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Cross Country Checkup is Canada's only national phone-in show, broadcasting live from coast to coast to coast. Checkup is Canada's weekly town hall — a place for raw, honest perspectives on the most pressing issues of the week. For over 55 years, it's where Canadians gather to listen to each other every Sunday afternoon. Call us: 1-888-416-8333.
 
Toronto is home, but how well do you really know it? Host Dani Stover brings you in-depth interviews and stories about the wild, random, important, and under-appreciated places, people and things that shape the city. Regular episodes shine a light on the corners of Toronto you never knew existed and the ones you've always wanted to know more about.
 
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We live in a confusing world… so if you’ve ever stopped and asked yourself WHY something matters, we’re here to help. Every week Adam Toy and Dave McIvor will ask one big question and uncover the answer to help you truly understand what’s going on around you. They'll try to get to the bottom of the issue by chatting with experts, journalists and even folks directly involved. They may not have all the answers to climate change, world politics or the economy BUT you can join them on this weekl ...
 
CBC Radio's All In A Day is Ottawa's number one afternoon drive program -- and covers all of Eastern Ontario and West Quebec. Join Alan Neal each weekday for a fresh take on the news you need to know, regular weather and traffic updates, an overview of the best cultural events the area has to offer, and insightful interviews with politicians, musicians, thinkers and more. Contact the show at allinaday@cbc.ca or follow along on Twitter @cbcallinaday
 
RezBirds is a team of four Indigenous men that are tackling the hard hitting issues of modern society with eloquent lunacy. If you like deep issues but would rather they went off the deep end than into an ivory tower, then this podcast is a must listen. The team uses adult language and themes and it is not a PG program. Listener discretion is advised.
 
Current Affairs goes behind the headlines in Malaysia to what is moving the news and why, with top academics, politicians, businesspeople and activists in the know. These socio-economic issues run the gamut, including press freedom, affirmative action policies, Islamisation, corruption, election reform, and political unrests. Past guests of Current Affairs include Khairy Jamaluddin, Shad Saleem Faruqi, Farish Noor, Uma Sambanthan and PG Lim. Any enquiries should be directed to morningrun@bfm.my.
 
Beyond the Headlines (BTH) is a one-hour current affairs talk radio show aimed at providing a greater understanding and thoughtful discussion of the various policy issues in our daily news headlines. BTH aims to take listeners beyond the immediacy of our daily news. Our show airs Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto.
 
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This week: the racket of Reconciliation. It’s been some six years since the TRC issued its final report, complete with 94 Calls to Action. Has Canada listened? How would we know? Well, a couple of years ago we spoke to a couple of scholars who took on precisely those questions, generating a kind of ‘report card’ on Reconciliation. And suffice it to…
 
A convoy of truckers are on their way from B.C. to Ottawa to protest the federal government's mandate for cross-border truck drivers. Until January 15th, truck drivers were exempt from the border requirement to be fully vaccinated to come into Canada from the U.S. The U.S. government has stated it too will soon bring in a similar mandate for its dr…
 
Canadians are outraged after a Quebec TV show featured children calling for the arrests and forced vaccinations of Canadians who haven’t had COVID shots. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this TV program used children to promote propaganda. Plus, CTV features guests who call on Spotify to censor popular podcast host Joe Rogan, claiming he sp…
 
Today, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after a week of escalation over the future of Ukraine.Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly was in Ukraine earlier this week, expressing Canada's support for the country. But Ottawa Citizen defence reporter David Pugliese says Canada's military actions paint a …
 
Filmmakers Derreck Roemer and Neil Graham join Steve Paikin to discuss their new TVO documentary, "Come Clean," which aims to dispel misconceptions about drug addiction. Then, Laird Brush, the executive director of Westover Treatment Centre and Chris and Annie, two of the film's subjects, join in to discuss their experience with addiction and recov…
 
Toronto's medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the Toronto Board of Health's decision to ask the federal government for an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and why this might help efforts to combat the opioid overdose crisis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The United Kingdom has announced the end of COVID-19 restrictions – no more masks mandates and no more vaccine mandates. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed the importance of individual freedom and said that the government will trust the judgement of the British people. Will the United Kingdom inspire Canadian leaders to do the same or will th…
 
When Canada appears at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in early February, there won’t be a delegation of diplomats and politicians cheering them on. Canada is among a number of Western nations following through on a diplomatic boycott of the games over China’s record of human rights abuses. The move is the latest in a …
 
If you've played Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, or even Candy Crush, you're among the 400 million people who play a game from Activision-Blizzard every month. On Tuesday, the company was purchased by Microsoft for $68.7 billion US. It's the biggest tech deal in history, over 15 times what Disney paid for the Star Wars franchise and LucasFilm. And…
 
What has caused the worst unrest and political infighting in Kazakhstan’s recent history? Scores of deaths and thousands of arrests prompted the summoning of foreign troops. An elderly political leadership faces difficult choices in re-asserting its authority. With Charmaine Cozier.(The damage aftermath of the protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan 11 Jan …
 
The hunger for stories about Toronto's snow backfires. And when a story is about a hostage situation at a synagogue, why is there reluctance to call it antisemitism? Canadaland contributing editor Danielle Paradis co-hosts. Links: A tribute to CBC Edmonton's radio host Adrienne Pan CBC's piece on Texas Synagogue Hostages Sponsors: Zensurance, Hot D…
 
Allyship was the word of 2021, according to Dictionary.com. Has it become a buzzword? What differentiates real action from performative activism? How does society foster allyship and solidarity through community? Our panel discusses their understanding of allyship and personal journeys with it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Trips, graduation, social gatherings - these special moments in our lives are often captured with photos. But the past two years of pandemic and lockdowns have disrupted that and changed the ways people document their lives. So how do we capture memories during uncertain times? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Last year, some Canadians declared that because of the apparent discovery of unmarked graves near residential schools, Canada was guilty of the worst crimes imaginable and that our country was built on colonialism and genocide. Before we accept the worst accusations levelled against our country, it’s important to learn the facts, consider the conte…
 
A study last week from two Oregon universities has generated a lot of buzz, after findings suggested that some cannabis compounds may be able to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells.It adds to a growing body of research on cannabis and the coronavirus, as studies from around the world — including from Canada — have found that the ca…
 
How should Canadian society as a whole approach the 17 per cent of the population that remains unvaccinated, some of whom are ardent anti-vaxxers? Prime Minister Trudeau says Canadians should ask, "Do we tolerate these people?" Quebec's response has been additional health-care costs for those who refuse the shot. Some European nations are going fur…
 
Facing rising COVID 19 cases in the Omicron wave, and public frustration with those choosing not to get vaccinated, Quebec premier Francois Legault announced what amount to a tax on those who don’t roll up their sleeves. The move comes as hospitals fill up, and politicians are concerned the health system will be overwhelmed in the coming weeks. But…
 
The Canadian response to COVID-19 has been confusing, contradictory, heavy-handed and ultimately, ineffective at ending this pandemic. What started off as “14 days to flatten to curve,” has turned into two years of endless lockdowns and moving goalposts. But is there an alternative? Today on The Candice Malcolm Show, Candice is joined by the Chair …
 
As a U.S. judge has ruled a sex abuse lawsuit can proceed against Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, who last week was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages. The lawsuit is being brought by Virginia Giuffre, who has long claimed she was sex-trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, and that she was raped by …
 
A good life involves more than pleasure, says Paul Bloom, author of "The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning." He makes the case for why people need the right type of suffering to live a good life - and, most importantly, to live a meaningful one. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Permafrost covers a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere's land and stores twice as much organic carbon as Earth's atmosphere currently holds. What happens when it starts to thaw? The Agenda examines the climate threat of thawing permafrost, and why northern roads and communities find themselves on shaky ground. See omnystudio.com/listener for privac…
 
The COVID-19 goalposts are moving once again, as Quebec announces it will be requiring three shots to be considered fully vaccinated. On today’s episode of The Candice Malcolm Show, Candice is joined by Montreal litigator-turned YouTuber David Freiheit, who runs the popular channel Viva Frei. David doesn’t mince words about the state of things in C…
 
On Thursday, a former Syrian colonel in Bashar al-Assad’s forces was convicted in a court in Germany for crimes against humanity. Anwar Raslan was sentenced to life in prison for overseeing the murder of at least 27 people and the torture of at least 4000 in a Damascus prison. The case marks the world’s first criminal prosecution of state-sponsored…
 
There's a mystery disease that's plaguing people in New Brunswick. It starts with some muscle pain or spasms, before basic tasks like reading become impossible. For many, the disease progresses to full-blown dementia. For patients and families, government response has proven to be lackluster and desperation and frustration is taking hold as the sea…
 
The pandemic is continuing to shift, and we know you still have questions about it. Dalhousie University infectious diseases specialist Dr. Lisa Barrett joins Cross Country Checkup host Ian Hanomansing to answer your questions about the Omicron variant.Plus, Dr. Prabhat Jha, a physician, professor of global health at the University of Toronto and e…
 
As the Omicron variant surge continues, industries across Canada — hospitals, schools, airlines and more — are facing staffing shortages. More and more workers are juggling overtime shifts and new job responsibilities as workplaces across Canada face a spike in COVID-related job absences. Our question this week:Are you suffering from pandemic burno…
 
This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay• Bioethicist Maxwell Smith considers the rising ethical stakes of a prolonged pandemic• Monia Mazigh and Megan Leslie remember Alexa Mcdonough's life, career, and legacy.• Dr. Roberta Bondar reflects on 30 years since her landmark spaceflight• Naben Ruthnum interrogates workplace diversity in…
 
On our fourth-ever 'MINI INDIGENA,' the quick + quippy edition of the podcast, special guest Q. Anthony Omene (cultural and political commentator with the Rezistans Nwa media network) joins roundtable regulars Kim TallBear (University of Alberta Native Studies professor) and host/producer Rick Harp to discuss: i) the politics, optics and ethics of …
 
Our roundup of the week begins with a discussion on the state of division in the United States and whether it will trigger a civil war. Then, should Ontario just let Omicron rip through the province to come closer to "community immunity?" Has society and its individuals lost the ability to look forward, strive, and be hopeful about the future? And …
 
For most of the pandemic, daily case counts were the most widely tracked and followed metric on the state of the pandemic. Then came the omicron variant. Hamilton-Niagara hub journalist Justin Chandler talks to Jeyan Jeganathan about how the analytics have had to evolve. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
University of Toronto epidemiologist and founding-director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael's Hospital Dr. Prabhat Jha breaks down how the pandemic wave triggered by Omicron differs from earlier ones and how other potential variants might be stopped. Could the fast and vast Omicron spread mean the beginning of the end of the …
 
It is the pinnacle of amateur sports. In less than one month, those athletes will be competing for their country in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Considering Canada’s sour relationship with China, should this country be sending athletes? The Winter Olympics come every 4 years, and with it comes Nations cheering on their athletes, who put everyt…
 
The pearl-clutching liberal elite in the legacy media revisit their favourite topic – accusing Donald Trump of creating every problem under the sun and pretending that everyone who supports him is a racist far-right terrorist. On today’s episode of Fake News Friday on The Candice Malcolm Show, Candice and True North journalist and producer Harrison…
 
This week, Quebec Premier François Legault announced a new reason for people to get their jabs: His government would place a significant tax on the unvaccinated. The announcement came a day after Legault accepted the resignation of the province's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda — leading some to ask if this bold plan was merely a distrac…
 
Many men over the age of 50 experience homelessness, often falling onto hard times after a life of employment and stability in their personal relationships. We'll explore why this might happen, and what their lives look like with guest Lauro Monteiro, executive director of Haven Toronto, a drop-in centre for older unhoused males. See omnystudio.com…
 
How would you write a eulogy for the United States? Oh, you didn’t realize it was on death’s door? Guess you didn’t read the Globe and Mail over the holidays, when it published no less than six opinion pieces postulating no less than an imminent U.S. civil war. A civil war most agreed Canada needs to plan for. But is this really the twilight’s last…
 
True North’s Harley Sims was the first reporter in the world to cover this story, and to interview the father, Austin Furgason, about his decision to fight back against this cruel policy to evict his family. The Furgason family’s story has now gone viral and been covered in the news all over the world. On today’s episode of the Candice Malcolm Show…
 
Amid rising cases of the Omicron variant, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced renewed restrictions to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These latest moves were met with stiff criticism, notably the switch to online learning for students to start the new year. National Post columnist Randall Denley joins Dave Breakenridge to discuss the new re…
 
On Monday, world tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic won a legal battle to stay in Australia and defend his title at the Australian Open — for now. The unvaccinated player's visa was revoked when he arrived at the border despite a vaccine exemption granted by Tennis Australia. His visa was ultimately reinstated but Australia’s immigration minister reserves…
 
Healthcare workers against pandemic restrictions tell on themselves by suing for libel. And two Haitian journalists die reporting for a Montreal online radio station. Columnist Emilie Nicolas co-hosts. Links: Gofundme page for the Haitian journalists' families Sponsors: Policy Me, Dispatch Coffee, Squarespace Support CANADALAND: http://canadalandsh…
 
Would conflict on the ground between majors powers now inevitably spill over into space? Experts believe we rely so much on technology in orbit that satellites will become targets. Russia blowing up one of its own satellites has sparked a global debate about whether there are enough rules governing what countries are allowed to do in space. With so…
 
Journalist and author Ethan Lou spent some time mining cryptocurrency and meanwhile learning about the darker, shadier elements of the new way to make (or hoard) a new kind of money. In "Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West," he lends his journalist eye to his personal experiences in what has been called "millen…
 
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