Like the US, Canada has been wrestling with a growing drug crisis. Deaths from overdoses have reached unprecedented levels, up to nearly 4,000 last year. In response, the government has pledged more resources for addiction services — including the use of prescription heroin.
After years of heated debates, rising overdose and HIV infection rates, and mounting pressure from people who use drugs themselves, the Canadian government opened Insite in 2003, making it the first publicly sanctioned injection facility in all of North America.
Romilly Cavanaugh once worked as an environmental pipeline engineer for Trans Mountain, a unit of Kinder Morgan that’s now trying to expand a Canadian tar sands oil pipeline. But in March she joined 200 protestors trying to block pipeline construction. She now awaits trial for criminal contempt of court.
More than 30 Chinese immigrants in New York say they have been the victims of a Chinese robocall scam. A local councilor suspects the number is much higher. The NYPD estimates $3 million has been stolen since December.
A new oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia would cross native land and send more than six times as many tankers through crowded waterways between Vancouver and Seattle. That has people on both sides of the border vowing to fight.
For today's Geo Quiz we are asking for the name of a city in Canada that's been nicknamed "the capital of Google Earth." The answer is Nanaimo, British Columbia. Anchor Katy Clark speaks with the city's chief technology officer, Per Kristensen.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the Cypress Mountain ski area in West Vancouver, British Colombia. It's where the ski cross competition will take place during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with 20 year old Canadian Ski Cross Team member Julia Murray about the newest Olympic sport that combines downhill and freestyle technique.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Igloolik, Nunavut. This town is home to Artcirq, an Inuit community circus troupe that will perform at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC next year. Boston Globe reporter Linda Matchan speaks with anchor Jeb Sharp.
Today's Geo Quiz focused on two mountain resorts around Vancouver, Canada. Whistler Mountain and Cypress Mountain. Some are worried that there isn't enough snow at the resorts. Anchor Marco Werman gets the scoop from CBC reporter Rick Cluff.
Officials powered up about a thousand security cameras in and around Vancouver in advance of the Winter Games starting there later this month. Anchor Marco Werman explains the electronic surveillance is making some privacy watchdogs there nervous.
The Vancouver Winter Olympics may be over but athletes from around the globe are still competing in British Columbia, this time in the Paralympics. Rick Hansen is following the Games in Vancouver. Jeb Sharp talks with him.