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Thursday, April 11th 2019

Controversial Comments From Maple Ridge Mayor On Homeless: The Mayor of Maple Ridge says homeless addicts are ‘raping and pillaging’ his community. Tom Walsh has more on the controversy.


 Massive Development Planned In Kitsilano: The Squamish Nation wants to build 3,000 new units at the foot of the Burrard Street Bridge in Kitsilano. David Zura is chatting with people in the area.


Chinatown Business Owner Fed Up With Vandalism: A store owner in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood says the Downtown Eastside has “broken him.” Andrea Macpherson tells us he says he’s been dealing with everything from breaking up drug deals on his doorstep to vandalism, theft and ongoing violence.


What Black Holes Reveal About The Universe: We get a lesson in black holes from astronomer Kat Kelly.


Battling Cancer As A Firefighter: After 35 years as a Vancouver firefighter, Captain Steve Letourneau has cancer. He got it from exposure to chemicals as he fought fires. We talk to him about his career and what the department is now doing to keep the crew safe.


Prisma Festival In Powell River: We get a preview of Powell River’s upcoming Prisma Festival with artistic director Arthur Arnold.


Upholding Transgender Rights In Canada: Human rights activist Morgane Oger recently won an important decision for LGBT rights, helping further enshrine protection against hate speech.


Helping Refugees See Clearly: One Vancouver optometrist recently travelled to Jordan where he helped provide eye care to more than 2,600 Syrian refugees. Many patients he assisted spent their whole lives next to blind – witnessing their reaction after putting on a pair of glasses for the first time was a feeling he would never forget.



Wednesday, April 10th 2019

New Laws Ban Ticket Scalping Bots In B.C.: If you’ve ever tried to buy a ticket to a concert or sporting event that’s been sold out in just minutes, you’re not alone. Andrea Macpherson tells us new laws could soon crack down on bots and scalpers – in an effort to control tickets sales in B.C.


Canucks To Pick 10th In NHL Draft: We now know the Canucks will have the 10th overall pick in this years NHL Draft Lottery. Travis Prasad has the details from Sportsnet 650.


Young Women Take Their Messages To Ottawa: A delegation of 338 young women, the Daughters of the Vote, travelled to Ottawa last week and took to the House of Commons where some turned their back on Justin Trudeau. We meet two delegates who were there and talk to them about the choice they made to protest the Prime Minister or not.


Good Samaritan Saves Man Trapped Inside Dumpster: Tyler Dempsey doesn’t think he’s a hero. But there’s a man in hospital in critical condition who might think otherwise. Last month, Dempsey was walking past a dumpster outside Value Village on Victoria Drive near 49th Ave in Vancouver, when he heard a man calling for help.


Encourage A Young Writer Day: Cultivating reading and writing skills is important in the development of any child. Parenting expert and author Kathy Buckworth returns with some helpful advice.



Tuesday, April 9th 2019

Arrest Made After Graffiti Outside Wilson-Raybould’s Office: Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Vancouver office has been targeted by Vandals. Tom Walsh tell us graffiti messages like ‘Let Jody Talk’ were found on the sidewalk.


Jury Selection For Dad Charged In Death Of Daughters: Jury selection has started in the trial of Andrew Berry charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of his young daughters in Oak Bay. Travis Prasad tells us the girls were found dead inside his apartment on Christmas Day in 2017.


Therapy Dog To Help 911 Call Takers: It’s believed to be a first for a 911 call centre in Canada. Greg Harper tells us E-Comm is adding a registered clinical counsellor and certified assistance dog to its public safety team!


Where Do The Canucks Go From Here? Sportsnet 650’s James Cybulski looks at the Vancouver Canucks season and what the team can do to rebuild in the future.


Canada’s New Food Guide: Canada’s food guide was revamped this year by people such as the neurologist we’re about to meet. We talk to him about keeping everything from grocery shopping to meal planning to cooking both affordable and efficient.


Learning About B.C. Bugs: Entomologist Chris Ernst is on a mission to find and catalogue all the tiny creatures that creep, crawl, and fly around the Central Coast of British Columbia. This is the documentary that profiles his work. 1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist screens Saturday at the Elements Film Festival.


BC Transplant Sees Surge In Organ Donors: BC Transplant looks at the recent rise in organ donor registrations in our province and explains how you can get involved.


Monday, April 6th 2019

Microbes & The Future Of Medicine: Discover the teeming world of microbes and the latest research on the role of the microbiome in the defence against cancer, heart disease, obesity and more. Science has made huge leaps in prolonging life through disease prevention and treatment, but microbiologist Brett Finlay and gerontologist Jessica Finlay offer a different—and truly revolutionary—approach to the quest for the fountain of youth.


Misfit: Born To Stand Out: “Autistic. Gay. Immigrant. Changemaker.” Born to stand out, Andreas Souvaliot is talks about being one of Canada’s most unusual, successful and socially conscious people working in business right now.


Cooking With Ham This Easter: The Food Gays, Jeremy Inglett and Adrian Harris, share their tips on cooking with ham this Easter when they show us how to prepare Moroccan Eggplant Salad with Grimm’s feta and Old Fashioned Ham, chickpeas and mint.



Friday, April 5th 2019

New Gas Price Record Set In Metro Vancouver: We were warned, and now it’s happened. Andrea Macpherson tells us another record has been broken for fuel prices here in Metro Vancouver. This station in Coquitlam is selling gas for $1.66.9 per litre and there were reports it was being sold even higher earlier on Thursday.


Remembering The Humboldt Broncos One Year Later: It was a year ago when 16 people died and another 13 were injure after a truck smashed into a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos to a playoff game in rural Saskatchewan.


Silken Laumann: We Are Unsinkable: Olympian Silken Laumann joins us to talk about Unsinkable, a new web platform she has founded that encourages Canadians to share stories about mental and physical health challenges.


What Should The Granville Bridge Look Like?  The City of Vancouver is starting its public consultation process as it looks to make safety improvements to the Granville Street Bridge. Isabelle Raghem explains.


Wildlife Safety Tips: Bear and cougar sightings and encounters are on the rise locally; we get some safety tips from WildSafe BC’s Dan Mikolay.


BT Viewers Get A Garnier Nutrisse Hair Makeover: Breakfast Television and Garnier Nutrisse Cream had a contest to win a hair makeover and shopping spree worth$1650! We reveal our winners and their new spring style with Garnier Hair Expert Roger Medina.



Thursday, April 4th 2019

No Arrests 10 Years After Killing Of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry: Today marks 10 years since the murder of Wendy Ladner Beaudry in Pacific Spirit Park. Travis Prasad reports there have been no arrests in the case. Her family has issued another plea for information – including a $30,000 reward.


 Anonymous Coffee Shop Reviews You’ll Like A Latte!: The young man behind “Vancouver Coffee Snob” is developing a strong online following for his anonymous reviews of Vancouver coffee shops. Isabelle Raghem tells us he’s been doing it for a year, and is now launching his own app.


‘Brain Bolt’ Breakthrough At VGH: A B.C. man has become the first cardiac-arrest patient in Canada to receive a relatively new treatment that saved his brain, heart and his life. Andrea Macpherson is speaking with doctors and a patient treated with a ‘Brain-Bolt.’


Tax Credits For Life’s Different Stages: Personal taxes are due by the end of the month. We talk with the CRA about the deductions that affect us through some of life’s major stages – with specific tax breaks for students, parents and seniors.


Managing A Political PR Crisis: What political choices are open to Jody Wilson-Raybould as the MP for Vancouver Granville? Former Vancouver city councilor George Affleck weighs the options and talks about managing a political PR crisis.


Spring Suit Style Trends: Fashion expert Jason Sarai showcases the latest men’s styles and suits for spring.



Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

Liberal Caucus Oustings: Reaction continues to pour in across the country after the Prime Minister ousted Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Federal Liberal caucus. Andrea Macpherson is speaking with a political science expert at UBC.


Preparing For Wildfire Season: B.C.’s wildfire crews are performing exercises with a helicopter learning how to exit the chopper when it’s unable to touch down. David Zura has more from Hope.


What The Kevin Pillar Trade Means For The Blue Jays: The Blue Jays send Kevin Pillar to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for three players. Perry Solkowski joins us from Sportsne650 to explain what it means for the season.


Vancouver Dog Owners Petition For Off-Leash Dog Park: People who live in the South Cambie neighbourhood of Vancouver are calling for Heather Park to be designated as an off-leash park. Travis Prasad tells us why dog owners are so frustrated.


What’s Next For Jody Wilson-Raybould? Political scientist Eric Merkley analyzes Justin Trudeau’s decision to oust Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould, the MP in Vancouver Granville, from caucus.


Keeping Kids Safe Online: We get tips on keeping your kids safe online with web and tech expert Jesse Miller.


Spring Health Tips For Your Pet: The BC SPCA shares tips on how to keep your pets healthy during the spring season.



Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

LGBT Group Refused Church Rental: The White Rock Pride Society says its members are being discriminated against by a local Catholic church. Travis Prasad tells us it comes after they booked a community centre space to host an upcoming fundraiser.


Updates Coming To B.C. Legislature Dress Code: An amended dress code has been adopted at the B.C. Legislature. It includes allowing sleeveless outfits for women. David Zura reports.


Fed Up With April Fools’ Day!: A warning from a Kamloops woman about how April Fools pranks can get totally out of hand after years of torture from her children. But this year, Andrea Macpherson tells us the whole community got in on the prank.


World Autism Awareness Day: We learn about supporting youth living with autism and how Rogers Arena is “autism aware.”


Paramedics: Life On The Line: Ahead of its premiere tonight, we meet two of the paramedics featured in a new documentary that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of paramedics and dispatchers working in B.C.


Rare Fossils Shed Light On B.C. Bird History: Until now, practically nothing has been known of Northern Hemisphere birds that lived between 56 and 48 million years ago—soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs. Now, a group of citizen scientists’ rare fossil bird finds shed new light on avian history.



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