2013

 

What do you think of the Idle No More movement?

Idle No More: It is being called a native Arab Spring ...a re-awakening of aboriginal determination to create a better future. Critics call it unfocused...

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Idle No More and Cross Country Checkup

Impressions of the program from someone who answered the phonesBy Gordie WornoffCross Country Checkup callers had lots to say about last week's much anticipated meeting...

Does the meeting between aboriginal leaders and the Prime Minister mark the start of a new relationship?

Native reckoning: The Idle No More movement says a symbolic meeting with the Prime Minister and Governor-General is essential to fixing a broken relationship. What...

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Should some people be allowed to end their lives with the help of a doctor?

Assisted suicide: Quebec is proposing to allow some terminally ill patients the choice to end their lives with the help of a doctor.It would be...

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Parliament's back ...what do you want to see on the agenda?

Parliament resumes: As MPs head back to Ottawa on Monday, there are a lot of issues on the table.From energy and the economy to aboriginal...

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Will you miss the Canadian penny?

A penny for your thoughts:Monday Feb. 4, 2013 marks the official end of the run for the humble Canadian penny. As it is slowly removed...

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Should Canada revoke the dual citizenship of those who engage in terrorism?

Citizenship and Terrorism: Terrorist incidents abroad involving Canadians have raised concern about Canada's reputation around the world. The government has suggested revoking the citizenship of...

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Should the Senate be reformed?

Allegations have been flying in Parliament about the expenses and behaviour of some members of the Red Chamber.An un-elected body in a democratic age ...some...

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Should the priority of military spending be to create jobs and skills in Canada?

Military spending: A new report says Canada's military dollars should be spent at home, to provide jobs and skills here. Critics say that's the worst...

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Does religion have a place in public life?

In the spirit of multiculturalism, Canada has made room for a world of perspectives. But what about the closely held values of religion ...is there...

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What do you look for from the Catholic Church and a new Pope?

Papal conclave: Both Catholics and non-Catholics alike watch in suspense and anticipation, while the cardinals meet to choose a new Pope.As the world's largest religious...

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Will the Liberal leadership race renew the party?

Liberal leadership: Marc Garneau dropped out of the race this week and threw his support behind, Justin Trudeau.  Does it mean the leadership race all...

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The federal budget: what's your view? (with an online chat)

The federal budget:Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has brought down his 8th budget. As expected it included further but limited spending cuts to tame the deficit...

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What are your thoughts and memories of Ralph Klein?

King Ralph: He towered over Alberta politics for 14 years and changed Canada in the process. He jousted with Ottawa, and he slayed Alberta's provincial...

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Does the book have a future in a digital age? (with online chat)

The decline of books:  Ever since Gutenberg, the paper-bound book has steadily risen in popularity.  Millions are published every year ...but will the electronic age...

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Does the renewal underway by both the NDP and Liberals promise electoral success?

Opposition renewal:  Both the NDP and the Liberals are holding conventions they hope will put them on the road to electoral success.  The Liberals are...

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Will the Boston bombing change the way public events are held?

The Boston bombing: Why would someone want to bomb a popular sporting event attended by ordinary people and families?  That's the question on the minds...

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Should MPs represent their constituents or their party?

MPs speaking their minds: Parliament has seen over the past weeks some rebellious  Conservative MPs chafing against party policy. And the House Speaker has ruled...

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Should the West enforce better building and workplace standards in the developing world?

Bangladesh factory collapse: Authorities fear that close to 600 people died in the factory that made cheap clothes for Western markets. Should the West enforce...

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Should Canada do something to help Syria?

Syria: With evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, several countries including Canada are considering their options to help the people of that...

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What's your reaction to the Senator Mike Duffy expense scandal?

Senate expense scandal: After months of chasing Senator Mike Duffy for his questionable living expenses, it turns out the money was paid back ...by  the...

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What does it take to keep politics honest: strict rules, strong leadership, or good character?

Government accountability: The Senate expense scandal is raising questions about the behaviour of public officials, both elected and appointed. Despite efforts to regulate ethics, breaches...

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Does Canada need a bill of rights for airline passengers?

Attention all passengers: A disgruntled traveler has won a complaint about being bumped from an overbooked flight. The ruling says Air Canada must pay more...

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Is Canada making the right moves in developing the north?

Live from Inuvik Does your Canada include the north? Canada's resource-rich north beckons to a world hungry for raw materials. Resource development builds strong economies but...

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Do you worry about the collection and logging of your personal data?

Is Big Brother watching?  News that the US government has been logging the phone and Internet usage of Americans surprised many.  Now it seems it...

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What are your thoughts and reactions to the flooding in Alberta?

Alberta floods: Tens of thousands are out of their homes as the worst flooding in decades hits Calgary and towns throughout the south. What are...

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Who are your favourite Canadians and what have they contributed to Canadian life?

Canada Day week end: Who are your favourite Canadians? Through history to the present day, from real life or from fiction. Who is your favourite...

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Does it matter if women are not the news junkies that men are?

News gender gap: a British government-funded study suggests women in many countries are less informed about politics and current affairs than men. Less informed or...

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Can we learn from a horrific event such as the accident in Lac-M├ęgantic? What's your reaction?

Disaster in Lac-M├ęgantic: For the little town in southern Quebec, the consequences are as horrific as the pictures are graphic. Fifty townspeople feared dead and...

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Will the new royal baby bolster the monarchy?

As Prince William and his wife Kate await their new baby, the world is waiting, watching and tweeting about the anticipated big event. Will the...

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Should retailers be able to charge extra to customers who use premium credit cards?

The hidden cost of credit cards: Canadian retailers lost a case this week over high fees for processing premium credit cards. They say it's costing...

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On Checkup's phones: Love and hate for credit cards

By: Luke VandezandeFlights to Florida are practically a ritual for many Canadians, but for Randy Meyer the trip meant more than sunshine and beaches.  His wife needed...

Books for the hammock and the front porch

We're putting the call out to readers and bookclub aficionados across the country to help compile our summer list of good reading. Fiction, non-fiction, classic,...

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August 4, 2013 Book List

Here's the booklist from this program and copies in Word doc format or in TEXT format.  ...

Should the Olympics be used as a venue for major protests?

Many are concerned that Russia's anti-gay laws violate fundamental human rights. And some are calling for the 2014 Games to be moved from Sochi. Should...

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Can newspapers survive ...what do you want from a newspaper?

Newspapers in decline? The Globe and Mail announced it will end delivery to the whole province of Newfoundland and Labrador because it costs too much...

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Should there be harsher penalties for phoning and texting while driving?

Texting and driving: Distracted driving is fast becoming the number one killer on the highways. Some say it should be treated like drunk driving. What...

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Stories from Checkup: After university - debt and no jobs.

By Luke VandezandeKathryn Newman-Renwick's voice carried a sunny tone as she answered her phone at about 11:15 a.m. on Labour Day. She was in the...

Is it harder for young adults to launch into the job market today than a decade ago?

Generation Flux: Hefty bills and poor job prospects are sending more adult children back to live with their parents. How long is too long to...

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Checkup listeners share personal perspectives on Syrian crisis

By Ariel FournierNassad Jabakhanji calls his sister in Damascus from Toronto every week over Skype, whenever she can get a good enough internet connection. "Honestly, she...

Can anything be done to stop the bloodshed in Syria?

Syria: The tragedy of the war-torn nation confounds the world.  Take a stand against a dictator who uses chemical weapons against his own people ...and...

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On the phones: A job can mean sacrificing some values.

By Luke VandezandeBefore you measure his mohawk, Jacob Gettins, 22, stands about six feet tall . He's more like seven-foot-six if you count the hairdo.His...

On the phones: Reaction from callers to the proposed Quebec Charter of Values.

By Sheema Ahanin"This charter is completely appalling. It's a charter of values ...where are the values if we are taking rights away?" Sarah Cohen, from...

Should public servants be banned from wearing religious clothing and jewelry?

The Quebec values charter: The PQ government plans to ban public employees from wearing visible signs of their religion such as head scarves, turbans and...

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On the phones: All work and no pay in the hotel business

by Ariel Fournier Anthony Kirby, from Montreal Quebec, retired eight years ago and speaks with a soft brogue when fondly recalling his forty years working in...

Are unpaid internships a good way to get a start in the job market?

Internships: A string of stories have surfaced over the past months about overwork, exploitation and even death among young interns eager to break into their...

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Are Islamist terrorists succeeding in driving a wedge between religions and cultures ...and damaging Islam itself?

Islamist threat: The brutal attack on shoppers in a Nairobi mall is the latest of several around the world specifically targeting non-Muslims. Are Islamist terrorists...

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Is Canada ready to handle the doubling of its senior population in the next 25 years?

Aging population: A UN report says many countries are simply not ready to handle the burden. By the year 2050, people older than 60 will...

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What are your thoughts on Alice Munro winning the Nobel prize for literature?

Nobel prizewinner: Canadian writer Alice Munro has won the world's most prestigious prize for literature.She's the first writer born, living and working in Canada to...

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What's your reaction to the throne speech and the new trade deal with Europe?

A new session of Parliament and a new trade deal with Europe: While the speech from the throne laid out a new 'consumer-friendly' agenda for...

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Should the senators accused of padding their expense accounts be suspended without pay?

Senate scandal: The Red Chamber is debating whether to temporarily suspend three of its members. In a growing expense scandal that some say could widen...

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Has the Senate scandal damaged Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party?

Conservative convention: Amid cries of scandal in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper headed to Calgary for a policy convention and to rally his supporters.Has the...

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Is criminal conviction now the only reason to resign from political office?

Integrity in public office: With senators fighting suspension for padding their expense accounts, and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford trying to hang onto his job after...

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Does Canada need a national jobs strategy?

Matching skills to jobs: As the federal government negotiates with the provinces over how best to steer workers to jobs, businesses in some sectors and...

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Are hospital emergency departments dangerously overcrowded?

Emergency backlog: A group of physicians say that ER overcrowding has become a public-health emergency. They say people are getting sicker and dying as a...

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Is the NHL broadcast deal with Rogers good for hockey and Canadians?

Blockbuster NHL deal: Is the era of Saturday night hockey in front of the TV on its way out?  Rogers has scooped a deal to...

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What are your thoughts on the life and death of Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Mandela: From "terrorist" to statesman, Mandela fought all his life for freedom and he suffered for it.  In the end he won the whole...

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What's your reaction to Canada Post's plan to cut back on front-door mail delivery?

The Post Office: Front door delivery of mail is on its way out as Canada Post tries to wrestle down its ballooning debt -- estimated...

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What's your reaction to the Supreme Court striking down Canada's anti-prostitution laws?

Legalizing prostitution: The Supreme Court of Canada has, in a unanimous decision, struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws. Parliament now has a year to come...

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Looking back at 2013 with an eye ahead: what are important events, significant people, promising trends that stand out?

A look back and a peek forward: As 2013 fades, join us in looking back at the the important events of the year and significant...

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