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German priests are blessing same-sex unions in direct defiance of a Vatican order

Father Christian Olding says he won't back down from blessing same-sex unions, even if he faces reprimand from the Catholic church.

Flock of extremely rare California condors wreaks havoc on woman's home

There are only about 200 California condors in the wild — and one tenth of them are having a non-stop party at Cinda Mickols' house. 

Australian bride delivers calf in her wedding gown during reception

When a cow went into labour during a wedding reception on an Australian farm, the bride didn’t think twice before springing into action in her silvery white gown

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

May 11, 2021

Afghanistan's Hazaras gripped by grief and fear after deadly attack on schoolgirls

The victims of a deadly bombing in Kabul on Saturday were mostly young, impoverished schoolgirls from the minority Hazara community, working to build a better future for themselves and their families, says a local human rights activist.

New Zealand man faces legal action for painting penises around potholes

Geoff Upson has been drawing very large, colourful penises around potholes in his home city of Auckland since 2018 to draw attention to a problem that he says authorities are not taking seriously.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

May 10, 2021

Jersey fisherman says regular folks are caught in the crossfire of post-Brexit fishing row

As France and the U.K. squabble about fishing rights, those doing the actual fishing are caught in the middle.

She survived the Syrian war, came to Canada, then taught herself English at Tim Hortons

For Reham Abazid, home is the place where you are safe and loved. For most of her life, that meant Daraa, a small city in southwestern Syria. Now, it means Saint John, N.B., the Canadian city that has welcomed and nurtured her family since they arrived in Canada as government-sponsored refugees five years ago. 

As It Happens: Friday Edition

March 7, 2021

Halifax man who won human rights case against police says the officers got off easy

Halifax's Gyasi Symonds says he's glad he won his human rights complaint against the Halifax Regional Police — but he says the two officers who racially discriminated against him got off with "a slap on the wrist."

Oklahoma restaurants cover walls with prepaid receipts for anyone who needs a meal

Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch hasn't been to northeastern Oklahoma.  Several restaurants have invited their customers to prepay for a meal for someone else and tack the receipt to the wall. Then anyone can come in, grab a receipt, and order some grub, no questions asked.

Why returning to Newfoundland was the 'toughest' and best decision this woman ever made

The documentary film Dropstones follows Sonya Foley as she escapes a default marriage and makes a new life for herself and her children in her hometown on Fogo Island.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

May 6, 2021

Pfizer says Canada will get enough doses for everyone after vaccine cleared for kids 12 and up

Pfizer's Canada's vaccine lead says Canada will get enough doses of the vaccine in the coming months for everyone who needs it — including children aged 12 and up.  

'It was awful,' says woman who helped survivors of deadly migrant shipwreck off San Diego

When Anita Beckman and her family witnessed a deadly migrant shipwreck off the coast of San Diego, she says she and dozens of other bystanders did what they could to help those stranded in the water make it safely to shore.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

May 5, 2021

NACI advice to wait for 'preferred vaccine' sends bad message to essential workers: doctor

Dr. Zain Chagla says the National Advisory Committee on Immunization's guidance needs to be weighed against the risk of catching COVID-19, and that bad communication can lead to confusion and vaccine hesitancy.

U.K. man delighted when a duck returned to his 9th-floor balcony to hatch her eggs

Steve Stuttard couldn't believe his luck when a duck nicknamed Mrs. Mallard chose his balcony in Greater Manchester, England, as a nesting site for the second year in a row. 

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

May 4, 2021

Canadian YouTubers engineer hyper-realistic plasma lightsaber that can cut through steel

James Hobson and his team at Hacksmith Industries in Kitchener, Ont., have created a hyper-realistic, retractable plasma lightsaber that reaches a scorching heat of 2,200 C.

Tanya Talaga explores racism in Thunder Bay and her own Indigenous roots in Spirit To Soar

The documentary film Spirit To Soar follows journalist Tanya Talaga as she connects with her roots in Thunder Bay while exploring the aftermath of the deaths of seven Indigenous youth.

They survived a mass shooting meant to silence them. But these Norwegian women are louder than ever

The documentary film Generation Utoya follows four young women who survived a politically motivated mass shooting in Norway in 2011. But instead of retreating from the public sphere, they've become more politically active than ever.

Florida voting restrictions will target people of colour, says state Democrat

Florida is the latest Republican-controlled state to approve restrictions on things like mail-in ballots and drop boxes. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has signaled his support and is expected to sign it. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

May 3, 2021