Cross Country Checkup

 
 

Cross Country Checkup

Cross Country Checkup is Canada's only weekly national open-line radio program. It is broadcast live across Canada every Sunday afternoon on CBC Radio One and SiriusXM, and streamed live on the Internet. Each week Canadians from coast to coast join in a lively discussion on an issue of national interest that affects their daily lives.

Updated: Sunday afternoons
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July 14, 2019: How is our genetic information shaping who we are?

On the surface, it's a small trade-off. You take a simple test in the comfort of your own home and your ancestral background is thrown wide open to you. But who knows the implications of rummaging through that genetic closet?

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July 7, 2019: Are boomers to blame for millennials' misery?

There's no doubt millennials are struggling. Home ownership in major cities — where there's work — is a pipe dream. A pensionable job for life is a fiction. But as boomers live longer in good health, some are keen to hang on in the workforce. As far as they are concerned, this time is still their time — and while 30-somethings continue to live like students, those boomers sure have a lot of house.

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June 23, 2019: Can a pipeline expansion and climate emergency co-exist?

The House of Commons passed a non-binding motion Monday declaring that Canada is in the midst of a "national climate emergency." The next day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet approved an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX). Pledging all profits from TMX to climate change efforts, Trudeau says that climate action can co-exist with a growing energy economy — but not everyone's convinced. Our question this week: Can a pipeline expansion and climate emergency co-exist?

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Ask Me Anything: Anna Maria Tremonti takes your calls

After 17 years — and thousands of interviews — Anna Maria Tremonti is signing off from CBC Radio's The Current. But before she goes, she's giving you the microphone. It's your turn to Ask Anna Maria Tremonti Anything.

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June 16, 2019: What does the Raptors win mean to you? Plus Anna Maria Tremonti takes your calls

It has been called a game changer in Canadian sport. Jurassic Parks from coast to coast to coast went wild Thursday as the Toronto Raptors took home the NBA Championship trophy — the first for a Canadian team. Our question this week: What does the Raptors win mean to you? Then in our final half hour, Anna Maria Tremonti — departing host of CBC Radio's The Current — takes your calls in our first Ask Me Anything segment on Cross Country Checkup.

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June 9, 2019 - What will it take to make Canada safe for Indigenous women and girls?

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report finds that Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or to go missing than members of any other demographic group in Canada - and 16 times more likely to be slain or to disappear than white women.

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June 2, 2019: Is it time to delete Facebook?

With a federal election around the corner - and concerns surrounding the safety of Canadians' online data and, crucially, the security of democracy - some are wondering if Facebook is taking too big a bite out of their private life.

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May 26, 2019: How are you affected by Canada's new wildfire reality?

There have been 430 wildfires in Alberta since March 1. British Columbia faced two back-to-back years of record-setting wildfires. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario faced the worst wildfire season in a decade last year. While drier weather, overgrown forests and a lack of controlled burns are leading to more fires across the country, changing weather patterns are sparking them earlier.

Download May 26, 2019: How are you affected by Canada's new wildfire reality?
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May 19, 2019: Is basketball the new national sport?

The possibility of the Raptors making it to the finish line piqued interest in the sport beyond just die-hard fans. Over its 25-year history with the NBA, the only Canadian basketball team in the league has been considered the underdog. But, the tide seems to be changing. Canadians were glued to their screens during last weekend's magic moment when Kawhi Leonard's buzzer-beater defeated the Philadelphia 76ers. With a peak audience of 3.8 million viewers, it was the most watched NBA game ever in Canada. "The country has adopted the Raptors as their own," said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Our question this week: Is basketball the new national sport?

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May 12, 2019: Is it time to reassign household chores?

Women still shoulder the burden of many household chores and take on much of a family's emotional labour, according to recent studies. Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics consistently finds working women take on 65 per cent of childcare duties - while working men take on the remaining 35 per cent. But even when same-sex couples become parents, the division of labour isn't equally split, with one partner taking on more professionally and the other domestically. Our question this week: Is it time to reassign household chores?

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May 5, 2019 - Should the measles shot be mandatory?

The World Health Organization says that the number of reported measles cases around the globe has quadrupled in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. The measles outbreak is, once again, stoking the vaccination debate, particularly on social media networks like Twitter and Facebook - two platforms which have struggled to contain the spread of misinformation.

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April 28, 2019 - Is your community ready to deal with an environmental disaster?

Thousands of residents in New Brunswick and Quebec are struggling with rising waters this week. It's déjà vu for many in the two provinces - New Brunswick was hit by record flooding last year, while Quebec saw flood waters rise in the spring of 2017. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather in Canada will increase in the future because of climate change. Is your community ready to deal with an environmental disaster?

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April 21, 2019 - What ideas do you have to make recycling easier?

Plastic, paper, electronics - as you dive into spring cleaning this month, are you still scratching your head over where they should go? Decades after the birth of recycling, many are still confused with the dizzying array of symbols.

Download April 21, 2019 - What ideas do you have to make recycling easier?
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April 14, 2019 - 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. Is a ban like this able to stop online hate? Who should police hateful or discriminatory opinions on social media? Where should we draw the line between hate speech and free expression?

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April 7, 2019 - Is a carbon tax the best solution to slow down climate change?

A new climate change report, this time commissioned by the Environment and Climate Change Department, finds that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Floods, severe wildfires and rising sea levels are listed as potential consequences of Canada's warming environment. Coincidentally, the report was made public Monday, the same day that a federal carbon tax came into effect in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

Download April 7, 2019 - Is a carbon tax the best solution to slow down climate change?
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March 31, 2019 - Has Wilson-Raybould's secret recording changed your mind about the SNC-Lavalin affair?

The Commons justice committee released a tense, secretly recorded 17-minute phone call between Wilson-Raybould and the retiring Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick on Dec. 19, along with related emails and texts.

Download March 31, 2019 - Has Wilson-Raybould's secret recording changed your mind about the SNC-Lavalin affair?
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March 24, 2019 - Does living solo 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. CBC's Reshmi Nair guest hosts.

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Mar. 17, 2019: What conversations are you having about the New Zealand mosque attacks?

New Zealand's prime minster called it one of the country's "darkest days." At least 50 worshippers were killed, and more than 40 others injured, after coordinated terrorist shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, N.Z As Muslim communities across the country reel from the attacks, and while the world is mourning for the loss of lives, many are also questioning where the end of gun massacres is.

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Mar. 10, 2019 - Who do you trust in the SNC-Lavalin controversy?

Facing mounting criticisms from the opposition parties and declining poll numbers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally held a press conference to address the recent SNC-Lavalin controversy on Thursday. He blamed "an erosion of trust" between his former advisor Gerald Butts and former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould for the fallout.

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Mar. 3, 2019 - What do you think about allegations of political interference in the SNC-Lavalin affair?

This week, former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke publicly - some would say forensically - about what brought about the chain of events. In a four-hour testimony to the House Justice Committee, she described what she said was the political pressure she and her staff came under from the PMO. But many questions have been raised by Wilson-Raybould's testimony about the direct involvement of the prime minister.

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Feb. 24, 2019 - How are you coping with the rising rents in Canada?

Approximately 30 per cent of Canadians - middle-class families, young adults, baby boomers, seniors, and new immigrants - are relying on rental housing. While some are renting by choice, many struggle to find innovative solutions to survive or escape the forever-rising rents. Meanwhile, others are living on the brink of homelessness.

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Feb. 17, 2019 - Has Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation shaken your confidence in the Trudeau government?

Unanswered questions linger after federal Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from her cabinet position on Tuesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was surprised and disappointed by her decision. The resignation came just days after allegations emerged accusing the Prime Minister's Office of pressuring her to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

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Feb. 10, 2019 - Do you need dating apps to find love?

Finding love in the "swipe left" universe can be perplexing. The popularity of dating apps has redefined what love at first sight means - a charming picture and an appealing profile. Are you getting tired of relying on an algorithm to find your soul mate? Do you miss the old fashioned way of face-to-face interactions? Or, are you simply enjoying being single?

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Feb. 3, 2019 - Can a guilty plea bring closure?

"I forgive you," Christina Haugan said. The wife of Humboldt Broncos coach, Darcy Haugan, spoke directly to the semi-truck driver who was responsible for the death of her husband this week. Other family members were not as forgiving as Haugan. Over the course of the sentencing hearing, Canadians have heard gut-wrenching victim impact statements that filled with a sense of injustice, sadness and anger.

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Jan. 27, 2019 - New food guide

A major overhaul of the latest Canada's Food Guide. Healthy eating means a plate filled with fruits, veggies, grains and nuts but light on the meat and cheese. Will you embrace a plant-based diet?

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Jan. 20, 2019 - Sleep Crisis

Many of us know sleeplessness is bad for our health. However, for those who stay awake all night, having a good night sleep is a dream. How are you coping with a lack of sleep?

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