Today in BC

Today in BC

Today in BC Podcasts are produced by the Black Press Digital Media Team.

Episodes

January 16, 2024 22 mins

Host Peter McCully chats with Andrea Silver, a pharmacist and member of the board of the College of Pharmacists about the groundbreaking initiatives taken by British Columbia to provide free access to contraceptives, with more than 60 types being made available.

The first segment of the podcast focuses on Silver's insights into the free contraceptive program, discussing its reception, implementation and the notable increase in ind...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Caitlin Vanderhaeghe of Vancouver, the president, CEO, and co-founder of KidStar Nutrients.

Vanderhaeghe discusses her experience on ‘Dragons’ Den’, where she secured a partnership with Arlene Dickinson and Wes Hall.

Vanderhaeghe shares her journey into the health and wellness industry, the conversation dives into the inspiration behind starting KidStar Nutrients, focusing on the importance of qualit...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Perry Bulwer of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.

Bulwer has written a book entitled Misguided: My Jesus Freak Life in a Doomsday Cult, taking the podcast listener on a journey through his tumultuous experience with the Children of God cult.

Starting with his initial encounter at a Chinese restaurant in Port Alberni, Perry recounts the allure that drew him into the depths of the cult.

"They saw some...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Ken McGoogan, author of Searching for Franklin. McGoogan shares insights into his exploration of the Franklin Expedition, discussing the challenges of writing history and the significance of on-site research.

The podcast explores the psychological and physical hardships faced by Franklin and his crew during their Arctic expeditions, emphasizing the harsh conditions, confinement on ships, and the chall...

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Host Peter McCully chats with two remarkable authors, Haley Healey whose book Her Courage Rises was nominated for a B.C. and Yukon Book Award and Jess Housty, whose book of poetry found its way to the top of the B.C. best sellers list.

In the first segment, McCully asks about Healey's book, designed to introduce young readers to a group of trailblazing women from B.C. and the Yukon.

Healey explains that her inspiration for writin...

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Host Peter McCully talks with Lucy and Stewart MacNeil about the Barra MacNeils Christmas concert tour that began in Whitehorse and ended on Cape Breton Island. 

Lucy and Stewart discuss the impact of their music on audiences, especially during the Christmas season. They highlight the role of family in their performances, emphasizing the unique sound that comes from singing together as a family.

The siblings reminisce about their...

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  On this Edition of Today in BC, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities explores the pressing issue of wildfires in British Columbia and their profound health impacts.

Three speakers delve into the physical and mental health consequences of wildfires, emphasizing the challenges faced by communities, healthcare workers and vulnerable populations.

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, sheds light on the complexities of evacuating ...

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December 5, 2023 22 mins

On this podcast episode of ‘Today in BC’, host Peter McCully sits down with Chelsea Watt, a contestant on the iconic game show, ‘Jeopardy!’

Watt shares her journey from being a lifelong fan of the show to becoming a contestant, discussing the rigorous audition process, the thrill of being on the show, the unexpected challenges she faced and the excitement of being in the contestant pool.

"One of my goals, if there was a Canadian ...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Wolfgang Depner, legislative reporter for Black Press Media about the recently concluded fall session of the legislature, highlighting the key issues discussed.

Depner reports on the intense debates surrounding housing legislation, with a focus on bills promising to reshape the housing landscape and the challenges faced by opposition parties in scrutinizing them.

The episode also explores the various...

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Darrell McKay, a retired engineer from Campbell River and actively involved in humanitarian efforts, chats with host Peter McCully from Ukraine.

McKay, on his fifth trip to the war-torn region, provides a first-hand account of the dire conditions faced by the people.

From sitting on the front stoop of a safehouse near the front line to witnessing the devastating impact of drone warfare, McKay shares stories of resilience and hero...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Pamela Martin, longtime B.C. news anchor and journalist, discussing the enriching aspects of her retirement, her journey in journalism and her current dedication to volunteer work, particularly with organizations like Coastal Mental Health and the Pacific Autism Family Network.

Martin broke barriers as the first female reporter at CKNW news radio in the 1970s, with her unique perspective on stories, e...

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Host Peter McCully chats with economist Jock Finlayson, who discusses a range of economic and societal issues affecting British Columbia, providing valuable insights. The former chief policy officer for the Business Council of Canada now serves with the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association.

‘Housing is just simply unaffordable. Home ownership has moved out of reach for a huge proportion of the population,” said Finla...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Wolfgang Depner, legislative reporter for Black Press Media.

The podcast opens with Depner explaining the circumstances surrounding the resignation of Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, the Deputy Leader of the B.C. Green Party.

The provincial and federal carbon tax was hotly debated in the legislature the past t...

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Eric Brunt of Victoria is now in his fifth year of documenting the 'untold' stories from Canada’s remaining Second World War veterans. Currently the Canadian War Service* Veteran population is estimated to be 9,297 (1,493 females and 7,804 males). 

As Brunt traverses the country, he interviews these aging heroes, capturing their memories and experiences. He shares how, as Remembrance Days pass, the number of World War II veterans ...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Neil Osborne of the Canadian rock band 54-40. Osborne shares insights and stories from his lengthy music career.

Osborne discusses the band's enduring success, their approach to songwriting and the importance of live performances. The episode delves into their latest album, West Coast Band, and offers a glimpse into the creative process behind their music.

Osborne's journey in the music industry bega...

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On this edition of Today in B.C., host Peter McCully chats with two authors, Kathy Wagner and David Norwell, on the sixth edition of the ‘Made in B.C. Book Club’.

In the first segment, David Norwell talks about A Complex Coast, a soul-searching personal account of his 1,700-kilometre solo kayak journey from Victoria to Alaska.

The book contains many illustrations done by Norwell, who said it was a way for him to explain things th...

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2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the album Wildflower as members B. J. Cook and David Foster were presented with a star on the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame's StarWalk.

Host Peter McCully chats with Cook who talks about being a showgirl at The Cave Supper Club in Vancouver, before leaving to play the Elegant Parlour nightclub run by Tommy Chong.

Foster and Cook were members of the Ronnie Hawkins Band, before Cook founded Skylar...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Mandy and Ryan Johnston, the founders of Sea Gods Paddleboards, who take us on an inspiring journey through their entrepreneurial adventure, sharing their remarkable story of turning a passion into a thriving business. From the beautiful beaches of White Rock, to shipping paddle boards worldwide, the couple's dedication to creating top-notch paddle boards is matched only by their commitment to promotin...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Stephen Fearing, the singer-songwriter who has enjoyed both a successful solo career and member of ‘Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ for more than 25 years.

“Whenever we get back together, it's right back where we left off,” said Fearing. “And that's remarkable after 27 years. We've been through divorces and rehab and death, and we've watched each other grow old and lose family members and we've lost band...

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Host Peter McCully chats with Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci of ‘HYPROV’. The pair are set to bring their unique blend of humour and hypnosis to B.C. stages next month.

Volunteers from the audience are hypnotized and then engage in spontaneous improvisational comedy alongside Mochrie, a comedy legend in the field who attended theatre school in Vancouver.

“I love B.C. It was where I discovered improv. My family still lives there,” h...

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