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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bobby's Back and Prester John's Gone

We had a couple great broadcasting moments over the weekend to contrast sharply with the tragic events of Gabe Lavoie's passing (last blog post has the information on Gabe). 

First off, Bobby Lax was back for the first Friday Funky Food Hour in a long while. If you missed it you can stream the whole thing right here, songs and all. Check out our profile on MixCloud for more audio archives in future.

We also had local band Prester John's Gone and Dirt Country in on Saturday afternoon to play a few songs live and a couple of their recent recordings, they're looking for gigs to add to an upcoming Rocky Mountain tour so look them up on Facebook.

That's it for now, we're working on some exciting plans for The Friday Funky Food Hour in the near future and always looking for studio guests so get in touch (contact info on the "Contact" page)

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio. -Geoff

Friday, February 24, 2012

Missing Person; Gabriel Lavoie

A Celebration of Life event is planned for Gabe on Thursday March 8th at The Legion. More information on the Facebook event page here HERE

Here is the latest press release from the Tofino RCMP regarding Gabe. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends on this difficult day;

Tofino RCMP # 2012-259
2012-02-24 @ 20:33 hrs
Update to Search for Gabriel LAVOIE
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on February 24th, 2012 Tofino Coast Guard Search
and Rescue located the body of a man on Felica Island just North of Tofino.
The man was later positively identified as Gabriel Lavoie.
The cause of Mr. Lavoie's death is not known at this time but foul play is not suspected.  The BC Coroner's Service is currently involved in the investigation.
Tofino RCMP would like to thank all the friends and local residents who
assisted in the search.  Also a thank you to Westcoast Inland Search and
Rescue, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, and JRCC for all their efforts
throughout the day.
Released by
Cst. Sascha BANKS
General Duty Constable/Media Relation Officer
Tofino RCMP
400 Campbell Street,
P.O. Box 280,
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0
Office: (250) 725-3242 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"Mining Clayoquot" Forum Tonight in Tofino

If you missed the mining forum you can listen to it all here. This was a live recording with very little editing so there are long pauses at times.
iOS users might need to download the mixcloud app and get the audio HERE <== This link should also bring you to a page where you can scan the audio by chapter (speaker)

Following is the orginal blog post for this day;
Right out the Long Beach Radio studio window you can see a mountain that is know to many around here as Catface.  Catface mountain may soon be the site of a copper mine.  Tonight there is a forum at The Tofino Community Hall where a number of speakers will be sharing information on mining in Clayoquot Sound, not just Catface but other potential mines as well.
I interviewed Amy Crook, one of the panelists this morning and was also blessed with a live performance by a young local song-writer and activist Kalilah Rampanen, here are the results;

We're hoping to have another of the panelists in tomorrow morning and may have the entire audio of the event available on our site as well.

More information on the forum are on the following poster or the Facebook event HERE
There are FREE shuttles and water taxis running to get people to the event, if you need info contact 250 725 4218

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio. -Geoff

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Should a Tla‐o‐qui‐aht Hereditary Chief's Portrait Hang Beside The English Hereditary Chief's in Tofino's Council Chambers?

Tofino resident George Patterson wrote the following letter to Tofino Council a while ago;

  "Dear Folks; I have lived in Tofino for twenty three years. When I first arrived I noticed immediately that a portrait of the Queen of England was prominently displayed in the Council Chambers. She is the hereditary chief of one of the founding Second Nations of Canada. Over the years I ave read a few books about the royal family and even though I do not consider myself a monarchist, I have developed respect for what they represent to many Canadians.

Tofino is situated within the traditional territory of the Tla‐o‐qui‐aht First Nations and over time I have had the great pleasure to witness the great expansion of recognition, acceptance and even pride in this fact among us non‐aboriginals. Almost all meetings I attend begin with a statement of acknowledgement and thanks to Tla‐o‐qui‐aht First Nations (TFN). Every delegation of important visitors is informed that they are on TFN Territory. Our elected Mayors increasingly discuss matters of mutual interest and import with TFN's elected chief. Important events start and finish with a prayer and a song in a language most of us do not understand but whose rhythms provide us with both a great sense of spiritual comfort and a strong connection to the long history of Clayoquot Sound. I am very proud to ive in a community that is so actively and sincerely learning to live with respect for the original inhabitants of this place.

I suggest that a portrait of the TFN's hereditary chief (Tyee Ha'wiih) be displayed beside that of the Queen of England. This simple act would be both recognition of how far we have ome in our relationship with our First Nation neighbours and a demonstration of our commitment to improving it.

An act like this requires no permission from the Provincial or Federal authorities, it requires no passage of a by‐law. It is a similar situation faced by our village about fifteen years ago when Sada Sato, a retired architect who lived on Chesterman's Beach, noticed that there as actually a bylaw on the books prohibiting Asians from owning property in Tofino. He gently pointed this out to the Administrator who overnight rectified the situation.

  All that needs to happen here is for the Mayor to get a hammer and nail and put it in just the ight place. The rest of Council could cheer, and then they could all get back to work. One small step.......

It would be a good idea to have the event photographed perhaps even filmed for posterity. . This small step will be praised across Canada and the world. Tofino will glow.

I thank you for your time and pledge $100 to the acquisition of the portrait.

Warm regards,

George Patterson"

I asked George about the letter recently

If you want a deeper look into what makes George tick here's an artist video he made with our own Cam Dennison a while back and he's a wonderful man to talk to next time you get down the the Tofino Botannical Garden.

The End of Gardening from StrongHeart Productions on Vimeo.

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio. -Geoff

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Forum on Mining in Clayoquot Sound Next Week

If you want some insight on mining in Clayoquot Sound consider attending a a forum on Wednesday the 22nd in Tofino's community hall.  I interviewed Bonnie from The Friends of Clayoquot Sound about the event.

We're expecting to have a couple of the speakers mentioned in this interview in the studio next week, stay tuned.

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio.  -Geoff

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Recent Interview with Industrial Aquaculture Critic Don Staniford

I talked with Don Staniford the other day and we played the interview on Tuesday morning. Here it is if you missed it.

We're always looking for studio guests with causes, events, or stories to share.  Email if you'd like to join us

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio..  -Geoff

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentines In Ucluelet and Tofino

Still don't have Valentine plans? Well I can offer a little help.

The UAC Hall in Ucluelet will play host to Sweet, Play, Love a chocolate and music themed fundraiser for the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. More details and tickets available at
The entertainment will be provided in part by Saskia and Darrel The player below will give you a taste of their tunes.

And tasty chocolate goodies will set a sweet mood for the evening.  Starts at 7pm.

Looks like the weather should be good for a sunset on Tuesday as well. This time of year the beaches or the Lighthouse lookout on the Wild Pacific Trail should be good for sunsets.  If you don't get to see one, we've got you covered.  Here's video of a sunset from right outside the Long Beach Radio studio taken in July.

Finally, speaking of love and sunsets have you seen my "Valentine to Tofino" yet?

Well, there we are. Happy Valentines Day and Thank You for listening to Long Beach Radio.  -Geoff

Friday, February 10, 2012

What's Up With Tofino's Water?

I talked to Tofino Mayor Perry Schmunk this morning about the village's recent water woes.  Tofino had lengthy boil water advisories in Januaury and a press release earlier this week caused confusion regarding the state of the system. 
Here's the audio;

Thanks for dropping in Perry.

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio

Monday, February 6, 2012

Joel Aubie, Canada's Newest Celebrity Chef?

We just got word that Joel over at Shelter is going to be a contestant on next season's Top Chef Canada. 
Here's his audition video.

Go Joel, we'll be watching and cheering for you!!

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio.  -Geoff

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake off Vancouver Island Today. No Tsunami Expected

According to the United States Geological Survey a magnitude 5.7 earthquake occured off the coast near Tofino and Ucluelet around noon today NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED.

Tsunami Information Statement issued 02/4/2012 at 12:09PM PST

At 12:06 PM Pacific Standard Time on February 4, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.7 occurred 90 miles/145 Km southwest of Port Alice, British Columbia .

The magnitude is such that a tsunami IS NOT EXPECTED. This will be the only WCATWC message issued for this event.

The location and magnitude are based on preliminary information. Further information will be issued by the United States Geological Survey or the appropriate regional seismic network.

Here's an interview with local geologist Jackie Windh about the earthquake history (and future) of our region. (in 3 parts)

Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio.... enjoy the sun.  -Geoff