As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Dec. 11, 2020

Episode Transcript

Part One

Dominic Leblanc: Vaccines
Canada's intergovernmental affairs minister says his government is working well with the provinces — but premiers say they're put out about the vaccine roll-out, and shortfalls in health-care funding. 

CERB hold music
Millions of Canadians have spent millions of minutes listening to a song they'd rather not hear — not because it's bad, but because it's the hold music for people calling about COVID benefits.

Quebec tourtière and poutine
You say "good pie", and I say "hello!" Or "bonjour", I guess — since a Quebec restaurant's new dish actually combines two provincial delicacies, tourtière and poutine, into a magical hybrid called "tourtine." 

Part Two

Black Panther no recast
After the death of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel says it won't cast a new King T'Challa in the Black Panther sequels — but some fans say the character is too important to disappear. 

Samurai sword grapes
Overachiever David Rush takes a stab at yet another Guinness World Record — by slicing dozens of grapes in mid-air with a Samurai sword, with the help of a partner who really understood the point. 

Part Three

Argentina abortion legislation
Demonstrators with trademark green handkerchiefs celebrate in Buenos Aires, after Argentina's lower house of Congress pass a bill legalizing abortion. 

Hybrid learning problems 
A Hamilton superintendent is worried about lacklustre academic performance during the pandemic — concerned that focused attention isn't a remote possibility for students. 


As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong
Katie Geleff
Chris Harbord
Sheena Goodyear
Sarah Jackson
Mehek Mazhar
Matt Meuse
Kevin Robertson
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes
Kate Swoger

and Tomas Urbina.

Our technicians this week are Brittany Amodeo, Gabbie Hagoriles and Reynold Gonsalves. The show directors this week are John McGill and Reynold Gonsalves.

The writers are Chris Howden and Lisa Bryn-Rundle. Austin Webb is our 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:

Sinisa Jolic and Mary-Catherine McIntosh in Halifax
Susan McKenzie in Montreal
Paul MacInnis in Ottawa
Varad Mehta, Jonathan Ore, Eric Van, Brandie Weikle and Luke Williams — all in Toronto
Suzanne Dufresne in Winnipeg
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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