Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue



What grade do you give the Trudeau government on COVID-19?

The federal Liberals enjoyed a surge in the polls for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the deficit is set to hit $343 billion as a result of their support measures. Guest host Rosemary Barton takes your calls, questions and comments.

COVID-19 and masks: Infectious disease experts answer your questions

Infectious disease experts Dr. Susy Hota and Colin Furness took mask-related questions from the Checkup audience and guest host David Common.

Tokyo Olympics delay throws athletes' plans into disarray, says Canada's chef de mission

Postponing the Tokyo Olympics by a full year has thrown a huge wrench in the lives of Canada’s elite athletes in ways that transcend their sports careers, according to a former Olympic champion.

Cross Country Checkup's summer guest host lineup

With Duncan McCue taking a well-deserved summer break from Checkup, here's a list of our guest hosts for the program over the next few weeks.
Sunday on Checkup

What do you miss most about your favourite sport?

For months, the COVID-19 pandemic put professional sports and the Olympics on hold. But as the world begins to reopen, it's starting to look like it's game on. What are you looking forward to as the games begin?

Canadian youths share their encounters with racism — and what they're doing to fight it

This week on Checkup, Duncan McCue and special co-host Arjun Ram spoke to young Canadians across the country about racism they've encountered, and how they're fighting back against prejudice. Here are some of their stories.

Ahead of Checkup hiatus, Duncan McCue reflects on learning Anishinaabemowin

As part of an "exit interview" of sorts, Arjun Ram spoke to Duncan McCue about the Checkup host's plans to study the Anishinaabemowin language for the Massey College William Southam Journalism Fellowship.

How do we get better at ending racism for kids in Canada?

Arjun Ram of CBC Kids News joins Duncan McCue to talk to kids, parents, educators and others to discuss how we can better fight racism that faces young people across Canada.

Schools should be teaching more about systemic racism, says CBC Kids News's Arjun Ram

Arjun Ram is encouraged that anti-racism protests in Canada and around the world are sparking renewed discussions about systemic racism. But the discussions are far from over, and he argues that it should be given a greater spotlight in schools.

How architecture in long-term care homes can help prevent infection and improve quality of life

Dr. Diana Anderson says there is "a moral imperative" to ensure seniors' residences, including long-term care homes, are designed properly to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

How can we fix long-term care in Canada?

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, questions remain about what must be done to improve living conditions for seniors across the country. Join Duncan McCue on Checkup this Sunday to discuss what must be done to fix the long-term care home system in Canada.

Canada's long-term care home system 'designed to produce mediocrity,' says health policy expert

The Canadian military’s report of dismal conditions and treatment in long-term care homes is tragic and shocking — but not surprising, according to health policy expert Tamara Daly.

Anishinaabe scholar unsurprised by recent violent encounters between police and Indigenous people

Newly released dash cam footage of RCMP tackling and punching Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam is an "upsetting" example of police brutality and the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada, according to scholar Erick Laming.

Is it time to rethink policing in Canada?

Thousands of Canadians have taken to the streets demanding an end to police brutality, calling out systemic racism in policing and making the case for defunding police. But what does "defunding police" actually mean?

As calls grow to defund police, Indigenous police services fight for more resources, not less

After weeks of protesters around the world chanting "defund police," the former head of Canada's largest First Nations police service says underfunding of police threatens the safety of Indigenous communities.

What advice do you have for the graduating class of 2020?

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation this year will look very different for teenagers and their friends and family. Myah Elliott of CBC Kids News joins Duncan McCue to take your calls and messages of advice and support for the class of 2020.

People who deny racism exists in Canada are 'like people who deny climate change,' says El Jones

Poet and activist El Jones is one of a growing chorus of voices calling on Canadians to speak out against racism within our borders, and calling attention that anti-Black racism isn't limited to the United States.

Toronto mayor asks for patience as SIU investigation into Regis Korchinski-Paquet death continues

Toronto Mayor John Tory asked for patience in the investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, but also acknowledged the frustration at the current lack of answers in a case that many consider emblematic of the ongoing conflict between the city's black community and its police force.

What are your thoughts on the George Floyd protests in the U.S.?

Anger over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and, more widely, the treatment of African Americans at the hands of police sparked clashes between protesters and law enforcement in dozens of cities across the United States.

Hairdressers, salon owners prepare for tense return to work as COVID-19 lockdowns lift

As a hairdresser, Andrew MacDonald has found himself one of the most sought-after tradespeople as the COVID-19 — but he's approaching the return to business with a heavy dose of caution.

'I don't know how I'm gonna go back to the office': COVID-19 forces women to rethink careers

As the slow process of reopening non-essential businesses begins across Canada, female professionals and entrepreneurs are struggling with work-life balance.

How has COVID-19 changed the way you think about work?

Are you returning to work in the coming weeks? If so, are adequate measures in place to protect your health and safety? Duncan McCue takes your calls, emails and comments live Sunday on Checkup.

'Seeds became toilet paper': Brian Minter and Marjorie Harris on the pandemic gardening explosion

Gardening has exploded in popularity because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an "absolute run on seeds" as Canadians dive into hobbies while stuck at home for the past two months, according to expert gardener Brian Minter.

How has COVID-19 affected your summer plans?

Were you looking forward to going somewhere or doing something special this summer? Have your plans been cancelled? Duncan McCue takes your calls, emails and comments today on Cross Country Checkup.

Air Canada layoffs 'devastating' but not unexpected because of COVID-19, says expert

News that Air Canada will lay off 20,000 workers is one more sign that airlines in Canada and around the world will struggle to survive through a summer where the COVID-19 pandemic has all but obliterated demand for air travel, says Frederic Dimanche.