On November 4, Americans went to the polls to choose a new president. The vote came after a long and bitterly contested campaign between the Democratic candidate Barack Obama and Republican candidate John McCain. In this News in Review story we’ll look at the campaign and what happened when voting day finally arrived.
Although crime rates in Canada have been going down, gang violence has been increasing. In many Canadian cities young gang members with guns have become a deadly problem. They are not only killing each other, but sometimes innocent people are caught in the crossfire. In this News in Review story we’ll look at how gangs and guns turned an Alberta community into a war zone and how the community fought back.
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In August an armed conflict broke out in Georgia, a country in the Caucasus region. Georgian and Russian troops fought each other over the future of two disputed territories. In this News in Review story we’ll look at the roots of the conflict. We’ll show you what happened during the fighting and what was done to keep the crisis from escalating out of control.
On August 8, the 29th Olympic Games opened in the Chinese capital of Beijing. For the Chinese government the Games were not just a chance to host the biggest sporting event in the world, they were also a chance for the country to showcase its achievements as a rising global power. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at whether they succeeded and what happened when the Games got underway.
In June, the Government of Canada apologized to Aboriginal Canadians for the way they were treated in residential schools. Thousands of Aboriginal children were forced into government-financed schools where many suffered physical and sexual abuse. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at that sad chapter in Canadian history and at the moving ceremony in the House of Commons.
In late March, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government announced that it wanted to make some major changes to Canada’s immigration laws. The changes would give the government the power to fast-track some applications, while refusing to even consider others. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at the proposed legislation and why it is so controversial.
The African country of Kenya has long been regarded as an oasis of stability in a troubled continent. But in January the country was rocked by an outbreak of bloody factional fighting. At least 1 500 people were killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes. In this News in Review story we’ll look at what led to the two-month crisis and what is being done to try to end the violence.
In February, the race to choose the next president of the United States heated up. The two main parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, held a series of primaries and caucuses to determine which candidate should represent them. In this News in Review story we’ll look at both party’s candidates and at the issues shaping their campaigns.
In late December, the RCMP announced it would be restricting its use of electric stun guns, or Tasers. The announcement came two months after a Polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport died after police used Tasers and then restrained him. In this News in Review story we’ll look at how that death set off a national debate about the safety of stun guns.
In Quebec a two-person commission is holding public hearings into how immigrants should fit in and what if anything their new society should do to accommodate them. The hearings have caused a storm of controversy in the province, with critics accusing them of fostering intolerance. In this News in Review story we’ll travel to the small town of Herouxville to try to understand what’s behind Quebec’s big debate. (Length: 14:17) Download Resource Guide (PDF) for this story.