Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


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.

Blame the signs: When recycling is confusing, we avoid it

When you have to go out of your way to recycle, or the process is just too confusing, we're less likely to make an effort. University of British Columbia psychology professor Jiaying Zhao says simple changes could make being green easier.

What ideas do you have to make recycling easier?

Saving the planet from all kinds of pollution has become an unrelenting mission. But, decades after the birth of recycling, many are still confused with the dizzying array of symbols.

As Facebook expands its ban on hate speech, some celebrate — and others worry

While some see Facebook's ban of far-right political commentator Faith Goldy and several Canadian groups promoting white nationalism as encouraging, others, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, warn there's a fine line between free expression and hate speech.

What does freedom of expression mean in the age of social media?

Facebook announced Monday it banned Canadian far-right political commentator Faith Goldy and various extremist groups as part of their push to limits the spread of content promoting white nationalism.

Three Canadians reflect on how climate change affects their livelihoods

A farmer, a former fisherman and a firefighter explain how climate change is creating challenges for them in their jobs and daily lives.

Is a carbon tax the best solution to slow down climate change?

A new climate change report finds that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Coincidentally, the report was made public Monday, the same day that a federal carbon tax came into effect in four provinces.

Reporter at Wilson-Raybould's celebration feast says she has 'no regrets' over recorded call

A day after the release of Jody Wilson-Raybold's secretly recorded phone call with the outgoing Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, the former attorney general was celebrated in a Big House ceremony at her B.C. First Nation. David P. Ball was the only journalist invited.

Has Wilson-Raybould's secret recording changed your mind about the SNC-Lavalin affair?

Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould presented new evidence, including a secretly recorded phone call, on Friday to the Commons justice committee as part of an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

'Apartners' in crime: Why more Canadian couples are choosing to live separately

While living alone is an unwilling choice for some, it's a growing trend among Canadians — even those in committed relationships. As living alone together becomes more common, some Canadian couples are consciously choosing to live apart.

Does solo living suit you?

Once considered unusual and stigmatizing, going solo is the new norm. Single-person households lead the pack in Canada with the number of Canadians living alone more than doubling in the past 35 years.

'New Zealand is not perfect': Maori playwright says mosque attacks weren't unprecedented

David Geary, a Capilano University instructor, says that many people want to believe that New Zealand is a peaceful "sanctuary." But given its history of conflict with the country's Indigenous peoples — and growing anti-Muslim rhetoric — that's not the case.

What conversations are you having about the New Zealand mosque attacks?

At least 49 worshippers were killed, and more than 40 were others injured, after coordinated terrorist shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, N.Z. While the world is mourning for the loss of lives, many are also questioning where the end of gun massacres is.

Without space for diverse opinions, Trudeau's 'sunny ways' approach is 'status quo'

In 2015, Justin Trudeau campaigned on a different kind of politics — one that included a gender-balanced Cabinet. But as the SNC-Lavalin controversy continues, political scientist Melanee Thomas says it's clear he hasn't made space for different approaches.

Navigating the truth behind the political drama in the SNC-Lavalin controversy

As the SNC-Lavalin controversy continues to unfurl, pollsters are asking Canadians who they trust. Experts share with Cross Country Checkup the factors that voters should consider to determine who is trustworthy.

Who do you trust in the SNC-Lavalin controversy?

After former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould accused the PMO of a 'consistent, sustained effort' to pressure her in the SNC-Lavalin cases last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed an 'erosion of trust' for the deepening affair today.

Liberal MP Carla Qualtrough would have 'gone to the prime minister' if colleague faced pressure

Speaking with Cross Country Checkup on Sunday, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough responded to former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony on SNC-Lavalin affair.

What do you think about allegations of political interference in the SNC-Lavalin affair?

Former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testified this week that she and her staff experienced political pressure to influence a fraud case involving SNC-Lavalin — largely, to protect jobs in Quebec.

Indigenous youth, elders to live together in new Kamloops, B.C., housing project

A new project in Kamloops, B.C. will see Indigenous youth who have aged out of foster care living with elders together in a 31-unit condo building. Kamloops saw its homelessness rate nearly double between 2018 and 2018.

'Lined up around the block': Renters struggle to find 'decent' spaces

As home prices rise, so do the costs of rental units across the country — and they’re expected to rise. Monthly rents across Canada rose by 6 per cent in January, according to the February National Rent Report.

How are you coping with rising rents in Canada?

A recent report expects housing rental prices will rise by six per cent across the country this year. While many choose to rent rather than buy, others are living on the brink of homelessness as prices skyrocket. How do housing prices affect you?

Move to veterans file 'set the stage' for Wilson-Raybould resignation, says former deputy PM

Speaking with Cross Country Checkup host Duncan McCue, former Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps says that 'attacking' former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould isn't a 'winning strategy' for the PMO.

Canada 'falling behind' on fighting corruption abroad: Transparency International director

As the SNC-Lavalin affair continues to unravel in Ottawa, the Canadian director of an international anti-corruption watchdog says Canada needs to step up when it comes to addressing corporate bribery around the world.

Has Wilson-Raybould's resignation shaken your confidence in the Trudeau government?

Unanswered questions are lingering after federal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from her cabinet position on Tuesday.

Dating apps can be 'disheartening' experience for people of colour

Despite increasing awareness of sexual racism and efforts to reduce discriminatory language, people of colour are rebuffed, ignored and fetishized for their skin tone while using dating apps and websites.