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'They need help,' pleads son of resident in Ontario nursing home where 12 died of COVID-19

The Ontario town of Bobcaygeon is devastated following the deaths of at least 12 people from COVID-19 at a local nursing home. 

Great Barrier Reef's latest 'mass bleaching' linked entirely to climate change: scientist

Mark Eakin of Coral Reef Watch tells As It Happens that coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is more widespread but hopefully less severe than in recent years.

From our archives: Swedish man creates giant snow penis to say sorry for destroying smaller snow penis

Emilian Sava used a snow blower to create the 70-metre long drawing after people online objected to him brushing away a much smaller drawing on a frozen waterway in Gothenburg.

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

March 30, 2020

'I just felt ill,' says woman whose mastectomy was cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis

Sydney Loney has been waiting for weeks for her cancer surgery. And now, because of the demands on the Canadian health-care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, her double-mastectomy has been put off indefinitely.

From our archives: Ontario man finds live WW I-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.

'I know you from somewhere': Ex-NHLer delivers takeout for his wife's restaurant

Retired Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomáš Kaberle might not be on the ice anymore, but he's still busy working — this time for his restauraneur wife.

Beast of burden, or animal athlete? Donkeys were used for polo in ancient China, study finds

Researchers have uncovered the first archeological evidence that donkeys were used for more than just work, but for the sport of polo.

Need a break from pandemic news? Check out these 5 funny stories from As It Happens

In these extremely trying times, everyone needs to give themselves a little mental break from the overwhelming pandemic news.

Book about a random Sunday in the U.S. proves 'there's no such thing as an ordinary day'

Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten has a mantra: if you've got the patience to find it, and the skill to tell it, there's a story behind everyone and everything. 

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

March 27, 2020

'We have nothing,' says Spanish ER doctor on front lines of COVID-19 crisis

Dr. Ana Giménez has a dire warning for Canadian health-care professionals: Get ready for the worst. 

Egyptian women jailed for protesting prison conditions during pandemic

Ahdaf Soueif was protesting the conditions of Egyptian prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic when she became one herself.

Uninsured U.S. cancer patient with COVID-19 says $50K hospital bill might bankrupt her

Danni Askini had to fight tooth and nail just to get tested for the coronavirus. Now she's fighting to cover the cost of her treatment.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

March 26, 2020

Asterix illustrator Albert Uderzo left behind a 'magnificent legacy': author Cressida Cowell

Albert Uderzo, co-creator and illustrator of Asterix comics, died Tuesday of a heart attack at the age of 92.

From our archives: Meet the Kentucky man who sees art in crunchy Cheetos cheese curls

Where most people see a crunchy cheese curl, Andy Huot instead sees art.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

March 25, 2020

How one Italian town managed to stop the coronavirus in its tracks

At the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, the small Italian city of Vò had a dubious honour of being the site of the county's first COVID-19 death. Now it's a beacon of hope for the world.

Olympics postponement 'heartbreaking' but right, says Canadian wrestling champ

While the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed because of COVID-19, Canadian Olympic gold medal wrestler Erica Wiebe says she's proud that Canada was the first to back out of the games. 

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

March 24, 2020

P.E.I. farmer keeps social distance by hurling pork products to hungry customers

A Prince Edward Island pig farmer is literally throwing bacon and sausages at his customers through their car windows in order to maintain social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic — and people keep coming back for more.

As Canada ramps up restrictions, a Wuhan resident describes what months of lockdown feels like

As It Happens reconnected with a Wuhan resident, who spent the last two months in lockdown. He said the very scary situation brought him closer to his parents and built trust in his community.

From our archives: That time rescue workers saved a couple from a rhododendron forest

How exactly did two experienced hill walkers become trapped in a dense rhododendron forest in Ireland?

This man is 'climbing Mount Denali' for charity — from inside his apartment building

Patrick Swadden is spending his social isolation time climbing a mountain for charity — sort of.