As it Happenswith Carol Off and Jeff Douglas


Why former foreign minister John Manley thinks Canada botched Huawei affair

With two Canadians still detained in China, Canada's foreign minister makes an appeal for the rule of law. But one of her predecessors warns that more creative measures might be needed when the rules are being bent by the big powers on the world stage.

New Yorker finds his dad's bones buried in the basement of his childhood home

Mike Carroll has always wondered what really happened to his father. When he started digging up the basement in his family's house, he realized the truth was close to home.

Oddly-placed Holland Tunnel decorations spark anxiety, road rage

A disgruntled driver with an online petition has convinced officials to change the "gangled mess" of Christmas decorations on the Holland Tunnel that connects New York City and New Jersey.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Dec. 14, 2018

Where does outer space begin? That's up for debate after Virgin Galactic flight

What is space? And does going 82 kilometres above the Earth meet the definition?

Filmmakers arrested after probing Northern Ireland killings say they were targeted

The 2017 documentary No Stone Unturned is an investigation into what is known as the Loughinisland massacre — the 1994 killings of six men in a pub.

'China should release Michael Spavor immediately,' says detained Canadian's friend

Michael Spavor's buddies first noticed he was missing when he failed to show up at his own party, says a friend of the Canadian detained in China.

Quebec play about a man and his penis fined $500 over fake cigarette

A Quebec theatre is fighting for its "freedom of creation" after getting fined $500 because an actor smoked a fake cigarette while having an argument with a woman in a giant penis suit.

To Every Thing There is a Season: A reading of a Cape Breton Christmas story

To Every Thing There is a Season is Alistair MacLeod's nostalgic look back at childhood Christmases on Cape Breton Island.

'Controlled mayhem': Mr. T talks about his love of curling on As It Happens

Curling has a new ambassador — Mr. T. Ever since the start of the Winter Olympics he's been glued to the sport — and has been tweeting feverishly about his newfound love.

Ontario man finds live WWI-era artillery shell in neighbour's trash

Danny Vellow was pretty certain what he was looking at, set on the curb with his neighbour's trash: an antique artillery shell, possibly 100 years old.

Ex-diplomat's arrest is retaliation for Huawei CFO, says Canadian once jailed in China

Kevin Garratt spent two years in a Chinese prison following a similar diplomatic dust-up.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Dec. 13, 2018

Puma brings back fitness-tracking shoe considered 'useless' in 1986

Peter Cavanagh designed Puma's 1986 RS-Computer Shoe. It tracked distance, pace, and caloric cost — much like fitness trackers today.

Return of Norman Hardie wines to LCBO makes accuser feel like her 'experience didn't matter'

One of Norman Hardie's accusers is speaking out against the Liquor Control Board of Ontario for restocking the winemaker's products six months after he was accused of widespread sexual misconduct.

This insect's 'pee droplets' accelerate faster than a cheetah

Georgia Tech assistant professor Saad Bhamla and his colleagues have studied video footage of insects called sharpshooters.

A 'marvellous experience': Woman who survived 49 days in the Yukon after plane crash has died

Helen Klaben died earlier this month — 55 years after a plane crash in the Yukon. She spoke to As It Happens in 1975 about the crash and surviving in the wilderness.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Dec. 12, 2018

McGill grad jailed in Iran being criminalized for environmental work, says friend

It's been more than 10 months since McGill graduate Niloufar Bayani was arrested in Iran, where she was working as a conservationist. Now, calls are growing in Canada and around the world for her release.

Icelandic climbers' bodies found 30 years after they disappeared in the Himalayas

A mountain climber who spent weeks searching for his two friends in the Himalayas 30 years ago says he feels like things have come "full circle" now that their bodies have been found.

'Sleep Country Canada': What Canadians would name new home for Senate

As It Happens was flooded with responses after asking Canadians to name the new temporary Senate building, which will stand in for the Red Chamber during renovations on Parliament Hill.

The Human Dreidel of New York City just wants to 'cheer people up'

For the last two years, budding street performer Jason Izen has confused and dazzled passersby by grooving on streets and subway cars in a variety of costumes — but he really hit his stride this Hanukkah.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Dec. 11, 2018

Russian activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva, known for her humour and optimism, dies at 91

Alexeyeva was known as the "grandmother" of the Russian human rights movement.

Webequie First Nation chief mourns death of teen who left community in search of counselling

Webequie First Nation Chief Cornelius Wabasse says too many Indigenous youth are forced to leave their communities to access basic services like counselling in urban centres.