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Jagmeet Singh says Trudeau's blackface is part of a 'pattern of behaviour'

Images of Justin Trudeau in racist costumes are just more proof that the Liberal leader isn't the person he claims to be in public, says NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. 

Trudeau's racist costumes don't reflect the man he is today, says Liberal candidate Omar Alghabra

The Justin Trudeau who dressed up in blackface and brownface is not the same Justin Trudeau we know today, says incumbent Liberal MP Omar Alghabra.

Steppenwolf frontman John Kay reflects on 50 years of Born To Be Wild

Canadian singer, guitarist and song writer John Kay is best known as the frontman of the band Steppenwolf. Their song Born to Be Wild became a smash hit after it featured in the 1969 film Easy Rider starring Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Sept. 19, 2019

Reporters missing election issues voters actually care about, says journalist

Jennifer Ditchburn used to follow party leaders around on campaign buses and churn out daily stories about the election news of the day — but these days, she's re-thinking that whole strategy. 

E-cigarette bans are 'a tremendous overreaction' to vaping-related illnesses, says doctor

Dr. Michael Siegel says black market THC oil is most likely to blame for the recent rash of vaping-related illnesses and deaths — not flavoured e-cigarettes.

Merriam-Webster editor explains why the dictionary added the non-binary pronoun 'they'

There's nothing ungrammatical about using singular they/them pronouns, says dictionary editor Emily Brewster.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Sept. 18, 2019

This Nova Scotia restaurateur is closing his ice cream shop for the 1st time in 30 years

Jean LeBlanc is closing his Belliveau Cove, N.S., ice cream shop/restaurant for a full day on Wednesday for the first time in exactly 30 years, five months and one day.

Duelling signs pit cyclists against hikers on a crowded Colorado trail

Tensions are brewing between hikers and mountain bikers on a popular Colorado trail — and they're manifesting in the form of passive aggressive signs.

Artist collaborates with MIT engineers to create the 'blackest black' material ever

Step aside, Vantablack. Engineers and an artist-in-residence at MIT have created a brand-new black that's so black it absorbs nearly 100 per cent of visible light.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Sept. 17, 2019

'I will never forget that day,' says family friend of Mississauga teen killed in shooting

Jonathan Davis, 17, was an innocent bystander who helped take care of his father and had a passion for video games, says Selma Alincy.

Elizabeth May on the oilsands, Quebec and benefiting from the NDP's decline

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May sits down with As It Happens host Carol Off to discuss her vision for Canada.

Rats are really good at hide-and-seek — and they get a kick out of it: study

Not only can rats play hide-and-seek, but squeal and jump for joy when they win.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Sept. 16, 2019

Workers in India fear they're building their own prisons during citizenship crackdown

In the Indian state of Assam, people are anxiously waiting to find out if they will be be sent to a camp designed for illegal immigrants — even thought they've spent their entire lives in the country. 

Why scientists tried — and failed — to make a knife out of frozen poop

A survival story in the 1998 book "Shadows in the Sun," inspired anthropologist Metin Eren to try to make a knife out of his own frozen feces.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Sept. 13, 2019

David Suzuki joins Stephen Lewis, Buffy Sainte-Marie for 'Climate First' tour

Environmental activist and science broadcaster David Suzuki says he's hitting the road, along with "fellow elders" Stephen Lewis and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Artist thrilled Hillary Clinton read her own emails at his art exhibit

Kenneth Goldsmith can't decide if Hillary Clinton's leaked emails are extremely boring or the greatest epic poem of the 21st century. 

Ghost crabs make eerie sounds with their stomach teeth to ward off predators

A new study has uncovered that ghost crabs scare away predators by making their insides growl.

U.K. changed title of grim no-deal Brexit scenario, says reporter who broke the story

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government insists that an internal report about the possible ramifications of a no-deal Brexit paints a "worst-case scenario" — but that's not what the documents said when journalist Rosamund Urwin obtained a leaked copy last month. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Sept. 12, 2019

Dorian left 'apocalyptic devastation' in its wake, says Bahamas health minister

Days after the hurricane, the Bahamas Minister of Health says the aftermath is almost indescribable and he is bracing for the death toll to rise dramatically as the bodies of missing people are found.