Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


Veteran journalist Anna Maria Tremonti reveals the key to good interviews — and her love of opera

Anna Maria Tremonti will sign off of The Current for one last time after 17 seasons in the host chair. Ahead of her departure, she took phone calls about her career, journalism and the challenges facing Canadians on Cross Country Checkup.

How a teen reporter's question to Kyle Lowry was heard around the world

Now that his question for the Toronto Raptors star has gone viral, 13-year-old CBC Kids News contributor Arjun Ram hopes for a long future in journalism.

Sunday on Checkup: What does the Raptors win mean to you? Plus, Anna Maria Tremonti takes your calls

We're opening the lines to hear your thoughts on this week's historic win by the Toronto Raptors. Then Anna Maria Tremonti will take your calls on her 17 years as host of CBC Radio's The Current.

MMIWG report missed chance to change how deaths are investigated, says Indigenous forensic pathologist

Kona Williams, Canada's first Indigenous forensic pathologist, says she's "disappointed" that the national inquiry didn't recommend improvements to systems for autopsies and death reports.

Sunday on Checkup: What will it take to make Canada safe for Indigenous women and girls?

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls issued 231 calls to justice in its final report, released Monday. Marion Buller, the inquiry's chief commissioner called them not just recommendations, but 'legal imperatives'.

'They're exploiting a regulatory gap': Former RIM CEO calls for penalties on social media companies

Former Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie told Cross Country Checkup on Sunday that Canada needs strong regulation against online misinformation to protect democracy.

Social media regulation will fall to winning government after election, says Democratic Institutions minister

Speaking to Cross Country Checkup, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says that a recently introduced declaration on electoral integrity — which promises co-operation between Silicon Valley companies and the government — is adequate.

Is it time to delete Facebook?

With a federal election around the corner — and concerns surrounding the safety of Canadians' online data and, crucially, the security of democracy — some are wondering if Facebook is taking too big a bite out of their private life.

As wildfires burn, Environment Minister McKenna blasts provincial Tories for scrapping carbon tax

As Alberta Premier Jason Kenney pushes forward with a plan to scrap the province's carbon tax, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says he shouldn't ignore climate science — especially in the face of wildfires raging across the western province.

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help predict the next wildfire

As wildfires become more intense due to changing weather patterns, researchers including University of Alberta professor Mike Flannigan are using artificial intelligence to predict where they'll strike next.

Wildfires in Canada: How is the new reality affecting you?

As blazes throughout Alberta intensify, researchers are warning that Canadians should expect longer — and earlier — wildfire seasons. How are you coping where you live?

This Toronto program is teaching kids Pythagorean theorem — using basketballs

In his teens, Dave McNee let his math grades slide in favour of basketball. Now, as managing director of Quantum Sports Learning Association, he pairs athletics and mathematics to give young players a chance at the big leagues.

'I wanted to pay tribute': Raptors fan immortalizes Kawhi Leonard's iconic buzzer-beater with a tattoo

Ian Maningas has been a fan of the Toronto Raptors his whole life — and after Kawhi Leonard’s miraculous buzzer-beating shot sent the whole city into rapture last Sunday, he wanted to remember it forever.

Is basketball Canada's new national sport?

On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors will play Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. The possibility of the Raptors making it to the finish line has piqued interest in the sport beyond just die-hard fans.

'This is how it should work': How 2 women challenged cultural expectations of household chores

In the majority of Canadian households, women still take on the lion’s share of chores and unpaid labour. Two women tell Cross Country Checkup how they pushed for greater equality at home.

What straight couples can learn from same-sex couples when it comes to chores

Studies suggest that gay and lesbian couples tend to be more egalitarian about who scrubs the tub and who buys the groceries — and it often comes down to openness and 'active negotiation'.

Is it time to reassign household chores?

Folding laundry. Tub scrubbing. Vacation planning. Moms still bear the burden of most household chores, according to new studies. And they want their partners to pick up their fair share.

Thalidomide survivor says Canadians should 'trust the science' on vaccines

Alvin Law was born without arms as a result of thalidomide, a once-prescribed nausea drug. Despite negative experiences with pharmaceuticals, Law says vaccine-hesitant parents should trust doctors and drug companies when it comes to vaccine science.

Are mandatory vaccines the solution to a looming health crisis — or fuel for conspiracies?

As more cases of measles are confirmed across the country, some are calling on government to mandate compulsory vaccinations to end outbreaks. But, experts disagree on whether the approach will work.

Should the measles shot be mandatory?

The recent measles outbreak is inflaming the debate over mandatory vaccination. Currently, only Ontario and New Brunswick require proof of immunization for children and adolescents to attend school.

New Brunswick family raised their home, but flood waters still lap at their door

Jan Seely and her husband thought they were prepared for flooding when they raised their house up higher on their land in 2008. But record-breaking flooding this year and last year in New Brunswick has shown they didn't do enough.

'Climate change erodes mental health,' says psychiatrist

Climate change can have a severe and long-lasting impact on the people who live through floods and wildfires, says Dr. Peter Silverstone.

Floods, fires and ice storms: An ex-soldier's battle on the front line of natural disasters

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 13 years, Josh Bowen's resume reads like a catalog of Canadian catastrophes. Now, the former soldier is helping other communities prepare for natural disasters - and he says planning is key.

Is your community ready to deal with an environmental disaster?

Severe environmental events like flooding or wildfires are increasingly become the new normal in many places in Canada - and that means governments and communities are changing how they respond. Is your community ready to deal with an environmental disaster?

How 3 Canadians are finding a second life for everything from socks to toasters

From repair cafés to recycling drives, callers to Cross Country Checkup explained how they're diverting waste from landfills.