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Toronto's plan to resurrect city's food scene doesn't go far enough, Mark McEwan says

A Toronto restaurateur is praising plans to allow restaurants and bars to expand their outdoor dining as a first step toward resurrecting the city's food scene but he says there is still more work that needs to be done -- and soon -- in order to save many businesses.  

Family appeals church ruling blocking Irish phrase on tombstone without translation

Margaret Keane's family requested an Irish phrase be put on her tombstone. But a judge with the Diocese of Coventry in England says there must be a translation alongside it or it could be mistaken as "a political statement."

'You would have kept that door open': D.C. man hailed as a hero for giving refuge to protesters

When protesters in Washington, D.C., were hemmed in by police, pepper-sprayed and threatened with arrest Monday night, Rahul Dubey opened up his home to dozens of them for refuge. Many of those strangers are now calling him a hero, but he says his actions were necessary after seeing his "community getting bashed and decimated" by police.  

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Birdsongs from around the world capture 'extraordinary acoustic moment' of pandemic

A museum director in Germany says the COVID-19 pandemic has created an "extraordinary acoustic moment" where nature can be heard more clearly  — and that has inspired a birdsong collection project that has brought together thousands of people from around the world. 

From talking pigs to spacelords: The 10 weirdest As It Happens stories of all time

Whether it’s a man who plays classical music on his teeth or a chicken that comes back from the dead, As It Happens is there.

Bone marrow courier on day 77 of non-stop travel around the globe to save lives

While most of us can’t imagine spending days on airplanes — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic — Mishel Zrian has been travelling non-stop for more than 75 days, delivering life-saving bone marrow across the globe.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Photographer Elsa Dorfman, renowned for massive Polaroids, dies at 83

For many, a Polaroid picture is a snap of a moment in time, a memory to be stuck on the fridge or scribbled on and tossed in a shoebox. But for American photographer Elsa Dorfman they were a passion. Dorfman died of complications from kidney failure on Saturday. She was 83.  

'Let it burn:' Owners of ruined Minneapolis restaurant stand with protesters

Hafsa Islam's restaurant was destroyed amid protests over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, but she and her family have a powerful message for anyone decrying property damage.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hong Kong activists vow to hold vigil for Tiananmen Square anniversary despite ban

Amid a crackdown on pro-democracy activists, Hong Kong authorities have banned a vigil to mark the Tiananmen Square massacre for the first time in 30 years, saying it's too risky given COVID-19. Pro-democracy advocates don't buy that argument.

Man befriends giant, TV-loving owl family nesting outside his window

Some people get bored when they're stuck at home all day, but not Jos Baart. He's got a whole family of owls to keep him entertained.

Rats are really good at hide-and-seek — and they get a kick out of it: study

Not only can rats play hide-and-seek, but squeal and jump for joy when they win.
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As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, June 1, 2020

Activist calls for other officers to be charged in George Floyd's death

An activist in Minneapolis is calling on police to arrest the three officers who were present as their colleague Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck until he stopped moving.

Canada does not have to 'justify' the Meng extradition decision, says foreign affairs minister

China’s Foreign Ministry is warning the Trudeau government that Canada’s relationship with the country could face what they call “continuous harm,” after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou should go-ahead. Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne told As It Happens that Canada does not have to "justify" the ruling.

U.S. pro-runner aims to smash world's fastest mile wearing blue jeans

Johnny Gregorek's Olympic dreams were postponed due to the pandemic, but he has now set his sights on a more restricting challenge — running the world's fastest mile in jeans — and he's doing it to raise mental health awareness.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, May 29, 2020

Torstar chair hopeful papers will hold onto progressive values under new ownership

Torstar, which owns dozens of digital businesses in Canada and publishes more than 70 newspapers including the Toronto Star, has been sold to NordStar Capital for $52 million. John Honderich, chair of Torstar's board, spoke to As It Happens about the decision.

This Swedish restaurant serves one patron at a time, alone in a field, using pulleys

At Rasmus Persson and Linda Karlsson's restaurant, you don't have to order takeout, or wear a mask, or try to stay two metres away from the other patrons — because there are no other patrons.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

May 28, 2020

Harlequin's new LGBTQ line of romance books 'very empowering,' author says

Harlequin romance novels are a big business but they haven't always been a terribly inclusive one. Author Philip William Stover tells As It Happens about how he is trying to correct this with his new book The Hideaway Inn. 

How a plan to welcome 100 Syrian refugees divided a town and changed one woman's life

A plan to resettle 25 refugee families in Rutland, Vt., pit residents against each other in 2016. The documentary For The Love of Rutland follows that controversy through the lens of Stacie Griffin, a local with a history of opioid addiction, as she grapples with the issue that's tearing her town apart. 

Scathing report on long-term care homes 'a shame, but not a surprise,' says resident's daughter 

Premier Doug Ford called the descriptions of abuse and mismanagement inside Ontario’s long-term care homes “shocking” — but Jacqueline Mitchell wasn’t surprised at all.