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How many oceans can you name? National Geographic just added a new one

There’s a good chance you learned about four oceans in school: Arctic, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific. But National Geographic says there’s a fifth.

'No more vigils, no more platitudes,' says Muslim leader mourning slain family

When thousands of people gathered in front of the London Muslim Mosque on Tuesday night, mourning the family killed in a suspected hate crime, Nusaiba Al-Azem was standing ready at the podium. Al-Azem is a London, Ont. lawyer and second vice-chair of the mosque. She hosted the vigil where politicians also paid tribute to the family. 

This Harvard-bound grad won a $40K scholarship — and promptly gave it away

Verda Tetteh says she was honoured when her high school awarded her with a $40,000 US scholarship during her graduation ceremony. But she knew almost immediately that she couldn’t keep it.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

June 11, 2021

Puffins return to sanctuary near Isle of Man for 1st time in decades

Aron Sapsford says it feels like a dream to see puffins waddling about on the Calf of Man again.

How this killer whale researcher ended up in a decades-long struggle to save wild salmon

Alexandra Morton had planned to devote her life to studying orcas, but when fish farms moved into her remote B.C. community, she couldn’t ignore their impact on wild salmon. Her new book, Not on My Watch, chronicles her fight against open-net aquaculture on the West Coast.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

June 10, 2021

Ex-PC candidate says he's seen anti-Muslim hate in London, Ont. — and he let it slide

When former PC candidate Jeff Bennett encountered racist and anti-Muslim comments on the campaign trail, he didn't say anything. 

Muslims need more than kind words right now, says friend of slain London, Ont., family

A friend of the Muslim family killed in a suspected hate crime on Sunday says he appreciates the prime minister's "beautiful words," but he wants Canada to take concrete actions to stop the proliferation of hatred against Muslims.

This elephant herd is wandering through China, causing chaos and capturing hearts 

A herd of elephants in southwest China has been on a year-long journey to nowhere, wreaking havoc, capturing hearts and confounding scientists along the way. 

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

June 9, 2021

California's drought is hitting farmers hard — and it could impact your grocery bills

Canadians can likely expect to shell out more for their groceries in the near future thanks to a devastating drought in California, says farmer Joe Del Bosque.

London mayor mourns 'three generations of family wiped out' in suspected hate crime

London, Ont., Mayor Ed Holder offers his condolences after four members of a Muslim family were killed in a hit-and-run on Sunday. Police have charged a 20-year-old man with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in what they say was a “planned, premeditated act." A nine-year-old boy, who survived, is in hospital.

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

June 8, 2021

Chrystia Freeland says G7 proposal will stop big companies from dodging taxes in Canada

Chrystia Freeland is after some very big game. Over the weekend, Canada's finance minister cut a deal with her Group of Seven (G7) colleagues to establish a proposed global minimum corporate tax.

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

June 7, 2021

Storm chaser captures incredible images of 'quadruple microburst'

Storm chaser Mike Olbinski thought Tuesday was going to be a bust — until he spotted the most “mind-blowing” weather phenomenon he’s ever seen up close.

Man who relocates peacocks in California says people either love him or hate him

Southern California residents tend to either love or loathe the peacocks that roam their neighbourhoods — and they feel the same way about the man who takes them away.

Man angry his photo was used to prove all hipsters look alike — then learns it wasn't him

He threatened to sue the MIT Technology Review for using this image — only to find out it's of someone else entirely.

Texas valedictorian ditches approved speech to speak out against new abortion law

Paxton Smith, 18, ditched her pre-approved speech about TV and media and instead used her platform to take an impassioned stance against her state's new abortion restrictions.

Hong Kong's Tiananmen Square vigil was a beacon of light for this historian. Now, she senses a familiar fear 

Rowena Xiaoqing He still remembers the fear she felt as a student after the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989. Now, 32 years later, she sees that same fear in her students.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

June 4, 2021

Dismembered chicken in a pot was used by ancient Athenians as a 'bizarre' curse

If you were one of the ancient Athenians whose name was inscribed on a pot with a dismembered chicken inside, it's not likely because you were invited over for chicken stew, says Jessica Lamont.

Fishing 'ghost nets' are destroying Hawaii's sea life. Scientists are trying to pinpoint where they come from

Jennifer Lynch is something of an ocean detective. The Hawaii research biologist is supervising a massive study in which scientists are sorting through 21 tonnes of garbage-laden fishing nets that have washed up on Hawaii’s shores. 

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

June 3, 2021