As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Aug. 18, 2021

Episode Transcript

Part One

Nova Scotia election
A sweeping conservative majority that defies pollster expectations and reshapes the political landscape. Not Federally, but in Nova Scotia. And as the newly re-elected MLA for Pictou West tells us — it's not necessarily a sign of things to come. 

Canadian government Afghan women
Canada has promised to welcome 20,000 Afghans, but critics say the country's offer is too little and will take too long. And our guest is fearful women will be especially endangered by the wait. 

Mosquito humans invisible
In California, biologists have found a way to mutate a mosquito so that it can't see humans while hunting — at least not with its eyes. Which has us wondering when we might be able to ditch the repellents. 

Part Two

Haiti hospital head
A doctor in Haiti tells us the injuries he's seeing in the wake of last weekend's deadly earthquake are difficult for the country's hard-hit healthcare system to address. 

Massachusetts happy hour 
A Bostonian gives us his pitch for reinstating happy hour in Massachusetts — after a series of impaired driving incidents saw drink discounts banned. He says he understands the intention, but the policy doesn't hold water.