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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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Grocery store digital marketing and Brian Minter

So many of our audience members responded to yesterday's segment on the barriers to grocery stores' specials posed by digital apps and flyers, we begin with your e-mails and calls. We discussed the issue with our guest Andrew Sixsmith, Simon Fraser University gerentology professor and the Science and Technology for Aging Research (STAR) Institute Director. In our second half, we take your gardening questions for our gardening columnist Brian Minter.


Food prices expected to rise even more next year

Canada's Food Price Report 2024 was released today, predicting that food prices will increase by 2.5 - 4% next year, or by $700 for a family of four. One of the study's authors, University of British Columbia's Food and Resource Economics professor Richard Barichello, joins us to discuss. We then hear from CBC Business Reporter Sophia Harris who investigated shrinkflation and found some disturbing examples at Loblaws. In our second half, we talk about strategies for eating healthily with Fatima da Silva, Nourish Cowichan's co-founder and executive director, and Mary L'Abbe, nutritional sciences professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and a director for the World Health Organization on nutrition policy for chronic disease prevention.


Vancouver mayor moves to disband Parks Board; and celebrating the legacy of Norman Lear

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim announced that he is moving forward with a plan to disband the independently elected Vancouver Parks and Recreation Board. We talk with Vancouver city councillor Pete Fry, and our Municipal Affairs reporter Justin McElroy. In our second half we pay tribute to legacy of American screenwriter and producer Norman Lear. Our listeners share their memories of watching his groundbreaking shows like "All in the Family" and "M.A.S.H." and our guest Toph Marshall, professor at U.B.C.'s Faculty of Arts discusses his legacy and impact on the shows of today.


Soccer great Christine Sinclair retires today; Board games extravaganza

International soccer star, and the pride of Burnaby, Christine Sinclair is retiring from international soccer tonight after her last game. We speak about her future with the Christine Sinclair Foundation with collaborator Andrea Shaw, TTG Canada founder and managing partner. And we explore her legacy with Burnaby Football Club's Kim Bull, senior staff coach, female team; and Madelin Mah, coach and social media manager. In our second segment we celebrate board games with your calls and our guest Bill Heaton, Co-owner of Interactivity Board Game Cafe in Victoria.


Weather warnings and grief over the holidays

Environment Canada has issued warnings about heavy rainfall and high ocean levels have been issued for the Saanich Peninsula, the Southern Gulf Islands and parts of Metro Vancouver. We check in on the risks and storm advice with Fraser Valley Current's managing editor Tyler Olsen and with CBC's Climate and Science Specialist Darius Mahdavi. In our second half, our topic is coping with death and grief during the holiday season. We're joined by Margaret Flectcher, registered clinical counsellor with Lumara Counselling and Lisa Hartley, ceremony officiant.


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.