As it Happenswith Carol Off


Why returning to Newfoundland was the 'toughest' and best decision this woman ever made

The documentary film Dropstones follows Sonya Foley as she escapes a default marriage and makes a new life for herself and her children in her hometown on Fogo Island.

Pfizer says Canada will get enough doses for everyone after vaccine cleared for kids 12 and up

Pfizer's Canada's vaccine lead says Canada will get enough doses of the vaccine in the coming months for everyone who needs it — including children aged 12 and up.  

'It was awful,' says woman who helped survivors of deadly migrant shipwreck off San Diego

When Anita Beckman and her family witnessed a deadly migrant shipwreck off the coast of San Diego, she says she and dozens of other bystanders did what they could to help those stranded in the water make it safely to shore.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

May 5, 2021

NACI advice to wait for 'preferred vaccine' sends bad message to essential workers: doctor

Dr. Zain Chagla says the National Advisory Committee on Immunization's guidance needs to be weighed against the risk of catching COVID-19, and that bad communication can lead to confusion and vaccine hesitancy.

U.K. man delighted when a duck returned to his 9th-floor balcony to hatch her eggs

Steve Stuttard couldn't believe his luck when a duck nicknamed Mrs. Mallard chose his balcony in Greater Manchester, England, as a nesting site for the second year in a row. 

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

May 4, 2021

Canadian YouTubers engineer hyper-realistic plasma lightsaber that can cut through steel

James Hobson and his team at Hacksmith Industries in Kitchener, Ont., have created a hyper-realistic, retractable plasma lightsaber that reaches a scorching heat of 2,200 C.

Tanya Talaga explores racism in Thunder Bay and her own Indigenous roots in Spirit To Soar

The documentary film Spirit To Soar follows journalist Tanya Talaga as she connects with her roots in Thunder Bay while exploring the aftermath of the deaths of seven Indigenous youth.

They survived a mass shooting meant to silence them. But these Norwegian women are louder than ever

The documentary film Generation Utoya follows four young women who survived a politically motivated mass shooting in Norway in 2011. But instead of retreating from the public sphere, they've become more politically active than ever.

Florida voting restrictions will target people of colour, says state Democrat

Florida is the latest Republican-controlled state to approve restrictions on things like mail-in ballots and drop boxes. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has signaled his support and is expected to sign it. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

May 3, 2021

Why cellists in Denmark are performing weekly live concerts — for cows

Cattle farmer Louise Haugaard can't be sure whether her cows actually enjoy watching live cello performances, but she thinks they're pretty into it.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

April 30, 2021

Penn Museum apologizes for collecting bones of victims of slavery and police violence

Twice this month the museum and the University of Pennsylvania has apologized for housing, first, an unethically collected set of skulls associated with researcher who sought to justify white supremacy, then the remains of a victim of a police bombing in 1985.

How Canada's oldest nudist club helped this filmmaker understand his family history

Daniel Berish was going through old photographs with his grandmother one day when they came across one of her as a young woman in the forest, wrapped in a towel and beaming at the camera.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

April 29, 2021

Daniel Kaminsky 'saved us all' when he discovered an internet flaw, says his niece

Daniel Kaminsky, a security researcher who found a significant security flaw in the internet over a decade ago, died last week of a diabetic condition. He was 42.

N.S. premier hopeful 2-week circuit-breaker lockdown will take 3rd wave down 'very quickly'

Following record breaking numbers on Tuesday, COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia have dipped. But Premier Iain Rankin isn't breathing easy yet.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

April 28, 2021

From our archives: An interview with award-winning Philippine journalist Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa has been awarded this year's UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ressa, an outspoken critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has faced a series of legal cases connected with her reporting. In February of 2019, she spoke to As It Happens host Carol Off.

Her dad suddenly started building his own coffin — so she made a film about it

When Cailleah Scott-Grimes first found out her father was building his own coffin, she didn't know what to make of it. So he decided to process it through film. Rockin' The Coffin is now streaming on CBC Gem and the Toronto Hot Docs film festival.

These volunteers spent 40 days in a cave with no sunlight or way to tell time

Montreal's Marina Lançon was one of 15 people who volunteered to spend 40 days in a French cave without any way to tell the time or communicate with the outside world — all in the name of science. 

After nearly 4 years stranded on cargo ship in Egypt, a Syrian crew member finally goes home

Due to a legal dispute, Mohammad Aisha spent almost four years stuck aboard a cargo ship in Egypt. Now he's finally been allowed to fly home to Syria.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

April 27, 2021