Catherine Rolfsen

'Finding Refuge' story producer

Catherine Rolfsen is a story producer with The Early Edition at CBC Radio Vancouver, currently following stories of Syrian refugees in B.C. Catherine's work has been recognized with regional and national awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Reach her at or @crolfsen

Latest from Catherine Rolfsen

Blood Alley Square redesign aims to jump start the 'heart of Gastown'

Residents and business owners hope a redesign of Blood Alley Square and Trounce Alley will make it safer and cleaner without excluding low-income people.

5 steps to reverse an overdose: How to use naloxone

Vancouver police may worry that administering naloxone is "hazardous" for their officers, but healthcare workers say there's very little risk and are encouraging anyone who knows a drug user to get trained on how to use the overdose antidote.

Chronic pain sufferer says he's forced to buy fentanyl on the streets

An advocate for drug users on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside says he's forced to buy fentanyl on the street because doctors won't write him a prescription for his chronic pain.

'Privileged' opioid addict won't seek help for fear of losing job

A Downtown Eastside outreach worker says she's afraid to seek help for her own opioid addiction because she believes it could jeopardize her job and future.

Surrey program tackles 'huge gaps' in support for Syrian refugee mental health

An innovative program in Surrey brings together Syrian refugee families to address the trauma of their past.

'Aggressive' camping reservation system sparks calls for change

Some outdoor enthusiasts say that making a reservation for a B.C. Parks campsite has become so competitive that it's sparked reservation scalping, sneaky tricks and calls for change.

After 3 months in limbo, Syrian refugees find home and community

A Syrian refugee family that felt frustrated and isolated after living in limbo for three months has moved into a permanent home in Burnaby, and a local church has stepped up to assist the family financially and emotionally.

Crusoe the celebrity wiener dog is in Vancouver

Crusoe, the celebrity dachshund, is in Vancouver as part of a cross-Canada campaign which is trying to raise awareness about the risks associated with ticks and fleas.

Some Syrian refugees fed up after months in temporary housing

Some Syrian refugees who still haven't found permanent homes say settlement workers have failed them. But settlement agencies say some refugees may have unrealistic expectations.

Fraser Health pilot program aims to take the bland out of hospital food

Chicken caesar salad, Moroccan soup and lasagna made with cottage cheese — these are just some of the meals being offered in an effort to buck the trend of bland hospital food.

Reporters' notebook: 3 months covering Syrian refugees

Since the push began to bring Syrian refugees to Canada, CBC journalists Bal Brach and Catherine Rolfsen have been covering their stories. Three months into the Finding Refuge project, they're sharing what they've learned.

Syrian refugees find work against the odds

Some Syrian refugees who have arrived in B.C. in recent months are bucking the odds by finding employment.

Syrian refugees don't all get an equal start in Canada

Government-assisted Syrian refugees tend to be more vulnerable than their privately-sponsored counterparts: they have larger families, lower levels of education, and less knowledge of French or English. And yet they get less individualized support.

Focus on Syrian refugees is at the expense of Iraqis, sponsors say

As Ottawa closes in on its goal to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by March 1, there are concerns from some sponsorship groups that the focus on Syrians is slowing down the process for Iraqi refugees.

Syrian refugees say they feel trapped without adequate help

As B.C. prepares to welcome a "surge" of 1,100 Syrian government-assisted refugees, some of the families already in the province say support services are inadequate.