As It Happens

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

July 17, 2020

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland tells us she's proud of the federal government's plan to send billions to provinces and cities hoping to restart their economies safely. But the Deputy Prime Minister sounds less excited about the WE charity scandal and the questions it has raised about the prime minister's ethics.

Georgia mayor masks
The governor of Georgia has banned local officials from making mandatory mask rules. We reach the mayor of Savannah who says that won't stop him from making his city mask-up.

Blackest fish
We talk to a researcher whose efforts to photograph the world's darkest fish revealed that their pitch-black pigmentation is truly beyond compare.

Part Two

Canola thieves
Farmers in Alberta are losing canola to thieves sneaking into fields to harvest the plants for themselves — and damaging the crop in the process.

Cross border wedding
When COVID-19 stymied one Canadian couple's wedding plans, they found a way to include their U.S. relatives — despite the travel restrictions. They had their big day in a couple of big fields, on either side of the border.

As It Happens was produced this week by:

Jeanne Armstrong
Katie Geleff
Sheena Goodyear
Chris Harbord
Mehek Mazhar
Susan McReynolds
Morgan Passi
Menaka Raman-Wilms
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 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: 

Mary-Catherine MacIntosh in Halifax
Maya Lach Aidelbaum and Susan McKenzie in Montreal
Paul MacInnis in Ottawa
Anna Desmarais in South Slave, Northwest Territories
Kirsten Fenn, Varad Mehta, Eric Van, Brandie Weikle, and Luke Williams — all in Toronto
Jennifer Keene and Dan McGarvey in Calgary
and Anne Penman in Vancouver.

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