As it Happenswith Carol Off


Maryland descendants fight highway expansion that threatens historic Black cemetery

Diane Baxter doesn't want the state of Maryland digging up her great-grandfather's grave to widen a highway — and she's not alone in her fight.

Joey Moss brought laughter and levity to the Edmonton Oilers, says Wayne Gretzky

Joey Moss, the Edmonton Oilers locker room attendant who died this week at the age of 57, was the heart of the team for generations, says his longtime friend Wayne Gretzky.

'Be ready to jump,' says organizer of Calgary's Tunnel of Terror car wash

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. A Calgary car wash is offering a shine and a scare as an alternative to Halloween haunted houses this year.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Oct. 29, 2020

New film Waikiki shows dark, colonial underbelly of Hawaii's tourism paradise

A new film from a Native Hawaiian filmmaker challenges the tourism industry's narrative about Hawaii as paradise on Earth.

Backlog in screenings causes influx of patients with advanced cancers, says Ontario doctor

Dr. Jonathan Irish says the backlog of elective medical procedures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase of patients putting off presenting to the hospital until their conditions have worsened — including advanced cases of cancer.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Oct. 28, 2020

Thousands of Nazi artifacts looted from Netherlands war museum

War museums across the Netherlands have experienced similar break-ins by highly organized thieves, stealing items linked to the Nazi regime.

Beat poet Diane di Prima taught her kids to question authority and believe in their own creativity

Diane di Prima's messages about non-conformity and the importance of imagination are more important than ever, says her daughter.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Oct. 27, 2020

Thousands of children flee Nagorno-Karabakh as violence ramps up

Thousands of children and their families have been forced to leave their homes in the disputed mountain region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Almost a month of fighting, shelling and missile attacks have left Nagorno-Karabakh destroyed.

The Lost Spells conjures up the magic of everyday nature

The Lost Spells, by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, features 21 poems or "spells" to conjure up the incredible magic of everyday plants and animals. The book is a followup to the bestseller The Lost Words.

Canadian book makes shortlist for Diagram Prize for oddest title of the year

The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title judges a book solely by its cover — or at least its title. Organizer Tim Tivnan says the contents of the book have no bearing on who brings home the award, which has been running since 1978.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Oct. 26, 2020

Northern hunter living hard reality described in new report on climate change

A new report from Human Rights Watch says that climate change is making it much more difficult for Indigenous people to survive in Canada's north, and it is infringing on their rights.

Metropolitan Museum visitor finds a missing Jacob Lawrence painting

A visitor to the Metropolitan Museum's Jacob Lawrence exhibit on this Struggle series depicting early American history saw the paintings lined up with spaces for the missing pieces and realized she knew where to find one of them.

Gerald, the turkey who menaced a California neighbourhood, has finally been captured

On Thursday Gerald, a grumpy turkey that has been attacking children and older residents in Oakland, Cali. for the past seven months, was finally captured and relocated outside the city.

Former NHL enforcer wants to outlaw fighting in hockey including Quebec's top junior league

Enrico Ciccone, a Liberal member of Quebec's National Assembly and a former NHL hockey player, introduced a private member's bill Wednesday that would ban fighting in amateur sports in the province. The bill would ban fighting in sports when the athletes are under 18, with combat sports excepted.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, October 23, 2020

This NGO is leading the search for parents separated from children at U.S-Mexico border

Despite a federal judge ruling that the government reunite them, the parents of more than 500 children still can't be found. 

'Magicians do not lie about the universe,' says performer Penn Jillette of The Amazing Randi

James Randi, a successful magician, skeptic and master debunker of self-proclaimed spoon benders and mind readers has died at the age of 92. A man with a “playful quality attached to the strongest morality” is how Penn Jillette, part of the magic and performance duo Penn and Teller, describes his mentor and longtime friend.  

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, Oct. 22

Why the mayor of Compton is launching a guaranteed basic income pilot

Mayor Aja Brown says the guaranteed income program can help her city address inequality.

Chinese ambassador should apologize or be expelled for 'threatening' Canadians in Hong Kong: activist

China's ambassador to Canada should apologize or be expelled for remarks he made about the 300,000 Canadians in Hong Kong, says a Canadian living in the semi-autonomous region. 

Mi'kmaw lobster fishery 'doesn't pose any conservation risk,' says prof

The Mi’kmaw lobster fishery in Nova Scotia has commercial operators concerned about the species, but the director of Saint Mary’s University’s School of the Environment says the Indigenous haul will be too small to do any real damage.