Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


'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.

Hey fellas, skip the gym selfie for better luck on dating apps

When it comes to apps like Tinder and Bumble, many men struggle to showcase themselves visually. One sociology professor says that's because men are unaccustomed to being objectified in pictures.

Do you need dating apps to find love?

Finding love in the 'swipe left' universe could be perplexing. The popularity of dating apps has redefined what love at first sight means — a charming picture and an appealing profile.

'It played a large role in my recovery': Courtroom victim-impact statements can be therapeutic

A Saskatchewan judge heard more than 70 victim impact statements this week during a sentencing hearing for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu. While they won't affect the sentencing, they offer victims — and their families — a voice in court.

Pleading guilty: The complex reasons for a criminal defendant to waive their right to trial

Last month, two men pleaded guilty to two very different crimes, waiving their right to a trial. Remorse, plea bargains or expedience may be motivating factors, legal experts say.

Can a guilty plea bring closure?

30-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving. He blew through a stop sign, and crashed into the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in rural Saskatchewan last April, killing 16 and injuring 13 others.

This Indigenous scholar chose a vegan diet to honour Mi'kmaw teachings

Traditional Mi'kmaw stories teach that animals are brothers and sisters that sacrifice themselves to humans for survival. Surrounded by plenty of plant-based options to keep her fed, Margaret Robinson decided to go vegan.

Does Canada's revamped food guide bridge cultural divides?

Health Canada's plant-focused food guide overhaul — which favours fruits, veggies, whole grains and plant-based protein, like tofu — may make the new version a hard sell in some ethnic and Indigenous households.

Will you embrace the food guide's plant-based diet?

According to the new edition of Canada's Food Guide, healthy eating means a plate filled with produce, grains and nuts — but light on the meat and cheese. In a multicultural society, are these the kind of food choices that will fit everyone?

After 4 years of sleepless nights with first-born, this mom hired a sleep trainer

For all but two months over four years, Sarah Birch's daughter would wake up crying throughout the night. The sleepless nights impacts her mental health and nearly ended her marriage.