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Fired Amazon employee who staged walkout says company is trying to 'smear' him

An Amazon employee who was fired after staging a walkout says the company is taking personal shots at him in order to distract from the bigger picture — which is the health and safety of all workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Norwegian balloon-popping artist falls onto sculpture made of 100 knives

A Norwegian artist who gained viral internet fame for popping balloons using various contraptions rigged with sharp blades had an unfortunate mishap with a knife sculpture over the weekend. 

From our archives: Meet the Flemings, the internet-famous Irish family who freaked out over a bat

As It Happens host Carol Off touches base with the Fleming family of Ballymacelligott, Ireland, whose efforts to rid their kitchen of a rogue bat have gone viral.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

April 6, 2020

A tale of 2 cities: Belfast housed its homeless, Vegas moved them to a parking lot

Cities around the world struggle to protect homeless populations from COVID-19 during global pandemic.

Manitoba couple begins quarantine with 11 adopted kids from Ukraine

Sharon and Rob Steeves didn’t mean to travel across the globe with eight newly adopted children in the midst of a global pandemic. It just worked out that way.

Snow penises and squirrel CPR: 5 fun stories to distract you from the news

As we enter yet another week of physical distancing and horrifying headlines, it's important to take a break from the pandemic news and have a laugh.

How this B.C. artist uses sliced up Air Jordans to connect with his Indigenous roots

Brian Jungen is known for transforming everyday objects into extraordinary things, and the iconic basketball shoes are one of his favourite materials to work with.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

April 3, 2020

A doctor explains why Detroit's COVID-19 cases are 'pretty much exploding right now'

Detroit is set to become one of the U.S. hot spots of this pandemic largely due to the city’s higher risk and “socially disadvantaged” population, according to an infectious disease specialist.

California entrepreneur defends idea for remote COVID-19 'escape community'

The website shows dreamy photographs of people having dinner parties, laughing together in a hot tub and doing yoga in groups — all the sorts of things we’re supposed to avoid in the age of COVID-19.

This Maryland nurse is joining N.Y.'s COVID-19 front lines 'for the greater good'

More than 1,900 people have died from COVID-19 in New York state, a number Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls "staggering."

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

April 2, 2020

What is 'Zoom bombing'? Scientist threatened while defending PhD online

A Duke University student turned to the video conferencing software Zoom to defend her PhD when she became a victim of what’s being called “Zoom-bombing” — when malicious actors take over digital meetings and cause mayhem.

Meet the volunteers sewing masks for hospitals and nursing homes

Canada Sews started as one woman with a sewing machine, and has since blossomed into a network of more than 1,700 people making and distributing homemade masks to health-care facilities across four provinces. 

Fake News: 5 best April Fool's gags from As It Happens

Every year, on April Fools Day, we slip one fake story into our lineup in the spirit of the holiday. Here are some of our best gags from over the years.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

April 1, 2020

Ontario 'doing everything possible' to help care homes combat COVID-19, says minister

An Ontario nursing home ravaged by an COVID-19 confirmed Tuesday that three more residents have died, bringing the total number of fatalities among residents to 12. 

Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck in nose while trying to fight face touching

An Australian astrophysicist says it was a combination of goodwill and boredom that caused him to get several powerful magnets stuck in his nose on Thursday.

This locked down Welsh town has been overtaken by goats

While the U.K. undergoes strict lockdown measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, one group of Welsh residents is flouting all the rules.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

March 31, 2020

From our archives: Swedish man creates giant snow penis to say sorry for destroying smaller snow penis

Emilian Sava used a snow blower to create the 70-metre long drawing after people online objected to him brushing away a much smaller drawing on a frozen waterway in Gothenburg.

Great Barrier Reef's latest 'mass bleaching' linked entirely to climate change: scientist

Mark Eakin of Coral Reef Watch tells As It Happens that coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is more widespread but hopefully less severe than in recent years.

'They need help,' pleads son of resident in Ontario nursing home where 12 died of COVID-19

The Ontario town of Bobcaygeon is devastated following the deaths of at least 12 people from COVID-19 at a local nursing home. 

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

March 30, 2020