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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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Vancouver, BC

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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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@bcalmanac

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English

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B.C. Almanac, Box 4600 Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4A2 (604) 669-3733


Episodes
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Rural ER closures | North Shore Rescue docu-series

5/28/2024
The emergency department at Chetwynd Hospital has closed again, due to what Northern Health describes as "ongoing physician coverage challenges". Many other rural emergency rooms in B.C. have faced similar closures in recent years. Dr. Gord McInnis, emergency doctor and president of the Section of Emergency Medicine of Doctors of B.C. joined us and took your calls. And, Season 2 of a documentary series showcasing the work of the North Shore Rescue team premieres tonight on the Knowledge Network. Mike Danks, North Shore Rescue Team Leader, and Behzad Saffari, North Shore Rescue team member.

Duration:00:52:44

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Fort Nelson residents return home | Pattullo Bridge, Broadway Subway transport projects delayed

5/27/2024
Fort Nelson, B.C., residents return home as evacuation order is lifted. We hear from returning evacuees, and the region's mayor, Rob Fraser. And, the completion dates for the Broadway Subway and Pattullo Bridge projects have both been delayed for another year. Our guest Neil Wyles, Mount Pleasant BIA executive director, discusses the latest information and relays how the Broadway Subway project delay impacts residents and businesses.

Duration:00:52:46

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B.C. United and Conservatives Call It Off | Hackers release stolen London Drugs data | Brian Minter's gardening advice

5/24/2024
- We start with breaking news as B.C. United leader Kevin Falcon says talks between his party and the B.C. Conservatives over avoiding vote splitting in October's provincial election have broken down. The CBC's Meera Bains joins us with details. Hackers have released corporate data stolen from London Drugs during last month's cyberattack. Guests were Mike Larsen, President, BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and Roger Gale, program head of the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program at BCIT. And, Brian Minter answers your B.C. gardening questions.

Duration:00:52:48

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Do our communities need more schools? | CBC News BC launches | Spot prawn season

5/23/2024
As the province announces new prefabricated classrooms for Surrey schools, we discuss school spaces throughout the province with B.C. School Trustees Association representative and Surrey School Trustee Bob Holmes. A new 24/7 news service launches today for British Columbians called CBC News BC. We explain what's on the channel, which is available on the video tab on the CBC News app. You can find more details here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/community/cbc-news-bc-1.7131771 And a culinary highlight on the B.C. calendar, spot prawn season, is underway. We hear about a festival taking place this weekend in Vancouver with our guest Chef Bobby Milheron.

Duration:00:52:47

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London Drugs ransomware attack | AI, ethics and Scarlett Johansson's voice

5/22/2024
Retailer London Drugs has confirmed that criminals demanded a ransom for data taken in a cyberattack that caused its stores to shut for a week. Our guest is Michael Harvey, Information and Privacy Commissioner of B.C. And, Scarlett Johansson is pushing back against OpenAI for using an AI-generated voice that sounds "eerily similar" to hers. We speak to Wendy Wong, Professor Political Science, UBC Okanagan.

Duration:00:52:47

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Road to Recovery: What kind of support do families of people with addiction need?

5/21/2024
We continue our Road to Recovery series by looking at the support that's available for families of people with addiction--and what's needed. Our panel is: Lisa Grant, Families for Addiction Recovery peer support; Stephen Hall, Together We Can family group facilitator; Nichola Hall, From Grief to Action co-founder If you need assistance, here are some service providers in B.C. who can help: - Families for Addiction Recovery: farcanada.org or call 855-377-6677 - Together We Can offers a free education and support program for families of people with addiction: twcRecoveryLife.org. - Parents Forever organizes support meetings for parents (and other family members) who have adult children struggling with addiction. Find more information at parentsforever.ca. - Nar-Anon offers a 12-step program for families and friends of people with addiction: naranonbc.com. -B.C. Centre on Substance Use's family supports guide: https://www.bccsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Coping-Kit.pdf For a full directory of services across B.C., call 211 or visit bc.211.ca.

Duration:00:52:47

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Canucks take series lead vs. Oilers | Staying active this spring | Wildfire update

5/17/2024
The Canucks have a 3-2 series lead over the Edmonton Oilers after winning Game 5 in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Eric Savics, Latvian honourary consul to B.C., shares how Latvians are celebrating Canuck goalie Arturs Solivs, and fans share where they were for J.T. Millers' game-winning goal, and their predictions for Game 6 on Saturday. Heading into the Victoria Day long weekend, many people across B.C. plan to head outdoors. Our guests Shaun Stephens-Whale, elite runner and tower climber, and, Kate Lee, Coordinator All Bodies Community Exercise and Fitness, discuss motivation and tips for staying active.

Duration:00:52:34

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Mental health toll on wildfire evacuees | Camping safely during fire season

5/16/2024
As thousands of people remain on wildfire-related evacuation orders in northeastern B.C., guest David Hutton, Provincial Health Services Authority director, Provincial Psychosocial Services to learn more about the mental health impact of being forced out of your home. And, ahead of the long weekend, Whistler has enacted a campfire ban in the community. We hear from Thomas Doherty, the municipality's fire chief and ask viewers if the threat of wildfires is affecting their camping plans this summer.

Duration:00:52:47

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Should B.C. United and B.C. Conservatives merge? | Child care in schools

5/15/2024
As the leaders of B.C. United and the B.C. Conservatives are pressed on the potential of merging the two parties, we take a look at the latest polling data with Beyond the Ballot CEO Rachael Segal, and ask viewers if they think co-operation between them is a good idea. Then, the province has announced a pilot child-care program, including before and after school care, at elementary schools in three school districts. UBC sociology professor Sylvia Fuller talks about the current options and the existing gaps.

Duration:00:52:47

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Wildfire supports in B.C. communities | Alice Munro dies at age 92

5/14/2024
We bring you the latest on the B.C. wildfires, as conditions improve for crews battling the growing Parker Lake fire near Fort Nelson. Our guests Robin Cox, Professor, disaster management and response, Royal Roads University, and James Whitehead, engagement analyst on mitigating wildfire, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue discuss emergency preparedness, while our audience share the resources their community needs this season. And, we remember Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro, who has died at age 92. We discuss her B.C. past and legacy with Justina Elias, head of fiction at Munro's Books in Victoria.

Duration:00:52:47

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Fort Nelson wildfire latest: More evacuations ordered as fire closes in

5/13/2024
We get the latest details from CBC News reporter Yvette Brend, Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and Dawson Creek mayor Darcy Dober as the Parker Lake wildfire continues to approach Fort Nelson, B.C. Officials warn of an "extremely challenging" 48 hours ahead — and the possibility of "volatile" fire behaviour.

Duration:00:52:48

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Celebrating mom humour | Gardening tips with Brian Minter

5/10/2024
There's no shortage of funny movies about motherhood, or mom memes on social media. We meet funny moms Kara "mediocremom76" https://www.instagram.com/mediocremom76/ and CBC Vancouver's Charis Hogg and hear your funny mom stories. Our gardening columnist Brian Minter joins us to share more gardening advice..

Duration:00:52:47

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BC Today, May 9: Canucks fever grows after wild comeback win | The dangers of microplastics

5/9/2024
- After Wednesday's dramatic comeback win for the Vancouver Canucks against the Edmonton Oilers, we speak to local fans and ask viewers to share how they're celebrating the team's run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. - A new documentary on the dangers of microplastics gets its Canadian premiere in Vancouver this week. We speak to the filmmaker and ask viewers to share how they're reducing their use of plastics.

Duration:00:52:45

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$110 ICBC rebate and no change to rates | Inspiring stories of youth in B.C.

5/8/2024
B.C. drivers will receive a $110 rebate from ICBC and the insurer says basic rates will remain unchanged until March 2026. We ask viewers for their thoughts on today's announcement and how ICBC is being managed. It's B.C. Youth Week, which celebrates the accomplishments of young people across the province. We hear from Zac Weinberg, ZacPac founder, and Parker Morrison, I-SEA's 2023 climate activism award recipient, making a positive impact in their communities and ask viewers to tell us about young people who inspire them.

Duration:00:52:48

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Feds approve B.C. ban on public drug use | Stigma's role in addiction recovery

5/7/2024
We get the latest as the federal government grants B.C.'s request to recriminalize illicit drug use in public spaces. The Road to Recovery series continues with a look at stigma. We discuss the current political debate on stigma and drug use with our panel Chapman Shaw, Trinity House board member; Nicole Mucci, Union Gospel Mission communications manager; and Bob Hughes, ASK Recovery Centre, executive officer.

Duration:00:52:47

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Alcohol at the beach: Votes in Vancouver, Kelowna | Pains and joys of immigrating

5/6/2024
The Vancouver Park Board and Kelowna City Council both are discussing an expansion of rules allowing alcohol at beaches. Vancouver Park Board commissioner Tom Digby joins us, and our listeners weigh in on the debate. Author Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio discusses "Reuniting with Strangers", her newly published novel exploring a family's emotional adjustment as they immigrate to Canada. W

Duration:00:52:47

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Police made arrests in killing of B.C.Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar

5/3/2024
We bring you the latest on today's announcement of first-degree murder and conspiracy charges made in the murder of Surrey's Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Our guests are Reeta Tremblay, University of Victoria political science professor emeritus, and Stewart Prest, lecturer in political science at UBC.

Duration:00:52:48

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Kamloops church fire | Loblaws boycott | Stories from Chinese restaurants

5/2/2024
CBC reporter Doug Hebert brings us a live update from Kamloops, where a fire broke out at the historic St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church building this morning.Then we discuss the month-long Loblaws boycott, food security and food systems with guest Kent Mullinix, director of sustainable agriculture and food security at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. And Cheuk Kwan, author of 'Have You eaten Yet? Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World,' joins us to share stories from the people he's met on his travels.

Duration:00:52:47

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B.C.'s new short term rental laws come into effect

5/1/2024
We're joined by B.C. Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon to discuss the province's new short-term housing laws that came into effect today. And, CBC News reporter Chad Pawson discusses how the laws are meant to work, and what the challenges to enforcement might be.

Duration:00:52:47

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The Road to Recovery: First Steps

4/30/2024
We begin this 4-part series with an interview with harm reduction and recovery advocate Guy Felicella. He tells host Michelle Eliot about his personal story of recovery. Then our panel discusses how barriers to care can be removed with Nicole Mucci, Union Gospel Mission's communications manager; Chapman Shaw, board member with Trinity House; and Bob Hughes, ASK Wellness' executive director.

Duration:00:52:40