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Plumber drives from New Jersey to Texas with his family to help with storm repairs

A plumber and his family drove 22 hours from New Jersey to Texas to help repair people's homes after a devastating winter storm.

Daniel Prude's brother 'outraged' that police officers won't be charged in his death

Joe Prude would like to see the Rochester, N.Y., police officers who held down his brother Daniel Prude until he stopped breathing charged with murder, and he's not done fighting for justice. On Tuesday, a grand jury ruled that the officers involved in the 41-year-old Black man's death will face no criminal charges.

Mysterious old photos of Alaska a 'beautiful gift,' says one of people pictured

Jennifer Skupin had nearly forgotten about the trove of 60-year-old photographs that she found at a Dutch flea market a decade ago until she cleaned out her cupboard. Now, she's tracked down the people pictured.

Canada promised to end solitary confinement, but a new report says it's still happening 

Federal prisons in Canada are still using solitary confinement nearly two years after the government banned the practice, a new report has found.

Why this artist animated people's weird pandemic dreams 

Early on in the pandemic, Marcie LaCerte had a familiar nightmare with a pandemic twist. That dream inspired the New York artist and her colleagues to interview 20 people in five continents about their dreams, which LaCerte has turned into an animation called Invisible Monsters and Tomato Soup.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Feb. 25, 2021

As Toronto cracks down on tiny shelters, a woman who lived in one says it 'felt like a home'

A woman who spent several weeks living in one of Khaleel Seivwright's tiny shelters says the city is wrong to go after him. 

Elijah McClain's father calls for justice after report finds police had no basis to stop his son

LaWayne Mosley says it's long past time for police and paramedics to be held accountable for his son's death. 

Kenyan farmers are turning crop-eating locusts into sustainable animal feed

The Bug Picture is working with communities in Kenya to harvest the insects and mill them, turning them into protein-rich animal feed and organic fertilizer for farms.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Feb. 24, 2021

Melting butter hard? Palm oil may be the culprit, says food researcher

Many Canadians have struggled melting butter to room temperature. Food scientists say the reason for firm butter may be palm oil in cow feed.

Violinist gives long-distance lessons to teenager in coronavirus lockdown

Kevin Tang was having a hard time cooped up at home in Chengdu, southwest China. His violin teacher, acclaimed violinist Anthea Kreston, assigned him difficult concerto on a tight timeline to take his mind off things.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

This Texan didn't lose power during the storm. But his electricity bill hit $16.8K US

Scott Willoughby thought he dodged a bullet when his electricity kept running during the brutal Texas cold snap. But then he got the bill.

'We can't just back down,' says Myanmar protester as demonstrations grow

Veiled threats, water cannons and arbitrary arrests aren't stopping people from protesting the military coup in Myanmar. 

Author explores a missing piece of Africville history — its 'happiness and love and laughter'

Amanda Carvery-Taylor's new book, A Love Letter to Africville, tells the Black Nova Scotia settlement's history through the eyes of the people who actually lived here. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Feb. 22, 2021

'She's just perfect,' says scientist who helped clone an endangered ferret

Ben Novak will never forget the time he met Elizabeth Ann, the black-footed ferret clone. The little critter's birth marks the first time scientists have cloned an endangered species in the U.S.

After fleeing to Canada, activist helps secure victory for LGBTQ rights in Jamaica

Thanks to Gareth Henry and his co-defendant, an international human rights tribunal is calling on Jamaica to repeal its colonial-era anti-gay laws.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Feb. 19, 2021

'This has been a statewide debacle': Texas lawmaker calls for action after prolonged blackout

Ron Reynolds, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, is one of the people promising to get to the bottom of the state's current energy crisis.

This British veteran, kicked out of the RAF for being gay, can proudly sport his medal again

The British military is allowing former service members who were stripped of medals because of their sexual orientation to apply to have them restored — more than two decades after Britain lifted its ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service personnel.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Feb. 18, 2021

Why a Canadian in the U.K. signed up to be a volunteer vaccinator

Over the weekend, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated a "significant milestone" in the country's efforts to eliminate COVID-19 — more than 15 million people received their first shot of a vaccine.  A year after experiencing the virus herself, Natasia Kalajdziovski is set to be a volunteer vaccinator.

Researchers accidentally discover living creatures under Antarctic ice shelf

Scientists were drilling through nearly a kilometre of Antarctic ice shelf on the Weddell Sea, hoping to get a sample of the sediment below. But instead, they hit a boulder and found something completely unexpected — stationary life forms.