Cross Country Checkup with Ian Hanomansing


Vaccines & travel plans: What to consider as pandemic restrictions lift

With provinces and territories reopening their economies, and more people becoming fully vaccinated, Canadians are testing their limits as pandemic restrictions ease.
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What are your summer limits? What's your vacation plan?

As restaurants and businesses reopen, concerts and festivals gear up and travel agents begin booking future getaways, Canadians are testing their limits as pandemic restrictions begin to ease.

Principal of London Islamic School says support for Muslim community 'pouring in from all directions'

Asad Choudhary is principal of the London Islamic School where nine-year-old Fayez Afzaal, the sole survivor of an attack that killed four members of his family, is a Grade 3 student.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has become 'mainstream' in Canadian culture & politics, says expert

In the wake of a violent attack that killed four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont., last Sunday night, conversations about the roots of Islamophobia have increased among Canadians.
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What are your thoughts about the London attack?

Canadians are mourning the loss of four members of a Muslim family after they were struck and killed in an attack last Sunday that police say was "premeditated" and motivated by hate. 

Papal comment on Kamloops residential school an 'avoidance of responsibility,' says Murray Sinclair

Murray Sinclair, former senator and chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision, criticized comments made Sunday by Pope Francis about the discovery of remains of an estimated 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops residential school.

Teaching residential school history must improve to prevent 'another generation of ignorant deniers': educator

Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced on May 26 the discovery of what are believed to be unmarked burial sites at the former Kamloops residential school, and that announcement has reignited conversations about how the history of residential schools in this country is taught.
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What conversations are you having with family and friends about the Kamloops grave discovery?

The Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced last week that preliminary findings from a survey conducted by a specialist in ground-penetrating radar indicated the remains of around 215 children could be buried near a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

Tell us your favourite Canadian song

On Sunday, July 4, Cross Country Checkup will play your favourite Canadian songs.
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Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy on getting back to the stage and writing music during a pandemic

As part of Checkup's Ask Me Anything series, Jim Cuddy, one of Blue Rodeo's frontmen, answered questions from listeners on performing when pandemic restrictions loosen, what has inspired his songwriting and more.

As border businesses plan for summer tourism, former ambassador anticipates 'normal travel' to U.S. by fall

Though some areas of the country are starting to see pandemic restrictions lift, or have plans to do so, a date to reopen the border remains elusive. Bruce Heyman, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, says the border is not opening “soon enough,” but expects that will change in the coming months.
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Are we reopening too fast or too slow?

As vaccine campaigns speed up across the country, some are asking what is the right approach to reopening the economy. What do you think?
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Chris Hadfield on exploring Mars and the growing conversation about UFOs

Hadfield joined Cross Country Checkup as part of the program's regular Ask Me Anything series, and answered questions from listeners about Mars, unidentified flying objects and our responsibility as humans in space. 

The pandemic could change the way we design our homes and offices, say experts

With a post-pandemic future on the minds of many Canadians — particularly as several provinces, including Yukon, Ontario and Quebec, announce plans to reopen — sustainable design professor Lloyd Alter says how we approach design and architecture could look different in the future.
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What's the first thing you'll do after pandemic restrictions are lifted?

As a third wave of COVID-19 cases begins to slow in some parts of the country — and vaccination rates climb — provincial governments are looking to lift pandemic restrictions.
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Do vaccines have long-term effects? Your kids and COVID-19 questions answered

As part of Cross Country Checkup’s regular Ask Me Anything segment, pediatrician Dr. Fatima Kakkar and health law policy expert Timothy Caulfied answered questions from listeners about vaccine safety for children and teens.

When it comes to COVID vaccines, older teens may call the shots, say experts

As vaccines begin to roll out in parts of the country for those aged 12 to 17, the decision about whether or not to vaccinate could be left to teens — not parents.
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What does a 'one-dose summer' look like to you?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians could enjoy a "better" summer — a "one-dose summer" — if enough people stick to public health guidelines and get vaccinated.
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Callers share stories about their moms on Mother's Day

Cross Country Checkup opened the phone lines for Canadians to share messages and memories on Sunday.

Health officials should consider a different approach to address vaccine hesitancy, say experts

The oft-repeated idea that the best vaccine is the first one offered to you may not be the right message for reaching people who are vaccine hesitant, according to researcher Maya Goldenberg.
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Who do you turn to for advice on vaccines?

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) called mRNA vaccines the preferred shot this week. A day later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians that viral vector vaccines, like those made by AstraZeneca, are safe and effective.
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Jim Treliving on becoming an entrepreneur and leaving Dragons' Den

After 15 years of making deals, entrepreneur Jim Treliving is saying goodbye to the Dragons' Den. As part of Cross Country Checkup's Ask Me Anything series, he joined host Ian Hanomansing to take calls and questions from listeners.

As India sees record COVID-19 cases, experts say Canada should do more to expand global vaccine access

As India continues to see record COVID-19 case counts, Dr. Prabhat Jha said Canada could have done more to strengthen the global distribution of vaccines.
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Is Canada's vaccine roll out a success or a failure?

With provinces and territories taking different approaches to vaccine booking, and groups like Vaccine Hunters Canada posting information about available shots on social media, it can feel a bit like The Hunger Games.

First Nations chief calls for police-worn body cameras a year after RCMP dashcam captured his violent arrest

Proponents of video recording by police, including through the use of body-worn cameras, say it's a way to hold law enforcement accountable. But 13 months after Chief Allan Adam's initial violent arrest, no one has been charged and the investigation is still open.