As It Happens

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

Part One

NY Times anonymous op-ed
In a New York Times editorial, an anonymous author claims to be part of a group actively opposing the President's "more misguided impulses" — from within the Trump White House.

Novichok suspects
Six months after a nerve agent nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK, British authorities name two suspects they say are Russian intelligence agents. 

Bird extinctions
Biologists say it's time to say goodbye to 8 species of birds — and they blame the pet trade and human encroachment for the first avian extinctions of the decade. 

Part Two

Spain bomb contract
Spain had a deal with Saudi Arabia, to sell the Kingdom 400 laser-guided bombs. Now, the Spanish government has cancelled that deal — after the airstrike on a bus in Yemen, that killed dozens of schoolchildren. 

Elon Musk spat
Elon Musk makes a show of putting his money where his mouth is. But he might be better off literally putting his money in his mouth — and staying off social media: once again, he's made shocking, unfounded allegations about a British diver. And this time, an apology might not cut it. 

Part Three

Child suicide abuse report
Advocacy group Children First Canada and a University of Calgary team has released a report that blows apart the perception of Canada as one of the best countries in the world for children — because we have high rates of child suicide, abuse and infant mortality. 

Sea dragon floats
The Florida  Aquarium is proud of its Leafy Seadragons — which are gorgeous, seahorse-like creatures. Problem is, for some reason, they've lost their buoyancy. Which is why aquarium workers came up with a way of keeping them afloat — by making them floaties.