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.
When Justin Trudeau was elected as the prime minister of Canada in 2015 he did so on a platform that pledged to reform the country's environmental laws. Recent news of the Canadian government agreeing to fund a sands oil pipeline extension has many who voted for him questioning his motives.
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.
A First Nations group in British Columbia is trying to counter the environmental and economic impact of sea-based salmon farming by starting a new kind of salmon farm — on land. But the enterprise is fraught with challenges.
After a long fight, First Nations groups in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest have won a ban on hunting grizzlies in the area. Now, instead of grizzly hunts, they're trying to build an ecotourism industry based on bear viewing and local native culture.
Instead of treating nature as property under the law, the rights-of-nature movement seeks legal recognition that "nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles."
Sunday marks 25 years since the U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Adam Jones, professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, joins us.
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.
Fifty miles. That's about the distance separating the United States and Russia. And it's the answer to today's Geo Quiz. The World's David Leveille takes a look at an old proposal to link Siberia and mainland Alaska by tunnel.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the glamorous French Riviera resort city of Saint Tropez. Host Marco Werman speaks with Johanna Laurent of the Association Against Helicopter Noise, a group actively campaigning to limit the number of helicopters carrying celebrities to and from Saint Tropez.
For today's Geo Quiz we're looking for a remote northeastern province in Afghanistan that borders Pakistan to the east and the Hindu Kush Mountains to the south. The answer is Nuristan, where U.S. forces run a forward operating base. Christian Science Monitor journalist Dana Harmon is embedded with troops there. She tells anchor Marco Werman what it's like in this remote corner of the world.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Central Asia's Gobi Desert. An archaeological site in that region -- within the Uighur Autonomous Region of China -- is where scientists discovered the world's oldest known marijuana. Anchor Marco Werman gets details from lead scientist, Dr. Ethan Russo whose research is published in the Journal of Experimental Botany.