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What Simone Biles's Olympic decision can teach us about supporting people at work

Margot Ross-Graham, principal and owner of Sandbar Coaching and Consulting in Edmonton, told Cross Country Checkup that Simone Biles's "courageous decision" could make way for more conversations about mental health in the workplace. 

Canadian Olympians may be at greater risk for mental health disorder, says researcher

According to a recently published study by researchers at the University of Toronto, the prevalence of symptoms associated with mental disorders could be higher among elite athletes than within the general Canadian population.
Sunday on Checkup

Do we expect too much from Olympic athletes?

Simone Biles's decision to exit two events has been called her greatest Olympic achievement — one that could revolutionize elite competition and choices made by Olympic athletes. What do you think?
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Outdoor exercise and protecting kids amid wildfire smoke: Your questions answered

Dr. Christopher Carlsten spoke with Cross Country Checkup host Ian Hanomansing about the risks associated with wildfire smoke, and answered questions from callers about exercising when air quality is poor as well as how best to protect young children.

Empty seats at Tokyo Olympics could hinder some athletes — but help others

With no fans in the stands to cheer on athletes, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be an adjustment for many competitors, whether they rely on the crowd's roar for motivation — or for focus.
Sunday on Checkup

How do you feel about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

After a year delay, the 2020 Tokyo Games are on. As athletes begin competing, are you feeling the passion — or the flame? Tell us what you think.
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Businesses are in a tight spot when it comes to proof of vaccinations, says privacy lawyer

As provinces take steps toward post-COVID normalcy, more questions are being raised about proof of vaccinations and how they're impacted by privacy laws — from both consumers and businesses. Privacy lawyer Molly Reynolds highlights some of the challenges businesses face when making those assessments.
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Former Canadian Olympian Mark Tewksbury

Former Canadian Olympian and 1992 Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury answers questions from callers.
SUNDAY ON CHECKUP

How are you managing the relaxation of restrictions?

As provinces move into the next of their reopening plans, Canadians are gradually returning to their pre-COVID routines — with or without proof of vaccinations.

Booster shots, visiting unvaccinated family & travelling with kids: Your COVID-19 questions answered

As part of Checkup’s regular Ask Me Anything series, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Lynora Saxinger answered questions from callers about vaccine effectiveness against new strains, visiting parents and travelling with unvaccinated children.
Sunday on Checkup

How is the extreme heat changing your thoughts and actions related to the climate crisis?

Record-breaking temperatures have led to forest fires, heat-related deaths and damaged crops in parts of Canada. Is this the summer that climate change is becoming real for you?

Tragedy in fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C., could be catalyst for global action on climate change, expert says

Last week, the world's attention turned to Lytton, B.C., where the small population of 250 fled due to a devastating wildfire that decimated the town. Since then, dozens more wildfires have emerged in the province. Climate scientist Mark Maslin says that immediate action on climate change is needed.
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Researcher Mike Flannigan on wildfires in B.C., extreme temperatures & the effects of climate change

Meterologist and Thompson Rivers University wildfire researcher Mike Flannigan answers caller questions.

Tired of hearing the song Patio Lanterns? Kim Mitchell gets it

When a friend told Kim Mitchell that his quintessentially Canadian summer song was a hot topic on Cross Country Checkup, the musician himself phoned the show's toll-free line to share the song's backstory.
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Former VJ Christopher Ward on the return of MuchMusic & recording his hit Black Velvet

Parent company Bell Media announced last month that MuchMusic would return July 7 as a digital-first network on the social media platform TikTok. The channel's former VJ Christopher Ward says he welcomes it.
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Contemporary Indigenous musicians 'bolder and less afraid,' says Susan Aglukark

As part of a Cross Country Checkup special on Canadian songs of the summer, the Juno Award-winning musician from Arviat, Nunavut, reflected on her career, up-and-coming Indigenous musicians and her favourite summer tune.
Sunday on Checkup

What's your favourite Canadian summer jam?

Looking for some recommendations for your summer playlist? On Sunday, we're playing your favourite Canadian tunes.
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'It's better to build': Indigenous MLA makes case against cancelling Canada Day

Ellis Ross, a member of the legislative assembly in British Columbia, says that cancelling Canada Day isn't the right approach to recognizing the challenges that face Indigenous communities.

Amid calls to cancel Canada Day, historian says opposition to the holiday has a long history

In light of the news that preliminary findings suggest there are hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools in B.C. and Saskatchewan, some say that Canada Day should look different this year. Historian Matthew Hayday says that critics of Canada have been around almost as long as the holiday itself.
Sunday on Checkup

How are you marking Canada Day? What does Canada mean to you?

The discovery of 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School comes just weeks after the remains of 215 children were found on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops. With Canada Day is just days away, some have questioned how to mark the July 1 holiday.
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Ask Me Anything: Olympians Adam Kreek & Cameron Levins

Tokyo 2020 Team Canada runner Cameron Levins and Olympic gold medal-winning rower Adam Kreek answer questions from Checkup callers.

Vaccines & travel plans: What to consider as pandemic restrictions lift

With provinces and territories reopening their economies, and more people becoming fully vaccinated, Canadians are testing their limits as pandemic restrictions ease.
Sunday on Checkup

What are your summer limits? What's your vacation plan?

As restaurants and businesses reopen, concerts and festivals gear up and travel agents begin booking future getaways, Canadians are testing their limits as pandemic restrictions begin to ease.
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Principal of London Islamic School says support for Muslim community 'pouring in from all directions'

Asad Choudhary is principal of the London Islamic School where nine-year-old Fayez Afzaal, the sole survivor of an attack that killed four members of his family, is a Grade 3 student.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has become 'mainstream' in Canadian culture & politics, says expert

In the wake of a violent attack that killed four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont., last Sunday night, conversations about the roots of Islamophobia have increased among Canadians.

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