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Maggie Wheeler and her family live on Ault Island, near Ingleside, Ontario
Maggie Wheeler and her family live on Ault Island, near Ingleside, Ontario

Books: A Violent End

Canadian author Maggie Wheeler says she never intended to write a series of murder mysteries. But with the success of her first book, A Violent End, she's been called a prominent voice in preserving and celebrating the history of eastern Ontario. Specifically a stretch of the St. Lawrence River between Morrisburg and Cornwall, Ontario. It's an area known as Lake St. Lawrence and the Lost Villages. When the Seaway opened in 1958, six communities were lost in the planned flood. Wheeler will discuss her novels A Violent End and its sequel, The Brother of Sleep, Thursday evening at 7 and again Friday at 12:30 at the Potsdam Public Library. Todd Moe spoke with her at the Nightingale B&B in Ingleside, Ontario - the setting of her third novel due out next year. Wheeler says her books are historical fiction set along the 1950's St. Lawrence Seaway and the Power Project.  Go to full article
Diana Beresford-Kroeger in her garden.
Diana Beresford-Kroeger in her garden.

In the Potato Patch

Scientist, writer and gardener Diana Beresford-Kroeger, on a quick tour of her potato patch with Martha Foley. Beresford-Kroeger's extensive gardens are just outside Merrickville, Ontario.  Go to full article
Michele Connery, of Vancouver Island and other women in ordination ceremony
Michele Connery, of Vancouver Island and other women in ordination ceremony

Catholic Women "Ordained" on St. Lawrence

Nine Roman Catholic women were ordained deacons and priests on Monday on a boat on the St. Lawrence River. The ceremony violated church law. The Vatican has never accepted women clergy. But it was a festive affair.  Go to full article

Canadian Air Pollution has U.S. Sources

A government study released by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment confirms what Canadian officials have long suspected that the majority of Ontario's air pollution comes from U.S. sources. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Cwiek reports.  Go to full article
A bed of tulips near Parliament Hill (above). One of many 5' fiberglass tulips scattered around Ottawa (below).
A bed of tulips near Parliament Hill (above). One of many 5' fiberglass tulips scattered around Ottawa (below).

Tulipmania Returns to Ottawa

Millions of tulips are blossoming again this month in Canada's Capital Region -- Ottawa and Gatineau. Known as North America's Tulip Capital, the 2005 Canadian Tulip Festival through May 23 is the world's largest celebration of its kind. This year the festival commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the end of Second World War and the Gift of Tulips to Canada from Holland. The theme is "A Celebration of Peace and Friendship". Todd Moe spoke with some of the organizers.  Go to full article
Arboretum America
Arboretum America

Amazing Tomato: How to Keep Seeds, and Why

We follow a listener's story of long-keeping tomatoes another step. Martha Foley talks with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a botanist, researcher and author in Merrickville, Ontario, about how to keep seeds, and why it's important to preserve unusual and potentially valuable plants.  Go to full article

Ontario's "Rural Revolution" Catches On

Last Friday, hundreds of tractors, buses, and pickup trucks shut down access to the Canadian side of the international bridge near Ogdensburg for several hours. The protest was organized by a coalition of farmers and property rights groups across rural Ontario. They want their government to lower taxes, reduce regulations, and leave them alone. They're a part of a growing movement that's drawing the attention of the Canadian public. David Sommerstein reports.

To learn more about the history of the landowners associations involved in the "Rural Revolution" protests, David Sommerstein spoke with Carla Hilton, producer for CBC Radio in Ottawa (To listen, click the interview link below). She began covering the groups when they emerged in the rural Ottawa Valley.  Go to full article

Balancing Private & Public in Canada

Unlike in the United States, the Canadian constitution, drafted in 1982, puts the rights of the group over the rights of the individual. Robert Thacker is a professor of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University. He told David Sommerstein in Canada, there's been an assumption that people cede some of their personal rights for the good of the community.  Go to full article

Roadblocks for Water Diversion Agreement?

Ontario provincial leaders say they're not willing to sign a draft agreement aimed at protecting the Great Lakes from diversion in its current form. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports, observers say Ontario's objections won't sidetrack negotiations on the agreement known as the Great Lakes Charter Annex.  Go to full article

Tragedy Prompts New Drinking Water Proposal

Environmental groups are praising a proposed law that aims to protect the sources of Ontario's drinking water. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

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