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'I'm not going to reconsider': Toronto's top librarian refuses to bar speaker critical of transgender rights

Toronto's public library is standing by its decision to permit a third-party event featuring a writer and activist who argues against transgender rights, despite mounting opposition from authors, politicians and the city's mayor.

After Nigerian painting fetches $1.8M, artist's son says: 'I hope it's coming back to Lagos'

A painting that sold for $1.8 million at Sotheby's on Tuesday was created to celebrate black beauty and promote peace in post-war Nigeria, says the artist's son. 

Discovery of family in Dutch farmhouse 'shocking for the whole community': local reporter

A small Dutch community is reeling after a family of seven was found living in complete isolation in a secret room inside a farmhouse for at least nine years, unbeknownst to neighbours. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Oct. 17, 2019

Canadian men's soccer coach says win over U.S. promises bright future

Canadian men's soccer coach John Herdman says his team's win over the U.S. not only ended a 34-year winless streak against the Americans — it ushered in a bright future for the sport in Canada.

Massive tulip scam uncovered in Dutch flower markets, says growers' association

Millions of dollars worth of old tulip bulbs are being sold to tourists at the famous Amsterdam floating flower market, with almost none of them flowering.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Oct. 16, 2019

Kurdish politician slain in Syria wanted to unite the country in peace, says friend

Hevrin Khalaf was "a peaceful woman" who wanted to end the crisis in Syria through dialogue, says her friend and colleague. 

Inside the Booker Prize jury room, where the indecision was unanimous

In what's being called "an explicit flouting of the rules," Booker Prize jury members decide to give the literary award to two authors: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo.

Scottish farmer drives 442 km to rescue lamb she sold for meat

Melanie MacLean knew immediately that she'd made a mistake when she sold her favourite lamb Norman.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Oct. 15, 2019

Susan Sontag's self-doubt and sexual identity explored in new biography

On the outside, Susan Sontag appeared to be a confident, effortlessly glamorous intellectual elite. But on the inside, she was wracked with uncertainly, says her biographer. 

Iowa paper successfully fights libel suit by ex-police officer — but struggles to cover costs

The Carroll Times Herald newspaper successfully fought off a libel lawsuit brought by a former police officer who they exposed for having inappropriate relationships with teenage girls. Doug Burns, the paper's co-owner and vice-president of news, has started a Go Fund Me to help cover the newspaper's legal expenses.

Chrystia Freeland on climate change, electoral reform and the Liberals' new challenges in Quebec

After four years in government, the Liberals' commitment to "sunny ways" has become a little cloudy. Chrystia Freeland tells us why her party should get a second chance now that the first impression has worn off.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Oct. 14, 2019

Michael Christie's book Greenwood tackles climate change, forestry and family dysfunction

You could categorize Michael Christie's new novel Greenwood as a sprawling work of historical fiction. But its family story is timeless — and its environmental message couldn't be more timely.

Ontario woman spends hundreds for son to meet YouTube star Blippi  — who won't be there

Dana Oliver was overjoyed when she snagged tickets to take her two-year-old son to see Blippi, the YouTube sensation for preschoolers, in Toronto. Now, she's outraged to find out Blippi will be played by someone else.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Tech law expert nearly duped by 'very, very clever' phone scam

Pieter Gunst says he wanted to share the story of a sophisticated phishing scam that very nearly took his money because he doesn't want other people to fall for the same tricks.

B.C. man, 90, saved by teens after being stranded on logging road for 3 days

Two teenagers are being hailed as heroes after saving Paul Jones, who was stranded for three days inside his car on a logging road along B.C.'s Sunshine Coast.

Staten Island artist's monument to giant octopus attack spawns a seductive legend

No one misses the 400 people who perished when a giant octopus attacked a Staten Island ferry — the same day JFK was assassinated. That's because the attack never happened — although artist Joseph Reginella convinced many people it did.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

'They are invading': Kurdish politician defiant as Turkey bombs northern Syria

Turkey launched widespread airstrikes Wednesday along their border with Syria, in a movement Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called "Operation Peace Spring." But from Salih Muslim's viewpoint, the operation has been anything but peaceful.

New distillery honours Nearest Green — the slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey

After Fawn Weaver read an article that named a former slave as the mastermind behind Jack Daniel's, she decided to bring his legacy to the forefront with a new whiskey and distillery that bears his name.

Why this city councillor believes Calgary doesn't need to declare a climate emergency

Edmonton and Canmore, Alta., have joined dozens of other cities nationwide in declaring emergencies at the local level. But city councillors in nearby Calgary, including Ward Sutherland, say they have no intention of following suit.