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Getting Reacquainted With Winter

Most winter getaway traffic flows toward the tropics. At least to the Carolinas. But freelancer Lucy Martin convinced her Mom, Martha, to travel against the grain this month. Martha Martin was born in Hawaii 73 years ago, and except for four years shivering at a New England college, has lived in the islands all her life. So what's the natural way to get re-acquainted with winter? A neighborly skate on the local creek, with the help of a plastic chair as a pairs partner. The family outing started with layering up:  Go to full article

Ontarians React To Election

Monday's federal election in Canada sent the Liberal Party out of power after 12 years. But like his Liberal predecessor, Paul Martin, Conservative leader Stephen Harper will have a minority government. That means forming a coalition of support in order to move legislation and policy in Parliament. The Conservatives will control 124 seats. Liberals will have 103. Lucy Martin spoke with people in Osgoode, Ontario for their views on what just happened--and what might lie ahead.  Go to full article

Tories Edge Past Liberals in Canadian Campaign

With three weeks to go before election day, new polls suggest a turnaround in Canadian voter opinion. According to The Associated Press, an EKOS poll shows the Conservatives have the backing of 36 percent of decided voters, with the Liberal Party at 30 percent. The six percent lead is outside the margin of error. Another poll shows the (Conservative) Tories with 36 percent, the Liberals at 33. Candidates across Canada returned to the campaign trail with renewed energy after the holiday break. Lucy Martin has more on the winter campaign.  Go to full article

Heard up North: What Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in Canada. Most Americans aren't clear on what "boxing day" means...and neither are many Canadians. Lucy Martin sampled folks in Ottawa.  Go to full article

So... Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in Canada. Most Americans aren't very clear on what "boxing day" means--and neither are many Canadians. Lucy Martin sampled folks in Ottawa.  Go to full article

Charity Lottery in Ottawa

A much-anticipated event in the Ottawa region sweetens the holiday season. The "Dream of a Lifetime" Lottery is a successful fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, nicknamed "CHEO". The prizes include cars, cruises and gift certificates. But what really captures the public's imagination is the grand prize package: A new luxury home - furnished. Plus moving and legal services, cash and merchandise, a new car, and free groceries, for a year. All together, worth about $1 million, U.S. And this pleasant fantasy is all the sweeter in Canada, where lottery winnings go untaxed. Lucy Martin stopped took the dream home tour with some of the hopeful participants:  Go to full article

Ottawa Adresses Urban-Rural Divide

When Ottawa was re-drawn to incorporate neighboring townships in 2001, the city that emerged was equivalent in size to all of New York's Clinton County. Roughly 90 percent of the new city's population resides in urban settings, while 90 percent of the land area remains rural. Centralization produced rural resentment that decisions were being made by a downtown bureaucracy which seemed culturally, and physically, remote. Responding to mounting frustrations, Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli eventually called for a rural summit, which was held last week. Ottawa's City Council has followed up by earmarking two million dollars to fund summit-identified priorities. The two-day event wound up over the weekend. Lucy Martin filed this report.  Go to full article

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