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CFUR in 2019

CFUR would like to wish everyone a prosperous 2019!

Is there such a thing as wishing a belated Happy New Year? In any case, this is the week that our staff is back in office and our beloved volunteers are well underway in their studies and daily schedules.

You can expect to be hearing some fresh Canadian content on our radio waves so be sure to tune in anew! If you don’t have a New Year’s resolution, you can make following us on Facebook an easily achieved goal.

Speaking of which, if you already follow us on FB you might have seen our photos from the Rachelle Van Zanten album release show with The Brain Porter at The Croft! If not, this post will serve as a retrospective for that glorious night in December 2018. That’s what the first month of the year is all about, isn’t it?

Thanks to everyone who came out that night to share in this amazing show! May 2019 bring more events like this one!

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Maxime Bernier was a Member of Parliament of the Conservative Party of Canada, but following some controversies and other disagreements, has decided to leave the Conservative Party and start his own party, the People’s Party of Canada.

In June, Maxime was removed from the Conservative Party’s Shadow Cabinet. This was following some disagreements with the ranks of the CPC in regards to supply management. An anonymous Convervative MP said the reason for the removal was because of Maxime republishing a chapter from his book regarding supply management, which also accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of having won the leadership because of “fake Conservatives” that joined for the purpose of protecting supply management. This controversy also raises the important issue of party discipline and its resulting implications.

Shortly after Maxime announced his departure from the Conservative Party, there was some controversy at the Conservative national conference in Halifax. A Dairy Farmers of Canada briefing book was leaked, detailing their plans for how to proceed in some given scenarios regarding motions on supply management. Notable was their “Safety Net”, which said that Andrew Scheer’s power as leader can prevent a policy against supply management, and that Andrew would be willing to use it to protect supply management. Both Andrew’s office and DFC say the info put into the book was false, but it nevertheless generated speculation. There is also some interest in being able to see the booklet, otherwise.

Supply management is a common theme. What is the PPC’s stance on it? How important is it?

When Maxime announced his departure from the Conservative Party, causing some more controversy. Maxime accused the party of being “too intellectually and morally bankrupt to be reformed”, and many Conservatives accused him of seeking to divide conservatives, or even help Justin Trudeau win next election. Is vote splitting a concern?

The potential appeal to Prince George citizens and university students, as well as possible broader value of the existence of this new party are also discussed.

Links:

http://cfur.ca/home/2018/11/19/due-north-scott-smith-president-of-cariboo-pg-eda-peoples-party-of-canada-20181118?rq=Scott%20Smith

http://cfur.ca/home/2018/12/13/due-north-jason-morris-interview-about-the-ppc-20181213

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/maxime-bernier-removed-front-bench-1.4703609

https://globalnews.ca/news/4270595/andrew-scheer-removes-maxime-bernier-cabinet/

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/full-text-the-dairy-lobby-briefing-binder-found-on-the-floor-of-the-conservative-convention

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-dairy-lobbys-claim-about-a-deal-with-andrew-scheer-is-false/

https://globalnews.ca/news/4405803/maxime-bernier-andrew-scheer-conservative-party-reaction/

https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/

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Scott Smith, the President of the Cariboo-PG EDA and Regional Organizer for Northern BC for the People's Party of Canada, joins Due North for an interview! Topics discussed include what the party stands for, issues with the Conservative Party of Canada, what the PPC can do for Prince George, and more!

Pic credit: https://www.peoplespartyofcanada.ca/

WikiNews -Ethereum Miner Special

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A feature interview with Darren Ditto, member of the board of trustees at Two Rivers Galley and owner of an Ethereum miner, which will be showcased at the Prince George Mini-Maker Faire on Sept. 30th from 10am-3pm at Two Rivers Gallery.

Visit the PG Mini Maker Faire facebook page for more information. Hope to see you there! 

Tune in to WikiNews Tuesdays at 9am and Saturdays at noon, or listen online at www.cfur.ca.

 

How to get around in Prince George

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How to get around in Prince George Are you new in town? The city may be small, but it is also spread out and you will need a proper transportation to get around. Riding a bike in the spring days is awesome, but doing that during winter time can be quite a bit more difficult. So, you'll have to rely on the bus system or a car to service your needs.

I arrived in the city at the end of the autumn. It didn’t take too much time to start to snow. I had a driver’s license from my country, Brazil, but no car yet. So I had to learn how to use the public transportation. Even though I bought a car after some weeks here, I found out that all immigrants and people who have a Work Permit Visa are allowed to use the document from their country, in British Columbia, for just 3 months after arriving in the province (there are exceptions for people from some countries). The result? I had no choice but to discover how to get a BC driver’s license.

I know that there are many new students at UNBC this April. So I thought that information about how to explore the city by bus or car would be useful.

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Using the public transportation:

Routes: The main way to get around is by taking the bus. There are 16 lines in town, but not everyone runs after 6pm or 7pm, so you will need to be aware of the schedule and when the latest bus will pass. Some other things to pay attention is that there are places that the bus runs every 30 minutes. In others they run every 1 hour.

Schedule: On the BC Transit website, you can find a map of Prince George to see all the routes available and see the schedule by bus stop: https://bctransit.com/prince-george.

Fares: In the same website you can check the fares. The cost per adult is $2.50. The drivers do not carry change, so be prepared to have the exactly amount when stepping on a bus.

Places to buy passes: It is possible to purchase a day pass or a monthly pass, which can be a good deal if you'll be using the bus every now and then. You can buy them at some drugstores, the UNBC Bookstore, the Prince George City Hall, and some other places that you can check on BC Transit website.

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Getting a driver's license:

Step 1: The first thing to do is to go to the ICBC Office in town to talk to someone and ask if your driver's license works in BC or not. I know that immigrants from some countries don't need to have a local license. They can continue to use their home country's. Those that have a Student Permit Visa also don't need to get a BC license. When you go to the Service BC office, you’ll have to show your valid driver’s license from your country, passport and visa. The office’s address is: 1044 - 5th Ave, Prince George. It is open weekdays from 8am to 5pm.

Step 2: If you are like me and need to get a BC driver’s license, you will have to pass a knowledge and a road test. To take the first one you have to study the local transit legislation. The book with all information can be given to you in the ICBC Office or you can access it online: http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/driving-guides/Pages/Learn-to-Drive-Smart.aspx. Something that helped me a lot during this process was practice the test several times online: http://practicetest.icbc.com/#/. When you feel ready, just go to the office again to do the thing for real. The fee is $15. In the same day, you’ll have your eye exam.

Step 3: When you pass the knowledge test you’ll receive a learning license (a yellow paper with your driver’s number on) that you can use to drive around town, so long as you have an experienced driver with you in the car all the time.  You can use that document until you pass the road test, or until it expires. It expires one year from the date of the knowledge test. Remember to carry your passport too.

Attention! If you get the learning license, you will have to give your home country driver’s license that will be taken and destroyed. That way, you will not be able to have it back if you need.

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Trust me, as I learned this the hard way!

I thought that they just kept the document until the person passed the road test, and then they would give it back to us. But I was wrong. I didn’t pass my first road test, then had a trip back to Brazil to stay with my family for a month. I went to ICBC to get my original document, so I could use it during this period. I almost fell down when the employee explained to me that this wouldn’t be possible, because there was no Brazilian driver’s license anymore. Yep, I don’t’ know what I’m going to do in Brazil to get around…

Step 3: All you need to do now is pass the road test to have, finally, your BC driver’s license.  You can book it online:  http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/visit-dl-office/Pages/Book-a-road-test.aspx. The test takes 45 minutes and costs $50. To do that, you have to take your own car or rent one. The address is: 4001 15th Ave.

If you are an experienced driver in your home country, you'll probably not have to take driving lessons in Prince George. I said "probably" because, after failing my first road test, I discovered that it was a good idea to have a couple of classes to know the city traffic better and some rules that were very different from where I come from. One hour cost around $120 and I received great tips.

Good luck with this whole process!  

Fernanda Salla