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The International Joint Commission focuses on water levels in the Great Lake system.
The International Joint Commission focuses on water levels in the Great Lake system.

Save the River focuses on water levels plan

A new plan for controlling water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River will be the main agenda item at Save the River's annual conference at the Clayton Opera House this weekend.

The new plan allows water levels to stay high (or low) for longer periods than the current plan does. The more natural fluctuations are intended to restore diversity in the shoreline ecosystems. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Wolfe Island Wind Farm.  Photo: Chris Trimmer and Aleksandra Bragoszewska
Wolfe Island Wind Farm. Photo: Chris Trimmer and Aleksandra Bragoszewska

Wolfe Island, transformed by wind power

Most experts agree we need to move toward renewable energy to save the planet. Giant wind farms are already up and running across America - from the high deserts of California to the North Country's Tug Hill Plateau. And from coast to coast, communities have been divided over wind power development. Supporters around the nation imagine wind providing clean energy--and green jobs--for generations to come. But wind farms have a downside.

In 2009, dozens of wind towers were installed on Wolfe Island on the Canadian side of the border, just where Lake Ontario feeds into the St. Lawrence River. The turbines rise like thirty story buildings, transforming the landscape and sharply dividing a once-sleepy farming community. This audio collage, produced by Chris Trimmer and Aleksandra Bragoszewska of Kingston, Ontario for Front and Center, captures the low roar of the turbines and the dissonance they've spread in the community.  Go to full article
North Country leaders take the stage with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photos: Brian Mann
North Country leaders take the stage with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photos: Brian Mann

North Country captures state's imagination, wins $103 million in grants

In a ceremony yesterday morning in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that seven counties in northern New York will receive more than a hundred million dollars in state grants over the next year.

The announcement drew cheers from the audience and sparked a celebration from Plattsburgh to Watertown. Business and political leaders say this money, and this vote of confidence from state officials, could help to spark an economic transformation. Brian Mann was in Albany and has our story.  Go to full article
A border crossing in the Thousands Island. Photo: Brian Mann
A border crossing in the Thousands Island. Photo: Brian Mann

Obama, Harper praise border agreement

Canadian Prime minister Stephen Harper says the border security deal unveiled yesterday in Washington DC is the biggest step forward in trade with the US since the North American Free Trade Agreement was penned in the 1990s.

The deal is designed to streamline border crossings and synchronize the way both nations track people seeking to immigrate to North America.  Go to full article
The banks of the Grand River, downstream from the planned Lower Churchill Project. Some local residents think the project could produce lower water levels, endangering fishing and other traditional pastimes.  Emma Jacobs / WRVO
The banks of the Grand River, downstream from the planned Lower Churchill Project. Some local residents think the project could produce lower water levels, endangering fishing and other traditional pastimes. Emma Jacobs / WRVO

Canadian hydro would come at a price

Yesterday, we brought you our first story on the pros and cons of increasing new York's imports of hydro power generated on Canada's northern rivers.

Today we go to the source: the Churchill River. Innovation Trail reporter Emma Jacobs visited the site of a proposed plan that might send more power our way from the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador. As Jacobs reports, the dam could create jobs there, and send more renewable here, but at a price.  Go to full article
It's similarly complicated across the border. There's opposition and there are supporters.

Pros and cons of importing more Canadian hydro

New York imports hydroelectricity generated by giant dams on Canadian rivers. Lots of it. And some would like to see the state get more of that renewable power. But as Emma Jacobs reports in the first story of our series on New York's imports of Canadian power, there's also opposition to that idea.  Go to full article
Should America be listening to Stephen Harper?
Should America be listening to Stephen Harper?

Canada is an idea factory for good government, but few Americans listening

This week, in partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann has been traveling in Ontario, comparing and contrasting that province's economy during the recession with conditions here at home.

We've talked about everything from Canada's social safety net to immigration to public sector jobs. Brian's back home this morning in New York and he joined Martha Foley on the line to talk about the range of economic and public policy ideas being tested north of the border.  Go to full article
Ibrahim Absiye, a refugee from Somalia, runs an immigrant service program in Toronto. Photos:  Brian Mann
Ibrahim Absiye, a refugee from Somalia, runs an immigrant service program in Toronto. Photos: Brian Mann

Canada puts immigration at the center of its economic policy

Here in the North Country and across much of Upstate New York, population growth and economic development have been anemic for decades. But just north of the border, Canadian communities like Kingston are working aggressively to attract foreign immigrants willing to bring new energy and new skills.

As part of a partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann has been traveling in Ontario, looking at the different strategies that Canada has used to boost prosperity. Today he reports from the city of Vaughan, just north of Toronto, where immigrants are seen as the key to the future.  Go to full article
How much of Canada's vitality is driven by borrowing and government stimulus?  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
How much of Canada's vitality is driven by borrowing and government stimulus? (Photo: Brian Mann)

Canada boosts recession-era prosperity with government jobs, new borrowing

This week, we're looking at the very different way that Canada has experienced the Great Recession, when compared to the North Country. In partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann has been traveling this week in Ontario, comparing the situation in the US with life on the ground in Canada.

One of the biggest differences he's been finding is in government. This week, the New York Times reported that deep cuts have hit the public sector here in the US. But those same deep government cuts haven't occurred (at least not yet) north of the border.

Brian talked about the role government jobs have played in Canada, contrasted with the downsizing that has swept the US.  Go to full article
Are cities like Toronto healthier than US cities because of the social safety net?  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Are cities like Toronto healthier than US cities because of the social safety net? (Photo: Brian Mann)

Is a strong social safety net helping boost Canada's economy?

This week, as part of a partnership with WBEZ public radio in Chicago, Brian Mann is traveling in Ontario, talking about the very different impact of the recession north of the border. It turns out, workers living just a few miles away, in Canada, have experienced the economic downturn very differently than workers here.

While American cities along the Great Lakes like Buffalo and Rochester struggle and lose population, Toronto and Montreal are growing. They've even added jobs through the recession. Workers who do lose their jobs in Canada have a much more comprehensive social safety net and that may be helping to stabilize and boost the country's overall economy. Brian Mann speaks with Martha Foley from Toronto.  Go to full article

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