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Cross Country Checkup is Canada's only national phone-in show, broadcasting live from coast to coast to coast. Checkup is Canada's weekly town hall — a place for raw, honest perspectives on the most pressing issues of the week. For over 55 years, it's where Canadians gather to listen to each other every Sunday afternoon. Call us: 1-888-416-8333.

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Canada, ON

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Cross Country Checkup is Canada's only national phone-in show, broadcasting live from coast to coast to coast. Checkup is Canada's weekly town hall — a place for raw, honest perspectives on the most pressing issues of the week. For over 55 years, it's where Canadians gather to listen to each other every Sunday afternoon. Call us: 1-888-416-8333.

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English

Contact:

CBC Audience Relations P.O. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada M5W 1E6 888-416-8333


Episodes
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Should future generations be banned from buying tobacco?

6/9/2024
Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador are considering banning future generations from ever being allowed to buy tobacco. Do you think this approach will work? And how did you manage to quit smoking?

Duration:01:51:50

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Ask Me Anything | So you've graduated... now what?

6/9/2024
If you or your child is wrapping up high school or university, you’ve probably got more questions than answers about what comes next. From diving straight into work, taking a gap year, or pursuing further education, there are plenty of options. Sabrina McTaggart is a career coach who helps young adults find their career paths. Rachelle Doucet is a high school guidance counsellor. They answered your questions about grads and what comes next.

Duration:00:20:08

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Breast Cancer Screening | Ask Me Anything

6/2/2024
For years, medical experts have been calling for the national guideline for routine breast cancer screenings to be lowered from 50-years-old. But last week, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care released a draft recommendation that said it’s not going to lower the recommended screening age to 40 for women with average risk – and that decision has been met with widespread disapproval. Our AMA guest this week was Dr. Jean Seely. She’s the head of the breast imaging section at the Ottawa Hospital and professor of medicine in the radiology department at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Seely answered your questions about screening for breast cancer.

Duration:00:19:15

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Does Canada’s airline industry need an overhaul?

6/2/2024
Canada's Competition Bureau is going to study the country's domestic airline industry. Many of us rely on airlines to stay in touch with family to conduct business and to explore this vast country but it can be expensive. How can we make it better? Does Canada’s airline industry need an overhaul? Are there enough travel options in your part of the country?

Duration:01:51:56

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Political journalist Paul Wells | Ask Me Anything

5/26/2024
Journalist Paul Wells has been covering federal politics for decades. He’s written about former Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Paul Martin. His new book explores Justin Trudeau’s time in office since his government came to power in 2015. He answered your questions about federal politics.

Duration:00:20:08

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What's the solution to the toxic drug crisis?

5/26/2024
In British Columbia there were 25-hundred and eleven illicit drug deaths last year -- the majority of them involving the opioid fentanyl. Meanwhile, the provincial government announced it's banning illicit drug use in public spaces, a key feature of last year's pilot program which aimed to decriminalize drug use in many instances. Amidst the decriminalization debate, what's the solution to the toxic drug crisis? If you are in recovery -- what can we learn from your story?

Duration:01:51:30

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Are you prepared for another wildfire season?

5/19/2024
This week marked what could be the beginning of another dangerous wildfire season. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes because of fires throughout parts of western Canada. This is after last year's record breaking season which saw tens of thousands of people flee their homes, 15 million hectares of land burnt, and nearly the entire country blanketed in smoke for parts of the summer. Wherever you are in Canada -- are you ready for another wildfire season? And for our Ask Me Anything - it's Spring, which can be a vulnerable time for migraine sufferers. Hear from a neurologist to learn about migraine causes and prevention.

Duration:01:51:25

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Migraine headaches | Ask Me Anything

5/19/2024
Spring can be a vulnerable time for migraine sufferers. Our AMA guest this week was Dr. Christine Lay, a neurologist and the Founding Director of the Headache Program at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lay answered questions about migraine headaches, along with suggestions for migraine prevention and management.

Duration:00:20:14

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Lab-grown meat | Ask Me Anything

5/12/2024
Lab-grown meat has been making political news this week. Our AMA guest this week was Isha Datar. She is the executive director of New Harvest, a nonprofit research institute that funds cultured meat research. She answered your questions about lab-grown meat.

Duration:00:20:08

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How are you navigating high food costs?

5/12/2024
A recent boycott against Loblaws aims to try to force the grocery giant to reduce prices. The company's recent quarterly report shows an increase in profits, while food prices have gone up roughly 20 per cent in Canada over the last 3 years. Do you think the boycott have an effect? How are you dealing with the high cost of groceries, and who or what do you blame for rising prices?

Duration:01:51:59

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Are protests an effective way to change minds?

5/5/2024
The recent encampments on campuses across North Amercia have stimulated a lot of debate about what limits there should be on protest and activism. Have these demonstrations changed any of your views about the conflict? And beyond the universities, in your personal life, how are you dealing with conversations about the Israel-Hamas conflict?

Duration:01:51:18

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The notwithstanding clause | Ask Me Anything

5/5/2024
Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre recently suggested that, if elected, he might use the notwithstanding clause to push through criminal law reform. The clause has never been used before at the federal level --though it has been used provincially. Eric Adams is a law professor at the University of Alberta who specializes in constitutional law. He answered your questions about the notwithstanding clause and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Duration:00:20:08

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Coffee, caffeine | Ask Me Anything

4/28/2024
According to the Coffee Association of Canada, the average coffee drinker in Canada consumes over two cups of coffee a day. Andy De Santis was our AMA guest this week. He is a Registered Dietician with a private practice in Toronto. He answered your questions about coffee, energy drinks, and caffeine.

Duration:00:20:08

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Do you care about how much plastic you use?

4/28/2024
We produce 400 million tonnes of plastic waste worldwide every year. This past week, an international conference in Ottawa debated how best to reduce that amount. Is the amount of plastic you use important to you? Is a world with less plastic even possible?

Duration:01:51:37

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Should you have a ‘right to disconnect’ from work?

4/21/2024
The federal budget includes a plan to develop a so-called "right to disconnect" policy for federally regulated employees. How would you feel if your boss sent you an email during your time off? Do you feel like you have a healthy work-life balance?

Duration:01:52:12

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Sports Betting | Ask Me Anything

4/21/2024
Earlier this week, the NBA banned Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter from the league following an investigation into gambling allegations. CBC news reporter Jamie Strashin has been leading our coverage on sports betting and closely following Jontay Porter’s ban. Chelsea Rodrigues is a problem gambling counsellor at the Centre for Problem Gambling and Digital Dependency at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare They answered your questions about sports betting and Jontay Porter.

Duration:00:20:10

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How important are cost of living issues for you?

4/14/2024
According to a recent Ipsos poll, cost of living issues are the top priority for Canadians in the upcoming federal budget. How is the cost of living crisis affecting you right now? What would you like the federal government to do about it in the budget?

Duration:01:46:06

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Solar Eclipse | Ask Me Anything

4/7/2024
Over 31 million people live in the path of totality of April 8th's solar ecplise. Andrew Fazekas is the author of “The Backyard Guide to the Night Sky” by National Geographic. He answered your questions about the celestial event on our AMA.

Duration:00:20:09

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Is climate change an election issue for you? Would the carbon tax affect your vote?

4/7/2024
Despite calls from those against the levy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not backing down from the carbon tax. You've almost certainly heard Pierre Poilievre's Axe The Tax slogan. Many provincial premiers have come out in opposition as well. On the other side, over two-hundred economists have signed an open letter in support of the tax. Is the carbon tax a ballot-box issue for you? How does your stance on climate change affect your opinion of the tax?

Duration:01:51:58

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Carbon Tax | Ask Me Anything

3/31/2024
The carbon tax is set to rise from $65 dollars per tonne to $80 per tonne on April 1st. The price on carbon is set to go up another $15 dollars each year until 2030. Chris Ragan is an economics professor and Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. He answered your questions about carbon tax.

Duration:00:20:08