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Sheep dog portrait by artist Michael Walker
Sheep dog portrait by artist Michael Walker

Kingston hosts sheep dog trials

Some of North America's best herding dogs will be in Kingston this weekend for the 19th annual Sheep Dog Trials. It's a competitive dog sport in which dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates, or enclosures as directed by their handlers. More than a hundred dogs have been registered for the Kingston event. This weekend's trials are the largest of their kind in Canada and attract a number of local, national and North American champion sheep dogs. Todd Moe talks with the trainer of the current North American champion.  Go to full article
From left: mill manager Isabelle Geoffrion, Lucy Martin, and senior miller Mike Maguire.
From left: mill manager Isabelle Geoffrion, Lucy Martin, and senior miller Mike Maguire.

Volunteers keep Watson's Mill alive

Watson's Mill is one of many postcard-pretty Ontario destinations. It opened for business in 1860 on the Rideau River in Manotick. It's still the town's main landmark. In their time, water-powered mills represented a high degree of technical sophistication. They still serve as fascinating reminders of how--and where--settlements took hold along North America's rivers. Watson's Mill comes alive in the summer -- full of the noise of water, turbines, grindstones, and people. Lucy Martin followed two modern enthusiasts who help keep it all turning.  Go to full article

On Horseback, for Body and Spirit

Therapeutic riding programs put children and adults who might otherwise never get their feet into stirrups on horseback. It's fun -- with a purpose. The skills needed to ride -- even the movement of the horse itself -- all have therapeutic value for people with physical or mental disabilities. Lucy Martin visited the Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton, called "TROtt", in Greely, Ontario.  Go to full article
Colm Feore
Colm Feore

People: Actor Colm Feore

During her recent visit to Canada's Stratford Festival, NCPR theatre critic Connie Meng had a chance to sit down with Colm Feore, one of the leading men at Stratford this season. Feore is an award-winning theatre, film and television actor best known for his portrayal of Pierre Trudeau in a 2002 TV mini-series. Connie had questions for him about theatre and cooking.  Go to full article

Shakespeare Fest Opens

NCPR's resident theatre critic Connie Meng recently returned from a weekend of theatre at the 2006 Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She told Todd Moe it was an exciting weekend.  Go to full article

Update From Toronto: Neighbor To Neighbor

Details of an alleged terror plot in Canada continue to emerge. As does more information about the operation leading to arrests in Ontario Friday. Brian Mann is in Toronto, spending time in Muslim neighborhoods there. He's also tracking reports that suggest some of the plot now appears not to have been as well developed, or sophisticated as it first looked. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Canadian Children's Choir Visits Canton

25 members of the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir will sing at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton this Saturday night (7 pm). The MYFC is known for its high musical standards and diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, gospel and world music. The group has traveled throughout Canada, the U.S. and Cuba. Todd Moe spoke with Artistic Director Tara-Michelle Nadal.  Go to full article

"Project Truth" Probes Cornwall Pedophile Charges

A public inquiry into an alleged pedophile sex ring in Cornwall, Ontario is grabbing headlines in Canada. The Ontario government this week began a sort of "truth and reconciliation" process. As David Sommerstein reports, it's designed to lift the sordid cloud that's plagued Cornwall for years and promote community healing.  Go to full article

Wind Power Blowing Ahead on Wolfe Island

Harvesting wind for power has become one of northern New York's hottest, and more controversial, issues. The Maple Ridge wind farm is already spinning out up to 170 megawatts of electricity on the Tug Hill Plateau. Wind power proposals in Cape Vincent, Hopkinton, and Malone have brought out fervent supporters and critics. A Calgary-based company has plans to build an 86-turbine, $410 million wind farm on Wolfe Island. The big Canadian island at the far upstream end of the St. Lawrence River is perfectly situated to catch breezes off Lake Ontario. David Sommerstein spoke with Margaret Knott. She writes a column about Wolfe Island for the weekly Kingston Heritage newspaper. She says the island's 1300 year-round residents have been mostly supportive, but some opposition has surfaced recently.  Go to full article
The training trail at Gatineau Park.
The training trail at Gatineau Park.

Gatineau Hosts 40th Ski Marathon

Two to three thousand cross-country skiers gather later this month for the 40th annual Canadian Ski Marathon in Gatineau, Quebec. The scenic 160 kilometers - that's nearly 100 miles - are divided into 10 self-serve "smorgasbord" stages of varying difficulty. It's a non-profit event - not exactly a race. Skiers stop when they want. It all starts Saturday morning, February 11th in Gatineau and ends Sunday the 12th in Lachute. The deadline to register in Feb. 3. It's a family weekend: individuals or teams, young or old, novice or expert -- all are welcome. Lucy Martin found some skiers-in-training in Gatineau Park.  Go to full article

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