Somebody who works with the popular game show Jeopardy! has an affinity for Vancouver Island as our little corner of the world was once again featured on another question.
During an episode that aired on Monday, the contestants were asked a question regarding homelessness within the capital city.
“In 2020, this Canadian province purchased a hotel in the capital of Victoria to house its homeless population,” asked current celebrity guest host Mayim Bialik.
Jeopardy! was referring to the provincial government’s purchase of the Comfort Inn Hotel in Victoria for $18.5 million back in May 2020 — a purchase made in an effort to provide more housing in the city.
The question, which was posted to social media by Attorney General David Eby, fell in the ‘Some Good News’ category, which caused mixed reactions on social media with some debating whether this should have been categorized as good news or not and others calling the question “tone-deaf.”
Category was “Some Good News”. pic.twitter.com/qFmN0kItng
— David Eby (@Dave_Eby) June 8, 2021
On the other hand, several reactions on social media showed that British Columbians were excited to have the province represented on the hit show.
Any Vancouver Islanders watching the show would have noticed that this isn’t the first time in recent memory that questions have landed close to home.
On an episode of the show that aired last month, Vancouver Island was the correct response to one of the questions presented.
— Joe Perkins (@JoePerkinsCHEK) May 28, 2021
“A favourite with boaters, the Haro Strait lies between Washington State and this Canadian Island that is home to the City of Victoria?” the question read.
The contestant, a man by the name of Sam, was able to get this question right. Coincidentally, the question followed one about David Foster — a Grammy-award winning musician from Vancouver Island.
CHEK Viewers can catch the popular quiz show every weeknight, starting at 7:30 p.m. PT.