New York State Trooper Killed Near Corning

A New York state trooper was killed responding to a domestic call in the Town of Erwin, Steuben County.

Watch: Senate Intel Hearing On Worldwide Threats

The FBI director and several top intelligence leaders are testifying on Capitol Hill about worldwide threats. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is holding the hearing, is also conducting an inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Watch the proceedings live.

WSKG Fulfills Heartfelt Commitment To Support Community Radio In The Catskills

WSKG Public Media, one of the oldest and most celebrated educational broadcasters in New York State, and the licensee of WIOX Community Radio since 2014 when it acquired the station from the Town of Roxbury, has announced plans to turn over the WIOX license to WIOX, Inc., a local coalition of community leaders and educators, pending FCC approval. The transfer is expected to be concluded sometime in April. “It’s been four exceptional years with WIOX as part of the WSKG family,” said Greg Catlin, WSKG President and CEO. “WIOX is so vibrant! And now that it’s clearly a sustainable local enterprise, independent ownership is only natural.”

“The initial goal back in ’14 was to provide some critical back-office services to support the innovative programs on WIOX, all live and local, reflecting the unique interests and talents of the region, and to see if the station could remain viable and valuable to the communities we serve,” said WIOX station manager and co-founder Joe Piasek, referring to the WSKG partnership.

We Are Seeking Music Submissions for a New Radio Feature

Calling all musicians! WSKG is working on a news program and in need of theme music. The program is about the movement of poverty: the moves people need to make for food, healthcare, housing, and the challenge of obtaining upward mobility. If you or your band has a composition you feel would fit the mood of this program, please email us at MSandreczki@wskg.org. Submissions are due by Friday, Feb.

Examine a Movement with “Beyond #MeToo” Starting January 22 at 8pm

Sexual harassment and gender discrimination have been met with a grassroots response in the #MeToo moment. On January 22-25 from 8-9pm, WSKG will be broadcasting the program “Beyond #MeToo” produced by WNYC. The series comprises four one-hour conversations focused on what we need to do as a society to remedy widespread sexual harassment. The four night broadcast event will cover the workplace, corrective responses, how we are raising and educating our children in this environment and how men can play a role in the solution. This hour will be driven by deep interview and conversation among hosts and guests.

WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

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When Parents Are On Medicaid, Kids Get Better Healthcare, Too

Kids in low-income families are 29 percent more likely to have regular doctors’ visits when their parents have Medicaid coverage, according to a new study designed by health economist Eric T. Roberts of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Even though the Children’s Health Insurance program provides coverage to kids in low-income families, giving parents health insurance facilitates access to the health care system. “Physicians practicing in large, multi-group practices can see parents and children within the same practice. There are broad, spill-over effects of providing coverage to parents that accrue to children,” said Roberts. When kids have health care they’re more likely to grow into successful adults.

How to Make Frozen Lime Pie Recipe with Tracy Maines

Learn how to cook this sweet dessert of Frozen Lime Pie with Tracy Maines. In anticipation of our Seasons at the Lake documentary, we’re giving viewers a taste of what’s to come (and how to make this recipe themselves.)

Frozen Lime Pie (pg 279 in My Cottage Kitchen Cookbook)
Filling:
2 cans (14 ounces each) sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice
2 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust
Meringue:
1 cup egg whites
1 cup sugar
Zest of 1/2 lime

Filling:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the milk, egg yolks and lime juice. Mix on medium low speed. Divide mixture evenly between the two pie crusts and bake for 8 minutes until just set.

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For Second Time, Malpractice Insurer Sues PA Over Funding

HARRISBURG (WSKG) – State lawmakers are running into legal issues over a component of the budget plan they passed last month. Some $200 million of the plan is slated to be appropriated from a group that insures healthcare providers against malpractice claims. However, the group has sued to keep that money. The state established the Joint Underwriting Association in the 1970s, so lawmakers say they have the authority to appropriate its funds as needed.  But the JUA contends its money are private, because it comes from investments and premiums from policyholders. Its employees also don’t receive state benefits. This is the second time the disagreement over the association’s status has resulted in a lawsuit.

Cook Lamb Kabobs with Tracy Maines

For our Seasons at the Lake documentary, Tracey Maines invited us into her kitchen to show us how food plays a role in binding families and their vacation traditions together.

WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

Seasons at the Lake

Seasons at the Lake is a one hour television documentary, which explores the evolution of the family vacation through the lens of Oquaga Lake.

Learn How to Cook Stuffed Herb Tomatoes with Tracy Maines

Seasons at the Lake not only documents the evolution of the American vacation, but also the cooking of Tracy Maines. She made some of her favorite recipes, showing us how food plays a role in binding families and their vacation traditions together.  
Stuffed Herb Tomatoes (pg 227 in My Cottage Kitchen Cookbook)
6 medium tomatoes, ripe
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
3 tablespoons green onions, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Roasted Garlic Croutons, crumbled (see recipe in section ‘Salads and Dressings’)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  
Remove the stems and cut the tomatoes into half crosswise. Gently press out the juice and seeds.

RSVP to the Gray Riders Film Screening

See The Gray Riders documentary before it premieres on television. We’re hosting a special screening on Thursday, November 2 for this film, so RSVP to rsvp@wskg.org. There will be a reception at 5:30pm with light refreshments and snacks. The film will begin at 6pm. This one-hour documentary looks at the remarkable 100-year history of the New York State Police.

WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

It’s A Bach-analia! Celebrate The Waning Days Of Bach-tober With WSKG

Enjoy a ‘Bach’s Lunch’ Weekdays at Noon, Saturdays at 1:00 pm on WSKG Radio Friday (Bach-Busters), Bachtober 27: Johannes Brahms: Two Motets for Mixed Chorus, Op.74: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen — 12:56, O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf — 6:48, Janos Ferencsik, cond.; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Hungaroton 12475 Saturday (Sam’s Music Bachs), Bachtober 28th, Selections from Mozart’s arrangements for string trio of some Preludes and Fugues of JSB interwoven with some of PDQ Bach’s preludes and fugues for keyboard (performed by From the Top’s very own Christopher O’Riley). Monday, Bachtober 30: JS Bach: Cantata 208: The Merry Hunt is all I Enjoy — 31:33, Matyas Antal, cond.; Hungarian Radio soloists and Chorus; Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Naxos 550643 Tuesday, Bactober 31: PDQ Bach: The Short Tempered Clavier: Preludes and Fugues in all the Major and Minor Keys Except for the Really Hard Ones (S. easy as 3.14159265) — Christopher O’Riley, piano   AND, PDQ Bach: Oedipus Tex — 28:26, Pamela South, soprano; Dana Krueger, mezzo; Frank Kelley, tenor; Peter Schickele, bass; Newton Wayland, cond.; Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic; Okay Chorale, Telarc 80239  

It’s A Bach-analia! Celebrate The Waning Days Of Bach-tober With WSKG

Enjoy a ‘Bach’s Lunch’ Weekdays at Noon, Saturdays at 1:00 pm on WSKG Radio Friday (Bach-Busters), Bachtober 27: Johannes Brahms: Two Motets for Mixed Chorus, Op.74: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen — 12:56, O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf — 6:48, Janos Ferencsik, cond.; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Hungaroton 12475 Saturday (Sam’s Music Bachs), Bachtober 28th, Selections from Mozart’s arrangements for string trio of some Preludes and Fugues of JSB interwoven with some of PDQ Bach’s preludes and fugues for keyboard (performed by From the Top’s very own Christopher O’Riley). Monday, Bachtober 30: JS Bach: Cantata 208: The Merry Hunt is all I Enjoy — 31:33, Matyas Antal, cond.; Hungarian Radio soloists and Chorus; Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Naxos 550643 Tuesday, Bactober 31: PDQ Bach: The Short Tempered Clavier: Preludes and Fugues in all the Major and Minor Keys Except for the Really Hard Ones (S. easy as 3.14159265) — Christopher O’Riley, piano   AND, PDQ Bach: Oedipus Tex — 28:26, Pamela South, soprano; Dana Krueger, mezzo; Frank Kelley, tenor; Peter Schickele, bass; Newton Wayland, cond.; Greater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic; Okay Chorale, Telarc 80239  

WSKG Toasts the Last Broadcast of Car Talk

Come raise a glass as WSKG toasts Car Talk’s last on-air broadcast, Sunday, October 1. After which time, WSKG will be airing Weekend Fresh Air and The Folk Sampler during Car Talk’s Saturday and Sunday time slot. So, we ask that you join the WSKG staff at any of these three locations and enjoy  $1 off beers between 1 and 2pm while the episode is airs. Listen, reminisce, and be merry. Cooperstown Brewing Company
110 River St
Milford, NY 13807
12:30p-2:30p

Myer Farm Distillers
7350 State Route 89
Ovid, NY 14521
12:30p-2:30p

Farmhouse Brewery
14 George St
Owego, NY 13827
12:30p-2:30p

Leave us a message and have a chance to hear your voice on the air.

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Cornell Black Students’ Group Demands Hate Speech Policy, Permanently Banning Psi Upsilon Frat House

Black Students United, a student organization at Cornell University, is demanding the fraternity, Psi Upsilon be permanently banned from campus. This comes in reaction to a black Cornell junior being called the N-word, and then physically assaulted, sending the student to the hospital. Black Students United held a protest Wednesday and delivered demands to President Martha Pollack. The Psi Upsilon alumni board has told the school they’d close the chapter immediately. Cornell banned it last year for conduct code violations.

WSKG Toasts the Last Broadcast of Car Talk

Come raise a glass as WSKG toasts Car Talk’s last on-air broadcast, Sunday, October 1. After which time, WSKG will be airing Weekend Fresh Air and The Folk Sampler during Car Talk’s Saturday and Sunday time slot. So, we ask that you join the WSKG staff at any of these three locations and enjoy  $1 off beers between 1 and 2pm while the episode is airs. Listen, reminisce, and be merry. Cooperstown Brewing Company
110 River St
Milford, NY 13807
12:30p-2:30p

Myer Farm Distillers
7350 State Route 89
Ovid, NY 14521
12:30p-2:30p

Farmhouse Brewery
14 George St
Owego, NY 13827
12:30p-2:30p

Leave us a message and have a chance to hear your voice on the air.

WSKG Loves the Arts Tour

WSKG is dedicated to promoting the arts of the region and beyond. So, we’re taking an art tour with our President and CEO, Greg Catlin. We’ll be visiting local galleries throughout the region, exploring the arts and meeting some of WSKG’s great listeners and viewers. That’s you. We hope you’ll join Greg and the personalities from WSKG at a gallery near you.

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As White House Ends DACA, Cornell Plans To Help Undocumented Students

Cornell University is responding to President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This Obama-era executive action protects the children of undocumented immigrants. If legislation does not replace it, the program stops in six months. Cornell President Martha Pollack wrote a letter to the Cornell community Tuesday responding to the White House’s rescission of the DACA program. In it, she said the school will not cooperate with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

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Tompkins County To Consider Joining Opioid Lawsuits

According to two Tompkins County officials, the County’s been approached to join a lawsuit against the drug companies Purdue, Teva, Janssen and Endo Pharmaceuticals. A number of New York counties, including Broome, are suing pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis. They want firms to pay millions of dollars for downplaying the addictive qualities of prescription opioids — qualities that have led to the addiction crisis. Michael Lane is chair of the Tompkins County Legislature. He said any decision on whether to join in would have to go to a committee first.

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Students Gather Data On Vacant City Lots To Inspire Future Use

(WXXI) – There are about 2,100 vacant, city-owned lots in Rochester. Three hundred of them are in the Marketview Heights neighborhood alone. That’s where a team of students spent the summer gathering information that can be used to turn some of those abandoned properties into assets for their community. Students from city high schools and RIT went from lot to lot using phone apps to record specific facts about what they saw. “Are there trees on the lot?”

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Central NY Legislators Say DEC Needs More Flexibility To Issue Deer Culling Permits

(WRVO) – Central New York state legislators have introduced a bill that would give the state Department of Environmental Conservation more flexibility with issuing deer control permits. This comes after DEC officials determined they were steering too far away from the current law. David Skeval of Cornell Coorperative Extension of Onondaga County said after an internal review at the DEC, officials realized their process of issuing deer culling permits is cumbersome, and also not following environmental law. “It’s not so much that the DEC said, ‘we’re going to change our minds and our law,'” Skeval said. “They’re not changing the law, they are trying to follow it a little closer.

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Civil War Re-enactors Consider The Use Of The Confederate Flag

(WXXI) With the removal of Confederate statues happening across the country, how does that backlash affect Civil War re-enactors? Captain of the Western New York Federal re-enacting unit Reynolds Battery L John Beatty said some groups representing the Confederacy are moving away from using the red flag with the blue “X” completely in their re-enactments, since it has become associated with so many hate and white supremacist groups. He said the actual flag of the Confederacy looks much different, but those are also more difficult to come by. People are often surprised to hear about Confederate re-enactors living in western New York, says Beatty. “It’s basically because they can point to an ancestor that did it; it’s not that they’re big into any political agenda whatsoever.

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Myrick: Supervised Injection Proposal Pushed The Treatment Conversation

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick made headlines last year for his plan to combat the heroin epidemic. The most controversial idea is to build a supervised injection site. That’s where people can use drugs under medical supervision. Myrick thinks the proposal’s made the conversation around drug policy more progressive. In an interview, Myrick said supervised injection has helped increase funding to other drug-related programs, because it got so much attention.

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Tompkins Health Department Warns Of Blue Green Algae In Cayuga Lake

The Tompkins County Health Department says harmful blue-green algae has been found in Cayuga Lake. In a press release, the Department says the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been “visually identified” on each side of the Southern end of the lake, and that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the HABs.  Ingesting water infected by blue-green algae can make humans and pets ill. The Department is urging residents to look out for strongly colored water, a paint-like surface and floating mats or scum. You can see sample images here of both HABs and non-toxic green algal blooms. Boiling, chlorinating, or otherwise treating your water will not make it safe to use during a bloom. The Department has this instruction: “During a bloom, do not drink, prepare food, cook, or make ice with water from the lake or from beach wells.” Pets should also be kept from drinking untreated surface water.

Tell Us Your Solar Eclipse Story

Hey! Are you journeying south to see the total solar eclipse in August? It’s the first time America will experience a total solar eclipse since 1918. However, for those living on the east coast, the path of totality will be limited to parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. We’re interesting in hearing your story–the reason why you plan on packing up your car to witness this unique moment.

A Capitol Fourth Live Stream

A Capitol Fourth broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and our troops watching around the world. And for a second year in a row, PBS will be live streaming the event on Tuesday, July 4th at 8pm. You can tune into the event right here from your tablet, computer, or mobile device.

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Get Out Of Jail Free

NEW YORK (BBC) – On any given day there are around half a million people detained in American jails without being convicted of a crime. One big reason for this is America’s unique system of cash bail.  When bail is set, those who can afford it go free to await their trial. Those who cannot – often the poor, minorities, the mentally ill – either take their chances with commercial bail-bondsmen, or go to jail. Critics say it is a broken system that lets potentially dangerous people go because they have the cash, and detains other who are harmless just because they are poor. James Fletcher visits New York to hear the stories of those caught up in the machinery of American justice.

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Life Lessons Learned from a ‘Real Boy’

June is unofficially Pride Month in the U.S., a celebration of the LGBTQ community. General acceptance of the community has increased in recent years, but not for everyone. Several states have written and/or passed laws banning transgender people from going to the bathroom that matches their gender identity, and advocates have seen an increase in the number of transgender people being killed in recent years.Despite this, many people have strived to become better allies to the transgender community, and more transgender people are making their presence known in media. A recent example of this is 19-year-old Bennett Wallace, the star of the Independent Lens documentary “Real Boy.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_lynBiuvI0]Bennett’s story is that of sadness, love, hope, and acceptance. The doc starts with excerpts from two videos – a home video from a six-year-old Bennett (who’s birth name is Rachael), and a YouTube video from 19-year-old Ben.

WATCH LIVE: Sessions Testifies About Russia Meetings In Senate Hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that will likely focus on his meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.  

Sessions is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Watch live in the player above. The hearing comes days after former FBI Director James Comey testified about the agency’s investigation of Russia’s role in last year’s presidential election and possible ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, along with his relationship with Trump in the weeks before his firing. READ MORE: Important takeaways from Comey’s Senate hearing

Sessions may also be questioned Tuesday about his role in Comey’s firing.

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WSKG Reporters Honored By PRNDI, The New York State Associated Press

WSKG Managing Editor Bret Jaspers was honored over the weekend by Public Radio News Directors, Inc (PRNDI).  The national organization awarded Jaspers a 2nd place prize for “Drought Conditions Putting Pressure On New York Grape Vines.”  He competed against mid-sized public radio newsrooms across the United Stated. Broadcast journalists from WSKG Public Media were also among the list of winners honored this month by the New York State Associated Press Association.  General Excellence of Individual Reporting: 1, Monica Sandreczki, WSKG-FM, Binghamton;  2, Eileen Buckley, WBFO-FM, Buffalo; 3, Chris Caya, WBFO-FM, Buffalo. Enterprise Reporting: 1, Bret Jaspers, WSKG-FM, Binghamton, “Why There’s a ‘Chasm’ Between Families and Insurance Companies over Addiction Treatment”; 2, Ellen Abbott, WRVO-FM, Oswego, “Farmers Try to Find Ways to Deal with More Severe Weather”; 3, Lauren Rosenthal and Julia Botero, WSLU-FM, Canton, “Heated to Scorching: Last Weeks of the Race for the 116th Assembly Seat.” Documentary: 1, Crystal Sarakas and Bret Jaspers, WSKG-FM, Binghamton, “The Rush: Digging into Addiction”; 2, Eileen Buckley, Michael Mroziak and Mike Desmond, WBFO-FM, Buffalo, “The 2016 Buffalo School Board Race”; 3, Angelica Morrison, WBFO-FM, Buffalo, “LBJ Visit to Lake Erie Led to Cleaner Waters.”

Trump's Announcement on Paris Accord, Annotated

The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday. He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a work on a new deal that would put American workers first. During his campaign, Trump vowed to “cancel” U.S. participation in the deal. World leaders and business figures had recently urged him to reconsider. Ultimately, the president decided to withdraw, with the stated intention of renegotiating.

State Of Emergency In Broome County

BINGHAMTON  (AP) — More than 40,000 utility customers are without power after powerful thunderstorms packing high winds rolled across upstate New York. NYSEG reports half of its 34,000 outages Tuesday morning are located in the Binghamton area, where Broome County officials have declared a state of emergency after trees and utility poles were toppled by high winds during Monday night’s storms. Some 40 roads in the area are closed because of fallen trees or poles. A few thousand other homes and businesses in the Southern Tier and eastern New York remain without power. The National Weather Service says it will investigate whether a tornado touched down in neighboring Chenango and Otsego counties Monday evening. More than 6,700 utility customers in Chenango County are waiting to have power restored.

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President Trump’s First 100 Days, Annotated

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter.  Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain “terror-prone regions,” and the lifting of “roadblocks” to let “infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward.” The 100-day mark is not an official milestone, but it is a traditional point to take stock of a new presidential administration. Throughout President Trump’s time in office so far, there have been both flurries of action and some setbacks. In many cases, the status of these efforts is not clear-cut, with substantial talk but not yet action.

Now Streaming: The Bronte Sisters, Ovarian Psycos, and More

It’s TV on your time. Consider adding a few of these shows and documentaries to your watchlist this weekend. Click +Add to save the show for later or begin streaming online right away. It’s WSKG on your schedule. To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters
Expires: April 9, 2017
Learn the extraordinary story of how, against all odds, the famous literary trio had their genius for writing romantic novels recognized in a male-dominated 19th-century world.

Watch Live: PBS President Paula Kerger Presents on the Impact of Public Media

The White House’s proposed budget would cause major cuts to public media funding (among other programs). In light of this proposal, PBS President Paula Kerger will be in Detroit for a presentation to members of the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) on the impact of public media in America on Friday, March 24. The presentation be streamed live online when it begins at 12:30 a.m.

PBS currently stands as one of America’s most trusted news sources. Kerger plans to share this and many more insights into how PBS plans to remain a valued and innovative force in a constantly changing media landscape. She will also discuss how PBS is working with stations, like WSKG, to close the achievement gap by expanding educational resources for teachers and children.

Ithaca Wants Supervised Injection. Vancouver Already Has It.

It’s the last Wednesday of the month in the Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver – the day when thousands of people living on the margins in this community get their monthly social assistance checks. The streets are full of activity, much of it drug-related.