*NS Missing Fishermen. The Canadian military steps in after the Coast Guard calls off the search for five fishermen.
*Pistorius Latest. The lead detective in the murder case against the Olympic sprinter is himself facing attempted murder charges.
*Hyderabad Explosion. Multiple bombs rip through one of the busiest parts of the southern Indian city.
*Beaver Manifesto. Turns out the busy little rodents inadvertently lend a hand to Canada Geese looking for spring nests.
*Kitsilano Coast Guard. This week's closure of the B.C. station catches search and rescue support agencies off guard.
*Meerkat Study. "Queens" use subordinate members of their pack to suss out potential hazards.
Desperate for hope. The father of one of five Nova Scotian fishermen who've been lost at sea since Sunday night hears that a plane is being sent to find their capsized boat.
Starlight fantasies. A Winnipeg man makes a public apology after he accused police of dumping him at the edge of town on a frigid winter night.
Political hacks. The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador defends one of her members after he instructs supporters on how to circumvent the security of online polls.
Scotching the detective. A reassessment of the Oscar Pistorius prosecution after the lead investigator is taken away to face a series of attempted murder charges.
Driving while old. A Sudbury snitch line that asks for warnings about eratic elderly drivers, prompts accusations of age-discrimination.
And...pest or not. The author of a new study about beavers says Canada could not get by without our flat-tailed friends.
As It Happens the Thursday edition. Radio that may be a little long in the tooth but still delivers a pretty good slap.
It has been a difficult week for the people of Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia.
The community has mobilized around the families of the five missing fishermen lost at sea.
On Tuesday, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax called off the formal search. But the families have been calling on officials to do everything in their power to get to the boat.
Today -- after mounting pressure from the families -- one family says its been told that National Defence is sending out an aircraft to find the boat.
George Hopkins is the father of 27-year-old Joel Hopkins -- one of the missing fishermen.
We reached Mr. Hopkins at home in Woods Harbour.
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It was a 'starlight tour'...that never actually happened. In December, 2010, twenty year old Evan Maud told a disturbing story about Winnipeg Police. He claimed that officers had picked him up -- driven him to the edge of the city -- and left him in the cold without a coat. Eventually, surveillance video and GPS information from the police car revealed the story to be a lie.
Today, Evan Maud tried to make amends. He made a public apology during a news conference in Winnipeg. Here's some of what he had to say -- for the record.
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It's still only a bail hearing. But the case against South African paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has already taken its share of unexpected twists and turns.
The athlete who captured the world's attention as the 'blade runner' at the London Olympics is accused of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Today, it emerged that the detective who led the initial investigation into the crime is himself facing attempted murder charges -- dating back to 2011.
Karyn Maughan was at the hearing today. She's a legal reporter with the South African broadcaster E-N-C-A. We reached her in Johannesburg
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If you notice someone driving eratically in the Sudbury area, there's a number you can call. But folks answering the phones aren't looking for tips about just any old bad driver. They're interested in elderly bad drivers. That's prompted discrimination complaints against Crime Stoppers and the North East Dementia Coalition Safe Driving Task Force -- the groups that launched the snitch line last month.
Patricia Douglas is the Chair for the Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. We reached her in Sudbury.
One of the most crowded areas in the sourthern Indian city of Hyderabad was rocked by at least two explosions today. It happened in the middle of the evening rush hour and, police quickely labelled it a coordinated terrorist attack. Uma Sudheer is a reporter with the Indian broadcaster N-D-T-V. She's spent most of the night near the site of the explosions, trying to make sense of it all. We reached her in Hyderabad.
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There are a lot of reasons why you should give a dam about beavers.
One example can be found in new research from the University of Alberta. The recently published study describes how beavers help Canada Geese as they return home in the spring, and other migratory birds, too.
Glynnis Hood is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies at the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus. She is the author of the study and she's also author of a book called The Beaver Manifesto. We reached her on campus in Camrose, Alberta.
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Six families who live north of Peace River in Alberta have abandoned their homes because they believe the strong smell of tar in the air is making them sick. They've experienced nausea, headaches and fatigue. They say their problems are caused by emissions from a nearby facility that's using a new method of processing heavy oil.
Erin and Donald Labrecque left their home in the fall, moving their two small children into her parents' basement in another community. Here is what they told CBC reporter Sylvain Bascaron, for the record.
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The Government of Alberta has launched a new ad campaign aimed at distracted drivers. It's meant to get your attention, and, well, it does.
Here it is, it's our Sound of the Day.
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They knew it was coming. But they didn't expect it to happen so soon.
Vancouver's police and fire departments say they were completely caught off guard by the federal government's closure on Tuesday of the Kitsilano coast guard station.
And they're not the only ones -- Vancouver's mayor Gregor Robertson and BC premier Christy Clark have denounced the move as irresponsible, claiming it puts lives at risk.
The Kitsilano coast guard station was Canada's busiest -- responding to upwards of three-hundred distress calls a year, the most serious occurring in the winter months.
John McKearney is the fire chief for the city of Vancouver.
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As I speak, portions of the distant nation of Belgium are being overrun by wild boars. The animals are indeed dangerous -- but that's mostly due to their role in causing road accidents. Still,. officials are taking the scourge seriously. They recently organized a cull of the animals and sent out a hunting party two hundred strong. The fearless armed Belgians spotted dozens of animals. And their mighty expedition managed to bag... one single boar. The hunters say the others fled.. most likely into neighbouring Holland.
But, this is not the first wild boar uprising in recent memory. Back in 2004, Marc Franusch -- a German forest ranger -- described a boar invasion of Berlin on this very program.
From our archives, here is former As It Happens host Mary Lou Finlay, asking Mr. Franusch about a particularly hairy incident.
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He took on the Canadian identity at Vancouver Olympics. He's taken on abuse, poverty and loneliness. And now Vancouver poet Shane Koyczan is taking on bullies.
This week he released a video of his spoken word poem "To This Day." Here's a little sample.
The video has already gone viral and it's official launch isn't until next week.
As it Happens listeners may remember his poem "If You Are Alone at Christmas," which we aired in December. Many of you wrote to us wanting to hear more of Shane Koyczan's poetry on the show. Today we have Shane Koyczan himself. We reached Mr. Koyczan in Vancouver.
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They are Her Meerkat Majesty's Secret Service -- only now some scientists in Switzerland have blown that secret. According to the researchers, a meerkat queen will yield to subordinates when sussing out potential threats. She, meanwhile, hangs back with the rest of the pack.
Dr. Nicolas Perony is the lead author of the study. He's a systems scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. We reached him in Zurich, Switzerland.