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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 28, 2014 — The Canadian synth pop group offers an intimate live performance of its song "A Real Hero," popularized in the 2011 film Drive.
Aug 27, 2014 — The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.
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.

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Budget Plan Would Boost Public Safety Spending

Governor Pataki's budget would boost public safety spending by roughly seven percent. Pataki says a big chunk of that money should go to strengthen security along the Canadian border.  Go to full article

Drivers Turn to Car Sharing

Cars are among the largest polluters in the world. They contribute to the smog that hangs over many large cities and they're a major culprit in the creation of greenhouse gas emissions. But most of us are reluctant to give up our cars altogether. As Karen Kelly reports, a growing number of North Americans are opting to share a car instead.  Go to full article

Why Aren't Americans Taking Advantage of Strong U.S. Dollar in Canada?

The recent bankruptcy of the Ottawa Senators has once again drawn attention to the weak Canadian dollar. Teams say it's tough for them to pay the players' American salaries with Canadian currency, which is worth about 65 cents, American. The exchange rate provides a substantial advantage for others, notably American shoppers. And you'd think they'd be streaming across the border looking for bargains. But they're not, as reporter Karen Kelly found in Ottawa.  Go to full article

Theatre Review: The Winter's Tale at Ottawa's NAC

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale opened January 16 on the Main Stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and runs through February 1. Resident theatre critic Connie...  Go to full article

Pakistani Refugees Leave U.S. By Way of Plattsburgh

Hundreds of Pakistani refugees are traveling through the North Country, on their way to the Canadian border. Some have lived in the US for years. But now the Bush...  Go to full article
Peace activists in Ottawa make armbands for Saturday's march

Regional Ties to Saturday's Peace Marches

Thousands of people will march tomorrow in Washington, San Francisco, Ottawa, and dozens of places around the world in opposition to a war with Iraq. David Sommerstein...  Go to full article

Canadian Study: Snowmobiles Cause High Number of Severe Injuries

A major new study released yesterday in Canada has found that snowmobile riding is top cause of severe winter sport injuries. The report - published by a non-profit group...  Go to full article

Drug Bust on the St. Lawrence Seaway

A Canadian man faces federal drug charges after he was caught allegedly trying to bring drugs into the US in a boat on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Tribes Skeptical FBI Wanted Passed Through Akwesasne

A New York newspaper reported yesterday the five men of Middle Eastern origin being sought by the FBI may have slipped into the U.S. at the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near...  Go to full article

Akwesasne: Two Countries, One Nation and the Border

As the federal government seeks to beef up border security since September 11th, it's begun working with tribal governments to make patrolling these areas more effective. ...  Go to full article

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