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COVID-19: What's happening in Canada's long-term care homes?

Long-term care homes are in crisis and reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are the seniors in your life adequately protected?

Sunday on Checkup: How is school at home going?

As COVID-19 forces millions of families to stay at home, parents-turned-school teachers are scrambling to whip up lesson plans while working from home. Plus, an ask me anything with ex-astronaut Chris Hadfield.
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Chris Hadfield answers kids' questions about living and staying healthy in space

Few people know about staying indoors better than retired astronaut Chris Hadfield — even though he usually did it outside the Earth's atmosphere. Hadfield answered questions from kids about self-isolation, living in space and more in Checkup's Ask Me Anything segment.

Home schooling during pandemic a daunting challenge for families of kids with disabilities

As families across Canada struggle to adjust to school closures that could last indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic, families of children with special needs are being especially hard hit.

Saturday special: Is Canada ready for the COVID-19 surge?

Is Canada ready for an expected sharp rise in COVID-19 cases? White Coat, Black Art host Dr. Brian Goldman joins Duncan McCue this Saturday to take your questions about COVID-19.

Nova Scotia liquor stores must close walk-in traffic to protect employees, says Checkup caller

A Halifax woman is calling on the Nova Scotia's liquor board to close its locations to in-store traffic, saying she worries crowds are putting employees at risk of coming into contact with the COVID-19 virus during the pandemic.

Sunday on Checkup: How has COVID-19 disrupted your job?

The federal government this week passed its $107-billion aid package to help Canadians struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. But will it be enough to make April rent?

Expectant moms talk about pregnancy during a pandemic with online support group

As physical isolation measures across Canada lead to prenatal classes being cancelled and doctor's offices closing their doors to visits, expectant mothers are turning to an online chat group to stay reassured and informed.

Saturday special: Who is your COVID-19 hero?

In the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, stories have emerged of Canadians banding together to help each other out. Submit your stories to highlight people for their kindness for a special "care-mongering" edition of Cross Country Checkup.
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COVID-19 pandemic has been a 'rapid shock to our societies,' says Patty Hajdu

Hajdu spoke to Checkup host Duncan McCue about the measures the federal government is taking — and might be willing to take in the future — to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Sunday on Checkup: What is your COVID-19 problem?

How has the outbreak affected your life? What problems or struggles are you facing right now? Our expert panel takes your questions about money, medicine, mental health and kids today on a special Q&A edition of Cross Country Checkup.

Canadians short on work after COVID-19-related shutdown feeling the pressure as rent deadline looms

Canadians are feeling the pinch after the global pandemic shuttered stores, slowed businesses to a crawl and silenced music venues — leaving many to worry exactly how they're going to pay their rent in the coming months.

Saturday special: How has COVID-19 disrupted your life?

Life has changed dramatically for many Canadians because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On a special Saturday edition of Checkup, our expert panel will answer your questions about money, medical concerns, relationships and parenting in this period of social distancing and quarantine.

People with 'invisible illnesses' at risk during COVID-19 pandemic, says woman with autoimmune disease

Many people in self-isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely doing so for the first time. But this is a typical flu season precaution for Laura Brown, who has a rare autoimmune condition.

Self-isolation will prove challenging to many people's mental health, cautions psychology prof

More Canadians are finding themselves in self-isolation at home for weeks at a time, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Joordens says this can seriously disrupt our daily rhythms, and deprive us of the regular human contact that is essential for our mental health.

Sunday on Checkup: Is enough being done to slow down COVID-19?

Canadians watched as events unfolded in China and Hong Kong, South Korea and Italy. Now COVID-19 is officially a pandemic — and it's a lot closer to home.

'It's really good to be home': Ontario couple return after weeks under quarantine on cruise ship

Rose Yerex is relieved to be home in Port Dover, Ont., after being quarantined for weeks on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan that was struck by the COVID-19 outbreak.

'Stay the course': Don't let COVID-19 anxieties dictate your personal finance plans, says consultant

Amidst growing financial anxiety over the COVID-19 outbreak, one financial consultant says many Canadians will feel additional stress in the coming months, particularly those already walking "a bit of a tightrope."

Sunday on Checkup: What worries you most about COVID-19?

Concerns about the novel coronavirus have spurred some people to stockpile masks, bottles of hand sanitizer, food and other supplies. Parents, meanwhile, are cancelling school trips and family vacations — and wondering how much of a hit their wallet will take in the process.
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5 lessons about COVID-19 from doctor who led WHO mission to China

Canadian doctor Bruce Aylward led the World Health Organization's COVID-19 mission to China. He joined Duncan McCue to answer listeners' questions about the novel coronavirus for Checkup's Ask Me Anything segment.

Sunday on Checkup: Should medical assistance in dying be an option when the diagnosis isn't terminal?

This week, a bill proposes to widen eligibility for medical assistance in dying (MAID), including removing the requirement that someone's natural death be "reasonably foreseeable."

MAID has been legal in Belgium since 2002. But mental health-related cases remain complicated, says doctor

Dr. Marc van Hoey says that a recent court case in Belgium where three doctors were charged with murder after a woman who was granted MAID may have a chilling effect on the medical community, especially in cases involving mental illness.
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RCMP presence on Wet'suwet'en land doesn't break promise to hereditary chiefs: Blair

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says government and police officials have continued to have "a very respectful dialogue" with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs about ongoing blockades and protests against the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

Sunday on Checkup: Who is responsible for the Wet'suwet'en blockade impasse?

Tensions persist across the country over the ongoing rail blockades protesting the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

Indigenous pro-pipeline representative says he won't tell Wet'suwet'en chiefs what to do

Clifford White, a board member of the First Nations LNG Alliance — a group backing the proposed Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline — says it’s up to Wet’suwet’en people to decide how to move forward.