As It Happens

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

March 13, 2019

Full Episode Transcript

Part One

Planes Grounded
On Wednesday, Canada and the U.S. joined other countries in grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft — and our guest says that's the right call. 

Lagos Building Collapse
At the scene of a deadly building collapse in Nigeria, rescuers with little equipment scramble to free potentially dozens of people trapped in the rubble.

Trash Tag Challenge
Our guest's viral challenge doesn't involve dancing, or throwing anything at anyone: it involves teenagers cleaning up garbage — and they're following his instructions to the litter. 

Part Two

Iran Human Rights Lawyer
An Iranian activist is now safe in Canada, but overwhelmed by guilt — because the lawyer who represented her has been sentenced to 38 years in prison, and 148 lashes, back in Iran. 

Canola: Minister
China claims it's shutting down imports from a major Canadian canola exporter because of pests — but Canadian inspectors say there are no bugs in the system. 

Part Three

B.C. Chiefs Opioids
The opioid crisis in B.C. is enormous — but to everyone who's lost someone to an overdose, it's personal. And it's personal for Grand Chief Stewart Phillip — who tells us he supports a public inquiry, after his son died of an overdose last August. 

Italy Rape Case 
It has emerged that a panel of judges in Italy tossed rape charges against two men because they felt the female victim was too unattractive. Our guest organized a protest in support of the victim — and points out the irony that the judges were all female.