Moms and short people need not apply: Miss France pageant sued over eligibility rules

If you want to be crowned the epitome of "beauty and elegance" in France, you have to be unmarried, childless, at least 5-foot-5 and no older than 24. That's why a French feminist organization is suing the pageant’s production company for what it says are discriminatory hiring practices.

Why are COVID cases spiking in the U.K., but dwindling in Japan?

André Picard, a health columnist at the Globe and Mail, has been covering COVID-19 since it first emerged, and says each government's success or failure comes down to how quickly they're willing to act, and whether the people are willing to listen. 

New exhibit revives Dial-a-Poem — a free poetry hotline once investigated by the FBI

A new exhibition is reviving John Giorno's Dial-a-Poem public service. The late poet and artist created the free hotline in 1969, featuring avant garde poets like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Amiri Baraka, and Patti Smith.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Oct. 20, 2021

Why a museum is carefully preserving a 95-year-old sandwich

A 95-year-old sandwich, believed to have belonged to daring American aviator, Clyde (Upside Down) Pangborn, has been carefully preserved by curators at a Wenatchee, Wash., museum.

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

Oct. 19, 2021

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Polish volunteers head into the forest to help refugees stranded along Belarus border

It was only a few weeks ago when Poland's Kasia Wappa looked to her local woodlands near the Belarus border as a relaxing place to walk. But now she sees people suffering inside the forest without any food or shelter as they hide from border patrol agents on both sides. 

Our entire solar system may exist inside a giant magnetic tunnel, says astrophysicist

You and everyone know you live inside a massive magnetic tunnel, according to new research from the University of Toronto.

Slain U.K. MP David Amess remembered as a 'kind, gentle man' with a zest for life

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone from any political party with a bad word to say about David Amess, says his friend and colleague Pauline Latham.

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

Oct. 18, 2021

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This 71-year-old writer's coming-of-age novel is a debut like no other

Okanagan First Nation writer Brian Thomas Isaac's debut is a window into a unique Indigenous boy's childhood.

This man has held onto Richard Nixon's half-eaten sandwich for 60 years

Steve Jenne can’t imagine letting go of a sandwich he froze 60 years ago — a sandwich that was half-eaten by former U.S. president Richard Nixon.

Woman who lost her home in Lytton, B.C., fire pushes back against TSB report

Edith Loring Kuhanga wants the rail companies in Lytton, B.C., to take responsibility for the deadly fire that ripped through the town this summer, killing two people and destroying almost everything in its path — including her home.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Oct. 15, 2021

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This chemist cooked up medieval gunpowder recipes and fired them out of a cannon

Chemistry professor Dawn Riegner had a literal blast during her pandemic downtime, as she recreated gunpowder recipes and helped a friend studying medieval weapons.

This U.K. bakery was ordered to stop using 'illegal sprinkles'

Rich Myers, who owns Get Baked in Leeds, England, never thought he'd get a visit from "the sprinkle police." Then he was told he was being investigated for selling products that use sprinkles containing a food colouring not approved for use in baked goods.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Oct. 14, 2021

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Why sending William Shatner to space was 'a marketing victory' for Jeff Bezos

By sending William Shatner on a brief trip into space, Jeff Bezos has crafted a narrative of optimism and hope, instead of one about, for example, the privatization in space flight or the ethics of Amazon's labour policies, says culture writer Ted Anthony.

How Matt Amodio won 38 games of Jeopardy! — and why the last question tripped him up

The Yale computer science student from Medina, Ohio, made made Jeopardy! history, securing the second most consecutive wins and the third highest non-tournament winnings.

Buyers bid big on garden statues believed to be ancient Egyptian relics

A U.K. family selling a variety of items at auction got way more than they bargained for when a pair of statues they believed to be replicas sold for a price that suggests they're actual antiquities.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Oct. 13, 2021