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Feds fighting racism, 'seriously looking at' Quebec's Bill 21: multiculturalism secretary

Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree says the federal government is taking a leadership role in combating racism with a national Anti-Racism Strategy announced last month, but he stopped short of committing to action against Quebec's religious symbols law.

How is Canada doing when it comes to tackling racism?

A tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump suggesting a group of Democrat congresswomen of colour 'go back' to the places from 'which they came' ignited a firestorm this week. But how are we doing north of the border when it comes to race issues?

What at-home DNA tests can tell about you — and what they can't

While genetic genealogy testing can offer insight into one’s lineage, the results are often an approximation of genetics combined with results from their database of customers — and they say nothing about your identity.

With at home DNA testing, how is our genetic information shaping who we are?

On the surface, it's a small trade-off. You take a simple test in the comfort of your own home and your ancestral background is thrown wide open to you. But who knows the implications of rummaging through that genetic closet.

Boomers, once critical of millennials, are more sympathetic to their housing plight, says professor

A recent report finds that saving for a down payment takes three times longer for young Canadians than their counterparts in the '70s. But despite once being seen as entitled, their parents are recognizing the challenges millennials face, according to research.

Are boomers to blame for millennials' misery?

Millennials may love pumpkin spice lattes, but they'll never own a home. Meanwhile the generation that had it all tell them they should sacrifice their avocado toast and just save harder.

Why an expat and a champion arm wrestler call these 2 Canadian songs their favourites

From a fireside Joni Mitchell performance to a Jeremy Dutcher-inspired podium finish, Cross Country Checkup callers share what makes these Canadian staples important to them

3 Canadian stars tell us about their favourite homegrown song

From Big Yellow Taxi to The Hockey Song, it’s hard to choose just one Canadian song to call a favourite. We asked country star Brett Kissel, singer-songwriter Ruth B and figure skater Patrick Chan for their top picks.

What's your favourite Canadian song?

From Wavin' Flag to My Heart Will Go On, what's the story behind your No. 1 homegrown tune?

David Suzuki decries pipeline approval, calls for unity on 'existential crisis' of climate change

Warning that Canadians have little time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change, Suzuki shared his thoughts on the politics of climate change and took calls from Cross Country Checkup listeners.

Can a pipeline expansion and climate emergency co-exist?

On Monday, the House of Commons declared a 'national climate emergency'. On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau announced an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Can the two find balance?

Veteran journalist Anna Maria Tremonti reveals the key to good interviews — and her love of opera

Anna Maria Tremonti will sign off of The Current for one last time after 17 seasons in the host chair. Ahead of her departure, she took phone calls about her career, journalism and the challenges facing Canadians on Cross Country Checkup.

How a teen reporter's question to Kyle Lowry was heard around the world

Now that his question for the Toronto Raptors star has gone viral, 13-year-old CBC Kids News contributor Arjun Ram hopes for a long future in journalism.

Sunday on Checkup: What does the Raptors win mean to you? Plus, Anna Maria Tremonti takes your calls

We're opening the lines to hear your thoughts on this week's historic win by the Toronto Raptors. Then Anna Maria Tremonti will take your calls on her 17 years as host of CBC Radio's The Current.

MMIWG report missed chance to change how deaths are investigated, says Indigenous forensic pathologist

Kona Williams, Canada's first Indigenous forensic pathologist, says she's "disappointed" that the national inquiry didn't recommend improvements to systems for autopsies and death reports.

Sunday on Checkup: What will it take to make Canada safe for Indigenous women and girls?

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls issued 231 calls to justice in its final report, released Monday. Marion Buller, the inquiry's chief commissioner called them not just recommendations, but 'legal imperatives'.

'They're exploiting a regulatory gap': Former RIM CEO calls for penalties on social media companies

Former Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie told Cross Country Checkup on Sunday that Canada needs strong regulation against online misinformation to protect democracy.

Social media regulation will fall to winning government after election, says Democratic Institutions minister

Speaking to Cross Country Checkup, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says that a recently introduced declaration on electoral integrity — which promises co-operation between Silicon Valley companies and the government — is adequate.

Is it time to delete Facebook?

With a federal election around the corner — and concerns surrounding the safety of Canadians' online data and, crucially, the security of democracy — some are wondering if Facebook is taking too big a bite out of their private life.

As wildfires burn, Environment Minister McKenna blasts provincial Tories for scrapping carbon tax

As Alberta Premier Jason Kenney pushes forward with a plan to scrap the province's carbon tax, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says he shouldn't ignore climate science — especially in the face of wildfires raging across the western province.

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help predict the next wildfire

As wildfires become more intense due to changing weather patterns, researchers including University of Alberta professor Mike Flannigan are using artificial intelligence to predict where they'll strike next.

Wildfires in Canada: How is the new reality affecting you?

As blazes throughout Alberta intensify, researchers are warning that Canadians should expect longer — and earlier — wildfire seasons. How are you coping where you live?

This Toronto program is teaching kids Pythagorean theorem — using basketballs

In his teens, Dave McNee let his math grades slide in favour of basketball. Now, as managing director of Quantum Sports Learning Association, he pairs athletics and mathematics to give young players a chance at the big leagues.

'I wanted to pay tribute': Raptors fan immortalizes Kawhi Leonard's iconic buzzer-beater with a tattoo

Ian Maningas has been a fan of the Toronto Raptors his whole life — and after Kawhi Leonard’s miraculous buzzer-beating shot sent the whole city into rapture last Sunday, he wanted to remember it forever.

Is basketball Canada's new national sport?

On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors will play Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. The possibility of the Raptors making it to the finish line has piqued interest in the sport beyond just die-hard fans.