As It Happens

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Part One

Huseyin Celil update
Prime Minister Trudeau and the Chinese Premier meet in Ottawa -- but their closer relationship means nothing to our guest, unless it brings his client closer to freedom from prison in China. 

MacArthur grant winner
Joyce J. Scott has long been celebrated for her amazing, challenging jewelry and beaded artwork. But when she was told she'd received a MacArthur "genius grant," she assumed it was a prank.

St. Helena airport 
The people of the remote island of St. Helena aren't thrilled by their super-expensive airport, because it's too windy for any commercial plane to land there -- and they're demanding to know what went wrong. 

Part Two

Bahrain: Canadian death
The wife of a Canadian human rights activist who survived imprisonment and torture in Bahrain remembers her late husband. 

Assisted dying paper
A provocative new paper argues that doctors have no right to opt out of procedures, whatever their moral qualms -- including abortion, contraception and assisted dying. 

Part Three

Afghan peace deal
Afghans express both dismay and faint hope after the government strikes a peace deal with the warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar -- better known as "The Butcher of Kabul." 

Gay Russian politician
For Bulat Barantaev, the chance to lose was a victory. He was one of two gay candidates in Russia's Parliamentary elections. One of the first two gay candidates ever in that country. 

Chopsticks innovator 
A UBC student is hoping to contruct a business out of repurposing disposable chopsticks -- thousands and thousands of them.