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Using mRNA to develop vaccines wasn't 'on my radar,' says Moderna co-founder

In 2008, stem cell biologist Derrick Rossi discovered that modified messenger RNA, or mRNA as it's more commonly known, can prompt the body to quickly produce proteins that trigger an immune response. That work is now the basis of a promising coronavirus vaccine.
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Ask Me Anything: Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge, former CBC broadcaster and author of Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of our Nation, answers listeners questions.

Experts worry that making a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory could harm public trust

As parts of Canada face a second lockdown amid rising COVID-19 cases, vaccines are being touted as a solution to the pandemic and the resulting economic hardship facing businesses. But experts say that when a shot becomes available, making it mandatory could do more harm than good.
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Will you get the COVID-19 vaccine shot?

It's no longer an if, but when and how the vaccine will become available — and that has some asking why they should take it.
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Privacy expert Ron Deibert on fraudulent emails, COVID-19 tracing apps and open source software

As part of the program’s regular Ask Me Anything series, 2020 Massey Lecturer Ron Deibert joined Cross Country Checkup host Ian Hanomansing to take callers’ questions.

Extending winter break for students could lower COVID-19 cases, say experts

Shuttering schools over the holidays could slow rising case numbers, says infectious diseases physician Matthew Oughton, but additional steps — including mandatory masks and re-evaluating class sizes — must be implemented.
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Vaccines and 'circuit-breaker' lockdowns: What's your COVID-19 question?

Many parts of Canada are seeing significant jumps in COVID-19 cases — with some regions hitting code red status. Some doctors say a lockdown is necessary. What do you think?
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Trump's reaction to Biden victory like 'a train wreck in slow motion,' says law professor

U.S. President Donald Trump has pushed baseless claims of voter fraud after he was defeated by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election. Law professor Lawrence Douglas says the incumbent president's response shouldn't come as a surprise.
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Ask Me Anything: Susan Ormiston & Paul Hunter

CBC News correspondents Susan Ormiston and Paul Hunter, who have been covering the U.S. presidential election from Delaware and Washington, D.C., respectively, take listeners' calls.

'We've got a Black woman vice president': Kamala Harris victory proves voters open to women leaders: scholar

Kamala Harris has become the first woman — and the first Black, South Asian woman — to be elected U.S. vice president. Catherine Squires and Niambi Carter explain why that matters.
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What do the U.S. election results mean to you?

Amid a swirl of baseless claims, legal threats and late-night vote counting, the U.S. election has many on the edge of their seat. We want to hear what you have to say. Call us: 1-888-416-8333
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Former ambassador Bruce Heyman on what's at stake for Canada in the U.S. election

As part of Cross Country Checkup’s regular Ask Me Anything series, former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman answered callers’ questions about what’s at stake for U.S.-Canada relations as the Nov. 3 election approaches.

Fear, suspicion could fuel militia groups on election day: researcher

Amid worries that militia groups could disrupt polling locations during the U.S. presidential election, extremism expert Mark Pitcavage believes that even in the absence of violence, their visibility could cause alarm among voters.
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What worries you about the U.S. election?

While you may not be able to cast a ballot for America's president next week, our lines will be open to take your calls about the election this Sunday.
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Journalist Ali Velshi on covering the U.S. election, political division — and missing Canada

As part of Checkup’s Ask Me Anything series, the veteran journalist answered listeners’ questions on political division in America, covering a tense election and, of course, his connection to Canada.

Why Halloween has some kids feeling a 'temporary rise to power'

For kids, Halloween is more than just a chance to score some free candy and dress up as a superhero — it's a chance to feel like more of an adult, says psychological anthropologist Cindy Dell Clark.
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How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

With trick or treating off the table, some public health officials say parents should find other ways to celebrate the haunting holiday.
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'Abject failure': Sen. Murray Sinclair criticizes federal response to Mi'kmaw fishery dispute

As part of Cross Country Checkup's Ask Me Anything series, Sen. Murray Sinclair spoke about the Sipekne'katik First Nation's "moderate livelihood" fishery and the federal government’s response to the violence.
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Is it time to reconsider whether Canada needs a Governor General?

Amid allegations that she berated, belittled and humiliated Rideau Hall staff, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette has come under fire for her behaviour while Canada's representative for the Queen.
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Violence a risk without clear-cut U.S. election result, says former adviser Susan Rice

Susan Rice, a former adviser to president Barack Obama and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, spoke on Checkup as part of the program's Ask Me Anything series, answering questions from host Ian Hanomansing and callers.

What Canada's public health officials could learn from a Paul Rudd PSA

Public service advertising can play a role in keeping people up to date about a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Queen's University marketing professor Monica LaBarge explains what makes a good spot.
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How do you correct people who are misinformed about COVID-19?

When questionable information about COVID-19 flows from family, friends, or co-workers, is it time for flight or fight for you?
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As Green Party names new leader, Elizabeth May says she's 'not dead yet'

As part of Checkup's Ask Me Anything series, May took calls from Canadians on collaboration in the House of Commons, becoming politically engaged and the possibility of a Green New Deal.

Her university career paused amid the pandemic, student worries about financial future

The COVID-19 pandemic has Elenor Marano's university studies on hold, but the status of her government student loans is less certain.
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Can Canada afford all the pandemic relief spending?

Though the economy is rebounding, many Canadians still remain out of work — and are relying on government support — thanks to the pandemic. But those coronavirus-related aid packages have come at a cost. 

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