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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.
 
Hear about cross-country ski destinations – including ski trails, lodging, dining, and other winter activities available – with a representative of that particular Nordic ski area/ski resort and with comments from author/cross-country ski expert Jonathan Wiesel. More winter vacation/travel and cross-country skiing information is available at www.crosscountryskifun.com.
 
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The Bank of Canada is calling it a "perfect storm." As gas and grocery prices jump, inflation has hit a 31-year high. For many Canadians, that means making tough decisions as life becomes more expensive.Our question this week: Are rising prices forcing you to make hard choices? How can we beat the high cost of living?…
 
As interest rates rise in Canada, the housing market is beginning to cool. But for many, the idea of owning a home or renting their own apartment still feels out of reach. Our question this week: How do we fix the housing market in Canada? Craig Dykeman shares his experience trying to buy a home in rural New Brunswick; Brian Doucet, Canada Research…
 
Cubicles and communal coffee machines are once again on the horizon. After two years of working from home, many Canadians are preparing to return to the office. Our question this week: Are you ready to go back to the office? How are you feeling about the return to work?Paula Allen, workplace mental health expert with human resources firm LifeWorks,…
 
It's been a confusing two years of the pandemic for Canadians. From viral COVID-19 conspiracy theories and misinformation circulating online, to mixed messaging from politicians and public health officials about vaccines and masks. Our question: How has the pandemic affected your trust in politicians and public health officials?…
 
People are gathering for Easter, the Passover and Ramadan across the country, meanwhile Canada is facing a sixth wave of COVID-19. But public health restrictions have eased, and there are no mask mandates in most provinces. Our question: Is it a normal holiday weekend? Is it safe to gather again?
 
The federal government announced an $8 billion increase in military spending in the 2022 federal budget. Our question this week: Is Canada spending too much or too little on defence? Is Canada a country of peacekeepers or fighters?Correction: Stephanie Carvin is an associate professor at Carleton University, not the University of Ottawa.…
 
A confidence-and-supply agreement between the Liberal and NDP parties, announced Tuesday, could keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in power until 2025 and deliver national dental and pharmacare programs.Our question this week: Is the Liberal-NDP deal a bad idea? How important is dental and pharmacare to you?Guest host Peter Armstrong and our politi…
 
Canada’s inflation rate reached 5.7 per cent in February — and it's affecting everything from food to gas. Personal finance columnist Rubina Ahmed-Haq and economist Armine Yalnizyan answer questions from Cross Country Checkup callers about rising prices with host Ian Hanomansing.
 
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's speeches to politicians in the U.K., U.S. and Canada have rallied NATO leaders. His emotional appeals, particularly on social media, have inspired millions of people around the world.Our question this week: What does Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky mean to you? What more can we do to help?Stanley Kutche…
 
Russia widened its attacks in Ukraine as the conflict stretched into its third weekend. Meanwhile, Canada expanded sanctions in a bid to temper the conflict.Our question this week: What conversations are you having about the war in Ukraine?Investigative journalist Tanya Kozyreva shares what she is seeing in the coastal city of Odessa, Ukraine; Mari…
 
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government does not want to see an escalation in the conflict — such as a no-fly zone over Ukraine — that would pull NATO forces into "direct conflict" with Russia in eastern Europe.Our question this week: Is Canada doing enough about the war in Ukraine? What questions do you have?Freelance journali…
 
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea. Countries including Canada and the United States have responded with sanctions, but the situation is evolving hourly.Our question this week: How does Russia's invasion of Ukraine affect you? What questions do you have?Maria Popova, associate profess…
 
Our question this week: What's your reaction to the police crackdown in Ottawa? Where do we go from here?Freelance journalist Justin Ling shares the view from Ottawa this weekend; Michael Kempa, associate professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, and Eric Adams, professor of law at the University of Alberta, weigh in on the federal gove…
 
The streets of Ottawa, provincial legislatures and certain international border crossings are jammed with trucks this weekend as convoy protesters fan out across the country.Our question this week: What's your reaction to the Ottawa standoff and the border blockades? Is Canada becoming dangerously polarized?Featuring Christian Leuprecht, associate …
 
Concerns about the possibility of a Russian-led invasion of Ukraine are growing after U.S. officials reported the threat is imminent. University of Toronto international relations professor Aurel Braun answers questions about the conflict from Cross Country Checkup callers with host Ian Hanomansing.
 
COVID-19 infections related to the Omicron variant have peaked in Canada, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer. But hospitalizations and ICU admissions remain high across the country. Meanwhile, many Canadians are asking how much longer pandemic restrictions will last. Our question this week: Is it time to start living…
 
Depending on where you live, you may have noticed a few empty grocery shelves. You may have also noticed prices rising as inflation rates hit 30-year highs. Professor Sylvain Charlebois, director of Dalhousie University's Agri-Food Analytics Lab, answers questions from Cross Country Checkup callers about food prices and scarcity with host Ian Hanom…
 
Streets in Ottawa were jammed with protestors after a convoy of truckers rolled into the nation's capital this weekend. The convoy — and it's supporters — are protesting the federal government's mandate that truckers crossing the U.S. border be fully vaccinated. Our question this week: What's your reaction to the protest convoy in Ottawa? What does…
 
Students across Canada are back to school for in-person learning. But less than half of children aged 5 to 11 have received just one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.Our question this week: Why are vaccination rates so low among Canadian kids? What questions do you have about kids and vaccines?Dr. Fatima Kakkar, pediatric infectious diseases expert, answ…
 
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…
 
So you've got Omicron symptoms. Now what? Dr. Zain Chagla takes calls about your COVID-19 experience.Chagla, an infectious diseases physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, joins Cross Country Checkup host Ian Hanomansing to answer callers’ concerns about the COVID-19 Omicron variant, from the trustworthiness of rapid tests to long-COVID, an…
 
As several provinces continue to see COVID-19 cases surge, students in Alberta and British Columbia will return to the classroom on Monday. Saskatchewan resumed in class learning this week, while most other provinces delayed their back to school date to Jan. 17. Our question this week: Should children return to the classroom during an Omicron surge…
 
As the new year begins, worries of a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the Omicron variant.Dr. Peter Jüni, scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, answers questions from Cross Country Checkup callers about returning to work and school as cases continue to rise.…
 
It's our annual reporters' notebook. CBC correspondents Chris Brown, Susan Ormiston and Salimah Shivji reflect on the top international news stories of the year.Our question this week: What was the most important international news in 2021? Which story was overshadowed by the pandemic?
 
In the spring of 1985, a debate over rock music lyrics emerged. Parents groups were calling for a rating system on albums featuring obscene lyrics. The record industry pushed back, arguing such a move was a step toward censorship. That fall, the debate made its way to the U.S. Senate, and parents’ groups got their wish — warnings would be placed on…
 
Projections for COVID-19 case counts are pointing straight up in Ontario and Quebec thanks to the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, provincial governments are rapidly deploying boosters and tests ahead of the holiday season, and restrictions are once again tightening in some regions.Scientific director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table Dr. Pet…
 
Canada won't be sending government diplomats to the Winter Olympics in Beijing this February. Neither will the United States, United Kingdom or Australia. Officials hope the move will send a message to China that human rights abuses by its government have not gone unnoticed. Meanwhile, Beijing dismissed the announcements as a "farce."Our question t…
 
As coronavirus cases rise once again, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital, answers questions from Cross Country Checkup callers about the omicron variant, vaccine boosters and gathering over the holidays.
 
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…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
Despite the continuing pandemic, kinks in the supply chain and the threat of climate change, there are deals-a-plenty for this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Our question this week: Is Black Friday a blessing or a curse? How have your shopping habits changed this year?Toy store owner Nick Mason shares how supply chain slowdowns are affecting …
 
Devastating floods in British Columbia have forced thousands to evacuate their homes — and the province to declare a third state of emergency this year.Our question this week: How is the B.C. flooding disaster affecting you? Are you prepared for the next extreme weather event?Blair Feltmate, head of University of Waterloo’s Centre on Climate Adapta…
 
Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine was approved by Health Canada for children aged 5 to 11 this week — and the first doses have already arrived in Canada.Dr. Fatima Kakkar, infectious diseases pediatrician and pediatrics professor at University of Montreal, answered Cross Country Checkup callers' questions about the vaccine's safety, and when and …
 
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