As it Happenswith Carol Off



OED names several words of the year in 2020 to mark an 'unprecedented' year

The Oxford English Dictionary's "word of the year" is always a telling sign of how the world has shifted. That's why it makes sense the OED has selected not one, but several words to reflect the magnitude of changes that accompanied 2020. They include doomscrolling, superspreader and BLM, among others.

After 2 hurricanes in Honduras, officials fear COVID-19 spread in shelters

After two back-to-back hurricanes ripped through Honduras, thousands of people are packing into shelters for refuge, raising concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Feeling inferior? You're more likely to use jargon, study says

A new study suggests people who use more jargon may be compensating for their lower social status.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, November 23, 2020

British man 'shocked and appalled' by fly fishing technique in The Crown

As a video producer, Dominic Witherow appreciates the acting and cinematography in the Netflix series. He says the high quality of production is what made the depiction of fly fishing all the more hard for him to believe.

Widow of Fredericton shooting victim struggles to accept not criminally responsible verdict

Jackie McLean understands Matthew Raymond was struggling with mental illness when he killed her partner — but she says she is still struggling to accept why a jury found that he was not criminally responsible for the lives he took.

Why this Torontonian is turning his bar into a VHS rental shop

Mike Reynolds says people are usually baffled when he tells them he’s transformed his bar into a VHS rental store.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, November 23, 2020

Tiny owl found unharmed in Rockefeller tree is a 'Christmas miracle,' says rehabilitator

The story of Rockefeller the owl is one of "hope," says the woman now tending to the tiny bird who hitched a ride to New York City in a 23-metre tall spruce tree.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, November 20, 2020

Mi'kmaw writer says it's about time Halifax get rid of 'Micmac' on street signs

Rebecca Thomas is tired of seeing a bastardized version of her people's name all over her city. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Nov. 19, 2020

Good with faces? This test will tell you if you're a 'super-recognizer'

If you have an uncanny knack for remembering people's faces, you might be what's known as a "super-recognizer." Australian researchers say their online facial recognition test is the best way to confirm whether you fit the bill. 

'You don't copy the losers,' says doctor pushing 'COVID-zero' strategy

Dr. Andrew Morris is calling on Canada to implement an "aggressive" national strategy to replace the country's surging COVID-19 numbers with a single digit — zero.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Nov. 18, 2020

Scientists and historians are recreating the smells and 'smellscapes' of Europe's past

Researchers in Europe are working to document and recreate the smells of the past from the "foul" to the "fragrant."

Mayor of Nunavut town hit by COVID-19 asks residents to stay calm, tend to mental health

On Nov. 6, Nunavut confirmed its first-ever COVID-19 case. Ten days later, the small hamlet of Arviat is contending with 20 cases.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Nov. 17, 2020

Hundreds have died from COVID-19 in Texas jails and prisons — some while awaiting trial

A new study out of Texas demonstrates the "devastating toll" the COVID-19 pandemic is having on people who are incarcerated or employed at jails and prisons, says the lead author. 

Extending winter school break would be 'very bad for the kids': Quebec health critic

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas breaks could be extended in some parts of Canada.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Nov. 16, 2020

John Waters says it's 'fitting' to have an art museum's bathrooms named after him

John Waters has a massive collection of art that he says makes people "furious," and he's leaving it all to his hometown museum.

Re-creating movie scenes with dead mice: 6th grader on taxidermy hobby

Many 12-year-olds would list spending time with animals among their hobbies. But probably not like Mackenzie McCarty.The Grade 6 student finds dead rodents at the side of the road, or buys them frozen from a pet shop, and stuffs them. Then, she dresses them and places them in pastoral scenes.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Nov. 13, 2020

Canada's Hong Kong immigration plan benefits asylum seekers too, minister says

Nobody will be denied asylum in Canada for facing charges under China's controversial national security law, promises Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino — but he could not say the same of for pro-democracy activists convicted under other laws.