Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue



RCMP presence on Wet'suwet'en land doesn't break promise to hereditary chiefs: Blair

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says government and police officials have continued to have "a very respectful dialogue" with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs about ongoing blockades and protests against the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

Sunday on Checkup: Who is responsible for the Wet'suwet'en blockade impasse?

Tensions persist across the country over the ongoing rail blockades protesting the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

Indigenous pro-pipeline representative says he won't tell Wet'suwet'en chiefs what to do

Clifford White, a board member of the First Nations LNG Alliance — a group backing the proposed Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline — says it’s up to Wet’suwet’en people to decide how to move forward.

Indigenous groups need 'guarantees' on land rights before getting trains back on track: Oka Crisis veteran

Land defender Ellen Gabriel says Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs shouldn't relent without a temporary halt to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project construction, which runs through their traditional lands.

Sunday on Checkup: What's your reaction to the B.C. pipeline protests?

What began as a Wet'suwet'en blockade in northern B.C. shut down Via Rail and CN dead in their tracks this week.
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CBC's Katie Simpson on American politics, the 2020 election and holding politicians accountable

CBC News foreign correspondent Katie Simpson took listeners’ calls during the program’s regular Ask Me Anything segment.

Redesigning roads can reduce pedestrian deaths, but cities lack the political will: expert

Last year, 39 pedestrians in Toronto were killed in vehicle-related incidents, and across B.C., 49 died in similar incidents during the same period. Experts say the key to reducing those numbers is to change driver behaviour, but it can be a challenge.

Sunday on Checkup: Are pedestrians safe where you live?

Last year, in Toronto, 40 pedestrians were struck by a moving vehicle and killed. But in Oslo, Norway, zero pedestrians died from car-related incidents last year.
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Streaming giants open to strengthened Canadian content rules, says heritage minister

Following a new report that recommends Ottawa place greater regulations on streaming media services and end advertising on CBC platforms, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault took calls on Cross Country Checkup.

Poor French 'serious handicap' for Tory leadership hopefuls, says former languages commissioner

As the campaign for the next Conservative Party leader heats up, so do questions about the candidates’ ability to communicate in both English and French.

Does the prime minister need to be bilingual?

As the Conservative leadership race heats up, so too does the great Canadian language debate.

As fears of coronavirus outbreak grow, Chinese-Canadian mother and activist worries about racist backlash

When SARS — an illness caused by a different coronavirus believed to have originated in China — hit Toronto in 2003, mother and activist Terri Chu says that her community faced racist backlash.
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From masks to mail, health experts answer your questions on the new coronavirus

Sunday on Cross Country Checkup, infectious disease experts answered listeners' commonly asked questions about the new coronavirus.
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As cannabis edibles hit store shelves, Dr. Brian Goldman suggests users start slow

Dr. Brian Goldman, ER doctor and host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art, took calls on Cross Country Checkup and answered listeners' questions about cannabis edibles.

'The Meghan effect is real': How the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could find success as influencers

Though the status of Meghan and Harry's trademarked "Sussex Royal" brand is up in the air, marketing experts suggest that a turn to promoting high end brands could be in their future.

What's your reaction to Harry and Meghan's move to Canada?

After a royal rift with the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are making their home in Canada — for now. Is it time to roll out — or roll up — the red carpet?

From snow forts to beat poems, here's how Newfoundlanders weathered the storm

Sustained wind and snow made digging out impossible. But people still found ways to make the best of it.

How are you coping with the weather this winter?

As parts of Newfoundland remain under a state of emergency following an unprecedented winter storm, residents in British Columbia and Edmonton face record-breaking cold temperatures.

Repatriating loved ones killed in Iran plane crash will be 'challenging': former diplomat

As family and friends of those killed in the Iran plane crash come to terms with the tragedy, many are faced with the challenge of returning loved ones' remains to Canada. According to former diplomat Dennis Horak, repatriation of deceased loved ones to Canada could be ‘a difficult process.’

What's your reaction to the Ukraine airline tragedy?

The fallout after Iran admits it "unintentionally" shot down Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752, the tragic loss of 57 Canadians and, now, protests in the streets of Tehran.

'The basic human conundrum': Why we have a love-hate relationship with technology

The rise of smart technology — everything from self-driving cars to video streaming might be exciting to some. But experts say constant change can also create anxiety.

Are new technologies making your life better or worse?

From Alexa to self-checkouts and self-driving cars, the age of automation is here in 2020. This week on Cross Country Checkup, we want to know how new technologies are impacting your life.

LGBTQ representation on screen blossomed this decade, but greater trans visibility is needed, comedian says

As diversity grew across media over the past decade, several Cross Country Checkup callers shared their thoughts on how LGBTQ representation in particular has blossomed on screen.

Pop culture experts share the film, music and book trends that defined the decade

As Canadians cap off 2019 and start a fresh decade, Cross Country Checkup asked three pop culture experts what defined the sounds, sights and words of the 2010s.

Sunday on Checkup: What's your pop culture pick of the decade?

As 2019 comes to a close, we want to hear what moments in pop culture stood out for you this decade.