As It Happens

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Oct. 2, 2020

Part One

Trump Covid 
Kristin Urquiza's father died of COVID-19, and now, U.S. President Donald Trump's positive test has her terrified -- because she had a front-row seat at Tuesday night's presidential debate. 

Washington Post
The more the scarier. The news that Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, tested positive has come as a shock -- and a Washington Post journalist tells us the President isn't the only Republican at risk.

LGBTQ banned books
Not a point of pride. The American Library Association says a sizable chunk of the U-S's most banned books were singled out for their LGBTQ themes -- and one author tells us she's disappointed but not surprised.

Part Two

New Ontario testing rules 
A change is not as good as a break. We take the temperature of an Ontario parent over the province's new rules for COVID-screening for kids.

Brendan Lawlor
Teeing it up. When Brendan Lawlor stepped up to the tee this summer at a course in the UK, he became the first professional golfer with a disability to compete on the European Tour. The Irish athlete tells us how he hopes to encourage others with disabilities to take up the sport. 

Part Three

Oregon Mobile Homes Burn
Fire didn't just destroy Francisco Javier Torres' southern Oregon home last month -- but over a dozen mobile homes he was renting out to others. We hear from his daughter who's concerned how people who need affordable housing in the area will cope. 

Derek Mahon Obit
Irish poet Derek Mahon passed away yesterday, but his famous poem, 'Everything is Going to be Alright', continues to provide much-needed comfort to people during a tumultuous year. 

Weird Book Collector
What's the weirdest book you've ever read? Chances are, Edward Brooke-Hitching has you beat. He spent a decade curating the ultimate collection of bizarre books. And somehow, his discoveries are even stranger than you're imagining...