Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


'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.

First Nations deserve resource rights, but 'almighty dollar' encourages risky development: activist

Many agree that First Nations should have more access to their resources, Cross Country Checkup heard Sunday. But development must be sustainable and incorporate Indigenous teachings.

With scallops, this B.C. First Nation is developing a sustainable economy

Coastal Shellfish in Prince Rupert, B.C., is raising sustainable scallops. The company grew out of Coastal First Nations Corporation, an alliance of several First Nations communities, including Gitga'at First Nation.

'First of all, it's their land': Caller suggests new tax as part of Indigenous reconciliation

Stephen Driver in Montreal called Checkup to propose a new tax that would support First Nations without access to lucrative natural resources.
Checkup Episode

Is it time for Canada to transfer resource rights back to First Nations?

What would it mean to Indigenous peoples who could start to build economies suited to their own needs and aspirations?

Morning crumpets and texts from mom: How three Checkup callers celebrated the royal wedding

Thousands had their eyes on the royal wedding Saturday morning. While some celebrated at home in their pyjamas, others organized elaborate parties.
Q & A

Royal wedding has value as traditions fall by the wayside: Checkup caller

While many traditions and institutions seem to be disappearing, the monarchy remains by embracing change, Eugene Manitawabi told Checkup.
Checkup Episode

What do you think of the royal wedding?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday and the world has been following the splendour of the wedding.

Cannabis candies will stay off-limits after marijuana legalization — and that's a mistake: researcher

Food policy researcher Sylvain Charlebois found that more than half of Canadians would be willing to try cannabis-based cuisine. But when marijuana is legalized this year, those edibles will still be off-limits.

Blair on driving while high bill: 'I would've liked to have seen this passed months ago'

Bill Blair, Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, tells Checkup marijuana legalization can be expected eight to 12 weeks after passing Senate.
Checkup Episode

Are you ready for legal marijuana?

The government has delayed its plans to legalize marijuana once, and it's under pressure to delay again. Concerns about the details are still rolling in from Indigenous groups to doctors, from schools to the police, and even real estate vendors.

As floodwaters rose, hundreds came out to build a 'wall of hope' around this New Brunswick home

With the Kennebecasis River quickly rising toward her home, Sharon Murphy-Mayne asked her community to help build a sandbag barrier. Now, she calls her it 'wall of hope.'

Alberta flood survivor warns New Brunswickers, recovery can take years

Charlotte Sexsmith's husband owned a business in High River that was 'washed away' during that city's historic floods in 2013. Now in Leamington, Ont., she's prepared herself for future natural disasters.