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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.
 
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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 ...
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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On our first-ever “rapid round” of shorter conversations on multiple topics (recorded via the social audio app Clubhouse), we discuss: provinces that won't make Orange Shirt Day a holiday; the stripping of a residential school advocate’s name from various Edmonton locations; and what happens on Twitter when an Israel state official tweets in suppor…
 
Ottawa's Carleton University and Algonquin College both provid 24-hour attendant care to disabled students in their residence, allowing severely disabled students to live independent lives in residence. However, this program was closed during COVID-19 and when Carleton's residence reopened this fall, these students were told to stay home despite th…
 
Prominent criminal defense attorney Marie Henein, known for defending Jian Ghomeshi and other bold-faced names, is joining us to talk about her new book, "Nothing But The Truth: A Memoir," where she chronicles her life, legal career, and the criminal-justice system. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
How should Hamilton grow to accommodate a population increases? Olympic gold-medalist Penny Oleksiak on her swimming career. Why the Trans Canada Trail and outdoor adventure is more important than ever. And, is it time for Ontario to look at two-tier health care? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are back in Canada after more than 1,000 days detained in China. Their release highlighted the tense relationship between Canada and China, and also it impacts our politics and our economy. National Post reporter Tom Blackwell joins Dave Breakenridge to discuss the state of Canada-China affairs, the political fallo…
 
It’s Fake News Friday on The Candice Malcolm Show, in which Candice calls out the legacy media for attempting to push opinions as facts and highlights instances where they attempt to mislead Canadians. This week, a number of media outlets claimed a young teen in Alberta had died of COVID-19. While the teen’s death was tragic news, there was only on…
 
The mantra is clear for most small business operators, “we can’t find people to work because of government subsidies” and it’s hurting their recovery. How true does that ring? It’s a sight seen many places across the country as lockdowns were eased and restrictions lifted, small businesses were delighted to resume operations. The only problem was f…
 
The effort to investigate last year’s port explosion in Beirut has fired up political and religious tensions—resulting in Lebanon’s worst violence in years. We speak with Dmitry Muratov, a Russian journalist who shared this year’s Nobel peace prize, about what the award means to him, and to press freedom. And why autocratic regimes like to snap up …
 
Canada’s failing government-run healthcare is on life support, and heavy-handed vaccine mandates are about to make things a whole lot worse. Canada’s system of Socialized medicine means that scarce resources are allocated by central bureaucracies. This rationing of care leads to shortages. That’s why people wait in queues for procedures and surgeri…
 
Ontario's health care system has been battered by COVID-19, medical staff have been pushed to their limits, and there's a massive backlog of diagnostic and surgical procedures built up due to shutdowns. Has the time come for private health care to help fill the gaps? We ask: Alistair McGuire, head of the department of Health Policy at the London Sc…
 
Walter Schroeder was a successful businessman who made a lot of money. Now, he wants to use those resources to build a new health-care clinic just north of Toronto. And strangely enough, he doesn't want to make any money off it. The only problem is that this might not quite be legal. He tells us exactly what his intentions are and what the challeng…
 
Getting the right care to people in a timely fashion is not a new challenge in the northern reaches of this province. Presumably, doing so under COVID-19 has been even tougher. Dr. Sarah Newberry has been on the front line of the pandemic in her practice at Marathon Family Health. She's also assistant dean of Physician Workforce Strategy at the Nor…
 
A fossil-fuel scramble reveals energy markets in desperate need of a redesign. We examine what must be done to secure a renewable future. Throngs of Hong Kong residents fleeing China’s tightening hand are settling in Britain; our correspondent finds an immigrant group unlike any that came before. And the boom in “femtech” entrepreneurs at last focu…
 
The woes of fancy restaurants across Canada have been percolating - Who are we supposed to relate to? And the saga of the New York Times hit podcast comes to a close. Writer and restaurant-owner Jen Agg co-hosts. Links: Globe and Mail's piece on Canadian fine dining struggling Financial Post's piece about Mark McEwan Chris Nuttall-Smith's Toronto L…
 
Ontario is expecting major growth around the GTA, and the provincial government has tasked municipalities with rewriting their plans on how to accommodate an influx of new residents. As part of that, the government has offered to let municipalities grow their urban boundaries. That's led to a debate in cities such as Hamilton. Four stakeholders dis…
 
Canada’s system of fiscal federalism and equalization is fundamentally broken and Albertans are finally being given the chance to do something about it. During next week’s municipal elections, Albertans will have the rare opportunity to participate in direct democracy and vote on the fairness of Canada’s equalization program. Specifically, they wil…
 
As the Taliban’s closest ally, the country bears a big responsibility for Afghanistan’s fate. We examine its diplomatic risks and opportunities. Mastercard is pressing porn purveyors this week; we look at how financial companies are reluctantly stepping up as the internet’s police. And a timely social-inequality take drives South Korea’s “Squid Gam…
 
he lay of the land politically has not shifted since the beginning of the pandemic. When COVID arrived, the Liberals had a minority government propped up by the NDP. Fast forward to this summer and the Liberals plunged the country into an election which no one wanted, only to arrive back at the same point, a Liberal minority. Now, they will have to…
 
We live in a society where our Prime Minister takes a beach vacation while our public health officials say ‘no’ to Thanksgiving gatherings for the unvaccinated and ‘no’ to beach vacations for all Canadians. Enough is enough, says Candice Malcolm. Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and to pause and appreciate all the wonderful things in our lives:…
 
After a court ruling in Poland that is an affront to a core European Union principle, Poles hit the streets—fearing a “Pol-exit” they do not want. Who will back down? Hydrogen has been touted for decades as a fuel with green credentials. At last its time has come. And the herd of unicorns popping up in Mexico. For full access to print, digital and …
 
After two seasons impacted by COVID-19, the NHL looks to play a full slate starting on Tuesday, even amid a fourth wave of the pandemic But despite the sense of normalcy that comes with a return to the ice, the league is reckoning with the departure of one of Canada’s biggest on-ice stars. Postmedia’s national hockey columnists Michael Traikos join…
 
Where governments enacted zero-tolerance coronavirus strategies, numbers indeed stayed low. That was before the Delta variant. We ask how countries can now wind back those policies. A shocking report of sexual abuse within France’s Catholic church further threatens the institution’s connection with society. And countering the notion that the “stand…
 
Virologist Angela Rasmussen listened to a recent Canadaland about the origins of COVID-19 and says we had it all wrong. Today she walks Jesse through the science and explains why the lab-leak theory remains highly improbable, what she feels previous guest Elaine Dewar got wrong, and how journalists should cover science during a pandemic and otherwi…
 
This week on The Sunday Magazine with guest host Helen Mann: • We explore the challenges facing farmers, with food producers across Canada and "Pastoral Song" author James Rebanks• Food researcher Sylvain Charlebois explains what's behind rising food prices• Women’s rights activist Najiba Sanjar on leaving Afghanistan• How a Dawson City hockey team…
 
It's been one year since Canadians made alternative Thanksgiving plans with friends and family thanks to the pandemic.Since then, Canada has gone through several waves of COVID-19 cases, restrictions have eased in many parts of the country, and vaccines became widely available.Our question this week: What has changed? What are you thankful for?…
 
This week the province announced it will offer rapid COVID-19 tests to some schools and child-care settings in higher risk areas for unvaccinated and asymptomatic students. Why now? How accurate are these tests? And do they have a bigger role to play in this pandemic? The Agenda examines at-home testing and why they may be the key to ending this pa…
 
Our review of the week's programming begins with a look at how police handle anti-vax and other social-movement protests. Then, why are housing prices still so high and can anything be done about the housing shortage? And, how can technology help with climate change. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Ontario's QR-code identification is being introduced later this month. How might privacy and safety concerns - or even breeches - in this step affect the government's future plans to create a multi-use digital ID. Hamilton-Niagara Hub journalist Justin Chandler has been looking into that and has some reaction on both sides of the debate. See omnyst…
 
A number of legacy media outlets joined forces to condemn “heinous and threatening messages” sent to journalists in recent weeks. Where were these media outlets when conservative journalists were harassed and assaulted? Plus, it appears the Laurentian elite are turning on Justin Trudeau and many are speculating Trudeau may resign as prime minister.…
 
It was a promise seen as broken from the 2015 Federal election. Then Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised that if elected the 205 election would be the last First-Past-the-Post federal election in Canada. Well, he was elected with a majority and here we are two elections later—both were First-Past-the-Post. Will electoral reform come to Canada? T…
 
The treatment of Joyce Echaquan, recorded on her phone as she languished in a Quebec hospital bed, sparked a national outcry about racism in the healthcare sector. Now, a coroner’s report has found that racism played a role in her death. Montreal Gazette columnist Allison Hanes joins Dave Breakenridge to discuss the findings of the report, how it h…
 
China has sent more than 100 planes to probe Taiwan’s air-defence zone. We explain why Beijing has chosen this moment to send a message across the strait. The WHO has approved a vaccine against malaria—a turning-point in fighting a disease that kills 260,000 African children a year. And if you want a Nobel prize, it helps to be lauded by a laureate…
 
Home prices rose sharply in the past few years in many parts of Ontario, and across the country. It prompted all the parties in this year's election campaigg to put forward ideas for dealing with what is routinely called a housing shortage. And, as it turns out, it's not just a problem here. With us to explain what's going on: Jenny Schuetz, senior…
 
Canadians have been paying more for food - in the grocery store and at restaurants Prices on some things have risen more than others. Why and can this be corrected? We ask: Mike von Massow, Ontario Agricultural College Chair in Food System Leadership, and an associate professor in Food Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph;…
 
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