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Journalist Ali Velshi on covering the U.S. election, political division — and missing Canada

As part of Checkup’s Ask Me Anything series, the veteran journalist answered listeners’ questions on political division in America, covering a tense election and, of course, his connection to Canada.

Why Halloween has some kids feeling a 'temporary rise to power'

For kids, Halloween is more than just a chance to score some free candy and dress up as a superhero — it's a chance to feel like more of an adult, says psychological anthropologist Cindy Dell Clark.
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How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

With trick or treating off the table, some public health officials say parents should find other ways to celebrate the haunting holiday.
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'Abject failure': Sen. Murray Sinclair criticizes federal response to Mi'kmaw fishery dispute

As part of Cross Country Checkup's Ask Me Anything series, Sen. Murray Sinclair spoke about the Sipekne'katik First Nation's "moderate livelihood" fishery and the federal government’s response to the violence.
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Is it time to reconsider whether Canada needs a Governor General?

Amid allegations that she berated, belittled and humiliated Rideau Hall staff, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette has come under fire for her behaviour while Canada's representative for the Queen.
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Violence a risk without clear-cut U.S. election result, says former adviser Susan Rice

Susan Rice, a former adviser to president Barack Obama and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, spoke on Checkup as part of the program's Ask Me Anything series, answering questions from host Ian Hanomansing and callers.

What Canada's public health officials could learn from a Paul Rudd PSA

Public service advertising can play a role in keeping people up to date about a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Queen's University marketing professor Monica LaBarge explains what makes a good spot.
Sunday on Checkup

How do you correct people who are misinformed about COVID-19?

When questionable information about COVID-19 flows from family, friends, or co-workers, is it time for flight or fight for you?
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As Green Party names new leader, Elizabeth May says she's 'not dead yet'

As part of Checkup's Ask Me Anything series, May took calls from Canadians on collaboration in the House of Commons, becoming politically engaged and the possibility of a Green New Deal.

Her university career paused amid the pandemic, student worries about financial future

The COVID-19 pandemic has Elenor Marano's university studies on hold, but the status of her government student loans is less certain.
Sunday on Checkup

Can Canada afford all the pandemic relief spending?

Though the economy is rebounding, many Canadians still remain out of work — and are relying on government support — thanks to the pandemic. But those coronavirus-related aid packages have come at a cost. 
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy 'will go on' despite Supreme Court shift: Beverley McLachlin

Former Supreme Court of Canada chief justice Beverley McLachlin believes that despite an ongoing political battle over the future of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy of fighting for "the cause of equality" will endure.

As Thanksgiving nears, Canadian expat in the U.S. wants exemption from mandatory quarantine

Canadian-American dual citizen Kai Petainen says that the Canadian government should consider exempting Canadians returning from the U.S. to visit family from mandatory quarantine under certain conditions, including a negative COVID-19 test.
Sunday on Checkup

Is it time to cancel family gatherings like Thanksgiving?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says this fall, family gatherings, like Thanksgiving dinner, might not be a good idea until at least Christmas.
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'I want to puke': David Suzuki reacts to O'Regan's nuclear power endorsement

With COVID-19 at the forefront of the news, it might be easy to forget that the world is also dealing with climate change. The Nature of Things host David Suzuki addressed the climate crisis in this Sunday’s AMA.
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How the New Brunswick election might change the next federal vote

With the throne speech a few days away, there’s a looming possibility of a fall federal election. But with the country currently in the middle of a pandemic, how should parties and leaders proceed? According to an associate professor of Canadian politics, leaders can learn a thing or two from the recent New Brunswick elections.
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Is it time to call an election?

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government faces a critical moment this week, with a throne speech and ensuing confidence vote that could theoretically lead to a fall election. If an election were called, would you be willing to cast a ballot during a pandemic?

Halloween, COVID-19 testing and pandemic burnout: Your COVID-19 questions answered

On Sunday, Cross Country Checkup opened the phone lines to answer your questions about COVID-19 with a panel of health experts and host Ian Hanomansing.

Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine first? At-risk groups, say experts

When an effective COVID-19 vaccine eventually becomes available, people in communities hardest hit by the pandemic should be considered for the front of the line, experts say.
Sunday on Checkup

What questions and concerns do you have about COVID-19?

As COVID-19 cases rise across the country, we know many of you have a lot on your mind. We're opening the phone lines for your questions, and we'll have experts on hand to give you the answers.
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'It does feel pretty normal': Calgary teen offers glimpse into high school during a pandemic

Grade 11 student Greer Hunt says that while new, pandemic-related rules at her school have been challenging, she would much rather be in class with a mask than learning from home.
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Are you prepared for back to school?

With many worried about how COVID-19 could affect students in the classroom, children, parents, and teachers will have to confront the reality on the first day back.

Ian Hanomansing named interim host of Cross Country Checkup's 55th season

Co-host of The National will take your calls from Vancouver starting Sept. 6.
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Biden needs a 'decisive victory' to avoid contentious fallout after U.S. election day, says professor

Law professor Lawrence Douglas says that, in order to avoid Donald Trump refuting the upcoming U.S. election results, Joe Biden would need to decisively win the electoral college vote or else Trump will create enough distrust in the results that it could tear the country apart.
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What's at stake for Canada in the next U.S. election?

The U.S. presidential election is just two months away — and its results could send aftershocks north of the 49th parallel. CBC's senior news correspondent Paul Hunter guest hosts from Washington, D.C.

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