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Special artists attain enough fame to draw crowds on their reputation alone. You know, ones like Picasso, Rembrandt, da Vinci or Monet. Others are also important, but just don’t have the right name recognition. Take Gustave Doré. Sure,...
“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...

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Jul 12, 2014 — Hynde recruited a Swedish indie rocker, an American tennis star and a Canadian guitar hero to help make her new LP, Stockholm.
Jul 4, 2014 — Regulators and railroads have implemented new practices since a runaway oil train destroyed the center of a small Canadian town a year ago. One key improvement, however, will take some time.
Jun 22, 2014 — The Canadian roots-country singer spins boisterous yarns out of the mundane muck of agrarian existence. Recorded at Sun's Memphis studios, Counterfeit Blues recasts Lund's songs in vintage settings.

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Samantha Madeley, Paul Rainville, Sarah McVie, Eric Coates  Photo: GCTC Andrew Alexander
Samantha Madeley, Paul Rainville, Sarah McVie, Eric Coates Photo: GCTC Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "The Burden of Self Awareness" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

George F. Walker, Canada's multiple award-winning master of dark comedy, has written a new play. It's "The Burden of Self Awareness," currently running at GCTC in Ottawa through June 22. Being a fan of Mr. Walker's plays, I looked forward to this production, as I do with any of his plays.  Go to full article
Incumbent Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne is in a close race with PC leader Tim Hudak. Photo: <a href="">Ontario Chamber of Commerce</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

As June 12 election approaches Ontario leaders step up offense

As the Ontario election campaign winds down, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is stepping up her attacks on her rivals. Kathleen Wynne says P-C Leader Tim Hudak and the NDP's Andrea Horwath are being dishonest when it comes to the gas-plant scandal that has dogged her campaign.  Go to full article
David Gallant behind the display table at the MVFN annual meeting and supper. Photo: Lucy Martin

Retired naturalists pass on knowledge to kids

In Almonte, Ontario, a local organization called Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists offers a robust array of environmental activities with year-round programming. Offerings range from nature walks and bird-watching, to canoe trips and public lectures - as well as efforts to record, research and protect flora and fauna in the area.

The majority of members are retirees. But they're making an effort to encourage a love of nature in future generations. Their "Young Naturalists" program holds monthly sessions for children aged 6-11.

The main group held its annual general meeting and supper in mid-May, which included a display table, showing what the school-age set does and why they love it. Lucy Martin spoke with the youth group's leader and four young naturalists.  Go to full article
Walter Borden as Hoke & Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy.  Photo: 1000 Islands Playhouse

Theatre Review: "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

Playwright Alfred Uhry is the only playwright to win the Triple Crown: an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. "Driving Miss Daisy" won two of the three - the Oscar and the...  Go to full article
Rona Waddington.  Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival chooses new leader

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario has hired a new artistic director. Rona Waddington, who brought "Hamlet" to Prescott last summer, succeeds Ian...  Go to full article

Party leaders campaign across Ontario

The party leaders visit five different cities today as campaigning rolls on toward the June 12 election.  Go to full article

Ontario event to honor migrant workers

An event is being planned to help and honor thousands of migrant workers who travel to Niagara each year for work. The workers from Mexico, Jamaica, Central America and the...  Go to full article
The border crossing at CHamplain, NY. Photo: <a href="">Bobby Hidy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US border officials say to check traffic

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Customs officials in Buffalo are advising travelers crossing the Canadian border to prepare for potentially longer wait times when the summer travel season...  Go to full article
Alison Woolridge, Ryan Allen, Mike Payette  Photo: Peter Bromley

Theatre Review: "Oil and Water" at the National Arts Centre

"Oil and Water," produced by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, a company located in St. John's, is closing out the season of the NAC English Theatre. It runs through May 31...  Go to full article
Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Photo: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian court rejects proposal for Darlington nuclear expansion

A Federal Court ruling has thrown out the preliminary approvals for a series of new nuclear power reactors in Ontario.

Justice James Russell ruled yesterday that...  Go to full article

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