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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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Would a grocery rebate help struggling families? And how can we keep local farming sustainable?

Amy Bell is in the host's chair today. CBC News has learned that Tuesday's federal budget will include a grocery rebate measure aimed at lower income Canadians to help address the affordability crisis. We'll speak to a local parent to find out if a rebate is what her family needs. And before you can buy it, someone has to grow it. In the second half of our show, we speak with two farmers about the future of their industry.


US President Joe Biden makes his first official visit to Canada

University of the Fraser Valley Political Science Professor Hamish Telford joins Michelle to discuss the significance of U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Canada today.


Understanding the challenges of homeless encampments in BC and finding ways to coexist with coyotes.

Katt Cadieux founder and Executive Director of UNDO: Uniting Northern Drug Users and Marie-Josée Houle, Federal Housing Advocate, Canadian Human Rights Commission join us to talk about the challenges of homeless encampments. And, Animal Rights Lawyer Victoria Schoff and Lesley Fox from the animal advocacy group the Fur Bearers take us through some strategies to co-exist peacefully with coyotes in our urban environments.


A cautionary tale for renters and homeowners on online rental scams and, dustbunnies beware! We have spring cleaning tips to make the task simple and enjoyable.

Paul Legace, poverty law advocate for the Prince Rupert Unemplyment Action Centre and privacy and security expert John Wunderlich, founding board member of global NGO mydate.org, join us to talk about how we can spot and protect ourselves from online rental scams. And then Linda Chu, professional organizer with Out of Chaos organizing solutions joins us to get us into the mood for spring cleaning.


We need to talk: Inflation rates have dropped, but grocery prices are still high. And a BC parent files a potential game changer of a lawsuit against the maker of Fortnite.

Kelleen Wiseman, UBC Faculty of Food and Land systems and Viveca Ellis, Single Mothers' Alliance, join us to talk about the impact on rising food prices. Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy and MediaSmarts Director of Education Matthew Johnson talk about the proposed class action lawsuit filed last Friday against Epic Games, maker of massively popular video game Fortnite.


The UN says we need to act now to combat climate change, the latest on the Fraser Valley transit strike and the shortage of workers in the trades.

Tom Green, David Suzuki Foundation'sS enior Climate Advisor, joins us to talk about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s summary report on climate change; CBC Reporter Michelle Ghoussoub gives us an update on the Fraser Valley transit strike; and Mike Bocsik, Camosun College automotive instructor and Nancy Darling, Okanagan College's program administrator for trade and appreticeship talk about the need for more people to work in the skilled trades.


Eby wants CSIS briefing on electoral interference; preparing your garden for the arrival of spring

Dan Burritt is our host today. We have more on the allegations of interference by Chinese government officials in Vancouver's municipal election. The Premier, David Eby, says he now wants to hear from Canada's spy agency about the issue. A panel and our listeners weigh in on what ought to be done to better secure our votes on a local, provincial and national level. And in our second half hour, as we embrace the arrival of spring, master gardener Brian Minter helps listeners decide what to...


Fresh allegations of interference in Vancouver election; how are you preparing for allergies?

Dan Burritt is hosting today. The show begins with more on the extent of alleged foreign interference in Canada. The Globe and Mail reports that China's consulate general in Vancouver interfered in last year's municipal election in the city. And in our second half hour, as we face into spring, how are you preparing for allergies?


LNG project gets greenlight; How nutrition impacts your mental health

Dan Burritt is hosting today. The provincial government has now given the environmental green light to a massive, First-Nation owned LNG project in B.C. Supporters say it will bring economic reconciliation, and produced lower emissions than other projects. Critics wonder if it will get built at all. We hear from both perspectives. And in our second half, we look at the link between nutrition and mental health, and how what you feed your body impacts your mind and more.


New funding to tackle air passenger complaints backlog; supporting parents through spring break

Dan Burritt is in the host’s chair today. Passenger complaints continue to pile up as the airline industry builds back from the pandemic. As new federal funding is announced to cope with the backlog, we speak to Anthony Perl, Professor in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University. And in the second half of our show, we get advice for parents whose children are looking for things to do as spring break continues.


Three years on, what pandemic habits have you kept? And how to cope with the toll of burnout.

Dan Burritt is in the host's chair today. It's three years since public health restrictions gathered pace in B.C. in response to the rapid escalation in the province's COVID case count. Amid the head-spinning news cycle, life for British Columbians was altered drastically. And for many, they have maintained some of the new habits and routines that were spawned at that time. We discuss that with listeners, and infectious diseases specialist, Dr. Brian Conway. In the second half, we discuss...


Daylight time sleep.

Dr. Ron Cridland, the medical director at the Kelowna Sleep Clinic, and Rebecca Vigelius, a holistic sleep coach in Abbotsford, discuss sleep issues, as we prepare to lose an hour of sleep to daylight time.


Clarifying distracted-driving laws. Food insecurity.

Jenn Teryn, a lawyer at McCullough Watt Sutton Lynskey & Hodson in Victoria, and Rob Wilkinson, the Director of Community Partnerships for Traffic Injury Research Foundation in Ottawa, discuss distracted driving. Lenore Newman, director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, discusses food insecurity.


What more should we do about toxic-drug deaths? How can we separate fact from fiction in women's health?

Garth Mullins is a member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, a drug-user activist, and host of the Crackdown podcast. Dr. Jen Gunter is an ob-gyn and the best-selling author of The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto.


The rise of hate incidents in B.C. during the pandemic; B.C.'s invasive and noxious plants

Tuesday's program starts with Annie O'Hana, teacher and Indigenous Department Head from Surrey's L.A. Matheson Secondary School, as the BC Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender presents her office's recommendations on how to tackle the rise in hate incidents over the pandemic. Then we carefully tread into noxious plant territory discussing giant hogweed with Gail Wallin, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of BC.


The Another Canada Series

Redefining Canadian Studies - this is what a new interactive course is aiming to do. UBC students Lulu Jama and Abigaelle Normand join us with more.


B.C. introduces new sextortion legislation; New Westminster City Council ties fines to income levels.

We begin Monday's program with lawyer and Chair of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada's Advisory Committee Peter Lown, as BC introduces new Intimate Images Protection legislation today to protect people from sextortion. Then we head over to New Westminster to speak with Mayor Patrick Johnstone about the council's decision to tie fines to income.


The state of B.C. retail as Nordstrom exits Canada; Brian Minter answers your gardening questions.

We begin Friday's program with retail adviser David Ian Gray, as Nordstrom joins Bed Bath and Beyond as the latest American retailer to pull out of Canada. Then, we go to the PNE in Vancouver, where a two-day Hoobiyee celebration is getting underway. And finally, after a week of cold weather for many in B.C., your gardening questions are answered by our expert Brian Minter.


Should Canada hold a public inquiry on election interference; Tips for healthy aging

In our first half we'll hear from our reporter Corey Bullock who has the latest on the avalanche that led to three fatalities and several injuries. And we go to Ottawa, where hearings took place into allegations of interference in Canadian elections. Next, we ask you what you do to maintain health and well-being as you get older?


Housing initiatives central in B.C. Budget; the province becomes the first to make prescription contraception free

As expected, housing is central in the BC Budget. Two measures are getting attention- a new renters tax credit, and an increase in the shelter allowance. Will these credits and benefits make a difference? What else would you like to have seen, to ease the pressure of housing costs? Next, B.C. becomes the first province to make prescription contraception free for all residents. What will this mean for you?