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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.
 
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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You’ve probably noticed that prices of practically everything — food, gas, haircuts, housing — have been going up lately. Canada’s inflation rate is now the highest it’s been in 18 years.In Parliament, the Conservative party has been pointing fingers at Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, and calling on them to quit racking up deficits. They’ve ev…
 
It's been almost two decades since inflation reached the levels recorded last month. People are feeling it at the gas pump, the grocery store, and in big ticket items. What's causing it and can it be brought under control? We ask: Rebekah Young, director, Fiscal & Provincial Economics for Scotiabank; and Benjamin Tal, deputy dhief economist of CIBC…
 
He may be the inventor of the slogan 'I miss my pre-internet brain," but Doug Coupland's new book is all about the internet, and the stories people tell about themselves there. "Binge: 60 Stories to Make Your Brain Feel Different," features pieces of "micro-fiction" inspired by social media updates, but taken to the limit of each character's capaci…
 
All the major political parties in Canada used to talk a good game about protecting our ancient liberties. The Liberals used to boast to frequently remind us that THEY are the party of the Charter, and they therefore guard it more fiercely than their political opponents. The Conservatives used to hold up freedom as their top moral value. Free marke…
 
For months, a B.C.-based QAnon conspiracy influencer named Romana Didulo has been amassing followers online, declaring herself the “Queen of Canada.” In the summer, her audience began distributing cease-and-desist letters across North America on her behalf, demanding a stop to COVID-19 restrictions. Recently, her rhetoric escalated when she urged h…
 
Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano are freelance journalists who were arrested by RCMP officers on the morning of Nov. 19, 2021 while they were covering the demonstrations of Wet'suwet'en people and hereditary chiefs against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline. The standoff on unceded territory was the top news story of 2020, until the…
 
More cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant are showing up in Canada. Meanwhile, the federal government and the U.S. have implemented certain travel restrictions to reduce the spread.Our question this week: Is it time to rethink your family holiday plans? Is it safe to travel?Dr. Lynora Saxinger, infectious diseases expert and physician, shares what…
 
This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:• Zelda Perkins and Julie Macfarlane share their mission to limit the scope of NDAs• Master illusionist David Copperfield on magic's influence on the world• Dan Savage reflects on 30 years of opining on sex, love and relationships• Karina Vernon unearths the history of Black life on the Canad…
 
Phone scams are becoming increasingly complex. But this week, the CRTC announced they will require telecom companies to use technology that flags spam calls.In our Ask Me Anything, consumer protection expert and University of Toronto lecturer Daniel Tsai answers questions about telephone spam from Cross Country Checkup callers.…
 
On this week’s Indigenous round table: the gulf in understanding between settlers and First Nations people over treaties. A gap recently reinforced by none other than CBC Kids, the junior wing of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, after it hosted a 'debate' about whether Indigenous peoples should even get land back. A debate it grounded in the …
 
CBC loves dividing Canadians up by our race and pitting us against one another. There were two glaring examples this week from CBC’s Being Black series. First, they published a story about the words CBC would like banned from the English Language because they sound like other words that could be racist. Second, they published a story about how grea…
 
Our wrap up of the week begins with a look at jow can our food cravings be transformed to healthier ones. Then, can anxiety help people cope? Is it time for a four-day work week? What are the latest COVID-19 treatments.? And, we bust some prevalent myths about the virus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Patients increasingly must wait on EMS stretchers for treatment at hospitals, holding up ambulances and paramedics for subsequent emergency calls. These delays are reaching crisis levels in Niagara, St. Catharines, and other Ontario health regions. Hamilton-Niagara Hub journalist Justin Chandler reports on why this is happening and possible solutio…
 
The dismissal of misconduct charges against Calgary police officers have some calling for changes to how cases are investigated. The case follows another incident in which the Crown opted not to lay charges against an officer after a prisoner at the arrest processing unit was injured. Calgary Herald reporter Bill Kaufmann joins Dave Breakenridge to…
 
$210-million dollars went out the door and into the pockets of businesses who shouldn’t have received it. That was the assessment of Ontario’s auditor general in an annual report this week that looked, in part, at the pandemic support of Doug Ford’s Conservative government.And it definitely got the opposition parties in Queen’s Park talking. The au…
 
Justin Trudeau’s Just-inflation is driving up the cost of everything, and yet, the media, bankers and the Liberal government insist that mysterious global forces – not the Fed’s unprecedented spending, borrowing and printing of money – are to blame. Today on the Candice Malcolm show, Candice is joined by Conservative MP and Finance Critic Pierre Po…
 
Canada and a growing list of more than 20 countries have confirmed cases of omicron, the latest version of the COVID-19 virus to be labelled a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization. Despite omicron's global reach, dozens of nations are enforcing travel bans on mainly southern Africa, where the variant was originally detected. Some c…
 
When voters in Virginia elected a Republican as Governor they sent a wake-up call to President Biden and the Democrats. The handling of the pandemic and rising prices are harming the party’s standing, while a move towards radical liberalism is also alienating some voters. So how likely is defeat at next year’s mid-term elections? Tanya Beckett asks…
 
The latest COVID variant offers mixed messaging about the severity of the virus. And an obituary to memorialize an alleged murderer does not sit right with Jesse and at least one of our listeners. Veteran journalist and freelance obituary writer Fred Langan co-hosts. Links: Daniel Schlafman's death notice can be found here Radio-Canada's piece re: …
 
Most companies pivoted to remote work at the beginning of the pandemic. And many people either changed or quit jobs. In the wake of all that, the idea of the four-day work-week is coming to the fore. Can a long weekend, every week, be the answer to everything from workplace productivity to fighting climate change? To discuss this, we welcome Andrew…
 
What's the connection between AIDS research and the COVID-19 pandemic? We invite the following guests to give us some insight: Dr. Sharon Walmsley, director of clinical research, Immunodeficiency Clinic, Toronto Hospital, University Health Network; and Dr. Darrell Tan, infectious diseases physician, clinician-scientist and Canadian Institutes of He…
 
HIV and AIDS is no longer a death sentence, but what can be done when social stigma still associated with the disease? To help us understand, we invite Dr. Trever Hart, director of the HIV Prevention Lab, also a research chair in Gay and Bisexual Men's Health at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, and runs a private clinical psychology practice trea…
 
The deck is stacked against the Conservative Party of Canada. They are dealing with a biased and out-of-touch media, well-funded unions and special interest groups fighting against them, and a conservative base that feels abandoned and alienated. So what can they do to turn things around in 2022? On today’s episode of the Candice Malcolm Show, Cand…
 
In the spring of 2020, the Cargill meat-packing plant in southern Alberta became the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak tied to a single facility in all of North America. Approximately 950 workers were infected, and three died. A year and a half later, COVID-19 appears to be under control at the slaughterhouse. But workers say the underlying wor…
 
No, it isn’t March 2020. The omicron variant is in Canada and unsurprisingly, our politicians, the legacy media and public health “experts” are fear-mongering about COVID yet again. While very little is known about the severity of the new variant, the federal government is closing the borders, provincial governments are pushing for more public heal…
 
The pandemic saw unprecedented gains in the housing and stock markets and people with investments and assets increased their net worth. Meanwhile, others lost income, and combined with high inflation, they are falling even farther behind. The Agenda discusses how charities are trying to help those falling behind as wealth inequality grows in this c…
 
It's been nine years since the first Giving Tuesday - the Tuesday after Black Friday when people are encouraged to donate to charity. How has the pandemic affected charitable giving? The Agenda speaks with four high-profile charities to find out. Julia Anderson of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health; Michael Messenger of World …
 
As the world scrambles to contain and study the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, Canada has reported its first few cases. As of Monday morning, there were two confirmed cases and four possible instances of Omicron in Ontario, discovered after the federal government announced a travel ban from several countries in Africa where the variant has spread…
 
British Columbia is still struggling with the fallout from record-breaking rains that caused floods and mudslides that killed six people and displaced thousands more. This, after the fatal heat dome of the summer, and the third worst fire season on record. While experts say it’s impossible to determine whether this year’s extreme weather resulted d…
 
It’s back to business for MP’s in the House of Commons as the Liberals took the wraps off their agenda with the Throne Speech. The Liberals do carry a minority into the House which means they will need the support of another party to get anything accomplished. The Opposition parties grumbled about the contents and the direction, but with a pandemic…
 
Best-selling author and journalist Mark Schatzker (,The Dorito Effect,) discusses his latest book, "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well," which sheds light on how the dysfunctional relationship between humans and food began-and how science is leading us back to healthier eating and living. See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
Is there a cost to our preoccupation with avoiding anxiety? How can we use anxiety to improve our lives? Dr. Wendy Suzuki, professor of neuroscience and psychology at New York University, discusses her latest book, "Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion." See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
For months, the legacy media in Alberta told us Premier Jason Kenney’s days were numbered. They said he was finished and that the United Conservative base hated him. It turns out they were completely wrong. At the recent UCP convention, there was no caucus revolt and no backlash from the grassroots members. Instead, the premier received a hero’s we…
 
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in one of the most important cases on reproductive rights in decades. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, has challenged a state law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court case could determine not just the fate …
 
Support our work at canadaland.com/join Did an Instagram account kill a vulnerable teenager? 6ixBuzz has unparalleled clout in Toronto with young audiences and it used that influence to make "Debby Gang" or "Debby Parkway" (real name Alexis Matos) a certain brand of local celebrity — the kind that is repeatedly filmed when spotted on the street, an…
 
Epidemiologist Dr. Fahad Razak explains why he thinks travel restrictions are a good thing in light of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant; Jenn Beagan, an assistant coach with the women's junior national field hockey team, talks about what it's like being stranded in South Africa due to the Canadian government's new travel restrictions; Infectious di…
 
The Ontario government announced Friday that cases of the new coronavirus omicron variant have been detected in Ottawa. Dr. Prabhat Jha, professor of global health at the University of Toronto and an epidemiologist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, answers Cross Country Checkup callers’ questions about the variant.And, Stephanie Nolen, global h…
 
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