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Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...


Apr 17, 2014 — Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.
Apr 17, 2014 — The Los Angeles Register is a newspaper that just launched this week. Despite dropping newspaper sales, Ben Bergman of KPCC reports that the publisher thinks there's still an audience for print.
Apr 17, 2014 — Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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Second Home Market, Land Conservation Squeeze Locals

Affordable housing has become a hot button issue in the Adirondack Park. The problem is most severe in resort towns like Lake George, North Creek, Lake Placid and Old Forge. But a booming vacation home market is squeezing middle class families across the park, pushing average home prices past the $200,000 mark.  Go to full article
JR Risley Inlet Supervisor & AATV

Local Government Group Calls Middle Class Housing "A Crisis"

Last month, the Association of Adirondack Towns and Villages passed a resolution supporting legislation designed to promote affordable housing for middle income families. JR Risley -- who heads the AATV and serves as town supervisor in Inlet -- spoke this week with Brian Mann. Risley says the booming second home market is crippling some communities in the Park.  Go to full article

Coalition Developing Homeless Safety Net

A shortage of affordable housing is also pinching people outside the Adirondack Park. An influx of 5000 new soldiers to Fort Drum near Watertown has caused a real estate boom in Jefferson, Lewis, and western St. Lawrence Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, a new coalition wants to help low-income people struggling to find a place to live.  Go to full article

The View From Aspen: To Save "Local" Resort Towns Must Plan

This week, a local government leader from Aspen Colorado spoke at an affordable housing conference in Saranac Lake, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable...  Go to full article

Senator Little Promises Affordable Housing Legislation

A new study says locals are being driven out of Adirondack communities by an overheated vacation home market. State Senator Betty Little has promised to introduce legislation...  Go to full article

Study Shows Middle Income Housing Costs in ADKs Nearly Double

The Adirondack Economic Development Corporation surveyed hundreds of employers and employees throughout the Tri-Lakes. The study found hundreds of families dissatisfied with...  Go to full article

Aspen Expert Says Adirondacks Faces Resort Housing Crisis

At an affordable housing conference Wednesday in Saranac Lake, regional leaders heard a presentation from Mick Ireland. Ireland is a local government leader in Aspen,...  Go to full article

Medicaid Revamp, SUNY Tuition Hike Top Pataki's Budget

Governor Pataki released his spending plan for the coming year yesterday. His proposed budget attempts to take a bite out of the deficits dogging the state since September...  Go to full article

Reading the Tea Leaves in Pataki's Budget

David Sommerstein talks with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt about reaction to Governor Pataki's budget address yesterday, and what the prospects are for the first on-time...  Go to full article

A Winter Without Snow

Despite the cold, there's little snow on the ground in much of the North Country. The Olympic Regional Development Authority has rescheduled the Lake Placid Loppet, an...  Go to full article

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