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This Nova Scotia restaurateur is closing his ice cream shop for the 1st time in 30 years

Jean LeBlanc is closing his Belliveau Cove, N.S., ice cream shop/restaurant for a full day on Wednesday for the first time in exactly 30 years, five months and one day.

Duelling signs pit cyclists against hikers on a crowded Colorado trail

Tensions are brewing between hikers and mountain bikers on a popular Colorado trail — and they're manifesting in the form of passive aggressive signs.

Artist collaborates with MIT engineers to create the 'blackest black' material ever

Step aside, Vantablack. Engineers and an artist-in-residence at MIT have created a brand-new black that's so black it absorbs nearly 100 per cent of visible light.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Sept. 17, 2019

'I will never forget that day,' says family friend of Mississauga teen killed in shooting

Jonathan Davis, 17, was an innocent bystander who helped take care of his father and had a passion for video games, says Selma Alincy.

Elizabeth May on the oilsands, Quebec and benefiting from the NDP's decline

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May sits down with As It Happens host Carol Off to discuss her vision for Canada.

Rats are really good at hide-and-seek — and they get a kick out of it: study

Not only can rats play hide-and-seek, but squeal and jump for joy when they win.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Sept. 16, 2019

Workers in India fear they're building their own prisons during citizenship crackdown

In the Indian state of Assam, people are anxiously waiting to find out if they will be be sent to a camp designed for illegal immigrants — even thought they've spent their entire lives in the country. 

Why scientists tried — and failed — to make a knife out of frozen poop

A survival story in the 1998 book "Shadows in the Sun," inspired anthropologist Metin Eren to try to make a knife out of his own frozen feces.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Sept. 13, 2019

David Suzuki joins Stephen Lewis, Buffy Sainte-Marie for 'Climate First' tour

Environmental activist and science broadcaster David Suzuki says he's hitting the road, along with "fellow elders" Stephen Lewis and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Artist thrilled Hillary Clinton read her own emails at his art exhibit

Kenneth Goldsmith can't decide if Hillary Clinton's leaked emails are extremely boring or the greatest epic poem of the 21st century. 

Ghost crabs make eerie sounds with their stomach teeth to ward off predators

A new study has uncovered that ghost crabs scare away predators by making their insides growl.

U.K. changed title of grim no-deal Brexit scenario, says reporter who broke the story

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government insists that an internal report about the possible ramifications of a no-deal Brexit paints a "worst-case scenario" — but that's not what the documents said when journalist Rosamund Urwin obtained a leaked copy last month. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Sept. 12, 2019

Dorian left 'apocalyptic devastation' in its wake, says Bahamas health minister

Days after the hurricane, the Bahamas Minister of Health says the aftermath is almost indescribable and he is bracing for the death toll to rise dramatically as the bodies of missing people are found.

Deepwater Horizon site still mostly bereft of life — except for parasite-covered crabs

Nearly a decade after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled hundreds of millions of litres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the area's deep sea remains largely lifeless — except for shrimp and parasite-laden crabs.

Former NOAA head calls Hurricane Dorian statement 'mealy mouthed' and 'disingenuous'

Kathy Sullivan, former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says the federal agency has caved to political pressure to "make the president happy."

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Sept. 11, 2019

Trump cancels peace talks with Taliban, but Afghan analyst says deal is 'not dead'

Donald Trump announces his landmark deal with the Taliban to end the Afghan war is dead. But an Afghan analyst says there is still hope that some deal can be reached in the future.

World leaders enact 'censorship through noise' in the digital era, says author

Peter Pomerantsev's new book, This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality, explores how governments and leaders sew confusion through information — and disinformation — overload.

'High-stakes stuff': How the BBC aided the resistance during WW II using music

David Hendy heads a new BBC archival project which chronicles how the broadcaster's World Service sent coded messages to resistance fighters abroad during the Second World War.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Sept. 10, 2019

'She is a warrior,' Bianca Andreescu's coach says after her U.S. Open victory

Bianca Andreescu's ability to keep her cool during high-stakes tennis is the "true trademark of a champion," says her coach Sylvain Bruneau.