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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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COP28 begins in Dubai; Exploring slang words

COP28 begins today in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, we get perspectives from Mary Stuart, organizer, Climate Justice Victoria whose group installed a massive ice sculpture in front of the B.C. legislature today to bring attention to our province's role in climate change. We spoke with a former European Union diplomat and climate policy advisor Radoslav Dimitrov, about his views. He's now a political science professor at Simon Fraser University. Merriam Webster's Word of the Year is "authentic", and in second place is the slang term "Rizz". North by Northwest's Word Guy Jonathan Berkowitz joins us to discuss slang terms in all their glory. And, we hear your low to no-sugar recipes e-mailed to us from yesterday's show.


One year since 'snowmageddon' hit Metro Vancouver; Sugar free baking; Vancouver International Black Film Festival

It's been a year since a brutal snow storm hit Metro Vancouver and caused traffic to grind to a halt overnight. People's 30 minute commutes turned into a 12 hour ordeal. We'll hear ideas on how to prevent this in the future. Next, a strike at Rogers Sugar refinery has some turning to alternative baking methods. Finally, Vancouver International Black Film Festival begins this week.


Officials urge parents to educate kids on online risks; How to protect yourself from rental scams

After the tragic death of a 12-year-old boy in Prince George, police are urging parents to talk to their children about online risks. We hear from experts about the potential red flags online. Next, How to protect yourself from rental scams.


What's your holiday spending limit; New nation-wide mental health crisis line launches later this week

First, we hear about a dangerous situation around a wolf-dog on Vancouver Island. Next, it's Cyber Monday and the height of holiday shopping. What's your spending limit, and how can people budget when everything seems so expensive? In our second half, a new, 988 mental health crisis hotline launches across Canada.


Opinions are divided over a bill that would limit city jurisdiction on homeless encampments; Minter Friday

B.C. is looking to push forward legislation that would limit how municipalities can respond to homeless encampments. But cities and advocates have issues with the bill. Next, expert gardener Brian Minter takes your gardening questions.


Surrey schools considering creative solutions to ovecrowding; Thrifty Christmas shopping

Surrey schools are facing a major overcrowding problem. Parents, students, and teachers are being asked to consider creative solutions like hybrid work and different school hours. Next, the holiday season is coming up, and we talk about thrift shopping for yourself and loved ones.


B.C. Labour Minister tables legislation to protect gig workers; Ottawa plans to bring relief for mortgage holders

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains has tabled legislation to protect gig workers, we ask him what he's pushing for. Next, the federal government says it plans to bring relief to mortgage holders, and soften the blow of rising interest rates.


Canada's inflation rate has cooled - but not by much; What's missing in B.C. to support those going through grief?

Canada's inflation rate has cooled, but the cost of living remains high. We're asking how inflation and affordability are affecting you. Next, a new report highlights what supports are needed for people going through grief.


Ottawa is promising to do more on the housing crisis, including billions for affordable units

First we hear from Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke who isn't backing down on the policing issue. Next, a full hour on affordable housing, and what you want from the federal government.


Surrey police transition debate and fostering pets

B.C.'s Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has suspended the Surrey Police Board, and appointed former Abbotsford chief constable Mike Serr as the administrator. We speak with Minister Farnworth, and with Peter German, the lawyer retained by the City of Surrey who leads the B.C. Supreme Court petition questioning the province's jurisdiction in the transition. In our second half, we discuss fostering with our guest is Lindsay Baker, B.C. SPCA's senior manager of volunteer resources, and your calls.


Debating density in established neighbourhoods; new documentary "Keepers of the Land"

After Vancouver city council voted against a motion brought forward by OneCity's Christine Boyle for city staff to explore policies that would increase density in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood, we hear from A.B.C. councillor Rebecca Bligh who voted against it. Then we discussed the larger issue of how to combat the affordable housing crisis with the challenges of rezoning "tony" neighbourhoods with Thom Armstrong, CEO, Co-op Housing Federation BC, and Jens von Bergmann, Data Scientist, Mountain Math, and co-author of the C.M.H.C.'s "Metro Vancouver Zoning Project". In our last segment we speak with Chief Douglas Neasloss, elected Chief councillor of Kitasoo Xai'xais Nation, and co-director/producer of the Keepers of the Land documentary screening at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.


Vernon's last walk-in clinic closes; Victoria MP leads change in federal bill on coercive control; B.C. tourism's hidden gems

Paul Adams CBC Reporter Brady Strachan brings us the latest on the closure of the Sterling Centre Walk-In Clinic, Vernon's last walk-in clinic today. We discuss the issue with Paul Adams, Executive Director BC Rural Health Network, and Kath Kitts, Communications Officer, BC Nurses' Union. In our second half, we check in with Victoria NDP MP Laurel Collins, who has introduced a private members' bill in Parliament to amend the Criminal Code to include controlling and coercive conduct. Then, we talk with Vancouver Island University professor of recreation and tourism Jenn Houtby-Ferguson about the internet hoopla over New Westminster being chosen as a prize destination on The Price is Right. She gives us her tips on New Westminster and other destinations in B.C. to visit, and we get your recommendations as well.


Missing high-risk offender arrested; A look at B.C.'s nursing shortage

Our Tuesday show opens with the news that high-risk offender Randall Hopley has been arrested by Vancouver police. We discuss the circumstances that led to the 10-day search for him, and invite listeners to ask their questions about B.C.'s correctional system. In our second half, we examine Canada's practice of recruiting nurses from overseas, and the impact that has other jurisdictions.


Carbon tax politics and social media finds hidden CBC gem

Debate over the federal carbon tax has come to B.C. We hear from BC United MLA Dan Davies, Peace River North, Rural and Social Development Critic whose party wants to cut the tax. We also hear from U.B.C. Professor of Political Science Kathryn Harrison who specializes in climate and environmental politics. In our second half we meet 90-year-old internet sensation Kathy Brady, a retired dietician whose 1957 CBC video on making pizzas has gone viral (https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1402818181). She is accompanied by her daughter-in-law Debbie Butt who found the video on social media.


Marking Remembrance Day; Minter Friday

Tomorrow is November 11th, Remembrance Day. We ask who you wear a poppy for, and talk about supports veterans need today. Next, Gardening Expert Brian Minter takes your questions.


Human Rights Commissioner Speaks Out; Intimate Partner Violence and Keira's Law

With hate incidents on the rise during the Israeli-Hamas war, B.C.'s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender joins us to discuss what can be done. We continue our series on intimate partner violence with a look at what supports are needed in our family court system. We speak with mother and advocate Jennifer Kagan-Viater about her work on "Keira's Law", a law requiring judges to receive mandatory domestic abuse and coercive control training to consider when making decisions. We also spoke with B.C.'s Attorney General Niki Sharma about the lack of this training in B.C. and how she plans on making changes to the system. Also in the show, CBC reporter Joel Ballard on the end to the actors' strike in Hollywood with his interview with Creative B.C.'s CEO Prem Gill; and CBC's host and reporter Lien Yeung takes us to the scene of a Burnaby bus crash and tells us what the investigation is showing.


Living wage for 2023 and the use of artificial intelligence in the arts

Skyrocketing costs this year have led to an increase in B.C.'s Living Wage to cover the high costs of rent, food and other essentials, Our guest is Anastasia French, Living Wage for Families BC provincial manager and co-author of the 2023 Living Wage report. In our second half, we discuss the use of artificial intelligence in the arts, including the new Beatles' song "Now and Then". Our guests are University of British Columbia PhD student Guanzhong Du, and Arne Eigenfeldt, Professor and Associate Dean of Simon Fraser University's Music and Sound program.


Sports behaviour and cozy soups

Controversy erupted after a comment about a referee made by Vancouver Whitecaps' coach Vanni Sartini last Saturday. We speak with Jennifer Walinga, Olympic rower, Professor in Communications and Culture at Royal Roads University about the controversy and take your calls. In our second half, our guest is Evan Paul, President - LoLo Soup Co, The Soup Meister’s Nephew, talking about his late uncle's beloved soup restaurant, his favourite soups and calls from our listeners with theirs, including a Battle of the Broth in Rossland, B.C. in its fifth year.


B.C.'s poisoned drug supply and confronting mental health stigma within family and friends

We ask where we are with the poisoned drug epidemic after the provincial mental health and addictions ministry rejected the B.C. Coroners Service's death review panel recommendation to expand safe supply. Our guest B.C.'s Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe addresses the report and takes questions. Our second half looks at one of the common themes in this year's 27th Vancouver Asian Film Festival: mental health and stigma within the Asian diaspora. Our guests Sidartha Murjani - VAFF Director Feature Films Programming, and Tanya Jade, director of the film "Wallpaper" speak about the issue, and our callers weigh in on how to tackle the stigma around mental wellness.


Air Canada says it violated disability regulations in its treatment of B.C. passenger; What pets are best for kids?

A disabled Air Canada passenger went public this week with an experience he called dehumanizing. Rodney Hodgins had to drag himself down the aisle to get off the plane, with no help from airline staff. The story has made headlines and sparked debate in the House of Commons. Air Canada has apologized. But as more stories like this emerge, we speak to an advocate for people with disabilities, and hear from our listeners. And in the second half of our Friday program, we bring you the final part of our series, Baby Bumps and Road Humps. We discuss the role pets play in the lives of families, and learn about the pets that make for the best companions for kids. You can email the program any time at bctoday@cbc.ca.