As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Feb. 7, 2020
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Episode Transcript

Part One

Wet'suwet'en latest
After several arrests at the blockade of a British Columbia pipeline project, demonstrators prepare for the RCMP's next advance into the traditional Indigenous territory. 

Coronavirus: Trenton couple
Getting out of China was tricky, but a Montreal family is now back in Canada — and back in quarantine with their two children on a military base. 

McMaster 1917 map
The First World War looms large at Sunday night's Oscars, and 1917 is one of the favourites. Hear why a Canadian map specialist will be keeping a close eye on the action.

Part Two

Carol Shields prize
Despite the wealth of worthy contenders, women writers take home far fewer literary prizes than male authors. But the creators of a new Canadian award with a big prize attached aim to balance the scales.

Russian journalist
Russian journalist Elena Milashina says after she was violently attacked inside a hotel lobby in Chechnya, she still headed to court to cover a trial — and carried on doing defiant interviews with media outlets like this one.

Part Three

B.C. judge retires
Tom Gove is hanging up his gavel. The British Columbia judge has served his last day on the bench. As a lawyer, he specialized in child welfare cases. As a judge, he presided over the inquiry into child protection that bears his name. He looks back at the changes he saw in his courtroom over the decades.

Vatican homeless shelter 
Pope Francis has converted a palace in the Vatican into a homeless shelter. And it's already housing dozens of people in need. But that's not sitting well with some citizens of Rome, whose hopes for the property were more economic than ecumenical.


As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong
Katie Geleff
Sheena Goodyear
Chris Harbord
Sarah Jackson
Samantha Lui
Morgan Passi
Abby Plener
Kevin Robertson
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

and Kate Swoger

Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves. The show director this week is John McGill

The writer this week is Kevin Ball. Our intern is Yasmin Gandham. Austin Webb is our senior producer this week. 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-Catherine MacIntosh in Halifax
Susan McKenzie and Chloe Ramaldi in Montreal
Jorge Barrera, Paul Macinnis and Max Paris in Ottawa
Showwei Chu, Sarah Claydon, Gary Francis, Keith Hart, Billy Heaton, Gabbie Hagoriles, Sinisa Jolic, Varad Mehta and Luke Williams — all in Toronto
Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg
Dan Zakreski in Saskatoon
Jennifer Keene in Calgary
and Anne Penman in Vancouver. 

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

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