As it Happenswith Carol Off



Image of majestic — but unlucky — diving cormorant nets photography prize

A photo of a cormorant diving into a school of sardines has won the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards, to the shock of the photographer who says she didn't set out to capture the sea bird's image that day.

Pandemic proves Canada desperately needs more public washrooms: Author

The COVID-19 pandemic is opening people's eyes to the lack of available washrooms in Canada, says the woman who literally wrote the book on public toilets.

That time As It Happens took a skinny dip in 'The Human Aquarium'

This episode of As It Happened: The Archive Edition celebrates Eureka moments. You'll meet the inventor of The Human Aquarium, a scientist who solved the mystery of wombat poop and a mailbox that sings like a tuba.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

July 10, 2020

B.C.'s revered spirit bear is rarer than anyone thought, says First Nations-led study

Douglas Neasloss says there was a time when his people didn’t talk about spirit bears because they wanted to protect them. Now, he says the opposite is true. 

New guidelines for Montreal police street checks will accomplish little, activist says 

Promises by Montreal's police chief to conduct street checks in a less discriminatory manner are ringing hollow for community members who have been advocating for an end to the practice shown to disproportionately target people of colour.

It's time to take a 'leap of faith' and test basic income in Canada, says senator

With CERB set to expire in October, B.C. Sen. Yuen Pau Woo says now "may be a better time than any" to pilot basic income.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

July 9, 2020

Assassination of prominent Iraqi analyst 'a loss for all of Iraqis,' says friend

Husham al-Hashimi, an outspoken and widely respected Iraqi analyst, was shot and killed outside his Baghdad home Monday.

Roller derby laps major sports leagues with pandemic play plan

The Women's Flat Track Derby Association has put together such a concise, and safe, plan to get back on the rink, that other leagues are taking notice, says executive director Erica Vanstone.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

July 8, 2020

Conservationists can't explain why more than 300 elephants have dropped dead in Botswana

Something is killing Botswana's elephants and conservationists are at a loss to pinpoint a cause.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

July 7, 2020

'It has been a battle': Montreal artist says her designs were stolen by online companies

A Montreal artist who says foreign companies are ripping off her work and selling it online for as little as $5 a piece is warning consumers and artists alike to be wary.

Canada may take 'additional measures' against China over national security law: Champagne

Canada may take further measures against China on top of suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, says Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, July 6, 2020

What it's like to be a Black ornithology professor cycling across the U.S. right now

When Harvard ornithology professor Scott Edwards first started planning his cross-country bicycle tour, the world felt like a different place.

How a Canadian diver helped discover underwater evidence of ancient mining

A Canadian diver who co-discovered one of the oldest known ochre mines in the Americas in an underwater cave says he and his expedition partner knew immediately that they'd stumbled upon something incredible.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

July 3, 2020

C is for carrots? That time As It Happens interviewed the Cookie Monster about his new diet

The first episode of As It Happened: The Archive Edition is all about food. Whether it's a carrot cookie, a King Kong-sized mound of chopped liver, or a slice of belly button cheese — you're sure to find something to whet your appetite.

Why this natural stylist is celebrating a new Virginia law that bans hair discrimination

Hair stylist Carmen Davis says she hopes a new anti-discrimination law passed in Virginia will help her Black customers stand up for themselves and their natural hair. 

Man falls through floor of Connecticut home into hidden 19th-century well

Chris Town was helping a friend move into her new home when he suddenly fell through the floorboards and into the cold, dark waters of a 19th-century well.

Canada's year to score the Stanley Cup? Former Leafs star Wendel Clark is hopeful

Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark is expressing hope this could be Canada’s year to win the Stanley Cup as reports swirl that Toronto and Edmonton will play host to the much-anticipated return of NHL hockey.

'Hong Kong people will fight on,' councillor says after national security law arrests

It's become much more dangerous to advocate for democracy and independence in Hong Kong — but Coun. Lo Kin-hei says people won't give up fighting for their rights. 

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

July 2, 2020