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“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
Ah, political scandals! Some splash up noisily, like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Others slosh and churn, and slosh and churn…like (suspended) Canadian Senator Mike Duffy. Most likely you’ve heard about the Ford hullabaloo, in which the...
I’m not sure how often big structures get blown up in this region, or if that’s the sort of thing you’ll go out of your way to watch. But if explosive change strikes you as a marvel of ingenuity, than Ottawa’s Central...
Weather permitting, Tuesday afternoon will be when “just folks” can take a last, up-close look at the old North Channel portion of the Seaway International Bridge in Cornwall, Ontario. (A new, low-level bridge was opened to traffic last...
NCPR blogs have discussed Rick Mercer and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield before. Mercer is the long-time host of CBC’s Rick Mercer Report, a reliably funny exploration of life and politics across Canada. Hadfield became an...


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Jose Kusugak, Inuit Tapirisat: From Snow Age to Space Age

The Inuit people populate a huge swath of land from Alaska in the West, across Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, and East to Greenland. Despite the broad territory, they speak a common language, Inuktitut. In 1993, over twenty years of land claims with the Canadian Government resulted in new territories and self-government for the Inuit. A new province called "Nunavut", located north of Ontario and Quebec, joined Canada in 1999. St. Lawrence University is featuring Inuit and Nunavut Culture as the theme for this year's Festival of the Arts. Jose Kusugak, president of the Inuit Tapirisat, the advocacy organization for the Inuit in Canadian government, visited Canton to kick off the festival. When the land claim movement began in the early '70s, Kusugak was travelling the Inuit territories to learn more about the various dialects in the Inuit language. He discovered that people in the isolated towns he visited didn't understand the purpose of the land claims. He told David Sommerstein that he needed to shift his mission to teach the political implications of the talks with the Canadian government.

St. Lawrence University's Festival of the Arts is called "From Nanook to Nunavut: The art and politics of representing Inuit culture" Presentations of Inuit art, literature, music, and dance will run through March 7.  Go to full article

Bob Thacker on Court-Ordered Bans and Free Speech in Canada

To learn more about the differences between Canadian and American concepts of free speech, David Sommerstein spoke with Robert Thacker, professor of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University. Thacker says the situation is complicated by a court-imposed ban on the publication of the case's details.  Go to full article

"Twisted": the Case of the Young Author

Educators are on high alert for signs of school violence in the post-Columbine era. Recently near Cornwall, Ontario, a high school student wrote a drama class essay called "Twisted". It's the story of a bullied teenager who plans to blow up his school for revenge. As a result of the story, the student was suspended from school and served over a month in jail. As David Sommerstein reports, the case has sparked a controversial and highly publicized debate in Canada.  Go to full article

Strapping on Pads and Legs, Disabled Athletes Play Hockey

Over the weekend, fourteen Americans and eighteen Canadians played hockey in Saranac Lake. Hardly unusual, but what's new here is that both teams were made up of...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: La Famille Ouimet, French American Traditions

The Ouimet family see themselves as preservers of a number of vanishing traditions. They play traditional music in the French American ethnic tradition, and they pass the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

Catholicism has its roots deeps in the history of Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk reservation straddling the St. Lawrence River between the US and Canada, going back to the...  Go to full article

Home Cooking: French-American Holidays

Produced by Beverly Hickman and Varrick Chittenden for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio.  Go to full article

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