As It Happens

As It Happens, Friday Edition

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Part One

Nova Scotia councillor blackmail attempt
Someone's attempt to blackmail a Nova Scotia councillor over a call to an escort service fizzles out -- when the councillor reveals everything at a press conference. 

Conservative leadership
Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai says the price hike to join the party -- and sky-high cost of entering the leadership race -- make the Tories look elitist. 

Artisanal pencil sharpener quits 
David Rees, perhaps the world's pre-eminent artisanal pencil sharpener, spent years honing his craft -- but tonight, he makes a different kind of point: he's getting out of the business - sort of. 

Part Two

Dangerous drug gone
It causes psychotic behaviour, and was beginning to look like a serious problem in Broward County, Florida -- but now, local police have managed to get a synthetic drug called Flakka off the streets. 

Nadine Gelineau obit
The late Nadine Gelineau wasn't just another music industry suit: to the many left-field artists whose careers she helped make, she was a much-loved advocate. 

Part Three

Mulcair follow-up
On Sunday, Tom Mulcair could pay the price for abandoning the NDP's progressive roots -- that's according to the outgoing secretary of the party's youth wing. 

Zippy Chippy
Zippy Chippy is a racehorse who broke record after record -- as the losingest thoroughbred in North American history. Carol speaks with the author of a new book about the zipless Zippy's winless trip. 

As it Happens was produced this week by: 

Laurie Allan
Jeanne Armstrong
Imogen Birchard
Dawna Dingwall
Katie Geleff
Chris Harbord
Sean Laughlin
John McGill
Kevin Robertson
Kate Swoger

and Pedro Sanchez.

Our technicians this week are Reynold Gonsalves and Jennifer Rowley.

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
Chris Carter and Matthew Kupfer in Ottawa 
Davorin Cikovic, Joan Leishman and Lorne Shapiro, all in Toronto
Corey Haverstock and Michael O'Halloran in Calgary
and Anne Penman in Vancouver.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday. Good night, and good weekend.