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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.
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Do vaccines prevent transmission? Should physical distancing be increased? Your COVID-19 questions answered

Dr. Prabhat Jha, a global health professor at University of Toronto, along with University of Manitoba virologist Jason Kindrachuk, answered questions from Cross Country Checkup callers on Sunday as part of the show’s regular Ask Me Anything series.
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Is it time to make police body cameras mandatory?

Body cameras are widely used by police in the United States, but relatively few Canadian cities have adopted them. Should they be standard in policing?

Facing a 'she-cession,' federal child care funding needed to support women in the workforce, says expert

Experts say that the pandemic has highlighted a glaring issue for women: they are bearing the brunt of unpaid care work and, as a result, some feel they have no choice but to leave the workforce. Federal support for child care could change that, according to economists.
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Are we all still in this pandemic together? How do we restore public trust?

Governments in Ontario and Quebec have implemented stricter lockdown measures in an effort to slow a rising tide of COVID-19 cases. But residents in both provinces are expressing concerns and their frustration.
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Callers share their memories of the late Prince Philip

Michael Jackson, president of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada at Massey College in Toronto, discusses the death of Prince Philip, and Checkup callers share their memories.

Why pandemic fatigue makes it harder to follow restrictions right now

After more than a year of lockdowns and shifting restrictions across the country, experts say pandemic fatigue is setting in — and that could affect our willingness to stick to the rules.
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Who or what is to blame for Canada's third wave of COVID-19?

COVID-19 case counts and ICU admissions are soaring in some parts of the country. Cross Country Checkup wants to know what you're feeling about where this pandemic is at, and how you're coping.
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Where are variants spreading, and should I still disinfect surfaces? Your COVID-19 questions answered

As part of Checkup’s regular Ask Me Anything series, Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician, and Dr. Srinivas Murthy, a pediatric critical care and infectious diseases specialist, answered callers’ questions about COVID-19.

'Not a cookie-cutter solution': Why remote work doesn't work for everyone

Many workers are enjoying the flexibility to work in pyjamas. But for those who crave the social aspect of working next to colleagues — or the routine that a 9-to-5 office job offers — the switch to working from home has impacted both their mental and physical health, says Laurent Lapierre.
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After the pandemic, will you work from home or is it back to the office?

Working from home means many interactions happen through video calls and instant messages, instead of in-person meetings, hallway chats and retirement parties. What does the future of work look like for you?
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Mixing vaccine doses and getting the shot while pregnant: Your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered

With variants fuelling a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic — and vaccinations rolling out across the country — many Canadians still have questions about the safety and efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.

N.L. offers 'cautionary' tale if federal election is held during pandemic

If the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election is any indication, holding a federal election during the COVID-19 pandemic could prove tricky, according to political scientist Kelly Blidook of Memorial University in St. John's.
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If an election were held today, who would you vote for?

What would swing your vote on election day? Is it carbon taxes, the economy, budget worries or the vaccine rollout? 
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Your questions about the 3rd wave of COVID-19 and vaccines answered

In some parts of Canada the third wave of COVID-19 is underway, and the number of cases caused by variants is also on the rise. Callers to Checkup had concerns about vaccinations and what they should do at this moment in time.

Critics of Rogers-Shaw merger say government must mandate affordable internet in remote areas

News of a proposed $26 billion Rogers-Shaw merger this week, a move that would combine two telecom giants has Canadians casting a critical eye on the prices they pay for TV, cell and internet services — and nowhere is that felt more acutely than in Northern Canada.

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