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US Sen. Chuck Shumer
US Sen. Chuck Shumer

Schumer Visits Lewis County and Massena

Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his agenda of North Country issues in two appearances yesterday. New York's senior senator discussed a statewide snowmobile insurance plan in Brantingham in Lewis County. Then he met with local officials in Massena, where he pledged to aid the ailing dairy and aluminum industries. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Schumer Visits the North Country

New York Senator Chuck Schumer begins a 2-day visit to the North Country this morning. Press Secretary Blake Zeff says the Senator begins his day in Brantingham in Lewis County to meet with local officials.  Go to full article

Separatists Lose in Quebec Elections

Election results this week indicate the party created to bring independence to French-speaking Quebec has lost its bid for a third-straight term. The loss is a blow to Quebec separatists who hoped for another referendum on sovereignty. The last referendum in 1995 failed by less than a percentage point. Martha Foley talks with Robert Thacker of the St. Lawrence University Canadian Studies Program about the implications of the vote.  Go to full article

US-Canada Summit "Postponed"

Concerns over US-Canada relations are likely to intensify, following an announcement on Sunday that President Bush has postponed a trip to Ottawa. The move comes as the two countries disagree over the war in Iraq and over major trade disputes. As Brian Mann reports, Prime Minister Jean Chretien will instead be meeting with former President Bill Clinton.  Go to full article
The U.S. Customs check-in on Heart Island by Boldt Castle
The U.S. Customs check-in on Heart Island by Boldt Castle

Border Security May Hassle Boaters

Boating season on the St. Lawrence River is still a few weeks away, but cross-border boaters and the businesses who rely on them are worried about new border security measures. As David Sommerstein reports, many boaters would have to cruise hours out of their way to comply.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter Closes Doors

The Salvation Army church in Plattsburgh announced on Friday that it will no longer offer assistance to refugee families trying to reach Canada. The move follows a dispute with the Clinton County Health Department. As Brian Mann reports, other groups in Plattsburgh are preparing for a new rush of asylum seekers.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter In Fight With County

Officials in Clinton County want a Plattsburgh refugee shelter to apply for a health permit normally required for motel operators. The Salvation Army church - which runs the shelter - has refused. The church's leader says the permit would limit his ability to help asylum seekers trying to cross the border into Canada. As Brian Mann reports, this legal fight comes at a time when Plattsburgh is bracing for another flood of refugees.  Go to full article

U.S.-Canada Relations: How Should Canada Respond?

While the majority of Canadians supported their prime minister's decision to stay out of Iraq, many are also expressing concerns about the ramifications. Business leaders, in particular, worry that the Bush administration will vent its displeasure in the marketplace. They fear contracts may be cancelled and shipments held up at the border. Most people agree relations between the two governments are the worst they've been in recent history. But as Karen Kelly reports, there are different theories on how Canada should respond.  Go to full article

Canada?s Ambassador: A ?Squall? Hits US-Canada Relations

Canada's ambassador to the U-S says "emotional" times have strained relations between the two countries. Speaking Monday at Plattsburgh State University, Ambassador Michael Kergin defended Canada's decision not to support the Invasion of Iraq. But that stance angered the Bush Administration and may complicate trade talks. As Brian Mann reports, the international tension is being felt most sharply in towns along the border.

Tomorrow, Ottawa correspondent Karen Kelly talks with Canadians about their views of relations between the two countries.  Go to full article

Another Refugee Crisis? Plattsburgh Braces For More Families

Over the last several months, the border north of Plattsburgh has been overwhelmed by Pakistani families trying to leave the U.S. Shelters in Plattsburgh and Burlington have been full since late December. Now, activist groups in those cities are bracing for a much larger wave of asylum seekers, this one triggered by a new US-Canada immigration treaty that goes into affect on April 21st. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann to help sort this out.  Go to full article

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