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All Before Five: 12/01/11

Congressman Bill Owens wants to repeal $5.50 fee on Canadian visitors to the U.S., Brian Mann reports from Vaughan, north of Toronto, where immigrants are seen as key to the future, and the Innovation Trail visits Occupy encampments around New York.  Go to full article
We think that that additional fee would potentially inhibit travelers from Canada.

Congressman Owens wants to repeal fee on Canadian visitors

Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh has introduced legislation to repeal a border fee on Canadian travelers visiting the United States.

The five-dollar, fifty-cent fee applies to all Canadians entering the U.S. by air or sea. It hasn't yet been enforced. Owens says north country lawmakers are worried about how it will effect a region dependent on tourism.

"We think that that additional fee, would potentially inhibit travelers from Canada. Canada does not currently impose that kind of a fee on Americans coming in, so we're also concerned a little bit about a retaliatory fee. Both of those, if they were instituted, would clearly have a negative impact on cross-border trade."

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has already announced he'll introduce similar legislation in the Senate to fight the new fee.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Winter Reading Call-in

Our annual holiday and winter reading list call-in. Hosted by Ellen Rocco and John Ernst. The show solicits listeners suggestions for great books--new and classic--for gift-giving or deep winter reading.  Go to full article
Ibrahim Absiye, a refugee from Somalia, runs an immigrant service program in Toronto. Photos:  Brian Mann

Canada puts immigration at the center of its economic policy

Here in the North Country and across much of Upstate New York, population growth and economic development have been anemic for decades. But just north of the border, Canadian...  Go to full article
A hydrofracking tower. Photo: Innovation Trail.

State extends fracking comment period

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation is extending the public comment period on its draft hyrdofracking regulations. The announcement came yesterday at the...  Go to full article

Attorney General finds "blatant" violations at gun shows

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, says a statewide undercover operation found blatant and dangerous violations of the state law requiring background checks for...  Go to full article
At last year's Potsdam Food Co-op Baking Contest

Potsdam Food Co-op's sweetest event raises dough

The Potsdam Food Co-op will hold its 14th annual Baking Contest and Silent Auction this Sunday in the Co-op's Carriage House Bakery. You can sample some of the homemade...  Go to full article

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center's history celebrated in new book

A new book profiles the early history, founders, and staff of St. Lawrence County's first hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. It opened in 1885, and...  Go to full article
Flip Fillippi and Matt Kidwell seal a deal

A canning swap to stock up for winter

The harvest seems like a long time ago. But lots of people are still savoring the fruits of the garden with a technique as old as their great-grandparents.
...  Go to full article
Diamond crystal

Natural Selections: Pencils and diamonds

Pencil leads and diamonds are chemically identical--the difference is in the crystal structure. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about carbon crystals, and what it take...  Go to full article
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All Before Five: 11/30/11

The body of a missing hunter was found in the Adirondacks today, reporting from Toronto, Brian Mann talks with Martha Foley about the differences in government workforce in...  Go to full article
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