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Should more effort be put into identifying people who might engage in deadly random attacks?

Knife attacks: The senseless killing of five people in Calgary has everybody wondering: 'Why?'It's the worst of several knife attacks over the past few weeks. ...

What are your thoughts on the life and death of Jim Flaherty?

Jim Flaherty 1949-2014: When he stepped down after almost 20 years in politics, it was as one of Canada's longest serving finance ministers.  He planned...

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Are you watching the Quebec election?

Quebec: The province is embroiled in its most contentious election in years.While debating serious issues from sovereignty to corruption, the secular charter to the economy...

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Should the West worry about Russia's territorial ambitions ...what should Canada do?

Putin's Russia - the bear awakes: The quick annexation of Crimea reveals that Russia still retains some of its Soviet tendencies.What should the West do...

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What is the legacy of Jim Flaherty, and does the economic forecast look good?

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty steps down: Finance ministers play a big role in the politics and history of the country.  Some even eclipse their prime...

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What are your thoughts on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370?

Lost flight: The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is confounding the experts. Theories abound from human error or equipment failure to terrorism...

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Can the West help find a solution in Ukraine?

Ukraine: With echos of the Cold War, the world is keeping a close eye on the standoff in Ukraine and particularly in the region of...

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Does the middle-class need a better deal?

Helping the middle-class: Parties and political groups have singled out the middle-class as financially stagnant or even ailing, and in need of special support. There...

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Has Canada's performance at the Sochi games been a success?

The Olympics: Canada went to Sochi expecting to surpass the record medal count in the Vancouver Olympics. Does it matter if the medal tally does not...

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Should public service pay and benefits be brought into line with the private sector?

Trimming the public service: The latest federal budget all but eliminates the deficit, a marquee achievement for the Conservatives. About a third of the savings...

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What are your thoughts on the government's election reform proposals?

Electoral reform: The government has introduced a bill to tighten up the country's electoral law. It's designed to avoid the irregularities that occurred during...

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Are seniors in Canada getting the standard of care they need?

Caring for seniors: The dreadful fire in a seniors residence in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec has put the focus on safety in seniors homes across the nation....

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Does the Senate need to be either reformed or abolished?

Reforming the Senate: The taint of scandal in the Red Chamber has rekindled desires to reform it.What do you think is needed: a minor tune...

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What are the successes and failures of the Afghanistan mission?

Afghanistan revisited: Canada's military commitment to Afghanistan ends in March and some are already looking back in assessment. What are the success and the failures...

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Tell us your weather stories, the good and the bad.

Weather stories: From frost quakes to ice storms to the polar vortex, Canada's weather has been behaving ...well, depending on your perspective either weird, or...

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What book do you recommend for Checkup's winter list of good reading?

Winter books: Grab your paper and sharpen your pencil, it's time for Checkup's annual Winter book show.Help compile our winter list of good reading ...fiction,...

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

Disaster in Lac-Mégantic: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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From the ouster of Rob Ford to the resignation of Montreal's Gérald 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What do you think were the big news stories of 2011?

On Cross Country Checkup: Year end review As the end of 2011 draws near, Checkup looks back at this year's big news stories. What are the...

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What book do you recommend for Checkup's Christmas list of good reading?

On Cross Country Checkup: Christmas books Whether browsing titles in your local book store or clicking your way through digital downloads, help compile Checkup's annual...

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What's the solution to communities such as Attawapiskat: more money or new ideas?

On Cross Country Checkup: Attawapiskat When the Red Cross was called in to Attawapiskat, the misery was displayed for all to see. Now as many...

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What changes would you want to see in the way health care is delivered?

On Cross Country Checkup: health crunch With health costs eating up almost half of all provincial budgets every year, health ministers met this week to...

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What lessons did Canada learn from its Afghanistan mission?

On Cross Country Checkup: Afghanistan retrospective The last five years were hard combat for Canadians in Afghanistan ...and the re-examinations of the war have just...

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Will Canada get hit by the increasing economic instability in Europe?

On Cross Country Checkup: economic storm  As the debt crisis in Europe spreads from Greece to Italy, the Canadian government is forced to trim its...

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Does Canada need tougher crime laws?

On Cross Country Checkup: fighting crime The Conservative government says it's taking aim at crime with a sweeping new law-and-order bill.  But critics say it...

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What are your thoughts on ending the long-gun registry?

On Cross Country Checkup: the long-gun registry It's all over for the contentious practice of registering shotguns and hunting rifles.The Conservative majority government is carrying...

Does the success in Libya mean Canada should help topple other dictators?

On Cross Country Checkup: toppling dictators The death of Moammar Gadhafi promises to bring a quick end to Canada's participation in the NATO military mission...

Have women finally arrived in Canadian politics?

On Cross Country Checkup: women in politics The election of Kathy Dunderdale's Progressive Conservatives in Newfoundland and Labrador makes four sitting women premiers, including the territories....

Can Canada do more to prevent suicide?

On Cross Country Checkup: managing suicide There's a move in Parliament to create a national strategy for suicide prevention.  So often concealed, it's a subject...

Is the value of a university education being oversold?

On Cross Country Checkup: campus letdown? As students settle into university classes across the country, some are now wondering what they're doing there.  But perhaps...

Can Canada avoid the economic storm looming over Europe and the US?

On Cross Country Checkup: economic crisis? The looming economic storm in Europe threatens to envelop the world and push it back into recession. What do...

How will the NDP fare in its new role, without Jack Layton?

On Cross Country Checkup: re-jigging the NDP   Canada's new official opposition party is facing a big challenge.  New Democrats must find a leader who...

Your recollections of 9/11 ...and how it changed our lives?

Sunday September 11th on Cross Country Checkup: thoughts on 9/11 Ten years ago when two hijacked airliners sliced into New York's twin towers, the whole world...

What do Canada's national parks mean to you?

On Cross Country Checkup:   One hundred years ago, Parks Canada was formed to make sure Canadians had access to some of the most beautiful...

What do Canadians want and expect from a political leader?

On Cross Country Checkup: As many in Canada mourn the loss of NDP leader Jack Layton, there are now three national parties without an elected...

What effect is technology having on children's lives?

On Cross Country Checkup:   As the summer winds down, it's time for students and parents start to think about heading back to school, and...

Are you worried about Canada's economy?

On Cross Country Checkup: In spite of turbulence in markets around the world, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Canada is performing "relatively well," and Canadians...

What's changing about country life in Canada?

On Cross Country Checkup: No one likes urban sprawl But the reality is more Canadians are living in suburbs and small towns than ever...

What's your reaction to Jack Layton stepping aside from the NDP leadership this summer?

On Cross Country Checkup: the NDP without Jack Jack Layton is undergoing treatment for cancer and will step aside from politics for the summer, leaving...

What was your worst or best summer job?

 On Cross Country Checkup: summer jobs Summer does not mean vacation time for everyone. Especially for students it's a few months to make money doing...

Do stories of cell phone hacking raise worries about your own high-tech privacy?

On Cross Country Checkup: hacking into personal lives The British press did it. Who else is invading our privacy?  The technology that we all love to...

Canada's combat role ends in Afghanistan ...was it worth it?

On Cross Country Checkup: leaving Afghanistan Canadian troops ended combat operations in Kandahar this week and turned over command to US forces. Have five years...

Will the interest in William and Kate revitalize the monarchy in Canada?

On Cross Country Checkup: royal visit Canadians are flocking to see the world's most photographed couple on their first foreign tour. Will the interest in...

Is it right to publicly shame Vancouver rioters online?

On Cross Country Checkup: public shaming Pictures of Vancouver rioters caught in the act of breaking the law are all over the Intenet ...and some have...

What's your reaction to the Vancouver riot?

On Cross Country Checkup: Vancouver riot All the hope and good feeling of weeks of Stanley Cup hockey evaporated in the aftermath of the Canucks'...

Is the Post Office still important in the age of e-mail?

On Cross Country Checkup: postal strike There was a time when a postal strike brought the country to its knees. Now, though small businesses and...

Are the Vancouver Canucks Canada's team in the Stanley Cup playoffs?

On Cross Country Checkup: hockey heaven Many fans are thrilled to cheer a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup finals ...but some say they're not...

What book do you recommend for Checkup's summer reading list?

On Cross Country Checkup: summer booksIt may not feel like it, but summer is just around the corner. So, help compile Checkup's summer list of...

What are your thoughts on the burning of Slave Lake?

On Cross Country Checkup: Slave Lake fire After a fire swept through the northern Alberta town last Sunday, many of Slave Lake's seven-thousand  evacuated residents...

What are your thoughts on the Manitoba flooding?

On Cross Country Checkup: Manitoba flooding Residents are scrambling to protect their lives and property as the waters rise. Things are so bad that the...

What's your reaction to the election results?

On Cross Country Checkup: election surprise The election that nobody wanted has ended up transforming Parliament and possibly Canadian politics. A majority Conservative government. A...

Has the campaign changed the way you planned to vote?

On Cross Country Checkup: election eve It started out as an election nobody wanted, but it turned into a campaign of surprises. Did you change...

Where do you think this election is going?

On Cross Country Checkup: election conundrum The party leaders say this campaign is being fought to decide whose vision of Canada should prevail. Polls suggest changes...

Election special: Rex live from Port Perry, Ont. April 17th

In the second of two special election road shows, host Rex Murphy talks to voters and candidates in small town Ontario, and opens up the phones to...

Election special: Rex live from CBC Vancouver April 10th

In the first of two special election road shows, host Rex Murphy opens up the phones to Canadians across the country and talks to BC voters...

The election: What issues are important to you, what are being missed?

On Cross Country Checkup: the election The campaign has been going for a week now and despite a few spending promises, issues have been trumped...

What's at stake for you in this election?

On Cross Country Checkup: the election Parliament has been boiling for months and now the pressure can no longer be contained. So, we're off ...into...

Two topics:
Libya, will the no-fly work?
And Japan, is the real disaster being overlooked?

On Cross Country Checkup: Two topics - Libya and Japan The UN has moved to help Libyan rebels falling under the shadow of Gadhafi's guns. What...

What's your reaction to the disaster in Japan?

On Cross Country Checkup: Japanese devastation The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday have caused untold misery. And damage to nuclear power plants...

Is it time for a federal election?

On Cross Country Checkup: politics With a federal budget two weeks away, and MPs wrangling over everything from campaign financing, and Senate reform, to NGO...

Should the West intervene to help the people of Libya?

On Cross Country Checkup: Libya The revolutionary fervour sweeping the Arab world has come up against a bloodier leader in Moammar Gadhafi. Some say the...

Is Canada making progress in treating mental illness?

On Cross Country Checkup: mental illness It used to be the condition nobody would talk about. Five years ago a Senate report ...the first-ever national...

What's your reaction to the victory of the Egyptian protesters?

On Cross Country Checkup: A new beginning Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been driven from power by peaceful protest ...but what comes next? What's your reaction...

Are you concerned about the Egyptian crisis?

On Cross Country Checkup: Egypt The continuing turmoil in the streets of Egyptian cities raises a whole series of concerns for the protesters, the country,...

What's your reaction to the events in Egypt?

On Cross Country Checkup: Egypt It is one of the Arab world's most ancient and stable countries ...but now it is in turmoil.  Are you...

Should political parties be funded by tax dollars?

On Cross Country Checkup: funding politics Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he'll campaign in the next election to end the public subsidy for political parties....

Haiti one year later: Has progress been too slow?

On Cross Country Checkup: Haiti one year later It took just a few minutes to devastate tiny Haiti ...and to galvanize the world. The horror...

Should literature classics be 'cleaned up' to suit modern sensibilities?

On Cross Country Checkup: Huckleberry Finn A U.S. publisher is printing a version of Mark Twain's classic ...with the language cleaned up. Some critics are...

Who's your choice for person-of-the-year?

On Cross Country Checkup: Person of the year Tell us about someone you think affected the lives of others. It could be a newsmaker or...

What book do you recommend for Checkup's winter list of good reading?

On Cross Country Checkup: books! 'Tis the season to curl up by a crackling fire with a good book. We want to hear about the...

Is Canadian household spending out of control?

On Cross Country Checkup: household debt Deep into spending season along comes the fun killer: the news that Canadians are now deeper in debt than...

Are Canada's schools falling behind?

On Cross Country Checkup: failing schools? Canadian children have always excelled in international education surveys ...but the latest one from the OECD suggests China and...

What's your reaction to WikiLeaks' release of the U.S. diplomatic cables?

On Cross Country Checkup: WikiLeaks A deluge of confidential U.S. communications has torn aside the diplomatic curtain on the superpower's relations with dozens of countries....

Why is the Grey Cup such a long-lasting Canadian tradition?

On Cross Country Checkup: A Canadian riddleWhat causes fans to paint themselves green and wear watermelons on their heads? The Grey Cup final!It's as much a...

Will the royal marriage of William and Kate revive the monarchy in Canada?

On Cross Country Checkup: royal match When Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, media around the world went into overdrive. What do you...

Is Canada's job in Afghanistan finished?

On Cross Country Checkup: Afghanistan As Canada's own deadline for complete troop withdrawal approaches, suddenly there's a new plan to stay and train Afghan forces....

Should Canada keep some companies Canadian?

On Cross Country Checkup: foreign takeovers When the federal government put the brakes on the proposed takeover of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, many cheered. Others...

With all the new mayors across the country, some say voters are angry ...are you? How important are local politics?

On Cross Country Checkup: municipal politics Citizens in Calgary, Brandon, Toronto and Ottawa have rushed to install new mayors.  Some say it's evidence voters are...

What's your reaction to the coverage of the Williams case?

On Cross Country Checkup: covering the Williams case The conviction of the sex murderer revealed horrific and disturbing details ...some say far too many. But in...

What was so compelling about the rescue of the Chilean miners? Did you watch?

On Cross Country Checkup: Chilean miners 'The whole world's watching' was once a political protest chant that was based more on hope than fact. This...

Shrinking families: Has family become less important ...or just less affordable?

On Cross Country Checkup: shrinking families Statistics Canada has found that Canada's families are getting smaller. Some say this will affect our lives and economy...

Should prostitution be legalized?

On Cross Country Checkup: legalizing prostitution   An Ontario court has struck down the federal prostitution law and experts say it clears the way for...

What do you expect from your MPs this session?

On Cross Country Checkup: Ottawa politics Parliament resumed this week and the appeals for civility were quickly forgotten amid partisan jostling and renewed election rumours....

Is there room for compromise on the long-gun registry?

On Cross Country Checkup: the long-gun registry. When Parliament returns next week, one of the first orders of business will be to vote on whether to...

What's your reaction to the plan to burn copies of the Qur'an?

On Cross Country Checkup: Qur'an insult When Florida Pastor Terry Jones announced a plan to burn copies of the Qur'an, he set more than a...

Does Canada need to do more to fight homegrown terrorism?

On Cross Country Checkup: homegrown terrorism. The recent arrest of three Canadians on charges related to terrorism has raised concerns that Canada has now become...

Helping Pakistan: Should Canadians be more generous?

On Cross Country Checkup: helping Pakistan. Flooding has affected 17-million people in Pakistan and observers say it's only a matter of time before disease and...

Is Canada's refugee system working?

August 22, 2010 with guest host Chris Hall "Is Canada's refugee system working?"...

Can you ever really return home?

August 15, 2010 with guest host Rita Celli "Can you ever really return home?"...

Is old-fashioned camping going out of style?

August 8, 2010 with guest host Jacquie Perrin "Is old-fashioned camping going out of style?"...

What is your favourite summer festival?

August 1, 2010 with guest host Tina Srebotnjak "What is your favourite summer festival?"...

What are your thoughts on Conrad Black's change in fortune?

July 25, 2010 with guest host Ann Medina. "What are your thoughts on Conrad Black's release from prison ...and his change in fortune?"...

Why do you live where you live?

With guest host Anne Lagacé Dowson. "Why do you live where you live?"...

What did you think of 2010 World Cup?

With guest host Kevin Sylvester. "What did you think of 2010 World Cup?"  ...

Is the monarchy still strong in Canada?

Interviewed by guest host Mercedes Stephenson on the July 4, 2010 program "Is the monarchy still strong in Canada?"   Lynne Bell Freelance journalist, writes...

Is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the best way to move forward from the legacy of the Indian residential schools?

Interviewed by guest host Reg Sherren on the June 20, 2010 program "Is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the best way to move forward from...

Is Canada really catching World Cup Fever?

Interviewed by guest host Jian Ghomeshi on the June 13, 2010 program "Is Canada really catching World Cup Fever?"   Scott RegehrCBC sports reporter. Anjali...

Summer books: what book do you recommend for Checkup's list of good reading?

Interviewed by guest host André Alexis on the June 6, 2010 program "Summer books: what book do you recommend for Checkup's list of good reading?"...

Do you think the G-8 and G-20 summits are worth it?

Interviewed by guest host Andrew Nichols on the May 30, 2010 program "Do you think the G-8 and G-20 summits are worth it?"   Kathleen...

What are your thoughts on Auditor General Sheila Fraser examining the expenses of Members of Parliament?

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the May 23, 2010 program "What are your thoughts on Auditor General Sheila Fraser examining the expenses of Members...

Does Britain's minority government coalition offer any lessons for Canada?"

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the May 16, 2010 program "Does Britain's minority government coalition offer any lessons for Canada?" Kelly McParland Columnist National...

What's happening to the world economy? Do you worry that the instability in Greece could spread?

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the May 9, 2010 program "What's happening to the world economy? Do you worry that the instability in Greece...

What's your reaction to the House Speaker's ruling on the Afghan detainee documents?

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the May 2, 2010 program "What's your reaction to the House Speaker's ruling on the Afghan detainee documents?" Philippe...

Are you carrying too much debt?

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the April 25, 2010 program "Are you carrying too much debt? Is personal debt a threat to Canada's long...

Amid the uproar of scandal, are MPs are working on the issues you care about?

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the April 18, 2010, program "Amid the uproar of scandal, are MPs are working on the issues you care...

The death of the Polish president, and the new Governor General

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the April 11, 2010, program   Your reaction to the deaths of the Polish officials including the President?" Rafael...

Should Canada continue to play a strong role in Afghanistan after 2011?

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the April 4, 2010, program "Should Canada continue to play a strong role in Afghanistan after 2011?" Paul HeinbeckerPaul...

Is free speech stifled in Canada?

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the March 28, 2010, program "Is free speech sometimes stifled in Canada, especially by universities?"   Michael PaytonMichael Payton...

How is the jump in the loonie affecting you?

Interviewed by guest host Monte Solberg on the March 21, 2010, program "How is the jump in the loonie affecting you this time around?"  ...

Can Canada avoid the ethnic tensions plaguing other countries?"

Interviewed by guest host Rita Celli on the March 14, 2010, program "As Canadian multiculturalism nears 40 years of age, can Canada avoid the ethnic...

What's your reaction to the throne speech and the new federal budget?

Interviewed by guest host Alison Smith on the March 7, 2010, program "What's your reaction to the throne speech and the new federal budget?"  ...

Does Canada have to win men's hockey gold to make the Games a success?

Interviewed by guest hosts Tom Allen and Jacquie Perrin on the February 28, 2010, program "Does Canada have to win men's hockey gold to make...

Have the Games been a Canadian success story so far?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the February 21, 2010, special edition from Vancouver program "Have the Games been a Canadian success story so far?" Part...

Give us your thoughts on Canada's Olympics. What are your expectations?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the February 14, 2010 program "Give us your thoughts on Canada's Olympics. What are your expectations?" Part One: Part Two:...

Is good customer service a thing of the past?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the February 7, 2010 program "Is good customer service becoming increasingly rare? Is it a thing of the past?"  ...

Where do you stand on the prorogation of Parliament?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the January 31, 2010 program "Where do you stand on the prorogation of Parliament?" Marlene JenningsDeputy House Leader for the...

What are your thoughts on the Haiti relief effort?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the January 24, 2010 program "What are your thoughts on the Haiti relief effort?"   Martine St-VictorCo-ordinator and fundraiser for...

Are you satisfied with Canada's effort to help Haiti?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the January 17, 2010 program "Are you satisfied with Canada's effort to help Haiti?"   Stephen PuddicombeCBC news reporter in...

Do you agree with tougher security rules for flying?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the January 10, 2010 program "Do you agree with tougher security rules for flying?"   Naomi LakritzColumnist and letters editor,...

Is it worth being good?

Interviewed by guest host Kevin Sylvester on the January 3, 2010 program "Why bother being good? Is it worth being good?" Brian Stock, studio guestFormer...

Is classical music thriving in this age of popular choice?

Interviewed by guest host Tom Allen on the December 27, 2009 program "Is classical music thriving in this age of popular choice? Is it still...

What's your reaction to the Copenhagen climate summit?"

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the December 20, 2009 program "What's your reaction to the Copenhagen climate summit?"   Jasmeet SidhuJasmeet Sidhu has been...

What is your favorite book?"

Interviewed by host Rex Murphy on the December 13, 2009 program "What is your favorite book?" Terry GlavinAdjunct Professor, Creative Writing, University of British Columbia...

Do you worry about your pension?

Interviewed by guest host Andrew Nichols on the December 6, 2009 program "Do you worry about your pension?" Jonathan Chevreaubusiness journalist with the National Post...

What's your reaction to the Afghan detainees issue?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the November 29, 2009 program "What's your reaction to the Afghan detainees issue?" Irwin CotlerFormer Federal Minister of Justice and...

What's the Value of Homework?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the November 22, 2009 program "What's the Value of Homework?"   Tom MilleyCalgary lawyer and parent who negotiated a no-homework...

Is it time to retire the monarchy in Canada?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the November 15, 2009 program "Is it time to retire the monarchy in Canada?" Michael ValpySenior writer Globe and Mail...

Is it time to change or scrap the long-gun registry?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the November 8,2009 program "Is it time to change or scrap the long-gun registry?"   Chris HallCBC Radio's National Affairs...

Are you satisfied with the way swine flu has been handled?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the November 1, 2009 program "Are you satisfied with the way swine flu has been handled? Do you still have...

Do you have questions and concerns about swine flu vaccinations?

Interviewed by guest host Indira Naidoo-Harris on the October 25, 2009 program "Do you have questions and concerns about swine flu vaccinations?"   Dr. Michael...

Should euthansia be legal in Canada?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the October 18, 2009 program "Should euthansia be legal in Canada?"   Don MartinNational Affairs columnist for the National Post...

Does Canada give enough support to its scientists?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the October 11, 2009 program "Does Canada give enough support to its scientists?"   Bob FournierScience columnist, CBC Radio Halifax's...

Are you confused about how to tackle the oncoming flu season?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the October 4, 2009 program Are you confused about how to tackle the oncoming flu season?   Dr. David Butler-JonesCanada's...

Did Canada do the right thing by walking out on the UN speech of the Iranian president?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the September 27, 2009 program "Did Canada do the right thing by walking out on the UN speech of the...

Should Canada do more to fight the U.S. 'Buy American' policy?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the September 20, 2009 program "Should Canada do more to fight the U.S. 'Buy American' policy?"   Perrin BeattyCEO of...

Have minority governments been good for Canada?

Interviewed by Rex Murphy on the September 13, 2009 program "Have minority governments been good for Canada?"   Don MartinPolitical Columnist, National Post Peter BlaikieFormer...

Are you ready for a fall election?

Interviewed by guest host Suhana Meharchand on the September 6, 2009 program "Are you ready for a fall election?"   David DochertyPolitical scientist, Wilfrid Laurier...

What evidence do you see that the economy is improving in your community?

Interviewed by guest host Harry Forestell on the August 30, 2009 program "What evidence do you see that the economy is improving in your community?"...

What movie do you recommend?

Interviewed by guest host Tina Srebotnjak on the August 23, 2009 program "What movie do you recommend?"   Jesse WenteFilm critic, CBC Radio Vincent GuzzoExecutive...
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