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December 2012 Archives

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Playlist for December 21

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Prince George Winter Solstice Lantern Walk (Photo credit: Elaine Kerr)

4:00-4:30

Song: Too Darn Hot
Album: N/A
Artist: Dal Richards and Diane Lines

4:30-5:00

Song: A Very Vancouver Christmas
Album: N/A
Artist: Dan Mangan

5:00-5:30

Song: Cool Yule
Album: Peace on Earth
Artist: Matt Dusk

5:30-6:00

Song: Snow
Album: A Winter Garden, 5 songs for the Season
Artist: Loreena McKennitt

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Celebrating Winter Solstice in Prince George

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(Photo credit: Elaine Kerr)

You can welcome winter at the Winter Solstice Celebration in Prince George. The night involves many activities, including a lantern walk. Organizer Jovanka Djordjevich joined guest host Kathryn Marlow to explain:


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Movie Reviews: Django Unchained, This is 40, and Les Miserables



Guest movie critic Ken Eisner looks at three films this week: Django Unchained, Les Misérables, and This is 40. He shared his reviews with guest host Kathryn Marlow.

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Becoming an ice swimmer

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West Kelowna's Paul Duffield in the CBC Kelowna Studio. Paul is attempting to become Canada's first verified Ice Swimmer. (Kathryn Marlow/CBC)
West Kelowna resident Paul Duffield will swim one mile in Okanagan Lake this weekend, to try and become a verified ice swimmer. He joined guest host Kathryn Marlow to explain why.

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Jeannette's BC wine recommendations

If you're looking for the BC wine recommendations Jeannette brought us earlier this week (and Chris mentioned on Daybreak South this morning), you can find them here

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Playlist for December 20

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4:00-4:30

Song: Frosty the Snowman
Album: Harry for the Holidays
Artist: Harry Connick Jr.

4:30-5:00

Song: Oblivion
Album: Visions
Artist: Grimes

5:00-5:30

Song: White World of Winter
Album: various compilations
Artist: Bing Crosby

5:30-6:00

Song: Penelope's Song
Album: An Ancient Muse
Artist: Loreena McKennitt




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Beer pairing for the holidays

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Master Cicerone Mirella Amato joined Rebecca with some tips for holiday beer pairing. Listen below, or read her notes:

For rich, winter foods try a dark lager.
If you're eating turkey or ham, then the maltiness of dark beers will cut the richness of the turkey.
Bock beers are also really tasty with rich foods - they are crisp and the carbonation cuts through and finishes the foods.
For a purely vegetarian meal, try the spicy complexity of a dark wheat beer: a dunkelweizen.

For sweets like cookies and gingerbreads, look for a beer that is sweet or sweeter than the baking- something like a Belgian strong ale (golden or dark), an authentic Trappist Belgian ale, or a locally brewed Belgian-inspired ale.

For richer desserts
like cheesecake or chocolate mousse, look for a high alcohol Barley wine or
an Imperial Stout.

If you're going for straight chocolate, try a bottle of stout.


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100 Mile House man pulls two men from fiery wreck

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Photo courtesy photographer Carole Rooney at the 100 Mile House Free Press

Earlier this month, Ted Sawyer was driving home from visiting his mother in Alberta. It was dark, snowy and the roads were bad. He was nearing Sicamous when he noticed headlights in his rear view mirror. He spoke with Rebecca about what happened next.

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Playlist for December 19

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A snowy walk to work in Kelowna

4:00-4:30

Song: Devil's Load
Album: The Folk Sinner (coming out January 15, 2013)
Artist: Lee Harvey Osmond

4:30-5:00


Song: Christmas Countdown
Album: Frank Kelly's Christmas Countdown
Artist: Frank Kelly

5:30-6:00

Song: All Souls Night
Album: The Visit
Artist: Loreena McKennitt

Song: Oi to the World
Album: Very Special Christmas 3 (compilation)
Artist: No Doubt

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Human Rights Watch calls for national inquiry

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Participants of the Women's Worlds 2011 congress take part in a rally on Parliament Hill in solidarity with missing and murdered aboriginal women in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)


International organization Human Rights Watch has added its voice to calls for a national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Megan Rhoad is a researcher in the organization's Women's Rights Division. She joined Rebecca to explain why she thinks an inquiry is necessary. 



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Rossland and Nelson team up in ski town competition

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Graphic courtesy Powder Magazine

And then there were two. North American ski destinations are going head to head in a 'Ski Town Throwdown.' It's the finals and Bozeman, Montana is up against BC's own Nelson and Rossland, who have teamed together. Powder Magazine is hosting the contest. Rebecca spoke with editor John Stifter.

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The Dish: The Holiday Feast

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An alternative to mashed potatoes

This week on the Dish, we're tackling the big holiday feast. Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart own and operate Joy Road Catering in Penticton, and if you're tired of straight-up mashed potatoes and stuffing, they've got some ideas. Here's their conversation with Rebecca.

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Joy Road Catering owners, Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith



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Playlist for December 18th

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Button anyone?

4:00-4:30

Song: 3 Generations
Album: Almost a Full Moon
Artist: Hawksley Workman

4:30-5:00

Song: Let it Go
Album: Let it Go
Artist: Jon and Roy

5:30-6:00


Song: Mummer's Dance
Album: The Book of Secrets
Artist: Loreena McKennitt




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Oil and gas ban continues for the Sacred Headwaters



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The call for a permanent ban is longstanding (2008, By the The Kids and Kahlie/Flickr).


Today, the province confirmed its ongoing ban on oil and gas development for the Klappan (or Sacred Headwaters) region of Northwestern B.C. It's a cause for celebration for the Tahltan Central Council, who have been fighting for the ban for years. Rebecca spoke with council president Annita McPhee:


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Commissioner Wally Oppal on his Missing Women report

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Missing Women Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal joined Rebecca to talk about his report, which was released yesterday. He says "blatant failures" by police led to the disappearance and murders of many vulnerable women. 


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The Classifieds: Senior seeks ride to Dal Richards concert

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Dal Richards (Photo courtesy dalrichards.com)





This week from the Classifieds, we meet 86 year old Laurie Quigley of Kamloops.
Here's his ad:

Attention Ladies of Kamloops
Senior male who enjoys Dal Richards
Seeking ride to and from New Year's Eve Concert in River Rock, Richmond.
In exchange I will purchase a ticket for you

Here is Rebecca's conversation with Laurie:

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Gift ideas with Jeannette Montgomery

This week, Jeannette Montgomery shares her gift ideas for this holiday season.

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Jeannette's Recommendations:

Adventurous

Red: Inniskillen 2008 Tempranillo (around $30)

White: Herder Winery 2011 3 Sisters ($20) blend of viognier, pinot gris, & chardonnay

 

Bold

Red: Covert Farms 2010 "The Bluff" blend (cab franc, cab sauv, petit verdot) around $26 (think deep, rich, smokey)

White: Foxtrot Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay ($45) luscious

 

Happy & bright

Red: Mt. Boucherie 2009 Blaufrankisch Summit Reserve ($24.99) Austrian grape also known as Lemberger - hint of spice

White: Gehringer Brothers 2011 Ehrenfelser $14.99 (think apricots and honey, crisp and fresh)

 

Thoughtful & pensive

Red: Painted Rock 2010 Syrah ($40) layers that go on forever

White: Jackson-Triggs Gold Series 2008 Entourage Sparkling Chardonnay (Okanagan Valley) (around $30)

 

Chill & laid-back

Red: Tinhorn Creek 2010 Cabernet Franc ($19.99)

White: 8th Generation 2011 Riesling Classic ($19.99)

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Playlist for December 17

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4:30-5:00

Song: Have you Ever Seen the Rain
Album: A Simple Twist
Artist: Laura Landsberg

5:00-5:30

Song: Othello
Album: Solo Piano II
Artist: Chilly Gonzales

5:30-6:00

Song: The Lady of Shalott
Album: The Visit
Artist: Loreena McKennitt


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Missing Women Inquiry report

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(Belle Puri/CBC)


Missing Women Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal released his report today. CBC reporter Terry Donnelly has followed the inquiry, and joined Rebecca with an update:

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Rebecca also spoke with Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Chief Terry Teegee for reaction. His group was invited to be part of the Inquiry, but withdrew due to lack of funding. He gave his take on the report and how it addresses concerns in the north.


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The Royal set to close its doors next spring

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Rural Alberta Advantage live at The Royal during a Radio West taping

Next spring, Nelson's popular music venue, The Royal, is closing its doors. Paul Hinrichs and his partner have been leasing the space and the business for a year. But now, the owner wants them to buy or move out. Rebecca spoke with Paul Hinrichs about their decision.

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Radio West Spotlight: Laura Landsberg

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Photo courtesy Laura Landsberg

This week, we shine the Radio West spotlight on Nelson jazz singer Laura Landsberg.

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Playlist for December 14th

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Kelowna's downtown rink

4:00-4:30


Song: Narrow Valley
Album: Imagineering
Artist: James Lamb

5:30-6:00

Song: Good King Wenceslas
Album: The Truth About Us: A Twenty Year Retrospective
Artist: Skydiggers

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Premier Christy Clark

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(File photo. Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark was in the Okanagan for women-only meetings in Kelowna and Vernon. While she was here, Rebecca caught up with her on her visit, and on the economic and resource issues B.C. faces.


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Movies with Katherine Monk



This week, Katherine Monk looks at Hyde Park and The Hobbit.

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Playlist for December 13th

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Rebecca, Josh Page and Doug Herbert (of CBC Kamloops), and Kathryn Marlow of Radio West, at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops.


4:00-4:30


Song: EmmyLou
Album: Lion's Roar
Artist: First Aid Kit

4:30-5:00


Song: Black Day In December
Album: Islands Disappear
Artist: Said The Whale

Song: Future
Album: Feel It Break
Artist: Austra

5:30-6:00

Song: I Feel It All
Album: The Reminder
Artist: Feist


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Right to Work and Union Disclosure Legislation

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Protesters gather on the state capitol grounds in Lansing, Michigan to protest against right-to-work legislation. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)
Earlier this week, Michigan became the 24th state in the U.S. to pass a so called "right-to-work" law. The legislation essentially puts an end to mandatory union dues in unionized workspaces. Also this week, Canadian MPs passed a bill which will force unions to disclose how they spend their dues. To find out what both issues will mean for unions, Rebecca spoke with Canadian Auto Workers economist Jim Stanford.


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Geminid meteor show peaks tonight

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Stargazers are in for a treat on Thursday night. The annual Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak, promising to be the most spectacular light show of the year. Rebecca found out more from Night Sky Guy Andrew Fazekas.

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Playlist for December 12

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Winter sky over Okanagan Lake.


5:30-6:00

Song: One Evening
Album: Let it Die
Artist: Feist

(Only one song today!)


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Is it time for lumber prices to rise?

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(File photo. Chuck Stoody/Canadian Press)


For years, the weak U.S. housing market and the pine beetle infestation wreaked havoc on B.C. lumber sales. But a new report from International Wood Markets Group says that could change. Its President, Russ Taylor, joined Rebecca to explain.


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The Dish: Quilas Restaurant

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Quilas Restaurant on Victoria Street in Kamloops

This week on the Dish, we meet Delmy Garay. She's the owner behind Quilas, a new Mexican restaurant in Kamloops. Rebecca sat down with Delmy to find out how this hard-working entrepreneur has become so successful.

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Outdoor Guy looks toward ski season

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Dave Quinn on the slopes in Kimberley (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

Radio West Outdoor Guy, Dave Quinn is excited about the ski season. He gave Rebecca a rundown of all the slopes in the region, and how to interpret the ski terminology.

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Playlist for December 11

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Kamloops musician Kris Ruston plays at our Food Bank show last Friday. (Tiffany Wong/CBC)


4:30-5:00

Song: Fairytale of New York
Album: If I Should Fall From Grace with God
Artist: Pogues

5:00-5:30

Song: Prairie Girl
Album: Poet's Dead
Artist: Rah Rah

5:30-6:00

Song: Graveyard
Album: Metals
Artist: Feist

Song: Limelight
Album: Moving Pictures
Artist: Rush

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The Classifieds: Stolen Santa

This week in the Classifieds, we meet Lynn Higgins of Kamloops. Here's her ad:

Santa Claus, plastic blow mold figure
About 3 feet high, from the 70's
Santa is with a dalmatian puppy
He has a white cord with a bulb inside the back of his body
Taken from front door of our house
Sentimental value more than dollar value

Here is Rebecca's conversation with Lynn:

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Playlist for December 10

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Indoor track at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, our home last Friday.


4:00-4:30

Song: All I Want For Christmas
Album: Love Actually soundtrack
Artist: Olivia Olson

4:30-5:00

Song: Bad Boys
Album: Tales From Lenny's Diner
Artist: Sabrina Weeks

5:00-5:30

Song: (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay
Album: The Dock of the Bay
Artist: Otis Redding

5:30-6:00

Song: When I Was a Young Girl
Album: Let it Die
Artist: Feist

Song: Carry Me Home
Album: A Cup of Kindness Yet
Artist: Hey Rosetta!

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Caravan Theatre Winter Show

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This year's winter show at the Caravan Farm Theatre imagines the history of Santa Claus. Rebecca spoke with co-writer Michael Rinaldi, to find out what exactly "Old Nick" is all about.

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Radio West Spotlight: Sabrina Weeks

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Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce (photo courtesy Sabrina Weeks)

This week we shine the Radio West spotlight on Sabrina Weeks. She and her band, Swing Cat Bounce, have been performing together for a few years. Here's Rebecca's conversation with Sabrina.

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Hello from Kamloops!

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As you know, we're broadcasting from Kamloops today for Food Bank Day. If you're in town, come down to the Tournament Capital Centre to say hello and watch the show. If not, please make sure to donate online or by calling 1-866-226-4642. 

We'll be back to normal on Monday, and will update the website then. 

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Playlist for December 6th

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CBC Kamloops, the Radio West studio for today

4:30-5:00

Song: Home for the Holidays
Album: This is Christmas
Artist: Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler

Song: In Came the Flood
Album: Hello Hum
Artist: Wintersleep

5:30-6:00


Song: She Won't Be Lonely Long
Album: Blue Plate Special
Artist: Prairie Oyster

Song: Change the Sheets
Album: Voyageur
Artist: Kathleen Edwards

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Canadian Whisky makes a comeback

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Photo courtesy Flickr, Lee Carson

Holiday parties are in full swing, and it's the perfect time to try out some great Canadian whiskies. Rebecca spoke with Davin de Kergommeaux to learn more. He's a whisky expert and the author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert.

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Construction industry looks for skilled workers

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The BC Construction Association expects to be short thousands of workers in the next few years. (iStock)

The BC Construction Association has been on an international recruitment drive. This week, it was in California, trying to coax workers to this province. Rebecca spoke with association president Manley McLachlan to learn more.

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Playlist for December 5

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A tumbleweed in downtown Kelowna.


4:30-5:00

Song: Position Obsolete
Album: (single)
Artist: Kris Ruston

5:00-5:30

Song: Toki's Theme
Album: Jazz Impressions of Japan
Artist: Dave Brubeck Quartet

5:30-6:00

Song: Heaven or Bust
Album: What is This Country
Artist: Prairie Oyster

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The Dish: DunnEnzies Pizza

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A couple of pizzas at DunnEnzies

This week on the Dish we feature DunnEnzies, a pizza shop in downtown Kelowna. Rebecca stopped by for a tour and met the owners.

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Deb Dunnigan and Karyn MacKenzie owners of DunnEnzies


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Food Bank Incentive Prizes - Wednesday

We have two incentive prizes available to the first person to pledge to their local food bank.

Prize #1: WildPlay Adventure Stay and Play package

You'll get two premium passes to the new WildPlay Element Park in Kelowna. Go for a Primal Swing, play in the tree tops or sail through the air on the zip lines. The package also includes a one-night stay at the Accent Inn in Kelowna.

This prize is available from March 15, 2013 to November 30, 2013 while the WildPlay park is open. Accommodations are subject to availability so please book at least one week in advance.

Donation value: $375

Donation prize offered as described, no exceptions or substitutions.

Prize #2: Cimo's Restaurant prize
(this prize has been claimed)

The winner will receive a $50 gift card to spend at Prince George's Cimo Mediterranean Grill, plus they will get to take home fresh pasta of their choice to feed four people for their next meal. (No restrictions)

Donation value: $50

Donation prize offered as described, no exceptions or substitutions.


How to get the prizes:

Be the first to call 1-855-222-5775, and leave a message saying you want to pledge $375 (for prize #1) or $50 (for prize #2) to your local food bank. We'll call you back to make payment arrangements, and to get you your prize.

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Playlist for December 4

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4:00-4:30

Song: Six White Boomers
Album: Christmas Crackers
Artist: Heebee-Jeebees

4:30-5:00


Song: Bells & Whistles
Album: Bells & Whistles
Artist: Steph MacPherson

5:00-5:30


Song: Northern Air
Album: Days Into Years
Artist: Elliott Brood

5:30-6:00

Song: Did You Fall in Love With Me
Album: Everybody Knows
Artist: Prairie Oyster

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Rebuilding in Burns Lake

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An aerial image shows the devastation of the Babine Forest Products sawmill in January (CBC).
Hampton Affiliates and its community partners announced today that the Babine Forest Products sawmill, which was destroyed in a deadly explosion and fire in January, will be rebuilt. Rebecca spoke with Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold, and Hampton CEO Steve Zika, to learn more.  

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Doug Lundquist's winter forecast

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Leanne Pelosi earlier this year at Blackcomb Mountain (Paul Morrison)

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist gives Rebecca the low-down on the winter to come.

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Wine Column: Fortified Wine

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This week, wine columnist Jeannette Montgomery gives us a lesson on fortified wine.

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Jeannette's Recommendation:
Black Sage Vineyard Pipe
Quail's Gate Tawny Non-Vintage

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Playlist for December 3

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Kelowna Rockets at work.


4:00-4:30

Song: Mass Romantic
Album: Mass Romantic
Artist: The New Pornographers

4:30-5:00


Song: Snow
Album: none
Artist: Joshua Smith

5:00-5:30

Song: Green Trees Red Hearts
Album: Our First Christmas (Light Organ Records compilation)
Artist: Nat Jay

5:30-6:00

Song: One Kiss
Album: One Kiss
Artist: Prairie Oyster

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Grand Forks romance author gets book deal

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Photo courtesy Dani Collins

She's an office worker by day, but for years Dani Collins has been squirreling away in her Grand Forks home office, writing romance novels. And after 20 years, it's finally paid off. Dani recently landed a two-book deal with Harlequin. Here's Rebecca's conversation with Dani.

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Radio West Spotlight: Joshua Smith

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Photo courtesy Joshua Smith

This week, we shine the Radio West Spotlight on Kelowna's Joshua Smith. Smith is from Halifax, but now calls the Okanagan home, after a stint in Nashville.

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