As it Happenswith Carol Off and Jeff Douglas


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."

Accused in Appalachian Trail murder had threatened hikers before, says sheriff

Tennessee Sheriff Mike Hensley tells us about his deputies' bizarre encounter with James Jordan — weeks before he allegedly assaulted a Nova Scotian woman and murdered another man on the Appalachian Trail.

Hear Conrad Black's combative 2013 interview with As It Happens

U.S. President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to former Canadian media mogul Conrad Black for his 2007 fraud and obstruction of justice convictions. Black did not reply to our request for an interview today, but he did speak to As It Happens host Carol Off in 2013 about a controversial TV interview he had conducted with then-Toronto mayor Rob Ford. At the time, Black was hosting a show for Vision TV.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

May 16,2019

In 1988, another Supreme Court justice opened up about depression — and he got pushed out

Toronto criminal lawyer David Butt calls Supreme Court Justice Clement Gascon "incredibly brave" for opening up about his mental health struggles. Butt was a law clerk for Justice Gerald Le Dain, who also sat on the top court and suffered with depression in 1988.

Re-integration begins for nearly 900 Nigerian children freed from anti-Boko Haram force

Last week the Boko Haram resistance group, the Civilian Joint Task Force, released nearly 900 children from its ranks —  and has committed to stop recruiting children. Now the freed child militants face the difficult task of working through their trauma and re-integrating into their communities.

Veteran Palestinian negotiator calls U.S. decision to deny her visa 'petty and vindictive'

Hanan Ashrawi says she's been barred from the United States and the prominent Palestinian leader suspects it's because of her not-so flattering opinions of U.S. President Donald Trump.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Brutal torture in Syrian prison network detailed by New York Times investigation

A new investigation by the New York Times' Anne Barnard offers a deep and disturbing look at the Syrian civil war playing out behind closed doors, in a brutal network of secret torture prisons where thousands of individuals disappear each year.

It's about justice, not money in $2B US Roundup verdict, lawyer says

Plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod just want to see Roundup maker Bayer brought to justice, says lawyer Brent Wiseman.