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This is how one survivor described the Montreal Massacre the day after the shooting

Twenty eight years ago today, 14 women were killed in a shooting at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. As It Happens spoke to a survivor the very next day.

A Canadian went to Mexico to investigate her father's disappearance. Here's what she found

Brooke Mullins was frustrated by what she calls a failure by Mexican and Canadian authorities to properly investigate her father's disappearance — so she decided to do it herself.

Remembering Howard Cruse, a gay comics pioneer and 'tremendous mentor'

New York cartoonist Jennifer Camper remembers her friend Howard Cruse, who broke barriers with his comics about gay life and civil rights.

1st woman to stage an opera at the 'rigid' Vienna State Opera is shaking things up

Olga Neuwirth is the first woman to stage an opera at the Vienna State Opera. It's a take on Virginia Woolf's playful novel, Orlando, which is about gender fluidity and trans identity.

Woman in viral ad will always be known as 'the Peloton girl,' says fellow actor

Julie Alexandria, who once auditioned for a Peloton ad but didn't get it, says she's worried about the actress in a new viral exercise bike ad.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Dec. 5, 2019

Whistleblower slams early retirement for N.Y. bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

The resignation of a prominent New York bishop at the heart the diocese's sex abuse crisis is "not a victory," says whistleblower Siobhan O'Connor.

How a CBC producer caught Trudeau on a hot mic gossiping about Trump

Footage seen around the world shows Justin Trudeau gossiping about Donald Trump — but it was thanks to CBC producer Chris Rands's sharp ears that the world caught the moment.

Watch Miguel Wattson the eel light up a Christmas tree with his natural voltage

He's no partridge in a pear tree, but an eel named Miguel Wattson is sparking yuletide cheer in Tennessee.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Dec. 04, 2019

Russian journalist worries he could be branded a 'foreign agent' under new law

It's already hard enough being a journalist in Russia, but now Andrei Soldatov has to worry about being branded a "foreign agent" in his own country. 

Conservative cuts to blame for London attack, says U.K. deradicalization expert

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the man who killed two people near London Bridge on Friday should never have been let out of prison — but a specialist who worked to deradicalize extremists says that throwing away the key won't solve the problem.

125 years in, scholars are still decades away from finishing ancient Latin dictionary

Scholars in Germany have spent more than a century working on an ancient Latin dictionary called the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae and they estimate they still have decades worth of work left to go.

Activists seek to reverse North Carolina law that allows for New Year's Eve opossum drop

North Carolina can be a lawless place for opossums. For five days of the year, you can do anything to opossums in the state, legally, but Beth Sparks is trying to change that.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Dec. 3, 2019

Apostrophe Protection Society shuts down after 18 years, blaming 'ignorance and laziness'

British grammarian and former copy editor John Richards is closing down the Apostrophe Protection Society because he says "ignorance and laziness" have won.

John Henry Waddell, whose sculpture depicted the Birmingham bombing victims as adults, has died

John Henry Waddell, an American sculptor who used his art promote the values of humanism and honour the victims of senseless violence, has died. He was 98. 

Maria Campbell on the pain and relief of re-releasing Halfbreed with uncut account of RCMP rape

Nearly five decades after Maria Campbell first published her seminal memoir Halfbreed, she says feels like it's finally finished.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Dec. 2, 2019

Queen Elizabeth I behind 16th-century translation of Roman text, says historian

Literary historian John-Mark Philo says the paper stock, the watermarks, and the "idiosyncratic" handwriting of a manuscript housed at Lambeth Palace Library in London, England, all point to the hand of Queen Elizabeth I.

As U.S. launches its own MMIWG task force, some Indigenous advocates are wary

U.S. President Donald Trump's new task force into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is "not necessarily a bad thing," says Indigenous advocate Patina Park.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Nov. 29, 2019

Deadly attacks on Ebola workers in Congo 'a huge setback,' says aid worker

Four health workers have been murdered eastern Congo, and their colleagues say the violence threatens the progress they've made in their fight against Ebola.

Death of 'fierce activist' Jeudy Charlot has Haiti's LGBTQ community on edge

Before he died, Jeudy Charlot's friends and colleagues tried to convince him to flee Haiti for his own safety, but the LGBTQ rights activist refused to go, says friend Neish McLean.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Nov. 28, 2019