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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 — 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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Canadian Troops Return Soon from Afghanistan

Preparations are beginning for the return of Canadian soldiers from Afghanistan, expected at the end of the month. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Mapping Canadian Groundwater

Canadian researchers are studying groundwater in the Great Lakes basin to determine if the water supply will meet the future needs of humans and wildlife. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly has this report.  Go to full article

Canadian Border Guards Near Plattsburgh Exposed to Tuberculosis: Health Officials Say Case Poses No Public Risk

Five Canadian workers at the Champlain border crossing, north of Plattsburgh, have been infected with tuberculosis. Officials say the source was a refugee, detained at the border for several days. As Brian Mann reports, dozens of travelers may have been exposed, but north country health officials say there's no cause for alarm.
Update: A spokesman for the US Customs service says there've been no recent cases of TB exposure among American border agents. Mike McMullen says infectious diseases are a well-known hazard for workers at the border. Testing and vaccinations are offered regularly. According to McMullen, the recent case won't affect safety procedures at the Champlain crossing.  Go to full article

Ontario Won't Appeal Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

The province of Ontario likely won't appeal a precedent-setting court ruling on same-sex marriages. Provincial Attorney General David Young, commenting on the ruling for the...  Go to full article

Smog and Haze from Quebec Covers Northeast

People in most parts of New York State noticed a haze and smog this weekend, caused by fires in the Canadian province of Quebec. While the change of wind patterns meant...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Wrong for Each Other

The Norm Foster comedy WRONG FOR EACH OTHER is the opening production at the St. Lawrence Stage Company in Brockville. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng attended the...  Go to full article

Canada Day Marks Start of Busy Week on the St. Lawrence

Today is Canada Day, and that means the beginning of a busy holiday week on the St. Lawrence River. As Canadian and American boaters buzz across the river, U.S. Immigration...  Go to full article

New Immigration Laws: Confusion and Crowding at Shelters in Plattsburgh

Changes in Canadian immigration laws are causing nearly 100 refugees to take up temporary housing at the Plattsburgh Salvation Army. Immigrants from across the world are...  Go to full article

G8 Protests in Ottawa

Four damaged police cars, one injured police officer, a little spray painting and one arrest. That's the damage from yesterday's anti-G-8 demonstrations in Ottawa. Martha...  Go to full article

What Are the Protestors Protesting?

The G8 protests in Calgary and Ottawa have been peaceful, so far. One of the leading globalization critics in Canada is the Council of Canadians, a citizen watchdog group...  Go to full article

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