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Since 2019, This Is Table Talk has served as a community sharing space for Victorians who identify as visible minorities – and has become a catalyst for change within a city reckoning with past and present racial divides. For Black History Month, we speak with Table Talk co-facilitators Parker Johnson and Vishnu Punwani. Today's episode is sponsore…
 
Capital Daily Reporters Brishti Basu and Zoë Ducklow travelled to Lasqueti Island to speak to locals about the tense divide in opinions when it comes to the pandemic. Brishti joins to share what she learned from her trip, and what it can tell us about the overall polarization seemingly present in our population. Today's episode is sponsored by St. …
 
We look at the intersection between affordable housing in Victoria, living wages, and the gaps in the labour market. We'll speak to Jeff Bray, the Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, workers who have been priced out, and a local business that has been working to find solutions for their staff. Today's episode is sponso…
 
Nearly three centuries after they first sprang up on Canada’s coastline, just 51 staffed lighthouses remain in the country – survivors of repeated attempts at automation. Perhaps nowhere in Canada are they quite so abundant as Vancouver Island, where towers dot the Strait of Georgia and the fog-laden Pacific Coast. We speak with lightkeepers Justin…
 
Co-created by Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Reyes Barton in the midst of the pandemic, the Palenke Greens Initiative provides burlap sack gardens to people of African descent and other marginalized folks who are facing food insecurity. For Black History Month, we look into how the project began, where it’s headed, and how it feeds into “the Ubuntu sp…
 
The toxic drug supply killed a record 2,224 people in BC last year. Last week, activists and those affected organized in front of the Legislature calling for more action. Today, we hear about what they're calling for and speak with Fred Cameron, Operations Director at SOLID Outreach Society, to get his reaction to the current government plans. Toda…
 
A century ago, the Jordan River saw thousands of salmon return to spawn each year. Now, it has been called a “dead river” – one in which, in a good year, only a few dozen salmon might appear. To find out what happened to the river, what it once was, and what might still be done about it, we speak with Capital Daily reporter Jolene Rudisuela. Get mo…
 
The recent census data from Statistics Canada showed (to no one's surprise) Langford is by far the fastest-growing municipality in Greater Victoria. But on a more surprising note, Esquimalt is the only area besides Oak Bay to shrink. Today we analyze the data with housing expert Leo Spalteholtz and find out why some areas are growing, some are shri…
 
The town council of View Royal has voted narrowly to add two new councillor seats, in an effort to attract a more diverse array of candidates to seek election. Mayor David Screech argues the move to expand council is long overdue, but his detractors have questioned whether the move is necessary, given the town's small size — and have wondered wheth…
 
A charitable non-profit primary care network on The Saanich Peninsula is working to fix the doctor shortage in their area. By focusing on what works for doctors, they've gone from five doctors to twenty-five in just five years. For Good News Friday, we learn more about who they are, and how they're doing it. Today's episode is sponsored by Island S…
 
Tonight, Victoria city council will debate whether to exempt cruise ship tourist shuttles—which drop off an estimated 110,000 passengers downtown per year—from restrictions on driving through the car-free portion of Government Street. To get more insight into the debate, along with what’s being proposed and what it would mean for Victorians, we spe…
 
Facing a growing waitlist and a funding shortage, the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre has announced it will suspend its long-term counselling program. With the need for crisis support services as high as ever, where do we go from here? We look into the issue with Sam Loppie, Direct Client Services Manager at VSAC, and Jonny Morris, CEO of the Canadi…
 
For Black History Month, we look back at the incredible life of John Craven Jones, Salt Spring Island’s first-ever school teacher, through conversations with Silvia Mangue Alene, President of the BC Black History Awareness Society, and Crawford Kilian, author of Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia. Today's episode is spon…
 
A new grant of $200,000 for the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations has been approved by the City of Victoria. The idea comes from Mayor Lisa Helps, although the grant has changed a lot since her first proposal. For Municipal Monday, we speak to Mayor Helps to learn more, and we also hear from Councillor Geoff Young who voted against the grant. Today's …
 
A volunteer-led effort to reintroduce salmon into the Bowker Creek watershed after a 100-year absence is nearing its moment of fruition. After over a decade of habitat restoration, members of Friends of Bowker Creek and the Peninsula Streams Society have planted 30,000 chum salmon eggs into the creek, with hopes of seeing the waterway returned to i…
 
On Monday, Parks Canada announced their support of PaRx: A Prescription for Nature. PaRx is an initiative of the BC Parks Foundation that is working to improve Canadians' health by connecting them with nature. Today we speak with the Director of PaRx, Dr. Melissa Lem to learn more about how it works and the health benefits nature provides. Today's …
 
We speak with Capital Daily reporter Ryan Hook who went to Saturday's protest and spoke to participants. Then, we speak with Edwin Hodge, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at UVic and Right-Wing Extremism Expert about why Canadians are following this ideology and how this movement should be addressed. Today's episode is sponsored by Coastal H…
 
Some University of Victoria students and faculty are uneasy with the return to in-person learning. This has prompted multiple student-led petitions, including one that calls on the school to better accommodate students who are isolating or feel unsafe. Today we look into these concerns and speak to petition organizer Anika Fairholm. Today's episode…
 
A new housing development is coming to Victoria’s downtown, and it’s built around the concept of co-living, where tenants share a common kitchen and living area. With rent for a “pod” unit expected to be 30 percent less than a studio apartment, it’s being touted as an answer to Victoria’s affordability crisis. But does it solve the issue, or merely…
 
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