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Inventor of Post-it Note adhesive made something people didn't know they needed, says wife

Spencer Silver, the inventor of the adhesive used on one of 3M's best-known products, the Post-it Note, died May 8. He was 80.

New study finds natural forests are rebounding around the world, but can't outpace deforestation

New research on global forest restoration is promising - but comes with a big caveat.

Ovarian cancer researchers disappointed after trial finds regular screenings fail to reduce deaths

A decades-long study on ovarian cancer has found that annual screening for the cancer did not ultimately reduce the number of deaths from the disease, says British researcher Usha Menon.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, May 14, 2021

How the theft of this pitcher's prosthetic arm left him inspired

After it was stolen from his car, Parker Hanson's arm turned up at an unlikely place: a recycling plant.

Colombia protests are an act of 'desperation' from people struggling to survive: prof 

The deadly, weeks-long protests in Colombia were always about more than taxes, says a political science professor in the country.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Author fights to keep her queer memoir on a Texas high school reading list — dildo and all

A couple weeks ago, author Carmen Maria Machado watched a video of an angry mom wielding a pink strap-on dildo. The clip was from a school board meeting in Leander, Texas. And the woman was upset that Machado’s memoir, In The Dream House, was on an approved reading list for high school students.

California condors are very rare, but 10% of them are trashing this woman's house

There are only about 200 California condors in the wild — and one tenth of them are having a non-stop party at Cinda Mickols' house. 

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

May 12, 2021

German priests are blessing same-sex unions in direct defiance of a Vatican order

Father Christian Olding says he won't back down from blessing same-sex unions, even if he faces reprimand from the Catholic church.

Australian bride delivers calf in her wedding gown during reception

When a cow went into labour during a wedding reception on an Australian farm, the bride didn’t think twice before springing into action in her silvery white gown

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

May 11, 2021

Afghanistan's Hazaras gripped by grief and fear after deadly attack on schoolgirls

The victims of a deadly bombing in Kabul on Saturday were mostly young, impoverished schoolgirls from the minority Hazara community, working to build a better future for themselves and their families, says a local human rights activist.

New Zealand man faces legal action for painting penises around potholes

Geoff Upson has been drawing very large, colourful penises around potholes in his home city of Auckland since 2018 to draw attention to a problem that he says authorities are not taking seriously.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

May 10, 2021

Jersey fisherman says regular folks are caught in the crossfire of post-Brexit fishing row

As France and the U.K. squabble about fishing rights, those doing the actual fishing are caught in the middle.

She survived the Syrian war, came to Canada, then taught herself English at Tim Hortons

For Reham Abazid, home is the place where you are safe and loved. For most of her life, that meant Daraa, a small city in southwestern Syria. Now, it means Saint John, N.B., the Canadian city that has welcomed and nurtured her family since they arrived in Canada as government-sponsored refugees five years ago. 

As It Happens: Friday Edition

March 7, 2021

Halifax man who won human rights case against police says the officers got off easy

Halifax's Gyasi Symonds says he's glad he won his human rights complaint against the Halifax Regional Police — but he says the two officers who racially discriminated against him got off with "a slap on the wrist."

Oklahoma restaurants cover walls with prepaid receipts for anyone who needs a meal

Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch hasn't been to northeastern Oklahoma.  Several restaurants have invited their customers to prepay for a meal for someone else and tack the receipt to the wall. Then anyone can come in, grab a receipt, and order some grub, no questions asked.

Why returning to Newfoundland was the 'toughest' and best decision this woman ever made

The documentary film Dropstones follows Sonya Foley as she escapes a default marriage and makes a new life for herself and her children in her hometown on Fogo Island.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

May 6, 2021

Pfizer says Canada will get enough doses for everyone after vaccine cleared for kids 12 and up

Pfizer's Canada's vaccine lead says Canada will get enough doses of the vaccine in the coming months for everyone who needs it — including children aged 12 and up.  

'It was awful,' says woman who helped survivors of deadly migrant shipwreck off San Diego

When Anita Beckman and her family witnessed a deadly migrant shipwreck off the coast of San Diego, she says she and dozens of other bystanders did what they could to help those stranded in the water make it safely to shore.