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BC Today

BC Today is where British Columbians connect on issues facing their lives and their community. Every week day at noon PT and 1pm MT, BC Today host Michelle Eliot delves into the top story for the province in a vibrant, interactive hour of conversation, in which listeners are invited to have their say on the open line and on social media.

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Election issues. Strategic voting.

CBC's Parliament Hill Bureau senior writer Kathleen Harris discusses the big issues during this federal election. University of Northern British Columbia political science professor Gary Wilson discusses strategic voting and minority governments.

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Ready for an earthquake? Gardener Brian Minter.

Natural Resources Canada seismologist Alison Bird talks about preparing for earthquakes, and what to do when they strike. Master Gardener Brian Minter, owner of Minter Country Garden in Chilliwack, answers your questions.

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Political misinformation on social media during the federal election.

Research Co. president Mario Canseco and Royal Roads University interdisciplinary studies associate professor Jaigris Hodson discuss political misinformation on social media during the federal election.

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Energy and environment policy in the federal election. Thanksgiving recipes and cooking tips.

SFU political science professor Sanjay Jeram discusses energy and environment policy in the federal election campaign. Chef David Robertson shares tips and answers questions about cooking for Thanksgiving.

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World Mental Health Day. Canning and preserving food.

Canadian Mental Health Association senior director Kendra Milne discusses access to mental health services. Samara Sonmor of Food Action North Okanagan discusses canning and preserving local food through the winter.

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Party platforms during the federal election. The etiquette of bailing, of cancelling at the last minute.

CBC parliamentary bureau reporter John Paul Tasker discusses the major parties' platforms during the federal election campaign. Etiquette coach Konrad Philip discusses the recent phenomenon of people cancelling social plans at the last minute.

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Federal leaders' English debate reaction. Auto mechanic Sam Tremblay.

University of Victoria public administration professor Kimberly Speers discusses yesterday's federal leaders' English-language debate. Tremblay Motors owner and mechanic Sam Tremblay answers your question.

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Federal leaders' English debate.

Andrew Weaver announces plans to resign as leader of the BC Greens. President of polling company Research Co. Mario Canseco discusses the upcoming federal leaders' English debate, featuring the leaders of six federal parties.

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Accusations of hypocrisy during the election. Gardener Brian Minter.

Simon Fraser University political science lecturer Stewart Prest discusses accusations of hypocrisy during the federal election. Minter Country Garden owner Master Gardener Brian Minter answers your questions.

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Primary health care as an election issue. Burnout and depression.

University of British Columbia's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research's Sabrina Wong and family physician Dr. Rita McCracken discuss primary health care. Psychiatrist Dr. Diane McIntosh discusses burnout and depression.

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Affordability as a federal election issue.

Generation Squeeze founder Paul Kershaw, CARP White Rock-Surrey chapter president Ramona Kaptyn and University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business associate professor Werner Antweiler discuss the broader political issue of affordability.

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Red meat, vegans and vegetarians. Disability laws and barriers.

Dalhousie University's Sylvain Charlebois and registered dietician Desiree Nielsen discuss the health effects of eating red meat, and going vegetarian or vegan. York University's David Lepofsky and Spinal Cord Injury B.C.'s Jocelyn Maffin discuss disability laws and barriers.

Download Red meat, vegans and vegetarians. Disability laws and barriers.
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Orange Shirt Day, Active aging week

CBC Indigenous Junior J-School coordinator Wawmeesh Hamilton and Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad talk about the lingering trauma of residential schools and how to move forward with reconciliation. Colin Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, discusses active aging week.

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Climate strike, small businesses and carbon emissions

Karen Tam Wu of the Pembina Institute discusses the growth of the climate strikes and Climate Smart's Christine VanDerwill explains how small businesses can transition to a greener workflow.

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Social isolation

Dara Parker of the Vancouver Foundation and Hilary Henegar of Hoovie talk about combating social isolation, the art of conversation and the Vancouver Foundation's 'On the Table' initiative.

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Forestry economy. Climate and the election

UBC Forestry faculty Harry Nelson on the economic implications of B.C.'s forestry industry slowdown. Kathryn Harrison a political science professor at UBC discusses the climate issues that will impact the federal election.

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Forestry workers. Handgun ban.

Port McNeill's Gaby Wickstrom and B.C. parliamentary secretary Ravi Kahlon discuss support for forestry workers. Queen's University's Christian Leuprecht and Danforth Families for Safe Communities's Ken Price discuss calls for a Canadian handgun ban.

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Key election issues. Sleep science.

UBC political science professor Gerald Baier discusses the key issues that have emerged so far in the federal election. Canadian Sleep Society president Dr. Charles Samuels discusses the science of sleep and its effects on health.

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Global climate strike. Gardener Brian Minter.

Sustainabiliteen organizer Rebecca Hamilton and Clean Energy Canada executive director Merran Smith discuss the global climate strike. Minter Country Garden owner Brian Minter answers your questions.

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Brownface, blackface and Justin Trudeau.

Langara College sociology professor Indira Prahst and University of British Columbia's Social Justice Institute education professor Annette Henry talk about brownface and blackface, in light of images of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in brownface.

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Vaping-related illness. Racism in schools.

B.C. Lung Association's Dr. Menn Biagtan and University of British Columbia's Dr. Chris Carlsten discuss vaping and related illness. Radio-Canada's Mugoli Samba and diversity and inclusion consultant Cicely Blain discuss racism in B.C. schools.

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Safety and maintenance of roads around B.C.'s smaller communities

Peace River Regional District's Rural Roads Task Force chair Karen Goodings helps us field comments from listeners about the safety and maintenance of roads around B.C.'s smaller communities.

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Road safety. DIY electronic repairs.

Shabnem Afzal of the Canadian Association of Road Safety professionals discusses forest road safety and the increased need for safety awareness in the Fall. Kady Wong and Riley Shaw of Repair Matters talk DIY electronics repair and electronic waste reduction.

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Energy and environmental policy in the federal election. Fall books.

UBC political scientist Richard Johnston discusses Canadians' opinions on energy and environmental policy in the federal election. CBC Books producer Ryan B. Patrick and author Chelene Knight discuss fall reading recommendations.

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B.C.'s speculation and vacancy tax. Amazon in Canada.

University of British Columbia economist Tom Davidoff and Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch discuss B.C.'s speculation and vacancy tax. Work Smarter with Social Media author Alexandra Samuel discusses Amazon, and its growing reach and impact in Canada.

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Federal election underway.

Research Co. president Mario Canseco and Simon Fraser University senior political science lecturer Sanjay Jeram discuss Canada's 43rd federal election, and react to comments and questions from listeners.

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Daylight Saving Time. Safe opioid supply.

B.C. Jobs and Trade Minister Bruce Ralston and University of Calgary's Blake Shaffer discuss whether B.C. should switch to permanent Daylight Saving Time. University of British Columbia's Dr. Mark Tyndall discusses the call for a safe opioid supply.

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The place of opinion pieces in news. Packing a healthy lunch.

How much do you read opinion pieces? An op-ed published by a Calgary instructor in two Vancouver newspapers is being widely condemned for saying Canada would be better off without ethnic diversity. Then, what's your healthy lunch strategy?

Download The place of opinion pieces in news. Packing a healthy lunch.
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Drug addiction and overdoses. Canada's Bianca Andreescu in the U.S. Open final.

B.C. Provincial Health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry discusses drug addiction and overdoses and what can be done in B.C. Tennis British Columbia's Mark Roberts and Khristina Blajkevitch discuss Bianca Andreescu's historic performance at the U.S. Open.

Download Drug addiction and overdoses. Canada's Bianca Andreescu in the U.S. Open final.
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Ride-hailing politics. Gardener Brian Minter.

Simon Fraser University political science lecturer Stewart Prest and Simon Fraser University associate professor of economics Hendrik Wolff discuss ride-hailing and politics. Minter Gardens Master Gardener Brian Minter answers your questions.

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Sawmill closures. Post-secondary pressures.

B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson, ERA Forest Products Research's Kevin Mason and B.C. Council of Forest Industries' Susan Yurkovich discuss sawmill closures. Options Solutions' Melinda Giampietro talks about the transition after high school.

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Back-to-school routines. Children's screen time.

Registered psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe offers advice to help children and parents ease into their school routines. Angus Reid Institute executive director Shachi Kurl discusses her latest poll on screen time and children.

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Gas-price report. Late-summer barbecue.

En-Pro International's Roger McKnight and economist Marc Eliesen react to the BCUC's gas-price report. Big Day Barbecue's Rhys Amber, Chicha Peruvian restaurant's Shelome Bouvette, and Serbian Days Vancouver's Sasha Mirkovic discuss barbecue.

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Vaccinating students. Fires in the Amazon.

The University of Alberta's Tim Caulfield discusses British Columbia's approach to ensuring almost all students are vaccinated. The University of B.C.'s Kai Chan and UBC Museum of Anthropology's Nuno Porto discuss Canada and the Amazon forest fires.

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Delayed and cancelled flights. Air travel and climate change. Making the most of the last days of summer.

Air Passenger Rights' Gabor Lukacs on passengers' rights. David Suzuki Foundation's Tom Green on air travel and climate change. VancouverMom.ca's Christine Pilkington and Tourism Vancouver Island's Heather McEachen on how to make the most of summer.

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Oklahoma's opioid ruling and B.C. Adjusting to campus life.

Class-action lawyer Reidar Mogerman, B.C. Centre for Substance Use's Dr. Keith Ahamad and Moms Stop the Harm's Petra Schulz talk about what Oklahoma's Johnson & Johnson ruling. Simon Fraser University's Tracey Mason-Innes discusses campus life.

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No to mass immigration billboard. Back to school sleep schedules.

Say NO to mass immigration. That was the slogan emblazoned across a billboard at the foot of Knight street in Vancouver. The ad is one of several that have appeared in Canadian cities, promoting the People's Party of Canada's controversial stance on immigration. What do you think of the removal of the billboards? Then, the school year is almost upon us ... How are you getting your child ready for the new sleep schedule?

Download No to mass immigration billboard. Back to school sleep schedules.
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Competing policing models. Gardener Brian Minter.

Simon Fraser University criminology Prof. Rob Gordon discusses municipal police forces, the RCMP and regional policing. Minter Gardens Master Gardener Brian Minter answers your questions.

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Homeless campers in parks. Wasps and other pests.

Pivot Legal Society staff lawyer Anna Cooper and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association CEO Charles Gauthier discuss homeless campers in parks. Royal British Columbia Museum entomology collections manager discusses wasps and other pests.

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B.C. teachers in mediated negotiations. Call for seal, sea lion hunt.

B.C. Teachers' Federation's Teri Mooring, UBC's Jason Ellis and Charles Ungerleider discuss teacher negotiations. Pacific Balance Marine Management's Chief Roy Jones Jr., UBC's Carl Walters and the David Suzuki Foundation Scott Wallace discuss hunting seals and sea lions.

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PTB's ride-hailing rules. Student finances.

University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business's Garland Chow and University of Toronto's Shauna Brail discuss ride-hailing and the Passenger Transportation Board. BlueShore Financial's Scott Evans discusses students' financial challenges.

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Missing persons scenarios. Climate change as a political issue ahead of federal election.

Have you been in a situation where a loved one went missing?It was a sigh of relief so loud you could hear it across the province. 4-year-old George Hazard-Benoit was lost in the wilderness overnight. Search and rescue efforts were taking place for hours and hours each day. And late last night -- he was found. We discuss that situation and similar ones with search and rescue expert Mike Danks. Then, we discuss whether climate change is a partisan issue ahead of the federal election.

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Living in motor vehicles. PNE memories.

Together Against Poverty Society's Doug King and Central Okanagan Journey Home Society's Kyleen Myrah discuss homelessness and people who live in motor vehicles. Pacific National Exhibition: 100 Years of Fun author Beverly Cramp helps us share PNE memories.

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Ethics and politics. Woodstock music.

Integrity BC's Dermod Travis and Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business's Mark Wexler talk about ethics in politics after the ethics commissioner's SNC-Lavalin report. Music reporter Lisa Christiansen reflects on the music of Woodstock.

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Ethics commissioner's SNC-Lavalin report. Outdoor adventures with children.

Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher and Research Co. president Mario Canseco discuss the PM and the ethics commissioner's SNC-Lavalin report. Outward Bound Canada wilderness instructor Jim Flom shares ideas for outdoor adventures with children.

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Canada and the Hong Kong protests. Intergenerational living.

Fairchild Radio's Kenneth Ho and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's Hugh Stephens discuss protests in Hong Kong and what Canada should do. i2i Intergenerational Society's Sharon Mackenzie talk about intergenerational living for affordability..

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Social media and desensitization, Invasive plant species

Merlyn Horton of SafeOnline Education discusses how social media can desensitize young people to extreme content. The Invasive Species Council of B.C.'s Gail Wallin explains how to control invasive plant species like Japanese knotweed.

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Travel to dangerous places. Gardener Brian Minter.

Personal Travel Management's Lisa Derby, the CBC's Jon Hernandez and MSF Doctors Without Borders' Craig Kenzie discuss travel to dangerous places in the world. Minter Gardens' Brian Minter answers your question.

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Climate change and land use. Back-to-school technology.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Climate Change and Land's Werner Kurz and World Wildlife Fund-Canada's James Snider on climate change and land use. Tech writer and speaker Alexandra Samuel on back-to-school technology.

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Manhunt ends. Green renewable energy plan. Fruit and vegetable preserves.

CBC's Yvette Brend, former RCMP officer Kim Watt-Senner, Gillam's Dwayne Foreman and Jane MacLatchy on the hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod. UBC's Kathryn Harrison and SFU's Mark Jaccard on the Green Party's plan for renewable energy and Canadian fossil fuel jobs. The Preservatory's Lee Murphy and Fruit Tree Project's Tim Fryatt on preserves.

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How to stay cool. Summer renovations.

Environment Canada's Matt MacDonald, University of British Columbia's Karen Bartlett and Lytton Chamber of Commerce's Bernie Fandrich discusses hot weather and how to stay cool. JBS Home Improvement's Morgen Jensen discusses summer home renovations.

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Hiking advice. Craft beer.

B.C. Mountaineering Club president Chris Ludwig and Fjallraven manager Matt Armstrong talk about hiking experiences. BC Craft Brewers Guild executive director Ken Beattie and Growler editor Rob Mangelsdorf discuss craft beer.

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Credit card debt. Summer reading.

Credit Counselling Society CEO Scott Hannah discusses credit card debt in light of Quebec setting minimum credit card payments. CBC Books web content editor Dionne Codrington discusses various picks for summertime reading.

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Finding senior care. Bear conflicts.

BC Care Providers Association CEO Daniel Fontaine talks about Route 65, and finding the right senior care. WildSafeBC provincial coordinator Vanessa Isnardy and Coquitlam urban wildlife coordinator Julie Kanya discuss handling conflicts with bears.

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Capital One data breach. Beyond Meat.

Ecole Polytechnique's Jose Fernandez discusses cybersecurity at Canadian institutions after the Capital One data breach. Dietitian Rosie Schwartz and University of British Columbia's Zia Mehrabi how people choice between meat and plant-based diets.

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Climate change and the upcoming election. Gardening tips with master gardener Brian Minter.

A report released this week by the provincial government points to the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change over the next few decades. Given the urgency being raised, how do you want climate change to figure in the upcoming federal election? Then, summer gardening questions answered by master gardener Brian Minter.

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Uber in rural areas. Car questions and answers.

Are you considering getting your Class 4 lisence? Uber says it may not operate outside of Metro Vancouver if it can't get enough qualified drivers in B-C's more rural areas. Regulations set by the B.C. government call for all would-be ride-hailing drivers to hold a Class 4 licence. We explore the issue. Then, are you hitting the road this summer? Are you buying a used car? We answer car-related questions with motor vehicle expert Sam Tremblay.

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Writing wills in B.C. Tourism in your backyard.

The case of four sisters who successfully challenged their parents' unfair will is something that could only happen in B.C.What questions do you have about writing wills? Have you ever encountered a problem with a will? Then, what are fond memories you have from exploring your own part of the province? We discuss B.C. tourism.

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Missing teens now murder suspects in B.C.'s north. Drowning prevention training. Representation in film.

Police believe 19-year old Kam McLeod and18-year old Bryer Schmegelsky have left the province and are now considered suspects in a murder case. National Drowning Prevention Week is upon us. Canadian Actor Simu Liu, from Kim's Convenience, is set to play Shang-Chi, a new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We discuss with two film industry experts.

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The danger facing B.C.'s resident killer whales. What's your favourite podcast?

Why should we care about what's happening with the southern resident killer whale? What would it mean if we lost them? Some of the oldest residents of British Columbia's coasts are in peril. We discuss with orca expert Kenneth Balcomb. Then, we discuss favourite podcasts with Melody Ma, co-founder of Podyssey Podcasts and Chapter Lead for the monthly Vancouver Podcast Brunch Club.

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