As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, December 4th 2015

Part One

Throne speech: Goodale
The Liberal government presents its throne speech -- but conspicuous by its absence is any specific mention of the Conservatives' divisive "anti-terror" law, Bill C-51.

US guns: journalist
Journalist Jennifer Mascia reports on gun violence in the United States -- and her familiarity with the subject matter is directly connected with her family. 

Lee "Scratch" Perry studio fire
The pioneering producer Lee "Scratch" Perry is a magician in the studio -- but now, a single forgotten candle has reduced that studio, and the irreplaceable recordings inside, to ashes.

Part Two

Botswana fracking park
Camels, lions, leopards, wildebeests -- all live in the Kgalagadi Park in southern Africa -- but their home is about to be invaded by humans, whom other humans have invited to drill for gas. 

Communism/Mother Canada monuments gone?
The gigantic Mother Canada statue planned for Cape Breton, and the Victims of Communism monument planned for Ottawa, may be about to lose their public funding -- which may mean they're done for

Part Three

Germany ISIS vote
France asked, and Germany answered. An overwhelming vote in the Bundestag approves sending German military forces to play a direct role in the fight against ISIS in Syria.

Samara winner
His work is extremely accessible. And for that work making Canadian cities more accessible to people using wheelchairs, Luke Anderson has won an Everyday Political Citizen award.

From Our Archives: Larry Harvey obit 
We bid farewell to Newfoundland country singer Larry Harvey -- who proved there are second acts in Canadian lives. 

As it Happens was produced this week by: 

Laurie Allan
Imogen Birchard
John Chipman
Katie Geleff 
Chris Harbord 
John McGill
Kevin Robertson
Pedro Sanchez

and Kate Swoger.  

Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves.

The show director is Kevin Ball. Chris Howden is our writer.

John Perry is the Senior Producer. And the Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe.

We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week: 

Mary Lynk in Halifax
Susan McKenzie in Montreal
Ashley Burke and Matthew Kupfer in Ottawa
Davorin Cikovic and Carly Thomas in Toronto
Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg
Michael O'Halloran in Calgary 
and Anne Penman in Vancouver.

As It Happens will be back again on Monday. Good night, and good weekend.