As It Happens

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

Episode Transcript

Part One

Duceppe family
Gilles Duceppe's mother died outside her Montreal nursing home a year ago, locked out and overlooked for hours in the cold. But the former Bloc Quebecois leader says it feels like yesterday because nothing has changed — and that's why his family is suing.

Coronavirus: latest
China has stopped all travel out of Wuhan — ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak. Our guest tells us the mood in the city is one of anxiety and fear — with many people wondering if they're getting the whole truth.

Patriotic millionaires
A group of very rich people is urging world leaders to raise their taxes...and their chairman tells us the motive is not altruism — it's more like enlightened self-interest.

Part Two

Bezos report
A United Nations expert tells us she believes the Saudis accessed Jeff Bezos's phone. And she's demanding an immediate investigation by American authorities.

Iranian/Canadian truck driver
Babak Soleimani is An Iranian-Canadian truck driver. He says he's been stopped twice recently trying to cross into the United States, and believes it's because he shares a last name with the Iranian general killed by U.S. forces.

Part Three

Alberta oil taxes
An Alberta county officer says oil and gas companies owe his municipality millions in unpaid property taxes — and that there's not much he can do about what he calls a "tax revolt." 

Harry & Meghan paparazzi
Mike Arsenault is an ex-photographer who now runs a water taxi business on Vancouver Island. But when some paparazzi tried to hire him to get photos of Harry and Meghan in their B.C. refuge, he wasn't in the right frame of mind.


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