
Album: Let It Be
Artist: The Beatles

4:30-5:00

Song: Stoke It Up
Album: TBA
Artist: Willhorse

5:00-5:30

Song: Lose It
Album: Feel It Break
Artist: Austra

5:30-6:00

Song: Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Album: Duets
Artist: Elton John and George Michael


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Movie reviews with Katherine Monk




This week Katherine Monk looks at Lincoln and Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2.

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Playing games with drought

Not everyone spends much time thinking about drought. But planners say we should be prepared for things to dry up. So today, community leaders met for the Okanagan Invitational Drought Tournament. After the event, Harvey Hill and Nelson Jatel stopped by to explain to Rebecca. Harvey is the manager of the Climate Decision Support and Adaptation Unit at Agriculture Canada, and Nelson is the Water Stewardship Director with the Okanagan Water Board.

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Playlist for November 15

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4:00-4:30


Song: The Good in Goodbye
Album: The Good in Goodbye
Artist: Madison Violet

4:30-5:00

Song: Young & Lazy
Album: tbd (to be released next year)
Artist: The Matinee

5:00-5:30

Song: Wild Young Hearts
Album: Wild Young Hearts
Artist: Noisettes

5:30-6:00

Song: Simple Pleasures
Album: Into the Sun
Artist: David Myles

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Unions trying to stop temporary foreign workers

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The workers are supposed to work at a Tumbler Ridge coal mine. (iStock)


Two unions are seeking an injunction to stop the temporary foreign workers from working at a Tumbler Ridge mine. Some of the workers have already arrived in B.C., but are not yet working. Charles Gordon is the lawyer representing the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Construction and Specialized Workers' Union. He spoke with Rebecca:



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Art inspired by CBC Radio

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(Courtesy Carol Whetter)
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Emerging Prince George artist Carol Whetter debuts her show "Podcast" at Studio 2880 tonight. She says the images of whales were inspired in part by CBC Radio, and she told Rebecca all about it:


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BC Trivia Clue!

Here's our first clue. Today, we're looking for a place:

In 1922, a land surveyor said this community should become one of the best in the north.

Second clue:

The population here grew 27-fold from the 1950s to the 1960s.

If you think you know the answer, call 1-855-222-5775, or email us. You have until 5:20 Pacific/6:20 Mountain to enter. 

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Your ideas for a November Staycation

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Cozy up in a cabin in November!


We asked for ideas for BC trips in November, and you delivered.

Rory suggests the Slocan Valley Rail Trail.
Barbara says November is a great time to go hunting.
Shannon, Robyn and Jessica say hot springs are the way to go, like in Nakusp and Harrison.

What do you think? Send us your ideas to add to the list. 


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Playlist for November 14

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Outer Clove in Nelson






4:00-4:30

Song: Weighty Ghost
Album: Welcome to the Night Sky
Artist: Wintersleep

5:00-5:30


Song: Midnight Avenue
Album: Measures of Progress
Artist: Wool on Wolves


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Remembering artist ManWoman



ManWoman, aka Patrick Kembell, was one of the Kootenays' best known artists. In his controversial art, he tried to reclaim the swastika. ManWoman died this week of cancer. He was 74. Fellow Cranbrook resident Sioux Browning, past president of the Cranbrook and District Arts Council, joined Rebecca to remember him.



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Inuit activist talks climate change in Vernon

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier (photo courtesy UBC Okanagan)

The world's climate is changing. In the Arctic, that means people's lives are changing too. This has been Sheila Watt-Cloutier message for years. She's a long-time Inuit activist and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for her work on global climate change. Watt-Cloutier is also the former chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. This week she's in Vernon on a speaking tour. Here is Rebecca conversation with Sheila Watt-Cloutier.

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The Dish: The Outer Clove

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Taken at The Garlic Clove (photos courtesy Rebecca Zandbergen)

This week on The Dish, we tour Nelson restaurant, The Outer Clove. Nearly everything on the menu features garlic. Rebecca toured the restaurant. Have a listen:

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The Outer Clove Kitchen Manager, James Waters


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Fighting the November Doldrums

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Off the coast of Tofino (photo courtesy Rebecca Zandbergen)

November is often a rainy, grey month. This week, our Outdoors Guy, Dave Quinn helps us plan a staycation to beat the November blues.

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Playlist for November 13

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Outside Kelowna's downtown fire hall this morning.


4:00-4:30

Song: Consciousness of Love
Album: Music Box Opera
Artist: Delerium

4:30-5:00

Song: Rut & Nuzzle
Album: Long Live
Artist: Snowblink

5:00-5:30

Song: Carry Me Home
Album: A Cup of Kindness Yet (out November 19, but preview here)
Artist: Hey Rosetta!

5:30-6:00

Song: Glory Box
Album: Dummy
Artist: Portishead

Song: Stormy Weather
Album: Songs for Clem
Artist: Sarah Harmer

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The Classifieds: Music Teacher

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Tara Day and her daughter (photo courtesy Tara Day)

Today in the Classifieds we meet Kelowna's Tara Day. Here's her ad:

I can help you discover your natural or not-so-natural ability to sing and speak well.
With a combination of vocal coaching and theory, I can help you find your voice.
Learn to improvise, harmonize, and sight sing. Reasonable rates-hourly, half hour, or package. Learn the style you want.


Here's Rebecca's conversation with Tara.

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Playlist for November 9


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5:00-5:30


Song: Don't Tell Me Riddles
Album: A Lot Less Gold
Artist: Alex Vissia

5:30-6:00

Song: Jolene
Album: Is
Artist: Hey Ocean

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Monk's Movies: Skyfall and We Are Legion



This week, Katherine Monk looks at Skyfall and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hactivists, and recommends both. Skyfall is in theatres, and We Are Legion is available online. Katherine spoke with guest host Kathryn Marlow.



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Legal pot not a done deal in U.S. states

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Voters in Washington and Colorado passed measures legalizing recreational use of marijuana. (CBC)

Voters in Washington and Colorado have approved measures to make recreational marijuana use legal.

 

But the drug is still illegal under U.S. federal law.

 

Kevin Sabet, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama's drug czar, spoke with Radio West guest host, Kathryn Marlow, about how he thinks the Obama administration will deal with the state initiatives.

 

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Playlist for November 8

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Adrian scrapes ice off the windshield in Nelson, before we headed back to Kelowna this morning.


4:00-4:30

Song: Blueberry Paulson
Album: Imagineering
Artist: James Lamb

4:30-5:00

Song: Oh, Alberta
Album: Tin Type
Artist: Elliott Brood

5:00-5:30


Song: Porchlight
Album: Floods & Fires
Artist: Craig Cardiff

5:30-6:00

Song: Hold My Heart
Album: Inside Passage
Artist: Barney Bentall

Song: Closer
Album: Heartthrob (to be released January 29, 2013)
Artist: Tegan and Sara

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Two musicians visit Radio West in Nelson

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Dan Mangan chats with Rebecca. (Photo credit: Paul Hinrichs/The Royal)

Dan Mangan and Nils Edenloff of The Rural Alberta Advantage each dropped by The Royal in Nelson.

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Nils Edenloff performs on Radio West at the Royal in Nelson. (Photo credit: Paul Hinrichs/The Royal)

And here is Nils' conversation with Rebecca:

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(Unfortunately, we aren't able to post the performances, but if you want to listen to some Dan Mangan or The Rural Alberta Advantage, head on over to CBC Music.

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The Dish: Wait's News

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Mari Plamondon, owner of Wait's News

This week on The Dish we meet Mari Plamondon of Nelson. She and her husband own Wait's News. The diner has been open since 1937 and this month they're celebrating the restaurant's 75th anniversary.

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Stools at Wait's News


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Grand Forks teen baker runs successful company

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Max's creation

Radio West hit the road this week, making stops in Grand Forks and Nelson. 15-year-old Maxwell Nicholson stopped by for a chat in Grand Forks. He's a baker with his own company. Here's that conversation.

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The Classifieds: Tastie Treat

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Tastie Treat, Grand Forks

This week in the Classifieds we meet Evelyn Kimmel. She is selling the family business:

Time to Retire
For Sale: Drive-In Restaurant.
Operated by one owner for 54 years, includes 2400 sq foot family home
Located on Hwy 3, Grand Forks, BC
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Update from the road

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Pit stop for butter tarts in Greenwood. 

Hi everyone! Sorry we're not updating the page while we're out of town, but we promise to get back to it tomorrow. You'll definitely want to hear Rebecca's interview with Max, the 15-year-old cakemaker extraordinaire. In the meantime, here's a link to the doc CBC made about Dan Mangan earlier this year. We're going to talk about it when he's on the show today. Enjoy!  

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Playlist for November 5th

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Beautiful fall day in downtown Kelowna

4:00-4:30

Song: Read Between the Lines
Album: Read Between the Lines
Artist: Valdy

4:30-5:00

Song: Love You Madly
Album: Mad Love
Artist: Luke Nicholson

5:00-5:30

Song: From River to Sea
Album: Kootenay Serenade
Artist: Peter Bodley

5:30-6:00


Song: Born to Believe
Album: XX
Artist: Great Big Sea

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Valdy demonstrates how folkies make great rappers

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Canadian folkie Valdy stopped by for a chat, while on tour through the Okanagan. He talked to Rebecca about why folk music never gets old- and demonstrated his rap stylings too!


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Wine Column: Bordeaux-style blends

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Jeannette Montgomery's picks for this week

This week, Radio West wine columnist Jeannette Montgomery tackles Bordeaux-style blends.

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Jeannette's recommendations:

HMC McWatters Collection, 2009 Meritage
Osoyoos Larose 2008 Le Grand Vin

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Radio West Spotlight: Peter Bodley

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photo courtesy Peter Bodley

Today we shine the Radio West Spotlight on Creston classical guitarist, Peter Bodley.

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Radio West hits the Road!

Don't forget to come see us this week! We'll be in Grand Forks on Tuesday, at Gallery 2, and in Nelson on Wednesday at The Royal. The show starts at 4:00, but make sure you get there early to get a seat.

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Playlist for November 2

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A lost teddy bear in downtown Kelowna. Its owner found it just after we took this photo.


4:00-4:30

Song: Leaves, Trees, Forest
Album: Oh Fortune
Artist: Dan Mangan

4:30-5:00

Song: Hallways
Album: A Sleep and A Forgetting
Artist: Islands

5:00-5:30


Song: Knot in My Heart
Album: Ancient Mars
Artist: The Zolas

5:30-6:00

Song: Big Blue Wave
Album: Is
Artist: Hey Ocean


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MacArthur Grant money coming to the Okanagan

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Sally Otto. (Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.)


In 2011, UBC evolutionary geneticist Sally Otto won a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. She has decided to give the first batch of money to The Nature Trust of BC and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, to help buy land to protect species at risk. She joined Rebecca to talk about the money, and her work.



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(Photo: Graham Osborne, The Nature Trust of BC)



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Documentary 'Hellbound?' hits Kelowna




It's an old question: does hell exist? A new documentary called Hellbound reopens that debate. Abbotsford based director, Kevin Miller sat down with Rebecca ahead of the Kelowna screening, to talk about his film.

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Katherine Monk reviews Wreck-It Ralph and Flight




This week, Katherine Monk reviews Flight and Wreck-It Ralph.

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Playlist for November 1

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4:00-4:30

Song: The Breakup
Album: Departing
Artist: The Rural Alberta Advantage

4:30-5:00

Song: Two Feet Stand Up
Album: When Flying Was Easy
Artist: Cookie Duster

5:00-5:30

Song: Cold Road
Album: Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
Artist: Danny Michel

5:30-6:00

Song: Sailingsong
Album: Pines
Artist: A Fine Frenzy


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Most British Columbians support legalization of marijuana

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A demonstrator smokes a marijuana joint during an annual pro-marijuana protest on Parliament Hill last year. (Pawel Dwulit/Canadian Press)

75 per cent of British Columbians support the legalization and regulation of marijuana in this province. That's according to a new poll released today by Angus Reid. Rebecca spoke with  Mario Canseco, the Vice-President for Angus Reid Public Opinion to find out more.

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