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  • OLY SWM Canada 20160811

    Profile Penny Oleksiak: 'When you turn around, just be happy with whatever result'

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Penny Oleksiak did not expect to tie with Simone Manuel for Olympic gold in the women's 100m freestyle. As she tells it, her whole Olympic experience has been one surprise after the next. Listen to her chat with Checkup host Duncan McCue.

    Posted: Aug 14, 2016 6:17 PM ET read comments audio

    'Sometimes I'm naïve': a black mother learns from her son's experience

    by Cross Country Checkup

    When she moved to Canada with her family, Tina Brobby misjudged the relationship that they would have with law enforcement. At age 14, her son was approached by police while simply sitting in a park. Her son's experience leads her to say that she feels guilty for the incident, and that she should have prepared him for it.

    Posted: Jul 11, 2016 4:50 PM ET read comments
  • Fred Soofi

    Profile The best thing about Canada goes unnoticed by most

    by Cross Country Checkup

    On Canada Day weekend, Fred Soofi called in to Cross Country Checkup to share his thoughts on how the freedoms and rights we enjoy in Canada go overlooked by many Canadians.

    Posted: Jul 04, 2016 4:31 PM ET read comments audio
  • Nadine Gelineau

    Profile Mysterious strangers plant a gift in memorial of Canadian music icon

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Helen Friel was mourning the loss of her daughter, the successful music promoter Nadine Gelineau earlier this year, when two mysterious strangers, known only as Heather and Murray left her a very Canadian gift.

    Posted: Jul 04, 2016 12:03 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 12, 2017 3:11 PM ET
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    Brexit vote divides U.K. population, young vs. old

    by Cross Country Checkup

    The United Kingdom's vote to exit the European Union brought many political divisions into sharp relief, including the gap between older voters and their juniors. Two young Canadians share their perspective on what the United Kingdom's exit from the EU means to them and to their friends.

    Posted: Jun 27, 2016 7:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 01, 2016 5:46 PM ET
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    Recap Brexit: by the numbers

    by Cross Country Checkup

    The referendum in the United Kingdom to leave or remain in the European Union came down to very small margins in many areas. Scroll through a visual guide that breaks down the numbers of the vote, then share your perspective with us in our online chat.

    Posted: Jun 24, 2016 5:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 01, 2016 5:45 PM ET
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    Articulate trilingual student expresses the value of French immersion programs

    by Cross Country Checkup

    CALLER PROFILE: Bruce Yu, an 11-year-old from Markham, Ont., shared his experiences with French immersion schooling on Cross Country Checkup. While many criticize French immersion, he's had a positive experience. And it's helped him become trilingual.

    Posted: Jun 20, 2016 11:04 PM ET read comments

    Point of View Toronto vigil 'a demonstration of love' to Orlando shooting victims

    by Cross Country Checkup

    The pain stemming from the Orlando nightclub shooting is felt around the world by members of the LGBTQ community. In Toronto, the queer community has banded together to support the victims and survivors of the Orlando shooting with a candlelight vigil.

    Posted: Jun 13, 2016 12:31 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016 2:22 PM ET
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    Checkup 'We've decided this is acceptable': The 'normalcy' of mass shootings

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Carly Engstrom, a member of the queer community from Vancouver and Kit Grandon, a concerned citizen from Ames, Iowa engaged in a dialogue about the two countries' relationship with guns on Cross Country Checkup.

    Posted: Jun 13, 2016 12:16 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 12, 2017 3:01 PM ET
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    Audio Orlando shooting: 'LGBTQ Muslims in a vulnerable position'

    by Cross Country Checkup

    El-Farouk Khaki founded Toronto's first LGBTQ mosque. He's been doubly impacted by the mass shooting in Orlando as both a Muslim and gay man.

    Posted: Jun 12, 2016 6:51 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016 4:51 PM ET
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    Checkup La Vie Bilingue: French immersion programs in Canada through the ages

    by Ayesha Barmania, Cross Country Checkup

    Since it's beginnings in the 1960s, French immersion has polarized many Canadians, and the debate lives on today. Read this backgrounder on French immersion programs and contribute to the Checkup conversation.

    Posted: Jun 11, 2016 3:49 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 12, 2017 2:39 PM ET
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    Audio What Muhammad Ali taught an Ontario teen about racism

    by Cross Country Checkup

    "A lot of people like to think that that racism is over or not as important as it was a while ago, but it really isn't."

    Posted: Jun 06, 2016 9:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 12, 2017 2:37 PM ET
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    Audio What Muhammad Ali meant to women and transgender boxers

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Savoy Howe—also known by her boxing name, Kapow Howe—founded and runs Toronto's first women-oriented and trans-friendly boxing gym. The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club has always had a special place for boxing legend Muhammad Ali: on their walls—a space that's usually reserved for photos of powerful women.

    Posted: Jun 06, 2016 12:23 PM ET read comments audio
  • Gord Downie in the Bahamas

    Audio On the beach with Gord Downie: a Checkup caller remembers

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Chris MacPhee has experienced Gord Downie's music like few have: at an intimate and impromptu concert on a Bahamian beach. MacPhee, a Hip fan since his youth, shared the story of his special encounter with Downie on Checkup with guest host Allison Devereaux.

    Posted: May 30, 2016 6:24 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016 11:55 PM ET
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  • Torquil Campbell

    Checkup Gord Downie is a 'true artist, citizen, and friend': Stars' Torquil Campbell

    by Cross Country Checkup

    The Tragically Hip are known to be Canada's band, but they're also a band for artists, according to singer for Canadian indie band Stars, Torquil Campbell. He played at festivals with The Hip and he remembers them as a "gentlemanly, kind, supportive, loving group of people."

    Posted: May 30, 2016 3:41 PM ET read comments audio
  • Maternity home

    In Depth Women seek apology, inquiry from government for 'forced adoptions'

    by Ayesha Barmania, Cross Country Checkup

    Throughout the 1940's to the 1980's an estimated 350,000 women were coerced into giving their children for adoption without their consent. Now, advocates are campaigning for an inquiry and an apology for government's involvement.

    Posted: May 26, 2016 12:03 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 26, 2016 10:27 AM ET
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  • Komagata Maru

    Checkup Komagata Maru apology unnecessary as officials upholding the law of the time: Checkup caller

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Karina Wang, herself an immigrant to Canada, finds the Canadian government's apology for the Komagata Maru incident unnecessary, as there was a threat of terrorism the Canadian officials wanted to avoid.

    Posted: May 23, 2016 6:38 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 25, 2016 11:57 AM ET
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  • St Joseph's Mission School

    Checkup Residential school survivors and the impact of an apology

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Perhaps there is nothing more Canadian than saying "sorry." We tend to say it so much that the value of an apology can be lost. That is until personal stories from fellow Canadians puts the meaning of an apology into perspective.

    Posted: May 22, 2016 9:54 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 25, 2016 11:52 AM ET
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    Checkup The invisible work that cab drivers do

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Driving a taxi isn't just about picking up and dropping customers off. Every once in a while, they're called upon to help in police work. Listen to cab driver Ron Winn tell Checkup about his experiences driving a cab.

    Posted: May 17, 2016 2:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 18, 2016 1:29 PM ET
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    Checkup The rides of wrath: Is Uber undercutting employment standards?

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Bram Lebo from Haliburton, Ont., called Checkup to share his perspective on Uber and what he calls the “gig economy.” According to Lebo, the current model of piecemeal labour is doing a disservice to Canadian employees and harkens back to depression-era economics.

    Posted: May 16, 2016 2:48 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 17, 2016 2:32 PM ET
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    In Depth Rising from the ashes and smoke in Fort Mac

    by Ayesha Barmania, Cross Country Checkup

    In the aftermath of the Fort McMurray wildfire, evacuees and Canadians look back on the harrowing journeys of evacuation and the way forward for a city that has long been considered a driver of the Canadian economy.

    Posted: May 12, 2016 4:09 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 16, 2016 7:07 PM ET
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    Checkup 'Be brave and if you can't be brave, fake it': advice for Fort McMurray evacuees

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Suzanne Young went through the process of replacing everything in her home, and mourning the things that she couldn't replace. Her advice for others: "Be brave and if you can't be brave, fake it and no one will know the difference."

    Posted: May 09, 2016 2:52 PM ET read comments

    Checkup The big question for Fort McMurray residents: 'When can I go back to my home?'

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Byron Bourget escaped his Fort McMurray home with little more than his dog, his Jeep and a hat signed by Willie Nelson. Now, safe in a campground in Edmonton, he called us to share the story of his evacuation. Listen to his conversation with Checkup guest host Duncan McCue:

    Posted: May 09, 2016 12:03 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 09, 2016 1:24 PM ET
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    Stephans' ruling will lead to over-protective parents: Checkup caller

    by Cross Country Checkup

    After a mother and father were found guilty of not providing their ailing toddler with medical care, parents across Canada are concerned about what affect that will have. Jennie-Mae Babcock says that it will make new parents paranoid about the health of their children.

    Posted: May 04, 2016 12:49 PM ET read comments audio
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    Checkup Can alternative healing become integrative medicine?

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Ashley Alton is a registered traditional Chinese medical practitioner from Toronto, Ont., and she called in to share her perspective on the public’s misinformation of so-called “alternative healing.” She says she prefers the term “integrative medicine” and that regulatory colleges should do a better job of informing the public of the specializations of different health practitioners.

    Posted: May 02, 2016 12:19 PM ET read comments
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    Checkup Is the punishment for marijuana possession too severe?

    by Cross Country Checkup

    With the Liberal Government planning on legalizing marijuana Spring of 2017, many are saying that until then, possession of marijuana should be decriminalized. Margaret Ann McHugh has seen through the experiences of her family members how a conviction for simple marijuana possession can mean lifelong restrictions.

    Posted: Apr 25, 2016 11:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017 3:35 PM ET
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  • Vancouver 4/20

    Checkup 'I want it to be safe for my children to smoke a joint'

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Kathy, a mother and teacher from Peterborough, Ont., called to share her thoughts on how marijuana legalization would make the drug safer to use. She says legalization would allow for better drug education and would reform a legal system which “isn’t working.”

    Posted: Apr 25, 2016 12:53 PM ET read comments
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    Checkup Canadian settlers' surprising uses for hemp and marijuana

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Cannabis was first restricted in Canada in 1923 as part of the Narcotics Drug Act Amendment Bill, although authorities did not begin seizing the drug until the late 1930’s and 40’s. Beverly Davis remembers a time when cannabis hemp wasn't just known as a drug, but was a useful tool for farmers.

    Posted: Apr 25, 2016 12:38 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017 3:37 PM ET
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    Checkup Advanced care directives: 'An act of freedom' or a rushed decision?

    by Ilina Ghosh

    One of the recommendations from a parliamentary committee on assisted dying was 'advanced care directives' in which a person could approve assisted dying in case of a neurological disease. The idea has people taking many stances.

    Posted: Apr 22, 2016 5:23 PM ET read comments audio
  • Palliative care right to die

    Assisted-dying conversation diminishes palliative care: nurse

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Marg Rose is a palliative care nurse in Peterborough, Ont. She has had patients ask her for assistance in dying and while she could not previously give them this, the resulting discussion about death, fear, and family were affective moments. Listen to her discuss these experiences with Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds.

    Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1:01 AM ET read comments audio
  • Assisted dying/palliative care

    Checkup 'I'll be with you when you choose to leave': family members on assisted dying

    by Cross Country Checkup

    For Kim McKay, her father's death was a profound moment of closeness to her father. However, she feels that physician assisted dying could have helped her father greatly. Listen to her conversation with guest host, Susan McReynolds.

    Posted: Apr 19, 2016 12:00 PM ET read comments audio
  • Women in STEM

    Checkup New banknote should honour women in science

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Imogen Coe, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University, says that having a female scientist on new Canadian banknotes would be a good opportunity to bring attention to gender equality in the sciences. She says that a notable female scientist on our currency would inspire young women to pursue science themselves.

    Posted: Apr 11, 2016 3:57 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016 6:49 PM ET
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  • Laura Secord

    Checkup Should Laura Secord be the first of many women on banknotes?

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Caroline McCormack would like to see Laura Secord, heroine of the war of 1812, the first of many Canadian women on our banknotes because "she set the stage for all the Canadian heroines of today and tomorrow."

    Posted: Apr 11, 2016 5:34 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016 7:06 PM ET
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    Checkup Kenojuak Ashevak, 'my choice' for a great Canadian woman on our currency

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory's choice for a great Canadian woman to be on our currency is Kenojuak Ashevak. One of the most notable Canadian pioneers of modern Inuit art, she gave Canada a visual and creative definition of itself in an era of Canadian identity formation — something that cut through all the boundaries of colonization, language, culture in the 1960s.

    Posted: Apr 09, 2016 11:57 AM ET read comments
  • Ron Compton

    Checkup Why telecoms struggle to provide high-speed internet across Canada

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Ron Compton built and sold a successful Ontario telecommunications business recently. He explains the challenges for the big players to provide quality service to small markets, and why a small local business such as his own was untenable.

    Posted: Apr 05, 2016 4:03 PM ET read comments
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    Checkup Internet providers refusing high speed services for customers

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Robin Petty and Jeremy Pike both called Checkup with the same problem: internet providers refusing to service their homes. But their reactions were much different from each other. Listen to their conversations with Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds.

    Posted: Apr 04, 2016 7:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 7:38 PM ET
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  • Rannva Simonsen

    Checkup How high speed internet makes a big difference for Northern businesses

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Like many small business owners in rural parts of the country, Rannva Simonsen is dependent on an unreliable internet connection for her work. This lack of connectivity can result in hours of frustration with wait times sometimes extending into days at a time.

    Posted: Apr 04, 2016 11:55 AM ET read comments audio
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    Checkup Would military spending be better used on other services?

    by Cross Country Checkup

    One Checkup caller posed the question: Robin Brundage noticed that conversations often hinge on the inflows and outflows of government money. Brundage finds herself at odds with her colleagues as she is happy to pay more taxes for the services Canadians receive, as long as the money is spent wisely.

    Posted: Mar 27, 2016 10:12 PM ET read comments audio
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    Checkup Homogeneity on supermarket shelves is a barrier for local farmers

    by Cross Country Checkup

    While local is best, it often can't get onto the supermarket shelves, according to fruit farmer Paul Moyer. He says that while food produced locally is in demand from consumers and grocery stores, the need for supermarkets to have a uniform variety of products across their stores is setting local producers back.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2016 5:22 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016 5:27 PM ET
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  • vegetables canada

    Checkup Local produce can be healthier than its imported counterparts

    by Cross Country Checkup

    There are many reasons people are opting to buy locally-produced fruits and vegetables. For Barbara Sinclair from Toronto, the main reason is nutrition. She says that the nutrition value that is lost when transporting fruits and vegetables is leading to poor health in the population.

    Posted: Mar 21, 2016 1:14 PM ET read comments audio
  • King's Hall boarding school

    Checkup A boarding school that had its own time zone

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Margot Heyerhoff in North Hatley, Que. remembers a time when King's Hall boarding school stayed on daylight time all year round. Thanks to a willful headmistress, the boarding school was one hour out of sync with the surrounding areas for much of the year.

    Posted: Mar 14, 2016 6:27 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 20, 2016 7:33 PM ET
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  • Saskatchewan versus the world

    Checkup Life in Lloydminster and between two time zones

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Cindy Trigg joined Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds to discuss the challenges of living in a border town that straddles two provinces--and what the switch to daylight saving time means for her and her colleagues.

    Posted: Mar 14, 2016 4:51 PM ET read comments audio
  • Checkup at the Parish Hall in Iqaluit

    Blog The importance of 'taking the tuktu by the antlers'

    by Anna-Liza Kozma

    Youth, parents, and elders came together for a special broadcast of Cross Country Checkup to share their hopes and ambitions for the future of this generation.

    Posted: Mar 09, 2016 11:42 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 10, 2016 11:16 PM ET
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  • Jennifer Williams

    Checkup 'Not everybody wakes up to a supportive family'

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Jennifer Williams is a 13-year-old middle school student. She spoke with Checkup guest host Duncan McCue about her experiences as a student in the North and the challenges she sees.

    Posted: Mar 07, 2016 12:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016 11:10 AM ET
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  • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

    Checkup Arts in the North: the past will prepare youth for the future

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Artist and teacher Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory was in the audience at the Anglican Parish Hall in Iqaluit. She tells Checkup guest host Duncan McCue that it's the customs and traditions of the past that will prepare young people for the future.

    Posted: Mar 07, 2016 12:04 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016 2:11 PM ET
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  • Nunavut Arctic College

    Web Extra 'Culture shock' impedes some Inuit students from success in south

    by Ayesha Barmania, Cross Country Checkup

    The vast differences in size and cultural practices can prove to be a challenge for many Inuit who go to southern Canadian cities for services like education, healthcare, and jobs. Organizations like the Manitoba Inuit Association work to make the transition easier.

    Posted: Mar 06, 2016 11:17 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 06, 2016 11:43 AM ET
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    Checkup Iqaluit school boosts attendance 20 per cent with blended cultural programs

    by Ayesha Barmania, Cross Country Checkup

    From an average attendance rate of about 60 per cent, the principal of Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik Middle School led a push to foster creative and culturally relevant programming for students.

    Posted: Mar 05, 2016 1:40 PM ET read comments audio
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    Checkup It's often the passenger that bears the brunt of impaired driving

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Kevin Brooks turned his experience drunk driving and causing a collision into a campaign to teach youth not to drink and drive. After his incident caused the death of his friend, he says the passenger is often the one to pay the price of drunk driving.

    Posted: Feb 29, 2016 2:44 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016 6:35 PM ET
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  • Impaired driving

    Checkup Forgiveness is the only way to move on from drunk driving collision: father

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Dwayne Foster lost his children to an impaired driver over thirty years ago. He says that the key to his healing was to forgive the driver. Listen to his interview with Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds.

    Posted: Feb 29, 2016 12:39 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016 6:37 PM ET
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    Checkup 'I got away with murder': former drunk driver

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Sue Kusick from Victoria, B.C. shared her close call with a collision while she was drunk driving many years ago. An alcoholic, but past the point of driving now, she thinks that stiff penalties would have prevented her from getting behind the wheel.

    Posted: Feb 29, 2016 10:53 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016 6:38 PM ET
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    by Cross Country Checkup

    The Checkup team is heading North and we want to hear from you. While we're hosting our live show from Iqaluit, we'd like to see your stories from the North, or of being a Northerner in the South through social media. Send us your videos, photos, and comments! We'd love to hear from you.

    Posted: Feb 26, 2016 2:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016 1:00 PM ET
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    Checkup Air strikes in Syria are devastating this generation of children: surgeon

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Dr. Anas al-Kassem is a trauma surgeon who works in rebel-held Syria. In his work he sees that children are the most deeply affected by the crisis and those whose futures are devastated by the conflict. Listen to his interview with Checkup guest host Laura Lynch.

    Posted: Feb 22, 2016 3:20 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 3:24 PM ET
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    Checkup Syrian-Canadian says the way to fight ISIS is with ideas

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Ous Sakbani spoke with Checkup guest host Laura Lynch about the instability in Syria that he hears from his friends and family. He says that if the West cannot win with superior technology, it must fight back with ideas.

    Posted: Feb 22, 2016 11:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 3:21 PM ET
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    Checkup How phone apps make dating more efficient

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Dating apps and websites, like Tinder, have risen to prominence as a way of meeting potential romantic partners. Reid Sontag, from Goodsoil, Sask., says this is because it widens his pool of dating candidates so that he can find the person that is just right for him more efficiently.

    Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1:10 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016 1:19 PM ET
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    Checkup How one nurse 'met her musher' with the internet

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Megan Willard didn’t quite use online dating to find her match, but rather she met her partner while trying to get online with a finicky internet connection.

    Posted: Feb 16, 2016 10:36 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016 10:40 AM ET
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    Checkup How to catch a liar on dating sites

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Jeff Hancock is an expert on online communications, especially online dating. He says most often people lie about the little things, but there are three "deal breakers" you should never lie about.

    Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1:27 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016 1:25 PM ET
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  • Naheed Nenshi Infrastructure

    Checkup Energy East pipeline needed for Canada to compete in oil markets, says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

    by Cross Country Checkup

    With the biggest buyer of Canadian oil becoming our greatest competitor, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says it's more important than ever to develop the Energy East pipeline.

    Posted: Feb 08, 2016 6:50 PM ET read comments audio
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    Checkup National Energy Board rules unfair to landowners: farmer

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Maya Wengar has three lines for natural gas and oil running through her property. While she supports using pipelines for oil transport, she thinks the relationship between landowners and the National Energy board needs to be fixed, if they are going to build Energy East.

    Posted: Feb 08, 2016 4:02 PM ET read comments audio
  • Oil refinery in St John, NB

    Checkup Energy East pipeline will affect more than the economy, says photographer

    by Ayesha Barmania

    Robert van Waarden is a photojournalist who travelled the full route of the Energy East pipeline in 2014, armed with a film camera. He captured the faces and the stories of those living in the direct path of the proposed development, to hear how they felt about this.

    Posted: Feb 07, 2016 10:59 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 28, 2016 9:29 PM ET
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    Checkup What small communities can offer the dying

    by Cross Country Checkup

    While at a relative technical disadvantage, Dr Vanessa Cardy says hospitals in small communities can offer care at a more human level.

    Posted: Feb 02, 2016 9:22 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016 9:33 AM ET
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    Checkup Bureaucracy impedes cancer patient's final wishes

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Cross Country Checkup heard from Bo, who is in the late stages of cancer. She finds that the ego of doctors is standing in the way of her achieving the death that she wants. Listen to her interview with Diana Swain.

    Posted: Feb 01, 2016 5:51 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 01, 2016 6:17 PM ET
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  • Palliative care

    Checkup Photography project shows the humanity in palliative care

    by Ayesha Barmania

    In the midst of the debate about end-of-life care, photographer Peter Stockland set out to portray a humanity in elders that often gets lost in political charged but reductive debates.

    Posted: Jan 29, 2016 5:18 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 30, 2016 5:15 PM ET
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    Checkup Former La Loche teacher says more mental health services needed

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Meredith Coolis used to teach in La Loche at the Dene high school that was the site of a fatal shooting. Her experience there and as a teacher in Sudbury, Ont. informs her opinion. She says that more mental health facilities are needed across the board.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 4:08 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016 4:11 PM ET
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    Checkup The way forward from La Loche: Chief Ernie Crey

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Chief Ernie Crey is the elected chief of the Cheam First Nation in Chilliwack, B.C. In conversation with Checkup guest host Diana Swain, he discussed conditions in indigenous communities across Canada that bear similarities to that of La Loche, where a fatal school shooting took place.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 11:38 AM ET
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    Checkup Connection with Dene culture will heal La Loche, says resident

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Connie Cheecham is a resident of La Loche, Sask. where she is a human resources coordinator for the band office and a language developer. She spoke to the impact the school shooting has had on her community with Checkup guest host, Diana Swain.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 11:12 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016 4:14 PM ET
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  • Low Priced Oil

    Checkup Expert explains the fall of the 'petro-loonie'

    by Cross Country Checkup

    With the price of oil per barrel at a 12-year low and barely reflected in the price at the pump, Checkup asked expert forecaster Jackie Forrest about why exactly that is, and how it relates to the low value of the loonie.

    Posted: Jan 18, 2016 7:27 PM ET read comments
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    Checkup Portable toilet business thriving with low loonie

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Bob Davidson, in Drumheller, Alta., joined Suhana Meharchand on Checkup to talk about his garbage bin and portable toilet business that is thriving in this economy.

    Posted: Jan 18, 2016 3:55 PM ET read comments
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    Checkup Low loonie means good sales for Nova Scotia fishing industry

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Eric D'Entremont, in Pubnico, Yarmouth County, N.S., says that his community is thriving with the low value of the loonie. It means more sales to the U.S. for them.

    Posted: Jan 18, 2016 12:14 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 12:32 PM ET
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  • Kofi Richter skiing

    Checkup Over-cautious businesses are limiting the options for recreation: teen

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Kofi Richter, a teen who works on a ski hill in Goodwood, Ont., says that his generation is learning to fear liability, which is limiting their options for recreation. He says this is making people nervous and is having a negative effect on youth.

    Posted: Jan 11, 2016 10:17 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 03, 2016 3:36 PM ET
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  • Kids Sports Brain Injury

    Checkup Brain surgeon says 'virtually all injuries are preventable'

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Dr. Charles Tator offers his expertise on the prevalence of concussions that he deals with on a day-to-day basis. He also volunteers for an injury prevention charity called Parachute. He says well-organized activities can prevent 'virtually all injuries.'

    Posted: Jan 11, 2016 10:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 17, 2016 7:27 PM ET
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    Checkup Who's to blame? Woman who broke her spine chose not to sue

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Lynelle Hamilton broke her spine in her youth without realizing it. In spite of her injury she decided not to sue the high school. Instead, they looked at procedures and made the situation safer.

    Posted: Jan 11, 2016 3:06 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 17, 2016 7:28 PM ET
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    Checkup Authors Pasha Malla and André Alexis share poetry recommendations

    by Cross Country Checkup

    In an interview with Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds, Pasha Malla. author of People Park, discusses the work of Sara Peters and why he recommends her volume 1996 for the Checkup annual book list. And André Alexis, author of Fifteen Dogs, reflects on Christian Bök's new book, The Xenotext.

    Posted: Jan 04, 2016 3:46 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 04, 2016 3:51 PM ET
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  • wolf poster

    Checkup Yukoner finds parallels between cabin life and Wolf Winter book

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Ryan Lougheed-Smith lives in a cabin near Dawson City, Yukon, and suggested Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck for Checkup's winter book list. She found the book's tension between a haunting physical environment and the survival work that needs to be done daily by the characters mirrored her own life.

    Posted: Jan 04, 2016 11:33 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 04, 2016 3:53 PM ET
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  • Trilby Jeeves Canadian Road trip

    Checkup Daughter takes father on a virtual road trip

    by Paula Sanderson, Cross Country Checkup

    Thousands of Canadians call Checkup every week and the sad reality is that not everyone gets on-air. Sometimes, we even have to let the last caller off the line because there just isn't enough time to have them on the show. This week that caller was Trilby Jeeves. We decided to call her back to get the full story.

    Posted: Dec 29, 2015 11:35 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 04, 2016 3:56 PM ET
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  • seniors technology

    Checkup Siblings use social media to enhance relationships with grandparents

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Sasha and Emma Rudolf from Ottawa, Ont., say they use Facebook and Skype to keep in touch with their grandparents. They told guest host Suhana Meharchand about their experience.

    Posted: Dec 28, 2015 4:48 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 02, 2016 4:20 PM ET
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  • Aboriginal grandmothers in Sask play increasing role, need support

    Checkup Wisdom of elders in a digital age: a First Nations view

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Henry Lickers is an environmental science officer for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. He says technology offers new ways of passing on traditional knowledge, and that there is still a curiosity among youth to learn from their elders.

    Posted: Dec 27, 2015 10:49 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 04, 2016 4:05 PM ET
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  • Grandparents taking a selfie with their smartphone

    Grandmother, artist believes technology both connects and divides generations.

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Judith Tinkl believes technology both connects and divides the generations. Here is what the artist from Valentine, Ontario said to guest host Suhana Meharchand.

    Posted: Dec 27, 2015 10:30 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 31, 2015 9:56 AM ET
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  • China climate change

    Checkup What the Paris climate change deal means for China

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Wenran Jian says that the world has made China its manufacturing core and thus it has become the largest carbon emitter globally. In spite of this China is making strides towards becoming environmentally friendly.

    Posted: Dec 14, 2015 7:18 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 14, 2015 8:26 PM ET
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  • Black Friday Shopping

    Checkup Canadians should give up more for environment, says Checkup caller

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Christian Stapff from Campbell River, B.C., says that Canadians need to give up the luxuries afforded to us by the free market, and start gearing our consumption to what's best for the planet. Stapff was our final caller of the day and didn't make it on the air. So we gave him a call afterwards.

    Posted: Dec 14, 2015 4:58 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015 11:13 PM ET
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  • Yore Daniels' environmentally friendly shutters

    Checkup Calgarian invents environmentally friendly shutters

    by Paula Sanderson, Cross Country Checkup

    Calgarian Yore Daniels called Cross Country Checkup to tell us about the environmentally friendly shutters that he invented and installed on his home. They work like drawbridges, and help Daniels to regulate the temperature and light that enters his home.

    Posted: Dec 14, 2015 4:09 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 27, 2015 7:25 PM ET
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  • marijuana in a bag

    Checkup Marijuana legalization 'will take us backwards,' says Sask. mother

    by Cross Country Checkup

    The commitment to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana” was included in the government’s throne speech and has a mother from rural Saskatchewan concerned. She says that legalizing marijuana will take us backwards as a country.

    Posted: Dec 07, 2015 3:51 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 9:30 AM ET
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  • Listuguj First Nation drummers.

    CHECKUP Indigenous woman 'hoped to hear more on poverty' in throne speech

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Treena Metallic, from the Listuguj First Nation in Quebec, listened carefully to the Liberal government’s throne speech and found it lacking in substantial commitments to help indigenous Canadians.

    Posted: Dec 07, 2015 2:40 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 8:28 PM ET
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    CHECKUP Will the Paris climate change summit be a success or a failure?

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Journalist Eric Reguly has been to several climate conferences and hopes Paris will make up for some lost time. Copenhagen was widely considered a "failure," and there are concerns being raised that Paris may go the same way.

    Posted: Nov 29, 2015 10:12 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 29, 2015 10:13 PM ET
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  • Kiki Wood, National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition

    CHECKUP 'This isn't a future problem, this is a problem right now,' says youth climate advocate

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Kiki Wood is representing the youth voice at the Paris climate change conference (COP21). She is advocating for leaders to consider the younger generations. Early in our program, Kiki's mother, Wendy, called in and told Checkup about her daughter's initiatives. We heard it from Kiki herself.

    Posted: Nov 29, 2015 9:05 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 3:33 PM ET
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  • Vietnamese Refugees

    CHECKUP Sponsorship 'is a huge responsibility,' says Checkup caller

    by Cross Country Checkup

    From Edmonton, Alta., we received a call from Linda Paton. She sponsored a Vietnamese family during the 'boat people' crisis. Many members of this family were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which raised significant challenges for Linda-leaving her with a less than optimistic outlook.

    Posted: Nov 23, 2015 4:38 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 3:34 PM ET
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  • Yukon Cares meeting on refugee crisis, Sep. 14, 2015

    CHECKUP Yukon Cares raising money to bring Syrian family to Whitehorse

    by Cross Country Checkup

    Raquel de Queiroz is the organizer of a group in Whitehorse, Yukon, that is sponsoring a Syrian refugee family. Speaking with Checkup guest host Piya Chattopadhyay, she gives her perspective on refugee settlement--as a community organizer, a medical professional, and as an immigrant herself.

    Posted: Nov 23, 2015 2:55 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 3:34 PM ET
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