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Cyber Monday deals may be fueling carbon emissions: experts

The way that people currently shop online — by opting for same- or next-day delivery, for example — is doing more harm than good, experts say.
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Is Black Friday a blessing or a curse?

Are you taking part in the sales? Maybe you're getting a head start on holiday gift shopping. We want to hear how your shopping habits have changed this year.
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Ask Me Anything: COVID-19 vaccines for kids have arrived in Canada. Your questions answered

Dr. Fatima Kakkar, infectious diseases pediatrician and pediatrics professor at University of Montreal, answered Cross Country Checkup callers' questions about the vaccine's safety, and when and how children should get it.

Extreme weather events can affect mental health, even from afar

The effect of witnessing events like the flooding in B.C. can have a profound effect on those even if they aren’t directly affected, according to experts.
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How is the B.C. flooding disaster affecting you?

Devastating floods in British Columbia have forced thousands to evacuate their homes — and the province to declare a third state of emergency this year. Are you prepared for the next extreme weather event?
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Ask Me Anything: What's behind rising food prices in Canada

According to Statistics Canada, food prices are up 2.7 per cent since last year. Sylvain Charlebois, senior director at the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, answers Cross Country Checkup callers' questions about rising costs and what's behind them.

Government policy can limit climate change — but so can changing your shopping habits, say experts

It's often said that personal choices have little effect on reducing carbon emissions because emissions from global corporations, such as fossil fuel producers, make up the majority of CO2 output. But experts argue that reducing personal consumption should be a priority.
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Can we shop our way out of the climate crisis?

As politicians and negotiators head home, COP26 has come to a close. But concerns over climate change continue.
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Rick Mercer reflects on poking fun at politicians, 'cancel culture' — and Googling how to write a memoir

The former This Hour Has 22 Minutes star shared stories of writing his new memoir, Talking to Canadians, as well as reflections on his decades-long career in comedy, Sunday on Checkup’s Ask Me Anything where he took questions from callers.

Transitioning oil and gas workers into new industries will require a 'hands-on approach': researcher

Advocates have been calling for the country’s oil and gas industry to move away from oil and gas production for years, pushing for a just transition that would support affected workers. But some workers say that a plan is lacking.
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How much are you willing to pay to stop climate change?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed a global carbon tax at COP26. But critics in Canada say such a move will cost jobs and raise deficits. What do you think?
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COVID-19 vaccines for children & third doses: Your questions answered

Virologist Jason Kindrachuk answers Cross Country Checkup callers' questions about vaccinating children against COVID-19, and third dose recommendations.

Right-to-disconnect legislation welcome, but experts say workers won't benefit equally

The Ontario government has proposed new legislation that would offer the right-to-disconnect to workers. But experts say such a law may not be effective in helping people work less.
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Do you have the right to disconnect after work?

For many Canadians, replying to emails after the work day ends is seemingly part of the job. What about you?
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Positive shifts since cannabis legalization, but more health data still needed, says researcher

Three years after recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada, researcher Jason Busse says the change spawned "partial successes" — but information on marijuana's impact on health is still needed.

3 years after legalization, number of cannabis charges pardoned is low: expert

While many, including business owners and producers, have benefited from the federal government's legalization of marijuana three years ago, programs to expunge certain past cannabis convictions have a long way to go, says Akwasi Owusu-Bempah.
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After 3 years, was legalizing cannabis a good idea?

It’s been three years since the federal government legalized cannabis for recreational use, making Canada the first G20 country to do so.
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What the reopening of the U.S. border means for travellers

The United States is set to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travellers by air, land or passenger ferry starting Nov. 8. In this week's AMA segment, Prof. Kelley Lee answers your questions about the U.S. border reopening.

Firing health-care workers who refuse to vaccinate raises ethical concerns: experts

Some Canadian health-care workers have already lost their jobs or been suspended from their roles due to their refusal to be vaccinated, while others brace for a similar fate when their province or territory’s vaccine deadline arrives.
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Is it fair to fire health-care workers who refuse to get vaccinated?

Canadian health-care workers who don't get vaccinated face suspension and even firing in most provinces. What's your take on that?
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How to deal with Thanksgiving anxieties while in the middle of a pandemic

Thanksgiving can be a tricky time at the best of times — and a pandemic adds all kinds of additional anxieties. In this week's AMA segment, psychiatrist Dr. Jackie Kinley answers caller questions about Thanksgiving and anxiety

Why this Indigenous radio host says it's time to decolonize Thanksgiving

As radio host Kim Wheeler and historian Peter Stevens explain, the origins of Thanksgiving in Canada alienate Indigenous peoples.
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What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Since last Thanksgiving, Canada has gone through several waves of COVID-19 cases, restrictions have eased in many parts of the country, and vaccines became widely available. How are you celebrating the holiday?
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Canadians have a responsibility to push for reconciliation, says Chief Cadmus Delorme

On the heels of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme discusses reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and answers questions from callers.

Facing pandemic losses, business owners say proof of vaccination requirements adding to stress

With proof-of-vaccination policies coming into effect, business owners say that they're facing stress over worries of having to turn away customers — especially after more than a year of losses.

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