Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


Who should teach sex ed — parents or teachers? How far can schools go?

Parents and teachers are scrambling after Ontario Premier Doug Ford scrapped its existing sex ed curriculum, in favour of one taught in 1998.

Former NAFTA negotiator calls Trump's 'bluster' on trade deals offensive

When Michael Wilson negotiated NAFTA 25 years ago, the most tense moment was leaving a baseball game early. He calls Trump's divisive approach today on trade negotiations 'dangerous.'

Buy Canadian boycott doesn't 'punish' Trump — it hurts average Americans: Checkup caller

Mary Pitts, a caller from London, Ont., told Cross Country Checkup that boycotting American goods because of U.S.-imposed tariffs will only make things worse for those who are in the "same boat we are."

Brewing problem: U.S. beer drinkers pay more as aluminum tariffs hit cans

Octopi, a craft brewery in Waukanee, Wis., is having to charge customers more — or take a hit to their bottom line — as American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports enter the taproom.

From havarti to Harleys: How 2 key Wisconsin exports are coping with trade uncertainty

Canada is the biggest customer for Wisconsin's exports, with over $14 billion worth of goods crossing the border in 2016. As threats of a trade war continue, will the relationship change?
Checkup in Wisconsin

Talking to Americans: Are we still BFFs?

Cross Country Checkup host Duncan McCue crosses the border to take calls from Americans and Canadians about Trump, Trudeau and tariffs.

Driver still copes with aftermath of fatal collision, 20 years after killing a cyclist

The 1997 collision on a California highway prompted her to write a book about deadly auto crashes.

Cycle of problems: What can be done to reduce bike deaths?

With the recent spate of cycling deaths in Toronto, bike activists and road safety experts alike are demanding major reforms in cities across Canada.

'I was never so afraid of a turtle': When unexpected wildlife encounters go wrong

These three Checkup callers found out the hard way that unexpected encounters with wildlife can be unpleasant.

Growing numbers of citizen scientists hunt birds — with their smartphones

Bird-watchers are hitting the trails with far more than a pair of binoculars. Apps such as eBird and iNaturalist are turning citizens into scientists — by helping researchers to better understand bird populations.
Personal Essay

How a childhood caribou hunt with my grandfather taught me to respect animals

Nick Wapachee, a member of the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee, recalls the lessons he learned hunting for the first time as a seven-year old in northern Quebec.

Moose and beavers and gators, oh my! Tell us about your most memorable wildlife encounter

Camping, cottages, long hikes — and possibly, a life-changing encounter with a wild beast. What was your unexpected encounter with a wild animal?

'Who was advocating for my dad?' Daughter of Wettlaufer victim speaks out for first time

Joanne Birtch, speaking about her father James Silcox's death publicly for the first time, hopes the public inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer will shed light on the circumstances leading up to the eight murders in a nursing home.

Support workers doling out pills in nursing homes are under-qualified, some health professionals say

The Elizabeth Wettlaufer public inquiry has raised alarms about who is providing support to seniors in long-term care facilities. One doctor tells Checkup that support workers aren't adequately trained to deliver medications.

Nursing homes: Do you trust the level of care?

The Wettlaufer inquiry in Ontario is ringing alarm bells in nursing homes across Canada. Is there adequate oversight in elder homes? Who takes responsibility for quality of care?

Amid shaky trade talks with U.S., Quebec gin maker fears fallout for small businesses

The Mirabel, Que., distiller can buy botanicals for his spirits from Europe or Asia, but it's easier — and cheaper — to import them from the United States. He worries that escalating trade disputes may change that.
Caller POV

American Checkup caller says Canadians 'deserve better political representation' than Trudeau on trade

Phoning from North Carolina, Ken Armstrong believes that Canadians should have greater choice when it comes to certain goods, like dairy.

Trump-Trudeau Trade rift: Do shaky relations shake you?

Donald Trump's ongoing Twitter tirades have put a strain on Canada-U.S. relations already reeling from new steel tariffs and waffling NAFTA negotiations.

Checkup caller says Doug Ford was elected because of 'white privilege'

When Doug Ford won the Ontario provincial election Thursday, many credited his folksy approach to politics. Delores Mullings told Cross Country Checkup on Sunday that she believes white privilege is behind his success.

With Doug Ford, Ontario is in for 'rough and wild ride': Toronto councillor

Toronto city councillor John Filion says that Doug Ford's years in City Hall point to an 'unpredictable' leadership — and a reshaping of politics as we know it.
Checkup Episode

How could Doug Ford's victory change the political conversation in this country?

Doug Ford's Ontario win has sent shock waves across the country, as Canadians ponder the scale of the populist surge that voted him into power.

Will First Nations in B.C. benefit or suffer from the Trans Mountain buyout? Depends on who you ask

While some First Nations are worried about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to buy out Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, others see it as a way toward economic prosperity.

Trans Mountain buyout is 'in the national interest,' says environment parliamentary secretary

MP Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, says that the Trans Mountain buyout will benefit Canadians, and the government remains committed to the Paris Accord.
Sunday on Checkup

So, how do you like your new pipeline?

The government's plan to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline will initially cost $4.5 billion, and possibly triple that once the project is completed.

'Open for business': How the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation revitalized forestry in B.C.'s northwest

After Lax Kw'alaams First Nation bought a tree farm in 2005, they became the main player in northwest B.C.'s forestry industry. Revenues from lumber exports have allowed the First Nation to expand their economic portfolio rapidly.