2012

 

Is the health care system working for you ...and what are your expectations looking ahead?

New Years Day on Cross Country Checkup: health system review As we enter the new year, Canada's health system -- now 47 years old --...

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Two years later: Has the humanitarian effort in Haiti been enough?

On Cross Country Checkup: Haiti revisited It's been two years since an earthquake turned Haiti's capital city to rubble, burying two-hundred thousand souls. Canada opened...

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Can the Liberal Party rebuild in time for the next election?

On Cross Country Checkup: remaking the Liberal Party of CanadaMore accustomed to being in power than in opposition, the Liberals are not happy in third...

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What are your thoughts on the foundering of the Italian cruise ship?

On Cross Country Checkup: cruise ship disaster The story of the Costa Concordia would be a comedy of errors,  if it weren't so tragic. It...

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What will you be looking for when Parliament resumes?

On Cross Country Checkup: Parliament resumes On Monday MPs pickup where they left off before Christmas.  The economy, native affairs, pipelines, healthcare, pensions are all issues...

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Is it time to make changes to Canada's pension system?

On Cross Country Checkup: pensions As aging boomers crowd towards retirement, others worry about the security of old age pensions. With four workers now for...

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Does Canada's economic future lie in the West, and beyond to Asia?

On Cross Country Checkup: Go west everyone? New census figures show Canada is tilting westward.  Economic activity is shifting west and people are following. This...

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Does the proposed law to allow police easier identification of Internet users go too far?

On Cross Country Checkup: Internet privacy A proposed law that would make it easier to track online criminal activity such a child porn is drawing cries...

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Should the education system be tailored to better fit the job market in Canada?

On Cross Country Checkup: learning for jobs The evidence is piling up that many post-secondary students are studying subjects for which they will never find jobs....

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What's your reaction to the robocall allegations?

On Cross Country Checkup: robocalls The House of Commons has been in uproar all week over allegations that Conservatives placed misleading and possibly illegal calls...

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Small businesses dependent on Air Canada

  Gordie Wornoff writes on one of the lesser known consequences of the Air Canada labour dispute: Adrienne Rosen, owner of First International Courier in Toronto, worries that...

Should Air Canada employees be allowed to strike? (online chat)

An Air Canada strike would mean a major disruption for travellers and businesses, especially during March Break. The federal government has intervened. In the past, the...

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What is the role of the oilsands in Canada's future?

Cross Country Checkup live from Fort McMurray, Alberta The oilsands have become, to some, an international icon of excess ...a case of environmental degradation that...

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What does new NDP leader Thomas Mulcair mean for the future of the party?

On Cross Country Checkup: a new NDP leader The New Democratic Party of Canada has chosen a new leader ...Thomas Mulcair automatically becomes the Leader...

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What's your reaction to the federal budget? (Live Chat)

On Cross Country Checkup: the federal budget You'd have to go back to Paul Martin's 1995 'come-hell-or-high-water' budget to find another one so anticipated. Expectations...

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What's your reaction to the report by the Auditor-General on the F-35 fighter jets?

On Cross Country Checkup: fighter jet controversy The report by the Auditor-General reveals serious errors in the procurement process for Canada's hoped-for stealth fighter/bombers.With the...

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Is there something wrong with the way math is taught in Canadian schools?

On Cross Country Checkup: teaching math As Canadian students continue to slip in international rankings of math skills, more children are being enrolled in tutoring...

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Is something wrong with the way math is being taught?

 Emily Burke writes on Canadian math student woes: Zach Bedard learned his times tables years ago in math class, but the grade eight Markham,...

Is a university education becoming too expensive?

Phone-in and Live Chat!Quebec students have been in the streets for weeks now protesting their government's move to raise tuition. Even with the increase, the...

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Seniors just want to stay home

 Emily Burke writes on what seniors really want: "We elderly do not want everything to be done by doctors, nurses and care homes, so long...

Are Canada's elderly getting the care they need?

On Cross Country Checkup: caring for seniors As Canada's baby boomers jog and rollerblade into their senior years, some experts are warning of a looming demographic...

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On their first anniversary, how would you rate the government and the opposition?

On Cross Country Checkup: political report card It's the one-year anniversary of the majority Conservative government ...and also of the NDP as Official Opposition. How...

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Is it time to spend more on a national mental health strategy?

On Cross Country Checkup: mental health It's not often that a group comes forward and calls for billions more dollars to be spent by governments ...but...

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Are there limits to reasonable protest? Who should back down in the Quebec student protests?

On Cross Country Checkup: student protests The Quebec government is taking emergency measures after the protests are becoming increasingly confrontational. Some say the measures go...

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Are we winning the battle against bullying? (Live Chat)

Recent high-profile cases of bullying have re-energized the fight against an age-old problem. People are looking for solutions in everything from school clubs to tough...

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What do you think of the proposed changes to Employment Insurance?

On Cross Country Checkup: changes to EI Employment insurance has been called the third rail of Canadian politics ...touch it and you die.  The government...

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Community newspapers not bruised by online news

Gordie Wornoff on who's not hurting in the digital vs. print news battle:   There are 1,100 community newspapers  in Canada, publishing in print and online,...

Is free online-news killing the newspaper?

On Cross Country Checkup Newspapers are struggling to stay alive in a world of free online news ...Canada's two national papers among them.  Some are moving...

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Don't shorten our summers, say teachers and students

  Gordie Wornoff on why the school calendar shouldn't go year-round The BC government wants to give individual school boards the choice of shortening the...

Is it time to end the long summer break and move to year-round schooling?

On Cross Country Checkup: year-round schooling Those long, languorous summer breaks are fast approaching ...but the fact is most children learn better with year-round schooling and...

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Should assisted-suicide be legalized?

On Cross Country Checkup: assisted suicide A Supreme Court judge in British Columbia has struck down the law forbidding physician-assisted suicide. What do you think? Should...

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What best defines Canada for you ...a place, an event, a person?

Canada Day on Cross Country Checkup:    It's the day Canadians get to wave the flag and beat the drum for the country they have...

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Is social media making us anti-social?

On Cross Country Checkup: social media Facebook and Twitter have become minute by minute communication tools for millions of people. Some are concerned that all...

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July 15, 2012 Book List (Children's Books)

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What children's book do you recommend for our summer list of good reading?

Do you remember reading under the covers with a flashlight? Perhaps you still do! We want to hear about your favorite children's books for a...

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What do you love - or hate - about camping?

Don't forget the bug spray!   Your stories about the best and worst of living where the wild things are ...whether your style is hooking...

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Will you be watching the Games?

Who's got your interest?  Canadian summer and winter medalist Clara Hughes ...or Usain Bolt - the fastest man alive?   With the Games underway in Britain,...

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Are medals more important than good sportsmanship?

Winning at all costs.Eight badminton players were thrown out of the Olympics for losing on purpose -- the biggest mass disqualification the Games have ever...

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Does marriage still matter?

Does marriage still matter? Summer is the season for weddings, and Canada has some of the most inclusive marriage legislation in the world. Yet fewer...

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What are you prepared to do about climate change?

Taking the temperature on climate change. This summer there were dramatic ice melts in the Arctic. Drought has affected crops in Canada. And this week...

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Where did you go this summer?

Are we there yet?Canadians have been travelling in record numbers this summer. Both within and outside Canada.What are your stories from the road? Where did...

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What makes a great boss?

Good boss. Bad boss.We spend more time at work than anywhere else. And the people we work with and for make all the difference. What...

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The Quebec election: What's your reaction to the outcome?

Many Canadians watched the campaign wondering if it would vault separation back onto the national agenda.  The results are in ...what do you think? What's...

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What are your thoughts on the legacy of Peter Lougheed? (with online chat)

Remembering Peter Lougheed: your thoughts on a political giant. The former premier of Alberta has died.  In his day, he presided over the transformation of the province...

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Should Western nations limit freedom in order to protect religious sensitivities? (with online chat)

Is it religious sensitivity or political agitation? Thousands of people around the world are taking to the streets in anti-American protest. They say it's because...

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Should the West do something to stop the violence in Syria?

What to do about Syria? The international community has been unable to broker a solution. Horrific pictures of slaughter and destruction have been streaming out...

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Does Justin Trudeau owe his appeal to celebrity or a new direction in Canadian politics? (with online chat)

Trudeaumania 2.0  The volume of media coverage was unprecedented this week when Justin Trudeau announced his bid for the leadership of the now third-place Liberal...

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What are your thoughts on the NHL lockout? (with online chat)

Fans are calling it a faceoff between millionaires and billionaires.  This week the first games of the NHL season were lost to the labour dispute. ...

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Is it possible to control online bullying? (with online chat)

It's no surprise the story of Amanda Todd's suicide went viral.  Her own revelation of the online bullying she had endured was both disturbing and compelling....

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Is foreign investment good for the economy ...or should Canadians be wary? (with online chat)

Foreign takeovers: After blocking the sale of two Canadian resource firms, the government is scrambling to update old guidelines on foreign investment. All this ahead...

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Have you been following the U.S. election campaign? (with online chat)

The U.S. election: Just days before Americans vote for the next president of the U.S.A. it looks very close.  Have you been following the campaign?How...

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As the World Wars recede into history is remembrance becoming a challenge? (with online chat)

Remembrance Day: It was a day created to remember the terrible events and sacrifices of the First World War ...so that none could ever be...

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Are you preparing for a worsening economy? (with online chat)

The economy: Europe has gone into recession, the U.S. is facing a fiscal cliff, and growth in China is now slowing. What does it all...

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What are your fondest memories of the Grey Cup? (with online chat)

The Grey Cup: The battle for Canada's oldest pro sports trophy marks its 100th anniversary. With NHL hockey out of the picture, CFL football has...

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From the ouster of Rob Ford to the resignation of Montreal's GĂ©rald Tremblay, are you losing faith in municipal politics? (with online chat)

Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto are just a few cities where mayors have been accused of wrong-doing. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says it's politics that ousted him. Has...

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What's your choice for Checkup's Christmas list of good reading? (with online chat)

The book show: Help compile Checkup's annual Christmas list of good reading. Share your discoveries, whether fiction, non-fiction, classics, modern, poetry ...even reference. And tell...

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December 9, 2012 Book List

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Your thoughts on the school shooting in the U.S.? (with online chat)

The Connecticut shooting: 20 schoolchildren shot dead plus 6 adults and the shooter at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.  A young gunman leaves a...

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What does Christmas mean to you in a multicultural Canada?

Christmas in Canada: According to a new poll most Canadians celebrate Christmas in some way. What are your holiday traditions? And in a multi-cultural Canada...

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The year 2012: what is your choice for person or event of the year?

The year that was: join us as we look back on the year that has been. What stands out? What person or event of significance...

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