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Bahamian scientist wins Goldman Prize for leading kids in the fight against plastic waste

Kristal Ambrose, who founded the Bahamas Plastic Movement credited with bringing about a ban on single-use plastic, has been awarded a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, sometimes referred to as "the green Nobel."

Folks in this British village are rallying together to save their only pub

There's only one pub left standing in Stonesfield, England, and it's up for sale. So community members are joining forces in the hopes of buying it and keeping it open.

How a controversial safety device saved Romain Grosjean's life in brutal F1 crash

Alice Powell wasn't a fan of the halo safety system when it was first installed in professional race cars in 2018. But after watching Romain Grosjean climb out the flaming wreckage of his halved car during a Formula One race on Sunday, she doesn't have any doubts it's what kept him alive. 

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Dec. 1, 2020

This Ottawa PhD student creates viruses for the forces of good

Taylor Jamieson-Datzkiw is hoping to change the narrative about viruses with her now award-winning research. 

Flowbee, the '90s home hair-cutting gadget, makes a pandemic comeback

The Flowbee, a home hair-cutting gadget from the '90s is making a comeback mid-pandemic. Tom McKay, a staff writer at Gizmodo, told As It Happens that a pair of hair-clippers attached to a vacuum cleaner is probably not going to give people the quarantine-look they're after.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Nov. 30, 2020

These gutsy rats bathe themselves in deadly poison to ward off predators

Most rats are known for scurrying away in the face of danger. But the African-crested rat prefers to stand its ground.

Ontario auditor stands by report on COVID response as Ford government pushes back

Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says she's confident that her report into the province's pandemic response is completely accurate, despite the Progressive Conservative government's insistence that she got her facts wrong.

A Dog Pissing At The Edge of a Path wins prize for oddest book title of the year

Gregory Forth thinks it’s the bees' knees that his book about animal metaphors won the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

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Red Hot Chili Piper: A kilt is not an invitation for groping and upskirt photos

Scottish piper Willie Armstrong has a question for his female fans who think it's OK to peek, grope and snap photos under his kilt during performances: "How would you like it?"

She was bullied for her love of bugs. Now, this 11-year-old has written a picture book about it

When she was in Grade 1, Sophia Spencer was bullied for her love of bugs and decided to set her passion aside. But after her mother wrote to a group of entomologists for support, Sophia became an unexpected internet sensation. Now, she's sharing her story — and her love of bugs — in the picture book, The Bug Girl.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Nov. 26, 2020

'We did do many things right': Ontario health minister rejects findings in auditor's COVID report

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province's auditor general made "factual inaccuracies" in a damning report on the Progressive Conservative government's pandemic response, and defended their chief medical officer who has been criticized by several health professionals.

Missing Charles Darwin notebooks may have been stolen, says Cambridge Library director

In 2001, staff believed the books had been improperly shelved. Now a police investigation is underway. "We are desperately concerned," says the library's deputy director of research collections, Mark Purcell.

How an assignment at Ryerson inspired Edward Burtynsky's jaw-dropping industrial landscapes

Edward Burtynsky has made a career out of photographing sprawling industrial scenes around the world from drones or propeller planes. He says it was a school assignment at Ryerson that first inspired him — and now he's gifted 142 of his early photographs to his alma mater.

As it Happens: Wednesday Edition

As it Happens: Wednesday Edition

Advocate decries police violence against migrants during Paris demonstration

Nikolai Posner described the scene of police forcibly removing hundreds of asylum seekers and protesters in Paris last night as "full chaos and full violence."

What single word sums up 2020? Oxford Languages couldn't decide, either

The Oxford "word of the year" is always a telling sign of how the world has shifted. That's why it makes sense the OED has selected not one, but several words to reflect the magnitude of changes that accompanied 2020. They include doomscrolling, superspreader and BLM, among others.

After 2 hurricanes in Honduras, officials fear COVID-19 spread in shelters

After two back-to-back hurricanes ripped through Honduras, thousands of people are packing into shelters for refuge, raising concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Feeling inferior? You're more likely to use jargon, study says

A new study suggests people who use more jargon may be compensating for their lower social status.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, November 23, 2020

British man 'shocked and appalled' by fly fishing technique in The Crown

As a video producer, Dominic Witherow appreciates the acting and cinematography in the Netflix series. He says the high quality of production is what made the depiction of fly fishing all the more hard for him to believe.