The Simi Sara Show
Friday April 10th, 2015
TOP FIVE STORIES WITH GORD MACDONALD
- Oil spill update – Federal officials have confirmed the source of the fuel spill in English Bay. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Transport Canada confirms the source is indeed the grain ship, the M-V Marathassa. Around 8:00am this morning, city crews began putting signs out along English Bay, urging people to stay out of the water and refrain from cleaning up any of the spill for fear of further impacting the area. One person told me that he and about 15 others came down last night and spent a few hours cleaning tar balls from the rocks along the shore. What we’re being told by the Coast Guard is that about 2700 litres of oil was spilled – 80% of that was cleaned up , another 20% either evaporated, washed on shore, or sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Another flight over the spill is planned for 9 a-m. A shoreline clean-up team will be deployed at Sandy Cove at Stanley Park and gradually move south.
- Will Hillary Clinton run for President? – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to announce she is running for president on Sunday, various US media report. Mrs Clinton is expected to make the announcement on social media. The 67-year-old will then travel to Iowa and New Hampshire, two early primary contests in the 2016 race. The former first lady previously ran for president in 2008 and is already considered a strong contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Mrs Clinton is expected to release a video outlining her campaign themes but will put off a large, formal speech. he recently faced criticism over using a private email address to conduct official business as secretary of state and having personal staff decide what emails should be given over to public records. Mrs Clinton was a politically active first lady during her husband’s two terms as US president and then served in the US Senate for several years. She lost out to President Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. Mr Obama later named her as secretary of state, a position she held until 2013.
- AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: HILLARY CLINTON SPEAKS WITH DIANE SAWYER IN JUNE 2014 – runs – 1.09.1
- Lauren Hill dies at 19 after battle with brain cancer –Lauren Hill touched a nation with her desire to play for Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team, even as she battled an inoperable brain tumor. Her resolve, spirit and courage were celebrated Nov. 2 when she realized her dream at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Cheered on by a sold-out crowd of 10,250 and a television audience, Hill scored the first and last basket of the Mount’s 66-55 victory over Hiram College. She passed away Friday at the age of 19.
- AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: LAUREN HILL DOC – ONE MORE GAME – runs – 2.18.5
- Tweet from LeBron James: Dear Lauren Hill, You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc etc! Your time spent on earth will never be…forgotten. I have that I never got the chance to meet u in person but know you inspired me the whole time! For every life u touched, u…made the biggest impact of them by just being YOU!! You’re in a far better place now and please don’t have to much fun up there w/o all…your family and friends. Can u please tell my Grandma I said hello. Don’t be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about u plenty of times…Until we officially meet again, take care and continue to be that LEADER we all love! #RIPLaurenHill
- Surrey mayor says new strategy is not to comment on crime– Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner has come under fire for a comment she made about commenting on crime in the city of Surrey. While speaking with the Surrey Now, Mayor Hepner said, “I don’t think it’s fair to me. I think it’s habitual, and so it just becomes deliberate,” Hepner said of the pattern. “Every time something happens I’m called at a political level to comment.”I’m just refusing to engage in that kind of exercise,” she said. “I need to shift the landscape.”
- Police say shots were fired at a home at the Surrey/Delta border early this morning. The report came in around 5 a-m, at a home in the 117-hundred block of 96th Avenue. No injuries were reported. Officers are now looking for a silver import, possibly similar to a Honda Civic, which was seeing fleeing the area at the time. It’s not clear yet if the shooting was targeted.
In studio: Gord MacDonald
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“I’M NOT THE SHERIFF”: SURREY MAYOR REFUSES TO COMMENT ON CRIME
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner has come under fire for a comment she made about commenting on crime in the city of Surrey. While speaking with the Surrey Now, Mayor Hepner said, “I don’t think it’s fair to me. I think it’s habitual, and so it just becomes deliberate,” Hepner said of the pattern. “Every time something happens I’m called at a political level to comment.”I’m just refusing to engage in that kind of exercise,” she said. “I need to shift the landscape.”
Phone: Tom Zytaruk
Surrey Now Reporter
Join the conversation: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MAYOR HEPNER’S COMMENTS ABOUT NO LONGER COMMENTING ON CRIME?
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WRAP UP THE HOUR
In studio: Dave Sheldon
TRAVEL BEST BETS: HEALTH & WELLNESS TRAVEL TREND – GROWING FAST
Stats from Spafinder Wellness
- 85% of people have returned from a vacation LESS rejuvenated than when they left
Travelers want more “wellness” in their travel destinations:
- 87% want healthier food
- 82% want spa/massage
- 70% want gyms with cardio and weights
- 54% want healthy sleep programs
- 47% want meditation/ mindfulness programming.
International hotel chains embrace wellness
Westin and the Four Seasons Hotel Group, made wellness a top priority by introducing programs aimed at reducing travel stress and increasing well-being with custom programs that offer everything from juice bars and healthy menu options to providing optimal sleeping conditions and work spaces.
Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It’s not a new property but is on the cutting edge of the wellness trend with an entire floor of Stay Well suites. Each room has air purification to reduce allergens, toxins, smoke and microbes from the air; healthy energizing lighting designed to reduce jet lag and regulate circadian rhythm; and vitamin C-infused water in showers to neutralize chlorine, keeping skin and hair soft and smooth.
InterContinental Hotels Group launched EVEN hotels, the first hotel brand designed around traveler’s wellness. The brand offers living walls, naturally flavored water, in-room training zones, and standing work desks. With two hotels operating on the East Coast in Connecticut & Maryland, they have plans to add three more in New York City this year.
Celebrity Fitness Trainers form partnerships with hotels
W Hotels Worldwide partnered with New York yoga instructor Tara Stiles to create FIT, an in-room curated fitness program as well as hosted the trainer at four of its properties for an in-person approach.
The Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London has Ruben Tabares, an in-demand trainer to celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Sean “P Diddy” Combs, to create made to order packages for guests.
Airports expand their wellness offerings
For years travelers have complained that staying well while traveling is impossible because even airports do not offer any healthful options. Many large terminals heard the call
– Yoga rooms at San Francisco International, Dallas Fort Worth, and Helsinki
– Indoor green space – Dubai International and Singapore’s Changi
– Healthy restaurants – Real Food Daily’s vegan to-go at LAX and organic sustainable fare from Plant Café at SFO.
This year we should see smaller scale airports going local and seasonal when they choose to purchase locally sourced food and beverage options for their restaurants.
If you are looking to relax, refresh and rejuvenate on your next getaway here are a few places to consider:
Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC – Built in 2010, there are 149 luxury rooms and penthouses and a 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art wellness facilities at KurSpa. All on the breathtaking setting of Lake Okanagan. Starting at $192/night
Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona – This property was recently named a Top Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure. Miraval offers healthful cuisine, innovative spa treatments and unmatched wellness programs in the beautiful Sonoran desert. From $689US /nt which includes $150 nightly resort credit, 3 healthy meals & activities/classes.
MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada – Here, “Stay Well” rooms include Vitamin C showers, healthy in-room menus, aromatherapy, a “Stay Well” channel hosted by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Guest also have access to Cleveland Clinic wellness software, air purification and water filtration systems and even “dawn simulator” alarm clocks that gradually wake guests up. Starting at $188/nt.
10 Night Mediterranean Cruise (Spain, Italy, Greece, Montenegro & Croatia)
Air, 10 night cruise (Barcelona to Venice) in an outside cabin, $450 USD per cabin on board credit & transfers
$2399 + $690 tax
(booked by June 1)
Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
Air & 7 nights in a 3.5-star beachfront all-inclusive hotel
May 14 & 28
$695 + $386 tax
Pre-record: Claire Newell
President of Travel Best Bets
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: SIMI AND CLAIRE FOR FRIDAY -runs – 9.27.5
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WHAT CANADIANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHINA IN THE 21ST CENTURY
China’s rise is having a direct impact on our prosperity, our health and well-being, and our security here in Canada. The road to achieving many of our middle-power aspirations now runs through the Middle Kingdom. We need to start paying closer attention, says former ambassador David Mulroney. China has become our second largest economic partner, not as important as the US is, but far bigger than all the rest. Canada exerts a magnetic pull on Chinese tourists and students. It’s also a popular destination for Chinese home buyers in search of a new life or simply looking for a safe place to park money. An assertive China is challenging the balance of power in the Pacific, and it is more than willing to reach across borders, including Canada’s, to steal technologies and to confront challenges to its ideology. We must do better. David Mulroney is uniquely positioned to discuss this issue as the former ambassador to China, and as a leader in forming a successful strategy in Afghanistan. He discusses what our challenges in Afghanistan were and how we eventually got it right, and how these lessons can be applied to the future challenges of China, and beyond. Cutting right to the heart of the issue, Middle Power, Middle Kingdom is an intimate account of how foreign policy works, and how policies must be changed if Canada is to prosper.
Phone: David Mulroney
Author of Middle Kingdom, Middle Power: What Canadians Need to Know About China in the 21st Century
Former Ambassador to China
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PUTTING BC TO WORK: EDUCATION ISN’T JUST FOR STUDENTS ANYMORE
How has post-secondary education changed in the last decade or two? How has the value of education changed? How has the demographic of students changed?
Phone: Phil Laird
Associate Provost, TWU Extension
Oversees their new Richmond Campus opening September 2015, plus Adult Degree Completion, International Degree Completion, MA Leadership programs.
Phone: Tanis deZara
BA in TWU’s Leadership program. Graduated 2013; worked in the Health Authority for several years beforehand and was promoted upon finishing her degree.
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