As It Happens

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Part One

BC: Paige's story
Instead of making a difference, it showed callous indifference. In her report on the death of a nineteen-year-old aboriginal woman, BC's Representative for Children and Youth excoriates a system that failed at every level. 

Burundi coup: latest
Despite the president's protestations, it seems there has been a coup in Burundi -- but loyalties remain divided, and the tension between factions continues to mount. 

Keurig K-cups math teacher
They're multiplying, and they're divisive. So it makes sense, in a way, that K-Cups are being used by a Grade 6 class in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to learn math. 

Part Two

Medicine Hat homeless
By adopting a policy of "housing first", the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, has reduced the number of people living on the streets, or in shelters, to zero. 

Global TV's 80s slow-TV 'Night' programs
The Canadian guys who shot a late-night program in which someone drove around Toronto to the sound of smooth jazz weren't just heroes to insomniacs -- they were pioneers of Slow TV. 

Part Three

Compassionate care
It's called "compassionate care". But the process by which a terminally ill patient gets access to an experimental drug isn't especially compassionate at all. Now, one drug company is working with ethicists to change that. 

Stolen motorcycle
A Slovenian motorcyclist's triumphant journey around the world comes to an abrupt end when his bike is stolen -- and I regret to inform you that someone in Canada is responsible. 

Chicken dinosaur
Everything you wanted to know about the Frankensteinian science of trying to turn chicken beaks into dinosaur snouts -- but were afraid to ask.