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Composer killed in N.W.T. bear attack remembered for unique blend of music and nature

Julien Gauthier was one of the rare musicians who took it upon himself to bridge the gap between art and the environment, says his colleague Marc Feldman.

Trump's bid to buy Greenland is 'absurd theatre,' says Danish MP

Danish MP Michael Aastrup Jensen says its a "grave insult" for U.S. President Donald Trump to cancel his state visit to Denmark after the prime minister rebuffed his proposal to buy Greenland.

How an undercover reporter exposed an alleged neo-Nazi in the Canadian military

The Canadian military is investigating a possible neo-Nazi within its ranks — thanks in part to an an undercover investigation by Winnipeg Free Press reporter Ryan Thorpe.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Aug. 21, 2019

Forget Greenland — this politics prof thinks the U.S. should buy Canada instead

U.S. President Donald Trump may be facing criticism for wanting to buy Greenland, but a politics professor is suggesting an even better target: Canada. 

Of course butter sculptures aren't solid butter, artist tells shocked Twitterverse

Rebecca Hollett tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann that butter sculptors usually have something in their pieces — like foam or wood — to help keep it together.

Elections Canada should not make climate change a partisan issue, says charity

Elections Canada's new advertising laws are muzzling environmental groups that speak out about climate change, says Keith Brooks, program manager of the advocacy group Environmental Defence.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Aug. 20, 2019

Calgary music store owner closes shop and puts vintage $100K drum collection up for sale

Bob Everett is closing his Calgary store Beat It Music and trying to find a buyer for the store's one-of-a-kind collection of drums that he amassed over the past decade.

'Murder of democracy': Kashmiri activist plans Supreme Court challenge against India

Kashmiri politician and activist Shehla Rashid is in the midst of preparing a Supreme Court challenge to the revocation of Article 370.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Aug. 19, 2019

Foodora courier fed up with delivery company's efforts to put the brakes on unionization

Foodora workers' push to unionize in the gig economy is "really just the first battle in a much bigger war," says courier and union organizer Alex Kurth.

Belgian man makes video game about his 93-year-old grandmother's WW II memories

Bob De Schutter's new video game features a "tough-as-nails" lead character — his 92-year-old grandmother, Bie Verlinden.

Finding Dory didn't endanger blue tang fish, say researchers studying the 'Nemo effect'

A new study suggests that there is no such thing as the "Nemo effect."

Unlocking the mystery of the Dieppe raid

Historian David O'Keefe uncovered a clue that began to unravel the mystery behind the tragedy at Dieppe. Here is his 2013 interview with As it Happens host Carol Off.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Aug. 16, 2019

Mud, no bathrooms and bad trips: Grace Slick looks back on Woodstock

"If you're 18 and you don't care about sitting in the mud, it's fun," says Jefferson Airplane's frontwoman. "I was 29, so my idea of fun is not having to watch out for a white dress and no bathrooms and playing at six o'clock in the morning."

Trump official's comments on Statue of Liberty poem distort true meaning: historian

When Emma Lazarus wrote her famous poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, she was talking about an America that is "welcoming and inclusive," says a leading historian on the poet.

SNC-Lavalin report vindicates Jody Wilson-Raybould, says political scientist

Political science professor David Moscrop says the ethics commissioner's report completely vindicates former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — but it still doesn't give us any clear heroes and villains in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Aug. 15, 2019

Hong Kong politician condemns protest violence as 'terrorism,' echoing Beijing

An adviser to Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is backing the Chinese government's condemnation of "near-terrorist acts" at the city's airport on Tuesday. 

Ontario court issues peace bond against white nationalist leader over alleged threats

A lawyer from a Canadian anti-racism organization has secured a peace bond against a white nationalist leader who allegedly made threats against the group online.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Aug. 14, 2019

Toronto family on vacation in Hong Kong 'hunker down' as protests rock city

James Tse and his family have been in Hong Kong on vacation since Aug. 8, just one day before massive protests took over the airport.

Montreal actress faces barrage of hate after being falsely ID'd as woman in Andrew Scheer video

A Montreal actress faced a swarm of online abuse after she was falsely identified as the woman in a campaign video for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.