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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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Diana Beresford-Kroeger, among the hellebores. Photo: Sarah Harris
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, among the hellebores. Photo: Sarah Harris

"Sacred and science go together" for botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Travel half a mile down a tree-lined dirt road in southern Ontario, and you'll find an oasis, a wooden cabin surrounded by sprawling gardens. Diana Beresford-Kroeger lives here with her husband Chris. She's a botanist in her 60s who clones rare trees. And she's also deeply ingrained in Celtic and Druidic traditions and faith. Sarah Harris spent a day with Diana Beresford-Kroeger in her gardens and among her trees. The place was enchanting -- and it just might hold the keys to what to we can grow as the region weathers climate change.  Go to full article
The barrier is designed to keep lamprey from entering Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay. Photo: <a href="">Mike Mahaffle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US will own lamprey barrier with Quebec town

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with a town in Quebec to prevent sea lamprey from traveling up a tributary of Lake Champlain just north of the Vermont border.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the barrier is on the Moprion Cree, a tributary of the Pike River in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, which flows into Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay.  Go to full article
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo:  <a href="">fakeisthenewreal</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Off-road vehicle deaths spike in Ontario

Provincial police say off-road vehicle deaths have reached a four-year high and the force is concerned heading into the Victoria Day long weekend.

A total of 20 people died in off-road vehicle incidents in OPP jurisdiction during 2013 -- 13 of them attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol.  Go to full article
April Verch. Photo: provided by the artist

Celebrated fiddler April Verch to perform in Old Forge, Edwards

Ottawa Valley native April Verch began step dancing at age three, and fiddling at age six. She recorded her first album at 13, and before she was in her 20s she would win the...  Go to full article
Byward Market today. Photo: <a href="">Bonnie Dean</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ottawa's Byward Market is way wilder than you think

Residents and visitors to many cities around Canada and the world will celebrate urban life, neighborhoods and history this weekend during the "Jane's Walk" events. Jane...  Go to full article
Colony Collapse Disorder caused a loss of about 30 percent of U.S. hives between 2006 and 2011. Photo by Matt Richmond.

Ontario moves to aid struggling beekeepers

The Ontario government says it's moving to help beekeepers rebuild their colonies and maintain the essential role honeybees play in the pollination of agricultural crops....  Go to full article
Highway 401. Photo: <a href="">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Highway 401 to close for 12 hours

ONTARIO A section of Highway 401 will be completely shut down this weekend for 12 hours.

The stretch of highway from Cornwall to Lancaster will be closed to...  Go to full article
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: <a href="">WikiMedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is remembered for work with wrongly convicted

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is being remembered for his work fighting for the wrongfully convicted.

The former American boxer who took up the cause after spending...  Go to full article
A farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. Photo: <a href="">Bill Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario farmland continues to soar in value

There has been another healthy increase in the value of Ontario farmland.

Farm Credit Canada's "Farmland Values Report" says the average value of farmland in the...  Go to full article
Slushy city streets. Photo: <a href="">Runs With Scissors</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

April showers to bring snow to Southern and Eastern Ontario

TORONTO - If you packed away your snow shovel and winter coat, you may need to haul them out again as winter delivers one more cruel blast across southern and eastern...  Go to full article

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