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Daunting or doable? What you need to know about summer travel

After years of pandemic restrictions and limited flights, people are finally ready to go on vacation again. But experts are warning that if you plan to travel this summer, it’s best to manage your expectations and prepare for challenges.
Sunday on Checkup

Is the monarchy still relevant in Canada?

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have wrapped up their royal visit to Canada, marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 
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Kids in the Hall stars Kevin McDonald & Bruce McCulloch on reviving the legendary sketch show

Kevin McDonald and Bruce McCulloch, two stars of the Canadian comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, answer questions from Checkup listeners with host Ian Hanomansing.

As interest in electric vehicles soars, experts say they haven't quite hit the mainstream

Automotive industry analysts say rising gas prices have more consumers looking into electric vehicles. But even as interest spikes, experts say too few options — and high prices — mean they haven’t quite hit the mainstream.
Sunday on Checkup

Are rising prices forcing you to make hard choices? 

The Bank of Canada is calling it a "perfect storm." As gas and grocery prices jump, inflation has hit a 31-year high. For many Canadians, that means making tough decisions as life becomes more expensive.
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Jeopardy! champ Mattea Roach on the clue that ended her 23-game streak

Fresh off her winning streak, Roach answered questions from Cross Country Checkup callers about her run on the game show with host Ian Hanomansing.

'If I lived in Toronto, I would be broke': How owning a home feels increasingly unaffordable for many

Politicians, economists and advocates alike chalk the hot market up to a lack of supply. Many say what’s needed is more affordable housing. But as more people find themselves pushed out of the market, the definition of what’s affordable can feel murky, says Julieta Perucca.
Sunday on Checkup

How do we fix the housing market in Canada?

As interest rates rise in Canada, the housing market is beginning to cool. But for many, the idea of owning a home still feels out of reach.
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Stronger government regulation of social media companies could improve free speech, says expert

Taylor Owen, a member of the expert panel advising the Canadian government on online safety and regulating harmful content, says if Musk’s Twitter deal goes through, he could face pushback from regulators around the world.
Sunday on Checkup

Are you ready to go back to the office?

Cubicles and communal coffee machines are once again on the horizon. After two years of working from home, many Canadians are preparing to return to the office.
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Canadian Jeopardy! champion Mattea Roach answers listener questions about strategy and making history

Canadian Mattea Roach is currently in the middle of one of the longest streaks in Jeopardy! history. She answers listener questions about being a Jeopardy! champion in Ask Me Anything.
Sunday on Checkup

How has the pandemic affected your trust in politicians and public health officials?

From viral COVID-19 conspiracy theories to mixed messaging from politicians and public health officials about vaccines and masks, confusion surrounding the pandemic might be taking its toll on Canadians' trust in politicians and public health officials.
Sunday on Checkup

Is it a normal holiday weekend?

People are gathering for Easter, the Passover and Ramadan across the country, meanwhile Canada is facing a sixth wave of COVID-19. But public health restrictions have eased, and there are no mask mandates in most provinces.
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'Every person I interviewed cried': Susan Ormiston on reporting in Ukraine

It’s been two months since Russia invaded Ukraine, and since then CBC senior correspondent Susan Ormiston has made two trips to eastern Europe to cover the conflict there.

$8-billion budget boost in military spending draws mixed reviews

Depending on whom you ask, the spending commitments laid out by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday are either woefully too little or they're thankfully smaller than they could have been, preserving funding for other budget areas.
SUNDAY ON CHECKUP

Is Canada spending too much or too little on defence?

The federal government announced an $8 billion increase in military spending in the 2022 federal budget. Our question this week: Is Canada spending too much or too little on defence? Is Canada a country of peacekeepers or fighters?
Sunday on Checkup

What does the Pope's apology mean to you?

Pope Francis has apologized for the conduct of some members of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada's residential school system, following a week of talks with First Nations, Inuit and Métis delegations.

Federal dental-care program cannot leave Indigenous communities behind, say advocates

While she’s optimistic a new national dental program will offer much-needed access to dental care across the country, Dr. Sheri McKinstry says it’s currently unclear how it will help improve oral health in remote Indigenous communities.
Sunday on Checkup

Is the Liberal-NDP deal a bad idea?

A confidence-and-supply agreement between the Liberal and NDP parties could keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in power until 2025 and deliver national dental and pharmacare programs. What do you think of the deal?

Zelensky's speeches use shame effectively in plea for support against Russia, expert says

When Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to politicians in Canada and the U.S. this week, he drew on a powerful emotion: shame. A political persuasion expert said the leader has set himself up as a moral arbiter by asking politicians and citizens alike what side of the war they want to be on.
Sunday on Checkup

What does Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky mean to you?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's speeches to politicians in the U.K., U.S. and Canada have rallied NATO leaders. And, his emotional appeals, particularly on social media, have inspired millions of people around the world.
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Vaccine passports and mask mandates are coming to an end. Your questions answered

With governments loosening pandemic-related restrictions, Dr. Alex Wong answers questions from Cross Country Checkup callers with host Ian Hanomansing.

High oil prices could speed up Canada's transition to renewable energy, experts say

The shift to greener energy sources will come as a response to concerns about sourcing oil and gas from “less stable” countries, according to Jackie Forrest, executive director of the ARC Energy Research Institute in Calgary.
Sunday on Checkup

What conversations are you having about the war in Ukraine?

Russia is widening its attacks in Ukraine as the invasion enters its third weekend. Meanwhile, Canada is expanding sanctions in a bid to temper the conflict.

What an investigation into war crimes could mean for Russian aggression in Ukraine

An unprecedented 39 member countries, including Canada, made referrals to the International Criminal Court asking it to investigate atrocities in Ukraine. But experts say it's unlikely to change anything in the short term — and some worry it could embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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