Cross Country Checkupwith Duncan McCue


Unimpressed by grocery prices, this student ate well — from the dumpster

Making ends meet as a student in Toronto, Edith Wilson avoided grocery stores for her daily meals. The sociology student turned to 'good food' she found in dumpsters — and only spent $20 a month at the supermarket.

Food banks no solution to rising cost of groceries in Canada, argues anti-poverty advocate

Food banks are predicting more demand next year as food prices are expected to increase by up to 3.5 per cent, according to a Dalhousie University and University of Guelph report.

How is the cost of food changing the way you eat?

Food is going to get more expensive next year, according to Canada's Food Price Report 2019.

'Lego is continual': Minimalist parents share tips on making holidays with kids easier

Avoid the fads. Quality, multi-purpose toys can make Christmas a little more accessible, these minimalist parents told Cross Country Checkup.

Buying minimalism: marketers and gurus seize the popular philosophy to sell you more

Myriad minimalist home products promise to soothe your soul. Does that go against the idea of having less?

Does the minimalist lifestyle appeal to you?

Some believe that 'less is more' is the way to happiness, while critics label minimalism as a cult. Meanwhile, brands and marketers are also jumping on the bandwagon, trying to capitalize on the trend.

When it comes to hazing, female athletes are just as vulnerable

In a study released this summer, two-thirds of Canadian varsity athletes reported that they've experienced hazing. Researchers also found that women athletes are more likely to report hazing compared to men.

Why is hazing still a problem in Canada?

Again and again, hazing incidents keep happening to teenagers, college students, and young athletes. Is it hitting close to home? Can it be stopped?

Hard hits and hard choices: Why some young athletes hesitate to quit sports after concussions

While it might seem like a sensible option, quitting sports after a concussion can be a challenge due to stigma, one former athlete tells Checkup.

NHL concussion settlement won't stop Bernie Nicholls' worries over his memory loss

The former hockey all-star says that he suffers from dizziness and memory loss as a result of multiple head injuries sustained during his time as an NHL player.

What concerns you most about concussions in sports?

The NHL this week reached a tentative deal with more than 300 players who have suffered concussions — without acknowledging liability.

Why some Canadians do — and don't — wear the red poppy

On Sunday, Checkup asked Canadians what the poppy means to them. While some see it as a tribute to veterans, others see it as glorifying war.

Beaded poppies show respect for Indigenous veterans — that's why I'm wearing mine

Canadians are increasingly wearing beaded poppies to honour the service and sacrifices of Indigenous veterans

What does the remembrance poppy mean to you?

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice. Some people embrace the symbol. Others don't.

Beyond white coats: The people who support assisted dying patients at the end of life

Beyond assisted dying legislation are people working in the background to comfort patients and help facilitate medically assisted deaths.

Canadian doctors grapple with how to approach assisted dying for young patients

Toronto's Sick Kids hospital published in September a draft policy on requests for assisted dying from patients over age 18, while also looking at potential approaches to "mature minors."

What changes do you want to see in Canada's assisted dying law?

An independent review is currently underway to examine the nuts and bolts of the two-year-old legislation.

Faced with mounting debt, this newly graduated lawyer filed for bankruptcy — and still owes $120K

Single mother Kym Sweeny graduated law school with over $220,000 in student loans. Facing payments of $1,000 per month on a entry-level law salary, Sweeny made the decision to file for bankruptcy six months after graduation.

What does an interest rate hike mean in your life?

Canadians now owe roughly $1.70 for every $1 they earn, and according to some experts that's among the highest in the developed world. Tell us how the Bank of Canada's interest rate hike will affect you.

Baba Brinkman knows talking climate change is frustrating — so he raps

The Canadian rapper encourages people to slow climate change the best way he knows how: rapping about global warming and how his audience can make a difference.

Growing 'ecological grief' is the mental health cost of climate change

According to health experts, climate change is affecting people's lives not only through damage and loss of property. There's a wider human cost as rates of anxiety, anger and sadness following extreme weather increase.

What price are you willing to pay to stop climate change?

Beer may become the next casualty of climate change, a new study suggests, but food shortage is not the only cost of carbon pollution.

Indigenous communities hope to cash in on cannabis, but how they'll do it is unclear

Despite legalization, issues such as revenue sharing and a lack of funding for community safety are roadblocks for Indigenous-led cannabis businesses.

'We can mitigate the consequences': How parents are grappling with legal pot

With just days until cannabis is legalized in Canada, some parents are struggling with how to talk about it with their kids. Meanwhile, others see it as an opportunity for open dialogue.

How do you feel about marijuana legalization?

When cannabis becomes legal across the country next week, a new reality will hit every corner of your life — at school, on campus, at work, in your backyard and on the road.