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Today in BC

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March 28, 2023 24 min

The TV series Big Timber follows Kevin, Sarah, Eric and Jack - logging, salvaging logs and working the family sawmill on Vancouver Island.

Kevin Wenstob says working in the woods, the crew has come across many different animals including bears, cougars and even Sasquatch.

‘I've got fuzzy pictures, I've seen some big, weird prints in the snow that didn’t look like machine tracks, so I don't know’, says Wenstob. ‘It'd be possible a...

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On this edition of ‘Today in BC’, host Peter McCully chats with two authors, Kate Gateley and Rob Wipond, about their first literary efforts on the first edition of the ‘Made in BC Book Club’.

In the first segment of ‘Today in BC’, Kate Gateley who won top prize at the Canadian Book Club Awards in the sci-fi fantasy genre for ‘Tides of the Sovereign’, the first book in a trilogy.

‘Julia, the main character, she's in her thirties,...

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‘Today in BC’, host Peter McCully chats with Bill Henderson, best known for being the founder of the popular rock band Chilliwack.

In the 1960’s, Henderson helped formed the psychedelic rock band The Collectors, which went on to release three albums before disbanding in 1970. Henderson then went on to form Chilliwack, which became one of the most successful Canadian rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, with hits such as ‘My Girl (Go...

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On this International Women’s Day edition of ‘Today in BC’, host Peter McCully chats with Jessica James, commercial pilot and co-star of The History Channel’s ‘Lost Car Rescue’.

Jess, who grew up in Nimpo Lake and currently lives in The Okanagan, is a role model for young women, demonstrating a taste for adventure and a drive for success within a male-dominated industry.

Despite only 6% of all private pilots in Canada being women...

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On this edition of ‘Today in BC’, host Peter McCully chats with Warren Barr and Lily Verney-Downey of Pluvio Restaurant in Ucluelet. 

TripAdvisor recently unveiled its Best of the Best Awards for 2022 and Pluvio Restaurant and Rooms topped the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Canada category.

The couple opened the intimate 24-seat culinary business in 2019.

“It’s very rewarding,” said Verney-Downey. “We get a lot of cards, letter...

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Musical Merchandise Review annually surveys retailers right across North America and asks them to vote for their favorite product.

This year, Riversong Guitars of Kamloops walked away with the award for acoustic guitar of the year, as well as being a finalist in Product of the Year, Ukulele of the Year and Electric Guitar of the Year.   

‘We were nominated for four which is pretty amazing’, says luthier Mike Miltimore. ‘It’s a te...

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Kirk Krack has spent the last five and a half years working with James Cameron on Avatar two, the Way of water teaching actors and cameramen free diving.

How does a kid from the prairies make it to the set of one of the world’s biggest movies teaching diving?

‘Yeah, It's funny, everyone wants to know that, right? When I explain where I'm from, Saskatchewan, I always explain it to my American friends, it's the land where you watch...

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Dr. David Suzuki joined the CBC in 1971 with the TV series, “Suzuki on Science.” In 1974, he developed and hosted the long-running popular radio program “Quirks and Quarks,” and several more TV specials followed. In 1979, he began hosting the ‘Nature of Things’, already in its 20th season.

Studying zoology and genetics in the United States, Suzuki returned to Canada in the early 1960’s, at a time when science was booming, and the ...

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Randy Bachman kept busy during the pandemic with a series of projects that includes a new album with his son Tal, entitled ‘Bachman, Bachman’, and a rockumentary about the return of his cherished 1957 Gretsch guitar which was stolen from his hotel room 45 years ago.

Bachman talks about the return of the guitar which took place on Canada Day, and how intimate an instrument it is.

‘You basically are putting your arms around it, you...

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The Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and the Member of Parliament for Burnaby South has been holding roundtable discussions in various locations throughout British Columbia.

Peter McCully, host of ‘Today in B.C.’ caught up to Jagmeet Singh on Vancouver Island.

Singh says that overall, the people that he has talked to in the sessions are offering feasible solutions to healthcare issues.

‘The solutions that are being p...

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Jeff Hummel has been searching for clues to the SS Pacific since he was a high school student in Washington State.

On November 4th, 1875, the SS Pacific departed Victoria Harbor, B.C. and about twelve hours later, it was on the bottom. It had collided with a ship called the Orpheus, on its' way to Nanaimo sinking in the first few hours of a hundred year storm.

Newspaper accounts at the time reported as much as 200 pounds of gold ...

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On this edition of ‘Today in B.C.’ host Peter McCully talks with Pindy Janda, Vice President of the B.C. Pharmacy Association about the nationwide shortage of children’s medications and new prescriptive powers for pharmacists.

Janda says when it comes to the shortages of children’s pain and fever meds, it’s a combination of things that have resulted in a perfect storm for demand of the products.

‘We've had increased demand since ...

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On this edition of ‘Today in B.C.’ host Peter McCully talks with singer Jess Moskaluke.

The Saskatchewan performer had stops in British Columbia on her recent national concert tour talked about the influence of Shania Twain, Terri Clark, LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride. 

“I grew up in the nineties where all those fantastic powerhouse women were very popular and successful, that's what I grew up knowing country music as,” said Mos...

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On this edition of ‘Today in B.C.’ host Peter McCully talks with the Green Party of Canada leader, Elizabeth May.

Stephanie May, Elizabeth’s mother, was a prominent activist in New York during the 1950s and was successful in helping to getting a nuclear test ban treaty.

“It's like being the daughter of a family of cobblers,” said Elizabeth May. “I'm going to know a lot about shoes. Being the daughter of Stephanie May, an activist...

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Bob McDonald has been working as a science journalist and an author for more than 30 years, most notably as the host of the CBC television program ‘Quirks and Quarks’.

“What we need is longterm thinking,” McDonald tells ‘Today in B.C.’ host Peter McCully, discussing how to solve the planet’s climate crisis. “Energy in the future is going to come from a lot of different sources. It's going come from the sun, the wind, the tides the...

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Host Peter McCully talks with Lucy and Stewart MacNeil about their Christmas concert tour that began on Vancouver Island and ended on Cape Breton Island. 

The siblings are from Cape Breton Island and began performing together in 1980 while still teenagers (Lucy being only 10) and are classically trained musicians and alumni of Mount Allison University.

“There's lots of different parts of Christmas that we can draw from in our sho...

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On this edition of ‘Today in B.C.’, host Peter McCully chats with Carlow Rush and Jacksun Fryer, better known as ‘Funkanometry’.

The Vancouver Island duo have competed on ‘World of Dance’ and most recently “America’s Got Talent’.

When asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t dancing, Rush (who’s from Duncan) said: “I can't even answer that question. I don't even know what my life would be without dance, because it's literally al...

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In the early 1980s, teenager Peter Ducommun moved from Nanaimo to Vancouver to open PD’s Hot Shop with his late brother Rick, who later moved to Los Angeles for a career in comedy and acting.

Now world-renowned, Skull Skates produces skateboards in smaller runs by choice.

“Our stuff is made in Canada,” said Peter Ducommun. “It's worth saying because unfortunately the majority of the industry, I'm talking sort of 90 per cent now, ...

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On this edition of ‘Today in B.C.’, host Peter McCully talks with Terrace Standard reporter Michael Bramadat-Willcock, who sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Pierre Poilievre, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Originally from Calgary, Poilievre became active in politics at age 16 when he sold Reform Party memberships for Jason Kenney. He later worked as an advisor to Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day.


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Katrinia Kadoski lived in Clayoquot Sound for three years, caretaking ‘Cougar Annie’ Jordan’s garden, immersing herself in the folklore surrounding the legendary pioneer, while living off the grid.

In her performance, Kadoski uses dramatic narrative, images, letters and original compositions to celebrate the life of pioneer Ada Annie Jordan, who earned her nickname by shooting dozens of cougars to supplement her income.

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