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Mohawks on Cornwall Island waited to march in support of the Idle No More movement...  Photo: David Sommerstein.
Mohawks on Cornwall Island waited to march in support of the Idle No More movement... Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawks march for indigenous solidarity

Akwesasne Mohawks sent the Canadian government a message of native unity on Saturday. Hundreds of people marched across the two bridges from Massena, NY, to Cornwall, Ontario. Several tribal chiefs were among the marchers.

The demonstration was part of a movement called "Idle No More" that's swept across Canada. It protests legislation that many First Nation people say threatens their land and water.

The protest closed the border crossing for several hours. Despite a history of clashes with border officials, the march was a peaceful, family affair, full of drumming and singing.  Go to full article
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathonreed/"> Jonathon Reed</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: Jonathon Reed CC some rights reserved

Mohawks plan march on international bridge

A group of Mohawks is planning to march on the bridge to Canada near Massena, NY, and shut down traffic Saturday. The demonstration is a part of an indigenous rights movement that's spread across Canada.  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
Canadian Parliament, Ottawa. Photo: Wikipedia.
Canadian Parliament, Ottawa. Photo: Wikipedia.

Parliament resumes after Olympic break

Canada's Parliament got an unexpected break in late December when its session was suspended by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper wanted to resume work after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Critics complained he was just evading questions about possible mistreatment of Afghan detainees.

The suspension sparked nation-wide protests in January and the whole controversy may have cost conservatives their lead in opinion polls.

Parliament opened yesterday afternoon, with the Governor General's traditional speech from the throne. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Canadians welcome Obama visit

Many Canadians were pleased when newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama announced his first foreign visit would bring him to Ottawa, on February 19th. Right now the economy is the main concern on both sides of the border. With one-tenth the population of the U.S., Canada shed 129,000 jobs in January alone. And figures for December show Canada recording its first trade deficit in over 30 years. Trade and border concerns will top a host of pressing issues when Prime Minister Stephen Harper hosts Obama's quick visit this Thursday. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin took a quick survey of expectations on the street.  Go to full article

Little changes as Canada votes

On November 4, Americans will make their picks for the presidential ticket, members of the House and some Senators, plus state and local contests. U.S. voters are often faced with ballot initiatives too. Voters across Canada yesterday were only making one direct choice: a single vote for their local member of Parliament. But it was a vote to determine the next prime minister. Conservatives won enough of those races to return Stephen Harper to the post But Harper still fell short of the 155 seats needed to form a majority government. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Canadian Conservatives release platform

In last week's leadership debates in Canada, rival parties criticized Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not yet presenting his party's election platform. That platform was released yesterday, one week before election day on October 14. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Canada to Pull Out of Kyoto?

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal party has gone down to defeat in the country's national election. The Conservative party, under leader Stephen Harper, will form the next government. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports... there is some concern among environmental groups that Harper will pull out of the Kyoto Protocol.  Go to full article

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