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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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A Filmmaker's Take On September 11th: Letting People Speak for Themselves

The third annual Lake Placid Film Forum closed Sunday evening. The festival's top award went to a Canadian film called Fast Runner, an epic about an Inuit family in the arctic. The top documentary prize went to Photos to Send, a look at the work of photographer Dorothea Lange. Winning the Festival's special Honorable Mention category was a movie that's not quite a movie. September 11: Response is described by its creators as a visual archive of what New Yorkers experienced on that day. Brian Mann's story about the work includes strong and graphic language.  Go to full article

In Canada, A Church Sex Abuse Scandal Touches Thousands of Natives and Lawsuits Threaten Religious Groups With Bankruptcy

While the Roman Catholic church in the United States wrestles with its sex-abuse scandal, churches in Canada face a crisis of their own. For more than a century, Canada's government forced native children into boarding schools - schools run by the country's leading churches. Now, thousands of former students claim they were raped and beaten, by priests and other school officials. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent, to settle victim claims and to rebuild native communities. But as North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports, the crush of lawsuits is forcing Canadian religious groups into bankruptcy.  Go to full article

Canada Pollution Increases

A new environmental study has found toxic emissions increased in Canada during the late 1990's, while pollution in the United States decreased over that same period. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, critics say the findings reflect the differences in the governments' commitment to cleaning up the environment.  Go to full article

Timber Dispute Heats Up: Canada To Lobby Against U-S Tariffs

Canada announced yesterday that it will launch a fifteen million dollar public relations campaign to fight lumber tariffs imposed last week by the U-S government. The...  Go to full article

Canada Works Toward Kyoto Signing

Canadian leaders have introduced four proposals that would enable them to sign the Kyoto Protocol. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, Canadians are...  Go to full article

Quebec Premier - New York Governor: First-ever Trade Pact

Governor Pataki and Quebec Premier Bernard Landry agreed on Wednesday to spend tens of millions of dollars developing cross-border trade. The pact followed the first-ever...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Goodbye Piccadilly at 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque

1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque is kicking off its season with the world premiere of Goodbye Piccadilly by Douglas Bowie. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng took...  Go to full article

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

Today is Syttende Mai, Constitution Day in Norway. To celebrate, our resident Norseman Todd Moe tours the new Vikings exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull,...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Indian Ink

The National Arts Centre's English Theatre is closing out its season with the Canadian premiere of Tom Stoppard's latest play, Indian Ink. Resident theatre critic...  Go to full article
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Tulipmania in Ottawa

The Canadian Tulip Festival is celebrating its 50 anniversary this month. This year's floral event includes a royal visit and the World Tulip Summit. Todd Moe talks with...  Go to full article

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