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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…
 
A group of local organizers is working to bring Conestoga huts to Victoria as a new form of safe and warm temporary shelter. Good Newsletter Editor Emily Fagan visited a build of a prototype to speak with the people behind it. For Good News Friday, she joins to share what she learned. Today's episode is sponsored by United Way Southern Vancouver Is…
 
The BC Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of extending the injunction filed by Teal Jones Ltd. against protestors at Fairy Creek, arguing that the previous court ruling, issued by Justice Thompson in September 2021, was lacking. We look into what this means for the ongoing protests at Fairy Creek and where the legal battle goes from here. Today's …
 
Biodiversity loss has been called one of the top five threats confronting humanity. Three researchers from the University of Victoria are part of a global project, BIOSCAN, working to stem the tide against future mass extinction – and it just received $24 million in federal funding. To find out more about the project and what it means for Vancouver…
 
The province has been struggling to provide accurate data for COVID, but using hospitalization numbers and some healthy assumptions, the BC COVID-19 Modelling Group has been able to estimate projections for BC's near future. Dr. Dean Karlen joins to explain their data. Today's episode is sponsored by BC211 and Paul Farkas of RBC Dominion Securities…
 
The District of Saanich, despite its size as the largest municipality on Vancouver Island, lacks a singular identifiable hub — something council is seeking to change. The council has proposed an Uptown Douglas plan, which would re-imagine the mostly-industrial and commercial neighbourhood as a city core, complete with a renewed focus on pedestrians…
 
A Vancouver Island-based nonprofit chapter, ElderDog Victoria, helps senior citizens to keep their beloved canine companions as they age or experience mobility challenges. Now, with over 100 volunteers, they're looking to expand. To find out more, we speak with Good Newsletter editor Emily Fagan.By Jackie Lamport, Martin Bauman, Emily Fagan
 
Food prices are expected to rise between 5 to 7% in 2022, according to Canada’s Food Price Report — with a family of four projected to spend $966 more on food than in 2021. To find out the ripple effects on the Island, we speak to Michell’s Farm co-owner Terry Michell, Goldstream Food Bank vice-president Walter Dubeau, and UBC Land and Food Systems…
 
Laura Palmer's podcast "Island Crime" has begun a new season where she explores the 1991 disappearance of Michael Dunahee. Today she joins us to explain why she's telling this story, and what sets this apart from the ethically ambiguous true crime format. Today's episode is sponsored by Odlum Brown and Fatso. Get more stories like this in your inbo…
 
A tech startup offering real estate ownership stakes for a little as $1 has arrived on Vancouver Island, and reactions are mixed. Are the new wave of real estate investment properties a democratizing tool for wealth, or another contributor to the province’s affordable housing crisis? We speak with Addy co-founder Stephen Jagger, Sooke councillor To…
 
A historic home left in trust to the Town of Comox by writer and naturalist Hamilton Mack Laing has been the subject of dispute between council and heritage advocates for years. The home, known as Shakesides, sits within the 8-acre Mack Laing Nature Park—but it’s falling apart. The council wants it demolished, heritage advocates want it restored, a…
 
Wendy Proverbs was a child of the 60s Scoop. But now, she has rediscovered and reclaimed her family's history in her debut novel, Aggie and Mudgy. Today, she tells us about the story, her journey learning about it, and why she chose to share it with the world. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsle…
 
For three decades, a makeshift community on private land owned by the enigmatic Michael Poole served as a home for hippies, travelers, summer workers, and those who just sought to leave the world behind. Poole called it "the end of the road gang." After his death in 2020, the land became the centre of a legal battle. But for a while, it was a uniqu…
 
As one extreme weather event after the other has rocked the Island and BC as a whole, we explore if it's time to stop calling these events "rare" or "anomalies." Should we begin to expect the unexpected? We speak to CBC Meteorologist and Climate Reporter Johanna Wagstaffe to find out. We also speak with Esquimalt Mayor and CRD Environmental Service…
 
New modeling predicts a peak in the Omicron wave within the next week or so. Capital Daily reporter Brishti Basu spoke to expert Dr. Dean Karlen to learn more about that modeling. We also speak with Dr. Astrid Brouselle, Director of the UVic School of Public Administration and public health expert, to look at what comes next given the vaccination g…
 
New data shows property values for South Vancouver Island homes have skyrocketed up to 35% higher than last year. Housing Analyst Leo Spalteholz tells us these numbers are already outdated and prices continue to rise. Why? What impact will this have? Will prices fall soon? For Municipal Monday, Leo joins us to discuss. Get more stories like this in…
 
Since early December, Victoria’s Dylan Joss has been running to raise funds in support of youth and young adults experiencing depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. He’s set a goal of reaching $20,000 to provide a surfing and camping adventure for at-risk youth and young adults where they could share in their recovery, in the presence of a tra…
 
Vancouver's new bid for the 2030 Olympics is the first bid to be Indigenous-led. It would also include Greater Victoria. Today we hear from multiple voices to get a sense of the pros and cons of bringing the games here. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our members…
 
Nearly two year into the pandemic, the businesses that didn’t qualify for wage and rent subsidies on account of being too new say they are still being left behind. Today we speak to local business Bear & Joey to hear their frustrations, and NDP MP Laurel Collins about what is missing. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscr…
 
We bring you the narrated version of Capital Daily's published story, “From coal to cool: Cumberland booms again” by Andrew Findlay. Narrated by Cameron Welch. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our membership opportunity at CapitalDaily.ca/Member And subscribe to u…
 
We bring you the narrated version of Capital Daily's published story, "Isolated in Victoria: forging friendships in a city renowned for its chilliness” by Tim Ford. Narrated by Martin Bauman. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our membership opportunity at CapitalDa…
 
We bring you the narrated version of Capital Daily's published story, “'I hate to ask': How a fraudster manipulated a Colwood single mother out of tens of thousands of dollars” by Zoe Ducklow. Narrated by Cameron Welch. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our members…
 
We bring you the narrated version of Capital Daily's published story, “Salt Spring Island’s Dueling Crises” by Jimmy Thomson. Narrated by Martin Bauman. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our membership opportunity at CapitalDaily.ca/Member And subscribe to us on ou…
 
We bring you the narrated version of Capital Daily's published story, "What Victoria’s long-lost streetcars can tell us about the future" by Tim Ford. Narrated by Jackie Lamport. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our membership opportunity at CapitalDaily.ca/Member…
 
We bring you the narrated version of Capital Daily's published story, "A lion on the loose: how an unregulated Nanaimo zoo resulted in tragedy" by Jolene Rudisuela. Narrated by Jolene Rudisuela. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our membership opportunity at Capita…
 
New modeling shows omicron ripping through British Columbia at an unseen rate so far in the pandemic. Today we look closer at those projections and answer some of the most pressing questions about the variant regarding undetected spread, the severity of illness, and more. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our …
 
A homeowner in Vic West is hoping to have his home and several on his street designated as heritage. He fears changes to the area may negatively impact the quality of the neighbourhood. We speak to him, Councillor Geoff Young, and housing advocate Leo Spalteholz to learn how a designation like this could impact the city's plans for affordable housi…
 
Capital Daily's Brishti Basu collected and broke down everything you need to know about the rapid growth of omicron on the Island. Today she joins us to share the essentials from her latest COVID update. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our membership opportunity …
 
Maia Carolsfeld will be filling a new role created by the district of Sooke for its climate action plan. For Municipal Monday, she joins us to tell us what her job will be and why it's important. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning by subscribing to our daily newsletter at CapitalDaily.ca Check our membership opportunity at Capit…
 
A University of Victoria research project has resulted in an ongoing choir for people living with dementia after seeing the positive impacts on the participants. For Good News Friday, we speak with Voices in Motion’s lead researcher and founder, Dr. Debra Sheets to learn more about the project. Get more stories like this in your inbox every morning…
 
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