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From Polkaroo to Tokaroo: Toronto performer becomes a marijuana mascot

Tokaroo, a weed-themed parody of the the popular Canadian children's character Polkaroo, was created by Mark Scott — the performer who embodied Polkaroo for 22 years during promotional events.

Meet one of the worried Brits stockpiling goods as Brexit looms

Nevine Mann is stockpiling at least two months worth of food at her England home. She's concerned about disruptions in her country, if it leaves the EU without a deal next March.

Why 100 CEOs are asking Doug Ford to bring back basic income

If the economy fails to grow because people are stuck in precarious or low-income jobs, "we're all kind of in trouble," says Floyd Marinescu.

Why is there a guillotine on this Brooklyn rooftop?

Hannah Champagne has no idea why someone set up what looks like a real-life guillotine on the roof of a neighbouring building across from where she works in Brooklyn.

Lebanese government responds to mounting trash crisis by 'dumping it all in the sea'

To say Lebanon has a trash problem would be an understatement.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Oct. 18, 2018

Proud Newfoundland dad explains what it was like to buy legal weed from his son

​At one minute past midnight Wednesday in Newfoundland, Thomas H. Clarke sold weed to his dad.

Toronto man with pot convictions says a pardon isn't enough to clear his name

Toronto carpenter Kani Malale says his marijuana convictions have made it hard for him to travel or find work — and he's not sure a pardon will make it any better.

34 years before legalization, New Brunswick's premier was tried for pot possession

As the New Brunswick government enters the legal marijuana business on Wednesday, it's a big about-face for a province that once tried its own premier for possession.

Hello? Hellooo? 6 times As It Happens got hung up on

As It Happens hosts are chosen for their tenacity and doggedness — qualities some of our guests find off-putting, to say the least.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Oct. 17, 2018

Do you have what it takes to do the As It Happens Theme Song Challenge?

Do you think you can sing the As It Happens theme song better than our own Jeff Douglas? We challenge you to prove it.

Newfoundlander once jailed for pot charge makes his 1st legal cannabis sale

"I can't wait to sell weed tonight," says Thomas H. Clarke, who was once arrested for selling cannabis, told As It Happens before the big moment.

P.E.I. farmer apologizes in local paper for calling agriculture minister 'an arsehole'

Minister Lawrence MacAulay says he has received Ranald MacFarlane's apology and accepts it.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Oct. 16, 2018

This man rode out Hurricane Michael in his motel — and the walls caved in around him

Charles Smith was holed up in his Gulf View Motel with his six cats when Hurricane Michael hit Florida Panhandle with deadly force.

Charges laid 25 years after Norwegian publisher of The Satanic Verses was shot

William Nygaard was shot three times on Oct. 11, 1993, and left for dead. Now police have pressed charges two days before the statue of limitations was set to run out in the case.

Rare tree kangaroo, thought extinct for 90 years, photographed in Indonesia

Experts thought it was extinct, but now for the first time in almost a century, a British tourist traveling in West Papua has seen and photographed what is thought to be a Wondiwoi tree kangaroo.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

U.S. senators call Chinese telecom giant Huawei 'a real threat,' urge Trudeau to block it

A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him to bar Chinese telecom giant Huawei from building new, lightning-fast wireless infrastructure.

Painting by Frederick Banting of his Toronto lab to hit auction block

The Lab depicts the University of Toronto laboratory where Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best discovered insulin.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Trump should consider sanctions against Saudis over missing journalist: congressman

Congressman Joaquin Castro is calling on U.S. President Donald Trump investigate the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and possibly impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia.

'Devastating' scandal rocks wine world as 23 master sommeliers stripped of their titles

The Court of Master Sommeliers has stripped them of their titles because it discovered someone leaked information about the wines on the tasting part of the exam.

Activists launch Italian-flagged migrant rescue ship to counter government blockade

A group of activists has launched a migrant rescue ship under an Italian flag in the hopes that Italy will either let them dock with people saved at sea — or pay a political price for refusing them entry.