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B.C. makes it onto Jeopardy! once again with question about homelessness

Last Updated Jun 8, 2021 at 9:10 am PDT

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Summary

A Jeopardy! question with B.C. as the answer has started some conversation online

Jeopardy! question asked which province bought a hotel in the capital of Victoria to house its homeless population

Some people say question was 'embarrassing' while others suggest it portrays B.C. as leader in helping the vulnerable

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – B.C. has made it onto Jeopardy! once again, with the popular gameshow featuring the province as one of its answers.

“In 2020, this Canadian province purchased a hotel in the capital of Victoria to house its homeless population,” asked actress Mayim Bialik, who guest hosted Monday’s episode.

The question, answered correctly by a contestant, was part of the “Some Good News” category — which has been debated by some people.

Some say the question was “embarrassing,” pointing to homeless rates in Victoria.

“Thats [sic] not good news,” one person writes on Facebook.

However, others suggest it portrayed B.C. as a world leader when it comes to helping people who are vulnerable.

“Most ppl [sic] in the world support helping vulnerable populations, so this isn’t meant to be an embarrassment, it’s the right thing to do as a society, and as such, Jeopardy is honouring that,” writes another person.

It’s not the first time British Columbia was featured in a question on the show.

Last year, a sculpture in Revelstoke was the source of a clue. And in 2016, Vancouver was the answer to the Daily Double question: “The country’s busiest port, this southwestern Canadian city is about 15 miles from the U.S. border.”

Meanwhile, in 2015, Victoria was the answer to a question that stumped contestants: “An intersection in this provincial capital is the original western terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway.”