As It Happens

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Oct. 14, 2020

Part One

U.S. polling accuracy
U.S. polling suggests that Donald Trump's chances of winning are slim — but a Democratic strategist vividly remembers hearing something similar about four years ago.

Russia COVID
COVID-19 cases are spiking in Russia — but our guest tells us that people continue to go about their business -- with nary a mask in sight. 

Percy Schmeiser obit
The late Saskatoon canola farmer Percy Schmeiser fought agrochemical giant Monsanto all the way to the Supreme Court  — and his longtime lawyer tells us how farmers reacted to his client's crusade. 

Part Two

Golden Dawn demise
A court in Athens hands prison sentences to members of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn — a group that once held power in Greek parliament and is now labelled a criminal organization. 

Halloween tube
A Toronto plumber has a trick up his sleeve to help kids pick up treats safely on Halloween this year. It involves a long tube, some zip-ties, and gravity.

Part Three

Male/Female bird
A rare sighting of a rose-breasted grosbeak that is male on one side and female on the other has ornithologists all atwitter.

Lightsaber guy 
The force is strong with this one. Ontario YouTuber James Hobson says his team has built a real-life lightsaber that can cut through steel.