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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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The Cross Country Skier Magazine podcast is an extension of stories from the Nordic skiing world that go beyond our print and web features. In this new medium, we’ll continue our conversations with athletes, coaches, touring center operators and other experts in the field, bringing fresh material to our audience.
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If you or your child is wrapping up high school or university, you’ve probably got more questions than answers about what comes next. From diving straight into work, taking a gap year, or pursuing further education, there are plenty of options. Sabrina McTaggart is a career coach who helps young adults find their career paths. Rachelle Doucet is a …
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For years, medical experts have been calling for the national guideline for routine breast cancer screenings to be lowered from 50-years-old. But last week, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care released a draft recommendation that said it’s not going to lower the recommended screening age to 40 for women with average risk – and that de…
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Canada's Competition Bureau is going to study the country's domestic airline industry. Many of us rely on airlines to stay in touch with family to conduct business and to explore this vast country but it can be expensive. How can we make it better? Does Canada’s airline industry need an overhaul? Are there enough travel options in your part of the …
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In British Columbia there were 25-hundred and eleven illicit drug deaths last year -- the majority of them involving the opioid fentanyl. Meanwhile, the provincial government announced it's banning illicit drug use in public spaces, a key feature of last year's pilot program which aimed to decriminalize drug use in many instances. Amidst the decrim…
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This week marked what could be the beginning of another dangerous wildfire season. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes because of fires throughout parts of western Canada. This is after last year's record breaking season which saw tens of thousands of people flee their homes, 15 million hectares of land burnt, and nearly the entire…
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A recent boycott against Loblaws aims to try to force the grocery giant to reduce prices. The company's recent quarterly report shows an increase in profits, while food prices have gone up roughly 20 per cent in Canada over the last 3 years. Do you think the boycott have an effect? How are you dealing with the high cost of groceries, and who or wha…
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The recent encampments on campuses across North Amercia have stimulated a lot of debate about what limits there should be on protest and activism. Have these demonstrations changed any of your views about the conflict? And beyond the universities, in your personal life, how are you dealing with conversations about the Israel-Hamas conflict?…
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Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre recently suggested that, if elected, he might use the notwithstanding clause to push through criminal law reform. The clause has never been used before at the federal level --though it has been used provincially. Eric Adams is a law professor at the University of Alberta who specializes in constitutional law. He…
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Earlier this week, the NBA banned Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter from the league following an investigation into gambling allegations. CBC news reporter Jamie Strashin has been leading our coverage on sports betting and closely following Jontay Porter’s ban. Chelsea Rodrigues is a problem gambling counsellor at the Centre for Problem Gambling…
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Despite calls from those against the levy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not backing down from the carbon tax. You've almost certainly heard Pierre Poilievre's Axe The Tax slogan. Many provincial premiers have come out in opposition as well. On the other side, over two-hundred economists have signed an open letter in support of the tax. Is the c…
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Kids share a lot on social media, but are there limits on what parents should share? What motivates you to post about your children online and, where do you draw the line between your kids’ public and private life? In the second half of the show: the Princess of Wales revealed she's dealing with cancer and is asking for privacy. What was your exper…
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Earlier this week the unelected Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henri, announced his resignation. The country is currently ravaged by gang violence with aid agencies saying more than a million people are on the verge of famine. Global Affairs Canada reports there are nearly 3-thousand Canadians trapped in Haiti. Bob Rae, Canada's embassador to the U…
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Canadians are losing big money to scams and frauds. What's your experience with scams? Are you worried about artificial intelligence and the future of cyber scams? In the second half of our show, Equifax says an increasing number of people are missing mortgage payments. Are housing costs putting you in debt?…
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The agreement between the federal Liberals and NDP to fund certain contraceptive and diabetes drugs has been called the first step to a national universal pharmacare plan in Canada. However, the Parliamentary Budget Office estimates the cost of true, universal pharmacare would be 40 billion dollars. Are you able to afford your medications? Do you t…
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Over 42-thousand measles cases were reported across Europe last year according to the WHO. Canada’s chief public health doctor is urging Canadians to make sure they're vaccinated against the highly infectious disease. Our AMA guest Dr. Jacqueline Wong is a pediatric infectious disease doctor at McMaster University. She answered your questions about…
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith recently announced a series of policy changes affecting transgender and non-binary people. Our AMA guest Dr. Daniel Metzger is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the B.C. Children’s Hospital where he treats, among others, transgender patients. He answered your questions about gender affirming care.…
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On Friday, January 26th, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to take measures to prevent genocide in its war in Gaza, but stopped short of ordering a ceasefire. Our AMA guest Jon Allen took your questions on the court's ruling. He's a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He also served as Canada’s Amba…
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The federal government has acknowledged the number of non-permanent residents in Canada is putting a strain on housing... and that changes to the number of international students in Canada could be coming. This as opinion polls show more Canadians are beginning to feel that immigration levels are too high. Is Canada getting the balance between immi…
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Fresh off their Olympic debuts, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team members Hannah Halvorsen and Hailey Swirbul candidly discuss how they deal with performance pressure as elite competitors, the stress it puts on a healthy mindset and their different takes on balancing a desire to win with positive self-worth. The conversation expands on a piece Halvorsen …
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The American Birkebeiner is so much more than a ski race—it provides an opportunity for Nordic skiers of all ages and abilities to unite as a community and celebrate our sport. Cross Country Skier podcast host Peter Graves talks with Birkie Executive Director Ben Popp about what it takes to put on the most iconic cross country ski race in the U.S. …
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