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Heritage minister defends putting anti-Conservative union on $600M journalism fund panel

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez is defending a decision to give a union that has actively campaigned against the Conservative Party a role in determining which news organizations are eligible for government funding.

Cree-Anishinaabe doctor 'optimistic' about plan to combat anti-Indigenous racism

Canada's medical schools vow to take specific steps to narrow the health gap facing Canada's Indigenous communities — including admitting a school-specific minimum number of indigenous students each year.

Audible hockey puck could revolutionize the sport for blind players, say researchers

A group of blind hockey players have been working with researchers at L'Université du Québec à Montréal to develop a new and improved hockey puck.

Last slave ship to bring people to the U.S. discovered in Alabama

Researchers have discovered the wreckage of what they believe was the last ship used to smuggle enslaved people from Africa to the United States.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

May 24, 2019

This Doctor Who Dalek in a shed could be exterminated by a British town council

A British village is rallying behind a local man who built a shed outside his home to house a life-sized replica of an iconic Doctor Who villain.

Funeral home director speaks out after woman had dog put down and laid to rest with her

A  Virginia funeral home director says he was distraught to learn that one of his clients arranged to have her perfectly healthy dog euthanized so its remains could be laid to rest alongside her own. 

That time Barbara Frum claimed comedian Gilda Radner as a Canadian

Remembering the late great comedian Gilda Radner, 30 years after she left us. We revisit an As It Happens interview from 1977 when Barbara Frum claimed the original SNL cast member as a Canadian.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

May 23, 2019

Canada's 1st forensics body farm is coming this summer

The facility opening this summer in Quebec will help scientists study human decomposition in a northern climate. But as Shari Forbes explains, working at the body farm isn’t for the faint of heart.

This woman is taking on McDonald's in the Me Too era — and she's not alone

McDonald's was accused on Tuesday in 25 new lawsuits and regulatory charges of condoning sexual harassment in the workplace and retaliating against employees who speak up.

25 years in the making, model train display destroyed by vandals

After they were the target of devastating vandalism, Market Deeping Model Railway Club has been flooded with public donations to help the club get back on track and rebuild.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

May 22, 2019

After 6 months of mystery pain, Toronto man learns he had a wasp stinger in his neck

For six long months, John Wright found himself in and out of the emergency room, with confusing, debilitating pain. He was starting to lose hope when a tropical diseases specialist finally identified the culprit.

Justin Bieber fans try to bribe their way into Icelandic canyon featured in music video

Most tourists are pretty understanding when they learn can't visit the idyllic Icelandic canyon featured in Justin Bieber's I'll Show You music video. But some just won't take no for an answer.

Niki Lauda's F1 teammate recalls his near-death crash and 'most courageous' comeback

Former Formula One driver John Watson remembers his old teammate Niki Lauda and what he calls "the most courageous act" in sport — when Lauda returned to the track 40 days after nearly dying in a horrific crash.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

May 21, 2019

Perfectly preserved prints from ancient flightless bird found in New Zealand

Kane Fleury of the Otago Museum in New Zealand was blown away by the pristine condition of a set of footprints found in a riverbed, which likely belonged to an ancient, extinct species of flightless bird called the moa.

Consumers will pay the price for Google cutting ties with Huawei, says cyber policy expert

If you use a Huawei cellphone, it's almost certain you use Google products, too. But that could soon change in a big way. 

Why the man once in charge of U.S. nuclear energy now wants to see it banned

"I now believe that nuclear power’s benefits are no longer enough to risk the welfare of people living near these plants," writes Gregory Jaczko, former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Toronto newsroom plans retirement party for guide dog

"She's part of the team. She's been with us all this time. So we need to do something to honour her. She's like a human co-worker. Let's send her off."

As It Happens: Monday Edition

May 20, 2019

'That's gonna blow': N.L. cabbie saves 4 people from car before it bursts into flames

A Newfoundland cabbie who rescued four people from a car before it erupted in flames says people are making too much of a fuss over a simple act of human decency.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

May 17, 2019

'I'm lucky,' says farmer who cut off his own trapped leg with a pocket knife

WARNING: This story contains disturbing details. A Nebraska farmer who cut off his own leg with a pocket knife after getting trapped in a grain auger says his injury is "just a scratch compared to some what some people have gone through."