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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.


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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.






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Growing calls for the Speaker of the House to resign; New technology for monitoring diabetes care

There are calls for the Speaker of the House to resign, after he invited a Ukrainian war veteran to Parliament, who turns out to have been aligned with a Nazi war unit. Is Anthony Rota's apology enough? Next, new technology to monitor glucose for diabetes patients is now covered in BC. What difference will that make for you?


Ukrainian President in Ottawa; the Premier addresses Union of BC Municipalitles; Strange pets on our pet column

In our first half we hear more about Ukrainian Volodymyr Zenenskyy's address to the House of Commons in Ottawa. We'll also break down Premier David Eby's promises at the annual Union of BC Municipalities. Next, our pets column is back and we're asking about your more unusual pets. Your rabbits, your turtles, your odd snake. What are the challenges when caring for a unique pet?


India suspending visa applications in Canada; One-on-one about the courageous story of Harry and Valerie Jerome

India is suspending visa applications in Canada as the rift between the two countries grows wider. How does this affect British Columbians planning to travel to that country? Next, the courageous story of Harry and Valerie Jerome. They are much-celebrated for their impact on sports and track and field in Canada. But they also faced horrible racism along the way. Valerie tells us about the book she wrote about their story.


Country-wide protests around gender identity education in schools; Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Protests against gender identity education in schools are taking place across the country today. And they are facing counter protests supporting that education. We'll discuss what IS in the SOGI curriculum. Next, it is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. How can we empower people with dementia?


Prime Minister's "bombshell" statement linking India to killing of prominent Sikh Canadian

Explosive allegations by Canada's Prime Minister are reverberating around the world. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there is credible information the government of India was involved in the killing of a prominent B.C. Sikh leader. We will help you understand this story: its long and complex history, what it means to the Indian diaspora, and its impact on the future of Canada-India relations


Drug decriminalization amendment and federal government accuses India of being involved in murder of Canadian citizen

Today is the first day for an amendment to the province's decriminalization and safe supply pilot. We speak with CBC Vancouver Municipal Affairs reporter Justin McElroy about the "Decriminalization and Public Use" discussion at today's annual Union of B.C. Municipalities' convention and check in with Guy Felicella, Harm Reduction and Recovery Advocate, and Peer Clinical Advisor for the BC Centre on Substance Use. We also brought you breaking news from Ottawa where Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canadian national security have evidence that India was behind the assassination of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in Surrey, B.C.


Latest on B.C. wildfires; Vancouver expands density bylaw; Brian Minter Friday

Province ends wildfire-related state of emergency, but hundreds of fires are still burning across the province. And, Vancouver has expanded its housing density bylaw but critics say more needs to be done. Next, expert gardener Brian Minter takes your gardening questions.


Update on Libya; Vancouver's fee hikes; the role of music in our lives

The flooding in Libya has killed at least 5-thousand people, with the number expected to grow. We'll speak with a BC man who was born and raised in Derna. And, Vancouver city council hikes short term rental license fees nearly ten times, to one thousand dollars. Councillor Sarah Kirby Young joins us. And we'll end the show with music education. What difference has learning music made for you?


BC United MLA leaves the party; Surrey hospital opening delayed; how students with disabilities are excluded

Our Wednesday show begins with an interview with MLA Bruce Banman, who today crossed the floor from the BC United Party to the BC Conservatives. On the open line, we talk about the delayed opening of a new Surrey hospital, now pushed back another three years. We discuss what that means for patients. And in the second half of the show: a new report finds little improvement in addressing the exclusion of kids with complex care needs in schools. We hear your experiences, and discuss what's needed to provide a better learning environment.


Premier speaks out on Chinatown stabbings; new COVID-19 vaccine on the way

This past weekend's triple stabbing in Chinatown is drawing outrage from Premier David Eby. The man arrested had been on a day pass from a forensic psychiatric hospital. We'll hear how Eby and the opposition are tackling this incident and the issue of crime. And on our open line, we ask for your thoughts as the province caps rental increases at 3.5%.Is that too much, or too little, for you? We take your calls. And in the second half of our Tuesday show, Health Canada has approved the updated Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Two medical experts join us to answer your questions.


COVID-19 cases spike; Nelson resident in Morocco; Remembering Kuljeet Kaila; and how university students are facing the rising cost of living

As COVID-19 case numbers climb in B.C., we hear from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, on the precautions needed in the province. We also hear from a Nelson resident who arrived in Morocco just four hours before Friday's devastating earthquake. Then, we remember our dear friend and colleague, Kuljeet Kaila, who died from cancer on Sunday. Her brother, Kulvir spoke to us. And lastly, we discuss the rising cost of living for post-secondary students with the B.C. Federation of Students. Their chairperson, and their researcher, join us on our Monday program.


Canada adds more jobs but sees gaps in employment; taking your pet calls; and Beyoncé

Canada's labour market added 40-thousand jobs last month. But there are still gaps in employment. Next, our pets column is back, and today we get advice on how to find the best pet services. Plus, gearing up for the big Beyoncé concert in Vancouver.


Conservative Party convention begins today; Are kids sports becoming unaffordable?

The Conservative Party of Canada is leading big in the polls and today, they meet in Quebec for a convention to discuss policies. What do you think of the party's lead? Next, we hear Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem take questions from reporters. Finally, we talk all about kids sports, and whether they're becoming unaffordable.


The Bank of Canada holds key interest rates; How do you manage day-to-day stress?

No increase to the Bank of Canada's key interest rate today. It's some relief for mortgage holders, but is it enough? Next, we go to the Shuswap where residents are starting their slow return after wildfires tore through the area. Finally, it's back-to-school and back-to-work...how do you manage daily stress?


Back-to-school anxiety; Managing AI in schools

First, it's the first day back at school for kids across the province. We'll talk about back-to-school anxieties and about some districts still impacted by wildfire evacuation orders. Next, does artificial intelligence belong in the classroom? How can students and teachers navigate AI?


Premier calls for halt to interest-rate hikes; your fall gardening questions

Premier David Eby says he needs to speak out on issues that affect British Columbians, and that's why he's written an open letter to the Bank of Canada, urging it to recognize the impact of interest rate hikes, and to hold off. It's prompted a debate about whether he was correct to try to influence the Bank of Canada's rate hike decision next week. And in the second half of our show, fall means renewal and it's time for our gardens to undergo a refresh. Brian Minter joins us with some tips, and to take your questions.


Why British Columbians are home-sharing; what to know about beekeeping

Today is Overdose Awareness Day. And as British Columbians mourn the loss of more than 1,400 deaths since January, we'll hear from some people about their fight to survive. And on the open line, a new poll suggests co-ownership is growing as Canadians try to overcome high housing prices. We find out about the benefits, and the pitfalls? And later in the show, we learn about the joy, the art, and the science of beekeeping.


Flood warnings in southeastern B.C.; Back-to-school costs; Foraging

In our first half, wildfire season is still going but now there are warnings of possible flooding in the southeast. And, adding up the costs of back to school shopping. Next, to forage for edible and nutritious plants you may not actually have to go very far...


North Shuswap update; Drake concert unexpectedly cancelled; B.C. teacher shortage

We'll hear from the regional district for the North Shuswap about the difficult road ahead after significant loss of structures. And, fans of Drake had to "just hold on, and go home" last night after his concert was cancelled at the last minute. Next, with back to school right around the corner, how big a problem is the teacher shortage in BC?


Latest on wildfires in B.C.; What are your mortgage questions?

We bring you the latest on the wildfire situation across the province, and talk about what the road ahead looks like for communities in the Central Okanagan and Shuswap. Next, we're joined by a mortgage specialist to talk about how you can manage your money.