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Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin
Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin

What farmers and landowners can to to sustain bees

For years we've been hearing different reporting on a basic theme: A third of our food supply depends on bees and pollinating insects are in a serious state of decline. Most of that attention has been focused on domesticated honey bees. But there are hundreds of species of wild pollinating insects and they play key roles too.

That may be why a seminar called "Bringing back the Bees" held in Perth, Ontario last September, generated a strong response. Lucy Martin attended the day of talks, plus a field tour of a berry and vegetable farm, as experts shared simple ways to help pollinators right now.  Go to full article
Summer life aboard the 72-foot brigantine <i>St. Lawrence II</i>, a training vessel out of Kingston, Ontario.  Photo:  Brigantine, Inc.
Summer life aboard the 72-foot brigantine St. Lawrence II, a training vessel out of Kingston, Ontario. Photo: Brigantine, Inc.

How a tall ship can teach sailing and life skills

Since the early 1950s, the Kingston, Ontario-based St. Lawrence II has set sail on Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River. The tall ship is a sail-training vessel for teens that will spend much of its time this summer as the star attraction in War of 1812 commemorations. It'll be in Cape Vincent as part of the annual French Festival next month.

Dave More is education director for Brigantine, Inc., the group out of Kingston that runs the summer sail-training program. He told Todd Moe that serving aboard the 72-foot brigantine St. Lawrence II is more than hoisting sails and swabbing decks. More says the program celebrated its 60th anniversary last summer.  Go to full article
David Gallant behind the display table at the MVFN annual meeting and supper. Photo: Lucy Martin
David Gallant behind the display table at the MVFN annual meeting and supper. Photo: Lucy Martin

Retired naturalists pass on knowledge to kids

In Almonte, Ontario, a local organization called Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists offers a robust array of environmental activities with year-round programming. Offerings range from nature walks and bird-watching, to canoe trips and public lectures - as well as efforts to record, research and protect flora and fauna in the area.

The majority of members are retirees. But they're making an effort to encourage a love of nature in future generations. Their "Young Naturalists" program holds monthly sessions for children aged 6-11.

The main group held its annual general meeting and supper in mid-May, which included a display table, showing what the school-age set does and why they love it. Lucy Martin spoke with the youth group's leader and four young naturalists.  Go to full article
Rona Waddington.  Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Rona Waddington. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival chooses new leader

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario has hired a new artistic director. Rona Waddington, who brought "Hamlet" to Prescott last summer, succeeds Ian Farthing in December. Farthing will step down at the end of this summer's 12th season.

Waddington has an impressive background as an actor and director at theatres across Canada and Europe. And she told Todd Moe she loves the idea of presenting Shakespeare outdoors along the St. Lawrence in the summer months.  Go to full article
Highway 401. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/4756260863/in/photolist-5s2k16-8E143F-8fi5DD-6JryRg-9TCRcs-5c7SAK-dwaGc-5Adove-8fpYtJ-6ZucYk-5wUZ9f-5zYqyR-6xfAJB-7PAHC6-5xXrNo-854zjM-4Mg1Wo-9qvPf3-a5nErU-6iJc73-9usFFV-9uvHvC-9usFZn-miWRA7-9BL43Z-5AyvFs-iBoWPJ-98b8hq-79XpY7-8Tax7H-6AvLCo-6NJBru-9Co5pV-4Mg2co-6Hb3Pp-fQs5ch-7vGgWd-fQasPV-9af6c-fQarJz-fQavaH-fQs2m9-5QA6BN-6zUQaS-8TaoJ4-6SVPLo-8Tavvc-adW2X-6NJHCd-8TdCoA">Michael Gil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Highway 401. Photo: Michael Gil, 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 traffic starting at 8 pm Saturday night.  Go to full article
A farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wdwbarber/2943933431/">Bill Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. Photo: Bill Barber, 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 province went up by nearly 16 per cent last year, continuing a trend that began in 1988.  Go to full article

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Teacher and author Joy Forbes in her Montreal '76 Olympic jacket. Photo: Lucy Martin
Teacher and author Joy Forbes in her Montreal '76 Olympic jacket. Photo: Lucy Martin

An Ottawa teacher and author's memories of the Montreal '76 games

Athletes star at the Olympic Games; after years of training, it's their time to shine. But it also takes a small army of volunteers and workers to make each Olympics a reality. Thousands of behind-the-scenes participants come away with memorable experiences too.
Joy Forbes grew up in Quebec City and Montreal. She was a student at Queen's University in Kingston when the sailing events of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics were held in that lake-shore town. Forbes spoke German and Spanish, on top of French and English. So she had no trouble landing a job for those Games.

Forbes went on to a teaching career in Ottawa, with a strong interest in one room school houses. She was speaking about her book on that topic when Lucy Martin noticed Forbes was wearing a jacket inscribed with Montreal '76, and asked her about her own Olympic connection.  Go to full article
The remains of two Riverside Heights buildings under the waves of the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Photo: Louis Helbig
The remains of two Riverside Heights buildings under the waves of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Photo: Louis Helbig

Photos: Ottawa artist explores the Seaway's "sunken" communities

Since 2009, Ontario aerial photographer Louis Helbig has been collecting stories and memories of life along the St. Lawrence River before and after Inundation Day (July 1, 1958), when Canadian and American villages along the St. Lawrence were flooded and thousands of people relocated, so the St. Lawrence Seaway could come into being. Helbig's "Sunken Villages" project includes images and stories about the communities that have been hidden under the St. Lawrence Seaway for over 50 years.

For the last few years, Helbig has arranged exhibitions of his birds-eye view of the underwater remnants of houses and streets on the Canadian side of the Seaway. Now, he's looking for stories and family histories from the American side. On Thursday night at 6:30, he'll make an audio and visual presentation at the Massena Public Library.  Go to full article
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A Winterlude interlude along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

Ottawa's National Capital Commission (NCC) has embarked on multi-year project along the Rideau Canal to attract more skaters, strollers and cyclists in the winter and summer months. It's part of a larger experiment to increase the number of visitors to Ottawa's historic and landmark sites.

Two years ago, the NCC approved four pilot projects along the canal as part of an effort "to bring more vitality to the shoreline."  Go to full article

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