As it Happenswith Carol Off and Jeff Douglas


Why this N.Z. farmer gave up his semi-automatic rifle after the mosque shootings

New Zealand farmer John Hart has been a legal gun owner for nearly two decades — but on Sunday, he turned his semi-automatic rifle over to the police to be destroyed.

Alabama woman who took over newspaper from pro-KKK editor quits a month later

An African-American woman who took over the helm of a small-town Alabama newspaper that recently called for the Ku Klux Klan to "ride again" has stepped down after a few weeks, citing interference from the newspaper's owner.

A reporter asked the government about a Navy ship — then got a call from an Irving president

After submitting questions to the government, a Postmedia journalist received a phone call from Irving's president, followed by an email threatening to sue.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

March 19, 2019

'Just bag after bag after bag': 40 kg of plastic found in dead whale's stomach

When a dead whale was discovered on a beach in the Philippines on Saturday, government veterinarians mistook it for a pregnant female because of its swollen belly.

How a reporter identified an Indigenous elder in a photo from a German museum

Indian Country Today reporter Vincent Schilling was drawn in by a German museum's efforts to identify a man sporting a Native American headdress in a poster from the 1970s.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

March 18, 2019

'I mean, who can do this?' says N.Z. mosque shooting survivor who watched his friend die

Syed Ahmed was sitting in the front row of the Linwood mosque for Friday prayers when the gunshots started to go off.

Mosque shootings mark New Zealand's 'loss of innocence,' says former PM

New Zealanders are coming to terms with the fact that their remote country is not immune to the kind of deadly violence that plagues other nations, says former prime minister Helen Clark. 

Why this N.Y. lawmaker wants to let teens get vaccinated without parental permission

The bill comes in response to the recent rise of measles outbreaks around the world, including in New York state, which has been experiencing its largest outbreak of the disease in more than 20 years.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

March 15, 2019

Ex-Yale admissions dean worries college scandal will keep underprivileged kids from applying

Asha Rangappa says the biggest victims of the admissions scandal are all the bright and diverse students who will be discouraged from applying to Ivy League schools.

Family of victim 'devastated' only one British soldier charged in Bloody Sunday killings

A former British paratrooper is charged with two counts of murder for his role in the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, but Kate Nash says that won't bring justice for the killing of her brother and the others gunned down that day.

How these Toronto UPS workers helped a scammed woman get her $12.5K back

A Toronto woman drained her credit card, stuffed $12,500 in cash inside a magazine and shipped it through UPS to a man she thought was her jailed nephew's lawyer — only to find she'd been scammed.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

March 14, 2019

Italian court clears men of rape charges after woman deemed too 'masculine' to be raped

"I never seen something like that," said Luisa Rizzitelli of the feminist organization Rebel Network. "It's very terrible and we are very shocked about this case."

Grand chief who lost son to opioid crisis calls on B.C. to call a public inquiry

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is the president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, which has called the crisis a "state of emergency."

An Arizona man challenged 'bored teens' to pick up trash — and it went viral

The Trash Tag Challenge has people from all over the world cleaning up beaches, fields and other natural areas.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

March 13, 2019

Backyard soup kitchen in Nanaimo, B.C., torn down over lack of permit

Tanya and Doug Hiltz are still serving up free hot soup every night in their backyard to whoever needs it — even after the city forced them to tear down their dining space.

New Canadian marathon record holder says her goal was to run personal best

Rachel Cliff says when she heard the excitement in her coach's voice after she crested a tough hill, she knew she was on track to beating the Canadian women's marathon record.  

New Zealand farmer uses a barking drone to herd his sheep

These days, Corey Lambeth can spend a lot less time roaming around his New Zealand paddocks, and a lot more time working from his living room.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

March 12, 2019

Countries should ground Boeing 737s after Ethiopian plane crash, says aviation expert

Pilot and former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation Mary Chiavo offers insight into Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Venezuelan activist describes 'chaos' and 'collapse' as blackouts enter day 5

Caracas is in a state of "total chaos" as Venezuela enters its fifth day of widespread power outages, says an activist and photojournalist in the capital city.