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Olympian Silken Laumann on abuse in coaching, her accident and staying motivated

Three-time Olympic medallist Silken Laumann took calls from Cross Country Checkup listeners during an Ask Me Anything segment on sports and mental health.

Abusive coaching doesn't make better players, says former athlete

Nearly three decades after his time as an athlete — and now with kids of his own out on the field — Young has made it his mission to modernize the culture around coaching with his company, Personal Sport Record.

Sunday on Checkup: When does a coach's behaviour cross the line?

Amid the resignation of Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters, and the suspensions of others, professional sports have been rocked by allegations of abuse by coaches.

These unique holiday gift ideas will spare you a trip to the shopping mall

From the gift of time to proof of Santa Claus, callers shared unique presents for the holidays Sunday on Cross Country Checkup.

Is it time to rethink traditional gift giving?

As Canadians spend the weekend searching for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, the European Parliament has declared a climate emergency.
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Despite speculation, Wilson-Raybould says she has no plans to seek Green leadership

Vancouver-Granville independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould took calls from Cross Country Checkup listeners about her relationship with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new federal cabinet, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and reconciliation.

'Leave your armour at the door': How bonding is helping Indigenous men heal body, mind and spirit

DUDES Club, a men's health group in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, encourages men to talk about their physical and mental health, and grow through the bonds of brotherhood.

What's preventing men from talking about their mental health?

Too often men struggle with anxiety, isolation and depression in silence. According to the Movember campaign, 75 per cent of deaths by suicide in Canada are men.

'These were hurtful comments': Punjabi hockey commentator reflects on Don Cherry's ousting

Growing up, Parminder Singh loved watching Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner. But the founding host of Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition believes Cherry's time is up.

Was it necessary to fire Don Cherry?

After comments seemingly targeting immigrants for not wearing poppies, veteran hockey commentator Don Cherry was fired by Sportsnet this week. 
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What happened when Sharon, Lois & Bram played The Name Game song with Tucker

After 40 years of making music, legendary Canadian children's entertainers Sharon & Bram have plenty of stories to tell. The duo shared some of them while taking calls during an Ask Me Anything segment Sunday on Checkup.

'Let people play responsibly': How this instructor is pushing back on addictive video game design

As an instructor at Laurentian University, Aaron Langille lectures on the ins and outs of game design — and the tactics that can make games addictive. But in his class, students are taught how to make their games engaging without getting players hooked.

Can you get addicted to video games?

Hundreds of parents in Quebec have launched a class action lawsuit alleging the video game Fortnite is too addictive. Also, Ask Me Anything with Sharon and Bram.
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Gynecologist Jen Gunter wants you to talk accurately about your body

Dr. Jen Gunter, ob-gyn and author of The Vagina Bible, took calls from Cross Country Checkup listeners on the future of pseudoscience, perimenopause and why you shouldn't mince words with kids.

When it comes to boycotting opinions, 'cancel culture' is preventing dialogue from occurring: psychologist

Cancel — or call-out — culture, often thrives in online forums and aims to hold people to account publicly. But it is preventing critical conversations from occurring, according to a psychologist who says he's been "cancelled" himself.

Has 'cancel culture' gone too far?

In Toronto, hundreds called on the Toronto Public Library to cancel a talk by writer Meghan Murphy Tuesday night. Are boycotts of controversial, offensive or questionable public speakers helping or hurting free speech?

'Worse than I've ever seen it': Trudeau must ease 'Wexit' talks with oil commitments, says Alberta think tank

Martha Hall Findlay, president and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, tells Cross Country Checkup that one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s key tasks following the election is to unite the country in order to avoid separatism talks.

What's your takeaway from this federal election?

The Liberals formed a minority government during Monday's federal election but the Conservatives won the popular vote. Meanwhile, the Bloc Quebecois surged over incumbent NDP candidates in Quebec.

From both ends of the pipeline, Canadians worry about Trans Mountain's future ahead of election

In a special twin town hall from both Leduc, Alta., and Vancouver, Cross Country Checkup asked Canadians what the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion means for their vote.

Alberta's oilpatch workers anxiously await election results to see if pipeline will proceed

The prolonged slump in the oil and gas sector has left tens of thousands of Albertans unemployed, and the election question many are asking is whether the newly-elected federal government will finally get shovels in the ground on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

How does Trans Mountain affect your vote?

This week on Checkup: Two cities, one pipeline. Your vote. We're debating the Trans Mountain expansion from both ends of the pipeline in a special two-city election eve town hall.

Despite calls of 'Western alienation', the Liberal Party will bring prosperity to Alberta, says Hajdu

Liberal Party candidate Patty Hajdu took calls from Cross Country Checkup listeners during the recurring Ask Me Anything segment and answered questions about Western province alienation, electoral reform and the Liberal Party's commitment to reconciliation.

Conservatives will focus on 'key domestic priorities' with cuts to foreign aid, says O'Toole

Conservative Party candidate Erin O'Toole took calls from Cross Country Checkup listeners during the show’s recurring Ask Me Anything segment and answered questions on international aid and relations with China and Israel.

Here's how to avoid family drama when talking politics over Thanksgiving dinner

Disagreement can sour any party, but according to one expert, there are ways of tackling tough topics without a food fight.

Which election issue causes the most debate in your family?

If your Thanksgiving sounds anything like the federal leader's debate, you're not alone — civil debate is in decline.