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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
News flash out of Seattle: the minimum wage has just been raised to $15/hour, by far the highest in the country. Indeed, it’s double or more the rate in Arkansas ($6.25) and about half the states,  almost triple the rate in Georgia and...


Aug 20, 2014 — The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training. But it still faces criticism.
Aug 20, 2014 — When actor Tom Hiddleston and Lady Gaga take the Ice Bucket Challenge, it makes a big splash. But do stars really make a difference in fund-raising and public awareness when they endorse a charity?
Aug 20, 2014 — Tiny Singapore imports almost all of its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.

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Commentary: Paul Hetzler on election-year tax cuts

President Bush is hoping for an election-year boost from a $70-billion tax cut package he signed yesterday. The measure extends a pair of tax breaks - one benefiting investors, the other upper-middle-income families. Democrats contend the tax breaks are another gift to the rich that only plunges the nation deeper in debt. President Bush's approval ratings are the lowest of his presidency, and congressional re-election campaigns are getting underway. The tax cuts are seen as one way the president can galvanize his and the GOP's core supporters. Commentator Paul Hetzler wonders how a significant chunk of that political base can go along.  Go to full article

Farmers on the Wrong Side of the Law

Over the last five years, the number of Mexican and Central Americans working on the North Country's dairy farms has risen dramatically. Industry leaders agree farms depend on reliable, plentiful Hispanic labor to survive. If national estimates are right, about three-quarters of these workers entered the United States illegally. Farmers are not required to prove their workers are legal. In fact, they can be sued for discrimination if they challenge them. Still, dairy farmers find themselves on the wrong side of immigration law as it now stands. David Sommerstein has part two of our series, Latinos on the Farm.  Go to full article

Web Only: Farmworker Legal Services of NY

Listen to David Sommerstein's interview with Jim Schmidt, co-director of Farmworker Legal Services of New York, based in Rochester. He talks about the common abuses Hispanic migrant farmworkers face in New York.  Go to full article

Latinos on the Farm, in the Shadows

In the North Country, two groups are watching the immigration debate closely: dairy farmers and the Mexicans and Central Americans who work for them. There are no numbers on...  Go to full article

Drivers Delay the Sting of High Gas Prices

Gas prices are as high as they've ever been in the U.S. But there's one place in the country where people are fueling up for under a dollar a gallon. The GLRC's Mark Brush...  Go to full article

Adk Wind Project Inches Forward

Developers of an industrial wind project near Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks won a small victory yesterday. The Adirondack Park Agency's board agreed that a new tower,...  Go to full article

Workshops Help Small Businesses Survive Mega-Retailers

For small business owners, competing against Wal-Mart may sound impossible. But one North Country non-profit says there are strategies. Next week the ComLinks Women's...  Go to full article

APA Tests Wind In Park

A big crowd is expected in Ray Brook this morning, where the Adirondack Park Agency will take up a controversial plan to build a network of giant wind towers in Johnsburg. ...  Go to full article

Saranac Lake School In Question

Voters in the Saranac Lake School District will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of a small elementary school in Lake Clear. The school, which currently has...  Go to full article

Strong Loonie Brings Canadian Shoppers South

A strong loonie - almost 90 cents to the dollar - is tempting Canadian shoppers across the border. Douglas Hopper has a report from the St. Lawrence Center Mall in Massena.  Go to full article

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