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Should Canada boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing?

266 MPs voted in favour of a motion to call China's persecution of Uighurs a genocide — and to boycott Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics.

Accountability calendars and empathy exchanges: How 2 Canadians are coping with COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many Canadians. Two Cross Country Checkup callers share the ways that they've been able to lessen the pandemic's burden.

Collectively, we're grieving far more than COVID-19 deaths, say experts

While the rising death and illnesses associated with COVID-19 can weigh heavily on people, Canadians are also experiencing collective grief over the loss of daily routines, personal connections and expectations of safety.
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How are you coping during the pandemic?

While many Canadians struggled with mental health long before COVID-19, the pandemic has dealt a blow to many more.

Former UN rapporteur calls for 'national moratorium on evictions' as some Canadians struggle to make rent

Housing advocates have been calling for a blanket ban on evictions since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but rules vary by province. 
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Real estate expert Tsur Somerville on what's fuelling changes in Canada's housing market

The pandemic is forcing the housing market — for buyers and renters — to shift in many parts of the country.
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How has COVID-19 affected your housing situation?

Housing prices and apartment vacancies continue to soar amid mass layoffs and a spike in unemployment.
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Not every remote work meeting needs video, says business professor

Just because many Canadians are working remotely doesn’t mean all their professional interactions require a video call, says Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley. Identifying the best platform to communicate specific information can benefit workers, she tells Checkup.

Heels optional: How performers are reimagining drag for a Zoom world

Video-conferencing platforms like Zoom, once the domain of calls with distant loved ones or international business meetings, have become a lifeline for not only connecting with local friends and colleagues during the pandemic, but for creating and sharing art.
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Has Zoom made your life better or worse?

Between virtual book clubs, extended family baking sessions, and so many awkward pauses in work meetings, video conferencing is rewiring how we connect with friends, family and co-workers.
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Your COVID-19 questions answered: Will Canada see more variants? Is the seasonal flu spreading?

University of British Columbia evolutionary biology professor Sally Otto and infectious diseases physician Zain Chagla answered listeners’ questions about COVID-19 variants and vaccines as part of the show’s regular Ask Me Anything series.

Despite supply issues, Canada 'doing pretty good' on vaccine roll out: professor

With COVID-19 vaccine shipments from both Pfizer and Moderna delayed or cut in recent weeks, the Trudeau government has faced criticism for its procurement and distribution process. But given the challenges, Dr. Noni MacDonald says the rollout has so far been relatively successful.
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What grade are you giving Canada's vaccine roll out?

Canada now ranks 20th for COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per capita, falling behind countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Poland and Serbia.
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Former Conservative MP James Moore on the expulsion of Derek Sloan, the Conservative Party's future

The former politician joined Cross Country Checkup on Sunday as part of the show's regular Ask Me Anything series and took callers' questions about the Conservative Party's future and Julie Payette's resignation as governor general.

Amid calls for international travel ban, experts say rules on essential trips must be clarified

Some officials and experts say stronger restrictions on international travel are needed in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Others argue that better enforcement of quarantine measures for arriving travellers would go far enough.
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Is it time to ban non-essential travel?

As fears grow over the spread of COVID-19 variants, new travel restrictions could come at any time, according to the federal government.
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As his presidency comes to a close, Trump feeling 'desperate', says estranged niece

Mary Trump, who is a psychologist, author and the niece of Donald Trump, shared her insight into the U.S. president, and answered callers' questions as part of Cross Country Checkup's regular Ask Me Anything series.

Enforcing pandemic rules can slow COVID-19 spread, but experts say limits are needed

As COVID-19 cases spike in some regions, public health officials say more needs to be done to ensure people are complying with health measures meant to slow the spread of the virus, but experts say the role of police should be examined.
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How far should we go to enforce COVID-19 restrictions?

Whether it's the police, a bylaw officer, your boss or calling the neighbour yourself, how do you think rule breakers should be dealt with?
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Impeaching Donald Trump could help Republican Party 'cleanse itself', says David Frum

Conservative commentator David Frum has long been a critic of Donald Trump, and he believes that in the wake of a siege on the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. president's standing among Republicans is dropping.

Why some parents and experts say keeping schools closed hurts children

Some provinces have pushed back the return of in-person classes in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, but some parents and experts worry that closing classrooms could have significant long-term effects on children.
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Is it safe to go back to school this winter?

Parents, teachers and premiers are divided: should schools open, close or remain online indefinitely?
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'No points gained for rationing out the vaccine,' says Dr. Jane Philpott

With COVID-19 vaccines at the forefront of the news, Dr. Jane Philpott, Canada's former federal health minister, says the country should adopt a one-million-per-week vaccine plan.

How concerned should Canadians be about the U.K. strain of COVID-19?

As vaccines continue to roll out across Canada, questions are being raised about a new coronavirus variant first reported in the U.K. that’s believed to spread faster than the original version of the virus. Professor Ravi Gupta gives us the details of the virus, and Dr. Zain Chagla explains if Canadians should be worried.
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What concerns you about COVID-19, the variant and the vaccines?

As two new vaccines roll out in Ontario, a new COVID variant is sweeping the United Kingdom. This Sunday, we answer your concerns about the virus, the variant and the vaccines.

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