Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


Why some Canadians do — and don't — wear the red poppy

On Sunday, Checkup asked Canadians what the poppy means to them. While some see it as a tribute to veterans, others see it as glorifying war.

Beaded poppies show respect for Indigenous veterans — that's why I'm wearing mine

Canadians are increasingly wearing beaded poppies to honour the service and sacrifices of Indigenous veterans

What does the remembrance poppy mean to you?

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice. Some people embrace the symbol. Others don't.

Beyond white coats: The people who support assisted dying patients at the end of life

Beyond assisted dying legislation are people working in the background to comfort patients and help facilitate medically assisted deaths.

Canadian doctors grapple with how to approach assisted dying for young patients

Toronto's Sick Kids hospital published in September a draft policy on requests for assisted dying from patients over age 18, while also looking at potential approaches to "mature minors."

What changes do you want to see in Canada's assisted dying law?

An independent review is currently underway to examine the nuts and bolts of the two-year-old legislation.

Faced with mounting debt, this newly graduated lawyer filed for bankruptcy — and still owes $120K

Single mother Kym Sweeny graduated law school with over $220,000 in student loans. Facing payments of $1,000 per month on a entry-level law salary, Sweeny made the decision to file for bankruptcy six months after graduation.

What does an interest rate hike mean in your life?

Canadians now owe roughly $1.70 for every $1 they earn, and according to some experts that's among the highest in the developed world. Tell us how the Bank of Canada's interest rate hike will affect you.

Baba Brinkman knows talking climate change is frustrating — so he raps

The Canadian rapper encourages people to slow climate change the best way he knows how: rapping about global warming and how his audience can make a difference.

Growing 'ecological grief' is the mental health cost of climate change

According to health experts, climate change is affecting people's lives not only through damage and loss of property. There's a wider human cost as rates of anxiety, anger and sadness following extreme weather increase.

What price are you willing to pay to stop climate change?

Beer may become the next casualty of climate change, a new study suggests, but food shortage is not the only cost of carbon pollution.

Indigenous communities hope to cash in on cannabis, but how they'll do it is unclear

Despite legalization, issues such as revenue sharing and a lack of funding for community safety are roadblocks for Indigenous-led cannabis businesses.

'We can mitigate the consequences': How parents are grappling with legal pot

With just days until cannabis is legalized in Canada, some parents are struggling with how to talk about it with their kids. Meanwhile, others see it as an opportunity for open dialogue.

How do you feel about marijuana legalization?

When cannabis becomes legal across the country next week, a new reality will hit every corner of your life — at school, on campus, at work, in your backyard and on the road.

This 14-year-old doesn't have a cell phone and, no, he doesn't want one

Samuel Waite would sooner spend time in the great outdoors than on Facebook. And while he has plenty of face-to-face conversations with his friends, he worries those that are stuck behind screens are 'missing out on something.'

Confessions of a smartphone junkie — or, what I learned from my digital detox

Checkup host Duncan McCue worried that he was spending too much time on his smartphone. This summer, he tried a digital detox — a two week break from the device.

What does a digital detox mean for you?

Mobile apps, online shopping, social media, streaming services — can you imagine yourself living a life unplugged?

26 years after her husband's murder, Vancouver woman helps prisoners live 'redeemable' lives

Marion Haythorne now volunteers at a woman's prison because she believes in rehabilitation.

'Not a get-out-of-jail-free pass': Indigenous healing lodges defended in wake of McClintic transfer

In the wake of outrage over the relocation of convicted murderer Terri-Lynne McClintic to a healing lodge, the head of a women's healing lodge in Edmonton is defending both the safety and effectiveness of Canada's nine Indigenous healing lodges.

What should be the role of Canada's modern correctional system — to punish or to rehabilitate?

The killer of Tori Stafford has moved from a prison to a healing lodge, and now her family is outraged. This week on Checkup, join host Duncan McCue to discuss what role Canada should play when it comes to its correctional system.

From tornadoes to ice storms: Canadians share how they survived extreme weather

The tornadoes in Ottawa-Gatineau are hitting close to home for some Canadians who have survived extreme weather events.

How are you impacted by unexpected weather?

Two tornadoes ripped through Ottawa-Gatineau area on Friday, leaving thousands without power, and levelling many houses on its path. Are you prepared for any weather-related emergencies?

Does Canada still need the notwithstanding clause? Two insiders involved in the negotiations weigh in

As Ontario Premier Doug Ford invokes the notwithstanding clause to cut the number of seats in Toronto city council, two key players during the formation of the Constitution weigh in.

Who should have the final say on human rights in Canada?

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has invoked the notwithstanding clause, in the name of preserving democracy. Does it bother you? Or, are you simply indifferent? Join host Duncan McCue this Sunday on Cross Country Checkup.

Why some Indigenous people have mixed feelings about Canada's proposed stat holiday

As Ottawa prepares to resume talks about a proposed statutory holiday to remember the history of residential schools, not everyone is pleased with the idea.