CBC Daybreak North: Highlights

CBC Daybreak North: Highlights

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Stories that connect, challenge and champion northern British Columbia, with hosts Carolina de Ryk and Robert Doane.
Smithers, B.C. cartographer maps out the locations of every former residential schools in Canada
Nov 3 • 8 min
Robert Doane speaks to Morgan Hite about “An Atlas of Indian Residential Schools of Canada.”
The story behind Prince Rupert’s inspirational recycling bins
Nov 2 • 5 min
CBC’s George Baker speaks with James Bourgeois of Rupert Disposal.
Utilities commission delivers final report on Site C economics
Nov 2 • 8 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to B.C. Utilities Commission CEO David Morton about his organization’s assessment of Site C.
Haida Gwaii punks create arts and music co-op
Nov 2 • 8 min
Punk rockers on Haida Gwaii are taking steps to grow the local arts and music scene. Audrey McKinnon shares the story.
Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter fundraising for winter aquatic facility
Nov 2 • 6 min
Two otter pups will be spending the winter at a wildlife shelter in Smithers, and need a winter home. Robert Doane speaks to shelter manager Angelika Langen.
Tiny homes pilot project combats homelessness in north-central B.C.
Oct 27 • 8 min
The Nak’azdli Whu’ten First Nation is using tiny homes to take on a big problem: homelessness. Andrew Kurjata visits the community to learn more.
Do voters care about the $50M referendums in Prince George?
Oct 27 • 10 min
Robert Doane speaks to Prince George Citizen editor Neil Godbout and Stand Up For the North Committee chair Peter Ewart about the discussion, or lack thereof, around referendums for a new pool and fire hall in Prince George.
The YMCA would like to partner with Prince George on building a new pool
Oct 26 • 12 min
YMCA of Northern BC CEO Amanda Alexander speaks with Andrew Kurjata about the city’s rejection of a proposal to partner on a new swimming pool and sport facility.
‘It’s tired’: Fire chief John Iverson makes the case for replacing Fire Hall #1 in Prince George
Oct 26 • 5 min
Ahead of a referendum asking for up to $15 million to replace Prince George’s downtown fire hall, chief John Iverson takes CBC on a tour to explain why the existing location is no longer considered viable.
What should replace the Sears in Pine Centre Mall?
Oct 24 • 5 min
Robert Doane speaks to mall asset manager Michael Heffernan about the work he’s doing to replace Sears when it closes up shop in Pine Centre Mall.
‘Rated PG Rollergirl’ competes with the men at international roller derby competition
Oct 23 • 7 min
Robert Doane speaks with Theresa Sapergia about becoming the first female member of the Vancouver Murder roller derby squad.
Tsimshian raise totem pole declaring victory over Pacifc Northwest LNG
Oct 23 • 6 min
A new totem pole has been raised on Lelu Island to celebrate the cancellation of a major LNG project.
Mystery boom shakes Fort St. John and Charlie Lake
Oct 20 • 7 min
We delve into a mysterious boom followed by shaking that residents of northeast B.C. experienced Wednesday night… and potentially solve it.
Diwali celebrations in Prince George shining a light on student poverty
Oct 19 • 8 min
To mark this year’s celebration of light Harman Dandiwal is shining a light on a problem he’s personally experienced: student poverty. The organizer of the College of New Caledonia’s Diwali celebrations speaks to Carolina de Ryk.
Tour the caustic environment of Prince George’s downtown pool
Oct 18 • 7 min
The city of Prince George is holding a referendum on whether to borrow up to $35 million to build a new pool. Sports engineer Doug Wournell explains the shortcomings of simply repairing the current pool.
Push to find missing mushroom picker
Oct 18 • 6 min
Daybreak co-host Carolina de Ryk speaks with Chris Mushumanski, BC Search and Rescue spokesperson, about Frances Brown who went missing near Smithers, B.C.
Downtown Prince George needs public toilets: union
Oct 17 • 6 min
The Hospital Employees Union of Prince George has penned a letter calling for accessible public toilets in the city. Robert Doane speaks to direcor Robbin Knox.
Posters promoting ‘race war’ denounced at UNBC
Oct 17 • 7 min
Papers with neo-Nazi imagery and links to white supremacist websites have been discovered at UNBC. CBC speaks to a biracial who discovered them and felt personally targeted, and others on campus.
Me Too: Women (and men) in northern B.C. share stories of sexual harassment and violence
Oct 17 • 9 min
A social media campaign is inviting women to share stories fo harassment in the workplace in order to draw attention to how widespread the issue is. Daybreak speaks to women in Prince Rupert and men in Prince George about the topic.
Learning from the failure of major resource projects in northwest B.C.
Oct 17 • 6 min
Professor Jonathan Peyton has written a book about the battle between developers and activists in northwest B.C., and what can be learned from past failures.
Residual trauma of wildfires haunts 100 Mile House
Oct 17 • 8 min
The summer’s wildfires are out, but in 100 Mile House people are still recovering- physically and emotionally- from the trauma. CBC’s Jordan Tucker shares some stories.
Heidi Hirdaya wants to help you conquer negativity
Oct 13 • 6 min
Robert Doane speaks to meditation instructor Heidi Hirdaya ahead of some workshops being set up in Prince George.
Prince George HIV/AIDS patients to be paid to seek treatment in pilot project
Oct 13 • 6 min
Dr. Mark Hull of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDs explains why paying patients to receive treatment could save money in the long run.
Northern Health responds to call for more services for drug addicts and their families in Dawson Creek
Oct 13 • 7 min
A Dawson Creek mother who lost her son to an overdose is calling for more help in northeast B.C. Carolina de Ryk speaks with Kendra Kiss of Northern Health about the plea.
Peace of Mind: “Lowered Expectations - the Fall Garden Tour”
Oct 13 • 4 min
Peace of Mind columnist Judy Kucharuk tries to plan a garden tour in Dawson Creek.
Fort St. John is looking for a new mascot to replace Frozen John the elf
Oct 13 • 4 min
The city of Fort St. John isn’t sure an elf is the best representative for one of the youngest and fastest-growing populations in B.C., so they’re putting the call out for a replacement.
Parents of a man killed and decapitated in northwest B.C. remember their son as a “true northern boy”
Oct 13 • 6 min
The parents of Fribjon Bjornson remembered their son as kindhearted and willing to help after a guilty verdict was delivered to a man accused of killing and decapitating him on a reserve northwest of Prince George in 2012. Andrew Kurjata reports.
One year after tugboat fuel spill, Heiltsuk First Nation still working on recovery
Oct 13 • 8 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to Kelly Brown, who is leading recovery efforts for the Heiltsuk First Nation one year after 11,000 litres of diesel fuel spilled into the ocean, damaging a clam bed used for food and trade.
Prince George shoppers say so long to Sears
Oct 13 • 5 min
When it opened in 1976, the Sears department store in Prince George was the flagship of the brand-new Pine Centre Mall. Now it, along with every other Canadian Sears outlet, will be closed. Andrew Kurjata talks to shoppers.
UNBC president says Maclean’s Magazine ranking helps recruit students from China
Oct 13 • 2 min
UNBC is once again in the top three in its category in the Maclean’s magazine ranking of Canadian post-secondary institutions. President Daniel Weeks explains how it helps.
Less timber to be harvested in the Prince George region
Oct 13 • 3 min
The annual allowable cut for the Prince George Timber Supply Area has been reduced by 33 per cent compared to the limits set in 2011. The province’s chief forester Dianne Nichols speaks to Andrew Kurjata.
‘Vital Signs’ takes a look at the good and bad of life in Prince George
Oct 13 • 9 min
Prince George has a poor housing market and child poverty is a problem, but residents make more money and have a higher sense of belonging than average. Catherine Pennington of the PG Community Foundation speaks to Robert Doane.
Foundry is a new one-stop shop for youth in need in Prince George
Oct 13 • 2 min
Shannon Croy explains how Foundry— newly-opened in downtown Prince George— will help youth in need.
Cori Ramsay wants to transform poverty in northern B.C.
Oct 13 • 10 min
Cori Ramsay of Integris Credit Union of Prince George talks about growing up with poverty and how she’s working to change the way it’s treated in the north.
Sears is hiring so it can shut down
Oct 13 • 2 min
Even though Sears Canada plans to shut down all its stores, the outlet in Prince George is hiring. Store manager Nichole Eggen explains why.
Terry Teegee says electoral victory in B.C. AFN is sign the north matters
Oct 13 • 2 min
Carrier Sekani Tribal Chief Terry Teegee has been elected regional representative for the B.C. Assembly of First Nations. He speaks about what his victory means for the region.
Fort St John mayor hopes to increase low voting rates
Oct 11 • 7 min
Fort St John has some of the lowest voting rates in the province, including less than eight per cent of eligible ballots being cast in last month’s municipal by-election. Mayor Lori Ackerman wants that to change.
Jury deliberations begin in murder trial for death of Fribjon Bjornson
Oct 10 • 5 min
The jury at a Supreme Court murder trial begins deliberations after hearing arguments from the Crown and defense in the death of Fribjon Bjornson. Reporter Wil Fundal explains.
Confusion over new public art piece in Prince George
Oct 10 • 5 min
The city of Prince George has unveiled a new piece of public art titled ‘Celebrations’, but many are having trouble identifying exactly what’s on display.
Stand Up for the North committee campaigning for new pool and firehall
Oct 10 • 8 min
Peter Ewart of the Stand Up for the North committee explains why his organization believes voting ‘yes’ to borrowing money for a new pool and firehall in Prince George will be good for the city.
Kitimat’s ‘Suicide Hill’ needs more safeguards, say residents
Oct 6 • 6 min
‘Suicide Hill’ is the common name given to a stretch of highway near Kitimat. Recently the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure reduced the suggested speed limit there, but many locals think that’s not enough.
Minigolf and bowling part of community revitalization in Houston, B.C.
Oct 6 • 6 min
Robert Doane speaks to Rebecca Tait of the Pleasant Valley Plaza in Houston about her vision for community revitalization.
City of Quesnel says it isn’t delaying homeless shelter, but simply waiting on explanation of what it will do
Oct 6 • 10 min
The Quesnel Support and Shelter Society is accusing mayor and council of obstructing the creation of a new homeless shelter, but city hall says it’s a matter of process. Robert Doane speaks to director of development services Tanya Turner.
North Peace MLA says proportional representation will hurt rural and northern B.C. communities
Oct 6 • 8 min
The NDP government says a vote of 50 per cent plus one in 2018 will be change the first-past-the-post system to proportional representation. But North Peace MLA Dan Davies says if it happens, northern British Columbians will be “left out.”
Sears shut down in Prince Rupert another blow to city and brand
Oct 6 • 9 min
Sal Ferlaino is closing his franchise for good on October 28th. It’s part of a growing story across Canada: Sears is dying in an age of online shopping. We speak with Sears historian Jerry Hancock.
Listen to Tom Petty in Cree
Oct 4 • 3 min
Salteau First Nation musician Art Napoleon counts the late Tom Petty among his influences— so much so that he translated the song “Wildflowers” into Cree.
Flood gates could be harming Fraser River salmon, SFU study finds
Oct 4 • 6 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to Rebecca Seifert about her research into how flood gates are affecting fish and water health on the Fraser River.
War of words between Quesnel mayor, outreach society over proposed homeless shelter
Oct 4 • 10 min
A group serving Quesnel’s homeless is accusing mayor and council of “obstructing” plans for a new shelter, but mayor Bob Simpson says the Quesnel Support and Shelter Society doesn’t seem to understand the permitting process.
Stories from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry hearings in Smithers, B.C.
Oct 2 • 34 min
Families and survivors gathered in Smithers, B.C. to share first-hand testimony about how they have been affected by the disproportionate rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. The CBC’s Andrew Kurjata collected some of their stories.
‘It was just very surreal’: Prince Rupert reunion gets caught up in Vegas shooting
Oct 2 • 8 min
A group of former Prince Rupertites were in Las Vegas, attending the country music festival where a gunman opened fire in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Carolina de Ryk speaks to Karen Belland about the experience.
Horses in the hood: horse therapy program starts on inner city farm in Prince George
Sep 22 • 7 min
Andrew Kurjata visits an inner-city farm in the troubled VLA neighbourhood of Prince George where horses are being brought in to help children and youth deal with trauma.
Listen as Prince George’s tiny Jewish community gathers riverside to mark Rosh Hashanah
Sep 22 • 4 min
Prince George has numerous Christian churches, two Sikh temples and a mosque, but it doesn’t have anywhere official for members of the Jewish faith to gather. So a small group gathered with an iPhone app at the Fraser River to mark Rosh Hashanah.
How does Dawson Creek manage to produce so many music stars?
Sep 22 • 13 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to CBC TV producer Michael Juk about the special “Outta Dawson”, which explores the musical talents of Dawson Creek from opera star Ben Heppner to R&B performer Tonye Aganaba to singer-songwriter Roy Forbes.
Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears in memory of her niece for the seventh and final time
Sep 22 • 8 min
Since her niece went missing from Prince Rupert 15 years ago, Gladys Radek has advocated for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This weekend she is walking over 300 km from Prince Rupert to Smithers for the final time.
Hudson’s Hope switches to solar power for some municipal buildings
Sep 21 • 5 min
Robert Doane speaks to Don Pettit of the Peace Energy Cooperative about the future of solar power in northeast B.C.
B.C. Utilities Commission needs more info from Hydro to complete Site C review
Sep 21 • 7 min
The B.C. Utilities Commission is telling BC Hydro it needs a lot more answers to complete its review of the Site C dam. Carolina de Ryk speaks to B.C. Utilities Commission CEO David Morton.
Accountant says Trudeau isn’t going after tax loopholes, but entrepreneurs
Sep 19 • 7 min
Robert Doane speaks to Kim Drever of MNP Accounting in Grande Prairie about her concerns over proposed changes to Canada’s tax system.
What happens if voters say ‘no’ to new firehall and swimming pool in Prince George?
Sep 19 • 9 min
Mayor Lyn Hall joins Robert Doane to answer listener questions about two major referendums happening this fall: borrowing money to build a new firehall, and a new swimming pool.
Terrace man throws all he has at trespassing kermodei bear
Sep 14 • 2 min
Nolan Beaudry did all he could to chase off the spirit bear in his backyard. Including chucking a handful of rocks.
‘It’s just gross’: Roadside mechanic in Valemount says feces and urine left by travellers have made it difficult to work
Sep 13 • 9 min
Roadside mechanics in Valemount, B.C., are tired of having to deal with human waste on the side of the highway as they try to do their job. Carolina de Ryk speaks with Travis Wied of Travis Auto.
Transport minister says she is meeting with Greyhound about plans to leave the north
Sep 7 • 8 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to B.C. transport minister Claire Trevena about Greyhound’s plans to stop serving the north and what she’ll do to keep the region connected.
Wildfires prompt life changes for evacuees as they move to new cities
Sep 7 • 5 min
CBC’s Andrew Kurjata speaks to people who are changing their lives after being forced out of their homes due to wildfires near Williams Lake.
Springwood Elementary re-opens in Prince George because of new class size rules
Sep 5 • 6 min
The Supreme Court decision awarding teachers the opportunity to restore class sizes to their smaller 2002 levels has allowed an elementary school in Prince George, B.C., to reopen.
Indigenous youth raised money to learn to fly bush planes in northern B.C.
Sep 5 • 7 min
Fifteen young people from the Moricetown band, near Smithers B.C., spent four months fundraising to pay for a day of flight lessons. The CBC’s Jordan Tucker was there.
Wildfires forced Williams Lake residents out of the city in July; now some are never coming back
Sep 1 • 5 min
Some businesses in Williams Lake are on a hiring spree after their employees decided not to return following a wildfire evacuation earlie this year.
How do we combat racism in young people?
Aug 25 • 5 min
UBC professor Michelle Stack speask with Carolina de Ryk about the role parents and teachers play in combatting extreme attitudes in students.
Kittens are being thrown out of moving vehicles in Fort St. John
Aug 25 • 6 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to North Peace SPCA director Candice Buchamer about a disturbing trend.
Author Chris Czajkowski ‘trapped’ by wildfires
Aug 25 • 6 min
Long-time wilderness writer Chris Czajkowski speaks with Carolina de Ryk from inside an area that’s been under evacuation order for weeks.
Petition to restore Moricetown’s traditional name of ‘Wiset’: ‘Before anyone’
Aug 25 • 6 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to Wanda Nikal about why she wants to restore the original name of her community.
Dawson Creek’s Roy Forbes added to the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame
Aug 24 • 6 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to the singer-songwriter about his career and how losing his sight late in his career has led to new inspriation.
Thousands of Atlantic salmon escape Washington fish farm
Aug 24 • 7 min
Carolina de Ryk speaks to associate professor at the school of environmental studies at the University of Victoria about the escaped fish.
Foreign ownership not the only problem facing ALR land says Cariboo rancher
Aug 24 • 7 min
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver wants to ban foreign ownership of land set aside fo its agricultural value in B.C., but rancher Lynda Atkinson says there are much more problems facing farmers.
B.C. EHS says expanded helicopter service not the best way to improve air ambulance in northern B.C.
Aug 24 • 9 min
Dr. John Tallon, VP of B.C. Emergency Health Services, speaks to Carolina de Ryk about calls for expanded helicopter response in northern B.C.