As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Dec. 30, 2020

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Vaccine delays
The head of Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination task force says it was a mistake to pause shots over the holidays — and he's working to speed up distribution. We ask an infectious disease doctor what it will take to pick up the pace. 

UK vaccine rollout
Immunization in Canada may be slow, but news from across the pond is giving many a boost. The UK has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine — and expects to jab a million people a week, starting in January. 

Art Bergmann
Punk rocker Art Bergmann is rocking the boat with his appointment to the Order of Canada. He calls the country a work in progress — and hopes his message will strike a chord. 

Part Two

Encore: Michael Christie
We revisit Carol Off's conversation with novelist Michael Christie about how the unlikely experience of cutting down a tree planted the seed for his novel Greenwood. The sprawling family epic takes readers as far back as the Dust Bowl, but its environmental call to action is decidedly now. 

Part Three

Encore: As It Happened: Words 
We revisit some of our favourite conversations with As It Happens guests who had a way with words — and sometimes left us at a loss for them.