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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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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 U.S. will be looking for support from Canada and other allies if Saddam Hussein doesn't cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors. Powell made the comments Thursday after meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham in Ottawa. Martha Foley talks with Ottawa correspondent Karen Kelly.  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 wilderness just north of the U.S-Vermont border. Brian Mann has details.  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

Theatre Review: The Drawer Boy at Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque

The prize-winning play The Drawer Boy runs at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque until November 3. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng attended a recent...  Go to full article
Queen Elizabeth arrives for interfaith Thanksgiving service on Parliament Hill Sunday.  (photo courtesy Lawrence Gitterman)

Queen Observes Wet Thanksgiving in Ottawa

Under driving wind and rain yesterday, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended a Canadian Thanksgiving service in Ottawa. About 3,500 people joined the royal couple for...  Go to full article

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