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Continuing Stuart McLean's tradition: here are some 'ordinary' people worthy of recognition

Stuart McLean's Arthur Awards happened every year. This week, Checkup tapped into an important tradition from McLean's Vinyl Cafe and asked listeners to send in their nominations. Here are a few of them.
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The Oscars of the ordinary: Stuart McLean's Arthur Awards bring 'unsung heroes' into the spotlight

Checkup producer Anna-Liza Kozma talks about what Stuart McLean's Arthur Awards mean to her.
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Bringing back Stuart McLean's Arthur Awards: who would you nominate and why?

It has been more than a year since Stuart McLean died. In his honour, Checkup resurrects his beloved Arthur Awards where people across the country nominate someone unsung in their community who deserves to be recognized.

Former gas line engineer, arrested for protest, speaks out against Kinder Morgan pipeline

Jack Bryceland says he is speaking out against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project because he is concerned about the possibility of a tanker spill.

'Risk can be mitigated': Environmental scientist explains why he supports the Trans Mountain pipeline

Jim Thomson, an environmental scientist from Edmonton, says he supports the Trans Mountain pipeline, but believes much work still needs to be done before it gets built.
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Who should have the final say on approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline — the feds or the provinces?

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says pipeline politics have brought the country to the edge of a constitutional crisis. B.C. Premier John Horgan says he just wants to ensure his province is protected. Who should have the final say, the feds or the provinces?

'Hockey is the fabric of our country': former Humboldt Broncos player shaken by bus crash

As a former junior hockey player with the Humboldt Broncos, Jeff Wiest says the fatal bus accident in Saskatchewan hits close to home.

'Lives in our hands': Bus drivers reflect on their responsibilities after Humboldt Broncos crash

The deadly Humboldt Broncos accident has left bus drivers across the country thinking about the impact of their jobs
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What's your reaction to the horrific Saskatchewan bus crash?

A bus crash in northern Saskatchewan has cut a swath through the lives of the people in Humboldt ...and beyond. Fifteen dead, 14 injured — the town's junior hockey team decimated. What are your thoughts?
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Modern political campaigns are fuelled by voters' social media profiles, says former strategist

Former political strategist Rick Anderson says the internet can be used to manipulate results in elections. But with the introduction of newer technologies, he says he was given more opportunities to learn about potential voters’ interests.
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It's the government's job to protect Canadians' privacy online, says advertising exec

Michael Roy, works at a Vancouver-based creative agency. He opened up about the give and take of advertising and told Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds about the role he believes governments should play in protecting people’s privacy.
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Do you trust large tech companies like Facebook and Google with your personal data?

Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: breach of trust. An angry #DeleteFacebook movement is growing amid revelations that political operators got their hands on the personal data of millions of people.
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Sam Roberts, Ruth B and more on how music is changing in a borderless digital world

From music veterans like Loreena McKennitt to newcomers like Ruth B, artists shared their viewpoints on how the internet has changed the music industry, and whether they’ve embraced these changes — or simply endured them.
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Do Canada's musicians and songwriters still need Canadian content rules to survive?

As the Canadian music industry celebrates its best in the JUNO awards, some wonder if Canada's musicians still need protection in an increasingly borderless digital world.

Meet the PhD student who makes science accessible through social media

Samantha Yammine is a science communicator. The University of Toronto PhD student has been sharing her knowledge of science to the public through selfies, videos and anecdotes about her daily work as a researcher.
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'Over 250,000 people through the door': Staff at Ottawa Museum say interest in science hasn't declined

Christine Tessier, the director general at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, has seen a spike in attendance at work, despite studies that say Canadians are losing interest in science.
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Are people losing faith in the ability of science to provide answers?

The world has lost a giant who worked hard to improve scientific understanding. Canadians rate high on scientific literacy. But on certain issues, some are reluctant to go with the science. A new study suggests many believe science is not that important in their lives. What do you think? Does science still matter today?
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'The Invisibles': Meet the animal photographer who captures living conditions in zoos

Jo-Anne McArthur, an award-winning photojournalist, shares what she has witnessed while photographing zoos across the world.
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Enclosed habitats can be good for animals: Polar bear expert

Dylan McCart, a conservation coordinator, says polar bear habitats provide a necessary space for scientists to research the endangered animals in a way they simply wouldn’t able to do in the wild.
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Does Canada still need zoos and aquaria?

Going to the zoo As two giant panda cubs get ready to move from Toronto's zoo to Calgary's, some wonder whether visitor numbers and research are enough to justify animal captivity.
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Revisiting My Big Fat Diet: How a Métis doctor lost weight with a traditional Indigenous diet

Dr. Jay Wortman, a Métis doctor based in Vancouver, adopted a traditional low carb Indigenous diet after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The results were extremely positive, and he's since encouraged others to do the same.
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What's the best way to tackle Canada's weight problem?

We were happy to cheer our Olympic athletes from our armchairs, but in our own lives, we are piling on the pounds. With a quarter of Canadian adults classed as obese, how should the country deal with its weight problem?
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Moved by montages and props for Hungary: Checkup callers reflect on Pyeongchang 2018

As the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang came to a close, guest host Suhana Meharchand asked Canadians for the best and worst moments from this year’s games.
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​'We were the butt of luge jokes': Former Olympian relishes Canada's luge success in Pyeongchang

Mary Jane Bowie calls Cross Country Checkup and shares her story of being an Olympic luger in 1976.
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Tell us your best and worst moments of the Winter Olympics

Canada cruises to its best finish ever in the Winter Olympics despite falling short in signature events like hockey and curling. Have you been watching the Games?