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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
A book club I attend spent a whole year on the theme of rivers. Believe it or not, one of the titles we grown-ups dove into was a children’s book from 1941 called “Paddle-to-the-Sea“, by Holling Clancy Holling. In it, an young...
I’ve written before about how recent changes in U.S. tax laws are causing misery for Americans who live and work abroad. The problem is largely invisible within the U.S., but continues to make waves in the ex-pat community. Consider this from...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
A progressive I know steadfastly maintains mainstream media is enslaved by tiresome voices from the right and the left. Just so much Tweedledum and Tweedledee, no real choice at all. There’s lots of room to debate the state of choice in...


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Aug 27, 2014 — Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.
Aug 26, 2014 — Burger King is buying Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-donut chain, in a deal valued at $11 billion.
Aug 25, 2014 — The fast-food restaurant operator Burger King has announced that it's in talks to buy Tim Horton's, a Canadian chain of restaurants. The acquisition would likely herald the move of Burger King's headquarters to Canada, in an attempted tax inversion.

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North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.
North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.

NY Seniors Want Cheaper Drugs, Boycott Glaxo

As the cost of prescription drugs skyrockets, senior citizens who need them to survive are increasingly looking North. The Canadian International Pharmacy Association estimates more than a million Americans bought their drugs in Canada last year. They can cost a third the price of the same drug sold in the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is vowing to crack down on the practice. One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, has stopped selling to Canadian pharmacies that do business with Americans. In response, senior citizen groups across the country are boycotting some of Glaxo's products. David Sommerstein reports on one such protest in Potsdam.  Go to full article
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook

Ice Fishing on the St. Lawrence

The long, cold winter has made for an extra long, if frigid, season for the St. Lawrence River's many ice fishermen. Saturday is the last day of the season on the river. So before the ice shanties came down, David Sommerstein hiked out to the windswept bays to see how the catch has been.  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Delayed Due to Ice

For the first time in its 44 year history, the St. Lawrence Seaway will open 6 days late because there's too much ice on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Schumer Reacts to Bush Medicare Plan

Reacting to President Bush's Medicare Drug Plan unveiled earlier this week, Senator Chuck Schumer held a press conference to detail a package of legislation that would help...  Go to full article

Corps Backs Off Seaway Expansion

A study of the St. Lawrence Seaway is pulling back from expanding locks and channels for bigger ships. Instead, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is going to research more...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Copenhagen at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

Michael Frayn's multi-award winning play Copenhagen opened February 20 on the Main Stage at the National Arts Centre and runs through March 8. Resident theatre critic...  Go to full article

Seaway Expansion: Spotlight on Canada

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to move ahead on a 20 million dollar study of Seaway expansion. Shippers and ports say it's needed. Environmentalists say it could...  Go to full article

Invasives Leave Parasites Behind

Plants and animals that come from overseas sometimes out-compete species that are native to the region. Scientists have long debated what makes the invaders so successful. ...  Go to full article

Seaway Expansion: Canada's Role Uncertain

A Canadian environmental group doubts Canada will support an on-going study of expanding the St. Lawrence Seaway for bigger ships. But a Canadian port believes the opposite....  Go to full article

Theatre Review: The Shape of a Girl at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Theatre critic Connie Meng has a review of the award-winning play The Shape of a Girl, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The play runs through Saturday, February...  Go to full article

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