Canada

Vancouver, B.C,
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Bill Radke talks with CBC Radio pop culture columnist Kim Linekin about how The X-Files helped turn Vancouver, B.C. into a thriving hub for TV and film productions.

A landmark deal 10 years in the making will protect 9.1 millions acres of Canadian rain forest on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.

The protected area in the Great Bear Rainforest is about half the size of Ireland.

Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about a recent verdict which found a Toronto police officer guilty of attempted murder. In 2013, Constable Jame Forcillo shot and killed 18-year-old Sammy Yatim on a streetcar. 

People welcome Syrian refugees at the Toronto airport on Dec. 9, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Stephen Quinn about the difficulties Vancouver is facing resettling refugees, the new symbol for the falling Canadian dollar, and prosecution costs from the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. Quinn is the host of CBC One radio show On the Coast and columnist for the Globe and Mail.

Canadian dollar, or 'loonie'
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Bill Radke speaks with Stephen Quinn about the plunging Canadian dollar and a new study that proves Canadians are more polite than Americans. Quinn hosts On the Coast on CBC Radio One in Vancouver. He also writes a weekly column for the Globe and Mail.  

Bill Radke speaks with Globe and Mail national correspondent Justine Hunter about a tent camp in Victoria, B.C. that's moving inside. 

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Bill Radke talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the "news maker of the year" in Canada. Hint: He got a favorable photo spread in Vogue magazine.

Canadian dollar, or 'loonie'
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David Hyde speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the continued fall of the Canadian dollar. Palmer also gives an update on plans for a sewage treatment plant in Victoria, B.C.

Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to bring in 25,000 Syrians within a matter of months, but it's not just his government that's handling the massive task of resettling the refugees.

Across Canada, churches, communities and businesses are all pitching in, as are many individuals, who are privately sponsoring Syrian families and covering most of their needs for the first year.

Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the impact of indigenous boarding schools. Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has released their final report and recommendations on the issue and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a blueprint for national reconciliation. 

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Todd Karol

What was it about Canada this year? A new prime minister (headed this week to Washington)? An attempt at taking already legendary niceness up a notch? These stories caught our eye — in a good way.

1. New prime minister makes waves

Bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. has become an especially contentious issue. In Canada, however, they're being welcomed with open arms.

Roughly 600 Syrians from refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon will arrive by plane in Canada this evening. They're the first of 25,000 Syrians the new Canadian government wants to resettle by the end of February.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first address to the nation. 

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks at the United Nations COP 21 climate change conference on Nov. 30, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's role in the climate talks in Paris.

Bill Radke talks with Vancovuer Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about Canada's response to the Syrian refugee crisis. President Obama says he wants to admit 10,000 Syrians in the next year, but the Canadian government says it wants to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. 

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