As It Happens

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Jan. 15, 2020

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Bitcoin passwords
Our guest has watched his Bitcoin stash grow to be worth over 300 million real-world dollars — but all he can do is watch, because he can't remember the password that would allow him to access it.

Nova Scotian Crystal closes
Canada's only maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal is raising a goblet and calling it a day, after COVID-19 shattered its sales. 

Joe the Pigeon
A bird that was believed to be from America was set to be killed under Australian's strict biosecurity rules — but now, Joe the pigeon will be spared. 

Part Two

Federal COVID projections
As Ottawa issues dire projections of where the pandemic will go from here, a Toronto doctor says his colleagues have been told to prepare for the moment when overwhelmed hospitals will face heartbreaking life-and-death decisions.

40th anniversary Thrasher magazine
Skateboarding magazine Thrasher celebrates its 40th anniversary this month — proving the sport has staying power, and so does print.

Part Three

AGO returns painting
In November the Art Gallery of Ontario announced it was returning a Nazi-looted painting to its rightful owner. But now it seems the whole thing might be less than picture perfect. 

Nova Scotia rural healthcare 
Ottawa offers incentives to health care workers who move to rural areas. But that's a problem for Nova Scotia's eastern shore — which Ottawa deems not quite rural enough.

As It Happens was produced this week by:

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

and Sonya Varma

Our technicians this week are Reynold Gonsalves and AnnMarie Karugonjo. The show director is John McGill.

The writers this week are Lisa Bryn-Rundle and Chris Howden. 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:  

Mary-Catherine McIntosh in Halifax
Susan McKenzie in Montreal
Andrea Bellemare, Frankie Fiorini, Lito Howse, Tahiat Mahboob, Varad Mehta and Jonathan Ore — 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.