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Readers may recall the Bixi bike share system in cities like Ottawa and New York City. Despite Bixi’s slew of financial and managerial problems, a recent press release suggests continued support for that form of rented transportation...
Bruce Heyman is now fully installed and beginning his official work as the newest U.S. ambassador to Canada. Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Heyman said the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline project is important, but there’s far more to the...
Broad results of Monday’s provincial election in Quebec are quite clear: the Liberal Party, lead by neurosurgeon Philippe Couillard, has won a solid majority government. The Parti Québécois, now reduced to the role of official...
On March 5th Quebec Premier Pauline Marois triggered an election that concludes Monday, April 7th. Of course speculation about results is just that until the polls close and all the votes are tallied. But most observers think Marois either...
The price of stamps here in Canada has gone up, as of March 31st. It’s a pretty hefty hike. A first-class stamp was $0.63. Now that’ll cost $0.85 – if purchased as a book or roll. The cost of just one first class stamp? $1.00. The...

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Apr 23, 2014 — Residents in Ontario called police when they spotted a bear bumbling down the street. It was unable to see where it was going because of a large birdseed jar stuck on its head.
Apr 19, 2014 — Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full "jazz orchestra" of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.
Apr 17, 2014 — Also: Oklahoma's same sex marriage ban is back in court; a Canadian teen is arrested for theft and exploiting the Heartbleed computer flaw; and a New Jersey dog receives a jury summons.

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A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press /, via NTSB press release
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press /, via NTSB press release

U.S., Canada push for safer oil tankers on North Country rails

Late Friday, U.S. and Canadian agencies made an unprecedented joint call for tough new safety rules for train cars carrying crude oil. As David Sommerstein reports, the tankers in question roll through North Country towns where speed limits have recently been increased.  Go to full article
Holstered police taser. Photo: <a href="">Doctor Q</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Public input sought on Tasers for Ottawa police

OTTAWA, Ont. Ottawa residents will get a chance to weigh in on whether front-line police officers should be equipped with Tasers.

The consultations are to include an online survey, interviews, focus testing and for key stakeholder groups, even ride-alongs with officers.  Go to full article
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  Communications.

New Cornwall bridge opens, but it still feels closed to Mohawks

Friday at 7am, Canada opens a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall. Officials said the $75 million project will speed up travel and contribute to economic growth.

The port-of-entry into Canada has been plagued by long wait times since it was moved off Cornwall Island four years ago.

But Akwesasne Mohawks say the new bridge won't make traffic move faster. And they say the new bridge won't do anything to ease travel between Mohawk communities divided by the international border. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The 52-year-old high-level bridge to Cornwall will be demolished over the next two years. Photo: <a href="">Michel Gagnon</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New Cornwall bridge to open Friday

Travellers in and around Cornwall will finally get to use the new low-level bridge to Cornwall Island and the United States. The long-anticipated span is slated to open...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">West Annex News</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Toronto mayor backs pot decriminalization

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is weighing in on another hot topic. He told a U.S.-based radio talk show today that Canada's government should decriminalize marijuana but he doesn't...  Go to full article

Book Review: "The Orenda," by Joseph Boyden

What was life like for the first French Jesuits, men who rode in canoes up the St. Lawrence River to live with the Iroquois and the Huron? In Joseph Boyden's epic novel,...  Go to full article
London's Globe Theatre.  Tickets for the Prescott performances of "Hamlet" will go on sale April 23rd - Shakespeare's birthday!   Photo:  Todd Moe

Globe's Hamlet coming to Prescott

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario, has been chosen to host the world famous Globe Theatre for productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet this summer....  Go to full article
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris

Defining the Champlain Valley

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. Some are newsy, others are just fun. A taste of summer in this story.

Lake...  Go to full article
Titus Mountain outside of Malone has gotten a facelift and new energy. Photo: David Sommerstein

Titus Mountain makes a comeback

This week, we're revisiting some of our best stories from 2013. Today, the story of a North Country ski area that's made a big comeback after years of neglect.
...  Go to full article
Algonquin Park Wolves. Photo: <a href="">JDB Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Howling for wolves

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. This morning we go back to late summer, and up to Algonquin Provincial Park, where for the...  Go to full article

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