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Elizabeth May 'baffled' by choice to preserve bullet holes from Parliament Hill shooting

The people responsible for renovating Centre Block on Parliament Hill say bullet holes from a 2014 shooting are part of the building's "heritage fabric" and will be preserved — but Green MP Elizabeth May they should have been repaired a long time ago. 

World-renowned organist buys a Nova Scotia church, pumps out Bach in his pyjamas

Xaver Varnus wanted a quiet place to play the organ — so he bought a church in rural Nova Scotia. 

Why this N.Y. artist is spending the pandemic turning his meals into face masks

If Antonius Wiriadjaja has egg on his face, it's intentional. The New York artist has spent every day of the the pandemic making his food into face masks and posting them on his Instagram account, Foodmasku.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Dec. 4, 2020

Ethiopian surgeon who fled for his life now treating others at crowded refugee camp

When the shelling started in the Ethiopian city of Humera in mid-November, Dr. Tefera Tedros got to work caring for the wounded, and he hasn't stopped since. Except, that is, for the two days he spent hiding in the woods before fleeing on foot across the border to a Sudanese refugee camp. 

Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine pauses campaign, but vows to keep fighting

Ugandan musician Bobi Wine has briefly suspended his presidential campaign amid a violent crackdown against him and his supporters. But the young upstart politician says he has no intention of backing down. 

Beleaf it or not, these 2 different-looking insects are actually the same species

At the Montreal Insectarium, entomologists have cracked a century-old mystery around an elusive leafy insect. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Dec. 3, 2020

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.

How a fantasy video game aims to help youth in Nunavut with their mental health

When Chelsea Singoorie was growing up in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, she found that talking about mental health was highly stigmatized. Now, she's opening up the conversation with a video game designed for young people in the territory. 

U.S. congresswoman calls out Nike, Apple and Coca-Cola for lobbying against Uighur labour bills

U.S. Democratic congresswoman Jennifer Wexton says the onus should be on companies to prove their products weren't made using forced labour. 

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Dec. 2, 2020

Bahamian scientist wins Goldman Prize for leading kids in the fight against plastic waste

Kristal Ambrose, who founded the Bahamas Plastic Movement credited with bringing about a ban on single-use plastic, has been awarded a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, sometimes referred to as "the green Nobel."

Folks in this British village are rallying together to save their only pub

There's only one pub left standing in Stonesfield, England, and it's up for sale. So community members are joining forces in the hopes of buying it and keeping it open.

How a controversial safety device saved Romain Grosjean's life in brutal F1 crash

Alice Powell wasn't a fan of the halo safety system when it was first installed in professional race cars in 2018. But after watching Romain Grosjean climb out the flaming wreckage of his halved car during a Formula One race on Sunday, she doesn't have any doubts it's what kept him alive. 

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Dec. 1, 2020

This Ottawa PhD student creates viruses for the forces of good

Taylor Jamieson-Datzkiw is hoping to change the narrative about viruses with her now award-winning research. 

Flowbee, the '90s home hair-cutting gadget, makes a pandemic comeback

The Flowbee, a home hair-cutting gadget from the '90s is making a comeback mid-pandemic. Tom McKay, a staff writer at Gizmodo, told As It Happens that a pair of hair-clippers attached to a vacuum cleaner is probably not going to give people the quarantine-look they're after.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Nov. 30, 2020

These gutsy rats bathe themselves in deadly poison to ward off predators

Most rats are known for scurrying away in the face of danger. But the African-crested rat prefers to stand its ground.

Ontario auditor stands by report on COVID response as Ford government pushes back

Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says she's confident that her report into the province's pandemic response is completely accurate, despite the Progressive Conservative government's insistence that she got her facts wrong.

A Dog Pissing At The Edge of a Path wins prize for oddest book title of the year

Gregory Forth thinks it’s the bees' knees that his book about animal metaphors won the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

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Red Hot Chili Piper: A kilt is not an invitation for groping and upskirt photos

Scottish piper Willie Armstrong has a question for his female fans who think it's OK to peek, grope and snap photos under his kilt during performances: "How would you like it?"

She was bullied for her love of bugs. Now, this 11-year-old has written a picture book about it

When she was in Grade 1, Sophia Spencer was bullied for her love of bugs and decided to set her passion aside. But after her mother wrote to a group of entomologists for support, Sophia became an unexpected internet sensation. Now, she's sharing her story — and her love of bugs — in the picture book, The Bug Girl.