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Canada Debates Revival Of Nuclear Power

At a recent meeting in Detroit, the G-8 energy ministers were looking for alternatives to non-renewable resources such as oil and gas. Nuclear energy was high on that list of alternatives. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, at least, renewing the drive towards nuclear power is becoming too costly.  Go to full article

Environmental Effects of Free Trade

When NAFTA was passed in 1994, environmentalists feared catastrophic results. Polluting industries would move to Mexico, where environmental protections hadn't caught up with those in the U.S. and Canada. They were worried that air pollution would increase as more goods were shipped across international borders. And they were concerned that shared resources like the Great Lakes water system might lose their protected status and become commodities subject to trade. Supporters of NAFTA argued that increased prosperity would lead to improved pollution technology and a strengthening of environmental protections. But eight years later, the effects of NAFTA on the environment appear to be mixed. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Schaefer explains why.  Go to full article

A Filmmaker's Take On September 11th: Letting People Speak for Themselves

The third annual Lake Placid Film Forum closed Sunday evening. The festival's top award went to a Canadian film called Fast Runner, an epic about an Inuit family in the arctic. The top documentary prize went to Photos to Send, a look at the work of photographer Dorothea Lange. Winning the Festival's special Honorable Mention category was a movie that's not quite a movie. September 11: Response is described by its creators as a visual archive of what New Yorkers experienced on that day. Brian Mann's story about the work includes strong and graphic language.  Go to full article

Vermont Border Busts

The prosecutor in the county with Vermont's biggest international port of entry says he's not worried about a growing number of busts on the border. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

In Canada, A Church Sex Abuse Scandal Touches Thousands of Natives and Lawsuits Threaten Religious Groups With Bankruptcy

While the Roman Catholic church in the United States wrestles with its sex-abuse scandal, churches in Canada face a crisis of their own. For more than a century, Canada's...  Go to full article

Canada Pollution Increases

A new environmental study has found toxic emissions increased in Canada during the late 1990's, while pollution in the United States decreased over that same period. As the...  Go to full article

Timber Dispute Heats Up: Canada To Lobby Against U-S Tariffs

Canada announced yesterday that it will launch a fifteen million dollar public relations campaign to fight lumber tariffs imposed last week by the U-S government. The...  Go to full article

Canada Works Toward Kyoto Signing

Canadian leaders have introduced four proposals that would enable them to sign the Kyoto Protocol. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, Canadians are...  Go to full article

Quebec Premier - New York Governor: First-ever Trade Pact

Governor Pataki and Quebec Premier Bernard Landry agreed on Wednesday to spend tens of millions of dollars developing cross-border trade. The pact followed the first-ever...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Goodbye Piccadilly at 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque

1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque is kicking off its season with the world premiere of Goodbye Piccadilly by Douglas Bowie. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng took...  Go to full article

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