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Daybreak Alberta host Chris dela Torre speaks to writer, John Vaillant. His last two works of non-fiction, The Golden Spruce and The Tiger, turned him into a bestselling phenomenon. Now, the journalist has written his debut novel, The Jaguar's Children. The fictitious story takes on the very real issue of racial tensions at the Mexican-American border. 

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Chris also spoke to Beau Dixon, the playwright/performer behind Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story. The one-man stage show tells the story of the real-life Nova Scotia man who overcame racial tensions to help save himself and his fellow miners trapped underground in 1958. The play wrapped up its Alberta run as part of Calgary's High Performance Rodeo this weekend.

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PHOTO CREDIT: John Lehmann for Toque & Canoe / Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland


Travel expert Kim Gray of the blog Toque & Canoe reflects on her site's favourite posts in 2014. She also looks ahead to the hottest Canadian travel destinations in the year ahead.

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Home reno expert Jorge Rodrigues tells us about the growing trend of "smart homes", and why he forsees an explosion in their popularity in the next five years.

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