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Hypothermia death outside Montreal seniors' home sparks calls for better security

An advocate for patients' rights is sounding the alarm about safety at Quebec seniors' homes after Hélène Rowley Hotte, 93, was found dead of hypothermia in Montreal on Sunday.

Scottish poet tells the story of a Canadian vet in post-WW II America — in verse

Robin Robertson's The Long Take: A Noir Narrative chronicles the post-war journey of a traumatized soldier from Cape Breton, losing himself in the big cities of America, in the form of an elegy.

If Trump told Cohen to lie, that's 'as serious as it could get' for the president: prosecutor

Reports that Donald Trump instructed his lawyer to lie about his bid for a big Russian tower have one former federal prosecutor warning that it could bring the U.S. president to a new legal low.

Blood, puke and spit: Why skating rink ice piles could be a biohazard

You may be tempted to let your kids play in it or steal a few buckets for your cooler — but some really nasty stuff is "lurking" in those snow piles outside skating rinks.

How Alan R. Pearlman revolutionized the music industry with his ARP synthesizers

Alan R. Pearlman's inventions changed the course of music history, says his longtime colleague David Friend. The ARP Instruments co-founder died on Jan. 5 at the age of 93.

British academic jailed 7 months in U.A.E. fights to clear his name

Matthew Hedges says Emirati officials coerced a confession out of him by holding him in solitary confinement and threatening him with torture.

Why Norwegians love this lesser-known painting more than Munch's The Scream

Winter Night in the Mountains by Harald Sohlberg beat out the better-known The Scream by Edvard Munch in a vote by Norwegians for the country's favourite painting.

'David vs. Goliath': Irish burger chain beats McDonald's in Big Mac trademark case

McDonald's brought the suit against Supermac's back in 2015, claiming the restaurant's name and menu items — such as the Mighty Mac burger — infringed on the Big Mac trademark.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Jan. 18, 2019

She was told 'upskirting' was not a crime in England and Wales — so she made it one

Britain's Parliament has approved a law that will make it illegal to take so-called "upskirting" photos — thanks largely to the efforts of 26-year-old Gina Martin.

U.S. shutdown has this IRS worker selling blood and visiting a food bank

Like hundreds of thousands of other U.S. federal government workers, Krystle Kirkpatrick has been struggling to make ends meet.

Giant spinning ice disc in Maine a 'beautiful, spectacular thing,' says physicist

A giant, spinning disc of ice in Maine has drawn the interest of tourists, scientists and ducks alike.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Jan. 17, 2018

Romeo, the world's 'loneliest frog,' may finally meet his match

Romeo, who was long believed to be the last-known Sehuencas water frog, may have finally found his Juliet — and the fate of an entire species rests, at least in part, on their little green shoulders.

Man who barricaded himself in office during Nairobi attack didn't know who to trust

"You just don't know whether the noises you're hearing, whether it's people, whether it's police, whether it's terrorists, you just don't know what those noises are," said Simon Crump.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Jan. 16, 2018

Welsh town hopes to steal world's steepest street record from New Zealand

"We are pretty certain that the data we have will knock this street in this country called New Zealand off its little perch," says resident Gwyn Headley.

Painting stolen from Belgian church days before appraisal might be a Michelangelo

A pastor at a small Belgian church suspected that one of its paintings might be a Michelangelo. But with just days before the appraisers were set to arrive, he learned that the potential masterpiece had been stolen.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Jan. 15, 2019

Hopes are slim for Canadian sentenced to death in China, says advocate

"I would like to think that my friends in China will really come to their senses and stay their hand," says Dui Hua Foundation head John Kamm. "I think there's a chance of that. Otherwise, I wouldn't be fighting so hard."

Probe into whether Trump worked for Russia an 'extraordinary development,' says ex-FBI official

Former high-level FBI official Frank Figliuzzi says the evidence is mounting that U.S. President Donald Trump didn't just benefit from interference in the 2016 election — but that he could actually be working to benefit the Russian state.

Munich commuter's 'train delay scarf' fetches more than $11K on eBay

Claudia Weber knitted the scarf using different colours of yarn to document every train delay she experienced in 2018.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Jan. 14, 2019

Canada should not turn Saudi teen into a 'political football,' says former ambassador

By "milking" the decision to bring Rahaf al-Qunun to Canada, the Trudeau government could put her at greater risk, says Dennis Horak.

Cyclist, 90, who failed drug test because of liver dinner is 'moving forward,' says coach

The Indiana cycling champion was recently stripped of his world record and publicly reprimanded for failing a drug test — all because he had cow's liver for dinner one night.