As it Happenswith Carol Off


Australian stinging trees inject people with a spider-like venom: Study

The leaves of Australia's stinging trees look "a bit fuzzy and not that scary" when you first see them, says pain researcher Irina Vetter. But don't be fooled. 

Aid workers mapping WW II bombs killed in explosion in the Solomon Islands

Aid worker Per Breivik says he has no idea why his colleagues brought an unexploded Second World War bomb into a residential neighbourhood in the Solomon Islands.

Canadians have kept Terry Fox's dream alive for 40 years, says his brother

When Terry Fox ended his Marathon of Hope and announced to the country that his cancer had returned, he told Canadians to continue where he left off. And his brother says that's exactly what happened.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Sept. 21, 2020

Ottawa family waits in line 3 days in a row for COVID-19 tests

Bashira Kofo had to leave work as soon as she got the call that her four-year-old had a runny nose. 

Scientists win Ig Nobels for studying narcissists' eyebrows, making frozen poop knives

Canadians' hearts should swell with pride and joy for the scientists who took home Ig Nobels this week for their research into frozen fecal weaponry and vainglorious eyebrow maintenance, says the organizer of the spoof awards.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Sept. 18, 2020

This yoga instructor is fighting the rise of QAnon in the wellness community

Seane Corn never thought her duties as yoga instructor would one day include warning people about the dangers of international right-wing conspiracy theories.

Creativity doesn't fade with age — and Emily Urquhart says her father's career proves it

Emily Urquhart says for a long time she assumed her father's abilities as a painter would diminish with age. But what really happened challenged conventional wisdom and her own.

MEC founding member says she feels 'grief and betrayal' over sale of co-op to U.S. firm

As a founder of Mountain Equipment Co-op, a company that always prided itself on being owned by members, Sara Golling is disappointed with its recent sale to a private investment fund.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Sept. 17, 2020

Californians may one day flock to Canada as wildfires get worse, says former governor

Former California governor Jerry Brown says he knew his home state a would face a climate change reckoning, but he didn't think it would come this soon.

Pods of orcas are ramming boats off Spain and Portugal and scientists don't know why

Victoria Morris has had her fair share of orca encounters, but nothing quite like this.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Sept. 16, 2020

Graphic designer shows what sports pages look like with men removed

Both a runner and a graphic designer, Katherine Burgess wanted to show how women's sports are ignored by traditional media. So she removed articles featuring men from the front page of the New York Times sports section and shared what was left on Instagram.

The Taliban can no longer ignore women's rights, says Afghan peace talks delegate

​​​​​​​The Afghan government and representatives of the Taliban met in Doha this weekend to begin negotiating peace. Among the most contentious issues is women's rights, which were severely restricted under Taliban rule. Habiba Sarabi is one of four female delegates at the talks.

Fire chief learns her own home razed while fighting Oregon wildfire

Christiana Rainbow Plews, known as Chief Rainbow in her small community east of Eugene, Oregon, learned while fighting the biggest blaze of her career last week that her own home had been swallowed by its flames.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Dutch compensate Mosul man for 2015 coalition airstrike that killed his family

Amsterdam lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld says her client, Basim Razzo, had tears in his eyes after she told him about the offer from the Dutch government.

Mathematician comes to defence of TikTok teen blasted for saying math isn't real

A high school student who was relentlessly mocked online for questioning the nature and origin of math was actually making "profound" and important queries, says mathematician Eugenia Cheng.

Oregon teacher breaks world record for 'swuggling' — swimming while juggling

It's not easy swimming on your back while juggling five balls in the air, says Bob Evans.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, September 14, 2020

Iroquois Nationals lacrosse player cheers World Games for finally inviting his team to compete

Aidan Fearn says the game of lacrosse was created to bring people together, and that's exactly what the international lacrosse community did for the Iroquois Nationals. 

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Sept. 11, 2020

Canadian up against police barricades, anti-migrant mobs while responding to Moria fire

When a massive fire ripped through Greece's notorious Moria refugee camp, a Canadian aid worker and her colleague spent the night ferrying people to safety in their van, navigating their way thorough police barricades and anti-migrant mobs.