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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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Commentary: Sugaring in Southern Quebec

Childhood memories are often built on sensory impressions. This time of year reminds commentator Jill Vaughan of tapping maple trees as a child in southern Quebec.  Go to full article

Wildlife Corridor Would Strengthen Parks; Study Says Locals Would Fight Project

Students at Clarkson University presented a new report yesterday on a proposed wildlife corridor that would link the Adirondack Park and Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park. The study found that the corridor would help animals making the trip between the two parks. But the report also says the idea will draw fierce resistance from private landowners. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Walkerton Water Tragedy Revisited

The consequences of the tainted water tragedy in southern Ontario are still being assessed. Seven people died and more than two thousand were made sick nearly two years ago when the bacteria, e-coli, was found in drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario. Environmentalists across the Great Lakes are concerned that unless the lessons of Walkerton are learned on both sides of the border, water supplies will again be placed at risk. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports.
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The US and Canadian Amputee Hockey Teams to play Exhibition Game at the Winter Paralympics on Saturday.

The US and Canadian National Amputee Hockey teams to play exhibition game at the Winter Paralympics on March 16th. Last year, the first US and Canadian Amputee Hockey Game...  Go to full article

Thousand Islands Casino to Open This Summer

Canadian gaming officials briefed community leaders from the Thousand Islands region Wednesday on the casino under construction in Gananoque, Ontario. It will add to the...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: Present Laughter at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Noel Coward's Present Laughter, a co-production of the National Arts Centre and Citadel Theatre of Edmonton, opened February 8 in Ottawa. Resident theatre critic...  Go to full article

Theatre Review: When We Were Singing at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

When We Were Singing is delighting audiences at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening and has this review.  Go to full article

Canadian Dies While Ice Climbing in Adirondacks

A 34-year-old Toronto man died Friday afternoon on
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the Adirondack town of Chesterfield. Kevin Bailey fell while ice climbing on the...  Go to full article

Canada Win Over Kazakstan Could Set up US/Canada Match in Women's Hockey

In Olympic women's hockey, if the US and Canada do meet in the gold medal round, the North Country will have players on both sides of the puck. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Ottawa's Ridaeu Canal Opens for Skating

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is open for skating. The recent cold temperatures enabled the National Capital Commission to open the popular skating rink--just in time for the...  Go to full article

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