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Phil Saviano, Catholic sex abuse whistleblower, remembered for having 'a spine of steel' 

Phil Saviano always said he came forward as a survivor of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest because he was dying of AIDS and had nothing to lose. But his brother, Jim Saviano, doesn’t buy it. He says Phil spoke out because he wanted to protect children and hold the church accountable — and he would have done so regardless of his health.

When it comes to bird feeders, there's a pecking order — and 'size really matters'

As birds flock to feeders and compete with each other for seeds, a group of ornithologists have discovered that the feathered creatures follow a pecking order. 

Fans went to see an Oasis cover band. They got snowed in for 3 nights at a remote pub

British pub manager Nicola Townsend says staying at work for three nights straight with dozens of customers and an Oasis cover band all stranded by a snowstorm was "no bother at all."

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Nov. 30, 2021

A Parakeet Named Dreidel: A holiday reading by Socalled

In Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story A Parakeet Named Dreidel, the unexpected arrives in the form of a tropical bird on a cold Hanukkah night.

South African vaccine expert says travel bans against the country are 'hypocritical'

The discovery of a new COVID-19 variant has led countries around the world to restrict travel from southern African countries, but the restrictions won't prevent the variant from spreading says a South African vaccination expert.

This pharmacist travels New Mexico in a minivan to bring vaccines to remote corners

Uri Bassan believes so deeply in getting people in his state of New Mexico vaccinated that he has converted his family van into a mobile vaccination clinic. "We're going to go to schools, churches, gymnasiums. We're at restaurants. Wherever we can find people that are willing to take the vaccine," he says.

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

Nov. 29, 2021

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This 13-year-old metal detectorist unearthed a trove of possible Bronze Age axes

A British teen is considering a career in archeology after she discovered an ancient treasure on her third trip out with a metal detector.

Best friends, separated when their families fled the Nazis, reunite 82 years later

In 1939, nine-year-old best friends Betty Grebenschikoff and Ana María Wahrenberg held each other in a Berlin playground and wept as they said goodbye. Eight decades later, at the age of 91, they finally hugged again at a hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Nov. 26, 2021

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Chuck Ealey's daughter traces his journey from poverty and segregation to CFL star quarterback

Success was a stone's throw away. After growing up in a low-income, segregated community, Chuck Ealey beat the odds and became a star quarterback. Now his story is told in children's book called The Stone Thrower, written by his daughter Jael Ealey Richardson.

This 'Megaspider' was anonymously donated to a nature park — and it could save lives

The Australian Reptile Park received an anonymous package this month that might make some people scream if they opened the box.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief says RCMP raids and courts orders won't stop pipeline blockade

As far as Chief Woos is concerned, neither the police nor the courts have the right to tell people they can’t go near the Coastal GasLink pipeline worksites in northwestern B.C.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

Nov. 25, 2021

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Georgia politician stands by giant topiary chicken that got him ousted as mayor

Jim Puckett put all his eggs in one basket when he started building the tallest topiary in the world. But his dream tourist attraction cost him his job — and now the steel framework of a giant chicken looms over the town of Fitzgerald, Ga.

Woody the talking Christmas tree returns to N.S. mall after 15-year hiatus

Hundreds of Nova Scotians headed to the mall on Friday to gaze upon the "beautiful, jovial face" of Woody the talking Christmas tree. 

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Nov. 24, 2021

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'Oh no, I spelled it wrong': Nurse runs solo marathon in shape of 'Boston Strog'

It took Lindsay Devers months of training and meticulous planning to plot out her marathon-length run along the Boston riverside to spell out an inspirational message for her city. But in the end, she forgot one important thing — the letter N.

Chapman's Ice Cream faces backlash and boycott over vaccination policy

When Ashley Chapman announced a new vaccine policy at his Ontario ice cream company, he never expected people would boycott his product, send him hate mail, and call his elderly father a Nazi.

British calendar maker lands a surprise hit with his 2022 theme: Benches

A new calendar in Redditch, England, captures the quintessential and celebrates the ordinary with its pictures of benches.