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Did you ever imagine polygamy would become so…topical? Confession time: I have never seen any of the TV shows that have sprung up on this topic. The few books I have read on the subject left me with a decidedly dim view of polygamy. While I...
Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
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...


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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 — 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 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.

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Canadians Prepare for Kyoto Protocol

Canadians are being asked to take public transportation and turn down the heat as Canada prepares to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. From Ottawa, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly has more.  Go to full article
The Prescott Windmill. In 1873 it was converted into a lighthouse, and today it's a National Historic Site.

Guns Across the River: The Story of the Forgotten "Alamo of the North"

In November of 1838, there was a little known attack on Prescott, Ontario. A group of mostly New Yorkers, known as the Hunter Patriots, landed at Windmill Point, across from Ogdensburg, convinced thousands of Canadians would join them to oust the British from North America. They occupied a stone windmill near Prescott, but their plan failed. Todd Moe talks with Donald Graves, author of the book, Guns Across the River.  Go to full article

Tepid Tourism in Thousand Islands

A new survey finds early bad weather and tighter border security hurt many Thousand Islands businesses last summer. As David Sommerstein reports, many in the area's tourism industry are taking a cautious approach to the future as they face a weak economy.  Go to full article

Canadians Cool to Powell's Visit

With or without United Nations backing, the U-S is asking Canada to be ready to join it should military action be needed in Iraq. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the...  Go to full article

Wolves South of the St. Lawrence River?

Scientists are testing a wolf-like carcass found on the south side of the St. Lawrence River, in Quebec. Some researchers say a small pack of wolves might be living in the...  Go to full article

Commentary: Veterans' Day/Remembrance Sunday

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of 1918, the world rejoiced. The most terrible war in history, the war to end all wars was over. In...  Go to full article

Preview: The History In A Song

Todd Moe talks with Native American writer and storyteller Joseph Bruchac, who speaks tonight at St. Lawrence University (Griffiths Arts Center, Room 123, 7:30 pm). His talk...  Go to full article

Chretien Plan Calls for Transport Changes

The government of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien recently outlined a new long-term political agenda. It includes a proposal for major changes to transportation that...  Go to full article
Stephen Holmes & Jenny Young in <i>Mary's Wedding</i>. Photo: Gordon King.

Theatre Review: Mary's Wedding at the National Arts Center, Ottawa

The National Arts Centre's Main Stage season has opened with the new play Mary's Wedding. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was in Ottawa for the second performance...  Go to full article

Greens Decry Canadian Oil Exports

Canadian environmental groups say the American demand for fossil fuels is harming Canada's environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports  Go to full article

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