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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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Budget day special: province projects record-high $7.9 billion deficit

An extended edition of BC Today will bring you full coverage of the 2024 provincial budget announcement in Victoria. Join host Michelle Eliot as we hear from stakeholders and callers from across the province on what their priorities are. After Finance Minister Katrine Conroy presents the budget, Michelle Eliot will be joined by panelists Mo Amir, podcast host of This is Vancolour, and Gerald Baier, a UBC political scientist to break it all down. We'll hear what the priorities are: from healthcare, housing, climate chage, affordability and more.


Is B.C.'s wine industry in trouble? | For Better or For Worse author's new book

Uncorking the B.C.-Alberta wine wars: Okanagan Wine Club manager Lindsay Kaisaris joins us to discuss how smaller wineries are caught in the middle between the provinces' latest skirmishes. In our second half, we speak with ground-breaking cartoonist and writer Lynn Johnston about her celebrated "For Better or For Worse" syndicated comic strip and how she created a new universe with Alottabots for her new children's book series.


Renters report lower quality of life, report finds | Budgeting as a couple

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier David Eby announced new federal funding of $2 billion for new housing in B.C. We hear from Thom Armstrong, CEO, Co-operative Housing Federation of BC about the announcement. Then, we have Murray Baker; Financial Empowerment Manager, from Family Services of Greater Vancouver to discuss a recent Statistics Canada report that renters report a lower quality of life than homeowners; We talk about budgeting and talking about money in a relationship with digital content creators Steph Gordon and Den Mathu (Steph & Dev).


Police officer's role dooms charges in $30M drug bust | Brian Minter Friday

A massive drug case in Victoria has collapsed, with a B.C. Supreme Court judgement claiming Victoria police officers misled prosecutors and defence lawyers. Our guest Wade Deisman, criminology professor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, walks us through the fallout, and how this impacts public confidence and police morale. And, it's Minter Friday! BC Today's gardening columnist, Brian Minter, takes your questions on pruning, insects and moss.


BC Today, Feb. 15: New funding to address family violence | Celebrating Black-owned businesses

B.C. Attorney General Niki Sharma joins us to announce new funding of $29.1 million over 3 years to expand access to legal aid services for people experiencing family violence. We also talk with Kim Hawkins, executive director of Rise Women's Legal Centre to talk about the impact of this funded and what more is needed. And, we talk about how to support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs with Candace Lauren, Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society, and entrepreneur Deress Asghedom.


Richmond drug consumption site | Making Valentine's dinner

Richmond city council motion over a supervised consumption site causes confusion and commotion. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie joins us for an update. Chef Dez gives us tips for preparing a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.


Plan to build more rental homes for middle-income residents | Men's mental health

The province has unveiled its latest plan under the B.C. Builds program, which will see hundreds of rental homes built and provided to middle-income earners. Our guest Stephanie Allen, principal with Adinkra Strategies, and housing and community development consultant, gives us her evaluation of the program. Men make up the majority of toxic-drug deaths. What's needed to support men struggling with mental health and addiction? We speak with Kurt Kashuba, Carpenters Regional Council and Dr. John Ogrodniczuk, UBC psychiatry professor and founder of HeadsUp Guys.


$733M agreement for seniors' care | Teaching young athletes about consent

B.C.Health Minister Adrian Dix and federal Health Minister Mark Holland announced a $733 million agreement for seniors health are. We review the agreement with Isobel Mackenzie, B.C.'s seniors' advocate. We get an update from CBC news reporter Chad Pawson on Richmond city council's vote tonight on a plan for a supervised consumption site. And, our guests Ninu Kang, executive director, Ending Violence BC, and Jamie Taras, Director Community Partnerships for the BC Lions Football Club discuss teaching young sports stars about respect and consent.


Sparse snowpack fuels drought fears | Lunar New Year | The role of assistance dogs

Sparse snowpack levels across B.C. are raising fears of severe drought this year. We speak with B.C.'s Minister of Land, Water, and Resource Stewardship Nathan Cullen, Regional Chief Terry Teegee, B.C. Assembly of First Nations, and Erica Gies, author of "Water Always Wins", independent journalist and National Geographic Explorer. We meet Charlie, an assistance dog in training, and talk with Pacific Assistance Dogs Society's Tara Doherty, Director of Communications, about how certified assistance dogs provide support to people with disabilities.


Premier slams Bell Media cuts | Low snowpacks | CBC pottery series debuts

- Premier David Eby has criticized Bell Media's parent company after another round of layoffs, the sale of 45 radio stations and planned cuts to CTV News and Bloomberg. We speak with Barry Link, chair of Langara's journalism program about the impact this will have on local journalism. CBC's science specialist Darius Mahdavi gives us an update on the province's snowpacks. Reports show that every basin is well below its seasonal average. And, we meet Emily Carr University faculty and artist Brendan Tang, one of the judges on The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down: https://gem.cbc.ca/the-great-canadian-pottery-throw-down.


BC Today, Feb. 7: How to talk to kids about online safety | Celebrating Black Canadian authors

After charges were laid against a man in Nigeria over the death of a Surrey teenager in a case of sextortion, we discuss the disturbing trend and how to protect children online with our guests Jesse Miller, founder of Mediated Reality, and registered clinical counsellor Jennifer Hollinshead. We celebrate Black History Month with celebrated author Tea Mutonji, whose book "Shut Up, You're Pretty" is a finalist for Canada Reads this year, and CBC journalist Matt Allen who was the guest host of a special screening of CBC documentary series "Black Life, Untold Stories."


Reaction to Selina Robinson stepping down | How romance scammers trick victims

Our guests Ezra Shanken, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Vancouver, and Rabbi Dan Moscovitz, Senior Rabbi of Temple Sholom in Vancouver share their views on NDP MLA Selina Robinson stepping down as B.C. cabinet minister over comments on the Middle East. Then, we speak with CBC Go Public reporter Erica Johnson, and Neesha Hoti, Better Business Bureau's director of marketing and communications discuss romance scammers. Erica Johnson called out a scammer and ended up getting an insightful interview about his motives.


Minister under fire for comments about Middle East | Are you trying Dry February?

Minister under fire for comments about Middle East Haroon Khan, Director, Al Masjid Al Jamia mosque, Stewart Prest, lecturer in political science, UBC. Our panel of experts discuss Dry February: Tim Naimi, director of the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research; Ciana Van Dusen from the Canadian Cancer Society, and Racquel Foran, co-owner of Booze Free Bevvies in Port Coquitlam.


Doukhobor survivor responds to B.C. apology | Safer supply | Brian Minter

We hear from Elizabeth Hlookoff, author, and one of the hundreds of Doukhobor children forcibly removed from their homes by the B.C. government in the 1950s. She tells us about her experience in the New Denver School, the impact it had on her life, and responds to hearing an official apology from the province. We hear from Guy Felicella, peer clinical adviser at the B-C Centre on Substance Use on the provincial health officer's report on safer supply. And, it's Brian Minter Friday! We take all of your gardening questions.


Apology to Doukhobors | Poll shows Canadians fear job loss | Safer supply update

CBC's Brady Strachan gives us an overview of what to expect today when B.C.'s Attorney General makes a formal apology today. She's apologizing on behalf of the provincial government to the Sons of Freedom, part of the Doukhobor community, whose children were taken from them in the 1950's as punishment. A new Angus Reid poll has found half of Canadians under 55 fear losing their jobs. Angus Reid research associate Jon Roe joins us to look at how people are feeling. And finally, we cover the update on the prescribed safe supply program with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Dr. Alexis Crabtree, BC Centre for Disease Control; and Dr. Alice Virani, Provincial Health Services Authority.


New rental support for B.C. | Heli-skiing safety | More on intimate images act

The province announces new funding for the B.C. rent bank, we take your calls on if it's enough support. The Helicopter Association of Canada's president and CEO Trevor Mitchell joins us for a follow-up on the Jan. 22nd heli-skiing crash near Terrace. And, as B.C.'s Intimate Images Act is law this week, we are joined by data privacy and cybersecurity lawyer, Claire Feltrin, from Deloitte Legal Canada to discuss what parents, educators and social media do to prevent abuse of youth?


High avalanche risk | More on the international student cap | Honey recipes

Heavy rain and warm air raises avalanche risk in B.C. We speak with Tyson Rettie, Avalanche Canada avalanche forecaster, and Sandra Riches, executive director, BC AdventureSmart about how to stay safe in the beautiful outdoors. B.C. is cracking down on private colleges after Ottawa announced a cap on international student permits, we talk with Jindi Singh, National Director of Khalsa Aid Canada and Michel Turcotte, executive director, Camosun College Student Society to understand how international students are feeling. And for our last half hour, Chef Ned Bell joins us to talk about cooking with honey after Creston apiary Honey Bee Zen wins big in the American Honey Show in New Orleans.


Rainfall update | Should schools ban cellphones? | Low-cost workouts

Heavy rain is expected to return across parts of B.C.on Monday and continue through Thursday. CBC reporter Michelle Gomez takes us to the Sumas Prairie, and our science and climate specialist Darius Mahdavi gives us an update on where we are, and what to expect. B.C. is looking to ban cellphones in schools in September. Prince George District Teachers Federation President Daryl Beauregard joins us to discuss the pro's and con's of this decision. And, CBC business columnist Rubina Ahmed-Haq and JF Esculier, MoveMed psysiotherapist chat with us on how to work out on a budget.


Protecting kids from online harm | UN court rules on Israel | Pet care Q&A

B.C. Premier David Eby introduces three initiatives to keep children safe on-line. Our guest Kristen Thomasen, UBC law professor at UBC with an expertise in AI and law takes us through the changes. UN court stops short of ordering ceasefire in Gaza, but rules Israel must take measures to prevent genocide. And veterinarian Dr. Lauren Adelman answers your pet care questions.


Next steps in tackling drug crisis | Heli-skiing industry association says safety is paramount | Let kids take risks, pediatricians say

B.C. is marking another grim milestone with a record number of deaths from unregulated drugs in 2023. Sarah Blyth, Executive Director of the Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver. We'll discuss what direction the province needs to take in 2024. Ross Cloutier, Executive Director, HeliCat Canada, speaks with us about what the heli-skiing industry is feeling after the deadly crash north of Terrace on Monday, Jan. 23. He also talks about the measures the industry takes to ensure safety. And we were joined by Dr. Mariana Brussoni, professor and director of Human Early Learning Partnership with UBC's faculty of medicine to talk about how to mitigate risks in play and get more kids outdoors. Pediatricians say it's time to pop the bubble wrap and let kids play outdoors. We'll hear from parents on our open line.