Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


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.

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.

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.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tegan and Sara, Colm Feore and more share their lockdown media picks

Checkup assembled an all-star roster of Canadian artists to share the albums, movies, TV shows and books that are helping them get through the weeks and months of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What's the best thing you've read, watched or heard during self-isolation?

What media are you bingeing during the lockdown? Share your picks for TV shows, movies, music, books, or video games. Plus, pro picks from Colin Mochrie, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Colm Feore and more.

'If now is not the time, when is?': Bill Blair on feds' new 'assault-style' firearms ban

Critics on both sides of the gun control debate are raising tough questions about the federal government's new ban on 1,500 makes and models of firearms. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is the man tasked with enforcing the new ban.
Sunday on Checkup

What's your reaction to Canada's ban on 'assault-style' firearms?

In the wake of the Nova Scotia shooting rampage, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday a ban on over 1,500 "assault-style" firearms. Advocates spoke passionately both for and against the move.

Advocates say new firearms ban part of 'suite of protections' needed to protect women from violence

The federal government billed its new ban on "assault-style" firearms as an important move to reduce violence against women. Gender advocates believe it's merely a first step in a larger battle.

Jenn Grant channels music's power to heal in tribute for victims of Nova Scotia attacks

Jenn Grant says music is "one of those universal languages" that people can use to express themselves when words alone aren't enough to communicate feelings of deep anger or sorrow. She performed Keep a Light On, a song about hope, for listeners on Checkup.

After Nova Scotia killings, a support network founded by Columbine survivors may offer lessons on healing

As Nova Scotians struggle to make sense of it all, Canadians have responded with a heartfelt outpouring of love and support. But when that attention inevitably fades, survivors may be drawn to an American mass-shooting survivor network that offers support in a way a therapist may not.

How did you get to the other side of tragedy?

Communities across Nova Scotia are reeling after one of the deadliest mass shootings in Canadian history. Today on Checkup we're opening up the airwaves for Canadians to come together and offer their words of support.

COVID-19: Health Minister responds to calls for feds to do more to protect long-term care home residents

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says federal and provincial governments are doing all they can to prevent the "ongoing carnage" wrought by COVID-19 in Canada's long-term care homes, amidst calls for the federal government to step in and take a more active role.

How are you coping with self-isolation?

It's been roughly a month since Canadians were told en masse to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. How have you been handling the time indoors?

'I choose to be in control': Some seniors weighing medically assisted death because of COVID-19

A growing number of Canadians want to know whether medical assistance in dying will be made available if they end up hospitalized with COVID-19.

Are seniors safe in Canada's long-term care homes?

Nearly half of Canada's COVID-19 deaths are linked to long-term care homes. Do you have family members or loved ones at risk?

'Save the meatspace meetings for later': Dan Savage gives advice on dating during a pandemic

Sex and relationships advice columnist Dan Savage spoke with Duncan McCue at length about how the pandemic and worldwide physical distancing practices have changed dating — and what people are doing to adapt.

What effect has the pandemic had on your relationships?

Family dynamics, relationships and dating have all been upended by self-isolation and stay-indoors orders during the COVID-19 lockdown.

'I've lived a good life': Some seniors say they'll refuse ventilator if they get COVID-19

Merle Tochor, 80, is being extremely cautious when it comes to the coronavirus. If, however, she contracts COVID-19, her mind is made up.

COVID-19: What's happening in Canada's long-term care homes?

Long-term care homes are in crisis and reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are the seniors in your life adequately protected?