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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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A new report says a healthy diet is out of reach for low-income people in B.C.; Brian Minter Friday

Food prices have soared over the last year and now the BC Centre for Disease control is weighing in, warning a nutritious diet is out of reach for low-income British Columbians. Next, Brian Minter answers your gardening questions.


The wide impact of concussions

When you think of concussions, sports injuries come to mind. And Vancouver Whitecaps player Ali Ahmed is just the latest athlete to suffer one during play. We'll hear more about that, and from athletes like Olympic gold medalist Katie Weatherston, who now work to raise awareness. But these injuries happen elsewhere. Including cases of domestic violence. Today, a full hour on these traumatic brain injuries.


New guidelines on how to protect yourself from extreme heat; How to deal with allergies in infants

As we continue to see extreme weather events and rising temperatures, new guidelines detail how to protect yourself and loved ones from the heat. Next, food allergies can be a major source of stress for new parents. When is the best time to introduce your infant to allergenic foods?


Almost 10 percent of homes in B.C. owned by investor-occupants; UBC's oldest graduate on going back to school

A new report from Statistics Canada says that Investor occupants - those who own a single property with multiple units, including their own residence - made up almost 10 percent of BC homeowners in 2020. But what does this mean for rental market? Next, it's never too late to learn. We'll speak with UBC's oldest graduate and find out why there doesn't have to be an end to your education.


WestJet and it's pilots reach a tentative deal; Should schools ban cellphones?

It was down to the wire, but West Jet and it's pilots reached a a tentative deal to avoid a strike. We want to know how your travel habits have adapted to airline disruptions. Next, cellphone use in schools can be a battle between teachers and teens. How should parents and schools adapt to technology use by students?


Restaurants struggling in B.C.; addressing the taboo

The restaurant industry is still struggling to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, inflation, and labour shortages. Now, the sector is pleading for relief. Next, death is an inevitable part of life. So why are we still so uncomfortable talking about the end of life?


Federal government tables bail reform bill; B.C. Museum Week

The BC government is applauding Ottawa on its plan to reform our bail system. The changes would make it harder for people deemed repeat violent offenders to get released - but will the changes work? Next, it's B.C. Museum Week, do you have a favourite place to visit?


Midday update on the Fort St John evacuation alert; Making the kitchen more accessible

Dan Burritt is our host today. Our CBC News teams are on the ground in Fort St John, bringing the latest news and information to residents as the city remains under evacuation alert as we go to air. We get the latest, speak to residents, and find out what's to come in the forecast - with province-wide implications. And in the second half of our Tuesday show: for people with physical disabilities or those who are neuro-divergent, the kitchen can be a daunting place. But with the right tools and shared knowledge, it doesn't have to be. We speak to Jules Sherred, a food photographer, and author of "Crip Up the Kitchen: Tools, Tips, and Recipes for the Disabled Cook".


B.C. renters face Canada's highest eviction rates; Avoiding camping mistakes this summer

Dan Burritt is our host today. Renters in British Columbia face the highest eviction rates in Canada, but it's through no fault of their own, according to a new report from researchers at the University of British Columbia. The report comes on top of new Rentals.ca figures suggesting that rental costs nationally have increased by 20% in the past two years. We discuss the state of the province's rental market, and take your calls. And in the second half of our Monday program: camping is a B.C. tradition, but have things ever gone a bit dodgy for you in the woods? We hear tales of camping failures, and the lessons learned, to prepare you for the summer ahead.


Assessing B.C.'s Heat Alert Response System; Brian Minter answers your gardening questions

Dan Burritt is our host today. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) said the province is in a better place to deal with extreme heat compared to the summer of 2021 when hundreds of people died in the heat dome weather event. We hear an assessment of the province's response, as British Columbians prepare for the first significant heat of the summer. And in our second half, with the weekend heat on the minds of many gardeners, expert Brian Minter answers our listeners' questions.


Doctors of B.C. says ERs across province 'overrun'; How to support mothers

Dan Burritt is hosting today. Doctors of B.C. is warning that emergency departments across our province are "overrun", and need urgent help. The call comes after a doctor asked colleagues to direct patients away from Langley Memorial Hospital. We discuss with healthcare workers, and listeners share their experiences. And in the second half of our Thursday program: as we approach Mother's Day, we're talking about Super Moms! The ones who do, or have to do, everything. We find out how they can be better-supported in B.C.


Assessing this summer's wildfire and weather risks; B.C. initiative to raise mental health awareness for young sports stars

Dan Burritt is our host today. We are bracing for summer temperatures across B.C. this week, raising concerns for more flooding and fires. We look ahead to the coming months and listeners share how they're preparing for extreme events. And in the second half of our Wednesday program: high school basketball players will gather in Langley for an event called Bigger than Basketball. It's an initiative to raise awareness aboout mental health in sports and support the Canadian Mental Health Association. We hear from an organizer and discuss how athletes can prepare themselves with Dr. Saul Miller, a sports psychologist and author of the newly released book, Winning Golf: The Mental Game.


What the B.C. Housing forensic audit found out; Protecting the bees of B.C. as warmer weather arrives

Dan Burritt is our host today. A long-awaited investigation into B.C. Housing has found mismanagement linked to a conflict of interest between its former CEO and his spouse, who runs the largest housing operator in the province. We discuss the story and get more details. And in the second half of our Tuesday program: spring has sprung, pollen is in the air, and the outdoors is buzzing with activity. And that means bees are coming out in full force. But some beekeepers are concerned about bee health this season after disease and weather wiped out huge numbers of them last year. We find out more, and answer your bee-related questions.


The state of labour relations in B.C.; One in six Canadians experiences infertility

Dan Burritt is our host today. Amid inflation and the rising cost of living, lots of Canadian workers in the public and private sector want a closer look at what they're being paid. We discuss the state of labour relations in B.C. with our guests, and hear from listeners. And in the second half of our Monday program, while Mother's Day is a celebratory event for many, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society says on average, one in six Canadians experiences infertility. This means that events like Mother's Day can be a painful reminder for prospective parents and guardians. We discuss that topic.


WHO downgrades COVID-19; Will you be watching the Royal Coronation?

The World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency, but says it is still a global threat. What does this mean for B.C.? And will you be watching the coronation of King Charles tomorrow?


Flooding in B.C.; How to use your tax return wisely

Flooding is causing highway closures and evacuation orders in communities throughout the interior. Are you worried about high waters where you live? How do you prepare? And what should B.C.’s flood strategy be in 2023? Next, the tax deadline has passed. Are you looking at a refund coming your way? We'll have personal finance journalist Rubina Ahmed Haq taking your calls and questions.


Do we need more short term rental regulation?; Privacy and security when it comes to security cameras

The BC Green Party says short term rentals are contributing to the housing crisis and it wants provincial regulation. Next, a shocking story that happened at an Airbnb. Guests finding hidden cameras aimed at showers. What are your concerns about privacy, and how technology may be used to violate it?


Hollywood writers go on strike; what are the hidden food gems in your city?

A Hollywood writers strike could affect BC's film industry, and the shows you watch. Next, Surrey has been named one of the world's best emerging food cities, by Food and Wine magazine. We take a trip there and we're asking you - what are the hidden foodie gems in your city?


BC prepares for wildfire season; What are your bowling memories?

It's the start of May and B.C. already has two evacuation alerts for wildfires. How are environmental risks changing how you prepare for summer? Next, another local bowling lane is closing, this time in Burnaby. What bowling memories do you have? Does your community still have a bowling centre?


Surrey Mayor hits back at Province recommendation to continue police transition; Your gardening questions answered by Brian Minter

The Province is recommending that the City of Surrey continues with its transition to a municipal police force. But it's not a binding decision. And the city's Mayor, Brenda Locke, tells BC Today that her plans to retain the Surrey RCMP will continue. We get the latest and hear from listeners. And in the second half of Friday's program, we get your gardening questions answered by Brian Minter.